Dec 162014
 

Volunteers Noel Bitner and Dat Nguyen serve Christmas dinner at the Bridge House/Grace House annual event in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Marta Jewson)

Volunteers Noel Bitner and Dat Nguyen serve Christmas dinner at the Bridge House/Grace House annual event in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Marta Jewson)

The Bridge House/Grace House substance-abuse treatment program will host its annual Christmas dinner for the local poor and homeless on Sunday, serving food and distributing packages with toiletries and clothing. Continue reading »

Nov 252014
 

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue play the 2014 VooDoo Experience at City Park. (MidcityMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

Trombone Shorty Tunes for Toys

The Soul Rebels, students from the Trombone Shorty Academy, and a Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews will play a free concert at Tulane’s McAlister Auditorium next week, with a suggested donation of a new toy that will be given to children from the Treme neighborhood during the holiday season. Continue reading »

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Nov 062014
 
The Roots of Music brass band performs on Napoleon Avenue during the Krewe of Proteus parade in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Roots of Music brass band performs on Napoleon Avenue during the Krewe of Proteus parade in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

image001Big Sam’s Funky Nation will headline a fundraising celebration Friday night at NOLA Brewing for The Roots of Music, an educational project that trains New Orleans schoolchildren to play the city’s traditional music. Continue reading »

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Oct 222014
 
"Beyond These Walls" by Tia, age 16. (via the Pablove Foundation)

“Beyond These Walls” by Tia, age 16. (via the Pablove Foundation)

"Untitled," by Cameron, age 13. (via the Pablove Foundation)

“Untitled,” by Cameron, age 13. (via the Pablove Foundation)

A photography show featuring the work of children living with cancer will open Thursday evening at the Du Mois Gallery on Freret Street, and will be accompanied by a silent auction of work by other artists to benefit the program. Continue reading »

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Oct 172014
 
(map via jlno.org)

(map via jlno.org)

Freret 5K logoThe Junior League of New Orleans will hold its second annual Freret 5K on Saturday morning, sending runners up the commercial corridor and through the university area, with an after party catered by some of Freret’s great restaurants.

The race starts and ends in the Bloomin’ Deals Thrift Store parking lot at 4645 Freret Street, just down from the Uptown Messenger offices at 4609 Freret. We’ll be out, cheering on the runners and enjoying the Samuel Green Charter School band, so stop by and say hello on your way to the race. Continue reading »

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Oct 082014
 

The New Birth Brass Band will lead participants in a second line benefiting the National Alliance on Mental Illness this Saturday (Oct. 11) in Audubon Park. The 5th Annual NAMIWalks will include a performance by Charmaine Neville prior to the second line and a community celebration in the park after the second line. Continue reading »

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Aug 012014
 
Dozens of Entergy volunteers are joined by City Councilmen Jared Brossett and Jason Williams as they prepare the playground at the former Benjamin Banneker campus for KIPP Believe students to move in next week. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Dozens of Entergy volunteers are joined by City Councilmen Jared Brossett and Jason Williams as they prepare the playground at the former Benjamin Banneker campus for KIPP Believe students to move in next week. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Benjamin Banneker campus will become home to KIPP Believe Primary this month, returning open-admissions elementary education to the Carrollton corridor after a number of recent school closings. Continue reading »

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Jul 262014
 
Kara Morgan's partner Trey Bornmann, clasps hands on the steps of the Lyons Center in front of a sea of her friends and supporters during a second line celebration of her life on Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Kara Morgan’s partner Trey Bornmann, clasps hands on the steps of the Lyons Center in front of a sea of her friends and supporters during a second line celebration of her life on Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Kara Lynn Morgan (submitted photo)

Kara Morgan on the parade route in 2014. (photo courtesy of Cher Groves)

Kara Lynn Morgan died of melanoma July 15, the day before her 41st birthday, but the tireless neighborhood leader is far from finished with her battle against skin cancer.

She is still fighting it — she and her many allies in New Orleans and beyond — on the fields in the park of her beloved Irish Channel. Continue reading »