New Orleans Magazine - February 2010

Bead Counters: Carnival’s economic impact

Mardi Gras has been dubbed the “Greatest Free Show on Earth,” thanks in large part to the magnificent Mardi Gras parades that entertain the crowds on the streets of New Orleans. But make no mistake, Carnival season puts a lot…

9-1-1 FARES BEST IN POLL

Retired New Orleans Police Capt. Stephen J. Gordon frowns suspiciously at the favorable results of a recently released poll on his old unit at the much-maligned New Orleans Police Department. It is Christmas Eve 2009. In an office window behind…

Good news about local heart care

Heart disease is an unwelcome fact of life in the New Orleans area, in part because of our preference for the delicious – and rich – food found in just about everybody’s kitchen. Fortunately, the city’s medical centers are up…

COOKING FOR CARNIVAL

February brings the absolute busiest schedule of the year. Part of the commotion is a trip to Disney World, a must for my 6-year-old grandson, who claims to be the only one in his class who hasn’t been. That aside,…

LESLIE JACOBS – AN APPRECIATION

It is too bad education reformer Leslie Jacobs dropped out of the mayor’s contest after Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu joined the line-up at the last minute. Maybe she was correct in giving herself zero chance of winning with him in…

tres experiencias espanolas

For a city with a lot of Spanish blood in its veins, it’s a bit surprising that Spanish cuisine in New Orleans restaurants has remained somewhat underrepresented. When untangling the influences that have come together to create our unique regional…

Carnival’s Big Band Sound

My Dad played for 50 Comus [balls]. He even had a specially made gold tails jacket he wore just for that.” Henri Louapre’s father was René Louapre, conductor of the René Louapre Society Orchestra, a mainstay of the New Orleans…

Krewe du View

For most New Orleanians, Mardi Gras represents the magic of the Cresent City. For most filmmakers, it represents a bizarre world.

RESTAURANT INSIDER

Mike Fennelly and Vicky Bayley, who together had one of the best restaurants in the city in the early 1990s with Mike’s on the Avenue, are reuniting with a new restaurant, right, Mike’s East-West (628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600),  in…

Marita Jaeger’s Boutique du Vampyre

“Listen to them. The children of the night. What music they make!” – Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula to Dwight Frye as Renfield in response to the howling wolves outside the Castle Dracula from the 1931 horror classic, Dracula.The Ultimate Vampire…

SORROW AND JOY ON THE EPIPHANY

Carnival is usually best remembered for its big moments, the spectacle of parades, the echo of bands and the imagination of maskers. I, however, will always remember Carnival 2010 for the quiet and touching way in began.In my December 2009…

Full circle for farmers market

Just as cycles of growth and rebirth set the pace down on the farm, a farmers market in Mid-City has recently come full circle, and hopes are high that it will bear new fruit. Before Hurricane Katrina, the Crescent City…

Letters

HIGHWAY TO WINNIPEGRe: Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot column. September 2002 issue.The recent articles in The Times-Picayune about the adventurers who traveled the Jefferson Highway from Winnipeg to New Orleans prompts me to let you know of my appreciation…

THE THROW

At 7:14 p.m., Marty’s arm acted as a pivot sending a stash of throws from his spot on the float toward the crowd standing along the St. Charles Avenue sidewalk. An instantaneous jerk of the float caused the throw to…

READ SPIN

PRESERVATION: An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall and The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program is the kind of CD you should enjoy when picking up your Mardi Gras guests at Louis Armstrong Airport. Nineteen perfectly charming tracks by the Preservation…

Last Call

Mixing for the massesLet us say you’re one of New Orleans’ most talented and respected mixologists. Let us also say there’s a celebration in your town each year where the rule “anything goes” is in effect, giving you free rein…

Funds for tracks

There is no doubt New Orleanians like their streetcars. Whether they’re the vintage models rumbling along St. Charles Avenue or the modern vehicles plying the Canal Street and riverfront routes, streetcars are celebrated as symbols of the Crescent City and…

Camelias on the coast

Mardi Gras can be strenuous, but those seeking to restore their energy and relax on the beach after a long, festive holiday can head to the Beaches of South Walton – a conveniently situated vacation spot featuring 15 beach communities…

SHOWING YOUR WITS

So my daughter Gladiola announces she and her friends are wearing body paint on Mardi Gras.“Sweetheart, body paint will rub off and ruin your clothes,” says my mother-in-law, Ms. Larda.Gladiola just smirks. Uh-oh.She means body paint only.It is a Gunch…

Nola by #'s

1969The year Metairie’s Rhea parade began – the Krewe of Rhea decided to cancel the 2010 parade in case of the conflict with the Super Bowl.1873The year Governor Warmoth of Louisiana signed the “Mardi Gras Act” making it a legal…

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Health Beat

nDr. Robert Brannon, professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology of the LSU Health Sciences Center, has been reappointed by the Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Charles Green, to serve a three-year term as the Civilian National Consultant…