New Orleans Magazine - February 2014

When Bacchus Got Slumdogged

In 2009, Bacchus got slumdogged. Because Mardi Gras was in late February that year, the Bacchus parade fell on the same night as the Academy Awards. In New Orleans that year there was more than the usual interest in the Oscars because…

Carnival of the Non-Pirate

If you see a pirate this Mardi Gras, don’t call my name because it won’t be me. Most often in recent years I’ve dressed like a rogue from the seas for several reasons: • I have by now collected a bag full of pirate-like costume parts. • Pirate costumes are not too…

HEALTHBEAT

On January 13, the Ochsner Baptist Women’s Pavilion officially opened the Perkin Alternative Birthing Center (ABC). The center is the only one of its kind in the region, offering holistic birthing in a hospital-based environment. Use of certified nurse-midwives, birthing tubs…

Youth Study Center Opens

The Youth Study Center portion of the New Orleans Juvenile Justice Center Complex will be opening this month. The facility is the culmination of an effort to replace the one destroyed during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and to come…

Al Winters

The Man Behind “Shattered Shield” – Part Two of Two

RTA Increases Services

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority has expanded its services. Having started in January, the changes provide more bus operations in Orleans Parish. Service increases provide more late-evening trips for Morrison Express, Lake Forest Express, Galvez, St. Claude, Jackson/Esplanade, Algiers…

Baby Dolls and Skeletons

On the album Island Man: The Afro-Louisiana Sound, the latest album by Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, leader Bruce Barnes lays out hypnotic melodies on piano accordion, alternating on harmonica, weaving a warm zydeco beat and Caribbean rhythms with stellar…

Show Your Wits

My mother-in-law, Ms. Larda, broke her leg. She says she’s been hoping for this her whole life. This is because she broke it just before Mardi Gras. “Nobody catches more beads than an old lady in a wheelchair,” she says…

The Enchanted Season

Any explanation of the Carnival season, now upon us, doesn’t do it justice. The history of our only-in-New Orleans celebration is one of the sources for the uniqueness of this city’s character. The staging of the grand balls and the…

DINING GUIDE

$= Average entrée price of $5-$10; $$=$11-15; $$$=$16-20; $$$$=$21-25; $$$$$=$25 and up. 5 Fifty 5 Restaurant Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal St., 553-5638, French Quarter, ­555Canal.com. B, L, D daily. This restaurant offers innovative American fare such as lobster macaroni and…