Jan 042013
 

The anarchist approach to spirituality, Tolstoy, poster design, prison policy, hurricane response and numerous other topics will be discussed at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Center on O.C. Haley Boulevard this weekend as the North American Anarchist Studies Network holds its fourth annual conference in New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Jan 032013
 

Firefighters extinguish a few remaining hot spots at the Sullivan Stained Glass Studio on Magazine Street after a fire burned the front of the building Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A stained-glass studio on Magazine Street caught fire Thursday afternoon while its owner was renovating the front of it, but firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze quickly enough to prevent any serious structural damage. Continue reading »

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Jan 022013
 

Locations of the New Year’s Eve robbery on Jefferson and New Year’s Day fight on Annunciation. (map via NOPD)

In a rash of New Year’s violence around Uptown New Orleans, a man was robbed at gunpoint on Jefferson Avenue, a Gert Town man was beaten in his home by men demanding money, another man was stabbed several times in a fight on Annunciation Street and a Milan resident was shot on his porch, according to initial police reports. Continue reading »

Jan 022013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

At last we are full fledged forced into another calender year, and per the usual all have weighed in on just how ultra amazing or super crappy 2012 was.  And all I can think about is: the poor year.

Each year, every year, so put upon with anticipation, hope, woe, scorn, and glee.  Another year’s worth of diurnal hygienic tasks from tooth brushing to toenail clipping to bowel movements, the most mundane of sun up to sun down activities to the most looked upon.  Elections, premieres, births, deaths, graduations, whatever milestone life events you may imagine.  And then all the emotion attached to each of these moments. The leaky tires, broken engagements, unfavorable rulings, and flat face failings that fall short the idyllic, escaping the sublime, and harshly clinging to a set of 365 days. Continue reading »

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Jan 022013
 

A costumed member of the Phunny Phorty Phellows prepares for his ride in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Phunny Phorty Phellows will gather at the Willow Street streetcar barn at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and depart at 7 p.m down Carrollton and St. Charles Avenue and back again, unimpeded by the crosstie replacement project at the lower end of the streetcar line, officials are saying this week. Continue reading »

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Dec 312012
 

Owen Courreges

Never ones to resist the urge to milk a tragedy, politicians in favor of gun control have been feverishly scrambling to shoe-horn their agenda into the national consciousness following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.   Among these opportunists has been our own friendly face in Congress, Representative Cedric Richmond, who took the House floor earlier this month to point his finger at the real culprit: assault rifles.

“Every once in a while we will have an event that will shake the confidence of our country and make us take a step back and rationally look at our gun laws in this country and say: “Wait, we’ve done far too much, we’ve extended the Second Amendment too far,” Richmond said. Continue reading »

Dec 282012
 

Construction is proceeding at Fat Harry’s on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In this photo from early November, the antique toy-grabber game that survived the fire can be seen as workers begin demolition inside Fat Harry’s. (photo via facebook.com/FatHarrys)

After a fire gutted Fat Harry’s in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, many lifelong patrons wondered sadly what Carnival would be like without their 40-year-old parade-watching headquarters at the corner of Napoleon and St. Charles.

Now, if all goes according to plan, they won’t have to find out. Construction is on pace to have the bar reopened just a day or two before the first parade rolls, the contractor said this week. Continue reading »

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Dec 282012
 

Police are seeking the public’s help identifying five different men caught on security cameras in connection with separate shoplifting cases at three frequent targets for thieves in the NOPD Sixth District, the Citi Trends on South Claiborne Avenue, the Rite Aid on St. Charles Avenue and the Circle K on Howard Avenue. Continue reading »

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Dec 282012
 

Frederick George (via NOPD)

Investigators have identified a teenager believed to have carjacked an acquaintance in front of the Loyola campus Saturday, and are seeking the public’s help locating him, authorities said.

Frederick “Freddie” George, 18, will be charged with armed robbery, police said. For details, see the NOPD news release:

Today NOPD detectives issued a warrant for 18-year-old Frederick “Freddie” George who carjacked a man on Saturday December 22, 2012 at about 6:12pm at the intersection of Freret Street and Law Road in the University Area.

The victim stated he arrived at the location to pick up an acquaintance at the location to which he only knew as “Freddie”. George enters the victim’s vehicle a produced a handgun and demanded cash. The victim fearing for his safety jumped out of the vehicle leaving George in it. George then fled in the victim’s vehicle abandoning it at the intersection of South Robertson and Calhoun Street where it was later recovered. Detectives were able to positively identify George through a photographic lineup and victim participation.

George had no prior arrest record.

Once apprehended Frederick “Freddie” George will be charged with Armed Robbery.

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Dec 282012
 

The Christmas duck (photo by Craig Giesecke)

Craig Giesecke

As mentioned in the last column, I opted to go with smoked duck for our Christmas dinner this time around. Honestly, a month’s worth of dealing with turkey and ham every day at work made the idea of doing either of those rather unappealing. I also deal with a fair amount of things like eye of round, so I wanted to do something that would absorb a little more flavor from the outside. There are only three of us in the house, so doing something large like a goose was never really on the radar. Continue reading »

Dec 282012
 

(photo via facebook.com/ParasolsNewOrleans)

Parasol’s bar in the Irish Channel will host an all-day benefit for the Hogan family Saturday starting at 11 a.m. after the sudden death of owner John Hogan on Christmas Eve.

“Friends, neighbors and employees of Parasol’s have organized a benefit to give back to a family that has given us so much, especially their friendship,” reads an announcement about the event on Facebook. “Come honor and celebrate a great man with a huge heart, John Hogan, and wear a Hawaiian shirt to help us send him off in style.” Continue reading »

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Dec 272012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We’re off to a great start in 2013 with the Super Bowl, which is going to be fabulous regardless of which teams end up playing in the game. It will also show the world that our resilient, unstoppable comeback from Hurricane Katrina is almost complete. What will not be so apparent is that there are literally thousands of New Orleanians working their tails off to make it appear that hosting a Super Bowl is effortless for this city — which, of course, it isn’t. There are thousands of details involved in securing and then hosting a Super Bowl and New Orleans excels in both phases. Most of those who do the heavy lifting are virtually anonymous, hardly known beyond the tourism community. A few, like Louisiana Superdome’s SMG exec Doug Thornton, occasionally surface to be given a deserved standing ovation but there are hundreds more whose names never appear in the news media. They just labor away, far from the spotlight. It should also be said that as in every aspect of life in Metro New Orleans, just beneath the surface are scores of rabid rivalries but there is a tradition here of putting these things aside to make the Super Bowl as success. This will be the case again this year, which merits further congratulations to all involved. Continue reading »

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