Jan 272016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

 

“Keep it between the ditches.” So often the parting phrase between folks out in the country and words to live by, no matter the context really. And though born of a more rural and how-to-drive nature, the sentiment echoes truth, even when it comes to how one may want to navigate another carnival season. Keep moving forward and avoid pitfalls. To wit, please embrace the following 10 points to aid in your Mardi Gras journeys this year. Continue reading »

Jan 262016
 
The first, second and fourth categories of short-term rentals were approved by the City Planning Commission, but not the third. (graphic via City of New Orleans)

The first, second and fourth categories of short-term rentals were approved by the City Planning Commission, but not the third. (graphic via City of New Orleans)

New Orleans residents should be able to rent out part of their own home to tourists — or even the whole thing for a short period of time — using services like AirBnB, but the city is not yet ready to let absentee landlords do the same thing, City Planning commissioners recommended on Tuesday, setting the stage for further debate on the contentious issue at the City Council level. Continue reading »

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Jan 262016
 
The "SC" icons refer to simple rapes; the gray mask icons represent burglaries. (map via NOPD)

The “SC” icons refer to simple rapes; the gray mask icons represent burglaries. (map via NOPD)

Oliver Jerde (via opcso.org)

Oliver Jerde (via opcso.org)

Two of the five home invasions in the university-area that were under investigation this month involved the rape of sleeping victims, New Orleans police now say, contradicting previous suggestions that the victims were unharmed. Continue reading »

Jan 252016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

In March of 2015, Irvin Mayfield was downright cocky. He had recently opened the New Orleans Jazz Market, a home venue for his New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO).

In an interview with Jennifer Odell of Offbeat, he painted a picture colored with lofty notions and ideals. Waxing poetic, Mayfield boasted that “[o]ur work is about conveying truth, love and beauty.” Continue reading »

Jan 252016
 

New Orleans firefighters discovered a decomposed body under the Carrollton Avenue interstate off-ramp on Saturday morning, and a tugboat captain found a man’s body floating in the Mississippi River near Carrollton on Sunday evening, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Jan 222016
 
A photo of the master plan under consideration during Tulane's presentation Thursday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A photo of the master plan under consideration during Tulane’s presentation Thursday evening. Red dots identify campus buildings under consideration for renovations. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane University is considering a series of renovations to major buildings and moving some of its parking out of the center of its Uptown New Orleans campus, according to a first draft of a master plan newly required by city law. Continue reading »

Jan 222016
 
Sucre' Ziggy Stardust Cream Cheese King Cake* Kristine Froeba)

Sucré’s Ziggy Stardust Cream Cheese King Cake (Kristine Froeba)

It’s that time of the year again. You’ve probably already had one.

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

If not, you’re planning on buying two. But which King Cake will it be? Things have changed since McKenzie’s Bakery held sovereignty over King Cake’s court. Before the year 2000, New Orleanians chose between the small round King Cake or the large oval classroom size. There was no question of which “type” of King Cake. King Cake was, simply, King Cake. The cake was plain, akin to French bread, narrow, no filling, barely sweet, but covered with colored sugar crystals. Earliest memories of King Cake for most New Orleanians are King Cake parties in grammar school. The teacher bringing a sugary chunk of cake to your desk. Green, Gold, and Purple sugar all over your uniform. Terrified you’d get the baby. Hoping you’d get the baby. If you lost, or won, depending on how you saw it, your mother would be delivering the next King Cake to class. Somehow, I always got the baby.

Today’s King Cake market is wildly different. The rules are—there are no rules. Continue reading »

Jan 212016
 
NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison (left) congratulates new Second District Commander Shaun Ferguson with a handshake during a community meeting this week at Touro Infirmary. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison (left) congratulates new Second District Commander Shaun Ferguson with a handshake during a community meeting this week at Touro Infirmary. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In his first major community meeting with residents of the Uptown-based Second District, NOPD Commander Shaun Ferguson promised to make response times to emergency calls and reducing armed robberies his top priorities. Continue reading »

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Jan 212016
 

Whether we live Uptown, in Uruguay or Uzbekistan, we are all impacted by oil and the global economy. Though many sectors of New Orleans economy like real estate and technology are prospering, the war in the Middle East and its related immigration crisis, China’s economic slowdown, the broad impact of the continuing drop in oil prices coupled with new state and local taxes on the horizon could squeeze many lower and middle class New Orleanians in 2016. Continue reading »

Jan 202016
 
A NOPD detective examines an item on the street outside the Monkey Hill bar after the robbery there Sept. 29, 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A NOPD detective examines an item on the street outside the Monkey Hill bar after the robbery there Sept. 29, 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Jockquaren Van Norman (via opcso.org)

Jockquaren Van Norman

Nicholas Spiller (via opcso.org)

Nicholas Spiller

Dwayne Stevenson (via opcso.org)

Dwayne Stevenson

Wesley Davis (via opcso.org)

Wesley Davis

Three people have been arrested in connection with last fall’s robberies at three Uptown restaurants, and a fourth suspect remains at large, New Orleans police announced Wednesday afternoon.

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Jan 202016
 
Peaches' massive sign fills the window at its temporary location next door to Top Drawer Antiques on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Peaches Records’ massive sign fills the window at its temporary location next door to Top Drawer Antiques on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Forty-one years ago, the first Peaches Records opened in a shop in a corner of the Carrollton Riverbend. This month — after a journey that has taken the persistent brand across the New Orleans and around the world — Peaches has returned Uptown, departing the French Quarter for a massive new space in the center of Magazine Street. Continue reading »

Jan 202016
 
(via Loyola University New Orleans)

(via Loyola University New Orleans)

Loyola University New Orleans Opera Theatre presents Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless tale of “star-crossed lovers”. The two performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus. The opera will be performed in French with English supertitles. Continue reading »

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