Jun 302016
 
Lion cub statues play on the Audubon Zoo sign on Magazine Street, and live lions could be playing inside the zoo as well by 2019, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lion cub statues play on the Audubon Zoo sign on Magazine Street, and live lions could be playing inside the zoo as well by 2019, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Right on the orange-and-black tail of the arrival of a new Malayan tiger, Audubon Zoo officials are planning a new exhibit that would bring lions back to New Orleans and are hoping the city can pitch in $5 million to help. Continue reading »

Jun 302016
 
U.S. Senate candidate Josh Pellerin speaks with voters in a video produced by his campaign. (via YouTube)

U.S. Senate candidate Josh Pellerin speaks with voters in a video produced by his campaign. (via YouTube)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Even today, many older Americans still may have a hard time admitting that an ancestor is bi-racial. But not 34-year-old U.S. Senate candidate Josh Pellerin, a Franklin, La., native and energy company owner based outside Lafayette who views his complex ancestry — and the way it mirrors the history of the state — as part of his appeal to Louisianans. Continue reading »

Jun 302016
 

3 FreezesGG’s is ready for the HOT summer, now offering Frozen Coffee
and 100% Fresh
Fruit Freezes!

The new frozen drinks are made to order. We mix our in-house cold-brewed Iced Coffee with a fine & fluffy ice mixture to yield our Frozen Coffee.

The Fresh Fruit Freezes are offered in Strawberry, Blueberry, Mango and Passion Fruit. Puréed fruit is mixed with the same delicate ice mixture to result in a super-cool delight! Continue reading »

Jun 282016
 
A Malayan tiger photographed at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2012. (Creative Commons image by Charles Barrilleaux via Flickr)

A Malayan tiger photographed at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2012. (Creative Commons image by Charles Barrilleaux via Flickr)

The Audubon Commission may still not have a plan for notifying the New Orleans neighbors about proposed changes to its green spaces, but the Zoo may have something even more exciting in the meantime: a new Malayan tiger, one of just a few hundred members of its critically endangered species in the world. Continue reading »

Jun 282016
 
Lycee Francais board member Ann Meese shares a laugh with Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France in New Orleans, and fellow Lycee board member Ben Castoriano in February 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lycee Francais board member Ann Meese shares a laugh with Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France in New Orleans, and fellow Lycee board member Ben Castoriano in February 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans governing board created a formal policy Monday night banning any parents or grandparents of current students from serving as board members, causing the abrupt departure of one of their own in a contentious end to a long-running conversation over the best model for the school’s leadership. Continue reading »

Jun 282016
 
Sarah Celino of Bella & Harlow

Sarah Celino of Bella & Harlow

The Shopkeeper Stories series shares the vision and personality of New Orleans business owners. Locally owned businesses infuse New Orleans neighborhoods with their unique character, and are a big part of why we want to live, work, eat and shop here.

While drainage system improvements and road construction make “shopping local” a bit more challenging in the short term, the critical improvements mean our city will be safer and stronger for generations to come. We hope you are inspired and continue to shop small and shop local—even if it takes a little extra time! Continue reading »

Jun 282016
 

We do, here at Alliance Française, and this summer we want to teach you too – and fast!
This summer, we are offering a 2-week Fast-Track Immersion French 101 class. Conquer the Beginner 101 level in just 4 days a week for 2 weeks!

Classes are offered on weekdays in July and August; daytime and evening classes are available. We supply the text materials for the class, and you save $115 over the regular price of a 101 course. Save even more if you join 10 days before the class start date. Tuition includes annual membership. Summer only! Do not miss out!

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Jun 282016
 
Mojo Coffee Roasters’ Demian Estevez and Debra Dunn (left) of Ignatius Espresso Bar & Cafe celebrated Mojo’s 10 year anniversary in May. (Courtesy of Mojo Coffee Roasters)

Mojo Coffee Roasters’ Demian Estevez and Debra Dunn (left) of Ignatius Espresso Bar & Cafe celebrated Mojo’s 10 year anniversary in May. (Courtesy of Mojo Coffee Roasters)

Mojo Coffee Roasters has partnered with the owners of Ignatius Eatery to create Ignatius Espresso Bar & Cafe at 3121 Magazine Street. The transition will bring cappuccinos, manual, cortados, and more made with local small-batch roasted Mojo Coffee. Continue reading »

Jun 272016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

I’ve only been to New York City once in my life, on a family vacation when I was in my early teens during the notorious reign of Mayor David Dinkins. We stayed in a hotel on Times Square rising high above the debauchery below.

After we arrived, I ventured off briefly on my own to see a smattering of strip clubs, peep shows, purveyors of adult materials and the like. There was virtually nothing I could legally enter. I finally caught sight of a video arcade, which seemed wholesome enough. It was wallpapered floor to ceiling in pornography. Continue reading »

Jun 242016
 

ClawCrib, a safer system for boiling crawfish, is teaming up with Southern Hospitality Catering to host “Tchoup, Drop & Roll”, a fundraiser in support of fire safety. The event will take place on Saturday, June 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Tchoupitoulas Yard & Zanzabar Annex, located at Tchoupitoulas & Third Streets, and proceeds will benefit Friends of the New Orleans Fire Department. Continue reading »

Jun 242016
 
Isabel Mendez’s Tamales, Salsa, and Burritos (Kristine Froeba)

Isabel Mendez’s Tamales, Salsa, and Burritos (Kristine Froeba)

Every Tuesday, Uptowners clamor for Homemade Tamales, Artisan Cheeses, Fresh Diary, and Spices. They’re not at Whole Foods or St. James Cheese Company.

Instead, they crowd a tented open-air area of the old Uptown Square where Free Range Eggs, Watermelon Frescas, and Organic Honey are among other homemade, freshly harvested, and artisan produced items. You can start with an Iced Coffee and an Authentic Breakfast Burrito before filling carrier bags with fresh picked blueberries, okra, and butter beans. And there is usually live music playing.

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Jun 232016
 
New Orleans police officers take a suspect into custody at the corner of Cadiz and Loyola streets during a two-hour manhunt in the area in January 2015 following a rash of Uptown robberies. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police officers take a suspect into custody at the corner of Cadiz and Loyola streets during a two-hour manhunt in the area in January 2015 following a rash of Uptown robberies. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Since the federal Department of Justice enacted a sweeping blueprint for reforming the troubled New Orleans Police Department nearly four years ago, dozens of new policies have been implemented, new officers are being trained on them, and the rights of all residents now have better protection as a result, department officials said Thursday night. Continue reading »

Jun 232016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Now that Sheriff Marlin Gusman has acknowledged that he must cede day-to-day jail operations to a government-approved independent compliance director, how will the millions in reforms be paid for? The new expenses include the compliance director’s salary and benefits, other costs for new staff he or she will bring in as well as the new dollars needed to reach the federal government’s consent decree goals. It will be pricey for sure because the task is so large. Continue reading »

Jun 222016
 
Steve Malinowski performs with Cha Wa at the Blue Nile bar. Malinowski passed away on June 17. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Steve Malinowski performs with Cha Wa at the Blue Nile, April 4, 2016. Malinowski passed away on June 17, 2016. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans band Cha Wa held a memorial show for Steve Malinowski, the band’s pianist who recently passed away. The tribute took place at the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street on Wednesday, June 22.

Malinowski controlled stages with ambidextrous skill and an infectious grin. The New York native died on Friday, June 17, less than a week before his 26th birthday. Continue reading »