Mar 212012

A flyer for an upcoming highlight on the local festival circuit. (Jean-Paul Villere for

Aaaahhhhh!  Spring time in New Orleans!  The birds are chirping, the fig leaves are in, and festival season boasts yet another bumper crop of competing weekend distraction.  The year’s offerings might mostly seem familiar with a few relative newcomers.  Bottom line is, the likelihood of you sitting around watching the grass grow is slim and none.  Music, food, art, cocktails, street closures, more music, beer, boxing (yeah!), sunscreen, and parking!?  Bleech!  Dust off the old two wheeler.  It’s time to saddle up! Continue reading »

Mar 202012

Mayas Restaurant on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District will have the support of its neighbors for a plan to add live music, dancing and to stay open later for “Salsa and Tapas” — if the changes can be accomplished without a zoning change, members of the Coliseum Square Association decided Monday evening. Continue reading »

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Mar 202012

Chefs at four prominent Uptown restaurants — Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery, John Harris of Lilette, Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace and, in a separate category, Gautreau’s chef Sue Zemanick — have been nominated as finalists for James Beard awards, in addition to several other chefs around the city, according to a report by Dominic Massa and our partners at WWL-TV.

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Mar 202012

Construction barriers have surrounded the corners in front of Origami restaurant on Freret Street for weeks. (Robert Morris,

The city’s plans for rebuilding the sidewalks along Freret Street were the subject of growing skepticism for years amid the project’s many delays getting started. Since the project finally started in January, construction has enveloped two corners at a single intersection for more than two months, and the Freret merchants’ frustrations have grown into outright fury as their annual festival approaches. Continue reading »

Mar 202012

Cecile Tebo

In 2007, I wrote an article entitled “The anatomy of a simple crime” on completion of a five-year journey through the judicial system after falling victim to an aggravated burglary. The perpetrator, a three-time felon, had assaulted my husband in an attempt to get into our home. However, what lay ahead was almost as grueling as the crime itself. Continue reading »

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Mar 202012

It’s tax season, so be sure to get your taxes sent off at your locally-owned independent post office. Parcels and Post New Orleans offers fast and secure methods of returning your income tax forms. With a range of options suited to your needs and to your budget, your forms will be as safe as if you’d handed them in yourself. Don’t be late — April is 15 just weeks away!

Now under new ownership, Parcels and Post is located at 5721 Magazine St between Jefferson and Nashville. Open Mon – Fri 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-2pm, Parcels and Post has lots of parking in the back, making it easy to get your shipping done and on with your day. For more information call 504-891-8402 or visit

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Mar 192012

Attendees gather at an Edible Evening at Samuel J. Green Charter School in 2011. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

This year’s “Edible Evening” fundraiser at Samuel J. Green Charter School to benefit the organic gardening programs at Firstline Schools will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday (March 22). Continue reading »

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Mar 192012

The design of the new Booker T. Washington High School building will be on display at a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight (Monday, March 19) at New Orleans College Prep, formerly the Sylvanie Williams school, at 3127 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Continue reading »

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