Dec 042015
 
 Families navigate around the construction area on Napoleon Avenue to clamor for beads from the Krewe of Carrollton in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Families navigate around the construction area on Napoleon Avenue to clamor for beads from the Krewe of Carrollton in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Despite construction underway on nearly every major transporation artery in Uptown New Orleans less than two months away from Mardi Gras, the City Council approved a 2016 parade schedule this week that suggests krewes follow their traditional routes. Continue reading »

Dec 042015
 

Kenton’s drink menu displays its whiskey-driven focus (photo by Kristine Froeba)

Following months of chatter about the proposed restaurant at Nashville and Magazine, New Orleans’ first American Whiskey Bar Restaurant opened to fully-booked tables. Kenton’s is attracting crowds and a neighborhood clamoring for both a taste and a peek inside.

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

Owners and husband-and-wife team Sean Josephs and Uptown’s Mani Dawes, along with Alabama native and Executive Chef Kyle Knall, are the names behind the restaurant. Josephs and Dawes are also the current owners of Maysville in Manhattan’s Flatiron District where Knall is also executive chef. Like Kenton’s, Maysville prominently features American cuisine and earned mention by The New York Times food writer Peter Wells. Wells described Knall’s cooking, saying his “understated American style is a winning blend of the refined and the unpretentious.” That theme continues at Kenton’s. The whiskey restaurant concept is courtesy of Sean Josephs; this is his second whiskey-themed restaurant. Kenton’s is following in the steps of his successful Char No. 4 in Cobble Hill, NY, while Dawes owns a Chelsea tapas bar, Tia Pol. Continue reading »

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(courtesy of Bounce Fitness)

Bounce + Belly Dance Fitness will hold a pop-up class on Freret Street this Saturday, Dec. 5. This one-hour pop-up dance/fitness collaboration merges the support for unique neighborhood business ventures in dance wellness/adult performance and creative real-estate buying. Continue reading »

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Dec 032015
 
An undated photograph of the original Walter L. Cohen High School building was featured in a documentary video on YouTube about the school's alumni.  (via wlcohenalumniassoc.org)

An undated photograph of the original Walter L. Cohen High School building was featured in a documentary video on YouTube about the school’s alumni. (via wlcohenalumniassoc.org)

The new campus of Walter L. Cohen High School may be built on the school’s original site, closer to the Amelia Street side of the property than the current building along Delachaise Street and in a smaller building than other new high schools, according to early ideas being floated by the school’s operator. Continue reading »

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Dec 032015
 

Gloria Steinem as photographed by Annie Leibowitz (via octaviabooks.com)

Gloria Steinem as photographed by Annie Leibowitz (via octaviabooks.com)

Author and women’s-rights advocate Gloria Steinem will discuss her new memoir, “My Life on the Road,” in an appearance Sunday at the Jewish Community Center, presented by Octavia Books. Continue reading »

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Dec 032015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The facilities operated by the Audubon Nature Institute are unquestionably premiere attractions for families in our region. Forty years ago, a 20-something geeky but industrious low-level employee of the City Planning Commission named Ron Forman caught the eye of then mayor Moon Landrieu who had been frequently embarrassed by the conditions and management at the run-down Audubon Zoo. He quickly dispensed the young Forman to clean it up. Without weeks, the director resigned, Forman took charge and over time convinced New Orleans business and Uptown communities that the zoo was worth supporting. Continue reading »

Dec 012015
 
Peter Gold tries to talk to a man now identified as 21-year-old Euric Cain on Friday, Nov. 20, moments before Cain shot Gold. (still image from surveillance video released by NOPD)

Peter Gold tries to talk to a man now identified as 21-year-old Euric Cain on Friday, Nov. 20, moments before Cain shot Gold. (still image from surveillance video released by NOPD)

Peter Gold (via Tulane University)

Peter Gold (via Tulane University)

The Tulane University medical student who was shot after intervening in what police describe as a kidnapping attempt in the Lower Garden District prior to the holidays has regained consciousness and is recuperating well, a family spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, New Orleans police are still investigating two subsequent shootings and two armed robberies that took place over the Thanksgiving holidays, with little in the way of leads so far. Continue reading »

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Dec 012015
 

Kenneth Rodgers (via Orleans Parish jail)

Kenneth Rodgers (via Orleans Parish jail)

A man arrested Friday hiding a gun in a milk crate on North Roman Street has been linked to four armed robberies — including that of the Krystal burger restaurant on South Claiborne Avenue — and two more robbery attempts around New Orleans in November, police said. Continue reading »

Nov 302015
 
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(via Brustman Carrino PR)

NOLA Brewery logoNOLA Brewing and The Roots of Music will host a happy hour on Tuesday, Dec. 1 for #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. The happy hour is free and will feature live performances by The Roots of Music
Marching Crusaders and Rebirth Brass Band.

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Nov 302015
 
"Treme" actor Wendell Pierce marches with students from his character's school in the Krewe of Carrollton in February 2012. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

“Treme” actor Wendell Pierce marches with students from his character’s school in the Krewe of Carrollton in February 2012. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Sometimes, you just have to sit back, watch, and eat some popcorn.

At least, that was my personal reaction to viewing the ongoing battles between local actor, producer, and businessman Wendell Pierce and local neighborhood groups and advocacy organizations. The battle started back in July when Pierce and his business partner, former mayoral candidate Troy Henry, proposed to redevelop a former auto parts store on St. Claude Avenue.

Predictably, this was met with opposition from local busybodies, a.k.a. The Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association (FMIA). Their objections seemed to spawn from the fact that the existing structure, which is nondescript, heavily blighted, and has been drastically modified over the years, would not be preserved. Continue reading »

Nov 302015
 
Tunes For Toys 2015

(via Trombone Shorty Foundation)

The Tulane School of Liberal Arts and the Gia Maione Prima Foundation will host a benefit concert this Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Tulane University. Tunes for Toys is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of a toy to be given to children at the Whole Foods at 300 N. Broad Street on Dec. 21. Continue reading »

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Nov 292015
 

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We offer a full range of postal options including super cool stamps, International Mail, Priority Mail and Priority Express. Continue reading »

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