Jan 262015
 
The loup garou-style Swamp Monster at Audubon Zoo is decked out for Mardi Gras. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The loup garou-style Swamp Monster at Audubon Zoo is decked out for Mardi Gras. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Kara Lynn Morgan (submitted photo)

Kara Lynn Morgan (submitted photo)

As Irish Channel Neighborhood Association leader Kara Morgan fought her battle with a deadly form of skin cancer, she counted her victories by the number of Mardi Gras parades she was able to attend.

Now, members of the association are carrying her legacy forward, marrying that love of parades with her quest to build shade structures in the neighborhood’s park by creating a new “Mystic Krewe of Loup Garou” that plans to roll through the Irish Channel starting in 2016. Continue reading »

Jan 232015
 
A map of the four stages on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. (via runrocknroll.competitor.com)

A map of the four stages on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. (via runrocknroll.competitor.com)

Thousands of runners on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Thousands of runners on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon will once again fill St. Charles Avenue with up to 16,000 runners on Sunday morning, as well as four music stages to entertain them on the journey. Continue reading »

Jan 222015
 
(via nomala.org)

(via nomala.org)

The National Organization of Minority Architects will be holding its first annual year-end retrospective this evening (Thursday, Jan. 22) at the Tulane City Center on Baronne Street. The reception will celebrate achievements in 2014 and also look forward to launching programs and events in 2015. The event is free and open to the public. Continue reading »

Jan 162015
 
King William Taylor III leads the Krewe of Carrollton is it rolls through Uptown Sunday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

King William Taylor III leads the Krewe of Carrollton is it rolls through Uptown in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Krewe of Carrollton Carnival Club will host its Royal Walkabout this Saturday night, proceeding down Oak street with the Krewe of Carrollton’s King and Queen on a mini float led by a brass band. Continue reading »

Jan 102015
 

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

With the 2015 JazzFest lineup set about to be revealed on Monday, my thoughts have escalated into the unknown and the possible for who and what might appear this season.  In the past my notions have been met with mild success, what with HangoutFest and its line-up, now firmly affixed in mid-May, often casting a who’s who of who isn’t playing JazzFest.  Somehow I feel like this is my year.  The Who / Joan Jett are touring ensemble at this time with a mysterious void in their tour around JazzFest, same with Hozier and Wilco; so to say they’re all candidates exceeds likelihood.  As such, I shall humbly exclude them from my top 10.  Therefore without further delay: prognosticate this! Continue reading »

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Jan 072015
 
Revelers dance to the Storyville Stompers in the Oak Street barn. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Revelers dance to the Storyville Stompers in the Oak Street barn. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tuesday night, the Phunny Phorty Phellows rang in the 2015 Carnival season with their annual ride on the St. Charles avenue street car. Large crowds gathered at the Oak Street streetcar barn to see the Phellows depart down the line. The Phellows are a Mardi Gras crew that dates back all the way to 1878.

Crowds gathered in the Oak Street barn (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Crowds gathered in the Oak Street barn (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 052015
 
The Phunny Phorty Phellows prepare to leave from the streetcar barn on Willow on their Twelfth Night ride through Uptown New Orleans in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Phunny Phorty Phellows prepare to leave from the streetcar barn on Willow on their Twelfth Night ride through Uptown New Orleans in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With those other holidays already behind us, the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line will yet again host the kickoff of the Carnival season with the annual Twelfth Night ride of the Phunny Phorty Phellows. Continue reading »

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Dec 312014
 
Families and friends gather watch "The Princess and the Frog" in Annunciation Square Park in August 2011. The showing drew about 150 people. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Families and friends gather watch “The Princess and the Frog” in Annunciation Square Park in August 2011. The showing drew about 150 people. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

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Today (Wednesday, Dec. 31) is the last day for neighborhood groups and other organizations to turn in applications to host a Movies in the Park event in partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission during the spring season, which starts in March. Continue reading »

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Dec 292014
 
The memorial procession  for late comedian and activist Jonah Bascle confronts a street car on St. Charles and Valence Street (Jamal Melancon, Uptown Messenger.com)

The memorial procession for late comedian and activist Jonah Bascle confronts a street car on St. Charles and Valence Street (Jamal Melancon, Uptown Messenger.com)

The La Nuit Comedy Theater's chalkboard (Jamal Melancon, Uptown Messenger.com)

The La Nuit Comedy Theater’s chalkboard (Jamal Melancon, Uptown Messenger.com)

The life, passions, and humorous spirit of late comedian and activist Jonah Bascle — who died Dec. 2 from complications concerning muscle dystrophy — were honored Sunday by a memorial march with Mardi Gras zest and joy, a re-enactment of the protest that marked his run for mayor and a roast in Bascle’s home-base comedy club on Freret Street. Continue reading »

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Dec 262014
 
Comedian Jonah Bascle at La Nuit Comedy Theater on Freret Street in April 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Comedian Jonah Bascle at La Nuit Comedy Theater on Freret Street in April 2011.
(UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Family and friends of comedian and activist Jonah Bascle have planned a memorial march Sunday in his honor after his Dec. 2 death from complications relating to muscular dystrophy, concluding at his home-base comedy club on Freret Street for a roast to celebrate his humorous spirit. Continue reading »

Dec 162014
 

Volunteers Noel Bitner and Dat Nguyen serve Christmas dinner at the Bridge House/Grace House annual event in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Marta Jewson)

Volunteers Noel Bitner and Dat Nguyen serve Christmas dinner at the Bridge House/Grace House annual event in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Marta Jewson)

The Bridge House/Grace House substance-abuse treatment program will host its annual Christmas dinner for the local poor and homeless on Sunday, serving food and distributing packages with toiletries and clothing. Continue reading »

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