New Orleans Magazine - January 2010

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Our top picks of the month's events

SIZING UP BIG EVENTS

With Mardi Gras near, people in the local hospitality industry must be gleefully rubbing their hands together. Their growing anticipation of the city’s signature annual celebration surely is working them into a frenzy, right? To a degree, yes. Carnival season…

J. STEPHEN PERRY

What do the Arctic Circle, the mounds at Poverty Point and New Orleans tourism have in common? J. Stephen Perry, the President/CEO of New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. Since August 2002, Perry has been the head of…

A SIGN FOR THE TIMES

In the waning weeks of 2009, Albert “Comet” Mims Jr. held a familiar protest sign outside of a funeral for another murdered child in the New Orleans area.The message on the colorful canvas was grim but clear: “No Child Should…

Brown pelican: on the flag, off the list

As Louisiana’s state bird, the brown pelican’s image appears on the state flag and is stenciled on state vehicles. It also perches atop state letterhead and it’s carved, etched and painted into every possible nook of the state capitol. Recently,…

A CHICKEN (AND MORE) IN EVERY POT

Coming off a rec-ession, we might want to cook as our forebears did and save a few pennies at the grocery store. Pot cooking was the technique by which our 19th- and 20th-century ancestors fed many mouths from one pot.…

THE WORLDS OF ADOLFO GARCIA

With the opening of the central/southern Italian trattoria a Mano in November, chef Adolfo Garcia has increased his portfolio to partnership in three holdings, rounded out by Rio Mar and La Boca. And while the cuisines served at each are…

RESTAURANT INSIDER

Ralph Brennan’s restaurant group began operating the Courtyard Café at the New Orleans Museum of Art, right, in mid-November. The 72-seat café serves breakfast, lunch and snack items on Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from…

DAVE DIXON AND THE MAKING OF THE SAINTS

Dave Dixon still breaks out in a laugh every time he tells the story that happened 42 years ago. Dixon, now 86 and as spry as ever, has plenty of reasons to smile these days. For all the hero worship…

ON BEING TOPS

As I was leaving my seat after that big Monday night game between the Saints and the New England Patriots I happened to come face-to-face with a couple who, as I could tell by their jerseys, were from Boston. We…

Channeling flood responsibility

While the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet was officially closed last year, lawsuits and legal rulings around the controversial, manmade waterway continue to rage. Most recently, U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers mismanaged the channel…

Letters

You Can Go Home AgainThomas Wolfe once wrote, “You can’t go home again.” I wasn’t deliberately trying to disprove that dictum, but recently found it not to be true for me.On Labor Day 2009, two friends and I drove to…

Nola by #'s

12Years of The Great Upheaval, aka Le Grande Derangement.  15,000Approximate number of Acadians in Nova Scotia in 1755.7,500Approximate number of Acadians in Nova Scotia in 1756.300Approximate number of settlers referred to as the “first families” of Acadia. 14,000Approximate number of Acadians…

SAVE UNO SPORTS

When the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors voted to allow the University of New Orleans to pursue dropping from Division I to Division III sports, the vote, with only one dissent, must have been delightful for the supervisors. The…

Read and Spin

Do not be scared: take the Plunge into jazz with this second project by New Orleans artists Tim Green on sax, Mark McGrain on trombone and James Singleton on bass. Dancing on Thin Ice includes 11 tracks composed by McGrain…

GNO Cyclery: Bikes and More

GNO Cyclery: Bikes and MoreOne of the advantages of living in New Orleans is that it’s almost always a decent enough temperature to be outside. Jessica Forrester, a sales associate of GNO Cyclery says the store, which is owned by…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia, I lived at 621 Jefferson Ave. My grandmother Louisa Sophie Weiket Hill inherited this home around 1926. She then deeded it to my brother Edward T. Hill Jr. and me, Sarah L. Hill. I was told this house…

Righteous referrals

Thanks to a pair of related programs from the McFarland Institute, a New Orleans-based division of Baptist Community Ministries, more churches around the metro area now count health ministries among the services they offer their members. Both the Church Nurse…

Dining Features

Andrea’s 25thThis month, Andrea’s Restaurant & Catering is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Tia Summerville, public relations for Andreas, comments on upgrades that Andrea’s has made over the years. Summerville says, “Improvements made on the land and the building with bigger…

THE TROUBLE WITH MODERN TIMES

I remember back when we used to talk in words. Now we talk in initials. Especially if “we” are younger than me. It snuck up on us, when we started using “OK,” for “yes” and “TV” for “teevee” and “D-cup”…

Health Beat

Tulane Cancer Center has been chosen as the first U.S. site for a clinical drug test of Alpharadin, a drug designed to target Stage III prostate cancer. Dr. Oliver Sartor, above, of the Tulane Cancer Center, recognized as an international…