Oct 152014
 
The Rev. Pat Watson moderates a session of the Helping Mothers Heal group in 2013.  (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Rev. Pat Watson moderates a session of the Helping Mothers Heal group in 2013.
(UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Building on a series of workshops convened over the last two years, the Family Center of Hope will host its first Helping Mothers Heal conference on Saturday as part of the weekend’s 20th Annual Summit on the Plight of the African-American Male. Continue reading »

Oct 152014
 
(via nola.gov)

(via nola.gov)

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission will offer a free screening of Iron Man 3 in Norwood Thompson Playground this Friday (Oct. 17), hosted by the Norwood Thompson Playground Booster Club. The event will include pre-show field games and fitness activities led by Fit NOLA Parks instructors. Continue reading »

Oct 152014
 

A plan to sell off a vacant lot formerly used as a filling station for New Orleans Police Department vehicles near the rebounding Broad Street commercial corridor has been postponed indefinitely while city officials try to determine the extent of soil contamination under the site, but Broadmoor activists say it will likely attract strong interest once it goes to auction. Continue reading »

Oct 152014
 

The Grapes of Wrath

Kirk Coco, the founder and CEO of NOLA Brewing, will lead a discussion about beer and Prohibition in New Orleans at the Irish House on Thursday evening as a prelude to month-long discussion of John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath,” followed by a kickoff party Friday at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Continue reading »

Oct 142014
 

Keith Bartlett (via lfno.org)

Keith Bartlett (via lfno.org)

When Keith Bartlett was chosen to lead Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans late in the summer of 2013, the very future of French-immersion charter school was in question.

Its governing board had just been replaced through a process in essence mandated by the state government, and several of the new members had already resigned. Its two founding school leaders had publicly parted ways with the school, the temporary school leader was under increasing public scrutiny — as were the school’s finances. Disagreements over the causes of the problems sharply divided parents, and monthly board meetings were balancing acts between simmering tensions and open acrimony.

Reflecting the atmosphere of uncertainty, Bartlett was appointed school CEO last year with “interim” very publicly affixed to his title, and board members promised another search for a permanent successor. Against that background, then, the same board’s decision Monday night to make Bartlett the permanent CEO with a more-than-20 percent salary increase — and applause from parents who had been some of the school’s sharpest critics — was all the more striking. Continue reading »

Oct 132014
 
A rendering by architect David Keiffer of the proposed community center in Carrollton. (via Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association)

A rendering by architect David Keiffer of the proposed community center in Carrollton. (via Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association)

As the start of construction nears on a new community center funded by a state investment of more than $1 million, members of the Carrollton neighborhood remain apprehensive about the organization chosen to operate it — despite repeated assurances from officials that this is the most effective use of the land and the money moving forward. Continue reading »

Oct 132014
 

Owen Courreges

No, you’re not imagining things.  Violent crime in New Orleans is definitely getting worse.

Alas, the NOPD’s proposed “solutions” aren’t getting any better.

Just this month, the so-called “brown paper bag bandit” robbed two people in separate incidents two days apart – both within spitting distance of Trinity Episcopal Church.  Those robberies especially stuck with me because they occurred with a couple of blocks of my house. Continue reading »

Oct 122014
 
Tulane running back Sherman Badie shoves off linebacker Graham Stewart. Badie led the Wave in rushing with 77 yes on 14 carries. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane running back Sherman Badie shoves off linebacker Graham Stewart. Badie led the Wave in rushing with 77 yes on 14 carries. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane’s defense led the Green Wave to a 12-3 victory over American conference opponent the University of Connecticut on Saturday evening at Yulman Stadium, with a forced fumble, an interception and a safety.

Fans across the age spectrum were excited about Saturday's victory. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Fans across the age spectrum were excited about Saturday’s victory. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Continue reading »

Oct 102014
 
New Orleans police detectives compare notes while a patrol officer confers with a crime-scene technician after a robbery Friday on Dufossat Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police detectives compare notes while a patrol officer confers with a crime-scene technician after a robbery Friday on Dufossat Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman visiting her daughter on Dufossat Street was robbed of wedding and engagement rings at gunpoint just before noon Friday by a man who ambushed her from the sidewalk, the victims said. Continue reading »

Oct 102014
 
All eyes were on Beck at his sold out performance at the House of Blue in New Orleans. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere)

All eyes were on Beck at his sold out performance at the House of Blue in New Orleans. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

In all likelihood your favorite rock band or artist got their wee start doing someone else’s material.  It remains the sort of natural path most musicians follow as they begin to hone their own sound.  Some artists do go forth and produce new and original works while others may wish to rely on other’s material still, hence the staying power of the cover band proper.  In the world of cover bands there happens to be a whole swath of styles, everything from the hardcore playing of all songs in any given single artist’s catalog to “wedding” bands who play very familiar material but from a spectrum of the well-known, like Steve Miller, the Rev. Al Green, and maybe some Hall & Oates or even Loverboy, for good measure.  The latter are the bands everyone secretly loves because they tap into the collective social psyche as most everyone may relate to much of the material, though few would ever claim true fan status. 

Finally, there’s what I’ve come to loosely define as the “meta” rock band. Meta, as you may know, can be defined as “referring to itself or to the conventions of its genre; self-referential.”  There exists a fine line a cover band walks between being cover or meta, in my opinion.  Why?  Because cover is exactly that, but meta plays on a participant within the genre either going back to the good old days of when they sucked, perhaps playing a tune with a previous ensemble or just flat out paying homage to whomever.   Continue reading »