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 »

Oct 022014
 

LCI Workers’ Comp and LCIA are teaming up with StayLocal and Good Work Network this fall to bring you a social media workshop series, Diving Deeper into Social Media. On three consecutive Wednesdays in October, we’ll take the plunge and dive into a specific social media platform. By focusing our attention on one platform at a time, we’ll ensure that you leave with a deeper understanding of how to effectively use social media for your business.

LCIA-sm-taking the plunge Continue reading »

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Oct 012014
 

Two robberies in the Touro area last week and an aggravated assault on Baronne Street are all believed to be related, police said Wednesday. (map via NOPD)

Two robberies in the Touro area last week and an aggravated assault on Baronne Street are all believed to be related, police said Wednesday. (map via NOPD)

A pair of robberies last week a few blocks a part in the Touro neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans are believed to be the work of a related set of suspects, a police commander said Wednesday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Oct 012014
 
Possible options for the Napoleon Avenue landscaping. (UptownMessenger.com)

Possible options for the Napoleon Avenue landscaping. (UptownMessenger.com)

As contractors have begun digging deep underneath South Claiborne, Jefferson, Napoleon and now Louisiana avenues to install new drainage ditches, Uptown New Orleans residents have asked pointed questions prior to each project about what the neutral ground will look like when the projects are finally done over the next three years.

On Tuesday night, those residents got their first look at possible answers, including a continuation of the walking path down Napoleon Avenue, public art installations on South Claiborne, tall palms restored to Jefferson Avenue and a variety of landscaping options on Louisiana. For many, however, those answers led to more questions — such as whether the projects will incorporate ideas from the city’s new water-management strategy, which plants could be harmful to traffic visibility in certain locations, and how the canopies over the avenues will look with the finished projects. Continue reading »

Sep 302014
 

Rendell Brown (via opcso.org)

Rendell Brown (via opcso.org)

Shane Hughes (via opcso.org)

Shane Hughes (via opcso.org)

Shane Hughes and Rendell Brown, both 16, have been charged with first-degree murder in the Sept. 22 slaying of Domino’s Pizza driver Richard Yeager in Mid-City and face charges in the carjacking of a woman on Newcomb Boulevard, and will be tried as adults in state court after their cases were transferred out of juvenile court Monday, according to reports. Continue reading »

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Sep 292014
 
Judicial candidates Marie Williams, Graham Bosworth and Byron C. Williams participate in a candidates' forum sponsored by the Home Defense Foundation of New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Judicial candidates Marie Williams, Graham Bosworth and Byron C. Williams participate in a candidates’ forum sponsored by the Home Defense Foundation of New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Prosecutors are using Louisiana’s repeat-offender laws to create potential sentences so high for criminal defendants that they have no choice but to plead guilty, potentially depriving them of the right to a fair trial, three candidates for Criminal District Court agreed Monday night. Continue reading »

Sep 292014
 

Owen Courreges

“Look both ways before crossing the street.”

Every child is taught that line, the essence being that before you step off the curb, you’d better have verified that three tons of automotive engineering won’t be bearing down on your fleshy, fragile form. Being a pedestrian is perilous, and you have to take precautions.

However, in the City of New Orleans, it is often a great deal more dangerous than it ought to be. Continue reading »