New Orleans Magazine - May 2010

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Our top picks of the month’s events

WHAT CONGRESS WASN’T TOLD

One of the biggest challenges facing newly elected Mayor Mitch Landrieu is how to reform a police department that can’t seem to tell the truth – not even to Congress.In 2006, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental…

JACQUELYN BRECHTEL CLARKSON

Mother, politician, real-estate broker, community activist – when you ask Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, known more informally as Jackie Clarkson, about what role has been the most important in her life, she unequivocally and without hesitance says, “being a mother.”Like many…

TwitTer versus thought

Teachers of proper English read Tweetspeak, the abbreviated language of Twitter, and cringe. Take this “tweet” by Kawkia Mitchell, a linebacker with the Buffalo Bills, as reported by the Buffalo News last year: “Back at the dorms. Bout to lay…

Marching orders from the new mayor

More than just anticipation has been building since Mitch Landrieu’s mayoral election victory in February. As the weeks ticked past leading up to his inauguration, the expectations for change and fresh solutions from the new mayor of New Orleans grew…

“BROADCASTING FROM ATOP THE MB BUILDING ...”

If you’re a New Orleanian of a certain age, you probably still have an AM button on your car radio set to 1350; that’s because radio station WSMB once found its home on the dial there. Sadly, in its 85th…

RESTAURANT INSIDER

Dick & Jenny’s (4501 Tchoupitoulas St.) is now open on Monday for dinner; since many restaurants are closed on Monday, having another place open is outstanding. You can call them at 894-9880 for information or to make reservations for parties…

ONE MAN’S WAR

Like many other out-of-work confederate officers, John Bell Hood came to New Orleans after the war hoping to find a future. The recent past had been tough. Early in the war the Kentucky native had been regarded as one of…

Pizza with a plan

On the long list of what makes New Orleans famous, healthy food and entrepreneurial verve aren’t typically found near the top. But one young local company is blending those two ingredients for a business model that has attracted extraordinary attention…

Last Call

Attractive oppositesWorld Cocktail Week 2010 has been declared and, in New Orleans, there will be a celebration on World Cocktail Day: Thurs., May 13. That becomes doubly important for our city because here within the Riverwalk Festival Marketplace, on the…

PHIL Johnson at the table

Twenty-four men dressed in black-tie were standing at the table in Antoine’s stately Rex Room. Addressing them was Phil Johnson, the TV editorialist, who that evening was acting in his capacity as the Master Chancellor of the Escargot Club, a…

IN “THE CONTINUUM”

Echoes of Miles Davis are not quite everywhere in the surreal poetics of Christian Scott’s horn play. But the young trumpeter on the Concord Jazz label is an instrumental voice clearly inspired by Miles’s post-bop ensemble style. On his new…

Letters

IN DEFENSE OF TRAFFIC CAMERASRe: “Yes, for outlawing traffic enforcement cameras.” Speaking Out column. April 2010 issue.Your support of a bill to take away the right of local governments to use cameras to enforce traffic laws is as reckless as…

Read and Spin

Trumpeter Christian Scott brings us an intricately beautiful and psychologically heavy album as his latest gift to contemporary jazz. Yesterday You Said Tomorrow also features guitarist Matthew Stevens, pianist Milton Fletcher Jr., bassist Kristopher Keith Funn and drummer Jamire Williams.…

Fielder with Dreams

Though His Career Would One Day Take A Bad Hop, A Century Ago Shoeless Joe Jackson Was Playing Baseball in New Orleans

Making use of ReUSE

Royal Street is known for its antique shops, and the Warehouse District is known for its art galleries and museums. In the same vein, a group of nonprofits hopes a new initiative will make a crossroads of downtown neighborhoods the…

Health Beat

• A recent study released by the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that women of average weight who consume a light to moderate amount of alcohol gain less weight than women who don’t drink. The study followed over 19,000 women…

Mothers and Sons

In time for Mother’s Day we asked local moms and their guys about differences and likenesses. The discussion, we think, makes a pretty picture.

MODINE GETS CULTURE

Idecided that my grandkids need some culture. Not that they got strep throats or nothing – not that kind of culture. I mean the kind you get at the art museum.They are living an hour-and-a-half north of New Orleans in…

Lost Recipes

Last year, our May cover story was about “Recipe Recovery,” recalling the classic dishes of our past, many of which were lost on paper in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when cookbooks and recipe files washed away in the floods.…