Aug 052016
 
University of Vermont freshman Stephen Tonra contemplates Pecan Pie (Kristine Froeba)

University of Vermont freshman Stephen Tonra contemplates Pecan Pie (Kristine Froeba)

Some things never change, and thankfully Camellia Grill on South Carrollton is (mostly) one of them.

Friend and legislator Neil Abramson’s first New Orleans post-Hurricane Isaac meal was at the diner’s famous Riverbend lunch counter. Neil’s usual, two cheeseburgers with onions. Both on one plate, same time, he doesn’t mess around. He and his son Parrish also insist on Vanilla Freezes. I prefer the Cherry Chocolate. The Orange Freeze is unique and worth a try if you miss Orange Julius. Continue reading »

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Aug 042016
 
Ben Kleban (center) discusses his plans for his remaining months at New Orleans College Prep with members of the administration and board at a meeting on Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Ben Kleban (center) discusses his plans for his remaining months at New Orleans College Prep with members of the administration and board at a meeting on Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans College Prep founder Ben Kleban will depart from the charter organization before the end of the year to avoid a conflict of interest when his term on the Orleans Parish School Board begins in 2017, but plans to focus in part on adding another Uptown school to the organization’s portfolio before he leaves. Continue reading »

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Aug 042016
 

The Organ Grinders (OG) with the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) will host their 3rd Annual Summer Blood Drive for the community to donate blood in response to this summer’s ongoing violence. The Hawaiian-themed drive, titled “Everybody Gets Lei’d”, takes place this Sunday, August 7,  from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rock ‘N’ Bowl, located at 3000 S. Carrollton Ave. Continue reading »

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Aug 042016
 
The building at 8201 Oak Street will house Simone's Market, opening in fall 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The building at 8201 Oak Street will house Simone’s Market, opening in October 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Simone’s Market, a new specialty neighborhood grocery store focusing on Louisiana products, is planned to open in October in a vacant building on Oak Street, and the owners will appear before the city next week seeking permission to sell packaged alcohol there. Continue reading »

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Aug 042016
 
Former Louisiana Govs. Buddy Roemer, Kathleen Blanco and Edwin Edwards share a laugh during one of the lighter moments during Wednesday night's panel discussion at Loyola University. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Former Louisiana Govs. Buddy Roemer, Kathleen Blanco and Edwin Edwards share a laugh during one of the lighter moments during a March 2014 panel discussion at Loyola University. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

More than a year ago while addressing the West St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana’s colorful, powerful and legendary 50th governor Edwin Washington Edwards said that Donald J. Trump would ultimately “wear himself out.” And so he has.

Trump just can’t seem to help himself. No matter how hard he tries to convince voters that he has the judgment and discipline to lead the world’s greatest democracy, Trump continues to spew bombast rhetoric that is embarrassing Republican leaders and mainstream voters across the nation — many, like Newt Gingrich, who are now having second thoughts about his electability. Continue reading »

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Aug 022016
 
Ben Kleban (left), founder of NOLA College Prep, and Jamar McKneely, CEO of Inspire NOLA charter schools, share a laugh during an April 20 forum on school unification hosted by 100 Black Men of New Orleans. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Ben Kleban (left), founder of NOLA College Prep, and Jamar McKneely, CEO of Inspire NOLA charter schools, share a laugh during an April 20 forum on school unification hosted by 100 Black Men of New Orleans. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Ben Kleban, the founder of the New Orleans College Prep network of charter schools, is now the unopposed candidate for the open Uptown-based District 5 seat on the Orleans Parish School Board after his lone opponent withdrew from the race. Continue reading »

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Aug 012016
 
A visitor to Terpsichore Street poses with the mysterious new Pikachu statue on Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A visitor to Terpsichore Street poses with the mysterious new Pikachu statue on Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lower Garden District stands out among New Orleans neighborhoods for its elegant parks and statuary, such as the elegant fountain at Coliseum Square, the historic Margaret Haughery statute dedicated to the “Mother of Orphans,” the classical “Birth of a Muse” … and now, Pikachu. Continue reading »

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Aug 012016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Oscar Wilde once called experience “the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” In this sense, it is very useful to discuss Austin’s “experience” in building commuter rail. You see, commuter rail was originally envisioned as a remedy for congestion and an environmental boon, a sound investment in transportation infrastructure.

Instead, it turned out to be a cautionary tale, one New Orleans would best heed. Continue reading »

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Jul 312016
 
Sisira Holbrook, first in line for the midnight release of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," smiles in anticipation as Octavia employee James Wilson hands her a copy of the book. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sisira Holbrook, first in line for the midnight release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” smiles in anticipation as Octavia employee James Wilson hands her a copy of the book. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The quiet corner of Octavia and Laurel streets became a hive of magical activity Saturday night, as hundreds wizard-hat wearing, magic-wand waving fans of Harry Potter (and their parents) gathered for a midnight release party for the series’ eighth book, “The Cursed Child.” Continue reading »

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Jul 302016
 
Mandisa Moore-O'Neal of Black Youth Project 100, Ursula Price of the NOPD Independent Police Monitor's office, and Marjorie Esman of the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union discuss issues of police militarization at the Green Party state convention Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mandisa Moore-O’Neal of Black Youth Project 100, Ursula Price of the NOPD Independent Police Monitor’s office, and Marjorie Esman of the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union discuss issues of police militarization at the Green Party state convention Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In contrast with high-profile incidents around the country, the New Orleans Police Department has not had a single officer-involved shooting so far in 2016, prompting civil-rights activists to suggest that the sweeping reforms of the NOPD should be expanded in other communities like Baton Rouge and applied to officers from other agencies like the Louisiana State Police or Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office who come into the city.

“NOPD has not fired their weapon at any human being this year,” said Ursula Price of the Independent Police Monitor’s office. “We are making progress.” Continue reading »

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Jul 292016
 
Jamaican Scalllops in pineapple juice, jalapeños, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and piri piri sauce (Kristine Froeba)

Jamaican Scalllops in pineapple juice, jalapeños, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and piri piri sauce (Kristine Froeba)

Mayas Nuevo Latina will soon be celebrating its tenth year, offering Zagat-rated Central American Caribbean fusion in New Orleans. The restaurant is a frontrunner for those seeking a casual, but elegant, gourmand Latin American experience Uptown.

Chef Edgar Irias and co-owner, Trinity Cazzola, founded the restaurant in 2007 and are about to expand their reach with a second restaurant further upriver. The concept will be an authentic Mexican menu, with zero Tex-Mex influence. Expect goat meat and imported local cheeses.

For now, you can enjoy brunch, lunch, and dinner at their flagship restaurant in the LGD. Continue reading »

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Jul 292016
 
Shelter 13 near Magazine Street at Audubon Park is fenced in and unused. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Shelter 13 near Magazine Street at Audubon Park is fenced in and unused. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As Audubon Park prepares for upgrades to some of its more popular picnic shelters, officials are asking the public what to do about one such closed structure on Magazine Street. Should the park renovate Shelter 13, tear it down for green space, or convert it into a security station? Continue reading »

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Jul 282016
 

Bridgehouse

On Sunday, July 31, Bridge House/Grace House will host “Christmas in July”, a dinner that provides a traditional holiday meal, toiletries, and more for the homeless. The dinner also raises awareness of the substance abuse treatment services provided by Bridge House/Grace House. Continue reading »

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