Jan 032017
 

New Orleans Comedy and Arts Festival 2015 (Courtesy of John Lavis)

La Nuit Comedy Theater — a pioneering venue for comedy in New Orleans, and one of the last pre-Katrina businesses remaining on Freret Street — closed its doors for the final time last month, its owner said. Continue reading »

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Jan 022017
 

The former Bethune building at 4040 Eagle Street. (Google maps photo from June 2016)

After weeks of uncertainty as to how it would house its students next year, the International School of Louisiana has been granted the use of the former Bethune elementary building in the Dixon area of Hollygrove, officials announced. Continue reading »

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Jan 022017
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

2016 is now mercifully over. Although the passage of time is normally bittersweet, this past year ranked more or less as the temporal equivalent of a swift kick to the groin. Thus, it was with some relief that New Orleans welcomed 2017 with champagne, food, revelry, and SWAT team members with M-16s placed menacingly about the French Quarter. Continue reading »

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Dec 312016
 

“Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold,” is the saying we grew up hearing. New Year’s Day in New Orleans starts with a pot of smothered or stewed cabbage, a pot of black-eyed peas (and rice), corn bread, and a side of corned beef.

Smothered cabbage with bacon and onion skillet side dish from Red Dog Diner (Kristine Froeba)

Why? Like most things NOLA, it’s tradition. The cabbage represents the greens, the black-eyed peas and the cornbread, self-explanatory. Continue reading »

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Dec 292016
 

Governor John Bel Edwards greets National Urban League President Marc Morial while Urban League official Erica McConduit looks on. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Governor John Bel Edwards was grateful to receive an award from National Urban League President Marc Morial yesterday in New Orleans. Edwards knew his 2014 victory was due in part to the strong statewide support from African-American elected officials like Congressman Cedric Richmond (also an honoree) and their associated political organizations.

With almost 20 elected offices on the ballot during 2017 — including mayor, city council, sheriff, assessor, clerks of court and at least three judgeships — grassroots political organizations, faith-based coalitions, political action committees and civic groups who support candidates and/or issues are all gearing up for an active campaign season. Also active will be the two parish executive committees and their affiliates. Continue reading »

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Dec 292016
 

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We can’t believe that this year has gone so quickly. Twelve months ago, we didn’t even have screens in place, let alone movies to show. Now we’ve shown dozens of films to thousands of people and had a blast in the process. It has been a roller coaster ride and we don’t plan on getting off any time soon.


SINGFENCESROGUE ONEMANCHESTER BY THE SEA will be here for your New Years festivities. We had quite a busy weekend and look forward to having you visit us one last time in 2016. With all these amazing films playing, we are holding off on any new films until next year, but we do have one last present to share with you. Continue reading »

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Dec 282016
 
The house at 506 Nashville photographed in June 2015, and the vacant lot in April 2016. (via Google maps)

The house at 506 Nashville photographed in June 2015, and the vacant lot in April 2016. (via Google maps)

The New Orleans City Council enforced a $42,195 fine this month for the destruction of a Nashville Avenue home that the owner blamed on bad weather, but that city officials attributed to the condition he had left the home in. Continue reading »

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Dec 272016
 
Former customers and neighbors of Rochelle Cox gathered at a memorial service at St. George’s Episcopal Church. When no next of kin could be located, customers raised money for a memorial service for the CVS cashier. (Photo by Anthony Alongi)

Former customers and neighbors of Rochelle Cox gathered at a memorial service at St. George’s Episcopal Church. When no next of kin could be located, customers raised money for a memorial service for the CVS cashier. (Photo by Anthony Alongi)

By Anthony Alongi, Loyola Student News Service

A small group of people gathered at St. George’s Episcopal Church earlier this month to celebrate the life of somebody they barely knew, yet all held dear. Continue reading »

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Dec 272016
 

Christian & Connie Labat of The Building

The Building is a 3-floor performance venue, art gallery, and event space. An undertaking of Christian and Connie Labat, the project will be the fruition of the couple’s dream to support the social and economic revitalization of Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, while maintaining the unique aesthetic and character of days gone by.

Locally owned businesses infuse New Orleans neighborhoods with their unique character, and are a big part of why we want to live, work, eat and shop here. The Shopkeeper Stories series shares the vision and personality of New Orleans business owners.

Name Christian & Connie Labat
Venue The Building @ 1427 OC Haley
Since Property acquired in 2001 / Operating since 2014 Continue reading »

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Dec 232016
 

Oyster Patties (Kristine Froeba)

The holidays are upon us, and in New Orleans, that means food. Family recipe cards are being shared with the next generation and ingredients lined up on the table. In most New Orleans families, holiday dishes are passed down and remain unchanged for a century or more. Seafood is always part of the traditional New Orleans holiday dinner. Oysters are ordered, shrimp too. Lump crabmeat is likely to be on the grocery list. Continue reading »

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Dec 222016
 
The French Library holds French classes and story time, where staff members read to children in groups. (Photo by Haley Pegg)

The French Library holds French classes and story time, where staff members read to children in groups. (Photo by Haley Pegg)

By Haley Pegg, Loyola Student News Service

The French Library opened in June on Magazine Street. (photo by Haley Pegg)

The French Library opened in June on Magazine Street. (photo by Haley Pegg)

Magazine Street has said “bonjour” to a new kind of bookstore, giving bilingual children an opportunity to further their education outside of school. Continue reading »

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