Jan 252013
 

Queen Oshun XVI, Taisha Williams-Payne, rides up Napoleon Avenue on Friday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Under absolutely perfect weather, two regal parades kicked off the first major weekend of parading in New Orleans on Friday night. The Krewe of Oshun celebrated children as it held its place as the first parade of the weekend, and the Krewe of Cleopatra made their debut on the Uptown route on the fortieth anniversary of their parade.

Queen Cleopatra XL, Malinda Phillips Bertrand, smiles from her throne as her float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 232013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

Skipping for now over the Big Game hoo-ha that’s about to consume our nation’s attention (and glossing over the ample high dollar unlicensed daily rental scofflaws at the local level), I recently gave a glance to the proposed parade routes for this Carnival and raised my right eyebrow.  The traditional upper Napoleon route (read: where Rex rolls) is apparently still going to remain in effect this season despite the massive sandbox it has become a la a Michael Bay movie.  With all the chainlink, piledriving, construction equipment, and urban setting to me it looks like what I would imagine any given day shooting Transformers 4 would look like.  (I’m looking around for Mr. LeBouef but quickly remember Mr. Wahlberg will be assuming the lead in this next excursion into pseudo-future robotic mayhem, which in and of itself is funny because the theme song to the original cartoon film released in the theater in the 80s, which I saw in said theater BTW, was covered by Marky Mark when he starred in Boogie Nights.  Digressive nerdgasm accomplished.) Continue reading »

Jan 222013
 

Members of the Jewish Community Relations Council carry a sign quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. — “I have a dream” — during Monday’s parade through Central City. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. passed up the Central City boulevard named in his memory on Monday, with community and school groups from around New Orleans marching in support of his legacy.

Supporters of Project Ceasefire carry banners in Monday’s Martin Luther King Day parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 192013
 

The Jefferson City Buzzards dance in the street during their “dress rehearsal” in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The Jefferson City Buzzards, whose ceremonial Fat Tuesday march through Uptown New Orleans dates back 120 years, will “dress up” to rehearse their walk Sunday afternoon with stops at a number of neighborhood watering holes. Continue reading »

Jan 162013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

For music lovers around the world, New Orleanians at home and abroad, and all others that can’t seem to eat enough Crawfish Monica any other time of year, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, will not only mark the release of this year’s JazzFest line-up but also an official beginning to the countdown when the hallowed names that unfurl before your very ears get cubed and slotted into what day and time in just a few short weeks.  For me, I always find it kind of fun to predict, wonder, and generally kvetch over the money headliners that bring in the almighty dollar usually and unfortunately overshadowing the amazing city, state, and otherwise regional talent our slice of heaven has on tap.  So without further ado, to follow are my guesses of possible headlining acts that could very well perform.  And to be perfectly clear I have no affiliation with JazzFest nor am I privvy to any insider info.  These are just my ramblings, though who knows, they could actually pan out.  Why not? Continue reading »

Jan 152013
 

Neil Hamburger (via Twitter)

Nationally-known comic Neil Hamburger will headline the New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival with two performances this week at La Nuit Comedy Theatre on Freret Street, according to the website. The festival features different shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. each night from Wednesday (Jan. 16) to Friday (Jan. 18), and other headliners include Nick Vatterott from Comedy Central, Ashley Barnhill and DJ Douggpound, according to the festival website.

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Jan 102013
 

The “My Lil’ Darlin’” all-star revue at 8 p.m. Saturday at Tipitina’s will feature performances by Paul Sanchez and The Rolling Road Show, Little Freddie King, Guitar Lightin’ Lee, Robert Parker, The Pfister Sisters and Clarence “Frogman” Henry, with special appearances by, and a tribute to, Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, according to a post at “Treme” creator David Simon’s website. It will also include appearances by the cast and crew of the show, with ticket sales supporting the Roots of Music education program in New Orleans.

Tickets are available at the Tipitina’s website.

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Jan 092013
 

Sandy Kaynor Jr. (via joneswalker.com)

Friends and family of attorney Sandy Kaynor, who was critically wounded three months ago when he was shot during a carjacking attempt in his driveway at Camp and Delachaise streets, are hosting another fundraiser Thursday (Jan. 17) to help defray his ongoing medical costs, they announced. Continue reading »

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Jan 062013
 

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

With champagne, confetti and an array of audacious costumes, the Phunny Phorty Phellows made their annual St. Charles Avenue streetcar ride Sunday evening to herald the start of the 2013 Carnival season.

Confetti flies from the windows of the Phunny Phorty Phellows streetcar on Willow Street as the crowds clamor for beads. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 042013
 

The anarchist approach to spirituality, Tolstoy, poster design, prison policy, hurricane response and numerous other topics will be discussed at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Center on O.C. Haley Boulevard this weekend as the North American Anarchist Studies Network holds its fourth annual conference in New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Jan 022013
 

A costumed member of the Phunny Phorty Phellows prepares for his ride in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Phunny Phorty Phellows will gather at the Willow Street streetcar barn at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and depart at 7 p.m down Carrollton and St. Charles Avenue and back again, unimpeded by the crosstie replacement project at the lower end of the streetcar line, officials are saying this week. Continue reading »

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