Nov 162015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Over at Eater New Orleans, Gwendolyn Knapp sums up the ill-fated “Jack & Jake’s” grocery project quite aptly – as a money pit.

The project began in 2011, when Alembic Community Development bought the former Myrtle Banks Elementary School on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. The school, built in 1910, had closed in 2002 and was gutted by fire in 2008. The Orleans Parish School Board had already determined that it wasn’t cost-effective to preserve the building, but Alembic was determined to save the façade. Continue reading »

Nov 162015
 

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Best Deals of the Year:
Nov. 30 to Dec. 19

Alliance Française offers French classes for every skill level. Whether you’re new to the language or need better practice, we’re happy to have you.

Learn about our speed-dating style Speak Easy on Dec. 8, our phonetics workshop Dec. 12, and our mini session classes, which explore topics such as News in France with TV5 Monde. Continue reading »

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Nov 132015
 
(via Bryan Brown)

(via Bryan Brown)

 

 

The Axiom Artist Collective will host “Delivering Culture”, an art show featuring the Jazz Stork Series by artist Bryan Brown, this Saturday, Nov. 14. The series represents the birth of the culture and traditions of New Orleans. The event is free and open to the public.

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Nov 132015
 
The Walter L. Cohen High School marching band performs during the Krewe of Mid-CIty parade in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Walter L. Cohen High School marching band performs during the Krewe of Mid-City parade in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The former Walter L. Cohen High School — which only a few years ago was a bottom-barrel F-rated school labeled one of the most dangerous in America — is on the precipice of scoring a B rating, officials with New Orleans College Prep charter organization said Thursday, a crucial step towards alumni goal of restoring it to the glory of decades past.

But Sylvanie Williams elementary, the same organization’s first charter school, saw its scores slip again last year as state charter-renewal deadlines loom ever closer. Continue reading »

Nov 132015
 

St. Katharine Drexel Prep will host Prep Fest on Magazine this Saturday as part of their 100-year celebration. The fest will feature dance performances, musical performances, local cuisine and art, and games for children. Continue reading »

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Nov 122015
 
A Sept. 9, 2015, surveillance photo shows Zachary Winfield stealing a package in the 3700 block of Octavia Street, police say. (image via New Orleans Police Department)

A Sept. 9, 2015, surveillance photo shows Zachary Winfield stealing a package in the 3700 block of Octavia Street, police say. (image via New Orleans Police Department)

Zachary D. Winfield (via opcso.org)

Zachary D. Winfield (via opcso.org)

If Santa Claus can’t make it down your chimney, you may want to leave him a note not to drop this year’s Christmas presents outside your front door.

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for three alleged Grinches who have swiped packages from in front of Uptown homes — one of whom who has been jailed numerous times on similar charges — and despite their efforts, they say it’s a problem that’s only likely to continue as the holidays approach. Continue reading »

Nov 122015
 

The MAX (St. Mary’s Academy, St. Augustine High School, and Xavier University Preparatory, now St. Katharine Drexel Prep) will unite for a joint mixer this Thursday, Nov. 12, followed by St. Katharine’s centennial homecoming celebration, Nov. 16-21. The homecoming theme is “Masquerade on Magazine”, and all listed events are free to the public. Continue reading »

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Nov 122015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Are voters of Louisiana ready to forgive David Vitter? We’re not so sure.

Vitter is now openly discussing ‘the worst mistake of his life.’ We believe in the power of forgiveness and the opportunity for people to atone for their sins in order to rebuild their lives. Let’s face it: adultery is more common that many people like to admit. Even the number of extramarital relationships sought by women is rising.

But we’re not sure the public can forgive him enough to elect him as Louisiana’s next governor. Continue reading »

Nov 122015
 
Police said a 36-year-old woman was victim of an aggravated rape Wednesday in the 1600 block of Foucher Street (NOPD).

Police said a 36-year-old woman was victim of an aggravated rape Wednesday in the 1600 block of Foucher Street (NOPD).

An aggravated rape was reported Wednesday evening on Foucher Street, in the Milan neighborhood of Uptown, New Orleans police said in an initial report. Continue reading »

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Nov 112015
 
American-born Israeli author and journalist Yossi Klein Halevi courtesy of New Orleans Jewish Community Center)

Author/Journalist Yossi Klein Halevi (Courtesy of New Orleans Jewish Community Center)

 

 

American-born Israeli author and journalist Yossi Klein Halevi will speak at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) Uptown tonight as part of the Cathy and Morris Bart Jewish Cultural Arts Month. He will discuss his book, “Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation”, and its themes. The event is free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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Nov 112015
 

The Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will host its annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon this Thursday, Nov. 12. Honorees include David Fennelly for Outstanding Philanthropy and Fred H. Meyers for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser.

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Nov 112015
 
Charlotte Gill

Charlotte Gill

By Charlotte Gill

There’s a new sport in town, and it’s figuring out how to avoid road construction as you navigate across the city. As frustrating as it is for drivers trying to get from point A to point B every day, it is a matter of grave economic concern for New Orleans’ local independent retailers that live and die by the amount of foot traffic that walks through their doors, particularly over the holiday season. Continue reading »