After Hours

The Early Option Shapes Up at Music Clubs

Remember when the party didn’t even start until 10 p.m., and when nothing really happened before midnight anyway? Of course you remember. It was when you were 22 years old. Who could forget the glory? But things have changed, and…

Where To Get a Daiquiri This Month

If the pint of beer is the trusty pick-up truck, and the craft cocktail the luxe town car, the daiquiri must be the crotch rocket speed bike – bright, loud, kind of crass and, even for those who profess to…

'It’s a Love Thing' on Freret This Friday

Gasa Gasa is a brand new venue, but this Friday, July 26, it will be the location of an event tapping something that has long been part of the New Orleans cultural scene – the power of a community to…

The Art and Practice of Streetcar Watching

Here at the bottom of a New Orleans summer it’s advisable to get your strenuous physical activity in early. The latter day hours, after the streets, the sidewalks and everything you might happen to touch has a chance to really…

A Roving, Community-Minded Happy Hour

I confess that I was not expecting last Friday’s happy hour to take me to Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, but that’s where the instructions I’d received earlier that day pointed me. From the start I knew this was going to…

Music and Parties in the Park and at the Point

It can be easy to forget that Armstrong Park is a public resource, especially when it’s quiet and ringed by fences. But its potential becomes much more clear when the park is ringing with music, and filled from gate to…

Pre-Gaming at Big Mama’s Lounge

Pre-gaming, it turns out, is not just for sports fans. The same impulse that sees people partying together before they head into the Superdome inspires friends to meet up before the concert, preferably at an inexpensive bar located near the…

Biking and Boogeying on the Bayou

Natural splendor is great and all, but in New Orleans we tend to get our kicks from cultural expressions more than scenic vistas. Of course, we have scads of the former and hardly any of the latter in our flat,…

Moving Slowly, and Socially, in the Post-Fest Afterglow

As each day of Jazz Fest ends, a great rush ensues, with buses and cabs, the SUVs of VIPs, flocks of bicyclists and thousands of pedestrians all pressing out from the Fair Grounds vicinity. People are headed home, to their…

A Three-Day Argument to 'Bring Back Jimmy’s'

When there’s a New Orleans cause, a fundraiser, a rally or some need for a community to come together, it’s often our clubs, music halls and bars that step in to host. That’s the case with a three-day event that…

Books and Booze at the Backspace Bar

Here’s some writer’s humor for you:   Q: How do you know when there’s a writer at a party? A: Don’t worry, he’ll tell you eventually.   Accomplished writers who need no introduction – and plenty of others aspiring to…

This Week's Must-See Events

Well, that was quick. Even with a relatively early Mardi Gras this year, the “break” we get between Carnival season and the start of Louisiana’s springtime festival season never feels all that long – barely enough time to catch your…

New Watering Holes Pouring On Freret Street

With restaurants opening so rapidly along Freret Street, it’s worth remembering that it was a bar that first led people back to take a fresh look at this historic commercial stretch. The bar was Cure, which opened in 2009, bringing…

Parade Route Bar Bounce: Have Go-Cup, Will Crawl

The best-prepared Carnival revelers stock up for the parade route as if they're spending a day tailgating. They have grills and folding tables full of food and coolers loaded with drinks. They look like they have the right idea, but…

A Jaw-Dropping Jam at a Mid-City Crossroads

A guy in a ski sweater is on stage at d’mac’s Bar & Grill (542 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, 304-5757), taking a pristine, vintage Gibson guitar on an extended blues rip. Later, a shy-looking woman in Chucks and a sweatshirt…

Pints with the Pets at the Rusty Nail

If you’ve ever met one, you probably already know that dogs are very social animals. The same goes for New Orleanians. Put the two together and what do you have? In the case of an event planned for early Thursday…

Lobbying for Holiday Cheer

When you’re stringing lights on palm trees while swatting away mosquitoes in temperatures that barely qualify as sweater weather, it can be hard to fully grasp that Christmas is right around the corner.   But for me, one sign of…

Fun Under the Frescoes: Paul Sanchez at St. Alphonsus

A great singer/songwriter can weave a story that transports you, and sometimes a great venue can pull off the same trick, too. That’s the double bill promised tonight when Paul Sanchez takes the “stage” to begin a new concert series…

Tricks, Treats and Throws Along the Halloween Parade Route

I was a passionate trick-or-treater as a candy-addled kid, so today I am committed to enabling and encouraging trick-or-treating as a candy-buying grown up. When dusk settles in tonight, I will be on my front porch, candles lit, windows open,…

Down in the Tremé

When the world comes to party in New Orleans, it often heads straight to the French Quarter. This week, however, a series of celebrations and events shifts the focus a bit to the neighborhood just next door, Tremé, the mixing…

Weather to Whet the Thirst

The cool winds blew in Monday, and all over New Orleans off went the A/C units, out came the boots and scarves and up shot the interest in anywhere at all to sit outside and revel in it. Summer is…

Gigs Galore as New Orleans Gets Its Autumn Groove

When I asked a friend what he had in mind for a night on the town recently, his reply was a text message listing gig after gig around town. We needed Jazz Fest-style schedule cubes just to understand all of…

Partying and Previewing at Culture Collision

It was certainly hard to believe when we were stuck in the sweaty doldrums after Hurricane Isaac, but one of the perennial glory times of life in Louisiana is on the way.  Fall will be here soon, and in addition…

BYOB Boxing at Friday Night Fights

If the prospect of boxing calls to mind old-fashioned images of the sweaty, dimly-lit gym or the cigar-chomping manager yelling from the turnbuckle, you might need to update your expectations a bit for this weekend’s Friday Night Fights on Freret…

The Circle Bar and Siberia: Please Don’t Stop the Music

Before Frenchmen Street was on the must-do list for any well-informed visitor to New Orleans, it was that scary area just over the line from the French Quarter that hotel concierges would warn their guests not to cross. Music clubs…