I'm a BIG movie fan, averaging at least a movie in theaters each week. Often, that means going to a 9:30pm showing at Canal Place by myself. That's usually no problem, though it got a little weird recently when I went to see Christopher Robin, starring Ewan McGregor and Winnie-the-Pooh. I'm a big Ewan McGregor… Continue reading The 29th Annual NOLA Film Fest (Haines’ Picks)
In September I took on a gig teaching an after-school Storytelling class to second graders for an hour or two each weekday as part of the program, Community Works. I was excited to share my passion for writing with kids, and I was not at all bummed that it happened to pay pretty well! There… Continue reading The Day I Learned I Have a Widow’s Peak
I'm not a fan of networking. I'm probably an extrovert, but we're all some sort of introvert-extrovert balance, I think, and going someplace in which I'm not sure I know someone can be a major anxiety-inducing ordeal. Case in point was a wedding I went to this weekend. I know the groom -- we used… Continue reading Using Dinner for “Brain Gain” Instead of “Brain Drain.”
Two things have got me thinking more about the way we use our streets lately. One is I've been working on a piece for The Advocate about the three-month bike infrastructure demonstration project going on in the CBD and French Quarter. The other is a recent trip to Charlotte in which I encountered an app-based… Continue reading Thinking About New Orleans’ Streets: Part 1
I'm a big fan of theater, so this article was a lot of fun to research. Seeing plays was one of my favorite things to do when I lived in New York City (it felt like there were hundreds of options every night). While there aren't limitless works going on here in New Orleans, there's… Continue reading Tons of Great Theater This Season in New Orleans!
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