I have always had a fascination with the written word in public places. Not street signs, business names or general advertising or billboards: you know, the traditional, formally executed kind via a municipality or organized venture, spreading whatever message usually of an identifying or sales nature. I mean the taggers, whether via graffiti by marker on a bathroom wall or spraypaint under a bridge, or those working in fresh concrete getting the last laugh (no grey ghost will come around and buff out what’s set in mortar, at least not with any expediency). What happened to Fred Ratke anyway? I notice a lot of new work he’s leaving up longer than I’d expect.
A free concert commemorating the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner features the Loyola Symphony Orchestra and Loyola Chorus alongside special guests and Metropolitan Opera stars Alfred Walker ’96, Greer Grimsley ’76 and Luretta Bybee. The program will include selections from Verdi’s “Otello,” “Aida” and “La Traviata,” as well as Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” and “Die Walkure,” including the famed “Ride of the Valkyries.”
Investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying several men photographed by surveillance cameras recently — one believed to have information about an attempted robbery on South Claiborne Avenue on Sunday morning, and two who allegedly stole several Playstation 3 units from the GameStop near the Walmart on Tchoupitoulas on Friday.
By Tracy A. BuccinoIn response to Mr. Courreges’ recent piece regarding NORTA fare increases (“Necessary or not, RTA fare hike makes New Orleans two bits closer to unaffordable“), I suggest that one way to increase revenue without socking it to the poor, elderly, and others with no alternative would be to increase the single-ticket price while keeping the monthly-pass price the same or perhaps even lowering it. I would also suggest offering discounted monthly passes for the same categories (and perhaps others) that are currently offered for the single fares.
Sheri Fink, whose book “Five Days at Memorial” recounts the efforts to save lives at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina, will speak Wednesday evening as part of this week’s ongoing Jewish Book Festival.
The French government has issued a warning to travelers visiting New Orleans to avoid leaving the Garden District for Central City or the Irish Channel, according to our partners at WWL-TV. The notice urges French travelers not to stray north of St. Charles Avenue or south of Magazine Street (“au nord de l’avenue Saint-Charles et au sud de la rue Magazine“) when they are in the Garden District.
Should applications for jobs with the City of New Orleans ask if a person has any previous felony convictions? Mayor Landrieu, to his credit, says no.
Referred to as “banning the box,” cutting this query from employment applications won’t do away with background checks. It would, however, prevent a “yes” answer from eliminating an otherwise qualified candidate from the interview process based on biases against those with criminal records. Background checks, as they should, would come down the line once that person is considered for hiring; and even then, a felony conviction won’t be an employment barrier.
A man was fatally shot Monday afternoon while driving near Josephine and LaSalle streets in Central City, and his vehicle ran into a house near the shooting scene, New Orleans police said.
Thirteen years. That’s how long New Orleanians have been paying $1.25 fares for one-way trips on streetcars and buses. In an era characterized by major increases in city fees and taxes, transit fares have remained relatively low.
Now, it appears that $1.25 fares may not be quite enough. Veolia Transportation Services Inc., the French corporation contracted to manage services for the Regional Transit Association (RTA), revealed this past Tuesday that there will not be enough money left in reserves to fund services by 2015 unless a fare increase is enacted.
Are you worried about making loan payments on your house? Have you fallen behind, and are struggling to get back on track? Or are you preparing to buy, but unsure how you’ll finance every penny of your new home? Neighborhood Housing Services New Orleans announces its new, federally-sponsored Making Home Affordable loan program for homeowners just like you. Secure, confidential, and comprehensive!
Irvin Mayfield and the Jazz Playhouse Revue will headline the free Central City Festival on O.C. Haley Boulevard on Saturday, topping a lineup of traditional music, Creole food and local vendors showcasing the rebirth of the boulevard.
The Southern Rep production of Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice” is entering the first weekend of its run at Ursuline Academy on State Street, and every performance is themed with special events and promotions.
This weekend’s New Orleans Opera performance of “Noah’s Flood” at Trinity Episcopal Church will include veteran New Orleans news anchor Norman Robinson in the speaking role of God, a cast of professional artists and musicians, and a chorus of students from public and private schools around the city.
The fourth annual Children’s Book Festival will take place on the Latter Library lawn this weekend, with free concert of “music inspired by children’s literature” Friday night and free books and book-related activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.