Seems as though there’s a little bit of buzz of late in what makes one a New Orleanian. Post Katrina among the questionable landscape Dirty Coast gave us the refreshing pause: Be a New Orleanian wherever you are. But nowadays amid booming repopulation, white teapots, and the notion of gentrification, some seem to say well, hey, if I go to sleep and wake up in Orleans Parish, then that makes me a New Orleanian. And to this I say: really!? And to this I further say: Not really, not so much — but it is a good start.
After years of court battles, the proposed sale of Newcomb Boulevard between St. Charles Avenue and Freret Street is headed to the City Planning Commission in less than two weeks, and those who have fought to have the street reopened are hoping to rally public opinion to their side with a quickly organized campaign.
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The annual NOLA Food Fest, featuring the best meals from around the country, will kick-off its delicious events Friday evening at Cafe Reconcile with dessert delicacies from beignets to chocolates, cookies, candies, cakes, pies, donuts, cupcakes, fritters, and fudges with reservations at $50 a person.
On March 16, a Riverbend family awoke to the sound of someone trying to break in their front door, but could not get 911 operators to pick up when they called for help, according to a report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV. The family’s barking dog eventually scared the would-be intruder away, and it was not until the victims called the NOPD Second District station directly that they were able to contact a police officer, Dall reports.
A new Vietnamese restaurant offering a Pho Challenge has opened on Magazine Street; Waffles on Maple expects to open soon and the culinary team behind Company Burger is now providing the menu at Cure just down Freret Street.
Less than three months passed between the arrest of George Junius Stinney Jr. and his execution. The whole Stinney trial took only one day – including jury selection.
The year was 1944 in Alcolu, a South Carolina town established by a lumber company in the late 19th century. All of the townsfolk worked for the mill; and in fact, were paid in metal coins emblazoned with the letter “A;” legal tender accepted at the company store to pay for everything from groceries to a doctor’s visit.
Stinney was 14 when he sat in the electric chair using the Bible he carried into the death chamber as a booster seat. From the looks of his mug shot, Stinney could have passed for as young as 12 when he was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder of two pre-teen white girls by an all-white jury in a town that was more than half black.
After 30 years of being your neighborhood post office at the corner of Magazine and Nashville, we are happy to announce that the new store is only five blocks away. We want to see you walk in our new doors, as we continue to offer the same friendly service, local gifts, shipping/packing services and smiles.
Louisiana’s relatively lax landlord-tenant laws arguably need to be revisited, but a new proposal in the state legislature tilts the scales too far in favor of tenants who breach their obligations.
In late February, Louisiana State Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb filed Senate Bill 298, which includes a laundry list of revisions to the laws governing residential leases. The centerpiece is a non-waivable 30-day eviction notice period for all evictions, regardless of grounds. Under existing law, a tenant may be evicted with five days notice, although this notice may be waived by agreement of the landlord and tenant in the lease.
For the sequel to his autobiographical play “Reflections,” former City Council president Oliver Thomas has invited two other former New Orleans elected officials to join the cast — former City Councilwoman Cynthia Willard-Lewis and former school board president Gail Glapion, according to Alex Woodward of our partners at Gambit. “Reflections 2” runs April 11-27 at Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 South Carrollton Avenue.
This Wednesday, March 26th at 7:30 p.m., Loyola University Institute of Politics will be hosting the 5th Annual Ed Renwick Lecture: “One Louisiana, Three Perspectives.” Former governors Edwin Edwards, Buddy Roemer and Kathleen Blanco will discuss Louisiana’s current political issues and elaborate on their experiences in office. This event is free and open to the public.
Wine, burgers, desserts, tacos and more will be provided during the outdoor garden party at the Samuel J. Green Charter School in the Freret neighborhood from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday (March 27). For those party goers arriving or staying late, for the first time in five years the party will go until 10 p.m., a “Late Wave” party with Company Burger and Cure.
New Orleans opera fans can participate in a roundtable discussion of the upcoming production of “Puccini’s La Bohème” with special guests from the cast from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Sunday, March 23) at the Women’s Guild Home at 2504 Prytania.
A man who found a lost iPhone following the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day chronicled his trip up Magazine Street looking for a place to drop it off in a series of videos that the owner afterward posted to YouTube, drawing thousands of views and a rave review of the entire journey from Gambit’s Alejandro de los Rios.
See one of the videos below — all five are embedded in the Gambit post.
Caroline Hill will discuss her multimedia “Dream Series” and Anthony Stellaccio will describe the ceramic forms in “Drink from the River” prior to an opening reception for their work Saturday afternoon at Du Mois Gallery.