Dec 292014

Owen Courreges

New Year’s Day is now nearly upon us. As has always been the case, the libations will flow and drunken debauchery will rule the streets. We will celebrate having endured one more journey around the sun on this world of ours by getting blotto.

Of course, there was a brief period when that wasn’t the case.

“The first day of the New Year was observed, rather than celebrated by New Orleans, with hushful Sabbatical ceremony,” a reporter for the Times-Picayune observed during Prohibition. Continue reading »

Dec 262014
Comedian Jonah Bascle at La Nuit Comedy Theater on Freret Street in April 2011. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

Comedian Jonah Bascle at La Nuit Comedy Theater on Freret Street in April 2011.
( file photo by Sabree Hill)

Family and friends of comedian and activist Jonah Bascle have planned a memorial march Sunday in his honor after his Dec. 2 death from complications relating to muscular dystrophy, concluding at his home-base comedy club on Freret Street for a roast to celebrate his humorous spirit. Continue reading »

Dec 262014

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A Family Dollar store on South Claiborne was robbed at gunpoint on the morning of Christmas Eve, and three people walking in the Garden District were robbed on Christmas night, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Dec 252014

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Each year at this time, we reflect on how blessed we are to be citizens of the United States of America and thank God for our courageous grandparents who came to this country with little more than the clothing on their backs. They opened doors for us and we will always be grateful for their courage and the many great things about being a U.S. citizen. Continue reading »

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Dec 252014
Eli Pirner lights one of several hundred candles on Pine Street on Christmas Eve. (Robert Morris,

Eli Pirner lights one of several hundred candles on Pine Street on Christmas Eve. (Robert Morris,

As dusk fell on Christmas Eve, a few blocks of Pine Street in Uptown New Orleans glowed a little more brightly after a group of neighborhood children lit their sidewalks with hundreds of votive candles. Continue reading »

Dec 242014

jewel bush

Today, on Christmas Eve, the holiday classic, “A Christmas Story,” will air for 24 hours straight.

I’ve indulged in this marathon, a new-fangled Christmas tradition, for many years.

But this year, I just can’t approach this movie with the same light-hearted spirit. My thoughts turn to Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Cleveland boy, who was shot by a police officer on November 22 — shortly before Thanksgiving — for playing with a toy gun in a park. Continue reading »

Dec 242014

Gasa Gasa benfit concert

Stone Rabbit, 35 PSI, and Voltra Volta will all perform at Gasa Gasa Friday night (Dec. 26) as part of Stone Star Productions benefit concert for CASA New Orleans (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). The event will feature raffle prizes and live painting. Continue reading »

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Dec 232014

crackedWhen your smart phone is not working properly, it can slow down your entire day. You have your phone on you at all times so you can be more efficient (or at the very least not bored while waiting in lines.) If that isn’t happening because of a broken screen or shortened battery life, bring your cell phone to Wisp Electronics on Manhattan Boulevard and we’ll get you back in working order.

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Dec 222014

Owen Courreges

Christmastime in New Orleans is magical.  Whether you’re a visitor or a local, there is much to enjoy.

You can take a sojourn to “Holiday in the Oaks” at City Park, ride a streetcar down St. Charles adorned with festive holly, enjoy a hearty, traditional Reveillion dinner, or you can get brutally beaten in the CBD in a random attack with no discernible motive or purpose. Continue reading »

Dec 222014

Hibernia Bank Email AdHibernia Bank, a local New Orleans bank since 1903, recently launched their new mobile banking app for both Android and Apple devices. This is the perfect tool for anyone looking for mobile banking in New Orleans. This new app allows 24-hour account access to:

  • Pay bills & transfer funds
  • Make deposits
  • Review account activity

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Dec 192014

In your backyard, and across Greater New Orleans:

  • Kids who are blind are using technology to ensure they are every bit as competitive in the classroom as their sighted peers.
  • People with all types of disabilities are being connected with jobs – proving it’s what they CAN do that matters most.
  • Adults who are Deaf are getting vital access to clear communication with their doctors, lawyers and business associates.
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photo credit: Mary Lou Uttermohlen

For 99 years, Lighthouse Louisiana (formerly The Lighthouse for the Blind) has been providing jobs and services in Uptown New Orleans for people who are blind – right in your backyard. Today, we also serve people who are Deaf or have other disabilities. And it’s support from people like you that makes it all possible. Thank you for investing in your community and giving hope to people with disabilities this holiday season. Continue reading »

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