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The Intoxicology Report

One Week of Gin

Welcome to the Intoxicology Report, a drinking journey with a few recommendations and a few lessons. This column is dedicated to my experience consuming one variety of alcohol for seven days straight. This time, we take on gin, my favorite spirit. No, it doesn’t always taste like Christmas trees. Yes, it is the basis for some of the best cocktails from which you ever need take a lingering sip.


The Intoxicology Report

One Week of Tequila

Welcome to the Intoxicology Report, a drinking journey with a few recommendations and a few lessons. This column is dedicated to my experience consuming one variety of alcohol for seven days straight. Ahead of National Tequila Day on July 24th, we begin with the spirit from our southern neighbor, and a favorite of 20-somethings everywhere. Shots!


The Showman

Johnny Azari Talks Transition From Blues Music to Stand-Up Comedy

A little more than two years ago, Johnny Azari would probably have called himself a musician. But now, the multi-hyphenate artist would count stand-up comedy at the top of his résumé, above his years in music production and his sprawling delta blues career. Fresh off of a 20-state tour across America, where he recorded both an audio album and debut comedy special called The Revolution Will Be Hilarious, Azari spoke with NoDef about everything from life on the road to new marriages and new presidents. 


Today in NOLA 6.29.17

This Thursday, get to talkin’ jazz, enjoy the talents of Andrew Duhon, support a smashing of stigma, lhear some stories at one of the city's most unique venues, or cool off with some free ice cream and comedy. On this day in 1967, famous actress Jayne Mansfield was killed in a car accident along Hwy 90. She was not decapitated, contrary to popular belief. Her children, including Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson on Law and Order: SVU) were also in the accident. Now, more to do today. 

Today in NOLA 6.16.17

This Friday, kick your adventures this weekend off with some brand new tunes, a journey through chamber opera, some sweet Egyptian Lover, or a celebration of 25 great years of NOLA sounds. Emmett Louis Hardy died this day in June in 1925 shortly after his 22nd birthday. He was a early jazz cornet player and one of the best-regarded New Orleans musicians of his generation. Now, read on for more Friday happenings. 

The Art of Activism

Picolla Tushy's 'Resist This' Series Blends Politics with Performance

Resist This, an ongoing activism-infused affair presented by Picolla Tushy with her troupe The Bluestockings, held its June edition on Saturday (6.10) night at Sidney's Saloon. The intimate night weaved burlesque, comedy, music, poetry, and vaudevillian varieties to raise funds and awareness for the LGBT Community Center, during New Orleans' Pride weekend. 

Today in NOLA 5.23.17

Today, catch a reading from the author of one of the summer’s hottest literary hits, cool down with some French cinema, catch a bolt of Brass Lightning or revisit a well loved superhero film with a new twist. Today in 1939, workers began construction on a sand beach located at Elysian Fields and Lakeshore Drive at what would become Pontchartrain Beach. Now, more on what to do this Tuesday. 

Today in NOLA 4.25.17

Today, live out your La La Land fantasy when d.b.a. is transformed into the film's jazz club Seb's. City Park hosts an Earth Day celebration in their botanical gardens. Nigerian director Araba Ifáyemí Elébuìbon will present a screening of latest film Ipileaye with the Congo Square Preservation Society. Come out and see NOLA's nightlife stars at an awards show held at Sidney's, or support horses in need at the Louisiana Humane Society's benefit party. On this day in 1999, Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew were reunited on stage at Jazz Fest after 12 years. Now, more to do this Tuesday. 

Drinking Culture

Sidney's Saloon & the Faces of a Changing Neighborhood, Part Two

Part Two of a Two Part Series. Read Part One Here.

Gentle reader, the force of a river issues from the constituent dewdrop. And so too, the sweeping movements of a society take shape from the amalgamated desires of single brains. Brains with faces, desire for drink. Last week I saw some of those faces in the Seventh Ward. Working class folks. New transplants. But much remained to be seen in the new complexity that gathers in our changing neighborhoods. My friends, I am returned a second time to hear a new perspective from an older voice at Sidney’s Saloon.   

Drinking Culture

Sidney's Saloon & the Faces of a Changing Neighborhood, Part One

Part One of a Two Part Series

Gentle reader, local bars are the eyes of a neighborhood. We see new faces and old through the windows, hear the talk on the sidewalk tables. And then we know something about where we have arrived. But neighborhoods are changing, and too quickly for some. I am no politico, no activist – not really a journalist. I’m a barfly. I went to a bar to see. So it was that I passed a couple of evenings this week in the 7th Ward, looking on new eyes in an old face at Sidney's Saloon.

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