New Orleans Magazine - October 2010

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SEAT WARS

Some men, as our cover story illustrates, have an obsession with owning airplanes. I, on the other hand, have an obsession with getting a good seat on an airplane.I am one of the people who, after selecting my seat when…

WELCOME BACK, HORNETS

As the New Orleans Hornets begin a new season, there’s a new coach, a new general manager and the possibility of a new owner. Fortunately, there are the same point guard and forward in the persons of all-stars Chris Paul…

FIGHTING PHONE ROBOTS

So, I open up this bill from the cell phone company and my hair stands up on end. Come to find out that $107.43 in charges accrued when my phone was sitting in the refrigerator. (An accident – I was…

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Our top picks of the month’s events

RUBY BRIDGES

The first black child to desegregate an elementary school in the South celebrates an anniversary

Green industry taking root at Michoud

Just as the vital aerospace industry is winding down at the sprawling Michoud Assembly Facility in eastern New Orleans, a promising new industry is winding up for business there. Blade Dynamics Ltd., a British company that builds huge blades for…

TAILGATING AT HOME

Time has flown since my husband, Doug, and I went to our first Saints game. It is memorable because it was also the Saints’ first game. Yes, back in the old Tulane Stadium we watched our team begin its long…

MEATS OF ALL KINDS

Steak is classic, though charcuterie boards give a guy plenty to choose from. Throw in some spicy grilled pork ribs with pickled watermelon rind and you’ve got a plateful of offerings few can resist. Nowadays locals have plenty of options.…

RESTAURANT INSIDER

October is when things start looking up around these parts; by now we’ve had a few cool nights, and even if I’m wearing shorts while trick-or-treating with my 9-year-old, I’m no longer worried about the 100-degree days of the past…

In the huddle with youth entrepreneurs

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees always has a game plan as he leads his offense down the field. This season, though, he’s keeping a close eye on some emerging plans off the field as well. Brees is at the…

Seguenon Koné and Ensemble Fatien

The first time I saw Dr. Michael White perform in an African dashiki, I had to smile. The clarinetist renowned for his robust New Orleans-style melodies typically wears the coat and tie of a traditional jazzman. But on the afternoon…

Read & Spin

Amanda Shaw’s well-rounded Good Southern Girl updates the fiddler’s fans of her growth on the stage and in life; she just “made” 20 and it’s apparent as she belts out “One Night Stand.” Upbeat and saucy – like the star…

As confidence rises, new worries emerge

The fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina inspired quite a lot of soul-searching in southeast Louisiana as people pondered their journeys since the disaster and the future ahead. The results of one poll of New Orleans residents highlight areas of both…

Health Beat

• Harvard researchers have identified a process in the brain that blocks out sound during sleep, an effect that could theoretically be replicated with therapy, drugs or electronic devices. The patterns, known as sleep spindles, that block sound and sensory…

“Chemo” Day

One day in 1997, during the height of the last major attempt to “reform” the New Orleans Police Department, I found myself back in the cancer ward of Ochsner Hospital – with unexpected company.Seated on the powder-blue reclining chair next…

Philomena’s and Phyllis’ Tiny Miracles

In the courtyard of the Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood and Family Learning Center, a fountain dedicated to St. Philomena dominates the landscape, a reminder that the center was built on a wing and a prayer. Phyllis Landrieu, a former Orleans…

Jim Tweedy’s Friendly Doggies

“My life has gone to the dogs! But, hey! I collect unemployment. I get three squares a day and I sleep in a really cool flowerpot! Overall … life is great!” – Charlie the Red CatFrank Zappa, the late rock-jazz…

THE FIRST KATRINA HALLOWEEN

Three police officers were walking together patrolling the streets of the French Quarter on the afternoon of Halloween 2005. That in itself wasn’t unusual, except that the three were all New York State troopers. As though to not look menacing,…

Last Call

Famous Fizz From French QuarterAt the time of his death in 1928, the New Orleans Item said of Henry Charles Ramos, “If all the saloonkeepers in America had been like Mr. Ramos, Prohibition would never have come to pass.” Indeed,…

NOLA BY THE NUMBERS

2 billionAverage Halloween candy sales (in dollars) annually in the U.S.1962The year the Count Dracula Society was founded.21The number of days in which the film Halloween was made. 82Percent of children that participate in Halloween every year. As for adults, the…

Health

Breast surgery innovations Drs. Frank DellaCroce and Scott Sullivan are the founders of the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, a hospital that’s dedicated to breast reconstruction for women facing cancer. The Center, located on St. Charles Avenue, was established to…

Halloween+Saints vs. Steelers=Party!

New Orleanians hardly need an excuse to celebrate – partying, costuming and fêting are all within arms’ reach. From Carnival to masquerades to parades, we’ll jump at any chance to dress up and wind down, escaping into repercussion-less alter egos…

Banking on Better Times

The late-August headline from TheStreet.com was the kind that turns business heads: “Eight banks fail in four states.” It was eye-catching because, although trouble in some of the nation’s megabanks helped send the economy into recession, regional and smaller banks…