Nov 032015
 
The Super Dome’s designated smoking and vaping area during halftime of the Saints-Falcons game on October 15, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Crescent City Vape.)

The Super Dome’s designated smoking and vaping area during halftime of the Saints-Falcons game on October 15, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Crescent City Vape.)

By Brendan Frost

Sean Partridge, the owner of Crescent City Vape on Magazine Street — and my boss at the store — was at the Thursday night Saints-Falcons game when halftime rolled around and he felt like having a vape. Since the New Orleans City Council passed the indoor smoking and vaping ban that took effect on April 22, Saints fans who want to vape must step outside into the designated smoking area that hugs the Super Dome.

“You’re not allowed to leave the stadium and come back,” Sean said. “So you have to go to this area closed off with police barricades. It’s a group of rowdy people packed in shoulder-to-shoulder, and almost every single person is smoking cigarettes.” Continue reading »

Nov 022015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

“Citizens of New Orleans, as your mayor, I am mindful of the ever-increasing cost-of-living in our fair city. Wages are not keeping pace, and many of our most economically vulnerable workers feel that they can no longer afford to live here.”

“For too long, your elected leaders have not only ignored this problem, but abetted it. Today, I pledge to ensure that we do better by our citizens – that we make their lives easier, not more difficult.”

You can file the above under “Things Mayor Landrieu Will Never Say.” Under his watch, the cost of pretty much everything has skyrocketed. Taxes, water rates, fees – they’re all higher. If Landrieu has the slightest notion of how this has affected the lives of the people he serves, he hasn’t been inclined to show it. Continue reading »

Oct 312015
 
Thomas Warren of Hillary Street waits for trick-or-treaters in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Thomas Warren of Hillary Street waits for trick-or-treaters in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Any trick-or-treaters willing to brave the dire weather warnings for New Orleans are invited to join Hillary and Cherokee Street residents for their 10th annual Halloween block party. Continue reading »

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Oct 302015
 

casa borrega dia de los muertos

Casa Borrega will be celebrating Dia de los Muertos early this year with a free masquerade event featuring live Latin dance music by Freddy Omar con Su Banda this Halloween. Food and drink will be on sale, and the entire restaurant will be turned into a multimedia Dia de los Muertos installation. Continue reading »

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Oct 292015
 
New Orleans police investigate a robbery at the Metro PCS store on Louisiana Avenue at Baronne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police investigate a robbery at the Metro PCS store on Louisiana Avenue at Baronne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The clerk of a Metro PCS cell-phone store were forced to the floor at gunpoint in an armed robbery on Louisiana Avenue early Thursday afternoon, police and witnesses said.

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Oct 292015
 
Children trick or treating at the corner of St. Charles and State St. Sunday evening.

Children trick-or-treating at the corner of St. Charles and State St.

 

The City Of New Orleans is recommending that residents move trick-or-treating and other Halloween activities to Friday, Oct. 30, due to the weather this weekend. The suggested activitiy time is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Oct 292015
 
Thibodeaux School of Music spooky fun night

(via Thibodeaux School of Music)

The Thibodeaux School of Music is hosting a spooky fun night for children of all ages today, Oct. 29. There will be trick-or-treating in the Thibodeaux classrooms, and the Thibodeaux faculty will be playing spooky musical sounds.

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Oct 292015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Dr. Jeffery Rouse, New Orleans’ recently elected Coroner, is one of the standouts among a new generation of leaders in the city.

He is bringing sunshine, energy and a new concept of community service to an office that had become a medical slum under former Coroner Dr. Frank Minyard. Dr. Rouse brings great academic credentials to the office – a 1992 Jesuit High School valedictorian and a Duke University Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Rouse is energetic, optimistic and visionary. He is completely reorganizing the office and has convinced fellow Jesuit alum Mayor Mitch Landrieu to grant a 23-percent budget increase to the perennially underfunded Coroner’s Office. In December, if all goes well, the Coroner’s Office will move to spiffy new quarters in the under-construction Forensics Center on Earhart Boulevard. Continue reading »

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Oct 292015
 
Acrylic on canvas painting by George Rodrigue (New Orleans, 1944-2013), titled Springtime in Louisiana (est. $30,000-$40,000)

Acrylic on canvas painting by George Rodrigue (New Orleans, 1944-2013), titled Springtime in Louisiana (est. $30,000-$40,000)

Original artworks by George Rodrigue (Am., 1944-2013) and Herman Frederik Van Hengel (Dutch, 1705-1785), plus a very large American sterling center bowl, are just a few of the featured items in a two-day, 1,484-lot estates auction slated for Nov. 7 and 8 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.

Start times both days will be 9 a.m. Categories will include French and American period furniture, original artworks (many by New Orleans and regional artists), sterling silver, antique clocks, wonderful mirrors, estate jewelry, vintage lamps and lighting, Russian icons and more. Internet bidding will be facilitated by both LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Continue reading »

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Oct 282015
 
The Innovators Barber Shop on South Claiborne Avenue was robbed at gunpoint on Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Innovators Barber Shop on South Claiborne Avenue was robbed at gunpoint on Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Rodney James (via opsco.org)

Rodney James (via opsco.org)

Jacolby Jarvis (via opcso.org)

Jacolby Jarvis (via opcso.org)

Two armed men were arrested Tuesday night in connection with the weekend’s armed robberies of the Jazz Daiquiri Lounge and Innovators Barber Shop, and one of the suspects was found with a gun taken from the lounge robbery, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Oct 272015
 
A rendering of the interior of the Parkway Apartments (image by Harry Baker Smith Architects via nola.gov)

A rendering of the interior of the Parkway Apartments (image by Harry Baker Smith Architects via nola.gov)

Two major residential development projects in the Irish Channel and Broadmoor received initial approval from the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, but both with fewer units than the developers had originally proposed. Continue reading »