New Orleans Magazine - April 2008

ERROL'S COMMENTARY: 6 TOP LIVE MUSIC PEEVES

In a week in which music abounds around town, here's my list of "Six Top Live Music Peeves." Just to be dramatic, they're listed in ascending order from No. 6 to No. 1. 6. Performers who introduce one their standards by…

ERROL'S COMMENTARY: THE WISDOM OF ERNIE K-DOE

THE WISDOM OF ERNIE K-DOE    This year marks the 10th anniversary since I last saw Ernie K-Doe perform at Jazz Fest.    I'll begin by conceding that Ernie K-Doe is a subject about which I am hardly impartial. His "T'aint it…

ERROL'S COMMENTARY: TWO AND A HALF DECADES FOR A QUARTER

             How Problem Solving Gave the Vieux Carre A FestivalThere are many reasons why festivals are started; an appeasement for ticked off merchants is one of the less romantic explanations. Yet, because of anger that oozed a quarter-century ago, locals…

ERROL'S COMMENTARY: TWO AND A HALF DECADES FOR A QUARTER

             How Problem Solving Gave the Vieux Carre A FestivalThere are many reasons why festivals are started; an appeasement for ticked off merchants is one of the less romantic explanations. Yet, because of anger that oozed a quarter-century ago, locals…

ERROL'S COMMENTARY: NAGIN IN CHINA

7 Proposed Speech Lines Mayor Ray Nagin is in China this week reportedly to help promote tourism and trade. Since the trip there can be fatiguing and he may not have had time to work on all his comments, we offer…

Cooking – JAZZ FEST STYLE

Many Jazz Fest visitors not only know what performers they want to hear, they also know exactly what they want to eat when they go to the Fair Grounds Race Course for a day of hanging out with the best…

Much is Done; Much to Do

Ed. Note: This is an occasional column by a native New Orleanian on military duty in Iraq. Because of military regulations, he is not able to use his read name. We can tell you that he is a decorated Navy…

Healthbeat

Research from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans may provide a new way to fight cancer. Dr. Augusto Ochoa, director of the LSU Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, along with his brother, Dr. Juan Ochoa of…

Performers vs. Anxiety

Fats Domino has classic performance anxiety,” says a local physician who asked to remain nameless. “I have never treated Fats Domino and have never talked to anyone who has. My diagnosis is based on newspaper accounts of Domino’s failure to…

The Legacy of Officer Cotton

She died alone, murdered in broad daylight.Now the body of 24-year-old New Orleans Police Officer Nicola Diane Cotton rests in a stone vault at the corner of Greenwood Cemetery, near City Park at Canal Boulevard. A two-year veteran of the…

Singleton Charter

A dozen black angel figurines were the only undamaged items Melrose Biagas found in her office after the levee breaks in 2005. Now those angelic faces watch over her from a new bookcase at James Singleton Charter School, where she…

Fly me to the Moon

For close to a half-century, New Orleans has played a key role in the worldwide drama of space exploration. Today, while the space shuttle-related work – for which the local area is best known – winds toward a close, new…

Jump to the Lake

Pelicans are again gliding over Lake Pontchartrain. That is especially good news, because wherever there are pelicans, that means there are fish in the water and wherever there are fish, that means the water is clean enough for them to…

Read & Spin

Having just graduated from the Thelonious Institute of Jazz at the University of Southern California in 2003, it’s impressive for Dayna Stephens to have his debut album, The Timeless Now, named one of the “Top 10 Jazz Jewels of 2007”…

Meditations on Lush

Lush is one of those words that floats through the collective mental plates as a cloud of many meanings. Consulting the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (50th anniversary edition) reveals that lush can mean “covered with abundant growth,” which is evocative of New…

Restaurant Insider

I was a little disappointed last month that none of you sent me a birthday present. Apparently the fact that I didn’t mention my March birth date was somehow involved. Frankly, I expected more from you people. Don’t let it…

Meats with a South American Flavor

While a person doesn’t really need an excuse to tackle a good steak, the South American-style steakhouses peppering the New Orleans area offer many delicious rationalizations. These range from unusual cuts of meat to the pomp and spectacle of an…

Newsbeat

Gearing up for Trade The national economy may be inspiring gloomy thoughts among policy makers, researchers and investors across the land, but New Orleanians looking for some good news in the financial world need only take a peek over the…

Persona: Chris Thomas King

For many, life doesn’t take them far from home. For others, their journey is more like Odysseus’ in The Odyssey: Not easy – but even upon the return, it has been ultimately rewarding – or one hopes. Homer, author of…

Pace

 DEAR JOAN, Here I am in New Orleans. This weekend I spent all my time at the French Quarter Festival. I had a great time – only I danced so much I developed a pull in my back. This is…

Letters to the Editor

Pondering Baton RougeRe: “What to Do About Baton Rouge,” Speaking Out column, March 2008 issue.In the days that followed Katrina, I happened upon a Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce Power Point presentation while searching the Web for the latest storm…

Julia Street

Greetings Julia and Poydras,What happened to the tableau that portrayed General Andrew Jackson making arrangements for help from Pirate Jean Lafitte for the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812? When I visited New Orleans in June 1951,…

Marquee

Friends, Food & Fun: It Must be Jazz Fest! We seem to have it all, especially this month as the weather gets warmer and spring is finally here. Jazz Fest has even added an extra day this year, which means…

6 Top Live Music Peeves

Just in time for April, the month of the French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest, here’s my list of “Six Top Live Music Peeves.” Just to be dramatic, they’re listed in descending order from No. 6 to No. 1.6. Performers…

White Suits – The Longest Season

Men’s fashion is a topic that I hardly ever write about, except when circumstances require urgent notice. Such a situation has occurred. This year Easter was the earliest it will ever be in our lifetimes and that means that the…

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…

A Legacy of Piano Players

There is something special about a piano bar. First, as music historian Jack Stewart notes, the piano really gets the patron’s attention. “The piano is the entertainment – they turn off the television.” New Orleans has always been a good…

Over the Top

I am standing in the produce section of the Wal-Mart at 4 a.m. in the morning, looking in all directions at once to be sure nobody walks up while my sister-in-law Gloriosa does what she has to do.She is weighing…

Last Call

Getting startedLet’s not kid ourselves, New Orleans isn’t renowned as a start-the-day-early-with-lots-of- energy kind of town. Left to our own devices, we simply aren’t “morning people.” At no point during the day or night is our laid back culture more…

Etc. Features

Mobile pet groomingAnimal lovers Erica Hirsch and Stephanie Trumbauer are lucky: their working hours are spent with the very creatures that they adore. “While other people have to deal with coworkers and bosses, we get to play with dogs all…