New Orleans Magazine - June 2008

Hospital Buzz

TOURO INFIRMARY    Touro Infirmary’s Crescent City Cardiovascular Associates and NOLA Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons are now offering the latest non-surgical treatment alternative for varicose veins. Touro is the only hospital in Orleans Parish offering the endovenous laser therapy, a cutting-edge,…

ERROL'S COMMENTARY: Snowball Men

When George Ortolano would leave for work each day he could rightfully say that he was off to see the wizard. He could even go one step further and say that he was off to make the wizard. Ortolano, who…

ERROL'S COMMENTARY: NEW ORLEANS: JULY 4, 1776

* July 4th was on a Thursday in 1776 so it would have been a busy day for fishermen who were preparing to bring their catches to the markets in Catholic New Orleans for the next day's meatless Friday. *Louisiana's Spanish…

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ERROL'S COMMENTARY: THE FIG AND ME

On the morning of Friday, July 6, 2007 I spotted the bulb which seemedas though it was staring back at me from beneath a leaf. This was a moment that had been a long time coming but would not have…

ERROL'S COMMENTARY: Saving Jim Letten

Here is a question to ask candidates in the race for Bill Jefferson’s Second Congressional District: If a Democrat is elected president, will you urge that Jim Letten be retained as U.S. Attorney? Those who serve as U.S. Attorney do…

June 30˚90˚ Calendar

Through July 31. “Roger Brown: Southern Exposure;” Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Information, 539-9600, www.ogdenmuseum.org. June 4, 7. YLC Wednesday at the Square; Lafayette Square. Information, 427-5429, wednesdayatthesquare.com. June 5-12, 21-24, 30. New Orleans Zephyrs Home Games; Zephyr Field. Information,…

Fathers and Sons

Wayne Baquet Longtime local restaurateur; owner of L’il Dizzy’s Café on Esplanade Avenue and Poydras StreetSimilarities: My son has my tenaciousness, my character and my desire to succeed in everything I do. He’s got it in him. He’s tough. In…

Turning the Page

Henri and Terence “Terry” Hall’s home in Metairie Club Gardens is filled with fun. Instead of grand bronze sculptures of Greek gods, you’ll find Jose Maria Cundin’s playful statues of a nun and a bishop peering from twin niches in…

Seeing Red

There’s only one thing better than eating a red, ripe Creole tomato and that’s growing one. To the urban “farmer,” the tomato is first and foremost in the vegetable garden. The love of the tomato dominates June menus and outdoor…

Testosterone

A sexist short-course in sexual hormones has estrogen as the hormone of beauty and sensitivity and testosterone as the hormone of aggression and war. Research published this year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences fuels this debate…

Coming Home

Ed. Note: This is the last of a series of columns written by a New Orleanian on duty in Iraq. Because of military regulations, he was not able to use his name. We can tell you that he is a…

The Prophecy

National Guard troops in armored vehicles patrol New Orleans streets as the June drawdown date nears. Children as young as 14 rob pedestrians at gunpoint. Murders climb, despite millions of dollars in increased funding for cops and prisons.“People are scared,”…

When an Obsession Pays Off

Sometimes a woman has to take matters into her own hands. Such a woman is Sheila Ealey, founder of the Creative Learning Center, a school for autistic children.When her own son, Temple, now 8, was diagnosed with severe autism, she…

Science as Business

The challenge to the local bioscience industry is a little like the task of herding cats: With each fiercely independent member of the group inclined to sprint down its own path, how do you convince everyone to move in the…

Saving Jim Letten

Here is a question to ask candidates in the race for Bill Jefferson’s Second Congressional District: If a Democrat is elected president, will you urge that Jim Letten be retained as U.S. Attorney?Those who serve as U.S. Attorney do so…

Sheikh Chic

While hurricane recovery may seem achingly slow to locals living with its day-to-day challenges, frequent visitors to New Orleans often remark on the progress between their trips made evident across the city. One recent visitor in particular had a special…

Read and Spin

Phenom Amanda Shaw’s notoriety began when she was too young to stay at Clearview Mall past 4 p.m. Now 17, this fiddler-singer-songwriter-bandleader-actress has released her newest album, Pretty Runs Out, with her band The Cute Guys. Shaw’s tremendous fiddle work…

An Evening with the Creole Wild West

Though a dazzling presence in the popular imagination, Mardi Gras Indian gangs (as these groups have named themselves) aren’t personally well known to music lovers. People at the New Orleans Country Club have been dancing to Deacon John’s band for…

Reefs of Rubble

Local motorists may be anticipating a faster commute while watching the rapid construction of the larger, new Interstate-10 bridge spans connecting New Orleans and Slidell. Now, fishing enthusiasts have their own reason to be pleased with the progress of the…

Restaurant Insider

La Côte Brasserie (700 Tchoupitoulas St., in the Renaissance Arts Hotel) is in a less-traveled section of the Warehouse District but with valet parking and a spacious dining room (pictured below), there’s no reason not to make it a regular…

Breakfast Places

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then why not approach it with a little panache? After all, this is the city where Brennan’s elevated it to an art form, turning the most neglected meal of the…

Decorated doctor’s New Orleans path

A medical career that began at Tulane University more than 70 years ago has earned Dr. Michael DeBakey the highest honor the nation can bestow on a civilian. Renowned as a medical pioneer and the inventor of many procedures, tools…

From Vine to Table

Tomatoes, when they’re shipped to our supermarkets from California or Mexico, are picked green, sprayed with a gas to delay spoilage, packed into a refrigerated boxcar, sent to a wholesale distributor, then trucked to the store. At best, the process…

Letters to the Editor

NEWCOMB/HOWARD JOHNSON’S/SWATRe: March 2008 issue. First, regarding the string of letters concerning the future of Newcomb College, I personally applaud Scott Cowen’s actions during and following Hurricane Katrina to preserve and sustain Tulane University as an institution. I believe the…

Julia Street

Dear Julia and Poydras,Years ago, I remember there being two very prominent florists on St. Charles Avenue not very far from one another. Whatever happened to those two establishments and what became of their buildings? If my memory on the…