Feb 202019

McKinley “Mac” Phipps, Jr. at Elayn Hunt Correctional Facility, 2015. (Uptown Messenger file photo)

McKinley “MAC” Phipps is currently serving a 30-year sentence for manslaughter, a crime for which he maintains his innocence. February 21, 2019 (this Thursday) marks 19 years he has been incarcerated behind the walls of the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center.

BAR NONE, a multidisciplinary arts initiative that focuses on “transcending incarceration through the arts,” will host a community conversation about MAC, his impact, and justice for him on Thursday.

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Feb 182019

Mystick Krewe of Louisianians revelers second-line to the jazz orchestra while tossing beads and throws to Washington, D.C., ball attendees on Feb. 3. (Kristine Froeba)

The movers and shakers of Louisiana including quite a bit of New Orleans, and more than a few hundred Uptowners recently descended on the nation’s capital to celebrate the annual Washington Mardi Gras.

“If a bomb dropped on this ballroom tonight, Louisiana as you know it would cease to exist,” said one of the organizers at the Saturday night ball. Leaders of business, law partners, CEOs, congressmen, congresswomen, mayors, senators and the governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, were all present. Continue reading »

Feb 142019

(courtesy of the New Orleans Film Society)

During the last weekend before parades take over Uptown streets, there’s still plenty to do without leaving the neighborhood. To name a few: You can take in a French movie at the Prytania or a play at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center.

French Film Festival

The 22nd New Orleans French Film Festival, one of the longest running foreign language festivals in the country, showcases contemporary and classic francophone Cinema for audiences of about 4,000 at the Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., the oldest single-screen movie house operating in Louisiana.

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Feb 102019

Zion performs at the Marley Gras Festival at Central City Barbecue on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The annual Marley Gras festival took place at Central City BBQ on Saturday, Feb. 9. The festival featured live music, Jamaican food,  handmade crafts, as well as a pepper-eating competition and a jerk-chicken cook-off. The celebration of the connections between New Orleans and Caribbean culture is held during Carnival in honor of reggae pioneer Bob Marley’s Feb. 6 birthday.

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Feb 082019

Mayor LaToya Cantrell speaks to attendees of a District B community meeting at Lyons Recreation Center on Thursday. Cantrell appeared on a millage reallocation for parks in New Orleans. (Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger)

By Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger

Mayor LaToya Cantrell took her administration’s push at reallocating property taxes for parks to the grassroots level Thursday, Feb. 7, speaking to a group of mostly supportive residents at a meeting at Lyons Recreation Center, asking them to approve a May 4 ballot measure doing so.

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Feb 082019

The 40th annual B’nai B’rith Mardi Gras Mitzva Makers Hospital Parade, originally set for Feb. 10, has been changed to the following Sunday, Feb. 17,  due to citywide road closures.

The Mitzva Makers gather  at the Touro Infirmary’s Prytania Street entrance, 3500 Prytania, at 9:30 a.m.. The parade starts at 10 a.m.

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Feb 072019

Thousands of runners converge on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The 2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon is slated for Sunday, Feb. 10. The international event attracts both the running masses and elite athletes. It also brings road closures, parking restrictions and traffic delays.

St. Charles Avenue will be closed to traffic Sunday morning from 6 a.m. to 10:45. The streetcar will not operate until all runners have cleared St. Charles Avenue.

Runners will begin at Lafayette Square, then follow St. Charles Avenue to the university area, where they will double-back along St. Charles to the CBD. The entire route is below.

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Feb 042019

Michele Rossi, center, is pelted with flags at the end of the Disco Amigos’ dance routine. Dat Dog threw an Anti-LIE block party, closing off Magazine street between Toledano and Louisiana, featuring replays of the Saints’ 2010 Super Bowl victory, a referee dunk tank and more. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday, Feb. 3, almost all of New Orleans boycotted the Super Bowl in one fashion or another, after the Saints were kept from the big game thanks to a missed call by the referees in the NFC Championship game against the Los Angeles Rams. For many, boycotting the game was more fun than watching the game. Among the Uptown venues hosting boycott events, Dat Dog threw a block party, Kingpin had a second line and Tracey’s served seafood. The boycott put a large dent in local viewership of the Super Bowl with a 26.1 rating. Nationally, the game’s viewership was the lowest since 2009 with a 44.9 rating.

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Jan 302019

The Krewe of Carrollton saluted “Tax Season” in its 2016 parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Although New Orleanians may be focused on Carnival season in the coming months, we can’t forget it’s also tax season.

If you have difficulty seeing your way through all the forms and instructions, there’s help. The federal Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is offering guidance to taxpayers.

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Jan 292019

The ACS Black History Celebration comes to the Ashé Power House Theater for 6 p.m. this Wednesday , Jan. 30. 

Audubon Charter School’s Talented in Arts students will celebrate Black History Month with the Ashé Cultural Arts Center through music, dance, drumming, spoken word and storytelling.

The theme will be the origin of the Anansi the Spider Stories (Ghana West Africa); students will perform and show how these stories crossed the ocean through oral tradition told from generation to generation. Continue reading »

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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 252019

The Ladies of Unity Social Aid and Pleasure Club will present its second-line parade on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. through the Central City, Hoffman Triangle and Broadmoor neighborhoods. The parade will begin and end at Second and Dryades streets.

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Jan 242019

Marley Gras Jerk Chicken Festival is back with its original name as well as a full slate of local, national and international acts to accompany the Jamaican cuisine. The celebration of the connections between New Orleans and Caribbean culture is set for Feb. 9 at Central City BBQ, 1201 S. Rampart St.

Festival organizers and the Bob Marley family estate have resolved their legal dispute, and the festival can use the name “Marley Gras,” festival organizers announced. The name was changed to NOLA Jerk Chicken Festival in 2017, its inaugural year, in response to complaints from Marley International. But the festival continued to celebrate the reggae pioneer, who was born during Carnival season on Feb. 6.

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Jan 222019

Trumpeter, composer and Grammy Award winner Nicholas Payton, a New Orleans native, is headlining Starry Night Gala, a fundraiser for the Waldorf School.

The 15th annual Starry Night will be held at the New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City on Feb. 1. The gala will also feature silent and live auctions, raffles, live music, dancing, drinks and food. Tickets are available at different levels, from music-only to patron.

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Jan 212019

Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans, speaks at the MLK commemorative celebration at the New Orleans Jazz Market on Monday, Jan. 21.

Photos by Zach Brien, Uptown Messenger

Former Mayor Marc Morial, current Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Gov. John Bel Edwards and others reflected on Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday during a rally at the New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City. After the rally, marchers and brass bands took to the streets to celebrate the life of the slain civil rights leader. Continue reading »