Sep 042015
 
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Firebolt Creations will be in booth 83 at Saturday’s Freret Market. Be sure to stop by their booth and peruse their fun hand sewn gifts!

 

Meet us at the corner of Freret and Napoleon on Saturday, September 5th, for our monthly Freret Market. The market will feature 90 Vendors (Art, Flea, Farmer, Food), pet adoptions, The Big Easy Roller Girls, and free live music!

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Sep 042015
 
Tulane wide receiver Terren Encalade jukes a would-be tackler in the season opening game against Duke. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane wide receiver Terren Encalade jukes a would-be tackler in the season opening game against Duke. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane lost their home opener 37-7 versus American Athletic Conference rival Duke University. Tulane’s defense struggled, giving up 531 yards of total offense including 289 yards passing from junior quarterback Thomas Skirk. Quarterback Tanner Lee struggled, only throwing his first and only touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter, the team’s only score.

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Sep 032015
 
The Rising Tide X transportation panel: Dan Favre of Bike Easy, Jeff Januszek of Fix My Streets, Rachel Heiligman of Ride New Orleans, and resident Amanda Soprano. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Rising Tide X transportation panel: Dan Favre of Bike Easy, Jeff Januszek of Fix My Streets, Rachel Heiligman of Ride New Orleans, and resident Amanda Soprano. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A map of the current Freret bus line (via norta.com)

A map of the current Freret bus line (via norta.com)

After the new Loyola Avenue streetcar opened in 2013 just before the Super Bowl, the Regional Transit Authority clipped the end of the popular “Freret jet” bus line — in what public-transit activists describe as a prime example of the city’s increasing post-Katrina emphasis on transportation for tourists rather than residents. Continue reading »

Sep 032015
 
Walt Leger speaks to a supporter at his recent fundraiser. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Walt Leger speaks to a supporter at his recent fundraiser. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We like politicians who have a plan for New Orleans’s future. State Representative and House Speaker Pro Temp Walt Leger III definitely fits the bill. Though expected to easily win re-election for a third term at the Louisiana Legislature, Leger delivered thought-provoking remarks at his well-attended Audubon Tea Room fundraiser earlier this week that quickly set the tone for his political future, perhaps as a candidate for mayor in 2017. Continue reading »

Sep 032015
 

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Want to get your product onto retail shelves? Already on shelves but ready to take it to the next level?

Good Work Network and StayLocal are hosting a workshop for New Orleans’ makers, artists, and product designers.

This day-long workshop on Wednesday, September 9th will teach makers how to build their empire in the competitive world of retail sales. The morning features world-renowned wholesale expert Lela Baker of Lucky Break Consulting discussing order forms, pricing, wholesale policies, and much more. Afternoon sessions include a networking lunch catered by Cafe Reconcile, Branding with Expert Geoff Coats of Line 58 Branding & Web Design, and a panel discussion with successful local makers and buyers.
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Sep 022015
 
Welcome Table New Orleans

(via Welcome Table New Orleans)

 

Welcome Table New Orleans is a citywide initiative that focuses on race, reconciliation, and community. The initiative will hold an information session at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church this Wednesday, September 2, in preparation for the next round of city circles. Those who attend the session can learn more about the initative, meet current Welcome Table New Orleans participants, and find out how to sign up for a city circle. Continue reading »

Sep 012015
 
NOPD leadership -- from left, Deputy Chief Bob Bardy, Second District Lt. Jennifer Dupree, Sixth District Commander Ronnie Stevens, Second District Commander Paul Noel, and Chief Michael Harrison -- discuss recent Uptown armed robberies on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD leadership — from left, Deputy Chief Bob Bardy, Second District Lt. Jennifer Dupree, Sixth District Commander Ronnie Stevens, Second District Commander Paul Noel, and Chief Michael Harrison — discuss recent Uptown armed robberies on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Larry Vail (via opcso.org)

Larry Vail (via opcso.org)

While armed robberies are spiking this year in the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District, officials says detectives are continuing to solve them at rates that exceed the national average — announcing on Tuesday the arrest of a third teen in a group now blamed for a total of 11 armed-robbery incidents in the month of August. Continue reading »

Sep 012015
 

Emily Palit

Emily Palit

New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.” ― Mark Twain

America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” ― Tennessee Williams

In my neighborhood a fast food chain restaurant, Izzo’s Illegal Burrito, rented a space without a liquor license. Within four months, they requested a permit to sell alcohol. A frequent reaction has been: “What’s the problem? I like a margarita or a beer with my Mexican food.” Continue reading »

Sep 012015
 

Uptown Messenger - Four Winds NOlaCreating a simple stress free lifestyle is easy when your apartment complex is luxurious, inviting and has great amenities. People often consider price, location, size, etc when deciding an apartment, so finding the perfect fit can take time. If you’re looking for that perfect match for your family, look no further than Four Winds NOLA. Continue reading »

Aug 312015
 
New Orleans police take a trash can into evidence (after the body of a woman found in it was removed) from an alleyway off Danneel Street on Nov. 26. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

New Orleans police take a trash can into evidence (after the body of a woman found in it was removed) from an alleyway off Danneel Street on Nov. 26. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Around Thanksgiving of 2014, police made the gruesome discovery of a woman’s body stuffed into a Central City trash can. While the neighborhood mourned the outgoing woman’s death, observers also noted the presence of a cryptic image on the wall near the Danneel Street alley where her body was stashed, a Cupid-like angel watching a figure walk away from arrows that missed.

Not too long afterward, officials at the Lycee Francais charter school were in the process of completing their purchase of the former Priestley campus in Carrollton, more than three miles away, when they noticed a politically charged mural on the old gym. “May the Police Force Be With You,” the stencil read, with an image of Darth Vader force-choking a man being held by police officers.

Like those who saw the image at the murder scene, the Lycee Francais officials wondered among themselves: Was it a Banksy?

A politically-themed stencil on the side of the Priestley gym, by a street artist known as ‘Az.’ (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A politically-themed stencil on the side of the Priestley gym, by a street artist known as ‘Az.’ (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The answer, it turns out, is no, not at all. Continue reading »

Aug 312015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Last week I was running to grab a take-out order from a nearby tavern, and the only parking nearby was metered. This meant confronting one of the city’s new solar-powered parking meters. After hiking more than a half block to reach the nearest meter (it was not positioned ideally), I fumbled in my pocket for money to feed the proverbial beast.

“Fortunately, I have change,” I thought to myself. “A couple of quarters should do the trick.”

First, I pressed the keypad to activate the meter. It took a few seconds for the thing to power up, because apparently these meters boot from floppy discs. Then the screen told me to swipe a card or insert bills. For some reason, there was no option for inserting coins. Continue reading »