History+Culture

Julia Street Answers Your New Orleans Questions

Dear Julia, When I was a young child, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was located near where Xavier University is today and part of it was dedicated to a lady whose name was on the…

A Note from Bev

Suzanne Thomas, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Whitney Bank and a New Orleans Museum of Art Trustee, is pictured to celebrate Whitney Bank’s sponsoring “Art in Bloom” for another year! Other events coming to NOMA include: “Friday Nights at NOMA,” which feature…

Vintage Wedding: Ann Hall and Howard Barnett

May 4, 1952 Ann Hall met Howard Barnett on a blind date. She had just graduated from Stephens College and he was operating a successful sewing machine business in Meridian, Miss. Ann was hesitant to go out with Howard again,…

Save New Orleans’ World Trade Center

If the local World Trade Center had as many tenants as there have been failed plans to redevelop it, there would be no current controversy about what to do with the building. Its capacity would be full. Unfortunately, the building, which is located at what is often referred to as…

Summer Gallery Guide

From slow strolls to exciting auctions, find a way to enjoy the visual arts this summer.

Spencer Gray Jr.

This Ferriday artist draws cartoons with pots and pans. By John R. Kemp

The Music According to Gwen Thompkins

Gliding through traffic my car radio yielded the soft, mellifluous cadences of Allen Toussaint discussing Bright Mississippi – an album high in the New Orleans canon. The light was red at Carrollton and Washington avenues when Toussaint gave credit to…

A Guide To Events Around Louisiana

    NORTH LOUISIANA • July 13-21. Ruston Community Theatre “The King & I.” 212 N. Vienna, Ruston. (318) 255-1450. • July 13-14. Shop Til You Drop Arts, Craft & Gift Show. Bossier Civic Center, Bossier City. (318) 470-6714. •…

A Banjo Bridge From Senegal

The banjo has traveled a long and sinuous trail from its origins in West Africa to varied outposts of the Americas. Dozens of plucked lute or stringed instruments joined the family of orchestral or ensemble performers across the map of…

Bouncing Through the Night: Shortwave Memories

A vendor at the New orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival  programmed an app named “TuneIn” into my iPhone. “It’s free,” he told me, and with it you can reach 70,000 radio stations around the world. While the free part sounded…