Apr 022016
 
Rebeca Trejo, left, dances with the Wild Magnolias on the Alder Hotel stage at the 2016 Freret Street Festival. The event featured 18 artists on three stages, 35 food vendors and craft vendors ranging from Freret and Soniat to Napoleon Avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Rebeca Trejo, left, dances with the Wild Magnolias on the Alder Hotel stage at the 2016 Freret Street Festival. The event featured 18 artists on three stages, 35 food vendors and craft vendors ranging from Freret and Soniat to Napoleon Avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Clear skies and mild temperatures cleared the way for the 2016 Freret Street Festival. The festival featured 35 food vendors, 200 arts and crafts vendor and 18 artists on three stages.

Capoeira students from NOLA Capoeira display their skills in front of the Home Bank stage at the 2016 Freret Street Festival. The event featured 18 artists on three stages, 35 food vendors and craft vendors ranging from Freret and Soniat to Napoleon Avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Capoeira students from NOLA Capoeira display their skills in front of the Home Bank stage at the 2016 Freret Street Festival. The event featured 18 artists on three stages, 35 food vendors and craft vendors ranging from Freret and Soniat to Napoleon Avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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The City of New Orleans will continue the eleventh season of NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball at 7 p.m. this Saturday, April 2. Its purpose is to provide safe recreational opportunities in crime hot spots for young men through mentorship, support and basketball. The event will feature remarks from Marcus Hall of SPAWAR and information on how coding may help further job opportunities. Continue reading »

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Apr 012016
 
The Nairobi Youth, who performed at the 2015 Freret Street Festival, will return to the new Loyola University stage on Saturday, April 2. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

The Nairobi Youth, who performed at the 2015 Freret Street Festival, will return to the new Loyola University stage on Saturday, April 2. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

Don't let this bad weather trick you.Tomorrow it will be beautiful. No April Fool!

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Despite a rainy Friday, organizers of the Freret Street Festival are relying on forecasts of perfect New Orleans springtime weather Saturday for their three music stages (headlined by James Andrews, Tank and the Bangas, and Tribe Nunzio), 200 vendors and festival food courts with picnic seating. Continue reading »

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Apr 012016
 
Quattro Formagi and Ricotta, Arugla, and Speck Neapolitan Pizza (Kristine Froeba)

Quattro Formagi and Ricotta, Arugla, and Speck Neapolitan Pizza (Kristine Froeba)

Ancora Pizzeria and Salumeria’s website quotes the Vera Napoletana Rules: the pizza must be made with flour, water, salt, yeast only, no fats. The pizza must also be a particular width—12 inches—and must be hand-rolled, cooked at 400 degrees, while the oven must be refractory and fired with wood. The laws of Naples and Italy are strictly adhered to on Freret. The Pizzeria’s site further specifies that Neapolitan Pizza should be well done, fragrant, and the border high and soft, never crusty.

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

The Vera Napoletana Rules are perfectly executed at Ancora. The oven is exactly as it should be, as are the local fresh ingredients. While the Rules mention only four official types of Neapolitan Pizza, the Margharita, Four Cheese, Marinara, and Calzone, variations are allowed if the Rules are respected. Continue reading »

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Mar 312016
 
A row of new street lights and two lanes of traffic on Napoleon Avenue can be seen approaching Freret Street on the evening of March 31. Construction on this section will be finished in April, and on the entire avenue by the end of the year, officials said. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A row of new street lights and two lanes of traffic on Napoleon Avenue can be seen approaching Freret Street on the evening of March 31. Construction on this section will be finished in April, and on the entire avenue by the end of the year, officials said. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The long-awaited end of the Napoleon Avenue drainage-canal project is now expected to be the end of the year — all of it — and landscaping on the neutral ground should be done next year, officials with the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told neighbors Thursday night. Continue reading »

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Mar 312016
 
Women officials at the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee meeting (from left): Nadine Ramsey and Deborah Langhoff, Susan Guidry and Kristen Gisleson Palmer, Angele Wilson and Caroline Fayard. (photos by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Women officials at the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee meeting (from left): Nadine Ramsey and Deborah Langhoff, Susan Guidry and Kristen Gisleson Palmer, Angele Wilson and Caroline Fayard. (photos by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Based on the past week’s nasty exchange between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz about their respective wives, do the Republican presidential candidates really think of women as “objects to ogle or protect” as a New York Times columnist suggested? Or do the GOP contenders recognize female voters to be the savvy constituency that will decide the outcome of this year’s presidential race? Continue reading »

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The 3rd Annual Fallen 5K, presented by the Tulane Navy ROTC program, will take place this Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m.  The run will raise money for the Lone Survivor Foundation and “help remember the heroes who have gone before us and paid the ultimate sacrifice”. Continue reading »

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Mar 312016
 

The Whimsie 2016 Spring Art Show will take place this Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3, in the garden of Louise S. McGehee School. Now in its 45th year, the art show will feature over 30 local artists displaying original paintings, ceramics, sculpture and drawings. Continue reading »

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Mar 302016
 
James Carville speaks about the 2016 presidential election in Rousell Hall at Loyola University as part of the Ed Renwick lecture series. Carville, a Democrat, and Matalin, a Conservative, are two prominent speakers in their respective political circles. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

James Carville speaks about the 2016 presidential election in Rousell Hall at Loyola University as part of the Ed Renwick lecture series. Carville, a Democrat, and Matalin, a Conservative, are two prominent speakers in their respective political circles. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Mary Matalin speaks in Rousell Hall at Loyola University as part of the Ed Renwick lecture series. Carville, a Democrat, and Matalin, a Conservative, are two prominent speakers in their respective political circles. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Mary Matalin speaks in Rousell Hall at Loyola University as part of the Ed Renwick lecture series. Carville, a Democrat, and Matalin, a Conservative, are two prominent speakers in their respective political circles. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

While neither Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders are likely to win the Presidential election, the voter anger that has propelled both outsider’s campaigns will persist until Washington can come to terms with Americans’ sense of distrust after watching institution after institution fail, predicted veteran political strategists James Carville and Mary Matalin in a fast-moving, free-wheeling conversation about the election Thursday at Loyola University. Continue reading »

Mar 302016
 

A video of a recent auto burglary on Annunciation Street shows how quickly thieves can get in and out of unlocked cars, New Orleans police said this week as they repeat their plea for residents to prevent crime simply by locking their doors. Continue reading »

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Mar 302016
 

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Roberta Kaplan, the attorney who argued the U.S. Supreme Court case that ultimately led to the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States, will speak at Temple Sinai on St. Charles Avenue in April in support of her recently published book on the issue. Continue reading »

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Mar 302016
 
Four burglaries and burglary attempt to a 16-year-old who had previously been shot during another burglary attempt in the area. Not shown: a fifth case in the 3600 block of Eagle Street. (map via NOPD)

Four burglaries and burglary attempt to a 16-year-old who had previously been shot during another burglary attempt in the area. Not shown: a fifth case in the 3600 block of Eagle Street. (map via NOPD)

An angry father chased down and subdued a teenage boy whom his 12-year-old daughter found in her Gert Town bedroom last week, and when police arrived, they discovered that he was the same teen who had already been charged in four previous burglaries around the Fontainebleau area — including one case when he was shot by a homeowner, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Mar 292016
 
James Carville and Mary Matalin (via Loyola University)

James Carville and Mary Matalin (via Loyola University)

Political consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin will discuss bizarre drama of the 2016 Presidential election in a forum Wednesday night moderated by Gambit publisher Clancy DuBos and hosted by the Loyola University Institute of Politics. Continue reading »

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Mar 292016
 
Betsy Ordemann of Magic Box Toys

Betsy Ordemann of Magic Box Toys

Greater New Orleans’ citizens are arguably the most flexible people in the country. We take turns with our fellow drivers on narrow cobblestone streets, we know the secret route to get to our house during parade season, and boil water advisories keep us on our toes. These are just a few quirks that make us curious to outsiders and unite us as New Orleanians.

Another reason for us to band together is coming to a road near you! We will be facing drainage system improvements and road construction for the next five years. Funds from FEMA as well as our Department of Public Works have been designated and projects have been mapped through 2019 and we need to stay flexible (as we do) in the name of long-term infrastructure improvements!

Along with those experiencing personal inconveniences and dissatisfactions, our local businesses on these routes are taking a hard economic hit. New Orleans’ businesses need to feel our support and the impact of local dollars now at this critical time of business disruption because they are the backbone of our city’s culture, economy and character. Continue reading »

Mar 282016
 
Neighbors rally around the sculpture at "The Fly" on Feb. 15. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors rally around the sculpture at “The Fly” on Feb. 15. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Carrollton Boosters are withdrawing their plan to create a new sports complex on the Audubon Riverview park known as The Fly, following two months of protests by activists who said the project claimed too much valuable open space along the Mississippi River. Continue reading »