Dec 172013
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks at her first re-election fundraiser on Oct. 9. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks at her first re-election fundraiser on Oct. 9. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After qualifying for the Feb. 1 city elections ended last week, LaToya Cantrell is the only member of the New Orleans City Council without a re-election battle on her hands.

With her first full four-year term ahead of her, Cantrell said this week that she can give all her focus to her priorities — blight and housing issues, crime and public safety, and, most immediately, revisions to the city’s Mardi Gras parade rules. Continue reading »

Dec 162013
 

Egyptologist Nicholas Piccardo will speak this evening (Monday, Dec. 16) at Tulane University on “Life in an Ancient Egyptian Elite Household,” then head to Baton Rouge for a discussion of digital archaeology on Tuesday, as part of a double-header of lectures through a new collaboration between the Louisiana Art and Science Museum and the American Research Center in Egypt, New Orleans Interest Group. Continue reading »

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Dec 162013
 

Owen Courreges

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again.” 

That’s apparently the motto of the First Spanish American Baptist Church (FSABC), which owns the dilapidated wood-frame building located at 1824 Sophie Wright Place in the Lower Garden District.  Their latest application to demolish the structure was rejected this past Thursday by the Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC). Continue reading »

Dec 162013
 

Ashley Machen, Owner and Travel Specialist at Treasure Travel, is launching the first in a series of unique wine & spirits tours called “Adventures by the Glass”.

The inaugural 6-day “Exclusive Napa/Sonoma Wine Tour” will begin May 31, 2014 and will bring the traveler to specially selected wineries off-the-beaten-path, in addition to some notable Napa and Sonoma highlights.

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Dec 142013
 

Announcer Andrew Ward holds up "Market Money" at the 2011 Freretstivus market on Freret Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Announcer Andrew Ward holds up “Market Money” at the 2011 Freretstivus market on Freret Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Freret Market’s “Freretstivus” winter shopping bazaar is opening shop at 10 a.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 14) under a sunny sky, in spite of earlier predictions of rain.

After the market, the Freret Clay Center will have a new opening featuring two ceramics artists. Continue reading »

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Dec 132013
 

Stephen Gordon

Stephen Gordon

Reid Stone

Reid Stone

An advocate for Lakeview street repairs and a marketing entrepreneur bring the field of candidates vying for Susan Guidry’s seat on the New Orleans City Council to six when qualifying closed Friday afternoon, but Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell drew no opponents. Continue reading »

Dec 132013
 

UPDATE: Saturday’s event has been canceled and rescheduled for Jan. 11.

At a "Fight the Blight" event in March 2011, Mayor Mitch Landrieu paints a gate around the pool at Taylor Park in Hoffman Triangle with Laquinn Huey, who was 8 at the time. NOLA For Life Day, a continuation of those efforts, will be held Saturday at A.L. Davis Park in Central City. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

At a “Fight the Blight” event in March 2011, Mayor Mitch Landrieu paints a gate around the pool at Taylor Park in Hoffman Triangle with Laquinn Huey, who was 8 at the time. NOLA For Life Day, a continuation of those efforts, will be held Saturday at A.L. Davis Park in Central City. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The city of New Orleans will bring a host of governmental agencies and nonprofits to A.L. Davis Playground in Central City on Saturday for the sixth “NOLA For Life” Day in an effort to reduce crime in the city through improving quality of life. Continue reading »

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Dec 132013
 

Jason Coleman

Jason Coleman

David Capasso

David Capasso

What had appeared to be a quiet re-election campaign for District A City Councilwoman Susan Guidry is heating up, with the unexpected entry of two more candidates: Jason Coleman, a Democratic activist and member of the Coleman Cab Company family, and David Capasso, an attorney active in progressive causes. Continue reading »

Dec 122013
 
The First Spanish-American Baptist Church building at 1824 Sophie Wright Place. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The First Spanish-American Baptist Church building at 1824 Sophie Wright Place. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The latest request to demolish the First Spanish-American Baptist Church building in the Lower Garden District — listed in 2011 as one of the most endangered historic structures in New Orleans — was denied with more stern words from city officials Thursday, but the fate of the structure remains uncertain as it continues to decay. Continue reading »