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Ephemera, or the wonderful world of disposable information

The internet is wonderful, and opens up almost infinite possibilities for acquiring and seeking out new information; it’s had a profound impact on how we relate to the universe. It […]

The Faux and The Reel

For the past couple of days, I’ve been visually bombarded with a huge faux Mardi Gras parade outside my Frenchmen Street perch. A film crew, hundreds of costumed extras, a […]

Louis Armstrong Will Always be Important to Jazz

We’re happy to present our annual August “Satchmo SummerFest” issue. It focuses, in large part, on New Orleans’ traditional jazz community and legacy—which, of course, is influenced by the spirit […]

The Louis Armstrong Effect

Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans, but he didn’t stay in the city. This weekend is our annual Satchmo SummerFest, the festival that pays tribute to one of the […]

An Outsider’s Perspective

Sometimes it’s so useful to see your universe from an outsider’s perspective. An old friend sent me some pages from the New York Review of Books that reviewed Richard Campanella’s […]

Everything Old Can Be New Again

One of the better things about getting to be, shall we say, “advanced in years,” is that when things go around they tend to come around again, usually in a […]

Buffa’s Sued Because of Music

Here we go again: Buffa’s Bar on Esplanade has been sued by Sidney Torres IV about the intolerable music that emanates from Buffa’s back room. Buffa’s has presented music at […]

What is Independence Anyway?

Independence Day is this Friday, and we’ll all be off celebrating with family and friends with barbecues, maybe some fireworks (please be careful), and some road trips for the long […]

Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Studio Needs a Documentary

Last night I watched a wonderful documentary, Muscle Shoals, highly recommended for anyone who was/is a fan of Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, the Allman Brothers, the Stones and on and […]

Dumb and getting dumber

I awoke to a terrible text and email this morning: someone had been shot on Frenchmen Street last night by some idiots in a car in the 500 block of […]