Author Aimee Bender, Tulane’s Zale-Kimmerling Writer in Residence this year, will give a public reading and interview followed by a book-signing and reception on Monday (Jan. 28).
The food truck debate in New Orleans is stirring once again. City Councilwoman Stacy Head has floated legislation to loosen regulations of food trucks, which at present are largely unchanged from the 1950’s. These existing regulations make food truck operations a nearly impossible proposition, with draconian restrictions on permits, operating times and locations.
The Krewe of Carrollton and Knights of King Arthur rolled Sunday afternoon on the Uptown route.
The Knights of Sparta rolled on the Uptown route with 17 floats themed “My Way,” after Sinatra songs, and the Krewe of Pygmalion rolled an 18-float parade entitled “Pygmalion Celebrates.”
The Krewe of Pontchartrain’s 15 floats riddled parade-goers with the theme of “What are you afraid of?” on Saturday afternoon, and the Krewe of Choctaw made its first appearance on the Uptown route with a 18-float parade with whimsical takes on “Avenues of America.”
Three guns were seized Friday night along the parade route during the Oshun and Cleopatra parades at locations that were trouble spots for gunplay last year as well, according to police.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu released the details of the agreement his office has reached with Tulane governing the use of the university’s proposed stadium on Friday, drawing swift reaction from neighborhood groups that it is still too lenient.
These days I’ve been helping some friends put together a new restaurant/bar operation in the Warehouse District. The principals involved are veterans of the local restaurant/bar scene, so there aren’t a whole lot of surprises being thrown at any of us. But, as with any new operation, there’s a lot of “one step forward, two steps back” thing when you’re waiting on construction crews to assemble the plumbing, electrical stuff and hand-mill a new bar on-site.
The most frustrating thing about putting together such a new business is all the hurry-up-and-wait stuff involved in licensing and permitting. Things are particularly messy this time of year, as health inspectors want to make sure they’re gotten around to as many places as possible before the big Carnival crowds arrive. Throw the Super Bowl on top of it and you’ve got, well, a task more difficult than a left turn off Tulane Avenue.
A fire that began in a vacant house on Delachaise Street just off South Claiborne scorched an adjacent fourplex Friday night, destroying two families’ homes, according to a report from our partners at WWL-TV.
Under absolutely perfect weather, two regal parades kicked off the first major weekend of parading in New Orleans on Friday night. The Krewe of Oshun celebrated children as it held its place as the first parade of the weekend, and the Krewe of Cleopatra made their debut on the Uptown route on the fortieth anniversary of their parade.
Investigators have arrested and charged a 15-year-old with five counts of aggravated battery in connection with a shooting on Martin Luther King Day just after the parade passed, and more arrests are forthcoming, according to our partners at WWL-TV.com.