New Orleans Magazine - June 2009

Remembering the MB Building

His name was Broussard. He was a good, kindly old man who had a hearing aid in one ear but who kept a sharp eye on the traffic in his little domain. He always addressed me as “my friend” and…

The Gunches Florida vacation

My mother-in-law says the Gunches are taking an X-vacation this year. I got to think about that. X-rated? X-treme? That don’t sound like the Gunches.No, she says – X-tended family – her sons Lurch and Leech; her and her daughters…

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Our top picks of the month’s events

Christian J. LeBlanc

“You’re my favorite,” said the woman standing in front of the table at Casamento’s, where I was having lunch with Christian J. (the “J” is for Jules) LeBlanc. Name not so familiar? How about Michael Baldwin? LeBlanc plays Baldwin on…

Liberty’s Kitchen reconciled

There is more than coffee, breakfast and lunch going on at Liberty’s Kitchen, a new café located near the Orleans Parish Criminal Courthouse in Mid-City. The restaurant and caterer is also a nonprofit aimed at helping teens and young adults…

Doing the blue

I don’t know who planted the first blueberry bush in Louisiana, but I sure would like to thank him. When I was growing up we had strawberries and wild blackberries but never blueberries unless they came in a can. And…

Exploring Esplanade

Each year at Jazz Fest I’m reminded again of the beauty of Faubourg St. John. The logistical park-n-walk demands of the Fest allow me to view the neighborhood at a snail’s pace, rather than through a car window, and the…

Restaurant Insider

New Orleans hasn’t, until fairly recently, been the kind of place where you’d find “mixologists” behind the bar of your local watering hole. But now there are a couple of relatively new local joints where you can find inventive drinks…

Rebuilding the Latin American link

Thanks to new flight services set to begin next month, the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport will once again be international, or rather “internacional.”AeroMexico, the largest airline in Mexico, plans to start a new route between New Orleans and…

One more time

The title of the CD to my left  this morning is quite a run-on, but in the interest of accuracy here goes: Preservation Hall Jazz Band: New Orleans Preservations, Volume 1. If you don’t have enough preservation in your cultural…

Read and Spin

This band started out at as the “love-child” of two couples, Michael Stephens and Aubre Bauer, and Brittney Maddox and John Martin. The group added an electric bass (Jordan West) and drums (Jeremy Hayes) to the mix and the double-couple…

Katrina vs. the heart

To the list of unwelcome and long-lingering Hurricane Katrina legacies, researchers from Tulane University School of Medicine have added another that hits particularly close to home: heart attacks. Tulane medical researchers have documented a threefold increase in the number of…

Health beat

Last year, the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation and Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu partnered in starting a health care program to help cultural (music, film, literary and historic preservation, and culinary, performing and visual arts) workers access affordable medical care.Through the…

A couple of clowns

 “A clown is like aspirin, only he works twice as fast!”– Groucho MarxAfter spending a few minutes with Richard and Sally Simoneaux, you come away with the feeling that New Orleans’ only husband-and-wife clown team has front-row viewing seats on…

Page turner

Elements of a plantation and a London pied-à-terre are combined in Ruth and Michael Burke’s French Quarter home.

Dining Features

Satisfying hunger at House of BluesWhile House of Blues is certainly known more for the variety of concerts that take place therein, music-lovers can also now indulge in fine cuisine. Mark Roberts, who’s a marketer for the Decatur Street location,…

Etc.

Beaches of BlissFifteen beach communities comprise the Beaches of South Walton, a convenient vacation spot for New Orleanians. Just west of Panama City, Fla., the Beaches of South Walton offer homes and accommodations – condos, quaint cottages, bed-and-breakfasts and rental…

NOLA by the Numbers

49Games won by LSU’s Baseball Team in the 2007-’08 season.14Number of New Orleans Hornets players, 2008-’09 season.28:6Wins to losses of the 2008 C-USA Champion Tulane Volleyball team.1979-82Years Leonard Marshall played defensive end for LSU.2025The year until which the Saints have…

Herbsaint – a New Orleans invention

After absinthe was made illegal, just before World War I, which was followed by Prohibition, then the Great Depression, then the repeal of Prohibition; finally there was a moment that seemed to be a perfect time for a legal anise-flavored…

Pops and progeny

Few words carry more pride with them than “This is my son.” Lucky indeed is the boy whose father mixes love and discipline in equal measure. A boy usually appreciates his father most when he becomes one. Then he joins that society of men called “Dad,” who quietly dedicate their lives to taking care of their families. Here is a look at some local fathers and the sons who take a lot of pride in one another.

Cheap dates

A benefit of living in a cultural preservationist city like New Orleans is that there are many organizations that work to keep cultural activities alive and accessible. Here is a list comprising some of New Orleans’ summer fêtes. Many activities…