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New Orleans Magazine April 2021

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Jazz Fest Echoes

Here is a description of what Roy Orbison looked like to me when he performed at the Jazz Fest in 1985: A stick. A black stick on a stage, with a stick band behind it. Oh, and the stage seemed to be about a half-mile away. Orbison, who always dressed in black, drew a crowd. […]

Sprucing for Spring

For the organized wardrobe of your dreams, look no further than California Closets. Equipped with a range of products and space-saving solutions from custom design to bins and boxes, you can easily transform clutter into a tranquil space. California Closets, Californiaclosets.com. The most effortless way to lighten up your space for spring? Swap out pillows […]

Plant-based Perfection

Coalesce Goods is a new plant-based dining concept that has recently opened at St. Roch Market. Texas chefs Alex Davis and Jasmine “Jas” Rogers have established a cult following in Louisiana for their creative, indulgent vegan fare by hosting local pop-ups that push the boundaries of plant-based foods. Their menu includes options like vegan boudin […]

From the Editor

April is usually an entertainment-filled month in New Orleans, from the music lover’s dream of back-to-back French Quarter Fest and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, to weekends filled with food festivals along the bayou and beyond, lazy Sunday brunches at sidewalk cafes and DIY picnics in the park.  While New Orleans is slowly […]

None of That Jazz

I was sad to miss Carnival season this year, sadder than I originally expected. I normally wouldn’t call myself the world’s biggest fan of the whole thing; I tend to feel like the stress of traffic and parking and muscling through crowds isn’t worth it for the payoff of pounds of beads and cups and […]

Thai Style

fdg Budsi’s Authentic Thai, a vibrant and buzzy newcomer in the Marigny, steps into two niches simultaneously. It is both unfamiliar (with a distinctively singular regional Thai menu) and rooted in the pleasures of home (i.e. the cooking that owner Budsaba Mason grew up with). Launched by the wife and husband team of Budsaba and […]


Seen here in this 1867 stereopticon slide made by New Orleans photographer Theodore Lilienthal is the luxurious old St. Charles Hotel that once dominated the entire 200 block of St. Charles Street (now Avenue). At the time, it ranked among the grandest hotels in the South and an important social and business gathering place for […]

Pop the Cork

Owner Skye LaTorre, a sommelier with more than 20 years of experience who began her career in New Orleans at Emeril’s Delmonico, has opened Pluck Wine Bar in the Warehouse District. The wine bar focuses on small, ethical producers, all offered in a welcoming, inclusive environment. The curated list of world-class wines and accompanying food […]

Senior Moments

I’m told we’re examining the matter of senior living in this month’s issue of the magazine. But is “senior living” any different from other kinds of living? I’ll answer that for you. Hell yes it is. You know everything has changed when you wake up in the morning and with every slow step you take […]

Best of the Fest

fight With Jazzfest postponed until October (when crawfish season will be in the rearview) I offer this recipe so you can make it at home for your Festing in Place (WWOZ 90.7-FM and wwoz.org, April 22-25 and April 29-May 2, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily) experience.  Years ago, I spent days tinkering with the […]

Jay Hardesty

No one thinks about New Orleans and says, “you know, they lack creativity.” And this past year, in between a global pandemic and natural disasters, New Orleanians did their best to keep themselves entertained and keep the creative juices flowing throughout the city. During one of the city’s creative efforts in response to the cancellation […]

Double-Take Display

The Gunch family has been getting a reputation. Not good.  My mother-in-law, Ms. Larda, is very upset. Last month there was the mix-up, which was NOT her fault, at her Catholic ladies’ book club. She had recommended “River of Fire,” an inspirational book by a nun, and she had no idea it had the same […]

Hattie Sparks Collins

Most people want peace and comfort where they live. Yet the current pandemic and the emphasis on staying home have further emphasized the desire to put the “OM” in “HOME.”  “Instead of spending money on travel, entertainment and eating out, everyone is focusing on their [living] spaces,” said decorator Hattie Sparks Collins.  When creating a […]

Alfresco Fresh

dg New Orleans has long enjoyed a tradition of outdoor dining, from crawfish-laden picnic tables to candlelit courtyards. Over the past year, many restaurants have responded to COVID-19 concerns by adding, expanding or beautifying outside seating to give patrons and staff extra breathing room.  As we settle into spring, there’s no better time to sample […]

The Show Must (Not) Go On

Arriona “Tank” Ball  After a lavish musical introduction by her backing band, Tarriona “Tank” Ball – lead singer of Tank and the Bangas – playfully danced onto the stage to perform her song “Spaceships” to a rocking crowd. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say the fans were mildly heaving, swaying, rolling, pitching and/or “yawing,” […]

Batter Up

It’s April, which means Major League baseball swings into high gear this month. In a perfect year, that is. At press time the baseball gods seemed to smiling down upon the nation’s less-than-active baseball stadiums. Despite the ongoing threat of COVID-19, this year fans may be watching 162 games for the 2021 season.  But, if […]

News + Notes

From the Fat Man to Mahalia: Paintings by James Michalopoulos The New Orleans Jazz Museum will host an exhibition by acclaimed local artist James Michalopoulos from March 25 to October 10. It will span his entire career, from his recent paintings of street musicians to rarely seen works on loan from private collectors, including his […]

Better with Age

ugh Where you live matters, at every stage of your life.   With some 71.6 million Baby Boomers in the U.S. between the ages of 57-75 years old, the notion of downsizing as a way to free yourself from the daily chores of homeownership and enjoy the next chapter of your life holds great appeal.  […]

Julia Street: Radio Days

Dear Julia, I grew up on the Alabama coast (Orange Beach) in the mid ‘50s. My parents managed a hotel (Gulf Gate Lodge) and all family members worked there. At night, I used an old Crosley radio to serenade me to sleep. I would listen to New Orleans when a station went to “clear channel” after a […]

Voodoo Brew

huio Kimberly Patton Bragg created Keeper of the Crossroads for a New Orleans themed cocktail competition in Las Vegas. The drink honors the voodoo deity, Papa Legba. “I know he usually drinks rum,” admitted Bragg “but I figure he likes to switch it up.” Maurin, a bitter liquor, has a label featuring a fiendish devil. […]

Hearing & Eye Care

With the roll-out of vaccines underway, we will someday soon be able to gather with friends and family and be more present in the world outside of the home. For people with hearing and eye problems, it’s possible that increased isolation may have disguised the severity of any issues. Being ready to safely hear live […]

Stroke Awareness

Over the last year, one disease has owned the spotlight and globally altered life as we know it. Unfortunately, other life-changing health problems have not dissipated with their lack of spotlight. This month, we’re increasing stroke awareness with information that could be helpful to you or a loved one in the instance of stroke. Take […]

Real Estate Opportunities

Of late, low interest rates and a year of cabin fever have inspired people across New Orleans and the Gulf South to upgrade their homes. Whether that means moving into a larger space, simplifying for retirement, buying a vacation home, exploring countryside properties, or renovating your current home, agents and banks are well positioned to […]

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