New Orleans Magazine - September 2008

Democracy and the Women of Anbar Province

Ed. Note: Baghdad Dispatch is now written by two female Marines with local connections; Marine Capt. Mary Noyes, an attorney; and Marine Maj. Meredith Brown, an Iraqi Women’s Engagement officer. Their respective columns will appear in alternate months. Noyes moved…

Small Plates

There is something empowering about piecing a meal together from a mosaic of small plates. An unusual dish that one might not want to pull the trigger on for an entrée can have far more appeal as an appetizer; small…

On Leadership

Louisiana medicine is fertile breeding ground for the American Medical Association, a 161-year-old organization dedicated to the art and science of medicine. In the last 12 years, both Dr. Daniel “Stormy” Johnson and Dr. Donald J. Palmisano skyrocketed from leadership…

"Rethinking" School Lunch

With so many components of New Orleans public schools open for change and improvement in the ongoing Katrina recovery, a group of students is bringing one more issue to the table: their lunch. “Food represents love,” says middle school student…

A Lesson in Subtraction

There is a common perception, shared by teachers and the public in general, that the teaching profession doesn’t pay much, but at the end of a long career retirement benefits make up for the years of economic deprivation.  That perception…

Your Own Personal Oktobertfest

Around the time I learned to meet friends under the clock at Holmes’ for lunch at one of the Creole restaurants, I also found a jewel of a different nature nestled downtown on the streetcar line near Canal Street. It…

Health Beat

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have reported that Medicare Part D drug plans will get more expensive in 2009, up roughly $3 per month from ’08. Payments will now be $28 a month for beneficiaries – a 12…

Fighting Coastal Erosion

When people are busy dining, wining or simply soaking up the culture of New Orleans, it seems unlikely they’d be concerned about what’s happening in some nearby marsh. Yet folks around here have every reason to care about what’s unfolding…

Hurrican Seeding

We need to try again.We have wondered this about warts, colds and crabgrass, and now each time a hurricane enters the Gulf of Mexico we ask the same about the storms: “Why can’t they make them go away?”In fact, “they”…

Blight flight faces growing challenges

New Orleans architecture may be admired around the world as a unique cultural asset but much of the local housing stock remains in a state of decay and open neglect, a situation that predates Hurricane Katrina but was massively exacerbated…

The Music of Politics

To my readers, in October when the soggy heat lifts for cooler air, picture your correspondent in August, peering toward the November election. Yes, Virginia, this is a music column.During late August, Michelle Obama spoke at the Democratic convention, “introducing…

UNO revives University Press

For its new material, a newly revamped university publishing house is turning to the streets rather than the campus. The University of New Orleans Press had grown largely dormant even before Hurricane Katrina, says UNO writing professor Bill Lavender. So…

Flea Finds

“This man came in and was wandering around. When I asked him if I could help him. He told me no. His psychiatrist told him to start going to flea markets and just walk around re-visiting the things of his…

That Proper Dress

The Town and Country Shop, on St. Charles Avenue at Melpomene Street, was the premier dress and accessory boutique for Uptown New Orleans women for most of the 20th century. (Town and Country Bridal, at 1514 St. Charles Ave., continuing…

The Ghosts of City Park

This is a story of love gone wrong. One version of the saga is that a wealthy family once lived in the building that now houses Christian Brothers School in City Park. The gentleman of the house had a daughter…

Problems by the Pair

I got a question: How come, if heath insurance covers Viagra, why don’t it cover something that would make my bosom bigger? It don’t have to be implants exactly; maybe something that would work like Viagra – make my bosom…

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Satisfying your Cravings

New Orleans should rightfully hold the title of “City that Doesn’t Sleep.” The city currently holding that title – let’s call it the “Big Apple,” for anonymity’s sake – doesn’t stay up by choice; residents just can’t sleep through the…

Score a Touchdown Before the Game

Albert Brown Salon7217 Perrier Street, New Orleans(504) 861-0090Albert Brown carries trendy and traditional things whether it’s hair design or boutique items. These metal bags come in a large assortment of shapes, sizes and themes. You can order jeweled bags, fur,…

Open House for Area Schools

Archbishop Chapelle High School8800 Veterans Boulevard, Metairie(504) 468-9090 • www.archbishopchapelle.orgArchbishop Chapelle High School, a nationally recognized leader in the education of young women in grades 8 through 12, prepares its students spiritually, academically and socially for college and career success.…

Fall in Love with Great Escapes

A great fall getaway is easy, with exciting new places to explore, lots of fun festivals, and great places to stay. Here’s a sampling of some of the greatest places to go and things to do for a trip this…

Art & Antiques

Antiques and Wholesale FurnishingsOrantely carved silver guilded chairs and architectural salvage halltree add a touch of warmth and character to any room. These pieces along with other unique European and Asian antiques can be found at Antiques and Wholesale Furnishings3511…

New Orleans Magazine's Restaurant Guide

5 Fifty 5555 Canal Street, New Orleans(504) 553-5638There’s a new chef in town. Chef Mark Quitney is at the helm of 5 Fifty 5, the newest restaurant on the downtown dining scene. 5 Fifty 5 is a comfortable, yet hip…

Facing Up

Once a year we face the task of identifying our annual class of People to Watch. We define “People to Watch” as mostly new faces who are doing something interesting with their lives that’s worthy of our awareness; or, in…

Le Québec Visitant

Across the street from Montreal’s magnificent Notre-Dame Basilica stands the Place d’Armes. At its center is a fountain with relief images of various characters from the city’s early history including Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, the town’s founder, a Huron…

Grenoble, Where les Saintes Come Stomping In

On a warm summer evening, a middle-aged man is dancing with his young daughter in the courtyard. Improvised clarinet and trumpet solos shine out from old jazz standards as the groups swell in from the street. New Orleans you think?…