Jan 162019

(via NOPD)

A man was shot to death Wednesday evening in the Leonidas neighborhood, the New Orleans Police Department said.

At about 7:43 p.m., NOPD Second District officers responded to a call of shots fired in 8700 block of Birch Street, near Monroe Street. Officers discovered an unresponsive male lying on the sidewalk suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Continue reading »

Jan 162019

Barbara Lacen Keller, left, Alyssia Gordon, center, and Dorian Francis, lead the procession down Loyola avenue from City Hall in 2017. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Thursday, Jan. 17

New Orleans Public Library Celebration
10:30 a.m.
East New Orleans Regional Library
5641 Read Blvd.

United Teachers of New Orleans Choral Concert
6 p.m.
McDonogh 35 Preparatory High School
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Jan 162019

(via Urban Conservancy)

The co-founder of the Cultural Arts Center is among the Urban Conservancy’s 2019 Urban Hero honorees, a celebration individuals who have been instrumental in shaping the Urban Conservancy vision for a vibrant and resilient New Orleans.

“Since 2001, the Urban Conservancy has been leading and collaborating to strengthen our urban environment and local economy through equitable practices, policies and programs,” said Dana Eness, Urban Conservancy’s executive director. “We draw inspiration from those who are contributing to a safer, healthier, and more beautiful New Orleans, and whose work intersects with our own in meaningful ways. We love having the opportunity to recognize the contributions of these special individuals.”

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Jan 152019

A lone waterbird stands at the edge of the lagoon at Audubon Park. The proposed millage reallocation would give the park funding for drainage and storm management. (Uptown Messenger file photo)

By Nicholas Reimann, nreimann@theadvocate.com

A community meeting Monday night on the proposed parks and recreation overhaul brought out numerous questions, comments and criticisms from the public, as city officials faced a skeptical crowd trying to defend a proposed reallocation of tax dollars.

Voters will decide May 4 whether to approve the city proposal to shift the current allocation of over $20 million in property taxes used to fund parks and recreation, which would notably provide City Park with city funding for the first time in its 169-year history.

Cynthia Scott speaks at a community forum Monday at St. Mary’s Dominican High School. City officials took questions from those in attendance regarding a millage reallocation plan.​ (Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger)

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Jan 152019

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison (left) congratulates newly-appointed Second District Commander Shaun Ferguson with a handshake during a community meeting in 2016 at Touro Infirmary. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Commander Shaun Ferguson — who spent much of his 21-year-career in the New Orleans Police Department in leadership roles in Uptown districts — is Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s choice to be the department’s next chief. Continue reading »

Jan 142019


(Courtesy of Newcomb Art Museum)

The exhibition “Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women of Louisiana” is opening Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Newcomb Art Museum with an afternoon of family activities and an evening of conversation, performance and celebration.

For this exhibit, Newcomb Art Museum has partnered with formerly incarcerated women, community organizations, stakeholders and those directly impacted by the prison system to create “Per(Sister),” which is intended to share the stories of currently and formerly incarcerated women in Louisiana, and shine a light on the myriad issues as identified and expressed by the women themselves.

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Jan 142019

(via Ashé Cultural Arts Center)

Ashé Cultural Arts Center is honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of commemorative events, beginning on Thursday, Jan.17.

Activities include the sixth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.-César Chavez Commemorative Luncheon on Jan. 18 at the Ashé Power House, and Ashé’s annual community sing, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” on Jan. 20.

For more information on these and other activities, call 504-569-9070.

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Jan 122019

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I believe the main responsibilities of a Realtor are to add value and facilitate mutually beneficial transactions, and through this column I hope to help the New Orleans community make more informed decisions about their housing future.

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Jan 112019

Book signing: Rory O’Neill Schmidt, Rosary Hartel O’Neill, and Barret O’Brien
New Orleans Voodoo: A Cultural History
Greater Wilder

Saturday, Jan. 12
4:30-6 p.m.
Garden District Book Shop, The Rink, 2727 Prytania St.

Family Trifecta – Mother, Daughter, and Son: Rory O’Neill Schmidt and Rosary Hertel O’Neill, and Barret O’Brien discuss and sign their books, New Orleans Voodoo: A Cultural History, and Greater Wilder.

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Jan 112019

La Boulangerie’s traditional sugar topped cinnamon King Cakes (via La Boulangerie)

The local New Orleans grocer Breaux Mart has rechristened itself King Cake Mart on Twitter for the duration of the carnival season. That should give out-of-towners an idea of the importance of King Cake in our city.

As many in the world awaited Twelfth Night and the Epiphany or Three Kings Day to mark the ending of Christmas, New Orleanians impatiently ticked off the days until Jan. 6 for another reason: to signify the arrival of the carnival season and the blessed arrival of King Cake.

It’s the time for locals to play, feast, and attend endless parties, masque balls, and parades. But first, it’s time for an entire city to eat large circles of sugar-laden cake. Every. Single. Day.

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Jan 102019

A.J. Allegra, far right, director of musical theater at Lusher, speaks with Stavros Koumbaros, center, and Paige Smallwood, left, of the musical Les Miserables in front of a group of 35 students. The play is at the Saenger Theater from January 8 through 13th. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Theater students from a local high school had the opportunity to hear from two actors from “Les Miserables,” a Tony award-winning musical playing at the Saenger Theatre until Jan. 13.

On Wednesday, Paige Smallwood and Stavros Koumbaros, actors from “Les Miserables,” spoke with 35 theater students at Lusher Charter School on Freret Street. During the event arranged by Broadway in New Orleans and the Orleans Parish School Board, the actors answered questions from A.J. Allegra, director of the musical theater division at Lusher, and directly from the students themselves.

Smallwood and Koumbaros are recent college graduates. Some students were curious as to how they knew they wanted a career in theater.

“If you’re passionate about it now, do it,” Underwood said.

Paige Smallwood, right, actor from Les Miserables, answers questions from theater students at Lusher Charter School on Wednesday.  (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

“Regardless of what field you go into,” Koumbaros said. “You have to go into it passionately. It’s totally OK to do that.”

Smallwood and Koumbaros are young enough to remember being in these students’ shoes. They know what it means for those students to hear from professionals.

“’One of my mentors said that we are like birds. We see the shiny things and we take the shiny things,’” Smallwood said, speaking about passing on knowledge to a younger generation. “I’m just hoping that I can give them some ‘shiny stuff’ to take along the way.”

Jan 102019

New Orleans Police are investigating the simple burglary of a vehicle that happened the morning of Jan. 3 in the 6200 block of St. Charles Ave. The suspect, described as a white male, is accused of stealing several handheld power tools from the rear of the victim’s work van.

Jan 3. auto burglary suspect on security camera (via NOPD)

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Jan 102019

4125 St. Charles Ave. (via Google Maps)

LeBlanc + Smith, a local restaurant group whose holdings include Cavan on Magazine Street, is redeveloping a historic St. Charles Avenue mansion into the Corsair Hotel, a boutique hotel with a 15 guest rooms, restaurant, hotel bar and pool bar, the New Orleans Advocate reports.

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Jan 102019

With qualifying for the fall state-wide and legislative races just 208 days away, Carling Dinkler IV will be the first candidate to formally announce a bid for the Louisiana Legislature — State Representative District 91 — tomorrow evening at Propeller. Dinkler will have big shoes to fill if he succeeds in replacing the popular but term-limited Walt Leger. “I am humbled and excited to announce I am running for State Representative,” Dinkler tweeted.

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

A life-long New Orleanian who lives with his wife Ayame and young daughter in Uptown’s Marlyville neighborhood, Dinkler is currently vice president of business development at Enhanced Capital, a firm that helps secure historic preservation tax credits. He also plays a role in the firm’s governmental relations efforts. Continue reading »

Jan 102019

Five people were displaced after a three-apartment house on State Street caught fire overnight, New Orleans firefighters said Thursday morning. A firefighter was injured while battling the blaze.

The fire at 2433-35 State Street was reported at 12:55 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, and the first firefighters arrived six minutes later to find a two-story masonry veneer multi-unit residence fully engulfed in heavy smoke and fire.

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