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–According to a seven-year-long survey, researchers found that 13 percent of the 994 pregnant women surveyed were active smokers, compared to 30 percent for the 3,203 nonpregnant women. Furthermore, nearly a quarter of the pregnant smokers denied the habit. The authors of the study could prove whether the women were smokers based on the blood […]

Forks in the Road

The best of dining along the Gulf Coast

Best New Architecture

The Top Five in New Orleans

A Secret Garden

New Orleans spring fashion secrets are revealed in styles that take on everything from loose and languid to distinctly done up, showing off a mix of modern looks.

Dine near the park

Outdoor dining is back for the spring season at Ralph’s on the Park, where New Orleans native chef Chip Flanagan draws from international tastes to put a spin on local cuisine. Diners can experience array of seafood specials while taking in a panoramic view of City Park. The City Park Salad or the Disgruntled Shrimp […]

Altar Hopping

Preserving a St. Joseph's Day Tradition


Nola by the numbers

Sink into the Guerlain Spa

The Guerlain skincare brand is famous for its innovations in beauty. The Guerlain Spa’s third location in the United States opened at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans in 2009. It offers facial and body therapies, hand and foot therapies, hair removal services, makeup application, harmonizing massages and customized therapies for men. A full-service hair […]

Last Call

Transition made easy

When Rex Met Aida (Part 2)

Editor’s note: Last month this column waxed on about the parallels between the founding of the Rex organization in New Orleans and the first performance, in Cairo, of the opera Aida whose moving grand march is performed during the Rex/Comus balls. Besides both cities being on the same latitude, 30 degrees, the respective debuts were […]

Michael Kimble

Hymn of the bagpipe

Classy Acts

The life and death of repertory theater

NOCCA Expands Its Repetoire

Promising young singers, actors and writers recently took turns at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts to get a taste of what it’s like to have an audience. In front of a packed hall of students and staff, Vivian Buchanan, a striking redhead from Destrehan High School, sang “Der Nussbaum,” composed by Robert Schumann. Creative […]

Digging Further

The Senate should reopen its investigation into the events that followed Hurricane Katrina and strengthen national disaster plans to protect against police abuse during calamities. U.S. Department of Justice prosecutions of New Orleans police officers charged in the disparate, storm-related shootings of at least eight unarmed civilians have already resulted in eight convictions of officers […]

Soft Landing

Airport director reins in a high-flying plan

What To Do About Le Petit Théâtre

During its long existence Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré has experienced many personal plot twists; unfortunately they’ve been all drama and few laughs. Once again the theater, whose facility is one of the best community stages in the country, is in deep financial trouble. Founded in 1916 by a group of neighbors who called […]

A Lifeline to Help

This is Lifeline. We have a medical alert call from Emma Fallo. She is having chest pains. We are dispatching an ambulance,” said the voice on the other end of the line. The call came from Philips Lifeline, a nationwide personal emergency response system provided locally to persons of all faiths by Jewish Family Service […]

Recreation redux

For generations of kids in New Orleans, the acronym NORD (New Orleans Recreation Department) was synonymous with healthy fun, creative expression and valuable life lessons. Unfortunately, more recent generations may likely associate NORD with overgrown ballparks, empty swimming pools and the city’s void of organized youth activities.  Though once acclaimed as a national model of […]

Read & Spin

CD – North Carolina native Seth Kauffman made his way onto the radar of New Orleans record label Park the Van with his first album, Research, released under his own name, before adopting the pseudonym Floating Action for a self-titled 2009 album. His newest endeavor is Desert Etiquette, a stripped-down collection of warm pseudo-folk songs […]

Nine Lives

From book to music

Water – and opportunity – everywhere

Given its vulnerability to flooding, it’s no surprise that the New Orleans area is accustomed to viewing water as a threat. But a new program called the Water Venture Development Challenge (or the Water Challenge) suggests that threat may be a potential gold mine for the region, too. Created by the Greater New Orleans Foundation […]

Restaurant Insider

Oasis Specialty Foods (541 Oaklawn Drive), right, has opened in Metairie and features a small market that stocks Middle Eastern standards such as dried herbs, beans, nuts, cheese, yogurt and olive oils, as well as imported canned goods and frozen prepared foods. A bakery turns out breads and doughnuts, and a full-service butcher offers half […]

Three Square in the Quarter

Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the French Quarter

From the Oven

Biscuits, cornbread and muffins

Paving the way for more bikes

Bicycle lanes are an increasingly common sight along New Orleans streets these days, and a new study from Tulane University shows that where these lanes appear, more cyclists follow; it’s an elementary formula that carries the promise of fewer cars and healthier people around the city. The study examined St. Claude Avenue, the first street […]

Zulu 2011

The scene in early February: The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club on North Broad Street. What’s going on: The clubhouse, normally a place for Zulu members to meet and socialize, has now become the site of a photo shoot for King Zulu 2011. The photographer’s lights are positioned just so, and the King is […]


Our top picks of the month’s events

Waxing and Waning

My daughter Gladiola says she is getting a bikini wax. “Wax it? I wouldn’t even starch it,” says my mother-in-law, Ms. Larda. “How are you going to swim in it?” Gladiola explains this has nothing to do with swimming. “Don’t tell me you’re going to wear it for Mardi Gras,” says Ms. Larda. Ms. Larda […]

Julia Street With Poydras the Parrot

A monthly pursuit of answers to eternal questions

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