Oct 142014
 

Keith Bartlett (via lfno.org)

Keith Bartlett (via lfno.org)

When Keith Bartlett was chosen to lead Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans late in the summer of 2013, the very future of French-immersion charter school was in question.

Its governing board had just been replaced through a process in essence mandated by the state government, and several of the new members had already resigned. Its two founding school leaders had publicly parted ways with the school, the temporary school leader was under increasing public scrutiny — as were the school’s finances. Disagreements over the causes of the problems sharply divided parents, and monthly board meetings were balancing acts between simmering tensions and open acrimony.

Reflecting the atmosphere of uncertainty, Bartlett was appointed school CEO last year with “interim” very publicly affixed to his title, and board members promised another search for a permanent successor. Against that background, then, the same board’s decision Monday night to make Bartlett the permanent CEO with a more-than-20 percent salary increase — and applause from parents who had been some of the school’s sharpest critics — was all the more striking. Continue reading »

Oct 132014
 
A rendering by architect David Keiffer of the proposed community center in Carrollton. (via Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association)

A rendering by architect David Keiffer of the proposed community center in Carrollton. (via Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association)

As the start of construction nears on a new community center funded by a state investment of more than $1 million, members of the Carrollton neighborhood remain apprehensive about the organization chosen to operate it — despite repeated assurances from officials that this is the most effective use of the land and the money moving forward. Continue reading »

Oct 132014
 

Owen Courreges

No, you’re not imagining things.  Violent crime in New Orleans is definitely getting worse.

Alas, the NOPD’s proposed “solutions” aren’t getting any better.

Just this month, the so-called “brown paper bag bandit” robbed two people in separate incidents two days apart – both within spitting distance of Trinity Episcopal Church.  Those robberies especially stuck with me because they occurred with a couple of blocks of my house. Continue reading »

Oct 122014
 
Tulane running back Sherman Badie shoves off linebacker Graham Stewart. Badie led the Wave in rushing with 77 yes on 14 carries. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane running back Sherman Badie shoves off linebacker Graham Stewart. Badie led the Wave in rushing with 77 yes on 14 carries. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane’s defense led the Green Wave to a 12-3 victory over American conference opponent the University of Connecticut on Saturday evening at Yulman Stadium, with a forced fumble, an interception and a safety.

Fans across the age spectrum were excited about Saturday's victory. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Fans across the age spectrum were excited about Saturday’s victory. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Continue reading »

Oct 102014
 
New Orleans police detectives compare notes while a patrol officer confers with a crime-scene technician after a robbery Friday on Dufossat Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police detectives compare notes while a patrol officer confers with a crime-scene technician after a robbery Friday on Dufossat Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman visiting her daughter on Dufossat Street was robbed of wedding and engagement rings at gunpoint just before noon Friday by a man who ambushed her from the sidewalk, the victims said. Continue reading »

Oct 102014
 
All eyes were on Beck at his sold out performance at the House of Blue in New Orleans. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere)

All eyes were on Beck at his sold out performance at the House of Blue in New Orleans. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

In all likelihood your favorite rock band or artist got their wee start doing someone else’s material.  It remains the sort of natural path most musicians follow as they begin to hone their own sound.  Some artists do go forth and produce new and original works while others may wish to rely on other’s material still, hence the staying power of the cover band proper.  In the world of cover bands there happens to be a whole swath of styles, everything from the hardcore playing of all songs in any given single artist’s catalog to “wedding” bands who play very familiar material but from a spectrum of the well-known, like Steve Miller, the Rev. Al Green, and maybe some Hall & Oates or even Loverboy, for good measure.  The latter are the bands everyone secretly loves because they tap into the collective social psyche as most everyone may relate to much of the material, though few would ever claim true fan status. 

Finally, there’s what I’ve come to loosely define as the “meta” rock band. Meta, as you may know, can be defined as “referring to itself or to the conventions of its genre; self-referential.”  There exists a fine line a cover band walks between being cover or meta, in my opinion.  Why?  Because cover is exactly that, but meta plays on a participant within the genre either going back to the good old days of when they sucked, perhaps playing a tune with a previous ensemble or just flat out paying homage to whomever.   Continue reading »

Oct 092014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

For Democratic candidates in Deep South and Border States, carrying President Barack Obama on their backs is a bone-breaking load that may very well end their political careers.

There is no better example of that than the multi-talented U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu who has every right to feel exhausted from carrying the weight of the unpopular President every day, every hour and every minute. But Landrieu isn’t alone. In Arkansas, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor is also staggering under the Obama load. And, in a border state like Kentucky, Democratic challenger Allison Lundergan Grimes would surely defeat Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell if it were not for the Obama load that threatens to sink her in a race so close that the winning margin may well be one percent or less. In Mississippi, Democrat Travis Childers is so far behind Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran that the race could well be considered over and settled. Continue reading »

Oct 092014
 

Junior League of New OrleansThe Junior League of New Orleans is throwing a street party at the Bloomin’ Deals Thrift Shop tonight (Thursday, Oct. 9) with food, drinks and live entertainment by the 610 Stompers and The Sirens of New Orleans. Guests will also have an opportunity to purchase signature Mardi Gras throws, like shoes and purses. Continue reading »

Oct 092014
 
NOPD Homicide detectives in a promotional photo for A&E's show "The First 48." (via facebook.com)

NOPD Homicide detectives in a promotional photo for A&E’s show “The First 48.” (via facebook.com)

The house on Prytania near Josephine where a man was found shot to death in June 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The house on Prytania near Josephine where a man was found shot to death in June 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

More than a year ago, New Orleans police revealed that they had identified the man who allegedly killed a popular DJ in an execution-style murder inside a Prytania Street home the previous summer.

Travis Cochran, who was 25 at the time, has been on the run since, but investigators now hope that tonight’s episode of the nationally-broadcast show “The First 48″ will lead to his arrest.

“It’s fairly unusual for an individual to evade a warrant for a murder for that long,” said NOPD Sgt. Nick Gernon. “This, obviously, is going to give us good national exposure.” Continue reading »

Oct 092014
 

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Many of you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And by now, you’ll probably also notice that Dat Dog loves to support a good cause. That’s why throughout October, our three locations will all be offering the Old Fashioned Home Made Nectar Soda Float and Specialty Dog throughout the whole month to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in New Orleans.

One dollar from each item sold will go to the foundation’s ongoing efforts to fight breast cancer in the New Orleans area. Continue reading »

Oct 082014
 

The former Duke Morgan spa on Magazine Street, photographed in September 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Duke Morgan spa on Magazine Street, photographed in September 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The owners of the French Quarter’s Sylvain easily continued their path toward a new restaurant on Magazine Street last week, when the City Council voted to approve alcohol sales in the building. Continue reading »

Oct 082014
 
New Orleans police investigate a home invasion on Eighth Street on Friday, Oct. 3. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police investigate a home invasion on Eighth Street on Friday, Oct. 3. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Jacolby Lamar (via NOPD)

Jacolby Lamar (via NOPD)

New Orleans police have obtained an arrest warrant in this past weekend’s home-invasion in the Irish Channel for a man whose last listed address is in a house next door to the 75-year-old victim’s, authorities said. Continue reading »

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