Dec 102015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

On the fourth day of the ancient Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, President Barack Obama told an audience of 500 people that freedom can prevail over tyranny. Hope can triumph over despair. Light can prevail over darkness.

Today we are seeking the light in two divisive issues, Donald Trump’s controversial call to block the entry of all Muslim refugees to the United States, and the best solution on our very own monument controversy. Though very different, both issues are bringing out the best and worst in people and reminding us of dark times in our past. Continue reading »

Dec 102015
 
(via irishnetworkneworleans.org)

(via irishnetworkneworleans.org)

The St. Alphonsus Catholic Church will host an Irish Christmas party presented by the Irish Network New Orleans (IN-NOLA) this Saturday, December 12. The event is free for IN-NOLA members and children, and members  may bring guests for $10 per guest. Continue reading »

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Dec 092015
 
(photo via Google)

(photo via Google)

The sale of alcoholic beverages at a neighborhood café on Panola Street and outdoor seating for a fast-food fried chicken restaurant on St. Charles Avenue were both granted initial approval by city planning officials on Tuesday. Continue reading »

Dec 092015
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

The man who was shot during his Saturday night rampage on Annunciation Street is still hospitalized for his injuries and faces several charges on his release, but no charges are expected against the man who shot him, New Orleans police said.

Meanwhile, police are on the lookout for an intruder who was discovered in a Broadmoor girl’s bedroom last week, they said. Continue reading »

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Dec 092015
 

The total liquidation of Peacock’s Estate Jewelry, plus part 2 of Twin Oaks,
will headline Crescent City’s Dec. 12-13 sale
The two-day, 1,000-lot auction event will be held at
Crescent City Auction Gallery’s showroom.

Items from the liquidation of Peacock's Estate Jewelry in New Orleans will include wristwatches by Rolex, Cartier and others.

Items from the liquidation of Peacock’s Estate Jewelry in New Orleans will include wristwatches by Rolex, Cartier and others.

The complete liquidation of Peacock’s Estate Jewelers – the iconic fine jewelry store on Royal Street in the New Orleans French Quarter – plus Part 2 of items from Twin Oaks – the one-time home of author Robert Penn Warren in Prairieville, La. – will headline a massive two-day auction event slated for December 12th-13th by Crescent City Auction Gallery.

The sale will be held in Crescent City’s gallery, at 1330 St. Charles Avenue, starting at 10 a.m. both days. Lots 1-650 will be sold on Saturday, lots 651-1,000 on Sunday. Featured will be French and American period furniture, original artworks (some of them by noted regional artists), Newcomb College pottery, bronze pieces, antique clocks and more. Continue reading »

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Dec 082015
 
St. Paul's UCC christmas concert

(via St. Paul’s United Church of Christ )

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ will host a free Christmas concert this Saturday, Dec. 12, featuring performances by The Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, pianist Mark Coleman, and guitarist Todd Duke. The concert will be free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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Dec 082015
 
(photo via nola.gov)

The house at 4018 Laurel Street (photo via nola.gov)

A request to demolish part of a Laurel Street home to prepare for an addition was rejected by city officials on Monday afternoon, but requests regarding two homes on Toledano and Amelia streets were approved. Continue reading »

Dec 082015
 

stormwater

 

On Thursday, December 10th, LCI Workers’ Comp and its Membership Arm, LCIA—along with the Urban Conservancy, Dana Brown & Associates, and the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative —will host “Stormwater Management: A Guide for Contractors” at the BioInnovation Center on Canal Street from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The six-hour class will introduce the concept of stormwater management, as well as its importance to Southeast Louisiana.

 

Presenters—who include a landscape architect, a city planner, and a representative from the New Orleans Sewage and Water Board—will also discuss green building materials, city regulations, and the business opportunities surrounding green construction.
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Dec 072015
 
Gloria Steinem speaks at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Gloria Steinem speaks at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

While violence against women is clearly repulsive on its own, its causes may also provide a window into the United States’ ongoing struggles with issues of mass shootings, police violence and even terrorist threats, said renowned feminist Gloria Steinem in an address in New Orleans on Sunday.

“The single biggest determinant of whether a country is violent inside itself or will be willing to use military violence against another country is not poverty,” Steinem said. “It’s not access to natural resources, not religion or even degree of democracy. It’s violence against females.” Continue reading »

Dec 072015
 

Gloria Steinem speaks at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Gloria Steinem speaks at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

While most of Gloria Steinem’s discussion on Sunday focused on broad issues of society and justice, the feminist author dived straight into current events when one questioner asked her about the Presidential election — mocking Republican frontrunner Donald Trump in a sarcastic monologue and expressing a touch of apprehension at the struggles ahead for Hillary Clinton. Continue reading »

Dec 072015
 

Keith Knatt (via opcso.org)

Keith Knatt (via opcso.org)

A South Claiborne Avenue gas station was robbed at gunpoint Sunday evening, New Orleans police said, and a man was arrested for taking a woman’s purse at gunpoint just up the road two hours later. Continue reading »

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Dec 072015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Whenever anybody engages me on the issue of self-defense, my mind always wanders to the case of Warren v. District of Columbia.

That case began on the morning of March 16, 1975, when two men broke down the back door of a rooming house on Lamont Street in Washington, D.C. The intruders soon encountered Miriam Douglas, a woman who lived on the second floor with her four-year-old daughter. Continue reading »

Dec 072015
 
(via New Orleans Ballet Association)

(via New Orleans Ballet Association)

The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) will host two youth holiday performances in Uptown this week. The events will feature students ages 6 to 18 performing dances learned throughout the semester, as well as excerpts from The Nutcracker Suite danced by pre-professional students of the nationally award-winning NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance.

Additionally, NOBA invites students ages 6 to 18 to register for free after-school dance classes for the spring semester.  Continue reading »

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Dec 042015
 
 Families navigate around the construction area on Napoleon Avenue to clamor for beads from the Krewe of Carrollton in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Families navigate around the construction area on Napoleon Avenue to clamor for beads from the Krewe of Carrollton in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Despite construction underway on nearly every major transporation artery in Uptown New Orleans less than two months away from Mardi Gras, the City Council approved a 2016 parade schedule this week that suggests krewes follow their traditional routes. Continue reading »

Dec 042015
 

Kenton’s drink menu displays its whiskey-driven focus (photo by Kristine Froeba)

Following months of chatter about the proposed restaurant at Nashville and Magazine, New Orleans’ first American Whiskey Bar Restaurant opened to fully-booked tables. Kenton’s is attracting crowds and a neighborhood clamoring for both a taste and a peek inside.

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

Owners and husband-and-wife team Sean Josephs and Uptown’s Mani Dawes, along with Alabama native and Executive Chef Kyle Knall, are the names behind the restaurant. Josephs and Dawes are also the current owners of Maysville in Manhattan’s Flatiron District where Knall is also executive chef. Like Kenton’s, Maysville prominently features American cuisine and earned mention by The New York Times food writer Peter Wells. Wells described Knall’s cooking, saying his “understated American style is a winning blend of the refined and the unpretentious.” That theme continues at Kenton’s. The whiskey restaurant concept is courtesy of Sean Josephs; this is his second whiskey-themed restaurant. Kenton’s is following in the steps of his successful Char No. 4 in Cobble Hill, NY, while Dawes owns a Chelsea tapas bar, Tia Pol. Continue reading »