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.
“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.”
KIPP Schools in New Orleans plan to increase their class sizes, reduce expenses, attract more students and boost private fundraising to shore up their budget as a variety of major one-time education grants expire, creating a sort of “fiscal cliff” for the charter school network, according to a report by Kelsey Foster of The Lens.
Eric Orlando, the owner of Carrollton Station since 2002, has sold the rock venue on Willow Street to a couple who will keep the business open while Orlando opens a new bar called Red’s Uptilly Tavern at 7601 Maple Street, according to a report by Keith Spera of The Times-Picayune. For his final weekend at Carrollton station, Orlando will present a two-day “Grand Finale” showcase of a dozen singer-songwriters Friday and Saturday (Dec. 28-29), and he hopes to open Red’s by the first week of January, Spera reports.
District B City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell will join a group of physicians and children’s health advocates leading a vigil against gun violence at 5:30 p.m. tonight on the steps of City Hall.
The calender says today is 12/26/12, so we must have all survived the Mayan apocalypse and yet another Christmas season, on to the New Year and resolutions quickly fudged. I look forward to this day more than Christmas itself because it’s finally over! The hype and lead up and obligatory this and that of each holiday season leaves me strung out and exhausted, like the last few rigs of the seemingly endless truck parade down Napoleon on Mardi Gras Day. I live half a block from this silly nightmare of pastiched 18 wheelers in queue for likely miles, and it isn’t the size so much as the noise. Truck horn after truck horn after truck horn, like a really slow marathon of all the Smokey & The Bandit “films” with a lagniappe viewing of Convoyto bring it on home. Only this year the drainage work along the avenue is so massive my guess is in 2013 we will get a break from the madness. And at the pace the work is going maybe 2014 too.
A man had his car stolen at gunpoint Saturday evening by someone he was picking up from in front of the Loyola campus, he told police.
At this time of year I always get to thinking of how the American ideal of Christmas just seems to center around an ideal of a much colder climate than ours here in the Gulf South. Lines from popular Christmas songs are always the biggest reminder of this.
“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know…”
The alleged embezzlement of $25,000 in forged checks by former Lusher employee Lauren Hightower was reported to police Jan. 25, but no charges have been filed amid an ongoing investigation, according to a report by Jessica Williams of The Lens.
The Women of Class second line that had been scheduled for noon today has been canceled, Red Cotton is reporting at her Facebook page.
We’ve been cocooning in the house these last few evenings, feeling the wind buffet the siding after the midweek cold front came through. Those many of us who live in old, drafty houses here in New Orleans know the place never gets completely warm. About the best you can hope to do is dress for the cold occasions, enjoy a stiff toddy and try to not move off the couch or chair too much. Very Southern Winter and, of course, Very Holiday.
A masked man robbed a GameStop video game store in the Lower Garden District at gunpoint Thursday morning, and in a separate case a woman in Hollygrove was attacked inside her home by a man who then stole her purse, police said.
The Women of Class will start their annual second line at noon Sunday on Earhart Boulevard and Gert Town and head down Washington and Louisiana avenues, then make a few loops through Central City, according to the route published by Big Red Cotton.
Turnbull Bakeries, known for Melba toast wrapped in plastic with a green logo, has closed after operating its bakery on First Street in the Irish Channel since 1907, according to a report by Dominic Massa of our partners at WWL-TV.
State Superintendent John White has asked the Louisiana Public Charter School Association to fund consultant Jeremy Hunnewell, a CPA with EMH Strategy, to help identify gaps in the leadership at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans, design and lead the search for a new CEO, clarify the leadership roles at the school and possibly help implement the recommendations, according to a letter obtained by The Lens.