Apr 182015
 
A glimpse inside the Lusher High School library shows bookshelves next to rows of computers, along with posters urging students to keep reading in the technology age. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A glimpse inside the Lusher High School library shows bookshelves next to rows of computers, along with posters urging students to keep reading in the technology age. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As Lusher Charter School plans its budget for the upcoming school year, the administration is setting aside money to renovate the high school’s library — which has raised the question of what, exactly, goes into a library in a rapidly approaching future where digital text is overtaking the printed word.

“We don’t know what libraries are going to look like in 20 years,” said operations manager Frank Israel. “I don’t know, in 25 years, that it’s going to be a big giant room full of books.” Continue reading »

Apr 172015
 

Every 3rd Saturday at Church Alley, we get to dance to our favorite cajun music and eat our favorite cajun food! This weekend’s Cajun Brunch & Dance will feature the musical stylings of Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours! Munch on crawfish pies, étouffée, crab cakes, frittatas, biscuits and jam, scones and muffins! Come dance and eat! Delicious coffee and tea! Kid-friendly! Lots of dancefloor… Come on!

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Apr 162015
 

The Special Operations Division crest on the side of its armored vehicle, photographed by a Broadway Street resident during a Saturday night response to a hoax call on her block. (Submitted photo)

The Special Operations Division crest on the side of its armored vehicle, photographed by a Broadway Street resident during a Saturday night response to a hoax call on her block. (Submitted photo)

A man called the New Orleans Police Department this weekend saying that he had shot a woman at their Broadway Street home and intended to shoot any officers who approached the house, prompting a major response from elite NOPD officers in an armored vehicle who shut down roads around the home while they investigated.

The call turned out to be a hoax: the resident of the house emerged to tell officers she was fine and unharmed, and mystified who would make such a call or why. But her daughter, who studies Internet harassment across the country, believes the prank was directed at her as part of a new but quickly growing form of of online abuse spreading dangerously into real life. Continue reading »

Apr 162015
 
Official photograph of Abraham LIncoln, taken Nov. 8, 1963. (source: Library of Congress)

Official photograph of Abraham LIncoln, taken Nov. 8, 1963. (source: Library of Congress)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Americans rich and poor, old and young, paused yesterday to remember the 150th anniversary of the assassination of America’s first martyred commander in chief, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln is often considered America’s greatest president, polling way ahead of even George Washington.

A self-educated lawyer born in Kentucky’s western frontier, Lincoln became an early leader in the newly formed Republican Party and always spoke out against the expansion of slavery. Lincoln won the presidency by sweeping the North, causing the Confederate States of America to be created even before he was sworn in as America’s sixteenth president. Continue reading »

Apr 162015
 
Norman Rockwell, "Excuse Me", 1917, oil on canvas, 28" high x 25" wide

Norman Rockwell, “Excuse Me”, 1917, oil on canvas, 28″ high x 25″ wide

Join M.S. Rau Antiques and NOMA Curator Mel Buchanan for a Special Lecture on The Evolution of Women as Designers and Artists this Saturday, April 18th at 2pm.

M.S. Rau Antiques welcomes Mel Buchanan for a special guest lecture as part of their Premier Fine Art Exhibition: Innocence. Temptation. Power: The Evolution of Women in Art. Mel Buchanan, Curator of Decorative Arts & Design at the New Orleans Museum of Art, will give her lecture on Women in Art & Design at M.S. Rau Antiques in the French Quarter Saturday, April 18th at 2pm. Continue reading »

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Apr 152015
 
Six robberies along the Carrollton corridor from April 5-15. (map via NOPD, rotated for fit)

Six robberies along the Carrollton corridor from April 5-15. (map via NOPD, rotated for fit)

A man and woman walking a dog near Audubon Park were confronted at gunpoint Tuesday night by armed assailants on a spree of what is now four robberies in the neighborhoods near the Carrollton corridor, police say. Continue reading »

Apr 152015
 
Sleater-Kinney (via facebook.com/SleaterKinney)

Sleater-Kinney (via facebook.com/SleaterKinney)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

It all happened so innocently, my love for riotgrrl queens Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss, and Carrie Brownstein, collectively and arguably better known as Sleater-Kinney.  While living in Austin in the late 90s, I wanted to attend an in-store performance at Waterloo Records by this well-regarded female rock trio which at the time I had never heard of.  Unable to make the event I sprung for a copy of their third studio album, Dig Me Out, and lost my mind.  Just lost it.  What was this sound?  Who were these ladies?  The hungry, urgent beats, the sharp, frenetic guitar work, and the layered, waling vocals.  And the lyrics?  Each song was a visual field infused by carefully chosen wording arcing in harmony.  I was hooked, taken, even smitten, and I wanted more. Continue reading »

Apr 142015
 

Boudin Southern Rep

Southern Rep Theatre will begin offering preview performances this week and the official opening night on Saturday of “Boudin: The New Orleans Music Project,” an original musical production inspired by asking locals in New Orleans the question: “How has New Orleans music saved your soul?” Continue reading »

Apr 142015
 
Oil on canvas painting by New Orleans artist Clarence Millet (1879-1959), titled Studio Courtyard (est. $20,000-$40,000)

Oil on canvas painting by New Orleans artist Clarence Millet (1879-1959), titled Studio Courtyard (est. $20,000-$40,000)

More than 1,150 premium lots – many of them pulled from prominent estates in Mobile, Ala., Jackson, Miss., New Orleans and elsewhere throughout the South – will be sold at a two-day estates auction slated for April 18th (starting at 9 a.m. CST) and 19th (at 10 a.m.) by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery at 1330 St. Charles Ave.

Offered will be many desirable pieces of original Louisiana artwork by artists such as Clarence Millet, Knute Heldner, Robert Rucker, and Clementine Hunter; French and Italian furniture; American furniture, to include a circa-1870 American Renaissance carved and burl walnut bedroom set; antique lamps, including a Pittsburgh Lamp Company reverse painted lamp; and a Sevres-style porcelain vase. Continue reading »

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Apr 132015
 
The shooting took place at Washington and Broad, and the fleeing suspect crashed at Tulane and South Miro, police said. (map via NOPD)

The shooting took place at Washington and Broad, and the fleeing suspect crashed at Tulane and South Miro, police said. (map via NOPD)

Samuel Ash (via opcso.org)

Samuel Ash (via opcso.org)

Three teenagers were injured in a shooting Monday afternoon near a crowded bus stop at the busy Broadmoor intersection of Washington and Broad, but New Orleans police were able to quickly able to arrest the 27-year-old gunman, authorities said. Continue reading »