Nov 302014

Susan Guidry

Susan Guidry

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry will host a holiday fundraiser Wednesday evening for Community Commitment, “a long-standing leader in the Carrollton community” that has expanded its educational services and other programs to a new building on Spruce Street. Continue reading »

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Nov 282014

THe New Church on S. Carrollton and Freret

In order to pay for facility repairs to make the church safer for children, the New Church on South Carrolton and Freret will host a fundraising dinner next weekend with catering by Copeland’s. The event will feature WWL-TV’s Sally Ann Roberts as main speaker, a jazz band, and both a silent and live auction. Tickets are $20 per person. Continue reading »

Nov 272014

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Danae arrived in Arkansas just in time for the annual Thanksgiving dinner at The Brookfield, where Vera, her 88-year old mother, resides. A place card on the table proclaimed “I am thankful for Vera.” It made her also reflect on the many things in New Orleans we are thankful for this year. Continue reading »

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Nov 262014
New Orleans police take the trash can into evidence (after the woman's body was removed) from the alleyway where it was found. (Robert Morris,

New Orleans police take the trash can into evidence (after the woman’s body was removed) from the alleyway where it was found. (Robert Morris,

An unidentified woman was found stabbed to death Wednesday afternoon in a garbage can in an alleyway that runs behind several homes on Danneel Street in Central City, New Orleans police say. Continue reading »

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Nov 262014

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My 11-year-old son used his allowance to purchase a BB gun at Academy Sports & Outdoors on a shopping trip with his grandfather a few weeks ago.

Needless to say, I wasn’t happy about it. My father, who grew up in Rosa, a rural agricultural community in St. Landry Parish, thought nothing of it. He grew up hunting deer, rabbit and whatever else was in season along with his eight brothers and scores of cousins. Back in his day, as kids, they handled real shotguns, not replicas, and missed weeks at a time of school to help his father in the fields. Continue reading »

Nov 262014

New Orleans police are asking the public to help find a suspect wanted for the armed robbery of a Washington Avenue business Tuesday night.armedrobbery

About 7:15 p.m., the suspect entered a Metro PCS located in the 4100 block of Washington Avenue and pointed a gun at the cashier, according to an initial police report. Continue reading »

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Nov 262014
New Freddie Pic copy
With Early Voting underway this week (and Election Day on Dec. 6th), Freddie Charbonnet continues to collect endorsements, notably Councilmember Susan Guidry, who Chairs the Criminal Justice Committee, and Cynthia Samuel, a juvenile and family law attorney and former opponent who received 15% of the vote in the primary.
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Nov 252014

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue play the 2014 VooDoo Experience at City Park. ( file photo by Zach Brien)

Trombone Shorty Tunes for Toys

The Soul Rebels, students from the Trombone Shorty Academy, and a Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews will play a free concert at Tulane’s McAlister Auditorium next week, with a suggested donation of a new toy that will be given to children from the Treme neighborhood during the holiday season. Continue reading »

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Nov 252014

Fresh cut, Frasier fir Christmas trees, wreaths and fresh garland arrive this week at First UU Church located at 5212 Claiborne Ave. (at Jefferson).  This holiday tradition goes back over 25 years in Uptown New Orleans.  All proceeds go to support First UU Church and its various social justice and community service programs.

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Nov 242014

Owen Courreges

Aldous Huxley once wrote that “a fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.”  This helps explain the bizarrely-detailed 25 page anti-smoking ordinance proposed this past Thursday by Councilwomen Latoya Cantrell and Susan Guidry.

Even I didn’t predict the staggering scope of the ordinance.  Instead of being content to simply ban most indoor smoking, already a contentious proposal, the bill seeks to ban most outdoor smoking as well and treats electronic cigarettes, which produce no smoke, the same way as traditional cigarettes.  It contains no exceptions for hookah lounges or cigar bars. Continue reading »

Nov 232014
Ike Jackson advertises for Redfish grill's barbecued oyster poboys. Mr. Jackson appeared in American Horror Story the HBO series Treme. (Zach Brien,

Ike Jackson advertises for Redfish grill’s barbecued oyster poboys. Mr. Jackson appeared in American Horror Story the HBO series Treme. (Zach Brien,

On Sunday afternoon, people packed Oak street gill to gill for po-boys from over 50 different vendors, restaurants and food trucks. Live music from Rebirth Brass Band, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes and others played on various stages on and off of Oak street. Art galleries and shops along Oak street also had their work on display.

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Nov 222014
Stooges Brass Band (Zach Brien,

Stooges Brass Band (Zach Brien,

On Saturday, the 6th annual Second District Blues festival was held in Palmer Park, on the corner of Carrollton and Claiborne. Its a festival benefiting COPS 2, Citizens Organization for Police Support 2. The festival featured music by Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste Jr., Mia Borders, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and the Stooges Brass Band. There were many dining options including the Praline Connection, Ms. Linda’s Yakamein and Crepes A la Carte. Different arts and crafts were available for purchase as well. One of the more unique things about Saturday’s festival was its association with the LASPCA and other dog adoption groups like the Louisiana Boxer Group.

Andre Perry (left) takes his father Robeson's photograph during Mia Borders' performance. Andre seemed like a natural with the camera. (Zach Brien,

Robeson Perry (left) takes his father Andre’s photograph during Mia Borders’ performance. Robeson seemed like a natural with the camera. (Zach Brien,

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