Al Hirt’s trumpet and Pete Fountain’s clarinet created the soundtrack of 1960s Bourbon Street. Both Hirt and Fountain were New Orleans’ natives who were huge national successes on radio and television. Both returned to New Orleans and established …
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Just as the New Orleans Pelicans — nee Hornets — stuck with the city through tough times after Hurricane Katrina, the team’s loyal fans have remained loyal to the team through its own ups and downs.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
“A Confederacy of Dunces” in many respects is like a deep underground guide to New Orleans. In the book, author and native John Kennedy Toole showcased the city’s grandeur and its decay. Toole’s rendering of the city’s seeming contradictions is br…
Friday, May 19, 2017
K&B was, and is still, beloved by New Orleans, not just because of its Creole ice cream or own line of YENDIS liquor: New Orleans embraced K&B because it was their drug store. K&B’s ever-present purple made clear the connection between…
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
New Orleans is arguably still reaping the benefits of the 1988 Republican National Convention, which for four days let the city showcase its food, music and hospitality to the nation.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Almost everyone sees floats during Mardi Gras. It’s only the lucky — and the determined — who see a small group of men parading in their skeleton costumes and handmade skulls early Mardi Gras morning. Others are lucky to catch glimpses of ladies i…
Monday, May 15, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Commander’s Palace may be a New Orleans’ institution — but the Garden District stalwart is a living, changing institution. It helped create New Orleans as a food destination, not only for traditional Creole dishes but for Creole food reimagined. T…
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Of the 106 historically black colleges and 251 Catholic colleges in the U.S., only one — Xavier University of Louisiana — is both Black and Catholic.
Friday, May 12, 2017
New Orleans is home to a football dynasty — the Mannings. The city has been a football town since even before the New Orleans Saints began playing here in 1967. But the multiple Super Bowl successes of New Orleans sons, Peyton and Eli Manning, has…
Thursday, May 11, 2017
In black and white, the photographs of Walker Evans capture the stark reality of New Orleans and Louisiana during the Great Depression. Evans came to New Orleans in 1935 to photograph the city and the region. A student of the documentary style of …
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Reportedly there were gambling halls before there were churches in New Orleans. After St. Louis Church was opened in 1727, gambling was outlawed during religious services and then altogether.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
A relative newcomer to the New Orleans’ tourism and art scenes, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art has become an anchor for both since opening on Camp Street.
Monday, May 08, 2017
When it was built in the 1830s, the New Orleans Mint was a physical acknowledgement of the city’s wealth and position in the country.
Sunday, May 07, 2017
The Ursuline nuns, sent to New Orleans by Pope Pius III and Louis XV of France in 1727, were a civilizing influence on the early development of the fetid and wild city. At least 12 nuns made the journey from France to start a school for young girl…
Saturday, May 06, 2017
New Orleans — at times decadent and over-the-top itself — seems like a natural spot for one of the largest gay festivals in the nation: Southern Decadence.
Friday, May 05, 2017
Morgus the Magnificent was a mad scientist, a weatherman and a movie host. But most of all Morgus was, and still is, a cultural icon for generations of New Orleanians.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
In the years after World War I, the cheap rents of the then decaying French Quarter began attracting artists, turning the French Quarter into a “bohemia” for writers, artists and actors.
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
New Orleans’ Lakefront Airport is as important for its art deco architecture as it is for its place in aviation history. The airport was built under the direction of Gov. Huey P. Long by the same architects that created Long’s famous 34-story art …
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Though not a native of New Orleans, or Louisiana, one of the city’s most famous sons, artist and naturalist John James Audubon, is irrevocably tied to the city because of the institutions named after him here.