The second annual New Orleans Chess Fest will feature Harry Potter-style “Living Chess”, all-day chess tournaments, chess-themed crafts, lessons, and more. The fest will take place this Saturday, Nov. 7, and seven-time US Women’s Champ, Brooklyn-based grandmaster Irina Krush, will headline.
By William Khan
Hiking the cost of parking meters would be economically counterproductive and regressive. It would take a greater bite of incomes from service workers, and it would be especially harmful to the hospitality workers and businesses that make the city’s economic engine—tourism—run.
Bounce + Belly Dance Fitness will hold a pop-up class on Freret Street this Saturday, Nov. 7. 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.
The We’ve Got Soul kitchen is back open at Carrollton Station from Thursday to Sunday, starting this Thursday, November 5th to Sunday November 8th. This week’s menu features Sweet Tea Brined Pork Tenderloin, Oyster and Tasso Dressing-stuffed Bell Peppers, Grace’s Buttermilk Pie, and more. Check out this week’s full menu below!
Southern Food and Beverage Museum will have a guest scientist address the similarities in South Carolina barbecuing and applying STEM (Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering) this Saturday, Nov. 7. The museum will be offering free admission all day Saturday in celebration of the first anniversary of their “Trail of Smoke & Fire” event, which examines barbecue culture throughout the South.
It seems like almost everyone is jumping on John Bel Edward’s bandwagon. More than a year ago we ran into John Bel and Donna Edwards at an event in the river parishes. Donna proudly proclaimed that John Bel was going to be Louisiana’s next governor. Yeah, sure, we said at the time. Now we might have to agree.
Today’s endorsement by former candidate Republican Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne who received 166,000 votes is just another indication that Republican voters can give serious consideration to a Democrat who they might not agree with on every issue. We can also add Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand to that growing list of Edwards supporters along with the powerful Louisiana Sheriff’s Association.
Original artworks by George Rodrigue (Am., 1944-2013) and Herman Frederik Van Hengel (Dutch, 1705-1785), plus a very large American sterling center bowl, are just a few of the featured items in a two-day, 1,484-lot estates auction slated for this Saturday and Sunday by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.
Start times both days will be 9 a.m. Categories include French and American period furniture, original artworks (many by New Orleans and regional artists), sterling silver, antique clocks, wonderful mirrors, estate jewelry, vintage lamps and lighting, Russian icons and more. Internet bidding will be facilitated by both LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.
The Holy Name of Jesus School is holding its three-day community fair, Gator Fest, starting this Friday, Nov. 6. The school fair will feature carnival rides, live entertainment, and activities for all ages. The event is free and open to the public.
After his easy re-election to the United States Senate in 2010, it might have been reasonable to think that David Vitter had put his seriously sinful past behind him, from a political point of view.
But questions about his dalliance with prostitution prominently and somewhat surprisingly re-emerged in the governor’s race in September — long before videos starring his alleged former paramour — at a forum held by the Orleans chapter of the Alliance for Good Government. The moderator that night asked a seemingly innocuous question, whether the candidates had ever violated Louisiana criminal law, and Vitter refused to answer what he decried as a “gotcha” question.
This week, Vitter apparently hoped to avoid a repeat of that embarrassment, as both he and his staff refrained from attending the Alliance’s forums on the runoff Tuesday evening. Their endorsement went instead to John Bel Edwards, who was represented by state Rep. Walt Leger of New Orleans.
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Wilson Charter School will hold its “A Family Night of Inspiration In Broadmoor” event this Thursday, Nov. 5. The event is free and will feature a live performance by Kermit Ruffins, as well as free food.
A woman returning to her Robert Street home Tuesday evening was confronted by a group of would-be armed robbers who shot at her when she ignored their demands for her belongings, she said.
Four mothers who have lost their children to gun violence will share their stories and plans to help their communities end violence Thursday in commemoration of the first year of The Mother’s Circle, part of the Welcome Table New Orleans initiative of the Mayor’s Office.
St. George’s Episcopal School will host Open Houses for students from age 1 year to 8th grade on November 5th and 12th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at 923 Napoleon Avenue, the school has been a leader in New Orleans education since 1969. With the upcoming expansion of the Michael R. Boh Early Childhood Center and the continued success of Lower and Middle School students, St. George’s is committed to continuing its legacy of excellent education.
By Brendan Frost
Sean Partridge, the owner of Crescent City Vape on Magazine Street — and my boss at the store — was at the Thursday night Saints-Falcons game when halftime rolled around and he felt like having a vape. Since the New Orleans City Council passed the indoor smoking and vaping ban that took effect on April 22, Saints fans who want to vape must step outside into the designated smoking area that hugs the Super Dome.
“You’re not allowed to leave the stadium and come back,” Sean said. “So you have to go to this area closed off with police barricades. It’s a group of rowdy people packed in shoulder-to-shoulder, and almost every single person is smoking cigarettes.”
“Citizens of New Orleans, as your mayor, I am mindful of the ever-increasing cost-of-living in our fair city. Wages are not keeping pace, and many of our most economically vulnerable workers feel that they can no longer afford to live here.”
“For too long, your elected leaders have not only ignored this problem, but abetted it. Today, I pledge to ensure that we do better by our citizens – that we make their lives easier, not more difficult.”
You can file the above under “Things Mayor Landrieu Will Never Say.” Under his watch, the cost of pretty much everything has skyrocketed. Taxes, water rates, fees – they’re all higher. If Landrieu has the slightest notion of how this has affected the lives of the people he serves, he hasn’t been inclined to show it.