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Frenchmen Street Brass Band Controversy

Have you been on Frenchmen Street lately and heard the brass band? Remember that big lot on the corner of Frenchmen and Chartres where the brass band used to play every night? It’s gone. In its place is Dat Dog, a fine and welcome addition to the neighborhood. When construction on Dat Dog started some [...]

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French Quarter Fest Awaits

It’s hard to believe that French Quarter Fest is once again upon us, and, as usual, the weather appears to be sterling. Starting today is the 31st annual French Quarter Festival, an event that has created a niche of its own in the crowded springtime New Orleans festival arena. Twenty or so years ago French [...]

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Is New Orleans the new
San Francisco?

I am an avid subscriber to a lot of magazines, and one of my favorites is New York Magazine. There are a lot of interesting news pieces in it, written very thoughtfully. I’m just now getting around to reading the “Best of New York” issue from a few weeks ago—it’s busy around here—and I read [...]

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Jan and Ernie, enjoying the sunshine at the Jazz Fest press conference.

K-Doe and the Golden Rule

I miss K-Doe, I really do. I really miss Antoinette. I always had such admiration for her. She took Ernie, lifted him up, straightened him out and made him a real star, while at the same time she contributed to the community.  Antoinette was truly the Empress of the Universe. K-Doe is even a bigger [...]

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One of Tami Curtis' many musicians portraits: "BB King."

Italians Named Joseph

I’m married to a  Italian, no excuse me, a Sicilian, named Joseph. Now the upcoming week is important because less than a week from now, we’ll be celebrating St. Joseph’s Day (March 19), his “name day.” New Orleans is and has always been a very Catholic city, and as we know, the Catholic faith is [...]

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St. Charles shooting in 2009. (Photo: Toledo Blade)

Mardi Gras Without The Ammo

A relative of mine sent me a joke on Mardi Gras morning via email that at first glance, seemed pretty funny, in light of how much we use digital media to communicate: “A man received the following text from his neighbor: I am so sorry Bob.  I’ve been riddled with guilt and I have to confess.I [...]

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Keep The Music in Mardi Gras

Let’s face it: music during Mardi Gras is as essential as a good costume and red beans and rice simmering on the stove. Without the marching bands and Mardi Gras anthems—well, it just ain’t Mardi Gras. Last week I watched a marvelous program about New Orleans’ high school marching bands, and about the Roots of [...]

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Local attorney Stuart Smith tactics revealed in article

My blog has consistently identified local attorney Stuart Smith as the “puppetmaster” and bully behind the Vieux Carre Property Owners and Residents Association (VCPORA) and French Quarter Citizens’ efforts to pass a highly restrictive noise ordinance, which could potentially have a devastating effect on live music in the French Quarter, the Faubourg Marigny and the [...]

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WWOZ logo, 2014

WWOZ Expands with HD Station April 1, WWOZ-2

WWOZ, New Orleans best radio station–according to its multiple wins at OffBeat‘s Best of The Beat Awards–is expanding its presence by adding an HD radio station, to be called WWOZ-2. The new station should be operational as of April 1, according to Dwayne Breshears, ‘OZ’s long-time Program Director. “WWOZ-2 will give us the opportunity to [...]

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Bullying in New Orleans-Stuart Smith

Bullying Is As Bullying Does

Bullying is defined by Wikipedia as “is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively impose domination over others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power. Behaviors used to assert such domination can include verbal harassment [...]

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