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Aging to Perfection

Okay, I’m going to tell you something about myself: I’m not exactly what they used to call a “spring chicken.” Far from it. In fact, today (October 1) is a […]

Same As It Ever Was

It was about this time of year back in 1989, when I got a call from a guy who said he was working for the Times-Picayune. He wanted to talk […]

New Orleans Means Music

Here we go again. Over the past few years New Orleans businesses who feature music have fought against neighborhood associations and aggressive plaintiff attorneys over the noise ordinance. This isn’t new; […]

WWOZ Continues to Expand

WWOZ is one of the city’s more outstanding cultural success stories, and is one of the better-financed non-profits, which has allowed it to continue to expand its operations. Radio station […]

The Legend of Bunny Matthews

Bunny Matthews is a true original and a New Orleans literary and artistic legend. In his own time. For those of you who aren’t aware, OffBeat published Bunny Matthews’ Vic […]

Can musicians make a living wage in New Orleans?

It’s no secret that most musicians in New Orleans (well, most musicians anywhere) have a hard time making a living wage. Musicians gigs don’t make much, for the most part. […]

Culture Creators Complain But There Are Solutions

I’m going to make this quick; it’s 10 p.m. and finishing the Weekly Beat has been a multi-hour quest for me (we’re short-staffed at the moment, and I was in […]

Tooting Our Horns

By the time this issue comes out, we will be right on top of the “Katrina Weekend” and probably hundreds of “celebrations” of New Orleans’ survival and prosperity (despite the […]

Soul in The Machine?

Last night Joseph and I were sitting around with a bunch of friends, aged probably from around 45 to 70 (and even some in her 20s), discussing all the technological […]

Hurricane Katrina is Coming…Back

Hurricane Katrina is coming…back. Everywhere I look, everything I read, everything I hear is about Katrina and how New Orleans has “come back” in the 10 years since the Federal […]