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New Orleans Magazine March 2010

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Grand Isle, the restaurant

A joint venture by Joel Dondis, David Pearson and Jeff Hof, Grand Isle opened in June 2007 as a restaurant that serves true South Louisiana cuisine. As a child, Dondis spent time in Grand Isle, La., and as a founding partner his goal was to bring traditional, basic-yet-tasty dishes to New Orleanians and tourists alike. […]

HIGHER ED CUTS

The other side of the story

A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANES

Bowling can be a family enterprise. Stevie Weber of the Professional Bowling Association whose family owned Arabi Bowl in St. Bernard Parish.  It is a lifetime sport for Weber. “They have pictures of me when I was 2 or 3, pushing a ball down the alley.” Weber also bowled on the team at Holy Cross […]

BRUCE BROWN AND THE OLE 745

Somewhere along the 2,180 miles he trudged over the Appalachian Trail during this past year, Bruce Brown stops to sit on a tree stump; pulls off his well-worn shoes; rubs his weary, beat-up dogs and wonders what’s going on with his beloved Ole 745 steam train engine sitting on the tracks back in Louisiana. At […]

A SHOTGUN SANCTUARY

A traditional shotgun flowers in Marigny

Words of Circumstance

Had it not been for Richard Collins, life in New Orleans would be less platonic. Derived from “Plato,” the word, which in the local context referred to a passionate appreciation, isn’t generally part of the common language in any city outside of perhaps Athens, Greece. But in the 1970s Richard Collins, a professor at the […]

Last Call

Italian, New Orleans style

Etc.

Nola by the numbers

Let there be light

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives has been providing Southeast Louisiana with innovative light fixture solutions for the past 10 years, according to Tim Charrier of OLP. “We specialize in the design, installation and service of architectural, landscape and security lighting,” Charrier says. “We also offer automated lighting control systems to control interior and exterior lighting.” One of […]

A CHIEF JUSTICE’S EXAMPLE

A man can’t help but notice that Women’s History Month (March) in New Orleans seems understated in recent years. Cheron Brylski, a veteran political consultant in New Orleans, says fewer women are winning public office since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 – for reasons that remain unclear. Even the inauguration last year of Catherine “Kitty” […]

BIG PLANS ARE BEING REALIZED – BIT BY BIT

For John Hopper, City Park’s chief development officer, the changes that abound on this 1,300-acre expanse are more than figures and facts: these changes will affect every pair of feet that walk onto the grounds and contribute to the park’s more than five million visits per year. The Master Plan, created prior to the aftermath […]

The Year's Best Architecture

6 projects worth examining

The Architects’ Picks

Here are the winners of the New Orleans Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ 2010 Design Awards. Nine were chosen out of nearly 70 entries. According to an AIA statement, “This year’s awards theme Recovery & Progress demonstrates AIA New Orleans’ aim to continue raising awareness of the importance of great design in the […]

Short tripping

Five Quick Getaways for the Weekend Wanderer

A TUSCAN ADVENTURE

One villa, one beach, three trains

Picturing the Season

Images From the Saints’ Photographer

New Orleans’ BEST WEEKEND EVER

Since the founding of New Orleans by Jean Baptiste La Moyne Sieur de Bienville in 1718, the city has experienced approximately 15,184 weekends. Of those, the weekend of Feb. 6-7, 2010 was surely the best. During a 48-hour period, New Orleanians elected a new mayor and then watched their Saints win the Super Bowl, all […]

Jim Bob Moffett does it again

It is a typical pattern in the commodities business in the Gulf of Mexico: Just when you think the party’s over, something happens to bring it back to life. Recently, an independent oil company with deep roots in Louisiana gave major oil and gas producers around the globe reason to pause and reconsider the Gulf. […]

Health Beat

LSU Health Sciences Center’s Professor and Chairman of Genetics Dr. Jay Kolls, right, was recently awarded a $2.1 million grant to continue his research on pneumonia. Awarded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the grant will be dispersed over a period of five years. Kolls and his research team […]

BURSTING THE BUBBLE

Chewing gum – the good and the bad

Sandbagging lead risk

Coastal restoration experts have long pointed to the massive amounts of sediment carried by the Mississippi River as the key to staving off Louisiana’s land loss crisis. Now a prominent researcher is promoting the very same material as a solution to another crisis hitting even closer to home: childhood lead poisoning. “It’s that kind of […]

READ SPIN

Jazz Playground from Putumayo Kids is a fun, upbeat collection that will keep both kiddies and adults smiling. New Orleans artist Ingrid Lucia’s beautiful “This Little Light of Mine” is a standout; introduce the wee ones to live music with her upcoming appearance at the Children’s Museum on March 15. Other hits include “Spider-man” and […]

SAM ZURIK

The doctor passeth

Merger for marketing

The New Orleans tourism industry includes boutiques, swamp tour operators and the high-rise towers of international hotel chains. One thing uniting this vast and diverse economic sector these days, however, is concern about the future if current tourism trends for the city remain unchanged. That is because New Orleans stands to lose 2 percent of […]

RESTAURANT INSIDER

Ah, March. The month of my birth. Thanks to those of you who remembered and sent me gifts; to hell with the rest of you. Broussard’s (819 Conti St.), the venerable Creole restaurant in the French Quarter, pictured above, isn’t the kind of place that changes very often. Chef Gunther, his wife Evelyn and son […]

MASTERS OF INGREDIENTS

Though blessed with Gulf seafood, great citrus and a small but dedicated network of organic farmers and purveyors, New Orleans doesn’t have an adjacent breadbasket on par with Northern California’s Napa Valley or New York’s Hudson Valley. So how do we consistently remain one of America’s premier dining destinations? Chefs here employ a skillful balancing […]

ETHNIC EATING

I love to travel, and learning about local food customs fascinates me. I always make it a point to eat local rather than searching out American standards on other turfs. Like most of us, I grew up on bacon and eggs for breakfast, thanks to the immense British influence on American life. But traveling in […]

What children know about violence

For some young people, growing up in New Orleans means seeing horrendous acts of violence so frequently it becomes commonplace. Now, a small group of teenagers is working to show the world how they feel about the experience, and what else they see happening in their lives and in their city. Equipped with video cameras […]

ERIC OVERMYER

Ah, the glamour of Hollywood, or in this case, “Hollywood South,” the nickname given to New Orleans as the film industry booms in the city and the state. On this day of filming for the new HBO series “Tremé,” the Uptown restaurant Upperline is the setting for a scene with Melissa Leo (who plays attorney […]

Marquee

Our top picks of the month’s events

WORLD WIDE WEARY

Miss Poopypants

Julia Street

WITH POYDRAS THE PARROT A MONTHLY PURSUIT OF ANSWERS TO ETERNAL QUESTIONS

Summer Bridal Show – June 14, 5-8 PM