New Orleans Magazine - October 2008

Men and their Collections

Primal men, we’re told, were hunters. Modern men are hunters, too. Fortunately, having been relieved of the need to stalk wooly mammoths for a tribal supper, they can use their instincts to track down collectibles for their den. Clear the…

Holding Firm

Three years post-Hurricane Katrina, local banks are on the move. New branches are popping up all over town – with more on the drawing board – and bankers say their institutions are playing a vital role in city’s rebuilding. Here’s…

Ghosthunting

I wound my way through the French Quarter while, with its enchantment of sumptuous dining and a scarlet Séance Lounge, a night with the possible spirit at Muriel’s Restaurant awaited me. The LaSpirits Paranormal Investigations Team and I were joining…

A Bold New Level

Step It UpChocolate leather-like cropped jacket from Ruby; Sheer navy floral brocade blouse from Luxe; Printed patch panel ankle length skirt from Bloomin’ Deals; Black antique patent ankle boots from Saint Germain; Boucle newsboy cap from Perlis; Earrings and bracelet…

Uncovering a Jewel

What if you can’t find a ready-to-move-in house in the neighborhood of your choice? Resourceful architectural designer Marie Palumbo found a solution. She drove around the Uptown area where the couple wanted to live. Palumbo spotted an interesting house with…

Read and Spin

The power of Ben Hunter’s Traveler: A Healing Album for the City of New Orleans is proven with its first notes, which strike a vivid image in the mind: A man with long hair sits on a porch, strumming and…

Julia Street

Dear Julia Street, Recently I read a novel that was based in New Orleans in the early 1900s. I have two questions concerning locations at that time.    The first is a reference to “the old basin canal.” It inferred that it…

Marquee

Bigger and BetterIn 1999, Tad Gormley Stadium held the first annual Voodoo Music Experience, during which a few acts performed before calling it a night. Ten years after its humble start, the Voodoo Music Experience has taken over City Park,…

Collections and Curveballs

Nellie Fox played second base for the Chicago White Sox and was distinguished for the wad of tobacco that puffed out one of his cheeks. I know because as a kid his baseball card was in my collection. In later…

Last Call

Cross the Velvet RopeIn many cities, the beginning of the social season means a cotillion-type ball, staged by organizations with histories that predate the last World War. Maintaining New Orleans’ tradition is more a sacred trust than an annual chore.…

NOLA by the Numbers

1.4 billionTotal yearly value, at least, of Louisiana chemical shipments. 38 millionApproximate value of Louisiana’s 2003 alligator harvest. 24Approximate yearly loss of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands, in square miles, between 1990 and 2000. (Roughly one football field lost every 38 minutes.)…

Etc. Editorial

Full-figured VixenThe Voluptuous Vixen, a fashion-forward boutique that caters to women sizes 10-28, is owned by Jaclyn McCabe, who opened her store in November 2006. McCabe says she was always interested in fashion, “whether it be my punk-rock high school…

Dining Features

Mimi’s: Italian dining in River RidgeMimi’s Italian and Seafood Restaurant opened in 1975 as a family owned venture catering to the River Ridge clientele. Serving basic Italian and seafood dishes, the restaurant soon became a popular spot.Executive Chef David Whitmore…

Hot Picks

One of the most exciting seasons in decades is unfolding now at local theaters and performing arts organizations. Here is a small taste of their offerings, including our “hot picks” from their season schedules. Check their Web sites or call…

30˚90˚ Calendar

Oct. 6, 12, 26. New Orleans Saints home games; Louisiana Superdome. Information, www.neworleanssaints.com. Oct. 10-16. New Orleans Film Festival; Citywide. Information, 309-6633, www.neworleansfilmfest.com. Oct. 14-18. Arabian Nights; Lupin Theater (Tulane University). Information, 865-5105. Oct. 17. Ghosts in the Oaks; City…

Taking On Cancer

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S. accounting for one of every four deaths and exceeded only by heart disease. In 2008, there will be about 1,437,180 new cancer cases. Of those, about 565,650 Americans…

Rose From South Africa

On a leafy New Orleans balcony, nearly five years after the murders, Rose Preston remembers her late husband, James Saporito.His mother, Patrina Saporito, owned a “glorious” old mansion in Mid-City, Preston recalls. Both mother and son were found murdered in…

Persona: George Shinn

New Orleans Hornets primary owner George Shinn says he’s nothing more than a marketing guy and salesman, and in the past year he’s proven his mettle as both. In the 2004-’05 season, the Hornets’ third in New Orleans, the team…

Letters to the Editor

SAVING THE CHURCHESRe: Speaking Out column. August 2008 issue.Oh my God, thank you so much for this wonderful idea. I (and I’m sure many, many others) have ideas that the Archdiocese just won’t hear. I think three of the four…