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New Orleans Magazine September 2010

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THE SEASON OF ’05

While others shopped, I sat in the car outside a Marksville, La. strip mall on a hot September day listening to the Saints game on radio. The year was 2005, we were in our Hurricane Katrina exile and not much was going well, including the Saints game. Ideally the Saints should’ve provided some relief for […]

Page Turners

People to Watch 2010

Lasting Developments

The Making of New Orleans

Nana Gioe

In the kitchen at Rocky and Carlo’s

SIMPLY SIMPLEX

Affordable wheels for a generation

GRADING PAUL VALLAS

After three years of intense work to rebuild the storm-damaged and beleaguered Recovery School District, Superintendent Paul Vallas racks up kudos for delivering on his promises to increase the performance of hundreds of New Orleans school children who had been failed by some of the worst schools in the country. This fall, Vallas enters his […]

UP FROM KATRINA

“This year, August ends with God banging on the door like the police.” – James Nolan, New Orleans poet, 2005 “Trust only poets.” – Mark Bowers, New Orleans-born artist, 1983 On a mid-summer morning, the door to the courtroom of U.S. Magistrate Louis Moore finally swings open.Court security officers spring to life. Dressed in blue blazers, […]

Home as Castle

Conditions make this a good time to stay put.

Health Beat

• According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, half of all Americans with high blood pressure now have the condition under control. These results show significant improvement over the past decade, with one-quarter of “hypertensives” having the condition under control in 2000 and one-third in ’04. In another positive […]

MESSAGE ON THEIR CHESTS: T-SHIRTS WITH A MISSION

What sums up New Orleans better than anything else: a poor boy, a beignet or a T-shirt? Not just your plain white variety, or the salacious ones you can find on Bourbon Street, of course. Rather, T-shirts that celebrate the city, its culture and its language so well that they just couldn’t be made anywhere […]

Arnaud’s, keeping it in the family

Arnaud’s, located at 813 Rue Bienville, has been a staple in New Orleans practically since it’s opening in 1918. When Archie Casbarian acquired the restaurant in 1978, he knew the importance of keeping tradition alive. Rather than changing the menu and giving into the craze of redesigning, Casbarian simply restored and improved upon what was […]

Gifts at Fleur d’ Orléans

Gifts at Fleur d’ OrléansFleur d’ Orléans is a shop filled with New Orleans-inspired treasures, including jewelry, textile accessories, scarves, table linens, handmade paper items, crystal ware and more. Owners, husband-and-wife team Jann Fenner and Thomas Laird, had spent several decades living in Asia, where they befriended local craftswomen and artists. They set off to […]

Etc.

Nola by the numbers

Last Call

Patois’ Bastille

Doubling the spending power

Savvy shoppers know they can find bargains at local farmers markets by purchasing what’s abundant and in season directly from producers. But through a new initiative called MarketMatch, people who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – the government assistance program commonly called food stamps – can get much more from their purchases at the […]

Read and Spin

Give back to the city’s music community while treating yourself to Music Redeems, a live album featuring Ellis, Branford, Wynton, Ellis III, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis along with friends Harry Connick Jr., Eric Revis on bass and Herlin Riley on drums. Proceeds go toward the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in Musician’s Village. The recording […]

Harold Battiste, a jazz man of letters

In the many years that musicians have enriched my life with interviews, certain phrases purr in my memory coves, including the day Allen Toussaint told me matter-of-factly “the city has a B-flat hum; it’s there, you can hear it.” What a line! The temptation to use it endlessly is always there. I do so sparingly […]

Outdoors program looking for friends

For many local students who participate, the Louisiana Outdoors Outreach Program-New Orleans is their first opportunity to paddle a canoe or hike wooded trails. LOOP gives them plenty of exposure to nature through 10 to 14 trips within a single school year, but there’s much more. “What we do is like a trinity,” says Dan […]

RESTAURANT INSIDER

September is a cruel month. Yeah, I know what T.S. Eliot says about April, but in New Orleans, September is when things just start to cool down a little, only for the heat to come pummeling back like Mel Gibson on a bender. Now that’s cruelty, my friends. Eatventful (eatventful.com) is a new social networking […]

3 In The University Section

The neighborhoods surrounding Tulane and Loyola universities offer diners a slew of quirky and idiosyncratic dining options. Price points are often reasonable, making them attractive to students, and there seems to be a willingness to experiment on the part of chefs that can make for a refreshing change of pace. Lately the scope of offerings […]

BANANA NIGHTLIFE

Bananas aren’t just for snacking anymore. They aren’t even limited to breakfast and dessert; entrées with bananas provide a whole new dining experience. On the menu at Brennan’s, for example, you’ll not only find the restaurant’s world-renowned creation of bananas Foster but also savory entrées that partner beef filet and ham with this luscious fruit. […]

“Rethinking” school discipline

Discussions about the fairness and impact of school discipline will always get students talking. But now a group of young New Orleans scholars is striving to move the conversation to new territory, namely into “reconciliation circles.” It is part of a new focus on alternative discipline approaches from a youth think tank called Kids Rethink […]

MICKEY LOOMIS

For many men (and women), Mickey Loomis has a dream job as the Executive Vice President/General Manager of a National Football League team, the New Orleans Saints. Even if the team had not won the Super Bowl, armchair quarterbacks would no doubt put down their beers for a chance to run the team their way. […]

Marquee

Our top picks of the month’s events

DEALING WITH DIGITAL

My mother-in-law, Ms. Larda, got no use for the digital world. We are at the Target store, with my daughter Gladiola, and Ms. Larda finds this fancy cross she wants for over her bedroom door – if it ain’t too expensive. Now, this is one of them stores that, instead of price tags, they got […]

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

A MONTHLY PURSUIT OF ANSWERS TO ETERNAL QUESTIONS

Summer Bridal Show – June 14, 5-8 PM