Jan 072020

George Long greets Mardi Gras parade lovers gathered at the Willow Street Streetcar Barn before the Phunny Phorty Phellows annual ride through Uptown. (Dinah Rogers, Uptown Messenger)

Dressed in satirical costumes, the Phunny Phorty Phellows took their annual streetcar ride through Uptown celebrating Twelfth Night on Monday, Jan. 6, signaling the beginning of the 2020 Carnival season. The Phellows are a historic Mardi Gras organization revived in 1981 to fill a Twelfth Night void and herald the season with a ride on Uptown’s historic streetcar. Before the ride, they are joined by the Krewe of Oak at the Willow Streetcar Barn for the Carnival Countdown and a toast to the season. Continue reading »

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Jan 072020

Kelly Rollins shows off her decorated vinyl record, the krewe’s signature throw, as the Funky Uptown Krewe rides the streetcar through Uptown. (Dinah Rogers, Uptown Messenger)

The Funky Uptown Krewe celebrated Twelfth Night for the second year as 42 costumed members rode down the St. Charles streetcar line Monday, Jan. 6, marking the start of the 2020 Carnival season. The krewe follows the Phunny Phorty Phellows rumbling along the South Carrollton and St. Charles Avenue neutral ground. Continue reading »

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Jan 062020

The city’s Department of Public Works and the Sewerage & Water Board has planned extensive road repairs in the Freret Street area.

A public meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 8, will provide residents an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming Freret Group A project and get their questions addressed, according to a notice from District B Councilman Jay Banks’ office. Continue reading »

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Jan 062020

The Phunny Phorty Phellows prepare to leave from the streetcar barn on Willow on their Twelfth Night ride in 2013. (Robert Morris, Uptown Messenger)

Two celebratory streetcars will herald the arrival of Carnival season along St. Charles Avenue tonight. Continue reading »

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Dec 312019

The Mayor’s Office encourages residents to enjoy the official public fireworks display. (courtesy of Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office)

If your New Year’s Eve celebrations involve the French Quarter or the Central Business District, expect large crowds heavy traffic related to Wednesday’s Allstate Sugar Bowl as well as New Year’s events, city officials warn.

“As always, please take care in large crowds and report suspicious activity to public safety officials,” a Mayor’s Office press release states. Continue reading »

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Dec 282019

Princess Lydia Benson struts her stuff with the Lady Rollers in 2013. (Kim Welsh)

The Lady and Men Rollers Social Aid and Pleasure Club is holding its annual second-line on Sunday afternoon. The parade will feature The Truth Brass Band.

The club, headed by Linda “The YakaMein Lady” Green, will second-line from 1 to 5 p.m. Lineup is at 12:45 p.m. at St. Charles Avenue and Washington. Continue reading »

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Dec 242019

via nolaproject.com

The NOLA Project will host a four-day workshop for students between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Winter Intensive, for ages 12 to 17, will focus on acting, writing, and stage combat.

Through courses led by NOLA Project ensemble members, students will have the opportunity to brush up on technique, as well as learn new skills, in preparation for their next semester.  Continue reading »

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Dec 232019

Celebration in the Oaks will be closed for Christmas Eve but open for Christmas from 6 to 9 p.m. (Zach Brien, Mid-City Messenger file photo)

By Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger

After the gift giving, feasting and family bonding – hopefully without a dose of politics over the dinner table – the stir crazy hours set in.

To keep good tidings this holiday season, this list shows what is open and closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It includes major attractions, movie theaters and events. Continue reading »

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Dec 202019

For the price of an unwrapped toy, music lovers could enjoy the Trombone Shorty Academy, Hot 8 Brass band and New Breed Brass Band at Tipitina’s on Dec. 19. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Thursday, Dec. 19, Gia Maione Prima Foundation and J.P. Morgan Chase presented “Tunes for Toys” at Tipitina’s. For the price of one unwrapped toy, fans could see the Trombone Shorty Academy band, New Breed Brass Band and Hot 8 Brass Band.

All of the toys collected were donated to Trombone Shorty’s toy giveaway, Toys from Troy, at his alma mater, Warren Easton High School. The toys will be given away at Warren Easton today in an event hosted by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and featuring Santa Claus as well as the Trombone Shorty Academy players.

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Dec 082019

(Uptown Messenger file photo)

The New Generation Social Aid & Pleasure Club is holding its annual second-line today, Dec. 8. from noon to 4 p.m. The parade features the Hot 8 Brass Band.

Streets in Central City, Hoffman Triangle and Broadmoor will be impacted. Continue reading »

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Dec 032019

Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival Invitation Art by Marina Reed

Poydras Home’s Magazine Street gate will open wide this Thursday as they welcome patrons and the public to their first Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival. From 7 to 8 p.m., this new Uptown tradition will feature a 30 foot lighted tree and holiday music on their front lawn, as well as a patron party from 6 to 8 p.m.

Everyone is welcome, free of charge, to hear holiday favorites and gospel music performed by the New Orleans Council on Aging Community Choir under the direction of Mrs. Rhea Dokes. CC’s Coffee House will provide hot cocoa provided, and Cookies will be compliments of Poydras Home for patrons, residents, resident families, neighbors and guests alike. Continue reading »

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Dec 022019

Homeowners Rick and Lisa Farrell decorate their live oaks every other year, to avoid damage to the trees. (Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger)

By Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger

What’s large, has limbs and is enveloped with 70,000 small white lights? Three majestic oak trees across from the Academy of the Sacred Heart on St. Charles Avenue. Continue reading »

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Nov 292019

Community Book Center on Bayou Road celebrates Small Business Saturday. (staylocal.org)

On Saturday — between Black Friday and Cyber Monday (make that Plaid Friday and Cider Monday) — local retailers and shoppers celebrate the low-key, hyper-local Small Business Saturday. It’s a national event bringing millions of Americans out to shop for holiday gifts at their favorite small businesses, to explore friendly, creative local shops and to support the local economy. Continue reading »

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Nov 232019

The St Catherinettes Hat Parade travels down St. Charles Avenue in 2010. (Sabree Hill, Uptown Messenger file photo)

The St. Catherine’s Day Hat Parade will march Uptown on Sunday, Nov. 24. The theme for the 10th annual procession is “Hat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Continue reading »

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Nov 232019

The Junior Buckjumpers dance through the streets of Central City in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Original New Orleans Lady & Men Buckjumpers second-line, one of the season’s most popular, is happening this Sunday. Continue reading »

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