On Saturday evening, Big Freedia, a New Orleans native and a nationally-renowned bounce artist, helped to set a world record. At the end of the Central City festival on Oretha Castle Haley boulevard, Freedia helped to set the record for most people twerking at once.
On Nov. 14th, 2008, I was lucky enough to be graced with daughter number three. Third time’s the charm, right? After a relatively short, natural labor at Touro Hospital, post lunch at the then Blue Bird Café (now Coulis), Rosalie Eleanor deVille Villere popped out about 5 o’clock that Friday evening, and things have never been the same since. Today she turns a mighty six, and here’s a little glimpse as to why she’s so special:
First of all, the labor: again, it was just a few short hours. Really. Granted I didn’t do the heavy lifting here, but what makes mama happy makes papa happy; ergo, kudos to the kiddo. This was a more than welcome event given the birth of daughter number two was an emergency C section. Allow me to understate that it was a showstopper, and leave it at that.
People filled in the Trinity Episcopal Church on Sunday afternoon to hear the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra pay tribute to trumpeter Lionel Ferbos. Ferbos passed away in July at 103 years old. Ferbos joined the Ragtime Orchestra in the 1970s.
Presently there is a billboard that slaps you in the face as you travel southbound on I-55 away from Ponchatoula at the turn, before the stretch over the Maurepas. Quite simply, it reads, “Eat Louisiana Sweet Potatoes.” When I first saw it, I was getting ready for a potluck a few days later. I immediately considered the command and thought, “Okay.” Next trip to Rouses? Sweet potatoes acquisition. Served at the potluck? Super tasty sweet potato casserole with a touch of cayenne and crunchy, melty marshmallow topping. Ah! The power of advertising! Pat yourself on the back, powers that be.
During the month of October, we’re left to drown in a pink sea of bumper stickers and T-shirts emblazoned with sparky catchphrases about “boobies” and “ta-tas.”
This messaging is near impossible to escape. While absolutely catchy, this sexualized rhetoric places an increasingly disturbing emphasis on breasts over breast-cancer patients.
The Loyola University New Orleans Department of Theatre Arts and Dance kicks off the season this week with Samuel Beckett’s tragic comedy “Endgame.” The production debuts this Friday and Saturday (Sept. 26-27) at 7:30 p.m in the Lower Depths Theatre on 6363 St. Charles Avenue.
Political scientist Adolph Reed Jr. will be the keynote speaker at an international conference on post-Katrina New Orleans at Tulane University Thursday night.
Entitled “The Myth of Authenticity and its Impact on Politics – in New Orleans and Beyond,” Reed’s keynote address is free and open to the public.
The board of directors overseeing Lycée Francais de la Nouvelle-Orleans have decided to make an offer to buy the old Alfred C. Priestley Junior High School building from the Orleans Parish School Board.
“We’re excited about the property and what we can do there,” said board member Mary Jacobs Jones, who is chair of the school’s facilities committee.
The board unanimously voted to submit an offer letter for the long-shuttered west Carrolton school building Friday, the day the bid closes to schools. Under state law, charter schools have first dibs at the Priestley building, because it is currently considered surplus by the OPSB and slated for public auction.
Most of the busy intersection of Magazine and Napoleon closed for several hours Thursday after a multiple-vehicle traffic crash.
See below for live coverage.
New Orleans police are investigating an unexplained death in Broadmoor, authorities said.
Learn about the healing powers of comedy improv to help make sick children in hospitals smile and laugh with local non-profit, Funny Bones Improv. Participant applications for the Ha!Spital specialist training sessions that will teach you how to bring joy to kids and families during difficult times are due Friday (Feb. 21).
Temperatures will drop below freezing
by 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Tuesday, followed by freezing rain, sleet and even snow throughout the day, officials said at a news conference at City Hall on Monday afternoon. Ice will cover the roads and the trees, potentially knocking out power as limbs fall, they said.
Every Sunday from 1:00-3:00 PM, the Tipitina’s Foundation puts on a free music clinic for middle and high school kids and their parents. Sunday, January 26th, local band Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns led the weekly workshop.
The Arts Market, presented by the Arts Council of New Orleans, takes place the last Saturday of each month 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Palmer Park on the corner of S. Claiborne and S. Carrolton. The Market has pottery, painting, clothing, photography and jewelry.
The Prytania Theater is showing movies nominated for best picture from now until March 2, when the theater will end the series with its annual Academy Awards Viewing Party.
This year, the Prytania will also showcase classic movies that were nominated for best picture, according to a release.
See the complete list of events in the press release below:
Purloo, a pop-up restaurant run by Chef Ryan Hughes, will feature Latin American food at its next event, scheduled for Friday at the New Orleans Cooking Experience on 1519 Carondolet Street.
For more information, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page, or see the release below:
The New Orleans Fire Department will speak about fire safety and vacant property safety at the Livaudais Neighborhood Association meeting Thursday night.
The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the First Street Peck Wesley United Methodist Church on 2309 Dryades St.
See the agenda below for more information:
Bricolage Academy and the Bricolage Community Association, a parent-teacher organization, will host the new school’s first fundraiser this Thursday.
“Drinkolage for Bricolage” will benefit students of Bricolage Academy, which just opened its doors to kindergarteners in the 2013-14 school year. Twenty percent of the event’s proceeds will go directly to the school, according to a release issued by the academy’s CEO, Josh Densen.
The fundraiser, to be held at the Rusty Nail on 1100 Constance Street from 4-8 p.m., will feature the local funk band Sticky Wig, according to the release.
A new petition protesting a plan to reroute freight trains through Hollygrove has gained 1,000 signatures, according to a report in Mid-City Messenger. “We Won’t Be Railroaded,” the coalition of Hollygrove and Mid-City residents behind the petition, hopes to have 10,000 signatures by mid-Spring, according to the story.