Jan 062015
 

The Family Center of Hope at Watson Teaching Ministries on St. Charles Avenue will offer a free screening Wednesday, Jan. 7, of the “Shell Shocked” documentary that explores youth and gun violence in New Orleans, followed by a discussion with director John Ritchie afterward. Continue reading »

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Jan 052015
 
Police take a suspect into custody Sunday night at Cadiz and Loyola. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police take a suspect into custody Sunday night at Cadiz and Loyola. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Morris Smith, Taman Martin, Darrell Quinn and Tevin Quinn (from left, via opcso.org)

Morris Smith, Taman Martin, Darrell Quinn and Tevin Quinn (from left, via opcso.org)

New Orleans police have released the names of the four men arrested Sunday night following a manhunt around Cadiz and Jena streets in connection with a series of armed robberies earlier in the evening — using a gun taken from a victim in an armed robbery shortly before Christmas, authorities said. Continue reading »

Jan 052015
 
The Phunny Phorty Phellows prepare to leave from the streetcar barn on Willow on their Twelfth Night ride through Uptown New Orleans in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Phunny Phorty Phellows prepare to leave from the streetcar barn on Willow on their Twelfth Night ride through Uptown New Orleans in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With those other holidays already behind us, the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line will yet again host the kickoff of the Carnival season with the annual Twelfth Night ride of the Phunny Phorty Phellows. Continue reading »

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Jan 052015
 

Owen Courreges

Since August 2004, six New Orleans police officers have been killed.  Two died in auto accidents with other motorists.  One died from an illness contracted while conducting rescue operations during Hurricane Katrina.  Another was killed off-duty during a home invasion.

The two remaining officers were killed while on-duty.  Both were killed by men suffering from severe mental illness. Continue reading »

Jan 042015
 
New Orleans police officers take a suspect into custody at the corner of Cadiz and Loyola streets during a two-hour manhunt in the area Sunday evening following a rash of Uptown robberies. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police officers take a suspect into custody at the corner of Cadiz and Loyola streets during a two-hour manhunt in the area Sunday evening following a rash of Uptown robberies. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Four people were arrested and two guns were seized Sunday night following a police chase and two-hour manhunt in the Freret neighborhood, and New Orleans police are investigating the suspects’ possible connections to a rash of several armed robberies earlier in the evening. Continue reading »

Jan 012015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

When we look at the many national experts who are predicting Americans – in general – will have a good 2015, we also want to look at those indicators in terms of New Orleans. The U.S. and certainly New Orleans’ economy appears to be hitting its stride. GDP growth nationally will rise approximately three percent, despite turmoil in global oil markets, concerns over stock valuations, war and the recession, according to WalletHub, a one-stop information source for consumers and small business owners. Continue reading »

Dec 312014
 
Families and friends gather watch "The Princess and the Frog" in Annunciation Square Park in August 2011. The showing drew about 150 people. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Families and friends gather watch “The Princess and the Frog” in Annunciation Square Park in August 2011. The showing drew about 150 people. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

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Today (Wednesday, Dec. 31) is the last day for neighborhood groups and other organizations to turn in applications to host a Movies in the Park event in partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission during the spring season, which starts in March. Continue reading »

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Dec 292014
 
The memorial procession  for late comedian and activist Jonah Bascle confronts a street car on St. Charles and Valence Street (Jamal Melancon, Uptown Messenger.com)

The memorial procession for late comedian and activist Jonah Bascle confronts a street car on St. Charles and Valence Street (Jamal Melancon, Uptown Messenger.com)

The La Nuit Comedy Theater's chalkboard (Jamal Melancon, Uptown Messenger.com)

The La Nuit Comedy Theater’s chalkboard (Jamal Melancon, Uptown Messenger.com)

The life, passions, and humorous spirit of late comedian and activist Jonah Bascle — who died Dec. 2 from complications concerning muscle dystrophy — were honored Sunday by a memorial march with Mardi Gras zest and joy, a re-enactment of the protest that marked his run for mayor and a roast in Bascle’s home-base comedy club on Freret Street. Continue reading »

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Dec 292014
 

Owen Courreges

New Year’s Day is now nearly upon us. As has always been the case, the libations will flow and drunken debauchery will rule the streets. We will celebrate having endured one more journey around the sun on this world of ours by getting blotto.

Of course, there was a brief period when that wasn’t the case.

“The first day of the New Year was observed, rather than celebrated by New Orleans, with hushful Sabbatical ceremony,” a reporter for the Times-Picayune observed during Prohibition. Continue reading »

Dec 262014
 
Comedian Jonah Bascle at La Nuit Comedy Theater on Freret Street in April 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Comedian Jonah Bascle at La Nuit Comedy Theater on Freret Street in April 2011.
(UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Family and friends of comedian and activist Jonah Bascle have planned a memorial march Sunday in his honor after his Dec. 2 death from complications relating to muscular dystrophy, concluding at his home-base comedy club on Freret Street for a roast to celebrate his humorous spirit. Continue reading »

Dec 252014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Each year at this time, we reflect on how blessed we are to be citizens of the United States of America and thank God for our courageous grandparents who came to this country with little more than the clothing on their backs. They opened doors for us and we will always be grateful for their courage and the many great things about being a U.S. citizen. Continue reading »

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Dec 252014
 
Eli Pirner lights one of several hundred candles on Pine Street on Christmas Eve. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Eli Pirner lights one of several hundred candles on Pine Street on Christmas Eve. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As dusk fell on Christmas Eve, a few blocks of Pine Street in Uptown New Orleans glowed a little more brightly after a group of neighborhood children lit their sidewalks with hundreds of votive candles. Continue reading »

Dec 242014
 

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Today, on Christmas Eve, the holiday classic, “A Christmas Story,” will air for 24 hours straight.

I’ve indulged in this marathon, a new-fangled Christmas tradition, for many years.

But this year, I just can’t approach this movie with the same light-hearted spirit. My thoughts turn to Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Cleveland boy, who was shot by a police officer on November 22 — shortly before Thanksgiving — for playing with a toy gun in a park. Continue reading »