New Orleans Magazine - March 2010

IN SEARCH OF ST. JOSEPH

I found the town I’ve been looking for and I’ll reveal it here, but first let me tell you what the search was all about.This is our travel issue, and that brings to mind two trips I’ve made to Sicily.…

Modine’s Pad

Re: “The Trouble with Modern Times,” Modine’s New Orleans column, by Modine Gunch. January 2010 issue.Modine’s New Orleans in the January 2010 of the New Orleans Magazine is a believable story considering what’s about to be mentioned. Years ago, 31…

New Orleans’ BEST WEEKEND EVER

Since the founding of New Orleans by Jean Baptiste La Moyne Sieur de Bienville in 1718, the city has experienced approximately 15,184 weekends. Of those, the weekend of Feb. 6-7, 2010 was surely the best. During a 48-hour period, New…

Julia Street

WITH POYDRAS THE PARROT A MONTHLY PURSUIT OF ANSWERS TO ETERNAL QUESTIONS

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Our top picks of the month’s events

ERIC OVERMYER

Ah, the glamour of Hollywood, or in this case, “Hollywood South,” the nickname given to New Orleans as the film industry booms in the city and the state. On this day of filming for the new HBO series “Tremé,” the…

What children know about violence

For some young people, growing up in New Orleans means seeing horrendous acts of violence so frequently it becomes commonplace. Now, a small group of teenagers is working to show the world how they feel about the experience, and what…

ETHNIC EATING

I love to travel, and learning about local food customs fascinates me. I always make it a point to eat local rather than searching out American standards on other turfs.Like most of us, I grew up on bacon and eggs…

MASTERS OF INGREDIENTS

Though blessed with Gulf seafood, great citrus and a small but dedicated network of organic farmers and purveyors, New Orleans doesn’t have an adjacent breadbasket on par with Northern California’s Napa Valley or New York’s Hudson Valley. So how do…

RESTAURANT INSIDER

Ah, March. The month of my birth. Thanks to those of you who remembered and sent me gifts; to hell with the rest of you. Broussard’s (819 Conti St.), the venerable Creole restaurant in the French Quarter, pictured above, isn’t…

Merger for marketing

The New Orleans tourism industry includes boutiques, swamp tour operators and the high-rise towers of international hotel chains. One thing uniting this vast and diverse economic sector these days, however, is concern about the future if current tourism trends for…

READ SPIN

Jazz Playground from Putumayo Kids is a fun, upbeat collection that will keep both kiddies and adults smiling. New Orleans artist Ingrid Lucia’s beautiful “This Little Light of Mine” is a standout; introduce the wee ones to live music with…

Sandbagging lead risk

Coastal restoration experts have long pointed to the massive amounts of sediment carried by the Mississippi River as the key to staving off Louisiana’s land loss crisis. Now a prominent researcher is promoting the very same material as a solution…

Health Beat

LSU Health Sciences Center’s Professor and Chairman of Genetics Dr. Jay Kolls, right, was recently awarded a $2.1 million grant to continue his research on pneumonia. Awarded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the…

Jim Bob Moffett does it again

It is a typical pattern in the commodities business in the Gulf of Mexico: Just when you think the party’s over, something happens to bring it back to life. Recently, an independent oil company with deep roots in Louisiana gave…

A CHIEF JUSTICE’S EXAMPLE

A man can’t help but notice that Women’s History Month (March) in New Orleans seems understated in recent years.Cheron Brylski, a veteran political consultant in New Orleans, says fewer women are winning public office since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005…

A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANES

Bowling can be a family enterprise. Stevie Weber of the Professional Bowling Association whose family owned Arabi Bowl in St. Bernard Parish. It is a lifetime sport for Weber. “They have pictures of me when I was 2 or 3, pushing…

BRUCE BROWN AND THE OLE 745

Somewhere along the 2,180 miles he trudged over the Appalachian Trail during this past year, Bruce Brown stops to sit on a tree stump; pulls off his well-worn shoes; rubs his weary, beat-up dogs and wonders what’s going on with…

Words of Circumstance

Had it not been for Richard Collins, life in New Orleans would be less platonic. Derived from “Plato,” the word, which in the local context referred to a passionate appreciation, isn’t generally part of the common language in any city…

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Let there be light

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives has been providing Southeast Louisiana with innovative light fixture solutions for the past 10 years, according to Tim Charrier of OLP. “We specialize in the design, installation and service of architectural, landscape and security lighting,” Charrier says.…

Grand Isle, the restaurant

A joint venture by Joel Dondis, David Pearson and Jeff Hof, Grand Isle opened in June 2007 as a restaurant that serves true South Louisiana cuisine. As a child, Dondis spent time in Grand Isle, La., and as a founding…

BIG PLANS ARE BEING REALIZED – BIT BY BIT

For John Hopper, City Park’s chief development officer, the changes that abound on this 1,300-acre expanse are more than figures and facts: these changes will affect every pair of feet that walk onto the grounds and contribute to the park’s…