Jan 202014
 
Raw oysters from Woody’s Fish Tacos were a crowd favorite at the first annual Freret Street Oyster Jam. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Raw oysters from Woody’s Fish Tacos were a crowd favorite at the first annual Freret Street Oyster Jam. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Oysters in abundance, clear weather and live music drew more than 1,300 people to the first Freret Oyster Jam on Sunday, organizers said.

Keyboardist and organist John Gros plays with the newest New Orleans super group Raw Oyster Cult.The Cult is made up of Gros, former Radiators guitarists Camile Baudoin and Tom Malone and drummer Frank Bua Jr. and bassist Dave Pomerleau from Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Keyboardist and organist John Gros plays with the newest New Orleans super group Raw Oyster Cult.The Cult is made up of Gros, former Radiators guitarists Camile Baudoin and Tom Malone and drummer Frank Bua Jr. and bassist Dave Pomerleau from Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 182014
 
Drew Ward (from left), David Capasso, Stephen Gordon, Jason Coleman and Susan Guidry speak at the Alliance for Good Government candidates forum Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Drew Ward (from left), David Capasso, Stephen Gordon, Jason Coleman and Susan Guidry speak at the Alliance for Good Government candidates forum Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry stands by her record as she seeks a second term, but challenger Jason Coleman thinks New Orleans should be doing better. David Capasso would focus on raising workers’ wages, Stephen Gordon wants city government to run more like a small business, and Drew Ward thinks that New Orleans is being rebuilt in the wrong way.

These were the pitches the five candidates for the District A seat on the City Council made to the Alliance for Good Government this week, as they also debated issues such as how to fix the streets in Lakeview, a proposed railroad through Hollygrove and Mid-City, the behavior of corner stores and, of course, crime. Continue reading »

Jan 162014
 

Willis L. Turner (via opcso.org)

Willis L. Turner (via opcso.org)

Willis Turner, 29, showed up in court this week so strongly under the influence of some sort of opiates, his blood test showed, that he could not stand, according to John Simerman of The New Orleans Advocate and Naomi Martin of the Times-Picayune. Orleans Parish Jail officials are now investigating allegations that he got the drugs from a deputy, Simerman reports, amid an election for sheriff that has focused on high-profile security issues at the jail.

Turner was arrested on an attempted-murder charge in February following a shooting in the 2800 block of Audubon Street.

Jan 162014
 
Stacy Head and Eugene Green. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Stacy Head and Eugene Green. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Freddie Charbonnet, Cynthia Hedge-Morrell and Jason Williams. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Freddie Charbonnet, Cynthia Hedge-Morrell and Jason Williams. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two sitting members of the New Orleans City Council and all of their challengers said the city needs a new police chief on Wednesday night in a response to a question asked by the Alliance for Good Government. Continue reading »

Jan 162014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

How many of you watched the season premiere of Duck Dynasty last night and watched it for the first time because of Phil Robertson’s outlandish but right-in-character remarks? How many of you think that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had no idea that his staff were orchestrating a traffic calamity as pay-back for a lack of endorsement? Christie is lucky that the problem occurred now – so early in the presidential campaign – and probably recoverable, though time will tell for sure. Continue reading »

Jan 162014
 

A new petition protesting a plan to reroute freight trains through Hollygrove has gained 1,000 signatures, according to a report in Mid-City Messenger. “We Won’t Be Railroaded,” the coalition of Hollygrove and Mid-City residents behind the petition, hopes to have 10,000 signatures by mid-Spring, according to the story. Continue reading »

Jan 162014
 

Freret Oyster Jam UM

Are you looking for something to do this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend? Does it involve Louisiana seafood, live music, football, and outdoor fun? On Sunday, January 19, The Freret Market, Publiq House, Woody’s Tacos and Family Fish Productions will host their first annual Freret Street Oyster Jam! Beginning at 11 a.m. at Publiq House.

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Jan 152014
 
Sheriff Marlin Gusman (from left), former sheriff Charles Foti, School Board president Ira Thomas and gardener Quentin Brown. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sheriff Marlin Gusman (from left), former sheriff Charles Foti, School Board president Ira Thomas and gardener Quentin Brown. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sheriff Marlin Gusman and his predecessor, Charles Foti, blame each other for conditions at the Orleans Parish Jail. School board president Ira Thomas blames them both, and gardener Quentin Brown blames them all.

That question — whether the incumbents are responsible for shortcomings in New Orleans’ public institutions, or took poor situations and tried to improve them — resonated through the Alliance For Good Government forums in citywide races Tuesday night. Continue reading »

Jan 152014
 

Jean-Paul Villere

Despite my darnedest divining, turns out maybe my best JazzFest prognosticating days are behind me.  As I tweeted Monday night my top 10 artist guesses in anticipation of Tuesday’s announcement proper, I came up very short with a paltry 2 correct out of 10.  And even as I read over the girth of talent slated for the annual racetrack shindig, it read more like a gobbledygook of sure things than what my version of the event might look like.  Or as one friend commented yesterday: “Robin Thicke but no Dave Jordan?!  Time to rename JazzFest.” Continue reading »

Jan 152014
 

trinity

Trinity Episcopal School is a faith-centered, prekindergarten – grade 8, and coeducational independent school located in the Garden District of New Orleans.  Trinity will be hosting an Open House for prospective families this Friday, January 17th at 8:45am.  Families are also encouraged to call if they are interested in setting up a private tour.

Trinity’s Headmaster, The Reverend Dr. Michael Kuhn writes about the uniqueness of our program: Continue reading »

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Jan 142014
 
The sign outside the future home of Del Fuego Tacqueria reads "Coming in 2014 - We swear!" (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The sign outside the future home of Del Fuego Tacqueria reads “Coming in 2014 – We swear!” (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Restaurateur Joel Dondis describes plans for a reception hall at 1911 Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Restaurateur Joel Dondis describes plans for a reception hall at 1911 Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A new Mexican restaurant on Magazine Street planned by a former Commander’s Palace chef received initial approval from the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, as did a new reception hall in the Lower Garden District by Joel Dondis of La Petite Grocery. Continue reading »

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