Jul 262012
 

New Orleans rapper Juvenile and Zydeco musician Rockin’ Dopsie will perform at the “Back that Cancer Up” fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the Eiffel Society on St. Charles Avenue tonight (Thursday, July 26), which will also feature a fashion show and several other performers, according to NOLA Defender. Continue reading »

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Jul 262012
 

President Obama speaking at the House of Blues on Decatur Street on Wednesday afternoon, after an earlier fundraiser at a home on Audubon Boulevard. (image via WWLTV.com)

President Obama made a campaign stop in Uptown New Orleans on Wednesday afternoon, though it was somewhat more discrete than the large crowds he drew at a House of Blues fundraiser or his speech to the National Urban League conference at the Convention Center. Continue reading »

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Jul 262012
 

Dana Kaplan

The race to fill the remainder of Stacy Head’s term representing the Uptown-based District B on the New Orleans City Council is now likely to be a three-way contest, with juvenile-justice advocate Dana Kaplan’s confirmation Thursday morning that she will be running. Continue reading »

Jul 262012
 

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We are so happy to announce that we are now at our brand new location:  5014 Freret Street (between Soniat and Robert Streets, two doors down from Dat Dog)!!!  We chose this historic and up-and-coming neighborhood because it reflects a vibrancy and tenacity that epitomizes the spirit of New Orleans.  We are ecstatic to be a part of this community! Continue reading »

Jul 252012
 

The International School of Lousiana’s Olivier Street campus in Algiers. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana is abandoning its plans to create the region’s first public-school program taught entirely in Mandarin Chinese next year for lack of enough students or a qualified instructor, officials said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the school’s governing board continues to discuss where to put solar panels on its Camp Street campus, and where to find additional space for the overflow of upper-grade students expected there in the 2013-14 school year. Continue reading »

Jul 252012
 

A Canal St streetcar passes in front of the tidy of debris of what was once the Pallas Hotel, its implosion a rare summertime crowd pleaser by New Orleans standards. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Last week I went on about how New Orleans’ growth and popularity possesses somewhat of an unknown trajectory, but what I failed to really touch on is what no one in the region has had to deal with this year – at least yet. I am of course talking about any nasty inklings of a hurricane, tropical depression, or any other event Mother Nature may wish to conjure a la water and ye olde Gulf, anything we as a society may wish to properly name. Betsy, George, Cindy, the names all come crashing back us. Ivan, Ike, Emily, and didn’t we get into Alpha and Beta when we ran through all the names in 2005? Wacky. . . Continue reading »

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Jul 252012
 

The International School of Louisiana will hold its regular monthly board meeting at 6 p.m. tonight (July 25) at its Eastbank campus, 1400 Camp Street, to discuss exploration of a satellite campus for that facility and solar panels on the school grounds, as well as issues relating to the Westbank and Jefferson Parish campuses. Continue reading »

Jul 252012
 

If your family is planning one last vacation for the summer, you’re probably looking at baggage fees as you book your flights. But travel smart this summer: skip both the fees and the hassle by mailing your luggage with Parcels and Post New Orleans. Shipping can be much less expensive than baggage fees, and with affordable delivery confirmation, you can rest easy knowing all your personal belongings will be waiting for you when you get to where you’re going. Stop in the store or call for more details today. Continue reading »

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Jul 252012
 

Virginia Saussy of New Orleans-based confectioner Sucre hands out samples of chocolate while Marc Jones, senior vice president of The Fresh Market, discusses the store’s offerings in front of its international aisle during a preview of the store prior to Wednesday morning’s grand opening. Sucre will have a whole section featuring its drinking chocolates, artisan bars and candied pecans, and Saussy said The Fresh Market is helping it place products in stores up to 100 or even 300 miles away. “Their local program is really incredible,” Saussy said.

The Fresh Market, a North Carolina-based chain of upscale groceries founded in 1982 that now has 119 locations, will open its St. Charles Avenue location at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the former Bultman funeral home that was a Borders book store for several years after Hurricane Katrina. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jul 242012
 

Broken windows along the front of the Sigma Alpha Mu house on Broadway Street, photographed Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Fire damage can be seen in a second-story window and on the roof at the rear of the building. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A vacant Tulane fraternity house was damaged in a fire early Friday morning, authorities said, leaving a newly scorched structure directly next door to an empty lot on Broadway Street where a frat house that burned last October was recently torn down.

The former Sigma Alpha Mu house at 712 Broadway caught fire around 1 a.m. July 20, said Tulane University spokesman Michael Strecker. The building was unoccupied and undergoing renovations, so there were no injuries, Strecker said. He referred questions about the cause of the fire to the New Orleans Fire Department, which did not have information on the investigation readily available Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »

Jul 242012
 

ENCORE Academy, the new music-focused charter school that will spend its first year located in the new Crocker building in Uptown’s Milan neighborhood, will hold a board meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, July 24) to receive updates on the construction of the new building and on the school’s start-up loan, as well as for accountability training for the board. Continue reading »

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Jul 242012
 

Seeking reform to city laws such as those that require them to move every 45 minutes, a half-dozen members of the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition will assemble from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, July 24) to show off their skills and talk policy at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, reports Shay Sokol of NOLA Defender in an interview with Empanada Intifada owner Taylor Jackson.

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Jul 242012
 

A Thai restaurant’s request for alcohol sales at its Maple Street location and a proposed fast-food restaurant in a service station on South Claiborne Avenue will return to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, after their initial trips through the city bureaucracy were derailed by the council standoff in May. Continue reading »