Aug 302016
 
"Witness to Change" by Sybil Morial (via Amazon.com)

“Witness to Change” by Sybil Morial (via Amazon.com)

Chef and etiquette expert Carolyn Shelton will host an etiquette class and book signing with Sybil Morial. Morial, widow to the late Ernest “Dutch” Morial, will be signing copies of her book “Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment”.

The class and book signing will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31 at Poseidon Restaurant, located at 2100 st. Charles Avenue. Continue reading »

Aug 272016
 
James Carville touts his new book, "We're Still Right, They're Still Wrong" at Octavia Books on Friday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

James Carville touts his new book, “We’re Still Right, They’re Still Wrong” at Octavia Books on Friday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Republican Party has spent the 21st Century peddling off-base predictions and promises they can’t keep to the American people, culminating in the rise of Donald Trump, said strident Democratic consultant James Carville to an eager audience Friday night at Octavia Books. Continue reading »

Aug 012016
 
A visitor to Terpsichore Street poses with the mysterious new Pikachu statue on Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A visitor to Terpsichore Street poses with the mysterious new Pikachu statue on Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lower Garden District stands out among New Orleans neighborhoods for its elegant parks and statuary, such as the elegant fountain at Coliseum Square, the historic Margaret Haughery statute dedicated to the “Mother of Orphans,” the classical “Birth of a Muse” … and now, Pikachu. Continue reading »

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Jul 312016
 
Sisira Holbrook, first in line for the midnight release of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," smiles in anticipation as Octavia employee James Wilson hands her a copy of the book. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sisira Holbrook, first in line for the midnight release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” smiles in anticipation as Octavia employee James Wilson hands her a copy of the book. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The quiet corner of Octavia and Laurel streets became a hive of magical activity Saturday night, as hundreds wizard-hat wearing, magic-wand waving fans of Harry Potter (and their parents) gathered for a midnight release party for the series’ eighth book, “The Cursed Child.” Continue reading »

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Jul 182016
 
"Meet You There", Oil on Wood Panel, by Sarah Nelson (courtesy of Sarah Nelson)

“Meet You There”, Oil on Wood Panel, by Sarah Nelson (courtesy of Sarah Nelson)

The Salon Gallery at the Living Room Foundation will host an opening reception for the exhibition of Engrained, a series of wood panel paintings by artist Sarah Nelson. The reception will take place on Sunday, July 24 and will include champagne, music, and local cuisine. Continue reading »

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Jul 052016
 
(via New Orleans Film Society)

(via New Orleans Film Society)

The New Orleans Film Society will present the 19th Annual New Orleans French Film Festival, a summer showcase of contemporary and classic French cinema, in partnership with Le Consulat général de France à La Nouvelle-Orléans and the Prytania Theatre. The festival will take place July 7-14, with the Opening Night screening of “My Golden Days” (“Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse”) at the Orpheum Theatre and all other screenings at the Prytania Theatre. Continue reading »

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Jun 222016
 
Steve Malinowski performs with Cha Wa at the Blue Nile bar. Malinowski passed away on June 17. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Steve Malinowski performs with Cha Wa at the Blue Nile, April 4, 2016. Malinowski passed away on June 17, 2016. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans band Cha Wa held a memorial show for Steve Malinowski, the band’s pianist who recently passed away. The tribute took place at the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street on Wednesday, June 22.

Malinowski controlled stages with ambidextrous skill and an infectious grin. The New York native died on Friday, June 17, less than a week before his 26th birthday. Continue reading »

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Jun 222016
 
(via NOLA Caribbean Fest)

(via NOLA Caribbean Fest)

The 3rd Annual NOLA Caribbean Festival, a celebration of Caribbean culture, will take place this Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Roux Carre, located at 2000 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

The festival will feature vendors offering Caribbean-themed food, drinks, arts and crafts, along with 11 hours of top local and international music artists. Continue reading »

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Jun 152016
 
Harold Baquet (courtesy of Loyola University)

Harold Baquet (courtesy of Loyola University)

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) announced that the archive of photographer Harold F. Baquet (1958–2015) will be permanently housed at their Williams Research Center. The announcement was made with the support of Cheron Brylski, Baquet’s widow, who has retained the archive since his death one year ago on June 18, 2015. The acquisition was approved Tuesday, May 10.

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Jun 012016
 

The Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Merchants & Business Association will host First Fridays on the Boulevard this Friday, June 3. The monthly event features art exhibits, live music, food and drink specials from restaurants, and more, starting in the afternoon.

(via ochaleyblvd.org/first-fridays/)

(via ochaleyblvd.org/first-fridays/)

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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 042016
 
A promotional photo from the recent Crawfish Festival at NOLA Brewery. (via NOLA Brewery on Facebook)

A promotional photo from the recent Crawfish Festival at NOLA Brewery. (via NOLA Brewery on Facebook)

NOLA Brewery won initial approval from city planners recently on its plan to add a permanent space for live music in its new taproom area. Continue reading »

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May 022016
 
(via magazinestreet.com)

(via magazinestreet.com)

The Magazine Street Merchants Association, along First NBC Bank, will host the 6th Annual Magazine Street Champagne Stroll this Saturday, May 7. Participating shops will stay open until 9 p.m., and the event will feature live music, complimentary refreshments, store sales and discounts, and more on Magazine Street. 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 182016
 

Ursuline Academy students will celebrate the arts at their second annual Ursuline Arts Festival this Wednesday, April 20 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The student-led festival will offer audiences the opportunity to stroll through the Academy’s 11.5-acre Uptown campus to experience diverse expressions of music, visual arts and performing arts. The festival is free and open to the public.

(via Ursuline Academy of New Orleans)

(via Ursuline Academy of New Orleans)

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Apr 122016
 
Broadmoor Metamorphosis

(via The Broadmoor Improvement Association)

The Broadmoor Improvement Association will be hosting both their annual Metamorphosis benefit event and their annual Eatmoor food truck round-up event at the Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center this month. Continue reading »

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Apr 022016
 
Rebeca Trejo, left, dances with the Wild Magnolias on the Alder Hotel stage at the 2016 Freret Street Festival. The event featured 18 artists on three stages, 35 food vendors and craft vendors ranging from Freret and Soniat to Napoleon Avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Rebeca Trejo, left, dances with the Wild Magnolias on the Alder Hotel stage at the 2016 Freret Street Festival. The event featured 18 artists on three stages, 35 food vendors and craft vendors ranging from Freret and Soniat to Napoleon Avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Clear skies and mild temperatures cleared the way for the 2016 Freret Street Festival. The festival featured 35 food vendors, 200 arts and crafts vendor and 18 artists on three stages.

Capoeira students from NOLA Capoeira display their skills in front of the Home Bank stage at the 2016 Freret Street Festival. The event featured 18 artists on three stages, 35 food vendors and craft vendors ranging from Freret and Soniat to Napoleon Avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Capoeira students from NOLA Capoeira display their skills in front of the Home Bank stage at the 2016 Freret Street Festival. The event featured 18 artists on three stages, 35 food vendors and craft vendors ranging from Freret and Soniat to Napoleon Avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Apr 012016
 
The Nairobi Youth, who performed at the 2015 Freret Street Festival, will return to the new Loyola University stage on Saturday, April 2. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

The Nairobi Youth, who performed at the 2015 Freret Street Festival, will return to the new Loyola University stage on Saturday, April 2. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

Don't let this bad weather trick you.Tomorrow it will be beautiful. No April Fool!

Posted by Freret Street Festival on Friday, April 1, 2016

Despite a rainy Friday, organizers of the Freret Street Festival are relying on forecasts of perfect New Orleans springtime weather Saturday for their three music stages (headlined by James Andrews, Tank and the Bangas, and Tribe Nunzio), 200 vendors and festival food courts with picnic seating. Continue reading »

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