Feb 202019
 

McKinley “Mac” Phipps, Jr. at Elayn Hunt Correctional Facility, 2015. (Uptown Messenger file photo)

McKinley “MAC” Phipps is currently serving a 30-year sentence for manslaughter, a crime for which he maintains his innocence. February 21, 2019 (this Thursday) marks 19 years he has been incarcerated behind the walls of the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center.

BAR NONE, a multidisciplinary arts initiative that focuses on “transcending incarceration through the arts,” will host a community conversation about MAC, his impact, and justice for him on Thursday.

Continue reading »

Feb 102019
 

Zion performs at the Marley Gras Festival at Central City Barbecue on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The annual Marley Gras festival took place at Central City BBQ on Saturday, Feb. 9. The festival featured live music, Jamaican food,  handmade crafts, as well as a pepper-eating competition and a jerk-chicken cook-off. The celebration of the connections between New Orleans and Caribbean culture is held during Carnival in honor of reggae pioneer Bob Marley’s Feb. 6 birthday.

Continue reading »

Feb 042019
 

Michele Rossi, center, is pelted with flags at the end of the Disco Amigos’ dance routine. Dat Dog threw an Anti-LIE block party, closing off Magazine street between Toledano and Louisiana, featuring replays of the Saints’ 2010 Super Bowl victory, a referee dunk tank and more. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday, Feb. 3, almost all of New Orleans boycotted the Super Bowl in one fashion or another, after the Saints were kept from the big game thanks to a missed call by the referees in the NFC Championship game against the Los Angeles Rams. For many, boycotting the game was more fun than watching the game. Among the Uptown venues hosting boycott events, Dat Dog threw a block party, Kingpin had a second line and Tracey’s served seafood. The boycott put a large dent in local viewership of the Super Bowl with a 26.1 rating. Nationally, the game’s viewership was the lowest since 2009 with a 44.9 rating.

Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Uptown bars help New Orleans win the Boycott Bowl (Photos)  Tagged with:
Jan 292019
 

The ACS Black History Celebration comes to the Ashé Power House Theater for 6 p.m. this Wednesday , Jan. 30. 

Audubon Charter School’s Talented in Arts students will celebrate Black History Month with the Ashé Cultural Arts Center through music, dance, drumming, spoken word and storytelling.

The theme will be the origin of the Anansi the Spider Stories (Ghana West Africa); students will perform and show how these stories crossed the ocean through oral tradition told from generation to generation. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Audubon Charter celebrates Black History Month at Ashé  Tagged with:
Jan 282019
 

Maurice Carlos Ruffin presents “We Cast a Shadow”
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 6-9 p.m.
Three Keys Room, The Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St.

The event sponsored by Garden District Book Shop includes with DJ music, a reading by the author, and interview between the book’s author and editor, and a book-signing. Food and beverages will be served.

“We Cast a Shadow” is set in a near-future Southern city plagued by fenced-in ghettos and police violence, where more and more residents are turning to an experimental medical procedure, demelanization.

Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Book Report: Novelist Maurice Carlos Ruffin and poet Marian D. Moore present new works
Jan 142019
 

 

(Courtesy of Newcomb Art Museum)

The exhibition “Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women of Louisiana” is opening Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Newcomb Art Museum with an afternoon of family activities and an evening of conversation, performance and celebration.

For this exhibit, Newcomb Art Museum has partnered with formerly incarcerated women, community organizations, stakeholders and those directly impacted by the prison system to create “Per(Sister),” which is intended to share the stories of currently and formerly incarcerated women in Louisiana, and shine a light on the myriad issues as identified and expressed by the women themselves.

Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Newcomb museum plans full day of events for opening of exhibit of art by incarcerated women
Jan 112019
 

Book signing: Rory O’Neill Schmidt, Rosary Hartel O’Neill, and Barret O’Brien
New Orleans Voodoo: A Cultural History
Greater Wilder

Saturday, Jan. 12
4:30-6 p.m.
Garden District Book Shop, The Rink, 2727 Prytania St.

Family Trifecta – Mother, Daughter, and Son: Rory O’Neill Schmidt and Rosary Hertel O’Neill, and Barret O’Brien discuss and sign their books, New Orleans Voodoo: A Cultural History, and Greater Wilder.

Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Book Report: Meet the authors for discussions, signings, writing workshop
Jan 102019
 

A.J. Allegra, far right, director of musical theater at Lusher, speaks with Stavros Koumbaros, center, and Paige Smallwood, left, of the musical Les Miserables in front of a group of 35 students. The play is at the Saenger Theater from January 8 through 13th. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Theater students from a local high school had the opportunity to hear from two actors from “Les Miserables,” a Tony award-winning musical playing at the Saenger Theatre until Jan. 13.

On Wednesday, Paige Smallwood and Stavros Koumbaros, actors from “Les Miserables,” spoke with 35 theater students at Lusher Charter School on Freret Street. During the event arranged by Broadway in New Orleans and the Orleans Parish School Board, the actors answered questions from A.J. Allegra, director of the musical theater division at Lusher, and directly from the students themselves. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Follow your passion, ‘Les Miserables’ actors tell Lusher theater students  Tagged with:
Dec 312018
 

A sold-out all-star concert Dec. 19 honors Professor Longhair. (Uptown Messenger)

Galactic band members inherit a culturally rich but financially risky enterprise in Tipitina’s, Keith Spera shows in a chronicle of the music club’s turbulent history for the New Orleans Advocate.

Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Advocate chronicles the rich, turbulent history of Tipitina’s
Dec 262018
 

Book signings and literary events coming up soon.

Paul Greenberg, “The Omega Principle”
Thursday, Dec. 27, 6 p.m.
Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St.

James Beard Award-winning author Paul Greenberg presents and signs his most recent book, “The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet” — an investigation of the history, science and business behind omega-3 fatty acids, the “miracle compound” whose story is intertwined with human health and the future of our planet. Gulf Restoration Network partnered with Octavia Books for this event.

 

Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Book Report: Meet authors Paul Greenberg, Brandi Perry, Mike Fawer, Charles D. Brown, S. Derby Gisclair
Dec 222018
 

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews signs a book for his former teacher Rozetta Millner during the “Toys From Troy” event at Warren Easton Charter High School on Friday.

Photos by Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, internationally-renowned trombonist and Warren Easton graduate, returned to his alma mater on Friday, Dec. 21 bearing gifts. Andrews hosted his second annual “Toys From Troy” toy giveaway. The second annual event also featured pictures with Santa and a performance by students at the Trombone Shorty Academy. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Trombone Shorty returns to his alma mater to host “Toys From Troy” for local children
Dec 132018
 

The warehouse at 1152 Magazine St. slated to become the home of “The Fallen Saint” immersive theater show. (photo via city of New Orleans)

The city’s Board of Zoning Adjustments sided with the developers of the “Fallen Saint” immersive-theater venue on lower Magazine Street this week, rejecting a challenge to the project by opponents of the project and essentially clearing the way for final approval by the New Orleans City Council. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Zoning board sides with “Fallen Saint” developers to allow immersive-theater venue on lower Magazine
Dec 122018
 

Palmer Park is located at South Carrollton and South Claiborne avenues, at the end of the St. Charles streetcar line. (Uptown Messenger archive)

The Carrollton Area Network is be hosting the 11th annual Caroling at Palmer Park on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Before the Christmas caroling, there will be Christmas shopping in the park. The Palmer Park Arts Market will be held both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Arts Market and Caroling at Palmer Park planned for this weekend  Tagged with: ,
Dec 112018
 
Poppy Tooker book signing

Areme Marks, left, talks with Poppy Tooker, right, after Marks got her copy of “Pascale’s Manale Cookbook” signed at Octavia Books on Saturday, Dec. 8. The book includes a history about the restaurant and its founders as well as select recipes from the restaurant. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Poppy Tooker—chef, radio show host, author and cooking instructor—published her most recent book on one of New Orleans’ most historic restaurants: “Pascal’s Manale Cookbook.”

Having published a book in 2015 on one of New Orleans’ historic restaurants, Tujague’s, her newest subject was a fitting next step.

“People said, ‘What do you want to do next?’ This [Manale’s book] seemed to be the only thing I could think of,” Tooker said. “This is the second-oldest continuously operating family-owned restaurant [in New Orleans]. So both Tujague’s and Manale’s are second to Antoine’s. That [Tujague’s] book has already been written.”

Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Local chef discusses her new book on historic Uptown restaurant  Tagged with:
Dec 042018
 
Octavia Books logo

via Octavia Books

Octavia Books, at 513 Octavia Street, will host three book reading and signing events featuring four authors this week, including Poppy Tooker’s Pascal’s Manale Cookbook. The week begins today (Dec. 4) with “Fish Town” by J.T. Blatty.

“Fish Town: Louisiana’s Vanishing Fishing Communities” by J. T. Blatty (via Octavia Books)

Tues, Dec. 4
“Fish Town”

Octavia Books and the Gulf Restoration Network will host a presentation and signing with photographer, writer and artist J. T. Blatty featuring her new book, “Fish Town: Louisiana’s Vanishing Fishing Communities.” The event starts for 6 p.m. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Octavia Books to host ‘Pascal’s Manale Cookbook’ signing and others  Tagged with: