Oct 132017
 

Novelist Jesmyn Ward (left) speaks to interviewer Nathaniel Rich on Thursday evening at the Garden District Book Shop. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

It’s been a busy fall for Tulane University professor Jesmyn Ward. Her new novel, “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” was published just last month, and named a finalist for the National Book Award just last week. On Wednesday, she was announced as one of the latest recipients of the prestigious national MacArthur “genius” grant, and on Thursday, she got to discuss it all with nearly 100 of her fans in Uptown New Orleans at the Garden District Book Shop.


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Oct 102017
 

Author Jesmyn Ward (photo via Octavia Books credited to Beowulf Sheehan)

Author Jesmyn Ward — a writer-in-residence at Tulane University who was last week nominated for her second National Book Award — will read from her acclaimed new novel “Sing, Unburied, Sing” at Octavia Books tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 10) and Garden District Book Shop on Thursday. Continue reading »

Sep 292017
 

Local artist Bryan Brown, member of Axiom Artist Collective, poses with his original art piece created for the official Tremé Fall Fest poster (via Spears Group)

New Orleans artist Bryan Brown—of Axiom Art Gallery on Freret Street—was selected as the creator this year’s official Tremé Fall Fest poster. The final design was unveiled on Wednesday, September 27, as part of the kickoff for the third annual festival happening this weekend.

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Jul 252017
 

Kynnadi Smith, left, fits Tammy Lee, right, for a bracelet from Ugly Betty Boutique at the Friends and Flows event on July, 22 at Dryades Public Market. The pop-up event featured painters, photographers, merchants, clothing designers and drink specials. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Dryades Public Market hosted the popup marketplace “Friends and Flows” for the first time Saturday, raising awareness of issues like food deserts, the market’s role in the Central City neighborhood, and gentrification. Continue reading »

Jul 202017
 

#FriendsAndFlows is monthly marketplace that showcases a mix of visual artists, designers, photographers, and other entrepreneurs and creators in a positive social atmosphere. July’s edition happens this weekend and will feature Free Tastings & $5 Cocktails by Cathead Vodka, music by DJ RQ Away, and some of your favorite new faces. Continue reading »

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Jul 192017
 
    Dr. Courtney Bryan, left, and Calvin Johnson, right, perform a Sidney Bechet tune at the Trinity Church Bastille Day Celebration 2017. The celebration, which was part of Trinity’s Artist Series, featured local, national and international acts. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Trinity Episcopal Church celebrated Bastille Day 2017 during their Artist Series performance on Sunday, July 16. The celebration included local, national, and international acts performing music, all either in French, about France, or performed by French musicians.

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Jul 132017
 

The crowd dances at BLVD Fest. The 5th annual BLVD Fest took place on Saturday, July 8. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 5th annual B.L.V.D. festival took place on Saturday, July 8. The event, put on by New Orleans-based lifestyle brand B.L.V.D. Etiquette featured short sets by 23 different musicians and DJs.

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Jul 052017
 

Tank and the Bangas gestures toward the crowd. Tank and the Bangas and Big Freedia performed at Tipitina’s on Saturday, July 2, 2017. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Basking in the national attention after winning the NPR Tiny Desk concert, New Orleans band Tank and the Bangas performed with another homegrown star, Big Freedia, at Tipitina’s on Saturday.

Big Freedia and her band dance. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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May 192017
 

Local rapper Mike Hazel sports a “Coolest Wans” shirt while riding his bike. (Courtesy of Elijah LeNoir)

“The Coolest Wans: Spun by Chuck Inglish”, a hip hop show full of local performers, will feature rapper Chuck Inglish DJ’ing at the Howlin’ Wolf. Continue reading »

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May 092017
 

New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra will present their last concert of the season, “The Dark Side”, featuring the 70-piece orchestra performing music from Star Wars and Fantasia, as well as two special guest soloists.

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May 082017
 

Maple Street Book Shop owner Gladin Scott looks up behind a pile of books in October 2016. The store will close in June, he announced today.
(UptownMessenger.com file photo by Dannielle Garcia, Loyola Student News Service).

(photo via Maple Street Book Shop)

After 53 years in business, Maple Street Book Shop will close its doors for the final time on June 17, the owners announced Monday morning. Continue reading »

May 052017
 

Crescent City Comics will be giving away special issues of Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Who, the Legend of Zelda, Archie Comics, and many more at its Calhoun Street location on Saturday as part of the national Free Comic Books Day promotion, and Mid-City Pizza’s new Uptown expansion will be joining the party with discounted slices. Continue reading »

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Apr 062017
 

George Porter Jr. talks to Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood at the Maple Leaf on Monday night. (photo by Michelle B. Perez)

Thousands of people packed the sold-out Smoothie King Center on Monday night to hear Radiohead play, but after their two-hour set, they did what any music-savvy visitor to New Orleans did: swung by Oak Street to catch an act at the Maple Leaf, specifically George Porter Jr. Continue reading »

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