With the holiday bows on the railings, the shelves stocked and well-wishers gathered on the sidewalk Friday morning, Cedric Martin noticed one last detail amiss.
“Turn on the ‘open’ sign,” Martin laughed and then officially welcomed New Orleans back to the original Baronne Street location of Martin Wine Cellar. “It’s a very special day, and we’ve waited a long time for this. … It’s great to be home.”
Families are invited to come learn to make traditional sugar cookies Saturday at the Southern Food and Beverage museum, with free admission for Louisiana residents.
Congressman Bill Cassidy’s strong win against Sen. Mary Landrieu last week and Sen. David Vitter’s role as chief strategist has set up a powerful Cassidy/Vitter connection that will put an imprint on Louisiana for years to come. Together they will also be a powerful force in Washington as Vitter uses his clout in the Republican Party to help better position Cassidy, who could quickly find himself Louisiana’s senior senator if Vitter becomes our next governor.
A woman widely known as “Ms. Betty,” a selfless community servant who fought for years to put roofs over many heads, was discovered last week outside her River Garden home, speaking incoherently and suffering mysterious injuries, neighbors say.
After her unexplained death Tuesday following a week in the hospital, both the police and those that Betty Daigre helped are struggling to understand whether foul play could have led to her sudden loss.
“What really needs to happen is that there needs to be exposure on this case,” said Ronald McCoy. “It’s as if it never happened. But it happened, it’s real, and it happened in such a tragic way to a lady in the safety of her own home.”
After years of waiting and months of construction, Martin Wine Cellar will reopen its new store at its original Baronne Street location on Friday morning, company officials announced.
The micro-distillery aspect of the proposed Lula restaurant that is slated to replace the Halpern furniture store on St. Charles Avenue easily won the approval of the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, despite some concerns from neighbors about the impact of larger development plans for the block.
On Tuesday, Loyola New Orleans’ Our Lives Matter group held a candlelight vigil in honor of those who have passed due to police brutality. After lighting candles, participants held a 4:30 moment of silence for the four and a half hours Michael Brown’s body was left on the street. Students took the opportunity to share their own experiences with police brutality and abuses of power and generally their feelings about the current events involving the police. Our Lives Matter will be holding events in the coming year including a panel discussion on the definition of racism and a meeting with the Second District police.
This weekend, O.C. Haley Boulevard will hold its annual holiday celebration with a mix of musical performances, dancers, spoken-word artists, a Kwanzaa production and a gift marketplace.
The owners of Magasin Cafe are opening “The Pressery” gourmet juice bar today (Monday, Dec. 8) — specializing in raw organic, vegan juices and milks — in the Magazine Street storefront last occupied by La Divina Geletaria.
It’s a catchy title: “91%.” However, it stands for something far less significant.
Local documentary filmmaker John Richie has certainly adopted a theme. His previous effort, “Shell Shocked,” aimed to portray the gritty reality of youth gun violence in New Orleans. He now plans to follow up that film with “91%,” which is being pitched as “a film about gun background checks and the people whose lives they impact.”
Two men were shot in separate incidents Sunday, one on Jeanette Street in west Carrollton, and the other on Danneel in Central City, New Orleans police said.
The New Orleans Ballet Association will present its annual community production of the Nutcracker Suite today (Sunday, Dec. 7), showcasing the talents of more than 200 participants in its programs for youth and senior citizens on stage at Tulane University.
On Saturday night, Tulane took on Temple University, an American conference rival, in the final game of the regular season, the final game in Yulman stadium for all of the team’s seniors. Tulane seniors were honored before kickoff with a hug and a game ball from head coach Curtis Johnson and greeted by their friends and family. The Green Wave fell to the Owls 10-3 in the closing seconds after a game riddled with turnovers from both teams.
Fun fact, Tulane and Temple played each other in the first-ever Sugar Bowl in Tulane Stadium in January of 1935.