Feb 262012

The New Orleans Film Society is hosting its annual Oscar party tonight at Prytania Theatre, complete with film trivia and a costume contest. Meanwhile, the society is also looking for supporters to help purchase a screen and projector for an outdoor film series.

Details on both tonight’s party at the Prytania and the “Movies to Geaux” project are below, via email: Continue reading »

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Feb 262012

Benjamin Morris

By now the streets have all been swept clean, the costumes put away, the restorative concoctions mixed and drunk, and the beads mostly fallen from the trees. Wet, chaotic, and unpredictable though it may have been, Carnival was no less fun for it, and as we gingerly ease into Lent it’s worth looking back on all the good times that we had.

Since we still have a few restorative concoctions left to drink, here are a few highlights of the Uptown parades in absolutely no order whatsoever.

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Feb 252012

The “Evening of Difficult Music” series at McKeown’s Books (4737 Tchoupitoulas) will feature nine composers from the Department of Music at Tulane University in a presentation of computer music and sound art called “Listen Closely” at 8 p.m. tonight.


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Feb 252012

Craig Giesecke

With Carnival season just ended, all of us look back on our parade and partying times with plenty of enthusiasm. If we’re particularly lucky, we can say we had friends/family in town and we were able to take them out to a really nice place to eat or, at the very least, we were able to work up something on our own to make the party special. Even if we didn’t actually cook, we were able to throw something out there to make it all seem more, well, partylike. A sandwich tray. Some store-bought gumbo. A King Cake. SOMEthing. Continue reading »

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Feb 242012

An aggrieved mother’s heart-rending tale of drunken cruelty to her young daughter on the upper Magazine Street section of the Muses parade has drawn nearly 400 responses in 24 hours. Outraged at the brutal behavior of the college-aged parade goers, readers quickly began volunteering to send their own Muses shoes to the broken-hearted child, and the Krewe of Muses itself reassembled this morning “give her a little of the Muses parade she missed.”

Maya Rodriguez of our reporting partners at WWL was at the celebration:

Feb 242012

(Image via NOLA Fashion Week)

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Even though my career centers around fashion, I’ve never felt obligated to fall victim to every single fad that comes along. There’s a reason we cringe at old photos (although those combat boots and baby doll dresses I wore in the ‘90s are the thing now, but I digress).

Now, personal style? That is something else entirely, and so many New Orleanians have it. From the guy in the-three piece suit waiting to catch the street car on a Wednesday morning, to the girl who makes her own clothes, that’s what I’m interested in. Not what the magazines say are the hot new trend, not what the malls are churning out — I want to see the unique, highly individualized stuff. Continue reading »

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Feb 232012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Although it did rain at times during Mardi Gras 2012, it certainly didn’t dampen the spirit of one of the best Carnivals of all time.

The hotels were full, the crowds were huge, the parades may have been the best ever, millions of throws filled the air, the publicity was almost all positive and it sent forth a clear message: Metro New Orleans is back, better than ever. Continue reading »

Feb 222012

This map shows six weapons cases reported by NOPD on Fat Tuesday along the parade routes, including a cluster of four near Seventh and Eighth streets. (via NOPD.com)

Police arrested a man on the Claiborne Avenue end of the parade route Tuesday for illegal possession of a gun, and at least six other weapons cases were reported that afternoon along St. Charles Avenue. Continue reading »

Feb 222012

The sun sets over St. Charles Avenue after the end of Carnival. (Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Each season’s close arrives inevitably, and no party ends without some amount of waste. At Mardi Gras, “the world’s biggest free party” as my old man used to say, the amount of refuse generated can absolutely stagger the synapses. Until you witness the end of Fat Tuesday on St. Charles Avenue as the sunset breaks into dusk, you can only imagine. The caucophonous whir of hand-labored rakes amid clean-up banter, flashing hazard lights, and heavy equipment shoveling all the gras doo to where? Throws often attain second and third lives, but those are what’s caught. What gets trampled underfoot will likely be set adrift on a garbage barge near you. Continue reading »

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Feb 222012

Cecile Tebo

She meanders into the coffee shop on a Saturday morning, three days before Mardi Gras. She is graced in a pink bob wig, sparkly purple-and-gold dark sunglasses, an orange-and-gold muumuu and beads dangling from her neck. She orders a very strong dark coffee, scans the room and takes a seat. For that moment, she is whoever she wants to be, hidden behind the costume she has created for that day. Continue reading »

Feb 212012

Zulu's Witch Doctor rides on his signature float down St. Charles Ave. on Mardi Gras. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Rex title float "Lore of the Ancient Americas" travels down St. Charles Ave. Mardi Gras Day. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

On a beautiful Fat Tuesday, enthusiastic crowds met the Krewes of Zulu and Rex along their Uptown routes to close out the Carnival season. Continue reading »

Feb 202012

Spectators admire the Krewe of Proteus title float, "Mythologica Aquatica," on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A member of the Ducks of Dixieland shares a dance to the music of the Bone Tone Brass Band with a parade-goer on St. Charles Avenue near the beginning of the Krewe of Tucks parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Dressed in an extravagant winged costume, singer Cyndi Lauper throws beads from her float in the Krewe of Orpheus parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Each of the Lundi Gras parades this year did what they do best: The Krewe of Tucks served up raunchy, high-concept satire; the Krewe of Proteus evoked the grandeur of aquatic mythologies; and the Krewe of Orpheus produced its immensely popular spectacle of light and music. Continue reading »

Feb 192012

Actor Will Farrell, the King of Bacchus, throws out cow bells to the crowd on Napoleon Ave. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Thoth riders throw beads from the St. Charles Avenue float. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Rachel Cannatta smiles moments after getting a giant blue monkey from a rider on a Thoth float. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

After Saturday’s cancellations, Uptown parade-goers were treated to a total of six parades Sunday — five in the morning, and the superkrewe Bacchus in the evening — with dense crowds along the entirety of each route. Continue reading »