New Orleans Magazine - April 2021

Jazz Fest Echoes

Here is a description of what Roy Orbison looked like to me when he performed at the Jazz Fest in 1985: A stick. A black stick on a stage, with a stick band behind it. Oh, and the stage seemed…

Plant-based Perfection

Coalesce Goods is a new plant-based dining concept that has recently opened at St. Roch Market. Texas chefs Alex Davis and Jasmine “Jas” Rogers have established a cult following in Louisiana for their creative, indulgent vegan fare by hosting local…

Sprucing for Spring

For the organized wardrobe of your dreams, look no further than California Closets. Equipped with a range of products and space-saving solutions from custom design to bins and boxes, you can easily transform clutter into a tranquil space. California Closets,…

From the Editor

April is usually an entertainment-filled month in New Orleans, from the music lover’s dream of back-to-back French Quarter Fest and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, to weekends filled with food festivals along the bayou and beyond, lazy Sunday…

None of That Jazz

I was sad to miss Carnival season this year, sadder than I originally expected. I normally wouldn’t call myself the world’s biggest fan of the whole thing; I tend to feel like the stress of traffic and parking and muscling…

Thai Style

fdg Budsi’s Authentic Thai, a vibrant and buzzy newcomer in the Marigny, steps into two niches simultaneously. It is both unfamiliar (with a distinctively singular regional Thai menu) and rooted in the pleasures of home (i.e. the cooking that owner…

1867

Seen here in this 1867 stereopticon slide made by New Orleans photographer Theodore Lilienthal is the luxurious old St. Charles Hotel that once dominated the entire 200 block of St. Charles Street (now Avenue). At the time, it ranked among…

Pop the Cork

Owner Skye LaTorre, a sommelier with more than 20 years of experience who began her career in New Orleans at Emeril’s Delmonico, has opened Pluck Wine Bar in the Warehouse District. The wine bar focuses on small, ethical producers, all…

Senior Moments

I’m told we’re examining the matter of senior living in this month’s issue of the magazine. But is “senior living” any different from other kinds of living? I’ll answer that for you. Hell yes it is. You know everything has…

Best of the Fest

fight With Jazzfest postponed until October (when crawfish season will be in the rearview) I offer this recipe so you can make it at home for your Festing in Place (WWOZ 90.7-FM and wwoz.org, April 22-25 and April 29-May 2,…

Jay Hardesty

No one thinks about New Orleans and says, “you know, they lack creativity.” And this past year, in between a global pandemic and natural disasters, New Orleanians did their best to keep themselves entertained and keep the creative juices flowing…

Double-Take Display

The Gunch family has been getting a reputation. Not good.  My mother-in-law, Ms. Larda, is very upset. Last month there was the mix-up, which was NOT her fault, at her Catholic ladies’ book club. She had recommended “River of Fire,”…

Hattie Sparks Collins

Most people want peace and comfort where they live. Yet the current pandemic and the emphasis on staying home have further emphasized the desire to put the “OM” in “HOME.”  “Instead of spending money on travel, entertainment and eating out,…

Alfresco Fresh

dg New Orleans has long enjoyed a tradition of outdoor dining, from crawfish-laden picnic tables to candlelit courtyards. Over the past year, many restaurants have responded to COVID-19 concerns by adding, expanding or beautifying outside seating to give patrons and…

Batter Up

It’s April, which means Major League baseball swings into high gear this month. In a perfect year, that is. At press time the baseball gods seemed to smiling down upon the nation’s less-than-active baseball stadiums. Despite the ongoing threat of…

The Show Must (Not) Go On

Arriona “Tank” Ball  After a lavish musical introduction by her backing band, Tarriona “Tank” Ball - lead singer of Tank and the Bangas - playfully danced onto the stage to perform her song “Spaceships” to a rocking crowd. Or perhaps…

News + Notes

From the Fat Man to Mahalia: Paintings by James Michalopoulos The New Orleans Jazz Museum will host an exhibition by acclaimed local artist James Michalopoulos from March 25 to October 10. It will span his entire career, from his recent…

Julia Street: Radio Days

Dear Julia, I grew up on the Alabama coast (Orange Beach) in the mid ‘50s. My parents managed a hotel (Gulf Gate Lodge) and all family members worked there. At night, I used an old Crosley radio to serenade me to sleep.…

Better with Age

ugh Where you live matters, at every stage of your life.   With some 71.6 million Baby Boomers in the U.S. between the ages of 57-75 years old, the notion of downsizing as a way to free yourself from the…

Voodoo Brew

huio Kimberly Patton Bragg created Keeper of the Crossroads for a New Orleans themed cocktail competition in Las Vegas. The drink honors the voodoo deity, Papa Legba. “I know he usually drinks rum,” admitted Bragg “but I figure he likes…

Hearing & Eye Care

With the roll-out of vaccines underway, we will someday soon be able to gather with friends and family and be more present in the world outside of the home. For people with hearing and eye problems, it’s possible that increased…

Stroke Awareness

Over the last year, one disease has owned the spotlight and globally altered life as we know it. Unfortunately, other life-changing health problems have not dissipated with their lack of spotlight. This month, we’re increasing stroke awareness with information that…

Retirement Planning & Senior Care

For many people, the circumstances of the last year brought into focus life priorities and finances. Often, the two are intertwined. Planning for the future and having the ability to weather uncertainty have proven worthy goals, and there are resources…

Real Estate Opportunities

Of late, low interest rates and a year of cabin fever have inspired people across New Orleans and the Gulf South to upgrade their homes. Whether that means moving into a larger space, simplifying for retirement, buying a vacation home,…

Spring Happenings

Spring is officially here, and compared to this time last year, there’s much more to do in and around New Orleans. From booking unique travel escapes like a beach weekend or luxurious resort getaway to dining out with loved ones,…