May 302013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Food in many forms is hot in New Orleans right now.

For those of us who remember how awful and dead the city seemed after Katrina with no street lights, no house lights and only wreckage everywhere it’s quite a thrill to drive by the construction sites in Mid-City and Carrollton where three massive supermarkets are being built. Continue reading »

May 292013
 

Getting married is an exciting and romantic time for any couple and one to approach with great celebration. Often couples do not understand that in addition to the vows between spouses, marriage is an entry into a legal contract with attached obligations and privileges under the law of Louisiana. A consultation at the Law Office of Sarah Pfeiffer will provide individuals or couples with education and guidance to plan your life together, make fully-informed choices about your future and your property and determine whether a pre-marital agreement (“pre-nup”) is right for you. Continue reading »

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May 292013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

Hurricane season.  Here again.  And possibly the longest measurable annual event we as a society take the time to acknowledge and name its progeny.  It begins at the end of spring, sweats you out all summer, and finally gnaws into fall.  Daylight savings may be its only contender in terms of expanse, only when you lose or gain an hour it’s never as eventful as losing a week of electricity in the soupy humidity of the Crescent City.  Will last year’s Isaac excursion make you better prepared?  Or more ready to leave sooner?  And don’t tell me you’ve already forgotten or perhaps you’re a new New Orleanian? 

Ok, let’s run through some basics. Continue reading »

May 282013
 

jewel bush

I was first exposed to “patty pan squash,” an oddly shaped vegetable that somewhat resembles a bell pepper, at the Hollygrove Market three summers ago. A few of them came in the weekly produce box along with a recipe to cook the sunburst squash. For just 25 bucks, you get a grip of locally grown and produced fare, a rotating cast of fresh eats dependent upon the season. Continue reading »

May 272013
 

The old signs for the Frat House at 8200 Willow Street have been replaced by a banner for Jimmy’s Music Club. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

When the New Orleans Alcoholic Beverage Control Board rejected a request by Jimmy’s Music Club last week, it may have seemed like the hand of The Man slapping down the former punk rock haven once again.

The reality, however, is that attorneys, city officials and even the club’s neighbors agree that Jimmy’s may be closer to reopening than it has in the last year. Continue reading »

May 242013
 

Craig Giesecke

With summer fast approaching, Kim and I are looking forward to something we haven’t been able to do in what seems like forever – taking a summer vacation.

It’ll only be five days and, though many of our friends will be heading to a beach or the mountains, we’re only going to around Peoria, Ill., for a family event. But, honestly, we could not be more excited if we were headed to St. Kitts or the Andes. We’re also planning to drive, and the 12 hours or so up and back (with an overnight each way) will be a long-overdue chance to explore some spots we’ve never seen. Or at least I’ve never seen, having not spent much time in the Great American Heartland outside of Kansas City, Chicago or St. Louis for business purposes. Continue reading »

May 242013
 

All of the proceeds from the “19 Fund” benefit at Tipitina’s on Thursday night will benefit the 19 people wounded in a spree shooting at a Seventh Ward second line on Mother’s Day, and the fund will also benefit future victims of violence as well, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV.

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May 232013
 

Uptown Messenger and Gambit have entered into a newsgathering partnership. Stories from Uptown and Mid-City Messenger will appear in the print edition of Gambit, while stories from Gambit and BlogofNewOrleans.com that may be of interest to Messenger readers will be excerpted online. In addition, long-form stories based on reporting in Uptown and Mid-City Messenger will appear in Gambit. Continue reading »

May 232013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

For more than 75 years, the Times Picayune has always won the official journal contract from the City of New Orleans. The official journal is where all mandated public notices are printed, tax seizures, bids, City Council summaries, etc. It is and has always been a great source of revenue that the TP has counted on.

For the first time there is a real chance that John Georges or even Margo and Clancy Dubos could take that contract from the TP. The contract is bid each year and of course the best bid wins. Councilmembers could always expect to hear from TP officials like former TP publisher Ashton Phelps or Editor Jim Amoss around that time. Though never spoken, we’re sure that many councilmembers dared not to vote against the TP for fear of retaliation in the next edition. Continue reading »

May 222013
 

The International School of Louisiana’a Camp Street campus.

The number of International School of Louisiana students at the Camp Street campus who passed state standardized tests showed another slight increase this year, officials said, and praised the scores recorded at the Jefferson Parish expansion campus as a “familiar” baseline to start from.

“We knock it out of the park in terms of where the state is, where the parishes are,” said Head of Schools Sean Wilson at Wednesday night’s board meeting. “It doesn’t mean we rest on our laurels. It means we now look at where we can improve.” Continue reading »

May 222013
 

Tipitina’s will host a concert fundraiser Thursday night with performances by Donald Harrison Jr., The Revivalists and numerous brass bands — organized by Gambit, The United Way and Silence Is Violence to benefit the 19 victims of a shooting at a second-line on Mother’s Day as well as future victims of violence. Continue reading »

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May 222013
 

The area of Central City served by the Ceasefire anti-violence project has actually seen an increase in homicides and shootings in the program’s first year of operation, reports Ramon Antonio Vargas of the Times-Picayune. City officials and program organizers say their efforts to intervene in personal conflicts and resolve them before they become deadly, then help participants find new opportunities have yielded some results, however, and that long-term change will take more time, Vargas reports.

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May 222013
 

Tipitina’s Foundation, Project Homecoming and the United Way hope to have the restoration of Professor Longhair’s former home in the 1700 block of Terpsichore finished by the end of the year, so his daughter and grandson can then move into it, according to a report by Eric Paulson of our partners at WWL-TV.

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