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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Feb 202014
 
Funny Bones Improv poster (via Funny Bones Improv)

Funny Bones Improv poster (via Funny Bones Improv)

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). Continue reading »

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Jan 272014
 

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other city officials speak about the dangers from the coming winter storm on Monday afternoon. (via nola.gov)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other city officials speak about the dangers from the coming winter storm on Monday afternoon. (via nola.gov)

Roads will likely be too dangerous to drive on Tuesday and Wednesday and ice could cause power outages for three to five days in what officials are saying could be “the worst winter weather” New Orleans has experienced in 10 or even 25 years.

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. Continue reading »

Jan 262014
 
Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns led Sunday's Youth Music Workshop

Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns led Sunday’s Youth Music Workshop

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.

Little Big Horns' Trombonist Charlie Halloran (left) puts down his bone to give percussion instruction to Jacob Jones (right).

Little Big Horns’ Trombonist Charlie Halloran (left) puts down his bone to give percussion instruction to Jacob Jones (right).


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Jan 262014
 
Palmer Park located at the corner of S. Carrolton and S. Claiborne.

Palmer Park located at the corner of S. Carrolton and S. Claiborne.

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.

Hand-painted silk scarves by Kathleen Olson Grumich.

Hand-painted silk scarves by Kathleen Olson Grumich.


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Jan 232014
 

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: Continue reading »

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