A Lusher High School senior has been chosen out of 13,000 students across the country as a 2014 National Student Poet by First Lady Michelle Obama, and joined her at the White House this week for a poetry reading.
At some point in all of our academic experiences poetry enters the fold. For some it’s a blessing, others a curse, but for me it became a curiosity. And then as a pup of an undergrad at Loyola some 20 years ago, I met and had the privilege of being taught by Ralph Adamo, whose classes offered a quiet exploration into language, form and intent.
Until that point in my life I’d always considered poetry melodramatic and esoteric, if not silly. The calm focus Ralph navigated the material made the journey one of intrigue and wonder. I began to really enjoy and even write (gasp!) poetry. Once he even held a class at Carrollton Station, which to any undergrad is a bonus.
Over the last two decades we’ve kept in touch intermittently, and then one recent almost-drizzly evening as I stood in my driveway, end-of-day beverage in hand, likely disciplining one of my brood, Ralph happened to pass by walking his dog. In a very New Orleans moment, someone I hadn’t seen in so long just — appears. And we picked right up where we’d left off, and of course to prolong that magic the Crescent City can conjure, turns out he (now an English professor at Xavier) and his family had recently moved into the neighborhood just around the corner. So our dialogue kept unraveling and here we are:
As Audubon Charter School prepares to return to its original Broadway Street campus, the Orleans Parish School Board has reached a settlement agreement with neighbors — despite Audubon officials’ concerns about the terms.
Loyola Medieval Studies and the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc are co-sponsoring the 5th Annual Salon de Jeanne d’Arc, a full day conference of free lectures and theater performances about Joan of Arc and the medieval times she lived in. The conference will feature Nancy Goldstone, author of “The Maid and The Queen,” and performances by Porkchop Productions and Loyola Theater.
If you like navigating around the drainage projects on Napoleon, Jefferson and South Claiborne avenues — or if, more likely, you don’t — get ready: Louisiana Avenue is next.
The $82.6 million installation of a box canal on Louisiana Avenue from South Claiborne to Constance Street — a sister project of sorts to similar efforts on Napoleon, Jefferson and South Claiborne avenues — got its official start back in the summer, when Boh Brothers was chosen as the contractor, said Sewerage and Water Board superintendent Joe Becker before an audience of nearby residents at the Lyons Center on Thursday night. But after site surveying and other preparations, neighbors will begin to see the beginnings of the work on the ground in the weeks to come, as workers begin trimming trees and starting construction near Clara Street.
The Junior Committee of the Women’s Guild for the New Orleans Opera Association will present its “Masquerade: Running with the Bulls” costumed party event this Friday.
Issues relating to the demolition of historic buildings dominated Thursday’s meeting of the New Orleans City Council, culminating in the quiet restructuring of the city panel that oversees them to protect its decisions from court challenges.
Thursday’s meeting there on Thursday, however, included intense debates over whether preservation laws accelerate the loss of property by original owners, or if city bureaucracy is actually impeding preservation efforts – and ultimately suggests a widening philosophical rift among City Council members over the role of architectural preservation in New Orleans.
Southern Rep, the highly regarded theatre company that has been performing all over the city since losing its longtime home at Canal Place two years ago, hopes to settle down in the Lower Garden District, its director told neighbors this week.
We at NOLA Aikido would like to welcome you to an Open House in our beautiful newly-expanded location in Mid-City!
See a demonstration by chief instructor Brian Levy, third-degree blackbelt, as well as our other teachers and current students who will show the beauty, grace, and martial eﬀectiveness of Aikido. Hear about the physical and mental benefits of a truly meditative and healing martial art.
Recent headlines about highly-regarded athletes such as Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald and Oscar Pistorius illustrate just how pervasive domestic violence still is in America and around the world. Whether readers realize it or not, everyone knows someone who has been a victim – a neighbor, an auntee, a best friend or even the writer of this column.
The “Light Up the Night” garden party at a home on St. Charles Avenue will raise money on Friday evening for Lighthouse Louisiana, a nonprofit organization that serves the blind and visually impaired.
The Orleans Parish School Board approved the recommendation of the its property committee to allow the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans French-curriculum charter school buy the former Alfred C. Priestley school campus in west Carrollton on Tuesday night, despite protests from an activist group and legal claims by a private developer.
Two original oil paintings by the renowned French artist Edouard Cortes expected to realize $20,000-$30,000 each, a Paris street scene done in gouache by Pablo Picasso, a watercolor by New Orleans folk artist Sister Gertrude Morgan, an oil on construction paper rendering by another folk art icon, Clementine Hunter, a collection of early 19th century Russian icons and an American Renaissance Revival carved mahogany bookcase attributed to Alexander Roux will all be auctioned Sept. 20th-21st by Crescent City Auction Gallery.
The popular Palmer Park — surrounded by an array of diverse neighborhoods including Carrollton, Fontainebleau, Pigeontown and Hollygrove — was given its name during an era of nostalgia for the Confederacy to honor a pastor so passionately in favor of slavery that Gen. Robert E. Lee described his oratory as more powerful than “an entire regiment of troops,” according to a presentation by a University of New Orleans researcher.
Political scientist Adolph Reed Jr. will be the keynote speaker at an international conference on post-Katrina New Orleans at Tulane University Thursday night.
Entitled “The Myth of Authenticity and its Impact on Politics – in New Orleans and Beyond,” Reed’s keynote address is free and open to the public.
As the New Orleans tourism industry grows, the Prytania Park hotel is slated for a major, two-phase expansion into a 200-room hotel called “The Avenue Oaks Hotel” that will encompass most of a city block on St. Charles Avenue, according to plans shared with Lower Garden District neighbors on Monday night.