Oct 162014
 
A shot from the film "Black and White," screening during the New Orleans Film Festival.

A shot from the film “Black and White,” screening during the New Orleans Film Festival.

New Orleans Film Festival 2014

New Orleans Film Festival 2014

While participating in the parade of documentaries, foreign and independent films, and Hollywood features that will headline the 2014 New Orleans Film Festival, Uptown’s landmark Prytania Theatre will also screen a substantial number of legendary movies that may have played much earlier in its 100-year history. Continue reading »

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Oct 162014
 
(image via lalivinghistory.org)

(image via lalivinghistory.org)

A Saturday night gala at a St. Charles Avenue home — hosted by a local historian with catering by John Besh and music by the New Leviathan Orchestra — will raise money to commemorate the War of 1812 on property near the original battlefield in Chalmette on the event’s bicentennial in January. Continue reading »

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Oct 162014
 

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

After a 20-year-old woman escaped early Saturday morning from a man who placed a knife against her throat, forced her to walk down a university-area street with him and began touching her inappropriately, New Orleans police have released a photo of a person they want to speak to in connection with the incident. Continue reading »

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Oct 162014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Investors in the U.S. and around the world have been getting an economic reality shock as the markets are adjusting to a new normal. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen five percent in the last five days. Though certainly not the biggest loss in history, it does send a clear message that growth has been slowed in every corner of the planet — probably by “bad policy making and political inaction”, according to TIME. Continue reading »

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Oct 162014
 

The Herb Society of AmericaThe New Orleans unit of The Herb Society of America will be holding a plant sale this Saturday (Oct. 18) at a yard in the Milan neighborhood certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, and all proceeds will benefit projects and educational programs of The Herb Society. Continue reading »

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Oct 152014
 
The Rev. Pat Watson moderates a session of the Helping Mothers Heal group in 2013.  (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Rev. Pat Watson moderates a session of the Helping Mothers Heal group in 2013.
(UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Building on a series of workshops convened over the last two years, the Family Center of Hope will host its first Helping Mothers Heal conference on Saturday as part of the weekend’s 20th Annual Summit on the Plight of the African-American Male. Continue reading »

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Oct 152014
 
(via nola.gov)

(via nola.gov)

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission will offer a free screening of Iron Man 3 in Norwood Thompson Playground this Friday (Oct. 17), hosted by the Norwood Thompson Playground Booster Club. The event will include pre-show field games and fitness activities led by Fit NOLA Parks instructors. Continue reading »

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Oct 152014
 

A plan to sell off a vacant lot formerly used as a filling station for New Orleans Police Department vehicles near the rebounding Broad Street commercial corridor has been postponed indefinitely while city officials try to determine the extent of soil contamination under the site, but Broadmoor activists say it will likely attract strong interest once it goes to auction. Continue reading »

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Oct 152014
 

The Grapes of Wrath

Kirk Coco, the founder and CEO of NOLA Brewing, will lead a discussion about beer and Prohibition in New Orleans at the Irish House on Thursday evening as a prelude to month-long discussion of John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath,” followed by a kickoff party Friday at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Continue reading »

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Oct 142014
 

Keith Bartlett (via lfno.org)

Keith Bartlett (via lfno.org)

When Keith Bartlett was chosen to lead Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans late in the summer of 2013, the very future of French-immersion charter school was in question.

Its governing board had just been replaced through a process in essence mandated by the state government, and several of the new members had already resigned. Its two founding school leaders had publicly parted ways with the school, the temporary school leader was under increasing public scrutiny — as were the school’s finances. Disagreements over the causes of the problems sharply divided parents, and monthly board meetings were balancing acts between simmering tensions and open acrimony.

Reflecting the atmosphere of uncertainty, Bartlett was appointed school CEO last year with “interim” very publicly affixed to his title, and board members promised another search for a permanent successor. Against that background, then, the same board’s decision Monday night to make Bartlett the permanent CEO with a more-than-20 percent salary increase — and applause from parents who had been some of the school’s sharpest critics — was all the more striking. Continue reading »

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