It’s 34 degrees at daybreak; and the temperature is rapidly dropping. The day is as dreary as it is gray, but not even the hawk — or the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) — can keep Brandan “BMike” Odums away from the Florida Projects.
He’s not breaking and entering in the name of creation this time around. The visual artist, who is equally dexterous with spray paint as he is with acrylic and pen and ink, is there to reflect on #ProjectBe, an organic participatory art odyssey that began last summer. #ProjectBe sparked debates among the arties — and authorities – about what makes “legitimate” art and whether a weather-beaten public housing development can ever be more than an underground thrill.
Following the holidays, New Orleans voters may feel like the Feb. 1 elections are coming on a compressed schedule, with Election Day just three weeks from Saturday. But several civic groups are quickly mobilizing to provide residents with opportunities to hear from the candidates first-hand in the next two weeks, starting today (Tuesday, Jan. 7).
Despite temperatures that dipped below “phreezing,” the Phunny Phorty Phellows made their annual Twelfth Night ride down the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line Monday to mark the end of Christmas and the beginning of the Carnival season.
A broken heating system amid projected record low temperatures will close the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans’ campus on South Claiborne Avenue on Tuesday, school officials said.
Water pressure will drop most of Tuesday morning (Jan. 7) along the upper end of Prytania Street for work related to the installation of the new Jefferson Avenue drainage canal, officials said.
By Louise Hoffman, St. Charles Avenue Association
All the discussions about how to – and how not to – change New Orleans’ sound management efforts is much like being in a bar with too much noise: A lot of raised voices, so you have to strain to understand what’s going on. So here is some context and additional information I hope you’ll find useful.
On December 19, 2013, the City Council introduced some amendments to the city’s current sound ordinances. All seven of the City Council members signed on as co-sponsors. No one, including and especially any New Orleans’ politician, wants to kill our local music scene as has been alleged on the Internet. If all the City Council members signed on, they don’t believe this will change music as we know it. It won’t.
Although most passengers on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line will be taking shuttles through the construction zone this year, the Phunny Phorty Phellows aren’t “most passengers” — and their ride tonight will proceed as normal, officials say.
When it comes to noise laws, the constitutional issues arise on both ends. The way the law is written is crucial, because it must be narrowly tailored. The way the law is enforced is equally essential, because Courts will look to practical realities.
All of this is essential to understanding the problems inherent in New Orleans’ proposed revisions to its noise ordinances.
New Orleans Police officials modeled the new cameras Friday that will be part of all on-duty officers’ uniforms this year, as efforts continue to recruit more officers to shore up the ranks of the shrinking police force.
The preparation for installation of a new drainage canal under the Jefferson Avenue neutral ground will require closing both lanes of the road at Clara Street for two months starting on Monday, New Orleans officials announced.
The controversial fence closing Newcomb Boulevard from Freret Street will be removed “without delay,” according to an announcement by the attorney for the neighborhood groups who have sought its removal for seven years.
In a world of electronic ink, instant-prime shipping and streaming digital video, January 2014 will bring the final chapter for McKeown’s Books and Digital Music, the little Tchoupitoulas Street refuge from the modern world where the music was meant to be heard quietly and the most important feature was a round table in the center where patrons could sit, read and talk together.
Maggie McKeown, the shop’s irrepressible proprietress, announced in a New Year’s Day email to supporters that the store will close at the end of the month, with all used books 50 percent off until then. Even the book shelves are for sale.