As the New Orleans metro area rises ever more steadily in popularity in terms of viability and visibility (hello yet another Super Bowl and mostly uneventful Mardi Gras season) as well as the 2012 numbers-driven title of fastest growing American city (somehow when I mention this in passing conversation nowadays a lot of people missed this), integral components to our cultural seasons just might need to be kept in check. In other words, are we nearing a tipping point of over abundant festivals this or any other spring? Or as I’ve come to call it, will we soon experience Fest Fest? And should we? And if we do, are we in danger of becoming a mockery of ourselves? Maybe yes, maybe no.
As the owners of Jimmy’s Music Club continue to seek the reopening of their landmark Willow Street venue, they are employing an unusual legal strategy to get around the temporary ban on new alcohol licenses in the Carrollton area.
Instead of asking the City Council to grant them an exception to the moratorium, they are asking the city’s alcohol commissioners to rule that the latest iteration of that moratorium is illegal altogether and thus inapplicable to Jimmy’s.
A man said to be shoplifting from the same Carrollton Avenue drug store for the last six months has been caught on surveillance video, and police are seeking the public’s help identifying him.
A woman known as “Ceedy” and believed to be from Uptown New Orleans is wanted for questioning about the shooting of a 17-year-old this weekend in the Treme area, authorities said.
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Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans took its first steps toward new leadership Monday night, empowering a consultant to choose three outsiders to help select a new school CEO and tasking two current board members with devising a process to recruit new members and for current ones to roll off.
Many parents in the audience, however, expressed concerns that the changes may not be sufficient to prevent a large number of the school’s teachers from leaving at the end of the year.
A St. Charles Avenue drug store was robbed at gunpoint Saturday morning, and investigators have released video captured on surveillance camera in hopes of identifying the gunman, authorities said.
Last July, Mayor Landrieu was on hand to announce a consent decree between the U.S. Justice Department and the City of New Orleans in a lawsuit that alleged widespread abuses of basic civil rights by the New Orleans Police Department. “Now, after more than two years of work, the consent decree is done,” Mayor Landrieu remarked at the time.
Well, perhaps not quite done. Apparently, Mayor Landrieu didn’t consider the fact a consent decree might be reached with respect to the city’s other constitutional abomination, Orleans Parish Prison. That’s exactly what happened. Landrieu spokesman Ryan Berni argues that “both the prison and NOPD consent decrees cannot be paid for at this time without raising taxes or laying off or furloughing employees.”
A woman was raped inside a Loyola University parking garage early Friday morning, and has identified her attacker to police, authorities said.
A 24-year-old man was shot to death Sunday evening on South Galvez Street in the Hoffman Triangle area of Central City, authorities said.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s replacement of a long-serving, outspoken member of the City Planning Commission from the Lower Garden District came with some controversy.
Cory Doctorow, author of New York Times bestseller “Little Brother,” will appear at Octavia Books at 6 p.m. as part of a tour in support of his new novel, “Homeland,” according to a post at the bookstore’s website.
A 56-year-old mental patient barricaded herself, her daughter and two young grandchildren inside a Central City home Saturday afternoon, but surrendered peacefully to police after about two hours, authorities said.
A man was wounded Friday evening in a shooting at South Claiborne Avenue and Felicity Street, temporarily closing the westbound lanes of South Claiborne for the crime-scene investigation, authorities said.
Contractors will be driving piles at the site of Tulane’s new Zimple House dorm on Saturday to make up for lost time during the rainy Mardi Gras season, university officials said. Meanwhile, the spelling of the dorm’s name is being questioned by history-minded locals.
Residents of the Fontainebleau-area who want to create a “Little Free Library” in the neighborhood are holding a fundraiser called “A Book, a Buck or Both” on Saturday afternoon.