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New Orleans Magazine March 2007

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There have been mayors who have said dumb things long before Ray Nagin. Never, however, has there been a mayor who said dumb things at a time when his constituency so desperately needed inspiration and encouragement rather than to be embarrassed and insulted. Nagin’s speech in Washington before a black press organization slandered the city […]

Our Jazz All-Stars The Class of ’07

Lordy, if it wasn’t for the music we’d be such a poorer city.  With it we are rich in ways that few cities are. Each April we present a class of Jazz All-Stars, two hypothetical bands, one contemporary, the other traditional. To be eligible, not only do the performers have to excel at what they […]


• Culicchia Neurological Clinic introduces a new medical procedure that treats back pain due to herniated discs without surgery in less than an hour. During “percutaneous” or needle discectomy, the doctor extracts the swollen disc material through a needle. • The only hospital in the state participating, Ochsner Health System announced a new study involving […]

HEALTH: Acid Reflux

Tums used to serve as a food group for local attorney and filmmaker Stephen Rue.“I kept a big bottle of fruit-flavored Tums and ate handfuls of them like candy. Six or so at a time at least twice a day and just before I went to bed. I kept a bottle in my car. Maalox […]


On a scale from zero to 30,000 feet, business at New Orleans’ airport is nearing an altitude of about four miles, (or 21,120 feet,) local officials say. It’s not what you’d call “flying high,” but activity is in a strong climb. Indicators of the airport’s improving status include the startup of an airline that will […]


When the subject is WYES-TV/Channel 12, our full disclosure statement is quite lengthy. We are linked to the station personally and professionally, including the Dial 12 program guide which has so long been an important part of this magazine. Even Julia Street, our lovable question and answer priestess shows up weekly on WYES. Our greatest […]

NEWS BEAT: St. Roch gets rolling

The St. Roch Market, a St. Claude Avenue relative of the better-known French Market, long served as a gateway for a neighborhood that includes such distinctive New Orleans elements as an oak-shaded neutral ground, a historic cemetery and a diverse mix of shotgun houses, Creole cottages and small businesses.    The market is closed and the […]


CD: Hurricane On The Bayou Soundtrack features treasured local sounds of Fats Domino, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers and Allen Toussaint, to name a few. The collection, available now, offers celebration of New Orleans’ uniquely thriving natural beauty expressed in the powerful documentary. Proceeds from the CD benefit Audubon Nature Institute’s wetlands restoration programs. BOOKS:Fiction […]

MUSIC: Harry Connick Jr.

A headliner at this year’s Jazz and Heritage Festival, Harry Connick Jr. has a new CD, Oh My Nola, which roams across the New Orleans canon. For a pianist and singer with his own purchase on big band swing, this album reaches back to early inspirations. Connick has a grand voice – mellow, urbane (with hints […]

NEWSBEAT: Special Delivery

Rebekah and Glen Markham of Covington sent greeting cards announcing their baby’s birth to some people they barely know but who had already played an extraordinary part in the baby’s life.  That’s because the Markhams’ mailing list included members of the team of volunteers who rescued more than 1,400 frozen embryos from the flooded Lakeland […]


The Oak Street corridor between S. Carrollton Avenue and River Road has been undergoing a quiet renaissance lately. Anchored at its midpoint by food and entertainment favorites Jacques-Imo’s Café and the Maple Leaf Bar, a wide range of new eateries have recently percolated up around this funky nexus. Most of them are inexpensive, contribute to […]

NEWSBEAT: Mets on the Bayou

The start of baseball season this month for the New Orleans Zephyrs opens a new chapter in the history of the Triple-A, minor league team. During the off-season, the team became the affiliate of the New York Mets – a major league team that Zephyrs officials say is bringing major league resources and clout to […]


When you sit down and talk with musician Theresa Andersson, you notice – in a good way – that she uses the word “inspired” a lot, whether it’s in reference to other musicians, her students, music that has influenced her or what’s around her. To me it seems apropos, because Andersson, herself, is inspiring – to […]


Dear Julia and Poydras,While walking through Cypress Grove Cemetery, I noticed a large truncated column honoring Irad Ferry. I know he was a fireman, but can you tell me anything else about him?Jeff CallerminCovington Irad Ferry was the first New Orleans firemen to be killed in the line of duty. Born in Wilton, Conn., Ferry […]


Play Ball!The New Orleans Zephyrs will take a swing at the new season on Friday, April 13. In a town of superstition, the date of the Zephyrs’ first home game seems like an appropriate night to show the Nashville Sounds who’s got the most magic in their bat. There’s going to be a fireworks show, […]

Restaurant Spot Light: Fire a restaurant

FIRE is a restaurant in the lower warehouse district once occupied by the firemen of Engine Number One.  While the building imparts a strong, safe and traditional feel to our guests, our food breaks from the traditional experience of New Orleans dining by offering none regional flavor. FIRE offers food that is anything but a New […]


Their names will forever be lost in the secret annals of the New Orleans Carnival but their deed should be remembered. Saturday a week ago, Feb. 24, 2007, five masked people, reportedly of mixed gender, gathered at the corner of Magazine and Julia Streets to celebrate a significant anniversary in the evolution of our Mardi […]

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