Jul 242018
 

Seth Dunlap, owner of the warehouse on Magazine Street slated to become the venue for The Fallen Saint, speaks before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The City Planning Commission gave unanimous approval this afternoon to the new “Fallen Saint” immersive theatre venue on Magazine Street, after hearing from dozens of Lower Garden District neighbors. Continue reading »

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Jul 232018
 

Magazine Street’s annual summertime shindig — now called “Moonlight on Magazine” after years as the “Cool Down Block Party” — returns this weekend with a special birthday performance by jazz trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis showcasing his new album, alongside a host of late-evening shopping and dining specials from local businesses.

The party runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday (July 28) on the 3900 to 4600 blocks of Magazine Street, between Austerlitz and Valence streets.

“Shops and restaurants will be staying open late and celebrating with complimentary drinks and appetizers, live music, special sales and exclusive activities,” according to the event announcement from Magazine Street Merchants. “Explore Magazine Street by moonlight, discover new favorite shops and rediscover old favorites while supporting local businesses.”

Marsalis will perform at Peaches Records. Other events during the party include live glassblowing demonstrations by Pollack Glass Studio and karaoke at Buddha Belly. The New Orleans Public Library Bookmobile will put in an appearance for kids, and Tipitina’s and the House of Blues will also participate.

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Jul 232018
 

The New Orleans Suspects (via GoFundMe)

The popular local band The New Orleans Suspects are seeking help from the public after all their instruments were stolen from a van parked in the Oak Street area near the Maple Leaf Bar, according to our partners at WWL-TV. Continue reading »

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Jul 232018
 

The warehouse at 1152 Magazine Street is slated to be renovated into a venue for “The Fallen Saint” immersive theatre production. The taller building between it and the Pontchartrain Expressway is not part of the proposal. (via city of New Orleans)

As the first hearing before city officials approaches for a warehouse on Magazine Street slated to be converted into the venue for an avant-garde immersive theatre project called “The Fallen Saint,” Lower Garden District residents are continuing an increasingly heated debate about whether its traffic will revitalize that corner of the neighborhood or overburden it. Continue reading »

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Jul 182018
 

Starting Friday, the Prytania Theatre is launching a new film series called “filmtopia,” which will run the gamut of the art-house offerings from documentaries, foreign films, cinema classics and a retrospective on the career of Stanley Kubrick. Continue reading »

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Jul 162018
 

(image via the New Orleans Public Library on Facebook)

Two New Orleans music journalists, Alison Fensterstock and Alex Rawls, will discuss the city’s role in shaping the sound of rock ‘n’ roll on Wednesday evening as part of an ongoing series on the history of New Orleans for its 300th birthday. Continue reading »

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Jul 062018
 

A new book about the New Orleans Baby Dolls marching groups will be featured at an upcoming launch party that will double as a fundraiser for the “One Book One New Orleans” citywide reading campaign. Continue reading »

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Jun 272018
 

AVAILABLE TODAY ONLY:
Get a $100 Gift Card for only $50

The Shard Shop is a friendly, make-your-own glass art boutique offering daily classes, birthday parties, and private events. We are pleased to offer a truly unique New Orleans experience that visitors won’t be able to find anywhere else.

To celebrate our one-year anniversary today (YAY US!), we’re offering $100 gift cards for only $50. No special code needed, but the deal will be active only for today. Just visit this link or come by the shop at 3138 Magazine Street where we’ll have treats and giveaways all day! Continue reading »

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Jun 242018
 

The Uptown Swingers march down Washington avenue towards their first stop at the Purple Rain bar. The Uptown Swingers rolled their annual parade, starting at 4622 Loyola, finishing at Tapps II and Fox Bar, on Sunday, June 24. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Uptown Swingers Social Aid and Pleasure club closed out the second line season on Sunday, June 24 with their annual parade.

Eric Gordon blows his horn down Magnolia street. The Uptown Swingers rolled their annual parade, starting at 4622 Loyola, finishing at Tapps II and Fox Bar, on Sunday, June 24. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jun 202018
 

Early concept art for one of the performance spaces in “The Fallen Saint,” an immersive theatre production slated for the warehouse at 1152 Magazine Street. (courtesy of Proximity Entertainment)

A new form of avant garde immersive theatre popular in New York City is seeking to make a Magazine Street warehouse its home in New Orleans, producers of the project told Lower Garden District neighbors this week.

“The Fallen Saint” will combine live music and theatre in a series of intimate settings inside the warehouse at 1152 Magazine Street, said Seth and Rosa Dunlap, the owners of the building. The building will also feature a full-service restaurant with live music that will operate even when the show is not running, they said.

The warehouse at 1152 Magazine Street is slated to be renovated into a venue for “The Fallen Saint” immersive theatre production. (via Google Maps)

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Jun 142018
 

The beloved characters from children’s author Mo Willems sing and dance their way through an hour-long vaudevillian romp suitable for the smallest theatre-goers and priced for families.

An elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie are best, best, “bestus” (a word Gerald and Piggie made up that means “very best”) friends, but Gerald worries that something could go wrong that would end their friendship. Piggie is not worried at all. She’s even happier and more excited than usual. That’s because she and Gerald are invited to a party hosted by the Squirrelles, three singing squirrels who love to have a good time.

And so begins a day when anything is possible. Pachydermal peril and swiney suspense ensue! Filled with beloved characters and lively songs, it’s a perfect way to introduce young people to theatre. Continue reading »

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May 252018
 

Author Gary Alipio (left) and Illustrator Sarah Gramelspacher at the release of “The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou” (Tyree Worthy, UptownMessenger.com)

Hatcher Hampton is turning twelve. Per family tradition, he’ll be entering his first fishing rodeo, hoping to prove he’s better than his older brother. First prize wins $500—money that could save his family from being evicted from their home—and the winner gets his picture in the front page of the paper! But getting stuck in a horsefly-infested swamp with Grampa Grump and no extra underwear isn’t what he had in mind.

This is the premise of New Orleans Author Gary Alipio’s first published children’s book, “The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou.” Alipio celebrated the release with a launch party, book reading and signing at Octavia Books on Saturday, March 3. Continue reading »

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May 252018
 

Dominique McClellan (MLK) & Jason Kirkpatrick (LBJ) in Tony award-winning play ALL THE WAY presented by Southern Rep Theatre

The regional premiere of Tony Award-winning play ALL THE WAY by Robert Schenkkan is running now until June 3 at Loyola University Theatre with special events every day this weekend.

Presented by Southern Rep Theatre, the political drama follows Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and a huge cast of historical figures through the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Johnson’s re-election campaign.

ALL THE WAY received national acclaim in its 2014 run on Broadway, where it won the Tony Award for Best Play. Star Bryan Cranston—also a Tony Award winner—then reprised his role as LBJ in a 2016 HBO film adapted by playwright Robert Schenkkan.

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May 152018
 

YAYA, the non-profit arts community for local children and youth, will host their spring fundraiser Brass ‘N Glass this Friday, May 18. The free event will feature a glass demonstration by Juli Juneau, live music by CoolNasty, and an arts market with work by YAYA artists. Continue reading »

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May 112018
 

Blue Cypress Books on Oak, Octavia Books, Garden District Book Shop on Prytania and Tubby & Coo’s in Mid-City are collaborating Saturday on a scavenger hunt with $100 in gift certificates, as well as special events and exclusive merchandise, as part of the national Independent Bookstore Day the effort to promote local shops in a literary world increasingly dominated by mail-order companies and chains. Continue reading »

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