New Orleans Magazine - January 2005

A Different Drum

“That’s weird” was the response of a friend when I told her that there is Mardi Gras, even full-blown Carnival seasons, in other states. I guess she forgot about the 2001 Seattle fiasco – rioting, vandalism, injuries; Seattle would like…

Son of a Big Chief

Donald Harrison Jr. got his break in 1982 when the alto saxophonist and his trumpet-playing sidekick, Terence Blanchard, joined the front line of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. A graduate of NOCCA and student of Ellis Marsalis’, Harrison carried…

A Distant Trauma

I will be at the parades this year, but I will be on the back row unless I wear goggles,” says Estelle Stapleton, a 60-year-old-plus Uptowner with Mardi Gras in her veins. Stapleton (not her real name) is a lifelong…

The Forgotten Apostle

St. Jude, a couple feet tall, looks out kindly over stacks of pink and white petitions. His neck is decorated with garlands. Bouquets of flowers surround him on the altar of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, offerings of sacrifice and…

Paper Propriety

You might say that, by and large, the time-honored tradition of wearing your mother’s wedding gown on your wedding day is a custom whose time has passed. Even beyond the issues of gown preservation and alterations, these days it’s not…

The perfect plan

Putting a wedding together requires a steady heart and a steady head. The phone is ringing off the hook. Your maid of honor just found out she’s expecting and is due on your wedding day. You need to schedule alterations,…

Bill La Grange – Life as a carnival

Ziggy!, Ziggy!, Ziggy!” came the yell; “Hoya!, Hoya!, Hoya!” was the response from a couple hundred or so voices in unison. If there was a satisfactory explanation of what that exchange meant, I never heard it. For many years, though,…

Letters

As a golfer since 1950, I must applaud all who were involved in the Audubon course’s renovation; it’s one of the more pleasurable courses I’ve ever seen or played. Unfortunately, I’ve played there only a couple of times and can’t…

Buzzard Bait

From the dreariest of urban places something occasionally sprouts that is joyous and worth beholding. For every Manhattan there is a Bronx – a place where the harder side of life provides for the glamour capital next door. For New…

Places to go, people to see, things to do

NATIVE SON The exhibit “Walter Inglis Anderson: Everything I See Is New and Strange” celebrates the many subjects and places the artist saw and experienced, including life in New Orleans. One hundred and forty-five works of art, formerly on view…

Carnival's Dish

Years ago, shortly after I moved to New Orleans, I was a guest at a Thoth parade party in the heart of Uptown. Bloody Marys, cheese straws and a meaty brunch dish served with grits sustained us while we laughed…

Carnival by the 5s

Traditional night parades (not counting satirical parades) 1. Proteus. Only surviving night parade of 19th-century origin. Appreciate this as a study of what parades were like in the grand old days. Lundi Gras, 4:15 p.m., St. Charles. 2. Hermes. A…

How to Transform a School

Only a few months have passed since the University of New Orleans opened P.A. Capdau UNO Charter School to ample fanfare and lofty expectations. After the spotlight dimmed and 261 students were settled, the real work began for Principal Shannon…