Jan 262015
 
The loup garou-style Swamp Monster at Audubon Zoo is decked out for Mardi Gras. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The loup garou-style Swamp Monster at Audubon Zoo is decked out for Mardi Gras. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Kara Lynn Morgan (submitted photo)

Kara Lynn Morgan (submitted photo)

As Irish Channel Neighborhood Association leader Kara Morgan fought her battle with a deadly form of skin cancer, she counted her victories by the number of Mardi Gras parades she was able to attend.

Now, members of the association are carrying her legacy forward, marrying that love of parades with her quest to build shade structures in the neighborhood’s park by creating a new “Mystic Krewe of Loup Garou” that plans to roll through the Irish Channel starting in 2016. Continue reading »

Jan 262015
 

Owen Courreges

Author’s Note:  Owen is inconsolable this week after the passing of yet another needless, paternalistic ordinance by the New Orleans City Council.  Following a mental breakdown, Owen now believes himself to be Bland Landers, an imaginary cantankerous brother of noted advice columnist Ann Landers.  Thus, the following advice column will run today in place of Owen’s usual rantings.

Dear Bland,

My husband and I recently moved in next to a longstanding juke joint, and as we anticipated, it’s far too noisy.  Adding insult to this complete absence of injury, they’re also having music more often that they used to because the bar has become more successful (which also means more people loitering around, which makes me nervous for reasons I usually discuss in vague, coded language).  I’ve called the police out several times without warning to harass them, but nothing ever gets done.  What do I do?

– Batty in the Bywater Continue reading »

Jan 262015
 

Celebrating the return to the original Martin’s location!

3827 Baronne Street at the corner of Peniston and Baronne

GrandOpeningGraphicMartin Wine Cellar presents a week-long celebration in honor of the Grand Opening of the Baronne Street store and the 25th anniversary of the Metairie store from January 26th through February 1st ,2015. Enjoy complimentary wine tastings and great prices on spirits and wine all week long! Martin’s renowned deli menu items will be 25% off at the Metairie and Baronne Street locations, including wines by the glass, salads, sandwiches, and chef-inspired menu items during lunch and dinner*. Continue reading »

Jan 252015
 
Maggie Randriamamonjy from San Francisco runs the half marathon down St. Charles avenue on Sunday morning. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Maggie Randriamamonjy from San Francisco runs the half marathon down St. Charles avenue on Sunday morning. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Early Sunday morning, runners from across the country ran New Orleans’ annual Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon. The run began downtown on Poydras, uptown to St. Charles, down to Decatur in the French Quarter and up Esplanade to finish in City Park. Runners had the option to run a full or a half marathon.

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Jan 242015
 
A .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun discovered at Louis Armstrong airport in March (via tsa.gov)

A .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun discovered at Louis Armstrong airport in March (via tsa.gov)

The Transportation Security Administration confiscated 30 guns — 26 of which were loaded — from passengers’ carry-on bags at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in 2014, but they seized as much as four times more from other airports around the region, according to a series of recent reports. Continue reading »

Jan 242015
 
NOPD Sgt. Marc Amos watches the crowd during a pause in the Krewe of Proteus parade in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

NOPD Sgt. Marc Amos watches the crowd during a pause in the Krewe of Proteus parade in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The Coliseum Square Association is seeking volunteers to help with its annual breakfast and snacks for the Sixth District New Orleans Police officers to thank them for their service during Mardi Gras. Continue reading »

Jan 232015
 
A map of the four stages on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. (via runrocknroll.competitor.com)

A map of the four stages on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. (via runrocknroll.competitor.com)

Thousands of runners on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Thousands of runners on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon will once again fill St. Charles Avenue with up to 16,000 runners on Sunday morning, as well as four music stages to entertain them on the journey. Continue reading »

Jan 232015
 
At left, a rendering of the exterior of the new restaurant slated for Magazine and Nashville. At right, the Halpern's building slated to become the Lula restaurant and microdistillery. Both projects won City Council approval on Thursday. (UptownMessenger.com)

At left, a rendering of the exterior of the new restaurant slated for Magazine and Nashville. At right, the Halpern’s building slated to become the Lula restaurant and microdistillery. Both projects won City Council approval on Thursday. (UptownMessenger.com)

Two high-concept restaurants planned for Uptown New Orleans — the Lula micro-distillery slated for the Halpern’s building on St. Charles Avenue, and a project on Magazine Street by the owners of Maysville in New York City — both won easy approval from the New Orleans City Council on Thursday afternoon. Continue reading »

Jan 232015
 

Sidney Williams (via opcso.org)

Sidney Williams (via opcso.org)

Reginald Wilson (via opcso.org)

Reginald Wilson (via opcso.org)

Two men arrested arrested this week separately account for 15 armed robberies at local businesses over the last month — including one man who appears to have primarily targeted eight Subway restaurants around the city, and another who hit an array of seven businesses along the South Claiborne-South Carrollton corridors, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jan 222015
 
Jean-Michel Basquiat King Zulu, 1986, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Government of Catalonia Art Fund. Former Salvador Riera Collection. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / ARS, New York 2014

Jean-Michel Basquiat
King Zulu, 1986, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Government of Catalonia Art Fund. Former Salvador Riera Collection.
© The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / ARS, New York 2014

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art will offer free admission this Sunday, January 25th to celebrate the final day of the blockbuster show Basquiat and the Bayou presented by The Helis Foundation.

This is the public’s last chance to see the exhibit, organized by Prospect.3, which brings together important works by Jean-Michel Basquiat.  Having never been displayed together publicly in the Unites States, this exhibition’s pieces consider the work of Basquiat and his relationship with the American South. Continue reading »

Jan 222015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Every reader of this column probably knows a woman who has used abortion as a powerful tool to help guide her body and her life choices.  National statistics consistently show that three out of 10 women have had an abortion — that’s all women, young , old, black, white, Asian and Hispanic.

We’re not sure any woman makes the decision to terminate a pregnancy easily. But it is a decision that millions of women around the world make each year and often pay the consequences emotionally for decades to come. Still, there are no medical, ethical or moral reasons strong enough to ban abortions entirely. Continue reading »

Jan 222015
 
(via nomala.org)

(via nomala.org)

The National Organization of Minority Architects will be holding its first annual year-end retrospective this evening (Thursday, Jan. 22) at the Tulane City Center on Baronne Street. The reception will celebrate achievements in 2014 and also look forward to launching programs and events in 2015. The event is free and open to the public. Continue reading »

Jan 212015
 
Andrew H. Wilson Charter School principal Logan Crowe speaks to more than 100 people gathered at the school Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Andrew H. Wilson Charter School principal speaks to more than 100 people gathered at the school Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The impending loss of the charter at Andrew H. Wilson charter school in Broadmoor — one of New Orleans’ most deeply established and celebrated charter schools, but also one of the city’s lowest ranked campuses in state scores — has parents in the community deeply upset.

The school’s strengths, they said at a heated public meeting Tuesday night, run far deeper than superficial and unfairly-calculated test scores show, and they fear that the individualized care they are used to their children receiving will give way to a cookie-cutter approach if a larger operator takes over. Continue reading »

Jan 212015
 

Are your friends and family missing New Orleans and that Mardi Gras spirit?  Show them how much you care by shipping a fresh King Cake with Parcels and Post this season!

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Bring in cakes from your favorite bakery and we will carefully pack them in our special King Cake boxes.  We always provide a choice of carriers and rates to fit your budget. Add a little lagniappe to the care package – we have Mardi Gras themed greeting cards, jewelry, magnets, fascinators, bow ties and lots of locally made products.

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