New Orleans Magazine - December 2008

Carpe Diem…

Belle du Jour (above) Diamond white, strapless, sweetheart neckline, dotted organza gown with ruched wrap bodice and self sash by Melissa Sweet from Town & Country; single strand white and tan coin pearl necklace; yellow button pearl earrings; and platinum,…

Countdown to Beauty: All Eyes on You

Planning a wedding can be a hectic, crazy process that might leave you stressed out and not exactly looking your best, but here is an essential beauty timeline that will ensure you’ll be gorgeous for your wedding day, just in…

Picture Perfect

Choosing a photographer for your wedding isn’t like choosing your location, bakery or menu. The photographer is the person in charge of capturing the special moments of your wedding – the ones you see and the ones you may miss.…

It’s Party Time!

Chaos is king as the big day draws ever closer. Friends and relatives can’t help being underfoot, unintentionally contributing to the lovely knot of stress living between your shoulders, and all the women in your life struggle to find common…

Ask the Experts: Bridesmaids

Being picked as a bridesmaid is a tremendous honor – an honor that’s usually bestowed upon close friends, sisters and other relatives of the bride. The details of a wedding are important, and if you’ve been chosen as a bridesmaid…

Commentary from New Orleans Magazine's Errol Laborde

Marshall Truehill’s final political battle was his greatest. I last saw Truehill this past October when he was working vigorously for passage of a city charter amendment that would allow for the creation of a meaningful Master Plan. Though the…

Commentary from New Orleans Magazine's Errol Laborde

We know that Catholic Archdioceses throughout the country have had to close churches within their jurisdiction.            We know that the reasons for the closings are related to shifting population patterns, financial troubles and a shortage of priests.            We know that…

Commentary from New Orleans Magazine's Errol Laborde

We speak the words "Merry Christmas," but the term is especially challenged when part of that day is spent in an Alzheimer's ward.            Two Christmases ago it became evident that there was no longer any point to bringing gifts. Whatever…

Commentary from New Orleans Magazine's Errol Laborde

For Anh Cao there is bad news and there is good news.First the bad: Anyone elected to Congress usually faces stiff competition the first time he is up for re-election. That happened to Charles Melancon in the 3rd Congressional District…

A Scentless Christmas

It was my Christmas with no smells. I decorated a Christmas tree and couldn’t smell a thing. I cooked a Christmas dinner that had no aroma,” says Patty Huntsinger, who owns Liberty Lumber Yard Uptown with her husband Thomas.“Three weeks…

Closer to God – and Hollygrove

Peggy Wilson bristles against public indifference to New Orleans’ nation-leading homicide rate,  including those killed in the ‘drug game.’“People say as long as drug dealers and users are killing each other, it doesn’t matter,” says Wilson, the first Republican woman…

Leslie Jacobs

I’m finally face-to-face with Leslie Jacobs, the woman who was once described to me as the “bulldog” of education. Nothing intrigues me more than a backhanded compliment, so I set out to meet the “bulldog” who dedicated 23 years of…

Scoring Sports

There probably was a time in New Orleans when the onset of winter holidays wasn’t associated with sports, but such a time is hard to imagine today. For decades, Thanksgiving has drawn thousands of football fans to the city for…

UNO Opens St. Roch Gallery

A part of town where small, often-edgy art galleries have been proliferating recently is also now home to a new gallery from one of the city’s largest institutions. The University of New Orleans opened its UNO Gallery at 2429 St.…

Read and Spin

Lisa Hilton, pianist, producer and composer of Sunny Day Theory, has created an album resonating cool jazz sounds popularized by Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck in the 1950s. Hilton’s composition highlights drums by Lewis Nash, tenor sax by Bruce Winston…

Songs for the Season

We pause, in the gathering darkness of the global economy, to celebrate songs of light that give December exalted meaning. In the manner of the ancient Greeks I shall now pass over the programming of Christmas songs choc-a-block on the…

Biking Through New Orleans

With flat terrain, mild winters and a compact urban grid built largely before the dominance of automobiles, New Orleans should be a bicyclist’s dream. But local cycling advocates say that dream has long been stymied by the lack of a…

Restaurant Insider

The Abita Brewing Company has released Abita Beer: Cooking Louisiana True a cookbook featuring recipes in which one of the dozen or so Abita beers stars as an ingredient. The book includes dishes submitted by an all-star cast of local…

Finer Diners

The humble diner stands in stark contrast to all of December’s holiday obligations, parties and functions. At a diner, one won’t find any medallions of foie gras drizzled with 25-year-old balsamic and Bartlett pear compote. No prefecture-specific beef flown in…

Graffiti Wars

The irregular squares and rectangles of paint, usually gray, appeared so rapidly and efficiently over fresh graffiti that the man responsible for them became known on the streets as the Gray Ghost.     Lately, however, the Gray Ghost and his…

Deacon John

Deacon John – a name, if you’re from New England – that instills an aura of Puritan like piety. However, if a person is from New Orleans, there’s only one Deacon John – the bandleader, vocalist and guitarist who has…

A Christmas with Fewer Churches

We know that Catholic archdioceses throughout the country have had to close churches within their jurisdiction.We know that the reasons for the closings are related to shifting population patterns, financial troubles and a shortage of priests.We know that since Hurricane…

Julia Street

Dear Julia,In the 1930s I attended an elementary school, Frank T. Howard No. 1, at Cleveland and Lopez streets in New Orleans. I believe there was an F.T. Howard No. 2 somewhere in the Uptown area.My question is: What other…

Marquee - December

Decking the Halls – and the French QuarterThe French Quarter always seems to have magic in the air, but during the holidays it’s even more magnificent. French Quarter Festivals Inc. will produce the 10th annual Christmas New Orleans Style to…

Christmas of the Mind

We speak the words, “Merry Christmas” but the term is especially challenging when part of that day is spent in an Alzheimer’s ward.Two Christmases ago it became evident that there was no longer any point in bringing gifts. Whatever curiosity…

Mel Rue

“Owww, ya  &$&# $&%& #$%#!” - Blessing by shade tree mechanic in Peoria, Ill., after the wrench slipped and said mechanic busted his knuckles. Mechanic was arrested for obscenity.“Owww, ya mutha rue!”- Blessing by shade tree mechanic in the Lower…

Street Musicians

“First I must explain how our quartet used to do its hustling so as to attract an audience. We began by walking down Rampart Street between Perdido and Gravier. The lead singer and tenor walked together in front followed by…

Holiday Gift Guide

Andrea’s Restaurant and Capri Blue Piano Bar3100 19th Street at RidgelakeMetairie • (504) 834-8583www.andreasrestaurant.comCookbooks make great Christmas presents, so come to Andrea’s today to get 20 percent off cookbooks and buy a $100 gift certificate and get a $20 gift…

A Gunch Christmas

The Gunch family don’t believe Christmas gifts have to come tied in glitzy ribbons from expensive stores. Gunch Christmas gifts come in plastic bags from Dollar Tree.  But we substitute quantity for quality. The more of anything, the better. That’s…

Last Call

It must be in human DNA. Even those of us who grew up in these temperate climates, with little contact to hearths, chestnuts or frozen water falling from the sky, still have an appreciation, even knowledge, of what this season…