Sep 072016
 

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NOLA Aikido will hold its annual Open House this Saturday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. Chief Instructor, Robert Brian Levy and students will provide a demonstration of the Japanese martial art of Aikido, will be available to answer any questions, and will offer an opportunity for prospective students to experience Aikido for themselves.

Adult and Children’s Classes are available, and refreshments will be served. Continue reading »

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Sep 072016
 
(Illustration by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

(Illustration by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Last week while combing through the this and that’s of the intrawebs as one is want to do, I took a shine to the hubbub surrounding Don’t Breathe, the first in a bloodied flurry of new horror films visiting theaters over the next weeks, building up to…  Halloween, of course.  So I made a date for an evening viewing at Canal Place and 90 minutes later walked out one sated genre lover.  Now I’m no horror aficionado really, but when fresh thriller content comes on the scene, I don’t mind giving it a go.  In truth, my journey into love of scarier cinematic fare almost never happened, and for that I blame the 1988 sequel Phantasm II.  Really. Continue reading »

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Sep 072016
 
(vis StayLocal!)

(via StayLocal)

StayLocal will hold two sessions on how businesses and organizations can utilize Instagram for social media marketing. The two sessions will take place on Thursday and Friday, September 8-9 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and will feature ‘Camp Counselors’ Mary Kate Hutchinson and Angela Trumbaturi of FSC Interactive. Continue reading »

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Sep 062016
 

James M. Davis (via OPCSO)

James M. Davis (via OPCSO)

One suspect has been arrested in connection with a pair of recent armed robberies on Arabella and Octavia streets, and investigators are now working to identify his accomplices, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 062016
 
The intersection of Freret and Jefferson -- photographed in May 2015, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The intersection of Freret and Jefferson — photographed in May 2015, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Motorists on Freret Street will be unable to cross Jefferson Avenue for the next five months or so, and will be detoured again around the intersection through the side streets, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans announced. Continue reading »

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Sep 062016
 

Homicides reported on Saturday on Clio Street and Sunday on Tchoupitoulas. Monday's fatal shooting on Josephine has not been included on the crime maps. (via NOPD)

Homicides reported on Saturday on Clio Street and Sunday on Tchoupitoulas. Monday’s fatal shooting on Josephine has not been included on the crime maps. (via NOPD)

Three men were killed in three separate shootings around Uptown New Orleans on successive nights over Labor Day weekend, and their identities were released Tuesday morning, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Sep 062016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Samuel Johnson once said that “[e]very man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it.”

Many armchair commentators from the past couple of weeks should heed Johnson’s words. When San Francisco 49’ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem, many of his supporters immediately began spouting platitudes about freedom of speech and the First Amendment. Kaepernick, the trope went, was being squelched by his critics Continue reading »

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Sep 062016
 

New Orleans City Council will hold a press conference on Tuesday, September 6 (today) to kick off the Geaux Blue NOLA Day celebration. Geaux Blue NOLA Day is an annual day designated to recognize the vital importance of the New Orleans Police Department to the well-being of the community. Continue reading »

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Sep 062016
 

Armed robberies reported on Broadway Street and South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

Armed robberies reported on Broadway Street and South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

Three Tulane students were robbed at gunpoint on Broadway Street early Sunday; three children were robbed of a bicycle that evening on South Claiborne, and a woman was attacked with a vase by an armed intruder in her Annunciation Street home early Monday, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 062016
 
Lula Restaurant Distillery co-owner and head chef Jess Bourgeois pauses during construction this week on the former Halpern's Furnishings Store on St. Charles Avenue. The distillery's copper still is being delivered this week, and the restaurant is expected to open in early November. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lula Restaurant Distillery co-owner and head chef Jess Bourgeois pauses during construction this week on the former Halpern’s Furnishings Store on St. Charles Avenue. The distillery’s copper still is being delivered this week, and the restaurant is expected to open in early November. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

This week, a massive copper CARL still from Germany arrived on a ship at the Port of New Orleans, and it will soon become the centerpiece of Lula Restaurant Distillery, the unique new restaurant under development in the former Halpern’s Furniture Store on St. Charles Avenue.

The restaurant, however, is the first step in the planned redevelopment of the entire block into a major expansion of the Prytania Park Hotel, part of a wave of boutique hotels opening around New Orleans outside the French Quarter and Central Business District. Continue reading »

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Sep 022016
 
Members of the Junior League of New Orleans pack up supplies for delivery to Baton Rouge. (via Facebook)

Members of the Junior League of New Orleans pack up supplies for delivery to Baton Rouge. (via Facebook)

Businesses and organizations on Freret Street have been individually responding to the Baton Rouge-area flooding for the past two weeks, and now they are uniting their efforts to focus on providing for families’ babies and pets that other relief efforts may not reach.

Michelle Ingram of Zeus' Place smiles with a furry passenger rescued from shelters in the flood zone. (via Facebook)

Michelle Ingram of Zeus’ Place smiles with a furry passenger rescued from shelters in the flood zone. (via Facebook)

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Sep 022016
 
The One-Eyed Jack Burger on French (Kristine Froeba)

The One-Eyed Jack Burger on French (Kristine Froeba)

Breakfast at Slim Goodies is an Uptown mainstay, whether rolling out of bed at noon for casual brunch or as the last stop of another late NOLA night. The six a.m. crowd arrives in sunglasses seeking one of the best hangover breakfasts in town. The families, tots in tow, are the next shift, early risers staring down plates of whipped cream topped waffles, chocolate chip pancakes, and eggs over easy.

The place is also popular with the Hollywood South crowd, expect to see actors, even A-list, but pretend you don’t. Vegan and healthier-type diners arrive at all hours. I usually stroll in post early-birds, before grabbing my favorite booth by the window. It’s my time, after the noise, but before the tourists and college students wake up. Continue reading »

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Sep 012016
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Two back-to-back early-morning armed robberies involving occupants of a light-colored pickup truck are clearly related, and may involve subjects originating from the Gentilly area, New Orleans police said this week. Continue reading »

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Sep 012016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Mitch Landrieu is one smart cookie. Residents all across New Orleans are salivating that their neighborhood streets might get repaired with the $2 billion FEMA allocation, the starting point of the city’s massive $5 billion street rebuilding project. Continue reading »

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Sep 012016
 
Morial read selections from her book and signed copies at Poseidon restaurant on Saint Charles avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Morial read selections from her book and signed copies at Poseidon Restaurant on Saint Charles Avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Wednesday evening (August 31), etiquette expert Carolyn Shelton held a book signing for Sybil Morial at Poseidon Restaurant on Saint Charles Avenue. Morial’s book, “Witness to Change”, discusses topics like education, the Civil Rights movement, and the Morial family’s political involvement. Morial is the wife of the late Ernest Dutch Morial, New Orleans’ first African-American mayor and the mother of former New Orleans mayor Marc Morial. Continue reading »

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Aug 312016
 

Several of the burglaries attributed to a single suspect in the university area between Aug. 21 and Aug. 25. (map via NOPD)

Several of the burglaries attributed to a single suspect in the university area between Aug. 21 and Aug. 25. (map via NOPD)

A prowler in the university area appears to be targeting students’ homes, slipping in open doors to take laptops and occasionally car keys, New Orleans police said this week. Continue reading »

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Aug 312016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Earlier this week Monday evening arrived as it dutifully does, and as it did a twinge of uneasiness ping-ponged my internal clock on into the dusky dusk.  Something was amiss from my weekly regime in the form of a cinematic excursion.  You see, for more dates than not these summer months I attended the (largely free of charge) Orpheum film series; it crescendoed last Tuesday via a revival screening of Steven Spielberg’s 1980s masterpiece Raiders of the Lost Ark.  And when the lights came up after Indy once again successfully avoided melting alongside the Nazis (thanks Ark of the Covenant!), the applause flew and fell, and that was that.  Summer 2016 was over, at least from the point of view of free movies in a stunning, air-conditioned space. Continue reading »

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Aug 312016
 

A man was robbed overnight on South Derbigny Street by an assailant with a shotgun, and a Rally’s employee was robbed of her purse at gunpoint as she left work a few hours later, New Orleans police said Wednesday morning. Continue reading »

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