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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Jan 222014
 

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: Continue reading »

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Jan 222014
 

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.

 

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Jan 162014
 

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. Continue reading »

Aug 072013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

Okay Louisiana lawmakers, I give up!  The pelican state’s recent but maybe not altogether surprising archaic approach to finessing legal uses of handheld devices while driving has me questioning the logic over in Baton Rouge.  As of last week, motorists (and presumably bicyclists too) are prohibited from use of social media while operating their vehicles, and while texting under similar circumstances was recently banned, general use of handheld devices and / or the internet remains legal.  Whiskey – Tango – Foxtrot elected officials and boo on you.  Isn’t this a little like saying you can hold a cigarette while driving but you can’t put it to your lips?  Or you can totally hit the drive thru and grab some artery clogging fare, and again hold it in your hand, but don’t eat it! Continue reading »

Jun 032013
 

Owen Courreges

The Times-Picayune has adopted a new crusade – renter’s rights.

It started with a series of pieces from Times-Pic staff writer Richard Webster regarding the limited rights tenants have in Louisiana.  Webster noted that housing advocates are pushing for Louisiana to adopt the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act of 1972, which has only been adopted in a minority of states with significant variations (hence, it isn’t very “uniform”). Continue reading »

Feb 212013
 

The owner of Jimmy’s Music Club may be taking his fight to reopen his renowned club straight to City Hall, but a group of Carrollton neighborhood residents told him Thursday night that they aren’t his problem.

In fact, the Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association said, they’d like to sit down and try to figure out a way to support him. Continue reading »