Jul 072012
 

Craig Giesecke

We’ve been working for the past several days on a new menu — not so much changing what we offer (we’re adding a few things), but adjusting the pricing. It has been nearly two years since we’ve made these adjustments and, if you do any grocery shopping at all, you know things just don’t cost what they did two years ago. Continue reading »

Jul 072012
 

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” plays before a sold-out audience at the Prytania Theatre on Friday, July 6. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Film director Benh Zeitlin speaks to the audience at the Prytania Theatre. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

In “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” a little girl named Hushpuppy is told of her destiny to one day be “king of the Bathtub.”

On Friday night, as her creator fielded question after question about her, it was clear that the sold-out audience at the Prytania Theatre had been conquered. Continue reading »

Jul 062012
 

Even as education officials tout increases in test scores around Louisiana and in New Orleans, the only open-admissions school in Uptown New Orleans that exceeded state averages in any subject last year was New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School — and that was only in two of four subjects.

Among other high schools, New Orleans College Prep was only a few points off the state average in three of four subjects, and Eleanor McMain Secondary School generally trailed Prep by a few more points in each subject. But Sophie B. Wright Institute of Academic Excellence had decidedly mixed results, and the phasing-out Walter L. Cohen High School and the now-closed Sojourner Truth Academy scored even lower. Continue reading »

Jul 062012
 

A June 24 shooting on LaSalle, followed by a retaliatory shooting the next day in the 1200 block of Simon Bolivar, where a 5-year-old girl was shot to death in May. (map via NOPD.com)

More than a month after a 5-year-old girl was gunned down in a shootout at a birthday party on Simon Bolivar, another man was shot in front of the same location, and police believe that attack was in retaliation for the shooting of another man the day before.

And, in an apparently unrelated case, police are still trying to sort out the sequence of events that led to a man being shot and an SUV being overturned in a violent crash at Loyola and Louisiana earlier this week. Continue reading »

Jul 052012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The authors of this column are among the many thousands of Americans for whom the 4th of July is a lot more than an occasion to eat grilled hot dogs and barbecued chicken while enjoying the company of friends and their kids.

Allan and Danae are both progeny of families that underwent great hardship and took enormous risks to come to America and have found the U.S. to be a “golden land,” a place of great opportunities and freedoms. And, in New Orleans, Allan and Danae have found a culture that has welcomed them and allowed them to share in the unique blessings of a great city. Continue reading »

Jul 042012
 

A map of the proposed Uptown-University cultural district, marked in red. Previously existing cultural districts are shown in yellow. (map courtesy of the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.)

A major section of Uptown from Carrollton to Napoleon Avenue could soon become exempt from sales taxes on sales of original art, and most property owners in the area could become eligible for state tax credits for nearly any kind of renovations they do to their homes under a program on track for approval this summer. Continue reading »

Jul 042012
 

Lona Hankins, director of capital improvements for the Recovery School District, discusses the demolition of the Mary Church Terrell school before the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee on Monday.

A school that Gert Town residents have begged at repeated public meetings to see reopened was quickly approved for demolition by a city panel Monday. Continue reading »

Jul 042012
 

Jean-Paul Villere

As a father of four I’ve had the distinct pleasure of hearing each of my girls develop their language skills as they grow. Two are pretty far in, one is just now speaking in grunts and giggles, and the other? Well, her words often mean something other than what she says. “Wish the fork” comes to mind. “Wish” at this age translates to “with.” So the other night at dinner, she’s describing some eating scenario, and she blurts out exactly that. Wish. The. Fork. To me, the three words together lit up like instant dynamite. Continue reading »

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Jul 042012
 

The director and cast of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” — the film shot in the marshes of Terrebonne Parish that won over judges at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals — will appear for a question-and-answer session following a screening of the movie Friday evening at the Prytania Theatre. Continue reading »

Jul 042012
 

Diana Bajoie

A reporter for New Orleans City Business and an independent blogger continue to raise questions about the use and propriety of earmarks secured by District B’s interim City Councilwoman Diana Bajoie during her legislative career. Continue reading »

Jul 042012
 

With the Mardi Gras schedule rearranged to accommodate a Super Bowl weekend in the middle, float-sharing logistics are forcing the Westbank’s Krewe of Choctaw to move to the traditional Uptown route, starting on Napoleon at Tchoupitoulas at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, according to a newsletter from krewe leaders.

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Jul 022012
 

The Uptown New Orleans burger scene has already improved greatly over the past year, but three more burger concepts are on the way: steamed organic burgers at Juicy D’s on Oak Street, the rapidly growing chain Smashburger in the 3300 block of Magazine, and the (literally) high-profile burger emporium Charcoal at Jackson and Magazine. The features of each are described in detail today by Brad Rhines and Mary-Devon Dupuy of NOLA Defender.