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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 […]

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 […]

No Need For Sacred Debutantes, Send Me A Meme

Once again, the debutantes are upon us. It’s “the season.” You’d think that more locals would be able to come up with some hilarious New Orleans memes. Well. I wish someone would […]

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 […]

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 […]

Boy Is It Hot…

When OffBeat first started, I was much younger, full of a lot more ambition than now, and I could never understand why things in New Orleans slowed down to a […]

New Orleans 2.0, or Tell Me Why You Live Here

New Orleans used to be a pretty cheap and affordable place to live. But that’s changed a lot over the past three to five years. You can’t find a decent […]

Musings on a Train

I’ve been traveling to and from Baton Rouge a lot lately. My mother is ill, and it’s becoming a routine trip. Funny, BR is only a little over an hour […]

A Lot To Be Thankful For

It’s such a cliché, but when one perceives what’s going on at this moment in time, all I can say is that I am so thankful to have my family […]

Progress?

Undeniably, New Orleans is changing. It’s becoming more modern, and in some ways, a lot less charming than it used to be. Why? “Progress.” One of the things that always […]