Local Color

ELISE BERON

It is those certainties of life, those everyday, you-can-set-your-watch-by-’em occurrences that give our lives focus and keep us balanced and sane in an ever-nuttier world, experts say.For instance: If it’s 3 p.m. in New Orleans, you know that “The Jerry…

Stacey Nichols – Oil wrestler

“Five fights, huh? Rocky Marciano’s got 40 fights and he’s a millionaire…”– Inmate Randal P. McMurphy in the movie,  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, rationalizing his propensity for brawling to the prison psychiatrist.The big guy was tanked up on…

A couple of clowns

 “A clown is like aspirin, only he works twice as fast!”– Groucho MarxAfter spending a few minutes with Richard and Sally Simoneaux, you come away with the feeling that New Orleans’ only husband-and-wife clown team has front-row viewing seats on…

Richard Rowley's three loves

 “Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.” – Cecile B. DeMilleThe book of 300 or so songs written by Richard Rowley that sits on the table in his living room is thick as the New York City Yellow Pages. Between…

The Big Chief

The “new suit” of Big Chief Theodore “Bo” Dollis of The Wild Magnolias ain’t so new any more. Still, the rumpled but magnificent creation of feathers and beads and satins painstakingly created for Mardi Gras 2008 is carefully laid out…

Daniel French: Riding the Radio Waves

When it happened on the heels of Hurricane Katrina, it ranked right up there with the most egregious of sacrileges in New Orleans history such as the closing of K&B, D.H. Holmes and Schwegman’s.WTIX-AM Radio, the “Mighty 690,” the rock…

Mel Rue

“Owww, ya  &$&# $&%& #$%#!” - Blessing by shade tree mechanic in Peoria, Ill., after the wrench slipped and said mechanic busted his knuckles. Mechanic was arrested for obscenity.“Owww, ya mutha rue!”- Blessing by shade tree mechanic in the Lower…

Coleen Landry

“Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.” –Bill Vaughan, American newspaper columnist and author   Rule No. 1: Never confuse Coleen Perilloux Landry with the common genus, Tree Huggersaurus Americanus. There are live…

Flea Finds

“This man came in and was wandering around. When I asked him if I could help him. He told me no. His psychiatrist told him to start going to flea markets and just walk around re-visiting the things of his…

Bonnie Broel’s Doll World

“At least the past is safe – though we didn’t know it at the time. We know it now!”            – Susan Sontag, authorLet us go back in time to the whims of our childhood. Now, that the past…

Bob Peyton’s Milestone List

“If you think you can, or you think you can’t … you’re right!”– Henry FordBob Peyton is quick to pull out the battered brown wallet from his back pocket and yank from it his “milestones” card: a tiny square laminated…

Manuel Curry

“We have a very, very, very dangerous job. We have to do all that we can to keep our citizens safe, as well as ourselves.”– NOPD Superintendent, Warren Riley, following the death of Officer Nicola Cotton who was shot while…

Farewell to St. Henry's

Ed. Note: In April, Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes announced the closing of 25 Catholic Church parishes throughout the archdiocese of New Orleans. In his book, Historic Churches of Old New Orleans, written prior to Hurricane Katrina, author George Gurtner outlined…

Life as a Country Song

“Lost everything to Katrina,Wound up in Farmerville,Wife ran off with the shrimp man,Now I’m headed for ole Nashville …”When your life reads like the lyrics of a Merle Haggard moaner, where else are ya gonna go?It may not exactly have…

Newell Schindler and the Korean

Newell Schindler and his old friend, the beautiful and curvaceous Young Chang, are together once again after a long, Katrina–induced separation and, just like old times, Schindler and the long-legged Korean are making beautiful music together.For now, suffice it to…

Bruce the Whistler

It may be Sunday. It may be Tuesday. The only safe bet is that it’s some time between dawn and dusk. All is a blur in a semi-conscious state of post-operative recovery.The guy with the newly rebuilt heart who’s being…