New Orleans Magazine - October 2007

The Games that Were

It was one hour before kickoff to the Saints game at the Superdome and lunch, as prepared in the plush club lounge, offered some savory choices. I was tempted to go for the barbecued brisket plate but I had that…

Chronicles of Recent History

How could you not be hooked?” That moment of truth came to avid bird-watcher Joelle Finley in the Bonnet Carré Spillway back in the 1970s on her first serious outing with the Crescent Bird Club. “Someone said ‘look up in…

Modine's New Orleans

It’s a good thing God put Thanksgiving at the end of the hurricane season. Then we know for sure whether we got reason to be thankful or not.The Gunch family is taking a chance this year and celebrating it a…

Last Call: Bourbon Society’s “New Fashioned”

You would expect that a ubiquitous cocktail with as respected and established a name as an “Old Fashioned” would be a bit more predictable. Rather, it’s as changeable and personal as the preparer or the one who orders it.What is…

Curtains Rising

The wealth of performance talent in and around New Orleans is on full display this month, with curtains rising on dozens of area stages. Local symphony, opera and ballet organizations are in full swing and area theaters have a bounty…

Legal Services in New Orleans

In our increasingly complex society, the New Orleans legal community is working harder than ever to provide fair representation for all citizens. Still, if you need an attorney, how will you know which firm to call? Here are a few…

Making a Case

Louisiana has always had lots of lawyers. In a state short of high-level industrial jobs, law has been a good way for a person to develop a decent career. Each year four law schools – Tulane, Loyola, Louisiana State and…

Letten Loose

Inside Dot's DinerOn Jefferson Highway, between sips of vegetable soup, 80-year-old criminal defense attorney Sam Dalton ponders the future of local U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.Letten, 54, chief federal prosecutor for the 13-parish Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans, has…

Seaside Treasures

KNOWING THE ROPESClockwise from left: 18 K white gold heavy braided silver rope necklace from Symmetry Jewelers; 18 K white gold link necklace with 1.76 ct pave diamond link, 14 K white gold 1.78 ct diamond starfish brooch, both from…

Cash Prize

The months following Hurricane Katrina a flood of cash poured into local banks as people deposited checks from FEMA and their insurance companies. A similar wave of money was predicted to flow once the state’s Road Home program finally geared…

New Orleans Home

The manicured front yard features a unique broad walkway with mondo grass interspersed with the slabs of flagstone.Kenneth “Kenny” and Jennifer Rabalais live in Metairie Club Gardens. Their home is the showplace you would expect for owners of the Plant…

Deep Fried Turkey

Alittle over 20 years ago as a new food editor, I ran across a manwhodeep-fried turkeys. Wow! Who ever heard of that? I asked. Itsoundedtoo bizarre to offer readers who were presumably sane and toobusy fornonsense. But the news hound…

Language Barriers

Editor’s Note: Beginning with this issue is the first of a series of letters from a New Orleanian on active duty in Iraq. Because of security reasons he isn’t able to use his name. We can tell you that he’s…

Pain in the Abdomen

It started slowly but within 24 hours I could hardly walk. I was in excruciating pain,” says Madelyn Bagneris, a manager of an Entergy electric company business unit who was in Touro Infirmary earlier this year. Bagneris qualifies as a…

Numbing Down

People are numb,” Robert K. “Bob” Moffett, president of the Orleans chapter of the Alliance for Good Government, says angrily.“They’re numb from murders. They’re numb from political corruption. They’re numb from insurance costs, from utility bills, from the [property] tax…

Getting High for Physics

Andrea Spreter, a physics teacher, writes an algebraic formula on the white board wearing a navy flight suit. Her students at Edna Karr Charter High School in Algiers ignore the flight suit and copy the long equation of letters and…

Give Me Shelter

For generations in the U.S., political and private sector leaders have preached the nobility of the “American dream.” Home ownership is a goal for which all individuals should strive and which government should encourage – or so the traditional thinking…

Speaking Out

An important New Orleans cultural landmark is in danger of being destroyed or, at best, being forcefully removed from its present location. We think it’s an outrage. New Orleans’ Deutsches Haus must be saved.In this magazine’s September issue we strongly…

Halfway Back

Recalling the day, decades past, when the childhood home of Louis Armstrong was demolished still makes Robert Ice and Robert McIntrye wince. They remember the grassroots effort to save the house, a ramshackle structure with immense historic import, and how…

Read and Spin

Led by a bodacious blonde, fourth generation New Orleans natives, The Vettes, are rocking the local scene with their take on 1980s new wave. Siblings Chad, Todd, Brian, Mitch, Jon and Rachel live with their parents in River Ridge, have…

Earl Turbinton, Willie Tee and John Scott

Funeral Procession of Willie TeeThe weeks leading up to the cool breath of fall carried messages of continuity about the music laced with appreciations for artists who had died. As New Orleans moved beyond the second-year mark of damages furnished…

Newsbeat: Fellows Rockefeller

New Orleans has been a magnet for volunteers and grant funding from sources around the nation as the monumental task of rebuilding from the federal levee failures grinds on. Recently however, one prominent national organization enabled the infusion of a…

Restaurant Insider

Pableaux Johnson’s book Gameday Gourmet was written under the auspices of cable TV sports channel ESPN, and features contributions by a few of their on-screen personalities. If that leads you to the conclusion that it’s not all about the food,…

November Pace: Table Talk

Fall is the time of year for soups. Soups nourish both the body and soul and trigger nostalgia in a way that few dishes can. From Korea to Greece, chicken soup’s reputation as a miracle cure is one of the…

Newsbeat:Recycling from the Ashes

David McDonough and his local company Phoenix Recycling began a household recycling service in 1991 to answer a need no one else in the New Orleans area seemed to be addressing. Sixteen years and one devastating hurricane later, he essentially…

November Pace: Persona - Paul Groves

There’s something to be said about opera lyric tenor Paul Groves – who most recently starred as the title role in the New Orleans Opera Association’s presentation of Faust – but it’s not that he lives the life of a…

November Pace: Global Swarming

Since we last saw the New Orleans Hornets as our full-time pre-Katrina home team, the squad has become more international. This year’s roster includes Marcus Vinicius, a first year forward from Brazil.New to the team since the hurricane, but not…

Letters

Inside the NameRe: “Dazzled by Design,” by John P. Klingman. June 2007 issue.Thank you as usual for John Klingman’s characteristically wonderful article outlining the best of this year’s architecture. Having grown up with David Dillon’s weekly Dallas Morning News architectural…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia,My mother went to Newcomb in 1917. It was located where Connery Place is now. She often talked about the people she met but I don’t recall if she mentioned living in a dorm. Did Newcomb have dorms there?…

Our Top Picks of the Month's Events

Three for One!This month, the New Orleans Opera Association will present a complete production of Puccini’s three masterful one-act operas. Il Trittico has been revamped with a local twist – each opera will take place at a French Quarter locale.…