Mar 262011

Hundreds of purple-clad supporters of St. Augustine High School marched a short route through Uptown New Orleans on Saturday morning to protest Catholic officials’ call to end the school’s controversial paddling policy.

The march began from Palmer Park and ended at the Archdiocese of New Orleans offices on Walmsley Avenue. For coverage, see, or and for video.

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Mar 262011

Rene Brunet, the 89-year-old owner of the Prytania Theatre and its gracious doorman, describes growing up in the theater side of the movie business, his hobby of playing the organ, and the Prytania’s place in the world today, in a wide-ranging interview with the website NOLA Defender.

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Mar 262011

Kevin Kingston and John Burford, of Kingfish Seafood, boil 1,000 lbs. of crawfish at Lusher School's Annual Crawfish Boil Saturday afternoon. There was 3,000 lbs. of crawfish at the event, according to Kingston. The event featured live music, games, rides, food and of course boiled crawfish. (Sabree Hill,

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Mar 262011

With Carnival season under our belt, it’s time for new celebrations: namely, High School Proms and Easter. Essence Fashions, located at 5228 Magazine Street, is perfectly positioned to style anyone in your family who needs  it. Click below to see the range of special deals and discounts that Essence Fashions is offering this Spring.

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Mar 252011

The Arts Council at Palmer Park. (Sabree Hill,

The coming weekend features a wide selection of home tours, school events and nonprofit fundraisers around Uptown New Orleans.

See our listings below for details and links. Continue reading »

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Mar 242011

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A man police found hiding under a house with a secret horde of cash drawers and other possibly-stolen items has confessed to four of the business burglaries that plagued the Riverbend earlier this year, and he may be responsible for as many as a dozen, police said Thursday.

For the past month, ever since the break-ins intensified just before Mardi Gras, police had been scouring the streets around Maple, Oak, and Hampson in hopes of identifying a suspect or at least discouraging more burglaries. Early Monday morning, Michael J. Dardar, 34, was found under a house in the 800 block of South Carrollton Avenue, after extensive surveillance of the suspected hiding spot by a police task force led by Sgt. Ron Dassel. Continue reading »

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Mar 242011

Natalie Praetorius and Travis Brannen stand behind an arugula plant at Edible Schoolyard NOLA-An Edible Evening 2010 at the Samuel J. Green Charter School. Proceeds from the event went directly towards program support to ensure the sustainability of the Edible Schoolyard NOLA's garden and kitchen programs. "We came here to see the garden and to eat," said Praetorius. (Sabree Hill,

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Mar 242011

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Dean Kelly, a 40-year-old St. Charles Avenue resident now charged in three separate rape cases, will spend the next five months in jail after a judge deemed him “a serious danger to the public,” several media outlets reported Thursday from the Orleans Parish Courthouse.

A dozen Tulane students testified that Kelly hit on them or tried to pick them up, and prosecutors played a recording of his wife of one month confronting him about soliciting women over email, according to and

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Mar 242011

During Wednesday's ISL meeting, Carrie Fox (left) and Nicole Hernandez (center) show off a painting by Tony Mose, created for sale at the school's upcoming "Refrigerator Art Auction and Gala." The annual fundraiser will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at The Foundry on St. Joseph Street, and tickets begin at $60.

The International School of Louisiana is expecting a record number of returning students next year as it continues plans for its Algiers expansion and possible pre-kindergarten addition – even as state officials encourage the school to accept more at-risk and special-education students, administrators said. Continue reading »

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Mar 242011

Environmental scientists Melissa Saint James and environmental technican Daniel Gallego, of Materials Management Group, Inc. put up a temporary fence at Annunciation Park Wednesday afternoon. Annunciation Park is one of three Uptown parks that will be closed due to high levels of lead in the soil. (Sabree Hill,

Three Uptown New Orleans playgrounds – Danneel, Annunciation and Taylor – are closing immediately after unacceptably high levels of lead were found in the soil there, city officials said.

More than 400 mg/kg of lead in the soil is considered a hazard by state and federal health agencies, a level exceeded at several Uptown playgrounds. Inspectors found the following amounts, according to the full report: Continue reading »

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Mar 232011

Some of the city’s most celebrated restaurants will gather Thursday evening at Samuel J. Green Charter School on Valence Street to celebrate fifth year of the school’s organic garden.

“An Edible Evening” will feature seasonal dishes from a number of restaurants and live jazz. Tickets begin at $45, and proceeds will support more gardening collaboration between FirstLine Schools and Edible Schoolyard NOLA.

For details and links on this and other upcoming events in Uptown New Orleans, see our full calendar below. Continue reading »

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Mar 232011

Jean-Paul Villere

In a few short days festival season will be well under way, and as much as you may want to flask it or roll in a cooler, chances are for one reason or another, it ain’t happenin’. Now I know there are big talkers out there who can’t brag enough about how at one Jazz Fest they snuck in a whole case of beer or some such nonsense. But is that really what you want people to know about you? That you undermine the system, filling water bottles with vodka, or whatever alcoholic chicanery you bestow upon the world. Really? It’s not rocket science, and while you think you’re saving a buck (admittedly ticketed events can be steep), your undercutting the system in reality isn’t cheating the event so much as negating the tip you should be leaving on the purchase you should be making. People work for tips. People survive on tips. So, let’s talk tips. Continue reading »

Mar 222011

[Note: Correction appended, 9:01 a.m. March 23]

Audubon Charter School is considering building a temporary campus on a vacant lower Garden District lot to house students for the next two years while its Broadway campus is being renovated, officials said.

The lot is located at the corner of Orange and Constance streets, owned by the Kingsley House next door, said Jules Lagarde, design manager for Jacobs/CSRS, the engineering and architecture partnership managing the Boradway campus renovation. The tentative plan is to build two 12-classroom modular buildings — not double-wide trailers, Lagarde said, but full buildings with cafeterias and air-conditioning. Continue reading »