Apr 202015
 
The apartment complex at 1900 Amelia Street, midway through its demolition. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The apartment complex at 1900 Amelia Street, midway through its demolition. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The old abandoned apartment complex at the corner of Amelia and Dryades street has long drawn the ire of its neighbors, who have complained for years that it was an eyesore and a danger.

Late last week, in dramatic fashion, something was finally done about the building — by gravity. It partially collapsed on Thursday, and on Friday, the city of New Orleans sent a demolition crew to finish the job. Continue reading »

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Apr 202015
 

Owen Courreges

There’s an old episode of “The Simpsons” where Marge is mugged and the police are useless to catch the perpetrator. Nevertheless, Marge conquers her own fear and anxiety, managing to capture the guy who did it single-handedly.

Police Chief Wiggum arrives at the scene and proceeds to lecture the gathering crowd. “She caught her own criminal, unlike the rest of you lazy bones.”

The crowd begins to look down sheepishly. “You’re not gonna find those criminals looking at your feet, people,” Chief Wiggum chastises. Continue reading »

Apr 182015
 
A glimpse inside the Lusher High School library shows bookshelves next to rows of computers, along with posters urging students to keep reading in the technology age. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A glimpse inside the Lusher High School library shows bookshelves next to rows of computers, along with posters urging students to keep reading in the technology age. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As Lusher Charter School plans its budget for the upcoming school year, the administration is setting aside money to renovate the high school’s library — which has raised the question of what, exactly, goes into a library in a rapidly approaching future where digital text is overtaking the printed word.

“We don’t know what libraries are going to look like in 20 years,” said operations manager Frank Israel. “I don’t know, in 25 years, that it’s going to be a big giant room full of books.” Continue reading »

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Apr 172015
 

Every 3rd Saturday at Church Alley, we get to dance to our favorite cajun music and eat our favorite cajun food! This weekend’s Cajun Brunch & Dance will feature the musical stylings of Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours! Munch on crawfish pies, étouffée, crab cakes, frittatas, biscuits and jam, scones and muffins! Come dance and eat! Delicious coffee and tea! Kid-friendly! Lots of dancefloor… Come on!

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Apr 162015
 

The Special Operations Division crest on the side of its armored vehicle, photographed by a Broadway Street resident during a Saturday night response to a hoax call on her block. (Submitted photo)

The Special Operations Division crest on the side of its armored vehicle, photographed by a Broadway Street resident during a Saturday night response to a hoax call on her block. (Submitted photo)

A man called the New Orleans Police Department this weekend saying that he had shot a woman at their Broadway Street home and intended to shoot any officers who approached the house, prompting a major response from elite NOPD officers in an armored vehicle who shut down roads around the home while they investigated.

The call turned out to be a hoax: the resident of the house emerged to tell officers she was fine and unharmed, and mystified who would make such a call or why. But her daughter, who studies Internet harassment across the country, believes the prank was directed at her as part of a new but quickly growing form of of online abuse spreading dangerously into real life. Continue reading »

Apr 162015
 
Official photograph of Abraham LIncoln, taken Nov. 8, 1963. (source: Library of Congress)

Official photograph of Abraham LIncoln, taken Nov. 8, 1963. (source: Library of Congress)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Americans rich and poor, old and young, paused yesterday to remember the 150th anniversary of the assassination of America’s first martyred commander in chief, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln is often considered America’s greatest president, polling way ahead of even George Washington.

A self-educated lawyer born in Kentucky’s western frontier, Lincoln became an early leader in the newly formed Republican Party and always spoke out against the expansion of slavery. Lincoln won the presidency by sweeping the North, causing the Confederate States of America to be created even before he was sworn in as America’s sixteenth president. Continue reading »

Apr 162015
 
Norman Rockwell, "Excuse Me", 1917, oil on canvas, 28" high x 25" wide

Norman Rockwell, “Excuse Me”, 1917, oil on canvas, 28″ high x 25″ wide

Join M.S. Rau Antiques and NOMA Curator Mel Buchanan for a Special Lecture on The Evolution of Women as Designers and Artists this Saturday, April 18th at 2pm.

M.S. Rau Antiques welcomes Mel Buchanan for a special guest lecture as part of their Premier Fine Art Exhibition: Innocence. Temptation. Power: The Evolution of Women in Art. Mel Buchanan, Curator of Decorative Arts & Design at the New Orleans Museum of Art, will give her lecture on Women in Art & Design at M.S. Rau Antiques in the French Quarter Saturday, April 18th at 2pm. Continue reading »

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Apr 152015
 
Six robberies along the Carrollton corridor from April 5-15. (map via NOPD, rotated for fit)

Six robberies along the Carrollton corridor from April 5-15. (map via NOPD, rotated for fit)

A man and woman walking a dog near Audubon Park were confronted at gunpoint Tuesday night by armed assailants on a spree of what is now four robberies in the neighborhoods near the Carrollton corridor, police say. Continue reading »

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Apr 152015
 
Sleater-Kinney (via facebook.com/SleaterKinney)

Sleater-Kinney (via facebook.com/SleaterKinney)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

It all happened so innocently, my love for riotgrrl queens Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss, and Carrie Brownstein, collectively and arguably better known as Sleater-Kinney.  While living in Austin in the late 90s, I wanted to attend an in-store performance at Waterloo Records by this well-regarded female rock trio which at the time I had never heard of.  Unable to make the event I sprung for a copy of their third studio album, Dig Me Out, and lost my mind.  Just lost it.  What was this sound?  Who were these ladies?  The hungry, urgent beats, the sharp, frenetic guitar work, and the layered, waling vocals.  And the lyrics?  Each song was a visual field infused by carefully chosen wording arcing in harmony.  I was hooked, taken, even smitten, and I wanted more. Continue reading »