Oct 162012

A host of Central City community organizations are partnering to host a forum for the candidates for the open District B seat on the City Council and the Criminal District Court at the Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood Center on Jackson Avenue starting at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 16). Continue reading »

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Oct 162012

Neighborhood groups around Uptown New Orleans will fill their local parks and streets with music, food and the will to make a safer city as part of National Night Out Against Crime events tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 16). Continue reading »

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Oct 152012

Owen Courreges

Just a block over from my house is Mr. John’s Steakhouse. In my humble opinion, it offers the best steaks in the city. They use only the finest cuts seared in butter and cooked to perfection. And of course, like all of the finest steakhouses, they are not cheap. Mr. John’s is synonymous with special occasions.

This is not, however, the case for the Board of Trustees for the New Orleans Firefighters’ Pension and Relief Fund. Apparently, they believe in spending thousands of dollars at a time at Mr. John’s and other expensive restaurants in the city. Continue reading »

Oct 152012

(Image via arce-nola.org)

Building on the interest generated by its mysterious mummies early this year, the Tulane University Department of Anthropology is offering another lecture by an Egyptologist tonight (Monday, Oct. 15) — this time focusing on the use of ancient Egyptian tombs over the centuries. Continue reading »

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Oct 132012

Students’ projects from September 2009 still hang on a bulletin board in a corridor at the New Orleans Free School at 3601 Camp Street. The building was abruptly abandoned three months later because of structural issues, and is now headed for auction. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former New Orleans Free School on Camp Street.

Students’ work still hangs on the walls three years after it was turned in, and their art lays strewn about the floor of the old Free School. A few children’s books sit in crates, toys lay abandoned on the dirty floor, and pigeons flutter in and out of the dark fourth-floor attic. To the trained eye, however, the most insidious problem is the sudden dips in the hardwood floor.

The century-old Free School on Camp Street looks as though it was abandoned overnight, as it almost literally was in December of 2009 when critical structural problems were discovered there. Next month, the building is one of seven former school sites around the city scheduled to be auctioned off by the Orleans Parish School Board, raising the possibility that it might finally be redeveloped into something new, or even one day hold students once again. Continue reading »

Oct 122012

As food truck vendors draw attention to their effort to loosen city restrictions on where and when they can park and cook, a festival held on O.C. Haley on Thursday evening drew crowds of supporters including City Councilwoman Stacy Head, according to a live report from the event by Tania Dall and our partners at WWL-TV:

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Oct 112012

The Press Club of New Orleans is hosting a forum on the “State of Print Media” tonight (Thursday, Oct. 11) at De La Salle High School, featuring a panel that includes representatives from Nola.com, The Gambit, The Advocate and New Orleans CityBusiness. See below for live video via The Lens through the New Orleans Digital Media Alliance.

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Oct 112012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The 2012 Republican Party platform is a voluminous document that is filled with wisdom and purported wisdom. But, sadly, one of the few possible subjects of Republican wisdom that is omitted is the fate and future of American cities. Now, to be fair, the platform does excoriate the City of Washington D.C. as an example of every urban failing that can be attributed to the incompetence of Big Government – i.e., the Democrats.

But, the fact of the matter is that American cities, including Washington D.C., Uptown New Orleans and Jefferson Parish, are filled with Republicans. And, in many cases, as often occurs in Uptown New Orleans, these registered urban-living Republicans reside right next door to conservative Democrats who regularly and predictably vote Republican in Presidential and other elections. Continue reading »

Oct 112012

The Prytania Theatre and the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center and the Ashe Cultural Arts Center on O.C. Haley Boulevard are once again among the venues in the New Orleans Film Festival, which opens Thursday night and continues for the following week. Continue reading »

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