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New Orleans Magazine March 2009

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Thelma and John

Forty years ago this month, March 26, 1969, John Kennedy Toole died at his own hand. Twelve years later, in ’81, Toole was reborn as a writer.There are two main characters in the life story of Toole: John himself, the author of the classic Confederacy of Dunces and, perhaps most of all, his mom Thelma. […]

Something Italian

It has been said that in New Orleans, if you wait on any street corner for just a little while (not to be confused with stoop-sittin’), the weather will change, a parade will go by or someone will invite you to dinner at their house. So here we are, in the middle of Lent – in […]


Timeless at Adler’sOn the heels of one gift-giving season, Adler’s is preparing for another. February called for the locally owned jewelry store to stock up on engraved items and silver fashion jewelry for Valentine’s day, and now March signals time for Easter, First Communions, graduations, Mother’s Day and other spring occasions. The influx of spring […]

NOLA by the Numbers

5,000Gators released in Iberia’s Bayou Teche for the Great Alligator Race, March 7. 25Number of people who compete in the “Stella!” (or “Stanley!”) shouting contest on the last day of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. 94.7Career passer rating (the second highest in NFL history), of New Orleans-born and bred Peyton Manning, who celebrates a […]

Dining Features

Hostel’s re-vampOn the always-bustling Decatur Street, Hostel has recently burst onto the scene as a hot spot for locals. Owned by Remi De Matteo and Michael Kenny, it originally opened as a lounge, then re-vamped itself by adding a restaurant. “We are now focusing more on the restaurant and private event aspects of the venue,” […]

Top Dentists

Like a dentist searching for cavities, we thought you might want explore the methodology in determining who made this list of Top Dentists. We have anticipated some questions and, with the help of the company that did the research, provided answers.


The South's other great quaint city

Property Rites

A real estate veteran talks about the local market

Spaces with Places

Each room has a special view in this Carrollton area home

Altared State

Lady of the St. Joseph Day altars


Fidelity and the homestead tradition


Charting a course that Tennessee would take around town today

Featured Dentists

An artist’s touch Lisa Germain D.D.S., M.Sc.D. (above) Endodontics Lisa Germain was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she lived until the age of 11, when her family moved to Silver Spring, Md. She remained in Maryland through college and dental school, earning both her B.S. in 1974 and D.D.S. in ’78 from the University of […]

12 Islands

A native New Orleanian travel writer discovers a dozen intriguing islands - and a drink to go with each

Readers on the Road

We invited our readers to send in their travel stories. Here’s a sampling.

Let it be told…

Ed. Note: Baghdad Dispatch is written by two female Marines with local connections; Marine Capt. Mary Noyes, an attorney; and Marine Maj. Meredith Brown, an Iraqi Women’s Engagement officer. Their respective columns will appear in alternate months. Noyes moved to New Orleans in 2006; Brown is a native of Marrero. I have come to the […]

Community and Tech Colleges

A 10-year report card

Poised to Grow?

Analysts say New Orleans must pounce on business opportunities


Tuesday, March 24, Lakeview Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Center will hold a lecture, free of charge, called “Overuse Injuries in Tri-Athletes: Diagnosis and Prevention.” Orthopedic Surgeon Timothy Devraj and physical therapist Matt Pokorny will discuss common injuries, including physiology and treatment of such injuries. Lakeview Regional Medical Center has picked up sponsorship of athlete Caroline […]

Thankless Tribute

A retiring justice votes to spare the life of a convicted child rapist

Determining the population

When the Census Bureau releases its latest population estimate for New Orleans in the weeks ahead, it’s sure to be keenly examined by those invested in the city’s ongoing recovery. Estimating the number of people living in New Orleans since it was practically emptied in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has been a particularly complex […]

Restaurant Insider

Recently I heard a rumor that there were unicorns on the Northshore, so naturally I hit the Causeway because hey, unicorns. Unfortunately I was misled both about the unicorns and about the magic beans I bought from some guy. On the plus side, I discovered Young Chefs Academy, which seems like a pretty neat spot […]

Funding Resiliency

The Obama administration has promoted the idea that the nation can link environmental issues with economic development to help both areas simultaneously. Closer to home, the Greater New Orleans Foundation is providing grants to put some of that potential into action quickly and locally. The Environmental Fund was first established at GNOF in 1994 with […]

Italian with a Northern Touch

Much of the Italian fare offered in New Orleans has been interpreted through a regional lens; typically it’s southern Italian that draws upon local ingredients such as fresh blue crab, oysters and gulf fish. Some places, such as Ristorante Da Piero in Kenner, distinguish themselves by an emphasis on Northern Italian cuisine. Others, including Irene’s […]

Beacon in Gentilly

People seeking an antidote to disconnected bureaucracies and ineffective official channels that have plagued post-Katrina recovery can find it in one-time living rooms and dining rooms around the city. These unlikely settings are the offices of the Beacon of Hope Resources Centers, a grassroots network based in converted homes that helps residents return and rebuild. […]


Our top picks of the month’s events

The Making of a Name

I go to pick up my granddaughter at preschool and her teacher tells me I’m dead. Well, that’s a surprise. This teacher, Ms. Debbi, is one of them kind who’s always very sure about things. Maybe she gets it from talking to 4-year-olds all day. When she says, “This color is purple,” she knows she’s […]

Julia Street


Yes for the VA/LSU Plan

This publication restates its strong support for the VA/LSU hospital project proposed for the area that borders the downtown business district. We do so with the hope that the arguing will soon end and the construction will begin so that the city can more quickly receive the benefits that the complex will bring.Nevertheless, because debate […]

Heads Up

Crawfish at Lent

Summer Bridal Show – June 14, 5-8 PM