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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Jan 202016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

A lifetime ago, I worked as a counter server slinging lattes at PJ’s on Maple St. I was a punk 19 year-old kid that found a fun group to grow in, my co-workers a lot like family—many of whom are still today only an email away or closer. We had a shorthand as close compatriots often do and inside jokes too of course.

We’d often go out together, drinking, catching a show. But none of us, not one of us, really, truly dug Motorhead—at least not enough to go to see them play live.  But we had a little fabricated vignette we would trot out periodically specifically about Lemmy. And that was, if only he’d do a set in one of our living rooms while we sat couchside, then, yes, we’d go. That was over 20 years ago, and damn if I don’t regret never having seen Motorhead now. Continue reading »

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Jan 202016
 

Get on BoardCould you or someone you know benefit from a training program designed to develop and enhance leadership skills? Are you affiliated with an organization that needs qualified leaders on its Board of Directors?

The Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) is once again bringing its award-winning Get On Board training program to energetic individuals who want to improve Metropolitan New Orleans.
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Jan 192016
 

Walt Leger

Walt Leger

State Rep. Neil Abramson

Neil Abramson

A Democratic lawmaker’s vote for a Republican as Speaker of the state House of Representatives — over a fellow Democrat in the adjacent New Orleans district — has led to a running controversy in the state’s political press and a nascent recall effort on social media. Continue reading »

Jan 192016
 

Are your friends and family missing New Orleans and that Mardi Gras spirit?  Show them how much you care by shipping a fresh King Cake with Parcels and Post this season!

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Bring in cakes from your favorite bakery and we will carefully pack them in our special King Cake boxes.  We always provide a choice of carriers and rates to fit your budget. Add a little lagniappe to the care package – we have Mardi Gras themed greeting cards, jewelry, magnets, fascinators, bow ties and lots of locally made products.

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Jan 182016
 
(via nolacomedy.com)

(via nolacomedy.com)

NOLA Comedy Theater on Freret Street will host its 10th Annual New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival (NOCAF). The fest will take place from this Wednesday, Jan. 20 to Friday, Jan. 22. and will feature headliners and up-and-coming talent from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Jan 182016
 
Mayor Mitch Landrieu describes the need for cooperation to move the city of New Orleans forward as he closes out the march at the Martin Luther King Jr. statue on South Claiborne Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu describes the need for cooperation to move the city of New Orleans forward as he closes out the march at the Martin Luther King Jr. statue on South Claiborne Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans schools, city officials, social groups and others formed a massive parade through downtown and Central City on Monday morning in honor of the memory of civil-rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.

Marchers carry a banner describing the history of the founding of King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference in New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Marchers carry a banner describing the history of the founding of King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference in New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 182016
 

Home invasion cases on Lowerline Street, Oak Street and South Carrollton. Not shown is the most recent case in the 1100 block of Broadway. (map via NOPD)

Home invasion cases on Lowerline Street, Oak Street and South Carrollton. Not shown is the most recent case in the 1100 block of Broadway. (map via NOPD)

A quick rash of five home invasions in the university area over the weekend may all be the work of the same man, an intruder who appears in sleeping women’s bedrooms and then flees without harming them, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jan 182016
 
In his Aladdin Sane persona, an image of David Bowie looms over the full house at Prytania Theatre. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In his Aladdin Sane persona, an image of David Bowie looms over the full house at Prytania Theatre. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After Saturday’s massive second-line tribute through the New Orleans French Quarter, hundreds more David Bowie fans converged on Prytania Theatre on Sunday night to sell out two showings of his cult-favorite film “Labyrinth.”

Musician Win Butler of Arcade Fire sings "Oh You Pretty Things" into a megaphone on St. Peter Street in the French Quarter during Saturday's second-line tribute to David Bowie. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Musician Win Butler of Arcade Fire sings “Oh You Pretty Things” into a megaphone on St. Peter Street in the French Quarter during Saturday’s second-line tribute to David Bowie. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 162016
 

audubon symbolAudubon Charter School plans to explore legal action to fend off what could be major upcoming cuts to its state funding, officials said Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, the French consulate is continuing to pursue efforts to foster the creation of a French-immersion high school in the city, urging partnership between the existing schools toward that goal. Continue reading »

Jan 152016
 
The proposed Jackson Oaks redevelopment of the former Sara Mayo hospital. (rendering by Harry Baker Smith architects, via City of New Orleans)

The proposed Jackson Oaks redevelopment of the former Sara Mayo hospital. (rendering by Harry Baker Smith architects, via City of New Orleans)

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

A last-minute decision to grant an additional 100 residential units to developers of the former Sara Mayo hospital on Jackson Avenue should have included more than a promise that 11 of them would be deemed “affordable” housing, residents of the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association said Thursday. Continue reading »

Jan 152016
 
Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

New Orleanians love international food and Mexican food is no exception. However, Uptowners crave the authentic, we are not a crowd clamoring for a Chimichanga. Tex-Mex also doesn’t cut it. Two new restaurants on Magazine are satisfying Uptown’s need for fresh authentic Mexican Cuisine.
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Jan 152016
 
Sixth Baptist Church (via Sylvain Solutions)

Sixth Baptist Church (via Sylvain Solutions)

The #STOPPOVERTY Summit is an event that honors Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by highlighting his work in organizing the Poor Peoples Campaign. The event will take place at Sixth Baptist Church, located at 928 Felicity Street, from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Jan. 16, and it will include guest speakers, interactive dialogue, and information on successful strategies in the reduction of poverty.

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Jan 142016
 
Contractors continue the work Thursday morning of transforming a former spa at Magazine and Foucher into Cavan, a new restaurant from the owner of Sylvain. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Contractors continue the work Thursday morning of transforming a former spa at Magazine and Foucher into Cavan, a new restaurant from the owner of Sylvain. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The first time Sylvain owner Robert LeBlanc presented his idea for a restaurant in a former Magazine Street spa to the Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association back in late 2013, it was just to share an intriguing idea. Then, in spring of 2014, LeBlanc returned to the group again, seeking their help in getting his concept through the New Orleans City Council.

When Leblanc appeared again this week, just about the only uncertainty left about Cavan was the exact day it will open.

“We think it’s going to be the first weekend after Mardi Gras,” LeBlanc said, then laughed. “But don’t hold me to that.” Continue reading »