New Orleans Magazine - March 2007

ERROL LABORDE’S COMMENTARY: WHEN MAYORS SAY DUMB THINGS

There have been mayors who have said dumb things long before Ray Nagin. Never, however, has there been a mayor who said dumb things at a time when his constituency so desperately needed inspiration and encouragement rather than to be…

Our Jazz All-Stars The Class of '07

Lordy, if it wasn’t for the music we’d be such a poorer city.  With it we are rich in ways that few cities are. Each April we present a class of Jazz All-Stars, two hypothetical bands, one contemporary, the other…

HEALTHBEAT

• Culicchia Neurological Clinic introduces a new medical procedure that treats back pain due to herniated discs without surgery in less than an hour. During “percutaneous” or needle discectomy, the doctor extracts the swollen disc material through a needle.• The…

HEALTH: Acid Reflux

Tums used to serve as a food group for local attorney and filmmaker Stephen Rue.“I kept a big bottle of fruit-flavored Tums and ate handfuls of them like candy. Six or so at a time at least twice a day…

BIZ: EN ROUTE TO A COMEBACK

On a scale from zero to 30,000 feet, business at New Orleans’ airport is nearing an altitude of about four miles, (or 21,120 feet,) local officials say. It’s not what you’d call “flying high,” but activity is in a strong…

SPEAKING OUT: TELEVISION WITH A VISION

When the subject is WYES-TV/Channel 12, our full disclosure statement is quite lengthy. We are linked to the station personally and professionally, including the Dial 12 program guide which has so long been an important part of this magazine. Even…

NEWS BEAT: St. Roch gets rolling

The St. Roch Market, a St. Claude Avenue relative of the better-known French Market, long served as a gateway for a neighborhood that includes such distinctive New Orleans elements as an oak-shaded neutral ground, a historic cemetery and a diverse…

READ & SPIN

CD: Hurricane On The Bayou Soundtrack features treasured local sounds of Fats Domino, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers and Allen Toussaint, to name a few. The collection, available now, offers celebration of New Orleans’ uniquely thriving natural beauty expressed in…

MUSIC: Harry Connick Jr.

A headliner at this year’s Jazz and Heritage Festival, Harry Connick Jr. has a new CD, Oh My Nola, which roams across the New Orleans canon. For a pianist and singer with his own purchase on big band swing, this…

NEWSBEAT: Special Delivery

Rebekah and Glen Markham of Covington sent greeting cards announcing their baby’s birth to some people they barely know but who had already played an extraordinary part in the baby’s life.  That’s because the Markhams’ mailing list included members of…

TABLETALK: DINING ADVENTURES ON OAK STREET

The Oak Street corridor between S. Carrollton Avenue and River Road has been undergoing a quiet renaissance lately. Anchored at its midpoint by food and entertainment favorites Jacques-Imo’s Café and the Maple Leaf Bar, a wide range of new eateries…

NEWSBEAT: Mets on the Bayou

The start of baseball season this month for the New Orleans Zephyrs opens a new chapter in the history of the Triple-A, minor league team. During the off-season, the team became the affiliate of the New York Mets – a…

THERESA ANDERSSON

When you sit down and talk with musician Theresa Andersson, you notice – in a good way – that she uses the word “inspired” a lot, whether it’s in reference to other musicians, her students, music that has influenced her or…

JULIA STREET

Dear Julia and Poydras,While walking through Cypress Grove Cemetery, I noticed a large truncated column honoring Irad Ferry. I know he was a fireman, but can you tell me anything else about him?Jeff CallerminCovingtonIrad Ferry was the first New Orleans…

MARQUEE

Play Ball!The New Orleans Zephyrs will take a swing at the new season on Friday, April 13. In a town of superstition, the date of the Zephyrs’ first home game seems like an appropriate night to show the Nashville Sounds…

Restaurant Spot Light: Fire a restaurant

FIRE is a restaurant in the lower warehouse district once occupied by the firemen of Engine Number One.  While the building imparts a strong, safe and traditional feel to our guests, our food breaks from the traditional experience of New Orleans…

ERROL LABORDE’S COMMENTARY: A MISTICK GATHERING

Their names will forever be lost in the secret annals of the New Orleans Carnival but their deed should be remembered. Saturday a week ago, Feb. 24, 2007, five masked people, reportedly of mixed gender, gathered at the corner of…