New Orleans Magazine - June 2013

Read & Spin

TRAVEL A self-proclaimed “compulsive reader,” author Terri Peterson Smith provides lots of travel advice for fellow book fans in Off The Beaten Page: The Best Trips for Lit Lovers, Book Clubs and Girls on Getaways. Smith shares some tips for…

Bouncing Through the Night: Shortwave Memories

A vendor at the New orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival  programmed an app named “TuneIn” into my iPhone. “It’s free,” he told me, and with it you can reach 70,000 radio stations around the world. While the free part sounded…

A Banjo Bridge From Senegal

The banjo has traveled a long and sinuous trail from its origins in West Africa to varied outposts of the Americas. Dozens of plucked lute or stringed instruments joined the family of orchestral or ensemble performers across the map of…

How to Host a Fête During a Fest

One of my dearest friends’ birthday is during the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. (It is what I imagine having a birthday during Christmas celebrations in any other part of the country is like.) Every…

Q&A with Terrance D. Osborne

Artist Terrance D. Osborne’s work is unmistakable when you see it: colorful and kinetic – houses are a swirl of fuchsia, citrine, taxi-cab yellow; musicians play instruments in rhythm to a soundless  tune; a streetcar hints at jumping out of a…

Tia Torres

The stories and history behind her reality show

Partying on the New Huey P.

When a road construction project wraps up, the normal response is a sigh of relief. But the completion of a project to massively expand one of the state’s iconic structures, the Huey P. Long Bridge, is inspiring a celebration. “We’ve…

Cruising for Trouble

In New Orleans we got two directions: river side and lake side. In St. Bernard, if it ain’t down the road, it’s up the road. That ain’t news if you live around here. But go someplace else and ask for…

Why St. Roch Rolls

St. Roch, the saint, was best known for tending to 13th-century victims of the plague. St. Roch, the neighborhood, is best known for tending to victims of boredom because it’s a quirky little part of town. There is, for example,…

A Very New Orleans Baptism

Everybody knew everybody, which of course wasn’t surprising in a town where a simple afternoon trip to Dorignac’s brings me into touch with my former P.E. teacher who also happens to be the mother of the ex-wife of a guy…

The Concerns of Shaving

A man’s home may be his castle, but men spend more time looking at their face than their front door thanks to that morning ritual called shaving. Shaving complications are not uncommon. Fortunately most cuts, bumps and rashes related to…

New Vistas

Donna and Tom Russell’s Lakefront home brings a fresh approach to modern design.

Infamous New Orleans Geography

While New Orleans is known for fun, it’s also a place where some make bad decisions. Here are a few infamous mishaps and where they happened

Health Beat

Maria Blanco, Assistant Professor at the Human Development Center in the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Allied Health Professions, now serves as an Act Early Ambassador for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) “Learn the…

Pork on the Fork

When Team “Stand Up and Snout” took home the top prize at the Hogs for the Cause barbecue competition and fundraiser last March, a closer look at the roster explains a few things. Among the participants were Justin Devillier of…

Growing Jobs in Their Backyards

Small vegetable patches have long flourished in the backyards of Village de l’Est, a predominantly Vietnamese neighborhood in far eastern New Orleans, where many residents grow greens and herbs for their traditional home cooking. More recently, however, these gardens and…

New on Julia Street and in the French Quarter

Chef Greg Sonnier’s return to a full-service, full-time restaurant is a cause for celebration. Greg and his dessert-specialist wife, Mary, were forced to shutter Gabrielle after Hurricane Katrina, then spent some frustrating years trying to open a restaurant Uptown. In…

The Top Dentists of Greater New Orleans

Sure, we know the best part about the experience of going to the dentist is leaving, especially after the bill has been paid. There is also some satisfaction in having healthier teeth, especially if we know that they’ve had the…

Discovering New Orleans’ Oldest

There is something that’s alive in New Orleans today that was already living when Genghis Khan invaded China and when Pope Innocent III not-so-innocently ordered the Fifth Crusade. The year was 1213. We don’t know the exact year when the…