New Orleans Magazine - August 2009

Stacey Nichols – Oil wrestler

“Five fights, huh? Rocky Marciano’s got 40 fights and he’s a millionaire…”– Inmate Randal P. McMurphy in the movie,  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, rationalizing his propensity for brawling to the prison psychiatrist.The big guy was tanked up on…

CNN and the doctor

There are two places where it really bothers me to see CNN: one is in the gate area at airports, and the other is a doctor’s office waiting room. In both cases I’m personally feeling a little bit of tension,…

Pediatric Care

Few decisions are as important to families as where they go for their health care needs, and that’s especially true for the health care of children. Whether a child is in need of long-term care, or just developing long-term habits…

Stories from the neighborhoods

Students entering the eighth grade this year at Pierre Capdau-UNO Charter School have some big pages to fill, never mind the shoes. That’s because last year, an eighth grade language arts class at the Gentilly charter school left behind a…

Rear view

This Metairie home incorporates the back yard into the living space

Letters

OFFICE PHOTORe: “Remembering the MB Building,” Inside column by Errol Laborde. June 2009 issue.Your article on the MB building triggered memories of my late father, John Prinz. The [above] photo of the Maison Blanche building hung in his office; he…

Psychiatric Care

Much has changed about people’s understanding of mental health issues and disorders, and why shouldn’t it? Afflictions are far-ranging, with one in 10 adults nationwide suffering from depression every year, and a whole host of other conditions affecting the New…

What Satchmo wrote

Genius in artistry is a fine mystery regardless of its practitioner. Why do Duke Ellington’s compositions and Jane Austen’s novels have such staying power, whereas countless of their creative peers left works long forgotten?At the risk of putting myself on…

Don't mess with the Master Plan

One of the great political moments in recent times came last year when voters approved a plan that would finally create a procedure for a rational, well-thought out Master Plan to guide the city’s growth. During the past session of…

Specialty Clinics

ADDICTION    In 1994, Dr. Ken Roy founded Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc. on one basic principle: Addiction is a treatable disease. Since then, ARR, Inc. has developed into Louisiana’s premier private alcohol and chemical dependency treatment center, offering confidential, comprehensive and…

Read and Spin

Trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard’s new album, Choices, due for release Aug. 18, juxtaposes his last album, A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina), with music stemming from survival rather than destruction. The album was recorded in the…

Dining Features

Sizzling Summer Specials at Pascal’s ManaleThis month, owner and manager of Pascal’s Manale Sandy Defelice assures diners “sizzling hot summer specials” from executive chef Mark Defelice. Family-owned since 1913, Pascal’s takes credit for the invention of the original barbecued shrimp…

Julia Street

WITH POYDRAS THE PARROT A MONTHLY PURSUIT OF ANSWERS TO ETERNAL QUESTIONS

The young and politically restless

It isn’t hard to get New Orleans people to sound off about what their beloved-but-troubled city should do differently, especially in the realm of city government. A new local nonprofit is harnessing that expressive impulse for a project ultimately aimed…

Etc.

Kiki: Shopping like you mean it For a summer head start on the best accessories for fall, visit Kiki at the custom-designed Baton Rouge or Lafayette locations, or check out the equally well-stocked online store. Owned by Kiki Frayard and…

Foot fault

My daughter Gladiola informs me, in the same tone she would use to tell me that I got wretched body odor, that my toenails need polishing.I thought my toenails were my private business – not like my private parts; don’t…

NOLA by the Numbers

6,000Pounds of cargo carried by the C-47 airplane hanging in the National World War II Museum.3,000Square footage of the National World War II Museum’s “June 1944: One Month in the War that Changed the World” exhibit.20,000Pilots graduated from the U.S.…

Marquee

Our top picks of the month’s events

Healthbeat

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine’s J. Christian Winters has won the 2009 Teaching Award from the American Urological Association. Winters, also the director of the LSUHSC/Ochsner Urology Residency Program, was nominated by his chief…

Non-stop: Mexico City’s Micheleda

What beverage can we enjoy to combat the heat and the humidity? Now that there are non-stop flights between New Orleans and Mexico City, we look there for inspiration.The Michelada is a combination of Spanish words derived from the Mexico…

Gregg Williams

The New Orleans Saints’ new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is a man with a mission. A very organized mission. His office at the New Orleans Saints’ headquarters in Metairie is filled with multicolored magic marker strategies – all written in…

Featured Doctors

Saving SkinWILLIAM PATRICK COLEMAN lll (photo left)DERMATOLOGYNew Orleans is a very alluring place,” acknowledges Dr. William Coleman III, in regards to his decision to reside and practice here. “I’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the world as a…

New plan to pump up coastal restoration

Stemming the destruction of Louisiana’s coastline is a colossal challenge, but recently the state has found a new way to bring the vast power of the Mississippi River itself to bear on the struggle. Sediment pipeline projects now underway are…

Sipping cool while August roars

For us, August packs a double whammy: unbearable heat and the threat of hurricanes. I try to schedule vacations then, but it doesn’t always work out. This year, save for one week in Monroe (just as hot), I’ll be sweating…