The invention of gunpowder was an accident. So was plastic. Viagra too. The reinvention of Freret similarly so. Despite decades of best efforts of local government, administration pledges, and the citizenry alike and at large, Freret couldn’t get any measurable play until after Katrina. But to be clear, no one thing has made Freret what it is today. It has taken a village, um, of events, so to speak. But let’s start with the birth of the Freret Street Boxing Gym, established seven years ago. At the time, Freret’s business offerings were basically tattoos, red beans and hardware. Today, as it has been for decades upon decades, the hardware store is still there. But not the tattoos. And not the red beans, either. And, as of the last month, the gym has moved as well — to O.C. Haley Boulevard.
Two college students were robbed Monday evening on Pine Street near Freret, police said.
Major Bonner, 25, was the victim gunned down around 4 p.m. Saturday near Washington Avenue and South Broad Street, the newspaper reported. He was shot multiple times outside a red pickup, and drugs were found nearby, police said in a news release at the time.
The building at 2301 Jackson Avenue that houses Sadie’s Beauty Salon and several apartments caught fire around 9:30 p.m. Monday and sustained heavy damage before it was brought under control shortly before 11 p.m., according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV.
City officials will hold a meeting next week to update Latter Library patrons on ongoing renovation projects.
A free legal clinic for veterans will be held Friday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Lyons Street, sponsored in part by the Young Lawyers Section of the American Bar Association, according to an email from Marshall Hevron.
Warning: I have just returned from New Orleans Comic-Con. Thus, I have not had a great deal of time to research a column topic. What follows may be a random, flowing stream of consciousness , but without the literary pedigree of James Joyce.
New Orleans Comic-Con. There has never been a more wretched hive of nerd and geekiness. Splayed out across numerous booths are enough comic books, posters, steampunk accessories, unapproachable “booth girls,” fake weapons and aging B-list celebrities to choke a bantha.
“Set Your Phasers to Stunning,” the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus’ second annual sci-fi fashion show, will be Saturday, Feb. 11, at The Big Top on Clio Street after the Sparta and Pygmalion parades have passed.
The Opera Guild Home on Prytania Street will have food, drinks, clean bathrooms and a kid’s area during the Hermes, d’Etat and Morpheus parades Feb. 17.
Moldaner’s Camera & Imaging is delighted to announce a new photo exhibit going up at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park in the French Quarter! The exhibit, entitled “New Orleans Music Legends,” opens on Thursday, February 2nd, at the National Park Service location at 916 N. Peters in the French Quarter, featuring work by Charles Ted and Andrea Carin Oliphant. Moldaner’s is proud to have printed this great exhibit.
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It’s chilly out there, so come on in to Fresco Cafe and try the new soup and salad special. For just $9, take your pick of a small Fresco salad (red onion, tomatos, artichokes, mixed greens, balsamic vinegrette dressing) or caesar salad (romaine, shredded parmesan, homemade croutons and homemade caesar dressing) plus your choice of soup of the day: currently, baked potato soup and roasted red pepper gouda. There’s no better or more affordable way to warm up on a cold winter’s afternoon, so come on in and try it today!
Whether you’re looking for a place to grab lunch between classes (Fresco Cafe accepts the Tulane SplashCard and NolaBucks), or need a spot to meet clients or colleagues, Fresco Cafe is the perfect choice. Fresco Cafe is located at 7625 Maple Street, and is open from 11-10 nightly. For more information visit the Fresco Cafe website at http://www.frescocafe.us/, visit their Facebook page, or call 504-862-6363 to place an order. Online ordering is available at http://www.frescoonline.com/.
“These are not just photographs on a wall. These are people, and many families in New Orleans can trace their histories to this place. We’re telling our own stories, as we should be. This is family history, yes, but this is also Louisiana history.”
So says Jennifer Williams, director of the McKenna Museum of African-American Art, and curator of a photography exhibition on predominantly African-American communities in the River Road, “Becoming Home.” Recently extended from its appearance with PhotoNola, and now on view through Mardi Gras, this is a rare, compelling exhibition, and one not to be missed.
By Patti Lapeyre
Just this past Wednesday, four known juveniles were hiding behind bushes in the S. Saratoga/Joseph Street neighborhood after school hours. After questioning, police found one of the four was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet for a violent offense.
With a new playground set to open Monday on the Willow Street campus, Lusher Charter School officials are turning their attention to the next project: a lunch terrace for middle and high school students at the Fortier building on Freret Street.
There’s never been a better time to join the New Orleans Jewish Community Center, but time is running out. From now until the end of the month, the JCC is waiving the joining fee on ALL new memberships at both the Uptown and Metairie locations, a savings of up to $125! With new facilities in the gym, new classes and camps, and new events and programming for the whole family, the JCC has your new year covered.
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