Oct 222012

Owen Courreges

D.J. Luddite is no more.

Some explanation is required.  My day-to-day persona is that of Owen Courreges, Attorney at Law.   However, on Thursday evenings I have been breaking out my 1923 Brunswick suitcase phonograph at the Bayou Bar in the Hotel Pontchartrain.  There, I play 78 rpm records as my alter ego – D.J. Luddite (because D.J. Luddite eschews modern technology).

It’s kind of like Garth Brooks and his rock alter ego Chris Gaines, only far less lame and pretentious.  Well, at least less pretentious.

However, for the past few weeks I’ve been absent.  Music has been silenced at Bayou Bar.  This is regrettable, because Bayou Bar has a storied history in the music community.  Reportedly Cole Porter played here somewhat inconsistently on weekends for about twelve years.  Frank Sinatra and Frankie Lane used Bayou Bar as their watering hole, and are even rumored to have performed on occasion. Continue reading »

Oct 202012

In this photo from Aug. 31, the preliminary demolition work at the rear of Audubon Charter’s Broadway campus is visible after Hurricane Isaac knocked down a the construction screen. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Charter School has been approved to start construction on its Broadway campus expansion after nearly a year of uncertainty surrounding a lawsuit filed by neighbors, school officials said Saturday morning.

“We’re happy, happy people,” said Alisa Dupre, the school operation and facilities manager. “We’re ready to be occupants of the building again.” Continue reading »

Oct 202012

Craig Giesecke

I was at work the other day and a friend came in to get a few items. We were talking in front of the chef case, where all the gorgeous stuffed pork loin, herb-crusted salmon and other stuff is displayed. He commented on how great it all looked, but then asked me, “Don’t you get bored making the same stuff every day?”

Well, yes and no. Continue reading »

Oct 192012

The organization surrounding alleged crime lord Telly Hankton in Central City “murdered rival drug dealers, intimidated witnesses, attempted to obstruct the state criminal justice system by having associates provide false alibi testimony in state court, and murdered a witness’ family member in an effort to obstruct justice,” writes Brendan McCarthy of our partners at WWL-TV in a report on the family’s federal indictment Friday afternoon. Members of his family, including his mother, were detained in an early morning roundup in the 1900 block of Josephine, McCarthy reports.

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Oct 192012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Everyone at some point gets that dreaded little letter in the mail, with two words stamped on the front in unmistakable red letters: JURY SUMMONS.  Having never been called to serve jury duty until this past month, a string of expletives left my mouth when I found that little love note from Orleans Parish in the mailbox. It couldn’t have come at a worse time: October is absolutely the busiest month of the year for me. There’s New Orleans Fashion Week to attend, Halloween costumes to sew, and given I work in a retail store that sells costumes, we are really damn busy. Like “curl into the fetal position under the bathroom sink after the shift” type of busy.  But instead of trying to lie and weasel my way out of it, I chalked it up to my civic duty, sucked it up, and went. Continue reading »

Oct 192012

The deaths this week in Gert Town of two small children allegedly at the hands of their mother, 23-year-old Chelsea Thornton, continues to reflect on the treatment of the mentally ill in New Orleans, as family members described the woman as bipolar and schizophrenic but recently off her medication, according to a report by Scott Satchfield and our partners at WWL-TV.

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Oct 192012

Thousands attend the First Annual Children’s Book Festival at Milton H. Latter Memorial Library in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Uptown New Orleans festival calendar is crowded this weekend with compelling options that include the Children’s Book Festival at Latter Library, the Seventh Annual Broadmoor Festival and the annual Fall Fête at Audubon Charter School. Continue reading »

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Oct 192012

By Dana Kaplan

New Orleans is a unique city in many ways, one of which is the way our city government and representation is structured. Cities much smaller than New Orleans have twice as many City Council members, which allows them to specialize on different issues. The relatively small number of New Orleans City Council members requires each member to have a broad-based knowledge on nearly every issue from education to infrastructure, blight and ethics to job creation.

That’s why I’ve released a comprehensive platform on my website www.danakaplannola.com. I want voters and residents of District B to know how I intend to address the multitude of challenges and issues facing our city. Continue reading »

Oct 182012

Construction continues on the first floor of the Neighborhood Housing Services building on Freret Street, where the PubliQ House will open next month. (photo by Marta Jewson for UptownMessenger.com)

Article by Marta Jewson, for UptownMessenger.com

Funky Butt Jazz Club owner Shanekah Peterson will reopen her storied establishment at a new location on Freret Street at the end of this year, part of the next wave of new business openings on the corridor that also includes another cocktail bar, an upscale sandwich counter and a coffee shop. Continue reading »

Oct 182012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

With less than three weeks before the Presidential event, the voters are beginning to make a more firm decision on their choice for president. At the moment President Obama may have a slight lead over Mitt Romney but they are so close within the margin of error that either could be victorious on Election Day.

And yet they are so different on the major issues that affect every one of us every day, like the economy, for example, and health care. All indicators show that the economy is starting to rebound – slowly- but still moving in the right direction thanks to cyclical patters of business and probably not because of anything special President Obama did. Yet who among us does not know a family whose breadwinner has been laid off causing great stress and fear? Continue reading »

Oct 172012

Tulane sent members of the university community emails and text alerts about “reports of shots fired” and urging them to seek shelter Wednesday afternoon, but a few minutes later issued a statement that no shooting incident had taken place and that the messages were inadvertently sent during a test of a new system. Continue reading »

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Oct 172012

An officer emerges from the upstairs apartment where two children were found dead Wednesday evening in the 3300 block of Audubon Court. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Chelsea Thornton (via opcso.org)

A 23-year-old woman shot her 3-year-old son and then drowned her 4-year-old daughter in the bathtub of a Gert Town apartment Wednesday, then took a bus to the hospital with complaints of a stomach ache, police said. Continue reading »

Oct 172012

Dana Kaplan is surrounded by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond and other elected officials Wednesday afternoon in a news conference announcing their endorsements. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A week after grabbing attention with the largest remaining fundraising war chest, Dana Kaplan bolstered her campaign for the open District B seat on the New Orleans City Council by announcing endorsements Wednesday from Mayor Mitch Landrieu, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond and five other prominent elected officials.

“I’m very excited by this broad base of support,” Kaplan said after the news conference. “I didn’t run for office knowing I would get it.” Continue reading »