Sep 282016
 
The boundaries of the proposed Uptown historic district are in blue. (via City of New Orleans)

The boundaries of the proposed Uptown historic district are in blue. (via City of New Orleans)

A new oversight structure for historic homes in much of Uptown and Carrollton easily moved forward to the New Orleans City Council for a final decision on Tuesday, after the City Planning Commission swiftly voted in favor of recommendations that have been pending for most of the year. Continue reading »

Sep 282016
 
(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Sean Devitt (via opsco.org)

Sean Devitt (via opsco.org)

A man caught on video wearing distinctive red sneakers as he broke into four homes on Thalia and Constance Streets — including one in which a Saints Super Bowl ring was taken — has been arrested, New Orleans police said this week. Continue reading »

Sep 282016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Tuesday morning I awoke abruptly just before 4 a.m. from a dream.  Convinced I was awake for the day, I decided to send a few emails.  While clacking out my correspondence in the dead silence of pre-dawn I heard in the not-too-far distance successive gunshots.  I thought it was about eight rounds.  Maybe it was seven.  But does it even matter how many there were?  I called 911.  They took my location, name, etc.  Then I went for a run.  And this is normal in New Orleans.  At least for now. Continue reading »

Sep 282016
 
Tulane University president Michael Fitts stands in front of a new "Angry Wave" rendering as he celebrates the reopening of the university's Lavin-Bernick Center food court with new offerings. (courtesy photo)

Tulane University president Michael Fitts stands in front of a new “Angry Wave” rendering as he celebrates the reopening of the university’s Lavin-Bernick Center food court with new offerings. (submitted photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer)

Panera Bread, Zatarain’s, burritos, Asian dishes have joined the WOW Wingery and other familiar vendors in the Lavin-Bernick food court, which Tulane University officials rededicated Tuesday with the unveiling of a new large “Angry Wave” mascot logo. Continue reading »

Sep 272016
 

(map by UptownMessenger.com via Google)

(map by UptownMessenger.com via Google)

Residents and businesses along Danneel, Dryades and Upperline streets will experience low water pressure Wednesday during the construction of a new water line connecting to the Jefferson Avenue drainage project, according to the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. Continue reading »

Sep 272016
 
Sonic Juice, a new courtyard juice bar, is now open at Gasa Gasa. (Haley Pegg, Loyola Student News Service for UptownMessenger.com)

Sonic Juice, a new courtyard juice bar, is now open at Gasa Gasa, located at 4920 Freret Street. (Haley Pegg, Loyola Student News Service for UptownMessenger.com)

By Haley Pegg
Loyola Student News Service

Gasa Gasa teamed up with Beaucoup Juice to launch its newest attraction this weekend with the opening of Sonic Juice.

Gasa Gasa, Freret Street’s music and arts venue, opened the juice bar in its courtyard with drinks from Beaucoup Juice. The local juice bar and smoothie shop recently closed its storefront on Freret Street. The company stays in business by catering private events and festivals. The new courtyard juice bar is called Sonic Juice and offers alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages including sno-balls, daiquiris made from fresh fruit, and other frozen and non-frozen options. Continue reading »

Sep 262016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Slippery slope arguments have a deservedly bad reputation. They’re generally too abstract to be useful, bypassing the merits of the actual policy being discussed in favor of perceived consequences if society happens to take a principle too far, thus presuming a progression that is not logically inevitable.

On the other hand, slippery slopes do happen. If a strong argument can be made that one action or policy is a catalyst for a parade of awfulness, it may well be prudent to refrain from lighting that particular match. Continue reading »

Sep 262016
 
The Pikachu #Pokemonument stands ready in the gallery in a photo by Neal Auction Company. (via Facebook)

The Pikachu #Pokemonument stands ready in the gallery in a photo by Neal Auction Company. (via Facebook)

The Pikachu statue emblazoned with the hashtag #Pokemonument that suddenly appeared in a Lower Garden District fountain and then just as quickly disappeared sold at auction for $2,000 on Sunday, multiple media outlets reported. Continue reading »

Sep 232016
 
French consul Gregor Trumel speaks as Lycee CEO Keith Bartlett listens Sept. 15 at the ribbon cutting for the school's newest location at Central St. Matthew UCC on South Carrollton Avenue. (via Lycee Francais on Facebook)

French consul Gregor Trumel speaks as Lycee CEO Keith Bartlett listens Sept. 15 at the ribbon cutting for the school’s newest location at Central St. Matthew UCC on South Carrollton Avenue. (via Lycee Francais on Facebook)

After starting classes at its new temporary location on South Carrollton Avenue this fall, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans is already looking for ways to maximize its use of the space as the school continues to grow, officials said this week. Continue reading »

Sep 232016
 

The corridor of Jackson Avenue near Annunciation has its first restaurant in years, and it’s a perfect fit for the neighborhood. Mason Hereford and Lauren Holton are the duo behind the new Irish Channel sandwich shop, Turkey and the Wolf. Hereford, former Chef of Coquette, and Holton, formerly of High Hat, have created a menu with southern soul and a dining room reminiscent of your grandmother’s porch.

Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich (Kristine Froeba)

Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich (Kristine Froeba)

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Sep 232016
 
(via Gasa Gasa)

(via Gasa Gasa)

Gasa Gasa and Beaucoup Juice have joined forces to create “Sonic Juice”, an original courtyard juice bar at Gasa Gasa, located at 4920 Freret Street. The grand opening for the juice bar takes place Friday, September 23 (today) until Sunday, September 25 and will feature performances by Big Freedia, The Tanglers, and more. Continue reading »

Sep 222016
 
Jay Dardenne speaks to the Bureau of Governmental Research in New Orleans on Thursday morning. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Jay Dardenne speaks to the Bureau of Governmental Research in New Orleans on Thursday morning. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne told the Bureau of Governmental Research today that the state will have no choice but to make additional cuts to departments and agencies of state government starting in January 2017 to balance the budget for the remainder of the fiscal year that ends June 30. It’s simply a matter of cash flow, Dardenne explained. Continue reading »

Sep 212016
 
Author Ethan Brown answers questions after reading from his new book, "Murder in the Bayou," on Wednesday evening at Octavia Books. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Author Ethan Brown answers questions after reading from his new book, “Murder in the Bayou,” on Wednesday evening at Octavia Books. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

When journalist Ethan Brown began researching the interconnected, unsolved slayings of eight women in rural Louisiana for what would become his new book, “Murder in the Bayou,” he knew he had immersed himself in a chronicle of the abuse of police power and easily discarded lives.

What Brown didn’t know until much later, however, was that a central location in those women’s lives and deaths would lead him straight to a well-known employee of U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, in a connection that is now drawing more attention than the unsolved murders themselves.

“That was a really surprising moment, to say the least,” Brown said. “I never imagined it would be someone who works for a Congressman.” Continue reading »

Sep 212016
 

PechaKucha Night is intended to be an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. The New Orleans branch will present PechaKucha Night NOLA Vol. 21 this Thursday, September 22, at the Dryades Public Market, located at 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

(via PechaKucha NOLA)

(via PechaKucha NOLA)

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open for 6 p.m., and slides begin at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading »

Sep 212016
 
The #Pokemonument, photographed near Coliseum Square in early August, will be auctioned this Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The #Pokemonument, photographed near Coliseum Square in early August, will be auctioned this Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

By Claire Byun

The rogue artists behind the mysterious Pokemon statue erected in Coliseum Square Park earlier this summer hope to use the monument as a force for good, and the neighborhood and its fountains stand to benefit from their efforts after the statue is auctioned off this weekend. Continue reading »