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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Feb 262015
 
New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu celebrates his re-election with supporters on Feb. 2, 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu celebrates his re-election with supporters on Feb. 2, 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

More than 100 donors forked over $2500 each last night for cocktails with Mayor Mitch Landrieu. On everyone’s lips was the same question: Is Mitch running? Those asking included Winston, Sheila and Ronnie Burns (he introduced Mitch), lots of WTC bidders including Darryl and Louella Berger with partners Joe Jaeger and Roger Ogden; Paul Woodward; Pres Kabacoff, former Mayor Sidney Barthelemy and Edward Boettner; and Al Thompson and Arnold Baker with their spouses. Continue reading »

Feb 252015
 
Mardi Gras beads hang on the chain-link fence in front of the tall black tarp, an effort to bring some life back to the otherwise bleak view. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mardi Gras beads hang on the chain-link fence in front of the tall black tarp, an effort to bring some life back to the otherwise bleak view. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lined with tall black tarps billowing over chain link fences, what was once Prytania Street between Octavia and Nashville now looks like a discarded set from an old episode of the X-Files. Gray mud seeps from under the fence, and strange sounds emanate from behind the tarps, but it is anyone’s guess what could actually be taking place back there. Continue reading »

Feb 252015
 
New Orleans police officers look for evidence around a black Honda Accord in the 4000 block of Eden Street, where bullet holes were visible in a glass door of one of the buildings. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police officers look for evidence around a black Honda Accord in the 4000 block of Eden Street, where bullet holes were visible in a glass door of one of the buildings. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An angry boyfriend shot at a woman’s home Wednesday afternoon just off the busy intersection of Washington and Broad Street, injuring no one but leading to the arrest of one person and a warrant for another, police said. Continue reading »

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