Freret Street Festival 2014

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Apr 052014
 
The Abita "Culture on Tap" stage was one of four stages at the Freret St. Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Abita “Culture on Tap” stage was one of four stages at the Freret St. Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, music, food and art lined Freret street Uptown from Jefferson avenue to Napoleon avenue for the annual Freret Street festival. Continue reading »

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Apr 052014
 

Students at the José Luis de León Díaz enjoy learn about their culture and art with the help of donations towards Proyecto Luis de Lión (via Proyecto Luis de Lión Facebook)

Students at the José Luis de León Díaz learn about culture and art with the help of donations towards Proyecto Luis de Lión (via Proyecto Luis de Lión Facebook)


Party with a cause on Thursday night (April 10) at the Proyecto Luis de Lión fundraiser at the Prytania Bar. The event will have live music and a raffle with all proceeds from the cover charge, raffle tickets and a percentage of drink proceeds to go toward community art, culture and education for children in San Juan del Obispo, Guatemala. Continue reading »

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Apr 042014
 
Photograph of a truck believed to have been used in Saturday's shooting in the Irish Channel, photographed at a crash scene in Broadmoor the day before. (image via NOPD)

Photograph of a truck believed to have been used in Saturday’s shooting in the Irish Channel, photographed at a crash scene in Broadmoor the day before. (image via NOPD)

Last weekend’s shooting in the Irish Channel may have involved a truck that detectives have determined was actually stolen twice — first from its original owner, and then again after it was used in a hit-and-run crash, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Apr 032014
 

the big issueThe entrepreneurship boom in New Orleans is a real phenomenon, and a crucial factor in the city’s continued rebirth — but it must also be accompanied by more economic opportunities for the unsustainable number of jobless African-American men in the city, a panel of business leaders said Thursday evening.

“We can get there,” said Rod Miller, CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance. “We are a ‘new’ New Orleans, but we’re not our best New Orleans.” Continue reading »

Apr 032014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We have been watching with much interest the national and Louisiana debate regarding increasing the minimum wage to $10.10. The latest polls show that support is growing across the nation, although only seven states and the District of Columbia have raised starting pay.

According to today’s New York Times, Louisiana is one of five states – the others being Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee – that currently does not have a minimum wage. Washington State has the highest wage ($9.32) currently with D.C. to move to $11.50 in 2016. While both those rates might be too high for Louisiana’s economy, something must be done to give our lowest paid citizens a better opportunity to succeed in life. Continue reading »

Apr 032014
 

John Michel of Mr. Mudbug boils crawfish at Crawfest 2011 at Tulane University. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

John Michel of Mr. Mudbug boils crawfish at Crawfest 2011 at Tulane University. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Freret Street Festival. Fete Francaise. Crawfest. The Celtic Fest. The Mini Maker Faire. Bach around the Clock. Professional wrestling?

There’s so much happening this weekend around Uptown New Orleans, you may wish you had an interactive map to plan your attack. And, if so, Uptown Messenger has you covered. Continue reading »

Apr 032014
 

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If you’ve never picked salad straight from your yard, it’s time to start living! And we mean off of your land! No yard, porch or balcony is too small to grow your own herbs, vegetables, fruits and flowers. 

At NOLA Kitchen Gardens & Compost, we build tailored edible gardens and food forests, teach you how to be a successful gardener, and help you grow what you eat.  Other services include garden makeovers, regular garden maintenance and composting services. Continue reading »

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Apr 022014
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

“I think I was 7 or 8 when I took apart my father’s radio,” says Cameron MacPhee, native New Orleanian and co-catalyst for this coming weekend’s Mini Maker Fair, recalling the first thing he remembers disassembling as a boy. “I was sure I had his permission,” he follows up, if not somewhat deadpanned.  “I even got shocked, like one of the capacitors got me.” 

MacPhee is now a father to a couple of young boys himself, and his story is likely all-too-familiar for the those participating in and attending Saturday’s first-ever event, the DIY and Maker movement is an all ages affair that extends beyond the boundaries of craft and convention. Continue reading »

Apr 022014
 
Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence in early February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence in early February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Opponents of the controversial Newcomb Boulevard fence have won a preliminary round in the fight over the street’s future, as city planners are recommending against its sale and closure to the public. Continue reading »

Mar 312014
 
NOPD Lt. Shaun Ferguson (second from right) marches in an anti-crime march through west Carrollton in September 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

NOPD Lt. Shaun Ferguson (second from right) marches in an anti-crime march through west Carrollton in September 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

New Orleans Police Lt. Shaun Ferguson — essentially second-in-command in the Uptown-based Second District — was promoted to commander of the Algiers-based Fourth District over the weekend, departmental officials said. Continue reading »

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Mar 312014
 

Residents of the City Council District B — which spans most of Uptown and the Central Business District from Jefferson Avenue to Canal Street, and also includes part of Mid-City — are invited to a hospitality tent at Wednesdays at the Square this week, hosted by Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and featuring food by John Besh’s restaurant Luke. Continue reading »

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Mar 312014
 
(images via WWNlive.com)

(images via WWNlive.com)

Yes, WWE Wrestlemania XXX will be taking over the Superdome this weekend. But Uptown New Orleans will also get its dose of pro wrestling action from the World Wrestling Network, featuring six events at Tulane University that include tag-team competitions, female championship wrestling and a monster spectacle called the “Kaiju Big Battel.” Continue reading »

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Mar 312014
 

Owen Courreges

This week, I spotted two pieces of news that become quite unnerving when placed together.

First, this legislative session, no fewer than four lawmakers have filed bills seeking to authorize off-duty police officers to carry firearms in bars.  The move comes in reaction to an opinion issued last summer by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell in which he advised that the practice is technically illegal under an existing Louisiana statute.

Secondly, former 6th District New Orleans police officer Desmond Pratt was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery and one count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Pratt owed his light sentence to the reluctance of the victims to testify, a common factor in rape and incest cases. Continue reading »

Mar 312014
 

the big issueHas post-Katrina rebuilding really created a new city out of New Orleans, or is the “boom” more of an artificial economic bubble that is bound to burst? This question will drive the next installment of Tulane Hillel’s occasional series of “The Big Issue” discussions, set for Thursday evening with the title “New Orleans 2.0: Fact or Fiction?” Continue reading »

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