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Gone Pecan?

We have a warehouse filled with OffBeat print archives, going back to 1988, from the time the magazine was printed on newsprint, pre-internet and pre-digital age. It’s entertaining and humbling […]

Is New Orleans A Music City?

We at OffBeat are pretty biased (well, probably more than a little biased) towards calling New Orleans a music city. In fact, we’ve even dubbed it the “most musical city […]

Save Armstrong Park

Armstrong Park is still not where it could be. It contains the birthplace of New Orleans music: Congo Square, arguably the most sacred music-related site in this city. Armstrong Park—once […]

New Atlantis, For Real

Have you read New Atlantis, John Swenson’s book about New Orleans music, post-Katrina? It could be a lot worse… It’s starting to cool off a little, although this year is […]

They Want To Be Told What To Do

Bet that image got your attention, didn’t it? Had a conversation with a friend this morning, discussing what works best in media. We came to the conclusion that readers aren’t as […]

Getting there, on two wheels or four

New Orleans may be finally coming of age, transportation-wise. The new Rampart Street streetcar should be open soon, and everyone has noticed the inclusion of bike lanes on many of […]

Will it ever be real?
Or just talk?

Everyone knows that America’s original art form, jazz, was born in New Orleans. New Orleans, in fact, is known worldwide for its jazz and jazz musicians. But the city is […]

Government Insanity

I suppose I consider myself to be someone who still has (what could be a radically misplaced) belief in the need for government. I do believe that government should serve […]

Rue St. Peter

Today we all said goodbye to a New Orleans one-of-a-kind: Pete Fountain. His funeral was fittingly held at St. Louis Cathedral, the New Orleans Catholic epitome of the highest honor […]

Spread Too Thin?

Supply and demand rules business. Demand drives the supply of business services. The businesses that are astute enough to accurately forecast a demand for a certain product can usually make […]