Feb 182014
 

jewel bush

As the celebrities and athletes who came to town to party during the NBA All-Star Weekend board planes heading back to their posh lives — after they Instagram images of themselves looking fabulous and doing fabulous things like eating beignets and shooting hoops with underprivileged youth — New Orleans remains as bloody as ever.
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Feb 182014
 

DatDogParade3You now have more time to get your sing-along on! Dat Dog has moved the Jingle Contest Entry deadline from March 10th to April 14th.

Also, make the carnival season delicious with Parade Packs from us. Don’t show up empty handed at your favorite Mardi Gras parade party; call Dat Dog on Magazine at 504.324.2226 or Freret at 504.899.6883, and be the most popular guest on the route. Continue reading »

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Feb 172014
 
The Jefferson City Buzzards' march up Annunciation street from their clubhouse.

The Jefferson City Buzzards’ march up Annunciation street from their clubhouse in their annual practice parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Jefferson City Buzzards, an all-male Mardi Gras krewe, took the streets of Uptown Sunday afternoon in their finest women’s apparel for their annual practice parade. On Mardi Gras Day, the Buzzards march on St. Charles Ave. in between Zulu and Rex. Continue reading »

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Feb 172014
 
A map of "Dizneylandrieu" distributed by Krewe of Spank members during the Krewe du Vieux parade Saturday night. (image via @noladishu on Twitter; click for larger version)

A map of “Dizneylandrieu” distributed by Krewe of Spank members during the Krewe du Vieux parade Saturday night. (image via @noladishu on Twitter; click for larger version)

Owen Courreges

The past twenty years have seen the popularization of a relatively new word: Disneyfication. The Wikipedia article on Disneyfication defines it as “a term which describes the transformation of something, usually society at large, to resemble The Walt Disney Company’s theme parks.”

Many people, including me, have linked this concept to policies coming from New Orleans City Hall.

Those of you who went to see the Krewe du Vieux parade Saturday evening were greeted by a float emblazoned: “Dizneylandrieu.” Beneath a caricature of Mitch Landrieu as Mickey Mouse, Krewe members dubbed “Mitchkateers” distributed maps of “mayor-approved adventure[s] in the Gentrified Kingdom.” Continue reading »

Feb 152014
 
Lusher's operations director Frank Israel leads school board members in taking the state's newest standardized test. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher’s operations director Frank Israel leads school board members in taking the state’s newest standardized test. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In a scene reminiscent of the game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”, the Lusher Charter School governing board sat down Saturday morning and took the new standardized tests that students will face this spring. The stakes were much higher, however, as the exercise helped the board members understand the concerns educators have with the new tests.

In a separate issue, school officials discussed the upcoming renovations of the Lusher High School building, and the need for modular classrooms on campus to accommodate students during the project. Continue reading »

Feb 142014
 

The Jesuit Tampa Schola and Chamber Orchestra, a touring group from Jesuit High School in Tampa, will perform Gregorian Chant and polyphony, promoting Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI’s “vision of the liturgy”, during the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Stephen Church on Sunday (Feb. 16). Continue reading »

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Feb 142014
 

Kara Morgan

Kara Morgan

By Kara Morgan

It has been exactly a year since I was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma, having fairly large tumors in my lung and my abdomen. The good news is that I feel great and I have less cancer in me today than I did a year ago. The bad news is that I still have one large tumor and, as of today, there is no cure.

I already knew what was ahead for me as I sat in the doctor’s office on Feb. 7, 2013, listening to him confirm that the lung tumor biopsy results showed my melanoma had returned, three years after I had it removed from my face. The lymph nodes had come back clear, and my dermatologist and I were celebrating moving the big decrease in the chances it would return — except, unbeknownst to us, it already had. I knew the percentages of patients with melanoma metastasis to the lungs who survive one, two and five years are 33%, 18% and 10%, respectively. I also knew there was hope, with many stage IV survivors out there and ground breaking new treatments on the horizon.

But more than anything, I knew I felt good and I needed to get to 8th & St Charles and start setting up for the Muses parade that night before there were no spots left.
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Feb 132014
 
The SMBC Mime Ministry in Gretna performs during the third annual "Get Yah Praise On" at Audubon Zoo in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The SMBC Mime Ministry in Gretna performs during the third annual “Get Yah Praise On” at Audubon Zoo in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

As part of the city’s “NOLA for Life” initiatives, New Orleans residents can visit the Audubon Zoo for free Saturday — the same day as the zoo’s “Get Yah Praise On” gospel celebration. Continue reading »

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