Jul 302016
 

The Green Party of Louisiana is holding its annual convention at Zeitgeist on O.C. Haley Boulevard in New Orleans today, featuring a panel on police militarization led by Marjorie Esman of the state American Civil Liberties Union chapter.

The ACLU of Louisiana and Black Youth Project 100 are suing the Baton Rouge Police Department over its handling of the protests following the death of Alton Sterling, citing “actions … designed to intimidate protesters and deter the continued exercise of First Amendment rights.”

See below for live coverage.

Live Blog Green Party panel on police militarization in Louisiana – July 30, 2016
 

Jul 292016
 
Jamaican Scalllops in pineapple juice, jalapeños, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and piri piri sauce (Kristine Froeba)

Jamaican Scalllops in pineapple juice, jalapeños, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and piri piri sauce (Kristine Froeba)

Mayas Nuevo Latina will soon be celebrating its tenth year, offering Zagat-rated Central American Caribbean fusion in New Orleans. The restaurant is a frontrunner for those seeking a casual, but elegant, gourmand Latin American experience Uptown.

Chef Edgar Irias and co-owner, Trinity Cazzola, founded the restaurant in 2007 and are about to expand their reach with a second restaurant further upriver. The concept will be an authentic Mexican menu, with zero Tex-Mex influence. Expect goat meat and imported local cheeses.

For now, you can enjoy brunch, lunch, and dinner at their flagship restaurant in the LGD. Continue reading »

Jul 292016
 
Shelter 13 near Magazine Street at Audubon Park is fenced in and unused. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Shelter 13 near Magazine Street at Audubon Park is fenced in and unused. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As Audubon Park prepares for upgrades to some of its more popular picnic shelters, officials are asking the public what to do about one such closed structure on Magazine Street. Should the park renovate Shelter 13, tear it down for green space, or convert it into a security station? Continue reading »

Jul 282016
 
Surveillance video shows the man who robbed the Subway on South Claiborne, police say. (image via NOPD)

Surveillance video shows the man who robbed the Subway on South Claiborne, police say. (image via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A couple was robbed at gunpoint in the Garden District on Wednesday morning, a driver was robbed at gunpoint on Dryades Street in the afternoon and the Subway on South Claiborne was robbed Wednesday night, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jul 282016
 
Hillary Clinton speaks to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday in a photo by Louisiana delegate Cynthia Hedge-Morrell. (photo courtesy of Danae Columbus)

Hillary Clinton speaks to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday in a photo by Louisiana delegate Cynthia Hedge-Morrell. (photo courtesy of Danae Columbus)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Hillary Clinton’s acceptance of the Democratic nomination for President tonight will be a huge milestone in the long drive by millions of women for electoral equality. Will Hillary’s support from women, black and Hispanic voters be strong enough to elect her in November? Continue reading »

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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