Aug 072018
 

Aaron Ackerson flips sausages on the grill for Vaucresson during the 2017 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

This year’s Oak Street Po-Boy Festival will take place Sunday, Nov. 11, and will continue requiring a $5 wristband for po-boy purchases under new management from the founder of the Bayou Boogaloo in Mid-City, organizers announced Tuesday.

More than 30,000 people are expected to attend, and more than 50 varieties of po-boys will be available. For more information, see the full event announcement from the Oak Street merchants’ association: Continue reading »

Aug 072018
 

The Pitot House Life on the Bayou Heritage Fair will show what it might have been like to live in New Orleans’ earliest settlement on the banks of Bayou St. John 300 years ago, especially connections to Native Americans, with demonstrations, entertainment, storytelling, re-enactments, children’s activities and tours of the historic Pitot House, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday August 11.

Children of all ages, parents and adults are invited to experience this one-day special event featuring more than twenty local artisans and craftsmen at work using centuries-old techniques, including re-enactors in period costume.
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Jul 302018
 

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The NOLA Caribbean Festival will celebrate the pulsating rhythms of Soca music and mouth-watering tastes of Trinidadian street food this Saturday night.

Their Soca Fête Mini Festival will feature top Caribbean DJs, New Orleans DJ Raj Smoove, and international Soca artist Imani Ray. The event is set for Saturday, August 4, from 5 to 10 p.m. at Roux Carré, 2000 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Continue reading »

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Jul 232018
 

Magazine Street’s annual summertime shindig — now called “Moonlight on Magazine” after years as the “Cool Down Block Party” — returns this weekend with a special birthday performance by jazz trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis showcasing his new album, alongside a host of late-evening shopping and dining specials from local businesses.

The party runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday (July 28) on the 3900 to 4600 blocks of Magazine Street, between Austerlitz and Valence streets.

“Shops and restaurants will be staying open late and celebrating with complimentary drinks and appetizers, live music, special sales and exclusive activities,” according to the event announcement from Magazine Street Merchants. “Explore Magazine Street by moonlight, discover new favorite shops and rediscover old favorites while supporting local businesses.”

Marsalis will perform at Peaches Records. Other events during the party include live glassblowing demonstrations by Pollack Glass Studio and karaoke at Buddha Belly. The New Orleans Public Library Bookmobile will put in an appearance for kids, and Tipitina’s and the House of Blues will also participate.

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Jul 232018
 

StayLocal is hosting a free “Office Hours” consultation Thursday featuring local experts in marketing and technology, as part of its broader effort to encourage New Orleans businesses to seek these services from firms in the city. Continue reading »

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Jul 162018
 

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Two New Orleans music journalists, Alison Fensterstock and Alex Rawls, will discuss the city’s role in shaping the sound of rock ‘n’ roll on Wednesday evening as part of an ongoing series on the history of New Orleans for its 300th birthday. Continue reading »

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Jul 102018
 

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New Orleans & Company is hosting its July Job Fest in partnership with District B City Councilmember Jay Banks and . The event is Wednesday, July 11 from noon to 3 p.m. at Dryades YMCA, 2220 Oretha C. Haley Blvd.

Jobs include Electrical Apprentice for Audubon Nature Institute, Concessions Managers for the Zoo & the Aquarium, and more. Continue reading »

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Jul 062018
 

A new book about the New Orleans Baby Dolls marching groups will be featured at an upcoming launch party that will double as a fundraiser for the “One Book One New Orleans” citywide reading campaign. Continue reading »

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Jul 062018
 

California residents Teila Evans, Zena Dave’, Destiny Bennett head to the second line parade which kicked off the 24th annual Essence Music Festival. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

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Oakland California residents Teila Evans, Destiny Bennett and Zena Dave’ couldn’t be more excited about the 24th Annual Essence Music Festival which opened Thursday and runs through Sunday. “This is our first time to attend Essence. We’ve been planning this trip for months and are going to take in as many activities as possible,” said Evans, who manages client partnerships at a California company called Envoy. Dave’ is a marketing manager and Bennett works in social media. Female professionals are Essence’s target audience.

Since the Essence Festival began in 1994 almost 500,000 people have attended the empowerment seminars and marketplace at the Morial Convention Center, the evening concerts at the Louisiana Superdome and the myriad special events. This year will be no different. The empowerment seminars have become so popular that they are now dubbed the “Essence Empowerment Experience” and will occupy an even larger footprint. Already 70,000 people have signed up for one of the eight conference tracks. Continue reading »

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Jul 022018
 

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Due to the success of the annual culinary series in other cities, Black Restaurant Week (BRW) has decided to expand to New Orleans. Diners can enjoy casual dining options for $15 to $25 per person, and fine dining options from $35 to $45 per person.

BRW, created in Houston, TX, is a culinary series that celebrates the flavors of African-American, African, and Caribbean cuisine. For one week, New Orleans foodies and local influencers can satisfy their culinary cravings with signature events and restaurant menu specials. Continue reading »

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Jun 282018
 

Children enjoy art projects at a block party in the Milan neighborhood in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

As part of the city’s ongoing 300th birthday celebrations, residents of the Milan area are planning a neighborhood cleanup one morning next month, followed by a party at the Atkinson-Stern Tennis Center in the afternoon. Continue reading »

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Jun 242018
 

The Uptown Swingers march down Washington avenue towards their first stop at the Purple Rain bar. The Uptown Swingers rolled their annual parade, starting at 4622 Loyola, finishing at Tapps II and Fox Bar, on Sunday, June 24. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Uptown Swingers Social Aid and Pleasure club closed out the second line season on Sunday, June 24 with their annual parade.

Eric Gordon blows his horn down Magnolia street. The Uptown Swingers rolled their annual parade, starting at 4622 Loyola, finishing at Tapps II and Fox Bar, on Sunday, June 24. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jun 142018
 

The beloved characters from children’s author Mo Willems sing and dance their way through an hour-long vaudevillian romp suitable for the smallest theatre-goers and priced for families.

An elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie are best, best, “bestus” (a word Gerald and Piggie made up that means “very best”) friends, but Gerald worries that something could go wrong that would end their friendship. Piggie is not worried at all. She’s even happier and more excited than usual. That’s because she and Gerald are invited to a party hosted by the Squirrelles, three singing squirrels who love to have a good time.

And so begins a day when anything is possible. Pachydermal peril and swiney suspense ensue! Filled with beloved characters and lively songs, it’s a perfect way to introduce young people to theatre. Continue reading »

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Jun 122018
 

The second line for Eva Louis “Tee Eva” Perry, who died on Thursday, June 8 at 83, marches down Prytania before finishing at the Kingpin Bar. Tee Eva was known for her praline and pie shop at 5201 Magazine, singing with Ernie K-Doe and participating in the baby dolls at Mardi Gras. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

 

“Tee Eva” Perry, who was widely known for both her Magazine Street praline shop and her representation of the New Orleans baby doll tradition, was memorialized Monday night with a second line in her honor after her death last week at age 83.

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