Mar 132012

Tracey's in 1961 on Magazine and Third St.

Be there as Tracey’s Irish Channel Bar celebrates its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Saturday, March 17, 2012.  The Irish Channel Annual Block Party begins at 11:00am.  Tracey’s will serve up its world famous roast beef poor boys along with cabbage and corned beef and plenty more goodies from the kitchen.


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Mar 132012

By Nick Kindel

Over a year ago, to the surprise of nearly everyone in the surrounding neighborhood, construction began on the Romney Pilates Studio on Magazine Street.

In hindsight, this situation is a clear example of how the city lacks a formal structure to communicate and inform residents about projects and proposals that will affect them — at the beginning of these processes, instead of after a project is already under construction. For many years, the Committee for a Better New Orleans has been working on a formal communications system that would address the types of problems highlighted by the Romney Pilates Studio development.  Called a Citizen Participation Program (CPP), it will protect neighborhoods while moving good economic development projects forward. Continue reading »

Mar 122012

Owen Courreges

I never knew. Apparently, in Jefferson Parish you need an occupational license to hand out free water.

The source of this revelation was an incident that occurred during Carnival, or “Family Gras” as they call it in Metairie (the literal translation of which is “fat family,” which seems ominously appropriate if you believe in popular stereotypes about suburban families). Continue reading »

Mar 122012

New Orleans City Councilmember Stacy Head and community partners donated two fully equipped Fuji Patrol Police Bikes to the NOPD Sixth District last week.

Councilmember Head understands that crime in our neighborhoods is one of the most pressing concerns facing our city. “I am committed to improving the quality of life of all New Orleanians,” she said. “As a champion for safe communities, I appreciate the importance of increased police presence and visibility to combat crime.” Continue reading »

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Mar 112012

Benjamin Morris

One of the nicest aspects of Mardi Gras is the way that it doesn’t end. Among friends, family, coworkers, and even strangers, the slightest mention of a costume or a parade or a meal is enough to set off hours of conversation and delight. I had to miss much of the season this year, unfortunately, due to work, but since returning these past few weeks have still been grateful for ample opportunity to share in the fun.

In such a spirit, I’d like to share a story: a story about Wookiees.

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Mar 102012

Craig Giesecke

I think pretty much any of us who live and eat in New Orleans (and I mean IN New Orleans) would agree we try to keep things as local as we can. Our dining places are largely locally owned and most of our grocery choices are at least regional. Not that any of us haven’t been into a Wal-Mart or Winn-Dixie when it’s convenient or we’re trying to get several things in one stop. But we’d usually rather get our burgers at Bud’s than Burger King and, thankfully, it’s usually easier to get to a local place than to some chain. Continue reading »

Mar 092012

The city’s “Movies in the Park” series resumes tonight with two free showings, “How to Train Your Dragon” at Annunciation Park on Friday and “More than a Game” at the Harrell Center on Saturday. Continue reading »

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Mar 092012

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans (LFNO) proudly presents Fête de la Musique, an evening of French and New Orleans music, food, and revelry Sunday, March 11th at Generations Hall. The All Star concert featuring New Orleans funk superstars Galactic, bands Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, and cellist Helen Gillet promises to be an event you won’t want to miss! Continue reading »