A woman was critically wounded in a gun battle in Hollygrove and a man was shot during an apparent robbery attempt caught on video outside a Lower Garden District bar in separate incidents Tuesday night, continuing the wave of bloodshed and violence across Uptown New Orleans since the weekend.
Walker Hines, who represents the Carrollton area in the state House of Representatives and recently switched to the Republican Party, could face current Secretary of State Tom Schedler or fellow Uptown resident Caroline Fayard in the Oct. 22 open primary, reports Bill Barrow of The Times-Picayune.
The Borders bookstore on St. Charles Avenue, a historic former funeral home, is among 200 locations nationwide the chain will close in bankruptcy proceedings, according to the Wall Street Journal. Its Metairie location is also on the list.
Prior to its post-Katrina renovation into a bookstore, the building was the home of the Bultman Funeral Home, established in 1883 on Camp Street before its move to St. Charles Avenue in the 1940s, according to The Times-Picayune. During its lifespan, the funeral home prepared the remains of both former Confederate president Jefferson Davis and 1960s actress Jayne Mansfield.
Whether your taste in theatre runs to the comedic, literary or political, events in and around Uptown New Orleans over the next two days should grab your attention.
Wednesday marks the opening of two events, the New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival at La Nuit Theatre on Freret and Loyola University’s BP oil spill-inspired production of “Waiting for Godot.” And Thursday will have two political events of interest to Uptown residents, a meeting of the City Council that will include a number of Uptown land-use matters, and a town-hall meeting on state House of Representatives redistricting at Dillard University. District lines will be significantly redrawn as the city loses several representatives, and residents are encouraged to voice their opinions on where their neighborhoods should be included.
Details and links in the full calendar below.
The man killed in a shooting Sunday night on LaSalle Street was awaiting trial for possession of guns and drugs in a house nearby, police said, prompting residents trying to revitalize the Freret neighborhood to re-examine their options to deal with problematic properties.
Donald Brown, 22, was standing near the intersection of LaSalle and Soniat streets about 11 p.m. when he was shot, and he later died at the hospital, Lt. Mike Montalbano told a group of concerned Uptown residents Tuesday evening at the NOPD Second District’s monthly community meeting.
After arresting Dean Kelly on a rape charge last week, New Orleans police said this week that he remains under investigation in more cases in the university area.
Kelly had also been using the name Tyler Durden and attempting to lure girls on campus into posing for nude photos, WWL reports. A Tulane student told WGNO that Kelly told her he worked for the Green Lantern film shooting in New Orleans and invited her to after-parties. Meanwhile, celebrity gossip site TMZ reported that Kelly once acted alongside Alicia Silverstone in a music video for the Aerosmith song “Crazy.”
Police have said the investigation into Kelly may be lengthy.
Although the City Council decided against allowing The Gabrielle restaurant to reopen in the Uptowner building on Henry Clay, fans of the former destination restaurant have another opportunity to enjoy some of the Sonniers’ signature dishes.
Vintage Orleans, a wine-appreciation group, will present “Gabrielle in Purgatory,” a dinner pairing five classic menu items from the restaurant each with a different wine, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at The Uptowner. Dinner is $85 per person, and reservations can be made at 525-3474. (via Blackened Out)
One man was killed, and three other adults and a baby were wounded, in a drive-by shooting in the River Garden development in broad daylight Monday afternoon, police said.
Three men were standing in a rear driveway in the 800 block of Felicity Street about 1:30 p.m. when an older-model Cadillac sedan approached and opened fire, police said. The ensuing volley of bullets struck all three men, as well as a 21-year-old woman and 3-month-old baby girl who were walking to a nearby store at the intersection of Chippewa and St. James, police said.
The NONPACC meeting for the NOPD Second District, which covers much of New Orleans Uptown starting at Louisiana Avenue, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a half hour earlier than its normal monthly time. The meeting will take place in its usual location on the second floor of Touro Hospital.
A Sunday night shooting on LaSalle Street critically injured a 22-year-old man and was preceded by another shooting a half hour earlier on Annunciation Street, but police have yet to determine if the two incidents are related.
Musical performances, book signings, farmers markets and the monthly community meeting of the NOPD Second District are all scheduled around Uptown New Orleans today and tomorrow.
Police investigated an apparent shooting near the intersection of LaSalle and Soniat Streets in the Freret neighborhood Sunday night.
Several gunshots were heard around 11 p.m. neighbors said.
If you haven’t made a reservation for Valentine’s Day yet, Nirvana Indian Cuisine is the ideal place for a wonderful experience with your date. Although Nirvana Indian Cuisine is usually closed on Mondays, the restaurant will be open from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. for dinner this Valentine’s Day.
In addition to an array of cultural events this weekend, Uptown New Orleans will host thousands of runners and a dozen or so small concerts meant to speed them along in the second annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon.
This Saturday, February 12, Essence Fashions, located at 5228 Magazine Street, will be open from 10am-6pm, serving food and drinks all day long, including chocolates provided by Lolli’s Chocolates (located at 4838 Magazine Street).