Jan 212014
 

The owner of Carrollton Station, Michael Miller, was arrested on a charge on attempted-arson Monday after the owners of The Willow (the new name of the former Jimmy’s Music Club) recorded surveillance video of Miller placing a lit earwax-candle in their building’s door, reports Monica Hernandez of WWL-TV. Miller describes the incident as a joke, while The Willow’s owner, Jimmy Anselmo, is also in the middle of a disagreement with neighbors over the operations of his club, Hernandez reports. Continue reading »

Jan 212014
 

cakebread-NOAG

Looking for something unique for your home? On January 24-26, New Orleans Auction Galleries will hold its semi-annual Cakebread Decorative Arts & Design auction, a series with an eclectic and extensive selection of over 1,600 lots of antique to contemporary furniture, accessories, jewelry, clocks, silver and fine and decorative arts. Continue reading »

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Jan 202014
 
New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu (far right) gives his final remarks alongside Archbishop Gregory Aymond (left) and City Councilwoman Susan Guidry (middle) after a wreath was brought to the MLK Memorial on Claiborne Ave. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu (far right) gives his final remarks alongside Archbishop Gregory Aymond (left) and City Councilwoman Susan Guidry (middle) after a wreath was brought to the King memorial on Claiborne Ave. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Onlookers hold up commemorative signs in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Onlookers hold up commemorative signs in honor of MLK Jr. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Though the work is hard and much still remains, New Orleans is moving ever closer in tangible ways to becoming more like the community that Dr. Martin Luther King envisioned for America, city officials said Monday morning.

“Each generation for a moment grips the arc of history and bends it one way or another, but it does not bend on its own,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu on the steps of City Hall. “Here in New Orleans, there is no doubt we are moving forward together.” Continue reading »

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Jan 202014
 

Owen Courreges

If I ever become a judge, I think I’ll issue an injunction requiring a party not to speak about politics or religion and mandating that he quarter American soldiers in his house.  I’ll also tack on a provision stating that he not go near any polling station (so that he can’t vote in elections) and another requiring him to issue statements that incriminate himself.  If he violates it, I’ll send him to jail.

Apparently judges can do that.  Their power over the parties before them trumps the Constitution itself. Continue reading »

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 »