Matt Haines

Matt Haines lives in New Orleans and writes about all the cool stuff.
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Destinations, Visual Arts

Know Your NOLA: Vibrant St. Claude Avenue is a piece of art, literally

I bicycle. So, from my house — just a couple of blocks from St. Claude Avenue, there’s really only one logical way to ride — and that’s toward the river. Within a block and a half, I pass a corner store. Its siding is painted a light green. Or, it’s...

Outdoor Recreation

Rugby, America's fastest-growing sport, is on a hot streak in N.O.

This isn’t exactly the, umm, easiest time to be a sports fan in New Orleans. The Saints were the victims of one of the worst (no)-calls in the history of anything anywhere. The Pelicans — just a season removed from one of the most exciting playoff runs in team...

Food, Mardi Gras

I'm going to try more king cakes in New Orleans than you knew existed

Friends, neighbors and fellow citizens of New Orleans — we have arrived. We persevered through the summer heat. We put our heads down and stayed afloat during the daily deluges of early-fall. We ramped up with warm-up celebrations like Thanksgiving, Christmas...

Causes/Activism, Destinations, History

Selma to Central City: Tracing the steps of MLK in New Orleans

As New Orleanians, I think it’s common for us to think of Martin Luther King Jr. as a national hero, working in far-off and distant cities. His message and his accomplishments no doubt shaped us and our hometown, but — as an instigative pastor in Birmingham or a...


The final countdown: Get the best out of the last moments of 2018

10…9…8…7…6…5… Close your eyes and imagine it’s New Year’s Eve. How are you celebrating? Hopefully, you’ll be with family or friends, but there’s still so many options! Around the world, people celebrate in many different ways. In Spain,...