Although the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for overseeing the construction of four major drainage canals around Uptown New Orleans, the federal-government shutdown caused the agency to miss a planned public meeting Thursday about the beginning of the latest phase on Jefferson Avenue.
Freret Clay Center, a new nonprofit promoting ceramics art and education, will hold its grand opening at 2525 Jena Street with a group exhibition from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Six artists will participate in the exhibition. For more information, see the Freret Clay Center website.
Joseph Davis, 17, pleaded guilty to four counts of forcible rape and one count each of second-degree kidnapping and armed robbery, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison last week for his role in the the rape of a Garden District woman in February, reports Katherine Sayre of The Times-Picayune. Davis “initiated the rape and wielded a gun in the assault,” Sayre reported; 16-year-old Sheldon Jefferson had previously agreed to serve 30 years for raping the woman; and 18-year-old Christopher Davis, the driver in the incident, had previously been sentenced to 35 years.
Investigators have released a video of two women robbing the clerk of a St. Charles Avenue hotel at gunpoint last week in hopes that the public can help identify them, New Orleans police said. In an unrelated case, another armed robbery was reported Tuesday night in the Broadmoor area.
So who gets to decide how many judges are too many? Mayor Mitch Landrieu has strong feelings on the subject, based on his own experiences when he was in the private practice of law and his observations from the mayor’s office. There are too many judges and the money devoted to supporting empty courtrooms and under-worked judges could be better spent if the money was instead in the city’s general fund, Landrieu says.
An unidentified man was killed Wednesday evening when he was hit by a car as he was crossing South Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans police said.
As a child of the 80s reared on cable and the small screen, my first opportunity to see The Wizard of Oz on the big screen came in a mid 90s summer-revival series at the State Palace, and the experience remains with me today. First of all, the movie alone to be seen in this fashion should not be missed, I don’t care how many times you’ve seen it. Secondly, to see a film in a somewhat decrepit but likely once masterful venue layers the sensory. Creaky, spent springs and paint-chipped seating, flooring with decades of goo, and echoey cavern of yesterday celluloid dank and dark. And then Mr. Brunet spoke.
Improvements to utilities around the new Magnolia Marketplace on South Claiborne will be paid for by an additional 1-percent sales tax on purchases there that should last around 15 years, based on legislation being forwarded to the New Orleans City Council for approval Thursday.
Three men broke into a home in the Milan neighborhood, attacked the occupants and took their money Sunday morning, and a man walking in the Garden District was robbed at gunpoint Sunday evening, New Orleans police said.
The block of Jefferson Avenue between Constance and Laurel streets will close for two months as part of the installation of the new underground drainage canal, New Orleans officials said.
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.”
Laurel Street Bakery will celebrate the grand opening of its new location at the corner of Washington and Broad streets on Monday morning.