Four Uptown neighborhood groups — the Broadmoor Improvement Association, the Garden District Association, Maple Area Residents Inc. and St. Charles Avenue Association — are among 13 petitioning city officials to strengthen the city’s noise ordinance, arguing for measures such as designating a specific individual with enforcing it and measuring sound levels from venues’ property lines.
“When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.” African proverb
Growing up, I loved summers and not just for the stereotypical reasons like no school or staying up late. The bookworm in me cherished the summertime because it meant enrolling in the summer reading program at the library.
I would go to the library once or twice a week to checkout new reading material. I don’t remember my top number of books read during the dog days or what I even read, though I vaguely recall one middle school summer checking out a hardback on voodoo that was later banned from the library system. Aside from having an affinity for literature, the incentives – bookmarks, gift certificates for personal pan-sized pies from Pizza Hut and coupons for Skate Country and Putt Putt Golf – didn’t hurt either.
Newsflash: “Neighbors and nightclub clash over live music.” It sounds like a headline from any given day’s report from the City Council chambers, but it’s actually a story that’s nearly as old as New Orleans.
Whether New Orleans properly takes care of its musicians and other artists is another never-ending saga — but one that may finally be showing some improvement, according a panel discussion held at Tulane University on Thursday evening.
How the economy surrounding the culture of New Orleans can lead to gentrification — possibly threatening the authenticity of the culture for the future — will be debated by jazz musicians Ellis Marsalis and Shamarr Allen, as well as professor Richard Campanella, journalist Katy Reckdahl and business owner Mike Valentino in a forum Thursday at Tulane University’s Hillel Center.
Last week during a home inspection I attended, the inspector – whether he knew it or not – endlessly whistled Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.” At first it was amusing, which led to mild irritation and then it got downright invasive. You see, a 10-year-old girl wasn’t doing the home inspection, a 40-year-old man was. And it’s summer, Adele was so last year (and overplayed), but music reminds you of things. So now that song will further tie together my oldest daughter to a top 40 hit to one particular real estate professional. And let’s just say it’s stuck with me enough to write about it. Why? Two words: movie themes.
The Tin Men, John Mooney and the Honeypots will entertain shoppers among the more than 90 local food and arts vendors at the free Freret Market from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday — the last appearance of the market at Freret and Napoleon before a two-month summer break. See FreretMarket.com for more details.
When the New Orleans Alcoholic Beverage Control Board rejected a request by Jimmy’s Music Club last week, it may have seemed like the hand of The Man slapping down the former punk rock haven once again.
The reality, however, is that attorneys, city officials and even the club’s neighbors agree that Jimmy’s may be closer to reopening than it has in the last year.
All of the proceeds from the “19 Fund” benefit at Tipitina’s on Thursday night will benefit the 19 people wounded in a spree shooting at a Seventh Ward second line on Mother’s Day, and the fund will also benefit future victims of violence as well, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV.
Tipitina’s will host a concert fundraiser Thursday night with performances by Donald Harrison Jr., The Revivalists and numerous brass bands — organized by Gambit, The United Way and Silence Is Violence to benefit the 19 victims of a shooting at a second-line on Mother’s Day as well as future victims of violence.
Tipitina’s Foundation, Project Homecoming and the United Way hope to have the restoration of Professor Longhair’s former home in the 1700 block of Terpsichore finished by the end of the year, so his daughter and grandson can then move into it, according to a report by Eric Paulson of our partners at WWL-TV.
The monthly Freret Market is slated to return next Saturday (May 11), with free music from noon to 5 p.m. by the Upstarts, Daria and the Hip Drops, and Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots plus 90 local vendors with food, art, gifts and pet adoptions, organizers said.
Marching bands from four New Orleans schools — Martin Behrman, Eleanor McMain, McDonogh 35 and the St. Augustine “Marching 100″ — performed for crowds packing Napoleon Avenue on Monday night to kick off Tipitina’s annual Instruments A Comin’ benefit, raising money to buy instruments that will be placed in other area schools.
Aite Tinga, a harpist from Switzerland, will perform music from her latest release, “Where the Windrose Seeds,” in a free performance at Nix Library at 6 p.m. tonight (Friday, April 26).
The Jewish Community Center annual art show and sale will open tonight (Thursday, April 25) with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., and the art will remain on display through May 10.
A new bakery and a new casual French bistro have opened on Magazine Street, and the commercial building that houses the Big Top performance space and the Mais Arepas restaurant has been sold, according to recent reports.
Just two weeks after the 2013 Freret Street Festival drew record-setting crowds, Dat Dog, The Other Bar and Gasa Gasa will be hosting another festival Saturday evening, “Uptown Sounds,” featuring acoustic sets, DJs and full bands. The festival runs from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and will also feature art and film, and is being organized by Loyola University’s Music Industries Studies program, according to a post at The New Freret website.
Poets Joseph Bienvenue, Thaddeus Conti and Gina Ferrara will be reading tonight (Wednesday, April 17) at McKeown’s Books on Tchoupitoulas in celebration of the release of “Dorado 2″ by Verna Press.
Scottish author Lorraine Johnston will sign her children’s book “Later Tartan Gator” at several Uptown New Orleans locations featured in the book in the coming week, including Audubon Zoo, Blue Frog Chocolates and Magic Box Toys.