The 1868 St. Bernard Parish Massacre by Chris Dier The History Press Chalmette High School history teacher Chris Dier explores a tumultuous chapter in the history of his home parish. While the subject matter is difficult, there are many lessons to be learned. The book recounts the days before the presidential election of 1868. […]
We were on a tour of Dublin, Ireland when the itinerary called for a stop at a local nightclub for Irish coffee. Since it was afternoon there were no performances yet; drinks however were flowing as our group scattered across several tables. Here I digress to point out that while Irish coffee might seem like […]
Dear Julia, There is an endangered and bedraggled building that recently caught my eye on St. Bernard Avenue near Rocheblave. It has a vaguely Chinese look but its original lines are obscured by later additions, graffiti and the wire fencing that now enclose it. Do you know anything about this most unusual structure? Was […]
In its long-running competition with other states to attract new business and high-quality employment, Louisiana has used many types of job “bait.” Louisiana taxpayers have invested hundreds of millions of dollars into business tax breaks, worker training and cash grants to encourage companies to create jobs in the state. Through the years, though, a big […]
Snow fell outside, startling most locals into slow motion, yet Audubon Charter School’s students continued with lesson plans, all carefully mapped out in self-directed notebooks. Grant, a first grader, worked with a bead frame doing subtraction problems. A few feet away, Juliana, a third-grader, worked with a grammar box. She identified parts of speech in […]
February is always a good month for music in New Orleans. The temperature generally starts to warm up a bit and Carnival kicks things into high gear. This year we have a series of outstanding performers coming through town throughout the month. One of the highlights will be Benjamin Clementine’s performance at One Eyed Jacks […]
ARTHUR NEAD Illustration I once worked in an office where on the day after Mardi Gras I noticed the two girls at the front desk each had made ashen crosses on the others’ forehead. At first I thought it was touching that they had gone to church where, by tradition, the priest would place […]
Carnival season can be quite chilly. Yes, even a winter season in New Orleans has been known to cast a cold, uncomfortable-to-the-bone damp net over the festivities. Not enough to stop the party, of course, and never putting a chill in one’s heart, but there have been years when this outsized, outdoor festival in the […]
From top left to right: Sterling silver petal and fresh water pearl ring from Symmetry Jewelers & Designers. Signature Scottie necklace in gold; signature Naomi ring in gold and irridescent Drusy; nail polish in Champagne Irridescent all from Kendra Scott. Tri-color sterling silver and gold plated triple strand petal necklace with cubic zirconia centers; sterling […]
Audubon Charter Opens in Gentilly in 2018 The Audubon Charter School, currently based in Uptown New Orleans, will open a second and new school, Audubon Gentilly in the Fall of 2018. Audubon Gentilly will combine the current Audubon Charter’s Montessori and French immersion curricula into a new Montessori French Immersion model, the only program of […]
Chalmette High School history teacher Chris Dier explores a tumultuous chapter in the history of his home parish. While the subject matter is difficult, there are many lessons to be learned. The book recounts the days before the presidential election of 1868. Newly freed black men had gained the right to vote, and an angry mob gathered late one night to murder the freed people in an attempt to squash their votes. Though not widely reported at the time, the shameful and tragic event would impact the area and the larger south for decades.
by David Fulmer
Crescent City Books
Eclipse Alley is the sixth title in the Valentine St. Cyr mystery series by David Fulmer. Set in 1916 Storyville-era New Orleans, the murder of a prominent citizen near the Red Light District grips the town. It is up to detective St. Cyr and his ally in the police department to put the pieces of the puzzle, and the pieces of the corpse, together. Punctuated with plenty of jazz, whiskey, saucy strumpets and Storyville lore, Eclipse Alley provides a mysterious glimpse into a fictional New Orleans underworld that will have readers reading late into
The Louisiana Urban Gardener
by Kathryn Fontenot
The beginning months of the new year mean planning for gardeners. The Louisiana Urban Gardener by LSA AgCenter professor and extension associate Kathryn Fontenot provides essential information to help gardeners in challenging city environments. Tips specifically focused on our unique environment include: choosing the best location, soil preparation, managing pests, insects and weeds, and inspiration from some of the best gardens in the area. Fontenot’s guide will help guide your garden to a bountiful harvest throughout the growing season.
By Ashley McLellan, Please send submissions for consideration, attention: Ashley McLellan, 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005
★ = Did not finish ★★ = Sort of ok, but kind of meh ★★★ = Enjoyable ★★★★ = Really, really liked it ★★★★★ = Loved it; a new favorite!