May 012017
 

Onlookers watch as the St. Augustine Marching 100 assembles and begins to perform on Napoleon Avenue in 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Tipitina’s will hold their annual “Instruments A Comin'” fundraiser and outdoor festival tonight (Monday, May 1) with an outdoor battle of the marching bands and an indoor benefit concert to help provide musical instruments to New Orleans public schools. Continue reading »

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Apr 272017
 

Frank Luntz speaks to the Loyola University Institute of Politics on Thursday, April 27. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Why is Frank Luntz so darkly pessimistic about the future of American democracy?

“I’m afraid that this is the election cycle that kills our democracy,” the nationally known pollster and commentator said at Loyola University on Thursday night.

Luntz is so pessimistic because he is paid to listen to people, and what he hears is an America that has become completely unable to listen to one another. Continue reading »

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Apr 212017
 

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Holocaust survivor Martin Weiss will share his story at the Yom HaShoah community-wide Holocaust Memorial Program on Sunday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Avenue. The annual memorial program remembers and honors local survivors while educating the public about the horrors of the Nazi regime and teaching the importance of tolerance. Continue reading »

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Apr 192017
 

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Restore the Mississippi River Delta, a coalition of several organizations, will present “Concert for the Coast” to help raise awareness about Louisiana’s coastal land loss crisis and the critical projects available to restore the coast. Continue reading »

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Apr 132017
 

The Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy, in partnership with the New Orleans Health Department, will host community conversations on climate change, where public health advocates and educators will talk about the negative impacts of climate change in the community and discuss solutions and prevention techniques. Continue reading »

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Apr 062017
 

George Porter Jr. talks to Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood at the Maple Leaf on Monday night. (photo by Michelle B. Perez)

Thousands of people packed the sold-out Smoothie King Center on Monday night to hear Radiohead play, but after their two-hour set, they did what any music-savvy visitor to New Orleans did: swung by Oak Street to catch an act at the Maple Leaf, specifically George Porter Jr. Continue reading »

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Mar 312017
 

Tank and the Bangas close out the Loyola University stage at the 2016 Freret Street Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Caesar Brothers Funkbox, Roar! and Cole Williams will headline the three stages at the Freret Street Festival on Saturday, which will also feature 200 local arts and food vendors on the Freret corridor. Continue reading »

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Mar 202017
 

Dr. Vandana Shiva (via http://seedfreedom.info)

Tulane University will host world-renowned Indian ecofeminist scholar and environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva for a speaking event on Thursday, March 23. The “Soil Not Oil” event take places at 8 p.m. on Tulane’s main campus, and Dr. Shiva will speak about about fossil fuel based industrial agriculture, a topic of specific relevance to Louisiana which has long been known for petrochemical production.

Soil Not Oil will take place in the Kendall Cram Room on the second floor of Tulane’s Lavin Bernick Center (LBC). The university’s main campus is located at 6823 St. Charles Avenue.

Dr. Vandana Shiva has published numerous works on ecofeminism, international development, environmental and human rights, spirituality, agriculture, and biotechnology.

Tulane organizations sponsoring the event include: Environmental Studies Program, Undergraduate Student Government, Newcomb College Institute, Tulane Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking (and Dr. Thomas Sherry, the center’s Professor of Social Entrepreneurship), Tulane Green Club, Feminist Alliance of Students at Tulane, Divest Tulane, and also in the Taylor Center.

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Mar 202017
 

You are invited to “Hopeful Aging” as presented by President and Co-Founder of Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, Ltd., Dr. John Zeisel. Attend this free presentation at Poydras Home on Tuesday evening, March 28th, as Dr. Zeisel leads us on a journey through the aging brain.

This dynamic presentation, previously aired on PBS nationwide, will share new strategies that can help caregivers provide meaningful, engaging interactions with those experiencing memory challenges with a focus on Hearthstone’s innovative Learning for Life™ program. Continue reading »

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Mar 192017
 

Queen Tahj Williams of the Wild Magnolias shows off her suit during Uptown Super Sunday at the intersection of LaSalle and Washington. Super Sunday is another chance for Mardi Gras Indians to show off their suits. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday, March 19, Mardi Gras Indians and Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs converged on A.L. Davis Park to celebrate Super Sunday. Indian gangs from all over the city met in central city to parade and show off suits

Big Chief Victor Harris of Fi Ya Ya plays his cowbell on Washington avenue during Super Sunday. Super Sunday is another chance for Mardi Gras Indians to show off their suits. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 162017
 

This Friday, Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar celebrates with the St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. The annual Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Celebration begins at 10 am on the corner of Third and Magazine Streets. Tracey’s serves up its World Famous Roast Beef Po-Boys along with corned beef and cabbage and, of course, green beer! Continue reading »

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Mar 152017
 

Caddywhompus performs on the Power Plant stage at the 2017 Buku Music + Art Project. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 2017 Buku Music + Art Project came to a close on Saturday, March 11. The annual two-day festival, which takes place at Mardi Gras World on the banks of the Mississippi River, featured local, national, and international acts both large and small.

Chris Rehm plays guitar with Caddywhompus on the Power Plant stage at the 2017 Buku Music and Art Project. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The festival hosted primarily electronic dance music (EDM) and hip-hop artists, but carved out a set for New Orleans-based rock duo Caddywhompus. According to guitarist Chris Rehm, they like sticking out amongst the other acts in a festival line-up.

“We like to have variety, different people coming out for different things. We’re all about doing new stuff and showing people new things, progressing musically,” Rehm said. “So the less you know, the better. The less familiar you are, the better.” Continue reading »

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