May 022012
 

Jean-Paul Villere

I am a recovering hoarder. I just am. I’ve slid back a few times, and rebuilding for years after Katrina I felt to be on par with the path of excess leading to the palace of wisdom. Between cast-off architectural salvage pieces to simply the strewn-about trappings of our daily lives in front of gutted houses, those days weren’t so much a test of will as they were a competition with myself. On a daily basis with my long departed ratty old truck invariably I’d return home each evening with amazing things often more interesting than the day before. Doors. Molding. Bricks. Patio furniture. More doors. Books. Lots of books. Framed art. Sculpture. Or just random boxes filled with ceramics, flatware, or even laserdiscs. Continue reading »

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May 022012
 

As police investigate a fatal shooting at a party at Second and Clara streets in Central City, someone watches from a window over a table with a balloon-pattern tablecloth and a scooter discarded on the sidewalk. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A man was shot to death Tuesday evening in Central City at a party in front of more than a dozen children, police and witnesses said. Continue reading »

May 012012
 

Ongoing construction at the Crocker Arts and Technology School on Marengo Street in the Milan neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Encore Academy, the newest charter school to open in Uptown New Orleans, will spend its first year in the “brand new, state of the art” building under construction for Crocker Arts and Technology School in the Milan neighborhood, officials said Tuesday night. Continue reading »

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May 012012
 

The Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association will holds its monthly meeting at 6:45 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, May 1) at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 616 Eleonore Street. Discussion will include an update on Johnny V’s restaurant, the city’s outdoor film screening program and the status of upgrades to the association’s website.

May 012012
 

Encore Academy, the charter school opening this fall with an emphasis on music and individualized instruction, will hold its first board meeting tonight since receiving approval to share space next year with the Crocker Arts and Technology School site in the Milan neighborhood. Continue reading »

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May 012012
 

A band member from the St. Augustine Marching 100 plays in the Battle of the Bands for the Instruments A-Comin' benefit at Tipitina's on Monday evening. The event raises money to provide instruments to New Orleans schools. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An O. Perry Walker student plays at the end of the Battle of the Bands at Tipitina's Instruments A-Comin' benefit. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Apr 302012
 

State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, shown during a March 2011 meeting in the Irish Channel, has been an outspoken critic of Gov. Bobby Jindal. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The legislator who represents most of Uptown in the state Senate will lead the Louisiana Democratic Party for the next four years after an election Saturday. Continue reading »

Apr 302012
 

Police are seeking the man in this photo for an alleged shoplifting at the Family Dollar on South Carrollton Avenue. (image via NOPD)

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man accused of stealing $76 worth of soap from the Family Dollar store on South Carrollton Avenue and, in a separate case, a wig-wearing man who tried unsuccessfully to rob a convenience store on South Claiborne Avenue.

In another unrelated case, a suspicious-person call in the Garden District led to the discovery of a gun that had just been stolen, authorities said. Continue reading »

Apr 302012
 

Owen Courreges

“You might beat the rap, but you won’t beat the ride.”

That’s what she told me. She was right, of course. I was being stubborn, doing something I normally advise people not to do: resting on my rights and the fact that I was doing absolutely nothing illegal. So like a mule, I stayed put on the corner, doing nothing and minding my own business. Continue reading »

Apr 282012
 

An unusual mugging in the Irish Channel in which a victim was forced at gunpoint to remove his pants was repeated a day later in the French Quarter, according to Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV.

Meanwhile, despite two robbery-related arrests in the area this week, yet another mugging took place at Washington and Chippewa about 2 a.m. Friday, the same place where a woman was robbed at gunpoint 48 hours earlier.

Apr 282012
 

Craig Giesecke

Here we are at JazzFest time once again and the city is full of tourists in Hawaiian shirts and unusual headgear. It’s also the one time of the year many locals tend to look and act like tourists because they can get away with it.

JazzFest is a tremendous boon to the city’s economic engine, but only one of many we’re seeing before next year’s Super Bowl. We’re seriously glad about and appreciative of the influx of business. Thank you. Those of us in the service industry are literally here to serve and our goal is for all of us to have a good time while doing it. There are few greater feelings for a restaurant crew than to look back on the day/evening and think, “Wow. I made some money AND had a good time with some really nice folks.”

In the interest of everyone having a good time and being served as expeditiously and professionally as possible, I offer a few tips to those planning on dining out during this busy time of the year: Continue reading »

Apr 272012
 

Nia Watson, 19, holds a stuffed animal as she watches the anti-crime march pass the house where her brother-in-law, Brandon Baker, was recently shot to death. Messages to Brandon are written all over the front of the house. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Led by the Sophie B. Wright band, police and residents walk together through Hollygrove on Wednesday in a march against crime. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Apr 272012
 

Errol T. George will be appointed Thursday to serve as the City Councilman for District B after Councilwoman Stacy Head takes the oath of office Wednesday as the council’s new at-large member, the city announced Friday morning. He will not be eligible to run for the seat on a permanent basis in the fall. Continue reading »

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Apr 272012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Everyone has a “what was I thinking?” moment when gazing into the depths of their closet. You know the feeling — bought it even though it didn’t fit, talked yourself into since it was on sale, or shelled out an exorbitant amount of money for the latest trend that you now hate. Before sending it off to the thrift store, you might want to sell it to recoup some of the cost. Continue reading »

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Apr 272012
 

Starting with the historic Bohn Ford building, the four buildings at the intersection of Washington and Broad will see a major transformation over the coming year, including space for a community clinic, a entrepreneurship incubator, a new location for Laurel Street bakery and other retail and office space, reports Scott Satchfield of our partners at WWL-TV:

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