New Orleans Magazine - November 2006

STREETCAR: Halls Once Decked

This was not the way it was supposed to be. My father loved Christmas and he was always quick to decorate his house at the corner of Bellaire Drive and 37th Street. The decorations were not Copeland--ish in scale, but…

FINDING THE RIGHT PLACE

“Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum Me and my drum.”– Little Drummer BoyThere are few illusions left for Freddie Staehle. The phantasms haven’t all dissipated like the pounding notes of his drums into the ceiling of…

CHRONICLES: PIPE DREAMS

An 1893 advertisement for an indoor bath tub.Alot of people, when they think of a plumber, they just think of a guy with a plunger in his hand,” says Lance Albin, business manager of Local No. 60, Plumbers and Steamfitters…

MODINE GUNCH: A YULE DUEl

This Christmas, I don’t have to worry about what to buy for the person who has everything. Everybody I knows got nothing.My mother-in-law, Ms. Larda, says she could use a sack of grout and some roofing nails, and her sons,…

Explore Louisiana for the Holidays (special advertising section)

Make December your Louisiana exploration month! Holiday events in neighboring parishes are sure to delight the whole family.RIVER PARISHESSt. Charles, St. James & St. John the Baptist Parisheswww.takemetotheriver.comThe River Parishes Tourist Commission invites you to explore any attraction in St.…

HOME: UNEXPECTED FORTUNE

THE PLACEWhen Hurricane Katrina came and flooded Colleen Monaghan’s home in Lakeview, she and her partner Thomas “Tom” Lavelle, were on vacation in Hawaii. Realizing that her home was under 11 feet of water, her car was ruined and her…

FOOD: FIRE IT UP!

New Orleanians love dazzling celebrations – flambeaux at Carnival, fireworks on the Fourth and flambéed desserts on special occasions. Fortunately for us, and for visitors to our city, our more formal restaurants still light up the final course of a…

HEALTH: GRAPEFRUIT AND GLOVES

It may be my advancing age; it may be my own Katrina sequelae [a medical term for complications caused by a disease]. It’s probably a bit of both, but plain old stupid health pronouncements presented as absolutes continue to flame…

BIZ: Will Big Hotels Recommit?

Post-Katrina life in New Orleans is full of chicken-egg challenges, and one that’s had the local tourism industry in a tizzy is this: To regain visitor momentum, the city needs to show it’s ready to receive and entertain; but some…

LETTERS

WORKING AT MICHOUDRe: “A Space for Space: Michoud then and now,” Chronicles column, by Carolyn Kolb. November 2006 issue.Left out of the article was the fact that there are lots of workers other than Lockheed-Martin employees at Michoud: There are…

JULIA STREET

Hi Julia,I’ll bet that Poydras has turned a deaf ear to all of the talk about partially hydrogenated fats, and eats as much food containing them as he can. With that in mind, I am sure that he remembers and…

MARQUEE

Locals Dancing Through the Season • Delta Festival Ballet of New Orleans will present The Nutcracker on Fri. and Sat., Dec. 22-23. Delta’s three performances will be held at Dixon Hall, located at Tulane University. The theater at Dixon will…

INSIDE: DINING PEEVES – The list continues

My mom used to joke that everyone had earaches. She was referring to the people she would see in public places with their heads cocked and a hand over an ear. They were talking on cell phones, but the sight…

SPEAKING OUT: GQ VERSUS LOCAL DINING

Near the beginning of food writer Alan Richmond’s article about New Orleans restaurants in the November issue of GQ (Gentlemen’s Quarterly) magazine, he says this about the concept of Creole:“Supposedly Creoles can be found in and around New Orleans. I…

NEWS BEAT: Mainlining Main Streets

Oak StreetAn economic development program that has proven successful in many small Louisiana communities is now being put to use in New Orleans with the aim of revitalizing historic but under-used commercial corridors.Called the Main Street Program, officials with the…

MUSIC: Seasoned Greetings with GREGG STAFFORD

By the second week of December I start rummaging through the stacks of CDs not shelved – the ones stored in a cabinet under the bookcase, a knee-high closet so stuffed that I recoil from the loss of order. The…

NEWS BEAT: Staying–and Spending–Local

Even if you plan on traveling for the holidays this year, a New Orleans neighborhood advocacy group wants to make sure your holiday spending stays closer to home – and it’s providing tools to help make sure your gifts not…

RESTAURANT INSIDER:

Lately I’ve been feeling particularly nostalgic – looking for and feasting on food or experiences that remind me of when I was very young. Here are some of the places and dishes I’ve been craving … BITTE BABY – German…

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: DUCK ON THE MENU

It’s duck season in Louisiana. I’m not much of a shot, so I did my duck hunting in the city, looking for that luscious, dark meat bird on the menus around town.I first went looking for duck at Azul, the…

PERSONA: ROBERT G. “NASH” LAURENT

It’s late afternoon and the pre-dinner rush has started at Clancy’s restaurant, a favorite place to dine for New Orleanians. Though it seems like a serene scene – white tablecloths, silverware and stemware are arranged all just so – the…

PACE: DECEMBER

DEAR SANTA,I just wanted you to know that I’ll still not be back in my old house by this Christmas. We put up this tree to help you find us. Staying in the trailer was fun at first, but now…

BEST IN DINING

One way that New Orleans has not suffered in recent times is in the quality if its restaurants. Our annual exercise of determining the best in local kitchens has left us totally encouraged about the talent in this city. Selections…

FASHION: LET THE JOURNEY BEGIN

Photographer: Greg MilesFashion Editor: Tracey DundasMake-up & Hair: Glenn MosleyModel: Stormy GayleSpecial Thanks to Jim Bridger and the New Orleans Public Belt RailcarAll aboard Burgundy silk taffeta blouse with puff sleeves and wide leather belt, both from MiMi; black satin…

AARON NEVILLE AT HOME IN NASHVILLE

Aaron Neville is still a good ol’ Southern gentleman at heart.The 65-year-old Neville, born and raised in New Orleans, is going strong with a new CD on Burgundy Records (Sony BMG) called Bring It On Home … The Soul Classics.…

Errol Laborde Commentary: A Rye Tale

You’ve got your big anniversaries; you’ve got your little anniversaries. You’ve got some that fall between. And there are some that, no matter where they fall, just beg for a drink to be lifted in their honor. Here is one,…

Errol Laborde Commentary: 5 REASONS I AM THANKFUL- DESPITE IT ALL

5. PAUL TAGLIABUEFacing a self-imposed retirement, the NFL commissioner’s last year may have been his greatest. Few National level corporate leaders ever have a chance to rescue the morale of a city. Tagliabue’s assurances that the Saints would return to…

ERROL LABORDE’S COMMENTARY, ELECTION NIGHT

WINNERSB.O.L.D.Of all the black political organizations that surfaced after the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1967 the one that has endured is BOLD, the Black Organization of Leadership Development Groups. Other groups, including SOUL and COUP, had their…

Hollywood comes to New Orleans

FEATURING, IN PERSON, HARRY SHEARER, JENNIFER COOLIDGE, CHRISTOPHER MOYNIHAN AND SPECIAL GUESTSScreening at 7 p.m. with an introduction by Harry Shearer.Post-screening Q&A followed by a cocktail reception.DATE: Thursday, November 30PLACE: the Landmark Theater at Canal PlacePRICE: $50/person Limited seating. CONTACT:…