Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans (LFNO) proudly presents Fête de la Musique, an evening of French and New Orleans music, food, and revelry Sunday, March 11th at Generations Hall. The All Star concert featuring New Orleans funk superstars Galactic, bands Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, and cellist Helen Gillet promises to be an event you won’t want to miss!
If you keep up with trendy Southern magazines they way I do, you might have noticed the diatribe in the latest issue of Oxford American by editor Marc Smirnoff, thoughtfully bashing his competition, Garden & Gun. In a nutshell, he calls G&G out for being a romanticized glossy for rich, white people. If you aren’t familiar with the publications, Oxford American touts itself as the “Southern magazine of good writing” and Garden & Gun is “the soul of the South.”
“As a community, there’s a target on each and every one of our backs,” Pastor John Rafael of New Hope Baptist Church says as he takes his anti-crime message to the streets of Central City, in this report by Monica Hernandez and our partners at WWL-TV.
Angela Mannino, a soprano seen in this season’s New Orleans Opera performance of “A Masked Ball,” will give a free concert this evening as part of a vocal series at Tulane University.
The investigation into a Carrollton-area car theft earlier this week led police to three teen suspects believed to have been responsible for a series of armed robberies in January that involved the use of pepper spray against the victims, authorities said.
With a number of recent arrests, police are hoping the rash of burglaries and thefts around the Carrollton area over the last month will finally begin to slow.
Councilmember Stacy Head, a candidate for the New Orleans City Council at Large seat in the March 24 election, today announced a five-point action plan that will make New Orleans families safer.
“It is abundantly clear that the voters of New Orleans consider crime the number one issue facing them,” said Councilmember Head. “I want to help solve that problem. If we can make families safer, we will build stronger neighborhoods, attract new businesses and create jobs,” she continued.
As the torturous Republican Presidential Primary trail winds its way toward a still-uncertain finish, the Louisiana GOP preferential primary on March 24 is assuming increasing interest and it may have the nation’s full attention if front-runner Mitt Romney continues to struggle.
Bobby Sanabria, a renowned percussionist who has played with numerous jazz legends, will present a free lecture and performance at Loyola University tonight tracing the evolution of an Afro-Cuban rhythm pattern into the modern day.
Robberies have increased citywide, but the Carrollton and university area has seen a particular surge in robberies during the last few months, prompting a town hall meeting Tuesday from Loyola, Tulane and NOPD Second District police officials explaining new security measures being taken.
Freret’s little hot-dog-stand-that-could will soon be graduating to bigger and better, just a stone’s throw across the street. Relative newcomer and sausage sensation Dat Dog opens its doors at 5030 Freret in maybe two weeks. And while this is not news to many who traverse this commercial stretch of road, the fact that this business that has attained so much notoriety in such little time that its expansion takes place a mere 13 months since first opening demonstrates a vibrance and draw that no one – possibly not even its owners – could have foreseen. I mean, hot dogs!?
Tulane and Loyola universities and the New Orleans Police Department will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, March 6) about public safety issues around the Uptown area.
The Hangar, a nightclub in Gert Town at 1511 South Rendon Street, was cited by state Alcohol and Tobacco Control agents after a Saturday-night raid found a half-dozen minors in possession of alcohol, younger teens inside the bar and other violations, police said.
Classes on memoir writing, Shakespeare, fiction, democracy and philosophy all start their six-week run this week as the spring semester of Chatauqua New Orleans begins in a variety of Uptown locations.
For more information, see the Chatauqua website.
“I dropped the babies off this morning with their innocence still intact,” reflects Clifton Harris, a blogger and a KIPP Central City Primary parent, discussing Friday’s shooting death of a KIPP Central City Academy student. “I was hoping that when I picked them up today I wouldn’t be put in a position to have a conversation that may take that away.”
Ones that creep, crawl and cry,
Ones that howl, hurt and terrify,
Ones that live in the deep dark hole
That feed on your flesh, as well as your soul.
People tell me they aren’t real,
But I greatly disagree,
For monsters who hurt and cause so much pain
Aren’t always ones with horns and fangs.
Yet they are the ones that creep and lie,
That destroys, hurt and terrify
They live in the holes of our depression
And they consume our souls; a monsters impression.
— Tiane Marie Oliver
This poem was written by a 13-year-old girl who has suffered greatly with depression since Hurricane Katrina and read aloud by her mother at the conclusion of the most recent City Council mental health committee meeting. On the panel that day were those who govern our mental health care discussing the impending closure of emergency and acute mental health services at the LSU Interim Hospital as a means of balancing their recent budget. However, as the poem was read, most who are responsible for making these cuts had already left the room to return to their enclosed offices in the bowels of City Hall — shut away from the reality of this nightmare soon to wreak havoc on our city streets.
An investigation into gunfire reported just off the Freret commercial corridor late Monday morning led police to a hidden assault rifle, a bag of heroin and nearly $9,000 in cash, authorities said.
Ricky Summers, 16, was fatally shot in the back Friday behind an abandoned house in the 2200 block of Terpsichore, but his body was not found until the next day, reports Katie Moore of our partners at WWL-TV.
Councilmember Stacy Head has attended dozens of meetings in diverse neighborhoods across the city with individual citizens, neighborhood organizations and businesses to learn more about the issues important to them.
“It is important to hear citizen concerns about crime, blight, infrastructure, and economic development and at the same time explain how, as Councilmember at Large, I can help make a positive impact in their lives,” said Councilmember Head. “I have also enjoyed the enthusiasm citizens share for the future of their neighborhoods and the City of New Orleans.”
Jonathan Franzen, author of “The Corrections” and other novels, will read and sign his books starting at 7 p.m. tonight at Tulane University as part of the university’s Great Writer Series.