Feb 232015
 
Firefighters look for hotspots after a blaze at 2420 Martin Luther King Boulevard. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters look for hotspots after a blaze at 2420 Martin Luther King Boulevard. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A former church building and theatre on Martin Luther King Boulevard was damaged in a fire that broke out Monday evening, New Orleans Fire Department officials said. Continue reading »

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Feb 232015
 

Owen Courreges

Another week passes, and another vapid, unthinking ordinance begins snaking its way through the city council.

This round, it’s a “living wage” ordinance recently introduced by Councilman Jared Brossett.  At a legislative breakfast held earlier this month, Brossett depicted the law as a palliative for New Orleans’ notorious and persistent epidemic of poverty.

“Income inequality — I don’t need to tell y’all this. It’s vast. I mean, we were compared to Zambia, as far as income inequality,” Brossett said. “That is ridiculous, as we are part of one of the richest and strongest nations on this planet.” Continue reading »

Feb 232015
 
The 2015 Oscar Awards were screened at Prytania. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 2015 Oscar Awards were screened at Prytania. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday evening, the 87th annual Oscar Awards were screened at the Prytania theatre. Complimentary food and beverage were provided for attendees. There were also glam and costume contests, as well as cinema trivia during commercial breaks.

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Feb 222015
 

Southern Food and Beverage Museum

The Southern Beverage Museum will be welcoming La Galerie d’Absinthe to its new home inside SoFAB this Saturday (Feb. 28), featuring absinthe punch and tasting of a variety of anise flavored spirits and liqueurs. The event is free with museum admission. Continue reading »

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Feb 212015
 
Workers continue construction at the Audubon Charter School Broadway campus on Saturday, Feb. 21. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Workers continue construction at the Audubon Charter School Broadway campus on Saturday, Feb. 21. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Charter School is on track to return to its Broadway Street campus for the coming school year, school officials say, though they are still awaiting an exact timetable to receive the building and remain concerned about issues with the Milan Street campus. Continue reading »

Feb 212015
 
Workers patch up a section of Magazine Street on Friday afternoon after digging it up to find a sewer leak that shut down the street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Workers patch up a section of Magazine Street on Friday afternoon after digging it up to find a sewer leak that shut down the street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The majority of the repairs needed to an underground sewer line that was causing part of Magazine Street to sink should finished by Monday, but the street will remain closed to most drivers near Third Street through the weekend, officials said. Continue reading »

Feb 202015
 

SWBA number of lane shifts and detours around the intersection of South Carrollton and South Claiborne are planned for Saturday and Sunday to allow repairs to several nearby water lines, according to the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Feb 202015
 

Charter Schools, Race, and Urban Space: Where the Market Meets Grassroots Resistance

Dr. Kristen L. Buras, a member of the Educational Policy Studies faculty at Georgia State University, will be featured in Tulane’s “The New Orleans Education Market a Decade Later: Reflections on Race & the Politics of Dispossession” discussion this Monday night (Feb. 23). Continue reading »

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Feb 192015
 
Aurielle Brimmer poses for photos on the red carpet outside Prytania Theatre prior to the annual Oscar-watching party in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Aurielle Brimmer poses for photos on the red carpet outside Prytania Theatre prior to the annual Oscar-watching party in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Scientist Alan Turing, the superhero “Birdman,” as well as the Hollywood glitterati — the Prytania Theatre is saving room for all of them on the red carpet Sunday night, when the New Orleans Film Society hosts its annual Academy Awards watching party and costume contests. Continue reading »

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Feb 192015
 
Carrollton Station owner Michael Miller (left) explains his experience taking his bar smoke-free during a town-hall session on the issue in July 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Carrollton Station owner Michael Miller (left) explains his experience taking his bar smoke-free during a town-hall session on the issue in July 2014. Miller said at the time that many bar owners privately looked forward to a ban. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

By Lawson Box

While bar patrons have mixed feelings about the new citywide ban on smoking indoors, some university area bar owners say they are happy about the ordinance as they expect even more students to frequent local watering holes. Continue reading »

Feb 192015
 

(image via Southern Food and Beverage Museum)

(image via Southern Food and Beverage Museum)

To celebrate the Chinese New Year and Year of the Goat, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum is inviting kids from Louisiana families for a free session this weekend to learn about treats associated with the holiday. Continue reading »

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Feb 192015
 
Senator David Vitter rides in the Krewe of Bacchus in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Senator David Vitter rides in the Krewe of Bacchus in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

It’s well known that U.S. Senator David Vitter is running away with the governor’s race at this time and we think there’s no better way to understand a man and his values than to look at where he spends his money, in this case $600,000 spent in 2014 according to Vitter’s campaign finance report.

Where does he eat in New Orleans, compared to other parts of the state? Whose coffee does he drink? Which hotels and airlines does he prefer, on campaign stops or in Florida? Continue reading »