Apr 082011
 

The Single Ladies Social Aid and Pleasure Club will take to the streets on Sunday in a winding path through most of Central City.

The route will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at Foxx Lounge on Washington Avenue and end at Sportsman’s Corner on Dryades. For turn-by-turn directions, see Red Cotton’s post at Gambit’s Blog of New Orleans.

Apr 082011
 

Not everyone wants to go to the French Quarter Fest. Well, maybe everyone wants to go, but not everyone wants to go all day, every day — and fortunately, this weekend offers a wide variety of events for Uptown New Orleanians who want to stay closer to home.

On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be joined by Chris Paul at Loyola University to congratulate outstanding local teachers and to recruit more.

Saturday morning includes a meeting of the Lusher Charter School governing board. The afternoon features the monthly O.C. Haley Art Market, and Saturday evening will be the opening reception for the “Hypothetical Development” artists’ visions and reimaginings of New Orleans landmarks.

On Sunday, the Sierra Club will contemplate lessons learned since last year’s oil spill.

In separate events all weekend, Loyola will also be celebrating National Dance Week and its music competition award winners in a series of performances.

See our calendar below for full details and links. Continue reading »

Apr 072011
 

The former site of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts on Perrier Street in September. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The former NOCCA school building on Perrier Street is scheduled to return to the auction block at the end of the month, with a new sale price set low enough to encourage its purchase by developers and demolition for new Uptown homes. Continue reading »

Apr 062011
 

Jamal W. Brown (via opcso.org)

A 19-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder in a March shooting death in the Milan neighborhood, police said Wednesday.

Investigators identified Jamal W. Brown as the man who gunned down 27-year-old Shedrick L. Turner shortly after 4 a.m. March 11 near the intersection of Delachaise and South Liberty streets, said Sgt. Shaun Ferguson of the NOPD Second District persons-crimes unit. Continue reading »

Apr 062011
 

Over the next two days, city officials will hear an update on efforts against blight, New Orleans City Council will meet, Uptown-based police districts will have their weekly meetings and the siblings who inspired the book and 2009 film “The Blind Side” will speak at Tulane.

For full details and links, see our calendar listings below. Continue reading »

Apr 062011
 

Jean-Paul Villere

Two weeks ago I wrote on the etiquette of tipping and festivals, and it lit a few fires. Apart from festivals I have an ongoing “discussion” with a friend about whether one should tip at a cafe. Mojo’s, Rue, Starbucks, PJ’s, or CC’s, wherever you secure your crank: do you tip? And if so, how much? And if not, why not? My friend does not, and here’s why: most if not all cafes already pay their servers minimum wage or higher, while restaurant waitstaffs and bartenders still make considerably less per hour. That’s her rationale. She gives at the white linen table cloth but not to the green apron. “It doesn’t make sense to tip at a coffee shop,” she says. But I disagree. Why? Because it (almost) evens out, that’s why. It does make sense. Continue reading »

Apr 062011
 

Spring is here and with it, a new line of cupcakes at the Kupcake Factory. Throughout April the Kupcake Factory is showcasing a new line of cupcakes, from white chocolate macadamia to tiramisu, with one special cupcake devoted to one very special person: Stephanie, a young woman in need of medical care, to whom Stephanie’s Samoa cupcake is dedicated. See below for details of how you can support Stephanie and enjoy cupcakes for a cause.

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Apr 052011
 

Whole Foods Market - Arabella Station (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Requests by Whole Foods on Magazine Street for longer operating hours, more deliveries by 18-wheelers, live music and outdoor merchandise met a mixture of opposition and understanding during a neighborhood meeting Tuesday night, but the two sides tentatively agreed to return to the negotiating table in hopes of a compromise. Continue reading »

Apr 052011
 

Guacamole-shaped hole in your life? Can’t live without the legendary St Chuck Duck? Devotees of J’anita’s, rest easy tonight—following successful runs on Magazine Street and on St. Charles at the Avenue Pub, J’anita’s is now back and better than ever at the Rendon Inn in Broadmoor. Click below for more details of its long-awaited return.

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Apr 042011
 

Capt. James Baldassaro of New Orleans Private Patrol checks a house during rounds in the Upper Hurstville neighborhood in this Sept. 12, 2010, file photo. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

An officer with New Orleans Private Patrol chased a coyote through the stately streets surrounding Audubon Park last weekend, prompting a warning to area residents to watch their pets. Continue reading »

Apr 042011
 

Chef Adolfo Garcia of RioMar and his partners will be opening High Hat Cafe, a soul-food and family dining restaurant, and Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria, which features a hand-made Italian pizza oven, on Freret Street next month. Times-Picayune restaurant writer Brett Anderson takes a look at the ideas behind each.

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Apr 042011
 

A request by Whole Foods Arabella Station to change some of the details of its land-use agreement will be the subject of discussion Tuesday night by the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association.

In early February, a Whole Foods representative told the association that the store needs later hours, more trucks and more flexibility in the use of its large Magazine Street patio area. The requests have already provoked a fiery response from some neighbors who say the store is already operating outside the conditions it initially agreed to. A discussion of that request is slated for the association’s monthly meeting, which begins at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at Laurel Street Bakery, 5433 Laurel Street.

For more details and links to cultural and civic events happening around Uptown New Orleans today and tomorrow, see our full calendar below. Continue reading »

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Apr 042011
 

Attendees of ISL's Seventh Refrigerator Art Auction & Gala gather around an original refrigerator door entitled "NOLA Moon" by Lionel Milton at the Foundry Sunday evening. The annual event supports enrichment programs at ISL, a public charter school providing a multi-lingual education in French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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