From its roots as an annual showcase of the revitalization of Freret Street, the Freret Street Festival will return this weekend as a true kickoff to festival season with top-tier local musical acts, an array of food and many other only-in-New Orleans offerings.
As part of the ongoing drainage projects around Uptown New Orleans, drivers on Freret Street will be unable to cross Jefferson Avenue for about a month so new utility lines can be installed, officials said.
Louisiana donors will get their first chance to view former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s all-but-declared presidential candidacy up close and personal when Bush comes to New Orleans on April 15 as the special guest at U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s fundraising reception. Dozens of Louisiana’s heavy-hitter Republican donors — and a few Democrats too — are sure to find their way to the Metairie estate of Joe Canizaro, one of the most prolific bundlers in the Gulf South.
Pianist Jeannette Fang and virtuoso bassoonist Scott Bartlett will perform a free concert of both solo and chamber works at Loyola University’s Roussel Hall.
The new owners of the former Frank’s Steakhouse have revealed some details of the tenants they have lined up for their redevelopment on Freret Street — including a yogurt shop, a wine bar, a juice bar and professional offices — as nearby residents begin discussing the impact of the new apartments planned for the site.
For more months than I care to count, and for surely as many more to come, I have been watching and experiencing firsthand the utter madness that is the ongoing construction along Napoleon Avenue. All for the sake of what we all cross our fingers will be improved drainage. Hold your breath, boss! Residing where I do half a block off of the thoroughfare in the middle of the stretch just two short blocks to Freret Street, the impact has been a daily reminder to take nothing for granted and be ready for anything. Some weeks I can cross Napoleon at my street, most I can’t. Some days I do a U-turn at Loyola, others it’s like a whimsical journey into the unknown peppered with hungry potholes and vaporous boundaries. But with all these catch as catch U-turns, that’s when it hit me: why isn’t the Freret intersection a rotary anyway?
Dat Dog on Magazine Street will partner with the New Orleans Music Clinic for a happy-hour fundraiser today (Tuesday, March 31), donating 10 percent of its bar sales to support patient care at the clinic.
The International School of Louisiana is discussion a possible partnership with the University of New Orleans to host some of the school’s elementary-grade classes.
Collegiality and basic civility where in short supply this past week when the city council passed two controversial street name changes – as I originally predicted they would. Sadly, this is what happens when those elected scamps start to break the rules.
Usually, rules are there for a reason. They’re the bedrock of civilized discourse, the roux of the gumbo of organized government, and the something-something of something (note to self: think up more metaphors). With the run-up to the council’s decision, rules the rest of us learned in nursery school were broken left and right, to wit:
Music enthusiasts will have another opportunity to shop for cassettes, 45s, LPs and CDs this weekend when more than 20 record stores across the South participate in a one-day Record Raid event at Zeitgeist.
The New Orleans Opera Association will hold a round table discussion this weekend about the upcoming performance of the Marriage of Figaro.
The New Orleans City Council gave enthusiastic approval to a plan to remodel the former Blockbuster Video building at the edge of the Garden District into a CVS pharmacy, but several members said the city should be looking for a way to restrict the growing density of chain stores on Magazine Street.
The Neighborhood Development Foundation, which seeks to increase home ownership among moderate-income families in New Orleans, is hosting its 20th anniversary “House Party” fundraiser this weekend.