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Apr 192018
 

Nearly 60 short-term rental licenses have been issued to units in the commercial 800 Common building in the Central Business District, city records show. (photo by Danae Columbus)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

New Orleans residents who are concerned that STRS (short term rentals) are destroying the fabric of their neighborhoods will probably pack the City Council Chambers next Tuesday when the City Planning Commission receives public comment as part of a study commissioned by Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell and the City Council to determine if any modifications are warranted to existing STR regulations. It goes without saying that numerous changes are expected to be recommended. Continue reading »

Apr 122018
 

Springtime and warmer weather means it’s time to revel in all that New Orleans holds most dear: our vibrant music culture, delectable cuisine, and our youthful spirit! The Hootenanny on Friday, April 20th is Grow Dat Youth Farm’s party with a purpose that benefits Grow Dat Youth Farm’s programs. Tickets at growdatyouthfarm.org.

The event will showcase the captivating talents of New Orleans’ own Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble followed by ToBeContinued Brass Band. Guests will enjoy hometown brews, craft cocktails and small bites from 27 beloved local restaurants like Pagoda Cafe, Marjie’s Grill, Barrel Proof, and Restaurant R’evolution. Youth will also be leading farm themed games and speaking about their experience at Grow Dat.

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Apr 052018
 

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Stephens talks with parishioners about Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Although significant civil rights progress has occurred since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel 50 years ago this week, national and local church leaders – including Rev. Kevin U. Stephens, Sr., M.D., J.D., former director of the New Orleans Health Department and current pastor of Christian Unity Baptist Church – believe that much work remains unfinished.

‘I can see a tremendous difference in the lives of African-Americans here in New Orleans in the delivery of quality health care, better schools, higher paying jobs, and the election of African-American officials including mayors and members of the City Council,” said Stephens who became pastor at Christian Unity in 2017. Stephens says the struggle for equality and economic equity began with Cain and Abel – the first two sons of Adam and Eve – and will continue. Continue reading »

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Mar 302018
 

Protesters hold signs during a March 28 meeting of the City Council utility committee. (submitted photo)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Entergy New Orleans has the City Council just where they want them – frequently playing catch up. While Entergy came into existence to provide gas and electric services to the ratepayers, they also have an obligation to maximize profits for their stockholders. The more Entergy controls costs, the better stockholders like it and citizens lose. Entergy is a major player in the community through their grant programs, their sponsorship of non-profit organizations and their frequent — and often behind the scenes — political maneuvering. Angering Entergy can have negative financial repercussions, as WBOK recently discovered. Continue reading »

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Mar 262018
 

The editors at Automobile magazine have selected the Honda Accord and Civic Type R as 2018 Automobile All-Stars. To qualify to be an Automobile All-Star, the vehicle must be an all-new, heavily revised, or newly significant model variant on sale in the U.S. within 12 months of All-Stars testing. Honda has the most vehicle models on this distinguished list compared to any other car brand. Both of this year’s high-performance Honda vehicles have exceeded expectations in terms of style and drivability. In case you missed how these cars splashed on the scene in 2018, let’s take a look at what they have to offer.

2018 Honda Accord

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Mar 232018
 

Ongoing new construction projects in South Market District will lead to more tax revenues for Downtown Development District. (photo by Danae Columbus)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

CBD property owners and residents were more than surprised to learn that Mayor Landrieu’s administration withheld almost $800,000 from the budget of the Downtown Development District (DDD) from 2014 to 2016 to help satisfy the city’s pension obligations. The DDD would have applied the money to increase public safety, better address the homeless issue, or make other quality of life improvements as determined by their strategic plan. Continue reading »

Mar 232018
 

Southern Rep Theatre kicks off its Spring 2018 season in residence at
Loyola University’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

In partnership with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, Southern Rep is currently presenting A TENNESSEE WILLIAMS DOUBLE BILL in a limited engagement from March 21 – April 1 in Loyola’s Marquette Theatre. This pairing of two rare one-act plays – AND TELL SAD STORIES OF THE DEATH OF QUEENS, directed by Ricky Graham, and THE TWO-CHARACTER PLAY, directed by Austin Pendleton – showcases two very different sides of one of New Orleans’ favorite playwrights. Continue reading »

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Mar 152018
 

Photos for the Spring 2018 Hadaki catalog photographed in New Orleans on Saturday, October 14, 2017. PHOTO BY CHRIS GRANGER

Searching for a functional tennis gear bag that doesn’t sacrifice style? Buy a Hadaki tennis tote and never look back! With plenty of pockets, fashionable designs, and material that is high-quality, eco-friendly, and water-resistant, our tennis totes are the total package.

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Keep everything you need on the court in one place with your Hadaki tennis tote. Each of our bags has the following features for your convenience: Continue reading »

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Feb 222018
 

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So how was your weekend? Saw anything good? We ended up experiencing the busiest February weekend in our history with a little movie you may have heard of called BLACK PANTHER. Between Thursday and Sunday we had 35 straight sold out screenings breaking all sorts of box office records. Demand for tickets is still outpacing anything we have ever shown at The Broad, so we have already put tickets on sale for next week on two of our four screens.

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Feb 152018
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Trying to resolve Louisiana’s ongoing budget crisis is at the heart of the Legislature’s special sessions which begins Monday. One of the potential solutions to balance the state’s budget that will not be discussed until the March 12 regular session is the opportunity to derive more income and create more jobs through an expansion of legalized gaming. Continue reading »

Feb 112018
 

The Krewe of Mid-City braved spouts of heavy rain Sunday, Feb. 11 2018. The boutique crew marches through Uptown and features floats decorated with colorful tin foil (Claire Byun/cbyun@nolamessenger.com).

The Krewe of Mid-City rolled through Uptown on Sunday morning, catching a brief downpour but proceeding on undeterred.

For the full photo gallery, see Claire Byun’s coverage at MidCityMessenger.com.

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Feb 082018
 

(Front row, left to right) David Bossie, Corey Lewandowski, and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry at Trump book signing. GNOR hosts John Tobler and Phil Brickman are in the back row. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Donald Trump was elected President of the United States because he “rekindled a dream for millions of
Americans” at a time when the Washington establishment “failed to stand up for the people they were elected to represent,” said former Trump insiders Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie. The duo was in Metairie earlier this week for a luncheon and signing of their recent book, “Let Trump Be Trump.” Hosted by the Greater New Orleans Republicans, the event also featured Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry who introduced the authors. Continue reading »

Feb 052018
 

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Are your friends and family missing New Orleans and that Mardi Gras spirit Show them how much you care by shipping a fresh King Cake with Parcels and Post this season!

Bring in cakes from your favorite bakery and we will carefully pack them in our special King Cake boxes.  We always provide a choice of carriers and rates to fit your budget. Add a little lagniappe to the care package – we have Mardi Gras themed greeting cards, jewelry, magnets, fascinators, bow ties and lots of locally made products.

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Feb 042018
 

Breaux Mart King Cake (via Kristine Froeba)

My commentary is usually filtered through nostalgia—in this case, my fond memories of Mardi Gras. Two words sum that up: McKenzie’s and Doubloons.

Mardi Gras was fun, easy, laissez-faire, with no tattletales, no politics, no bead safe-spaces, and no King Cake scalping—yes, this is really a thing in 2018.

Why can’t we just enjoy the greatest free show on earth without government intervention, irate commentary, division, and scary cakes? Continue reading »