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New Orleans Magazine October 2018

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Cancer Care

October is breast cancer awareness month, when pink ribbons dominate the décor at awareness events, fundraisers and walks, and professional athletes don pink cleats, wristbands, and other gear. As we are reminded of the importance of breast cancer awareness this month, let’s also be cognizant of screenings and treatments that can protect and affect us […]

Louis’ Muse: A Shout-Out for Lil Hardin Armstrong

  August marked 117 years since Louis Armstrong’s birth. With the city’s greatest native son on a rise of planetary value, we should remember the woman who played an early pivotal role. When Armstrong left for Chicago in 1922 to join his mentor Joe “King” Oliver in the Creole Jazz Band, the petite Lil Hardin, […]

Streetcar: A Russian Landing

  A woman I know tells the story of a day when she, as a young girl, was riding her bicycle. Right at noon there was a loud blast in the otherwise quiet summer day. She was so startled by the sudden noise that she fell from the bike and scraped herself in several places. […]


Renee Boutique Turns 3 and Goes Digital When so many Main Streets look the same these days, one of the wonders of our city is the boutique fashion industry. A Renee Boutique, just off Jackson Square is a great example. Owner April Renee seeks out small designers to create a stylish inventory for sizes XS […]

Last Call: Playing the Middle

  In the hospitality industry, October is classified as a “shoulder month.” It’s still very warm; even the memory of hot weather has not faded. Life’s cyclical happenings of work, school, vacation are more in a work mode. Around here, the seasonal challenges of hurricanes are winding down and there is a bit of cooler […]

All Treat, No Trick

  They say the weather is beautiful everywhere in October. Because it is one of our most comfortable months, I try to stay at home and enjoy the snappy chill in the air and the first chance for hot soups. And, although the food police may tell you not to, I always use my jack-o-lantern […]

News From the Kitchen

Couvant Couvant, a French brasserie, opened recently in the Eliza Jane Hotel in the CBD. Chef Brad McDonald got his start at City Grocery in Oxford, Mississippi, worked with renowned chefs here and abroad, and most recently helmed a Southern-focused restaurant in London. Look for innovative takes on standards such as Pissaladière, mussels prepared several […]

Neighborhood Haunt

It can be easy to forget that the French Quarter is a neighborhood. Not a normal one, but a neighborhood nonetheless. As such, it has a neighborhood’s needs, like a place to relax without yard-long beers or novelty shirts. Leave it to the LeBlanc + Smith Restaurant Group to come up with solutions. They’ve carved […]

Doc Hawley: The Captain at the Calliope

  The Steamboat Natchez floats brilliantly on the Mississippi River, white sides gleaming, flags waving, the 26 ton red paddlewheel churning the brown water, black smokestacks reaching skyward in celebration of her power over the giant river. And she sings, her voice a melodic cry from the calliope. When Clarke “Doc” Hawley touches the calliope […]

Make It Work

  Photographed by Theresa Cassagne Makeup by Wendy Karcher Hair by Ainsleigh Callaghan for Salon Callidora Model Kelly Murtagh Gilchrist Photographed at NOPSI Hotel, Nopsihotel.com   Alice + Olivia Tabitha Slit-Shoulder Sapphire Dress with detachable Fox Fur Cuffs at Saks Fifth Avenue Canal Place, Saksfifthavenue.com; Simon Miller “Lunchbag” clutch at Pied Nu, Piednunola.com Sea Dark […]

Coming Unstrung

  Environmental fiascos are not unusual around New Orleans. After all, it is in a state that measures its vanishing wetlands in football-fields-per-month. The current expected crisis is not the encroaching Gulf of Mexico: it’s quietly flowing from the east: the Pearl River. A planned lake and residential development (One Lake) in upriver Jackson, Mississippi, […]

In Like Flynn

  In 2017, when Kristine and Joey Flynn of Flynn Designs built a new home for their family of four, the 6-month process was swift and smooth. Not surprising when you consider their level of experience. The couple worked on more than 100 other residential projects last year as well. “Word of mouth has really […]

Down the Rivers

  By 1832, the Red River in upstate Louisiana was so clogged with dead wood, miscellaneous logs and snags that it, along with many other American rivers, was no longer navigable. Tellingly, the river was even referred to as “the Great Raft.” The U.S. Secretary of War ordered the Superintendent of Western River Improvements to […]

In The Groove

  As we get the first hints of fall weather, it is time to look to Halloween and—of course—the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. This year the festival celebrates its 20th installment with another all-star lineup. The headlining spots go to Mumford and Sons, Childish Gambino and the Arctic Monkeys. Mumford and Sons are arguably […]

Sister Struggles

  If, in the course of “get to know you” questions, I tell you I’m an only child – which is what I usually say – and you subsequently go on to get to know me better, you will probably be thrown for a loop when I refer to my late brother and sister in […]

Waxing Poetic

  “Sooooo,” my sister-in-law Gloriosa announces, “I just had a BIG misunderstanding at my waxing appointment. I wanted a bikini-line wax for my water aerobics class. Someone wrote down “Brazilian wax”—  bald as Elmer Fudd— and I didn’t find out until too late. It’s Halloween, and we are at the Sloth Lounge in the Quarter.  […]

Spontaneous Altars

  By now, it’s a familiar sight at the location of a tragedy or some other form of communal loss: The spontaneous altar. Candles, tokens, potions, holy cards, incense and other spiritual, ecclesiastical — and often supernatural — ephemera to express collective mourning or sorrow. We’ve all seen these sidewalk memorials — if not in […]

Classic Instruction

  From the depths of hell, Caitlin Meehan-Draper found her life’s calling. A teacher’s discussion of the nine circles of hell created in an epic poem by Dante Alighieri so fascinated a young Meehan-Draper that she was transformed. “I’m hooked,” she recalled. “I’m going to read books forever.” Now, after six years of teaching New […]

MSY Goes First Class

  In just a few months, one of the biggest construction projects in New Orleans’ history will be ready for its close-up. The new Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is slated to open for business in February, whereupon local travelers will get to see for themselves the results of a nearly $1 billion investment […]

Benjamin Watson

  With 15 years of experience with the NFL, Saints tight end Benjamin Watson is a veteran player who takes his leadership job seriously. A Saint from 2013 to 2015, he returns to the team after spending two years with the Baltimore Ravens, and is ready to hit the ground running. While Watson is passionate […]


  Beignet Fest New Orleans’ signature sweet treat has its own festival on October 6 at the Festival Grounds in City Park. More than 30 beignet dishes from some of New Orleans’ finest restaurants will be served, along with other culinary delights, a kids’ village, and live music from bands including the Imagination Movers. BeignetFest.com. […]

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia and Poydras, Why are a series of streets in the Garden District named First Street through Ninth Street? They start after Jackson and Philip. Washington Avenue appears to be the equivalent of Fifth Street. I assume these streets were named when this area was a separate entity, then incorporated later into New Orleans. […]

Could This Be the Season?

  We remember the moment, January 26, 2017. After 16 years, New Orleans’ NBA franchise had proved that it could win, not only on the court, but also in the hearts of fans. With only 15 seconds left in a game against the Houston Rockets, who had the league’s best record, the Pelicans were about […]

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