New Orleans Magazine - March 2011

Recreation redux

For generations of kids in New Orleans, the acronym NORD (New Orleans Recreation Department) was synonymous with healthy fun, creative expression and valuable life lessons. Unfortunately, more recent generations may likely associate NORD with overgrown ballparks, empty swimming pools and…

Sink into the Guerlain Spa

The Guerlain skincare brand is famous for its innovations in beauty. The Guerlain Spa’s third location in the United States opened at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans in 2009. It offers facial and body therapies, hand and foot therapies,…

Waxing and Waning

My daughter Gladiola says she is getting a bikini wax. “Wax it? I wouldn’t even starch it,” says my mother-in-law, Ms. Larda. “How are you going to swim in it?”Gladiola explains this has nothing to do with swimming. “Don’t tell…

A Lifeline to Help

This is Lifeline. We have a medical alert call from Emma Fallo. She is having chest pains. We are dispatching an ambulance,” said the voice on the other end of the line. The call came from Philips Lifeline, a nationwide…

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Our top picks of the month’s events

Healthbeat

–According to a seven-year-long survey, researchers found that 13 percent of the 994 pregnant women surveyed were active smokers, compared to 30 percent for the 3,203 nonpregnant women. Furthermore, nearly a quarter of the pregnant smokers denied the habit. The…

Zulu 2011

The scene in early February: The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club on North Broad Street.What’s going on: The clubhouse, normally a place for Zulu members to meet and socialize, has now become the site of a photo shoot for…

Dine near the park

Outdoor dining is back for the spring season at Ralph’s on the Park, where New Orleans native chef Chip Flanagan draws from international tastes to put a spin on local cuisine. Diners can experience array of seafood specials while taking…

Paving the way for more bikes

Bicycle lanes are an increasingly common sight along New Orleans streets these days, and a new study from Tulane University shows that where these lanes appear, more cyclists follow; it’s an elementary formula that carries the promise of fewer cars…

Digging Further

The Senate should reopen its investigation into the events that followed Hurricane Katrina and strengthen national disaster plans to protect against police abuse during calamities. U.S. Department of Justice prosecutions of New Orleans police officers charged in the disparate, storm-related…

A Secret Garden

New Orleans spring fashion secrets are revealed in styles that take on everything from loose and languid to distinctly done up, showing off a mix of modern looks.

NOCCA Expands Its Repetoire

Promising young singers, actors and writers recently took turns at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts to get a taste of what it’s like to have an audience. In front of a packed hall of students and staff, Vivian Buchanan,…

Restaurant Insider

Oasis Specialty Foods (541 Oaklawn Drive), right, has opened in Metairie and features a small market that stocks Middle Eastern standards such as dried herbs, beans, nuts, cheese, yogurt and olive oils, as well as imported canned goods and frozen…

Uncle Earl and the Pompano

Earl Long wanted to convince his rural audience that he, too, was plain folk like them. There was no better way to illustrate the point than aiming a dagger to the heart at New Orleans.Those people down there at Antoine’s,”…

Water – and opportunity – everywhere

Given its vulnerability to flooding, it’s no surprise that the New Orleans area is accustomed to viewing water as a threat. But a new program called the Water Venture Development Challenge (or the Water Challenge) suggests that threat may be…

Letters

FACTS ABOUT DILLARD UNIVERSITYI enjoyed your 2011 “Guide to Schools,” but I was surprised and disappointed to see that Dillard University was not included. Our university has been educating young men and women for 141 years – long enough, I…

When Rex Met Aida (Part 2)

Editor’s note: Last month this column waxed on about the parallels between the founding of the Rex organization in New Orleans and the first performance, in Cairo, of the opera Aida whose moving grand march is performed during the Rex/Comus…

What To Do About Le Petit Théâtre

During its long existence Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré has experienced many personal plot twists; unfortunately they’ve been all drama and few laughs.Once again the theater, whose facility is one of the best community stages in the country, is…