May 172012

ENCORE Academy, a new charter school with a music-enriched curriculum opening in the fall, will hold its first meet-and-greet with families at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday, May 17) at Atkinson-Stern Tennis Center, 4025 S. Saratoga Street, just a few blocks from the new Crocker school facility that will serve as ENCORE’s first home. Continue reading »

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May 172012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Allan and Danae would have liked to written this week about the continued fallout of President Obama’s support for gay marriages, the ongoing impact of Greece’s debt on the European Union (Danae is of Greek descent) or the importance of the first bowling alley to the recreational needs of the worn-torn citizens of Kabul Afghanistan (Johnny Blancher please take note).

But we can’t get to any of that because of the ongoing local controversies involving the proposed downtown taxing district (which the French Quarter residents hate and Mitch says he needs to get ready for Super Bowl and beyond), the proposed new stadium at Tulane University and the big mess (let’s all admit it – it’s a mess that everyone is to blame for) that has gotten way out of hand at the City Council. Continue reading »

May 172012

It’s time to start planning your summer vacation: you’re going up north, your kids are going to camp, and you’re all 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.

Now under new ownership, Parcels and Post is located at 5721 Magazine St between Jefferson and Nashville. Open Mon – Fri 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-2pm, Parcels and Post has lots of parking in the back, making it easy to get your shipping done and on with your day. For more information call 504-891-8402 or visit

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May 162012

A rendering of the proposed Tulane stadium. (via

Tulane University has filed suit to block an Interim Zoning District that gives the City Planning Commission authority to review its plans for a new stadium, and is proposing a series of three university-led community forums on different aspects of the project, officials announced. Continue reading »

May 152012

In what police and community residents are hailing as another major victory in the fight against crime in Hollygrove,
the city Alcohol Control Board voted unanimously Tuesday to revoke the alcohol permit permanently for Big Time Tips, a lounge at the corner of Eagle and Edinburgh streets that has been the site of repeated bloodshed over the years. Continue reading »

May 142012

After an explosive meeting of the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governing board on Monday evening that included an unsuccessful effort to remove one member over a “derogatory” email, the member who led that effort resigned from the board Tuesday morning.

The tumult comes amid a transition in the school’s administrative leadership that drew a number of concerned parents to the meeting Monday, and exposes a number of issues that apparently divide the board but have had relatively little discussion in public until now. Continue reading »

May 142012

A lockdown two weeks ago at Banneker Elementary in the Riverbend was caused by a call from a man threatening to kill a female student there, likening her fate to that of two students from KIPP Believe College Prep on South Carrollton who were each shot to death the previous weekend, writes Jarvis DeBarry of the Times-Picayune. A perceived influx of more “belligerent,” violent transfer students is changing the culture at the school and leading better students astray to defend themselves, DeBarry says as he contemplates the problem of children “directly confronted by evil.

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May 142012

The public comment period ends Thursday on Tulane’s proposal to demolish two buildings on Zimpel Street for use as construction-staging areas for the FEMA-funded rooftop expansion of the Howard Tilton Library, according to the website for the project. Continue reading »

May 142012

NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel speaks in front of the Big Time Tips bar in Hollygrove during an anti-crime march in April. ( file photo by Robert Morris)

Phillips Bar on Cherokee Street, Big Time Tips on Edinburgh and The Show on Tchoupitoulas are all on the agenda for the monthly meeting of the city’s Alcohol Beverage Control Board at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the city council chambers at City Hall. Continue reading »

May 142012

Attendees at the second annual "Party in the Garden" at Hollygrove Market & Farm in 2011. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

Tickets are still available until 5 p.m. at the Hollygrove Market & Farm website (and afterward at the door) for the third annual Party in the Garden, which will showcase the talents of chefs from some of New Orleans’ most acclaimed restaurants. The event begins at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday, May 14) at the farm, 8301 Olive St. Continue reading »

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May 142012

Owen Courreges

Submitted for your approval, a young, mild-mannered New Orleans female who manages a store on Magazine Street.  She lives happily in an apartment in the rear of her shop, interacting with neighbors and contributing to the fabric of one of New Orleans’ great commercial corridors.

Alas, this poor girl is about to come face to face with a place where reason and good manners have are given no quarter, a place we call…. The “Passive-Aggressive Neighbor Zone.” Continue reading »

May 132012

Benjamin Morris

We talk a lot about culture here in New Orleans. We should: we’re fortunate to have one of the most vibrant, eclectic, and most thrilling cultures in the United States, if not the world. The mélange of histories, geographies, ethnicities, and styles that defines this city challenges us no end, revealing its innovation and dynamism each time we encounter it. Residents and visitors alike discuss the culture in reverent terms, exploring its origins, composition, and value – and how we have nearly lost it on so many occasions.

In my last column for, I’d like to explore a slightly different question. I ask not what is New Orleans’ culture, but where?

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