Jan 242014
 

McKeown's Books (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

McKeown’s Books (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

McKeown’s Books will host its 44th and final free concert in the “Evening of Difficult Music” series on Saturday — featuring electronics and percussion by Will Thompson IV and Simon Lott, and electric guitars by Donald Miller and Rob Cambre — before the bookstore closes its doors at the end of the month. Continue reading »

Jan 242014
 
Fake cigars are a traditional throw during the Krewe of Zulu parade. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill, Feb. 13, 2013)

Fake cigars are a traditional throw during the Krewe of Zulu parade. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill, Feb. 13, 2013)

After a year of discussion and a month of revisions, the New Orleans City Council met very little opposition Thursday morning to a series of changes to crowd behavior during Mardi Gras parades — including a six-foot setback for viewing ladders and a prohibition on roping off the neutral ground or placing private portable toilets on public property.

But one community activist running for City Council urged the city to take an additional step: banning smoking during the parades. Continue reading »

Jan 242014
 

The Loyola Opera Theatre will showcase its new production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “mythical” opera “The Magic Flute” this weekend, according to a spokesperson for the college.

The performances will take place on Friday (Jan. 24) at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus.

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Jan 202014
 
New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu (far right) gives his final remarks alongside Archbishop Gregory Aymond (left) and City Councilwoman Susan Guidry (middle) after a wreath was brought to the MLK Memorial on Claiborne Ave. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu (far right) gives his final remarks alongside Archbishop Gregory Aymond (left) and City Councilwoman Susan Guidry (middle) after a wreath was brought to the King memorial on Claiborne Ave. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Onlookers hold up commemorative signs in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Onlookers hold up commemorative signs in honor of MLK Jr. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Though the work is hard and much still remains, New Orleans is moving ever closer in tangible ways to becoming more like the community that Dr. Martin Luther King envisioned for America, city officials said Monday morning.

“Each generation for a moment grips the arc of history and bends it one way or another, but it does not bend on its own,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu on the steps of City Hall. “Here in New Orleans, there is no doubt we are moving forward together.” Continue reading »

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Jan 202014
 
Raw oysters from Woody’s Fish Tacos were a crowd favorite at the first annual Freret Street Oyster Jam. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Raw oysters from Woody’s Fish Tacos were a crowd favorite at the first annual Freret Street Oyster Jam. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Oysters in abundance, clear weather and live music drew more than 1,300 people to the first Freret Oyster Jam on Sunday, organizers said.

Keyboardist and organist John Gros plays with the newest New Orleans super group Raw Oyster Cult.The Cult is made up of Gros, former Radiators guitarists Camile Baudoin and Tom Malone and drummer Frank Bua Jr. and bassist Dave Pomerleau from Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Keyboardist and organist John Gros plays with the newest New Orleans super group Raw Oyster Cult.The Cult is made up of Gros, former Radiators guitarists Camile Baudoin and Tom Malone and drummer Frank Bua Jr. and bassist Dave Pomerleau from Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 152014
 

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Despite my darnedest divining, turns out maybe my best JazzFest prognosticating days are behind me.  As I tweeted Monday night my top 10 artist guesses in anticipation of Tuesday’s announcement proper, I came up very short with a paltry 2 correct out of 10.  And even as I read over the girth of talent slated for the annual racetrack shindig, it read more like a gobbledygook of sure things than what my version of the event might look like.  Or as one friend commented yesterday: “Robin Thicke but no Dave Jordan?!  Time to rename JazzFest.” Continue reading »

Jan 142014
 
City Council members Jackie Clarkson (left) and LaToya Cantrell present proposed changes to the city's Mardi Gras ordinances on Tuesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Council members Jackie Clarkson (left) and LaToya Cantrell present proposed changes to the city’s Mardi Gras ordinances on Tuesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A New Orleans City Council committee is recommending a ban on roping off areas of the neutral ground during parades be added to a list of changes to the city’s Mardi Gras laws, they said Tuesday morning. Continue reading »

Jan 122014
 
The official poster of the Freret Oyster Jam, designed by artist Michael Guidry.

The official poster of the Freret Oyster Jam, designed by artist Michael Guidry.

Sure, New Orleans already has an “official” oyster festival. But Woody Ruiz of the ubiquitous festival fish tacos thought the middle of summer was kind of an odd time to eat oysters, and he wanted a chance to give the big names downtown a run for their money on oyster preparation.

On Sunday (Jan. 19), Ruiz will get his chance, when he partners with the founders of Freret Market to create the first (hopefully annual) Freret Oyster Jam in the parking lot of the Publiq House.
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Jan 102014
 
Toilet paper flies from the Krewe of Tucks' "Expelling the Culture" float in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Toilet paper flies from the Krewe of Tucks’ “Expelling the Culture” float in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A set of new laws concerning conduct during Mardi Gras parades will not ban toilet paper from being thrown from floats, in a change from a draft of the laws introduced by the City Council earlier this week. Continue reading »

Jan 082014
 
Ladders form a backdrop to the Krewe of Proteus on Napoleon Avenue in 2012. A proposed new law would require all ladders be six feet back from the curb. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Ladders form a backdrop to the Krewe of Proteus on Napoleon Avenue in 2012. A proposed new law would require all ladders be six feet back from the curb. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

All Mardi Gras ladders must be kept at least six feet back from the curb during parades, and may not be chained together, under a set of new laws being introduced this week before the New Orleans City Council. Continue reading »

Jan 062014
 
Wearing a streetcar tiara, a member of the Phunny Phorty Phellows wishes everyone a "Happy Mardi Gras" before boarding the St. Charles Avenue streetcar on Monday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Wearing a streetcar tiara, a member of the Phunny Phorty Phellows wishes everyone a “Happy Mardi Gras” before boarding the St. Charles Avenue streetcar on Monday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Despite temperatures that dipped below “phreezing,” the Phunny Phorty Phellows made their annual Twelfth Night ride down the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line Monday to mark the end of Christmas and the beginning of the Carnival season. Continue reading »

Jan 062014
 
The New Orleans RTA is making good on their promise not to let streetcar track repairs interfere with the Phunny Phorty Phellows ride. (via Twitter)

The New Orleans RTA is making good on their promise not to let streetcar track repairs interfere with the Phunny Phorty Phellows ride. (via Twitter)

Although most passengers on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line will be taking shuttles through the construction zone this year, the Phunny Phorty Phellows aren’t “most passengers” — and their ride tonight will proceed as normal, officials say. Continue reading »

Jan 032014
 
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)

Children play a layer of snow covering the front lawn of Loyola University in December 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Children play a layer of snow covering the front lawn of Loyola University in December 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

On Monday, the Twelfth Night tradition of the Phunny Phorty Phellows streetcar ride to mark the start of Carnival season that dates back to 1878 will this year pass by a slightly newer annual event, the “Sneaux” at Loyola winter celebration. Continue reading »

Dec 292013
 

The Lady Rollers will close out 2013 with their 18th-anniversary second-line parade at noon today (Sunday, Dec. 29) around the Louisiana Avenue corridor, according to a post by Big Red Cotton for Gambit. The second-line starts at the Sandpiper, 2119 Louisiana Avenue, and passes through the neighborhoods alongside Louisiana, Toledano and Washington.

The parade is dedicated to Mansfield “Field” Patterson III.

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Dec 142013
 

Announcer Andrew Ward holds up "Market Money" at the 2011 Freretstivus market on Freret Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Announcer Andrew Ward holds up “Market Money” at the 2011 Freretstivus market on Freret Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Freret Market’s “Freretstivus” winter shopping bazaar is opening shop at 10 a.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 14) under a sunny sky, in spite of earlier predictions of rain.

After the market, the Freret Clay Center will have a new opening featuring two ceramics artists. Continue reading »

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