Oct 072013
 

Owen Courreges

The Saenger Theater has finally reopened.  The opening gala took went off without a hitch over the weekend, with the facility receiving rave reviews.  Public and private dollars funded the whopping $52 million renovation that has been in the making for eight years, so expectations were running high.  Thankfully, the Saenger seems to have delivered.

Even cantankerous Times-Picayune theater critic (and sometimes theologian) Ted Mahne, whose scathing review of “Avenue-Q” is the stuff of legend, gushed that the Saenger was “magical.”  Oh, and the sense of civic pride? It was “palpable.” Continue reading »

Oct 072013
 

Fat Hen Grocery, photographed around the time of its opening in summer of 2011.  (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Fat Hen Grocery, photographed around the time of its opening in summer of 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Fat Hen Grocery has closed after two years on St. Charles Avenue, and the new McClure’s Barbecue restaurant on Magazine Street is being sued by a neighboring condominium over the operation of its smoker, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

Oct 042013
 

Archie Jefferson, younger brother of a former Congressman from a once-powerful political family, is marketing the South Broad Street home where his wife was found murdered last year as a bed-and-breakfast, apparently without a license, according to a report by David Hammer of our partners at WWL-TV and Claire Galofaro of The New Orleans Advocate. After Sandra Peters Jefferson was beaten to death last May, Archie Jefferson was a “person of interest,” but no charges were filed, Hammer and Galofaro report.

Oct 032013
 

Jonah Bascle

Jonah Bascle

Susan Guidry, the incumbent representative for District A on the New Orleans City Council, has drawn her first announced challenger for her re-election: 27-year-old comedian Jonah Bascle.

But Bascle, confined to a wheelchair by muscular dystrophy, says he remains just as serious about making New Orleans accessible to people with disabilities as he was when he ran for mayor in 2010.

“It’s been four years,” Bascle said. “Stuff that I thought would be done by now still isn’t.” Continue reading »

Oct 032013
 

Sandy Kaynor, the attorney who was critically wounded a year ago in a carjacking in the driveway of his home in the Touro neighborhood, had temporarily made it home and was relearning to speak, but infection has set in and he has returned to intensive care, his wife tells Meg Farris and our partners at WWL-TV. As his family copes with his continuing struggle, they also trying to find more ways to steer troubled teens off the path of violence, Farris reports.

Oct 032013
 

Tropical Storm Karen is expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane tracking toward the central Gulf Coast this weekend. (map via the National Hurricane Center)

Tropical Storm Karen is expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane tracking toward the central Gulf Coast this weekend. (map via the National Hurricane Center)

New Orleanians should begin preparing their homes for possible high winds this weekend after the formation Thursday morning of Tropical Storm Karen in the southern Gulf of Mexico, according to meteorologists with the National Weather Service. Continue reading »

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Oct 032013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Even Tulane alum Allan Katz thinks that Mike Perlstein of WWL and Gordon Russell of the Advocate certainly did a bang up job on their first-rate investigation regarding Tulane’s century-old scholarship program.  Like many old habits in New Orleans, there is an aversion to change.  But change is definitely necessary for this program. Continue reading »

Oct 032013
 

Dominica chef Alon Shaya chats with a neighbor of the proposed Magazine Street expansion at an open house in August. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Dominica chef Alon Shaya chats with a neighbor of the proposed Magazine Street expansion at an open house in August. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The chef and owners of John Besh’s popular Domenica restaurant told a supportive neighborhood association to “start getting hungry” for their family-oriented Magazine Street expansion as they approach a hearing before the City Council next week, despite initial resistance from the City Planning Commission. Continue reading »

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