“The Loyola University New Orleans campus will be transformed into a winter wonderland next week thanks to 20 tons of manufactured snow,” writes the Loyola University Newsroom. “The University Programming Board will present their annual Sneaux@Loyno event on Thursday, Dec. 8. from 6-8 p.m. on Loyola’s front lawn located on St. Charles Ave.”
Mayor Mitch Landrieu personally convinced the pharmacy chain to undertake a $1.4 million renovation of the building at the corner of Napoleon Avenue, and Walgreens agreed in part because CVS was building a new store across the street, writes Rebecca Mowbray of the Times-Picayune. The upgrade both beautifies the entrance to the Broadmoor neighborhood and typifies the mayor’s detail-oriented approach to improving the landscape of New Orleans one property at a time, the article states.
The strong performance of four local elementary schools — Mary Coghill, Robert R. Moton, Bethune and Lafayette — will be explored in a documentary screening Tuesday night at Ashe Cultural Arts Center.
Please join Common Ground Health Clinic for the 7th annual brewing of the fire cider on Saturday, December 10th from 1pm—3pm at the Teche Street Community Garden at Teche and Slidell Streets in Algiers Riverview
Fire cider is a spicy tonic used to scare off colds and flu and keep you warm in the winter months. The December 10 event will begin with an educational session led by the CGHC Herbalists, and will continue through the afternoon as we chop the ingredients, combine them in glass jars and, finally, bury them in the ground to brew for thirty days. This is a great chance to experience some hands-on learning of herbal remedies past & present. People of all ages are welcome to this event. Bring a cutting board and knife and a snack or drink to share, or just yourselves.
Then on Saturday, January 7th from 3pm—Until… We will reconvene to dig up the cider, squeeze it out and have a potluck dinner. We will dig up the cider at the garden and caravan from there to our dinner (location TBA). Bring a dish to share, an 8 oz jar with a lid to bring home some cider, and warm clothes.
Questions? Call Lanette Williams 504-473-1346
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“Piano Players Rarely Play Together,” a documentary made by Stevenson Palfi in the early 1980s, explores the musical lineage of Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, Isidore Washington, and their predecessors. The film screens Monday through Wednesday at Zeitgeist.
A chilly Thursday night. Tulane’s auditorium was full, the lights already dimmed, the audience alert, the staff restive and ready to start the show, but moments before the host began the evening’s introductions, a fire alarm suddenly sounded.
The crowd emptied onto the street, spilling out the doors to form a loose, nervous assemblage on the sidewalks, huddling together for warmth, unsure whether the show would go on. Staff members brandished their phones, receiving vague assurances from the authorities. Someone called out, to laughter, “Let’s just do it out here!” Precious minutes slipping away, the honored guest shrugged as if to say, sure, why not?
Yet when the host finally received the all-clear, and the crowd streamed back inside the auditorium, the room was – somehow – even more tightly packed than before.
And they say that poetry makes nothing happen.
The Carrollton Area Network will hold its annual holiday caroling from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in Palmer Park. Nonperishable food and donations will be collected to support the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Former Lt. Gov. James E. Fitzmorris Jr. has just celebrated his 90th birthday, but he’s really celebrating New Orleans’ future.
Fitzmorris, also a former New Orleans councilman, is enjoying robust good health for one who has lived nine decades. “I don’t hunt or fish or play cards,” says Fitzmorris. “My office is my diversion. It is where I am happiest and where I spend the best hours of each day.” Ever since he lost out in the 1979 governor’s race and re-invented himself as one of Louisiana’s best business consultants and lobbyists, the former lieutenant governor – along with Carol Daigle, his capable assistant for 53 years – has loved going to work every day. He still has loyal clients who seek his counsel although he tends to call it quits for the day in the early afternoon.
The International Creche Exhibit at St. Alphonsus will display more than 60 Nativity scenes from around the world.
Dylan Tete and Marshall Hevron, two local veterans of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, are leading a group of about 15 young veterans who have renovated a former grocery at Lyons and Annunciation for use as the city’s only Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Their efforts to create a place to help other veterans were profiled this week by Paul Purpura of The Times-Picayune.
The Original Lady Buckjumpers and three of their favorite brass bands will make a long tour of several Uptown New Orleans neighborhoods at their second-line Sunday, according to a route map at Offbeat.com.
Judges at this year’s Oak Street Po-Boy Festival named WOW Wingery Shanghai Shrimp Po-boy the “Best of Fest,” organizers announced today, and also awarded the Bread Pudding Po-Boy from Carrollton favorite Saltwater Grill the best specialty non-seafood entry.
Black Friday! Are you excited? Did you camp out in front of an electronics store this morning? Are you already stressed about finding the perfect gift for every single person that you are in direct daily contact with?
I’m not, and here’s why: About 95 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, regardless of their denomination. But guess what, I’m the 5 percent. Yup, there is no Santa pulling a reindeer in my front yard, no Christmas tree in my living room and instead of waking up early to open up presents I prefer to sleep in and enjoy the extra day off. Bah humbug? Suit yourself.
Historically, the two at-large seats on the City Council have been held by one white councilperson and one black councilperson, such as Sidney Barthelemy, Dorothy Mae Taylor, Jim Singleton and Oliver Thomas. After Oliver’s departure, the voters chose to elect two white candidates, partially because Cynthia Willard-Lewis could not get as many crossover votes as her white opponents.
With the upcoming qualifying for the Council At-Large race in early December, African-American voters are talking about the need to rally behind a strong African-American candidate. Many African-American women have been elected in recent years, including a large group of new judges, but with our city’s crime crisis, African-American leaders are saying they need more black male role models in top city offices (similar to New Orleans’ situation when Marc Morial was elected mayor).
New Orleanians possess a certain affinity for their street names and the unspoken connotations that go along with them. As quickly as one expresses what part of town he resides, next comes the street name, and lastly the block. Though neighborhoods may vary incredibly block by block, it’s the demarcation of what part of town any given street might run that really determines what a street is called – or what I’m getting at – might have been called. For example, I live on South Liberty, but did you know in fact by today’s street map there is no North Liberty? And why? Not sure really, but I can tell you presently that North Liberty is Treme Street, and given the HBO media machine it is highly doubtful Treme Street will ever return to North Liberty Street. Conversely, I wouldn’t expect Treme to anytime soon become North Treme and as such my street South Treme.
A blaze that broke out this morning in a shed behind the former Borders store in the old Bultman funeral home on St. Charles Avenue was quickly extinguished before its flames could damage the nearby historic Bultman residence or other nearby homes.