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Cyberstalking and noise abatement

Today’s newspaper ran a brief article that reported that “noise” opponent and lawyer Stuart Smith pleaded guilty to a cyberstalking charge and was given a one-year suspended sentence, and two years of  inactive probation. Smith didn’t appear in court but sent another attorney to represent him. Smith was charged with sending a threatening text message [...]

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Information Geek Finds New Music Where?

I’m sort of an information geek, always have been. My mother used to call me a walking encyclopedia of useless information, because I love facts. In fact, I used to love to read the encyclopedia (when they still existed). But now pretty much all the information you’d ever be interested in is online. For a [...]

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Homogenous, we ain't...! (Photo: Kim Welsh)

Southern Decadent Culture and Lifestyle

How much thought do you give to your “culture and lifestyle”? Probably not that much, I would imagine. But the fact is that there are a lot of different kinds of cultures bubbling under the surface of the niceties that most of us observe as American “culture.” I think most everyone would admit there’s a [...]

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Tuba Skinny on Royal Street (Photo:

Survey says trad jazz

For the past couple of months, OffBeat has posted a survey on our website, just to get an idea of what our readers like, their opinions on political matters related to music, how they use information and more. Last week, we polled our readers and asked them “If you had one night to experience music [...]

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Fading away?

Ephemera, or the wonderful world of disposable information

The internet is wonderful, and opens up almost infinite possibilities for acquiring and seeking out new information; it’s had a profound impact on how we relate to the universe. It used to be we had encyclopedias, books, libraries, research information, photos and books in hard copies, but that’s changed so drastically. Take photography, for example. [...]

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All the beads, confetti. None of the bodily fluids.

The Faux and The Reel

For the past couple of days, I’ve been visually bombarded with a huge faux Mardi Gras parade outside my Frenchmen Street perch. A film crew, hundreds of costumed extras, a couple of confetti cannons, several fake Mardi Gras floats, a Toyota Camry outfitted with a camera, and at least as many film crew people closed [...]

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The Louis Armstrong Effect

Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans, but he didn’t stay in the city. This weekend is our annual Satchmo SummerFest, the festival that pays tribute to one of the musicians New Orleans claims as a “native son”: Louis Armstrong. Armstrong was born in a very poor section of New Orleans into relatively dire circumstances [...]

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An Outsider’s Perspective

Sometimes it’s so useful to see your universe from an outsider’s perspective. An old friend sent me some pages from the New York Review of Books that reviewed Richard Campanella’s Bourbon Street: A History and Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. I’ve started reading the latter, but stopped [...]

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Everything Old Can Be New Again

One of the better things about getting to be, shall we say, “advanced in years,” is that when things go around they tend to come around again, usually in a different format: everything old can be new again. It’s crazy that the pop stuff I was listening to in the late ‘70s and ‘80s whose [...]

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Buffa’s Sued Because of Music

Here we go again: Buffa’s Bar on Esplanade has been sued by Sidney Torres IV about the intolerable music that emanates from Buffa’s back room. Buffa’s has presented music at the bar for at least 30 years, testified the owners of the building. Here’s the situation, as simply as I can put it (see this article [...]

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