Sep 242012
 

Owen Courreges

The debate over live music continues in New Orleans.  The latest volley was lobbed by Kermit Ruffins, New Orleans’ premiere jazz trumpeter, who presumably needs no further introduction.  From his Facebook page, Ruffins has announced a meeting this Wednesday to discuss “a plan of [action] to stop the city from taking live entertainment away from small clubs.”

Ruffin’s announcement coincided roughly with three developments: 1) Ruffin’s Mother-In-Law Lounge received its rezoning and permitting for live music; 2) Mimi’s in the Marigny canceled its live music schedule; and, 3) Siberia lounge announced it would be resuming live music in October with obscenely expensive one-shot event permits.

Accordingly, Ruffins is sitting pretty.  Everybody else, not so much. Continue reading »

Sep 222012
 

The floor of the library is bare after being replaced, and furniture remains stacked in the center of the room out of workers’ way Saturday morning at Audubon Charter School’s Carrollton campus main building. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Hurricane Isaac broke a hole through the ceiling of Audubon Charter School’s Carrollton campus main building, flooding the library, and also heavily damaged the roofs of several portable classrooms. Now, school officials hope to have the library repairs finished this coming week and that the roof repairs can be done without costing any more classroom time. Continue reading »

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Sep 222012
 

The Young Men Olympian Junior Benevolent Association will hold its 128th annual second line Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. at the club’s hall on South Liberty and looping around Louisiana Avenue, South Claiborne and Martin Luther King Boulevard, touted by Gambit’s Big Red Cotton as “the biggest, most exciting second line of the season.” See her post at Gambit for turn-by-turn details.

Sep 222012
 

Craig Giesecke

Last week I had the chance to go out to Tulane to watch a showing of “Nine Lives,” the Paul Sanchez musical production of a Dan Baum book dealing with our part of the world and a particular view of how things were from Hurricane Betsy in 1965 to Katrina, 40 years later. It’s a delightful show, and here’s hoping it is successful as a would-be Broadway production in the coming year or so.

As is often the case when I go see local music (not nearly as often as I’d like), I get to thinking about how much in common our local restaurant operators have with our local musicians. We’re in a city known mainly as a food and art mecca, and we’ve produced a series of folks known worldwide for their expertise and innovation in both arenas. But while such international stars (Lagasse and Neville, Prudhomme and Armstrong, etc.) have their draws, the attraction remains the smaller venues and Who’s Next — who might be doing world-class work in some dive or tiny place. Continue reading »

Sep 212012
 

As Bricolage Academy works its way through the application process this fall to launch a new charter school next year, its founders are hosting a nationally known education journalist to discuss the education research described in her book “The Good School: How Smart Parents Get Their Children the Education They Deserve.” Continue reading »

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Sep 212012
 

Prep-school students, business people, “uptowner” types, fitness instructors and female motorcyclists dressed in the styles of the early 1990s are among the parts needed for a new Spike Lee joint that will have a casting call from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday afternoon at Ashe Cultural Center, 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., according to a post at the NOLA Black Professionals blog.

Sep 212012
 

The seventh annual Rising Tide conference at Xavier University on Saturday will feature panel discussions on the future of media in New Orleans, the commodification of the city’s culture, its ongoing experiment in public education, the role of neighborhood associations, parenting, the environment and entrepreneurship. Authors Lawrence Powell and Lolis Eric Elie will give keynote addresses. Continue reading »

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Sep 202012
 

Rich Varuso of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers illustrates the area around the levee that will must cleared of trees. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A map of the levee-raising project shows the construction zone near the railroad tracks, well away from some of the park’s most popular recreational amenities.

The ballfields and gazebos at Audubon’s riverfront recreation area and even the trees that hang over the Mississippi River will all remain undisturbed and accessible during the year-long project to raise the Carrollton levee, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assured residents Thursday night, and although the “unofficial” dog park nearby will be closed off during construction, it may emerge as an official dog park after the project. Continue reading »

Sep 202012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Millions of Americans are surely shaking their heads this week, wondering why someone on Mitt Romney’s staff hasn’t explained to him that when you’re a Presidential candidate, nothing is “off the record” or “personal and confidential.” Continue reading »

Sep 192012
 

At left, School Board candidate Jason Coleman (left) speaks to a member of the Alliance for Good Government after a Wednesday night forum. At right, incumbent School Board member Woody Koppel (far right) thanks alliance president Mark Vicknair for the group’s endorsement. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The difference in how District 6 Orleans Parish School Board member Woody Koppel and challenger Jason Coleman describe the state of the school system is almost like asking whether the glass is half full or half empty. Continue reading »

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Sep 192012
 

Barely a month into the school year at New Orleans Science and Math High School, Dr. Richard Best announced his resignation as school director last week following a nearly two-hour closed-door session with the school board, reports Erin Krall of The Lens’ charter school reporting corps. Board members did not explain his resignation at the meeting, but voted to maintain the leadership of academic director Claire Jecklin and student-development director Chana Benenson, Krall reported.

Best, a former professor of education in Chicago, arrived at the school in February of this year to begin preparing for the 2012-13 year.

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