Persona

Kermit Ruffins

If waiting to interview musician Kermit Ruffins means that I had to spend time inhaling the aroma of food wafting from the kitchen of his latest venture, Kermit’s Treme Speakeasy, so be it. On the menu this night is everything…

Persona: Elroy A. James, King Zulu 2012

It was the afternoon of Twelfth Night, Jan. 6, 2012, and the elegant Gallier Hall – New Orleans’ former City Hall – was filled with Carnival krewe captains and members, city officials and the press to kick off the beginning of…

Robert LeBlanc

Posing for this magazine’s photographer as though he would rather be doing something else is one of Ste. Marie’s co-owners, Robert LeBlanc. Despite the business he’s in – restaurants, nightclubs and bar/lounges – LeBlanc doesn’t seem to like being the center…

Karen Swensen

After a long, hard day at work, sometimes you’re just not ready for the 6 p.m. news. Dinner, then some comedy or crime drama on TV, or perhaps a book and a nice martini – anything to help wind down…

Ron Forman

The night couldn’t have been more perfect for the annual Whitney Zoo-To-Do, a fundraiser for the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. It was the first weekend of May, the weather unseasonably cool. Stars shone brightly in the clear skies, an…

Zulu 2011

The scene in early February: The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club on North Broad Street.What’s going on: The clubhouse, normally a place for Zulu members to meet and socialize, has now become the site of a photo shoot for…

The Rex Captain

Though he may seem mysterious, this masked man in many ways (like masked superheroes) brings good things to people. In this case, it’s the Rex parade, a dazzling array of floats that roll bright and early on Mardi Gras day…

Persona: David Morse

For an actor who has been in 60 movies, 17 TV shows, and a number of productions on stage (I’m guessing more than 60), David Morse is obviously in demand. He has acted with Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington,…

VINCE VANCE

His song, “All I Want for Christmas is You” celebrates an anniversary

MONTY WILLIAMS

Monty Williams is like a basketball Buddha. It is the New Orleans Hornets open-practice-to-the-public-day and I feel like I’m watching a pick-up game at an inner-city basketball court – players are aggressive, playing with abandon. Williams, the Hornets’ new coach, is…

RUBY BRIDGES

The first black child to desegregate an elementary school in the South celebrates an anniversary

MICKEY LOOMIS

For many men (and women), Mickey Loomis has a dream job as the Executive Vice President/General Manager of a National Football League team, the New Orleans Saints. Even if the team had not won the Super Bowl, armchair quarterbacks would…

DEUCE MCALLISTER

For someone who just retired, former New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister is a busy man. While imminently accessible (I have his cell phone number; no, you can’t have it), it was ironically difficult trying to pin down a…

Melissa Leo

As a longtime movie fan, it’s hard for me not to put actors into categories. There is what I call the “Celebrity Actor” who, despite the role, essentially gives the same performance each time. (I’m looking at you, Tom Cruise.)…

BILL CAPO

Chasing down Bill Capo for an interview is hard because, well, he’s busy chasing somebody else down for an interview. It is his job as WWL-TV/Channel 4 Eyewitness News Action Reporter to cut through bureaucratic red tape (a particular peeve…

JACQUELYN BRECHTEL CLARKSON

Mother, politician, real-estate broker, community activist – when you ask Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, known more informally as Jackie Clarkson, about what role has been the most important in her life, she unequivocally and without hesitance says, “being a mother.”Like many…

ARTHUR QUENTIN (QUINT) DAVIS

You know the story – or perhaps not – but it has become a somewhat legendary tale: A young man in his teens was taken to New Orleans’ second-line parades by family friends (in this case, photographers Jules Cahn and…

ERIC OVERMYER

Ah, the glamour of Hollywood, or in this case, “Hollywood South,” the nickname given to New Orleans as the film industry booms in the city and the state. On this day of filming for the new HBO series “Tremé,” the…

Jimmie L. Felder – ZULU 2010

For most people, Mardi Gras is spent either on a float throwing beads and trinkets or on the other side, eagerly receiving beads and trinkets. Then there are those who work that day. Such has been Jimmie L. Felder’s Mardi…

J. STEPHEN PERRY

What do the Arctic Circle, the mounds at Poverty Point and New Orleans tourism have in common? J. Stephen Perry, the President/CEO of New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. Since August 2002, Perry has been the head of…