Matt Haines

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Christmas, Entertainment, Theatre

Turn your 'humbug' into 'ho-ho-ho' with these holiday plays in NOLA

December in New Orleans is full of seemingly unlimited options for holiday fun. Want to grab a traditional reveillon dinner? Great idea! Want to sing carols in Jackson Square with a thousand of your closest friends? Sure, why not? Or maybe you want to line up on Lake...


George H.W. Bush's long relationship with New Orleans

Oftentimes — except in times of crisis — when one reads about a presidential visit to New Orleans, it’s heavy on food-related photoshoots. Barack Obama at Parkway Bakery and Tavern, George W. Bush at Dooky Chase and FDR at Antoine’s Restaurant are just a...

Destinations, Holiday Markets

Your guide for the 'Gram: how LUNA Fête will brighten your spirit

Back in 2014, Arts Council New Orleans envisioned a festival that turned Lafayette Square into a winter wonderland of colorful lights and spectacular projections mapped onto historic Gallier Hall.  They called it LUNA Fête and, in the same year, cities like New York...


Hanukkah Is Here! How To Spend Your 8 Crazy Nights In NOLA

To kind-of-quote Adam Sandler’s famous The Hanukkah Song, “Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville…not a Jew.” But the first Jewish man arrived at our slice of Heaven on the Mississippi when Dutchman Isaac Monstanto came to our shores in 1757. Unfortunately, the Sun...


Duncan Plaza: the history behind downtown's once-forgotten park

Have you heard of Duncan Plaza? Many New Orleanians haven’t, and even fewer have actually set foot in it. But that’s about to change, because the 4.5-acre park — one of the largest in downtown New Orleans — is getting a makeover, thanks to a grant earned...

Food/Drink, Holidays, Volunteers

Staying in NOLA for Thanksgiving? GOOD!

Those who love Thanksgiving tend to love it because it’s an opportunity to gather with our family and/or neighbors over an incredible meal. Those who love New Orleans tend to love it because — well, gathering over great food is basically what we do everyday,...

Entertainment, Festivals/Fairs, Outdoor Theatre

InFringe Fest Plan: The Picks & What You Need To Know

For lovers of independent theater, The New Orleans InFringe Fest has arrived! But if you’re familiar with any of the more-than-250 Fringe Festivals that take place across the globe, you might be wondering, “What’s the deal with that name?” Well, it began back in...

Entertainment, Local Films, Outdoor Movies

NOLA Film Fest: What To Look For

Here in New Orleans, we’re used to a celebrity sighting. John Goodman making friends at a local coffee shop, Will Ferrell making magic during Bacchus, or Nicholas Cage making a scene at a French Quarter restaurant. It’s just another day in the city. But look around...