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New Orleans Magazine February 2014

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Broken Heart Syndrome

Investigating Takotsubo cardiomyopathy


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Show Your Wits

My mother-in-law, Ms. Larda, broke her leg. She says she’s been hoping for this her whole life. This is because she broke it just before Mardi Gras. “Nobody catches more beads than an old lady in a wheelchair,” she says to me. What happened was she was running for the phone and her Chihuahua Chopsley […]

Rebuilding the Season

Discoveries from a dusty box

Collectors Never 'Cease to Love'

Serious souvenir hunters can dress their own stage and celebrate Mardi Gras every day of the year.

A Home Fit for a King

Kevin Kelly’s mansion is made for Mardi Gras.

Food and Fun

It is game time at these two bars.

3 New Restaurants to Try

Enjoy some February fare at these new places.

Cook Me Something, Mister!

Tasty recipes for the Carnival season

The Enchanted Season

Any explanation of the Carnival season, now upon us, doesn’t do it justice. The history of our only-in-New Orleans celebration is one of the sources for the uniqueness of this city’s character. The staging of the grand balls and the tableaus, laden with tradition and pomp, is a reflection of another age. And the enthusiasm […]

String Fever

Meet guitar maker Vincent Guidroz.

The Wild West at the Time of Rex

Carnival’s formative years and the most dramatic period of the American West paralleled each other.

Interview with John Barry

The 2014 Krewe du Vieux king goes “Where the Vile Things Are.”

Fleur de List

Our picks for Carnival's top 25 parades.

Rock of Ages

A mash-up of gems, stones and diamonds create an ideal music medley

Broken Heart Syndrome

Investigating Takotsubo cardiomyopathy

Pell Grant Abusers

Education’s biggest cheaters

Krewes News

How Carnival has changed



Carnival of the Non-Pirate

If you see a pirate this Mardi Gras, don’t call my name because it won’t be me. Most often in recent years I’ve dressed like a rogue from the seas for several reasons: • I have by now collected a bag full of pirate-like costume parts. • Pirate costumes are not too cumbersome, possibly because the pirates often had to make quick getaways. • When you meet another pirate coming down the street […]

Trying Out the Remedy Room

Hungover? Just had a cold? Here's a place to rejuvenate.

22 Things To Do in New Orleans in February

Our top picks of the month's events

Meet King Zulu 2014

An Interview with Garren Mims Sr.

Road Improvements Ahead

Good news for those who hate potholes.

Cruise Control

Industry navigates past choppy waters

When Bacchus Got Slumdogged

In 2009, Bacchus got slumdogged. Because Mardi Gras was in late February that year, the Bacchus parade fell on the same night as the Academy Awards. In New Orleans that year there was more than the usual interest in the Oscars because the perceived top contender was The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The film, starring part-time local Brad Pitt, had […]


On January 13, the Ochsner Baptist Women’s Pavilion officially opened the Perkin Alternative Birthing Center (ABC). The center is the only one of its kind in the region, offering holistic birthing in a hospital-based environment. Use of certified nurse-midwives, birthing tubs and comfortable beds allow for new mothers to be able to have a homelike environment […]

Youth Study Center Opens

The Youth Study Center portion of the New Orleans Juvenile Justice Center Complex will be opening this month. The facility is the culmination of an effort to replace the one destroyed during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and to come into compliance with reforms prompted by a class-action lawsuit brought by the Juvenile Justice Project […]

Al Winters

The Man Behind “Shattered Shield” – Part Two of Two

RTA Increases Services

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority has expanded its services. Having started in January, the changes provide more bus operations in Orleans Parish. Service increases provide more late-evening trips for Morrison Express, Lake Forest Express, Galvez, St. Claude, Jackson/Esplanade, Algiers Owl Loop and General De Gaulle–Sullen routes. Patrons can also take advantage of additional Saturday […]

The New Orleans Guide to the Academy Awards

Locals have a lot to cheer for on Oscar night.

Baby Dolls and Skeletons

On the album Island Man: The Afro-Louisiana Sound, the latest album by Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, leader Bruce Barnes lays out hypnotic melodies on piano accordion, alternating on harmonica, weaving a warm zydeco beat and Caribbean rhythms with stellar backing from 10 musicians. The songs traverse a stylistic terrain of Delta blues, rhythm and […]

Read & Spin

New books and music with New Orleans flair

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