Oct 272014
 
An 8-year-old boy tries on a new Hot Wheels costume at the Freret Neighborhood Center's annual Halloween festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

An 8-year-old boy tries on a new Hot Wheels costume at the Freret Neighborhood Center’s annual Halloween festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

By Lauren Saizan for UptownMessenger.com

The Freret Street Neighborhood Center has been taken over by monsters, witches and creatures that are one of a kind.

This is all in preparation for the upcoming Freret Neighborhood Center’s Halloween Party held on Tuesday, Oct. 28 — this year at a new location, All Nations Fellowship at 2524 Napoleon Ave. Costumes are being collected for the children in the neighborhood who cannot afford one, said Yasin Southall, Freret Neighborhood Center community organizer. Continue reading »

Oct 252014
 
(image via Loyola University)

(image via Loyola University)

Loyola University will host its annual candlelight vigil and march against sexual assault this Wednesday (Oct. 29) with an estimated 600 participants. The march will start from the Marquette lawn on Loyola’s campus and move down St. Charles to Tulane’s campus, where survivors will share their stories. Continue reading »

Oct 232014
 

Judge J. Skelly Wright

Loyola University New Orleans is holding a memorial Friday in honor of 1934 graduate, Judge J. Skelly Wright, a New Orleans native who issued the order to desegregate the New Orleans public schools in the 1950′s and was appointed to the D.C. federal circuit court of appeals by President Kennedy. In addition to the memorial event, Loyola is installing a memorial to Judge Wright in front their law school and establishing a scholarship in his name. Continue reading »

Oct 222014
 
"Beyond These Walls" by Tia, age 16. (via the Pablove Foundation)

“Beyond These Walls” by Tia, age 16. (via the Pablove Foundation)

"Untitled," by Cameron, age 13. (via the Pablove Foundation)

“Untitled,” by Cameron, age 13. (via the Pablove Foundation)

A photography show featuring the work of children living with cancer will open Thursday evening at the Du Mois Gallery on Freret Street, and will be accompanied by a silent auction of work by other artists to benefit the program. Continue reading »

Oct 192014
 

Gasa Gasa Monday Happy Hour

Gasa Gasa will be accepting new and gently-used costumes and accessories at the Berenice Monday Weekly Happy Hour this Monday (Oct. 20), in order to support the Freret Neighborhood Center’s 8th annual Freret Halloween Festival occurring Oct. 28. The Gasa Gasa event will feature performances by DJ Rqaway and DJ Otto Orellana, and anyone who donates a costume will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 bar tab. Continue reading »

Oct 192014
 
Timothy Pickles explains his vision for the Louisiana Living History Foundation Historic Park to the attendees and possible contributors. Pickles' plan is to create a permanent site to hold annual re-enactments of the Battle. The site would be an exact replica of the Battle of New Orleans battlefield. It would also serve as a permanent living history site. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Timothy Pickles explains his vision for the Louisiana Living History Foundation Historic Park to the attendees and possible contributors. Pickles’ plan is to create a permanent site to hold annual re-enactments of the Battle. The site would be an exact replica of the Battle of New Orleans battlefield. It would also serve as a permanent living history site. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

At a private home on St. Charles Avenue, author and 1812 historian Timothy Pickles hosted the “Call to Arms” gala. The event was a fundraiser for the Battle of New Orleans reenactment that is to take place during the battle’s bicentennial in January of 2015. The gala included politicians and people who traced their heritage directly back to the Battle of New Orleans.

The gala was well-attended. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The gala was well-attended. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Oct 182014
 
Joann and Noel Bradley walk hand-in-hand down Napoleon avenue Saturday afternoon as part of Helping Mothers Heal conference. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Joann and Noel Bradley walk hand-in-hand down Napoleon avenue Saturday afternoon as part of Helping Mothers Heal conference. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Covenant Presbyterian Church held the annual Helping Mothers Heal conference, a two-day long summit addressing issues of violence and its effect on loved ones left behind. After Saturday’s meeting, family members walked around the block near the church in silence at the request of the mothers in commemoration of lost loved ones. Continue reading »

Oct 182014
 
Freret 5K sign, hand painted by students from McMain charter school, hung on the wall of the Junior League of New Orleans' Boomin' Deals Thrift Store. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Freret 5K sign, hand painted by students from McMain charter school, hung on the wall of the Junior League of New Orleans’ Boomin’ Deals Thrift Store. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Saturday morning, the Junior League of New Orleans put on the Freret Street 5K. The event included a half-mile walk/run, 5K run, complimentary food and beverages and children’s activities.

15-year-old Alex Lewis won the 5K with a time of 17:31. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

15-year-old Alex Lewis won the 5K with a time of 17:31. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Oct 172014
 
(map via jlno.org)

(map via jlno.org)

Freret 5K logoThe Junior League of New Orleans will hold its second annual Freret 5K on Saturday morning, sending runners up the commercial corridor and through the university area, with an after party catered by some of Freret’s great restaurants.

The race starts and ends in the Bloomin’ Deals Thrift Store parking lot at 4645 Freret Street, just down from the Uptown Messenger offices at 4609 Freret. We’ll be out, cheering on the runners and enjoying the Samuel Green Charter School band, so stop by and say hello on your way to the race. Continue reading »

Oct 162014
 
A shot from the film "Black and White," screening during the New Orleans Film Festival.

A shot from the film “Black and White,” screening during the New Orleans Film Festival.

New Orleans Film Festival 2014

New Orleans Film Festival 2014

While participating in the parade of documentaries, foreign and independent films, and Hollywood features that will headline the 2014 New Orleans Film Festival, Uptown’s landmark Prytania Theatre will also screen a substantial number of legendary movies that may have played much earlier in its 100-year history. Continue reading »

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Oct 162014
 
(image via lalivinghistory.org)

(image via lalivinghistory.org)

A Saturday night gala at a St. Charles Avenue home — hosted by a local historian with catering by John Besh and music by the New Leviathan Orchestra — will raise money to commemorate the War of 1812 on property near the original battlefield in Chalmette on the event’s bicentennial in January. Continue reading »

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