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Democracy and the Women of Anbar Province

Ed. Note: Baghdad Dispatch is now written by two female Marines with local connections; Marine Capt. Mary Noyes, an attorney; and Marine Maj. Meredith Brown, an Iraqi Women’s Engagement officer. Their respective columns will appear in alternate months. Noyes moved to New Orleans in 2006; Brown is a native of Marrero. “Combat Cajun,” a Navy […]

Small Plates

There is something empowering about piecing a meal together from a mosaic of small plates. An unusual dish that one might not want to pull the trigger on for an entrée can have far more appeal as an appetizer; small plates afford us the opportunity to take more chances. In a sense, a meal becomes […]

On Leadership

Louisiana medicine is fertile breeding ground for the American Medical Association, a 161-year-old organization dedicated to the art and science of medicine. In the last 12 years, both Dr. Daniel “Stormy” Johnson and Dr. Donald J. Palmisano skyrocketed from leadership positions in the Louisiana State Medical Society to become AMA presidents. Palmisano tells what makes […]

“Rethinking” School Lunch

With so many components of New Orleans public schools open for change and improvement in the ongoing Katrina recovery, a group of students is bringing one more issue to the table: their lunch. “Food represents love,” says middle school student Alisia Hall. “Unfortunately, we do not feel the same love in school that we do […]

A Lesson in Subtraction

There is a common perception, shared by teachers and the public in general, that the teaching profession doesn’t pay much, but at the end of a long career retirement benefits make up for the years of economic deprivation.  That perception is accurate for many – but there are also many exceptions to the rule. A […]

Your Own Personal Oktobertfest

Around the time I learned to meet friends under the clock at Holmes’ for lunch at one of the Creole restaurants, I also found a jewel of a different nature nestled downtown on the streetcar line near Canal Street. It had fireplaces and chimneys, fans in the ceiling and beer steins all around. Some dishes […]

Health Beat

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have reported that Medicare Part D drug plans will get more expensive in 2009, up roughly $3 per month from ’08. Payments will now be $28 a month for beneficiaries – a 12 percent increase from ’08.The fee will not cover all program costs, however. Medicare will still […]

Fighting Coastal Erosion

When people are busy dining, wining or simply soaking up the culture of New Orleans, it seems unlikely they’d be concerned about what’s happening in some nearby marsh. Yet folks around here have every reason to care about what’s unfolding in the serene wetlands to the south. The marshy areas that lie between the Gulf […]

Hurrican Seeding

We need to try again. We have wondered this about warts, colds and crabgrass, and now each time a hurricane enters the Gulf of Mexico we ask the same about the storms: “Why can’t they make them go away?”In fact, “they” have tried. Going back as early as the 1940s, a combination of private businesses, […]

Blight flight faces growing challenges

New Orleans architecture may be admired around the world as a unique cultural asset but much of the local housing stock remains in a state of decay and open neglect, a situation that predates Hurricane Katrina but was massively exacerbated by the disaster. City officials say new efforts conceived since Katrina are just beginning to […]

The Music of Politics

To my readers, in October when the soggy heat lifts for cooler air, picture your correspondent in August, peering toward the November election. Yes, Virginia, this is a music column.During late August, Michelle Obama spoke at the Democratic convention, “introducing herself to the American people,” telling her “American story,” a fine speech but how I […]

UNO revives University Press

For its new material, a newly revamped university publishing house is turning to the streets rather than the campus. The University of New Orleans Press had grown largely dormant even before Hurricane Katrina, says UNO writing professor Bill Lavender. So last year, UNO gave Lavender the task of reviving the publishing house. By the end […]

Flea Finds

“This man came in and was wandering around. When I asked him if I could help him. He told me no. His psychiatrist told him to start going to flea markets and just walk around re-visiting the things of his childhood. I let him wander. Who am I to argue with his psychiatrist?”– Beverly RussellOwner […]

That Proper Dress

The Town and Country Shop, on St. Charles Avenue at Melpomene Street, was the premier dress and accessory boutique for Uptown New Orleans women for most of the 20th century. (Town and Country Bridal, at 1514 St. Charles Ave., continuing as a shop for weddings, is today under different ownership.)“As far as I was concerned, […]

The Ghosts of City Park

This is a story of love gone wrong. One version of the saga is that a wealthy family once lived in the building that now houses Christian Brothers School in City Park. The gentleman of the house had a daughter named Mona and she, as she reached adulthood, had a yearning. Mona developed a romance […]

Problems by the Pair

I got a question: How come, if heath insurance covers Viagra, why don’t it cover something that would make my bosom bigger? It don’t have to be implants exactly; maybe something that would work like Viagra – make my bosom swell up to a D-cup just when I need it, like when I’m being introduced […]

Commentary from New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde: UNO at 50

For most of its existence, it has been known as the University of New Orleans, though it was originally christened as LSUNO. Still young compared to its Uptown elders, the university is celebrating its first half-century this school year. Here are our picks, in ascending order, of some notable influences to date. 10. Discovering new […]

COMMENTARY FROM NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE’S ERROL LABORDE: Declaring an End to Hurricane Season in New Orleans

Maybe I do not have the formal authority but someone has to say this otherwise we will all go crazy: I hereby declare the 2008 Hurricane season to be over. I know the season technically goes until the end of November but I promise there will not be hurricanes around Halloween or at Thanksgiving. Sure […]


My first test of the place was to order a Sazerac. This is the drink I use to see if a restaurant that claims any link with New Orleans (or the right to be in New Orleans) really knows what it is doing. I at least expected the waiter at Brennan’s of Houston to gulp […]

COMMENTARY FROM NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE’S ERROL LABORDE: 4 people or institutions that were criticized after Katrina, but that performed well during Gustav — plus Ray Nagin

New Orleans, I have said to anyone who will listen, has given the world two gifts, jazz and a procedure for disaster administration. Katrina’s bad example has changed the rule books for subsequent disasters including forest fires in California and tornadoes in the heartland. Now those rules have come back to help us. Here’s my […]

Enter to Win a $100 Gift Certificate to Drago’s!

Here is your chance to dine on us.  Have a great meal at a great restaurant from NewOrleans Magazine. We will be featuring a contest like this every month, so check back with us! You must fill out the form completely with your basic information and e-mail address, as well as the e-mail addresses of […]

Satisfying your Cravings

New Orleans should rightfully hold the title of “City that Doesn’t Sleep.” The city currently holding that title – let’s call it the “Big Apple,” for anonymity’s sake – doesn’t stay up by choice; residents just can’t sleep through the din of honking cars, loud verbal exchanges and bars that close at nighttime, especially without […]

Score a Touchdown Before the Game

Albert Brown Salon7217 Perrier Street, New Orleans(504) 861-0090Albert Brown carries trendy and traditional things whether it’s hair design or boutique items. These metal bags come in a large assortment of shapes, sizes and themes. You can order jeweled bags, fur, NFL, license plates or zodiac. Their jewelry consists of contemporary and antique pieces. They carry […]

Open House for Area Schools

Archbishop Chapelle High School8800 Veterans Boulevard, Metairie(504) 468-9090 • www.archbishopchapelle.orgArchbishop Chapelle High School, a nationally recognized leader in the education of young women in grades 8 through 12, prepares its students spiritually, academically and socially for college and career success. Chapelle offers a challenging academic program, a competitive sports program and an excellent fine arts […]

Fall in Love with Great Escapes

A great fall getaway is easy, with exciting new places to explore, lots of fun festivals, and great places to stay. Here’s a sampling of some of the greatest places to go and things to do for a trip this autumn, whether you stay closer to home or pick an exotic vacation. Fun is just […]

Art & Antiques

Antiques and Wholesale FurnishingsOrantely carved silver guilded chairs and architectural salvage halltree add a touch of warmth and character to any room. These pieces along with other unique European and Asian antiques can be found at Antiques and Wholesale Furnishings3511 River Road • (504) 837-8095www.antiquesnola.com Connie KittokConnie Kittok is an artist and Louisiana native who […]

New Orleans Magazine’s Restaurant Guide

5 Fifty 5555 Canal Street, New Orleans(504) 553-5638There’s a new chef in town. Chef Mark Quitney is at the helm of 5 Fifty 5, the newest restaurant on the downtown dining scene. 5 Fifty 5 is a comfortable, yet hip eatery offering “a fresh approach to food.” Fresh local ingredients and a fresh look at […]

Facing Up

Once a year we face the task of identifying our annual class of People to Watch. We define “People to Watch” as mostly new faces who are doing something interesting with their lives that’s worthy of our awareness; or, in some cases, familiar faces moving in a different direction. To save face, we will concede […]

Le Québec Visitant

Across the street from Montreal’s magnificent Notre-Dame Basilica stands the Place d’Armes. At its center is a fountain with relief images of various characters from the city’s early history including Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, the town’s founder, a Huron Indian and Charles LeMoyne. LeMoyne made a name for himself in the early days of […]

Grenoble, Where les Saintes Come Stomping In

On a warm summer evening, a middle-aged man is dancing with his young daughter in the courtyard. Improvised clarinet and trumpet solos shine out from old jazz standards as the groups swell in from the street. New Orleans you think? Nope. How about Grenoble, France? Famous men named Louis aren’t the only things that France […]

Mastering the Soft-Shell

If it ever came to a last meal choice, what would yours be? Without a doubt, if I had any appetite at all, mine would be a fried soft-shell crab. Fried oysters would be tempting but the blue crab in its most seductive state would win the toss. It is a shame that fried foods […]

Along the Running Path

Ed. Note: Baghdad Dispatch is now written by two Marines with local connections; Marine Capt. Mary Noyes, an attorney, and Marine Maj. Meredith Brown, an Iraqi Women’s Engagement officer. Their respective columns will appear in alternate months. Noyes moved to New Orleans in 2006; Brown is a native of Marrero. I am from Marrero but […]


Research by Imperial College London scientists suggests that by testing breath and phlegm, doctors can better treat children with severe asthma. Ten percent of children have asthma, which is often treated with oral steroids; unfortunately, when overused, “rescue steroids” can lead to side effects, such as growth problems, in children. Doctors using the testing methods, […]

Looking for Leadership

More than three years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans remains one of the nation’s most dangerous cities. Since the storm, we’ve seen: unprecedented cooperation between the New Orleans Police Department and other criminal justice agencies, federal agents teamed with NOPD officers; the introduction of new arrest and release policies; the acquisition of “gee whiz” weaponry […]

Survival of the Fittest

It may be years before Louisiana taxpayers can assess the full effect of the Science Education Act – legislation that allows school boards to approve supplemental materials to teach science. Is it a repackaged attempt by religious conservatives to attack biological evolution and teach biblical creationism in public schools as its critics predict? Or, is […]

UNO at 50

See related stories: Persona, pg. 22 and Chronicles, pg. 168. For most of its existence, it has been known as the University of New Orleans, though it was originally christened as LSUNO. Still young compared to its Uptown elders, the university is celebrating its first half-century this school year. Here are our picks, in ascending […]

Sounds of the town

The collective cacophony of New Orleans – the little peeps, the loud noises, the tuneful music and random conversations, the sounds of nature and the pounding of machines – all of it is grist for a new, interactive Web site and community media project called Open Sound New Orleans. Its founders, Jacob Brancasi and Heather […]

Read and Spin

On Jan. 12-13, 2007, two mellow music legends illuminated the Allen Room at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. In front of a 50-by-90 foot wall of glass overlooking Central Park and NYC’s skyline, Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis performed their hearts out for lucky fans. The result: Two Men […]

The Tremé Street Brass Band Rolls On

In the mere half-century that snare drummer Benny Jones has been marching through streets of New Orleans, the repertoire of brass bands has shown a determined flexibility, absorbing new currents of popular song, while holding the traditional sound solidly in place. If Jones is the guiding force of the Tremé Brass Band, his uncle and […]

Fun in the Scrum

Young local athletes in a sport that’s largely unknown in New Orleans are making a big name for themselves in national circles. For the third consecutive year, an all-star team of rugby players representing three New Orleans-area high schools won the nation’s premier competition for their under-20 age group. The Louisiana Exiles, as the composite […]

Restaurant Insider

September brings the end of summer on the calendar, regardless of what the thermometer says. It’s not uncommon to have balmy temperatures for Halloween but September always puts me, at least, in the mindset of fall and colder weather – that’s either optimism or naiveté, depending on your perspective. Chef Chris DeBarr (right) has left […]

Dining in Fat City

Wedged alongside the corporate sprawl of Lakeside Mall lies the tiny enclave of Fat City. This area, whose name derived from a now-extinct snowball stand, served as Metairie’s rough equivalent of Bourbon Street during its heyday in the late 1970s and early ’80s. Time hasn’t been kind to the area since then; yet Fat City […]

Making sure MR-GO goes

Locals may have cheered at news of the federal government’s decision earlier this year to close its Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet. After all, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina made clear the man-made waterway’s role as it funneled storm surge into local communities and dissolved the wetlands that have historically buffered the New Orleans area from such […]


Timothy P. Ryan Age: 58Born: New Orleans (Christmas Day)Family: Wife, Louise Schreiner; two daughters: Rebecca, who attends Emory University, and Katherine, who attends nursing school at Louisiana State University.Resides: LakeviewEducation: Graduate of Jesuit High School; bachelor of arts in economics from University of New Orleans (then called LSUNO); master’s and doctorate in economics from Ohio […]

Julia Street

Dear Julia and Poydras,I recently came across an old damaged photograph of an establishment on Magazine Street that bears our family name, which is not a common name. Our father had said a relative had owned a store a long time ago but that’s all that was said to my brother, who was 9 at […]


For the Love of GershwinA tribute to the late American composer George Gershwin will take place at Le Chat Noir this month with an original musical cabaret show, “He Loves and She Loves: The Gershwin Music We Love.” Gershwin, who was also famous for his piano skills and his orchestral work in classics including Rhapsody […]

The Praying Man

This was the flight that was supposed to be relaxing. We were on the last leg of our trip as the Jet Blue plane took off from New York’s JFK airport heading through the night to New Orleans. Through crafty use of the Internet, I had secured the first two seats on the left side. […]

Bonnie Broel’s Doll World

“At least the past is safe – though we didn’t know it at the time. We know it now!”            – Susan Sontag, author Let us go back in time to the whims of our childhood. Now, that the past can be fashioned in the image of our own delights, a childhood re-made to […]

The Early Days of LSUNO

Few people would regard the late Governor Earl K. Long as a major figure in the preservation of New Orleans culture but because the North Louisiana politician was bound and determined to put a public college in the hometown of his perennial gadfly, New Orleans Mayor Delesseps S. Morrison, “Uncle Earl” created what we know […]

Modern Driving

Now that we can’t afford gas no more, people are starting to notice their kids got legs. My daughter Gladiola has actually learned to walk as far as the bus stop.She ain’t too happy about it. She is finally old enough to get her driver’s license and now this. But as far as I’m concerned, […]

Last Call

A Toast for the SaintsOn Nov. 1, 1966, New Orleans was awarded the 16th franchise in the National Football League, and the name of the team was never in doubt. For over 40 years, the New Orleans Saints have been the darlings of a city happy to embrace the color black, alongside our other legendary […]

Etc. Editorial

Creative Art at Axelle Owned by Bertrand Delacroix, Axelle Fine Arts Galerie is a sleek establishment on Magazine Street that’s managed by Beau Martz. With limited editions, prints and original paintings by contemporary artists, Axelle “represents a prestigious group of international artists,” says Martz. “The driving force behind Axelle is creativity.” Many of the artists […]

NOLA By the Numbers

1964The year the Beatles performed in City Park. 2640Miles of Interstate 10. 7•27•1966Date the brown pelican became Louisiana’s official state bird. 15,000Miles of coastline in Louisiana – the longest of any state. 41Percentage of the nation’s wetlands located in Louisiana.

Dining Editorial

Ralph’s and the ParkOwned by Ralph Brennan and managed by Roy Barre, Ralph’s on the Park has become a Mid-City destination for fine dining. The building that houses the restaurant dates back to the 1860s. It was constructed as a coffeehouse and concession stand for the park by a French immigrant who tended cattle in […]

30˚90˚ Calendar

Through Sept. 21. “A Tribute to Cole Pratt: His Gallery’s First Fifteen Years, 1993-2008;” New Orleans Museum of Art. Information, 658-4100, www.noma.org. Through Oct. 12. “Gentlemen Callers: Paul Cadmus and George Dureau;” New Orleans Museum of Art. Information, 658-4100, www.noma.org. Sept. 5. Zydepunks CD Release Party with Los Skarnales plus Felix. Information, 569-8361, www.oneeyedjacks.net. Sept. […]

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