Nov 242012

The Junior Buckjumpers in 2011.

The Original Men, Original New Orleans Ladies and Junior Buck Jumpers will start their annual second line on Earhart Boulevard near Carrollton at noon and head down the Washington and Louisiana avenue corridor to finish at Seventh and Dryades in Central City at 4 p.m., according to a route sheet published by Gambit’s Big Red Cotton.

Nov 242012

Craig Giesecke

As low-key as I try to keep any holiday anymore, at least at home, the opposite was certainly true at work over the past week. I’m still in recovery mode.

Each year, more and more folks are buying what a friend calls “pre-fab” holiday meals. These are the ones that are pre-cooked and packaged all in one box. All you have to do is pick up, heat up (about an hour for the turkey or ham), transfer to serving plate or bowl (or not) and there ya go – all the smells and (most of) the flavors (everyone’s family is different) and a lot less of the cleanup. Continue reading »

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Nov 232012

Protesters rally late Friday morning at the entrance of the Walmart store on Tchoupitoulas in criticism of the corporation’s employment practices. (Robert Morris,

The “Black Friday” madness may have been over late Friday morning at the Walmart on Tchoupitoulas — the parking lot was less full than on an average weekend evening — but a line of a different sort formed around 11 a.m.: several dozen protesters shouting their disapproval of the retail behemoth’s employment practices.

“They say ‘Rollback,'” the protesters cried. “We say ‘Fight back!'” Continue reading »

Nov 232012

William Moyers

Bridge House/Grace House will host addiction specialist and author William Moyers on Tuesday evening (Nov. 27) for a lecture at Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Avenue, on his own personal struggles and recovery. Continue reading »

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Nov 232012

Gourd Angel by Carol Thibodeaux

For holiday shoppers seeking an alternative to long lines, canned holiday tunes, fast food and mass-produced products, the Arts Market of New Orleans offers two days of local art, food and music this weekend in Palmer Park. Continue reading »

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Nov 232012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Who’s ready for some serious shopping today?  Prepared to fight the masses for a 2-for-1 special on socks? Willing to get elbowed in the ribs for some celebrity endorsed perfume gift sets? Risking life and limb for a deeply discounted flat screen TV? No thanks, I think I’ll pass. Continue reading »

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Nov 222012

Volunteers Noel Bitner and Dat Nguyen, photo by Marta Jewson for

As they handed out hundreds of turkey plates, each with all the fixings, volunteers at the annual Bridge House / Grace House Thanksgiving dinner described Thursday morning as their chance to give back.

“I’ve done this for a few years,” said volunteer Dat Nguyen from the serving line. He added, “My family lives all over the country, so this is my time to help out.” Continue reading »

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Nov 222012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We will never get out of our minds the picture of then-U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert in the wake of Hurricane Katrina asking of New Orleans, “Why would anyone want to rebuild there?” He later apologized but we thought the question marked Hastert as forever an idiot. Continue reading »

Nov 212012

Bricolage Academy will become the next new charter school to open from the ground up in New Orleans next fall, after the full Orleans Parish School Board voted unanimously in favor of the project Tuesday evening.

The next step for the fledgling school is to nail down a location — with Uptown options a priority — before opening admissions for four small classes of kindergarten students. Continue reading »

Nov 212012

Chelsea Thornton (via

Chelsea Thornton, 23, can recall shooting her 3-year-old son and drowning her 4-year-old daughter in the bathtub of their Gert Town apartment, but now that she is on medication for her bipolar disorder and schizophrenia can’t believe that she did it, attorney Lon Burns told John Simerman of the Times-Picayune. She is suicidal with grief and barely able to discuss it, said Burns, who intends to defend Thornton as not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Nov 212012

In this image from “It’s A Wonderful Life,” a young George Bailey makes a wish for a million dollars. I’d settle for a dozen birthday balloons. — Jean Paul Villere.

Jean-Paul Villere

Last week when my 4 year old made, well, 4 neither my wife nor I thought too much about snagging a bag of birthday balloons from a nearby, preferably local, business, but man, were we wrong.  If you live in Uptown New Orleans I challenge you to discover where those in need of a good old-fashioned latex balloons might find them and report your results right back here, but I’ll tell you now, you won’t be reporting much (though I hope you do).  Here’s what we encountered: Continue reading »

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Nov 202012

By Dana Kaplan

In a week where many New Orleanians are giving thanks and celebrating the holiday with their family and friends, I too would like to take pause to give thanks.

First, I’m thankful to the voters of District B who have expressed their confidence in my plan for our future by voting for me on November 6th. I continue to work hard in the runoff by reaching out to supporters whose candidates didn’t make the runoff and sharing my message throughout the district. Continue reading »

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Nov 202012

Damont Burton (via

A week after the victim of a late-October carjacking in the Carrollton area was reunited with her stolen Chihuahua, Skeeter, she may now have justice in the case as well after police announced the arrest this afternoon of a 17-year-old who allegedly confessed to the crime. Continue reading »