New Orleans Magazine - February 2009

Christmas Dinner at Camp Ramadi

Ed. Note: Baghdad Dispatch is written by two female Marines with local connections; Marine Capt. Mary Noyes, an attorney (right); and Marine Maj. Meredith Brown, an Iraqi Women’s Engagement officer (left). Their respective columns will appear in alternate months. Noyes…

NOLA by the Numbers

381Days of the Montgomery, Ala. Bus Boycott, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Montgomery Improvement Association.352 U.S. 903Supreme Court case of William A. Gayle v. Aurelia S . Browder, 1956, in which the Court ruled segregation on…

Captial Position

The past year gave many Americans the financial shock of their lives. Though the trouble appeared to erupt from the investment banks of Wall Street, the roots of the problems reached deep into the credit practices of lenders across the…

The Jerusalem Temple

The best part was riding down St. Charles Avenue in the limousines right after the Hermes Parade. That was really fun!” Judy Walshe Whann (Mrs. Robert Whann) remembers of her reign over the youthful Krewe of Apollo on the Friday…

Our Entertainment Industry

“In New Orleans, we have our own definition of celebrity.” As New Orleanians, we’re more interested in the Trombone Shortys than we are the Lenny Kravitzes. We define the term celebrity in a different way. This alternate definition creates value…

Romance in Advance

As is the nearly yearly case, New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebration will eclipse Valentine’s Day in 2009. Boobs and beads replace birds and bees; “Love Potions” outrank No. 9 by at least 150-proof liquor and romantic endeavors are dropped for…

Nature Inspired

fairest of all Facing page: Sterling Silver “Bleeding Heart” necklace with freshwater pearls and garnets from Mignon Faget; pewter fairy set with real butterfly wings from Sabai Jewelers; 18 K white gold, diamond and south sea pearl earrings and matching…

Getting into Character

During Carnival, and especially on Mardi Gras day itself, thousands of New Orleanians and playful visitors alike are masked or otherwise adorned in costumes born of fancy and fantasy, history and humor. When it comes time to hit the streets,…

Is Chocolate Good for you?

 One shop doesn’t transform a recovering metropolis into a chocolate city. But last year a small chocolate paradise arose out of the receded flood waters on Canal Boulevard.A few blocks past the cemeteries, located between a Helm Paint Store and…

In search of a coin

The recent display of a one-of-a-kind gold coin produced at the Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter some 165 years ago has sparked the search for its companion piece, and a fat bounty of at least $1 million is…

King Zulu 2009

If you happen to be on North Broad Street on a certain weekend in May – the third Sunday to be precise – there’s a good chance that the corner of Orleans Avenue will be bursting with energy: people on…

Royal Treat

Carnival season in New Orleans allows for colorful decorations that sometimes rival the elaborate Christmas adornments. For a glimpse of a glorious residence dressed in Mardi Gras finery, come inside Catherine Hill’s home. Located between historic buildings on grand Royal…

Knight Life

“It was the first night parade I saw! It changed my life!”That’s a strong statement from Mardi Gras guru Henri Schindler, but he’s happy to pay that tribute to a longtime Carnival club, the Knights of Babylon.As Schindler explains, “There…

Fleur de Lists

4Number of Carnival parade organizations that refer to themselves as Knights rather than Krewe: Babylon, King Arthur, Chaos and Sparta.Top 2Parade triple-header daysSun., Feb. 22: Okeanos, Thoth and Mid-City.Mardi Gras, Feb. 24: Rex, Zulu and truck parades17Number of significant Carnival-related…

Learning Art at the Ogden

About 50 Maggiore Elementary school children sit on the atrium floor of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art studying images of misshapen houses constructed of painted wood and found objects. For most, this field trip on an overcast winter’s day…

Condos with brand identity

Prominent New Orleans brand names are increasingly remerging in real estate listings as more of the historic buildings and sites affiliated with them are converted into residential developments. The latest locally important commercial name to join the likes of Falstaff,…

Restaurant Insider

The Italian Barrel (430 Barracks St.) is less than a year old, and I feel a bit foolish that I’d never heard of it until recently. It is the realization of a dream for owner Samantha Castagnetti, a native of…

Last Call

Carnival season in New Orleans is every great celebration, every one of life’s memorable moments and every good thing that happens to us mortals, all wrapped up in one huge bow. It is New Orleans’ gift to the world. The…

The Big Chief

The “new suit” of Big Chief Theodore “Bo” Dollis of The Wild Magnolias ain’t so new any more. Still, the rumpled but magnificent creation of feathers and beads and satins painstakingly created for Mardi Gras 2008 is carefully laid out…

Hope from the Drumline

It is the interplay between present and past which gives history its fascination,” historian Alan Bullock once wrote.Only in New Orleans, however, can a broken traffic light change the interplay between past and present, opening a window to a brighter,…

Julia Street

Dear Julia,While driving through lower Mid-City, I happened to notice a large stucco home at 219 South Miro St. It is both distinctive and gigantic, quite unlike the rest of this Victorian neighborhood. Can you tell me if anybody well-known…

Crusading Against Sin

Like my mother-in-law Ms. Larda always says, God don’t open a window without shutting the door. Easy for her to say, being as her insurance paid off and she is back in a nice renovated house right where her old…

Letters to the Editor

CHURCH CLOSINGSRe: “A Christmas with Fewer Churches,” Speaking Out column. December 2008 issue.We are natives of New Orleans who now live in St. Genevieve, Mo. (65 miles south of St. Louis along the Mississippi River). We still support many organizations…

Dining Features

A new chef at The Grill RoomDrew Dzejak has been introduced as the new executive chef of the Windsor Court Hotel’s Grill Room. Dzejak most recently worked at the Charleston Place (a property of the Orient-Express chain) in South Carolina,…

Carnival Time!

The song comes at you like a smiling freight train, bravura saxophones and the lyrics a sweet roar by the “Carnival Time” man himself, Al Johnson:The Green Room is smokingAnd the Plaza’s burning downThrow my baby out the windowLet those…

When the Bishop is Wrong

Carnival season usually begins with festive Twelfth Night celebrations. This year there was also something else: a raid by police, initiated by the archdiocese, of people praying in their church.What happened on Twelfth Night as the archdiocese moved to squelch…

When Zulu Saved Mardi Gras

During the bad days shortly after Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Ray Nagin went to Atlanta where he met with a group of black displaced New Orleanians. The crowd had the concerns that might be expected with their lives uprooted and the…

Read and Spin

The beats are “dirty-dirty” New Orleans, with lyrics to match, on Troubled the Water, the debut album from Blackkoldmadina (aka Kim Rivers Roberts). Roberts’ Katrina footage was recently turned into a film, Trouble the Water, which won a grand jury…

Marquee

Britney’s BackOn March 3, one of Louisiana’s homegrown talents will return to her roots. Britney Spears, one of the biggest pop stars in the world, will perform at the New Orleans Arena to promote her latest album, Circus. Though the…