New Orleans Magazine - April 2006

SPECIAL COMMENTARY: Prince of the City

If Louis Armstrong personified the jazzman as a cultural ambassador, Wynton Marsalis defined a new role, the emergency politician, a role he has performed with surpassing skill since devastations of the flood. Soon after Katrina, when Mayor Nagin met in…

MARCHING BACK IN

This is our 17th annual Jazz All-Stars issue, in which we honor musicians who perform locally. The selections are divided into traditional and contemporary styles. These, plus those honored in the past, catalog the finest jazz talent to work in…

STREETCAR: Midnight for St. Augustine

Even on Good Friday, St. Augustine Church rocked. On what is the most solemn day of the Christian year, the interior of the old church maintained the atmosphere appropriate for the day, but at some point, usually around noon, the…

FOOD: Gumbo z’herbes

Lent and soups have shared a connection on European tables for centuries. Here in New Orleans that link was strengthened when innovative Creole cooks incorporated American Indian ingredients, African techniques and Caribbean flavors. They turned meatless meals into powerhouses of…

LETTERS

READING HER MIND Re: “Goodbye Old House,” December 2005 I moved away from New Orleans in 1984, but like so many others that no longer live there, I still consider it home. I still had family and friends in New…

JULIA STREET: Questions & Answers About New Orleans

Dear Julia, I was in attendance at a UNO basketball game in the old “Chamber of Horrors” recently. The atmosphere was exciting as the modest-sized crowd produced a loud roar for the hometown Privateers. My question has to do with…

MARQUEE

Bouncing Back The New Orleans Hornets are creating a buzz with three games in the New Orleans Arena. On March 8, the Hornets play the Los Angeles Lakers; March 18, the Denver Nuggets; and on March 21, the Los Angeles…

INSIDE: One special trip

Our cover story this month is about travel. There are lots of locations to visit, but we also want to recommend a place with European style, Caribbean soul and American amenities and one that is easy to get to. Warning:…

PUTUMAYO SWINGS: Retro music with local influences

With 39 definitions of “swing” in one dictionary, we approach this irrepressible idiom mindful of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, who famously said of pornography that, although he had no definition for it, he knew it when he saw…

NEW ORLEANS TRAVEL MAGAZINE: Road trip: clothes for hitting the highway

UNEASY RIDER White button-front shrunken blazer and knee-length walking shorts from Ballin’s, orange stretch-knit top from The Red Carpet, kiwi-green cloche from Hoi Polloi, sunshades from Turncoats, orange-and-jade-green necklace from Il Negozio, white-leather tote bag and kiwi-green floral wedges from…

TRUE BLUE: Katrina and the cops: the other side of the story

You’ve heard the rumors. They were printed in every newspaper and broadcast on every TV news program. When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the Police Department bugged out. They ran, leaving the city and its citizens to fend for themselves.…

KITCHENS WITH A MISSION: Three kitchen makeovers

When Jane and Charles “Chuck” Mentz decided to build in Lake Vista, they knew they wanted a large family kitchen with a view of the nearby park. The couple also knew the kitchen would be a gathering place for their…