Jul 282012

Craig Giesecke

I went over to the grand opening of the new Fresh Market on St. Charles this week and the first thing that hit me about this very nice and very, well, fresh place is that everyone in there was seeing it differently.

Few things are more personal than makin’ groceries, particularly in a city as food-centric as New Orleans in a region as food-centric as South Louisiana. But the avid home cook sees things differently from the professional chef, who doesn’t look for the same things as the young, married-no-kids couple or the veteran parents or the retired, low-salt folks. Add to this our own experiences of going with mom when we were kids to, say, adult experiences of making $15 buy food for a week and each of us is going to have a different take on where and who does what better. Continue reading »

Jul 272012

(all images courtesy of Rebecca Rebouche)

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

At first glance, New Orleans resident and artist Rebecca Rebouche is sweet, slightly shy, and unassumingly pretty. She’s also down to Earth, a noble trait considering she graces this month’s issue of Garden and Gun Magazine as one of 15 featured artisans “shaping the look of the South.”  

Inspired by nature, Rebouche utilizes elements from the natural world to form the basis of her whimsical paintings, but she always draws from human nature to tell her stories. Her paintings are sweet, but not saccharine; they’re whimsical, dreamy and often surprisingly dark but never in a macabre way, more like a soul drenching thunderstorm. Trees are a common theme, as well as textiles, bunnies (she has a pet rabbit), birds, umbrellas, and sail boats. Continue reading »

Jul 262012

Helena Moreno

“I’ve had a lot of supporters and many elected officials urge and encourage me to run for this seat,” state Rep. Helena Moreno told Gambit’s Kevin Allman on Thursday, adding, “Because of the number of calls I’ve received, I’ve talked to my team and other elected officials as how to best serve the city. We’ll see what happens.”

Jul 262012

Costco Wholesale will be reimbursed with $3.3 million of the sales taxes the new store collects over its first five years to help defray the costs of elevating the South Carrollton Avenue site to meet FEMA requirements, and the city will also make a number of improvements to the streets around the store, the City Council decided unanimously Thursday afternoon. Continue reading »

Jul 262012

Police are searching for this man in connection with two armed robberies at the AutoZone store on South Carrollton. (via NOPD)

A shooting on South Carrollton early Wednesday morning may have been a robbery attempt gone wrong, investigators say. Meanwhile, police are searching for a man believed to have robbed a South Claiborne AutoZone twice and have also identified a suspect in a string of Gert Town-area business robberies. Continue reading »

Jul 262012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

This week’s announcement outlining the specifics of the most comprehensive consent decree ever enacted by the Justice Department is a breath of fresh air. With it will come more transparency, accountability and better policies, philosophies and practices. Continue reading »

Jul 262012

New Orleans rapper Juvenile and Zydeco musician Rockin’ Dopsie will perform at the “Back that Cancer Up” fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the Eiffel Society on St. Charles Avenue tonight (Thursday, July 26), which will also feature a fashion show and several other performers, according to NOLA Defender. Continue reading »

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Jul 262012

President Obama speaking at the House of Blues on Decatur Street on Wednesday afternoon, after an earlier fundraiser at a home on Audubon Boulevard. (image via WWLTV.com)

President Obama made a campaign stop in Uptown New Orleans on Wednesday afternoon, though it was somewhat more discrete than the large crowds he drew at a House of Blues fundraiser or his speech to the National Urban League conference at the Convention Center. Continue reading »

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Jul 262012

Dana Kaplan

The race to fill the remainder of Stacy Head’s term representing the Uptown-based District B on the New Orleans City Council is now likely to be a three-way contest, with juvenile-justice advocate Dana Kaplan’s confirmation Thursday morning that she will be running. Continue reading »

Jul 262012

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We are so happy to announce that we are now at our brand new location:  5014 Freret Street (between Soniat and Robert Streets, two doors down from Dat Dog)!!!  We chose this historic and up-and-coming neighborhood because it reflects a vibrancy and tenacity that epitomizes the spirit of New Orleans.  We are ecstatic to be a part of this community! Continue reading »

Jul 252012

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

The International School of Louisiana is abandoning its plans to create the region’s first public-school program taught entirely in Mandarin Chinese next year for lack of enough students or a qualified instructor, officials said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the school’s governing board continues to discuss where to put solar panels on its Camp Street campus, and where to find additional space for the overflow of upper-grade students expected there in the 2013-14 school year. Continue reading »

Jul 252012

A Canal St streetcar passes in front of the tidy of debris of what was once the Pallas Hotel, its implosion a rare summertime crowd pleaser by New Orleans standards. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Last week I went on about how New Orleans’ growth and popularity possesses somewhat of an unknown trajectory, but what I failed to really touch on is what no one in the region has had to deal with this year – at least yet. I am of course talking about any nasty inklings of a hurricane, tropical depression, or any other event Mother Nature may wish to conjure a la water and ye olde Gulf, anything we as a society may wish to properly name. Betsy, George, Cindy, the names all come crashing back us. Ivan, Ike, Emily, and didn’t we get into Alpha and Beta when we ran through all the names in 2005? Wacky. . . Continue reading »

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