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Old School R&B in the Bywater with King James

I could hear a piano tuning up inside BJ’s Lounge even as I walked toward this weathered old Ninth Ward dive the other night. It didn’t have much competition from other sounds. It was a hot, drowsy Monday down near…

Happy Birthday, Deacon John

Not that I plan to, but if ever I write a book about the people of New Orleans, the cover image should be Deacon John Moore. He, more than anyone, is representative of the New Orleanian. Black French Creole by…

Clotheshorse

This will come as a shock to my mom, my exes and many of my friends, but I actually pride myself on being a fairly low-maintenance woman. I know on some level that this isn’t really the case, obviously, because…

First Impressions of Cafe B

Ralph Brennan’s Café B opened at 2700 Metairie Rd. a few weeks ago, in the space that was most recently Old Metairie Bistro. Chef Chris Montero helms the kitchen, and while Cafe B does not really seek to duplicate what…

We Thought So

It’s always nice to receive validation from another source to affirm what you think you know. New Orleanians, being the basically self-absorbed-in-our-own-culture group that we are (and why not when you have the depth of culture that we enjoy?), have…

Shine a Light: Johnetta Pressley, Stopping Violence

Whether it’s the senseless shooting of Chef Nathanial Zimet or the equally senseless death of another youth in Central City, we all know violence pervades our daily existence. And many residents simply resign themselves to the idea that it is…

I Want to Go to the Beach

The thing about weekends is that they are too short.You know that song? The one I can't hear without thinking about Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley in their Saturday Night Live Chippendale's routine? "Everybody's workin' for the weekend." It's kind of…

New Orleans Voices Podcast: Audio Interview with Jean Fahr

Jean Fahr is Executive Director of Parkway Partners. Jean explains that Parkway Partners is an organization that connects New Orleans volunteers to the city's green spaces. Created in 1982, the organization began by organizing volunteers to maintain the city's neutral…

Lola From Azerbaijan

You may have missed Azerbaijan’s National Day celebration. I would have too except that I happened to be one of the tourists in Lafayette Park across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House this past May 28. People flying national flags…

Introducing Alex

Eve: One thing that New Orleans and Columbia, Mo., have in common is a very high turnover rate. People are always moving in and moving out and moving on. The big difference is that when people leave Columbia, they generally…

Youth in Revolt

Between my job and my child, I find myself in a lot of situations where I’m forced to make small talk. One of the most frequent questions I get –– and that I am reluctant to answer –– is fairly…

Rita Benson LeBlanc

Growing up, all of us have dreams – to become a doctor, a vet, a lawyer or whatnot. Somewhere out on a ranch in the Hill Country of Texas, one young girl didn’t dream of getting up at 4 a.m.…

Lin Emery

Graceful, flowing and modern, “Wave,” the sculpture situated in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art, is a an apt reflection of its maker: Lin Emery. Working as a kinetic sculptor since the 1960s, throughout her career Emery has…