Nov 142014
 

With elaborate costume changes and a plethora of backup dancers, Big Freedia performs at the 2014 VooDoo Experience in City Park. (MidcityMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

The Eighth Annual Central City Festival on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard will include free performances Saturday by Big Freedia, Honourable South, First Emmanuel Baptist Church Choir, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center’s Sistahs Making a Change dance troupe, and the Kuumba Institute’s kids. Continue reading »

Nov 142014
 

5th book festivalAlthough the main activities of the New Orleans Book Festival are moving to City Park this year, the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra will still perform its annual outdoor concert kicking off the festival tonight (Friday, Nov. 14) at Latter Library on St. Charles Avenue. Continue reading »

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Nov 142014
 

On Nov. 14th, 2008, I was lucky enough to be graced with daughter number three. Third time’s the charm, right? After a relatively short, natural labor at Touro Hospital, post lunch at the then Blue Bird Café (now Coulis), Rosalie Eleanor deVille Villere popped out about 5 o’clock that Friday evening, and things have never been the same since. Today she turns a mighty six, and here’s a little glimpse as to why she’s so special:

Jean-Paul with a then 3 1/2 year old Rosalie in Summer 2012 at Coliseum Square.  Photo credit to Brenda Hanegan.

Jean-Paul with a then 3 1/2 year old Rosalie in Summer 2012 at Coliseum Square. Photo credit to Brenda Hanegan.

First of all, the labor: again, it was just a few short hours. Really. Granted I didn’t do the heavy lifting here, but what makes mama happy makes papa happy; ergo, kudos to the kiddo. This was a more than welcome event given the birth of daughter number two was an emergency C section. Allow me to understate that it was a showstopper, and leave it at that. Continue reading »

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Nov 142014
 

BOUDIN: The New Orleans Music Project

As part of Southern Rep Theatre’s BOUDIN: The New Orleans Music Project, a group of volunteers called the Story Krewe will collect New Orleanians’ responses to the question: “How has New Orleans music saved your soul?”

Those interested in joining the Story Krewe can attend a training workshop at Second Line Stages on Saturday morning (Nov. 15). Continue reading »

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Nov 132014
 
Police investigators examine the scene of the shooting on Fern Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigators examine the scene of the shooting on Fern Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Bradley Parvez (via opcso.org)

Bradley Parvez (via opcso.org)

A former New Orleans Police recruit who fatally shot a man in his front yard on Fern Street on Thursday morning has been arrested on a murder charge, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Nov 132014
 
New Orleans police set up a crime scene around a house on Fern Street where a resident fatally shot a man in his yard Thursday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police set up a crime scene around a house on Fern Street where a resident fatally shot a man in his yard Thursday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Fern Street resident shot and killed an apparently unarmed man in his front yard on Thursday morning, and investigators are still trying to determine what led to the shooting, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Nov 122014
 

Nearly one in five women experience some sort of sexual assault while in college, and their assailants in 90 percent of those cases are someone they already know, according to a Loyola University researcher.

With Greek life playing such a central role in the social culture at both Tulane and Loyola universities — even providing what officials described as the setting for some of those attacks — would shutting down the fraternity system reduce sexual assault on campus? Continue reading »

Nov 122014
 
Dr. Tarun Jolly, Newman School leader Dale M. Smith, and Dr. Rupa Jolly (via Newman School)

Dr. Tarun Jolly, Newman School leader Dale M. Smith, and Dr. Rupa Jolly (via Newman School)

The founders of a national medical-services company based in New Orleans have donated $3 million for science education at Isidore Newman School, the largest gift in the school’s history. Continue reading »

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Nov 122014
 

uncork the cureWith wine, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction, the Sibley Gallery on Magazine Street will host the Seventh Annual Uncork the Cure fundraiser benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on Thursday evening. Continue reading »

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Nov 122014
 

2014-5 PostcardMusician Paul Sanchez will perform tonight (Wednesday, Nov. 12) to launch another “Fun Under the Frescoes” concert series benefiting the restoration of the 150-year-old St. Alphonsus Church in the Irish Channel. Continue reading »

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Nov 122014
 

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Nov 122014
 

jewel bush

One day last week, I was walking down Magazine Street when this guy screamed out to me from across the street, “Hey! You so pretty.”

First off, being yelled at startled me. I was horrified when I turned to find this strange man speeding toward me.

With a blank look on my face, I said, “Thank you,” and began to walk faster. Continue reading »

Nov 112014
 
An April 2014 image of the building at 8837 Willow, slated for redevelopment into the Carrollton Commissary commercial kitchen. (via Google Maps)

An April 2014 image of the building at 8837 Willow, slated for redevelopment into the Carrollton Commissary commercial kitchen. (via Google Maps)

A proposal to renovate a blighted Carrollton storefront into a commercial kitchen expanded into far broader discussion Tuesday of how the rapid rate of development in New Orleans affects the city’s long-time residents, but officials ultimately decided that those societal issues can’t be saddled onto an individual business owner and voted in favor of the project. Continue reading »

Nov 112014
 

NOFD logoOn the same morning that five people were killed in a house fire in Broadmoor, New Orleans firefighters rescued another man from a burning apartment complex on South Carrollton Avenue, and an elderly man’s bathrobe caught fire in Central City, burning him and his grandson. Continue reading »

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Nov 112014
 

Owen Courreges

Three years ago, on November 11, 2011, I published a column entitled “The O.C. Haley Non-Commercial District.”

Within that piece, I criticized the notion that O.C. Haley Boulevard, a noted commercial street in Central City, was ripe for private investment.  Led by Councilwoman Stacy Head, it had become a common trope that any business afflicted with zoning issues should simply move there, where City Hall wanted them to be.

In response, I suggested that the use of O.C. Haley as an example of an opportune destination for businesses crushed by obscenely unreasonable zoning restrictions was crass and, frankly, just added insult to injury.  The only virtue of O.C. Haley was that it was being pushed by government interests, which explained why only a handful of private businesses moved in.  The only major influx was the veritable cavalcade of nonprofit entities (i.e., non-taxpayers). Continue reading »

Nov 112014
 
Firefighters enter a house on South Miro to extinguish flames inside. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters enter a house on South Miro to extinguish flames inside. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters battle a blaze in Broadmoor. (UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters battle a blaze in Broadmoor. (UptownMessenger.com)

Five people — two adults and three children — were killed in a fire overnight at a home on South Miro Street by General Pershing in Broadmoor, authorities said Tuesday morning. Continue reading »

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