Newsflash: “Neighbors and nightclub clash over live music.” It sounds like a headline from any given day’s report from the City Council chambers, but it’s actually a story that’s nearly as old as New Orleans.
Whether New Orleans properly takes care of its musicians and other artists is another never-ending saga — but one that may finally be showing some improvement, according a panel discussion held at Tulane University on Thursday evening.
The year-round Mardi Gras beads that decorate the New Orleans skyline are probably still safe, but the tennis shoes that hang cryptically from neighborhood power lines have a new nemesis — NOPD Sgt. Byron Francois, the quality-of-life officer who removed dozens of the odd decorations Thursday afternoon from around the Uptown-based Second District with the help of the New Orleans Fire Department.
The reborn Krewe of Freret has received NOPD permission to roll on St. Charles Avenue during the 2014 Mardi Gras celebrations, and now only needs the City Council to add them to the calendar, krewe leaders announced.
Test scores at Sophie B. Wright Charter School in 2012-13 “showed marked improvements almost across the board from last year’s numbers,” with 74 seniors graduating and accepted into college, according to a recent presentation reported on by April Siese of The Lens. Meanwhile, the school is preparing to make its move to the Johnson swing space campus in July during the two-year renovations and construction of a new gym, Siese reports.
There is no question that reforms are needed at the Orleans Parish Prison and the New Orleans Police Department. The voters know it, the Federal government knows it, the City Council knows it and even Mayor Landrieu. But where is the money to fund both decrees (ostensibly at the same time) going to come from?
We need a compromise with the Federal government and we need it now. The cost of the consent decrees is far beyond the city’s means and might mean bankruptcy. Is that the goal? Let’s hope not. Perhaps the city could agree to a consent decree governing Parish Prison now. After OPP has been straightened out, perhaps there could be another consent decree governing the NOPD.
The Future Is Now charter management organization that operates John McDonogh High School will no longer govern the final graduating class of Walter L. Cohen High School, returning the remaining students to the Recovery School District next year until the transition to New Orleans College Prep (under the new name Cohen College Prep) is complete in 2014-15, reports Della Hasselle of The Lens.
Last fall, Cohen faculty were abruptly fired when the RSD passed management of the direct-run school to Future Is Now for what at the time was expected to be two years. The move led to a student walkout and protests over the disruption.
How the economy surrounding the culture of New Orleans can lead to gentrification — possibly threatening the authenticity of the culture for the future — will be debated by jazz musicians Ellis Marsalis and Shamarr Allen, as well as professor Richard Campanella, journalist Katy Reckdahl and business owner Mike Valentino in a forum Thursday at Tulane University’s Hillel Center.
Last week during a home inspection I attended, the inspector – whether he knew it or not – endlessly whistled Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.” At first it was amusing, which led to mild irritation and then it got downright invasive. You see, a 10-year-old girl wasn’t doing the home inspection, a 40-year-old man was. And it’s summer, Adele was so last year (and overplayed), but music reminds you of things. So now that song will further tie together my oldest daughter to a top 40 hit to one particular real estate professional. And let’s just say it’s stuck with me enough to write about it. Why? Two words: movie themes.
Dick & Jenny’s has been sold to the owners of Martinique, and McClure’s Barbecue is shooting for an opening by the Fourth of July for its new permanent location on Magazine Street.
Batiste Cultural Arts Academy in the Irish Channel is changing its name to ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, sharing a name with the charter system that operates it, officials said.
Three years ago, Uptown Messenger was just a crazy idea about how local news should be reported. Now, as we’ve grown into two sites covering breaking news, civic affairs, local schools and public events in two neighborhoods of New Orleans, we are clearly in need of a workspace where we can collaborate with one another in person and meet with our readers, sources and supporters.
Lusher Charter School approved a $16 million budget on Monday night that includes a $641,000 deficit, but school officials hope to reduce the burden on the school’s reserves by more than half that sum when the state repays public schools for money improperly used to fund Gov. Bobby Jindal’s voucher program.
A man’s story that he was robbed at gunpoint on The Fly at Audubon Park last week has now been deemed false by investigators who believe he was actually involved in a dispute over drug deal with his alleged attacker, authorities said.
Like the krewes of Choctaw and Cleopatra this past year, the Krewe of Alla will relocate next year from its home for the past few decades on the Westbank to the Uptown parade route in an effort to retain members, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV.
As the Crocker Arts and Technology school prepared for its final day of classes before New Orleans College Prep takes over the campus next year, the charter school’s leaders looked back on its founding in 2008, its journey from Gentilly to the former Free School in Uptown, followed by an emergency move to the former McDonogh 7 building on Milan Street before landing at the rebuilt campus on Marengo Street this past school year, reports Erin Krall of The Lens.
Last month, the board named several areas of the new school after its founders: “The gymnasium, library, black box theater and cafeteria were named in honor of the following: Alfred Saulny II, founding board member, Glenda Sawyer, board treasurer 2006 to 2008, Anthony Correro III, board member, and Thomas Arceneaux Sr., RSD project manager and director of building commissioning and energy management,” Krall reports.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the crowds of city and neighborhood officials with him had a nearly perfect soundtrack of every step of their way through the newly reopened Lyons Center in the Irish Channel on Monday morning.
In the lobby, it was the tinkling of an electric piano as ballet dancers rehearsed in a studio behind the news conference podium. In the gym, it was a group of musicians performing the Harlem Globetrotters theme “Sweet Georgia Brown” as Landrieu shot a few baskets. They kept up the music out by the pool, but were hard to hear over the squeals and splashing as the mayor gently dunked some of his youngest constituents.
Even the background chatter was on message, as the kindergarten-aged “Bears” group of day campers lined up in a hallway and gawked at the TV cameras passing by.
“You’re going to be on the news!” instructor Valencia Delair whispered, a stern smile on her face as she kept the 5-year-olds corralled. “You are super-stars. You are going to be on the news — for all the right reasons!”