Feb 192015
 
Aurielle Brimmer poses for photos on the red carpet outside Prytania Theatre prior to the annual Oscar-watching party in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Aurielle Brimmer poses for photos on the red carpet outside Prytania Theatre prior to the annual Oscar-watching party in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Scientist Alan Turing, the superhero “Birdman,” as well as the Hollywood glitterati — the Prytania Theatre is saving room for all of them on the red carpet Sunday night, when the New Orleans Film Society hosts its annual Academy Awards watching party and costume contests. Continue reading »

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Feb 192015
 
Carrollton Station owner Michael Miller (left) explains his experience taking his bar smoke-free during a town-hall session on the issue in July 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Carrollton Station owner Michael Miller (left) explains his experience taking his bar smoke-free during a town-hall session on the issue in July 2014. Miller said at the time that many bar owners privately looked forward to a ban. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

By Lawson Box

While bar patrons have mixed feelings about the new citywide ban on smoking indoors, some university area bar owners say they are happy about the ordinance as they expect even more students to frequent local watering holes. Continue reading »

Feb 192015
 
Senator David Vitter rides in the Krewe of Bacchus in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Senator David Vitter rides in the Krewe of Bacchus in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

It’s well known that U.S. Senator David Vitter is running away with the governor’s race at this time and we think there’s no better way to understand a man and his values than to look at where he spends his money, in this case $600,000 spent in 2014 according to Vitter’s campaign finance report.

Where does he eat in New Orleans, compared to other parts of the state? Whose coffee does he drink? Which hotels and airlines does he prefer, on campaign stops or in Florida? Continue reading »

Feb 182015
 
A Rex rider throws beads on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Rex rider throws beads on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Rex, the King of Carnival, showered St. Charles Avenue parade crowds with medallions, cups and pillows styled to match each float in the “Wars that Shaped Early America” theme.

The Rex "King's Jesters" float. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Rex “King’s Jesters” float. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 172015
 
A rider on the Zulu Soweto float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on the Zulu “Soweto” float laughingly displays coconuts on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Despite temperatures that hovered near freezing Tuesday morning, the jubilant Krewe of Zulu was greeted by ecstatic crowds on its roll down St. Charles Avenue. Continue reading »

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Feb 172015
 
A rider in the Krewe of Orpheus throws beads into the Napoleon Avenue crowd.

A rider in the Krewe of Orpheus throws beads into the Napoleon Avenue crowd.

With a series of playful illuminated floats led by a procession of celebrities for Lundi Gras, the Krewe of Orpheus spent what was just an ordinary Monday evening anywhere else exploring “The Magic of an Ordinary Day.”

The Krewe of Orpheus' stunning Leviathan float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Orpheus’ stunning Leviathan float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 162015
 
The Proteus "Fishing Birds" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Proteus “Fishing Birds” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The floats in the Krewe of Proteus carried explanations of their links to the original 1896 parade. (UptownMessenger.com)

The floats in the Krewe of Proteus carried explanations of their links to the original 1896 parade. (UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Proteus rolled on the Uptown route on Monday evening, with a theme of “Nature of the Beasts” recreating a parade with slyly satirical undertones dating back to the late 1800s. Continue reading »

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Feb 162015
 

Owen Courreges

Mardi Gras is a time for drunken debauchery. Carnival is also a time when our city is most laid bare for the country to see. Our people are judged, our government is judged, and the general quality of our celebration is – as one would expect – judged.

This year, I have stared into the maw of the beast that is our Carnival Season and drawn out the following scorecard (thus far): Continue reading »

Feb 152015
 
John C. Riley reigned as the King of Bacchus 2015. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

John C. Reilly threw handfuls of doubloons into the crowd. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday night, Bacchus rolled Uptown with the theme “Children’s Stories that Lived Forever.” Actor John C. Reilly reigned as the king of Bacchus 2015. The parade also featured actors Craig Robinson, Rob Corrdry and Clark Duke.

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Feb 152015
 
The Thoth "Hell Freezes Over" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Thoth “Hell Freezes Over” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Okeanos put on a parade of kings, the Krewe of Mid-City paid tribute to City Park, and the Krewe of Thoth gave its own spin on figures of speech.

The Krewe of Mid-City "Melusine and Snow Queen" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Mid-City “Melusine and Snow Queen” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Skinz and Bonez gang marches on Magazine Street with the Krewe of Okeanos. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Skinz and Bonez gang marches on Magazine Street with the Krewe of Okeanos. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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