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.

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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.

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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.

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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 »

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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.

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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.


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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 »

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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 »

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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.

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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.”

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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 »

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Dec 032018

On Thursday, Dec. 6, the public is invited to a holiday happy hour at an exhibition of traditional American and Afro-Caribbean inspired quilts at CANO’s Creative Space at Myrtle Banks Building, above the Dryades Market on the third floor at 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

CANO welcomes the Gee’s Bend Quilters Collective from Alabama to New Orleans as they prepare to give a three-day workshop for New Orleans quilters at Ashe’s Power House Theater at 1731 Baronne St.

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Dec 012018

Crowds line Napoleon Avenue near Tchoupitoulas Street outside Tipitina’s for the Instruments A-Comin benefit. (UptownMessenger.com archive)

Tipitina’s, the legendary music club on Tchoupitoulas Street and Napoleon Avenue, was purchased on Friday by the five members of the local funk band Galactic, the New Orleans Advocate reports.

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Nov 302018

St. Augustine Catholic Church holiday concert (courtesy of French Quarter Festivals Inc.)

Celebrating Christmas doesn’t have to involve opening your wallet. You can fill your ears and your spirit with sweet yuletide sounds, and enjoy a respite from holiday frenzy, at free concerts throughout the city during December.

Gospel choirs, jazz bands, classical artists and more perform in historic church settings during December. Here’s a list below — and if you know of others, please put the information in the comments section below or email uptown@nolamessenger.com.

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Nov 292018

The Louisiana Museum Foundation presents The Baroness de Pontalba and the Rise of Jackson Square hosted at the Cabildo

Micaela Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba

Cabildo Costume Ball will honor Pontalba legacy with Charles-Edouard and Isabelle, Baron and Baroness de Pontalba, from le château de Mont-l’Évêque, December 1, 2018!

The Louisiana Museum Foundation is excited to launch our Inaugual Founders Ball. The celebration will be another one for the history books that we know you won’t want to miss!

Limited tickets left for Saturday, December 1, 2018, as the inaugural Founders Ball in the Cabildo will open the Louisiana State Museum’s final tricentennial exhibition featuring Charles-Edouard’s forebears, the preeminent late 18th  century New Orleans philanthropist, Don Andrés Almonester and his daughter, Micaela Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba, who greatly contributed to our city 50 years later in the mid-19th century. Continue reading »

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