Punk music enthusiast and TV food personality Anthony Bourdain swept through Uptown New Orleans for an episode of his Travel Channel show “The Layover,” tweeting praise and random thoughts (between discussions of mob trivia) about institutions such as the Kingpin bar, Taceaux Loceaux, Company Burger and, somehow fittingly, Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge. Bourdain also stopped in at the R Bar in the Marigny, where NOLA Defender ran into him.
Ryan Holiday, the perpetrator of recent journalism hoaxes that led to his being quoted as an expert on numerous topics he knew nothing about (but who insists he was telling the truth to Times Picayune about his alleged $1,000 in speeding tickets from the Jackson Avenue traffic camera), will sign his new book “Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator” at 6 p.m. tonight at Octavia Books. Holiday also discussed his dark view of a click-driven journalism culture with Alex Rawls of MySpiltMilk.com in an article published Monday.
The NOPD patrol car was heavily damaged, and the truck crashed through a fence and a tree to run into a house near the intersection of South Broad and Thalia around 6 p.m. Monday, according to our partners at WWL-TV. No one was hurt and the crash remains under investgation.
LaToya Cantrell loaned her school-board campaign $20,000 in 2004, triggering a requirement to keep filing campaign-finance reports that she overlooked for several years, she told Richard Rainey of the Times-Picayune. The state Board of Ethics agreed to suspend $7,600 of the resulting fines, and she paid off $5,600 in June, leaving only $2,750 in court costs remaining to be paid, Rainey reported.
Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash in front of a small neighborhood cafe at the edge of a Gert Town park, amid conflicting reports that it may have been related to a fight or possibly even a shooting.
More than 200 volunteers showed up at Bridge House on Sunday to feed 600 homeless New Orleanians a meal donated by Mother’s Restaurant, reports Scott Satchfield of our partners at WWL-TV.
The board of Lusher charter school approved a one-time $600 salary increase for teachers and administrators, including CEO Kathy Riedlinger, for a total cost of $72,000 next year, according to a report on Saturday’s board meeting by Yomi Akinyemi of The Lens. The school is also discussing the OneApp common enrollment process with the Recovery School District, Akinyemi reports.
After Broadmoor decided to “stomp” against crime in June, west Carrollton will show off its own fancy anti-crime footwork Wednesday with the help of the Pigeontown Steppers.
Heat index values of 108 up to 110 are expected Monday afternoon and evening with the potential to cause heat illnesses, so the National Weather Service is urging New Orleanians to stay indoors, out of the sun, drinking plenty of fluids and checking on relatives and neighbors.
Frank Lloyd Wright, the legendary architect, was blunt in his hatred of cities. Wright described city-dwellers as “human beings, all crawling on hard pavements like ants to hole somewhere or find their way to this or that cubicle.” They were, he believed, “herd-struck morons our present sky-scraperism has cultivated.”
A new Korean restaurant has opened on South Claiborne Avenue; it appears that the Rocky’s Pizzeria on Magazine may be replaced with another pizza place; and serious questions are being raised about the serious neon signage at a new Oak Street burger joint.
Low water pressure can be expected in the area of South Claiborne and Leonidas Monday and Tuesday as work continues in the area, officials said.
About four blocks of Belfast Street just off Fontainebleau Drive will switch to one-way traffic, preventing drivers from turning on to the street from South Carrollton for a six-month trial period starting Monday, city officials said.
The continents are drifting. The icebergs are melting. And as the Times-Picayune cuts its newsroom and its circulation schedule in half after 175 proud years, it feels as though we’re a little closer to the end of the world.
Audubon Charter School plans to begin taking concrete steps this fall toward the possibility of creating a new high school, officials said Saturday morning.
Meanwhile, Orleans Parish school officials are hoping to find a way to start renovations on the school’s Broadway campus even as negotiations continue with neighbors over a pending lawsuit.
I went over to the grand opening of the new Fresh Market on St. Charles this week and the first thing that hit me about this very nice and very, well, fresh place is that everyone in there was seeing it differently.
Few things are more personal than makin’ groceries, particularly in a city as food-centric as New Orleans in a region as food-centric as South Louisiana. But the avid home cook sees things differently from the professional chef, who doesn’t look for the same things as the young, married-no-kids couple or the veteran parents or the retired, low-salt folks. Add to this our own experiences of going with mom when we were kids to, say, adult experiences of making $15 buy food for a week and each of us is going to have a different take on where and who does what better.
Greg Osborne of the Louisiana Division of the New Orleans Public Library will give a lecture on “The Free People of Color” at 6 p.m. tonight (Friday, July 27) as part of the ongoing Louisiana Bicentennial series at Nix Library, 1401 S. Carrollton Ave. The program is free and open to the public.
At first glance, New Orleans resident and artist Rebecca Rebouche is sweet, slightly shy, and unassumingly pretty. She’s also down to Earth, a noble trait considering she graces this month’s issue of Garden and Gun Magazine as one of 15 featured artisans “shaping the look of the South.”
Inspired by nature, Rebouche utilizes elements from the natural world to form the basis of her whimsical paintings, but she always draws from human nature to tell her stories. Her paintings are sweet, but not saccharine; they’re whimsical, dreamy and often surprisingly dark but never in a macabre way, more like a soul drenching thunderstorm. Trees are a common theme, as well as textiles, bunnies (she has a pet rabbit), birds, umbrellas, and sail boats.