Jul 212012

At the party, the sci-fi krewe will announce next year’s theme and begin raising funds, with “appearances by interstellar Mardi Gras Indian tribe the Mighty Wookie Fi-Yo, performances by the Vajar Jar Binks Dance Team, music from all-girl ska-rockers Local Skank, and a lot more entertainment,” according to Brad Rhines of NOLA Defender.

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Jul 212012

Craig Giesecke

Our (so far) week-long hiatus from the foodservice industry has allowed us to catch up on some sleep, watch a few movies and spruce up the house a bit. We‘ve also been able to check out a few potential opportunities and locations to get going again, and I’m sure we’ll crank up things again before too long.

I’ve received several suggestions about opening a pop-up operation or getting into the city’s food truck scene. But while I’ll never say never, I’ve got some severe reservations about both — and they have nothing to do with quality of the product or lack of customers. Matter of fact, we’d probably wind up doing okay with either approach. Continue reading »

Jul 202012

Red triangles represent most concentrated areas of outages. (via entergy.com)

Strong thunderstorms Friday morning caused power outages in neighborhoods across Uptown, based on a map of outages by Entergy. Approximately 40,000 customers were without power shortly after 11 a.m. amid the sudden, heavy downpour.

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Jul 192012

After a wounded man at the hospital claimed to have been caught in the crossfire of a early-evening gun battle at the busy corner of Magazine and Louisiana, investigators have found “no evidence” that suggests the shooting actually took place there, authorities said Thursday evening. Continue reading »

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Jul 192012

The block of Magazine Street between Napoleon and General Pershing will be closed to traffic and water pressure will be low from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday while Sewerage and Water Board crews repair a leaking water main, the agency announced. Continue reading »

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Jul 192012

An image of the suspects’ dark-colored Chevrolet Cobalt. (via NOPD)

A computer sketch of one of the suspects. (via NOPD)

Police have released a sketch of one of the suspects and a photo of the car believed to have been used in his escape in last week’s home-invasion robbery on Broadway Street. Continue reading »

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Jul 192012

Six robberies around Uptown in the two weeks since July 6. A home invasion case on Broadway near St. Charles is not depicted, because of its different classification. (map via NOPD.com)

Last week’s wave of armed robberies in the university area seems to have subsided after patrol officers saturated the area and investigators made contact with two men believed to have been involved with four of the cases, though no arrests have been made. Continue reading »

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Jul 192012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Even those New Orleanians who have been around politics for many years and believe that nothing can surprise them (like us) were surprised by this week’s rash of political upheaval in what is usually a dull summer season.

And what a week this has been! What possessed Jon Johnson to use government funds to underwrite his campaign? His wife, who unfortunately died of cancer, was a physician. Surely they could have scraped together the funds needed. We feel sorry for Jon’s young daughter who has lost her mother and now will be separated temporarily from her father. Continue reading »

Jul 182012

Latisa Lewis, mother of Errol Meeks, is comforted by family members as she cries at a vigil for her son Jan. 20, 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

William Baham

A 26-year-old man was found guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday evening in a 2011 shooting that claimed the life of a 19-year-old known as a peacemaker and shut down a Freret Street trouble spot. Continue reading »

Jul 182012

Jean-Paul Villere

Monday morning I woke up with a crusty old ’90s grunge rock song rattling around in my head, which I suppose isn’t too big of a surprise.  It was “Overblown” by Mudhoney.  And unless you were or are a student of grunge, which I kind of was, or spun the soundtrack to the movie Singles more than a handful of times (guilty) you might never have heard this jangly noise bomb.  It drives a careening beat and rhythm accompanied by these opening lyrics:

Everybody loves us
Everybody loves our town
That’s why I’m thinking lately
The time for leaving is now

Hey, hey, hey, hey (x4)
It’s so overblown
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