Dec 032014
 
Jonah Bascle at La Nuit Comedy Theater on Freret Street in 2011.  (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

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

Jonah Bascle, the 28-year-old local comedian ran for mayor as a platform to bring attention to New Orleans’ lack of accessibility for the disabled, died Tuesday morning of complications relating to muscular dystrophy — but friends and supporters vowed to ensure both his love of good humor and his activism to improve the city live on. Continue reading »

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Dec 032014
 

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Liz Warner is a sleuth.  Owner of New Orleans House Histories, she dogged researches to unveil the secrets that your house has been keeping from you.  Who lived in your house before you? How old is it?  What did it look like in the past?  How did it fit into the development of your neighborhood?  How did its owners or tenants play a role in the growth of New Orleans?  What went on behind those closed doors?  These questions and more can be answered when she sets out to explore your house’s history.  She recently shared some of her favorite stories. Continue reading »

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Dec 022014
 
Martin Wine Cellar is expected to reopen its Baronne Street location the second week of December. (submitted photo)

Martin Wine Cellar is expected to reopen its Baronne Street location the second week of December. (submitted photo)

MartinWineCellarNearly seven decades after Martin Wine Cellar first opened on Baronne Street in 1946, the beloved Uptown grocery and deli is finally just days away from returning to its original location with a re-opening planned for next week, just in time for the holiday season. Continue reading »

Dec 012014
 
A sinkhole stretches across Coliseum Street while orange cones mark the city's response. (Owen Courreges for UptownMessenger.com)

A sinkhole stretches across Coliseum Street while orange cones mark the city’s response. (Owen Courreges for UptownMessenger.com)

Owen Courreges

Procrastinating until something becomes absolutely critical is undeniably an American tradition.  And when it comes to procrastinating, New Orleans is always at the forefront.

There’s an example of this phenomenon just down the street and around the corner from my house.  In the 2000 block of Coliseum Street there has long been a broken water or drainage line (it’s unclear which).  It first became obvious over seven years ago when the street began to sink and the adjacent brick sidewalk began to break apart. Continue reading »

Nov 282014
 

THe New Church on S. Carrollton and Freret

In order to pay for facility repairs to make the church safer for children, the New Church on South Carrolton and Freret will host a fundraising dinner next weekend with catering by Copeland’s. The event will feature WWL-TV’s Sally Ann Roberts as main speaker, a jazz band, and both a silent and live auction. Tickets are $20 per person. Continue reading »

Nov 272014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Danae arrived in Arkansas just in time for the annual Thanksgiving dinner at The Brookfield, where Vera, her 88-year old mother, resides. A place card on the table proclaimed “I am thankful for Vera.” It made her also reflect on the many things in New Orleans we are thankful for this year. Continue reading »

Nov 262014
 
New Orleans police take the trash can into evidence (after the woman's body was removed) from the alleyway where it was found. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police take the trash can into evidence (after the woman’s body was removed) from the alleyway where it was found. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An unidentified woman was found stabbed to death Wednesday afternoon in a garbage can in an alleyway that runs behind several homes on Danneel Street in Central City, New Orleans police say. Continue reading »

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Nov 262014
 

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My 11-year-old son used his allowance to purchase a BB gun at Academy Sports & Outdoors on a shopping trip with his grandfather a few weeks ago.

Needless to say, I wasn’t happy about it. My father, who grew up in Rosa, a rural agricultural community in St. Landry Parish, thought nothing of it. He grew up hunting deer, rabbit and whatever else was in season along with his eight brothers and scores of cousins. Back in his day, as kids, they handled real shotguns, not replicas, and missed weeks at a time of school to help his father in the fields. Continue reading »

Nov 262014
 

New Orleans police are asking the public to help find a suspect wanted for the armed robbery of a Washington Avenue business Tuesday night.armedrobbery

About 7:15 p.m., the suspect entered a Metro PCS located in the 4100 block of Washington Avenue and pointed a gun at the cashier, according to an initial police report. Continue reading »

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Nov 262014
 
New Freddie Pic copy
With Early Voting underway this week (and Election Day on Dec. 6th), Freddie Charbonnet continues to collect endorsements, notably Councilmember Susan Guidry, who Chairs the Criminal Justice Committee, and Cynthia Samuel, a juvenile and family law attorney and former opponent who received 15% of the vote in the primary.
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Nov 252014
 

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue play the 2014 VooDoo Experience at City Park. (MidcityMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

Trombone Shorty Tunes for Toys

The Soul Rebels, students from the Trombone Shorty Academy, and a Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews will play a free concert at Tulane’s McAlister Auditorium next week, with a suggested donation of a new toy that will be given to children from the Treme neighborhood during the holiday season. Continue reading »

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Nov 252014
 

Fresh cut, Frasier fir Christmas trees, wreaths and fresh garland arrive this week at First UU Church located at 5212 Claiborne Ave. (at Jefferson).  This holiday tradition goes back over 25 years in Uptown New Orleans.  All proceeds go to support First UU Church and its various social justice and community service programs.

Tree Collage Continue reading »

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