Feb 112014
 
The "Ghazal Games" book cover by Roger Sedarat (via Tulane University)

The “Ghazal Games” book cover by Roger Sedarat (via Tulane University)

Iranian-American award winning poet, Roger Sedarat (via Tulane University)

Poet Roger Sedarat (via Tulane University)

Award-winning Iranian-American poet and writer Roger Sedarat will be doing a poetry reading at Tulane University at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 13). Sedarat is known for his works, “Ghazal Games” and ”Letters to the Islamic Republic”. Continue reading »

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Feb 112014
 

New work by William Lamson (via press-street.com)

New work by William Lamson (via press-street.com)

If you have always wanted to see the Mojave Desert, or the White Sands of New Mexico, a talented visiting photographer and film maker, William Lamson, will be giving a free lecture at Loyola University on Wednesday (Feb. 12), following the recent opening at the Press Street’s Antenna Gallery of his new exhibition, “Between Now and Forever,” of photos, performances and sculptures. Continue reading »

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Feb 112014
 

John A. Lawrence (via NOPD)

John A. Lawrence (via NOPD)

Investigators are seeking the public’s help in locating a 48-year-old man they want to question in connection with the recent rash of armed robberies in the university and Broadmoor areas of Uptown — the latest of which was a holdup at a business Monday night on South Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Feb 102014
 
The silos blocking Jefferson Avenue near Constance will be moved in time for Mardi Gras parades, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The silos blocking Jefferson Avenue near Constance will be moved in time for Mardi Gras parades, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Crowds pack the corner of Magazine and Jefferson during the Okeanos parade in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Crowds pack the corner of Magazine and Jefferson during the Okeanos parade in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Corps giveth and the Corps taketh away: The large structures blocking Jefferson Avenue near Magazine Street are in the process of being moved in time for Mardi Gras parades to make their usual turns around that corner, but soon afterward a four-block stretch of Prytania will close for about a year, officials said Wednesday. Continue reading »

Feb 102014
 
A police officer parked on Willow Street near Nashville works on a report following a robbery call Sunday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A police officer parked on Willow Street near Nashville works on a report following a robbery call Sunday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Eight armed robberies and one unarmed robberies reported around Broadmoor and the university area since Wednesday. (map via NOPD)

Eight armed robberies and one unarmed robberies reported around Broadmoor and the university area since Wednesday. (map via NOPD)

A man was robbed at gunpoint Sunday morning in Broadmoor and another robbery case was reported Sunday evening in the university area, raising the toll of incidents in the area to eight in about five days, and New Orleans police are seeking the public’s help to find a Hyundai SUV that may have been involved in some of the cases. Continue reading »

Feb 102014
 

Owen Courreges

Mr. Landrieu, tear down this fence.

I am speaking, of course, of the fence that has spanned the end of Newcomb Boulevard at Freret Street for the past several years.   The installation of the fence was approved by the city at the behest of Newcomb’s well-heeled, well-connected residents who were concerned about through traffic clogging their street. Continue reading »

Feb 092014
 
The "Siblings of Doctors" sketch group featuring Rasika Mathur, Ranjit Souri and Danny Pudi will headline New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival this week. (photo via Facebook.com)

The “Siblings of Doctors” sketch group featuring Rasika Mathur, Ranjit Souri and Danny Pudi will headline New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival this week. (photo via Facebook.com)

Niel Hamburger at the New Orleans Comedy and Arts festival in 2013 (via NOCAF)

Niel Hamburger at the New Orleans Comedy and Arts festival in 2013

The New Orleans Comedy and Arts festival has become larger and funnier every year, and this year headliners include Danny Pudi from NBC’s “Community” and his “Siblings of Doctors” sketch group, comedian Neil Hamburger and several MTV stars. Continue reading »

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Feb 092014
 

David Harris-Gershon (via the Jewish Community Center)

David Harris-Gershon (via the Jewish Community Center)


Explore Israeli culture this month at the Israel Coffeehouse Series presented by the New Orleans Jewish Community Center on Wednesday, Feb. 12 and Feb. 19. The events include a film screening, literature readings and a shaskshua dinner. Continue reading »

Feb 082014
 
Teacher Elena Countiss helps Austyn Millet, 8, and  Aidan  Sierra, 8,  in a 2nd grade Spanish immersion classroom at the The International School of Louisiana Wednesday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Teacher Elena Countiss helps Austyn Millet, 8, and Aidan Sierra, 8, in a 2nd grade Spanish immersion classroom at the The International School of Louisiana in 2010. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana has been designated as one of the first state-certified World Language Immersion Schools, officials announced. The school will be given the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education seal of excellence for the quality and methods of teaching language immersion classes to children in New Orleans and Jefferson parish. Continue reading »

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Feb 082014
 
Katie Schwartzmann, lead counsel in the lawsuit against the Orleans Parish Prison that led to the consent decree, discusses the case at Loyola University on Friday. (Zach Brien for UptownMessenger.com)

Katie Schwartzmann, lead counsel in the lawsuit against the Orleans Parish Prison that led to the consent decree, discusses the case at Loyola University on Friday. (Zach Brien for UptownMessenger.com)

The first reports that will show what progress has been made in addressing “inhumane” conditions at the Orleans Parish Prison are due in a matter of weeks, according to live coverage of a panel discussion at Loyola University on the jail consent decree by Della Hasselle of MidCityMessenger.com.

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Feb 082014
 

If you are interested in pursuing an MBA in a local program, Loyola University will host an open house for potential applicants Tuesday (Feb. 11).

At the event, prospective students can meet alumni and faculty as well as have the opportunity to ask questions about other graduate programs. Those who attend the open house on Tuesday night can have their application fee waived. Continue reading »

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Feb 062014
 
Lt. Anthony Monaco, Officer Justin Brown and Lt. Frank Young speak at a news conference Thursday afternoon at NOPD headquarters. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lt. Anthony Monaco, Officer Justin Brown and Lt. Frank Young speak at a news conference Thursday afternoon at NOPD headquarters. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Orlyn Izaguirre (via opcso.org)

Orlyn Izaguirre (via opcso.org)

Kevin Aguilar (via opcso.org)

Kevin Aguilar (via opcso.org)

Luis Guevara (via opcso.org)

Luis Guevara (via opcso.org)

A quick response from officers and “amazing police work” Wednesday night led to the arrest of three men in Metairie less than two hours after they allegedly tied up and robbed a Garden District couple at gunpoint, New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said in a news conference Thursday afternoon.

The officers of the Sixth District “did what I would classify as some amazing police work,” Serpas said. “Some people were injured and hurt in our community, and these officers did a tremendous job.” Continue reading »

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Feb 062014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

You have to hand it to Mayor Mitch Landrieu. He ran a flawless campaign. His message was just what the voters wanted to hear and of course it helped that he had many millions of dollars to drive home his message through mail and tv, along with a very strong Get Out The Vote effort that capitalized on pure volunteers, unclassified employees and a skilled team of out-of-state professionals.

Judge Michael Bagneris, who got a late start, could not keep up. Judge Bagneris had to spend so much time driving to explain to the voters the Mayor’s failings, that he never had time to define his goals and method to reach them. Continue reading »

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Feb 062014
 

Slide-1One in three of our residents live below the poverty line. This means little to no access to the ever-changing technology that will affect the future of countless careers. That’s why collaborators Civic Center, St. Claude Main Street, New Orleans Youth Sound Experience, and NOLA Mix found it imperative to launch the St. Claude Lab.

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Feb 052014
 

The controversial Orleans Parish Prison consent decree will be discussed during a symposium on prison reform this Friday.

The Prison Reform: Progress, Policies & Practices symposium will “initiate a dialogue between legal practitioners, community activists and others involved with reshaping the U.S. prison system,” according to a press release.
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