New Orleans Magazine - May 2013 05/01/2013 Site Staff FacebookTwitter Our Top Picks for May 2013Where You Need To Be This Month Raymond Calvert’s IconographyLessons from a Belgian monk In Search of Mother RueThis being the month of Mother’s Day, I was wondering about the word “mother” as used in popular culture. Of all the uses, the restaurant by that name may be the most popular. Mother’s on Poydras Street has been serving… Rivera and O’Reilly: Outfoxing the FactsWhile we cherish the right of all Americans to experience freedom of the press and freedom of speech, we nevertheless wince when nitwits such as Geraldo Rivera are given a national forum to pass judgment on New Orleans. Rivera caused… Julia Street with the Poydras ParrotThe Pursuit to Answer Eternal Question Q&A with Elsa HahneThe art director at OffBeat magazine shares her take on food, music and Swedish. An Intimate Gallery for a Unique CollectionThe French Quarter offers many ways to explore the history and culture of Louisiana, including guided tours and fine meals. Recently however, a new exhibit space has been quietly showcasing that story through a one-of-a-kind art collection. The Laura Simon… Retail is ‘Hot as a Pistol’ in New OrleansThe Crescent City is in a shopping frenzy as new stores move in. Louisiana Tunes in Library of CongressPeek into the collection of an avid Louisiana music lover and you may find the country hit and official state song “You Are My Sunshine” sharing space with the Mardi Gras Indian anthem album Wild Tchoupitoulas. Now these two classic,… Health BeatRecently, Ochsner Medical Center’s fetal surgery team of 18 physicians and nurses, operated on a 23-week-old fetus that was still in utero and was diagnosed with Myelomeningocele (MMC), one of the most serious forms of spina bifida that affects approximately one… Deep Thinkers at Bard CollegeThe school’s early college program provides a new way to learn. Streetcars Heading DownriverNew Orleanians may still be getting used to the idea of a new streetcar line along Loyola Avenue. But the wheels are already turning on the next expansion of the streetcar system, the North Rampart/St. Claude Avenue streetcar line, which… Special Nights With the New Orleans ZephyrsMaking an evening of it at the ballpark Ancestors in the InfieldKeeping History Alive at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Stiletto StoriesAt Celibacy Academy, we were required to wear saddle oxfords. Not just any saddle oxfords, but special extra-clunky saddle oxfords, specifically designed by the nuns to repel the opposite sex. We couldn’t wait to flounce around in sky-high heels as… Dreams and DressesWhen the sonographer first told me I was having a second daughter, I had a brief moment of … not disappointment, exactly, because I was so happy about everything else the baby had – a four-chambered heart! a brain! the… New Orleans’ Neighborhood PartiesTaking it to the street A Touch of Provence in MetairieGina and Joseph Piacun’s Metairie home is inspired by southern France. Two New Orleans Restaurants Offer New IdeasAn emphasis on smaller plates and the continuing craft cocktail renaissance are two calling cards for a pair of new places around town, with serendipity having played a role in the establishment of them both. Chef and owner Ian Schnoebelen… Restaurant Updates: From the Circle to the LakeChef Chris Lynch came to my attention when Meson 923 opened a while back. He was in charge of an ambitious kitchen at the now-closed Warehouse District spot, and I thought it was odd when he turned up at a… Cocktail Recipe: Cajun-American Meets CreoleThibodaux is a bustling town comprised mostly of farmers, trappers, fishermen, petrochemical workers and college professors. Its roots are squarely Cajun. Rice and sugarcane are agriculture mainstays, and because this is Louisiana, sooner or later someone had to have the… Finding the Need For Speed at the Exotic Driving ExperienceThe one thing not to do when you’re about to drive cars worth about $300,000 at speeds upward of 100 miles per hour is to have a conversation about the cars you’ve crashed previously. That might be why we were… A Night at the Orleans Parish PrisonSeveral years ago I was asked by a friend, who was a social worker, to teach a one-evening class in Orleans Parish Prison. I will admit to being apprehensive, but she assured me that everything would be safe, so I… Food for TaughtLocals Share Their Favorites from Mom’s Kitchen The One and Only Leah ChaseFor this year's New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, the chef and restaurateur is the winner of the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award. What I Learned from MomNotable New Orleans chefs share what their mothers taught them in the kitchen and beyond.