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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 […]

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 […]

Mardi Gras should mean more

Did you have a good Mardi Gras? I did. The bad weather held off. My family and friends had a blast at our house, midway between St. Charles and the […]

A Month to Remember: New Orleans Shines in January

This past January was an eventful month of music in which New Orleans witnessed more highlights than most of the world’s top cultural cities experience in a year. Memorable shows […]

Will Ferrell Explains Bacchus to Letterman

Last night, Will Ferrell was a guest on Late Night with David Letterman, where he discussed his reign as King of Bacchus. A few details didn’t sound quite right—Bacchus on […]

Reflections on “The Day”

Mardi Gras was great; the weather cooperated; all relatives and family arrived safely and partied without incident throughout the weekend. When we were kids, my daddy used to leave very […]

Bad Apples

I’ve written many times about the issues of noise, safety, sanitation on Frenchmen Street, and wherever there’s music in the city. Most live music is played in bars, and bars breed […]

Treme Notes: Elie Marches

[Updated] Last season, one of the Treme storylines involved Antoine Batiste’s high school band wanting to play in a Mardi Gras parade. Sunday’s Krewe of Carrollton Parade tipped the direction […]

Festival Season Kicks Off Early

One thing I can say about the sports impacting New Orleans: we have hosted more major sports events than any other city in the US.  That means tourist dollars. Even […]

Prospect.2: Distractions on Parade

Hidden away in the back of the New Orleans Healing Center is a Prospect.2 show by Keith Duncan, whose work borrows from the folk art vocabulary though he has an […]