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Supporting the new and
preserving the old

It behooves us to support the newcomers to our beautiful city—the young people who are not only enchanted by the wonders of living in New Orleans, but who also perceive […]

New Orleans is better, but where is UNO

As I drive around New Orleans, I’m constantly amazed by the amount of construction that’s going on and how the city is looking better and better. But then I read […]

Pay attention

Have you noticed any changes in your ability to concentrate? Pay attention? Filter out unwanted (or not urgent) stuff in your consciousness so that you can attend to it later […]

Mojo Mouth: Living in the “It” City

Since this column is written a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, and a month pre-Christmas, my “holiday season” mindset gets me thinking about the past year, family, friends and neighbors, […]

Enter the OffBeat Archives

Here’s a heads-up for readers under the age of 30: once you hit 25, you’re not really going to change much—in your mind. You’ll learn more (hopefully), which is the […]

Armstrong Park and festivals

The Treme Creole Gumbo Festival is this weekend in Armstrong Park. It’s one of my favorite small festivals that’s organized and presented by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation: […]

Meeting Ellis Marsalis in Paris

It was 1987 (pre-OffBeat), and I was really just getting into the New Orleans music scene, not really as a fan, but from a business standpoint. I had always been […]

What is Success?

This song by Allen Toussaint has always been a big favorite of mine. It clearly questions the meaning of a successful life: the pursuit of money, or doing the right […]

An Opportunity Awaits Someone with Vision in New Orleans

Just today, we got the news that New Orleans was passed over for the Super Bowl in 2018. That’s too bad, and not that smart on the part of the […]

Welcome to the Church of New Orleans

I recently had dinner with friends I’ve known since I was in grammar school, two people who became a couple in grammar school, got married and are still together. Pretty […]