Jan 302016
 
Images from the Krewe of Oshun. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider in the Krewe of Oshun prepares to throw beads into the Napoleon Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Oshun celebrated its 20th anniversary with a “Sea of Beauty,” and the Krewe of Cleopatra “rocked the Big Easy” with tributes to classic tunes Friday night as the two parades kicked off the Carnival season on the Uptown route.

A rider in the Krewe of Cleopatra smiles as she tosses beads on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Images from the Krewe of Cleopatra parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 272016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

 

“Keep it between the ditches.” So often the parting phrase between folks out in the country and words to live by, no matter the context really. And though born of a more rural and how-to-drive nature, the sentiment echoes truth, even when it comes to how one may want to navigate another carnival season. Keep moving forward and avoid pitfalls. To wit, please embrace the following 10 points to aid in your Mardi Gras journeys this year. Continue reading »

Jan 202016
 
(via Loyola University New Orleans)

(via Loyola University New Orleans)

Loyola University New Orleans Opera Theatre presents Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless tale of “star-crossed lovers”. The two performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus. The opera will be performed in French with English supertitles. Continue reading »

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Jan 182016
 
(via nolacomedy.com)

(via nolacomedy.com)

NOLA Comedy Theater on Freret Street will host its 10th Annual New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival (NOCAF). The fest will take place from this Wednesday, Jan. 20 to Friday, Jan. 22. and will feature headliners and up-and-coming talent from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Jan 182016
 
Mayor Mitch Landrieu describes the need for cooperation to move the city of New Orleans forward as he closes out the march at the Martin Luther King Jr. statue on South Claiborne Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu describes the need for cooperation to move the city of New Orleans forward as he closes out the march at the Martin Luther King Jr. statue on South Claiborne Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans schools, city officials, social groups and others formed a massive parade through downtown and Central City on Monday morning in honor of the memory of civil-rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.

Marchers carry a banner describing the history of the founding of King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference in New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Marchers carry a banner describing the history of the founding of King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference in New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 182016
 
In his Aladdin Sane persona, an image of David Bowie looms over the full house at Prytania Theatre. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In his Aladdin Sane persona, an image of David Bowie looms over the full house at Prytania Theatre. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After Saturday’s massive second-line tribute through the New Orleans French Quarter, hundreds more David Bowie fans converged on Prytania Theatre on Sunday night to sell out two showings of his cult-favorite film “Labyrinth.”

Musician Win Butler of Arcade Fire sings "Oh You Pretty Things" into a megaphone on St. Peter Street in the French Quarter during Saturday's second-line tribute to David Bowie. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Musician Win Butler of Arcade Fire sings “Oh You Pretty Things” into a megaphone on St. Peter Street in the French Quarter during Saturday’s second-line tribute to David Bowie. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 152016
 
Sixth Baptist Church (via Sylvain Solutions)

Sixth Baptist Church (via Sylvain Solutions)

The #STOPPOVERTY Summit is an event that honors Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by highlighting his work in organizing the Poor Peoples Campaign. The event will take place at Sixth Baptist Church, located at 928 Felicity Street, from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Jan. 16, and it will include guest speakers, interactive dialogue, and information on successful strategies in the reduction of poverty.

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Jan 132016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Paul Simon recently let the cat out of the bag. He will appear at this year’s JazzFest, but otherwise, historically performers stay hush hush regarding their participation until festival organizer’s reveal the line up en masse.  And that usually happens right about now.  As such, the wild hair of getting back on that prognostication horse has tempted me yet again.

And through divination, conjurings, and tea leaf readings—but mostly looking at existing, published tour schedules—I submit the following 10 predictions. Consider Mr. Simon lagniappe that you may or may not have already known.

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Jan 122016
 

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) will host its 9th annual Fit For a King Conference in honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this Thursday, Jan. 15. This year’s conference theme is “Bringing Justice Home: Fair Housing in an Era of Displacement and Growing Inequality”, and acclaimed civil rights activist Angela Davis will be the keynote speaker. Continue reading »

Jan 102016
 
Photos from the Mystic Krewe of Loup Garou. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Mystic Krewe of Loup Garou pauses in front of the Balcony Bar on Magazine Street during its inaugural march through the Irish Channel on Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With a costumes ranging from the satirical to the fantastic to just plain hairy, the Mystic Krewe of Loup Garou made its inaugural march through the Irish Channel on Saturday afternoon, delighting onlookers and raising money to improve the neighborhood.

Photos from the Mystic Krewe of Loup Garou. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A costumed Cruella De Vil, part of the “Shady Characters” marching group in the Krewe of Loup Garou, calls for Disney hero Aladdin to be deported. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 082016
 
(Courtesy of Lynne Hempe)

(Courtesy of Lynne Hempe)

 

On a sleepy stretch of Millaudon St. in the Black Pearl, barely out of the shadow of Loyola’s Law School, rests an unassuming sky blue two-story home with a handsome vegetable patch of a front yard, also known as the Sunshine School. A daycare during the week, once a year this coming Saturday morning from 10 to noon, the garden will host the school’s Farmer’s Market and sell homegrown veggies, baked goods, and small plants that Lynne Hempe and her students have propagated. All of the proceeds will be donated to charity. As a father of one of Ms. Lynne’s preschoolers, a story about this now annual boutique event and her squad are frankly too good to pass.

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

As bleary-eyed returnee parents seeking childcare for our two oldest in the still drying out terrain of the Crescent City, my wife and I first met Ms. Lynne at CDP (Child Development Program on Claiborne Ave) 10 years ago and have had the privilege of having all four of our children spend their preschool experience with her. Reflecting on this recently, and being reminded of the 2016 market, I wanted to share a little insight to her world and the contributions she makes to our community. So we did a little Q & A:

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Jan 072016
 
The streetcar carrying the Phunny Phorty Phellows leaves the Willow Street streetcar barn on Thursday night. The event takes place on 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first parade of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The streetcar carrying the Phunny Phorty Phellows leaves the Willow Street streetcar barn on Wednesday night. The event takes place on 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first parade of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Wednesday, Jan 6 the Phunny Phorty Phellows Carnival krewe welcomed in Carnival season 2016. The annual event signals the beginning of Carnival season which concludes with Mardi Gras day on Feb 9. The Phellows are a krewe that dates back to 1898 and this streetcar tradition dates back to 1981.

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Jan 062016
 
Orchid Honors Dinner

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The Orchid Society will celebrate their five-year anniversary as a community partner of African-American women serving as positive role models for young ladies through mentoring, community service, and social awareness programming. The five-year anniversary celebration is this Saturday, Jan. 9 and will feature a dinner at Felicity Church with live music by singer Elliot Luv. Continue reading »

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Jan 052016
 
The poster for the inaugural Krewe of Loup Garou, designed by artist Merrie Morrow. (courtesy of the artist)

The poster for the inaugural Krewe of Loup Garou, designed by artist Merrie Morrow. (courtesy of the artist)

The poster commemorating the newly formed Krewe of Loup Garou’s inaugural march this Saturday through the Irish Channel places three children shielded only by parasols opposite the infamous Cajun creature of the night — simultaneously capturing the spirit of the neighborhood, the beloved civic leader the parade will memorialize and the goal of the event’s fundraising effort in her honor. Continue reading »