Oct 202014
 

Owen Courreges

With certain issues, there’s often a central figure whose opinion you always want to know.  If there’s a foreign policy incident, the Secretary of State should probably be consulted.  If there’s a disease outbreak, the head of the Center for Disease Control should probably be on board.  Want to gauge response to a major crime?  Let’s see what the chief of police has to say.

And if you want to take some radical step pertaining to city streets, like taking out a traffic lane in the middle of downtown New Orleans, surely you’d want to know what Chief Traffic Engineer Allen Yrle thinks of it. Heck, you might think his support would be considered crucial.

Alas, you would be wrong. Continue reading »

Oct 192014
 

The New Orleans Jewish Community Center is hosting its fall Harriet Kugler Memorial Mah Jongg Tournament today (Sunday, Oct. 19). Participants are encouraged to bring a friend and also their own mah jongg game. Continue reading »

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Oct 192014
 

Gasa Gasa Monday Happy Hour

Gasa Gasa will be accepting new and gently-used costumes and accessories at the Berenice Monday Weekly Happy Hour this Monday (Oct. 20), in order to support the Freret Neighborhood Center’s 8th annual Freret Halloween Festival occurring Oct. 28. The Gasa Gasa event will feature performances by DJ Rqaway and DJ Otto Orellana, and anyone who donates a costume will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 bar tab. Continue reading »

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Oct 192014
 
Timothy Pickles explains his vision for the Louisiana Living History Foundation Historic Park to the attendees and possible contributors. Pickles' plan is to create a permanent site to hold annual re-enactments of the Battle. The site would be an exact replica of the Battle of New Orleans battlefield. It would also serve as a permanent living history site. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Timothy Pickles explains his vision for the Louisiana Living History Foundation Historic Park to the attendees and possible contributors. Pickles’ plan is to create a permanent site to hold annual re-enactments of the Battle. The site would be an exact replica of the Battle of New Orleans battlefield. It would also serve as a permanent living history site. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

At a private home on St. Charles Avenue, author and 1812 historian Timothy Pickles hosted the “Call to Arms” gala. The event was a fundraiser for the Battle of New Orleans reenactment that is to take place during the battle’s bicentennial in January of 2015. The gala included politicians and people who traced their heritage directly back to the Battle of New Orleans.

The gala was well-attended. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The gala was well-attended. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Oct 182014
 
Joann and Noel Bradley walk hand-in-hand down Napoleon avenue Saturday afternoon as part of Helping Mothers Heal conference. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Joann and Noel Bradley walk hand-in-hand down Napoleon avenue Saturday afternoon as part of Helping Mothers Heal conference. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Covenant Presbyterian Church held the annual Helping Mothers Heal conference, a two-day long summit addressing issues of violence and its effect on loved ones left behind. After Saturday’s meeting, family members walked around the block near the church in silence at the request of the mothers in commemoration of lost loved ones. Continue reading »

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Oct 182014
 
Freret 5K sign, hand painted by students from McMain charter school, hung on the wall of the Junior League of New Orleans' Boomin' Deals Thrift Store. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Freret 5K sign, hand painted by students from McMain charter school, hung on the wall of the Junior League of New Orleans’ Boomin’ Deals Thrift Store. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Saturday morning, the Junior League of New Orleans put on the Freret Street 5K. The event included a half-mile walk/run, 5K run, complimentary food and beverages and children’s activities.

15-year-old Alex Lewis won the 5K with a time of 17:31. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

15-year-old Alex Lewis won the 5K with a time of 17:31. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Oct 172014
 
(map via jlno.org)

(map via jlno.org)

Freret 5K logoThe Junior League of New Orleans will hold its second annual Freret 5K on Saturday morning, sending runners up the commercial corridor and through the university area, with an after party catered by some of Freret’s great restaurants.

The race starts and ends in the Bloomin’ Deals Thrift Store parking lot at 4645 Freret Street, just down from the Uptown Messenger offices at 4609 Freret. We’ll be out, cheering on the runners and enjoying the Samuel Green Charter School band, so stop by and say hello on your way to the race. Continue reading »

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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 »

Oct 162014
 

The ongoing construction of a major drainage canal under Jefferson Avenue will require one lane of traffic to close on Magazine Street for an anticipated three weeks, officials said. 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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