Jul 072016
 

backyard cut session

The fifth annual Backyard Cut Session on Saturday in the Freret neighborhood will feature three DJs spinning their favorite vinyl records with free food, raffles and dancing to support a senior center on Carrollton Avenue.

The party, hosted by the People Say Project, will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at 4636 South Saratoga, with a $10 suggested donation.

“The party of the summer happens Saturday, July 9 when DJ’s Rik Ducci, Justin Thomas and Yamin return to the yard for our 5th annual Backyard Cut Session,” the announcement reads. “This year’s proceeds benefit Uptown Shepherd’s Center, a senior activity center on Carrollton Ave. Nothing but vinyl, BYOB, free food, raffles, dance contests and $10 suggested donation to benefit USC. Stay tuned and prepare to get sweaty!”

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Jul 072016
 

Maggie Hansen (via Tulane University)

Maggie Hansen (via Tulane University)

Maggie Hansen has been elevated from assistant director to the permanent director of the Tulane Small City Center which is based on Baronne Street in Central City, according to an announcement from the university. The Small City Center is the Tulane School of Architecture’s home for more than 80 outreach projects around the city, such as community gardens and public gathering spaces.

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Jul 072016
 
Felicia Kahn displays a framed note from Hillary Clinton. (photo courtesy of Danae Columbus)

Felicia Kahn displays a framed note from Hillary Clinton. (photo courtesy of Danae Columbus)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Most people about to celebrate their 90th birthday probably just want to take it easy, but not Felicia Schornstein Kahn. A passionate feminist, political activist and a lifelong advocate of citizen education and social justice, Kahn is preparing to attend this month’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia — her tenth since 1976 — where she will be the second oldest delegate pledged to Hillary Clinton. A 93-year-old Ohio woman beat Kahn out for the top spot, according to Clinton campaign official Harrison Morgan. Continue reading »

Jul 072016
 
(via StayLocal)

(via StayLocal)

StayLocal, the independent business alliance, will host a series of free social media sessions for business owners this month. The six sessions will take place between Tuesday, July 12, and Wednesday, July 27, and will cover Facebook, Instagram, and online reputations on Yelp and other sites.

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Jul 072016
 

At any community meeting involving New Orleans Police officers, their pleas to citizens to take the simplest steps to prevent crime are repeated as consistently as a mantra: Don’t leave your car doors unlocked. Don’t leave valuables inside your car.

Now, a video from an auto burglary on Coliseum Street in the Lower Garden District shows in crystal-clear quality how quickly an opportunistic thief can get in and of your unlocked vehicle with the belongings you left inside: less than 20 seconds. Continue reading »

Jul 062016
 
Village Coffee on Freret Street is closed and for lease. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Village Coffee on Freret Street is closed and for lease. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Village Coffee, one of the pioneering businesses in the Freret commercial corridor’s post-Katrina resurgence, is moving to Metairie, leaving their large corner building up for lease for a new tenant. Continue reading »

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Jul 062016
 
Children play dodgeball during the Freret Get-Together at Evans Park in December 2014. The event was hosted by the Evans Park Booster Club, with activities organized by Eric and Claudean Capers of Anytime Fitness. (Photo by Liz Jurey, courtesy of Freret Neighborhood Center)

Children play dodgeball during the Freret Get-Together at Evans Park in December 2014. The event was hosted by the Evans Park Booster Club, with activities organized by Eric and Claudean Capers of Anytime Fitness. (Photo by Liz Jurey, courtesy of Freret Neighborhood Center)

The Urban Conservancy and the national landscape architecture firm of Asakura Robinson will host a workshop this weekend aimed at bolstering the public outreach requirements and revenue goals for parks in New Orleans through amendments to the city’s master plan. Continue reading »

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Jul 052016
 
(via New Orleans Film Society)

(via New Orleans Film Society)

The New Orleans Film Society will present the 19th Annual New Orleans French Film Festival, a summer showcase of contemporary and classic French cinema, in partnership with Le Consulat général de France à La Nouvelle-Orléans and the Prytania Theatre. The festival will take place July 7-14, with the Opening Night screening of “My Golden Days” (“Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse”) at the Orpheum Theatre and all other screenings at the Prytania Theatre. Continue reading »

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Jul 052016
 
A rendering of a proposed new clinic at Louisiana and Freret streets. (via City of New Orleans)

A rendering of a proposed new clinic at Louisiana and Freret streets. (via City of New Orleans)

The construction of a new dialysis facility to replace a vacant, blighted medical building at the corner of Louisiana Avenue and Freret Street received tentative approval from the City Planning Commission last week, sending it to the City Council for final approval. Continue reading »

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Jul 042016
 
(via Spears Group)

(via Spears Group)

The Millennial Awards is a one-of-a-kind awards program that honors New Orleans’ millennials who are making a difference in the community and excelling in their respective industry. The 4th Annual Millennial Awards, themed “Voices of a Generation,” will commence at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 at the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market, located at 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Continue reading »

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Jul 042016
 
Nicholas Payton performs at the the Ashe Power House as part of the First Fridays on the Boulevard event on Friday July 1. The event highlighted businesses on Oretha Castle Haley and included drink and food specials, art exhibits and live music.

Nicholas Payton performs at the the Ashe Power House as part of the First Fridays on the Boulevard event on Friday July 1. The event highlighted businesses on Oretha Castle Haley and included drink and food specials, art exhibits and live music.

First Fridays on the Boulevard took place on Oretha Castle Haley in Central City on July 1. The event highlighted businesses on Oretha Castle Haley and included drink and food specials, art exhibits and live music.

First Fridays on the Boulevard took place on Oretha Castle Haley in Central City on July 1. The event highlighted businesses on Oretha Castle Haley and included drink and food specials, art exhibits and live music.

On Friday July 1, several businesses along Oretha Castle Haley boulevard partook in the First Friday event. First Fridays included happy hours, live music performances and art shows at eleven businesses and venues along Oretha Castle Haley. The event was sponsored by the Oretha Castle Haley Business and Merchants association. Continue reading »

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Jul 042016
 

Southern Dental Care Smiles for Messenger

Finally, summer has arrived here in Southern Louisiana. The temperature is rising, and vacation time is looming. You’ve been working to get your body in shape for summer, but what about your smile?

Fortunately, you won’t have to spend hours in the gym and live on a strict diet to shape up your smile. That’s why Southern Dental Care is here!
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Jul 012016
 
This diagram shows the drainage improvements on one side of Galvez Street as part of a $51 million drainage project around Central City. (via City of New Orleans)

This diagram shows the drainage improvements on one side of Galvez Street as part of a $51 million drainage project around Central City. (via City of New Orleans)

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

A new $51 million drainage project along Martin Luther King Boulevard will help prevent flooding from heavy rains around the Central City area — but instead of simply trying to push water away through underground canals, it will absorb and store it according the most current thinking on stormwater management in New Orleans. Continue reading »

Jul 012016
 
First Banana Split for Miss Olivia Witte, Ice Cream Expert, aged five (Kristine Froeba)

First Banana Split for Miss Olivia Witte, ice cream expert, aged five (Kristine Froeba)

The main ice cream parlor of any small southern town is a summer staple. It’s usually on Main Street. Ours, in our little town of “Uptown”, is on Prytania. The Creole Creamery sits snugly in the middle of the block in the most nostalgic of locations, the old Mckenzie’s Bakery.

It is exactly as an ice cream parlor should be. There’s a long counter where you can pull up a stool and order a malted, bright red vinyl booths that invite sharing a banana split, and glass cases to peer in to oogle the flavors. Oddly enough, we seem to have only one ice cream parlor Uptown, but the quaint charm of this one is all we need. Continue reading »

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