Prologue: Once upon a crisp and sunny New Orleans Sunday in January 2015, the six-fold brood of my wife and kids found ourselves at a children’s backyard birthday party Uptown–a relatively ordinary scenario for any weekend, really. Until, through some trampoline netting and just the other side of a jungle gym, I spied an unexpected theatrical ruckus erupting, composed of overdramatized yelling and exaggerated grunting paired with kinetic flashes of thrown elbows, flying colors of booted feet, and the like.
Men and women dressed in wrestling masks, tights, and even some capes in the adjacent lot separate from festivities furiously faux fighting along to a foreign soundtrack, ebbing and flowing between this and orchestrated dance. I stopped, and dumbfounded, I pointed meekly in their direction. Quizzically, I uttered just above a whisper “What is that?”
St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church will host its 22nd Annual Jazz Service this Sunday, Feb. 7. The service, led by Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band, begins at 9 a.m. at the church, located at 7100 St. Charles Ave. The worship service is free and open to all, and a king cake reception will follow.
Members of the New Orleans City Council enthusiastically approved a request last week by Riccobono’s Panola Street Cafe in Carrollton to add alcoholic drinks like bloody marys and mimosas with its daily brunch menu.
The two teenagers found with gunshot wounds last week on Tchoupitoulas Street had actually just been shot by two men they had just robbed, New Orleans police say, and they are now wanted on armed-robbery charges.
Trivia time! Today’s question is… What is “the Fly?”
A: David Cronenberg’s 1986 film starring Jeff Goldblum a scientist who unwittingly turns himself into a human/fly hybrid?
On Sunday afternoon four parades rolled along the uptown route, Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale, Krewe of Carrollton, Krewe of King Arthur and Krewe of Alla. Femme Fatale sought thrill with their theme “The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale Visits Theme Parks.” Carrollton rolled with the theme “A Krewe for All Seasons,” each float representing a time of year. King Arthur kept things secret with the theme “King Arthur’s Classified Information.” Alla got in touch with their patriotic side, rolling with the theme “A Salute to American Icons.”
A man was shot on Washington Avenue about a block off St. Charles Avenue several hours after parades concluded, New Orleans police said early Sunday morning.
The Knights of Sparta toasted the world of musical theatre with “A Knight at the Tonys,” and the Krewe of Pygmaliono paid tribute to other Mardi Gras deities with “The Gods of Carnival” as both rolled Saturday night on the Uptown route.
Breads on Oak and its customers were robbed at gunpoint Saturday morning, but New Orleans police are hoping that surveillance video of the gunman will lead to his identification and arrest, authorities said.
The Krewes of Pontchartrain, Choctaw and Freret rolled on the Uptown route during the day on Saturday.
Lusher Charter School’s leadership met with an attorney behind closed doors for more than an hour Saturday morning to discuss “prospective litigation” regarding proposed changes to the state’s education-funding formula.
The Krewe of Oshun celebrated its 20th anniversary with a “Sea of Beauty,” and the Krewe of Cleopatra “rocked the Big Easy” with tributes to classic tunes Friday night as the two parades kicked off the Carnival season on the Uptown route.
It wasn’t long ago that every Uptown house was within walking distance of a Roast Beef Poboy. Only twenty years ago, almost every second corner had a grocery or bar with a sandwich shop in the back. You can still see their architectural remains Uptown. The historic corner houses with double doors facing the intersection are vestiges of that simpler time. A select few of these locations continue to operate. Clancy’s the restaurant was once old man Clancy’s Bar and Poboy Shop. I rode my bike there to buy candy. Norby’s bar and restaurant has become Patois. An apartment two blocks down was formerly LaCour’s Grocery. In another direction was Mouledous’ Butcher and Grocery, now Fresh Bar. Toast now occupies the defunct Draube’s neighborhood Bar and Grocer. These establishments coexisted with dozen of others in the same few blocks. Most served poboys. Due to gentrification and time, most are now lost.
Possible futures for the vacant Carrollton Courthouse include a school for building trades, a community gathering place or an event venue, according to a series of visions presented by Tulane architecture students on Thursday evening, but time is running short before the Orleans Parish School Board decides to sell the historic building.
Though the April elections are still months away, Mayor Landrieu brought his pitch for additional taxes to hire 400 new police officers and fund millions owed firefighters to the often skeptical Bureau of Governmental Relations yesterday. Before getting to the money ask, Landrieu spun his story of accomplishments, just in case BGR members “hadn’t been paying attention” the last six years. He also explained that with only 831 days left in his term – he counts every day – he wants to go faster rather than slower, do more rather than less.