Dec 102014
 
Halpern's Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Halpern’s Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The micro-distillery aspect of the proposed Lula restaurant that is slated to replace the Halpern furniture store on St. Charles Avenue easily won the approval of the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, despite some concerns from neighbors about the impact of larger development plans for the block. Continue reading »

Nov 282014
 

THe New Church on S. Carrollton and Freret

In order to pay for facility repairs to make the church safer for children, the New Church on South Carrolton and Freret will host a fundraising dinner next weekend with catering by Copeland’s. The event will feature WWL-TV’s Sally Ann Roberts as main speaker, a jazz band, and both a silent and live auction. Tickets are $20 per person. Continue reading »

Nov 212014
 

8th Annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

This Sunday’s annual Oak Street Po-boy Festival will honor a beloved New Orleans food tradition for the 8th year in a row.

The festival, which features more than 30 food vendors and five music stages, includes both traditional poboys and eclectic variations on the theme.

A sloppy hot roast beef poboy, for example, is available from Gattuso’s for $10, while The New Orleans Hot Dogs features a bacon fried hot dog poboy for $6.

Seafood options include a fried green tomato and shrimp remoulade poboy from Jacques-Imos for $8, and a Lake Pontchartrain soft shell crab poboy from Jack Dempsey’s for $10.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is family friendly, and includes an event put on by St. Andrews Episcopal School.

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Nov 142014
 

With elaborate costume changes and a plethora of backup dancers, Big Freedia performs at the 2014 VooDoo Experience in City Park. (MidcityMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

The Eighth Annual Central City Festival on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard will include free performances Saturday by Big Freedia, Honourable South, First Emmanuel Baptist Church Choir, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center’s Sistahs Making a Change dance troupe, and the Kuumba Institute’s kids. Continue reading »

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Nov 042014
 

2014 Urban Heroes Gala

The Urban Conservancy, a non-profit organization in New Orleans, is having their 2014 annual Urban Heroes Gala Saturday, Nov. 15, to celebrate three visionaries recognized by The Urban Conservancy and StayLocal, a non-profit organization that is the Greater New Orleans area’s independent business alliance. The event will feature food, drink and The Laissez Boys and Camel Toe Lady Steppers. Continue reading »

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Oct 312014
 

First Annual Delachaise-Calvary Community

Cohen College Prep High School will host the inaugural Delachaise-Calvary Community Health Fair on Saturday (Nov. 1), including free screenings for a wide variety of vital signs, plus local music, activities for kids and a second line parade led by Cohen Prep Brass Band. Continue reading »

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Oct 222014
 
Halpern's Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Halpern’s Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As the restaurateur planning a distillery restaurant on St. Charles Avenue prepares to ask the city for permission to sell alcohol in the building that currently houses Halpern’s Furniture Store, neighbors are voicing their concerns about how it and the associated hotel redevelopment on the block will affect their ability to park near their homes. Continue reading »

Oct 162014
 
(image via lalivinghistory.org)

(image via lalivinghistory.org)

A Saturday night gala at a St. Charles Avenue home — hosted by a local historian with catering by John Besh and music by the New Leviathan Orchestra — will raise money to commemorate the War of 1812 on property near the original battlefield in Chalmette on the event’s bicentennial in January. Continue reading »

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Oct 092014
 

Junior League of New OrleansThe Junior League of New Orleans is throwing a street party at the Bloomin’ Deals Thrift Shop tonight (Thursday, Oct. 9) with food, drinks and live entertainment by the 610 Stompers and The Sirens of New Orleans. Guests will also have an opportunity to purchase signature Mardi Gras throws, like shoes and purses. Continue reading »

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Sep 232014
 
A rendering by Studio WTA architects of the redevelopment planned for the corner of Nashville and Magazine. (via nola.gov)

A rendering by Studio WTA architects of the redevelopment planned for the corner of Nashville and Magazine. (via nola.gov)

For years, as celebrated New York City restaurateurs Sean Josephs and Mani Dawes made visits to see Dawes’ mother in New Orleans, the idea of opening a restaurant in Dawes’ hometown was never far from their minds.

“There were a lot of runs around Audubon Park where we fantasized about leaving New York and moving here,” Josephs said. “I didn’t understand that if you marry someone from New Orleans, they’ll always bring you back.”

Sure enough, Josephs and Dawes are now planning a restaurant just a stone’s throw from her mother’s house and Audubon Park, anchoring a redevelopment already underway at the corner of Magazine Street and Nashville Avenue. Continue reading »