Jun 252011

Billed by street-culture diva Big Red Cotton as the “last second line of the season,” the Uptown Swingers will roll through Freret, Milan and Central City starting at 1 p.m. Sunday.

For turn-by-turn directions and video from 2010, see Cotton’s post at Gambit’s bestofneworleans.com.

Jun 252011

A scene from the Freret Neighborhood Center's annual Halloween party. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Freret Neighborhood Center, the organizing force behind many of the anti-crime, anti-blight and community-building efforts in the Freret and Milan neighborhood, is holding a benefit party from 6 to 10 p.m. today (June 25) to raise money for field trips, food and art supplies for their summer camp for area kids. Continue reading »

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Jun 242011

Former FEMA director Michael Brown speaks to a handful of New Orleanians and journalists Friday afternoon at the Garden District Book Shop. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

So much for the pitchforks. Nobody even bothered to bake a banana cream pie.

It was difficult to know what to expect from a Friday evening book signing in Uptown New Orleans by former FEMA director Michael Brown, who resigned only weeks after Hurricane Katrina made him a national whipping boy for governmental ineptitude.

“I want to commend Michael for putting himself in the line of fire,” Garden District Book Shop proprietor Britton Trice said in his introduction, noting that Brown’s appearance in New Orleans brought an unusual element of controversy. “It’s not too often we get complaints about events we host.”

The firing line Friday night, however, was fairly thin. Not counting the seven journalists in the audience or the bookstore’s staff, the total crowd of people not being paid to be there numbered about 10 people, including two children and one man in a shirt that read “FEMA sucks.” Continue reading »

Jun 242011

Organized by local representatives from the Sierra Club and the Gulf Restoration Network, the “Hands Across the Sand” movement will come to the riverside park behind Audubon Zoo at 11 a.m. Saturday. Continue reading »

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Jun 242011

Michael Brown, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency until a few days after Hurricane Katrina, will visit two Uptown bookstores this weekend to explain what a “heck of a job” he actually did until his resignation less than a month after the storm. He wrote a book about the experience, “Deadly Indifference,” which he’ll be signing at 6 p.m. Friday at Garden District Books (2727 Prytania Street) and again at 3 p.m. Saturday at Maple Street Books (7523 Maple Street).

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Jun 242011

Christy Lorio

I remember stumbling upon a quote once that said if you are a fashion person then you can’t be an interior design person. Well, I certainly prove whoever said that right. I’m pretty much immersed in fashion all day long. I work with clothes at my full time job, come home and write about them for my fashion blog and do the same for freelance work that I pick up on the side. Just from osmosis alone I’d like to think that I do a pretty good job dressing myself. If only I could take an issue of Elle Decor and do the same for my (lack of) interior design prowess. Continue reading »

Jun 222011

William Lovejoy (via NOPD)

William Lovejoy, 54, faces a minimum of 15 years in prison if convicted on federal child-pornography charges filed by U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, multiple media outlets are reporting. Lovejoy was arrested last week on charges of recording cell-phone video of young boys changing out of their swimming suits in the locker room of a summer camp at Tulane’s Riley Center.

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Jun 222011

This modern design for a Walgreens on Magazine Street drew some outcry from neighbors, prompting developers to create a redesign that will be presented to the public in a meeting July 12. (image via WWLTV.com)

With Walgreens moving forward on a store in the old American Legion hall on Magazine Street and no land-use changes required from the city, the developer on the project is holding a second community meeting to share new designs for the renovated building. Continue reading »

Jun 222011

Walking in to an EDGE Training System class at St. Charles Avenue Athletic Club you will see a wide range of people, all working together to push themselves to the next level of fitness in a room filled with an enormous amount of energy as well as results.

“It’s like having a personal trainer four days a week for hundreds of dollars less, “ said Casey Bargason, who noticed a difference in his waist line after joining the class. “My clothes fit better. My whole body feels stronger. It is a full body workout. The only way you’re going to do a workout like this is a class.”

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Jun 222011

Jean-Paul Villere

I took my first honest to goodness road trip shortly after my high school graduation.  Growing up in small town Texas hitting Houston or New Orleans even was no great distance.  So the summer of ’92 myself and three others made a trek to Colorado, specifically to mysterious, mountainous, and possibly snowy Breckenridge.  In my house we never really went on a vacation.  Houston and New Orleans were the vacation.  Some times Crystal Beach.  I had never had the opportunity to head west or north of Texas so to me then this was a big deal — and something that was only going to happen if I made it happen. Continue reading »

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