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New Orleans Magazine April 2009

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You Gotta Eat

Even in a slow economy

Zephyr Tales

Perhaps it wasn’t the best choice of shirts to wear. During the Zephyrs’ first season in New Orleans, 1993, the team’s home games were played at University of New Orleans’ ballpark, as they were for a couple of years until the stadium on Airline Drive was built. For one of the early games I had […]

You’ve earned it!

While the fourth month of the calendar year is known as the beginning of spring, or bringer of showers that create flowers, Americans know the month best as the deadline to submit an economic accounting of the previous year to our Federal Government. So here we are again. In April. With Tax Day midway through […]

NOLA by the Numbers

700 millionEstimated number of Peeps sold each year for the Easter holiday, according to the company. 7Spread out over two weekends, the number of days of the Jazz and Heritage Festival, which begins April 24. 150Number of musical performances featured annually at French Quarter Festival, April 17-19. 11Scheduled events for the Angola Prison Rodeo, April […]


Antique chicYou could say Dop Antiques owner Michiel Dop is pretty familiar with the business. While selling antiques in Europe in the 1990s, he met his wife and first visited New Orleans to meet his new in-laws. After several years he and his wife decided to make New Orleans their permanent home and in 2000, […]

Dining Features

 Drago’s latestThe city’s Catholics can find refuge from the temptations of meat at Drago’s, which has a giant Lenten menu and even more seafood items this month.  Trying to follow the highly successful Crabmeat Mediterranean Salad, the new Shrimp Chop Salad includes shrimp, asparagus, hearts of palm, peppers, onions, tomatoes and bleu cheese. Soft shell […]

A New Orleans Kind of Music

The 2009 French Quarter Festival is April 17-19; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The festival will feature 17 stages dotting the Quarter, including six on Bourbon Street, three on Royal Street, three along the river and two at the Old U.S. Mint. Combined, the […]

Mena nd Women of Fashion

High style meets high ideals

Cheap Eats

10 places to dine on a budget

Fashion Blooms

From loose and languid to distinctly done-up, spring silhouettes command attention with brilliant colors and energetic prints that bring on the “wow” factor.

Pair O’ Docs

On a tree-lined street in an Uptown neighborhood, a young newlywed couple found their ideal home. “The house was built in 1901 and while many modifications had been made over the years, I could see it had a number the things I really wanted,” says Dr. Rachel Moore who, with husband Dr. Michael Thomas, purchased […]

Michael Keenan

Life at full speed

When Garden Clubs Took Root

New Orleanians have come to expect a lot of exterior decoration around town – blooming plants year-round, sheltering oaks, attractive shrubbery. Public spaces, parks, museums, historic houses and squares are all part of the green wonderland found in this part of Louisiana. Granted, nature contributes a lot, and there’s some public funding involved. But, if […]

Heading Home

In three weeks, I’ll be departing Iraq. In fact, by the time this article is published I’ll be back in the good ole U.S. of A., reunited with my family and starting a new Marine Corps assignment. A year of my life has been spent here. I have missed the entire third year of my […]

Brian Riedlinger’s Epiphany

In the fall of 1970, Brian Riedlinger was a college kid who needed a car; in the winter of 1971 he was a man with a mission. It happened on the Mississippi River ferry. Somewhere between the east bank and the Westbank, he had an epiphany: He didn’t want to be a magazine publisher after […]


Tulane University professor Benjamin Lee received the Arthur Smith Award at the World Congress of Endourology in Shanghai, China, in December 2008 for his contributions to his field in the first 10 years of his career. Dr. Lee’s most recent accomplishments at Tulane involve Robotic Partial Nephrectomy, a minimally invasive procedure wherein doctors utilize robotic […]


Garland Robinette’s personal recovery

Line of Fire

For Mardi Gras, Mayor C. Ray Nagin greeted the city’s signature holiday as a gladiator. It was just a costume, of course.  No one – including the mayor – could’ve known this day would be the most violent Fat Tuesday in public memory. Nagin arrived by horseback at Gallier Hall, proceeding to narrate the day’s […]

New team, new goals for local soccer

As the popularity of soccer grows across the U.S., a team is set to debut in May with the aim of bringing the sport to a new level in New Orleans. The New Orleans Jesters is the city’s new soccer team, replacing the New Orleans Shell Shockers, the team that represented the area since 2003. […]

Read and Spin

Wynton Marsalis’ fifth release on Blue Note Records, He and She, presents, through soulful compositions and spoken word poetry, a musical study on the relationship between Man and Woman. Marsalis’ compositions paint pictures. “School Boy” conjures old-timey, sepia-toned images of kids causing mischief. “First Time” is more palpably expressive, beginning with cacophonous trumpeting that later […]

New Orleans Style

Bruce Raeburn on jazz

Life cycles

The upcoming fundraiser Tour de Lis began with five men completing an epic bicycle ride around Lake Pontchartrain to support a friend and relative stricken with cancer. Two years later the ride continues, though now the course is much less daunting and the field of participants has grown exponentially. The third annual Tour de Lis, […]

Restaurant Insider

Although we’ve had an influx of restaurants featuring Latin American cooking, to my knowledge, Oriente de Venezuela (115 Chartres St.), which opened in January, is the first restaurant to feature the cuisine of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Pabellon Venezolano will be familiar to anyone who’s tasted the Cuban dish Ropa Vieja. There are versions […]

Small Plates, Big Tastes

Small plates continue to be a trend in 2009, and why not? They are a trial-sized blank slate for innovative chefs to express themselves creatively. On the other side of the equation, small plates liberate diners from the one appetizer and one entrée rigmarole, encouraging them to piece together a mosaic of new experiences. Prices […]

Spring Lamb

A lost Easter tradition

Affordable care on site

A resource originally created to help homeless people access health care is proving its value for a wide range of local residents struggling with high medical costs and diminishing insurance coverage. Richard Brucker, a California native and second-year medical student at Tulane University, created the Web site NolaFreeHealthCare.com and its printed companion piece as a […]

Persona: Amanda Shaw

Amanda Shaw is like almost every girl about to leave childhood behind – she likes to hang out with friends, is close to her family, adores her pets and has plans for college – yet with one major difference: Shaw is an accomplished musician who has been navigating the very grown-up world of the music business since […]

Adventures in Spring Cleaning

My mother-in-law sometimes insinuates I’m not the best housekeeper in the world. Like for Christmas, she gave me a Heloise household hints book and says I should read a chapter a night. Maybe she’s right. Maybe Heloise would’ve cleaned under her bed and noticed there was a coffin under there. Not me. I haven’t spring […]

Race, Reform and Power

4 answers to the argument


40 Years of Jazz FestNothing else can bring such a wide variety of musicians and fans together in close quarters like Jazz Fest does. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Fest, and the lineup includes headliners Neil Young, Bon Jovi, Tony Bennett, Ben Harper, the Dave Matthews Band and James Taylor, just to […]

Julia Street

A monthly pursuit of answers to eternal questions

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