New Orleans police will be checking drivers’ sobriety in the hours between 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday at a checkpoint somewhere in the Uptown area, authorities said. The exact location of the checkpoint was not released.
When Treme star Wendell Pierce is pouring drinks this weekend as celebrity bartender for the International School of Louisiana’s 8th Annual Refrigerator Art Auction patron party, it won’t be the first collaboration between the civic-minded actor and the quickly-growing school — nor is it likely to be the last.
Pierce, who is spearheading the redevelopment of the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood where he grew up, first became acquainted with ISL through neighboring families with children at the school, he said. As he began researching charter schools that might be a good fit for the neighborhood, ISL’s history of success since several years before Hurricane Katrina stood out.
“They have a record that’s pretty admirable,” Pierce said in a telephone interview this week. “I love the idea of foreign-language immersion. I wish that it was something I had done when I was a kid.”
All that studying is hard work! To take the edge off your finals, Bee Sweet Cupcakes is offering Cupcake Happy Hour for all area students with a valid ID — buy two cupcakes, get one FREE on any flavors in the store! Both high school and college IDs are valid, so come on in and try all the latest flavors for your end-of-semester party.
Cupcakes are $3 each, tax included. All cupcakes are made fresh daily, and only a limited number of cupcakes are available each day, so come in early and get them while they’re hot. Bee Sweet Cupcakes is located at 5706 Magazine Street, and is open Monday-Saturday from 11-6. Or call ahead to reserve your cakes at 504.891.8333.
Guided tours of Uptown’s “Secret Gardens” will take place Friday morning, and self-guided tours will be available all day Saturday, and the money raised will benefit brain-injury recovery programs in the region. Plans for a serenity garden at Latter Library will also be revealed as part of the tour.
A free documentary film screening and a performance by noted musician Dr. Michael White at Tulane on Friday will explore the parallels between burial processions in Ghana and jazz funerals in New Orleans.
Guest column by Nick Kindel
A few weeks ago, the Uptown Messenger reported on a proposed security district in the Fontainebleau area. The news came as a surprise to many residents and neighborhood organizations in the area who were not previously informed. Area residents are asked to weigh the pros and cons of the proposed Upper Marlyville Security District in the absence of an open, inclusive decision making process.
A proposed redevelopment of the shuttered Freret Street landmark Frank’s Steakhouse hit an unexpected snag Monday when a city committee rejected its bid to tear down two houses in the rear for parking.
In a separate project, an attorney seeking to develop several blighted lots on Tchoupitoulas into a bank or possibly a restaurant ran into the same problem: the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee denied his request to demolish a home in the project’s footprint.
The possible impacts of removing the Claiborne Avenue overpass through the center of New Orleans will be discussed tonight (Wednesday, March 21) at the Tulane School of Architecture.
Will rising gas prices hurt President Obama’s re-election chances? Who will independents vote for in the upcoming presidential election? Can the Democrats win back Congress? These questions and many more are up for discussion as respected Washington political insider, Charlie Cook, visits the Loyola University New Orleans campus to take part in the Institute of Politics’ Ed Renwick Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. The event will be held in Roussel Performance Hall in the Communications/Music Complex and is free and open to the public.
Loyola University’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance will give its final performances of the Shakespearean comedy “All’s Well That Ends Well” this weekend.
Several local library branches in Central City, Uptown and Carrollton will host presentations in the coming weeks about an energy efficiency program to help residents save money on electricity bills.
The state of the juvenile justice system in New Orleans will be the focus of a panel discussion Thursday, hosted by The Lens.
Mayas Restaurant on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District will have the support of its neighbors for a plan to add live music, dancing and to stay open later for “Salsa and Tapas” — if the changes can be accomplished without a zoning change, members of the Coliseum Square Association decided Monday evening.
Florence Brigham, who sold her interest in Ms. Mae’s in 2010, died Sunday at age 83, according to our partners at WWL-TV.
Loyola University musicians will present a series of five classical performances — four of which are free — over the next two weeks, starting tonight (Tuesday, March 20).
Chefs at four prominent Uptown restaurants — Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery, John Harris of Lilette, Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace and, in a separate category, Gautreau’s chef Sue Zemanick — have been nominated as finalists for James Beard awards, in addition to several other chefs around the city, according to a report by Dominic Massa and our partners at WWL-TV.
The city’s plans for rebuilding the sidewalks along Freret Street were the subject of growing skepticism for years amid the project’s many delays getting started. Since the project finally started in January, construction has enveloped two corners at a single intersection for more than two months, and the Freret merchants’ frustrations have grown into outright fury as their annual festival approaches.
In 2007, I wrote an article entitled “The anatomy of a simple crime” on completion of a five-year journey through the judicial system after falling victim to an aggravated burglary. The perpetrator, a three-time felon, had assaulted my husband in an attempt to get into our home. However, what lay ahead was almost as grueling as the crime itself.