It’s all about good times this issue. Though we didn’t necessarily plan it that way, I noticed the theme emerging when I perused the final story lineup.

For our signature Celebrated Weekend (page 28), crooner and actor Harry Connick Jr. takes us on a tour of his hometown, New Orleans. Connick is the ultimate guy-you-love-to-hate. He has it all: looks, talent, success, designer duds, a supermodel wife, and a beautiful family. New Orleans, of course, is the ultimate party city, where you can indulge all sorts of vices to excess. It has something for everyone — world-class food, way too many bars, shopping, incredible music, Southern culture — and now’s a good time to go, as the crowds typically thin in the month after Mardi Gras.

In the Lifestyle section, you’ll want to read “The Big Bunny Hops Again” (page 60), a feature on the ultimate party pad and the swingin’ bachelor who lives there. Contributing editor Mark Seal goes inside the Playboy Mansion and talks with Hugh Hefner, who turns 75 in a few weeks. Turns out, he’s not slowing down in his golden years. Hefner, says Seal, is “hip once again in the era of retro, he is every inch his image.”

Also in Lifestyle is a piece on the best Irish bars around the world, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. There’s something about an Irish pub that makes you wish your last name were O’something, and we’ve rounded up 13 to try. (One of my favorites, The Dubliner in Dallas, made the list — and it’s walking distance from my house. I haven’t decided if that’s a good or bad thing.)

Though you won’t find party pieces in the Business section, you’ll find good stuff to read nonetheless. The good stuff continues online as well. As I mentioned last issue, our Web site has relaunched, and we’ve made it more user-friendly and accessible. Check it out at www.americanwaymag.com, and let us know what you think. Have a good time.

ELAINE SRNKA
EDITOR