Jul 272016
 
(via Bounce Fitness w/MoeJoe)

(via Bounce Fitness w/MoeJoe)

As part of July Jubilee, a month-long celebration of dance in New Orleans, the city’s dance community will host a $5 Dance Class Challenge and the National Dance Day Celebration.

The $5 Dance Class Challenge, which runs from July 25 to August 6, will offer $5 classes for all skill levels in a range of genres including African, ballet, belly dance, bounce, contemporary, hip hop, and salsa. Participating dance studios and programs include Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center, Bounce Fitness, Crescent Lotus Dance Studio, Dance Quarter/NOLA Spaces, NORDC/NOBA, and more.
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Jul 272016
 
The Hooka House cafe at 1908 Magazine Street is on track to extend its legal operating hours until midnight on weekends. (via City of New Orleans)

The Hooka House cafe at 1908 Magazine Street is on track to extend its legal operating hours until midnight on weekends. (via City of New Orleans)

The Hookah House Cafe on Magazine Street is on track to extend its legal operating hours until midnight on weekends, after overcoming an unusual objection from the building’s owner. Continue reading »

Jul 272016
 
Prospective board members Gary Solomon, George Wilson and Quentin Messer attend a meeting of the Lusher Charter School governance committee on Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Prospective board members Gary Solomon, George Wilson and Quentin Messer attend a meeting of the Lusher Charter School governance committee on Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School is considering adding three new members to its governing board, and may need a fourth after another recent resignation, officials said Wednesday morning. Continue reading »

Jul 262016
 
Attorney Michael Whitaker describes the beginning of mediation in 215 claims against the Sewerage & Water Board over damages allegedly caused by the SELA drainage projects. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Attorney Michael Whitaker describes the beginning of mediation in 215 claims against the Sewerage & Water Board over damages allegedly caused by the SELA drainage projects. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A retired federal judge has been appointed to mediate $86 million in damage claims from property damage from the ongoing SELA drainage projects along four major Uptown corridors, attorneys announced Monday. Continue reading »

Jul 262016
 

lcia-industry-ins_logo-color-posLCIA is set to host two business operations workshops to help Louisiana businesses evaluate their operations and prepare for change. The workshops—Wednesday, July 27th in Baton Rouge and Friday, July 29th in New Orleans—will feature a presentation by business consultant OpEx Realization Group.

With every twist and turn in the market, businesses need to be able to implement change easily before finding themselves in a bind, but usually it’s hard for businesses to find the time and money to evaluate, identify problems, and find solutions to issues. A business consultant like OpEx makes that process easier and efficient, and keeps businesses moving forward. This allows businesses to change before they have to. Continue reading »

Jul 262016
 
Shopkeeper Belinda Wharton and Cassie

Shopkeeper Belinda Wharton and her dog Cassie

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!

Shopkeeper: Belinda Wharton
Zen Pet Retail & Grooming
Since 2013

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Jul 262016
 
(via Southern Eye Bank)

(via Southern Eye Bank)

On Thursday, July 28, Southern Eye Bank will host the Strikes for Sight Blindfold-Bowling Night, a family-friendly event meant to draw attention to the challenges of corneal blindness and help promote Southern Eye Bank’s mission of providing ocular tissue to those in need. Tickets include lane and ball rental, food, beer, and more. Continue reading »

Jul 252016
 
Sarah Bajor, left, and Ajay Bhoja, right, play foosball in the Classic and Vintage 3rd annual World Foosball Championship. The game was part of Freret Street Funday, a part of Tales of the Cocktail. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Sarah Bajor, left, and Ajay Bhoja, right, play foosball in the Classic and Vintage 3rd annual World Foosball Championship. The game was part of Freret Street Funday, a part of Tales of the Cocktail. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tales of the Cocktail came Uptown on Sunday evening. The event, Freret Street Funday, included restaurants and bars up and down Freret street including Ancora, Bar Frances, Company Burger, Gasa Gasa, Cure and High Hat cafe. Dynamic Duo bartenders were at each bar serving up signature cocktails.

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Jul 222016
 

Just a month after contemplating the creation of a new security district, with 24-hour manned patrol cars, residents of the Lower Garden District are now exploring another way to increase safety: a widespread installment of crime cameras.

Members of the Coliseum Square Neighborhood Association took a preliminary survey at their monthly meeting this week to see how many residents would be interested in one or both measures, in order to beef up security in the area.

About a dozen people — the majority of those in attendance at the meeting — indicated they’d like to have crime cameras installed around the neighborhood. Nine raised their hands when asked if they wanted private patrol, too. Continue reading »

Jul 222016
 
The patio at Tasting Room (Kristine Froeba)

The patio at Tasting Room (Kristine Froeba)

If you follow Magazine right after it forks above Camp, there’s a tiny gem of a place you may have missed. The Tasting Room, hidden amongst several bars and shops in the LGD, is easy to miss but worth a visit. The décor is elegant, of the shabby chic variety, deep azure velvet sofas, candlelight, chandeliers, refurbished wood, and antique mirrors. The night I arrived, “Casablanca” was being shown on the historic brick wall above the patio. The perfect date place.

The wine, however, is serious. Continue reading »

Jul 212016
 
Paul Bonin shares a chuckle after qualifying to run for Criminal District Court. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Paul Bonin shares a chuckle after qualifying to run for Criminal District Court. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Political insiders are shaking their heads this week as to why Paul Bonin, a widely-popular 4th Circuit Court of Appeals judge who has more than five years remaining on his current term, would decide to run for a lower-paying judgeship in the rough-and-tumble Criminal District Court. Continue reading »