Among other highlights of this year’s JazzFest? Why, the premiere of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the Fairgrounds, of course. That’s right: premiere. The band has played the city many times before but never in this setting, and while I’m not saying I had a hand in their headlining this coming Saturday, I’m, well, er – - - that’s exactly what I’m saying. About a year ago, I lamented in this very column the fact the band had never played the festival, among other national acts I hope will be corrected one day soon (insert robust coughs here overlaid with a hearty and throaty “Beck! Beck! Beck!”). And voila, a year later it’s happening. I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe in coincidences. And maybe just maybe it just might be a coincidence (if you believe in them), and if so, then just chalk me up as having my thumb on the pulse of what’s what and not the impetus for this gig.
Vacant publicly-owned property or portions of existing parks around New Orleans could become as many as 20 new fenced-off play areas for dogs, officials told Uptown residents at a meeting Wednesday evening.
The most recent revisions to the proposed LaSalle school redevelopment won over city planning commissioners Tuesday afternoon, but a sandwich shop proposed for Maple Street split the commission and a request for alcohol sales at a Jackson Avenue chicken-wings restaurant was deferred for two weeks.
The Reynolds Ryan Art Gallery at Isidore Newman School will hold an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, April 24) for this year’s artist in residence, Ron Bechet.
The city is planning improvements to two cemeteries on Washington Avenue, two in Carrollton and one on Valence Street, but part of the work includes tearing down the historic maintenance cottages at several of those locations.
With five dog parks and five dog runs planned around the city, officials will be soliciting public input in the Uptown area tonight (Tuesday, April 24) at 6 p.m. at the Latter Branch Library, 5120 St. Charles Avenue.
In a rash of armed robberies after a relative lull, five muggings have been reported in the Uptown area in as many days, including two in the Carrollton area, two in Milan and one in the Irish Channel.
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New Orleans received a shout-out last week in the Wall Street Journal from an unlikely source: Joel Kotkin, professor of Urban Studies at Chapman University and one of the nation’s leading demographers. According to Mr. Kotkin, we are doing some things right that put his own state of California to shame.
Mr. Kotkin observed that in the past two decades, nearly 4 million more people have left California than have migrated from other states. Kotkin largely blames government for this state of affairs, particularly development restrictions that artificially limit housing supply.
Without enough members present to take a vote, the board of directors of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans made a brief announcement Monday night that the school intends to move forward with adding a second grade and deferred further action to next month’s meeting.
The redevelopment of the former LaSalle School, alcohol sales at a Jackson Avenue chicken-wings restaurant, the carwash on Tchoupitoulas, a residential project on Napoleon, a proposed restaurant on Maple Street and a retail development on Carondelet under the expressway will all be going before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, according to the meeting agenda.
Tulane University will host a panel discussion called “Trayvon Martin and the Rebirth of a Nation: Race and Gender Politics in Today’s Media” at 7 p.m. tonight (Monday, April 23) in room 102 of Jones Hall.
The governing board of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Monday, April 23) to decide on adding a second grade to the school next year and to appoint the school’s general director as a non-voting member of the board, according to the meeting agenda. The meeting will be at 5401 S. Claiborne Ave.
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I try to be reasonably non-controversial in this column because I spent roughly 30 years or so in the news business, dealing with everything from politics to police stuff to education to you-name-it on a daily basis. Basically, I tired of writing stuff that too often made readers/listeners angry, so I went into the food business in hopes of making them smile and, usually, that’s what happens. Life is much better for everyone.
But this week’s topic is so controversial, so close-to-heart, so subjective and so….so….personal that I’ve had to think for all of 20 minutes or so as to whether to even bring up the subject.
I am talking about hamburgers (gasps and audible shudders heard from audience).
Picture this: the sun high overhead, the sounds of the river all around you, the feel of soft grass underneath you, shade trees lining the path, and the smells of picnics and barbecues wafting in from across the pitch. Yes, it’s summertime — spring was a blip, that one week of perfect high pressure we had last month — and what better place to go and celebrate New Orleans’ official longest season than a spot that brings together so much of its natural beauty in one place?
I’m talking, of course, about the Fly.
Orleans Parish schools could be receive less money from the state per-pupil next year than in years past because of the new private-school voucher program recently signed by the governor, and Audubon School officials are concerned about how that will impact next year’s budget.
The Single Ladies Social Aid and Pleasure Club will hold its 15th annual second line starting at 1 p.m Sunday. They’ll start at the Foxx II Lounge in the Hoffman Triangle and then make their way down Martin Luther King Avenue into Central City, according to the route published by Gambit’s Red Cotton.
A member of the Walter L. Cohen football team was shot to death Friday evening in front of a vacant home at Fig and Eagle, authorities said.
The Recovery School District has said counseling will be available to students after spring break, but parents are looking for answers and action, according to a report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV.