Culture

  • Recollections of Serving as a Juror in a Civil and Criminal Case

    Recollections of Serving as a Juror in a Civil and Criminal Case

    So many people lament and can't wait to try one excuse after another to get out of the so-called “dreaded Jury Duty” obligation. Not me – I was excited when...

  • Nate the Great OR Missed By That Much

    Nate the Great OR Missed By That Much

    Fred (to the porch): “Hey guys, y’all ready for the storm?” Ned: “We got cigarettes and beer. We okay.” Ted: “I’m just gonna get...

  • One Week in Bangkok: <em>The King and I</em> Comes to the Saenger Theatre

    One Week in Bangkok: The King and I Comes to the Saenger Theatre

    Some things in life are just classics. Like khaki shorts, cheese puffs, Taco Tuesdays, and Seinfeld reruns. And the musical, The King and I. Written by the famed musical duo...

  • Chanel No. 5, Gleaning and Thanksgiving!

    Chanel No. 5, Gleaning and Thanksgiving!

    The San Joaquin Valley in California is known for its abundance as a provider of many great agricultural products – especially fruits – for this country and...

  • New Orleans Flaunts its Weirdness at the New Orleans Weird Homes Tour

    New Orleans Flaunts its Weirdness at the New Orleans Weird Homes Tour

    Fans of the weird and quirky came out Saturday for the first annual “New Orleans Weird Homes Tour.” In a self-guided tour all around the city, fans of the odd and...

  • My Other Neighborhood

    My Other Neighborhood

    This November marks two years in our relocated shop. Boyfriend and I moved our business here after 10 years in the Quarter. Two questions are asked of us most every day:...

  • Free People of Color: New Orleans?s Third Society

    Free People of Color: New Orleans's Third Society

    It might be important to note, as we reach our 300th birthday, that New Orleans is not what can be considered an old settlement/colony, and that for over 200 years before us, the...

  • A Streetcar Named Desire & Thanksgiving

    A Streetcar Named Desire & Thanksgiving

    Back in 2010, I went into New Orleans to visit with Maria V., an out-of-town friend who was attending the annual National Education Association conference for teachers. Maria had...

  • The Final Resting Places of Storyville?s Finest

    The Final Resting Places of Storyville’s Finest

    Storyville may not exist anymore, but it’s hard to erase the memory of the people who once worked, fought, fell in love, and lived there. According to Storyville, New...

  • <em>Escape to Margaritaville</em> Ends a Week of Tropical Fun at the Saenger Theatre

    Escape to Margaritaville Ends a Week of Tropical Fun at the Saenger Theatre

    Frozen cocktails. Fruity umbrella drinks. Sandy beaches and teal blue waters. Palm frond-thatched gazebos guarded by tanned cabana boys... Everyone has their idea of a...

  • Will Louisiana Government Ever Consider Online Gambling Regulation?

    Will Louisiana Government Ever Consider Online Gambling Regulation?

    Louisiana has played an important role in the spread of organized gambling in the United States. It was the entry point of popular casino games like blackjack and roulette to the...

  • The Real Voodoo Behind The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

    The Real Voodoo Behind The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

    Let’s paint a picture. One with crowds of people dressed in a wide array of costumes. Some of them are rather frightening, while others decide to take a more comical route,...

  • Halloween and <em>Morgus the Magnificient</em>

    Halloween and Morgus the Magnificient

    “What are you gonna wear tonight for Halloween?” I asked my neighborhood buddy, Steve, who lived on Audubon Street not far from my Broadway and Spruce house...

  • Memories of How The Joy of Writing Began For Me

    Memories of How The Joy of Writing Began For Me

    I am writing this Where Y'at submission in thanksgiving for Mr. Greg Langley, former Advocate News Features Editor, who helped encourage this neophyte of an author in a...

  • Memories Cast

    Memories Cast

    The skillet sits upon the display shelf of kitchenware. The bio written on its price tag states: Made in Birmingham, Alabama, circa 1940. “NO 8” branded on the bottom....

  • Southern Rep Theatre's <em>Fun Home</em> is Fun and So Much More

    Southern Rep Theatre's Fun Home is Fun and So Much More

    “I leapt out of the closet, and four months later, my father killed himself by stepping in front of a truck” –Alison Bechdel. Fun Home is a...

  • You Are So Beautiful To Me

    You Are So Beautiful To Me

    “How about a love song for y'all?” I asked the cheerful and loving caregiver for an elder client, whom I was making a home visit with. “Sure,” Cher...

  • Become a Vampire VIP With Jonathan Weiss

    Become a Vampire VIP With Jonathan Weiss

    If there’s one truth about New Orleans culture today, it’s that there are a ton of tours out there, and they all claim to have the inside scoop on what New Orleans is...

  • A Lesson on Anger Management

    A Lesson on Anger Management

    Using the analogy of a traffic light to understand human behavior - especially when we need to appropriately use anger, which seems to be so rampantly inappropriately expressed...

  • Restauran Tissue OR Chez Wha?

    Restauran Tissue OR Chez Wha?

    Welcome, my friends, to the show that never ends—1,500 restaurants and counting in New Orleans, and not counting filling stations, bars, and stores (convenience, Mom and Pop,...

  • A Halloween Fantasy... with Apes

    A Halloween Fantasy... with Apes

    It's Monday, October 31st in the year 2024, and life as we knew it has changed drastically forever since World War III destroyed most of the earth. Who would have...

  • Halloween Around the World

    Halloween Around the World

    Known for its haunted history, vampires, Voodoo and unique cemeteries, New Orleans may be one of the creepiest cities around. Of course, this is no shade to the best city in the...

  • Surviving The Debacle

    Surviving The Debacle

    There are those of us who are drawn to the political and social events of these trying times like moths to a flame (blow torch). I am a news junkie. And while I question the...

  • Where Y'at Chat - October 2017 at Napoleon's Itch

    Where Y'at Chat - October 2017 at Napoleon's Itch

    Where Y’at Chat Questions (October 2017): It's Where Y'at's Fall Restaurant Guide issue! What New Orleans restaurant has the best food, service, and...

  • The Glue That Holds Us All Together...

    The Glue That Holds Us All Together...

    Dish analogy, BRAN: this is what I developed and presented in February 2006 at the first BRAN (Baton Rouge Aging Network) meeting—when so many providers of elder care...

  • Lunch at Mother's with Daddy

    Lunch at Mother's with Daddy

    How can I forget my treasured memories of my late mom and dad?   If you're a “full-fledged 'Yat Native'” like me who grew up on Broadway...

  • Love Laments

    Love Laments

    Once in a blue moon—like when I buy a lottery ticket that I just know is gonna be a winner—I think of moving away, perhaps to Costa Rica, Paris, or Greece. Sometimes I...

  • On Higher Learning or School Daze

    On Higher Learning or School Daze

    It’s the election cycle, football season, dirty laundry is waist high, and it’s ladies night at your local pub … Forget it! You’ve got homework assignments...

  • Just A Waitress

    Just A Waitress

    Her answer to my question was "just a waitress". These are three words I never enjoy hearing. This is a response that doesn’t begin to give meaning or full credit...

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