Jan 262014
 
OPSB President Nolan Marshall Jr. (left) and Superintendent Stan Smith speak to Audubon educators and parents on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

OPSB President Nolan Marshall Jr. (left) and Superintendent Stan Smith speak to Audubon educators and parents on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Problems with the steel frame of the new addition to Audubon Charter School’s Broadway campus will require what officials are calling “selective demolition,” and could delay students’ return by as much as a full year, Orleans Parish School Board officials told families on Saturday.

“We’ve got a structural issue at the Broadway campus that’s going to impact the delivery of that school and the completion of it in the timeframe we had planned on,” said OPSB Superintendent Stan Smith. “It’s certainly unfortunate, but it’s an issue that ultimately involves the safety and security of the building.”
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Jan 242014
 

McKeown's Books (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

McKeown’s Books (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

McKeown’s Books will host its 44th and final free concert in the “Evening of Difficult Music” series on Saturday — featuring electronics and percussion by Will Thompson IV and Simon Lott, and electric guitars by Donald Miller and Rob Cambre — before the bookstore closes its doors at the end of the month. Continue reading »

Jan 242014
 
Fake cigars are a traditional throw during the Krewe of Zulu parade. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill, Feb. 13, 2013)

Fake cigars are a traditional throw during the Krewe of Zulu parade. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill, Feb. 13, 2013)

After a year of discussion and a month of revisions, the New Orleans City Council met very little opposition Thursday morning to a series of changes to crowd behavior during Mardi Gras parades — including a six-foot setback for viewing ladders and a prohibition on roping off the neutral ground or placing private portable toilets on public property.

But one community activist running for City Council urged the city to take an additional step: banning smoking during the parades. Continue reading »

Jan 242014
 

The Loyola Opera Theatre will showcase its new production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “mythical” opera “The Magic Flute” this weekend, according to a spokesperson for the college.

The performances will take place on Friday (Jan. 24) at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus.

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Jan 232014
 

The Prytania Theater is showing movies nominated for best picture from now until March 2, when the theater will end the series with its annual Academy Awards Viewing Party.

This year, the Prytania will also showcase classic movies that were nominated for best picture, according to a release.

See the complete list of events in the press release below: Continue reading »

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Jan 232014
 

The New Orleans City Council is scheduled to discuss the proposed changes to the laws surrounding Mardi Gras parades, including a six-foot setback between ladders and the curb and a prohibition on roping off the neutral ground.

See below for live coverage.

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Jan 232014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

While several of the candidates for mayor are talking what we think is the truth about the economic inequities that still divide New Orleans, it’s a fact that the New Orleans economy is in better shape today than it has been in years and that New Orleans has sprung back quicker after Katrina than many cities have since the financial markets’ collapse. But that does not mean our economic picture is rosy across the board.

The maritime industry is on an upswing under the capable leadership of Gary LaGrange. The tourism industry under Greg Rusovich, Mark Romig, Mavis Early, Bob Johnson and others is working hard to compete with glitzier marketing budgets and state-of-the-art convention centers across the country. Too many of our tourism industry jobs are low-paying and the opportunities for advancement – especially by undereducated and unskilled African-Americans workers stuck in minimum wage jobs – are minimal. Continue reading »

Jan 232014
 

Dear District A Residents, If you are tired of:

  • unsafe neighborhoods because of poor support for vital services like our Fire and Police depts.,
  • the unfair traffic cameras negatively impacting you and your friends,
  • streets that damage your car, even though you call and call with no response,
  • rogue city operatives, like the Taxi Cab Bureau and street musician patrol,
  • our city constantly depleting resources to engage in protracted legal battles,
  • and worst of all, most of our residents unable to obtain a job at a living wage…

…then it’s time to bring in a proven coalition builder. Continue reading »

Jan 222014
 

The New Orleans Fire Department will speak about fire safety and vacant property safety at the Livaudais Neighborhood Association meeting Thursday night.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the First Street Peck Wesley United Methodist Church on 2309 Dryades St.

See the agenda below for more information: Continue reading »

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Jan 222014
 

Bricolage Academy and the Bricolage Community Association, a parent-teacher organization, will host the new school’s first fundraiser this Thursday.

“Drinkolage for Bricolage” will benefit students of Bricolage Academy, which just opened its doors to kindergarteners in the 2013-14 school year. Twenty percent of the event’s proceeds will go directly to the school, according to a release issued by the academy’s CEO, Josh Densen.

The fundraiser, to be held at the Rusty Nail on 1100 Constance Street from 4-8 p.m., will feature the local funk band Sticky Wig, according to the release.

 

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Jan 222014
 
The site of the former Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street is still surrounded by chain-link fence, but the new roof on the old New Orleans Bicycle Club building can be seen behind it. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The site of the former Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street is still surrounded by chain-link fence, but the new roof on the old New Orleans Bicycle Club building can be seen behind it. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Although the site of the former Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street remains a quiet concrete foundation, neighbors have been cheered by the sounds of construction at the old New Orleans Bicycle Club building next door, and owner Cedric Martin says rebuilding his beloved grocery remains on track to begin in March and finish six months later. Continue reading »

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Jan 222014
 
(photo by Gus Bennett, used with permission of Kelly Love Jones)

(photo by Gus Bennett, used with permission of Kelly Love Jones)

Jean-Paul Villere

As a younger man I delivered flowers for a neighborhood florist, and one of our regular passersby was an older blind man that would often stop and listen to the conversations amongst staff and clientele.  Invariably he would chime in with this phrase “Conceive it, believe it, achieve it.” 

I hadn’t thought about him for a long time, and then recently I met the New Orleans musician Kelly Love Jones. Continue reading »

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Jan 222014
 

ParcelsPostkingcake

The most difficult part about being away from New Orleans during Mardi Gras is missing our world famous king cake. There’s nothing like a king cake made fresh in New Orleans to bring back fond memories. Be sure to send a slice of love and ship them your choice of king cake this season through Parcels & Post.

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