But our friend Marlin Gusman has had nothing but trouble at the Orleans Parish Prison. His allegation in a recent interview in the New Orleans Tribune that people are being critical of him because he’s African-American is strongly agreed with in many quarters of the black community. Our African-American friends – including several elected officials – say that Gusman has acknowledged the problems at the prison by accepting the terms of the Consent Decree and that Mayor Landrieu should focus his attention on Police Chief Ronal Serpas and our city’s ongoing crime problems so that fewer cab drivers, grandmothers, or young children become victims.
The Single Ladies and Men will second-line through Central City on Sunday afternoon, starting at 1 p.m. at Foxx Lounge on Washington Avenue and finishing at Sportsmen’s Corner at Second and Dryades, according to a post for Gambit by Big Red Cotton.
Scottish author Lorraine Johnston will sign her children’s book “Later Tartan Gator” at several Uptown New Orleans locations featured in the book in the coming week, including Audubon Zoo, Blue Frog Chocolates and Magic Box Toys.
The Mount Zion Lutheran Church will celebrate its 135 anniversary in a service Sunday themed “Standing Firm in God’s Faith.”
A touring group from Jesuit High School in Tampa will perform Gregorian Chant and compositions by Cesar Franck and Mozart at St. Stephen Church on Saturday afternoon (April 13).
Two leaders of the Greater New Orleans Organizers’ Roundtable — which holds monthly meetings to promote social-justice issues and the voices of the oppressed — will speak Saturday morning at the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast at the First Unitarian Universalist Church.
The Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series will continue Saturday evening and into the rest of April with free performances of works by great classical composers and contemporary jazz musicians.
Spring has sprung and, at Zeus’ Place on Freret Street, that means tons of kittens and puppies looking for homes.
I’ve got to give a tip of the hat to my fellow columnist Jean-Paul Villere for his recent piece about real estate and which neighborhoods around the city are next in line for gentrification.
Restaurants and other food operations usually follow but can sometimes lead the redevelopment of neighborhoods. Indeed, New Orleans East and some other areas are still sadly lacking in full-service grocery operations. But this summer’s planned reopening of the Circle Food Store will be a beacon in Treme, and the original Juan’s Flying Burrito on Magazine was one of the landmarks in the comeback of the Lower Garden District.
The Tulane University Senate voted this week to ban the use of tobacco products on all its campuses in three phases: starting by publicizing the policy, issuing warnings starting in August 2014, and writing $25 citations for violations beginning in 2015, according to an article in the Tulane Hullabaloo.
The Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association will discuss the April 1 shooting death of AmeriCorps volunteer Joseph Massenburg at its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday, April 11). The meeting is open to the public, and will be held this month in the cafeteria of the Stuart Hall School for Boys, 2032 S. Carrollton Ave.
Celebrate the happy moments with family and friends at New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Company’s The Next Level. This upstairs private party room is ideal for special events such graduations, Mother’s Day, First Communions, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and whatever else you can imagine. You can reserve The Next Level at our St. Charles location Uptown or at our restaurant on Decatur Street in the French Quarter.
A Wednesday morning fire at a Central City apartment complex was contained to the unit where it started, but 38 residents had to be evacuated because of the smoke and water damage throughout the building, authorities said.
But some residents who live closest to the avenue had a slightly more exotic concern: What would become of the little green monk parakeets that have colonized the palms along Jefferson Avenue?
A new performance space hopes to open on Freret next month; the late-night pizza at Dough Bowl on the edge of Tulane’s campus now has new owners, and Dat Dog’s Magazine Street location will celebrate its grand opening Wednesday.