Jan 302012
 

Moldaner’s Camera & Imaging is delighted to announce a new photo exhibit going up at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park in the French Quarter! The exhibit, entitled “New Orleans Music Legends,” opens on Thursday, February 2nd, at the National Park Service location at 916 N. Peters in the French Quarter, featuring work by Charles Ted and Andrea Carin Oliphant. Moldaner’s is proud to have printed this great exhibit.

Whether you have an upcoming exhibit or just need some family photos done, Moldaner’s is ranked one of the top camera shops in the Gambit Weekly’s Best of New Orleans poll. Call 504-866-6757 or email moldaners@aol.com for a free consultation to learn more about what Moldaner’s Camera & Imaging can do for you. Limited-time only specials are available by Liking the Moldaner’s Facebook page, or visit the Moldaner’s website at www.moldaners.com for more information.

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Jan 292012
 

It’s chilly out there, so come on in to Fresco Cafe and try the new soup and salad special. For just $9, take your pick of a small Fresco salad (red onion, tomatos, artichokes, mixed greens, balsamic vinegrette dressing) or caesar salad (romaine, shredded parmesan, homemade croutons and homemade caesar dressing) plus your choice of soup of the day: currently, baked potato soup and roasted red pepper gouda. There’s no better or more affordable way to warm up on a cold winter’s afternoon, so come on in and try it today!

Whether you’re looking for a place to grab lunch between classes (Fresco Cafe accepts the Tulane SplashCard and NolaBucks), or need a spot to meet clients or colleagues, Fresco Cafe is the perfect choice. Fresco Cafe is located at 7625 Maple Street, and is open from 11-10 nightly. For more information visit the Fresco Cafe website at http://www.frescocafe.us/, visit their Facebook page, or call 504-862-6363 to place an order. Online ordering is available at http://www.frescoonline.com/.

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Jan 292012
 

Benjamin Morris

“These are not just photographs on a wall. These are people, and many families in New Orleans can trace their histories to this place. We’re telling our own stories, as we should be. This is family history, yes, but this is also Louisiana history.”

So says Jennifer Williams, director of the McKenna Museum of African-American Art, and curator of a photography exhibition on predominantly African-American communities in the River Road, “Becoming Home.” Recently extended from its appearance with PhotoNola, and now on view through Mardi Gras, this is a rare, compelling exhibition, and one not to be missed.

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Jan 282012
 

The Stooges Brass Band leads the SilenceIsViolence peace walk down Magazine Street. Organized as part of "Strike Against Crime" week, the second line began and ended at a community picnic at Lyons Park and included New Orleans firefighters, police, the Original Prince of Wales Social Aid and Pleasure Club, members of the Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association and bystanders who joined along the way. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 282012
 

By Patti Lapeyre

Just this past Wednesday, four known juveniles were hiding behind bushes in the S. Saratoga/Joseph Street neighborhood after school hours.  After questioning, police found one of the four was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet for a violent offense. Continue reading »

Jan 282012
 

Tentative designs for the lunch terrace along Joseph Street at Lusher High School.

With a new playground set to open Monday on the Willow Street campus, Lusher Charter School officials are turning their attention to the next project: a lunch terrace for middle and high school students at the Fortier building on Freret Street. Continue reading »

Jan 282012
 

There’s never been a better time to join the New Orleans Jewish Community Center, but time is running out. From now until the end of the month, the JCC is waiving the joining fee on ALL new memberships at both the Uptown and Metairie locations, a savings of up to $125! With new facilities in the gym, new classes and camps, and new events and programming for the whole family, the JCC has your new year covered.

Keep reading for the news from the JCC.

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Jan 272012
 

In separate cases, two women inside their homes were shot by stray bullets from gunfire outside last week. (map via NOPD.com)

A Central City woman was injured by a stray bullet last week while she was asleep in her South Saratoga Street home, the second person within a week’s time to be hit by gunfire from outside while within her own home. Continue reading »

Jan 272012
 

Line dancing aboard the Carnival Elation. Yes, people apparently still do that. (Photo by Christy Lorio for UptownMessenger.com)

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Cruise ships are weird things, like a cross between a resort hotel and an airplane. It serves the purpose of being your method of transportation, lodging, dinner, and entertainment, all rolled into one. They are also vessels of pure gluttony and relaxation, yet it somehow maintains a sense of adventure.

I just got back from one, my first actually, last week. I was leery of going on a cruise, no doubt. About 8 years ago I found David Foster Wallace’s book  A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments in a used book shop. In it there’s a detailed account (in an essay of the same name as the book) that perfectly sums up the cruise experience, albeit in the most cynical of ways. It’s a hilarious, accurate, and a damn good read. Since I can’t top what Wallace wrote, I’ll leave you with my travel diary to peruse instead. Continue reading »

Jan 262012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Political punditry has been turned into a hazardous occupation by the ups and downs of the Republican presidential primaries.

Just a month ago, it seemed pretty safe to speculate that Mitt Romney was on his way to locking up the Republican Presidential nomination and that Newt Gingrich was toast. Now, after the South Carolina primary, a victorious Gingrich is riding a wave of momentum while Romney is struggling to regain his credibility. Continue reading »

Jan 252012
 

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

The International School of Louisiana is on track next year to add its first Chinese-immersion kindergarten class, second and third grade Spanish-immersion classes and a new modular building to help hold them at the new Westbank campus, and possibly a new site for its Eastbank lower grades as well, officials said Wednesday night.

But amid so much growth, the prospect of a second attempt to take over a failing New Orleans school in 2013 provoked rare dissension within the International School’s governing board. Continue reading »