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New Orleans Magazine April 2007

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The elegant dining room is the scene of Paul Greenberg’s intimate dinner parties. THE DREAMPaul Greenberg is a handsome man with impeccable taste who knows what he wants – and he wanted to buy a home. “House hunting in New Orleans was really a challenge,” says the journalist who’s also a faculty member in the […]


• The National Institutes of Health will provide $2.1 million over four years for Tulane University gene therapy researcher Donald G. Phinney, left.  Phinney’s research, which involves the therapeutic use of adult stem cells in diseases of the central nervous system, may lead to improved treatments of diseases that often cause neurological dysfunction, mental retardation […]

HEALTH: WAR on Wrinkles

My friend who lives in the Caribbean says it’s malpractice for a person my age not to be using a prescription wrinkle cream,” e-mailed a neighbor, friend and patient whom I will call Betty. “Please send me a prescription for Tazorac.” It is amazing that Betty has time to be concerned. She and her husband […]


Hey, couch potatoes: You say you’ve found local television news a little tame of late? Well, fasten your seat belts – the picture may soon change. This month marks the return of the Nielsen ratings to the market, and that will have TV programmers turning up the heat. Nielsen Media Research is the national ratings […]


Mid-City has been in the news lately because of a proposal by a developer to build a retail complex. The area would cover roughly the space between the abandoned former Mercy Hospital on N. Jefferson Davis Parkway and then parallels railroad tracks which are lined by many abandoned warehouses west toward N. Carrollton Avenue. It […]

NEWS BEAT: St. Bernard educator lauded

Nearly every structure in St. Bernard Parish was inundated with floodwater after Hurricane Katrina. But even as the community’s school district sat in the lingering waters, St. Bernard schools superintendent Doris Voitier was convinced that she would return public education to the parish as soon as possible. By November 2005, just 11 weeks after the […]


CD’SJohnny Sketch may have been born in Maine, but after a few years playing in rock bands throughout Greater New Orleans, he was able to capture the soul of the city. He studied at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and graduated from Loyola University in 2002 with a degree in classical cello […]

NEWS BEAT: Delivering a message of recovery

Like most aspects of New Orleans, the story of its recovery after Hurricane Katrina is complex and, like a recipe missing key ingredients, often gets mangled in translation. In a move to outflank what they see as an inaccurate and detrimental image of the city and its recovery, a group of New Orleanians  is traveling […]


Spring has sprung and while this will not be the year I bust out at Jazz Fest (or anywhere) in a bikini, I will continue to plow through New Orleans’ culinary landscape; always willing to take one for the team … I’m not bitter, really I’m not Anyone who has ever waited tables (and yes, […]


Cochan’s Rabbit and Dumplings From the humble pierogie of Eastern Europe to the shapely jiao-zi of China, dumplings offer chefs a versatile template for creating pleasures both savory and sweet. Every cuisine has some variation of this staple starch. Chicken and dumplings figure into the cooking of the American South and dumplings by other names, […]

NEWS BEAT: Fleur de children’s charity

The fleur-de-lis has flourished across New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, with people embracing this traditional emblem of the city as a symbol of pride and perseverance during its recovery. It has turned up on banners, jewelry, business logos and even as tattoos. Now, artistically decorated statues of the ancient symbol are the vehicles for a […]

Sidney Torres IV

Do you know your garbage man? Probably not, but if you’re a resident of the French Quarter and St. Bernard Parish there’s a good possibility that you’ve seen yours. His name? Sidney D. Torres IV. Even if his company, SDT Waste and Debris Services,  doesn’t pick up trash from your home, you have no doubt […]


Dear GastonI just finished posing for a painting in a courtyard in Orleans. I wore the same pink costume that I had when you took me to the chamber music concert. Gaston, I have a secret that I will share with only you. In my secret thoughts I would like to rip off this stuffy […]


Broken glass tops a wall surrounding a house on Barracks Street. Dear Julia and Poydras:Five years ago, when I first visited New Orleans, I went on a tour and the tour guide told us that the reason for the broken glass and spikes on French Quarter home walls were to keep out suitors of the […]


Get your Greek onMemorial Day weekend (May 25-27) will mark the 34th annual Greek Fest on Bayou St. John at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in the Hellenic Cultural Center. This year, expanded festival grounds allow for gourmet Greek cuisine, desserts, music, family entertainment, artwork and Hellenic shopping. Another attraction is the 24–foot-high, 400-square foot climbing […]


Nine Jazz Fest’s ago Ernie K-Doe gushed to the crowd that he was, “the best thing that ever happened to New Orleans- in all its history.” He wasn’t totally wrong although other contenders might include fellow New Orleans rhythm and blues performers. R&B did not originate in New Orleans, but it should have. This city […]

Our Aging Parents

The Comfort of HomeOn historic St. Charles Avenue, Pratt-Stanton Manor takes the work and worry out of daily living, while allowing seniors to maintain their privacy and independence. For over 45 years, with no lease or buy-in requirement, residents have enjoyed life at this non-profit retirement residence. Three home-cooked meals a day featuring delicious New […]

Stroke Awareness

May is Stroke Awareness Month. This annual campaign raises public awareness about stroke risk factors, prevention, symptom recognition and acting fast to treat stroke. In addition, this is a time for remembering those who have survived a stroke and to let them know that there is help for them throughout their lifelong recovery journey. Because […]


Last week’s column of “Big Box Phobia and Other Urban Ills” drew a huge reaction. (See response section below.) Though the response sample is hardly scientific it does show that there are people from throughout the city who want to see retail development along that corridor. Georgia-based Victory Development Company has proposed a large-scale development […]

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: A Sweet Surrender

Meringues are the quintessential summer dessert because they are so light and versatile. I fill mine with seasonal berries and crème anglaise, but they would be equally delicious accompanied by a sorbet or even ice cream with chocolate sauce. They are fun to make and will keep in an airtight container for a couple of […]

NEW ORLEANS VOICES: Dr. Michael White | Jazz Musician

Dr. Michael White, a musician, historian, composer and educator, believes this is an interesting time for New Orleans music: “We are more appreciative of our traditions.” Dr. White goes on to explain how brass bands give young musicians a chance to break into the music business and allow them to experiment and fine tune their […]


Finding the Fire Dog Saloon along Bay St. Louis’ old town waterfront isn’t hard. It is the only building still standing. At least its shell has survived – its innards flooded or sprayed across town like all the neighboring buildings were on that horrible August night. If it were not for the train trestle that […]


New Orleans has long been a magnet to musicians. A Swede, a Briton and a onetime New Yorker – Lars Edegran, Clive Wilson and Bruce Raeburn – have all brought their considerable talents to New Orleans and traditional jazz is the better for their efforts. “I did not come here first, you know, I went […]


If you live in New Orleans, you’ve heard a lot of Jazz Fest stories. Most of them involve music. This one don’t.Here’s how it starts: Last year, me and my teenage kids, Gladiola and Gargoyle, got hired to sell T-shirts out of a tent at Jazz Fest. I worked the cash register, and Gladiola and […]

PACE: The Dance

The Dance Dear Martha, Here I am at the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans dancing with Dave, one of the guys from the tour bus. He’s very lucky, not just because he’s dancing with me (Ha!) but because he got this incredible offer on the Internet. The son of some Ugandan politician who disappeared […]


In its 35th year, the Men of Fashion presents its 2007 Prix d’Elegance Award recipients. Annually, the Men of Fashion honor citizens of New Orleans who exemplify style and elegance through business, community activism, civic and charitable endeavors and, of course, fashion. This year is especially poignant since many of those honored were, and continue […]

Rise and Decline

Eighty-two-year-old New Orleans police Sgt. Manuel Curry – reputedly the longest-serving law enforcement officer in the nation – takes a break from patrolling the gritty streets of Central City. Inside the 6th District station, Curry looks back over his 61-year NOPD career to the state of the city, post-Hurricane Katrina. “This Superintendent [Warren J. Riley] has […]

Grand Slam Glam

Photographs: Jeff StroutFashion Editor: Tracee DundasMakeup: Kisha WilliamsHair: Kathy Rougelot for The Cut Loose Salon Model: Bridget Ryan from ABOUTFACES MTMSpecial thanks to the New Orleans Zephyrs Grand SlamNavy and white floral print blouse, pintucked with three-quarter sleeves from Spring Boutique; Red and white rope trim knit top and white linen bloomer shorts, both from […]

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