New Orleans Magazine - January 2009

Commentary from New Orleans Magazine's Errol Laborde

In his Jan. 9 interview with reporter John Pope of The Times-Picayune, Archbishop Alfred Hughes referred to the church closings and the subsequent police action as a challenge of "the cross of leadership." The analogy to the cross is a…

Commentary from New Orleans Magazine's Errol Laborde

What happened last week was one of the sorriest days in the history of the local Catholic church-not as personally damaging as some of the scandals that have drained the church nationwide, but certainly demoralizing to local Catholics.         For the…

Commentary from New Orleans Magazine's Errol Laborde

In places where Carnival is not practiced Twelfth Night is just another winter evening, but in New Orleans the night is alive with subtle native rituals that are still spared the gaudiness and encroaching commercialism found as the season reaches…

The Reds vs. The Greens

Strange. Katrina’s aftermath knocked out the trolley track system along the St. Charles line, but its green streetcars, which were housed at the Willow Street car barn, were untouched.However on the Canal Street line, the track system survived but the…

Daniel French: Riding the Radio Waves

When it happened on the heels of Hurricane Katrina, it ranked right up there with the most egregious of sacrileges in New Orleans history such as the closing of K&B, D.H. Holmes and Schwegman’s.WTIX-AM Radio, the “Mighty 690,” the rock…

Living Above the Store

In these days of telecommuting, when an Internet connection and a fax machine can free workers from the office, the pleasures of living where you work are becoming obvious to more and more people.But in New Orleans, living in the…

Tale of the Fish

I am wishing everybody a Boring New Year. That is what I want. No bank crashes, no politicians caught with their pants down, no sportscasters putting on fake beards and shooting their wives in parking lots. No fleeing for your…

Last Call

Turning the calendar to a new year is cause for celebration and reconsideration. We celebrate every New Year because that’s what our species does. We seek milestones to note, and the odometer spins 2008 into ’09 so we go a…

Featured Dining

Enlightened by Nirvana’s cuisineIn 1982, Har and Anila Keswani opened their first Indian restaurant, Taj Mahal, in Metairie. Since then, the Keswani family has operated three other Indian restaurants in New Orleans: Keswani’s in Uptown Square, Shalimar in the French…

A Day at the Races

As the horses crossed the finish line, the nattily dressed young man in the velvet fedora and sports coat went wild. He jumped up and yelled happily to his startled but amused friends and then ran, careening through the crowd…

Helen Hill: An Unfinished Story

They got up before dawn, put on costumes he can no longer remember and set out on foot for the parades, several miles from their apartment in the leafy Carrollton neighborhood. Helen Hill and Paul Gailiunas, both Harvard graduates, had…

Good News: Schooling is Improving

While much of the rest of the country braces for more bad economic news in 2009, New Orleans has reason to celebrate: Its schools are on the rise.It is too early to pop the expensive bubbly, but there are plenty…

New Orleans' Best

Now that the business of electing a president and a new Congress are over, we can hunker down to tallying the votes that count the most – our readers’ selection of New Orleans’ Best. To further exercise democracy, self-addressed, postage-paid…

Flipped Over a House

Imagine owning five houses in five years. Bryan Francher, a realtor for Prudential Gardner, and Daniel Brockhoeft, Regional Sales Manager for Omni Hotels, did such a thing. Though Francher says he occasionally felt like a vagabond, he also says the…

Master Pieces

It had been a long time since I pulled from the bookshelf my copy of the first volume of Mastering the Art of French Cooking by the master herself, Julia Child. There was a time when it was the bible…

Fighting a Different Battle

I have been in Iraq now for nine months – minus two. The minus two occurred during the months of July and August. Ironically, they were the scariest. Down dark alleys hidden within the sinister underbelly of cities like Ramadi, Fallujah…

Healthbeat

The Louisiana Board of Regents has agreed to match funds for endowed chairs and professorships at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Officials presented LSUHSC with $1,440,000 in matching funds from the Louisiana Educational Quality Support Fund (fiscal year…

New Year's List

Consistency may be the hobgoblin of little minds but pick a single breakfast and eat it every day. Save variety for later meals as early morning is no time for creative preparations. Stalk your grocery store aisle for John McCann’s…

Eyes on the Future

The wounded city pleads for her good citizens to return, rethink and rebuild. Many do. However, three-and-a-half-years after Hurricane Katrina flooded most of New Orleans, despair proves hardest to repair.Traveling back to 2008, the year began trumpeted by criminal justice…

Architects: Jobs on the Drawing Boards

It is an occasionally fortunate fact of economic life in New Orleans: Business trends here sometimes run counter to those elsewhere in the country. At times like the present, that can be a good thing. Corporations and builders nationwide have…

Opening the books, online

If knowledge is indeed power, Louisiana residents may be feeling a bit brawnier thanks to a new Web-based tool that puts a great deal of state fiscal information at their fingertips. In a bid to increase public trust in Louisiana’s…

Read and Spin

Resolve to put more music in your life in 2009; start with Jane Monheit’s new release, The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me. Monheit’s gentle voice has soothing, Orphean qualities – a great soundtrack for a (hopefully) mellow new year.Her second…

Red Allen

Five years ago on a trip out west we pulled into a record store near Yellowstone Park. I needed material to feed the CD player in the rental car and found the collected hits of Gene Autry. You can’t travel…

A new New Orleans brew

When Kirk Coco set out to start a new brewery in New Orleans, he’d never made a beer in his life. Lucky for him, then, that he was introduced early in the project to Peter Caddoo, who hasn’t stopped brewing…

Restaurant Insider

Chef Dave Gotter opened Gott Gourmet (3100 Magazine St.) last September with an eclectic menu of sandwiches and salads. One such is the St. Patty’s Day Massacre, which is a variation on the Reuben featuring braised and “pulled” corned beef,…

In a Hurry for Curry

There is a rationale stating that the more equatorial the region, the spicier its cuisine. This is backed by the reasoning that hot foods make people perspire, thereby cooling them off. I have always scratched my head at this, not…

The inside track on going green

To show how New Orleans homes can be safer, smarter and more energy efficient, a Mid-City-based nonprofit starts with a house that looks torn apart. It is the model house, left partially un-built, within the Art Egg studios off South…

Executive Order

For the Bush family, New Orleans has represented highs and lows in their presidencies. Dad became his party’s candidate here; son would be haunted by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.When the histories of the Clinton administrations are written, they will…

Letters

HURRICANE SEEDING REVISiTEDRe: “Hurricane Seeding,” Speaking Out column. October 2008 issue.We agree with your article on “Hurricane Seeding” and that it should be tried again. If it works, just think of the billions of dollars that would be saved by…