Dec 112013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

I woke up yesterday morning to social media posts that Frank Davis had passed, and I kind of sunk.  While I did not personally know Mr. Davis, we — you and I — as a collective viewing audience certainly knew him, or at least his highly personalized way of storytelling over the decades.  As a species, I think we can easily take for granted the things and people around us that populate our visual landscape, presuming they’ll always be in sight.  Except they never are.  And when the periphery changes and we lose one of our voices, it’s hard not to pause and reflect on what we’ll be missing. Continue reading »

Dec 112013
 
Poydras Home CEO Jay Rive cuts the ribbon at the entrance of the new Oak House building, surrounded by (from left) Lauren Hotard of Councilwoman Stacy Head's office, chaplain Roosevelt Stephens, board president Jill Winston and City Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Poydras Home CEO Jay Rive cuts the ribbon at the entrance of the new Oak House building, surrounded by (from left) Lauren Hotard of Councilwoman Stacy Head’s office, chaplain Roosevelt Stephens, board president Jill Winston and City Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The new Oak House at Poydras Home. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The new Oak House at Poydras Home. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

One of New Orleans’ oldest charitable institutions celebrated the beginning of a new chapter Tuesday, as the Poydras Home officially opened the new three-story Oak House expansion on its Magazine Street campus. Continue reading »

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Dec 112013
 

ricRACK proudly announces the return of its popular, annual wardrobe sale: Hollywood Thrift. Women’s-Men’s-Children’s 
clothing from LA and New York Film and Television Shows will be on sale. This year, it will take place on Sunday, December 15, from 11-2pm, at 929 Euterpe St. (across from The Saulet Apartments in the Lower Garden District).

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Dec 102013
 

The house at 2247-2249 O.C. Haley Boulevard. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The house at 2247-2249 O.C. Haley Boulevard. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City officials and neighborhood have proudly trumpeted their fight against blight and the revitalization of O.C. Haley Boulevard, but a request to convert a small shotgun house on the street into a commercial office or shop ran into reluctance from city planners Tuesday. Continue reading »

Dec 102013
 

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LaTanya Killingworth was fresh out of Alfred Lawless High School when she found out she was HIV positive. She casually took a test while visiting a health center with a friend. Weeks later, after she had forgotten all about it, she was called in to get the results.

“The day I found out I was positive I cried because I thought I would never have kids. It was a death sentence at that time,” Killingworth says. “I thought my whole life was gone at 19.”
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Dec 102013
 

Shared Housing is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation that helps elderly and/or disabled adults remain in their homes by matching them with people who need a place to stay. These “homeseekers” provide light housekeeping and companionship. In exchange for their services, the homeowner provides free room and board. Shared Housing carefully screens applicants, facilitates appropriate matches, then formalizes each match in a rental contract.

Homeowner Dorothy and Homeseeker Joann

Homeowner Dorothy and Homeseeker Joann

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Dec 092013
 

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans campus on Patton Street.

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans campus on Patton Street.

As Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans continues to grow into the upper grades next year, the charter school’s governing board making plans to expand into the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ building on the same block. Continue reading »

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Dec 092013
 

The Prytania Theatre will host a screening Tuesday evening of “Bridegroom,” a documentary exploring issues of marriage equality from the perspective of a man who lost his partner in a tragic accident and was afterward left without any legal protections that marriage would have provided. Continue reading »

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Dec 092013
 

Owen Courreges

There is little uglier in this world than rent seeking, particularly when it’s specifically aimed at eliminating competition by reducing opportunity for others.  Longstanding, established businesses can be especially guilty of this.  After all, why beat your competition fairly and squarely when you’ve been around so long that you can simply send in the cops?

Recently, rent-seeking has come to Frenchman Street. Continue reading »

Dec 092013
 

Kentucky Bourbon BarrelOur Kentucky Woods Bourbon Barrel Cake is great for holiday parties, corporate gifts and holiday gifts. It is 10 inch, 3 pounds 2 ounces of rich moist brown sugar cake with chocolate, walnuts, maple, caramel, and more. The cake is packed in a made in America hand-made real wood barrel box and serves 12-14. Blue Frog Chocolates has the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Who doesn’t love chocolate?? Continue reading »

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Dec 072013
 

The McDonogh 7 building on Milan Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The McDonogh 7 building on Milan Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

After years of waiting, Audubon Charter School will move out of its temporary campus in the old Carrollton courthouse over the holidays and into a newly refurbished temporary home on Milan Street, officials said. Continue reading »

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Dec 072013
 

Franky & Johnny’s has reopened under new management on Arabella Street, the NOLA Smokehouse barbecue popup plans to open on Jackson Avenue in February, the Aline Street Beer Garden has a new permanent Dat Dog counter and the recent opening of Ivy on Magazine Street has prompted a contemplation of the restaurant industry’s place in the New Orleans economy by The New York Times. Continue reading »

Dec 062013
 

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Freret Street will see the debut of two new events — a nighttime version of its long-running market and a new 5K charity race — as city officials released a revised timeline for the ongoing street-construction project. Continue reading »

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