Apr 252012
 

Jean-Paul Villere

Among other highlights of this year’s JazzFest?  Why, the premiere of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the Fairgrounds, of course.  That’s right: premiere.  The band has played the city many times before but never in this setting, and while I’m not saying I had a hand in their headlining this coming Saturday, I’m, well, er – - - that’s exactly what I’m saying.  About a year ago, I lamented in this very column the fact the band had never played the festival, among other national acts I hope will be corrected one day soon (insert robust coughs here overlaid with a hearty and throaty “Beck! Beck! Beck!”).  And voila, a year later it’s happening.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe in coincidences.  And maybe just maybe it just might be a coincidence (if you believe in them), and if so, then just chalk me up as having my thumb on the pulse of what’s what and not the impetus for this gig. Continue reading »

Apr 242012
 

A beagle named Maggie plays with a tennis ball at sunset Wednesday at Wisner Park. Maggie's owner, William Thacker, says he'd love for NORD to convert a vacant lot nearby into a new place for Maggie to play. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Vacant publicly-owned property or portions of existing parks around New Orleans could become as many as 20 new fenced-off play areas for dogs, officials told Uptown residents at a meeting Wednesday evening. Continue reading »

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Apr 242012
 

The most recent revisions to the proposed LaSalle school redevelopment won over city planning commissioners Tuesday afternoon, but a sandwich shop proposed for Maple Street split the commission and a request for alcohol sales at a Jackson Avenue chicken-wings restaurant was deferred for two weeks. Continue reading »

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Apr 242012
 

The sexton's cottage at Carrollton Cemetery No. 1 is slated to be torn down and replaced as part of improvements to the site. (photo via Preservation Resource Center, blog.prcno.org)

The city is planning improvements to two cemeteries on Washington Avenue, two in Carrollton and one on Valence Street, but part of the work includes tearing down the historic maintenance cottages at several of those locations. Continue reading »

Apr 242012
 

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Now under new ownership, Parcels and Post is located at 5721 Magazine St between Jefferson and Nashville. Open Mon – Fri 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-2pm, Parcels and Post has lots of parking in the back, making it easy to get your shipping done and on with your day. For more information call 504-891-8402 or visit parcelsandpost.com.

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Apr 232012
 

Owen Courreges

New Orleans received a shout-out last week in the Wall Street Journal from an unlikely source: Joel Kotkin, professor of Urban Studies at Chapman University and one of the nation’s leading demographers. According to Mr. Kotkin, we are doing some things right that put his own state of California to shame.

Mr. Kotkin observed that in the past two decades, nearly 4 million more people have left California than have migrated from other states. Kotkin largely blames government for this state of affairs, particularly development restrictions that artificially limit housing supply. Continue reading »

Apr 232012
 

Architect's rendering of the LaSalle school on Perrier redeveloped into condominiums (via lasallenola.com)

The redevelopment of the former LaSalle School, alcohol sales at a Jackson Avenue chicken-wings restaurant, the carwash on Tchoupitoulas, a residential project on Napoleon, a proposed restaurant on Maple Street and a retail development on Carondelet under the expressway will all be going before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, according to the meeting agenda. Continue reading »

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Apr 232012
 

The governing board of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Monday, April 23) to decide on adding a second grade to the school next year and to appoint the school’s general director as a non-voting member of the board, according to the meeting agenda. The meeting will be at 5401 S. Claiborne Ave.

Apr 232012
 

Transform NOLA is excited to offer TRX, the same workout used by none other than Drew Brees! TRX is a functional, resistance-based workout that uses your own body weight as an instrument — anyone can use it, and since it’s your body, YOU have full control over how challenging you want it to be. With an emphasis on core strength, your performance will improve in all your activities.

With a special introductory rate of $10 for the first class, there’s never been a better time to transform your life. Let Transform NOLA help you take the first step. Keep reading for more details.

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Apr 222012
 

Craig Giesecke

I try to be reasonably non-controversial in this column because I spent roughly 30 years or so in the news business, dealing with everything from politics to police stuff to education to you-name-it on a daily basis. Basically, I tired of writing stuff that too often made readers/listeners angry, so I went into the food business in hopes of making them smile and, usually, that’s what happens. Life is much better for everyone.

But this week’s topic is so controversial, so close-to-heart, so subjective and so….so….personal that I’ve had to think for all of 20 minutes or so as to whether to even bring up the subject.

I am talking about hamburgers (gasps and audible shudders heard from audience). Continue reading »

Apr 222012
 

Benjamin Morris

Picture this: the sun high overhead, the sounds of the river all around you, the feel of soft grass underneath you, shade trees lining the path, and the smells of picnics and barbecues wafting in from across the pitch. Yes, it’s summertime — spring was a blip, that one week of perfect high pressure we had last month — and what better place to go and celebrate New Orleans’ official longest season than a spot that brings together so much of its natural beauty in one place?

I’m talking, of course, about the Fly.

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Apr 212012
 

Orleans Parish schools could be receive less money from the state per-pupil next year than in years past because of the new private-school voucher program recently signed by the governor, and Audubon School officials are concerned about how that will impact next year’s budget. Continue reading »