Sep 232016
(via Gasa Gasa)

(via Gasa Gasa)

Gasa Gasa and Beaucoup Juice have joined forces to create “Sonic Juice”, an original courtyard juice bar at Gasa Gasa, located at 4920 Freret Street. The grand opening for the juice bar takes place Friday, September 23 (today) until Sunday, September 25 and will feature performances by Big Freedia, The Tanglers, and more. Continue reading »

Sep 212016

PechaKucha Night is intended to be an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. The New Orleans branch will present PechaKucha Night NOLA Vol. 21 this Thursday, September 22, at the Dryades Public Market, located at 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

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(via PechaKucha NOLA)

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open for 6 p.m., and slides begin at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading »

Sep 212016
The #Pokemonument, photographed near Coliseum Square in early August, will be auctioned this Sunday. (Robert Morris,

The #Pokemonument, photographed near Coliseum Square in early August, will be auctioned this Sunday. (Robert Morris,

By Claire Byun

The rogue artists behind the mysterious Pokemon statue erected in Coliseum Square Park earlier this summer hope to use the monument as a force for good, and the neighborhood and its fountains stand to benefit from their efforts after the statue is auctioned off this weekend. Continue reading »

Sep 212016
A second line for Cindy McCurry will be held this weekend. (courtesy photo)

The late Cindy McCurry, photographed at the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone. A second line for her will be held on Saturday through the French Quarter. (courtesy photo)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

My family and I might never have met our beloved neighbor Cindy because we never intended to live on S Liberty St; it just sort of happened.  One day in 2006 while slinging lattes down at my then day job I took a phone call from some one seeking to sell a piece of property.  After my shift ended I pedaled over to examine the wreck of a double that would become my future home.  Initially my wife and I decided to purchase the careworn home as an investment and rent it out.  But after starting the work and getting to know the neighbors, we paused and shifted our focus.  This was the house and these were the people we wanted to raise our kids around.  And when Cindy and her husband Bob arrived a year later moving in to the white single story across the street, they could not have been a better fit.  Earlier this month and quite unexpectedly, Cindy passed, and S Liberty St just won’t be the same.

Front porches.  In 2015 Matthew McConaughey composed and shared a beautiful perspective to this immutable facet to life in the Crescent City.  Our almost daily exchange with Cindy and Bob embodied their presence on their front porch.  The same front porch Cindy meticulously would curate for most any and every holiday.  A true spectacle each time, always with the utmost attention to detail and maximum effort.  After all, if it’s worth doing, then it’s worth doing well, right?  Halloween epitomized these forays into the celebrated life she lived.  I mused on it once, and always found inspiration in her executions, not that she could ever be topped.  She was the queen bee here.  I would imagine even a little compulsive, like she had to do it, otherwise what’s the point?  So get out of the way or lend a hand; these decorations were going to happen, and be ready to be impressed.

Forget the holidays.  That front porch, that was their perch most days of the year.  Their gateway to connecting to the city and to us.  A growing family, we are always coming and going.  Over the last 9 years those few moments here and there however brief, catching up for a few minutes or more while dashing off to ballet or returning from the school day, these ordinary exchanges wove the fabric of our very being without even realizing it.  My two youngest daughters, now aged 5 and 7, have only known a world with Cindy in it.  How she always gave so selflessly of her time and attention.  My children, my wife and I grew to adore Cindy – and Bob too of course – their pairing and presence presumed to be a fixture.  But life happens, and things change.  When we learned of Cindy’s passing we all sort of stopped.  Myself I was traveling when I heard, and I broke down immediately.  Each day since – – – well, it varies.

No coincidences.  Raising four young women in our household and having the privilege to share our lives with Cindy’s illuminated sensibility, our paths were unquestionably meant to cross.  Our four little ladies looking up to Cindy’s unabashed approach in what it means to be a woman living your life on your terms as loud and as proud as you want, meeting life’s moments however ordinary as an opportunity to elevate them and make them something more.  I will never forget, last year in her infectious trademark giggle she called out to my wife and I, each of us adorned in not much more than luchador masks and booty shorts, “So long slut puppies!” as we departed to join our dance krewe.  So long, Cindy. Our hearts are heavy in losing you, but your light and energy will always be an inspiration. Thank you.

A second line will take place this Saturday celebrating Cindy’s life, details here.  If you knew Cindy, I hope to see you there.  And If you didn’t know Cindy, well, she certainly wouldn’t mind if you tag along and surely would enjoy the company.

Jean-Paul Villere is the owner of Villere Realty on Freret Street and a married father of four girls. In addition to his Wednesday column at, he also shares his family’s adventures sometimes via pedicab or bicycle on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Sep 192016

The annual Cathy and Morris Bart Jewish Cultural Arts Series will open with Israeli author and filmmaker Etgar Keret as he presents his best-selling memoir, “The Seven Good Years”. The Jewish Community Center (JCC) event will take place Monday, September 19 (tonight) at their Uptown location, located at 5342 St. Charles Ave. Continue reading »

Sep 162016
PrintThe Humane Society of Louisiana, a 501c(3) non-for-profit, has been working consistently to evacuate, rescue, care for, and aid animals and their guardians around the areas impacted by the Louisiana floods.
Petcetera NOLA will host their 9th Annual “Bad to the Bone: Rescued on the Runway” fundraiser on Saturday, September 17, which will benefit the HSL and other rescue and relief organizations.

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Sep 152016

The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc, producers of the annual January 6th Joan of Arc Parade, will host their annual “Salon de Jeanne d’Arc” at Loyola University on Saturday, September 17. The all-day conference will focus on Jeanne d’Arc, her life & times, and current French culture in New Orleans, and will be followed by a medieval beverage-tasting fundraiser. Continue reading »

Sep 122016
Ti Martin (via The Garden District Book Shop)

Ti Martin (via The Garden District Book Shop)

The Garden District Book Shop will present a book signing for author Ti Martin and her book, “Miss Ella of Commander’s Palace”. The event will take place Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Garden District Book Shop at 2727 Prytania Street, and will include a discussion with journalist John Pope. Continue reading »

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Sep 092016
A photo of the flagpole before it was restored. (via New Orleans Veterans of Foreign Wars)

A photo of the flagpole before it was restored. (via New Orleans Veterans of Foreign Wars)

The New Orleans post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will host a ceremony Sunday, Sept. 11, to celebrate the restoration of a World War II-era flagpole and memorial at the corner of Laurel and Leontine streets. Continue reading »

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Sep 082016

The New Orleans Sport for Community Coalition and Laureus USA will host a Youth Sports Field Day and celebration of sport on Saturday, September 10. The event will take place at AL Davis Park, located 2600 LaSalle Street, and will feature Laureus USA CEO and Olympic gold medalist Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, and Laureus Ambassador and Pro football Hall of Fame member Marcus Allen. Continue reading »

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Sep 072016
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StayLocal will hold two sessions on how businesses and organizations can utilize Instagram for social media marketing. The two sessions will take place on Thursday and Friday, September 8-9 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and will feature ‘Camp Counselors’ Mary Kate Hutchinson and Angela Trumbaturi of FSC Interactive. Continue reading »

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Sep 062016

New Orleans City Council will hold a press conference on Tuesday, September 6 (today) to kick off the Geaux Blue NOLA Day celebration. Geaux Blue NOLA Day is an annual day designated to recognize the vital importance of the New Orleans Police Department to the well-being of the community. Continue reading »

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Aug 302016
"Witness to Change" by Sybil Morial (via

“Witness to Change” by Sybil Morial (via

Chef and etiquette expert Carolyn Shelton will host an etiquette class and book signing with Sybil Morial. Morial, widow to the late Ernest “Dutch” Morial, will be signing copies of her book “Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment”.

The class and book signing will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31 at Poseidon Restaurant, located at 2100 st. Charles Avenue. Continue reading »

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Aug 272016
Queen Cara-Mia Noto and Jamie Bernstein, king Robustsus XXX, great the crowd from the balcony of the Maple Leaf Bar. The Krewe of O.A.K. celebrated the 30th anniversary of Mid Summer Mardi Gras with the theme "Get Wet". (Zach Brien,

Queen Cara-Mia Noto and Jamie Bernstein, king Robustsus XXX, great the crowd from the balcony of the Maple Leaf Bar. The Krewe of O.A.K. celebrated the 30th anniversary of Mid Summer Mardi Gras with the theme “Get Wet”. (Zach Brien,

Oak Street was packed to the gills on Saturday for Mid Summer Mardi Gras as the Krewe of O.A.K. celebrated the event’s 30th anniversary.

Musician Jamie Bernstein and Cara-Mia Noto, manager of Jacques Imo’s, ruled as King Robustus and queen.

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Aug 242016

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will hold a Flood Insurance Workshop on Friday, August 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at City Hall. The workshop will provide the public information on the new updates to flood insurance rates and resources, as well as FEMA’s new Flood Insurance Rate Maps that go into effect September 30, 2016. Continue reading »

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Aug 182016
(via Irish Channel Neighborhood Association)

(via Irish Channel Neighborhood Association)

The Irish Channel Neighborhood Association (ICNA) will host their first Irish Channel Regatta, a themed neighborhood pub crawl, this Saturday, August 20 starting at 4:30 p.m. The pub crawl will make five stops including Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar and NOLA Brewery, and proceeds will benefit the association, a 501(c)3 organization.

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Aug 182016
Supporters of Project Ceasefire carry banners in Monday's Martin Luther King Day parade. (Robert Morris,

Supporters of Project Ceasefire carry banners in Martin Luther King Day parade, 2013. (Robert Morris,

City of New Orleans officials alongside NOLA FOR LIFE and CeaseFire partners, and other community organizations and institutions will host the third annual CeaseFire Peace Festival in Central City on Saturday, August 20. Hosted by DJ Wild Wayne, the festival will be a celebration of the communities and organizations that are working collaboratively to create peace and safety in New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Aug 102016

The NOPD and McDonald’s restaurant owners will host “Coffee with Cops” event across all eight police districts on Saturday, August 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. At each location, community members will get the chance to meet the officers who serve their neighborhood with a free cup of coffee. Continue reading »

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