New Orleans Magazine - April 2013

Pax Inter Brennans

There were two events that occurred in the middle of March in which new sovereigns were declared within their own universe. In Rome, Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis; and in New Orleans Ted Brennan became the sole business owner…

Interview with Wanda Rouzan

The New Orleans performer and teacher talks about when she started performing, what it was like to be on "Treme" and how she got the nickname Huckle-Buck.

Wheels Turning for Bike Share Network

Driving in downtown New Orleans during the Super Bowl was certainly inconvenient, but the mega-event also provided an apt backdrop for a project that could make getting around the city easier than ever in the long run. Boosters for better…

As Mobile Games Soar, New Orleans Becomes a Player

The year is 2088, and your spaceship has just landed on the planet Mochwoi, which has an atmosphere similar to Earth’s but no intelligent life forms. The mission assigned to you by Galaxy Patrol: Investigate and colonize the planet. As…

New Urbanism: Overcoming an Overpass

The freeway overpass on North Claiborne Avenue has dominated the downtown landscape for so long it’s hard for some people to imagine the area without it, much less remember how that part of the city functioned before it was built.…

Health Beat

The John Ochsner Heart & Vascular Institute (JOHVI) at Ochsner Medical Center performed the Gulf South region’s first Total Artificial Heart implant. This device is the world’s first and only FDA-approved device. In an Ochsner-generated press release, Hector Ventura M.D.,…

Ray Nagin: The Examples He Set

Twenty-two citizens served on the grand jury that deliberated the fate of former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin. Only one, the grand jury foreman, now stands before U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle Jr. The foreman is an older, white-haired man,…

Steering a Future for Ferries

Boats have shuttled people across the Mississippi River since the very founding of New Orleans, and they play a role in the metro area’s modern transportation network. Now, however, local officials are looking for new ways to fund these ferries…

Aaron Neville, Now and Forever

Thirty years from now, with the Gulf having swallowed the southern parishes, from their homes on concrete stilts New Orleanians will catch the Canal Street gondola under silver pepper stars to an audio loop with Aaron Neville’s gorgeous reach. “With…

To Hover or Not To Hover?

In this country we got Republicans and Democrats, Catholics and atheists, Saints and Falcons – and we got sitters and hoverers. (If you happen to be a man, you might not want to read no further. Maybe go watch some baseball.…

Across the Ages: Having Kids Five Years Apart

Most of the time, I barely even think about the large age gap between my two daughters – it just is what it is. Earlier this week, though, I found myself in the office hooked up to a breast pump…

New Orleans Musicians Start Young and Learn Fast

Jack Stewart recalls the beginning of his music education in Orleans Parish Public Schools: He was handed a “Tonette” in fourth grade. “It was a hard, plastic recorder. They would give them out at the beginning of the year –…

Eclectic Living in New Orleans’ University District

In the design world, “eclectic” embraces individual elements from a variety of sources, systems or styles. “To me, eclectic style means that it knows no time period,” says Penny Francis, owner of Eclectic Home on Oak Street. “I believe the…

Jazz Fest Restaurants

For many festivalgoers, Jazz Fest is as much about food as it is about music. No trip to the Fair Grounds is complete without the ritual of hunting and foraging for something new to share whilst your friends hold down…

Cocktail Recipe: Nostalgia Updated and Savored

One of the most popular features of this magazine, besides this one, of course, is the Julia Street column where questions are asked and answers are provided about all matters New Orleans. Those of us madly in love with this…

Bar Dining in the French Quarter

This romp around the French Quarter focuses on full course meals at bars in restaurants within the boundaries of our beloved Vieux Carré. It begins with a revolution, a new restaurant named R’evolution spawned out of a three-way with Louisiana…

Live Music

If the sun were visible, it would have been starting to set on Mardi Gras while Chegadao played at the Balcony Music Club (BMC). The location, at the corner of Decatur Street and Esplanade Avenue has been The Mint, The…

Bar Hopping in the French Quarter

Each French Quarter bar off the tourist-beaten path has a distinct personality, but it changes rapidly over the course of a night (or day) depending, of course, on the crowds. Part of the fun of rolling into one of these…

Shopping in the French Quarter

After a weekend visit to the French Quarter, I’m here to tell you that there are possibly more places to shop there than there are restaurants – and knowing how much we like to eat, that’s saying something. Whether you’re…