Inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a steady din turned into a full-throated roar as the excitement of tens of thousands of Who Dats echoed against concrete and steel. A familiar rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In” gave way to the driving drums and piercing brass of the Ying Yang Twins’ anthem. It was only… Continue reading The Time I Ate Everything at the Superdome
[Here's a slightly longer version (approximately a 4 minute read) of a short article (2 minute read) that you can read in The New Orleans Advocate this week] ---------------------------------------------- Attendance eclipsing 210,000 people. Tourist revenue exceeding $250 Million. These aren’t statistics from Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest. These are the estimates from last year’s Southern… Continue reading What Brings Visitors Back to Southern Decadence Year after Year?
Candy commercials say, "There's no wrong way to eat a Reese's." Ron Swanson preaches, "There's no wrong way to consume alcohol." Serena Williams tells us, "There's no wrong way to be a woman." And Old El Paso dreams aloud of a world in which, "There's no wrong way to taco." Well, I spoke to organizers… Continue reading Red Dress Run organizers wants you to know there’s more to the run than meets the eye
New Orleans is known as "America's most French city." But acknowledging our French heritage is a lot more than bonjours, baguettes and beignets. This time of year it’s also about “Liberté, égalité, fraternité!” -- three pillars of the French Revolution and Bastille Day, whose anniversary is just a few days away. Fortunately, you don't have… Continue reading 5 Ways to Show off your Inner-Francophile this Bastille Day!
One of my favorite aspects of living in New Orleans is that it's full of people who imagine something that doesn't already exist in the city, and then they create it. Whether it's a brewery, a baseball league, a school, or a soccer supporter's club, NOLA is better because they imagine and then they build.… Continue reading The Royal Court is in session: local soccer fans get a little crazy at New Orleans Jesters games
Privileged New Orleanians have a centuries-long history of escaping the city during these long, summer months. Insect-borne diseases, and other nuisances, made it something one's life depended on. These days, many in NOLA still head out of town when the the weather gets hot, and those that stay often bemoan how "dead" the city gets… Continue reading Sports addicts looking for a summer fix? No sweat!
I've spent a little bit of this afternoon re-reading some of my old posts, searching for bits I might read at the event I'm speaking at next Tuesdays (you're invited -- RSVP and come on out!). I was reading through Part 11, the last one, and was looking at the section where I describe the… Continue reading Same Quote, Six Months, Two Meanings
Hey guys! The Artists Entrance at Southport Hall hosts these great monthly events where they bring in a local musician, local artist, and local writer to perform, display, read or generally speak about their work. I'm the featured writer for this month and I'd love it if you came out on Tuesday, May 29, at 6pm. It'd… Continue reading I’m Presenting on Tuesday, May 29 — Check it Out!
In our most recent episode of Top 5-04: The Podcast, we attempted to come up with a list of the Top 5 Bars on Bourbon Street, New Orleans' most notorious strip of debauchery. My co-host, Alex, makes an impassioned argument against the street, calling it unsafe, deriding the people who choose to hang out there,… Continue reading A Case Against A Case Against Bourbon Street
Hola! I saw Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs a couple of weeks ago, and I've ended up in a bunch of conversations about it. Sometimes the conversation is about the way he builds a world, sometimes it's about his use of the Japanese language and how he was able to avoid subtitles, and sometimes -- often --… Continue reading Isle of Dogs (I Love Dogs?) and Secondary Characters