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The Timeless Allure of Tattoos: Urban Primitives and the Culture of Body Modification

Tattoos have always been with us. There is nothing new about indelible images incised in the skin—tattoos are older than the hills. Of late, however, there seem to be a […]

Suzanne Vega, 99.9 F° (A&M Records)

It has always been regarded as an act of profound heresy when acoustic-folk musicians undergo a mysterious change of life and, throwing caution to the winds, goose their tunes to […]

Art’s Big Night Out

The Arts For Arts’ Sake Celebration Has Become A Populist Ritual In The Big Easy.   Among the arts of the Crescent City, the music, food and literature have long […]

Street Music

…A stranger to New Orleans…upon entering the square finds the multitude packed in groups of close, narrow circles, and in the center of each circle sits a musician… —Henry Edward […]

Jazz Art

In case you haven’t noticed, we live in a time and country where everyone is supposed to be a specialist—cosmetologist, urologist, dietician, mortician—you name it. In the U.S. of A. […]

Art: Robert Cary Tannen REPROspective

Robert Tannen is a hard guy to get a read on, at least in terms of most people’s expectations. A sculptor, architect and urban transportation planner, he purposely takes an […]

Cool: A Brief History

Chill out. Cool it. Be cool. Cool is a physical condition; sometimes a metaphysical condition, or even a psychic or stylistic condition. Cool is essential to survival. The extremes of […]

Revisionary Images

Visitors attending the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival enjoy a varied mix of local and regional as well as national performers. Throw in the kind of cuisine that abounds […]

Mardi Gras Mysteries

One of the strangest things about growing up in New Orleans is not the widespread frenzy of hedonism, crazed dancing in the streets and masking on the Tuesday before Lent—no, […]

Gospel! Religious Music in New Orleans

New Orleans has long been famous as a get-down music city of the first magnitude, but this party town is also prolifically endowed with a large number of churches as […]