Art Collective Hool Studios Embodies the Collaborative Spirit of New Orleans

By Adin Charasz Jack “Dutch” Allen Jr., Sam Davis, and Gabe Cohen set up their instruments in a small room. Amplifier cables and guitar picks clutter the floor. Cohen sits at the drum set in the corner of the room. The three twenty-one-year-old men are members of New Orleans art collective Hool Studios. The group… Read More Art Collective Hool Studios Embodies the Collaborative Spirit of New Orleans

Deutsches Haus, a Decade Outside the UMC Footprint

By Corey DiBiase The signs started popping up in 2008, stuck into front lawns from Mid-City to Metairie – “Save The Haus! The Deutsches Haus, since 1928.” Only shortly before, the Deutsches Haus, New Orleans’ 92-year-old German cultural organization, started receiving news of the joint city-state plan to build a new hospital complex in the… Read More Deutsches Haus, a Decade Outside the UMC Footprint

Why 26 Million People Have Mailed Their Spit and Why You Should Too

By Cassie Nguyen When Molly’s mom passed on decades worth of research about their family to her in 1984, she wasn’t quite sure where to start. Although she was only a recent college graduate and had little experience in how to do genealogical research, she tried to dig deeper. Unfortunately, the Donovan family research went… Read More Why 26 Million People Have Mailed Their Spit and Why You Should Too

Dolls, Curses, and Misconceptions

By Kate Vannini “Everything contains a spirit. Everything. There is nothing that happens in the natural world that hasn’t happened in the spiritual world first.” Tourists think they know “Voodoo”. Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo sits on Bourbon Street, Reverend Zombie’s House of Voodoo just a few doors down. The Voodoo Bone Lady Bone Shop… Read More Dolls, Curses, and Misconceptions

The COVID Pandemic and a New Orleans Musician’s Fight for Sobriety

By Katey Greer “Here, wear this.” MC was handed a risqué one-piece lingerie item that looked like it belonged to a model in a Playboy Magazine. The racy piece covered MC’s body with intertwining snakes. MC had never felt so vulnerable. The “Liberating Lingerie Party” was happening at Gasa Gasa on Freret Street right next… Read More The COVID Pandemic and a New Orleans Musician’s Fight for Sobriety

The Restorative Force of Chess: Overcoming the Most Destructive Hurricane in Louisiana History

By Nate Cowan            By all standards, Jude Acers is a world-renowned chess player. At 17 years old, he received the distinguished title of National Master (NM) by the US Chess Federation. According to US Chess Online 2004, there were 691 active NMs, placing Jude in the 99th percentile of registered players. Those most familiar with… Read More The Restorative Force of Chess: Overcoming the Most Destructive Hurricane in Louisiana History