New Orleans Magazine - July 2008

Planning for 2018

Imagine a tower along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain standing 1100 feet high (37 feet taller than the Eiffel Tower). Its sleek column is decorated with art depicting New Orleans’ past and at night it shimmers with lights celebrating the…

Young teachers flocking to NOLA

As New Orleans’ long-troubled public education system is being rebuilt and revitalized after Katrina, the national teacher recruiting group Teach for America is sending a bumper crop of young educators to the area to staff schools and invigorate local classrooms. …

Read and Spin

Dr. Michael White is one cool guy. An alum of both Xavier and Tulane universities, he’s taught Spanish at Xavier for more than 20 years, adding African American music to his instructional repertoire in 1988. And there’s his clarinet.Blue Crescent,…

Lionel Hampton at the Ogden

An exhibition of photographs from the illustrious life of Lionel Hampton, on view at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art through the end of this month, is a centennial celebration inviting thoughts on a storied career in jazz.Hampton, was by…

Green light for a greenway

A strip of land in the heart of New Orleans that has successfully served the city as a waterway and a rail line may soon see its third function as an urban greenway – a paved bicycling and walking path…

Restaurant Insider

This is a time of year that could be called the doldrums, at least where dining is concerned. That’s been alleviated somewhat by Tales of the Cocktail, “the most spirited event of the summer,” celebrating its 6th anniversary July 16-20.…

Asian Occasion

Ever since Trey Yuen stood alone in a field on the Northshore serving up its Szechuan Spicy Alligator, the marriage of local ingredients with non-local techniques has been a staple of Asian restaurants around town. Trey Yuen has since been…

ArenaBowl: Returning to Super City

When officials with the Arena Football League were in town last year for their sport’s championship game, the ArenaBowl, the action on the field at the New Orleans Arena wasn’t the only thing that captured their attention. They were also…

PERSONA: Ella Brennan

If a restaurant is like a circus, then Ella Brennan, co-owner of Commander’s Palace, is the ringmaster minus the top hat and actual whip. (Though a few chefs and cooks who have passed through her kitchen may disagree about what…

Letters to the Editor

BUNNIES IN THE MARBLERe: Julia Street. May 2008.I’d like to give you a historical correction if I may. My grandfather was E. Lysle Aschaffenburg, owner and founder of the Pontchartrain Hotel. The “marble” lobby was done in the late 1960s…

Julia Street

Dear Julia and Poydras,When I was a young girl visiting the city with my parents about 70 years ago, my mother mentioned a restaurant located across the street from City Park that was one of her long ago favorites.Since my…

Marquee

A Sweet EssenceLL Cool J, Patti Labelle, Keyshia Cole, Rihanna, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige and dozens of other fabulously famous musicians and performers will flock to the city and take the main stage at the annual Essence Festival, July…

A Woman's Story

When Corinne Claiborne was a young girl she attended school at a convent in New Roads, La. The education she got there was from more than books. Years later, she would write that the convent experience gave her an early…

Tennessee's Brother

When the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival was first being planned, a literary scholar advised the fledgling festival’s board not to invite the playwright’s brother to the event. “He’s as crazy as a loon,” the scholar proclaimed.Fortunately, loons are able…

Manuel Curry

“We have a very, very, very dangerous job. We have to do all that we can to keep our citizens safe, as well as ourselves.”– NOPD Superintendent, Warren Riley, following the death of Officer Nicola Cotton who was shot while…

Developing Images

From studio portraits to news events, the black artists who worked with cameras here captured all aspects of life and in the process left a legacy of both artistic output and personal determination. Their work is remarkable in many ways.Steven…

Modern Times

Grandmothers got it rough. We don’t say this to our kids, of course. We just go off and mutter to other grandmothers. “Our kids,” we say to each other, “survived to be adults without poking their eyeballs out from running…

Last Call

Punch and Judy A “Tales of the Cocktail” Winner Our annual trek through New Orleans’ summer climatological conditions (Darn that global warming – it used to be so pleasant around here in July) has lately been made more bearable by the…

Etc. Editorial

Napoleon at home in New Orleans“Treasures of Napoleon” gives visitors the opportunity to gain an understanding of Napoleon Bonaparte’s personal as well as political life. “The exhibition includes extraordinary artifacts that trace [his] life,” says Brian Adkisson, director of marketing…

NOLA by the Numbers

181Year Louisiana became the 18th state (April 30). 1/2Stick of butter in Brennan’s “Bananas Foster” recipe. 3,580Lime wedges used during Tales of the Cocktail 2007. 1990Year the Louisiana Iris, Iris Giganticaerulea, became Louisiana’s official wildflower. 599,000,000Hunting-related expenditures in Louisiana in…

Dining Editorial

  La Petite Grocery’s cool summer menu Executive Chef Justin Devillier says his restaurant, La Petite Grocery, serves “technique-oriented American cuisine” with a mix of Southern and French influences. According to the chef, the casually elegant establishment which serves drinks,…

30˚90˚ Calendar

Through July 11. “Standing with Papa Legba: The Intersections of Contemporary Haitian Art;” The George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art. Information, 586-7432. Through August 1. “Inspiration Show” exhibition; Jazz & Heritage Gallery. Information, 558-6100, www.jazzandheritage.org. July 1.…

"Nerban" Night Out

Cruising the information superhighway at the start of this piece (looking for a hipper way to say “hipster,” actually), I stumbled upon slang resource UrbanDictionary.com and a term I’d never heard before: nerban, /n∂r-b∂n / (adj.), defined as, “Of or…

What Women Want

Andrea’s Restaurant/Capri Blue Piano BarJoin Chef Andrea for his Grand Opening of Andrea’s “Capri Blue” Piano Bar. Capri Blue offers a Bar Menu, with items like Lobster Ravioli, Pizza, and “Capri Blue” and Chocolate Martinis. Every woman wants to spend…

Summer Escapes

W hen the torpor of hot summer days threatens to take over, take off on a summer adventure. Recline on the white sand beaches of the Gulf Coast, go back in time through historical venues or become an explorer of…

More than Skin Deep

Whether for health or beauty alone, advances in dermatology and plastic surgery produce more natural results, less invasive procedures and shorter recovery times. These doctors, clinics and centers perform cosmetic and medical procedures.Dr. Eric Finley is a fellowship-trained dermatologic surgeon…