Oct 072014
 
An image from surveillance video shows the armed robbery Friday night of the Discount Corner gas station on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

An image from surveillance video shows the armed robbery Friday night of the Discount Corner gas station on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

As police continue their investigation into a rash of late-night robberies at Carrollton-area convenience stores, authorities are urging businesses to take precautions for themselves and their employees. Continue reading »

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Oct 072014
 

Franklin collageAward-winning documentary film maker, author, actor, Grammy winner, Pulitzer prize winner, opera star, Neurointerventional surgeon, United States Representative, director, producer, 5-star chef, record producer, dean, CEO, composer, educator, artist, entrepreneur, chemist, attorney, innovator, leader, success.  Just a few of the words that have described Ben Franklin graduates.

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Oct 062014
 

Owen Courreges

It’s called the “BigBelly,” and it’s being pitched to cities across the country as a miracle of American innovation.  It’s a solar-powered trash compactor designed to replace ordinary city trash receptacles.  There is practically no green-tech buzzword that doesn’t apply to these things.

I first began seeing the BigBellies in New Orleans last year along the Canal Streetcar line.  The website Clean Technica reported in December 2012 that the city hoped to have “at least 150 solar-powered trash compactors installed,” before the Super Bowl and that, contracts and bidding permitted, “[t]his number could be expanded to 242.”

Presently, the city is planning on expanding the BigBelly receptacles to the French Quarter and Downtown Development District.   The bid date is set for October 30th at 11 a.m.  It’s happening, and it’s happening soon.

What hasn’t happened, at least as far as I can see, is proper due diligence. Continue reading »

Oct 062014
 
A gas station robbery on South Carrollton early Monday joins other recent holdups on South Claiborne and Airline Highway. (map via NOPD)

A gas station robbery on South Carrollton early Monday joins other recent holdups on South Claiborne and Airline Highway. (map via NOPD)

After a perplexing series of holdups at the Magnolia Discount store on Airline Highway, armed robbers turned their attention to a Magnolia Discount on South Carrollton overnight, New Orleans police said Monday morning. Continue reading »

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Oct 052014
 

axiomartistsThe Axiom Artist Collective, a new art gallery on Freret Street showcasing the work of young native New Orleanians, will hold its first opening tonight (Sunday, Oct. 5) presenting the work of Courtney “Ceaux” Buckley.

“We just want to bring newness to the art scene,” said Buckley. Continue reading »

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Oct 052014
 
An image from surveillance video shows the armed robbery of the Discount Corner gas station on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

An image from surveillance video shows the armed robbery of the Discount Corner gas station on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

A rash of weekend robberies around the Uptown area included the holdup of a gas station on South Claiborne Avenue, the carjacking of a woman on St. Thomas Street, and the robbery of two men at gunpoint on Carondelet Street in Central City, New Orleans police say. Continue reading »

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Oct 042014
 
Elvis Preseley models sungless at Arts and Eyes on Magazine street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Elvis Preseley models sungless at Arts and Eyes on Magazine street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

People flocked to shops and galleries the whole length of Magazine on Saturday night for the annual Art for Art’s Sake event.

Jenna McSwain and the Celestial bodies performed outside of Feet First boutique. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Jenna McSwain and the Celestial bodies performed outside of Feet First boutique. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Oct 042014
 
Painted gold, Nadiyah Skyy stands in front of Longshore Studio Gallery at Art for Arts' Sake in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Painted gold, Nadiyah Skyy stands in front of Longshore Studio Gallery at Art for Arts’ Sake in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

afas-logoMore than 100 galleries, restaurants and shops along Magazine Street will celebrate “Art for Art’s Sake” tonight (Saturday, Oct. 4) with specials “heralding the opening of the city’s art season,” organizers say. Continue reading »

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Oct 032014
 
Ty Segall plays to a sold out crowd at One-Eyed Jacks on Sept 6, 2014. (Jean-Paul Villere, Uptown Messenger).

Ty Segall plays to a sold out crowd at One-Eyed Jacks on Sept 6, 2014. (Jean-Paul Villere, Uptown Messenger).

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Prologue: Most of the music I get to see live happens at the last minute or very accidentally; very little, if anything, is ever planned.  But something changed for me over the summer, and a self-imposed “pseudo-mandatory attending of live music moral obligation” was born. 

Earlier this year on a cool and sunny Thursday evening I accidentally saw, moreso listened to, Lyle Lovett. Maybe you did, too? It was smack dab in the middle of the JazzFest whirlwind of tornadic possibilities, and it being ‘local’s day,’ the crowd was thinner than one might expect, ergo more inviting.  The sweet and hard honeysuckle ramble that is wholly Lyle’s cadence drew me to lazily lay reposed at the back of the field.  And as I drifted between waking and dreaming at dusk, pleased as punch, I composed a pseudo commitment to myself that for the remainder of the year and beyond I would challenge myself to go forth and rock, as often as possible.  And so my journey began. Continue reading »

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Oct 022014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Let’s start with some full disclosure — Danae will be among the dozens of table captains at Senator Mary Landrieu’s women’s fundraising brunch later in October. It will be a star-studded affair with well more than a thousand women present — many of whom have been devoted to Mary for decades. In fact, Danae can remember walking in Broadmoor with a much younger Mary Landrieu during her first race for the Louisiana Legislature.

Fast forward a few decades to this week, when you might have heard one of the state’s leading elected officials say that he is concerned about the unwanted scrutiny and negative attention Louisiana will receive during a very divisive Senate run-off campaign. The nation’s eyes will be watching us as PACs spend millions to damage opposing candidates.

Even with Mary’s traditional luck in pulling narrow election day victories out of the proverbial rabbit’s hat, we think it will be hell-hard for her to forge a clear victory on Tuesday, Nov. 4. We savored this week’s poll that showed Mary pulling ahead of Bill Cassidy. But we also looked at the strength of Rob Maness’ numbers. With two well-financed Republicans and associated Republican PAC dollars tearing away at her, it’s hard for us to see how Mary can avoid a runoff. It also doesn’t help Mary that Cassidy is avoiding all those televised debates. Continue reading »