Apr 232015
 
John William Godward, "A Signal", 1918, oil on canvas, 31 ¾ ” high x 24” wide

John William Godward, “A Signal”, 1918, oil on canvas, 31 ¾ ” high x 24” wide

An art exhibition featuring over fifty notable works

M.S. Rau Antiques’ critically acclaimed fine art exhibition Innocence. Temptation. Power: The Evolution of Women in Art is ending on May 4, 2015. There are only 10 days left to see masterpieces from the Renaissance era until the Modern age before this exhibition comes to a close. Free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 9:00AM-5:00PM, don’t miss over 50 masterworks inspired by women throughout the ages.

Innocence. Temptation. Power: The Evolution of Women in Art traces the evolving representation of women and the female body, archetypes of ideal beauty and model behavior, and the interplay between art and society. Organized by recognized expert in 18th and 19th century fine art, art patron and owner of M.S. Rau, William Rau, the exhibition includes more than fifty notable works, many of which are exhibited for the first time, by fine art masters including William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Jean-Leon Gerome, Henri Matisse, Berthe Morisot, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Norman Rockwell, among others. Continue reading »

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Apr 222015
 

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Band of Excellence performs during Battle of the Bands at the "Instruments A-Comin" benefit concert, silent auction and community arts fair in front of Tipitina's in May 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree hill)

Tipitina’s Foundation’s Instruments A Comin’ benefit concert and community festival uses its proceeds to purchase new musical instruments for New Orleans area school band programs. The outdoor event is free and open to the public early next week, and the indoor concert features several performing artists. Continue reading »

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Apr 222015
 
Three New Orleans police officers examine the crosswalk along Magazine Street where gunfire broke out on Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Three New Orleans police officers examine the crosswalk along Magazine Street where gunfire broke out on Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Gunfire broke out on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District on Wednesday morning, but this far no injuries have been reported in the shooting, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Apr 212015
 
A T-shirt bearing the logo for Avery's Place from a Facebook page used as evidence during a hearing before the city Alcohol Beverage Control board on Tuesday. (via facebook.com/avery.manuel.5)

A T-shirt bearing the logo for Avery’s Place from a Facebook page used as evidence during a hearing before the city Alcohol Beverage Control board on Tuesday. (via facebook.com/avery.manuel.5)

The Alcohol Beverage Control board of New Orleans voted Tuesday afternoon to revoke the liquor license from Avery’s Place on Willow Street in west Carrollton, saying that the establishment’s namesake is actually an owner and a convicted felon and thus not allowed to operate a bar. Continue reading »

Apr 212015
 
An image promoting the "Grand Opening of Latin Fridays" from the "Cafe Ra" Instagram stream, which advertises events at 1379 Annunciation Street. (via instagram.com/ra_nola)

An image promoting the “Grand Opening of Latin Fridays” from the “Cafe Ra” Instagram stream, which advertises events at 1379 Annunciation Street. (via instagram.com/ra_nola)

New Orleans police and city and state alcohol officials ordered a halt to nightclub activity operating in a former firehouse on Annunciation Street earlier this month, saying that “Club Ra” was issued a live entertainment permit in error but that its activities bore little resemblance to the restaurant its zoning allows. Continue reading »

Apr 212015
 

Deanna Rudison (via opcso.org)

Deanna Rudison (via opcso.org)

A 55-year-old woman was arrested after allegedly dousing two teenage girls with bleach because she believed they had skipped her line in at a gas station, New Orleans police said, and they are still looking for the woman’s son who allegedly broke one of the girls’ arm during the altercation. Continue reading »

Apr 202015
 
(image via Loyola University)

(image via Loyola University)

On Friday, The Loyola University New Orleans Ballet will perform “An Evening of Divertissements”, a program of 19th century ballet, coupled with character dances and original work by local artists.

The performances, directed by Laura Zambrano, will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 in Roussel Hall on Loyola’s campus.

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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 »