Nov 302011

David Armentor, Bagasse Storage, Cajun Mill 2011, Photograph

Randy Asprodites, Cover 17, Mixed Media/Photograph, 16 x 13”

As part of the citywide PhotoNOLA program, abstract paintings on photographs by Randy Asprodites and photos of New Iberia sugar mills by David Armentor will be on display at the Cole Pratt Gallery at 3800 Magazine Street, beginning with an opening reception Saturday. Continue reading »

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Nov 302011

Planning a holiday party? Need a little extra help around the house, making sure guests can come and go to their cars in perfect comfort? Admiral Security Services can help. Admiral provides security details for your home at all levels, from regular grounds patrols to full-time, stationed officers. If you’re hosting an event, Admiral Security Services is able to prevent any unwanted intrusion, protecting the integrity of the event.

All Admiral’s officers are highly-qualified and experienced, and fully licensed for both armed and unarmed assignments. With courteous, professional treatment at every stage of the way, Admiral Security offers you the opportunity to relax and focus on the most important aspect of your event: your guests.

There’s nothing that Admiral Security Services can’t do. For more information or to learn how you, too, can obtain peace of mind, visit or call 504.831.1407.

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Nov 302011

Jean-Paul Villere

AUTHOR’S ALERT: Reading this article may alter your point of view of the New Orleans horizon.  If you’re content with your visual field of the Crescent City you may want to re-consider reading this piece.  Read at your own risk.

In the last 2 years my wife and I have done some serious road tripping with New Orleans as a homebase.  We have dragged the kids to Seattle twice, once each summer, driving different routes each go.  And over this Thanksgiving we did a whirlwind to Brooklyn and back with some turkey in Philly for good measure.  Having lived in New Orleans off but mostly on since 1992 it only hits me now though that yes, I understand we all almost all exclusively reside below sea level, but – – – not only are we in a bowl, there’s nothing surrounding us.  Nothing we may climb to peer into said bowl. Continue reading »

Nov 302011

Sojourner Truth Academy, a service-based charter high school, will close at the end of this school year based on a vote by its governing board Tuesday evening that reflects the reality of the program’s insufficient performance gains, reports Andrew Vanacore of The Times-Picayune. Continue reading »

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Nov 292011

The house at 1421 Josephine Street could be considered one of the city's architectural masterpieces, but it has been so badly neglected that it's unclear whether it can be saved. (Sabree Hill,

Owen Courreges

I’ve dubbed it the “leaning tower of Josephine Street.” A half block down from my house, at 1421 Josephine, sits the Rountree House. It’s a masterpiece of postbellum Victorian architecture. It is also suffering from such extensive rot and termite damage that it would come as little surprise to anyone if a strong wind blew it over. Continue reading »

Nov 292011

A robbery at the Sally Beauty Supply in the 4600 block of Magazine Street on Monday morning marks the second within a few blocks over the last month. (via

A beauty supply store was robbed Monday morning on Magazine Street, and investigators hope that the dozens of hair clippers taken will surface and lead them back to a suspect who may also be responsible for a similar robbery nearby in late October. Continue reading »

Nov 292011

If your holiday shopping is taking its toll, then take a break at The ReTreat Salon, where from now until December 31st, 2012, you’ll receive a $5.00 gift certificate for every $50 spent on all services and products (excluding gratuity). Gift certificates are available throughout the month of December, and are redeemable until the end of January towards any service at the ReTreat, including hair, facials, waxing, massages, mani/pedis, and makeup.

Making New Orleans more beautiful since 2003, the ReTreat is open Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday and Thursdays 10-8, Friday 10-6, and Saturday 9-5. The ReTreat New Orleans is located at 801 S. Carrollton (at Maple). For more information or to book an appointment, call 504-866-7724 or visit their website at


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Nov 282011

“The Loyola University New Orleans campus will be transformed into a winter wonderland next week thanks to 20 tons of manufactured snow,” writes the Loyola University Newsroom. “The University Programming Board will present their annual Sneaux@Loyno event on Thursday, Dec. 8. from 6-8 p.m. on Loyola’s front lawn located on St. Charles Ave.” Continue reading »

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Nov 282011

Mayor Mitch Landrieu personally convinced the pharmacy chain to undertake a $1.4 million renovation of the building at the corner of Napoleon Avenue, and Walgreens agreed in part because CVS was building a new store across the street, writes Rebecca Mowbray of the Times-Picayune. The upgrade both beautifies the entrance to the Broadmoor neighborhood and typifies the mayor’s detail-oriented approach to improving the landscape of New Orleans one property at a time, the article states.

Nov 282011

The strong performance of four local elementary schools — Mary Coghill, Robert R. Moton, Bethune and Lafayette — will be explored in a documentary screening Tuesday night at Ashe Cultural Arts Center. Continue reading »

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Nov 282011

Fire cider is a spicy tonic used to scare off colds and flu and keep you warm in the winter months.

Please join Common Ground Health Clinic for the 7th annual brewing of the fire cider on  Saturday, December 10th from 1pm—3pm at the Teche Street Community Garden  at Teche and Slidell Streets in Algiers Riverview

Fire cider is a spicy tonic used to scare off colds and flu and keep you warm in the winter months. The December 10 event will begin with an educational session led by the CGHC Herbalists, and will continue through the afternoon as we chop the ingredients, combine them in glass jars and, finally, bury them in the ground to brew for thirty days. This is a great chance to experience some hands-on learning of herbal remedies past & present. People of all ages are welcome to this event. Bring a cutting board and knife and a snack or drink to share, or just yourselves.

Then on Saturday, January 7th  from 3pm—Until… We will reconvene to dig up the cider, squeeze it out and have a potluck dinner. We will dig up the cider at the garden and caravan from there to our dinner (location TBA). Bring a dish to share, an 8 oz jar with a lid to bring home some cider, and warm clothes.

Questions? Call Lanette Williams 504-473-1346

— Click to view photos from previous years—

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Nov 272011

Coryell Pierce (center), 8, dances down Lasalle St. with other Junior Buckjumpers during the Original Lady Buckjumpers 2011 Second Line Sunday afternoon. The Original Lady Buckjumpers theme was "Peacock: Beautiful, Bold and Proud". The Rebirth, Stooges, and Young Fellaz brass bands all played during the second line. (Sabree Hill,

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