Sep 012016
 
Morial read selections from her book and signed copies at Poseidon restaurant on Saint Charles avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Morial read selections from her book and signed copies at Poseidon Restaurant on Saint Charles Avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Wednesday evening (August 31), etiquette expert Carolyn Shelton held a book signing for Sybil Morial at Poseidon Restaurant on Saint Charles Avenue. Morial’s book, “Witness to Change”, discusses topics like education, the Civil Rights movement, and the Morial family’s political involvement. Morial is the wife of the late Ernest Dutch Morial, New Orleans’ first African-American mayor and the mother of former New Orleans mayor Marc Morial. Continue reading »

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Aug 312016
 

Several of the burglaries attributed to a single suspect in the university area between Aug. 21 and Aug. 25. (map via NOPD)

Several of the burglaries attributed to a single suspect in the university area between Aug. 21 and Aug. 25. (map via NOPD)

A prowler in the university area appears to be targeting students’ homes, slipping in open doors to take laptops and occasionally car keys, New Orleans police said this week. Continue reading »

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Aug 312016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Earlier this week Monday evening arrived as it dutifully does, and as it did a twinge of uneasiness ping-ponged my internal clock on into the dusky dusk.  Something was amiss from my weekly regime in the form of a cinematic excursion.  You see, for more dates than not these summer months I attended the (largely free of charge) Orpheum film series; it crescendoed last Tuesday via a revival screening of Steven Spielberg’s 1980s masterpiece Raiders of the Lost Ark.  And when the lights came up after Indy once again successfully avoided melting alongside the Nazis (thanks Ark of the Covenant!), the applause flew and fell, and that was that.  Summer 2016 was over, at least from the point of view of free movies in a stunning, air-conditioned space. Continue reading »

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Aug 312016
 

A man was robbed overnight on South Derbigny Street by an assailant with a shotgun, and a Rally’s employee was robbed of her purse at gunpoint as she left work a few hours later, New Orleans police said Wednesday morning. Continue reading »

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Aug 302016
 
"Witness to Change" by Sybil Morial (via Amazon.com)

“Witness to Change” by Sybil Morial (via Amazon.com)

Chef and etiquette expert Carolyn Shelton will host an etiquette class and book signing with Sybil Morial. Morial, widow to the late Ernest “Dutch” Morial, will be signing copies of her book “Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment”.

The class and book signing will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31 at Poseidon Restaurant, located at 2100 st. Charles Avenue. Continue reading »

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Aug 302016
 

Staycation - Swimming at Chateau LeMoyne in New OrleanIt’s almost the end of August, but just because Labor Day is a week away doesn’t mean the Summer fun has to stop!

Built back in 1847, Chateau LeMoyne is the perfect hotel for you to feel new in town, even if you’ve lived here for decades. Its most recent renovations, completed earlier this year, kept historically accurate windows and doors, as well as French Industrial updates to the hotel’s 171 guest rooms.
The exterior pool and courtyard area also received a makeover, just in case your Staycation requires a dip in a heated saltwater pool (and it should!) The original exposed brick walls, Edison light bulbs, natural wood and vintage artwork all help sustain this historic hotel’s ambience. Continue reading »

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Aug 292016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

It’s almost as though Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter were spat out of central casting.  The portly, arrogant, hot-headed lawman is the archetype of the corrupt Southern sheriff.  “You ain’t from ‘round here, boy,” might as well be tattooed on his forehead.

Playing to form, Larpenter doesn’t appreciate being criticized.  His thin skin was certainly on display when a local muckraking blog called “Exposedat” suggested that Larpenter had misused public funds due to a conflict of interest. Continue reading »

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Aug 272016
 
Queen Cara-Mia Noto and Jamie Bernstein, king Robustsus XXX, great the crowd from the balcony of the Maple Leaf Bar. The Krewe of O.A.K. celebrated the 30th anniversary of Mid Summer Mardi Gras with the theme "Get Wet". (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Queen Cara-Mia Noto and Jamie Bernstein, king Robustsus XXX, great the crowd from the balcony of the Maple Leaf Bar. The Krewe of O.A.K. celebrated the 30th anniversary of Mid Summer Mardi Gras with the theme “Get Wet”. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Oak Street was packed to the gills on Saturday for Mid Summer Mardi Gras as the Krewe of O.A.K. celebrated the event’s 30th anniversary.

Musician Jamie Bernstein and Cara-Mia Noto, manager of Jacques Imo’s, ruled as King Robustus and queen.

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Aug 272016
 
James Carville touts his new book, "We're Still Right, They're Still Wrong" at Octavia Books on Friday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

James Carville touts his new book, “We’re Still Right, They’re Still Wrong” at Octavia Books on Friday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Republican Party has spent the 21st Century peddling off-base predictions and promises they can’t keep to the American people, culminating in the rise of Donald Trump, said strident Democratic consultant James Carville to an eager audience Friday night at Octavia Books. Continue reading »

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Aug 262016
 

Emily Arata, then deputy mayor, addresses the New Orleans City Council on behalf of Mayor Landrieu in a March 2015 meeting. (via City of New Orleans)

Emily Arata, then deputy mayor, addresses the New Orleans City Council on behalf of Mayor Landrieu in a March 2015 meeting. (via City of New Orleans)

Former deputy mayor Emily Arata was confirmed to the board overseeing the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad on Thursday after overcoming the City Council’s concerns that she remains too close to Mayor Mitch Landrieu to fairly evaluate whether the entity should be sold to a private company. Continue reading »

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Aug 262016
 
Thursday's robbery at Arabella and Chestnut. Friday's robbery at Octavia and Coliseum has not yet appeared on city crime maps. (map via NOPD)

Thursday’s robbery at Arabella and Chestnut. Friday’s robbery at Octavia and Coliseum has not yet appeared on city crime maps. (map via NOPD)

A group of four people were robbed at gunpoint on Octavia Street overnight by a trio of assailants in a light-colored pickup truck, New Orleans police said Friday morning, in a case that shows overt similarities to a nearby robbery the night before. Continue reading »

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Aug 262016
 
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The Petrossi family behind the bar at Charlie’s Steak House, later 1940s (via Charlie’s Steak House)

Charlie’s Steak House is many things. There’s the menu, or lack thereof, the history, and then, there’re the anecdotes. It’s an old school New Orleans restaurant of the neighborhood variety. It’s a tad “Goodfellas”, in the best way; its Italian origins are everywhere. It’s a place where local’s grandparents drank highballs and chain smoked between courses. Of course, it’s not an Italian restaurant; it’s a Steak House. The Original New Orleans Steak House.

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Aug 252016
 
The corner of St. Charles Avenue and Melpomene Street, slated to become a temporary parking lot for Lula restaurant. (via City of New Orleans)

The corner of St. Charles Avenue and Melpomene Street, slated to become a temporary parking lot for Lula restaurant. (via City of New Orleans)

A conceptual drawing of Phase I of the Avenue Oaks Hotel on St. Charles at Melpomene. (courtesy of Wayne Troyer, Studio WTA)

A conceptual drawing of Phase I of the Avenue Oaks Hotel on St. Charles at Melpomene. (courtesy of Wayne Troyer, Studio WTA)

The Halpern family that owns the property on St. Charles Avenue that will become Lula Restaurant Distillery and, later, the expanded Prytania Park Hotel is seeking permission to convert a vacant lot into temporary parking for patrons and customers while development is underway. Continue reading »

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Aug 252016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Yesterday evening, the Orleans Parish Republican Executive Committee heard from seven of the two dozen candidates running for the U.S. Senate to replace David Vitter. Although their endorsement won’t be announced until after tonight’s forum for candidates running for judgeships and Orleans Parish School Board, it was obvious from the vibe in the room that state Treasurer John Kennedy is the clear choice of many New Orleans Republican heavy hitters. Continue reading »

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Aug 252016
 
Surveillance images of several men accused of stealing from area pharmacies. See below for details and larger photos. (via NOPD)

Surveillance images of several men accused of stealing from area pharmacies. See below for details and larger photos. (via NOPD)

New Orleans police are looking for the public’s help in identifying a number of men caught on surveillance video stealing from Uptown pharmacies — including one who fended off security with a syringe, and another who targeted the deoderant aisle, authorities said. Continue reading »

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