Feb 202014
 

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19th Annual Tulane Summit on Environmental Law & Policy panelist topics (via  the Tulane Environmental and Energy Legal Society)

19th Annual Tulane Summit on Environmental Law & Policy panelist topics (via the Tulane Environmental and Energy Legal Society)

The public is invited to listen to thought-provoking expert panelists discuss environmental hot topics such as the Orleans Parish Levee Board lawsuits, the Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” and the state’s “cancer alley” at the 19th Annual Tulane Summit on Environmental Law & Policy on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 21-22), in Tulane Law School’s Weinmann Hall. Continue reading »

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Feb 202014
 
Funny Bones Improv poster (via Funny Bones Improv)

Funny Bones Improv poster (via Funny Bones Improv)

Learn about the healing powers of comedy improv to help make sick children in hospitals smile and laugh with local non-profit, Funny Bones Improv. Participant applications for the Ha!Spital specialist training sessions that will teach you how to bring joy to kids and families during difficult times are due Friday (Feb. 21). Continue reading »

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Feb 192014
 
NOPD Sgt. Marc Amos watches the crowd during a pause in the Krewe of Proteus parade in 2012. A number of new laws govern parade-goers this year. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

NOPD Sgt. Marc Amos watches the crowd during a pause in the Krewe of Proteus parade in 2012. A number of new laws govern parade-goers this year. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Bon to the jour, 2014 Carnival people!  You may or may not know that the powers that be — read, your New Orleans City Council — have seen it in their infinite wisdom to make this Mardi Gras season one of change.  “How so?” you may ask.  That is, if you missed all the fuss last month?  Before we roll through my standard top 20 we publish annually, in short here are the new rules and ordinances, with a few editorial embellishments: Continue reading »

Feb 182014
 
Members of the Coliseum Square Association meet Monday night in the Felicity Church, which is under renovation by a private owner. The association has been advocating for a similar future for the nearby Spanish-American Church building on Sophie Wright Place. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Members of the Coliseum Square Association meet Monday night in the Felicity Church, which is under renovation by a private owner. The association has been advocating for a similar future for the nearby Spanish-American Church building on Sophie Wright Place. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As the Spanish-American Church heads back to the New Orleans City Council this week for another request to tear down their decaying building on Sophie Wright Place, neighbors and members of the Coliseum Square Association hope the stalemate over the building will lead to stronger enforcement of blight laws against neglectful nonprofits. Continue reading »

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 »