May 052016
 
The Merry Antoinettes (via Dat Dog)

The Merry Antoinettes (via Dat Dog)

Dat Dog at 3336 Magazine Street will serve specialty sausages and charcuterie as part of the annual Magazine Street Champagne Stroll this Saturday, May 7. The Merry Antoinettes marching group will be serving champagne cocktails, and the Magazine Street Art Market at Dat Dog will stay open late while a DJ spins French tunes. Continue reading »

May 052016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Caroline Zetzmann Calhoun, 2016 Whitney Bank Zoo To Do Chair, and her team of 400 volunteers serving on 15 committees have been working overtime for weeks to put the final touches on May 6th’s thirty-ninth annual extravaganza which will draw 5,000 attendees and benefit Audubon Zoo’s Tropical Bird House.

The culmination of a year’s worth of cajoling corporate donors, restaurants, bars, and other sponsors, this year’s gala is expected to raise $1.2 million and serve as the match for millions more in foundation, public and private sector gifts which form the basis of Audubon Institute’s almost $50 million annual budget. Continue reading »

May 032016
 
(via Alliance Française)

(via Alliance Française)

Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans will host “La Brocante”—a rummage sale featuring jewels, toys, collectibles, and more from fifteen vendors—this Saturday, May 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. The free event will include pétanque contests for kids and adults, a raffle, a food truck (Petite Rouge Café Camionnette), and face painting in the garden at Alliance Française.

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May 032016
 

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

As New Orleanians continue to grapple with affordable housing, with about 70 percent of residents spending more than 36 percent of their incomes on rent or mortgage, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell is urging city residents to get more involved in a citywide plan that, among other things, dictates the framework for the city’s land-use rules. Continue reading »

May 032016
 
Zohreh Khaleghi of The Flaming Torch

Zohreh Khaleghi of The Flaming Torch

Greater New Orleans’ citizens are arguably the most flexible people in the country. We take turns with our fellow drivers on narrow cobblestone streets, we know the secret route to get to our house during parade season, and boil water advisories keep us on our toes. These are just a few quirks that make us curious to outsiders and unite us as New Orleanians.

Another reason for us to band together is coming to a road near you! We will be facing drainage system improvements and road construction for the next five years. Funds from FEMA as well as our Department of Public Works have been designated and projects have been mapped through 2019 and we need to stay flexible (as we do) in the name of long-term infrastructure improvements!

Along with those experiencing personal inconveniences and dissatisfactions, our local businesses on these routes are taking a hard economic hit. New Orleans’ businesses need to feel our support and the impact of local dollars now at this critical time of business disruption because they are the backbone of our city’s culture, economy and character. Continue reading »

May 022016
 
(via magazinestreet.com)

(via magazinestreet.com)

The Magazine Street Merchants Association, along First NBC Bank, will host the 6th Annual Magazine Street Champagne Stroll this Saturday, May 7. Participating shops will stay open until 9 p.m., and the event will feature live music, complimentary refreshments, store sales and discounts, and more on Magazine Street. Continue reading »

May 022016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

sinkhole

noun sink·hole \ˈsiŋk-ˌhōl\

: a low area or hole in the ground that is formed especially when soil and rocks are removed by flowing water

The most appropriate metaphor for Mitch Landrieu’s tenure as mayor of New Orleans would be a sinkhole. If there’s a monument to the Landrieu’s legacy, it will be a gigantic Hell-maw (the devourer-of-Hondas) located right smack in the middle of a major thoroughfare. Continue reading »

Apr 292016
 

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givenolalogoGiveNOLA Day, hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, is the community’s third annual, 24-­hour online-charitable giving event, created to inspire people to give more to nonprofit organizations that are making our region stronger and creating a vibrant community for all.

New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra (NOVO) is proud to be a participating nonprofit this year as we host a Nonprofit Happy Hour this Tuesday in conjunction with GiveNOLA Day. The free fundraising event will include musical entertainment by members of NOVO, refreshments for all ages, and representatives from several other nonprofits also discussing their organizations. Continue reading »

Apr 292016
 

Guy’s is back. Marvin is back. Lunch is back.

Roast Beef Po-Boy from Guy's (Kristine Froeba)

Roast Beef Po-Boy from Guy’s (Kristine Froeba)

Guy’s Po-Boys reopened last week. There was little fanfare, but owner, chef, and sole sandwich maker Marvin Matherne doesn’t operate on fanfare; he serves lunch. The restaurant is already packed daily, the small dining room filled. The exterior paint is brighter, the fixtures newer, but the menu remains unchanged.

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

Guy’s doesn’t serve fancy food. It serves great food. The Po-Boys are of the variety found in the traditional corner New Orleans Po-Boy shop. Overfilled seafood with pickles and hot sauce and Blue Plate slathered, messy, gravy-laden Roast Beef – all on Leidenheimers. Continue reading »

Apr 282016
 
Audubon Nature Institute CEO Ron Forman, left, and Audubon Commission chair Kelly Duncan listen to comments from residents on Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Nature Institute CEO Ron Forman, left, and Audubon Commission chair Kelly Duncan listen to comments from residents on Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The new public-notice policies that the Audubon Commission has offered concerning proposed development are a good start, Uptown residents said on Thursday afternoon, but should be significantly improved before they are adopted. Continue reading »