Nov 272011
 

“Piano Players Rarely Play Together,” a documentary made by Stevenson Palfi in the early 1980s, explores the musical lineage of Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, Isidore Washington, and their predecessors. The film screens Monday through Wednesday at Zeitgeist.

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Nov 272011
 

Benjamin Morris

 

A chilly Thursday night. Tulane’s auditorium was full, the lights already dimmed, the audience alert, the staff restive and ready to start the show, but moments before the host began the evening’s introductions, a fire alarm suddenly sounded.

The crowd emptied onto the street, spilling out the doors to form a loose, nervous assemblage on the sidewalks, huddling together for warmth, unsure whether the show would go on. Staff members brandished their phones, receiving vague assurances from the authorities. Someone called out, to laughter, “Let’s just do it out here!” Precious minutes slipping away, the honored guest shrugged as if to say, sure, why not?

Yet when the host finally received the all-clear, and the crowd streamed back inside the auditorium, the room was – somehow – even more tightly packed than before.

And they say that poetry makes nothing happen.

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Nov 272011
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Former Lt. Gov. James E. Fitzmorris Jr. has just celebrated his 90th birthday, but he’s really celebrating New Orleans’ future.

Fitzmorris, also a former New Orleans councilman, is enjoying robust good health for one who has lived nine decades. “I don’t hunt or fish or play cards,” says Fitzmorris. “My office is my diversion. It is where I am happiest and where I spend the best hours of each day.” Ever since he lost out in the 1979 governor’s race and re-invented himself as one of Louisiana’s best business consultants and lobbyists, the former lieutenant governor – along with Carol Daigle, his capable assistant for 53 years – has loved going to work every day. He still has loyal clients who seek his counsel although he tends to call it quits for the day in the early afternoon. Continue reading »

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Nov 272011
 

Dylan Tete and Marshall Hevron, two local veterans of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, are leading a group of about 15 young veterans who have renovated a former grocery at Lyons and Annunciation for use as the city’s only Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Their efforts to create a place to help other veterans were profiled this week by Paul Purpura of The Times-Picayune.

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Nov 252011
 

The Original Lady Buckjumpers and three of their favorite brass bands will make a long tour of several Uptown New Orleans neighborhoods at their second-line Sunday, according to a route map at Offbeat.com. Continue reading »

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Nov 252011
 

Judges at this year’s Oak Street Po-Boy Festival named WOW Wingery Shanghai Shrimp Po-boy the “Best of Fest,” organizers announced today, and also awarded the Bread Pudding Po-Boy from Carrollton favorite Saltwater Grill the best specialty non-seafood entry. Continue reading »

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Nov 252011
 

Tracey L. Guidry (via opcso.org)

Maybe she couldn’t get a babysitter? A 42-year-old woman is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile after she allegedly took a toddler with her while she attempted to break into a stranger’s shed, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Nov 252011
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Black Friday! Are you excited? Did you camp out in front of an electronics store this morning? Are you already stressed about finding the perfect gift for every single person that you are in direct daily contact with?

I’m not, and here’s why: About 95 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, regardless of their denomination. But guess what, I’m the 5 percent. Yup, there is no Santa pulling a reindeer in my front yard, no Christmas tree in my living room and instead of waking up early to open up presents I prefer to sleep in and enjoy the extra day off. Bah humbug? Suit yourself. Continue reading »

Nov 232011
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Historically, the two at-large seats on the City Council have been held by one white councilperson and one black councilperson, such as Sidney Barthelemy, Dorothy Mae Taylor, Jim Singleton and Oliver Thomas. After Oliver’s departure, the voters chose to elect two white candidates, partially because Cynthia Willard-Lewis could not get as many crossover votes as her white opponents.

With the upcoming qualifying for the Council At-Large race in early December, African-American voters are talking about the need to rally behind a strong African-American candidate. Many African-American women have been elected in recent years, including a large group of new judges, but with our city’s crime crisis, African-American leaders are saying they need more black male role models in top city offices (similar to New Orleans’ situation when Marc Morial was elected mayor). Continue reading »

Nov 232011
 

Jean-Paul Villere

New Orleanians possess a certain affinity for their street names and the unspoken connotations that go along with them.  As quickly as one expresses what part of town he resides, next comes the street name, and lastly the block.  Though neighborhoods may vary incredibly block by block, it’s the demarcation of what part of town any given street might run that really determines what a street is called – or what I’m getting at – might have been called.  For example, I live on South Liberty, but did you know in fact by today’s street map there is no North Liberty?  And why?  Not sure really, but I can tell you presently that North Liberty is Treme Street, and given the HBO media machine it is highly doubtful Treme Street will ever return to North Liberty Street.  Conversely, I wouldn’t expect Treme to anytime soon become North Treme and as such my street South Treme. Continue reading »

Nov 232011
 

The holidays are just around the corner and now is a good time to promote your business in a special kind of way. Just like any other marketing material, your holiday promotions should be closely aligned with your overall branding. Continue reading »

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A night at Apolline

 Posted by at 11:46 pm  food and drink
Nov 222011
 

Guests enjoy a night at Apolline on the 4700 block of Magazine St. Tuesday night. Formerly named Dominique's on Magazine, Apolline has reopened with a new name and a new chef, Matthew Farmer. The name Apolline was inspired from a Creole woman depicted in several John Preble paintings on display in the restaurant. Former chef Dominique Macquet will be opening a new location sometime in May and will retain the name Dominique's on Magazine. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Nov 222011
 

The shed behind the old Bultman residence at the corner of St. Charles and Louisiana avenues burned Tuesday morning, but the fire was extinguished before any of the surrounding structures were damaged. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A blaze that broke out this morning in a shed behind the former Borders store in the old Bultman funeral home on St. Charles Avenue was quickly extinguished before its flames could damage the nearby historic Bultman residence or other nearby homes. Continue reading »

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