Aug 222014
 

(via NOPL)

(via NOPL)


The New Orleans Public Library Children’s Resource Center on Napoleon Avenue will hold a back-to-school fun fest and open house for children Saturday (Aug. 23), featuring special appearances by the New Orleans Fire Department and their fire truck, the Washitaw Mardi Gras Indians, and a reading of a bilingual Spanish/English book by Denise Woltering from the Tulane Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Continue reading »

Aug 132014
 
Big Chief Waddie Griffin marches during the Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday parade Sunday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Big Chief Waddie Griffin marches during the Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday parade Sunday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Ashé Cultural Arts Center will be holding celebrations for the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame’s 16th anniversary this weekend, including a Honors Breakfast by invitation and awards and memorial ceremony that will be free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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Jun 142014
 

southern rep new plays

Southern Rep’s annual “Work Hard Play Hard” fundraiser at Il Posto on Dryades Street will feature live music, an all-you-can-eat buffet, an open bar, and a silent auction/raffle of donated items and services from local artists and businesses, all to benefit the 6×6 and 3×3 programs that support the development of new plays. Continue reading »

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Jun 102014
 
Milton H. Latter Memorial Library during the First Annual Children's Book Festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Milton H. Latter Memorial Library during the First Annual Children’s Book Festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Friends of the New Orleans Public Library are holding a major yard sale this weekend at the Latter branch library to clear out their entire inventory of surplus donated books, organizers said. Continue reading »

Jun 072014
 
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra threw a block party on Saturday afternoon at the Central City fire station on Martin Luther King boulevard. Free food and activities were provided for attendees.

Trombonist Michael Watson of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra allowed interested kids to play his trombone. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Trombonist Michael Watson of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra allowed interested kids to play his trombone. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jun 022014
 
(photo by Owen Courreges)

(photo by Owen Courreges)

Owen Courreges

Every now and again I drive past the intersection of Martin Luther King and Oretha Castle Haley in Central City. There, in the neutral ground, stands a statue that can only be described as a Lovecraftian horror. The ten-foot tall egg-shaped grotesque features several sets of hands with misshapen, distended fingers reaching out in bizarre fashion.

It’s a wonderfully disturbing statue, something straight out of movie “Beetlejuice.” Alas, there is no plaque on the statue, or other indication of what this nightmarish form was intended for. It simply appears to be a bit of random art with no specific purpose. Continue reading »

May 132014
 
Students present their plans at the Contemporary Arts Center. (photo by jewel bush for UptownMessenger.com)

Students present their plans at the Contemporary Arts Center. (photo by jewel bush for UptownMessenger.com)

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With the unleashing of their imaginations and mentorship from the National Organization of Minority Architects, four teams from Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, Sci Academy and Urban League College Track spent the last year analyzing the needs of various neighborhoods around the city and then developing architectural plans designed to meet those needs.

Security, transportation, employment, shelter and food were among areas the youth considered during the urban planning process. They sought to define space and place and answer questions like: Does a church fall under the category of public space, entertainment or education?

And what the budding architects, ranging in ages 11 to 18, envisioned is nothing short of thoughtful, innovative and really, really sweet. Continue reading »