By Jack Blitz As New Orleans grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, coronavirus cases are continuing to surge, and the food industry is struggling to hold on. Local restaurants are taking massive hits, with the lucky ones staying open and switching to takeout and delivery business models. While this is temporarily sustainable for some small businesses,… Read More Social Media: A Possible Cure for COVID-19 Infected Restaurants?
By Melanie Carbery To the unfamiliar northerner, more accustomed to distinct seasons, spring in New Orleans seems to be nothing more than a whisper. If you aren’t paying close enough attention, you just might mistake it for an early arm of summer. For those more acquainted with the city, spring is easily recognizable by the… Read More Taking a Jazz Rest: Life as a Musician in Quarantine
By Isabelle Haines There are things about Herbert Singleton, the renowned New Orleans folk artist, that any museum plaque can tell you. The simple facts of his life are dates and places: born in Algiers in 1945, died in Algiers in 2007. The living in between is harder to pin down – Singleton led a… Read More Herbert Singleton: The Life in His Art
By Pawan Bhat Many cultures use sport as a means to connect, and the Indian community in New Orleans is no stranger to this. On a Sunday afternoon on the John Bennett Johnson quad at Tulane, Indian students can be seen playing a game involving a bat, a ball, and some rod protrusions from the… Read More Desi Voices around a Quarantined New Orleans
By Max Cohen Unique, lively, and fearlessly authentic, the Jews of New Orleans have carved out a multi-dimensional identity in a culturally crowded city. (A testament to the ethno-cultural group’s success: The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience is to open in the French Quarter this fall.) What does it look like to practice the… Read More The Jews of New Orleans
By Sophie Brams The Agriculture Street landfill was closed in the late 1950s. In 1981, a neighborhood was built on top of it. In 1994, it was declared a superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency. In the 1990s the fight for relocation began. And yet, the neighborhood, Gordon Plaza, still stands despite high levels… Read More A Toxic Existence
By: Crawford Peyton Around 8:30 pm most nights, Mar* fondly remembers how she would be backstage with her coworkers preparing herself for the nightshift as a dancer at one of Bourbon Street’s more popular strip clubs; that was before her place of employment announced its indefinite closure, leaving her and her friends with few options. … Read More New Orleans, A Neglectful Home for its Money-Makers: How The City’s Hostility Towards its Dancers is Running Them out of Business