Feb 132014
 
The SMBC Mime Ministry in Gretna performs during the third annual "Get Yah Praise On" at Audubon Zoo in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The SMBC Mime Ministry in Gretna performs during the third annual “Get Yah Praise On” at Audubon Zoo in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

As part of the city’s “NOLA for Life” initiatives, New Orleans residents can visit the Audubon Zoo for free Saturday — the same day as the zoo’s “Get Yah Praise On” gospel celebration. Continue reading »

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Feb 132014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Good for the jurors who yesterday found former Mayor Ray Nagin guilty on 20 of 21 criminal charges in federal court.

Those of us who have watched Nagin closely for the eight years he was in office believe Ray thought he could con the jury, just as he fooled New Orleans voters in the 2002 and 2006 mayoral elections. His hubris brought to mind Danae’s initial impression after Ray’s emergence as a major candidate in the 2002 election. “Ray is a rock star,” Danae said. “He’s cool, handsome and clever. Ray’s not about substance. He’s about being Ray.” Continue reading »

Feb 132014
 

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

After a 6-year-old was killed by a passing car while waiting for a school bus earlier this month, New Orleans city and school leaders debated on Wednesday ways to make the school-bus system safer and more efficient, according to a report by Della Hasselle of Mid-City Messenger. Orleans Parish School Board president Nolan Marshall Jr. raised the question of a unified school bus system across the city, while others urged a greater use of public transit.

“We have a lot of work to do on transportation safety, we know that, as long as kids are waiting on the bus in busy intersections, crossing four-lane highways and walking on roads with speed limits up to 40 miles per hour,” said City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, who called the special meeting. “We have a real problem here, and we need to do everything we possibly can to provide real solutions.”

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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 »