New Orleans Magazine - August 2008

Summer Salads

Dog days mean salad days at my house – air-conditioning, swimming and salads. That’s how August in New Orleans should play out. Early residents of this steamy city, with no cold air or pools to cool off with, must have…

Healthbeat

A story published June 30 on NewScientist.com reports that scientists at Sangamo BioSciences, a biotechnology company in Duarte, Calif., have made a remarkable leap forward with AIDS/HIV research, having successfully created HIV-resistant mice. Scientists discovered that by sabotaging the gene…

Cops Learn from Schindler's List

If we expect the best of people, we are more likely to receive the best of people,” says Tulane University historian Lance Hill.That is one of the lessons of the Holocaust and the story of Oskar Schindler, an improbable hero…

Chartering the Course

With his disarming laugh and easy manner,  Anthony “Tony” Recasner could be mistaken for a man of leisure, someone who has escaped the stress of modern life. In reality, as one of the pioneers of the charter school movement in…

Dollars for Runways

Based strictly on its climate, New Orleans would seem to have it made in the shade when it comes to solar power. Basking in some of the most intense sunshine of any city in the U.S., and logging more sunny…

Save the Churches

Being the shepherd of the Archdiocese of New Orleans is no doubt a tough job. Much of the flock has strayed, both geographically and spiritually, and many of the churches and buildings remain damaged from Hurricane Katrina, some standing in…

Read and Spin

The Tremé Brass Band has long celebrated an urban heritage rich in music, performance, jazz funerals and second-line, even winning the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award in 2006 from the National Endowment for the Arts. The band’s newest release New…

Riding a Gospel Train

Years ago, a blues researcher told me, with an expression of mingled horror and bafflement, that vocalist Little Brother Montgomery lost a bag of letters by Louis Armstrong that he’d been carrying around. This was in Chicago in the 1960s.…

Post-disaster economy bucks national trend

As the New Orleans area approaches the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one picture of the city is emerging as a community with fewer people but who make more money and have an easier time finding jobs than before the…

Restaurant Insider

Ah, August … Traditionally a  time when restaurants live or die by local patronage. If you can brave the heat, why not visit a restaurant you haven’t visited in a while?  By the time you read this, Rambla may very…

New in Mid-City

There is a practical reason why Mid-City is called by that name. As the story goes, in the early days of the neighborhood’s development Hibernia Bank decided to open a branch on the corner of Canal Street and North Carrollton…

Letters to the Editor

Nine ChurchesRe: “Farewell to St. Henry’s,” Local Color column by George Gurtner. June 2008 issue.Thanks for a wonderful recap of life in St. Henry’s parish. Although I’ve been a member of St. Henry’s for just under 15 years, it truly…

Julia Street

Hey there Julia and Poydras,I was driving with my parents down Banks Street in Mid-City. We passed 3701 Banks St., which is now Finn McCool’s. I remember it used to be Joe’s 19th Hole. My parents seem to remember it…

Marquee

White Linens and Dirty LaundryIt’s hot out there, and staying cool by wearing white is the thing to do during the summer. On Aug. 2, the annual Whitney White Linen Night, presented by the New Orleans Arts District, will welcome…

Behind Every Doctor

During my father’s last days, I was using a phone near the hospital’s nurses’ station when I noticed a young nurse talking to another patient’s family members. The conversation wasn’t going well. The family was upset. Moments later the family…