It’s the first week of December in New Orleans, and for the next five days the median high temperature will be an almost unbelievable 70 degrees. Forehead meet palm. This, while the city has already experienced a chilly (for these parts) 35-degree Thanksgiving eve last week. Citizens of the Crescent City presently trim their homes with holiday cheer often adorning themselves in flip flops and shorts, all the while knowing the reality of the temperature outdoors remains a relative in-constant. For let me ask you, as you read this, is perhaps your AC running? If even the whisper of a yes or even a possibly maybe passed synaptically just now, my gut says you fully understand the season upon us is less known as ‘winter’ so much as ‘the layering time.’
Freret Street will host two different rallies tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 4), a Christmas-themed roundup of food trucks at Dat Dog, and a $50-per-person fundraiser for Mayor Mitch Landrieu at Publiq House headlined by the Brass-A-Holics.
Wonderful pieces of Newcomb and George Ohr pottery, Russian icons (including one depicting Jesus from around 1910, plus a rare 18th century example) and Part 2 of the John Scheffler collection of Mardi Gras items are just a few of the 1,239 items that will come up for bid at a major two-day estates auction slated for Dec. 7-8 by Crescent City Auction Gallery.
The event will be held in the firm’s New Orleans gallery, located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue. Categories will feature original artworks (including oil paintings by renowned regional artists), period American and European furniture, decorative accessories, pottery, estate jewelry, Persian rugs, Asian objects (including carved ivory figures) and Angela Gregory plaster figures.
The new riverfront coastal-science lab planned by Tulane University will not displace Mardi Gras World from its current location, officials from both entities announced Tuesday.
Terrance Osborne, the New Orleans painter 2012 Jazz Fest poster was described by Times-Picayune art critic Doug MacCash as “an explosively colored clarion call to Crescent City music lovers and art lovers alike … [and] among the best of the long-running series,” will open a new exhibit of his art at the Isidore Newman School at a reception Wednesday evening.
Three Uptown elementary schools — Green Charter, Lafayette Academy and Singleton — have been granted multi-year renewals of their charters, and three other formerly-failing schools are being recommended for one-year extensions.
Meanwhile, Eleanor McMain Secondary School admitted nearly a quarter of this year’s freshmen class after telling OneApp applicants it was full, KIPP Schools are making news for a pricey employee retreat in Las Vegas, and New Orleans College Prep is willing to pay $10,000 help for finding a new elementary principal, according to recent reports.
Israeli and New Orleans experts are convening this week to discuss topics relating to disaster preparation and response, culminating in lectures open to the public Tuesday evening at Ochsner Medical Center and Wednesday evening at Tulane University.
The Exodus Place Community Center — which coordinates job training and placement, educational and housing opportunities in an effort to treat the causes of violent crime — will celebrate the grand opening of its building at Fourth and Dryades on Wednesday (Dec. 4).
Darkness to Light, a national child-abuse prevention organization, will present its training film “Stewards of Children” in a special screening at Children’s Hospital tonight (Tuesday, Dec. 3) at Children’s Hospital, hosted by the New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center.
The developers of the new Magnolia Marketplace are holding an information session at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday, Dec. 3) for a wide range of prospective contractors and suppliers from minority- and women-owned businesses, New Orleans officials said.
The Prytania Theatre is inviting local college and university students and faculty to a free screening of the new movie “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” starring Idris Elba in a film version of the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary’s autobiography, on Tuesday evening in a red-carpet event with refreshments and prizes sponsored by Coca-Cola.
Tulane University has unveiled new plans for a campus focusing on coastal science on the riverfront property now occupied by Mardi Gras World; small local vendors are thriving at the weekly LaSalle market; a 146-year-old synagogue on Jackson Avenue in the Irish Channel is slated for redevelopment as luxury apartments, and an illegal parking space on Octavia Street has been removed, according to recent development reports.
In the wake of recent high-profile complaints about the New Orleans Taxi Bureau, one suggestion has been for New Orleans to emulate New York’s system for regulating taxi cabs by creating a new taxi/limousine commission and adopting a medallion system. In my view, this is a monumentally bad idea.
An impetus for this proposed change is related to complaints against the New Orleans Taxi Bureau and its chief, Malachi Hull, including an incident I wrote about previously when a Taxi Bureau inspector, Wilton “Big Will” Joiner, slammed a tour guide in the side of a parked car full view of a crowd of appalled tourists. This was troubling because Taxi Bureau investigators aren’t peace officers; they lack authority to detain or arrest anybody.
It’s clear that the Taxi Bureau is ill-managed and corrupt, and institutional changes certainly shouldn’t be rejected out of hand. However, New York’s supposed “reforms” are not something New Orleans should replicate.
Workers preparing Jefferson Avenue for installation of a major new drainage canal will spend the next several weeks before Christmas trimming trees and removing the neutral ground, New Orleans officials said.
If the mall-induced delirium of Black Friday isn’t your holiday shopping style, “Merriment on Magazine Street” offers an alternative from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight (Saturday, Nov. 30) — dozens of local merchants offering sales on local art, high fashion and designer home furnishings accompanied by refreshments and appetizers.
As the holiday shopping season begins, the Arts Market of New Orleans will bring 170 local artists to Palmer Park this weekend (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday), plus live music from Margie Perez and others, and hands-on activities for children.
A 30-year-old man was shot to death early Saturday morning on an Erato Street sidewalk, New Orleans police said.
Recent complaints about the City’s Taxi Cab Bureau, its director Malachi Hull and several members of his staff lead us to ponder whether it is time to replace the Taxi Cab Bureau with a state-of-the-industry Taxi and Limousine Commission modeled after New York City’s, which was created more than 40 years ago.