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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Sep 192012
 

The Pigeontown Steppers second-line up Oak Street on Easter Sunday 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

A proposal on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting of the New Orleans City Council would create a new permit and fee for vendors at second-line parades, making them responsible for litter around them and stopping them from selling alcohol at the events. Continue reading »

Sep 192012
 

Jean-Paul Villere

“Have fun seeing Three Doors Down!” echoed outside the Tin Roof Brewery in Baton Rouge one warm Friday eve this past summer as a group left their cohorts behind.  And I laughed and said quietly to myself, Who could have fun seeing Three Doors Down!?”  In fairness I was headed to the very same venue where Three Doors Down was about to play, only not to see them, but the headlining act, ZZ Top.  And to be fair again, I know full well ZZ Top is not everyone’s cup of tea.  Many that know me wonder about my affinity for the “little ol’ band from Texas.”  And so surely there are those that will laugh in my direction should a similar expression of anticipated cheer be thrown out there: “Have fun seeing ZZ Top!” Laugh on, I say, these guys are an American treasure.  Three Doors Down?  Not so much.  But hey, if they keep at for over 40 years with the same members without ever having broken up and still tour and record, then call me.  In the mean time I’ll stick with the three mostly bearded musicians that just released their latest album last week.  Even Oreo took note of this. Continue reading »

Sep 192012
 

Former Mayor Ray Nagin’s “failed efforts to revitalize the hulking former Entergy power plant in the Lower Garden District could turn out to be key to backing up the allegation that Nagin at least tried to help his benefactors,” those who allegedly gave him cash, truckloads of granite, and even a job, reports David Hammer of our partners at WWL-TV.

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Sep 182012
 

City Council District B candidates LaToya Cantrell, Marlon “Buck” Horton, Dana Kaplan and Eric Strachan introduce themselves to the Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association on Tuesday night, prior to heading to a forum sponsored by the Alliance for Good Government. (photos by Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In a rapid series of detailed questions, the four candidates running for the open District B seat on the New Orleans City Council were tested Tuesday night on how well they know their way around city government, from filling potholes to writing the budget. Continue reading »

Sep 182012
 

The Show nightclub on Tchoupitoulas. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After sitting on the docket of the city alcohol board for six months as police conducted raids and investigated shootings nearby, The Show bar on Tchoupitoulas Street in the Lower Garden District abruptly surrendered its liquor license Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »

Sep 182012
 

Tulane University architecture professor John Klingman lives in a century-old Garden District home without air conditioning by choice, controlling the flow of air through the house with shutters, screened windows and constantly fans. After Hurricane Isaac’s power outages prompted widespread reflection on the role of air conditioning in the city, Klingman’s decision and others like him recently drew the interest of Times-Picayune reporter John Pope in an article about the lifestyle.