Mar 042015
 
A photo of 3008 Lowerline Street included in city documents. (via nola.gov.)

A photo of 3008 Lowerline Street included in city documents. (via nola.gov.)

Stacy Head

Stacy Head

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

A demolition request on Lowerline Street by St. Mary’s Dominican High School received approval from a split New Orleans City Council last week, reopening the debate about the role of historic preservation that has simmered between prominent members over the past year. Continue reading »

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Mar 042015
 
Workers dig a pit to repair a sewer line on Magazine near Third Street on Feb. 21. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Workers dig a pit to repair a sewer line on Magazine near Third Street on Feb. 21. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The two blocks of Magazine Street around Third where city workers recently repaired a sewer line will close again Thursday and Friday so that the street can be repaired, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans announced. Continue reading »

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Mar 042015
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

The tireless subject of back taxes and property auctions in the New Orleans metro area has once again garnered much buzz in the last week.  True, it is an exciting topic for the Crescent City citizenry at large as we wade through the thankfully diminishing blight, too often witnessing the demise of structure too far gone not to be demolished.  That’s the downside for sure.  The upside?  Seemingly countless blocks are given new looks from fresh eyes.  That said, understanding the what and the how of these processes should demand the lion’s share of your attention if you fancy yourself the real-estate investor type, because well, this ain’t eBay.  Continue reading »

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Mar 042015
 
Collage by the French artist Henri Laurens (1885-1954), titled La Guitare Rose, signed and dated 1918 (est. $30,000-$60,000).

Collage by the French artist Henri Laurens (1885-1954), titled La Guitare Rose, signed and dated 1918 (est. $30,000-$60,000).

More than 1,100 lots of original artwork, period furniture, jewelry, antique clocks, and more will be sold

 A 1918 collage by the French artist Henri Laurens (1885-1954), a 19th century French bronze figural mantel clock by Vincenti & Cie., a pair of 19th century Venetian parcel gilt polychrome and lacquer carved wood blackamoors, and an early 19th century Chinese Export black lacquer and ivory painted fan will all be sold at auction in New Orleans this weekend. Continue reading »

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Mar 032015
 
A revised rendering of the CVS proposed for Magazine and Louisiana included in documents provided to the city. (design by Linfield, Hunter and Junius architects)

A revised rendering of the CVS proposed for Magazine and Louisiana included in documents provided to the city. (design by Linfield, Hunter and Junius architects)

City officials have given initial approval to a proposal to turn the shuttered Blockbuster Video and adjoining restaurants into a CVS pharmacy at the corner of the Garden District on Magazine street. Continue reading »

Mar 032015
 

CIC-logoThe armed attacks on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher market.  The ISIS reign of terror.  These incidents inspire fear, hatred, and mistrust of those whose religious beliefs differ from our own.  In these troubling times ignorance and prejudice can infect our communities, preventing the cohesion and cooperation required for our neighborhoods to thrive.

Communities in Conversation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that aims to combat ignorance and religious animosity.  We provide opportunities for individuals to meet and learn from members of our own community with different religious beliefs.  Our goal is to form expanding circles of awareness, knowledge, sympathy and fellowship within our neighborhoods.  These circles begin from small-scale conversations, held in a neutral space, that are grounded in a study guide that is written to provide basic factual information about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Continue reading »

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Mar 022015
 

Owen Courreges

Transit for the poor? What a curious thought.

Although in theory a primary purpose of transit is to provide necessary transportation for those too poor to afford a reliable vehicle, the reality is that the poor are generally the ones who are shortchanged. Continue reading »

Mar 022015
 

image001The Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be the setting for the 60th Anniversary of the New Orleans Home & Garden Show, the largest consumer home show in the southeastern United States, which returns on March 13-15 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The New Orleans Home & Garden Show is like no other, bringing an unparalleled variety of home-related services and products under one gigantic roof with everything needed for home remodeling, outdoor living, decorating and landscaping.

For the second time, we get the pleasure of giving away three pairs of free tickets to the show this weekend. This year, visitors will enjoy over 200 vendors displaying some the latest home and outdoor products. Continue reading »

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Feb 272015
 

A NOPD officer stretches crime-scene tape across the South Broad overpass during a homicide investigation. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An investigation into the shooting death of a man whose body was left on South Broad near New Orleans Police headquarters shut down the busy Broad Street overpass on Friday afternoon, according to a report at Mid-City Messenger.

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Feb 272015
 
Saveur restaurant on Magazine Street (via Facebook)

Saveur restaurant on Magazine Street (via Facebook)

Kin, a Vietnamese restaurant, will be opening on 4600 Washington Avenue in upcoming weeks; the Southern cuisine Boucherie has reopened on 1506 South Carrolton Avenue, while Danny’s No. 2 on Magazine has closed, and Baie Rouge has changed its name to Saveur Cuisine & Cocktails, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

Feb 272015
 
Bryan Hymel in "Les Troyens" at the Royal Opera House (photo by Bill Cooper / Royal Opera House, via bryanhymel.com)

Bryan Hymel in “Les Troyens” at the Royal Opera House (photo by Bill Cooper / Royal Opera House, via bryanhymel.com)

Opera star and 2001 Loyola graduate Bryan Hymel will return to campus Sunday afternoon to celebrate the release of his debut CD Héroïque with a free performance and discussion about his experience creating it. Continue reading »

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