New Orleans Magazine - August 2011


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Robert LeBlanc

Posing for this magazine’s photographer as though he would rather be doing something else is one of Ste. Marie’s co-owners, Robert LeBlanc. Despite the business he’s in – restaurants, nightclubs and bar/lounges – LeBlanc doesn’t seem to like being the center…

Next, a Sherman Tank

President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously called the United States “the arsenal of democracy” during World War II, and the nation’s prodigious industrial capacity churned out tanks, ships and planes that Allied forces used to prevail around the globe. Now the…


Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Public Health is currently conducting a comprehensive five-year study of the mid- and long-term effects suffered by women and children who have been exposed to oil. The study, funded in…

Cooking in Solidarity

New Orleanians know what it means to have an entire community brought low by disaster, but they also know the feeling of gratitude when others help that community. So with the experience of Hurricane Katrina volunteerism still powerfully evocative, a…

Read & Spin

CD | Rahael Bas fuses New Orleans jazz and Old World “gypsy” styling in his latest record, Harmonouche, applying liberal doses of harmonica and also the pandeiro, a Portuguese instrument similar to – but more versatile than – the tambourine. Besides harmonica…

Reading and ’Riting

It is hot enough to make your flip-flops sizzle on the sidewalk and to boil up hurricanes in the Gulf, but that ain’t no excuse. School is starting anyway.At least the kids get to be in air conditioning, which is…

C’mmune at My House

The Marengo Street Commune – a 1970s-era example of group living, New Orleans-style – included families and kids

Chic in Arabi

Post-Hurricane Katrina revival created new opportunities

Tried and True

Tru Burger (8115 Oak St.) opened in June and it’s been firing on all cylinders ever since. The people behind the restaurant – Aaron Burgau, Leon and Pierre Touzet and Marcus Woodham – are all involved in Patois, and the…

Refreshing Tribute

See if this sounds familiar: From great disaster can come amazing accomplishments. In 1788, the second of three village-threatening fires faced by colonial New Orleans destroyed this community’s church. A Spanish government official, Don Almonaster y Roxas (sometimes noted as…

Dining Guide

Restaurant Listings for the Greater New Orleans Area

A Change in Figs

To me, the measure of any self-respecting New Orleans-based fig tree is whether it can produce fruit by July 4th. That was always the case with the most common local variety, the Celeste, whose produce seemed programmed to turn purple…

Lake Pontchartrain

The days are beginning to shorten and the mercury is thinking about dropping (not really). We are on the back-end of summer, and there’s no better time to head out to the lake.


Two essays on the challenges of keeping art-related businesses afloat