Mid-City Messenger

Apr 282017

Tryouts for New Orleans Spartans FC, a competitive youth soccer club, are being held now through June to fill teams for the 2017-2018 season. 

New Orleans Spartans FC (NOSFC) was founded in 2013 with a mission to help young soccer players develop into skillful athletes, supportive teammates and quality human beings.   NOSFC provides rigorous training, professional coaching and the infrastructure and resources to accomplish these goals.  Continue reading »

Apr 202017

“Life is full of adventure. There’s no such thing as a clear pathway.”
-Guy Laliberte

This is Me

My name is Matt Haines. I’m 34 years old, originally from New York, and moved to New Orleans in 2009. Here’s a brief list of things I’m afraid of on the Appalachian Trail:

-Being attacked in the woods by a bear
-Being attacked in the woods by a human
-Being struck by lightening
-Dying of thirst
-Dying of hypothermia
-Starving to death
-Just being a little bit hungry for what should be a manageable amount of time
-Getting my arm caught under a rock and having to chew it off
-Lyme Disease
-Encephalitis mosquitos
-Being forgotten
-Missing the New York Mets have a good season
-Missing Red Dress Run, White Linen Night, and Running of the Bulls
Mt. Washington because it almost killed me once
-Wild boars because they actually killed Robert Baratheon once
-Not being able to pick up a hitchhike when I need to get into town for more food or gear
-Being able to pick up a hitchhike, but by a nefarious driver


And other things I probably haven’t thought of yet. Continue reading »

Apr 132017

Attorney Marie Williams, a recent candidate for judge, announced her endorsement of her former challenger Attorney Suzy Montero in the race for the open Civil District Court Division B seat to be decided on April 29. Ms. Montero ran first in the three-candidate primary held last month.

Ms. Williams has been a practicing attorney for more than two decades in the New Orleans area. She is a known and respected community activist and has served in appointed judicial positions in criminal court. Ms. Williams said she believes Suzy Montero has the experience necessary to serve on the Civil District Court bench. Continue reading »

Apr 112017

He is risen! As we celebrate the incredible journey of Holy Week, St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church invites you and your family to come experience the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and to hear again the good news of God’s saving grace for all humanity.

This week, St. Peter’s is hosting two services, a Tenebrae (Good Friday) service on Friday, April 14, at 6.30pm, and an Easter morning service on Sunday, April 16, at 9am. Both services will take place at 1222 N. Dorgenois Street, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, in Gaudet Hall.

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Mar 242017

New at Three Palms

On top of $10 Steak Night on Thursdays, we’re now serving up
$5 Fish Plates every Friday!

Also this weekend:

Get funky with Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes this Saturday
Show starts at 9 p.m.

Sunday, we’ll be supporting the Let’s Clean Up the Neighborhood meetup with the Mid-City Tulane Banks Neighborhood Association from 9am–12 noon. We meet at S. Pierce and Ulloa, and we’ll have coffee and donuts.

Come On By!


Three Palms Bar & Grill
3813 Tulane Ave.
(504) 459-4474

Open @4pm Wed–Mon

Mar 172017

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We here at The Broad love music. We trust our sound system to our staff and are constantly rewarded with a wide variety of music to brighten up our lobby. In honor of that love, we are dubbing this week musical week and bringing you two new musicals with very different backgrounds.

THE LURE is a Polish vampire-mermaid musical. Read that sentence again. We can assure you that there won’t be another Polish vampire-mermaid musical released this year in theaters. Full of visual flair and a genre-hopping story, we can’t recommend enough this feature for those late-night adventurous members of our audience. Continue reading »

Mar 132017

Dear Voters,

We all want the best representation and service when we see a doctor, our child’s teacher, or any professional we trust with important decisions. Why would we expect any less in our Civil District Court Judge?

I have 25 years as a successful trial lawyer in Orleans Parish and other state and federal courts. In my legal career, I have been a champion for the voiceless and vulnerable, for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and housing discrimination. Continue reading »

Feb 132017

Guest Chefs Candis Koerner (left) and Susan Spicer (right) help Tiffany Hill (center) as they prepare the second course of the meal. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Liberty’s Kitchen held their inaugural Guest Chef Night last Thursday (February 9) as a way to celebrate graduates from their Youth Development Program. Guest Chefs Susan Spicer (of Bayona, Rosedale) and Candis Koerner (of Mondo) prepared a three-course meal for guests with the help of students and graduates from the program.

“First of all, Liberty’s Kitchen starts with a hug, because that’s what all of us need the most, and that’s certainly what our young people need the most.” David Emond, Executive Director of Liberty’s Kitchen, spoke highly of the Youth Development Program and its mission. Continue reading »

Jan 302017

Former Gretna mayoral candidate William Boartfield and Green Party Presidential nominee Jill Stein working for flood relief in Denham Springs. (photo by Miranda Murray)


Can we talk about Gretna for a moment? I rarely get over there, as crossing the Mississippi River on a bike presents challenges, but there’s clearly some cool things going on. Two musical heroes from my youth rocked Gretna Fest in recent years: Joan Jett and Blue Öyster Cult. Plus, as I recall, there’s a store that still sells unfinished furniture made from solid wood, much appreciated in these days of particle board and plastic.

However, there are also some things that are decidedly uncool. Gretna has a policing problem. The online publication Fusion recently reported that it is the “most arresting” city in the country. That is, Gretna arrests more people per capita than any other city. In one year, they may arrest over 6,000 adults — this in a town of only 18,000 residents. Kind of astonishing. Continue reading »

Jan 162017
Cloud Formation New Orleans 2003 (photo by Bart Everson)

Cloud Formation New Orleans 2003 (photo by Bart Everson)

As I draw on to the end of my fifth decade, I’m feeling reflective. Indulge me in a little reminiscence, and by all means come to my birthday party.

Stone Cold 97


My fourth decade kicked off with a knock-down, drag-out, protracted dispute between my father and me. We worked through many longstanding resentments and misunderstandings in counseling sessions that went on for the better part of a year. As part of the deal, we both agreed to swear off drugs, including alcohol and tobacco but not caffeine or cough syrup, thankfully. Continue reading »