Jun 222015
 
Izzo's Illegal Burrito on Magazine Street (April 2015 photograph by Google Maps)

Izzo’s Illegal Burrito on Magazine Street (April 2015 photograph by Google Maps)

Izzo’s Illegal Burrito — the Baton Route-based franchise that moved into the former Popeye’s building on Magazine Street — now wants to sell beer and margaritas as it does elsewhere in the state, and the City Planning Commission will have to decide between a favorable recommendation from its staff against the wishes of a number of nearby neighbors. Continue reading »

May 082015
 
The intersection of Freret and Jefferson -- photographed Tuesday, May 5 -- is currently scheduled to reopen May 15, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The intersection of Freret and Jefferson — photographed Tuesday, May 5 — is currently scheduled to reopen May 15, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

While navigating Uptown New Orleans is likely to remain challenging — to put it charitably — until the final major drainage projects finishes in 2018, one important thoroughfare will soon become a viable option again as Freret Street begins to reopen on both ends of its commercial corridor in the coming weeks. Continue reading »

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Mar 142015
 

The Corner Club were one of many marching crews in Saturday’s parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Saturday afternoon, the annual Irish Channel parade ran Uptown from Jackson up to St. Charles, down Louisiana to Magazine and then back to Jackson. The crowds were thick on Magazine street as the sun shined strong. Dozens of male paraders on foot exchanged plastic flowers for kisses on the cheek from female crowd members. Parades threw standard Mardi Gras beads as well as signature cabbages and carrots.

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Jan 272015
 
Catherine Raphael is comforted by Pastor Jamal Weathersby as she speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Catherine Raphael is comforted by the Rev. Jamaal Weathersby of New Hope Baptist Church as she speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A portion of two Central City streets could be renamed in honor of two prominent pastors who recently died, after positive votes Tuesday by the City Planning Commission in spite of some members’ concerns about the process for changing street names in New Orleans. Continue reading »

Jan 252015
 
Maggie Randriamamonjy from San Francisco runs the half marathon down St. Charles avenue on Sunday morning. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Maggie Randriamamonjy from San Francisco runs the half marathon down St. Charles avenue on Sunday morning. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Early Sunday morning, runners from across the country ran New Orleans’ annual Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon. The run began downtown on Poydras, uptown to St. Charles, down to Decatur in the French Quarter and up Esplanade to finish in City Park. Runners had the option to run a full or a half marathon.

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Dec 092014
 
Eddie Murray, a Loyola junior, sports a shirt reading "Justice for ___ whichever one is next." On the back, the shirt listed names of black men who have died at the hands of police. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Eddie Murray, a Loyola senior, sports a shirt reading “Justice for ___ whichever one is next.” On the back, the shirt listed names of black men who have died at the hands of police. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Tuesday, Loyola New Orleans’ Our Lives Matter group held a candlelight vigil in honor of those who have passed due to police brutality. After lighting candles, participants held a 4:30 moment of silence for the four and a half hours Michael Brown’s body was left on the street. Students took the opportunity to share their own experiences with police brutality and abuses of power and generally their feelings about the current events involving the police. Our Lives Matter will be holding events in the coming year including a panel discussion on the definition of racism and a meeting with the Second District police.

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Dec 052014
 
New Orleans police take a trash can into evidence (after the body of a woman found in it was removed) from an alleyway off Danneel Street on Nov. 26. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

New Orleans police take a trash can into evidence (after the body of a woman found in it was removed) from an alleyway off Danneel Street on Nov. 26. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

As investigators learn more about the life of a ‘well-known, well-liked’ woman whose body was found stuffed in a trash can in Central City the day before Thanksgiving, they say that a tip from the community could be key to finding her killer. Continue reading »

Nov 232014
 
Ike Jackson advertises for Redfish grill's barbecued oyster poboys. Mr. Jackson appeared in American Horror Story the HBO series Treme. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Ike Jackson advertises for Redfish grill’s barbecued oyster poboys. Mr. Jackson appeared in American Horror Story the HBO series Treme. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday afternoon, people packed Oak street gill to gill for po-boys from over 50 different vendors, restaurants and food trucks. Live music from Rebirth Brass Band, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes and others played on various stages on and off of Oak street. Art galleries and shops along Oak street also had their work on display.

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Nov 152014
 
Big Freedia holds up her World Record plaque. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Big Freedia holds up her World Record plaque. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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. Continue reading »

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Nov 142014
 

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:

Jean-Paul with a then 3 1/2 year old Rosalie in Summer 2012 at Coliseum Square.  Photo credit to Brenda Hanegan.

Jean-Paul with a then 3 1/2 year old Rosalie in Summer 2012 at Coliseum Square. Photo credit to Brenda Hanegan.

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. Continue reading »

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Nov 092014
 
People filled the Trinity Episcopal Church to hear the Orchestra's Tribute. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

People filled the Trinity Episcopal Church to hear the Orchestra’s Tribute. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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. Continue reading »

Nov 072014
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

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. Continue reading »

Oct 072014
 

jewel bush

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. Continue reading »

Sep 052014
 
The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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. Continue reading »

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