Mar 252015
 
Riders in Iris toss beads from the "Strawberry Festival" float in 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Riders in Iris toss beads from the “Strawberry Festival” float in 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

If you give a New Orleanian a festival, they will probably want some music to go with it.  Without too much trouble, blues or brass ensembles will appear on a nearby stage and perform.  And the New Orleanian will shake a leg, strut, and possibly queue a second line.  This will surely take place outdoors, so, the New Orleanian will require loose fitting colorful clothing, hopefully some sunscreen, and ample regional fare found in fresh, seasonal food and craft beverages.  But most importantly they will require dollar bills.  Copious quantities of cold, hard cash.  After all, even the free-est of festivals aren’t really free, are they? Continue reading »

Mar 192015
 
People observe the elaborate altar at St. Stephen's church. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

People observe the elaborate altar at St. Stephen’s church. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Thursday, churches across the greater New Orleans area celebrated St. Joseph’s Day. A celebration originated in New Orleans’ Sicilian community, the day pays homage to St. Joseph who, according to legend, saved Sicily from famine during the Middle Ages. St. Stephen’s church on Napoleon avenue had an elaborate altar while also serving free food outside the church. Continue reading »

Mar 192015
 
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 in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans will host its wildly popular fundraising street party, the 16th annual Fête Française, on Saturday, featuring various musical performances and restaurants providing food and drink with a French flair. Continue reading »

Mar 182015
 

3rd Annual Jazzin' on Jackson benefit

The Mercy Endeavors Senior Center will host their 3rd annual “Jazzin’ on Jackson” benefit Thursday evening at St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center. The gala will feature live music by Philip Manuel and special guests, food from local restaurants, and a silent auction. Funds from Jazzin’ on Jackson will go toward providing programs and services for the seniors of Mercy Endeavors Senior Center. Continue reading »