Jan 152016
 
Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

New Orleanians love international food and Mexican food is no exception. However, Uptowners crave the authentic, we are not a crowd clamoring for a Chimichanga. Tex-Mex also doesn’t cut it. Two new restaurants on Magazine are satisfying Uptown’s need for fresh authentic Mexican Cuisine.
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Jan 152016
 
Sixth Baptist Church (via Sylvain Solutions)

Sixth Baptist Church (via Sylvain Solutions)

The #STOPPOVERTY Summit is an event that honors Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by highlighting his work in organizing the Poor Peoples Campaign. The event will take place at Sixth Baptist Church, located at 928 Felicity Street, from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Jan. 16, and it will include guest speakers, interactive dialogue, and information on successful strategies in the reduction of poverty.

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Jan 142016
 
Contractors continue the work Thursday morning of transforming a former spa at Magazine and Foucher into Cavan, a new restaurant from the owner of Sylvain. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Contractors continue the work Thursday morning of transforming a former spa at Magazine and Foucher into Cavan, a new restaurant from the owner of Sylvain. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The first time Sylvain owner Robert LeBlanc presented his idea for a restaurant in a former Magazine Street spa to the Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association back in late 2013, it was just to share an intriguing idea. Then, in spring of 2014, LeBlanc returned to the group again, seeking their help in getting his concept through the New Orleans City Council.

When Leblanc appeared again this week, just about the only uncertainty left about Cavan was the exact day it will open.

“We think it’s going to be the first weekend after Mardi Gras,” LeBlanc said, then laughed. “But don’t hold me to that.” Continue reading »

Jan 142016
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

As Baton Rouge area residents listen President Obama’s remarks on Medicaid expansion today, we can’t help but think how strange our politics are getting. Governor Jon Bel Edwards can’t get his choice for speaker elected but at least St. Rep Walt Leger gets the consolation prize of Pro Tem. The next day Governor Edwards signs an Executive Order expanding Medicaid for a couple hundred thousand Louisiana residents who cannot afford health insurance, which made the President want to visit here this week. Who else noticed that Congressman Cedric Richmond was with the President on Air Force One? Continue reading »

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Jan 132016
 
The former Our Lady of Good Counsel School has been proposed to be renovated into a 22-unit apartment building. (photo via City Planning Commission)

The former Our Lady of Good Counsel School has been proposed to be renovated into a 22-unit apartment building. (photo via City Planning Commission)

Plans to renovate the former Our Lady of Good Counsel school on Louisiana Avenue into a 22-unit apartment building received a initial approval from city officials on Tuesday, bolstered by support from neighbors in the Garden District Association. Continue reading »

Jan 132016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Paul Simon recently let the cat out of the bag. He will appear at this year’s JazzFest, but otherwise, historically performers stay hush hush regarding their participation until festival organizer’s reveal the line up en masse.  And that usually happens right about now.  As such, the wild hair of getting back on that prognostication horse has tempted me yet again.

And through divination, conjurings, and tea leaf readings—but mostly looking at existing, published tour schedules—I submit the following 10 predictions. Consider Mr. Simon lagniappe that you may or may not have already known.

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Jan 122016
 

Rachael Levine, a Junior at Lusher Charter High School, has been selected for the 2016 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Rachael, a cellist, will perform during Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary season in February with the Honors Symphony Orchestra. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world. Continue reading »

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Jan 122016
 

A kitchen fire in a second-floor apartment spread to a neighboring apartment and three Magazine Street businesses below Monday night, but everyone escaped the three-alarm blaze without injury, New Orleans firefighters said. Continue reading »

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Jan 122016
 

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) will host its 9th annual Fit For a King Conference in honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this Thursday, Jan. 15. This year’s conference theme is “Bringing Justice Home: Fair Housing in an Era of Displacement and Growing Inequality”, and acclaimed civil rights activist Angela Davis will be the keynote speaker. Continue reading »

Jan 112016
 
A Lycee Francais banner hangs from the roof at the former Priestley campus in July 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Lycee Francais banner hangs from the roof at the former Priestley campus in July 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The state education board’s recent recommendation to extend the charter for Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans by an additional seven years will play a crucial role as the young school seeks financing to renovate the former Priestley school in Carrollton for its upper grades, officials said Monday night. Continue reading »

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Jan 112016
 

St. George'sSt. George’s Episcopal School will host Open Houses for students from age 1 year to 8th grade on January 14th and 21st 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 ongoing expansion of the 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.


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Jan 112016
 

A 49-year-old man was shot Friday on the corner of First Street and Claiborne Avenue, according to New Orleans police.

Police said he was approached by a man armed with a black handgun shortly before 2 p.m.

He was taken to a local hospital after the man shot him.

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Jan 112016
 
Former Our Lady of Good Counsel School has been proposed to be renovated into a 22-unit apartment building. (photo via City Planning Commission)

Former Our Lady of Good Counsel School has been proposed to be renovated into a 22-unit apartment building. (photo via City Planning Commission)

City Planning officials are set to discuss the proposal of an apartment building located at the former Our Lady of Good Counsel School at a City Planning Commission meeting Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »

Jan 112016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

We’ve long come to expect bizarrely poor public transit in New Orleans. Nothing runs on time, streetcars are useless following a modest fender-bender, and virtually half of bus service still hasn’t been restored after Katrina.

Meanwhile, tourist lines soak up the lion’s share of capital dollars while residents who live paycheck-to-paycheck wonder whether they’ll actually be able to get to work the next day. In short, transit is a basket case.

In the midst of all of this inefficient blundering, one would at least expect that RTA could get one thing right – using technology. Continue reading »