Bon to the jour, 2014 Carnival people! You may or may not know that the powers that be — read, your New Orleans City Council — have seen it in their infinite wisdom to make this Mardi Gras season one of change. “How so?” you may ask. That is, if you missed all the fuss last month? Before we roll through my standard top 20 we publish annually, in short here are the new rules and ordinances, with a few editorial embellishments:
Need help with your taxes and don’t know where to start?
The Loyola University College of Law is offering to assist people with low to moderate income in their tax preparation for free, now through April 10.
As the Spanish-American Church heads back to the New Orleans City Council this week for another request to tear down their decaying building on Sophie Wright Place, neighbors and members of the Coliseum Square Association hope the stalemate over the building will lead to stronger enforcement of blight laws against neglectful nonprofits.
As the celebrities and athletes who came to town to party during the NBA All-Star Weekend board planes heading back to their posh lives — after they Instagram images of themselves looking fabulous and doing fabulous things like eating beignets and shooting hoops with underprivileged youth — New Orleans remains as bloody as ever.
A panel of experts will discuss violations of human rights and the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Wednesday evening at Loyola University.
You now have more time to get your sing-along on! Dat Dog has moved the Jingle Contest Entry deadline from March 10th to April 14th.
Also, make the carnival season delicious with Parade Packs from us. Don’t show up empty handed at your favorite Mardi Gras parade party; call Dat Dog on Magazine at 504.324.2226 or Freret at 504.899.6883, and be the most popular guest on the route.
The Jefferson City Buzzards, an all-male Mardi Gras krewe, took the streets of Uptown Sunday afternoon in their finest women’s apparel for their annual practice parade. On Mardi Gras Day, the Buzzards march on St. Charles Ave. in between Zulu and Rex.
A 31-year-old man killed by a New Orleans police officer Sunday morning in Hollygrove was hit by four bullets — two on the arm, one on the ankle and one on his torso — and only the shot to the torso was considered a life-threatening injury, according to coroner’s findings released by the NOPD.
The past twenty years have seen the popularization of a relatively new word: Disneyfication. The Wikipedia article on Disneyfication defines it as “a term which describes the transformation of something, usually society at large, to resemble The Walt Disney Company’s theme parks.”
Many people, including me, have linked this concept to policies coming from New Orleans City Hall.
Those of you who went to see the Krewe du Vieux parade Saturday evening were greeted by a float emblazoned: “Dizneylandrieu.” Beneath a caricature of Mitch Landrieu as Mickey Mouse, Krewe members dubbed “Mitchkateers” distributed maps of “mayor-approved adventure[s] in the Gentrified Kingdom.”
A man was killed Saturday evening in a shooting on Lowerline Street just off of Earhart Boulevard in Gert Town, police said.
In a scene reminiscent of the game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”, the Lusher Charter School governing board sat down Saturday morning and took the new standardized tests that students will face this spring. The stakes were much higher, however, as the exercise helped the board members understand the concerns educators have with the new tests.
In a separate issue, school officials discussed the upcoming renovations of the Lusher High School building, and the need for modular classrooms on campus to accommodate students during the project.
The Jesuit Tampa Schola and Chamber Orchestra, a touring group from Jesuit High School in Tampa, will perform Gregorian Chant and polyphony, promoting Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI’s “vision of the liturgy”, during the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Stephen Church on Sunday (Feb. 16).
Learn fermentation techniques for homemade sourdough bread and kefir with culinary expert, Tara Whitsitt at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum at 1 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 15).
Signing up for healthcare can get complicated, and visiting a doctor’s office is never fun. Luckily the Delassize Community Garden will host a free pop-up clinic providing medical testing services and more this Saturday Feb. 5 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
It has been exactly a year since I was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma, having fairly large tumors in my lung and my abdomen. The good news is that I feel great and I have less cancer in me today than I did a year ago. The bad news is that I still have one large tumor and, as of today, there is no cure.
I already knew what was ahead for me as I sat in the doctor’s office on Feb. 7, 2013, listening to him confirm that the lung tumor biopsy results showed my melanoma had returned, three years after I had it removed from my face. The lymph nodes had come back clear, and my dermatologist and I were celebrating moving the big decrease in the chances it would return — except, unbeknownst to us, it already had. I knew the percentages of patients with melanoma metastasis to the lungs who survive one, two and five years are 33%, 18% and 10%, respectively. I also knew there was hope, with many stage IV survivors out there and ground breaking new treatments on the horizon.
But more than anything, I knew I felt good and I needed to get to 8th & St Charles and start setting up for the Muses parade that night before there were no spots left.
Still haven’t put your costume together for Krewe Du Vieux? If you are looking for what you need to “Macgyver” a unique Mardi gras costume, Cree’s Cheap Chic is having a costume sale blow-out for a limited time this weekend.