Nov 232014
 
Ike Jackson advertises for Redfish grill's barbecued oyster poboys. Mr. Jackson appeared in American Horror Story the HBO series Treme. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Ike Jackson advertises for Redfish grill’s barbecued oyster poboys. Mr. Jackson appeared in American Horror Story the HBO series Treme. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday afternoon, people packed Oak street gill to gill for po-boys from over 50 different vendors, restaurants and food trucks. Live music from Rebirth Brass Band, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes and others played on various stages on and off of Oak street. Art galleries and shops along Oak street also had their work on display.

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Nov 222014
 
Stooges Brass Band (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Stooges Brass Band (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, the 6th annual Second District Blues festival was held in Palmer Park, on the corner of Carrollton and Claiborne. Its a festival benefiting COPS 2, Citizens Organization for Police Support 2. The festival featured music by Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste Jr., Mia Borders, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and the Stooges Brass Band. There were many dining options including the Praline Connection, Ms. Linda’s Yakamein and Crepes A la Carte. Different arts and crafts were available for purchase as well. One of the more unique things about Saturday’s festival was its association with the LASPCA and other dog adoption groups like the Louisiana Boxer Group.

Andre Perry (left) takes his father Robeson's photograph during Mia Borders' performance. Andre seemed like a natural with the camera. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Robeson Perry (left) takes his father Andre’s photograph during Mia Borders’ performance. Andre seemed like a natural with the camera. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Nov 212014
 

Second District Blues festival

Elliot Gorton, singer of Blues Frenzy, performs at the blues festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Elliot Gorton, singer of Blues Frenzy, performs at the blues festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Construction on Napoleon Avenue may have cost Uptown’s annual blues festival both its Magazine Street location and its name this year, but the rechristened Second District Blues Fest still maintains its lineup of top local performers and its purpose of supporting Uptown police officers. Continue reading »

Nov 212014
 

8th Annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

This Sunday’s annual Oak Street Po-boy Festival will honor a beloved New Orleans food tradition for the 8th year in a row.

The festival, which features more than 30 food vendors and five music stages, includes both traditional poboys and eclectic variations on the theme.

A sloppy hot roast beef poboy, for example, is available from Gattuso’s for $10, while The New Orleans Hot Dogs features a bacon fried hot dog poboy for $6.

Seafood options include a fried green tomato and shrimp remoulade poboy from Jacques-Imos for $8, and a Lake Pontchartrain soft shell crab poboy from Jack Dempsey’s for $10.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is family friendly, and includes an event put on by St. Andrews Episcopal School.

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Nov 202014
 
Workers from Cutting Edge Renovations prepare the vacant lot at Saratoga and Foucher on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for the construction of two new houses by Pentek Homes. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Workers from Cutting Edge Renovations prepare the vacant lot at Saratoga and Foucher on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for the construction of two new houses by Pentek Homes. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Less than two months ago, the weeds in the vacant lot the corner of Foucher and South Saratoga Street grew as high as the shoulders of the police officers who gathered there for an anti-crime march following the second of three fatal shootings there this year.

Today, the overgrowth is gone, replaced by construction workers preparing the site for a collection of new homes that will be placed on the market early next year for approximately $2 million. The developer of the property, Bo Pennington, and the long-suffering neighbors hope for an even more dramatic transformation: that of one of Uptown New Orleans’ most violent spots into a new nexus for neighborhood revitalization. Continue reading »

Nov 202014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Excitement spread quickly among well-heeled Democrats that the great performer Stevie Wonder would be the special guest for an “Intimate Evening” at the Windsor Court to benefit Senator Mary Landrieu on Dec. 1, but we’re not sure that even a visit by the famed Stevie Wonder will help energize voters enough to carry Mary over the top. 

First, the Democrats pulled away a $12 Million advertising budget previously designated for Landrieu.  Now, Republicans have decided they don’t even need to run third-party attack ads against Landrieu next week. Despite a re-energized campaign, Team Landrieu continues to face an uphill battle and time is running out. Continue reading »

Nov 192014
 

RichsWashDatRich’s Wash Dat is a new locally owned business set to open Wednesday, November 19th. Rich’s features the largest conveyor-run express car wash in the New Orleans area and has 28 shaded vacuum lanes for customer use.  The main wash feature is NOLA’s first “Buff n Dry” polishing system. Pure Simoniz Carnauba wax is applied during the wash process and is “buffed” by spinning polishing brushes leaving your car with an unbelievable shine.

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Nov 192014
 
NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel speaks outside the Second District station on Magazine Street in October 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel speaks outside the Second District station on Magazine Street in October 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

NOPD Commander Paul Noel — who led the NOPD Special Victims Unit prior to his appointment to the Uptown-based Second District — has been named the leader of a task force to re-investigate sex cases ignored by detectives since his departure and recommend new policies to reform the unit, officials announced Tuesday. Continue reading »

Nov 182014
 
Banks McClintock and Julie Simpson plan a European-style speakeasy and wine bar at 1330 Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Banks McClintock and Julie Simpson plan a European-style speakeasy and wine bar at 1330 Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An intimate, European-style “speakeasy” serving wine, cocktails and a few French hors d’oeuvres is planned for a blighted building on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, the owners told neighbors on Monday night. Continue reading »

Nov 182014
 
Cars across the street were also set ablaze in the Nov. 6 fire that displaced two families at the corner of Prytania and Constantinople. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cars across the street were also set ablaze in the Nov. 6 fire that displaced two families at the corner of Prytania and Constantinople. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has announced a $2,500 reward for information in the fire that destroyed a New Orleans political consultant’s cars and heavily damaged his home earlier this month. Continue reading »

Nov 172014
 
An image from Sunday morning's armed robbery of the Family Dollar on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

An image from Sunday morning’s armed robbery of the Family Dollar on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

Two businesses on South Claiborne Avenue — a dollar store and an auto-parts store — were robbed at gunpoint Sunday, New Orleans police said, and investigators have released surveillance photos of dollar-store robbery in hopes of identifying a suspect. Continue reading »

Nov 172014
 

Owen Courreges

There’s an old joke that “NOPD” stands for “Not Our Problem, Dude.”  When it comes to investigating sex crimes, alas, it’s simply the reality of the situation.

A report from the New Orleans Office of the Inspector General released this past week showed that the NOPD is essentially ignoring the vast majority of sex crimes.  The OIG report studied 1,290 sex crime incidents from 2011 to 2013 assigned to five detectives (almost a third of the 16 detectives in the Special Victims Section).  Of those, only 179, or 14%, included a supplemental report reflecting that the claim had been properly investigated. Continue reading »

Nov 172014
 

Fair Grounds regulars and other locals share special moments in WYES-TV/Channel 12’s latest documentary, NEW ORLEANS FAIR GROUNDS MEMORIES. The hour-long program premieres Wednesday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

“While many folks have been to the Fair Grounds at Jazz Fest I do hope our  program will remind them that we have one of the top and most beloved race courses in America. It’s so much fun to bet on the beautiful horses and enjoy corned beef and cabbage  in such an amazing and historic place!” said producer and narrator Peggy Scott Laborde. Continue reading »