Mar 112014

ISL5kTo promote Health & Wellness the International School of Louisiana is excited to Kick Off the New Year with the ISL 5K – Spring Shuffle taking place Saturday, March 15, 2014 at LaSalle Park – 6600 Airline Dr. Metairie, LA 70003.

The event features a 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run.  The post-race party will include food, refreshments, music, and fun for the whole family, including Mini Zumba and Yoga classes, Nutrition Expert Advice, and family-friendly activities like Face Painting, Unicycle Races, Chinese Yo-Yo competitions, Circus Arts Juggling workshops, and more! Continue reading »

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Mar 102014


Headline performances by Ani DiFranco and Kermit Ruffins are pushing ticket sales for Sunday’s Fourth Annual Fete de la Musique fundraiser higher than they’ve ever been before, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans officials said Monday night. Continue reading »

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Mar 102014

Elijah Wald's  book Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues, Amistad, 2005

Elijah Wald’s book Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues, Amistad, 2005

Grammy award winning musician/historian Elijah Wald will discuss the work of Jelly Roll Morton at Tulane University on March 20 in the Freeman Auditorium, at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading »

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Mar 102014

Owen Courreges

Ron Forman makes over $700,000 per year, yet he’s acting like a beggar.  And the worst part is, he’s not even an honest one.

Forman, the president and CEO of the Audubon Nature Institution (and erstwhile mayoral candidate), is seeking a new property tax millage.  It would be of 50 years duration at a rate of 4.2 mills.  Although the new millage would replace the existing 3.31 mills dedicated to the Audubon Zoo and the Aquarium of the Americas, it is not a renewal.  It is a new millage. Continue reading »

Mar 102014
(courtesy of The Audubon Nature Institute)

(photo via The Audubon Nature Institute)

On Saturday (March 15), Orleans Parish voters will decide on more than just runoff races for City Council seats. A property tax worth up to $11.9 million a year is up for vote for the Audubon Nature Institute, the organization that supports the Uptown-located Audubon Zoo, as well as the Aquarium downtown and other sites around the city.

Supporters of the millage say it is a renewal of an already-existing tax. But dissenters say that it’s a new tax, because it could mark an increase in funds for the Institute for a period of 50 years. Continue reading »

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Mar 082014
Chautauqua New Orleans offers a variety of classes, lectures and workshops for adult members (via

Chautauqua New Orleans offers a variety of classes, lectures and workshops for adult members (via

Accentuate your knowledge on Shakespeare to Mark Twain, to evolution and the human spirit, to even Libertarianism and Kinetic sculpture with this spring’s Chautauqua classes. All classes are under $40 and open to all Chautauqua members, classes begin on March 31. Continue reading »

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Mar 072014

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

For those of us whose memories go back a long ways, one of the all-time great New Orleans stories is the transformation of the Audubon Park Zoo from an “animal ghetto” to a world-class zoo that is considered an American gem.

It all started in the 1970s when then-Mayor Moon Landrieu, irate about complaints that the zoo was a vile-smelling, dirty place where the animals suffered from a lack of care, sent a promising young administrative assistant Ron Forman to the Uptown outpost to see what if anything could be done. Continue reading »

Mar 072014

By Tobias Arturi

In a state in which abstinence-only sex education is the norm, and locally accessible reproductive health services are scarce, and often demonized, Planned Parenthood has always remained a stalwart voice for the practice of safe sex and a resource for those who need real answers about sex other than “Don’t Have It”.
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Mar 062014
The suspected robber holds a gun at the counter of American Apparel (NOPD)

A robber holds a gun at the counter of American Apparel (NOPD)

Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Thursday afternoon in American Apparel, located at 3310 Magazine Street between Louisiana and Toledano streets, according to an incident report from New Orleans police and employees working in the area.

The suspect walked into the store around 2:40pm, and then spent nearly two hours asking the store’s employees their opinions on different articles of clothing, according to a police report by Officer Frank Robertson.

The man walked to the cash register as if he was about to check out, when he produced a semi-automatic pistol and pointed at the clerk and demanded she open the register, according to the report. The employee handed the over $800 in cash, police said. Continue reading »