Oct 082014
 

The New Birth Brass Band will lead participants in a second line benefiting the National Alliance on Mental Illness this Saturday (Oct. 11) in Audubon Park. The 5th Annual NAMIWalks will include a performance by Charmaine Neville prior to the second line and a community celebration in the park after the second line. Continue reading »

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Oct 082014
 

Smoked Ham with Pecan-Cheddar Spread, Apple and Homemade Pepper Jelly on Baguette

Family-friendly destination voted one of “America’s Best Bakeries” by Travel + Leisure magazine

Attention Uptown residents: Gracious Bakery + Café is now offering full lunch service on Sundays. Going along with their expanded hours is a new lineup of sandwiches and salads, including the following:

Turkey Breast – House-cooked turkey breast, cayenne-candied bacon, cranberry-orange relish and arugula on oatmeal bread

Pork Braciole – Rolled and sliced pork loin filled with Parmesan, baby kale and garlic aioli on focaccia

Corned Beef – House-brined and slow-cooked with pickled slaw, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on multigrain rye

Roasted Turnip and Sweet Potato Salad On spinach with goat cheese and pecans

Coconut & Passionfruit Cake with Coffee for Dessert

“This is kind of a big deal,” says owner and third-string dishwasher Jay Forman. “I’m partial to the cayenne-candied bacon. Really doesn’t need the rest of the sandwich; it does just fine on its own.” All breads are made daily, in house. Along with the new lunch service, Gracious also offers a terrific line-up of baked goods like their Bruleed Pear Danish, Pretzel Croissants, and Hazelnut “Kermit” Cruffins. Desserts include Pumpkin-Spice Cake and Flourless Chocolate and Raspberry Bouchon Bites. Now open on Sundays until 2 pm, this family-friendly artisan bake shop is helmed by Sucré alumna Megan Forman and has been recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of “America’s Best Bakeries.” Locally roasted French Truck Coffee, specialty Chai and free Wi-Fi round out the neighborhood appeal.

Located in the ground floor of the Woodward Building across from Fox 8 News, Gracious Bakery is open seven days a week and provides business catering to the CBD and Greater New Orleans area with free delivery. For more information, visit them at www.graciousbakery.com or give them a call at (504) 301-3709.
 
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Oct 072014
 

jewel bush

During the month of October, we’re left to drown in a pink sea of bumper stickers and T-shirts emblazoned with sparky catchphrases about “boobies” and “ta-tas.”

This messaging is near impossible to escape. While absolutely catchy, this sexualized rhetoric places an increasingly disturbing emphasis on breasts over breast-cancer patients. Continue reading »

Oct 072014
 
An image from surveillance video shows the armed robbery Friday night of the Discount Corner gas station on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

An image from surveillance video shows the armed robbery Friday night of the Discount Corner gas station on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

As police continue their investigation into a rash of late-night robberies at Carrollton-area convenience stores, authorities are urging businesses to take precautions for themselves and their employees. Continue reading »

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Oct 072014
 

Franklin collageAward-winning documentary film maker, author, actor, Grammy winner, Pulitzer prize winner, opera star, Neurointerventional surgeon, United States Representative, director, producer, 5-star chef, record producer, dean, CEO, composer, educator, artist, entrepreneur, chemist, attorney, innovator, leader, success.  Just a few of the words that have described Ben Franklin graduates.

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Oct 062014
 

Owen Courreges

It’s called the “BigBelly,” and it’s being pitched to cities across the country as a miracle of American innovation.  It’s a solar-powered trash compactor designed to replace ordinary city trash receptacles.  There is practically no green-tech buzzword that doesn’t apply to these things.

I first began seeing the BigBellies in New Orleans last year along the Canal Streetcar line.  The website Clean Technica reported in December 2012 that the city hoped to have “at least 150 solar-powered trash compactors installed,” before the Super Bowl and that, contracts and bidding permitted, “[t]his number could be expanded to 242.”

Presently, the city is planning on expanding the BigBelly receptacles to the French Quarter and Downtown Development District.   The bid date is set for October 30th at 11 a.m.  It’s happening, and it’s happening soon.

What hasn’t happened, at least as far as I can see, is proper due diligence. Continue reading »

Oct 062014
 
A gas station robbery on South Carrollton early Monday joins other recent holdups on South Claiborne and Airline Highway. (map via NOPD)

A gas station robbery on South Carrollton early Monday joins other recent holdups on South Claiborne and Airline Highway. (map via NOPD)

After a perplexing series of holdups at the Magnolia Discount store on Airline Highway, armed robbers turned their attention to a Magnolia Discount on South Carrollton overnight, New Orleans police said Monday morning. Continue reading »

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Oct 052014
 

axiomartistsThe Axiom Artist Collective, a new art gallery on Freret Street showcasing the work of young native New Orleanians, will hold its first opening tonight (Sunday, Oct. 5) presenting the work of Courtney “Ceaux” Buckley.

“We just want to bring newness to the art scene,” said Buckley. Continue reading »

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Oct 052014
 
An image from surveillance video shows the armed robbery of the Discount Corner gas station on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

An image from surveillance video shows the armed robbery of the Discount Corner gas station on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

A rash of weekend robberies around the Uptown area included the holdup of a gas station on South Claiborne Avenue, the carjacking of a woman on St. Thomas Street, and the robbery of two men at gunpoint on Carondelet Street in Central City, New Orleans police say. Continue reading »

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Oct 042014
 
Elvis Preseley models sungless at Arts and Eyes on Magazine street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Elvis Preseley models sungless at Arts and Eyes on Magazine street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

People flocked to shops and galleries the whole length of Magazine on Saturday night for the annual Art for Art’s Sake event.

Jenna McSwain and the Celestial bodies performed outside of Feet First boutique. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Jenna McSwain and the Celestial bodies performed outside of Feet First boutique. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Oct 042014
 
Painted gold, Nadiyah Skyy stands in front of Longshore Studio Gallery at Art for Arts' Sake in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Painted gold, Nadiyah Skyy stands in front of Longshore Studio Gallery at Art for Arts’ Sake in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

afas-logoMore than 100 galleries, restaurants and shops along Magazine Street will celebrate “Art for Art’s Sake” tonight (Saturday, Oct. 4) with specials “heralding the opening of the city’s art season,” organizers say. Continue reading »

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