Author: Leigh Ann Stuart

Nola by #'s

12Years of The Great Upheaval, aka Le Grande Derangement.  15,000Approximate number of Acadians in Nova Scotia in 1755.7,500Approximate number of Acadians in Nova Scotia in 1756.300Approximate number of settlers referred to as the “first families” of Acadia. 14,000Approximate number of Acadians…

Nola by #'s

38 Approximate number of local restaurants that offered Reveillon menus in 2008.6 Date in December of la fête de Saint Nicolas in France.25 Anniversary, in 2009, of Celebration in the Oaks.1 Envelopes of unflavored gelatin needed to turn leftover roast…

Nola by #'s

28Novels written by Howard Allen O’Brien, aka Anne Rice.36.4Millions of dollars made by Interview With the Vampire on opening weekend.48,000Approximate square footage of Anne and Stan Rice’s house,formerly the St. Elizabeth’s Home.12,000Dollars advanced to Anne Rice for turning Interview With…

Read & Spin

New Orleans Jazz Hall of Fame member Leroy Jones has released Sweeter Than A Summer Breeze, a collection of slightly heartbreaking romantic ballads. The album features three original compositions (“Katrina,” “Life Is Not Always Fair” and the title track) by…

Health Beat

Advanced practice registered nurse Nancy Buccola recently led a Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center research team conducting a study linking schizophrenia to a specific area of DNA. The area of DNA linked to the disease is on chromosome 6,…

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NOLA by the Numbers

A happy medium

Georgette Fortino has expressed her creativity with everything from flowers to wax, but she’s finally found her niche with Precious Metal Clays.

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Trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard’s new album, Choices, due for release Aug. 18, juxtaposes his last album, A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina), with music stemming from survival rather than destruction. The album was recorded in the…

Healthbeat

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine’s J. Christian Winters has won the 2009 Teaching Award from the American Urological Association. Winters, also the director of the LSUHSC/Ochsner Urology Residency Program, was nominated by his chief…

NOLA by the Numbers

6,000Pounds of cargo carried by the C-47 airplane hanging in the National World War II Museum.3,000Square footage of the National World War II Museum’s “June 1944: One Month in the War that Changed the World” exhibit.20,000Pilots graduated from the U.S.…

Glazed art of fire

Craig McMillin of Mudflap Pottery has perfected a crystalline glazing method that gives new life to his work.

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Trumpeter and vocalist Jeremy Davenport brings St. Louis swing down to Basin Street with his newest release, We’ll Dance ’Til Dawn. The album is a mix of standards, such as the sprightly rendition of “The Lady is a Tramp,” and…

Healthbeat

Ochsner Endocrinologist Dr. Lawrence Blonde has been awarded the Louisiana Laureate Award for his accomplished career in medicine. The award, issued by the American College of Physicians, honors Dr. Blonde’s contributions to medicine, which include extensive diabetes research and scholarly…

Linen: "The fabric of Summer"

As we are all sweatily aware, New Orleans gets hot in the summer. Not just hot, but humid, funky, why-do-we-live-here swamp hot. In that kind of heat, clothes are a key element in the months-long battle to keep cool. That…

NOLA by the Numbers

35,000Approximate number of library items held by the Historic New Orleans Collection.5Acres occupied by The Sydney and Walda Besthoff sculpture garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art.60Height, measured in feet, of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.80,000Approximate number of…

Food for the Soul

Louisiana’s rich culinary and musical heritages meld in the unlikeliest places.

NOLA by the Numbers

49Games won by LSU’s Baseball Team in the 2007-’08 season.14Number of New Orleans Hornets players, 2008-’09 season.28:6Wins to losses of the 2008 C-USA Champion Tulane Volleyball team.1979-82Years Leonard Marshall played defensive end for LSU.2025The year until which the Saints have…

Cheap dates

A benefit of living in a cultural preservationist city like New Orleans is that there are many organizations that work to keep cultural activities alive and accessible. Here is a list comprising some of New Orleans’ summer fêtes. Many activities…

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This band started out at as the “love-child” of two couples, Michael Stephens and Aubre Bauer, and Brittney Maddox and John Martin. The group added an electric bass (Jordan West) and drums (Jeremy Hayes) to the mix and the double-couple…

Health beat

Last year, the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation and Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu partnered in starting a health care program to help cultural (music, film, literary and historic preservation, and culinary, performing and visual arts) workers access affordable medical care.Through the…

Lifetimes

A guide to festivities around the state. MAY – JUNE

Book 'em

Two local moms have created a uniquely New Orleans baby book to record everything from baby's first beignet to baby's first Saints game.

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Jenny Brooks’ story is classic country – kid packs U-Haul and leaves Slidell for Nashville, trying to make it big. She released a short 10-song album, then Down in the Bayou, her latest. She writes all her own songs, and…