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The UpStairs Lounge Tragedy: Now A Musical

Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:52:04 +0000

Here is a conundrum: since fourth grade I’ve been involved in theatre, I have a degree in theatre, and I currently work with a theatre company in New Orleans. Some of the first shows I ever did in the theatre were musicals. And yet: I hate musicals. “Hate” is a strong word. Let me rephrase that: […]

Hints From A Homo: Things To Remember During Carnival & MardiGras

Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:40:40 +0000

If you’re heading to New Orleans within the next few weeks, there are plenty of ways find Carnival-themed fun.* Gambit’s Best of New Orleans website is a great place to start your research, and if you like the printed word, every Walgreens in town has copies of Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide. I’ve also cobbled […]

Dear Media Idiots: Hurricane Isaac Is Not Hurricane Katrina

Mon, 27 Aug 2012 19:02:28 +0000

Let’s get one thing clear: Hurricane Isaac — or, at the moment, Tropical Storm Isaac — is not Hurricane Katrina. Katrina was a monster, scaling the heights of the Saffir-Simpson scale to become a rare Category 5. Katrina was also huge. At one point, she covered almost the entire Gulf of Mexico. Worse, Katrina arrived […]

The Bon Appetit Grub Crawl: A Tour Of French Quarter Cuisine

Fri, 29 Jun 2012 17:36:48 +0000

The New Orleans MetBlog is happy to present a guest post by culinary historian Elizabeth Pearce. She recently attended the Bon Appetit Grub Crawl, which led foodies through a range of French Quarter eateries to sample new dishes.  * * * * * One of the great things about food festivals is the opportunity to […]

Hello, Texas Friends! Have You Read Your State’s Republican Party Platform?

Wed, 27 Jun 2012 15:26:46 +0000

…because it’s pretty depressing. I can’t imagine that Louisiana’s is much better, but at least our creepy, backwards-looking, misogynist, white supremacists have been quieter about it. (And lazier: they haven’t posted an update to their obnoxious 2008 platform.) Anyway, here are some of the high low points. There’s a lot more here. Not recommended on an […]

Tonight In New Orleans: Pause4Dinner, Supporting The LASPCA

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 13:45:29 +0000

Just a reminder that tonight is the Louisiana SPCA’s annual “Pause4Dinner” event. If you want to give the organization a leg (or a paw) up in helping strays and other animals in need, all you have to do is grab a bite tonight at any of these participating restaurants. Each and every one of them […]

Why Isn’t New Orleans’ Mayor Supporting Marriage Equality?

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:43:46 +0000

At last week’s U.S. Conference of Mayors, nearly 80 of those in attendance voiced their support for marriage equality. In that number: mayors of places like Lima, Ohio and Hallandale Beach, Florida. New Orleans didn’t make the cut. Now, I like Mitch Landrieu. I like him a lot. He’s one of the smartest men I’ve […]

Much Of America Still Hates Louisiana (And Our Congressional Delegation Isn’t Helping)

Fri, 02 Sep 2011 22:46:15 +0000

Many of us bitch and moan about the commenters on To the site’s credit, it’s doing a better job of moderating these days, but it’s still pretty easy to find racist, homophobic, inflammatory remarks lurking below the fold. I mean, I’m not asking anyone to curtail her right to free speech — if you […]

Hurricane Katrina, Or, Enough Already, Lady

Mon, 29 Aug 2011 20:05:38 +0000

Six years after the fact, you’d think that most of us in New Orleans would be tired of talking about Hurricane Katrina. We are. That’s not to say that everything’s as it was. That’s not to say that everyone has come home. And that’s certainly not to say that people, communities, and the city we […]

Hurricane Irene: Be Prepared (And Please Don’t Blame The Gays)

Thu, 25 Aug 2011 17:10:17 +0000

Since New Orleans isn’t directly in the path of Hurricane Irene, I haven’t heard as much discussion about the storm and all that she threatens to disrupt as I normally would. But of course, Irene is likely to cause a lot of damage, and at the very least, she’ll put a serious damper on people’s […]