Nirvana Indian Cuisine is currently offering an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet for $9.95 daily at lunch and Thursdays and Sundays for dinner. (Continue reading below for full details and sample menu.)
Two second lines will parade through areas of Uptown New Orleans this weekend, one running the length of Central City on Saturday and another looping through the neighborhoods around Louisiana Avenue on Sunday.
Marches and music are present every day this weekend Uptown. The Silence is Violence coalition sponsors a Central City Peace March to City Hall in memory of Magnolia Shorty, Jeremy Galmon, and Ja’Shawn Powell, beginning at Washington and LaSalle and ending at City Hall (marchers are requested to wear red and camouflage attire). Tomorrow the Arts Market of New Orleans returns to Palmer Park, and Xavier Prep holds a gala fundraiser and concert. Sunday the Ladies and Men of Unity will celebrate their fifth anniversary with a parade, and Armand St. Martin will close out January’s concert series at Trinity Episcopal. See below for details of these events and more Uptown.
A man walking in the lower end of Magazine Street was robbed at gunpoint earlier this week, police said Thursday afternoon. They also released a sketch of a suspected burglar from the same area during the NOPD Sixth District’s weekly meeting.
A rash of recent violent crime and tragedy, coupled with the energetic organizing of a new neighborhood group, led to the largest turnout yet for a NOPD Second District anti-crime march as police and residents paraded through the streets of Milan.
“Ever since the New Year there has been this explosion of crime. Errol Meeks’ shooting,” said Veronica Sharkey of the Milan Focus Group, who helped organize the anti-crime march. “There was a drive by last Wednesday … less than a block from my house. There was the robbery at the Freret Neighborhood Center. There was another armed robbery on Freret last week. There was a drug bust on Milan, a gun battle on Freret, all within a space of about three weeks. I don’t know what on earth is going on or why all of a sudden there is this explosion of crime, but I think we really just need to bring awareness to it.”
Sections of both east- and westbound Claiborne Avenue through Uptown New Orleans remain under construction this week, according to the state Department of Transportation and Development.
The right lane of each direction will be closed for construction on a variety of sections between the U.S. 90 overpass and Jefferson Parish for the remainder of this week, according to the department’s website. The westbound construction is scheduled until Friday afternoon, while the eastbound road work will last well into next week.
The Bass Pro Shops redevelopment has yet to receive formal announcement, but is being widely discussed – as is the possibility of tax incentives for it, according to reporting by Rebecca Mowbray of The Times-Picayune.
The International School of Louisiana stepped forward Wednesday on its expansion to the Holy Name of Mary campus in Algiers, authorizing a potential lease agreement that allow the workers to begin in February preparing for the next school year.
Even with the accused shooter behind bars, retaliatory violence after a fatal shooting last week on Freret Street is still such a concern that police are trying to identify and find a man said to be out for revenge.
In response to recent violent incidents in these areas, the New Orleans Police Department hosts its monthly anti-crime walks in the Milan and the River Gardens neighborhoods tonight. Both marches start at 5pm. Weekly NOPD COMSTAT meetings for both the Second and Sixth Districts will also take place today and tomorrow, as will two City Council meetings and city’s next Blightstat meeting. Tomorrow night the Claiborne-University Neighborhood Association will meet, featuring a representative from the NOPD Second District. See below for details of everything happening Uptown.
“You have no idea what it is like to lose your privacy until it is gone, when you have photographers outside your door taking pictures of your toddlers,” said Valerie Plame Wilson, speaking to an audience whose younger members were in 8th grade when her CIA operative cover was blown in 2006. “I felt like I had fallen in to Alice’s rabbit hole, where white is black.”
A city program to clear unkempt vacant lots has been on hold across a wide swath of Uptown New Orleans because of contract disputes, but the program should resume in the coming weeks, officials said.
“If we can see you, we can dress you.” That is the motto of Essence Fashions, a brand new fashion, gift, and accessory store now open on Magazine Street. Owned and operated by Stephanie and Benjamin Milburn, who, along with their family, moved to New Orleans one year ago, Essence Fashions has the latest designer clothing, apparel, and accessories for women, men, and children.
With today’s announcement of this year’s Academy Awards nominees, the Prytania Theatre made an announcement of its own: between now and March 3, the Uptown cinema will be hosting a full slate of Oscar contenders.
The “Best Picture Series” is already underway with showings of The King’s Speech, which led the field with 12 nominations. Through the next several weeks, the Black Swan, Oscar-nominated short films, “True Grit” and “The Fighter” will all be shown, the cinema announced.
Tracey’s Irish Restaurant and Bar is sponsoring a chocolate tasting this coming Saturday, January 29th. See below for details.
Addressing a packed Dixon Hall at Tulane University on Monday evening, former US Poet Laureate Robert Hass read from his work and offered reflections on a life in poetry as part of an ongoing series of events bringing noted writers and poets to Tulane’s campus.