New Orleans Magazine March 2019

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MARCH 2019 / VOLUME 53 / NUMBER 4 Editor-in-Chief Errol Laborde Managing Editor Ashley McLellan Art Director Tiffani Reding Amedeo Contributing Writers Mary Lou Eichhorn, Fritz Esker, Kathy Finn, Dawn Ruth Wilson, Jason Berry, Carolyn Kolb, Chris Rose, Eve Crawford Peyton, Mike Griffith, Liz Scott Monaghan, Lee Cutrone, Dale Curry, Jay Forman, Tim McNally, Robert Peyton Digital Media Editor Kelly Massicot Social Media Assistant Becca Miller Staff Writers Topher Balfer, Kelly Massicot, Melanie Warner Spencer Vice President of Sales Colleen Monaghan Advertising Sales Manager Kate Henry (504) 830-7216 / Senior Account Executive Claire Cummings Account Executives Meggie Schmidt, Rachel Webber Director of Marketing and Events Cheryl Lemoine Event Coordinator Abbie Dugruise Digital Media Associate Mallary Matherne For event information call (504) 830-7264 Production Designers Emily Andras, Rosa Balaguer, Meghan Rooney Special Projects Art Director Molly Tullier Traffic Coordinator Lane Brocato Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President Errol Laborde Distribution Manager John Holzer Administrative Assistant Mallary Matherne Subscriptions Manager Brittanie Bryant For subscription information call (504) 828-1380 WYES DIAL 12 STAFF (504) 486-5511 Executive Editor Aislinn Hinyup Associate Editor Robin Cooper Art Director Jenny Hronek NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE Printed in USA A Publication of Renaissance Publishing 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005

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Contents Local Color Marquee Top Picks for February 28

best of architecture, p. 58

Persona Arthur Brocato 30

Education Teaching for Life 34

Chris Rose No-Call Zen 36

Modine Gunch Showing Your Wits 38

Joie d’Eve Ready to Launch 40

In Tune March Music Madness 42

Jazz life Young Tuxedo & the Sheik 44

Home Green Retreat 46



In Every Issue

Resorting to Fun


New & Renewed Gulf Coast Resorts 50

A Curve in the Skyline 12

Best of Architecture

Speaking Out

This year’s outstanding projects 58

Editorial, plus a Mike Luckovich cartoon 16

Julia Street Questions and Answers About Our City 18

Streetcar A Medjugoreje Story 120

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The Menu DIAL 12, D1 From the bestselling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, CALL THE MIDWIFE, kicks off the first of eight new episodes on Sunday, March 31 at 8:00 p.m on WYES-TV/Channel 12. For all WYES event and program information, visit

Table Talk Picnic Provisions & Whiskey 70

Restaurant Insider News from the Kitchens 72

Food Wholly Good 74

Last Call Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned 76

Dining Guide Listings by Neighborhood 78


A Curve in the Skyline When the Superdome was still

just a framework in the sky, Dave Dixon, the force behind both getting the dome erected and a football franchise to go with it, talked about what an addition the building would be to the skyline. Not only would the building be tall, but it would be wider than anything else. The dome would be pervasive. He was right. What we saw as being a football stadium with a top, he knew would also be a bold splash on the urban landscape. Even with office towers nearby, pieces of the big curved roof fill in visual gaps. We’re used to the sight, but imagine a traveler coming into town for the first time suddenly seeing the golden saucer in the distance. It must be imposing. In this our annual architecture issue we look at what is new, but here we pause to recognize a building set in a city best known for its quaint European architecture, but that is thoroughly modern and thoroughly American. For any architect to be successful (in the case of the dome the New Orleans firm of Curtis and Davis), there also needs to be the skill of the planner and, if it is a public building, the politicians. The dome benefitted from both. Houston’s Astrodome was the first of the domes. We learned from their technology, but the decision was also made to make ours bigger and better with more capacity to grow. Today the Astrodome is a seldom-used thimble in the plains. Houston has all the major sports, but none are played in the Astrodome. Other cities, including Seattle, Minneapolis and Indianapolis 1 2 MARCH 2019

would build domes, but they were done on the cheap and were eventually replaced. Smaller domes were built in other places, but there was no professional team to go with them. Through the years, the Superdome has been renovated and modernized. Gradually an entertainment area has evolved around it and the multicolored exterior action lighting makes the building even more imposing at night. Back in Dave Dixon’s day, the cost of the dome was underestimated and the building’s potential – including a major league baseball team and festivals nearly every night, were overestimated by its advocates, but sometimes it takes hutzpah; to get great projects moving. (We wonder what promises the Roman Emperor Vespasian made in building support for the Colosseum.) While those who are daring get immortality, the cautious get balanced budgets. We honor the dome in many ways, though with only one quibble. Perhaps the field lighting needs to be improved so that referees can see better.

meet the sales staff

Kate Henry Advertising Sales Manager (504) 830-7216

Claire Cummings Senior Account Executive (504) 830-7250

Rachel Webber Account Executive (504) 830-7249

Meggie Schmidt Account Executive (504) 830-7220

Colleen Monaghan Vice President of Sales (504) 830-7215 1 4 MARCH 2019

speaking out

We’re still angry. We’re still hurt. We’re still aghast that one person’s bad decision had such a negative impact on so many people. Yet, for all the vitriol spoken about the NFL it is fair to acknowledge, and important in understand, just how important the league has been in the city’s history, both economically and socially. Going back to Nov. 1, 1966, the day that Commissioner Pete Rozelle officially awarded the city an NFL franchise, the team was yet to have a name, owner, or coach, but it was loaded with high hopes. The awarding of the franchise lifted New Orleans from being a loveable but slow-paced southern town into a national city, one that literally gained big league status. Without the Saints there would be no Superdome; without the dome there would have been no Poydras Street revival; without the resale of the dome’s bonds there would be no arena or Zephyr Stadium. Without the coming of the Saints, the city would never have hosted ten Superbowls. That was just the beginning of the NFL lifeline: In 2005 the NFL really showed its mettle and, in the process, helped rescue the city. During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there was good reason to believe that the Saints franchise would never return. The dome was in ruins. The population was dispersed. San Antonio, the city to where the Saints relocated, already had a domed stadium in need of a user. And the mayor there was not shy about trying to lure the team to relocate. Tom Benson faced a tough choice, made worse by not knowing whether or not the city could ever recover. NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, however, did not waver. In a now 1 6 MARCH 2019

other people within the league probably thought it was too much work, or impossible, and the team should just move to San Antonio, he remained steadfast. Amazingly, only five years after Katrina, Goodell stood on a stage in Miami and handed the team he helped save a Superbowl trophy. But then, only a year later, came the so-called “Bountygate” scandals in which the team was accused of motivating players to make brutal hits on the opposition. We make no call on whether the severity of the crimes were overexaggerated, Coach Sean Payton was even suspended for a season; the organization was fined $500,000, and draft choices were lost among other punishments, yet Goodell should get some credit for trying to make a brutal sport less so. During the days after the no-call disaster Goodell was criticized for not making a public statement, but in a legally charged would have thought that Gleason environment, discretion was the himself would become a symbol proper course. New Orleans was badly hurt or perseverance and survival? by the blunder, but the severity The Saints that season were surprisingly good and did much of the pain is partially due to the to excite a moldy city. Had the NFL’s success at creating what town lost the franchise, New has become the most heralded Orleans’ confidence would have sports event in the nation. Were been shattered. Paul Tagliabue the Superbowl not such a stellar is, to us, one of the heroes of the attraction being denied it would recovery. So too is Roger Goodell. mean less. At the time of Katrina he was We are grateful to the NFL for the league’s Chief Operations all that it has done the city and Officer and is given credit with for the support of three commisworking passionately to save the sioners; Rozelle, Tagliabue and Superdome and the Goodell. We’re also grateful franchise for the city. to the Saints who were so good that we know who USA Today, in writing An original ©Mike Luckovich the real champions are. about the city’s Cartoon for New recovery once said Orleans Magazine All we can do now is move this about Goodell: on, think good thoughts Few in the league cared as and hope for a better day. But much as Goodell did. He was we still can’t help wondering: committed to keeping the NFL how did the referees miss such in NOLA, and when plenty of an obvious penalty?

Coming to Terms with the NFL famous meeting with Benson and area business owners, the commissioner made it clear, the team would definitely move back to New Orleans. He did not want the NFL to abandon a city in trouble. The league put money into restoring the Superdome. When the team did return, the dome was not quite ready, so Tagliabue orchestrated the Saints playing their pre-season on the road, plus the first three regular game. And when they returned home, on the fourth Monday of the season, Tagliabue arranged for the game to be on Monday Night Football against the rival Atlanta Falcons. One would not think that there could be any more drama than that. Yet, there was. This is the game that will always be remembered for Steve Gleason’s blocked punt in the opening moments. Who

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julia street with poydras the parrot

Tom Anderson’s Arlington Annex. The William Russell Jazz Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection, acquisition made possible by the Clarisse Claiborne Grima Fund

Dear Julia, I am intrigued by the Storyville era and its landmarks.Tom Anderson’s Arlington Annex served many a hungry or thirsty bordello patron back in the day but it’s long gone. Do you or Poydras know when or why this local landmark was demolished? Fred Reese (New Orleans) Tom Anderson’s Arlington Annex, stood at 201 North Basin Street at Iberville Street and was popularly called the “Gateway to Storyville.” Built in 1901, the restaurant and bar was known far and wide in the “sporting” world for offering the finest libations. Boasting what may have been the city’s first electric sign, the Arlington Annex was thoroughly modern and very posh. In early June 1931, the Arlington Annex at 201 North Basin Street was one of four properties damaged in a fire which originated at 206 Crozat street, and also spread to 1215-17 Iberville and 209 North Basin Street. Damage to the Arlington Annex, which was described as a soft drink stand and restaurant managed by Billy Struve, was estimated at $1000 (about $16,638 today). Two months later, the Annex was demolished and replaced with a parking lot.

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Dear Julia and Poydras, While wandering through the French Quarter, I have seen the iconic crescent water meter covers but am intrigued by rectangular utility covers that are marked CEL&PCo. Do you know anything about their age or the company that installed them? Rena Jones (New Orleams) The covers were installed for Consumers Electric Light and Power Company and date from the turn of the 20th century.Originally incorporated in 1890 as the Consumers Electric Light Company, Ltd., the firm was led by a group of prominent Canal Street businessmen including H. B. Stevens, Nathan Schwartz, Joseph Mercier, H. D. McCown and Charles Godchaux. In 1903, Consumers built a massive cement smoke stack standing 209 feet tall as part of a never-completed power plant in the block bounded by North Basin, North Rampart, Bienville and Conti streets. At the time, the New Orleans Terminal Company (formerly the New Orleans & San Francisco Railroad Company) was buying property along Basin Street in the hope of landing a franchise and building a station there. Consequently, Consumers sold their Basin Street property to the railroad and moved their base of operations to a site between

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Common and Rampart Streets. As things turned out, the New Orleans Terminal Company’s plans also fell through so Consumers’ enormous smokestack was left to languish. Eventually deemed a threat to public safety, the deteriorating stack was razed in 1926.

Dear Julia and Poydras, When my wife and I recently went to the last call at Morning Call in City Park we noted a memorial plaque on the nearby Popp Bandstand. It reads: “To the memory of Alexis Ribet to whose bounty the people are indebted for the music discoursed here. This tablet is gratefully inscribed. 1916” I know the bandstand was made possible by John Popp but who was the lamented Mr. Ribet? Roger McKelly (New Orleans) Yes, lumber merchant and philanthropist John F. Popp’s $7,500 gift- the equivalent of approximately $174,467 in today’s economy - paid for the bandstand which bears his name. Emile Weil based the Popp Bandstand’s design on that of the Temple of Love at Marie Antionette’s Petit Trianon estate at the Palace of Versailles. The queen’s Intendant of Buildings, architect Richard Mique (1728-1794), designed the garden landmark. There is little available biographical information about the man whose name is inscribed on the Popp Bandstand’s base. Alexis Ribet (c.1849-1916) was a native of Castelbiague in southwest France near the Spanish border. Ribet had been a grocer and the 1900 census listed the French native’s profession as “capitalist.” Once he retired from business, Rivet frequently visited City Park. His sizable estate included a bequest in excess of $20,000 to be invested and used for the creation and support of a public band. MARCH 2019 1 9


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Florida Counties & Destinations Known for its immaculate waterways and charming atmosphere, Jackson County is one of Florida’s most beautiful, well-kept secrets. As the county and its communities continue to recover from Hurricane Michael, the many gorgeous waterways and parks are steadily reopening and the shops and restaurants welcome visitors again. Waterways such as Merritt’s Mill Pond, Lake Seminole, and the Chipola River draw outdoor enthusiasts interested in fishing, boating, snorkeling, cave diving, and paddling. The soon-to-reopen Florida Caverns State Park offers the only guided cave tours in the state. From the farm-to-table ice cream at Southern Craft Creamery to outstanding Gulf seafood at Grady’s Seafood and authentic Italian wood-fired pizzas from Bistro Palms, a variety of restaurants with diverse menus delight locals and visitors.

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Chantal Anderson photo

Chicago rapper Noname performing at the Joy on March 1


March Our top picks for this month’s events by Fritz Esker


From March 12-31, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical Hamilton will be making its New Orleans debut at the Saenger Theater. The hottest ticket on Broadway tells the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton with an eclectic array of tunes. Information,

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Street Requiem NOLA

This 10-piece movement of music strives to impact homelessness through the arts. Within the musical performance will be testimonials of people who have been homeless but have moved on to a more positive living experience. Funds raised at the March 21 event will benefit Hotel Hope, Ozanam Inn, and the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans. The performance will be at the Academy of the Sacred Heart’s Nims Center. Information,

SEC Gymnastics Championship

On March 23 at the Smoothie King Center, witness the astounding athleticism and agility of the SEC’s best gymnasts at the SEC Gymnastics Championship. LSU always has a competitive team led by legendary coach D-D Breaux. Information,

Top Taco Fest

If dining on endless tacos from an impressive collection of local restaurants is up your alley, go to Woldenberg Park on March 14 for Top Taco NOLA. General admission tickets are $75 and include unlimited taco and cocktail tastings, as well as live entertainment. Information,

calendar March 4

March 22-23

Zulu Lundi Gras Festival, Woldenberg Park. Information,

BUKU Music + Art Project, Mardi Gras World. Information,

March 9

March 23

PJ Masks Live: Save the Day, Saenger Theater. Information,

Funny as Ish Comedy Tour, Lakefront Arena. Information,

March 9

March 25-29

Zac Brown Band, Smoothie King Center. Information,

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, Contemporary Arts Center and the Ogden Museum. Information,

March 14

The Fantastical Imagination, Orpheum Theater. Information,

March 27-31

Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, Various Locations. Information,

March 14-17

Sun Belt Conference Basketball Championships, UNO Lakefront Arena. Information,

March 27-April 14

Azul, Southern Rep. Information, March 28

March 15-17

New Orleans Home & Garden Show, Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Information,

St. John Passion, Orpheum Theater. Information, March 29-30

March 15-31

Baby Doll, Le Petit Theatre. Information,

Hogs for the Cause, UNO Lakefront Arena. Information,

March 17

March 29

Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday, A.L. Davis Park. Information,

Jeff Dunham: Passively Aggressive Tour, Smoothie King Center. Information,

March 17

Pink: Beautiful Trauma World Tour, Smoothie King Center. Information,

March 29-31

Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, Hotel Monteleone. Information,

March 19

March 30

Amos Lee, Orpheum Theater. Information,

Monster Jam, Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Information,

March 20-May 22

Wednesdays at the Square, Lafayette Square. Information,

March 30-31

Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, Armstrong Park. Information,

March 22-23

Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater, Mahalia Jackson Theater. Information, MARCH 2019 2 9


we see some people who first came in as kids that now have kids of their own, or even grandkids.

Q: What cookies do you make for St. Joseph’s Day? The key items we make are the fig cookies, in various shapes and sizes. We can make larger figures, such as the crucifix, the chalice, palm, the heart. We can’t make the more intricate shapes that people sometimes make at home because it just takes too much time.

Q: How do you prepare for St. Joseph’s Day and how many cookies do you bake? We have to start well in advance of that week. We usually start before Mardi Gras. This year that’s mid-February. We will probably make around 800 pounds of fig cookies. Christmas and St. Joseph’s Day are some of our busiest times of the year.

Q: When did you start working in the family business? I started when

The Sweet Spot Angelo Brocato by Ashley McLellan

Angelo Brocato Ice Cream and

Pastry shop has been serving up gelato and Italian sweets in New Orleans since 1905. The first storefront, which was opened by Angelo Brocato, Sr., was located in the French Quarter on Ursuline Street. 30 MARCH 2019

Grandson Arthur Brocato moved the shop to its current location on Carrollton in Mid-City after taking over from his father, Angelo Brocato, Jr, in the mid-1980s. A beloved staple in the hearts, minds and bellies of generations

of New Orleanians, Arthur and his family have maintained the sweet creations that bring his customers back to celebrate family occasions, holidays, a warm summer day, or, this month, St. Joseph’s Day.

I was kid, around nine years old. When we were in the Quarter, we lived a couple of blocks away, and we would go in on the Saturday and Sunday, when we weren’t in school, and work for a few hours. We had table service then in the evenings, and you could make a little tip money filling water glasses and so forth. We progressed into other tasks, especially in the summer. We would fold boxes, sweep the sawdust from the floor, juice lemons and strawberries for the lemon ice and strawberry ice, fill cannoli. greg miles photo MARCH 2019 3 1

Q: How has the business changed through the years? When I was a kid, the business was more ethnic. Our customers were people of Sicilian origin, and they would come in for their cookies, for baptisms, weddings, the holidays. Now those people are gone. We now have branched into the general population. Also, we have a bigger variety of products. We had slices of frozen ice cream. Now we have 24 flavors on display in addition to the traditional flavors. We want to keep it traditional, but also keep it current.

Q: Do you see generations and the same families coming in? We definitely see the same people coming in. We opened at this location almost 40 years ago. When we first opened the Carrollton store, my wife and I lived in the back, so we were here 24-7. We got to know our customers. We had time to sit down with them and have a conversation. It is rewarding. We see some people who first came in as kids that now have kids of their own, or even grandkids.

at a glance

Born: New Orleans at D’Ingianni Foundation Hospital ( St. Claude General now). Grew up: in the French Quarter on Dauphine St. between Ursuline and St. Phillip Streets. Just 2 blocks from the Ursuline St. store. Education: St. Louis Cathedral School, Redemptorist High School, Loyola University BBA in Accounting. Favorite Book: The Godfather. Favorite Music: Rock & Roll, 50’s, 60’s, Italian, & Classical. Favorite Restaurant: Acropolis Cusine. Favorite Flavor Ice Cream: Baci (Chocolate Hazelnut).

Q: What’s your favorite thing from your menu? I have so many favorites. When I want something cool and refreshing, I like the lemon ice or the strawberry ice, especially when we have fresh Louisiana strawberries. As far as pastries…it’s funny when I was a kid, I didn’t like cannoli. There’s so much going on with a cannoli. You have the crunch, the ricotta, the nuts, the chocolate chips. I was never fond of them as a kid. I like them now, but if I have to pick a favorite, I choose the rum cake. That’s my sweet.

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the Lunch Bunch, which focuses on steering AfricanAmerican boys from the toooften deadly consequences of using violence to avenge “disrespect.”

One of his greatest gifts is his ability to build relationships with kids,” said Kamisha Gray, co-director of Arthur Ashe.

Teaching for Life Kenneth Johnson’s Path by Dawn Wilson

Within a few months of arriving in

Alabama on a short-term contract with Teach for America, a colleague joked that math educator Kenneth Johnson would be a teacher for life. Johnson, now assistant principal at Arthur Ashe Charter School, resisted that comment. However, within minutes, he admitted she was right: “I probably am going to do this the rest of my life,” he recalled saying. And, so far, he has. Only 30, and a recent recipient of a New Orleans 34 MARCH 2019

Excellence in Teaching Award, given by New Schools for New Orleans, Johnson is adjusting to the administrative role that followed. “One of his greatest gifts is his ability to build relationships with kids,” said Kamisha Gray, co-director of Arthur Ashe. “He’s like a kid at heart. He meets them where they are.” When nominated for the teaching award by a supervisor, mentorship was a key point in Johnson’s qualifications. Johnson started a group called

A native of Rochester, New York, Johnson says he became aware of this New Orleans street culture soon after arriving, and wanted to encourage a different kind of conflict resolution. Ten boys joined the original group. Eight of those boys, now in high school, have gone on to mentor other boys. The group’s success surprised Johnson. “It’s become like a little brotherhood,” he said. “I didn’t think they were listening at the time.” Johnson’s ability to commune with the young started in his own youth. Orphaned in elementary school, his teachers were his family, he said, and “that is what I want to be to someone else.” Another pivotal experience in his empathic development happened the first week he started teaching at a KIPP charter school in Gentilly.

He was sent to the West Bank to await the school bus at sunrise. From there, he and the students he met there had an hour and a half ride to school each day. He found out quickly that that trip could take up to three hours, as it did once when he was aboard and the bus got delayed on the Crescent City Bridge. He describes that grueling day as a humbling experience. “I feel like it turned me into the teacher I am today,” he said. “You never know what kids have been through before they come to me.” That experience also drives his leadership style, according to Gray, who noted that Johnson encourages school leaders to reward students “for doing the right thing” and not focus on punishment. Nonetheless, he’s no softy. Wiry of frame, indicating the marathon runner he is on his own time, he’s prone to jumping up and calling out a terse, “No,” when seeing a child climbing a fence during recess. Even though Johnson plans to obtain a PhD in school administration, he never intended to be an adminisrator. He had mixed feelings about leaving the classroom. “I love dealing with content,” he said, “but now my impact can be in six different classrooms.” Clicking his fingers in KIPP’s sparking style, “I’m still activating lightbulbs,”


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Are you over it yet?

And if you don’t know what “it” is, you should probably stop reading here. But really, are you? Over it? On one hand I keep thinking: People, this wasn’t Katrina. It wasn’t even Gustav for chrissake. It wasn’t even another water boil emergency from the Sewerage & Water Board. It was just a single play by a single player on a single team in a single game in a single season. No yellow flag. How much could such an event on a football field matter to a city, a region, a community? Or as we so proudly call ourselves, a Nation. How could it alter our sense of self, our identity, even the very way we ponder the future? More to the point, how much should a single play on a football field matter to such an otherwise demonstrably joyous, equanimous populace? Why are we still talking about it? Why are we still stewing in our own bitter broth? Seriously folks, in the end, we beat Katrina. That’s got to count for something. So what the hell is wrong with us? Nations don’t live or die by a single play on a football field. Certainly not a nation as provenly resilient as ours, right? Then again. There’s a lot to parse here. Consider how, for years – no, decades! – local sports fans collectively and legitimately groused about how the national media all but ignored our smallmarket professional sports teams in favor of covering bigger, flashier, more iconic franchises. Even when they suck. The Lakers. The Knicks. The Packers. The Giants. 36 MARCH 2019

No-Call Zen Or, block that memory by Chris Rose

We are a city with teams and a fan base by turns historically dismissed, disrespected, dispatched, disjointed, dispirited and just plain....dissed. And then comes 2019. The year that exemplifies that famous proverb, be it Chinese or Roman or Lithuanian, whatever: Be careful what you wish for. For the entirety of this new year so far, the lead story on every sports page, broadcast, blog and podcast has featured our teams, our city, our fans. You want saturation sports coverage, New Orleans? You want some attention Who Dat Nation? You want to be noticed? You got it. How does it feel? We’re still the biggest NFL

story of the year, even though we weren’t in the Super Bowl. We’re the biggest NBA story of the year, even though we’re not likely going to the playoffs. And you want to know just how low things can go? Even the Baby Cakes, our misbegotten Triple-A baseball team, announced their intentions to abandon the Shrine on Airline and head to sunnier climes in Wichita, Kansas. Kansas? I mean, forgive my French here, but somebody just kick me in the nuts. Please! Once again, we’re the beat down three-legged dog of a sports town with an “L” tattooed on our foreheads, a posture so many of us acclimated to for so many

decades of losing teams, moving teams, phantom teams, no teams. I mean, how ironic is it that the most significant, memorable play during Super Bowl LIII (Roman for “Lie”) was a punt? A 65-yard record-breaking gonzo kick by a team that represented our conference and racked up a total of three points. Three. Points. Three more than the Saints scored. The crowd went wild. Because there wasn’t much else to get wild about, unless you’re a fan of Adam Levine’s abs. And who isn’t? Which brings us back to the premise here. The thing about being over it. About a single play in a single game changing the course of a city’s history, its fate, its faith. During a punt, of all things. How could such a thing matter? Glad you asked. It’s Sept. 25, 2006. A Monday night. The reopening of the Superdome which, until that night, was the very symbol of our nation’s disgrace. Fourth down. A single figure dressed in white parts the Red Sea, cuts through the line of scrimmage and blocks a punt. Touchdown Saints. Victory Saints. Victory New Orleans. A legend is born. A city is transformed. On a single play by a single player on a single team in a single game in a single season. So yeah, it matters. Maybe not in other places. But it does here. Did then, does now, always will. Are you over it? Just a game, they say. Like hell it is.


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Showing Your Wits Dressing for the Occasion by Modine Gunch

You finally get home from

work, and if you’re a man, maybe the first thing you do is get a beer. If you’re a woman, you reach around back, unhook your bra, and slither out of it without taking off your shirt. And you take your first wonderful deep breath since you got dressed that morning. Then you realize you’re out of bread. Or coffee for tomorrow. Or wine for right this minute. So you pull on your baggy sweatshirt and zip off to the grocery and keep your arms folded in the checkout line. You only have to worry about this if you got boobs of a certain size, which I didn’t have until I got to a certain age and had babies. But now I do and I am a expert in the bra-off maneuver. Now, my sister-in-law Gloriosa been having boobs of a certain size since she was 14, so she is even better at it. Last week, she had just got home from her kids’ school where she heads up the committee for the Shoebox Irish-Italian Parade—which the school holds because they obviously think that with Mardi Gras, St.Joseph and

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St.Patrick’s, there ain’t enough parades in town this month. The kids’ shoebox floats were supposed to be inspected the next day, and mounted on little wagons, and in a couple of weeks the kids will parade around the block pulling them and throwing left-over Mardi Gras beads plus mini-cabbages (brussels sprouts) and fava beans. Well, Gloriosa had gotten into a little tiff with Dolly Crach, who trains the dance team, because Dolly wanted the girls to twerk —twerk!— and their parade position would be right there behind the Baby-Jesus-and-Mary float. Gladiola said “Twerking for Jesus?” in kind of a smartmouth way and Dolly took offense, and Gloriosa had to apologize three times. But now she’s home, bra off. Which is when her little daughter Momus announces she still needs some things for the float she’s making. So Gloriosa will have to dash to the drugstore. She says the hell with it, leaves the bra where it landed, and pulls on a baggy sweatshirt.

I don’t blame her. We waste too much time trying to get comfortable in our own clothes. When my son Gargoyle was little, he was always happiest stark naked. He’s grown up now, and got his own apartment, and it’s probably still true. Men. They think NECKTIES are torture. I can be standing there in a bra and Spanx, plus a dress that I have to keep tugging down to be modest, and high heels, while my gentleman friend Lust whines that his tie is strangling him. A little piece of cloth hanging around his neck. It don’t pinch; it don’t itch; it don’t even touch his bare skin. I should play a violin. Anyway, Gloriosa scuttles around the drugstore, hunched over, looking for green construction paper and glitter glue. Wouldn’t you know, she spots Father Primsoll from school browsing the greeting cards, so she zips in the other direction, finds Comus’s stuff and grabs some wine. She’s standing in the checkout line, and there’s a tap on her shoulder. She spins around. Father Plimsoll is standing there “Didn’t

you forget something?” he asks. She panics. “Well, Father, it was a stressful meeting, and when I got home I wanted to get comfortable, you know how it is”— she realizes he ain’t married; he don’t know how it is, but she blunders on —- “and then my daughter said she needed some stuff for her float...” “Calm down,” she tells herself. “Deep breath... inhale...No! ” She exhales that inhale. “I’m sorry if I offended...’ “...Brussels sprouts?” says Father Plimsoll. “Have you ordered Brussels sprouts? For the students to throw?” “Brussels sprouts! Yes.” She turns her back on him, pays the cashier, and gets out of there. Home again, muttering about Brussels sprouts. “Mama,” Comus asks, “when I grow up will you teach me that dance?” “I’m too old for twerking. ” “Noo—slithering out of your bra without taking off your shirt.” “Some things come naturally, Sweetie,” she says. And opens the wine.




watching my two main charges, Heather and Andrew (both of whom now have kids of their own), building Legos, binging cartoons on Nickelodeon, eating pizza, and talking to my friends on the phone (only once the kids had gone to bed because I was a good baby-sitter). I socked a small fortune away in my jewelry box and would occasionally use the money to buy presents for the kids, telling my friends matter-offactly, “Well, you have to spend money to make money.” Ruby is every bit as capable and mature as I was at that age … and yet I am somehow reluctant to leave her home alone – and definitely not in charge of someone else. This, despite her having her own cell phone and laptop, far more than I had at my disposal for emergency situations back Ruby is now 12, but is she old enough to babysit? in 1992. By Eve Crawford Peyton I don’t know if this is because we’re all over-parenting our children now or if no parent ever fully Sometimes I think I that even and Kristy’s dad wasn’t even in time wrapping my brain around feels ready for this step. Mostly, now, at age 38, the Baby-Sitters the picture at all. (I don’t even Ruby turning 12 – the same age I’m following Ruby’s lead. When Club figures too much into my allow myself to think about the the original four sitters are when she tells me she’s confident in her daily life. fact that Dawn ultimately moved the series launches with baby-sitting abilities, When Georgia struggles with her out to California in Book 88.) “Kristy’s Great Idea.” I’ll start exploring the handwriting and spelling, I remind From ages 8 to maybe 11, I was She seems too young Excerpted from Eve possibilities. myself that Claudia Kishi was a an avid reader of the series. On to baby-sit, let alone Crawford Peyton’s Until then, I might blog, Joie d’Eve, which poor student but a brilliant artist. my deathbed, I will be able to have crushes or a steady appears each Friday on try to decide if she’s When Ruby grapples with name all of the Pike children and boyfriend like Logan more of a Stacey or having to live so far from her accurately pick each baby-sitter’s Bruno (Book 10). I a Shannon Kilborne, dad, I try to remember that Dawn distinct handwriting out of a lineup know I baby-sat at that age – but I know in my heart, she’ll Schafer and Stacey McGill also like a forensic document examiner. almost every Friday and Saturday always be my baby and not my saw their fathers infrequently And so I’m really having a hard night in middle school was spent baby-sitter.

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must-see music March 1

Noname raps at The Joy.

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March 1,2,4

Galactic brings the Carnival funk to Tips. March 2-3

Big Freedia bounces at One Eyed Jacks. March 9 Miya Folick gets folky at Gasa Gasa. March 10 Kurt Vile rocks The Civic. March 15

ZHU moves the Joy Theater. March 17

Pink pops at the Smoothie King Center.

March Music Madness Hogs for The Cause and BUKU

March 17

French For Rabbits rocks at Gasa Gasa.

by Mike Griffith

Because Mardi Gras was late this Excision, RL Grime, Death Grips year that makes for an incredibly and Claude Vonstroke anchor Friday, busy March. The month begins with while A$AP Rocky, Dog Blood (which some fantastic shows grouped around is Skrillex + Boys Noise) and Griz the Carnival weekend. Outstanding hold down Saturday, along with Earl Chicago rapper Noname drops into Sweatshirt, Dashboard Confessional the Joy on the 1st, while Galactic and Yaeji. These bookings are bold, plays shows at their home base, current and broadly appealing. For Tipitina’s, on the 1st, 2nd and 4th. the most part, the musicians selected Big Freedia does a two-night stand here fit within BUKU’s traditional at One Eyed Jacks on the 2nd and focus on electronic and experimental 3rd. If that seems like a music, as well as hip-hop, but lot, the month is really they have also managed to just getting warmed up. Playlist of mentioned snag pop artists like Lana Del Two of the absolute best bands available Ray and Kero Kero Bonito who at: music events of the year InTune3-19 will fit nicely into the overall are this month as well. vibe of the festival. BUKU is First up we have the BUKU Music poised to be outstanding this year, + Art Project at Mardi Gras World make sure to check out their variety on the 22nd and 23rd. For this eighth of cool VIP experiences as well. installment, the festival organizers End the month with the some great have put together their strongest food and music at Hogs for the Cause lineup yet, and one of the best spring on the 29th and 30th. This year, Hogs lineups out there. Lana Del Ray, for the Cause returns to the UNO 4 2 MARCH 2019

Lakefront Arena for its 11th event with a superb blend of local and national talent. I love the feel of this event as the teams really make the festival grounds their home for the weekend. As an attendee, you feel like you are stepping into a dynamic conversation taking place between the food and the music—the smells and sounds of Hogs are simply intoxicating. Friday is headlined by Trampled By Turtles and Dumpstaphunk with appearances by Marco Benevento, The Wooks and a special late night set with Boyfriend. On Saturday, the headliners are Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real and Samantha Fish, with appearances by The War and Treaty, Bishop Gunn and the amazing Low Cut Connie. The food is great, the music is great—and remember Friday night is Bacon Night, where the teams craft special bacon centric dishes, you’ll definitely want to be out for that.


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Amos Lee tells stories at the Orpheum Theater. March 23

River Whyless sings folk at One Eyed Jacks.

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Young Tuxedo and the Sheik A vintage record store find by Jason Berry

Back in the fog of time, when

the music industry shifted to compact discs, I held onto the “stereo” with vinyl records for a spell, then wilted before the revolution. I soon fell in love with the cd component, domestically and in the car, which positioned me for a hard crash in December at Louisiana Music Factory. A sea of vinyl records. “More than half our sales,” said a clerk. I stared, agog. My old turntable, safely stored, went down in the flood of ’94. And so, I made pilgrimage to Peaches on Magazine Street with an aging $50 gift card from my daughter (for Christmas 2017) and in mid-December ’18 forked over $200 plus to get a turntable with speakers. I set it up only to find a problem with the needle. Peaches sent a technician, on a Sunday, who fixed it in five minutes. No

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charge. I am pro-Peaches. This is not a paid endorsement. The joy that followed! Buddy Holly, vintage Linda Ronstadt, a bevy of rare discs bought on a 1983 trip to Africa, including guitar music by the great Francis Bebey of Cameroon and Paris, each one ringing out waves of the near-pristine. We turn now to a Louisiana Music Factory sale, the LP Jazz Continues: Young Tuxedo Brass Band (the 504 label 1984.) Founded in 1938, the Young Tuxedo was in its second generation under the alto saxophonist Herman Sherman, who has since passed when this recording was made. Sousaphonist Walter Payton Jr., trombonist Clement Tervalon, snare drummer Lawrence Trotter are gone as well. Trumpeter Gregg Stafford leads the band, with clarinetist Michael White his counter-melody

maker on clarinet, and various musicians of recent vintage. Songs like “Lily of the Valley” and “Down in Honkey Tonk Town” are played by fewer and fewer of the marching bands these days. The Young Tuxedo under Sherman’s tenure performed at the White House in 1978 and a range of festivals, in America and abroad. The photographer Armand “Sheik” Richardson began following them in 1973. “I ran into a remarkable trumpet player named Gregg Stafford, and he started inviting me to come with him to funerals and gigs,” writes Richardson in the cut-line to a 1979 photograph of the band in A Fire in My Lens: An Insider’s Look at New Orleans, a new release from Pelican. Richardson earned his chops the old-fashioned way by following the streets of Carnival, music venues,

sports events and rituals of the city, getting enough to yield the prime moments for a book. A beaming “Uncle” Lionel Batiste, in a hoist-like move with the big snare drum emblazoned The Treme Brass Band (with phone number) pays homage to one of his running buddies. Richardson roamed the years to find Pete Fountain on clarinet while marching with the Half-Fast Marching Club on Mardi Gras, and saxophonist Teddy Johnson seated on stage at Jackson Square, sleek in a brown suit and white shoes. Of a gauzy twilight at Holt Cemetery, he writes: “I sometimes walked through there at night to drop off film at Moldaner’s Camera Store, and often I heard what sounded like voices singing along with the wind in the trees. I would walk very fast when that happened.”

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Green Retreat Environmentally friendly in Old Metairie by Lee Cutrone photographed by Greg Miles

Michiel Dop, owner of Dop

Antiques and Architecturals, and his wife Adela Baker, an ADHD and executive function coach, who founded Mind Coach Nola and co-owns Dop with Michiel, are not new to the field of home design. They renovated six houses of various styles (including one in the Netherlands) before deciding to build new. This time though, they chose to go with a pared-down modern aesthetic inspired in part by contemporary architecture found in such places as The Netherlands and Australia and green materials and energy sources that would allow them to live partially off the grid and benefit the environment.

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Michiel, who runs Dop’s 20,000 square-foot showroom daily always wanted to build a house and was especially keen on the idea of a modern one. “I see antiques all day long,” Michiel said. “I don’t want to come home to another antiques store. It gets old, literally.” Adela was the half of the team focused on making the home environmentally friendly by using such things as an abundance of energy efficient windows, solar panels, a geo-thermal cooling and heating system, foam insulation, a metal roof and an on-demand water heater. “We really wanted sustainable

design,” Adela said. She likewise believes in a sustainable lifestyle – she walks and bikes to her destinations whenever possible, and has her 14-year old daughter Delphine and 10-year old son, Sebastian do the same. Adela also drives an electric car, powered by solar energy that feeds the electricity of her home. The idea for the house was three-fold. First and foremost, Dop and Baker wanted the house to be environmentally green. They wanted a simple modern house that drew on the architecture of contemporary Dutch houses, as well as Australian houses that are green and don’t waste materials

A wooden focal wall with a fireplace inspired by Mid-century modern design warms the main living area; Michiel imported the wooden root coffee table; the painting is by Joseph Bradley, at Gallery Orange.

and resources. The also wanted a house that worked within its woodsy setting (the house, which is set back from the street, is reached by a gravel access road and surrounded by trees) and is filled with natural light. “Natural sunlight is good for the body and the brain,” Adela said, and she would know, as her

work focuses on helping clients make the most of their brain-power. Dop and Baker created a digital scrapbook using pictures from the website Houzz. Among the features that went from inspiration board to final design are a focal wall with a fireplace, retro, midcentury modern inspired wood paneling, a large kitchen island with a waterfall surface, an open-tread staircase, clerestory windows and a steel roof. There were challenges and compromises, however. According to Adela, local subs were not as familiar with state-of-the-art green practices as they are in Europe and other major American

cities. While the couple chose Hardie board over IPE wood harvested from the rainforest for the exterior, they decided to forego sustainable polished concrete floors in favor of wood floors inside because Michiel walks on concrete floors at work. As New Orleanians they also allowed themselves the indulgence of a pool to make the summer months bearable. As owners of Dop Antiques, Dop and Baker had an inside line on many things that others may not. Dop began importing antique furniture (mostly French), accents, lighting and architecturals in 2000, and over the years has expanded to include

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An antique Louis Philippe mirror over Adela’s desk is a focal point and a striking contrast in the office/den.

Top: A huge kitchen island with a waterfall surface provides prep space as well as a place to dine informally; bar stools were ordered online from; the perforated pendant fixtures are designed to resemble coral. Bottom, left: A round antique table is paired with modernist chairs for dining; the Louis XVI mahogany hutch dates from the late 1700s and was inherited from Michiel’s aunt; the antler chandelier is Bavarian. Bottom, right: The antique Italian chandelier that lights the two-story stairwell is modernized with a white finish.

custom furniture and lighting. The business also repurposes, modifies and refreshes furnishings, and rents its wares to both the film and event industries. Dop and Baker also shopped at IKEA, the well-known accessible retailer of modern Scandinavian design (for kitchen cabinetry and fixtures), as well as other online and local sources. To furnish the space, they mixed a few key antiques, such as the heirloom Louis XVI mahogany hutch that Michiel inherited from an aunt when he was 18 with sleek modern furniture and organic finds, such as perforated metal pendant fixtures that resemble coral, an antique Bavarian antler chandelier, metallic branch-like sconces

and a teak root coffee table that Michiel imported. The family even created some of the home’s oneof-a-kind pieces. There is a painting of Adela done by her mother; Michiel made the pecky cypress table in the entrance hall; and the entire family spent several months of a summer painting the vibrant canvas that hangs in the den. Having renovated numerous houses over the years, neither Dop nor Baker count out future remodels or new builds. But both are happy with the way that their green retreat turned out. “It came out very close to what we wanted,” Michiel said. “We were very happy with it and still are.”

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If you’re looking for a stress-free visit, the Gulf Coast offers several new accommodations where visitors can enjoy the amenities of coast life either on-site or within walking distance.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Navarre Beach Navarre Beach, Florida, rests between busy Pensacola and Destin and offers a peaceful alternative to Gulf Coast vacations. Maybe it’s the proximity to the Gulf Islands National Seashore or because the commercial side of Navarre is situated on the mainland across Santa Rosa Sound, but beachfront accommodations are limited to smaller condo complexes and rental houses. Until now. SpringHill Suites by Marriott has opened the first hotel on Navarre, and it includes an indoor pool and outdoor zero-entry pool and lazy river, hot tub, complimentary Wifi and breakfast and beach service. The 24-hour market provides guests with essentials, plus a Tom Thumb market is within walking distance. Three restaurants — Juana’s Pagodas, Broussard’s and Windjammers — and the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier are only a few blocks away. For those who wish to stay on property, the Beach House Bar & Grille is open year-round for dinner but lunch is seasonal (March-October). Plans are to offer Sunday brunch soon.

Nearby attractions: Navarre Beach Marine Park lies on the east end of the peninsula and offers both a state park with beaches and the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary with its artificial reefs for snorkeling and diving. The park is free to the public. Fishing enthusiasts may prefer the Navarre Beach Pier, which stretches 1,545 feet into the Gulf. Costs for fishing licenses and daily passes to the pier are nominal and walk-ons costs only a dollar.


Top: springhill suites by marriott bottom: snorkeling



Nearby Attractions: Bay St. Louis with its wonderful shops, antique stores, bars and restaurants is a quick drive to the west. Don’t miss lunch at the Starfish Café, where students learn the restaurant business serving up Southern specialties. Or breakfast at the Mockingbird Café with original artwork for sale on the walls. In the other direction from Pass Christian, Long Beach has been experiencing a resurgence and a popular stop is Coast Roast Coffee in a former bank building.

Hotel Pass Christian The newest addition to the Mississippi Gulf Coast is Hotel Pass Christian, a boutique hotel offering 10 suite-style rooms, some with large balconies overlooking the Gulf and the Pass Christian Marina. Pastel colors accent the rooms that include seating areas, mini bars and luxurious bathroom filled with products from the Pass Christian Soap Company, which is located on the ground floor next to the Elysian Salon and Spa. Both the hotel and Bacchus on the Beach restaurant across the street are owned by Jourdan Nicaud, which means dinner is only a few steps away and comes with a discount. A few blocks to the east

and you’re in downtown Pass Christian, a charming town that includes several restaurants and boutique shops, including Robin’s Nest in the Pass, owned and operated by Dorothy Roberts, sister of WWL TV's now retired Sally Ann Roberts and Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America.” A great place for breakfast, lunch or a coffee break is Cat Island Coffeehouse, which doubles as Pass Christian Books and sells the locally produced — and delicious — Cat Island cookies and cheese crackers. Of course, there’s the beach to enjoy and the Pass Christian War Memorial Park down Scenic Drive offers a gazebo, workout stations and walking trails beneath lovely live oak trees.

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Left: Mockingbird Café right: Hotel Pass Christian

Top: The Roost Hotel bottom: Greenhouse on Porter

The Roost Hotel, Ocean Springs Park your car and roost at The Roost, a 20th century building recently transformed into a boutique hotel that’s shaded lovingly by ancient live oak trees. Suites offer luxurious furnishings, reclaimed wood accents, full kitchens and romantic balconies. Downstairs, the Wilbur Bar serves up craft cocktails, wine and beers with a swinging bookshelf that reveals a hidden room and a large painting of Al Capone. (It’s rumored Capone lived in Ocean Springs.) Architectural Digest loves the Roost, naming it one of the six most beautiful new hotels in the southern United States and the Wilbur the “most beautifully designed bar in Mississippi.” Because of those towering oaks, enjoying a cocktail by a fire pit or lounging with friends and family in the open public space is a must. You’ll never want to leave.

Nearby Attractions: Everything is walkable from The Roost. Front Beach on the Gulf lies three blocks in one direction and the charming Greenhouse on Porter restaurant with its original biscuits and signature coffees — not to mention live music and special events — hails in the other. Downtown Ocean Springs is only 15 minutes away by foot, even shorter if biking.

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Top: The Lodge at Gulf State Park bottom: Dolphin Cruise

The Lodge at Gulf State Park In 2004, Hurricane Ivan did a number on the Gulf State Park Lodge in Gulf Shores. The property was already “feeling its age,” said Maureen Holden, The Lodge’s marketing manager, so plans were made to demolish the circa-1974 property and rebuild. What replaced the old lodge in November is something of a marvel. The state of Alabama, which owns the Gulf-front property, partnered with the University of Alabama to utilize funds from the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill to not only rebuild the lodge, but to create a model of sustainability. The Lodge was rebuilt further back from the water’s edge to restore dunes in between and protect turtle and Alabama mouse habitats. The 350-room lodge includes an HVAC system that moves condensation into the pool and rooms offer no single-use bath products, but opts instead for recycling and glasses, not plastic cups. All of the buildings on site are designed to provide maximum light and Gulf breezes to reduce energy consumption and surrounded by native plant landscaping. Visitors may not notice the subtle eco-friendly touches, but will enjoy the two restaurants and coffee shop on property, the access to a private beach and the walkway over busy Beach Boulevard to the 28 miles of hiking and biking trails inside Gulf State Park. Just across the footbridge are bicycles for rent, a free amenity to hotel guests. The park also allows picnicking and fishing, and guests may enjoy the nature center and the new Woodside Restaurant.

Nearby attractions: A wide variety of restaurants and fun attractions abound in Gulf Shores and neighboring Orange Beach. History lovers will enjoy the Civil War-era Fort Morgan while nature lovers can peruse the trails of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, among other parks. Dolphin cruises are offered on the back bay and The Wharf provides big-name entertainment.


Nearby attractions The charming town of Fairhope, with its boutique shopping, art galleries and restaurants, is a short drive or bike ride away. The town is routinely named to best cities lists and offers regular outdoor concerts, walking tours, a farmer’s market and the monthly First Friday Art Walk. The Grand is filled with artwork by Fairhope artist Nall, and visitors may visit his gallery when in town. Additional art may be seen at the Eastern Shore Art Center and local history is explained at the Fairhope Museum of History.

Top and bottom: The grand hotel

The Grand Hotel Last summer, the AAA Four Diamond Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa on Mobile Bay finished a massive three-year transformation, and now offers travelers extensive amenities and a chance to check in and check out. There’s something for everyone, from daily activities that range from art classes to children’s scavenger hunts, to golfing, water sports and a 20,000-square-foot Europeanstyle spa. The massive pool features many functions, including a shallow pool with waterfall and slide for the kids and an adult salt-water pool with stocked cabanas. For golf enthusiasts, the 18-hole, 72-par Dogwood course, part of Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, has been updated and the Azalea course is next for restoration. The resort also offers a private beach with nightly cannon fire (harking back to the hotel’s 19th century days and naval history) and a multi-slip marina for those who prefer to sail into a vacation. With several restaurants on site, including a poolside grill and lobby market, visitors may never leave the property. Be sure to sample the extensive and luxurious breakfast buffet at Bayside Grill, as well as cocktails in Bucky’s Lounge and sunset dining in the 1847 and Southern Roots. History buffs will enjoy a walk to historic Confederate Rest Cemetery about a mile from the resort and located next to the Dogwood golf course and the Lakewood Clubhouse. About 300 soldiers who were nursed at the hotel during the Civil War are buried here. Meet the Grand’s historian Susan Stein in the hotel lobby and get a history lesson before heading out.


Nearby Attractions: The Hangout restaurant, serving up food, live music and beach activities in a vibrant environment, is a few blocks west. Also nearby is Picnic Beach that serves up one of the most varied menus on the coast, items ranging from barbecue to vegan.

East Point Cottages, Gulf Shores In the heart of Gulf Shores lies the adorable East Point Cottages, a dozen stand alone houses featuring three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths with only a two-minute walk from the beach. Opened in 2018, the 12 cottages with a pool at the center form a community of sorts, where visitors enjoying the sun on their balconies greet neighbors and make friendships, said Elle McCoy, guest services director. It’s all about feeling at home and enjoying the beach like a native, McCoy insists. She offers concierge services that range from bike

rentals and deep sea fishing excursions to decorating accommodations for birthdays. “We try to make the overall experience easy,” McCoy said. “We want them to be a local while they’re here.” Visitors receive wrist bands that allow them 10 percent off at selected restaurants, some of which are within walking distance, so visitors may park beneath their cottages and not touch their keys until the drive home. “It’s like a beach house,” McCoy said. “You never have to leave.”

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Left: Picnic Beach right: East point cottages

Top: Marriott Towneplace Suites bottom: Portabella’s

Marriott TownePlace Suites, Foley Foley, Alabama, a few miles north of Gulf Shores, has become a major shopping and sports event destination with its outlet mall and Foley Sports Tourism Complex. Now, we can add amusement park to the list with OWA and its two dozen-plus rides, gift shops and restaurants. Anchoring OWA and the sports complex is the new Marriott TownePlace Suites that naturally caters to families. Each of the 150 suites includes stocked kitchens and full-size appliances, plus the hotel offers an indoor pool, terrace with fit pits and fitness center. Literally next door is OWA, with its roller coasters and the Wave Rider, one of only three amusement rides of its kind in the United States. Downtown OWA features a variety of dining options, including Wahlburgers and its celebritycreated hamburgers, plus live entertainment, from rock concerts to kid-friendly sing-alongs. Both the Marriott and OWA are located along the Foley Beach Express that runs south from Interstate 10, making it easier for visitors to bypass the traffic-riddled Highway 59.

Nearby attractions: Nearby Foley offers the Tanger Outlet Mall, movie theater and a host of chain and local restaurants. For the treasure hunter, Foley offers numerous antique and thrift stores.

Trapolin-Peer Architects; Peter Trapolin, principal; Ashley King, project architect; Blake Kidder, project manager, Shea Trahan

best of


This year’s outstanding projects are quite diverse; they are all different in terms of use, building type and neighborhood. Perhaps this is indicative of the strength and vision at work in New Orleans architecture today. What all of the featured projects have in common is the evidence of great design energy combined with demonstrated professional competence in the service of the people and institutions of our city. by John P. Klingman

photographed by Jeffery Johnston

May and Ellis Co.


May and Ellis is a 25 unit residential project in the French Quarter. It includes the redevelopment of two buildings side by side on Chartres Street near Canal, where buildings gradually transition from larger commercial structures to the familiar typologies of the Vieux Carre. In fact, these are early 20th century buildings designed for ground floor showrooms with warehouse storage above. Because they are deep buildings in the middle of the block, converting them to residences above the ground floor presented both challenges and opportunities for the architects. The primary challenge was finding a means to get natural light into the buildings. Here the designers made use of a common, historic French Quarter element: the courtyard. Each of the buildings now has a court, actually a roof terrace at the second level where the residential floors begin. These lightwells have a striking contemporary character. The larger one, in the taller building provides entrances to units from a covered exterior corridor than encircles them. Within the space the original heavy timber columns and beams are revealed. The smaller court provides some terraces and openings into adjacent units. This one is marked by a system of fibercement panels that become progressively lighter in color from top to bottom, evening the light levels. Also by combining the two buildings into one lot of record, windows could be added to the downriver side of the taller structure. Removing square footage for the lightcourts was balanced by adding some net square footage on the rooftops. The logic of this proposal was recognized and supported by the Vieux Carre Commission. There are two new contemporary rooftop spaces. One is a lounge, exercise room and terrace for all the residents, and the other is a large penthouse apartment. The units are commodious. Some have exposed brick walls and original wood structural elements revealed. Serious efforts were made to provide quiet, highly desirable for life in the French Quarter; units have extensive soundproofing as well as separation from activities below. The ground floor includes Justine, the new restaurant designed by Farouki Farouki. A wonderful innovation is an in-between space created just inside the restored bifold entrance doors. There is an area of tables like an inset sidewalk cafĂŠ, with its own menu, that can be opened to the outside environment in pleasant weather.

Bienville Street Houses It is quite common in the older sections of New Orleans to see three, four or even five identical houses along a block. Here is a definitive twentyfirst century version. The basic shape is simple, a “Monopoly House form,� in the words of architect Lee Ledbetter. There is a nicely proportioned recessed entry, each house with slightly different color palette. Walls of traditional horizontal siding gain visual interest from a counterpoint with natural Spanish cedar slats wrapping the corner above the entry and between the windows. In the afternoon shadows from mature live oaks play sensuously upon the planar facades. Lee Ledbetter & Associates; Lee Ledbetter, principal-incharge; Tarra Cotterman, design architect; Chris Loudon, project architect; Amy Petersen

Nora Navra Branch, New Orleans Public Library A 7th Ward library opened last year, the sixth and final new NOPL branch library building arising from the post-Katrina flooding. More than tripling the size of a 1954 library building on the site, the building is highly visible from tree lined St. Bernard Avenue. The location enhances the building’s public presence, and a bus stop on the corner increases its easy accessibility The building is an L shape; there is a glass-fronted reading room on one side, and a more solid rectangular volume, clad in a wood-like composite, extends outward. As you enter, the information desk acts as a spatial divider. To the left are the books and the reading space along the street edge. To the right, the more solid volume contains an area of computer terminals, popular in libraries nationwide. Beyond this zone is a pleasant multipurpose room in demand for neighborhood meetings. Administrative and service areas behind the desk complete the compact plan. The vertical scale of the interior spaces is quite generous. The larger volume is to the single pitched roof that increases in height toward St. Bernard Avenue, with utilities organized above a dark slat ceiling. Lighting reinforces the spatial system. Along the front edge there is plenty of daylight from Manning Architects; Wm. full height glazing, and vertical suspended Raymond Manning: CEO | fixtures provide electric lighting for evening president; Dominic Willard, principal-in-charge; Ryan operating hours. There is less ambient light Bertucci, project architect; in the computer terminal area, so as not to Michelle Carroll-Barr, interior conflict with the self-illuminated screens. designer; Nicholas PerezThe book and reading area is a completely Alvarez, urban planner flexible space, important as the programming for libraries continues to change. Many of the bookshelves are on wheels! However, a bit more demarcation beyond the arrangement of furniture would be welcome, particularly to provide more definition and acoustical separation for the children’s area. With its inviting glass façade, the building is a beacon along the avenue. Beautifully framed by the city’s characteristic live oaks, it is a major new neighborhood amenity.

Goldring/Woldenberg Business Complex, Tulane University An exciting new public space has been created on the middle of Tulane University’s Uptown Campus. It is the home base for students of the A. B. Freeman School of Business. The major focus is a “wow space,” a three-story atrium that replaces Keller Plaza, a pleasant but underutilized hardscape in front of the 1984 postmodern business school building. The new atrium extends lakeward to also enclose the Waggonner and Ball Goldring/Woldenberg II façade from 2000. Directly across from the Lavin Bernick Center, the wall of the new building waves to accommodate the canopy of McAlister Way’s live oaks. There is a fine reciprocity between the public nature of the LBC and that of the new building, particularly apparent at night. This west facing front wall is all glass, but it has a greenish tint and some opacity on its surface, known as fritting. These factors, as well as shade from the oaks, ameliorate what would otherwise be a harsh, hot condition in the afternoon. Of course, some operable windows would have enhanced the connection between indoors and out. The building has a number of sustainable design elements, allowing it to meet a national LEED Gold standard. Inside the atrium there are several dynamic conditions. First is the multiplicity of places to be, beginning with tables on the ground floor

where students can study or engage in group projects. Second is the handsome articulated ramp and stair circulation system, including a suspended stair that forms the eastern edge of the atrium, and not incidentally, masks the 1984 façade. Between the stair edge and the old façade are linear galleries on each level, wide enough for informal activities that also provide access to adjacent offices and teaching spaces. Most dramatically, there are two translucent towerlike elements within the atrium, one an extruded ellipse and the other a cylinder. The spaces inside demonstrate “learning on display,” according to architect Bill Butler. They feature furniture that can be easily rearranged, allowing for a variety of podlike configurations that characterize current business school teaching methodologies. In a further nod to campus connectivity, the architects designed a new ground floor coffee shop that opens onto the Monroe Quad, previously an unlovely back to the building. The new project successfully orchestrates a unification of three structures into an expressive, highly visible home for the Freeman School community. Although bordering on the edge of extravagance that marks 21st century capitalism, it is a highly successful people place and an excellent example of contemporary architecture.

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; William Butler, principal; Patrick Fraher, senior associate; Tammy Chuang, senior associate; Sonya Hals, interior designer; Manning Architects; Wm. Raymond Manning, CEO | president; Dominic Willard, principal; Michelle Carroll-Bar, architect, interior designer; Kirk Oldenburg, architect

Troyer Cole Residence On a verdant street near Coliseum Square, architect Wayne Troyer has completed a major renovation/addition to his own house. It respects the linear footprint of the original midcentury modern dwelling, but brings a new vertical scale into play. There is a compelling quirkiness to the exterior composition, particularly with a large corner clerestory turret acting as an architectural exclamation point. Vertical board siding introduces another level of syncopation to the dynamic exterior, while inside the dramatic new kitchen and dining spaces provide a new level of amenity. studioWTA, Wayne Troyer, Natan Diacon-Furtado, Daniel Kautz, Ross Karsen

Bandzuch Residence This project in the Irish Channel is a 2-family residence, a very common program in the city. However, its organization, contemporary architectural treatment and emphasis on sustainable systems are less typical. There is a single story rental unit on one side. The owner’s unit, for builder Robert Bandzuch, is beside it and occupies the entire second floor. Architectural interest is enhanced by the use of multiple cladding materials. Dark, wide siding enhances verticality while areas of natural finish wood mark front entries and much of the garden façade. Here, extensive development includes a pleasant pool and pavilion. Jonathan Marcantel, designer; Gene Guidry, architect of record

Warehouse District Mixed Use Project

Trapolin-Peer Architects; Peter Trapolin, principal; Kevin Barns, project manager; Lauren Ricks, Trent Husser, Woodward Design Group; Donald Fant, director of design; Frank Lauricella, senior architect; Josh Gautreau, Stephanie Satterfield

On 864 South Peters Street near St. Joseph there is a new 5-story building designed by Trapolin-Peer Architects. The building has a strong immediate presence, it part because of its size, adjacent to 2-story buildings on either side; however, it is also noteworthy for the subtle treatment of the elevations. Its façade features a subtle combination of elements rendered in two kinds of dark brick. The first floor is designed for retail space. The second and third levels are parking decks, and the two floors above are designed for office occupancy. These floors have large, well-proportioned openings, but slightly set back within them are more bricks in an unusual arrangement. They are reflective ironspot dark bricks on the top and along one side of a glazed opening. This frame-within-a-frame effect simultaneously establishes two scales. A similar treatment is used on the two parking deck floors below. Here, the elements are slightly inset brick screenwalls on each level that provide ventilation for the parking structure and punctuate the façade in an unusual way. The original project also included the renovation of a 19th century warehouse next door, so the vertical circulation is on the edge between the two buildings. During construction the ownership changed, and the two projects were separated. The fifth floor interior has been built out for offices by the new owner Woodward Design+Build. Conceptually, the plan is simple. Like many properties in the Warehouse District, the site is a parallelogram; and the building fills the property. The center of the plan is mostly service. This middle zone is surrounded by a corridor with a lower ceiling height to allow for services above. Thus the perimeter edge spaces can be very tall, and the low open office dividers allow for great daylight penetration. There are motorized translucent shades to mediate direct sun, when necessary. Leviton, an international high tech electrical firm, occupies the space. The New Orleans office focuses on Energy Management, Controls & Automation. Leviton VP Jay McLellan spoke of the positive effects of the new environment on company operations. He said that collaboration among the staff occurs more naturally in the open plan. In addition, with stunning views in all directions, the interior is remarkably well-connected to its New Orleans home.

CrescentCare Community Health Clinic A rather audacious, compelling new building has opened on Elysian Fields Avenue near North Claiborne. It provides a wide array of health and wellness services to a New Orleans population not served by more traditional medical care systems. The new center, brings together more than 200 staff who were previously housed in locations around the city. It brings a wide range of amenities to a previously sleepy stretch of the city’s widest Gould Evans Architects; boulevard that has Robert Riccardi, Martin not been well served Tovrea, Curtis Laub, Jenny with medical faciliRenn Key, Brian Webber, Elaine Damico ties. Its three-story height, strong forms and blue color bring new energy to the neighborhood; yet the scale of the project is not overwhelming. From the street, the building holds visual interest and provides legibility. This is true inside as well, an extremely important aspect of promoting well-being for people engaging medical facilities. The building occupies a full city block with much of the ground floor providing parking. There are three entrances from the avenue; one provides access to the Hope Community Credit Union. Another provides direct, discreet access from the street to preventative services; and the central entry leads to a main stair and

elevator that take one up to the departments on the second and third floors. Perhaps counterintuitively, the major public clinic functions are on the third floor. Upon arrival, the logic of this design concept becomes clear. The heart of the building is a “Main Street” that extends through the full length of the building from front to back. It is a generous circulation space, with a linear daylighting monitor that pops up the roof, providing ambient light. At the Elysian Fields end there is a large public waiting and reception zone, and along the Main Street are entrances to a multiplicity of clinics; at the far end is a staff zone. At both ends of this space are large windows that connect and orient those inside to the neighborhood. In the diagnostic and treatment areas, exam rooms are organized in a system that separates access for staff and patients. This is innovative and indicative of the clarity and intelligence that pervades the design. On the 2nd floor are other departments that provide patient support including a pharmacy and legal services as well as a community meeting room. Chief of Staff Alice Riener notes that staff members are appreciating the new space, and clinic CEO Noel Twilbeck calls the building “wonderfully functional.” A final inspiring element is the ongoing installation of over 200 donated artworks, choreographed by local gallery owner Arthur Roger.

John P. Klingman is a registered architect and Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Tulane University where he served on the full time faculty for 35 years.

Fifield Residence Addition This is a rooftop addition to a rooftop addition, a lively proliferation of forms and spaces that make the house fit even more strongly into its Marigny context. Three familiar forms contrast with one another atop a solid simple masonry base that was the original building. The program provides for a porch, a study and a meditation perch. Natural finish sliding slat shutters can be closed or opened to the neighborhood depending on weather and mood. Color enhances the whimsical, yet very New Orleans spirit of the project. Rick Fifield, architect


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S’mores dessert at picnic provisions & Whiskey

table talk

meet the chef

Fried Chicken Basket

Picnic Provisions boasts an A-List lineup of local culinary talent spearheaded by restauranteur Ti Martin of Commander’s Palace. Tory McPhail (executive chef of the same) tested many of the items on Picnic’s menu in the kitchen of Commander’s prior to opening. Pizza maven Darryl Reginelli, of the family-friendly and casual Reginelli’s Pizza, rounds out the trio. “The idea behind Picnic is that it is fine-dining when it comes to the quality of our ingredients while the setting is easygoing and fun,” says McPhail.

The Great Indoors Picnic Provisions & Whiskey by Jay Forman

Spring is here and with it comes thoughts

of the great outdoors and festival weather. Leave it to a certain trio of restaurant pros to plant a new “destination square” on this checkered blanket of our mass consciousness. When Ti

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Martin, Darryl Reginelli and Tory McPhail launched Picnic Provisions & Whiskey last fall, all three drew inspiration from personal experience to shape a restaurant around this central theme. The result is a family restaurant

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with fine dining cred but none chicken but then they came back of its airs. with their family,” McPhail said. Given the complimentary “So we adapted some milder talents of its owners, it is no dishes to accommodate that – surprise that Picnic landed our grilled cheese and chicken fully-realized, with a branded tenders options, for example.” identity spanning its mission Overall the menu reads as statement, its menu and its décor. southern (pimento cheese and “I think the idea was to take a fine an interesting cake-y twist on a dining chef, a restaubiscuit represent) but is ranteur and a pizza heavily informed with man and put them Picnic Provisions New Orleans twists. & Whiskey, 741 together to come up Sides are anything but State St.; Uptown; with a relaxed menu,” ordinary and include 266-2810. L, D explained McPhail, Mon-Sat. Closed collard greens stewed Sun. who also happens to with BBQ pig ears and be the chef of a place moonshine, a recomcalled Commander’s Palace in mended choice which offers an his spare time. acidic bite that complements the McPhail did his homework chicken. There is also a smoked prior to opening, having visited cochon de lait boudin. Healthier (at last count) 105 fried chicken eaters shall not despair – there is joints as part of his R&D. He a smoked chicken salad sandwich zeroed in on Nashville and, as well as a farmhouse “Picnic in particular, its famous Hot Salad” you can protein up with Chicken. “But some of that hot chilled shrimp. The bar menu chicken is just too spicy,” he includes some well-considered says. “You can’t enjoy it. And we wines and a short-list of crowdwanted our chicken to reflect New pleasing cocktails, spanning the Orleans.” To this end, crawfish stoic Old Fashioned to a worldly boil is used for the seasoning Caipirinha. along with a unique Crystal hot Catering, takeout, and delivery sauce pulp doled out tableside are available, but at the end of to give diners some control over the day it seems a meal here the heat. The chicken is sourced may best be enjoyed at their from Joyce Farms and raised picnic table al fresco, with some “without any of the funky stuff cornhole to occupy the little ones nobody wants to talk about,” while they wait for their food. McPhail says. Asked why he In creating their concept these settled on boneless, McPhail picnic pals have also created a reasons that this offers diners a destination. seasoned crunch on both sides with every bite. The menu is arrayed around its core chicken offerings. It is served in a basket, as a sandwich or as a mild tenders package that doubles as a kid-friendly Fried Chicken option. The accompanying mayo and all the Fixins is blended with white miso, an A world apart from Picnic is interesting adaptation whose McHardy’s Chicken and Fixin’, a umami creates depth of flavor. no-frills takeout spot on Broad that The menu evolved a bit as the offers some amazing fried chicken restaurant established itself, and sides. Boxes are sized from 5 adjusting to its neighborhood piece to 100 and sides include clientele to have some more fried okra and dirty rice. They inclusive offerings alongside the make for a good go-to option for hot chicken. “What we found picnics, as well but be sure to call was people came first for the hot ahead for larger orders.

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restaurant insider

News From the Kitchen Zasu, Espiritu Mezcalaria, Empanola by Robert Peyton

Sauteed Snapper, white beans, escarole, charred tomato, matsutake broth


Espiritu Mezcalaria


Chef Sue Zemanick had been out of the kitchen for a while, but in January that changed when she opened Zasu, the first restaurant at which she is both owner and chef. Diners familiar with Zemanick’s direct, precise compositions will find plenty to love on the new menu, which features a range of seasonally-influenced dishes that emphasize ingredients over technique. Zasu, 127 N. Carrollton Ave., Monday - Saturday, 5:30 - 10; 267-3233,

Espiritu Mezcalaria opened in the space formerly occupied by Capdeville in December. It’s a Mexican restaurant led by chef Nanyo Dominguez, a native of Puebla, who worked with chef Aaron Sanchez upon coming to the U.S. There are about a score of mezcals on offer at the bar to pair with chef Dominguez’ take on traditional Mexican fare. Espiritu Mezcalaria, 520 Capdeville St., Monday – Thursday, 11:30 - 10, Friday until midnight and Saturday from 4 to midnight, 267-4975,

Empanola got its start at the St. Roch Market, and has opened a restaurant near Tulane and Loyola Universities. Known for inventive takes on the Latin American hand-pie, the husband and wife team of Marcelo Garcia and Jimena Urrutia were wildly popular at the Market and I see no reason why they shouldn’t continue that success with the new venture. Try the crawfish étouffée pie and tell me I’m wrong. Empanola, 7321 Freret St., Daily from 10 – 9, 249-5977,

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Wholly Good A crispy experience by Dale Curry

RECIPE I never enjoyed a restaurant more than the

former Genghis Khan on Tulane Avenue, where for a moderate price you could hear piano and violin accompanied opera while eating whole fish and kimchi, among other Korean dishes. The whole fish was a drum about 1½ feet long, fried into a crusty and juicy delight. My favorite parts were the moist meat and crunchy tail. But that was only half the fun. Korean-born Henry Lee, a first violinist for the New Orleans Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestra for 20 years, opened Genghis Khan as the first Korean restaurant the city ever knew. Tuxedo-clad, he both serenaded and served diners for 28 years. Performing with him almost nightly were other symphony and opera musicians as well as the occasional diner who chimed in. In the kitchen were his wife and other family members. The restaurant closed in 2004, and Lee moved to Houston after Katrina. He died at 76 in 2017, and Genghis Khan will long be remembered as a gem among now-shuttered restaurants. The whole fish had a lasting effect on my choice of fish dishes. Given a choice, I always pick whole as opposed to filleted because, when not overcooked, the flesh remains moist, thick and succulent whether fried, broiled or baked. The skin cooks crustier, and the tail can be as crisp as a potato chip. I also oppose slicing through the skin in several parallel gashes, an unnecessary garnishment that reduces moisture in the final product. I was recently inspired to cook some smaller whole fish after attending the opening of a new lakefront branch of the Crescent City Farmers Market. It is one of two new locations, bringing the total number of this long-time market up to seven with the promise of more fresh fish and seafood vendors in addition to many frozen aquatic options. I came home with two whole 1-pound red Vermillion snappers, just right for a dinner for my husband and me. A Korean slant to the snapper in honor of Genghis Khan plus French fries from my new air fryer, in addition to fresh greens with tiny turnips from the new market gave us a fine dinner to remember.


Ingredients 2 1-pound whole head-on snappers or drumfish Salt and pepper 3/4 cup flour ¼ cup cornstarch 1 tablespoon plus 1/3 cup vegetable oil 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1/3 cup water 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon sesame oil ½ teaspoon hot pepper flakes 2 green onions, chopped Sesame seeds

Directions 1. Make sure that fish are clean and well-scaled. Salt and pepper both sides of fish and inside pocket. Farmer’s Market Fresh The growing Crescent City Farmers Market now serves seven locations in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish. Just in time for Lent, the new lakefront location at Bucktown Harbor will have an emphasis on fresh and frozen fish and seafood, according to Angelina Harrison, director of the market. For a list of locations and times, contact

2. Mix flour and cornstarch. Place on a large plate or oval platter and set aside while making sauce. 3. To make sauce, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small skillet. Add garlic and sauté in medium-hot oil until slightly browned. Add water, soy, sesame oil and hot pepper flakes and simmer for 3 minutes. Add green onions and simmer for 1 minute more. Set aside. 4. Prepare a large skillet with 1/3 cup vegetable oil heated to medium-high. Dredge fish in flour mixture, shaking off excess and fry in oil until brown on both sides. This should take about 10 or more minutes per side. Make sure not to burn by adjusting heat and checking often, lowering heat when necessary. You can cover the pan with a large top during part of the cooking to make sure that fish get done. Take out one fish when both sides are browned well, and check the thickest part with a fork to make sure it is done. Do not overcook. Remove fish to plates and spoon sauce over top. Sprinkle lightly with sesame seeds. Serves 2.

last call

Toast of the Town An Across-the-Board Favorite by Tim McNally

This mash-up of the hands-down favorite Southern nut, a

wildly popular spirit, and blasting out of Carnival traveling headlong into festival season defines where we all happily find ourselves this third month of the year. And don’t look so surprised. Yes, this year, seemingly all shiny and new just a few moments ago, is 25 percent gone… already. The bright side is that this month’s featured cocktail nicely brings us together and closer to our regional roots.

It’s a sassy and spicy concoction from those folks who boldly suggested we call this side of Bourbon Street, South of Bourbon, “SoBou”. Even though they know how shoddy we all are with actual compass points. Oh, well, the intentions are laudable, and the drink is tasty and terrific. Here is a perfect “bridge” between the true close of winter and biding our moments before the onset of summer. New Orleans’ solution is the same as it always has been: we’ll take another one, thank you.

Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned

2 oz Sazerac Rye 0.25 oz Toasted Pecan Syrup 2 Dashes Black Walnut Bitters Shake together and serve over a large ice cube. If you wish, orange expression and cherry garnish can pull the entire cocktail together. SoBou, A Spirited Restaurant, 310 Chartres Street, 552-4095,

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dining listings H= New Orleans Magazine award winner


H Pizza Delicious pizza 617 Piety St., 676-8482, L, D Tue-Sun. Authentic New York-style thin crust pizza is the reason to come to this affordable restaurant , that also offers excellent salads sourced from small farms and homemade pasta dishes. Outdoor seating a plus. $ Carrollton Bourré AMERICAN 1510 S. Carrollton Ave., 510-4040. L, D Tue-Sun. “Elevated” street food along with quality daiquiris and wings are the draw at this newcomer from the team behind Boucherie. $$ Breads on Oak Bakery/Breakfast 8640 Oak St., 324-8271, B, L, seven days a week. Artisan bakeshop tucked away near the levee on Oak St. serves breads, breakfast, sandwiches, 100 percent vegan. $ City Park Café NOMA AMERICAN 1 Collins Diboll Cir., NO Museum of Art, 482-1264, CafeNoma. com. L, (snacks) Tue-Sun. Sleek bar and café in the ground floor of museum offers a thoughtful array of snacks, sandwiches and small plates that are sure to enchant, with a kids’ menu to boot. $$ CBD/Warehouse District Balise Louisianian Fare 640 Carondelet St., 459-4449, L Tue-Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Chef Justin Devillier turns back the clock at this turn-of-the-century inspired bistro in the CBD. Carefully crafted fare fits well alongside the excellent cocktail and beer list. $$$

H BH Steak Steakhouse Harrah’s Casino, 8 Canal St., 533-6111, HarrahsNewOrleans. com. D daily. Acclaimed chef John Besh reinterprets the classic steakhouse with his signature contemporary Louisiana flair. $$$$$

H Borgne Seafood 601 Loyola Ave.,

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appeal. $$$

burning oven, and an excellent raw bar. $$$

Drago’s Louisianian Fare Hilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St., 584-3911, L, D daily. This favorite specializes in charbroiled oysters, a dish they invented. Great deals on fresh lobster as well. $$$$

Q&C Hotel/Bar AMERICAN 344 Camp St., 587-9700, B, D daily, L Fri-Sun. Boutique hotel bar offering a small plates menu with tempting choices such as a Short Rib Poor Boy and Lobster Mac and Cheese to complement their sophisticated craft cocktails. $$

H Domenica Italian The Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 648-6020, L, D daily. Authentic, regional Italian cuisine. The menu of thin, lightly topped pizzas, artisanal salumi and cheese, and a carefully chosen selection of antipasti, pasta and entrées features locally raised products. $$$$ Emeril’s Louisianian Fare 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393, L Mon-Fri, D daily. The flagship of superstar chef Emeril Lagasse’s culinary empire, this landmark attracts pilgrims from all over the world. $$$$$

H Herbsaint Louisianian Fare 701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114, L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Enjoy a sophisticated cocktail before sampling chef Donald Link’s menu that melds contemporary bistro fare with classic Louisiana cuisine. The banana brown butter tart is a favorite dessert. $$$$$ H La Boca Steakhouse 870 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-8205, D Mon-Sat. This Argentine steakhouse specializes in cuts of meat along with pastas and wines. Specials include the provoleta appetizer and the Vacio flank steak. $$$

H Lüke World 333 St. Charles Ave., 378-2840, B, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Germanic specialties and French bistro classics, house-made pâtés and plateaux of cold, fresh seafood. $$$

613-3860, L, D daily. Coastal Louisiana with an emphasis on Isleños cuisine (descendants of Canary Islanders who settled in St. Bernard Parish) is the focus of this high-volume destination adjacent to the Superdome. $$$

Morton’s The Steakhouse Steakhouse 365 Canal St., One Canal Place, 566-0221, D daily. Private elevator leads to the plush, wood-paneled environs of this local outpost of the famed Chicago steakhouse popular with politicians and celebrities. $$$$

Calcasieu Specialty Foods 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2188, For large and small gatherings, the catering menus feature modern Louisiana cooking and the Cajun cuisine for which chef Donald Link is justifiably famous.

Mother’s Louisianian Fare 401 Poydras St., 523-9656, B, L, D daily. Locals and tourists alike endure long lines to enjoy iconic dishes such as the Ferdi poor boy and Jerry’s jambalaya. Come for a late lunch to avoid the rush. $$

H Cochon Louisianian Fare 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123, L, D, Mon-Sat. Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski feature Cajun and Southern cuisine. Boudin and other pork dishes reign supreme, along with Louisiana seafood and real moonshine Reservations recommended. $$

H Desi Vega’s Steakhouse Steakhouse 628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600, L Mon-Fri, D Tue-Sat. USDA Prime steaks form the base of this menu, but Italian specialties and a smattering of locally inspired seafood dishes round out the

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Mulate’s Louisianian Fare 201 Julia St., 5221492, L, D daily. Live music and dancing add to the fun at this world-famous Cajun destination. $$ Palace Café World 605 Canal St., 523-1661, B, L, D daily. Cassic New Orleans restaurant, the Dickie Brennan and Palace Cafe team evolve traditional Creol dishes. Enjoy specialty cocktails and small plates at the Black Duck Bar. $$$

H Pêche Seafood 800 Magazine St., 5221744, L, D Mon-Sat. Award-winning southern-inspired seafood destination by Chef Donald Link serves whole roasted Gulf fish from its massive, wood-

HRed Gravy Bakery/Breakfast 4125 Camp St., 561-8844, B, Br, L, Wed-Mon. Farm-to-table brunch restaurant offers a creative array of items such as Cannoli Pancakes and Skillet Cakes, as well as delectable sandwiches and more. Homemade pastas and authentic Tuscan specialties round out the menu. $$ H Restaurant August AMERICAN 301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777, L Fri, D daily. James Beard Award-winning menu is based on classical techniques of Louisiana cuisine and produce with a splash of European flavor set in an historic carriage warehouse. $$$$$ Rock-N-Sake Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 823 Fulton St., 581-7253, L Fri, D Tue-Sun, late night Fri-Sat. Fresh sushi and contemporary takes on Japanese favorites in an upbeat, casual setting. $$$ Ruth’s Chris Steak House Steakhouse Harrah’s Hotel, 525 Fulton St., 587-7099, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Filet mignon, creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin are the most popular dishes at this steak institution. There are also great seafood choices and top-notch desserts. $$$$$ Sac-A-Lait Seafood 1051 Annunciation St., 324-3658, D TueSat, L Fri. Cody and Sam Carroll’s shrine to Gulf Coast and Louisiana culinary heritage melds seafood, game, artisan produce, and craft libations in an ambitious menu that celebrates local and southern cuisine. $$$$ The Grill Room AMERICAN Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., 522-6000, B, L, D daily, Br Sun. Modern American cuisine with a distinctive New Orleans flair, the adjacent Polo Club Lounge offers live music nightly. Jazz Brunch on Sunday. $$$$$ Tommy’s Cuisine Italian 746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103, D daily. Classic Creole-Italian cuisine is the name of the game at this upscale eatery. Appetizers include the namesake oysters Tommy, baked in the shell with Romano cheese, pancetta and roasted red pepper. $$$$$ Central City Café Reconcile Louisiana fare 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157, CafeReconcile. org. L Mon-Fri. Good food for a great cause, this nonprofit on the burgeoning OCH corridor helps train at-risk youth for careers in the food service industry. $$ Covington Don’s Seafood seafood 126 Lake Dr., (985) 327-7111, L, D Daily. Popular neighborhood seafood joint offers an array of crowd-pleasing south

Louisiana dishes, including char-broiled oysters and Zydeco shrimp. Kid’s Menu makes it a good choice for families. $$$ Faubourg Marigny The Marigny Brasserie AMERICAN 640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472, MarignyBrasserie. com. L, D daily. Chic neighborhood bistro with traditional dishes like fried green tomatoes and innovative cocktails such as the cucumber Collins. $$$ Faubourg St. John

H Café Degas French 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635, L, D Wed-Sat, Br Sun. Salad Niçoise, Hanger steak and frites are served in a lovely enclosed courtyard at this jewel of a French bistro. $$

H 1000 Figs World 3141 Ponce De Leon St., 301-0848, L, D Tue-Sat. Vegetarian-friendly offshoot of the Fat Falafel Food Truck offers a healthy farm-to-table alternative to cookie-cutter Middle Eastern places. $$ French Quarter Acme Oyster House Louisianian Fare 724 Iberville St., 522-5973, L, D daily. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$

H Arnaud’s Louisianian Fare 813 Bienville St., 523-5433, D daily, Br Sun. Waiters in tuxedos prepare Café Brûlot tableside at this storied Creole grande dame; live jazz during Sun. brunch. $$$$$ Arnaud’s Remoulade Italian 309 Bourbon St., 523-0377, L, D daily. Home of the eclectic menu of famous shrimp Arnaud, red beans and rice and poor boys as well as specialty burgers, grilled all-beef hot dogs and thin-crust pizza. $$ Antoine’s Louisianian Fare 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422, L, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. This pinnacle of haute cuisine and birthplace of oysters Rockefeller is New Orleans’ oldest restaurant. (Every item is à la carte, with an $11 minimum.) Private dining rooms available. $$$$$ Antoine’s Annex Specialty Foods 513 Royal St., 525-8045, Open daily. Serves French pastries, including individual baked Alaskas, ice cream and gelato, as well as panini, salads and coffee. Delivery available. BB King’s Blues Club Barbecue 1104 Decatur St., 934-5464, new-orleans. L, D daily. New Orleans outpost of music club named for the famed blues musician with a menu loaded with BBQ and southern specialties. Live music and late hours are a big part of the fun. $$$ Bayou Burger Burgers 503 Bourbon St., 529-4256, L, D daily. Sports bar in the thick of Bourbon Street scene distinguishes its fare with choices like Crawfish Beignets and Gator Bites. $$ Bourbon House Seafood 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111, B, L, D daily, Br Sun. Local seafood, featured in both classic and contemporary dishes, is the focus of this New Orleans-centric destination. And yes,

bourbon is offered as well. $$$ Bayona World 430 Dauphine St., 5254455, L Wed-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Chef Susan Spicer’s nationally acclaimed cuisine is served in this 200-year-old cottage. Ask for a seat on the romantic patio, weather permitting. $$$$$ Broussard’s French 819 Conti St., 5813866, D daily, Br Sun. Creole-French institution also offers beautiful courtyard seating. $$$$

H Cane & Table Gastropub 1113 Decatur St., 581-1112, L Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Open late, this chefdriven rustic colonial cuisine with rum and “proto-Tiki” cocktails make this a fun place to gather. $$ Chartres House Italian 601 Chartres St., 586-8383, L, D daily. This iconic French Quarter bar serves terrific Mint Juleps and Gin Fizzes in its picturesque courtyard and balcony settings. Also famous for its fried green tomatoes and other local favorite dishes. $$$ Court of Two Sisters Louisianian Fare 613 Royal St., 522-7261, Br, D daily. The historic environs make for a memorable outdoor dining experience. The famous daily Jazz Brunch buffet and classic Creole dishes sweeten the deal. $$$$$ Criollo Louisianian Fare Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 681-4444, B, L, D daily. Next to the famous Carousel Bar in the historic Monteleone Hotel, Criollo represents an amalgam of the various

Louisiana cultures, with a contemporary twist. $$$ Crazy Lobster Seafood 500 Port of New Orleans Place, Suite 83, 569-3380, L, D daily. Boiled seafood and festive atmosphere come together at this seafood-centric destination overlooking the Mississippi River. Outdoor seating a plus. $$$ Creole Cookery Seafood 508 Toulouse St., Suite C110, 524-9632, L, D daily. Crowd-pleasing destination in the French Quarter offers an expansive menu of Creole favorites and specialty cocktails served with New Orleans flair. $$$ Deanie’s Seafood Seafood 841 Iberville St., 581-1316, L, D daily. Louisiana seafood, baked, broiled, boiled and fried is the name of the game. Try the barbecue shrimp or towering seafood platters. $$$

H Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House Seafood 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111, B, L, D daily, Br Sun. Classic Creole dishes, such as redfish on the halfshell, and an Oyster Bar. Its extensive bourbon menu will please aficionados. $$$$ Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse Steakhouse 716 Iberville St., 522-2467, L Fri, D daily. Nationally recognized steakhouse serves USDA Prime steaks and local seafood. Validated Parking next door. $$$$

H Doris Metropolitan Steakhouse 620 Chartres St., 267-3500, L Fri-Sun, D daily. Innovative steakhouse plays with expectations and succeeds with modernist dishes like their Classified Cut and Beetroot Supreme. $$$$ El Gato Negro World 81 French Market Place, 525-9752, L, D daily. Central Mexican cuisine along with hand-muddled mojitos and margaritas made with freshly squeezed juice. A weekend breakfast menu is an additional plus. $$ Galatoire’s Louisianian Fare 209 Bourbon St., 525-2021, L, D Tue-Sun. Friday lunches are a New Orleans tradition at this world-famous French-Creole grand dame. Tradition counts for everything here, and the crabmeat Sardou is delicious. Note: Jackets required for dinner and all day Sun. $$$$$ Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak Steakhouse 215 Bourbon St., 335-3932, L Fri, D SunThu. Steakhouse offshoot of the venerable Creole grande dame offers hand-crafted cocktails and classic steakhouse fare and inspired dishes. Reservations accepted. $$$

H GW Fins Seafood 808 Bienville St., 581FINS (3467), D daily. Owners Gary Wollerman and twice chef of the year Tenney Flynn provide dishes at their seasonal peak. On a quest for unique variety, menu is printed daily. $$$$$ Hard Rock Café AMERICAN 125 Bourbon St., 529-5617, L, D daily, Br SatSun. Local outpost of this global brand serves burgers, café fare and drinks in their rock

memorabilia-themed environs. $$ House of Blues Louisianian Fare 225 Decatur St., 310-4999, HouseOfBlues. com/NewOrleans. L, D daily. Good menu complements music in the main room. Worldfamous Gospel Brunch every Sunday. Patio seating available. $$ Irene’s Cuisine Italian 539 St. Philip St., 529-8881. D Mon-Sat. Long waits at the lively piano bar are part of the appeal of this Creole-Italian favorite beloved by locals. Try the oysters Irene and crabmeat gratin appetizers. $$$$ K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen Louisianian Fare 416 Chartres St., 596-2530, ChefPaul. com/KPaul. L Thu-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Paul Prudhomme’s landmark restaurant helped introduce Cajun food to the nation. Lots of seasoning and bountiful offerings, along with reserved seating, make this a destination for locals and tourists alike. $$$$

H Kingfish Seafood 337 Charters St., 598-5005, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Regionally inspired seafood dishes with carefully sourced ingredients and southern influence is the focus at this chefdriven French Quarter establishment. $$$ Le Bayou Seafood 208 Bourbon St., 5254755, L, D daily. Blackened redfish and Shrimp Ya-Ya are a just a few of the choices at this seafood-centric destination on Bourbon Street. $$$ Muriel’s Jackson Square Italian 801 Chartres St., 568-1885, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Enjoy local classics while march 2019 7 9

dining in the courtyard bar or any other room in this labyrinthine, rumored-to-be-haunted establishment. $$$$ Napoleon House Italian 500 Chartres St., 524-9752, L Mon-Sat, D Tue-Sat. Originally built in 1797 as a respite for Napoleon, this family-owned European-style café serves local favorites gumbo, jambalaya and muffulettas. A Sazerac or Pimm’s Cup are perfect accompaniments. $$ NOLA Louisianian Fare 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652, L Thu-Mon, D daily. Emeril’s more affordable eatery, featuring cedar-plankroasted redfish; private dining. $$$$$ Oceana Grill Seafood 739 Conti St., 5256002, B, L, D daily. Gumbo, poor boys and barbecue shrimp are served at this kid-friendly seafood destination. $$ Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro Gastropub 720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930, D daily. Wine is the muse at this bistro, which offers vino by the flight, glass and bottle. A classic menu with an emphasis on local cuisine. $$$

H Patrick’s Bar Vin Gastropub 730 Bienville St., 200-3180, D daily. This oasis of a wine bar offers terrific selections by the bottle and glass. Small plates are served as well. $$ Pier 424 Seafood 424 Bourbon St., 3091574, L, D daily. Seafood-centric restaurant offers long menu of traditional New Orleans fare augmented by

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unusual twists like “Cajun-Boiled” Lobster. $$$ Port of Call Burgers 838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120, L, D daily. It is all about the big, meaty burgers and giant baked potatoes in this popular bar/restaurant – unless you’re cocktailing only, then it’s all about the Monsoons. $$

H Restaurant R’evolution Italian 777 Bienville St., 553-2277, RevolutionNola. com. L Fri, D daily, Br Sun. An opulent place that combines the local flavors of chef John Folse with the cosmopolitan influence of chef Rick Tramonto. Chef de cuisine Jana Billiot and executive sous chef Gabriel Beard are in charge of day-to-day operations, which include house-made charcuterie, pastries, pastas and more. $$$$$ Ralph Brennan’s Red Fish Grill Italian 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200, L, D daily. Chef Austin Kirzner cooks up a broad menu peppered with local favorites such as barbecue oysters, blackened redfish and double-chocolate bread pudding. $$$$$ Rib Room AMERICAN Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, 621 St. Louis St., 529-7046, B, D daily, L MonSat, Br Sun. Old World elegance, house classic cocktails and Anthony Spizale’s broad menu of prime rib, stunning seafood and on Sundays a jazz brunch. $$$ Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar & Restaurant Louisianian Fare 301 Dauphine St., 5860972, B, Bar Lunch daily. Just a few steps off of Bourbon Street is this relaxing bar featuring an innovative menu with

dishes like Crawfish, Jalapeno-and-Bacon Mac and Cheese garnished with fried oysters. Live music a plus. $$$ Royal House Louisianian Fare 441 Royal St., 528-2601, L, D daily. B Sat and Sun. Poor boys, jambalaya and shrimp Creole are some of the favorites served here. Weekend breakfast and an oyster bar add to the crowd-pleasing appeal. $$$ SoBou Louisianian Fare 310 Chartres St., 552-4095, B, L, D daily. There is something for everyone at this “Modern Creole Saloon.” Decidedly unstuffy with an emphasis on craft cocktails and wines by the glass. Everything from $1 pork cracklins to an extravagant foie gras burger on an accomplished yet eclectic menus. $$

bar with plush British décor features live music during the week and late dinner and drinks on weekends. Nouveau Creole menu includes items such as Bombay drum. $$$$ The Pelican Club AMERICAN 312 Exchange Place, 523-1504, D daily. Serves an eclectic mix of hip food, from the seafood “martini” to clay-pot barbecued shrimp and a trio of duck. Three dining rooms available. $$$$$

H Tujague’s Louisianian Fare 823 Decatur St., 525-8676, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. For more than 150 years this landmark restaurant has been offering Creole cuisine. Favorites include a nightly six-course table d’hôté menu featuring a unique beef brisket with Creole sauce. $$$$$

H Tableau Louisianian Fare 616 S. Peter St., 934-3463, B Mon-Fri, L Mon-Sat, D daily, Brunch Sat-Sun. Gulf seafood such as Redfish Bienville and classic Creole brunch dishes like eggs Hussard are the highlights of this Dickie Brennan restaurant that shares space with Le Petite Théâtre. $$$

Garden District Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland’s AMERICAN 2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955, L Mon-Fri, D daily, Br Sun. Shiny, contemporary bistro serves Cajun-fusion fare along with its signature decadent desserts. Good lunch value to boot. $$

H The Bistreaux Louisianian Fare New Orleans Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000, html. B, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Dishes ranging from the casual (truffle mac and cheese) to the upscale (tuna tasting trio) are served in an elegant courtyard. $$

District Donuts Sliders Brew AMERICAN 2209 Magazine Street, 570-6945, B, L, D daily. Creative sliders (hello, pork belly) and super-creative donuts (think root beer float) are the hallmarks of this next-generation café. $

The Bombay Club Louisianian Fare Prince Conti Hotel, 830 Conti St., 577-2237, D daily. Popular martini

Hoshun Restaurant Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716, L, D daily. A wide variety of Asian cuisines, primarily dishes

culled from China, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. Private dining rooms available. $$

L, D daily. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$

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Austin’s Louisianian Fare 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., 888-5533, D Mon-Sat. Mr. Ed’s upscale bistro serves contemporary Creole fare, including seafood and steaks. $$$

2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697, D Tue-Sat, L Fri-Sat. Wood paneling, white tile and USDA Prime Beef served sizzling in butter are the hallmarks of this classic New Orleans steakhouse. $$$ Lakeview

H Cava Louisianian Fare 789 Harrison Ave., 304-9034. D daily. Fine dining (and excellent wine list) at this high-end Cajun and Creole restaurant that makes customer service a big part of the experience. $$$

H Mondo World 900 Harrison Ave., 2242633, L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Chef Susan Spicer’s take on world cuisine. This place has a deserved reputation for good food and good times. $$$ Lower Garden District The Tasting Room Gastropub 1906 Magazine St., 581-3880, TTRNewOrleans. com. D Tue-Sun. Flights of wine and sophisticated small plates are the calling cards for this wine bar. $$ Metairie H Andrea’s Restaurant Italian 3100 19th St., 834-8583, L Mon-Sat, D daily, Br Sun. Osso buco and homemade pastas in a setting that’s both elegant and intimate; off-premise catering. $$$ Acme Oyster House Louisianian Fare 3000 Veterans Blvd., 309-4056,

Boulevard American Bistro AMERICAN 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 889-2301. L, D daily. Classic American cuisine including steaks, chops and more is augmented by regional favorites like Boulevard Oysters at this Metairie bistro. $$$ café B AMERICAN 2700 Metairie Road, 9344700, D daily, L Mon-Fri. Br Sun. Ralph Brennan offers New American bistro fare with a Louisiana twist at this familyfriendly neighborhood spot. $$$ Caffe! Caffe! AMERICAN 3547 N. Hullen St., 267-9190. B, L Mon-Sat. & 4301 Clearview Parkway, 885-4845. B, L daily; D Mon-Sat. Healthy, refreshing meal options, and gourmet coffee and espresso drinks create a tasteful retreat for Metairie diners at a reasonable price. $ Crabby Jack’s Louisianian Fare 428 Jefferson Highway, 833-2722, L Mon-Sat. Lunch outpost of Jacques-Imo’s. Famous for its fried seafood and poor boys including fried green tomatoes and roasted duck. $ Deanie’s Seafood Seafood 1713 Lake Ave., 831-4141, L, D daily. Louisiana seafood, baked, broiled, boiled and fried, is the name of the game. Try the barbecue

shrimp or towering seafood platters. $$$


Don’s Seafood seafood 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 889-1550, L, D Daily. Metairie outpost of historic local seafood chain that dates from 1934. Features an array of Cajun and seafood classics like their original ‘Jacked Up’ Oysters and seafood platters. Don’t miss their happy hour specials. $$$

Vincent’s Italian Cuisine Italian 4411 Chastant St., 885-2984, Metairie, L Tue-Fri, D MonSat. Snug Italian boîte packs them in, yet manages to remain intimate at the same time. The cannelloni is a house specialty. $$$

Drago’s Louisianian Fare 3232 N. Arnoult Road, 888-9254, L, D Mon-Sat. This favorite specializes in charbroiled oysters, a dish they invented. Great deals on fresh lobster as well. $$$$

1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271, L Tue-Fri & Sun, D Tue-Sun. One of the classic New Orleans steakhouses. Steaks, sides and drinks are what you get. $$$$

Mr. Ed’s Seafood and Italian Restaurant Seafood 1001 Live Oak St., 838-0022, L, D Mon-Sat. Neighborhood restaurant specializes in seafood and Italian offerings such as stuffed eggplant and bell pepper. Fried seafood and sandwiches make it a good stop for lunch. $$

Five Happiness Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935, L, D daily. This longtime Chinese favorite offers up an extensive menu including its beloved mu shu pork and housebaked duck. $$

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Steakhouse 3633 Veterans Blvd., 888-3600, RuthsChris. com. L Fri, D daily. Filet mignon, creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin are the most popular dishes at this steak institution, and great seafood choices and top-notch desserts. $$$$$ Sucré Specialty Foods 3301 Veterans Blvd., 834-2277, Desserts daily. Open late weekends. Chocolates, pastry and gelato draw rave reviews at this dessert destination. Beautiful packaging makes this a great place to shop for gifts. Catering


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Gracious Bakery + Café Bakery/Breakfast 1000 S. Jeff Davis Parkway, Suite 100, 301-3709, B, L daily. Boutique bakery offers small-batch coffee, baked goods, individual desserts and sandwiches on breads made in-house. Catering options available. $

H Katie’s Restaurant and Bar Louisianian Fare 3701 Iberville St., 488-6582, L, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Creative poor boys, local dishes such as gumbo and Sunday brunch make this a neighborhood favorite. $$

H Liuzza’s Italian 3636 Bienville St., 482-9120, L, D daily. Classic march 2019 8 1

neighborhood joint serves favorites like the “Frenchuletta,” stuffed artichokes and andouille gumbo. Kid’s menu offered. $$

H Mandina’s Louisianian Fare 3800 Canal St., 482-9179, L, D daily. Though the ambiance is more upscale, the food and seafood dishes make dining here a New Orleans experience. $$

H Mona’s Café World 3901 Banks St., 4827743. L, D daily. Middle Eastern specialties such as baba ganuj, beef or chicken shawarma, falafel and gyros. The lentil soup and desserts, such as sticky sweet baklava, round out the menu. $

H MoPho Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 514 City Park Ave., 482-6845, L, D Wed-Mon. Vietnamese cuisine meets southern Louisiana in this upscale casual hybrid by chef Michael Gulotta. Mix-and-match pho and an interesting poor boy menu rounds out the appeal. $$$ Parkway Bakery and Tavern AMERICAN 538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047, ParkwayPoorBoys. com. L, D Wed-Mon. Featured on national TV and having served poor boys to presidents, it stakes a claim to some of the best sandwiches in town. Their french fry version with gravy and cheese is a classic at a great price. $ Ralph’s On The Park Italian 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000, Br Sun, L Tue-Fri, D daily. A modern interior and contemporary Creole dishes such as City Park salad, turtle soup, barbecue Gulf shrimp and good cocktails. $$$$

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N. Carrollton Ave., 252-4999, ToupsMeatery. com. L, D Tue-Sat. Charcuterie, specialty cocktails and an exhaustive list of excellent à la carte sides make this restaurant a carnivore’s delight. $$$ Multiple Locations Café du Monde Bakery/Breakfast This New Orleans institution has been serving fresh café au lait, rich hot chocolate and positively addictive beignets since 1862 in the French Market 24/7. $ CC’s Coffee House Bakery/Breakfast Coffeehouse specializing in coffee, espresso drinks and pastries. $ Copeland’s Louisianian Fare L, D daily, Br Sun. Al Copeland’s namesake chain includes favorites such as Shrimp Ducky. Popular for lunch. $$ Little Tokyo Asian Fusion/Pan Asian L, D daily. Multiple locations of this popular Japanese sushi and hibachi chain make sure that there’s always a specialty roll within easy reach. $$ Martin Wine Cellar AMERICAN Wine by the glass or bottle to go with daily lunch specials, burgers, soups, salads and deli-style sandwiches. $ Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House Seafood L, D daily. A seafood lover’s paradise offers an array of favorites like shrimp Creole, crawfish etouffée, blackened redfish and more. A raw bar featuring gulf oysters both charbroiled

and raw. $$$

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Reginelli’s Pizzeria pizza L, D daily. Pizzas, pastas, salads, fat calzones and lofty focaccia sandwiches are at locations all over town. $$

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H Ruby Slipper Café Bakery/Breakfast B, L daily, Br Sun. Homegrown chain specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes with unique local twists such as bananas Foster French toast and barbecue shrimp and grits. $$ Theo’s Pizza L, D daily. The cracker-crisp crust pizzas are complemented by a broad assortment of toppings with local ingredients at cheap prices. $$ Zea’s Rotisserie and Grill AMERICAN L, D daily. Drawing from a wide range of worldly influences, this popular spot serves a variety of grilled items, appetizers, salads, side dishes, seafood, pasta and other entrées. Catering services available. $$$

Hampson St., 252-9928, CarrolltonMarket. com. L Sat-Sun, D Tue-Sat. Modern Southern cuisine manages to be both fun and refined at this tasteful boîte. $$$ Upper 9th Ward St. Roch Market Louisianian Fare 2381 St. Claude Ave., 615-6541, B, L, D daily. Historic St. Claude Marketplace with open dining space houses a broad collection of independent eateries including craft cocktails and more. $$ Uptown Audubon Clubhouse AMERICAN 6500 Magazine St., 212-5282, AudubonInstitute. org. B, L Tue-Sat, Br Sun. A kid-friendly menu with local tweaks and a casually upscale sandwich and salad menu. $$

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Bouligny Tavern Gastropub 3641 Magazine St., 891-1810, D MonSat. Carefully curated small plates, inventive cocktails and select wines are the focus of this stylish offshoot of John Harris’s nationally acclaimed Lilette. $$

S. Carrollton Ave., 862-5514, L Tue-Sat, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Serving contemporary Southern food with an international angle, chef Nathaniel Zimet offers excellent ingredients presented simply. $$

Camellia Grill AMERICAN 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679. B, L, D daily. A venerable diner whose essential character has remained intact and many of the original waiters have returned. Credit cards are now accepted. $

Brigtsen’s Louisianian Fare 723 Dante St., 861-7610, D Tue-Sat. Chef Frank Brigtsen’s nationally famous Creole cuisine makes this cozy cottage a true foodie

Casamento’s Louisianian Fare 4330 Magazine St., 895-9761, L Thu-Sat, D ThuSun. The family-owned restaurant has shucked oysters and fried seafood since 1919; closed


during summer and for all major holidays. $$ Clancy’s Louisianian Fare 6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111, L ThuFri, D Mon-Sat. Their Creole-inspired menu has been a favorite of locals for years. $$$ Commander’s Palace Louisianian Fare 1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221, L Mon-Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. The grande dame is going strong under the auspices of James Beard Awardwinner chef Tory McPhail. Jazz Brunch is a great deal. $$$$

H Coquette French 2800 Magazine St., 265-0421, L Fri, D daily, Br Sun. The food is French in inspiration and technique, with added imagination from the chefs. $$$ Dick and Jenny’s Louisianian Fare 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880, DickAndJennys. com. D Mon-Sat. A funky cottage serving Louisiana comfort food with flashes of innovation. $$$$

H Gautreau’s Louisianian Fare 1728 Soniat St., 899-7397, D Mon-Sat. Upscale destination serves refined interpretations of classics along

H La Crêpe Nanou French 1410 Robert St., 899-2670, D daily, Br Sun. Classic French bistro fare, including terrific moules and decadent dessert crêpes, are served nightly at this neighborhood institution. $$$ La Petite Grocery French 4238 Magazine St., 891-3377, L Tue-Sat,

D daily, Br Sun. Elegant dining in a convivial atmosphere. The menu is heavily Frenchinspired with an emphasis on technique. $$$ Lilette French 3637 Magazine St., 8951636, L Tue-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Chef John Harris’ innovative menu draws discerning diners to this highly regarded bistro. Desserts are wonderful as well. $$$$$

H Magasin Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 4201 Magazine St., 896-7611, L, D Mon-Sat. Pho, banh mi and vegetarian options are offered at this attractive and budget-friendly Vietnamese restaurant. Café sua da is available as well. $ Pascal’s Manale Italian 1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877, L MonFri, D Mon-Sat. A neighborhood favorite since 1913 and the place to go for the creation of barbecued shrimp. Its oyster bar serves freshly shucked Louisiana oysters and the Italian specialties and steaks are also solid. $$$$

H Patois World 6078 Laurel St., 895-9441, L Fri, D Wed-Sat, Br Sun. French food, with influences from across the Mediterranean as well as the American South, all filtered through the talent of chef Aaron Burgau. Reservations recommended. $$$ Pizza Domenica pizza 4933 Magazine St., 301-4978, L Fri-Sun, D daily. A pizza centric spinoff of the popular Restaurant Domenica brings Neapolitanstyle pies to Uptown. Excellent salads and

charcuterie boards are offered as well. $$

small plates. $$

H Shaya World 4213 Magazine St., 891-

Ye Olde College Inn AMERICAN 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683, CollegeInn1933. com. D Tue-Sat. Serves up classic fare, albeit with a few upscale dishes peppering the menu. $$$

4213, L, D daily. James Beard Award-winning menu pays homage to Israel at this contemporary Israeli hotspot. $$$ Sucré Specialty Foods 3025 Magazine St., 520-8311, Desserts daily & nightly. Open late weekends. Chocolates, pastry and gelato draw rave reviews at this dessert destination. Beautiful packaging makes this a great place to shop for gifts. Catering available.

H The Company Burger Burgers 4600 Freret St., 267-0320, TheCompanyBurger. com. L, D daily. Custom-baked butter-brushed buns and fresh-ground beef patties make all the difference at this excellent burger hotspot. Draft beer and craft cocktails round out the appeal. $

Vincent’s Italian Cuisine Italian 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313, VicentsItalianCuisine. com. L Tue-Fri, D Tue-Sun. Snug Italian boîte packs them in yet manages to remain intimate at the same time. The cannelloni is a house specialty. $$$ Warehouse District Lucy’s World 710 Tchoupitoulas St., 5238995, L, D daily. Island-themed oasis with a menu that cherrypicks tempting dishes from across the globe’s tropical latitudes. Popular for lunch, and the after-work crowds stay into the wee hours. $

The Delachaise Gastropub 3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858, D daily. Cuisine elevated to the standards of the libations is the draw at this lively wine bar and gastropub. Food is grounded in French bistro fare with eclectic twists. $$ H Upperline AMERICAN 1413 Upperline St., 891-9822, D Wed-Sun. Consummate hostess JoAnn Clevenger presents this nationally heralded favorite. The oft-copied fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade originated here. $$$$ H Wayfare AMERICAN 4510 Freret St., 3090069, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Creative sandwiches and southern-inspired

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ADVERTISING SECTION “‘Custom build’ isn’t just a catch phrase for us. It’s a promise that your home will be built with your needs and vision in mind—it will be the home you have always imagined and more,” says Fleishmann. For more information, please call 504-454-5411 or 504-913-3030. To view photo galleries, visit and like Titan Construction on Facebook. Founded in 1971, The Hopkins Company architectural firm has designed new homes that fulfill clients’ dreams with an inspired touch across the Gulf South. New Orleans-based architect George Hopkins, distinguished author of Creating Your Architectural Style, endeavors to address each client’s residential needs with the thoughtful insight of a trusted friend and the design capabilities of an accomplished expert. Every home that the design team creates is an individual architectural statement, and client satisfaction is the most important measure of the firm’s success. Listen and learn are the first two steps in the company’s design process, as communication between the client and architect are paramount to Hopkins’ creative design success. As a preeminent expert on architectural styles, George Hopkins is able to address clients’ needs in a variety of and subsequent styles, be it French, Italian, Neoclassical, or of contemporary influence. For more information and to view The Hopkins Company’s portfolio of work, visit To speak with the firm about the process to create your architectural design, call 504-838-8700.

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ew Orleans is a city known just as much for its homes as it is its food and music; its unique architecture is one of its most defining characteristics. People take great pride in their homes here, whether hundreds of years old or brand new. It’s not just the artfulness of the buildings that make them special, it’s also the Southern hospitality you encounter when you enter a New Orleans home. From the classic wooden louvered shutters that flank the windows to the painting hanging over your mantle, every aspect of the home tells a story about not only its history but also its current occupants. When building a new home or renovating and updating decor or design, you want to know that the choices you make will bring your family years of happiness. Local home professionals can help with everything from real estate, architecture, and construction to interior design, landscaping, and home accessories.

Architecture & Construction Titan Construction has been specializing in custom residential construction and renovations in Greater New Orleans for over 25 years. In addition to its core staff of professionals, Titan Construction employs highly skilled and experienced subcontractors who provide superior quality work and enable Titan to offer reasonable, affordable pricing. “We take building very seriously at Titan Construction. One of the most important things is understanding the clients’ expectations and then meeting those expectations throughout construction,” says Owner Stephen Fleishmann. The Titan team understands that a home is likely the largest investment someone will make in their lifetime.

Your home or business is more than a building—it’s a place where you make memories and meaningful decisions, a place where your comfort and stability are paramount. At Matthews Construction & Renovation LLC, owner Doug Matthews understands the importance of quality work, artful craftsmanship, and customized service. From repairs to renovations to full-scale, custom builds, Matthews Construction & Renovation approaches each job with a high level of integrity and over 100 years of combined experience in construction. Matthews and his team work with local, established architects and engineers to build your dream home from the ground up. In addition to new builds, Matthews Construction is also experienced in historic renovation. Commercially licensed, the company is well positioned to assist when your business is ready to move and expand. Matthews Construction & Renovation operates a full-scale mill shop in Mid-City New Orleans, producing quality doors, windows, cabinetry, and custom furniture crafted by skilled carpenters and cabinetmakers. For more information, visit or call 504-4530902 for a consultation.

Landscape Design Exterior Designs, Inc. is a full-service landscaping company offering design, construction, installation, and project management for residential or commercial landscapes. Exterior Designs is known locally for their New Orleans inspired landscapes. Beverly Katz, owner and landscape designer, creates her signature look by blending the timeless Spanish and French influences of the city’s architecture with functional solutions for the modern homeowner. Exterior Designs has become well known for their exceptional ability to transform even the largest of landscapes into intimate spaces perfect for entertaining and relaxing. An interior designer before realizing her talent for landscape architecture, Beverly has a keen eye for detail combined with an affinity for problem solving, drainage, plant material problems, and space planning as these aspects are essential. Planning in phases is another one of Beverly’s specialties. Because of her background, her creations are an extension of her clients’ homes. When Beverly visits for the initial consultation, she takes note of the client’s design aesthetic, drawing inspiration from the home’s interior. Visit for design inspiration or call 504-866-0276 for a consultation.

Interiors: Design & Decor Hurwitz-Mintz Furniture features one of the nation’s largest selections of home furnishings. From the value-oriented customer to the shopper looking for the finest in-home furnishings, Hurwitz march 2019 8 5


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Mintz can satisfy all your needs. With magnificently displayed showrooms and a state-of-the-art warehouse, Hurwitz-Mintz has over 300,000 square feet of facilities to service your furniture needs. Whatever your style preference, you can choose from the finest names in the furniture industry. To assist you in your purchase, Hurwitz-Mintz offers a staff of highly qualified professionals. Specialized designers can perform a total interior decorating service at no cost when you purchase from the store. They will work with you to express your individuality and help bring your ideas to reality. The team at Hurwitz-Mintz is confident you will be happy with your purchase, and they stand ready to assist you with any questions. Visit or call 504-378-1000 for more information

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For nearly a quarter of a century, Nordic Kitchens & Baths has been a trusted, go-to source for New Orleans area homeowners and builders for highest quality products in kitchen and bath design. Originally founded in 1986 by a Norwegian master cabinetmaker and his stepson, the current owner, Nordic was one of the first manufacturers of European cabinetry in the city of New Orleans. Now in its 24th year, the company has evolved to focus on the overall design and furnishing of products for upscale kitchens and baths. Nordic expanded its luxury products beyond cabinetry to also include appliances, plumbing fixtures, and more. The company thrives thanks to satisfied, repeat customers who seek the company’s expertise and quality-driven approach time and again. From cuttingedge cabinet finishes and countertop surfaces to top of the line indoor and outdoor kitchen appliances and freestanding soaking tubs, Nordic Kitchens and Baths reliably supplies the latest offerings by industry-leading brands. Visit Nordic Kitchens and Baths at 1818 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie or online at “Working with clients to design a space reflective of their lifestyle and personality is a dream,” shares Susan Currie, Principal Designer at Susan Currie Design. The Susan Currie Design team specializes in kitchen remodels and bathroom renovations, as well as whole-home interior design and commercial projects. “Providing clients with a gorgeous space they’re proud of is only part of our job. We take great care to understand their needs and how a space will function. We’ve forged strong relationships with craftsmen, who help turn our designs into a reality we’re confident our clients will appreciate,” says Susan. As seasoned professionals, the Susan Currie Design team tackles a project from demolition to completion, not letting the tiniest detail go unnoticed. With a penchant for color, Susan and her team specialize in coordinating color palettes, texture and patterns. Their

ADVERTISING SECTION take on interior design provides an energetic flare to any space and offers clients a unique perspective on their own style. For more info or to schedule a consultation, visit or call 504-862-5800. With over two decades of experience in interior design, Lynne Uhalt has worked on projects across the country, from New York and Palm Beach to the exquisite homes of New Orleans. Every project is unique, as Lynne draws on each client for inspiration—their lifestyle and dreams, their collections and preferences. Lynne is known for her classic, warm and sophisticated approach further informed by her passion for art, antiques and the unmistakable charm of Southern hospitality. A New Orleans native, Lynne Uhalt has also lived in New York and London, having studied at the New York School of Interior Design and Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. She founded Lynne Uhalt Interiors in 2009 and has earned a reputation for gracefully curating spaces in which to live, love, enjoy and entertain. She offers invaluable knowledge from the start of a project, able to review architectural plans and work in tandem with architects and contractors on all design selections. For more information and to view her portfolio, visit, or call 504-458-3524. Celebrating 50 years later this fall, locally based Auraluz offers one-of-a-kind gifts and home accessories. Also known for its children's clothing—including its own Auraluz signature, handembroidered clothing brand—Auraluz is a one-stop-shop with items perfect for all occasions. Product offerings range from kitchen tools and home accessories to candles, locally themed items, personal care, dolls, plush, books and toys. You'll also find one of the largest selections of Maison Berger/ Lampe Berger fragrance products at Auraluz. Centrally located in Metairie, just one block from Clearview and West Esplanade, Auraluz occupies a freestanding building

with plenty of parking, which makes it a great spot for stressfree shopping. Auraluz also offers easy online ordering through, complete with a baby-bridal-gift registry. The store is open 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday. Auraluz is located at 4408 Shores Drive in Metairie. For more information, call 504-888-3313 or visit Antieau Gallery, located at 4532 Magazine Street, showcases the work of celebrated and admired fabric-appliqué artist Chris Roberts-Antieau. As a self-taught visionary artist, Antieau’s work tells stories of nature, perception, and the human experience. Her work is featured in museums all over the country, including Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum, and in the personal collections of influential people including former President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey. Chris Roberts-Antieau has consistently been a pioneer of machine embroidery. Her main body of work, which she calls “fabric paintings,” are highly sophisticated tapestries created in her signature style of fabric appliqué and intricate embroidery, crafted on a simple Bernina sewing machine. This spring, the Magazine Street gallery will debut a new installation featuring Antieau’s Birds of Prey, an exquisite silk, embroidered dress. Stop in Uptown (4532 Magazine St.) or in the French Quarter (927 Royal St.) to view the works of Chris Roberts-Antieau and expand your art collection with works by this truly unique artist. For more information, visit After 40 wonderful years on Magazine Street, Talebloo Rugs is closing its doors forever. As the largest purveyor of new and antique Persian and area rugs in the Gulf South, the iconic store is offering its entire inventory—thousands of rugs—at deep discounts of up to 50-80 percent off. Talebloo Rugs is famous for its vast collection of rugs in all sizes, shapes, colors, and designs imported from Persia, march 2019 8 7

ADVERTISING SECTION India, Pakistan, China, Turkey, and other regions of the globe. The handmade rugs come in traditional, transitional, and contemporary designs. Interior designers and homeowners will want to visit Talebloo Rugs in these final weeks to receive unbelievable prices on all rugs. This is your opportunity to buy the rug you’ve always wanted and save thousands. Special store closing hours run 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Don’t wait—visit Talebloo Rugs before its doors close forever at 2015 Magazine Street. For more info, call 504-581-9700 or visit

surroundings. Home sites are available on the water starting at $100,000. Both the homes and home sites within this community provide unique opportunities to create the perfect home or weekend getaway. It’s time to relax, unplug, make memories and create new traditions at Big Bay. Whether you are a boating or fishing enthusiast, or just a family who loves to make a big splash, Big Bay Lake is simply about the lure of the water. Come enjoy sun-kissed, fun-filled days at Big Bay Lake, where the little things make life… “Big!” Big Bay Lake is only 90 minutes from New Orleans. Call for a boat tour today at 877-4BIG-BAY or visit

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Architectural & Cultural Events

New Orleans is a city of neighborhoods, each with their own unique character, restaurants, and commercial corridors. It is also a city enriched by vibrant architecture and full of real estate opportunities. Witry Collective is a brokerage that transforms every aspect of the real estate experience. Their professionals offer decades of industry knowledge and access to trusted resources. The firm differs from the traditional brokerage model by providing a dynamic collective approach. Each client has a primary fiduciary agent and is supported by a comprehensive team of experts. To ensure a seamless consumer experience and yield the ultimate, desired results, Witry Collective utilizes leading technology in communication and contract management. The only constant in the real estate market is change, and Witry Collective sees flux as an opportunity to leverage their relationships and further assist clients in building equity, generational wealth, and maintaining assets. For more information, visit, call 504-291-2022 or join Witry Collective on social media.

New Orleans 83rd Spring Fiesta, March 30-31 and April 6-7, celebrates the cultural heritage and architecture of the city. Come see what is behind those mysterious shutters! Spring Fiesta offers home and courtyard tours, history and architecture tours, the Queen’s Promenade and Parade, as well as brunch at New Orleans favorite, Antoine’s Restaurant. Guests learn about the history, elegance, and mystery of the French Quarter, the Vieux Carré. Visitors take self-guided tours of private homes not ordinarily open to the public. Different homes will be opened in the French Quarter March 31 and April 7 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Uptown Tour is March 30. French Quarter guided history tours are offered all four days at 10 a.m. Don’t miss brunch at Antoine’s on April 6 at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or the promenade and parade on March 12th at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Visit for information and reservations. Advance tickets are available at SpringFiesta2019 or at the Spring Fiesta House, 826 St. Ann St., the day of the event. For more information, email or call 504-581-1367. •

Big Bay Lake is a one-of-a-kind planned community on Mississippi's largest private recreational lake. Located just outside of Hattiesburg, Big Bay Lake blends seamlessly into its natural

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Summer Camps


ummers are supposed to be fun, and while school may not sound like fun to every kid, plenty of schools in New Orleans offer fun ways to stay entertained, active, and excited during the summer season with summer camps. From exploring the outdoors to fostering a talent and furthering academic pursuits, camps are offered in just about every area of interest a child could imagine. Singing, dancing and acting will delight future stars, while sports camps increase athleticism through competitive exercise. Creative thinkers and tinkerers will enjoy activities in robotics, coding, and inventing while crafty young ones pursue art, baking, sewing, and building. Camps are open to children of all ages across New Orleans, and parents are welcoming the reprieve from entertaining the kids at home. Peruse the following offerings from area

schools and organizations for the upcoming summer season now, and you’ll be prepared with plans in place when summer rolls around. Have a “whale” of a summer on the 12-acre country campus of Arden Cahill Academy's Camp Corral. Cahill Camp Corral offers a relaxed environment where children continue to grow and develop during the summer months under the supervision of qualified teachers and experienced instructors. Activities and amenities include horseback riding, swimming, art, theater productions, sports, game room, petting farm, laptop lounge, academic enrichment classes, field days, dances, fishing, water slide, bounce house, overnight camp "in", archery, riflery, STEAM lab, discovery and much more. march 2019 8 9

ADVERTISING SECTION Campers ages 3-14 are welcome to attend (camper must turn 4 by Sept. 30). Conveniently located on the West Bank (10 minutes from the GNO Bridge), the camp runs 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with before and after care available. Hot lunches can be provided for an additional fee. Session 1 dates are May 28 - June 28 and Session 2 dates are July 1 - August 2 with an option for weekly rates. For more information or to register now, visit Camp Corral online at Broadway Theatre Connection (BTC) presents a five-day Musical Theatre Intensive July 30 - August 3 with Broadway’s finest mentors. BTC offers an exciting curriculum in Musical Theatre for young artists ages 8 to 18 years old who are interested in becoming well-rounded performers. Classes can include: Jazz, Theatre Dance, Tap, Voice, Acting a Song, Monologues and Sides, Original Broadway Choreography, and a Faculty Q+A. The students will have the opportunity to invite guests to view a portion of the curriculum presented during the Intensive at a showcase in Lupin Hall on NOCCA’s campus. Broadway Theatre Connection’s faculty is comprised of professionals currently working in the theatre industry or a reputable college theatre program. Visit the BTC Facebook page for announcements about the BTC faculty members coming to New Orleans in 2019. For acceptance to the Summer Intensive, Broadway Theatre Connection requires that a student have training in only one of the three disciplines of Musical Theatre: Dance, Acting, or Voice. No audition is required. Visit for details and registration. Space is limited and scholarships are available through the support and generosity of NOTA.

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This summer, Ursuline Academy is offering several exciting camp options for all girls rising toddler 3 through eighth grade. Camp U: A Camp for Every Girl provides individualized camp programs with an emphasis on the subjects your camper loves most. Empower your camper with fun challenges including creative problem solving, collaboration, and entrepreneurship through innovation with Camp Invention. For your little artist, singer or craftswoman, Camp Create offers art, singing, cooking, decorating, baking, sewing, creative writing, music, ceramics and more. Your shining star will have fun while gaining valuable performance skills in Camp Starstruck—playing improv games, learning about stage makeup, and rehearsing for the finale, Cinderella. For the athletes, there’s Camp of Champions lead by both district and state-winning coaches, as well as former college athletes and includes volleyball, softball, basketball, running, cheer, tennis and soccer. Learn more about Ursuline Academy’s various camp options at, or email for more information. Get ready for a fun-filled summer at Kehoe-France, where the school is celebrating its 71st summer camp season! Kehoe-France Summer Camp in Metairie offers an amazing opportunity for boys and girls to enjoy a wide variety of enrichment activities. Kehoe-France’s camp program includes swimming instruction each day for campers 4 years and older, daily toddler water play activities, tennis and tennis lessons, field sports, ceramics, arts & crafts, computer games, in-house field trips including the Bug Mobile, guest performers and waterslides, and much more on the school’s picturesque 14-acre campus. Campers ages 8 weeks to 13 years are welcome! Camp runs from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. with before and after care available. Lunch service is offered for an additional fee. Camp is offered for six (June 10-July 19) or eight

ADVERTISING SECTION (June 10-August 2) weeks. To learn more, call 504-733-0472 or attend a camp information session on Saturday, April 6th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Kehoe-France School is located at 720 Elise Avenue in Metairie. The Louisiana Children’s Museum is the cool place to play this summer with weekly themed camps that explore science, food, fitness, architecture, and more. Voyage into space, create constellations, and explore the stars. Discover creatures large and small that inhabit Louisiana’s wetlands and design an imaginary swamp creature. Be a paleontologist and dig for fossils; and use math to measure ingredients to cook up tasty kitchen creations. Learning has never been more fun! Louisiana Children’s Museum summer camps are $225 per week for members and $250 per week for non-members. Camps are designed for children ages 5-8. Choose from ten weeks of exciting camps May 28 -June 21. Camp is held daily from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Before- and after-care are also available for an additional weekly fee. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. To register or learn more about LCM summer camps, visit or call 504-523-1357. At Ecole Bilingue, the fun continues after the school year with Le camp d’été, which offers an incredible variety of summer programs for children two (must be potty-trained) through twelve years old. This year, Ecole Bilingue is excited to bring back many of its campers’ favorite activities, all infused with French lessons and the cultural immersion the school is known for. With expert counselors and over a decade of day camps under its belt, Ecole Bilingue understands exactly how to provide a safe, fun, and enriching experience for all campers. Located at Ecole Bilingue’s Uptown New Orleans campus with state-of-the-art facilities, Le camp d’été offers the perfect

environment in which children can thrive all through the summer and straight into the school year. Visit Ecole Bilingue’s website for a full list of dates, fees, and the form to enroll your child in Le camp d’été today. For this information and more, visit or call 504-896-4500. Campers, join your friends this summer at Lusher Summer Arts and Innovation Camp. Taught by Lusher teachers, camp runs from June 3rd through June 14th at Lusher’s Freret campus. The Arts Spark Camp (for rising 2nd-5th graders) and The Arts & Innovation Camp (for rising 6th-9th graders) are two unique camps designed to promote curiosity, creativity, and excitement on ageappropriate levels. Campers choose four classes from a variety of choices in areas such as Robotics, Improv, Coding, Design, Creative Writing, Karate, Photography, Film, Visual Art, Dance, Music, Claymation and more. Camp tuition is $500 for registered Lusher students and $550 for children attending other schools. New Orleans’ highest performing K-12 public school, Lusher is a National Blue Ribbon School in partnership with Tulane University. The school offers a rigorous, interdisciplinary and college-focused curriculum. For more information on Lusher’s summer programs and other offerings visit and Choose your adventure at Mount Carmel’s Summer Camp. Campers customize their summer fun by picking their favorite classes from a diverse and exciting selection. They will enjoy being artists, scientists, dancers, athletes, cheerleaders, chefs, detectives, designers, actresses, and so much more! Campers will explore their individual interests and uncover new talents as they make friends and have a blast. march 2019 9 1

ADVERTISING SECTION opportunities in academics, athletics, and the arts. Arts, sports, water fun, math, cheerleading, Jump Start, and the everpopular theater camp provide something for everyone. Don't miss the return of Creative Choice for Middle School featuring dance, music, baking, arts, fitness, yoga, sports, track 'n' field and more. Lunch is included in tuition, and before and after care are available for all camps, which take place June 10 through July 26, 2019. For more information on summer camp and the school, visit or call 504-269-1230.

Louisiana Children’s Museum MCA Summer Camp runs June 3-28. Camp is divided into two sections: girls entering second through fourth grade and girls entering fifth through eighth grade. Morning sessions are 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., and afternoon sessions are 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Camp classes are led by Mount Carmel faculty members with assistance from their students. A lunch program is offered and before and after care are also available. Registration opens March 12. Please visit to register, and get ready for a fun-filled summer at MCA. Make it a shining, fun-filled summer at Sacred Heart Summer Camp for girls and boys. For ages 1-13, Sacred Heart is excited to offer a wide variety of festive, fun summer camps and enrichment

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Take advantage of the spring and early summer months to acquaint yourself with Jefferson Parish’s rising elementary through high school, Young Audiences Charter School. Young Audiences’ research shows that students in arts programs are more likely to have improved grades, better test scores, and lower dropout rates. Additionally, the arts foster creativity, organization, and collaboration, and help students understand cultural identities. With over fifty years experience in arts education, Young Audiences Charter School integrates an arts-based curriculum reflective of this research in a creative, nurturing, and challenging academic environment for all students. Young Audiences Charter School is a tuition-free, open enrollment charter for all residents of Jefferson Parish. For the 2019-20 school year, it is enrolling Jefferson Parish students entering Kindergarten through 9th grade. The school will add a grade a year until it is K-12 in 2023. Currently, building of a new state-of-the-art campus is underway for 6-12 grades at 1000 Burmaster Street. Enrolled and accepted students may attend Young Audiences’ summer camp in June. All Kindergarten students may attend at no cost. For more information, visit or call 504-304-6332. • march 2019 9 3


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Travel Destinations


erhaps it’s a clear, calm lake or bayou with gleaming waters teeming with fish. Maybe it’s a casino resort with a concert amphitheater and exciting table games. Or maybe it’s sandy beaches that call to you this spring. New Orleans’ surrounding region offers countless ways to play to this season, and whether you prefer the glistening sun and a cool breeze or a relaxing meal and informative tour, you can find an excursion to suit your taste easily among the many nearby options. And if you’re thinking of faraway destinations, the local airport is conveniently positioned to deliver you across the ocean and to a foreign destination. Springtime is a season for awakening the senses and your sense of adventure. Explore these options and more as you plan your spring and summer vacations with family and friends.

Mississippi Adventures Take an island adventure this summer that won’t break the bank and is located only about 70 minutes from New Orleans. Mississippi’s finest beaches are located on Ship Island, approximately 11 miles offshore from the Gulf Coast cities of Gulfport and Biloxi. The undeveloped sand island is accessible only by boat. Ship Island Excursions offers daily passenger ferry service from the Gulfport Yacht Harbor and the Margaritaville Hotel Resort in Biloxi. Watch for Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins during an enjoyable 60-minute cruise. Part of Gulf Islands National Seashore, Ship Island offers visitors the first high quality, natural beaches for swimming and 9 4 march 2019

shelling east of New Orleans. Travel to a special place where the main attractions are long, quiet beaches, beautiful green water, and clean Gulf air. The nine-mile long barrier island also features historic Fort Massachusetts (circa 1858). Food service is available on the boats and the island. Chair and umbrella rentals are also available. During summer, the National Park Service offers a lifeguarded swim beach and fort tours. Ferry service operates March through October. Visit for info. Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort is “The New Way to Stay & Play” on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Treat yourself to a stay at its luxurious hotel, voted Best Casino Hotel by Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Observer. Start your Sunday mornings with a Jazz Brunch featuring live entertainment by Jesse Hill and bottomless mimosas and bellinis. Spice it up with a loaded Bloody Mary topped with a fresh lobster tail. Dive into All-You-Can-Eat Dungeness and Snow Crab at Scarlet Pearl’s Waterfront Buffet every weekend. Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort showcases 1,170 state-of-the-art slot machines, over 35 top-of-the-line table games and over 80 video poker games. If you are feeling really lucky, take a shot at a hole-inone at Lava Links Miniature Golf Course featuring a live, erupting volcano. Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort—your home away from home. Book your next ultimate getaway at or call 888-BOOK-SPC. march 2019 9 5


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Louisiana Treasures Take a walk through time as you enjoy a glimpse into the lives of fascinating people who have called St. Joseph Plantation home. Learn about the Priestly family and grandson H. H. Richardson, who was born at St. Joseph and became one of America’s most important architects of the 19th century. Explore the story of Valcour Aime, known as “The Louis XIV of Louisiana,” and his two daughters, Felicite and Josephine, to whom he gave St. Joseph Plantation and neighboring Felicity Plantation. Discover the stories of the slaves that

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lived here and the work they did. In 1877, the story of St. Joseph’s Plantation’s current family began when Joseph Waguespack purchased the plantation. Joseph’s descendants, the Waguespack and Simon families, have kept this sugarcane plantation thriving for over 135 years, operating the plantation with over 1,000 acres planted. Visit and learn about the sugarcane industry and its regional significance. Additionally, see where scenes from All The King’s Men, Skeleton Key, 12 Years a Slave, Underground, Queen Sugar, the remake of Roots, and four-time Oscar nominee Mudbound were filmed. Visit, or call 225-265-4078. Surrounded by the waters of Bayou Teche, Atchafalaya River, and the Atchafalaya Swamp Basin, the Cajun Coast, in St. Mary Parish is known for its natural splendor and “road less traveled” atmosphere. Spend a beautiful spring day exploring the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area or winding along the Bayou Teche Scenic Byway. Captain Caviar’s Swamp Tours take visitors through the Atchafalaya Basin, the largest overflow swamp in the country. Or, experience the wilderness by paddling through the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge or renting canoes and kayaks at Captain Caviar Swamp Tours in Patterson. Golfers love the Atchafalaya at Idlewild, rated the state’s number one golf course by Golfweek Magazine in 2008 and 2009. This spring, St Mary Parish is alive with festivals and events including the Basin Brew Fest and Brittany’s Project (March 16), 3rd Annual Songs on the Bayou Songwriter’s Festival and Conference (March 27-31), Cypress Sawmill Festival (April 5-7) the Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival (April 12-13), the Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show (April 12-14), Porch Fest, (April 27) and Rhythms on the River every Friday for nine weeks beginning April


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musicians. Spring in Covington boasts several other events, including the 8th Annual Taste of Covington, April 10-14, which celebrates local food and fine wine. The event takes place in conjunction with St. Tammany Art Association’s Spring for Art on April 13th. The historic city is excited to announce the fourth annual Covington Heritage Antique Festival, April 27-28, which will feature antiques, vintage collectibles and crafts, architectural salvage, appraisals, food, music, and much more. After attending your fests of choice, blissfully end your evening with an overnight stay at one of many charming bed and breakfasts. Visit for more information.

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5th. For more information, visit L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge is a unique casino entertainment complex that captures the feel of a Southern river lodge right in the heart of South Baton Rouge. Embracing local culture and cuisine, L’Auberge Baton Rouge offers a genuine Louisiana experience and fun atmosphere just a short drive from New Orleans. It features an expansive 74,000-square-foot casino with nearly 1,500 slot machines, 50 table games, a 12-story hotel with over 200 rooms and a rooftop pool, as well as three restaurants and a casino bar with breathtaking views of the Mississippi River. L’Auberge Baton Rouge is excited to unveil their new smoking veranda, Riverbend Terrace, opening in March. This open-air, smokefriendly gaming terrace will offer over 120 slot machines and sweeping views of the Mississippi River. L’Auberge welcomes country music singer-songwriter Sara Evans to the Event Center on Friday, April 5. Tickets start at $50 and the concert is reserved seating. Attendees must be 21 or older to enter the Casino and Event Center. To find out more about L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge, visit or find it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. In collaboration with Where Y’Art, the gallery at Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery is excited to host 300 More, an exhibition setting its sights on New Orleans’ next 300 years of history and preservation of culture. Following the city’s tricentennial celebration of 2018, 300 More celebrates the area’s unique ways of living and features the work of 32 local artists. The exhibition explores themes and issues around both environmental and cultural preservation—from coastal restoration to urban conservation, and industry— and is on display now through early April. Located in the Warehouse Arts District, three blocks from the French Quarter and a short stroll from the Convention Center, the 167-room Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery features art, a retail space with New Orleans-made items, award-winning cuisine at Compere Lapin and Tout La, free Wi-Fi, and Provenance Hotels’ signature Pillow and Spiritual menus. Book online at Just 40 miles north of the Big Easy, the historic City of Covington lies enveloped by scenic rivers, live oak trees, and fragrant long-leaf pines. Covington’s charming downtown offers an abundance of worldclass dining and entertainment options, as well as unique boutiques and art galleries where you can discover one-of-a kind treasures. Every Thursday in April, the city hosts the Rockin’ the Rails free concerts at the Covington Trailhead. The concerts run 5:007:30pm and feature some of Greater New Orleans’s most celebrated

Spring is here and summer is close behind. Time to plan a beach vacation to get the best location and price. With the soft, white sand beaches of Destin, South Walton, and 30A nearby, the Florida coast is an anticipated tradition for many Louisiana families. For families looking to save, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties recently shared these tips: (1) always book direct to avoid additional fees and guarantee the best rate, (2) visit during non-peak weeks, such as late spring or late summer, when rates are lower, and (3) seek reputable vacation rental companies that offer free activities, complimentary beach service and other extras. For spring stays, Newman-Dailey’s Late Spring Fling* (valid for stays April 8 – 14 or April 24 – May 17, 2019) provides beachgoers 10 percent off stays of three nights or more in a participating beach vacation rental. (*some restrictions apply). Use promo code: SPRING19. Learn more at or call 1-800-2257652. Just a few hours outside of New Orleans is paradise on Pensacola Beach, and it’s waiting for you to take a vacation. Situated along the Gulf of Mexico, Portofino Island Resort is Northwest Florida’s premier beach vacation experience. Built along eight miles of untouched sandy beaches, the resort offers guests a perfect balance of indulgence and natural beauty. Take a kayak or paddleboard adventure and surf the crystal blue waters, or fly under the sun as you parasail your day away. Then, be sure to reserve a spa day and get pampered in the comfort of your private suite or poolside. Go on a morning or sunset cruise and watch curious dolphins jump out of the water to ride the waves and say hello. Whether you want to enjoy the beach with family, your children, your spouse or your friends, guests of all ages will enjoy Portofino Island Resort. The property features luxurious two and threebedroom skyhomes, active amenities, fabulous dining, spas, and more. Book your getaway at Uncork Some Fun in the Sun at the 33rd Sandestin Wine Festival April 11-14 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the No. 1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. Presented by Coastal Living, the Sandestin Wine Festival is regarded as one of the top wine festivals in the country and known as the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals.” Enjoy this picture-perfect four-day event, complete with wine dinners by regional celebrity chefs, grand wine tastings showcasing hundreds of domestic and international wines, delicious food pairings, live music and a special Sunday Brunch. For additional event details, visit or call 866-91-BEACH. The Sandestin Wine Festival benefits the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Sandestin Foundation for Kids. New Orleanians know well the long recovery process that follows a catastrophic hurricane, and they’re quick to lend a helping march 2019 9 7


hand. This year, consider offering a helping hand to communities affected by Hurricane Michael by simply packing your bags for a relaxing vacation to one of Florida’s most beautiful and well kept secrets: Jackson County. Home of the gorgeous, clear Merritt’s Mill Pond, Jackson County is a perfect outdoor water destination with countless opportunities for fishing, paddling, snorkeling and cave diving. Lake Seminole is a bass fisher’s paradise, and access will soon be restored to the area’s popular Chipola River. In addition to its stunning waterways, the county offers charming downtowns in communities like Marianna and Sneads with shopping and dining ideal for day-trippers. Southern Craft Creamery is a delightful destination and offers farm-to-table ice creams and locally sourced treats. Restaurant Mashawy, located near Florida Caverns State Park, is a favorite among both locals and visitors for its outstanding Mediterranean cuisine and unique dining experience. Other favorites include Circle Grill, Gary’s Southern Grill, Grady’s Seafood, Up the Creek, and The Oaks. Learn more about Jackson County’s offerings at

International Travel Condor Airlines, part of Thomas Cook Group Airline, will continue its twice-weekly service from Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport to Frankfurt, Germany beginning June 6, 2019, on Mondays and Thursdays. Condor Airlines offers tremendous value compared to other low-cost carriers who offer “unbundled“ fares. All Condor passengers receive complimentary checked baggage, complimentary beverages and meals, and complimentary in‐flight entertainment included in their base fare.

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Flying with the leisure airline is a positive, comfortable experience. Condor’s business class features reclining seats, a personal touch-screen entertainment system, power and USB ports at every seat, gourmet meals with complimentary wine, beer and cocktails, and an in-flight amenity kit. Business class and Premium class feature convenient check-in options and additional amenities. Travelers can connect from almost anywhere with just one booking and can book the total route with one ticket from Condor. European partners such as Lufthansa and Deutsche Bahn, the German railway operator, offer a wide range of destinations within Europe for American travelers upon arrival. Book online at or by calling 1-866-960-7915.

Alabama Excitement Brush off the winter blues with a spring getaway full of family fun on the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. The destination has seen generations return year after year, and with so much to see and do, it’s no wonder why. With a wide variety of activities and attractions, including a number of acclaimed festivals, there is something for all interests and ages to enjoy. This month, check out the Wharf Boat and Yacht Show on March 29-31 at The Wharf in Orange Beach. In April, enjoy a day of art, music, and crawfish at the Waterway Village Zydeco and Crawfish Festival in Gulf Shores on April 20, and join in on Bama Coast Cruisin’, April 25-27. Anglers will love the Alabama Gulf Coast Slam Professional Fishing Tournament, April 20 - May 18, with daily weigh-ins 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. In May, Gulf Shores’ public beach will be the center of the action for the 2019 National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship, May 3-5, and Hangout Music Festival,


Sandestin Wine Festival free towing, free tire change, free lock-out assistance, free minor mechanical first aid, free jump start, and free delivery of emergency fuel. For a limited time, readers of New Orleans Magazine can join AAA and receive two memberships (in the same household) for only $50 (promo code 175482). And, current AAA members can add one new household member free (promo code 175484). For additional details see the ad in this issue, visit your local AAA branch, call 844-3302173, or visit Join AAA today.

May 17-19. Visit or call 877-341-2400 to request a free vacation guide.

Travel Resources There’s nothing like the feeling of jumping in the car and embarking on a long-awaited road trip. If there’s one thing that could ruin your journey, it’s unexpected car trouble. Fortunately, you can make sure your vacation stays on track with the peace of mind that accompanies AAA 24/7 Roadside Assistance. AAA covers you in any car, SUV, or pick-up truck even if you’re not the driver. AAA provides

If you are traveling to exotic parts of the world, consult first with the expert physicians at the Tulane Travel Clinic. According to Medical Director Dr. Jeffrey Percak, half of all travelers to developing countries will develop some health problem during their trip. Many travelers turn to their travel agents for advice, but it is impossible for travel agents to stay abreast of all the latest information. Even most physicians are not up-to-date on traveler’s health, which encompasses much more than immunizations. Tulane Travel Clinic offers pre-travel consultations available for travelers of all ages, including children, and are individualized based on each traveler’s itinerary, medical history, and personal health considerations. “Whether on a leisurely cruise, a mission trip to a remote village, a high altitude trek, or a posh safari, it’s important to learn what to do to try to stay healthy during your trip,” says Dr. Percak. Tulane Infectious Disease doctors also treat travelers who return ill at their regular Infectious Disease clinics. For more information about the Travel Clinic, call 504-988-1947 or visit • march 2019 9 9




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hysical and mental pain can debilitate a person and cause a severe decrease in quality of life. Whether getting out of bed is made difficult by a bad back or by depression and anxiety, the result can be the same—less time spent with loved ones, less time working and enjoying life, and the unhealthy consequences that follow in a domino effect. It’s important to know there’s help available through specialists across Greater New Orleans. Specialists have the experience and training to diagnose and treat complex medical situations that seem difficult to overcome. By coordinating care with other professionals and incorporating the latest research and technologies into their practices, these specialists can possibly help pinpoint the right actions to take to alleviate your pain and get your life back on track. Find out more about options for you and your loved ones with news from the following healthcare specialists.

Neurological Care & Pain Management Southern Pain & Neurological is happy to offer Superion Indirect Decompression System, a new, minimally invasive approach to treat lumbar stenosis that fits in the gap of treatment offerings between conservative care and invasive surgery. FDA approved and covered by Medicare, this outpatient treatment is especially helpful for older patients and those not able to tolerate more invasive laminectomy to treat significant limitation in walking or continuous standing. Clinical trials indicated 90 percent patient satisfaction through 60 months.

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Successful reduction in leg pain was rated at 75 percent for Superion, which was better than a laminectomy and for the same evaluation period. Doctors Paul Hubbell, Barry Faust, and Donald Richardson understand that chronic pain, especially stenosis and resultant claudication, creates a prison for patients, which disables them from an active lifestyle. The stress from the walking and standing pain negatively affect personalities and decreases freedom. If you are suffering from chronic pain, contact Southern Pain and find out if the Superion minimally invasive indirect decompression system or something else is right for you. For information and scheduling at the Metairie, Marrero and Covington office, please call 1-800-277-1265.

Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Good mental health provides the foundation for our physical selves to successfully move throughout, interact with, and ultimately enjoy our world. If you or your child is having difficulty navigating through life due to disorders or conditions such as depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), schizophrenia, or other behavior disorders, consider seeking help from an experienced psychiatrist who understands the local challenges our communities face. Dr. Colleen Hagemann in double board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She is trained in supportive therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, child parent psychotherapy and parent management techniques to support you and your child’s mental health care, well-being, and successful future. Dr. Hagemann utilizes an extensive network of specialists including LCSWs, psychologists, and experts in resource identification and placement. At times, doctors coordinate with other professionals to bring the highest level of care to patients, and Dr. Hagemann has relationships with the best. For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit PsychiatryNola. com or call 504-952-6322. Telepsychiatry services are available.

A Special Section of New Orleans Magazine WYES-TV/Channel 12 PROGRAM & EVENTS GUIDE march 2019

Season 8 Premieres Sunday, March 31 at 7pm on WYES-TV/Channel 12 This season, it’s spring of 1964 and everyone is excited for the Queen’s Royal Birth and the arrival of two new Sisters to Nonnatus House

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GREAT PERFORMANCES “Michael Bublé: Tour Stop 148” Saturday, March 2 at 8pm; Wednesday, March 6 at 11pm; Sunday, March 17 at 5:30pm; Thursday, March 21 at 9pm Enjoy a front row seat and exclusive backstage pass to superstar singer Michael Bublé’s visually thrilling and musically triumphant “To Be Loved Tour,” which was seen worldwide by two million fans in 2015 over the course of an epic schedule of 172 concert dates. Pledge now at the $165 level for tickets to Bublé’s Smoothie King Center concert on July 17th. Call 504-486-7311. JOSH GROBAN BRIDGES: IN CONCERT FROM MADISON SQUARE GARDEN Monday, March 4 at 7pm; Friday, March 8 at 8:30pm; Sunday, March 10 at 8:30pm Join the global superstar with the instantly recognizable voice along with special guests Idina Menzel and Jennifer Nettles for this critically-acclaimed, sold-out concert taped at the famed New York landmark. GREAT PERFORMANCES “Andrea Bocelli @ 60” Sunday, March 10 at 7pm; Tuesday, March 12 at 12am; Wednesday, March 13 at 7pm; Friday, March 15 at 8:30pm; Saturday, March 16 at 12pm Celebrate the world-renowned tenor with a concert spotlighting his popular music and opera repertoire including “Fall on Me” and songs from “Si.” Also featured are Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli’s son Matteo. Photo Credit: ©MARK SELIGER WOMEN, WAR & PEACE II Monday, March 25 - Tuesday, March 26 from 8-10pm In a year when American women mobilized, ran for office, and were elected to Congress in unprecedented numbers, the acclaimed documentary series returns with powerful stories of women’s role in dramatic conflicts and peace settlements across the globe. Series II demonstrates how some of the biggest international stories of recent memory are shaped by women. MASTERPIECE “Mrs. Wilson” Sunday, March 31 at 8pm Alison McKelvie fell in love with an older man—Major Alexander Wilson, a popular author of spy novels then doing real intelligence work for the war effort. Little did Alison know, but she was entering a plot as tangled as one of the major’s mind-bending fictions. Ruth Wilson (The Affair, Luther) stars as her own grandmother Alison in the true story of a woman’s search for her husband’s real identity.


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Celebrating 23 years!

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Watch the LIVE coverage on WYES-TV/Channel 12 and Mardi Gras night, Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30pm Join hosts Peggy Scott Laborde and Errol Laborde at the Sheraton and Marriott Hotels for THE REX BALL AND THE MEETING OF THE COURTD OF REX AND COMUS. Additional commentary will be provided by Dr. Stephen Hales, the historian for the Rex Organization and the 2017 King of Carnival. Included during the LIVE broadcast are interviews with Carnival royalty past and present, along with features on Rex and Comus history. Viewers will hear the history of the French Opera House, considered the city’s cultural center and the home to many Carnival balls. It burned one hundred years ago this year. THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS 2019 SPONSORS ADAMS & REESE • ADLERS • ARTHUR GALLAGHER • BAKER DONELSON • BELLWETHER TECHNOLOGY • BRENNAN’S • CHAFFE MCCALL • FIDELITY BANK • HOME CARE SOLUTIONS • IBERIABANK • JONATHAN MCCALL • JONES WALKER • MONROE FOUNDATION • NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL • POYDRAS HOME • REILY FOODS • WHITNEY BANK

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Adventure Awaits at the WYES Gala

Friday, April 12, 2019 Patron Party | 6:30 p.m. | PATRON $500 | JUNIOR PATRON $225 (ages 21-40) Gala | 8:00 p.m. | GALA $200 | JUNIOR PATRON $100 (ages 21-40) Home of Bob and Sheryl Merrick – 1530 Calhoun Street, New Orleans Complimentary valet parking available • Dress for your favorite travel destination SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS: Michele Reynoir and Kevin Clifford

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Arthur Gallagher Risk Management Services Penny and Robert Autenreith Bourgeois Bennett, LLC Patricia and Vernon Brinson Carver Darden, LLC Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Jennifer and Fred Heebe J Aron Charitable Foundation Jones Walker, LLP

Bridget and Bobby Bories Cox Communications Edie & David Darragh Hancock Whitney Woodward Design + Build

Patricia and Rick Kirschman Michele and Frank Lopiccolo Jonathan McCall Sheryl and Bob Merrick Perlis Clothing Dr. and Mrs. Charles C. Smith III Susu and Andrew Stall Paulette and Frank Stewart Susan and Pierre Villere Special Thanks Dr. Kelvin Contreary GOPARK

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Event’s co-chairs: Bridget and Bobby Bories, Lauren and Ken Flower, Lisa and Karl Hoefer HONORARY CO-CHAIRS: Paulette and Frank Stewart Penny and Robert Autenreith Helaine and Ned Benjamin Charlotte and Bush Benton Evie Bories Rayne and Robert Bories Martha Claire and Quin Breland Patricia and Vernon Brinson Kenny Broadwell Julie Comarda Tammy and Scott Crabtree Katie and Howell Crosby Abby and Cameron Currie Edie and David Darragh Rebecca and Greg Dietz Charlotte Drennan Karen and Perry Eastman Celeste and Curtis Eustis Megan and Jay Forman Merrell and Harrison Frampton Lulu and Billy Freiberg Kate Friedler Kit and Gus Fritchie Neely and Steven Griffith Kaylea and Hunter Hill Makenzie and Cody Hill Ashland Hines Lilla Kearney Malise and Clay Kearney Riley Kennedy and Robert Miller Mary Kevin and Larry Kornman Martha and John Landrum C.C. and Bill Langenstein Cynthia and Robert LeBreton Michele and Frank Lopiccolo

Irene and Tom Lutkewitte Marti and Parke McEnery Sheryl and Bob Merrick Hope and Jimmy Meyer Sharon and Rick Meyer Juli Miller-Hart Lori and Locke Ochsner Mary Lou Ochsner Claudia and Cleland Powell Paul Pursley Anne and Edmund Redd Robert Riess Adele and Brice Sanderford Celeste Schmitt Kathryn and Jeff Scurlock Amanda and Justin Seale Claire and Hugh Seligman Yvette and Mike Semmes Lynn and Charles Smith Paulette and Frank Stewart Gillian Talbot Carli and Frank Tessier Claire Elizabeth Thriffiley Lynne and Hugh Uhalt Anne and Quentin Urquhart Margaret and Pierre Villere Tommy Westervelt WYES Board Chairman: Cleland Powell WYES Producers Circle Chairs: Lori and Locke Ochsner Mary Lou Ochsner

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Portugal & Its Islands featuring the Estoril Coast, Azores & Madeira Islands WYES Program Guide • march 2019

September 27 — October 09, 2019 13 Days • 18 Meals Trip highlights include Lisbon, Portuguese Riviera, Fado Dinner Show, Fatima, Obidos, St. Michael Island-Azores, Ponta Delgada, Sete Cidades, Furnas Valley, Plantation Visits, Cooking Demonstration, Madeira Island, Monte, Botanical Garden, Cabo Girão, and Espetada Dinner/Show. A portion of the trip’s proceeds benefit WYES.

Want to learn more about this fabulous trip? No commitment necessary to attend.

You’re Invited to a Special Travel Presentation! Monday, March 25 at 6:30pm WYES Paulette and Frank Stewart Innovation Center for Educational Media at 916 Navarre Ave., New Orleans Light refreshments and wine will be served. RSVP at or call 504-486-5511 D6

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6pm: Pre-Screening Reception Includes early entry, libations, hors d’oeuvres & screening 7pm: Free Screening *Guests must still RSVP online to attend the free screening WYES Paulette and Frank Stewart Innovation Center for Educational Media 916 Navarre Avenue, New Orleans Seating limited! To purchase tickets and to register for the free screening, go to

In observation of National Healthcare Decisions Day, WYES will host a seminar by

Hattie Bryant Author of I’ll Have it my Way: Taking Control of End-of-Life Decisions Tuesday, April 16 at 2pm WYES Paulette and Frank Stewart Innovation Center for Educational Media 916 Navarre Ave., New Orleans The seminar will focus on Bryant’s personal experience with end-of-life planning and her determination to help others navigate the challenges involved. During the seminar, guests will enjoy Q&A with Hattie and featured panelist Dr. Kathy Jo Carstarphen of Ochsner whose special areas of interest are preventative medicine, women’s health and wound care. Join Hattie for her 90-minute seminar by pledging at the following levels and becoming a member of WYES: $180 – 2 tickets + 2 I’ll Have it My Way books + Master Package (workbook, DVDs, flash drive and more) $130 – 2 tickets + 2 I’ll Have it My Way books $75 – 1 ticket + I’ll Have it My Way book In addition to any level above, as part of your WYES Membership receive a year subscription to New Orleans Magazine, WYES Passport (on-demand videos) and WYES Member Perks (member discount program). Light refreshments served.

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7:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT “It’s Carnival Time” Host Peggy Scott Laborde, along with Carnival historians Arthur Hardy and Errol Laborde, give their annual overview of the upcoming Mardi Gras season. Hardy is publisher of Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide, now in its 43rd year. Errol Laborde is the author of many Carnival-related books, including Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival. 8pm WASHINGTON WEEK 8:30pm AMERICAN MASTERS “Holly Near” Experience the power of song in the struggle for equality through the story of feminist singer and activist Holly Near, who for the last 40 years has worked on global social justice coalition-building in the women’s and lesbian movements. 9:30pm WHILE WE DANCED: THE MUSIC OF MARDI GRAS

11pm STEPPIN’ OUT “It’s Carnival Time” 11:30pm INFORMED SOURCES

2 SATURDAY 10:30am AMERICA’S HOME COOKING: B IS BACON From appetizers, soups and salads, to main courses, pasta, desserts and even candy, the program features an enticing collection of recipes that show the sweet and savory sides of this favorite food, such as bacon asiago polenta, bacon and Nutella French toast, and bacon wrapped stuffed jalapeños.

April 16 at WYES-TV located in New Orleans. Go to for more information. 6pm WELK STARS — THROUGH THE YEARS Host Mary Lou Metzger takes viewers on a journey through the life and career of 18 stars, including Anacani, Bobby Burgess, Jo Ann Castle, Henry Cuesta, Dick Dale, Ken Delo, Arthur Duncan, Ralna English, Joe Feeney, Myron Floren, Guy Hovis, Jack Imel, The Lennon Sisters, Mary Lou Metzger, Tom Netherton, Bob Ralston, Jimmy Roberts and Norma Zimmer.

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12:30pm RICK STEVE’S TASTY EUROPE 1pm 70S SOUL SUPERSTARS 3:30pm YELLOWSTONE SYMPHONY Travel on a spectacular visual journey set to classical music through America’s first national park. 4:30pm I’LL HAVE IT MY WAY WITH HATTIE BYRANT Breaking through the taboo of discussing death, Hattie Bryant shows that we have choices. Inspired by the peaceful death her mother was almost denied, the program credibly and passionately presents the case for personal responsibility in the healthcare, legal, and procedural decisions that all of us must make. Don’t miss the WYEShosted seminar by Hattie Bryant on

8pm GREAT PERFORMANCES “Michael Bublé: Tour Stop 148” Hear his biggest hits including “Home” and “Haven’t Met You Yet” along with exclusive footage of Team Bublé travels. Pledge now at the $165 level for tickets to Bublé’s Smoothie King Center concert on July 17th. Call 504486-7311. 9:30pm 70s SOUL SUPERSTARS

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11pm MASTERPIECE “Victoria, Season 3” (Episode 8 of 8)


1pm GUTBLISS WITH DR. ROBYNNE CHUTKAN Discover how true health begins in the gut with this groundbreaking guide to digestive wellness. Clearer skin, better mood, more energy and even a decreased risk for diseases like obesity and diabetes are all possible when you achieve a healthy gut.

7pm JOSH GROBAN BRIDGES: IN CONCERT FROM MADISON SQUARE GARDEN Joining him on stage as special guests are Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel and Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Nettles, along with a choir and orchestra.


8:30pm KEN BURNS: THE CIVIL WAR shares the story behind the awardwinning documentary.

4pm RICK STEVE’S TASTY EUROPE 4:30pm KEN BURNS: THE CIVIL WAR shares the story behind the awardwinning documentary and explores how the groundbreaking film literally changed the way Americans look at their history. The film is hosted by award-winning actor Sam Waterston, who memorably provided the voice of President Lincoln in the original series. 6:30pm DICK VAN DYKE: A CELEBRATION



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10:30pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY 11:30pm THE SONS OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS tells the story of the gay men of New Orleans who created a vast culture of public “drag balls” that predates established gay liberation history in the U.S. by nearly ten years.


3:00pm ALL ON A MARDI GRAS DAY celebrates black Carnival in New Orleans in all its riotous, colorful and spiritual glory. Incorporating classic New Orleans music, previously unseen photographs and film footage, and interviews with major Carnival players, the program will explore African-Creole Carnival traditions. 4:00pm CARNIVAL MEMORIES 5:00pm BIG CHIEFS OF CARNIVAL: THE SPIRIT LEADS THE NEEDLE 5:30pm BIG QUEENS OF CARNIVAL: IT’S YOUR GLORY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm WHILE WE DANCED: THE MUSIC OF MARDI GRAS

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8pm MASTERPIECE “Victoria, Season 3” (Episode 8 of 8) The world’s eyes are on the Great Exhibition, and the Royal couple. Does triumph or failure beckon?

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10am DICK VAN DYKE: A CELEBRATION includes interviews with the entire cast of The Dick Van Dyke Show, including Mary Tyler Moore, Carl Reiner, Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie. Additional commentary from Tim Conway, Sid Caesar, Pat Boone, Pat Carroll and Tim Allen also provides insight into the life of this celebrated Hollywood entertainer.

BUDAPEST WITH DAVID FOSTER Join the Hungarian violinist and legendary songwriter for a musical extravaganza featuring special guests Katharine McPhee, Sheléa, opera superstar Aida and tenor Fernando Varela. Recorded live on New Year’s Day 2018 at the Budapest Arena.

12:00pm MARDI GRAS STORIES Learn about the origin of the doubloon, hear from a family who visited during Mardi Gras over a century ago and more. 1:00pm MARDI GRAS MEMORIES 2:00pm MARDI GRAS: THE PASSING PARADE

7:30pm THE 2019 REX BALL AND THE MEETING OF THE COURTS OF REX AND COMUS Watch on WYES-TV/Channel 12, and on YouTube at WYES On Demand. Hosts Peggy Scott Laborde and Errol Laborde, along with Dr. Stephen Hales provide coverage of the ball. Viewers will witness the pageantry of the balls and the historic Meeting of the Courts, which has taken place since 1882, plus hear from past and present Carnival royalty including this year’s King and Queen and Comus’ Queen. 11pm THE 2019 REX BALL AND THE MEETING OF THE COURTS OF REX AND COMUS D9

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7pm WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW: WORDS BY HAL DAVID Enjoy interviews with Dionne Warwick, Valerie Simpson, B.J. Thomas and more, along with music-clip performances from Aretha Franklin, Cher and others. Bette Midler hosts. 8:30pm THE POWER OF RADICAL KINDNESS WITH ANGELA SANTOMERO The beloved creator of “Blues Clues” and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and protégé of Fred Rogers explores the importance of kindness and how it can change your life. 10pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY 11pm JOSH GROBAN BRIDGES: IN CONCERT FROM MADISON SQUARE GARDEN Special guests include Idina Menzel and Jennifer Nettles.

and cherished standards, including “Mona Lisa,” “Unforgettable” and “When I Fall in Love,” along with rarely seen footage from his variety show. 8:30pm MASTERPIECE “Victoria, Season 3” (Episode 8 of 8) 10pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY 11pm WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW: WORDS BY HAL DAVID

8 FRIDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm INFORMED SOURCES Missed an episode? Watch it on the WYES YouTube channel at 7:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT 8pm WASHINGTON WEEK


8:30pm JOSH GROBAN BRIDGES: IN CONCERT FROM MADISON SQUARE GARDEN Join the global superstar with the instantly recognizable voice along with special guests Idina Menzel and Jennifer Nettles for this critically acclaimed, sold-out concert taped at the famed New York landmark. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Todd Kaplan 10pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY 11pm STEPPIN’ OUT 11:30pm INFORMED SOURCES

9 SATURDAY 10:30am RICK STEVES’ EUROPEAN TRAVEL TIPS & TRICKS Rick shares lessons from a lifetime of travel so others can learn from his experience and travel smarter.

6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm NAT KING COLE’S GREATEST SONGS Celebrate the centennial of the timeless and inescapable artist in this special featuring his greatest hits



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1:30pm WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW: WORDS BY HAL DAVID Composers Hal David and Burt Bacharach dominated the pop-music charts in the 1960s and early 70s crafting dozens of Top 40 hit recordings. Enjoy interviews with Dionne Warwick, Valerie Simpson, B.J. Thomas and more, along with music-clip performances from Aretha Franklin, Cher and others. Bette Midler hosts. 3pm THE POWER OF RADICAL KINDNESS WITH ANGELA SANTOMERO 4:30pm DICK VAN DYKE: A CELEBRATION includes interviews with the entire cast of The Dick Van Dyke Show. 6pm NAT KING COLE’S GREATEST SONGS 7:30pm RICK STEVES’ TASTY EUROPE 8pm DENNIS DEYOUNG AND THE MUSIC OF STYX Hear Styx’s greatest hits, including “Lady,” “Babe,” “Come Sail Away” and “Mr. Roboto.” 9:30pm GREAT PERFORMANCES “Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration” Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Graham Nash, Charles Valentino, Joni Mitchell, Sauchuen, James Taylor, Glen Hansard, Chaka Khan, Brandi Carlile, Kris Kristofferson and Rufus Wainwright perform. 11:30pm DENNIS DEYOUNG AND THE MUSIC OF STYX

12:30pm THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS (Episodes 1-3) This six-hour series chronicles the full sweep of African-American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through more than four centuries of remarkable historic events up to the present. Episodes 4-6 air next Sunday, March 17 at 11:30 a.m. 4pm RICK STEVES’ SPECIAL: EUROPEAN EASTER 5:30pm DENNIS DEYOUNG AND THE MUSIC OF STYX Join the legendary singer-songwriter and his six-piece band for a concert that includes Styx’s greatest hits, including “Lady,” “Babe,” “Come Sail Away” and “Mr. Roboto.” 7pm GREAT PERFORMANCES “Andrea Bocelli @ 60” A celebration of Andrea Bocelli’s 60th Birthday in Italy features special guests Josh Groban and Andrea’s son Matteo, who joins his father for a performance of the duet “Fall on Me.” 8:30pm JOSH GROBAN BRIDGES: IN CONCERT FROM MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 10pm RICK STEVES’ EUROPEAN TRAVEL TIPS AND TRICKS 11:30pm NATHAN CARTER: CELTIC CARTER Join the country and Irish music sensation for a concert performance recorded live in Dublin.


9:30pm I’LL HAVE IT MY WAY WITH HATTIE BYRANT Breaking through the taboo of discussing death, Hattie Bryant shows that everyone has choices. Don’t miss the WYES-hosted seminar by Hattie Bryant on April 16 at WYESTV located in New Orleans. Go to for more information.

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11am NAT KING COLE’S GREATEST SONGS Hear Hear ”Mona Lisa," “Unforgettable," "When I Fall in Love," and more.



12 TUESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. UNCOVERING AMERICA Courtney B. Vance hosts this celebration of the renowned, respected and popular historian, author and filmmaker. Features appearances by distinguished guests seen in Gates’ work including Jodie Foster, Ken Burns, Jelani Cobb and LL Cool J. 8:30pm QUINCY JONES PRESENTS: SHELÉA Join Quincy Jones, David Foster and the multi-talented Sheléa for this intimate concert taped in Los Angeles. Sheléa performs a wide range of songs, including a Whitney Houston medley, a tribute to Aretha Franklin and West Side Story’s “Somewhere.” 10pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY 11pm MOMENTS TO REMEMBER

13 WEDNESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm GREAT PERFORMANCES “Andrea Bocelli @ 60” 8:30pm PAUL SIMON’S CONCERT IN THE PARK Celebrate the legendary artist as he performs before an enormous crowd in Central Park in 1991.

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top print and broadcast journalists to examine the stories behind the headlines. Marcia Kavanaugh hosts. Errol Laborde is producer. 7:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT 8pm WASHINGTON WEEK 8:30pm GREAT PERFORMANCES “Andrea Bocelli @ 60” 10pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY 11pm STEPPIN’ OUT



11pm AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “The Greely Expedition”



7pm INFORMED SOURCES Now in its 34th season, this weekly, local news special brings together our region’s

3pm JOHN DENVER: COUNTRY BOY 4:30pm MOMENTS TO REMEMBER 6pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Washington, D.C.” (House 1 of 3) 7pm ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK IN HAWAII Join the King of Romance as he celebrates five decades of hits and classic love songs. 8:30pm JEFF LYNNE’S ELO: LIVE AT HYDE PARK 10pm 60s POP, ROCK, AND SOUL




Noon GREAT PERFORMANCES “Andrea Bocelli @ 60” A celebration of Andrea Bocelli’s 60th Birthday in Italy features Josh Groban and Matteo Bocelli.

11:30pm THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS (Episodes 4-6) chronicles the full sweep of AfricanAmerican history.

1:30pm THE POWER OF RADICAL KINDNESS WITH ANGELA SANTOMERO Explore how being kind can lead to a more fulfilled, happy, healthy and successful life. The creator of acclaimed children’s series Blue’s Clues and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood reveals the hidden science behind the transformative power of kindness.

4pm RICK STEVES’ SPECIAL: EUROPEAN EASTER 5:30pm GREAT PERFORMANCES “Michael Bublé: Tour Stop 148” Pledge now at the $165 level for tickets to Bublé’s Smoothie King Center concert on July 17th. Call 504-486-7311. 7pm 60s POP, ROCK AND SOUL




Margaret Hoover helps bring together the brightest minds and freshest voices from across the political spectrum.


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18 MONDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm A CONVERSATION WITH KEN BURNS 8:30pm DEEPAK CHOPRA: THE SPIRITUAL LAWS OF SUCCESS Discover timeless wisdom and a life-altering perspective on success from the acclaimed pioneer. 10pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY 11pm DENNIS DEYOUNG AND THE MUSIC OF STYX Join the legendary singer-songwriter and his six-piece band for a concert that includes Styx’s greatest hits, including “Lady,” “Babe,” “Come Sail Away” and “Mr. Roboto.”

19 TUESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm PAUL SIMON’S CONCERT IN THE PARK 9pm THE POWER OF RADICAL KINDNESS WITH ANGELA SANTOMERO Explore how being kind can lead to a more fulfilled, happy, healthy and successful life.





7pm KOKO — THE GORILLA WHO TALKS Learn about Koko, the gorilla who redrew the line between people and animals for more than 40 years. In 1971, Penny Patterson began teaching sign language to Koko, unaware that this relationship would define both their lives. 8:30pm RICK STEVES’ SPECIAL: EUROPEAN EASTER 10pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY 11pm JEFF LYNNE’S ELO: LIVE AT HYDE PARK

21 THURSDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm 60s POP, ROCK AND SOUL features hits and favorites of the AM radio era from Paul Revere & The Raiders, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, The Kingsmen, The Ventures, Question Mark & The Mysterians and Jefferson Starship. 9pm GREAT PERFORMANCES “Michael Bublé: Tour Stop 148” Pledge now at the $165 level for tickets to Bublé’s Smoothie King Center concert on July 17th. Call 504-486-7311.

8:30pm GREAT PERFORMANCES “Birgit Nilsson: A League of Her Own” Celebrate the life of the Swedish soprano, the face of opera in the 1950s-70s. 10pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY 11pm STEPPIN’ OUT 11:30pm INFORMED SOURCES

23 SATURDAY 6pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Washington, D.C.” (House 1 of 3) 7pm THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW “Masterclass 1” 8pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Norah Jones/Angel Olsen” 9pm JANE EYRE (1944) Based on the renowned Charlotte Brontë novel, this drama depicts the trials and tribulations of young Englishwoman Jane Eyre. Stars Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine. Elizabeth Taylor made an early, uncredited appearance as Helen Burns. 11pm FRONTLINE


10:30pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY Christiane Amanpour leads discussions about world issues and interviews with global leaders.

6pm MASTERPIECE “Victoria, Season 3” (Episode 8 of 8) An encore of the finale.




11:30pm 60s POP, ROCK AND SOUL


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9pm I MISS DOWNTON ABBEY Revisit treasured moments from the unforgettable series, including behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage. Celebrate the stellar cast, the superb writing and the spectacular locations of the most successful British drama ever. Allen Leech (Branson) hosts.

8pm MASTERPIECE “King Charles III” imagines Prince Charles’ ascension to the throne following Queen Elizabeth’s death. Stars Tim Pigott-Smith as Charles. DIAL 12 | March 2019


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25 MONDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Washington, D.C.” (House 2 of 3) 8pm WOMEN, WAR & PEACE II “Wave Goodbye Dinosaurs” demonstrates how some of the biggest international stories of recent memory are shaped by women. An all-female cast of directors present four never-beforetold stories about the women who risked their lives for peace, changing history in the process. In this episode, meet the courageous women fighting for human rights in the wake of Northern Ireland’s civil war. 9pm WOMEN, WAR & PEACE II “The Trials of Spring” Follow three Egyptian women who risk everything fighting for justice during the Arab Spring. 10pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY

6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm NATURE “The Cheetah Children” For nearly two years in the forested hills of Zimbabwe, wildlife cameraman Kim Wolhuter shadowed a wild cheetah family on foot, to reveal in intimate detail the cubs’ remarkable journey to adulthood and their mother’s dedication in raising them. 8pm NOVA “Secrets of the Shining Knight” What was it like to be a knight? How was armor manufactured in medieval times? Learn about the challenges that came with knighthood.




8pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “My Morning Jacket/Ben Harper”


9pm JAMESTOWN (Episode 2 of 8)

7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS, Season 5 “Relatives We Never Knew We Had”






9pm WOMEN, WAR & PEACE II “A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers” Join an all-female Bangladeshi police unit on a peacekeeping mission in earthquakeravaged Haiti.


6pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Washington, D.C.” (House 2 of 3)


8pm WOMEN, WAR & PEACE II “Nalia and the Uprising” Meet Naila, who embraces love, family and freedom during the 1987 Palestine uprising.

8:30pm GREAT PERFORMANCES “Julius Caesar” offers a powerful dramatization of the catastrophic consequences of a political leader’s extension of power beyond constitutional confines through an all-female lens. The cast stars Tony Award-nominee Harriet Walter (Sense and Sensibility, Mary Stuart) as Brutus and Jackie Clune (Borderline) as Caesar.

9pm SECRETS OF THE DEAD “King Arthur’s Britain”

8pm JAMESTOWN (Episode 1 of 8) From the makers of “Downton Abbey,” the series follows the lives of three women as they wrestle with the challenges of creating a new life in a beautiful yet forbidding land.

11pm MASTERPIECE “King Charles III”



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31 SUNDAY 6pm CITY PARK MEMORIES 7pm CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 3 (Episode 1 of 8) At the start of season eight, it’s spring of 1964 and everyone is excited for the Queen’s Royal Birth. Harry Potter star Miriam Margolyes joins the cast as Sister Mildred.


8pm MASTERPIECE “Mrs. Wilson” Set in 1940s and 1960s London and 1930s India, the new series follows Alison Wilson, who thinks she is happily married until her husband, Alec, dies and a woman turns up on the doorstep claiming that she is the real Mrs. Wilson. #MrsWilsonPBS


10pm JAMESTOWN (Episode 3 of 8)


11pm JAMESTOWN (Episode 4 of 8)


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A Medjugorje Story Lunch was about to take a bizarre turn.

This being the time of Lent brings to mind spirituality, and spirituality reminds me of Medjugorje. During the ‘80s through the present, the town of Medjugorje, located in the former Yugoslavia, became a welltraveled destination for Christians who were drawn there by reported apparitions of the Blessed Virgin. Medjugorje was especially popular among New Orleanians. Advertisements would promote group tours to the town. Some locals who barely traveled beyond Pensacola in their life were suddenly winging to the Balkans. Church groups made the trek and 1 2 0 march 2019

so did some of the city’s richest and most powerful people. If New Orleans was a country, it could have opened a consulate there just to serve its countrymen. The Slavs must have been baffled when visitors ordered a sandwich and wanted it “dressed,” or when they referred to a street median as a “neutral ground.” As the many travelers came back, they had stories to tell. We heard about Medjugorje locals opening their homes to accommodate travelers. Some visitors experienced little more than a long trip, but others told of miracles such as rosaries turning gold and the sun appearing to be spinning.

As editor of this publication, I was interested when a local journalist told me he would be accompanying his wife to the town. I had been wanting to publish a story about Medjugorje that would be approached from the impartiality of a journalist rather than the passion of a pilgrim. While respecting the faith of those who went there, I wanted a story that was neutral in tone. Several weeks later the journalist, whose credentials included having worked for a major news service, called me. He had returned. We agreed to meet over lunch to discuss his experience. Now I could get the real lowdown on Medjugorje. Lunch was at the Sazerac restaurant in the Roosevelt Hotel. As the salad was being served, the journalist told me about the villagers in Medjugorje who provided housing, but he also pointed out that they were able to do so by adding on to their homes, thus creating a tourist business. He also revealed that there was disagreement among some Medjugorje religious groups about the authenticity of the apparitions. Then I started to ask him another question. “How about…” He interrupted and finished the question. “How about the magic?” “Yes,” I answered shyly. Suddenly his mood changed. He began by saying that his wife’s rosary had turned gold and then, as though he slipped into a trance, he spoke passionately about the feeling of tranquility and inner peace that he felt there. Every word was spoken with emotion like that of a man whose troubled waters had parted. As he delivered his sermon the Hispanic waiter leaned in front of me to put dressing on my salad. I was stunned when I noticed his nametag: Jesus. He was pouring oil on my greens. Once the journalist’s story was done, I gasped. I told him about the waiter and the oil. He smiled and answered, “well, I guess the Lord works in mysterious ways.” Medjugorje these days still receives visitors and still claims apparitions, but you hear less about it from New Orleanians. What goes on there is I guess influenced by the faith of the beholder. But if there are any favors to be granted, sometimes tranquility and inner peace can be miracles in themselves.


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