May 172011

Members of the NOPD Second District and neighborhood residents march through the rain in the Riverbend area in March. (Sabree Hill,

After a police crackdown on Maple Street’s college bars over the last few months, the city is hoping to negotiate a truce of sorts between the area’s most popular watering holes and the unhappy neighbors who live around them. Continue reading »

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May 172011

Attendees of Hollygrove Market & Farm's 2nd annual Party in the Garden line up for Iris' spring vegetable soup Monday evening. The event took place among the fruit and vegetable gardens at the farm. Guests could sample the fare of 20 New Orleans restaurants such as Three Muses, Iris, Cure and Martinique Bistro, just to name a few. There was also live music and a silent auction. All proceeds from the event benefited the educational and service programs of Hollygrove Market & Farm and the Carrollton-Hollygrove Community Development Corporation. (Sabree Hill,

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May 172011

JoEtta Person walks in to the Ashe Cultural Arts Center after traveling by bus from Washington D.C. with 40 students at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center in Central City Monday evening. Person's husband, Charles Person, who was 18 at the time, was the youngest member of the original 1961 Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) Freedom Ride. (Sabree Hill,

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May 172011

Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New Orleans is hosting a free parenting workshop this coming Saturday, May 21st. “A Dialogue For Parents: Leading Our Children and Shaping Their Desires” will take place from 9.30-11.30am at Redeemer Presbyterian Church at 6200 St Charles Avenue, with light refreshments and childcare provided. The workshop will feature guest speaker Martin Ban, Senior Pastor of Christ Church Santa Fe in New Mexico, and a father of five.

For more information, visit or attend one of the weekly Sunday morning worship services. Worship begins at 10am, led by Rev. Dr. Ray Cannata and Rev. Shane Gibson. Redeemer Presbyterian Church: “Celebrating Christ, Serving New Orleans.”

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May 162011

Architect Steve Dumez points to a slide showing a rendering of a two-story classroom building planned to replace a single-story building next to the historic pink house at Trinity Episcopal School. (Robert Morris,

Continuing a recent flurry of business activity around the Lower Garden District, residents Monday evening heard a film lot’s request to purchase a partially-closed road and a private school’s plans to demolish and replace one of its buildings. Continue reading »

May 162011

Spectators look at the rising Mississippi River at the Audubon Riverside Park last Tuesday. (Sabree Hill,

The rising levels of Mississippi River are consuming conversations across the city.  This Sunday, curiously got the better of me and I woke up early and decided to walk over to the river levee.  The river was, and remains, disturbingly high.  At the Steamboat Natchez, the flood gauge read about 15.5 feet.  Where normally you would see several yards of rock on the banks, you could now only see about one yard, if that.

Some are saying that this is a 500-year flood event.  The Bonnet Carre Spillway and the Morganza Spillway have been opened simultaneously for the first time since 1973.  The Birds Point Floodway in Missouri had already been blasted open, the first time in history all three have been utilized. Continue reading »

May 162011

Major events starting off this week include a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Freedom Riders at the Ashe Cultral Arts Center and the Party in the Garden at Hollygrove Market and Farm. The Prytania film festival continues, and you may also consider a separate screening at Trinity Episcopal School of the documentary “Race to Nowhere” about the untenable pressures placed on schoolchildren.

Among the community groups with meetings scheduled are the Coliseum Square Association, the governing board of Sojourner Truth Academy, and the NOPD Second District’s monthly meeting with the community.

For more information about these and other events, see our full calendar listings below. Continue reading »

May 152011

Last week’s suspension of a well-known sergeant who oversaw the NOPD Second District’s Magazine Street and traffic patrols has led to reassignment of his duties to another sergeant, but had little overall effect on deployment, the commander of the Uptown-based Second District said Wednesday. Continue reading »

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May 142011

All Nations Fellowship announces its Summer Day Camp for ages 4-12! With fun-filled theme days featuring crafts, storytelling, music, math and science, movies, and more, this summer camp is the perfect fit for your elementary or middle schooler. The camp begins May 30 and ends August 12. Click below for more details, pricing, and registration information.

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May 132011

After the high-intensity tour of music provided by Jazz Fest over the last two weekends, Uptown New Orleans hosts a number of events this weekend centered around other art forms: a film festival, art gallery openings and markets, and book signings.

The weeklong Film-o-Rama kicks off Friday at noon at the Prytania Theatre, bringing about 12 hours of independent , foreign and classic film showings to anyone already looking for reprieve from the beginning onslaught of summer blockbusters. Highlights from the first weekend will include a 3-D showing of Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams;” “The People vs George Lucas,” a documentary about Star Wars fans; and the unlikely thriller “Rubber,” about a deadly tire.

The visual arts will be on display at both the inaugural Freret Street Gallery Crawl and the monthly O.C. Haley Art Market, and the book lovers will have the opportunity to meet several notable authors, including Freddie Evans, a historian of Congo Square, and Kathryn Stockett of the bestselling novel “The Help.”

For complete details and links to these and other events, see our full calendar listings below. Continue reading »

May 122011

LaCrosse Metal Designs will be appearing at Art Spark in City Park this Saturday, May 14, showcasing its latest line of jewelry: Louisiana sunken cypress, inlaid in gold and silver. This line has recently leaped to national acclaim by being featured as part of lead actress’ Laura Prepon’s wardrobe on “Are You There, Vodka?” the NBC series developed from the book by Chelsea Handler. See below for more details and for images of these designs.

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