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Taxing Liquor during Mardi Gras

What do we do during Mardi Gras? We costume. We party. We drink. We visit with our friends. We listen to music. We drink. We parade. We catch beads and […]

Scandinavian Jazz Church Revival

Do you know anything about Scandinavia? Did you know they are crazy in love with New Orleans jazz? Americans know that Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark and sometimes Finland and Iceland) […]

What’s Mardi Gras, if not for Bunny?

In 1835, James R. Creecy described New Orleans Mardi Gras in his book Scenes in the South, and Other Miscellaneous Pieces: Shrove Tuesday [Mardi Gras] is a day to be […]

Acculturation is not a privilege, it’s a right; it’s the future

Acculturation, is defined as “The learning of the ideas, values, conventions, and behavior that characterize a social group. Acculturation is also used to describe the results of contact between two […]

New Orleans, The Party Town, Closing Early?

New Orleans is a late-night town, always has been. When other cities get their night life going at nine or 10 p.m., New Orleans sometimes doesn’t start to really percolate […]

Best of The Beat Is
A Beautiful Thing

Last Wednesday evening, we presented the annual OffBeat Music & Cultural Arts Foundation’s Best of The Beat Lifetime Achievement Awards and Music Business Awards at the Orpheum Theater. This is […]

Bourbon Street Needs Fixing

Groups including the Bourbon Street Business League, which represents Bourbon Street businesses, the French Quarter Advocates (containing primarily residents) and others are weighing in on a city plan to make […]

Chewbacchus vs. Tradition

Yesterday’s Jarvis DeBerry’s column recaps last week’s brouhaha over whether or not the Krewe of Chewbacchus should call a parade a tribute to Carrie Fisher a “second line.” I myself once gently […]

New Kid on The Radio: WHIV-FM 102.3

When I first heard it, the name kind of threw me off: a musician was in the OffBeat office recently and told me he had a show on a local […]

Happy Safe New Year!

New Orleans has experienced one of the more violent months in years. Of course, everyone in the hospitality industry hates when this fact is covered on local media, much less […]