As a child of the 80s reared on cable and the small screen, my first opportunity to see The Wizard of Oz on the big screen came in a mid 90s summer-revival series at the State Palace, and the experience remains with me today. First of all, the movie alone to be seen in this fashion should not be missed, I don’t care how many times you’ve seen it. Secondly, to see a film in a somewhat decrepit but likely once masterful venue layers the sensory. Creaky, spent springs and paint-chipped seating, flooring with decades of goo, and echoey cavern of yesterday celluloid dank and dark. And then Mr. Brunet spoke.
Improvements to utilities around the new Magnolia Marketplace on South Claiborne will be paid for by an additional 1-percent sales tax on purchases there that should last around 15 years, based on legislation being forwarded to the New Orleans City Council for approval Thursday.
Three men broke into a home in the Milan neighborhood, attacked the occupants and took their money Sunday morning, and a man walking in the Garden District was robbed at gunpoint Sunday evening, New Orleans police said.
The block of Jefferson Avenue between Constance and Laurel streets will close for two months as part of the installation of the new underground drainage canal, New Orleans officials said.
The Saenger Theater has finally reopened. The opening gala took went off without a hitch over the weekend, with the facility receiving rave reviews. Public and private dollars funded the whopping $52 million renovation that has been in the making for eight years, so expectations were running high. Thankfully, the Saenger seems to have delivered.
Even cantankerous Times-Picayune theater critic (and sometimes theologian) Ted Mahne, whose scathing review of “Avenue-Q” is the stuff of legend, gushed that the Saenger was “magical.” Oh, and the sense of civic pride? It was “palpable.”
Laurel Street Bakery will celebrate the grand opening of its new location at the corner of Washington and Broad streets on Monday morning.
Tropical Storm Karen has dissipated into a remnant low, and lower temperatures are expected in New Orleans as it passes, meteorologists said.
Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans may seek permission to give students in their paid preschool automatic admission to kindergarten next year, but the issue split parents and school leaders in a discussion Saturday morning.
A weakened Tropical Storm Karen is likely to make landfall in southeast Louisiana over Saturday night, bringing winds of 20 to 30 mph and around 2 inches of rain to the New Orleans area, meteorologists said.
Despite apparent challenges from man and nature, the monthly Freret market will take place Saturday afternoon as planned, organizers said.
Archie Jefferson, younger brother of a former Congressman from a once-powerful political family, is marketing the South Broad Street home where his wife was found murdered last year as a bed-and-breakfast, apparently without a license, according to a report by David Hammer of our partners at WWL-TV and Claire Galofaro of The New Orleans Advocate. After Sandra Peters Jefferson was beaten to death last May, Archie Jefferson was a “person of interest,” but no charges were filed, Hammer and Galofaro report.
Shoppers at Bloomin’ Deals thrift shop on Freret Street can take home everything they can fit in a 33-gallon trash bag on Saturday in the Junior League of New Orleans’ semiannual “Bag Day” clearance sale.
New Orleans is still expected to receive up to 4 inches of rain and winds of 25 to 35 mph this weekend as Tropical Storm Karen comes ashore on the Gulf Coast, meterologists said Friday morning.
But Bascle, confined to a wheelchair by muscular dystrophy, says he remains just as serious about making New Orleans accessible to people with disabilities as he was when he ran for mayor in 2010.
“It’s been four years,” Bascle said. “Stuff that I thought would be done by now still isn’t.”
Sandy Kaynor, the attorney who was critically wounded a year ago in a carjacking in the driveway of his home in the Touro neighborhood, had temporarily made it home and was relearning to speak, but infection has set in and he has returned to intensive care, his wife tells Meg Farris and our partners at WWL-TV. As his family copes with his continuing struggle, they also trying to find more ways to steer troubled teens off the path of violence, Farris reports.