New Orleans Magazine - March 2014

Piggin’ Out

Hogs for the Cause co-founders Becker Hall and Rene Louapre discuss the upcoming festival-fundraiser.

10 Top Places to Stay Along the Gulf Coast

  Springtime arrives and thoughts of emerald waters and sugar white beaches come to mind. Heading east from New Orleans, heaven exists in our neighboring Gulf states, and the beachside destinations run the gamut from quaint bed-and-breakfasts and inns, to…

Best of Architecture: Cheers for Tableau

If architecture was theater, this magazine’s choice for the “best of the new” would win a Tony Award. As it is, the architecture shares space with a theater that it has enriched. Appropriately named “Tableau,” restaurateur Dickie Brennan’s conversion of part…

Considering Ray Nagin

Some thoughts on the conviction of former Mayor Ray Nagin: • In 2002, when Nagin was first elected, part of his appeal was that he sold himself as a businessman. That attracted conservative voters who argued that more sound business practices should be incorporated into government.…

Interview with Diane Ladd

It isn’t often that non-New Orleanians appear on the pages of “Persona,” but consider Diane Ladd an honorary native daughter. While she was born in Mississippi and would eventually live in many other places, Ladd attended a New Orleans finishing…

Regulating Backyard Breeders

Supporters of the Intact Animal Permit Law are calling for enforcement of the city law that requires a permit number when advertising animals for adoption, hoping to cut down on the number of neglected animals in the community. Currently, hundreds…

HEALTHBEAT

More people in Louisiana are signing up for health plans offered through the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (found on aspe.hhs.gov) released Feb. 12 says, as of Feb. 1, 32,800…

Rebuilding the Nature Center

The Audubon Louisiana Nature Center opened in March 1980 but has been abandoned since Hurricane Katrina. More than eight years after the storm, and 34 years since its opening day, the center is finally beginning the renovation project that will…

Read & Spin

MEMOIR As America’s favorite political odd couple, James Carville and Mary Matalin share a candid look into their lives in Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home. The book alternates between Carville and Matalin’s…

Remembering Mrs. Foxworth

I research everything: Developmental milestones; worst-case scenarios; organic versus nonorganic foods; charter schools versus public schools; types of charter schools; vaccinations, with and without thimerosal. When Ruby was freakishly good at puzzles at age 2: Signs of giftedness. When she…

Mopho, Good Eggs and Atomic Burgers

Happy March, kids! For those of you playing at home, this marks my 45th year on the planet. If you’re a scientist and working to perfect “putting one’s consciousness into a perfect, cloned body,” it’d be great if you could…

Dinner With Tennessee’s Brother

Being invited to have dinner with Tennessee Williams’ brother would ordinarily be considered to be a great honor – and it was. Only, anyone who knew Dakin Williams knew that with him things could be different. Dakin was an annual visitor to the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary…

DINING GUIDE

Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House is Open and Ready to Expand Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar and Fish House, 3117 21st St., Metairie, 833-6310, MrEdsOysterBar.com Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House is open and renovations are complete. The…