Oct 202018
 

Lusher Charter School on Freret Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School will reserve a portion of its kindergarten seats for students from economically disadvantaged families in the next school year, partly in response to removing the neighborhood-based admissions district two years ago, officials said Saturday morning.

Lusher’s governing board is holding its annual planning retreat today (Saturday, Oct. 20) at Jones Walker law firm in downtown New Orleans, and the meeting is ongoing. See below for live coverage.

Live Blog Lusher Charter School board retreat – Oct. 20, 2018
 

Oct 192018
 

The insanely rich, dark, mahogany hued Quail Gumbo, from the kitchen of Gabrielle’s Chef Greg Sonnier. (Photo Credit: Gabie Sonnier)

The return of Gabrielle Restaurant last October was literally the talk of the town. Not “literally” in the way millennials misuse the word, but literally, as in literally.

Twelve years is a long time to miss a menu. And few chefs and kitchens have been as missed by locals as James Beard-nominated Chef Greg Sonnier and his beloved Gabrielle.

The original Gabrielle—located on Esplanade in the historic Faubourg St. John–opened to critical acclaim in 1992, but like so many of New Orleans’ culinary institutions, was lost to Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters in 2005. Continue reading »

Oct 192018
 
"The Candy Lady" by Ceaux

“The Candy Lady” is a 36″ x 36″ acrylic painting on canvas. Visual artist Courtney “Ceaux” Buckley presented his latest exhibit “Dear New Orleans,” to the public on Oct. 6, 2018. (Tyree C. Worthy, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans-born artist Courtney “Ceaux” Buckley presented his newest collection of paintings to the public on Saturday, October 6. The solo exhibition at Axiom Art Gallery on Freret Street was entitled “Dear New Orleans,” and featured colorful depictions of various scenes and images one can only find in the Crescent City. Continue reading »

Oct 182018
 

Congressional candidate MiMi Methvin poses with Bobbie Hill and Micah Fincher at an Uptown fundraiser hosted by Seth and Julie Schwam Harris. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Women leaders around the state are excited about congressional contender MiMi Methvin – a Democrat running against incumbent Republican Clay Higgins in Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District. They expect Methvin, a former federal magistrate who was educated at Newcomb College, to take full advantage of the #Me Too Movement against sexual harassment. Numerous polls show that white, college-educated women are moving toward more culturally sensitive Democratic candidates and away from those who embrace President Donald Trump and his often divisive rhetoric. Continue reading »

Oct 172018
 

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The YAYA Arts Center on LaSalle Street will offer a free fall festival with crafts, costumes and treats for families on Saturday, as well as a specialized “Make Your Own Glass Pumpkin” glass-blowing workshop the same day.

The fall festival is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 20) at YAYA Arts Center, 3322 LaSalle Street.

“Pumpkin crafts, treats, costume contest, face painting, and more! Refreshments will be provided,” the center announced. “This event is FREE and open to all ages, but registration is required. Special goody bags will be given out while supplies last.”

Register for free at this website.

The “Make Your Own Glass Pumpkin” workshop will take place the same day, but costs $40 and is open only to participants 12 and older.

“Learn to make a glass pumpkin as the perfect show-stopping centerpiece for your fall decorations!” the announcement for that event says. “Each participant will work individually with an instructor for approximately 5-10 minutes to create their glass piece, and will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis within two block periods.”

Participants are required to wear closed-toe shoes, and are encouraged to wear clothing that will be comfortable in a hot glass studio.

For questions, email mari@yayainc.org or call 529-3306. Click to go to the registration website.

Oct 162018
 

The building at 1610 St. Charles Avenue, where Tiger Paw Daiquiris and Grill plans to move in. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Opposition to a plan to turn a vacant coffee shop on St. Charles Avenue into a small daiquiri bar grew more formal Monday night when the Lower Garden District Association voted unanimously to oppose the project at its hearing before the City Planning Commission next week. Continue reading »