Apr 152014
 
Alba Huddleston holds a sign she made honoring Neil deGrasse Tyson as she waits first in line Monday afternoon for his speaking appearance at Tulane later that night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Alba Huddleston holds a sign she made honoring Neil deGrasse Tyson as she waits first in line Monday afternoon for his speaking appearance at Tulane later that night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A line of diehards waiting all day, even in the rain — that’s the sort of treatment usually reserved for rock stars and Hollywood legends, right?

For a group of local science diehards waiting for his appearance at Tulane on Monday, Neil deGrasse Tyson — the charismatic astrophysicist with the new weekly science show on network television — is definitely somewhere on that level.

“Neil deGrasse Tyson has a very noble mission, and that’s to bring science and science literacy to the masses,” said Alba Huddleston, an industrial engineer originally from Honduras. “He inspires people. If you don’t know exactly what he’s talking about, you can go and research it. You can go and find out for yourself. But he makes you excited.” Continue reading »

Freret Street Festival 2014

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Apr 052014
 
The Abita "Culture on Tap" stage was one of four stages at the Freret St. Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Abita “Culture on Tap” stage was one of four stages at the Freret St. Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, music, food and art lined Freret street Uptown from Jefferson avenue to Napoleon avenue for the annual Freret Street festival. Continue reading »

Apr 052014
 

Students at the José Luis de León Díaz enjoy learn about their culture and art with the help of donations towards Proyecto Luis de Lión (via Proyecto Luis de Lión Facebook)

Students at the José Luis de León Díaz learn about culture and art with the help of donations towards Proyecto Luis de Lión (via Proyecto Luis de Lión Facebook)


Party with a cause on Thursday night (April 10) at the Proyecto Luis de Lión fundraiser at the Prytania Bar. The event will have live music and a raffle with all proceeds from the cover charge, raffle tickets and a percentage of drink proceeds to go toward community art, culture and education for children in San Juan del Obispo, Guatemala. Continue reading »

Apr 032014
 

the big issueThe entrepreneurship boom in New Orleans is a real phenomenon, and a crucial factor in the city’s continued rebirth — but it must also be accompanied by more economic opportunities for the unsustainable number of jobless African-American men in the city, a panel of business leaders said Thursday evening.

“We can get there,” said Rod Miller, CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance. “We are a ‘new’ New Orleans, but we’re not our best New Orleans.” Continue reading »

Apr 032014
 

John Michel of Mr. Mudbug boils crawfish at Crawfest 2011 at Tulane University. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

John Michel of Mr. Mudbug boils crawfish at Crawfest 2011 at Tulane University. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Freret Street Festival. Fete Francaise. Crawfest. The Celtic Fest. The Mini Maker Faire. Bach around the Clock. Professional wrestling?

There’s so much happening this weekend around Uptown New Orleans, you may wish you had an interactive map to plan your attack. And, if so, Uptown Messenger has you covered. Continue reading »

Apr 022014
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

“I think I was 7 or 8 when I took apart my father’s radio,” says Cameron MacPhee, native New Orleanian and co-catalyst for this coming weekend’s Mini Maker Fair, recalling the first thing he remembers disassembling as a boy. “I was sure I had his permission,” he follows up, if not somewhat deadpanned.  “I even got shocked, like one of the capacitors got me.” 

MacPhee is now a father to a couple of young boys himself, and his story is likely all-too-familiar for the those participating in and attending Saturday’s first-ever event, the DIY and Maker movement is an all ages affair that extends beyond the boundaries of craft and convention. Continue reading »

Mar 312014
 

Residents of the City Council District B — which spans most of Uptown and the Central Business District from Jefferson Avenue to Canal Street, and also includes part of Mid-City — are invited to a hospitality tent at Wednesdays at the Square this week, hosted by Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and featuring food by John Besh’s restaurant Luke. Continue reading »

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Mar 312014
 
(images via WWNlive.com)

(images via WWNlive.com)

Yes, WWE Wrestlemania XXX will be taking over the Superdome this weekend. But Uptown New Orleans will also get its dose of pro wrestling action from the World Wrestling Network, featuring six events at Tulane University that include tag-team competitions, female championship wrestling and a monster spectacle called the “Kaiju Big Battel.” Continue reading »

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Mar 312014
 

the big issueHas post-Katrina rebuilding really created a new city out of New Orleans, or is the “boom” more of an artificial economic bubble that is bound to burst? This question will drive the next installment of Tulane Hillel’s occasional series of “The Big Issue” discussions, set for Thursday evening with the title “New Orleans 2.0: Fact or Fiction?” Continue reading »

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Mar 302014
 
Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday 2014. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday 2014. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

After two rain delays, Mardi Gras Indians from across the city congregated at A.L. Davis park on the corner of LaSalle and Washington on Sunday for the annual Super Sunday. Aside from the Indians, food from local vendors and music were bountiful. Continue reading »

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Mar 282014
 
The artwork of folk artist Simon Hardeveld reads "We Speak French" at   Fete Francaise Saturday afternoon.  (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The artwork of folk artist Simon Hardeveld reads “We Speak French” at Fete Francaise Saturday afternoon, April 1, 2012. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The 15th annual “Fête Française” at Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans on April 5 will showcase Francophone heritage and cuisine and a music roster that includes a number of French-language performers and local favorites including the Soul Rebels, Sweet Crude, Helen Gillet and Madd Wikkid. Continue reading »

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Mar 242014
 

(via newcombartgallery.tulane.edu)

(via newcombartgallery.tulane.edu)

An exhibition at Tulane University’s Newcomb Art Gallery will feature paintings and prints by some of the most famous artists of Renaissance and Baroque Europe, as well as a catalog on the pieces with entries written by Tulane students. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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Mar 232014
 

A sign reading "Eat Local"  in the edible garden at Samuel J. Green Charter School. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A sign reading “Eat Local” in the edible garden at Samuel J. Green Charter School.
(Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

An “Edible Evening” brings more than just food to the table. The annual fundraiser benefits children through the Edible Schoolyard’s garden, kitchen, and wellness education programming at five FirstLine Schools.

Wine, burgers, desserts, tacos and more will be provided during the outdoor garden party at the Samuel J. Green Charter School in the Freret neighborhood from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday (March 27). For those party goers arriving or staying late, for the first time in five years the party will go until 10 p.m., a “Late Wave” party with Company Burger and Cure. Continue reading »

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