Apr 062015
 

Owen Courreges

If I had to write a motto for the Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC), it would be: “Making you kiss the ring to replace your roof.”

There are few examples of useless bureaucratic slime worse than the HDLC. This gaggle of architectural fetishists has crafted a Byzantine set of design guidelines, many of which have nothing whatsoever to do with preservation and appear specifically designed to render any renovation prohibitively expensive.

The only saving grace of the HDLC is that their authority is limited to a small number of core neighborhoods. This is kind of like saying that the saving grace of buck moth caterpillars is that they only come out in the Spring – it’s a restraint, but not exactly what I’d call a redeeming quality. Continue reading »

Apr 052015
 

The Original Pigeon Town Steppers dance down the streets to the music of the Stooges Brass Band during the 17th annual Easter Sunday second line in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Pigeontown Steppers will make their annual East Sunday second line through a number of Carrollton neighborhoods today. Continue reading »

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Apr 042015
 
Spyboy Irving "Honey" Bannister of Cha Wah. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Irving “Honey” Bannister of Cha Wah. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Travers Geoffray of the Mississippi Rail Company gets animated on the Ocshner Baptist stage. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Travers Geoffray of the Mississippi Rail Company gets animated on the Ocshner Baptist stage. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday afternoon, people packed onto Freret street for the annual Freret Street Festival. Food, music and arts and crafts lined Freret from Soniat down to Napoleon. Local vendors like Woody’s Fish Tacos, Boucherie and Liberty Cheesesteak provided food. There were three stages of music featuring artists like Cha Wah, Bonerama, Mississippi Rail Company, Billy Iusso and the Restless Natives amongst others.

Holly Morlas and Kyle Galloway dance to the Mississippi Rail Company. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Holly Morlas and Kyle Galloway dance to the Mississippi Rail Company at the Ocshner Baptist stage. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Apr 042015
 
DatBiereTap

Dat Biere’s draft handle is designed in classic Dat Dog spirit and incites all to Embrace Your Bliss!

National Beer Day
is April 7th

Dat Dog is pleased to introduce “Dat Biere”, a French-style ale crafted with pilsner, Munich and caramel malts that is served on tap at all four Dat Dog locations.

The collaboration on Dat Biere began last fall, when Dat Dog and long-time brew partner Bayou Teche hatched the idea to develop a new, custom brew for the beloved hot dog restaurant. Dat Biere drinks with a light-to-moderate toasty character that pairs will with Dat Dog’s brats, hot dogs and sausages. Continue reading »

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Apr 032015
 
Chawa at the Freret St. Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Chawa performs at the Freret Street Festival in 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

From its roots as an annual showcase of the revitalization of Freret Street, the Freret Street Festival will return this weekend as a true kickoff to festival season with top-tier local musical acts, an array of food and many other only-in-New Orleans offerings. Continue reading »

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Apr 022015
 
Police officers examine a gun confiscated after an apprehension following a brief robbery spree along Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers examine a gun confiscated after an apprehension following a brief robbery spree along Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A mid-afternoon Uptown robbery spree by a preteen with a BB-gun was halted almost immediately after it started Thursday, following a swift arrest by New Orleans police officers. Continue reading »

Apr 022015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Louisiana donors will get their first chance to view former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s all-but-declared presidential candidacy up close and personal when Bush comes to New Orleans on April 15 as the special guest at U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s fundraising reception. Dozens of Louisiana’s heavy-hitter Republican donors — and a few Democrats too — are sure to find their way to the Metairie estate of Joe Canizaro, one of the most prolific bundlers in the Gulf South. Continue reading »

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