Mar 112014
 

Ashé Cultural Arts Center  (via www.ashecac.org)

Ashé Cultural Arts Center (via www.ashecac.org)

A stage production of “Four Little Girls: Birmingham, 1963″ starting Friday and the third annual Redd Linen Night art show and performance fundraiser at the end of the month are among the March events that also include films and education sessions at Ashé Cultural Arts Center on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. Continue reading »

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Mar 112014
 
A festival-goer dances in the street in front of Dat Dog during the 2012 Freret Street Festival. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

A festival-goer dances in the street in front of Dat Dog during the 2012 Freret Street Festival. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Crowds fill Freret Street between the vendor tents during the Freret Street Festival in 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Crowds fill Freret Street between the vendor tents during the Freret Street Festival in 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Although the Freret Street Festival is now in its 17th year, its growth in recent years has mirrored the rapid redevelopment of the commercial corridor — and this year, the April 5 event will stretch all the way to Jefferson Avenue for the first time, adding a fifth music stage to its lineup, organizers said. Continue reading »

Mar 082014
 
Chautauqua New Orleans offers a variety of classes, lectures and workshops for adult members (via nolachautauqua.com).

Chautauqua New Orleans offers a variety of classes, lectures and workshops for adult members (via nolachautauqua.com).

Accentuate your knowledge on Shakespeare to Mark Twain, to evolution and the human spirit, to even Libertarianism and Kinetic sculpture with this spring’s Chautauqua classes. All classes are under $40 and open to all Chautauqua members, classes begin on March 31. Continue reading »

Mar 062014
 
Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO) is an initiative to engage young leaders in New Orleans in philanthropy. (via http://eiffelsociety.com/)

Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO) is an initiative to engage young leaders in New Orleans in philanthropy. (via http://eiffelsociety.com/)

Enjoy drink specials and a raffle during a Launch Party Happy Hour at the Eiffel society on St. Charles Avenue with the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans on March 12. The EPNO is celebrating the launch of their new 2014 applications, and anyone in membership — as well as alumni, grantees and friends — is welcome. Continue reading »

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Mar 052014
 
The Loyola University Jesuit Center Lenten lectures will be held on Wednesday nights in March and April to observe the season of Lent.  Each of the events are free and will take place on Loyola’s main campus in the Ignatius Chapel (via loyno.edu)

The Loyola University Jesuit Center Lenten lecture series will be held on Wednesday nights in March and April to observe the season of Lent. Each of the events are free and will take place on Loyola’s main campus in the Ignatius Chapel (via loyno.edu)

Take part in Jesuit spiritual exercises with experts from Loyola University examining the Lenten season in March and April, starting with an introduction to “The Heart of Ignatian Spirituality: The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday (March 12). Continue reading »

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Mar 052014
 
Revelers awaiting Rex on Mardi Gras Day underneath the bus stop at Freret and Napoleon fuel their fire in an effort to keep warm. (Photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Revelers awaiting Rex on Mardi Gras Day underneath the bus stop at Freret and Napoleon fuel their fire in an effort to keep warm. (Photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

It was the best of Carnivals, it was the worst of Carnivals, it was the time of bare masking, it was the time of warmth sought, it was the suspension of disbelief, it was the veritable cold reality, it was a season of sunscreen, it was a season of wool stockings, it was the glimmer of spring, it was the end of our disparate winter, we had baubles thrown to us, we had rainsoaked remnants, we were heading to heaven, and we were all surely going to hell — in short, the 2014 Mardi Gras season gave us everything and in the end took it all away.  Maybe in a way no one would expect especially given the late date: foiled by the longest, weirdest winter the Big Easy hopefully will ever know and never repeat. Continue reading »

Mar 042014
 
(Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Zulu marches on Jackson Avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Zulu King Garren Mims. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Zulu King Garren Mims. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Mardi Gras day, the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure club celebrated the late South African president Nelson Mandela. Continue reading »

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Mar 032014
 
The Krewe of Proteus (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Proteus rolls with a float called The Great Work on Napoleon Avenue (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

On the final evening before Fat Tuesday, Proteus rolled with 20 floats themed “Ancient Elements of Alchemy,” followed by the Krewe of Orpheus’ 32 floats themed “Orpheus — The Enchanted World.”

Quentin Tarantino rides in the Krewe of Orpheus. (UptownMessenger.com)

Director Quentin Tarantino rides in the Krewe of Orpheus on St. Charles Avenue. (UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 032014
 
Bacchus Explores Sportsman's Paradise (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Bacchus Explores our Sportsman’s Paradise (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Actor/Musician Hugh Laurie reigned as King Bacchus XLVI. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Actor/Musician Hugh Laurie threw signature doubloons to the packed Napoleon street crowd. Laurie reigned as King Bacchus XLVI. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Krewe of Bacchus 2014 explored Louisiana’s “Sportsman’s Paradise” slogan found on the state’s license plates. This year’s parade featured actor/musician Hugh Laurie from the television program House and New Orleans Saints’ all-pro defensive end Cameron Jordan. Continue reading »

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Mar 022014
 
A Thoth rider prepares a throw. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider in the Krewe of Thoth prepares a throw for the crowd on Henry Clay Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Okeanos rolled on Sunday with a theme celebrating the holidays, the Krewe of Mid-City presented its distinctive floats in “Fifty Shades of Green,” and the Krewe of Thoth nodded toward Sunday’s Oscars with a movie-themed parade.

The Krewe of Mid-City's "Green Hornet" float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Mid-City’s “Green Hornet” float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 012014
 
Riders on the Krewe of Iris "Rock of Ages" float throw to the Napoleon Avenue crowds. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Riders on the Krewe of Iris “Rock of Ages” float throw to the Napoleon Avenue crowds. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The all-female Krewe of Iris entertained Uptown crowds with a series of puns on the theme “Iris Rocks” on Saturday, while the Krewe of Tucks “Sporting Life” floats presented their namesake engaging in wordplay of a bawdier nature.

Riders toss beads from the Krewe of Tucks "Bat 'Er Up" float, featuring the double entendres throughout their "Sporting Life" theme. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Riders toss beads from the Krewe of Tucks “Bat ‘Er Up” float, featuring the double entendres throughout their “Sporting Life” theme. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 282014
 
A flying monkey perches on the Hermes "1974: The Wizard of Oz" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A flying monkey perches on the Hermes “1974: The Wizard of Oz” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Hermes presented a theme of “The Diamond Jubilee;” Le Krewe d’Etat skewered local and national public figures as “Under the Influence;” and the Krewe of Morpheus rolled with a theme of “Morpheus Cruises the Streets of New Orleans” on the Uptown parade route Friday evening.

A member of the Krewe d'Etat greets a child in the Napoleon Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A member of the Krewe d’Etat greets a child in the Napoleon Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Morpheus pays tribute Jefferson Ave. with a giant Thomas Jefferson.

Morpheus pays tribute Jefferson Ave. with a giant Thomas Jefferson.

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