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Jul 172019
 

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Last week was a crazy one, eh? After a nice downpour on Wednesday, we stayed closed until Sunday to make sure Barry didn’t rain too hard on our parade. We’re happy to be open again with two new movies to share including a big one involving some big cats.

THE LION KING is a new look on a ’90s classic. The new cast is a who’s who of A-List talent led by Donald Glover, Beyoncé, and James Earl Jones reprising the role of Mufasa because nobody can fill those paws.

Director Jon Favreau has been at the forefront of using special effects to tell beautiful stories (See Zathura or the recent remake of The Jungle King for proof) so if you are hesitant about seeing this version we just have two words for you: Hakuna Matata. Continue reading »

Jul 152019
 


The New Orleans Public Library is offering hundreds of free and fun programs and activities this summer for children, teens, and adults. Our much-loved annual Summer Fun program includes Bob Ross Paint Parties, Nintendo Switch Gaming Sessions, and Audubon ZooMobile and runs through this Saturday, July 20. It is a celebration of reading and exploring all that the Library has to offer.

Summer Fun is designed to encourage the development of lifelong literacy for New Orleanians of all ages by providing them with exciting programs and reading rewards. While the program focuses on fun for all ages, there is a very serious reason that children and teens should participate.

Research shows that children and teens who do not read at least four grade-level books over the summer break will lose up to two months of reading skills. The Library fights this educational “summer slump” by providing activities and incentives to read, so we can help keep our youth from losing valuable skills over the summer. Continue reading »

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Eat NOLA Noir, hosts of Black Restaurant Week, and the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network will kick off “Dinner Club” showcasing “authentic creole cuisine” from around the city. The club series will visit a new restaurant each month, starting today (July 1) with The Munch Factory in the Lower Garden District.

Dinner Club at The Munch Factory will feature full servings of authentic Creole cuisine, such as the shrimp and beef skewers pictured (via Eat NOLA Noir)

“Join us as we explore the culinary scene in New Orleans and try new dishes, meet new people, and get full,” Eat NOLA Noir wrote of the event series. Continue reading »

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Jun 272019
 

Xavier University of Louisiana (via zula.edu)

From Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana has received a three-year, $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support initiatives designed to expand its community college student pipeline and to establish a new summer bridge program. Continue reading »

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Jun 152019
 

Help ensure the future of journalism in your neighborhood

Jay Banks, District B council member, speaks before the 2019 MLK Day March on Monday, January 21. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Dear Reader,
By reading our work, you have been part of an experiment that is succeeding. UptownMessenger.com launched in 2010 as an idea to offer neighborhood-focused news about everything in Uptown New Orleans. As we progress into a very different media landscape in New Orleans, our core concept of bringing you up-close news from your own great neighborhoods remains just as important as ever before.

Local Stories Every Day

As we have grown over the last nine years, you’ve said “yes” to this experiment. Thousands of you visit our sites every day to get your information first. You’ve pushed us to expand our coverage into Mid-City and Gentilly, move from our living rooms to an office, build partnerships with your businesses, and write the news about you, your children, and your neighborhoods. Continue reading »

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Jun 122019
 

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What’s your favorite zombie movie? The beauty about the zombie movie is that it’s a genre that can seamlessly morph into other genres with ease. You’ve had zombie rom-coms, zombie musicals, zombie mockumentaries, and you even have zombie adaptations of selected works of Shakespeare. This week, we invite you to check out a zombie movie by a legend of independent cinema.

THE DEAD DON’T DIE is the newest work from director Jim Jarmusch, a man much more known for dry humor than blood and guts. Expect this zombie film to shy away from excessive dismemberment in favor of being a satire of the state of America these days.

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Jun 122019
 

from the City of New Orleans

A home along Canal Boulevard, scarred by floodwaters. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com, 2015)

Today (June 12), the City of New Orleans announced the award of $12.5 Million in grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program.

Those dollars will fund the elevation of more than 50 pre-identified homes in New Orleans that have experienced repeated and severe flooding. Twenty-two of those homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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May 172019
 
P3 doctors giving Xavier University of Louisiana 2019 Commencement speech

(l-r) Dr. Pierre Johnson, Dr. Maxime Madhere, and Dr. Joseph Semien, Jr. give the Keynote speech at Xavier University of Louisiana’s 2019 Commencement ceremony. The three alumni were awarded honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters (via Xavier University Commencement Livestream)

For decades, Xavier University has ranked first in making African-Americans into medical professionals. This status led three young men to study at the university twenty years ago.

Xavier’s 2019 commencement featured alumni Dr. Pierre Johnson ’02, Dr. Maxime Madhere ’02, and Dr. Joseph Semien, Jr., ’01 as keynote speakers and honorary degree recipients. The three—who formed a brotherly bond at Xavier—now practice medicine and have co-authored a book about their journey to success.

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May 152019
 

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If April showers bring May flowers, what do May showers bring? If you’re The Broad Theater, then it means you take the great lineup you had the previous week, add a touch of action to the mix, and give everyone the chance to see what they might have missed. This week is a jumbo-stuffed mix of cinema full of jazz, poetry, Pokemon, and a man who just can’t get over his puppy.

JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM may be a bit of a wordy title but the film itself is all action. The next installment of this franchise has critics going gaga, a rare thing for the third entry of any series. Continue reading »

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May 152019
 
Tyrann Mathieu Foundation welcome reception

(via Tyrann Mathieu Foundation Facebook page)

New Orleans native and NFL Pro Bowler Tyrann Mathieu will host the 2nd annual weekend of events benefiting his New Orleans-based nonprofit. The weekend kicks off with a soiree at the New Orleans Jazz Market Friday, May 17, and features a Celebrity Kickball Classic on Saturday, May 18.

(via tyrannmathieu.org)

The Tyrann Mathieu Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the mission “to impact the lives of financially disadvantaged children and youth through encouragement, opportunities and resources to achieve their dreams in Phoenix and his hometown of New Orleans.” Continue reading »

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May 122019
 

Barricades block the flooded intersection of Olive Street at South Carrollton Avenue in August 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

from the City of New Orleans
Updated 11 a.m. 5/13/2019

New Orleans officials released the following information following heavy rains and thunderstorms that moved through the metro area Sunday morning. More than five inches of rain fell in parts of the city between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., with bouts of heavy rain at rates of two inches an hour and higher sparking Flash Flood Warnings. Continue reading »

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May 102019
 

from Green Light New Orleans

Green Light New Orleans, a nonprofit organization working towards a greener future, invites the public to its Spring Block Party on Saturday, May 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. The festivities will take place at the Fidelity Bank branch at 1201 S. Carrollton Ave (at Oak St.) and will feature complimentary food and drinks, as well as activities for the whole family.

“Most people know Green Light for our energy efficient light bulbs, and we’re proud to have given away more than 600,000 of them,” said Founder and Executive Director Andreas Hoffman.

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May 092019
 

via givenola.org

750 local nonprofits received more than 50,000 donations and over $5.9 Million during the 2019 GiveNOLA Day. The Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Center for Philanthropy presented their annual giving event on May 7.

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Uptown’s Louise S. McGehee School, and the Louisiana Children’s Museum received the highest dollar amounts, while GiveNOLA’s Lagniappe Fund, Team Gleason, and McGehee School had the most donors.

Here is a preliminary breakdown of GiveNOLA Day‘s leaderboard. Continue reading »

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Apr 242019
 

via Magazine Street Merchants Association

The Magazine Street Merchants Association will present its ninth annual Magazine Street Champagne Stroll on Saturday, May 11. Over 100 Magazine Street businesses will provide free sparkling wine, with many offering special deals, live music, promotional sales, and art or trunk shows. Continue reading »

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