Feb 132014
 
Investigators look for evidence Sunday night on Willow Street following a robbery nearby on State. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Investigators look for evidence Sunday night on Willow Street following a robbery nearby on State. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Robberies since Feb. 5. (map via NOPD)

Robberies since Feb. 5. (map via NOPD)

After a dozen robberies in a week’s time in the university and Broadmoor areas of Uptown New Orleans, investigators have traced most of the crimes to two groups of perpetrators — a handful of incidents to a group of young teens who have mostly been arrested, and the others to a group of adults riding in a black SUV, police said. Continue reading »

Feb 122014
 
John and Paula Keller Smith (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

John and Paula Keller Smith, with Cooper (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

“I play the cello, but I’m not a cellist,” clarifies Keller Strings’ Paula Keller Smith.  Paula, her husband John, and their charming 10 year old Boston terrier Cooper became Riverbend’s newest New Orleanians June 1, 2013, transplanting their decades-old business in stringed instrument restoration and repair from Kansas.  To meet them and hear their story is at once refreshing and uplifting: one part love story, two parts musical passion, and a liberal sprinkling of creativity and drive and voila! (or viola!), you have New Orleans’ latest — for lack of a better descriptor — “violin shop.” Continue reading »

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Feb 122014
 
Oil on board folk art rendering by Clementine Hunter (1887-1988) titled The Watermelon Picnic.

Oil on board folk art rendering by Clementine Hunter (1887-1988) titled The Watermelon Picnic.

Pieces from a prominent French Quarter collector, other local estates, and Part 3 of the John Scheffler Mardi Gras Collection are just a hint of what will come up for bid at Crescent City Auction Gallery Feb 15-16.

The auction will take place at the firm’s gallery at 1330 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans. Over 1,300 works of art will be up for grabs, including Newcomb and George Ohr pottery, American and European (mainly French) furniture, sterling silver, estate jewelry, fine decorative accessories and more.

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Feb 112014
 

The building at 1020 Erato is slated to become the home of The Courtyard Brewery. (submitted photo)

The building at 1020 Erato is slated to become the home of The Courtyard Brewery. (submitted photo)

The owners of the Courtyard Brewery, a “nano”-scale beer brewery slated for Erato Street in the Lower Garden District, will have to wait another month before finding out the city’s stance on their project, despite strong support among their neighbors. Continue reading »

Feb 112014
 
The "Ghazal Games" book cover by Roger Sedarat (via Tulane University)

The “Ghazal Games” book cover by Roger Sedarat (via Tulane University)

Iranian-American award winning poet, Roger Sedarat (via Tulane University)

Poet Roger Sedarat (via Tulane University)

Award-winning Iranian-American poet and writer Roger Sedarat will be doing a poetry reading at Tulane University at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 13). Sedarat is known for his works, “Ghazal Games” and ”Letters to the Islamic Republic”. Continue reading »

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Feb 112014
 

New work by William Lamson (via press-street.com)

New work by William Lamson (via press-street.com)

If you have always wanted to see the Mojave Desert, or the White Sands of New Mexico, a talented visiting photographer and film maker, William Lamson, will be giving a free lecture at Loyola University on Wednesday (Feb. 12), following the recent opening at the Press Street’s Antenna Gallery of his new exhibition, “Between Now and Forever,” of photos, performances and sculptures. Continue reading »

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Feb 112014
 

John A. Lawrence (via NOPD)

John A. Lawrence (via NOPD)

Investigators are seeking the public’s help in locating a 48-year-old man they want to question in connection with the recent rash of armed robberies in the university and Broadmoor areas of Uptown — the latest of which was a holdup at a business Monday night on South Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Feb 102014
 
The silos blocking Jefferson Avenue near Constance will be moved in time for Mardi Gras parades, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The silos blocking Jefferson Avenue near Constance will be moved in time for Mardi Gras parades, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Crowds pack the corner of Magazine and Jefferson during the Okeanos parade in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Crowds pack the corner of Magazine and Jefferson during the Okeanos parade in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Corps giveth and the Corps taketh away: The large structures blocking Jefferson Avenue near Magazine Street are in the process of being moved in time for Mardi Gras parades to make their usual turns around that corner, but soon afterward a four-block stretch of Prytania will close for about a year, officials said Wednesday. Continue reading »

Feb 102014
 
A police officer parked on Willow Street near Nashville works on a report following a robbery call Sunday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A police officer parked on Willow Street near Nashville works on a report following a robbery call Sunday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Eight armed robberies and one unarmed robberies reported around Broadmoor and the university area since Wednesday. (map via NOPD)

Eight armed robberies and one unarmed robberies reported around Broadmoor and the university area since Wednesday. (map via NOPD)

A man was robbed at gunpoint Sunday morning in Broadmoor and another robbery case was reported Sunday evening in the university area, raising the toll of incidents in the area to eight in about five days, and New Orleans police are seeking the public’s help to find a Hyundai SUV that may have been involved in some of the cases. Continue reading »

Feb 102014
 

Owen Courreges

Mr. Landrieu, tear down this fence.

I am speaking, of course, of the fence that has spanned the end of Newcomb Boulevard at Freret Street for the past several years.   The installation of the fence was approved by the city at the behest of Newcomb’s well-heeled, well-connected residents who were concerned about through traffic clogging their street. Continue reading »

Feb 092014
 
The "Siblings of Doctors" sketch group featuring Rasika Mathur, Ranjit Souri and Danny Pudi will headline New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival this week. (photo via Facebook.com)

The “Siblings of Doctors” sketch group featuring Rasika Mathur, Ranjit Souri and Danny Pudi will headline New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival this week. (photo via Facebook.com)

Niel Hamburger at the New Orleans Comedy and Arts festival in 2013 (via NOCAF)

Niel Hamburger at the New Orleans Comedy and Arts festival in 2013

The New Orleans Comedy and Arts festival has become larger and funnier every year, and this year headliners include Danny Pudi from NBC’s “Community” and his “Siblings of Doctors” sketch group, comedian Neil Hamburger and several MTV stars. Continue reading »

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Feb 092014
 

David Harris-Gershon (via the Jewish Community Center)

David Harris-Gershon (via the Jewish Community Center)


Explore Israeli culture this month at the Israel Coffeehouse Series presented by the New Orleans Jewish Community Center on Wednesday, Feb. 12 and Feb. 19. The events include a film screening, literature readings and a shaskshua dinner. Continue reading »

Feb 082014
 
Teacher Elena Countiss helps Austyn Millet, 8, and  Aidan  Sierra, 8,  in a 2nd grade Spanish immersion classroom at the The International School of Louisiana Wednesday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Teacher Elena Countiss helps Austyn Millet, 8, and Aidan Sierra, 8, in a 2nd grade Spanish immersion classroom at the The International School of Louisiana in 2010. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana has been designated as one of the first state-certified World Language Immersion Schools, officials announced. The school will be given the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education seal of excellence for the quality and methods of teaching language immersion classes to children in New Orleans and Jefferson parish. Continue reading »

Feb 082014
 
Katie Schwartzmann, lead counsel in the lawsuit against the Orleans Parish Prison that led to the consent decree, discusses the case at Loyola University on Friday. (Zach Brien for UptownMessenger.com)

Katie Schwartzmann, lead counsel in the lawsuit against the Orleans Parish Prison that led to the consent decree, discusses the case at Loyola University on Friday. (Zach Brien for UptownMessenger.com)

The first reports that will show what progress has been made in addressing “inhumane” conditions at the Orleans Parish Prison are due in a matter of weeks, according to live coverage of a panel discussion at Loyola University on the jail consent decree by Della Hasselle of MidCityMessenger.com.

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Feb 082014
 

If you are interested in pursuing an MBA in a local program, Loyola University will host an open house for potential applicants Tuesday (Feb. 11).

At the event, prospective students can meet alumni and faculty as well as have the opportunity to ask questions about other graduate programs. Those who attend the open house on Tuesday night can have their application fee waived. Continue reading »

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