Sep 262016
 
The Pikachu #Pokemonument stands ready in the gallery in a photo by Neal Auction Company. (via Facebook)

The Pikachu #Pokemonument stands ready in the gallery in a photo by Neal Auction Company. (via Facebook)

The Pikachu statue emblazoned with the hashtag #Pokemonument that suddenly appeared in a Lower Garden District fountain and then just as quickly disappeared sold at auction for $2,000 on Sunday, multiple media outlets reported. Continue reading »

Sep 232016
 
(via Gasa Gasa)

(via Gasa Gasa)

Gasa Gasa and Beaucoup Juice have joined forces to create “Sonic Juice”, an original courtyard juice bar at Gasa Gasa, located at 4920 Freret Street. The grand opening for the juice bar takes place Friday, September 23 (today) until Sunday, September 25 and will feature performances by Big Freedia, The Tanglers, and more. Continue reading »

Sep 212016
 
Author Ethan Brown answers questions after reading from his new book, "Murder in the Bayou," on Wednesday evening at Octavia Books. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Author Ethan Brown answers questions after reading from his new book, “Murder in the Bayou,” on Wednesday evening at Octavia Books. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

When journalist Ethan Brown began researching the interconnected, unsolved slayings of eight women in rural Louisiana for what would become his new book, “Murder in the Bayou,” he knew he had immersed himself in a chronicle of the abuse of police power and easily discarded lives.

What Brown didn’t know until much later, however, was that a central location in those women’s lives and deaths would lead him straight to a well-known employee of U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, in a connection that is now drawing more attention than the unsolved murders themselves.

“That was a really surprising moment, to say the least,” Brown said. “I never imagined it would be someone who works for a Congressman.” Continue reading »

Sep 212016
 

PechaKucha Night is intended to be an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. The New Orleans branch will present PechaKucha Night NOLA Vol. 21 this Thursday, September 22, at the Dryades Public Market, located at 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

(via PechaKucha NOLA)

(via PechaKucha NOLA)

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open for 6 p.m., and slides begin at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading »

Sep 192016
 

The annual Cathy and Morris Bart Jewish Cultural Arts Series will open with Israeli author and filmmaker Etgar Keret as he presents his best-selling memoir, “The Seven Good Years”. The Jewish Community Center (JCC) event will take place Monday, September 19 (tonight) at their Uptown location, located at 5342 St. Charles Ave. Continue reading »

Sep 152016
 

The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc, producers of the annual January 6th Joan of Arc Parade, will host their annual “Salon de Jeanne d’Arc” at Loyola University on Saturday, September 17. The all-day conference will focus on Jeanne d’Arc, her life & times, and current French culture in New Orleans, and will be followed by a medieval beverage-tasting fundraiser. Continue reading »

Sep 122016
 
Ti Martin (via The Garden District Book Shop)

Ti Martin (via The Garden District Book Shop)

The Garden District Book Shop will present a book signing for author Ti Martin and her book, “Miss Ella of Commander’s Palace”. The event will take place Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Garden District Book Shop at 2727 Prytania Street, and will include a discussion with journalist John Pope. Continue reading »

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Sep 012016
 
Morial read selections from her book and signed copies at Poseidon restaurant on Saint Charles avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Morial read selections from her book and signed copies at Poseidon Restaurant on Saint Charles Avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Wednesday evening (August 31), etiquette expert Carolyn Shelton held a book signing for Sybil Morial at Poseidon Restaurant on Saint Charles Avenue. Morial’s book, “Witness to Change”, discusses topics like education, the Civil Rights movement, and the Morial family’s political involvement. Morial is the wife of the late Ernest Dutch Morial, New Orleans’ first African-American mayor and the mother of former New Orleans mayor Marc Morial. Continue reading »

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Aug 312016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Earlier this week Monday evening arrived as it dutifully does, and as it did a twinge of uneasiness ping-ponged my internal clock on into the dusky dusk.  Something was amiss from my weekly regime in the form of a cinematic excursion.  You see, for more dates than not these summer months I attended the (largely free of charge) Orpheum film series; it crescendoed last Tuesday via a revival screening of Steven Spielberg’s 1980s masterpiece Raiders of the Lost Ark.  And when the lights came up after Indy once again successfully avoided melting alongside the Nazis (thanks Ark of the Covenant!), the applause flew and fell, and that was that.  Summer 2016 was over, at least from the point of view of free movies in a stunning, air-conditioned space. Continue reading »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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