Oct 072013
 

Owen Courreges

The Saenger Theater has finally reopened.  The opening gala took went off without a hitch over the weekend, with the facility receiving rave reviews.  Public and private dollars funded the whopping $52 million renovation that has been in the making for eight years, so expectations were running high.  Thankfully, the Saenger seems to have delivered.

Even cantankerous Times-Picayune theater critic (and sometimes theologian) Ted Mahne, whose scathing review of “Avenue-Q” is the stuff of legend, gushed that the Saenger was “magical.”  Oh, and the sense of civic pride? It was “palpable.” Continue reading »

Oct 072013
 

Fat Hen Grocery, photographed around the time of its opening in summer of 2011.  (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Fat Hen Grocery, photographed around the time of its opening in summer of 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Fat Hen Grocery has closed after two years on St. Charles Avenue, and the new McClure’s Barbecue restaurant on Magazine Street is being sued by a neighboring condominium over the operation of its smoker, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

Oct 042013
 

Archie Jefferson, younger brother of a former Congressman from a once-powerful political family, is marketing the South Broad Street home where his wife was found murdered last year as a bed-and-breakfast, apparently without a license, according to a report by David Hammer of our partners at WWL-TV and Claire Galofaro of The New Orleans Advocate. After Sandra Peters Jefferson was beaten to death last May, Archie Jefferson was a “person of interest,” but no charges were filed, Hammer and Galofaro report.

Oct 042013
 
(image via the National Weather Service New Orleans office)

(image via the National Weather Service New Orleans office)

New Orleans is still expected to receive up to 4 inches of rain and winds of 25 to 35 mph this weekend as Tropical Storm Karen comes ashore on the Gulf Coast, meterologists said Friday morning. Continue reading »

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Oct 032013
 

Jonah Bascle

Jonah Bascle

Susan Guidry, the incumbent representative for District A on the New Orleans City Council, has drawn her first announced challenger for her re-election: 27-year-old comedian Jonah Bascle.

But Bascle, confined to a wheelchair by muscular dystrophy, says he remains just as serious about making New Orleans accessible to people with disabilities as he was when he ran for mayor in 2010.

“It’s been four years,” Bascle said. “Stuff that I thought would be done by now still isn’t.” Continue reading »