Jamal Melancon

Jul 032018

The d4 Tabletop Gaming Café, located at 8228 Oak Street, features board game competitions, board games to buy, play and rent. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The new d4 Tabletop Gaming Café offers a hub for New Orleans card and board game players to meet, eat, and play for hours long on Oak Street.

Owners Mark and Tracy Meyer opened the café in March this year. Mark Meyer is a city local with 20 years in the restaurant business, and Tracy Meyer has over 10 years in the business as a pastry cook. Meyer said he and his wife “dreamed up” the idea to combine their love for gaming with their cooking experience, since Meyer needed to create a job for himself after injuring his back. After a two year process, they opened d4 in March this year. Continue reading »

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May 192017

Local rapper Mike Hazel sports a “Coolest Wans” shirt while riding his bike. (Courtesy of Elijah LeNoir)

“The Coolest Wans: Spun by Chuck Inglish”, a hip hop show full of local performers, will feature rapper Chuck Inglish DJ’ing at the Howlin’ Wolf. Continue reading »

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Mar 092017

R&B Singer and New Orleans native Ambré Perkins will be performing her first festival show and first live performance of 2017 at this year’s BUKU Music + Art Project. Perkins said she looks forward to playing in front a broader audience that may be seeking to hear artists they’ve never known prior.

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“It’s very open-minded usually,” Perkins said. “So people go there and they’re open to new artists. Actually, that’s probably what they want to see the most, artists that they’ve never heard of and to experience something different.”

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Jan 032017

New Orleans Comedy and Arts Festival 2015 (Courtesy of John Lavis)

La Nuit Comedy Theater — a pioneering venue for comedy in New Orleans, and one of the last pre-Katrina businesses remaining on Freret Street — closed its doors for the final time last month, its owner said. Continue reading »

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Oct 202016

lyceeThe Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans board met this Monday and praised the school’s athletics program for their first victory in flag football and for 5th grader Chase Duvernay winning a medal in every cross country event this fall sports season — the first student athlete to win a sports medal in the young school’s history. Continue reading »

Oct 182016

(Courtesy of Hannah Engelson)

Even the death of her subject did not discontinue the message of director Hannah Engelson’s documentary about Uptown resident, comedian and disabilities advocate Jonah Bascle, which won a special jury mention at this year’s New Orleans Film Festival.

“My original intention was just to give a well-rounded picture of this person and I think I still accomplished that,” Engelson said. Continue reading »

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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 »

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Jun 142016
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StayLocal, Greater New Orleans’ independent business alliance, will host NOLA Know-How, an event to showcase business-to-business (B2B) companies. The free event takes place on Thursday, June 16 at the People’s Health New Orleans Jazz Market and will feature TED-style talks by local business thought leaders based on the theme “Survival of the Fittest”.

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May 202016
The Bayou Bell Choir (via https://m.facebook.com/St-Andrews-Handbell-Choir-901526643306513/)

The Bayou Bell Choir (via https://m.facebook.com/St-Andrews-Handbell-Choir-901526643306513/)

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church will host the Bayou Bell Choir from Lake Charles on Saturday afternoon, playing over 18 selections of songs from favorite films and Broadway stages. The free hour program will be followed by a brief question and answer period and reception with refreshments. Continue reading »

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May 022016


The nonprofit Save Our Cemeteries will be supervising the community clean-up Tuesday of the historic Valence Cemetery in the Freret neighborhood by trimming ferns, clipping invasive vegetation, and removing trash. Continue reading »

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Apr 252016

Instruments A Comin' 2016

Tipitina’s will host a family-friendly, free outdoor block party, as well as an indoor concert, this Monday, April 25 for their annual benefit and community festival event Instruments A Comin’. The outdoor block party will include performances by Donald Harrison, Jr. & The Tips Interns, The Roots of Music, Mary D. Coghill Charter School, and a battle of the marching bands featuring Edna Karr High School and Sophie B. Wright Charter School. Continue reading »

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Apr 142016

Alma Peters Park Maintenance

Alma Peters Park area residents who maintain the park will be painting and cleaning the park this Saturday, April 16, and for their maintenance projects this year, area residents are looking for donations for equipment and supplies, as well as volunteers. The park will not be available for use on this maintenance day and possibly longer, so the paint can dry.

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