Dec 242011

Benjamin Morris

It’s easy to drive right past it: the tiny sign on Pearl Street that says P2. Woe betide the traveler with lazy eyes, however, who would miss a hidden gem deep inside the Black Pearl. Located at 7576 Pearl Street, between Hillary and Cherokee, the artist Frahn Koerner has converted her home and studio to become one of the Prospect.2 satellite exhibitions. Exhibiting her works alongside those of Mary Jane Parker, Koerner’s show is well worth seeking out – in part because it teaches us how to see.

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Dec 232011

After promises of a firm Nov. 1 start date, the long-awaited reworking of the Freret commercial corridor’s sidewalks has been pushed back yet again. The most recent estimate of a start date for the project announced in August 2010 is now after the holidays, city officials told reporter Scott Satchfield of our partners at WWL-TV.

Dec 232011

A Christmas tree decorated with toys and candles stands in the courtyard of the B.W. Cooper projects on Erato Street, where Kiera Holmes was shot to death Sunday. Mourners observed her birthday Thursday in a small gathering around the tree. (Robert Morris,

A toddler killed in the crossfire of a Central City shootout was remembered Thursday afternoon with a small memorial on what would have been her second birthday, and she was buried Friday morning in a funeral ceremony that attracted city leaders and hundreds of mourners. Continue reading »

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Dec 232011

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

February 2010 — that happened, right? It was a stellar month for everyone, and especially for me. The Saints won the Superbowl, I turned 30 (OK, not that stellar), Mardi Gras was great, and I bought my first house — so much life-changing stuff packed into a three-week time span that I think I’m just now finally coming down from it. Continue reading »

Dec 222011

This holiday season, your camera will be full to overflowing with the photos you take of your friends and family. If you’re still looking for a last-minute gift idea, give a gift certificate to Moldaner’s Camera & Imaging. Moldaner’s provides a great selection of cameras and accessories, and custom services for handling your photographs, including scanning, printing, canvas prints, and photo pillows and quilts. Or take old photographs and bring them back to life with restoration and archiving services – either way, this holiday season, make new memories and preserve your old ones with Moldaner’s Camera & Imaging.

Moldaner’s is ranked one of the top camera shops in the Gambit Weekly’s Best of New Orleans poll. Call 504-866-6757 or email for a free consultation to learn more about what Moldaner’s Camera & Imaging can do for you. Limited-time only specials are available on the Moldaner’s Facebook page, or visit the Moldaner’s website at for more information.

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Dec 212011

Here in Louisiana, we know the holiday season means one thing: time to party. Whether it’s New Year’s, bowl games and championships, or Carnival, we’re pros at having a good time. But having a good time also means ensuring a good time for your guests, so when you start to plan your holiday parties, call the pros who know how to keep it safe, secure, and fun.

Call Admiral Security today, and you can party with perfect peace of mind.

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Dec 212011

Alex McMurray performing in New York. (photo by Dino Perruci, via

Alex McMurray sings songs and plays guitar in and around the Cresecent City.  You know him.  That guy with the often echoed and round, but sometimes raspy, roll of a voice, too articulate to be local, but dirty enough not to be.  With a storyteller’s gaze that locks you into his howls and the masterful resonance from his guitar, his playing is both unmistakable and hypnotic.  Personally, I find myself saying his lyrics to myself at various moments in my life, occasionally posting them to social media.  One of my favorite New Orleanians, McMurray has a gift and he shares it weekly with us.  While I’ve caught many of his performances over the years, including Royal Fingerbowl’s reunion at the recent (and supposedly 1st Annual) Mermaid Fest (which included an off-the-cuff cover of Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher”), I have remained a fan from afar until I recently swapped a few emails with him. Continue reading »

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Dec 202011

The city Alcohol Beverage Control Board convened a private discussion of its members during its public meeting Tuesday, possibly in violation of the state open-meetings law, according to an attorney for the Louisiana Press Association. Continue reading »

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Dec 202011

Cecile Tebo

‘Tis the season to be jolly… Or is it?

My first Facebook message when I woke up the other morning was from the “skinny crock potters:” “Good morning, skinny crock potters,” it said, “did you have a successful ‘skinny’ weekend?” Oh, the dread. After a night of munching down on lasagna, turkey casserole, crawfish pies, jambalaya, pork, white chocolate cake, flan and brownies this was not the best message to start the day. But ’tis the season, right? So, feeling a bit bloated and blue, I thought it appropriate to reflect a bit on the holiday blues, a very real phenomenon that happens around this time of the year. Continue reading »

Dec 192011

New Deal Hair Salon is now taking holiday appointments. If you need a cut, style, or color retouch for the holidays, call New Deal Hair Salon today. Men’s cuts are $22, women’s cuts are $32 (or $20 for styling only), toners and glossers are $35, color retouch is $46, and full-head foils begin at $75.

Randy Spitler, a native New Orleanian, has been in the same spot on Freret Street for over twenty years, and his results prove it. Where you go when you want to experience talent and a true desire to make you happy with your hair, the New Deal Hair Salon is located at 7321 Freret, just two blocks from Tulane, next to Café Freret. For appointments call 504.861.7111.

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