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New Orleans Magazine October 2007

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The Games that Were

It was one hour before kickoff to the Saints game at the Superdome and lunch, as prepared in the plush club lounge, offered some savory choices. I was tempted to go for the barbecued brisket plate but I had that at the previous game rather than my second choice of sautéed scallops. This day I […]

Chronicles of Recent History

How could you not be hooked?” That moment of truth came to avid bird-watcher Joelle Finley in the Bonnet Carré Spillway back in the 1970s on her first serious outing with the Crescent Bird Club. “Someone said ‘look up in the tree – it’s a Rose Breasted Gros-beak!’ and that was it for me,” she […]

Modine’s New Orleans

It’s a good thing God put Thanksgiving at the end of the hurricane season. Then we know for sure whether we got reason to be thankful or not. The Gunch family is taking a chance this year and celebrating it a couple weeks early because my brothers-in-law Leech and Lurch got jobs at the Fair […]

Last Call: Bourbon Society’s “New Fashioned”

You would expect that a ubiquitous cocktail with as respected and established a name as an “Old Fashioned” would be a bit more predictable. Rather, it’s as changeable and personal as the preparer or the one who orders it. What is agreed upon is the tale of the invention at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, […]

Curtains Rising

The wealth of performance talent in and around New Orleans is on full display this month, with curtains rising on dozens of area stages. Local symphony, opera and ballet organizations are in full swing and area theaters have a bounty of fine drama and music on tap. The even better news is the coming months […]

Making a Case

Louisiana has always had lots of lawyers. In a state short of high-level industrial jobs, law has been a good way for a person to develop a decent career. Each year four law schools – Tulane, Loyola, Louisiana State and Southern – produce a new batch of attorneys. Most stay and practice in the state. […]

Letten Loose

Inside Dot’s DinerOn Jefferson Highway, between sips of vegetable soup, 80-year-old criminal defense attorney Sam Dalton ponders the future of local U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. Letten, 54, chief federal prosecutor for the 13-parish Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans, has been the talk of the town. In the long wake of federal public corruption […]

Seaside Treasures

KNOWING THE ROPESClockwise from left: 18 K white gold heavy braided silver rope necklace from Symmetry Jewelers; 18 K white gold link necklace with 1.76 ct pave diamond link, 14 K white gold 1.78 ct diamond starfish brooch, both from Friend & Company;  Sterling silver, locule brooch with aqua, sapphire, and lemon quartz semi-precious stones […]

Cash Prize

The months following Hurricane Katrina a flood of cash poured into local banks as people deposited checks from FEMA and their insurance companies. A similar wave of money was predicted to flow once the state’s Road Home program finally geared up but local bank executives say that prediction hasn’t become a reality.Some bank officials assume […]

New Orleans Home

The manicured front yard features a unique broad walkway with mondo grass interspersed with the slabs of flagstone. Kenneth “Kenny” and Jennifer Rabalais live in Metairie Club Gardens. Their home is the showplace you would expect for owners of the Plant Gallery on Airline Highway. The home that has been carefully put together by the […]

Deep Fried Turkey

Alittle over 20 years ago as a new food editor, I ran across a manwhodeep-fried turkeys. Wow! Who ever heard of that? I asked. Itsoundedtoo bizarre to offer readers who were presumably sane and toobusy fornonsense. But the news hound in me couldn’t turn down theinvitationfor my husband and me to watch the performance of […]

Language Barriers

Editor’s Note: Beginning with this issue is the first of a series of letters from a New Orleanian on active duty in Iraq. Because of security reasons he isn’t able to use his name. We can tell you that he’s a Navy pilot and he’s from a prominent New Orleans family. He is now ready […]

Pain in the Abdomen

It started slowly but within 24 hours I could hardly walk. I was in excruciating pain,” says Madelyn Bagneris, a manager of an Entergy electric company business unit who was in Touro Infirmary earlier this year. Bagneris qualifies as a long-term diverticulitis survivor. Her first attack occurred in 1993. She had some abdominal pain and […]

Numbing Down

People are numb,” Robert K. “Bob” Moffett, president of the Orleans chapter of the Alliance for Good Government, says angrily.“They’re numb from murders. They’re numb from political corruption. They’re numb from insurance costs, from utility bills, from the [property] tax assessment fiasco – it’s hard to see anything in the city that’s working like it’s […]

Getting High for Physics

Andrea Spreter, a physics teacher, writes an algebraic formula on the white board wearing a navy flight suit. Her students at Edna Karr Charter High School in Algiers ignore the flight suit and copy the long equation of letters and symbols. As she writes, a laptop projects questions: In a weightless environment, what is the […]

Give Me Shelter

For generations in the U.S., political and private sector leaders have preached the nobility of the “American dream.” Home ownership is a goal for which all individuals should strive and which government should encourage – or so the traditional thinking goes. But recent trends in New Orleans have run counter to the dream and some […]

Speaking Out

An important New Orleans cultural landmark is in danger of being destroyed or, at best, being forcefully removed from its present location. We think it’s an outrage. New Orleans’ Deutsches Haus must be saved. In this magazine’s September issue we strongly endorsed the proposal to build a combined Louisiana State University/ Veterans Administration super hospital […]

Halfway Back

Recalling the day, decades past, when the childhood home of Louis Armstrong was demolished still makes Robert Ice and Robert McIntrye wince. They remember the grassroots effort to save the house, a ramshackle structure with immense historic import, and how in the end it was bulldozed anyway to make room for a complex of modern […]

Read and Spin

Led by a bodacious blonde, fourth generation New Orleans natives, The Vettes, are rocking the local scene with their take on 1980s new wave. Siblings Chad, Todd, Brian, Mitch, Jon and Rachel live with their parents in River Ridge, have a remarkable sound and an album bound to launch them into superstardom. “Animal” is a […]

Earl Turbinton, Willie Tee and John Scott

Funeral Procession of Willie Tee The weeks leading up to the cool breath of fall carried messages of continuity about the music laced with appreciations for artists who had died. As New Orleans moved beyond the second-year mark of damages furnished by Katrina, the dearth of political leadership was a muzzled chorus to life among […]

Newsbeat: Fellows Rockefeller

New Orleans has been a magnet for volunteers and grant funding from sources around the nation as the monumental task of rebuilding from the federal levee failures grinds on. Recently however, one prominent national organization enabled the infusion of a vital recovery asset of a different sort: full-time urban redevelopment professionals. The New York-based Rockefeller […]

Restaurant Insider

Pableaux Johnson’s book Gameday Gourmet was written under the auspices of cable TV sports channel ESPN, and features contributions by a few of their on-screen personalities. If that leads you to the conclusion that it’s not all about the food, you’d be making a mistake. Johnson, who’s based in New Orleans, toured the country for […]

November Pace: Table Talk

Fall is the time of year for soups. Soups nourish both the body and soul and trigger nostalgia in a way that few dishes can. From Korea to Greece, chicken soup’s reputation as a miracle cure is one of the few things on which just about all cultures can agree. In the case of Louisiana, […]

Newsbeat:Recycling from the Ashes

David McDonough and his local company Phoenix Recycling began a household recycling service in 1991 to answer a need no one else in the New Orleans area seemed to be addressing. Sixteen years and one devastating hurricane later, he essentially did the same thing again. Phoenix had shifted to commercial recycling in the mid-1990s as […]

November Pace: Persona – Paul Groves

There’s something to be said about opera lyric tenor Paul Groves – who most recently starred as the title role in the New Orleans Opera Association’s presentation of Faust – but it’s not that he lives the life of a diva; he doesn’t have quirks that many performers do and he doesn’t demand attention. You […]

November Pace: Global Swarming

Since we last saw the New Orleans Hornets as our full-time pre-Katrina home team, the squad has become more international. This year’s roster includes Marcus Vinicius, a first year forward from Brazil. New to the team since the hurricane, but not new to the NBA, is nine-year veteran Peja Stojakovic from Serbia who plays both […]

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia,My mother went to Newcomb in 1917. It was located where Connery Place is now. She often talked about the people she met but I don’t recall if she mentioned living in a dorm. Did Newcomb have dorms there? Exactly when and why did it move to its present location and what happened to […]

Our Top Picks of the Month’s Events

Three for One!This month, the New Orleans Opera Association will present a complete production of Puccini’s three masterful one-act operas. Il Trittico has been revamped with a local twist – each opera will take place at a French Quarter locale. The Cloak (Il Tabarro) is set on a docked boat in the Mississippi River, with […]

4 Suggestions

My letter from the managers of the Waldorf Hotel group, asking me what they should do to convert the former Fairmont (once Roosevelt) Hotel to incorporate it into their own brand, hasn’t arrived – yet. Since they might be too shy to ask or uncertain of what the latest postage rate is, I’ll save them […]

CHRONICLES: The End of an Era

She’s just four, but she already knows the sidewalk is concrete – it’s not cement. Cement is the powder you make concrete with,” Katherine Kleinpeter Raymond, Ph.D. insists. She has two daughters, and even if the oldest is only four it’s just possible they, like their mother, might have engineering in their future. Raymond is a […]


When I was little, I thought somebody three feet high and disguised in a bed sheet was extremely scary. So that’s what I wore on Halloween and I always collected enough candy to make myself sick. My own kids wanted something fancier, so I cut black plastic garbage bags into bat wings and taped them […]


Ed. Note With this issue we offer a toast to Tim McNally. As a member and officer of several fine-dining organizations, including the international Chaine de Rotisseur and the Ordre of the Mondiale, he’s responsible for creating and staging events featuring fine cuisine and great wines. McNally has served two-terms as President, and eight terms […]

Fats Domino

Antoine “Fats” Domino’s flooded mansion in the Lower 9th Ward became a symbol of the broken city. Today he lives in a gated suburb, a far cry from his beloved old turf. The Tipitina’s Foundation has spearheaded a new double-CD on the Vanguard label, Goin’ Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino, featuring cuts from Paul […]

Men and their Yards

Primal man knew to protect his patch of green even if that patch was just alongside a nomad’s campfire or in front of a cave. As man developed so too did his desire for territory on which he could cultivate crops, raise animals and provide for just about all of his needed sustenance. For the […]

Social Aid and Lots of Pleasure

“It’s my life and I love it,” declares Alfred Carter, better known by all simply as “Bucket.” A member of the Young Men Olympian Jr. Benevolent Association for 68 of his 73 years, he isn’t exaggerating his assessment of what the organization has meant to him. “I put everything into this,” says Bucket, the organization’s […]


Photographed by Greg MilesFashion Editor: Tracee Dundas Make-up & Hair: Glenn Mosley Models: Aisha Drake and Brandon Bailey from ABOUTFACES MTM Shot at: Algiers Point LibrarySpecial Thanks to Seale Patterson Pick-up artist  Gray and black plaid sleeveless empire dress with tulle trim neckline and hem from Total Woman; Red tights from Saks; Black stretch suede […]


• The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery in New Orleans now offers BRCA gene testing to patients with a strong family history of cancer or very early onset of the disease. This form of gene testing can show inherited genetic mutations that may increase a woman’s risk of developing certain cancers. Not every woman inheriting […]


“BEFORE” VIEWIf location, location, location are the three main things to consider when purchasing a house, Rachel Dangermond got it right. Her home embraces Bayou St. John through large expanses of glass, a wide porch across the front, a small garden between the steps and the sidewalk and a second-story balcony just made for sipping […]


We talk mostly about French, Spanish, African, Caribbean and American Indian influences when we refer to the early Creole settlers. We’re also quick to speak of the major Italian immigration that left its stamp everywhere, particularly in the food world. However, not to be overlooked is the German influence. German farmers played a major role […]


Dr. Ronald Lee Nichols has spent his career studying what many would prefer to hide – a profession’s dirty laundry. A transplant to New Orleans from the North, Nichols is the Emeril Lagasse of surgical infections. His entertaining presentations to medical students at Tulane and to medical audiences all over the world are delivered with […]


Community activist Norris Henderson, who served 28 years at Angola for a 1974 murder, says he hasn’t seen too many law enforcement officers in Louisiana like James Bernazzani. For months, the Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans FBI has captured the attention – and imagination – of activists like Henderson, a co-founder of […]


The only art work in Tyra Newell’s New Orleans office the day of this interview is an image of a brave teenager taking the full blast of a fire hose on his back, protecting a smaller boy and a woman huddled in front of him. The year and place of the image is 1963, Birmingham, […]


A recent meeting of technology gurus downtown  seemed to say a lot about the strength of this economic sector. Billed as a “CIO forum,” the meeting targeted chief information officers of local companies with a program that featured information technology professionals from Wal-Mart, The Weather Channel Inc. and Entergy Corp. Held by the Louisiana Technology […]


Though the Hornets two-year exile to Oklahoma City was necessary, we’re glad that we’ll no longer see the letters “NOK” applied to the team. The letters were shorthand for the two cites in the Hornets’ post-Katrina predicament; one in which the team played, the other that the team belonged to. We are glad to see […]

NEWSBEAT: A 30-foot-tall thank you

Expressions of gratitude to the many thousands of volunteers who flocked to the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina have ranged from teary embraces to thank you dinners and official proclamations. But now, a group of citizens is rallying support for a plan to erect a permanent and richly symbolic memorial to the […]


CD’sIn Adam Levy’s debut, Washing Day (Lost Wax Records), the lyrics are intimate narratives and his voice is mellow while his guitar solos are intricate. Levy lived Uptown in 2004; during that year, he wrote with Anders Osborne and played with Johnny Vidacovich of Astral Project and Kirk Joseph of  Dirty Dozen Brass Band. He […]

The Devil, Blues and the Crossroads

Goethe and Christopher Marlowe gave us the drama of Dr. Faustus, the learned man who sells his soul to Satan for earthly rewards. It is a timeless tale – the temptations of sin for short-term gain – oh-so-germane to battered New Orleans in view of our latest swatch of politicians, captured by the feds on […]

NEWSBEAT: Mid-City ghost hunting

For those who thrill at a chill, a project that has rapidly taken shape at the historic McMahon Funeral Home property by the Canal Street cemeteries promises to be a mecca of the macabre. The classically designed, 19th century building, shuttered before Hurricane Katrina, has been transformed into the Haunted Mortuary, an amusement park-style haunted […]

Resturant Insider

Rio Mar (800 S. Peters St.) is expanding into the space adjacent; a brick archway leads to a new dining area that effectively doubles the available seating in the restaurant. The addition also includes a tapas bar from around 5 p.m. until midnight. This is more in keeping with traditional Spanish tapas bars, which serve […]


As the weather cools and ratatouille gives way to cassoulet on local menus, the change in season often triggers a deep-rooted desire for richer, more complex meats. Traditionally, game has been especially prized in autumn, as the animals fattening up for the upcoming winter tend to be much tastier. The dirty little secret about wild […]

NEWSBEAT: Pilates pioneer preaches

Larry Gibas had been a physical fitness trainer and dancer for years when he first discovered Pilates, a regimen focused on aligning and strengthening the body through targeted exercises. Intrigued by the way it combined so many of the goals he sought out using a variety of other methods, he decided to explore the process […]


When confronted with a blank wall in our homes, some leave it that way, while others find a piece of art or two to hang. For commercial real-estate developer Roger Houston Ogden [yes, he’s a descendent of that Sam Houston], a blank wall once gave him the opportunity to call good friend and noted artist, […]

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