New Orleans Magazine - March 2008

ERROL'S COMMENTARY: BASEBALL FROM DOWN ON THE FARM

Several seasons ago when the New Orleans Zephyrs first became a farm club of the Houston Astros one of the jokes around town was that the local team would be renamed the Half-Astros. I winced, not just because of the…

ERROL'S COMMENTARY: WHAT TO DO ABOUT BATON ROUGE?

       We detect a certain smugness about Baton Rouge toward New Orleans these days. The attitude began during the months after Katrina when the capitol city, to which many New Orleanians fled, briefly had a larger population than New Orleans. It…

Learning from Jamaica

According to legend, New Orleans was once saved by Jamaica. It happened in 1814, as a fleet of 50 British warships carrying nearly 6,000 troops, under the direction of General Edward Pakenham, prepared to capture New Orleans. The departure point…

The Longest Crossing

When the trip was planned, I had no idea that the Saints would even make the playoffs, much less host a home game. But airfares were paid and reservations were made so the trip, in January 2007, went on.My strategy…

David Sepulveda

Word on the street is, if Jerry Springer ever wants to give it a second go-round on Dancing With the Stars, his people will get in touch with Dave Sepulveda’s people to set up a few lessons first.Recalling Springer’s herky-jerky,…

Biaggio Montalbano

Biaggio Montalbano was a passionate man. He was devoutly religious and practiced his religion publicly. And, he was equally devoted to food: serving, preparing and selling a remarkable sandwich on round Italian bread, the loaf named the muffuletta. He called…

Last Call

Putting the Irish in coffeeThe clouds surrounding history have finally parted and “The Truth” can now be told. Despite what you may have heard after visits to the Buena Vista in San Francisco, Irish Coffee was not invented in the…

Etc.

1762Year the world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held: March 17, in New York City. 284Miles between New Orleans and Shamrock, La. (Approx.)8-14Lifespan, in years, of a healthy bunny. 1857Year Dr. Elizabeth Cohen, the first woman to practice medicine…

Featured Dining

The Magic of Muriel’sWith a balcony that overlooks Jackson Square, Muriel’s restaurant offers a nationally recognized, Contemporary Creole menu in the heart of the French Quarter. Liz Goliwas, a marketing consultant with the restaurant, says that Muriel’s appeals to all…

Home Brew

Things looked grim for New Orleans in the first weeks after Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures, with large areas of the city still flooded and virtually all of its residents displaced. But amid the city’s agony, a harbinger of…

Nashville: Visiting for a Song

arl Scruggs was standing on the stage of Nashville’s Ryman auditorium. At 84, he’s a little frail but still able to play his famous three-fingered banjo style. Two of Scruggs’ sons, both members of the band, grinned as their dad…

Vancouver Island

I used to believe that New Orleans was the only place where a person could confidently purchase seafood at a gas station. But after a trip to Vancouver Island, I can’t say this anymore. When my wife and I arrived…

We'll Drink to Travel

The Fates have been kind to us. Oh sure, Nature hasn’t been so great lately, the Saints were a bit of a disappointment and while promises of “smooth streets soon” are hanging out there, so far all we’ve seen is…

Condo Mania: Is there room for more?

Thinking of buying or selling a condominium? Here’s the good news: New Orleans is not Miami. A January report on the Miami-Dade County condominium market declared that the area “is experiencing the worst condominium boom-bust cycle in Florida since 1975.”…

NOPD SWAT

“Something bad is going to happen, either today or tomorrow,” Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann said. “I can promise you that.” Scheuermann is a deputy commander of the New Orleans Police Department’s Special Operations Division.He spoke those words the morning of Dec.…

A Return to the Avenue

Susan “Susie” Hoskins grew up in a spacious home with high ceilings on St. Charles Avenue listening to the click-clack of streetcars. Time passed and Hoskins’ life took her from New Orleans to Houston to the Washington, D.C. area, where…

Carrying a Torch

Once when I was a student at Ole Miss, I traveled with a group of friends to New Orleans for a Sugar Bowl game. We stayed at the home of one friend’s parents, who one night graciously wined and dined…

Health Beat

Ochsner Health System has announced the release of a series of online video-casts called “Ochsner Healthlinks” that will be available on their Web site, www.ochsner.org. The three- to five-minute-long videos are intended to educate and inform patients on subjects such…

Shots for Travel

In June I’m going on a mission trip to Nicaragua. About 40 of us from school will be visiting orphanages and building houses. We will be in a really rural area with malaria and all sorts of things,” says Jamantha…

Remember Howard Johnson's

Former Orleans Parish School Board member Elliot “Doc” Willard steps briskly out of the Martin Luther King Day parade near City Hall.He joins two other men who are looking up at a hotel on Loyola Avenue.Thirty-five years ago, on Jan.…

Schoolyard Brawl

The infighting that marked education decisions for Orleans Parish schools before Katrina hasn’t disappeared; it has shifted. The new power struggle is between the Orleans Parish School Board and its charters and, to a lesser extent, the Recovery School District…

Cruise Lines Chart a New Course

Getting a fix on the health of the local cruise ship industry is, in part, a matter of deciding how far to look ahead – or behind. Glancing back to 2004, for instance, reveals a picture of New Orleans as one…

What to do about Baton Rouge?

We detect a certain smugness about Baton Rouge toward New Orleans these days. The attitude began during the months after Katrina when the capitol city, to which many New Orleanians fled, briefly had a larger population than New Orleans. It…

Tales of the Black Ghost

By day, Will Warner is a counselor at Delgado Community College. But at night, this 42-year-old father of two often assumes the secret identity of the Black Ghost, a New Orleans superhero on a mission to revive the values of…

Read and Spin

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the utmost authenticity, the true Celtic reveler will need more than green beer and plastic flowers.Baton Rouge-based band Smithfield Fair celebrates their 20th anniversary with 20 for 20, a collection of – you guessed…

Jazz—A Global Perspective

Last September the writer Howard Mandel organized a conference at Columbia University – Jazz in the Global Imagination – for some two dozen writers, researchers and radio hosts from Japan, Russia, Western Europe, Mexico, Canada and the U.S. The sheer…

Seeing Green

A turn of the wrist may be all it takes to make a major change in the way New Orleans homes impact the environment thanks to a rapidly expanding, hands-on energy efficiency group called Green Light New Orleans. Conceived and…