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New Orleans Magazine October 2011

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Tops of the Town

What are your favorite things about New Orleans? We want to know. Fill in your picks below (You don't have to vote in every category.) We will have a drawing from all entries - both those mailed from our October issue and here online - to award prizes.

Music: Last Chants

Farewell to a Mardi Gras Indian

Guys and Gulls

Profiles of men and their boats

The Empire of Sizzzzzzzle: Mom Buys a Steakhouse

Excerpt from "The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak: A New Orleans Family Memoir" by Randy Fertel

Try This: Film Festing

A brief guide to October for New Orleans cinephiles

Streetcar: Booted

If your car hasn’t gotten booted lately, you should know the good news is that the process of dealing with the agony has gotten a lot easier; the bad news is that it’s now a lot easier to get booted. This is a topic on which I’ve become more of an expert than I cared […]

Dining Guide

Houmas House Plantation’s Latil’s Landing Latil’s Landing, Information: 40136 Highway 942, Darrow, (225) 473-9380, HoumasHouse.com/restaurant.htm Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, one of Houmas House Plantation’s on-site restaurants, Latil’s Landing, is situated in a 230-year old house with original beamed ceilings, cypress mantels, wood-burning fireplaces and wood floors. Chef Jeremy Langlois […]

Last Call: The Most Spirited Month

Muriel's Fleur de Lis Cocktail

Food: Cooking for Cooler Weather

Sturdy vegetables for the fall

Restaurant Insider: Irish Eyes Are Smiling

New Orleans has an abundance of Irish bars, but until recently there was not a great deal of Irish food. That changed in August, when chef Matt Murphy opened the Irish House (1432 St. Charles Ave.) in the former home of upscale Mexican restaurant Taqueros/Coyoacan. The interior décor now reflects Murphy’s homeland, but the open, […]

Home: Finding the Where There

New life for a Bywater Creole cottage

Chronicles: Just a Little Off the Sides

New Orleans’ traditional barbers still shape, smooth and soothe in a treasured male stronghold

Modine's New Orleans: Precautions When Dressing Your VW Like Dracula

My mother-in-law, Ms. Larda, don’t just drive her car. She wears it. She is a big woman, and it’s a little car, so she occupies all its nooks and crannies. It don’t bother her a bit. She belongs to the Sisterhood of the Elastic Pants, Chalmette Chapter. “We don’t need no red hats to have […]

Read & Spin

CD   Louisiana native country crooner Sammy Kershaw has just released his new album, Better Than I Used to Be. The album also features Larry Paxton, Kevin Grantt, Mark Beckett, Randy McCormick and Rob Hajacos, among others. Kershaw hits all the usual notes – women, drinking, trains, fighting, women, war, death and women – with ample amounts of […]

Inside: Doing the Male Thing

Back in my grade school baseball-playing days, I couldn’t hit very well, but I could’ve led the league in going through the motions. Standing at home plate I would wave the bat several times as though to cock it in anticipation of launching the sphere heading in my direction into a distant parking lot. As […]

The Scoop: Men and Fashion

They don’t always mix, but here’s a guide

Newsbeat: Restaurant Health Reports Now Online

It seems like everyone is rating restaurants online these days, from food bloggers to social media junkies. Now, Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has joined the conversation too, though it’s not concerned with how a dish tasted or if the waiter was polite. The state has a new website at EatSafe.la.gov that gives […]

Crime Fighting: Ryan Williams

Volunteer coaching serves at risk youth

Newsbeat: Gators for Gas

Alligators are a common sight around south Louisiana, even on the roadways. In the future, however, they could also end up in our gas tanks. Researchers at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette recently completed a lab study showing the unique potential for turning alligator fat into biodiesel fuel. “Alligator fat doesn’t have a use […]


The latest news in health from New Orleans and beyond

Health: Foot Fault

Healing the painful heel

Education: Male Call

Why boys are dropping out

Biz: Two Guys with a Vision

Where invoices morph into cash

Newsbeat: Game Time

New Orleans is well-known as a sports destination, but lately it’s a different type of game that has people looking to the Crescent City. Economic development officials are pursuing computer game development and other digital media as sectors for job growth, and they recently turned heads with the news that one global player in the […]

Persona: Anthony Laciura

New Orleans native opera star and supporting performer on “Boardwalk Empire”


Entertainment Calendar

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

The pursuit to answer eternal questions

Speaking Out: Let's Keep Mardi Gras out of Halloween

Having a Halloween-themed Carnival-style parade is an idea whose time, we trust, has gone. Originally the idea of float-builder Blaine Kern, whose whole life has been a fountain of new ideas, the first manifestation was the Krewe of Boo. After a series of entanglements, which we do not intend to sort out, that group morphed […]


Origin of Ya-Ya Re: Julia Street column (and Music column, by Jason Berry). August 2011 issue I just got my August edition of New Orleans Magazine in the mail today! It being my favorite section, I open it to Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot. While reading through the Q&A, I noticed a question from […]

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