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Zach Brien

Jun 052017
 

(Left to right) David Emond, Liberty Kitchen Executive Director, Chef Susan Spicer, Chef Alon Shaya, and Dennis Bagneris, Liberty’s Kitchen Director of Youth Success, pose for a photograph at the debut of the Liberty’s Kitchen Poydras location in the Freeport-McMoRan building on Thursday, June 1, 2017. The new location will provide new opportunities for Liberty’s Kitchen students. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Liberty’s Kitchen expanded their culinary ventures to the third floor of the Freeport-McMoRan building, 1615 Poydras Street, in April 2017. The downtown expansion sought to fill the gaps in their Youth Development Program.

The grand opening last week (June 1) featured words from staff and students and hors d’oeuvres by Chef Alon Shaya and Chef Susan Spicer. Continue reading »

Feb 252017
 

The “Musco Andromena” float rolls down Canal street on Saturday, Feb. 25 2017. Endymion rolled with the theme “Endymion’s Constellations” this year. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Endymion rolled on Saturday night in Mid City. Each float was themed with one of the 88 Constellations. New Orleans-based surgeon Parker Velargo reigned as the Krewe’s 51st King.

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Aug 012016
 
Alex Edwards, far left, discussed how her group addressed a real-life scenario they were given, the struggle of a refugee in Syria. Students displayed their work from the fifth annual architecture and design summer camp put on by the National Organization of Minority Architects. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Alex Edwards, far left, discussed how her group addressed a real-life scenario they were given, the struggle of a refugee in Syria. Students displayed their work from the fifth annual architecture and design summer camp put on by the National Organization of Minority Architects. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

On Saturday afternoon, students from from the fifth annual Architecture and Design Justice Summer Camp hosted by the National Organization of Minority Architects’ Louisiana chapter gathered at the Joan Mitchell Center to display their work from the camp. The camp consisted of New Orleans-area high school students mentored by college students or professionals. Continue reading »

Jul 162016
 
The Lost Bayou Ramblers play in the lobby of NOMA as part of the 2016 Bastille Fete. The annual event celebrates the French holiday, Bastille Day. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

The Lost Bayou Ramblers play in the lobby of NOMA as part of the 2016 Bastille Fete. The annual event celebrates the French holiday, Bastille Day. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

On Friday afternoon, NOMA celebrated their annual event, Bastille Fete. The event is a celebration of French culture in honor of Bastille Day, the French holiday which takes place on July 14. This year’s event took on a more somber tone after roughly 80 people were killed in Nice, France when a truck plowed into a group of people celebrating Bastille Day. Gregor Trumel, Consul General of France in Louisiana, spoke at the event. In his speech on the steps of the museum he encouraged people to celebrate despite the tragedy, to not let the act of violence stop them.

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Jul 092016
 
Caroline Helm, left, and Kara St. Clair, right, dance to Harmonouche at the annual Bastille Day festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Caroline Helm, left, and Kara St. Clair, right, dance to Harmonouche at the annual Bastille Day festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Residents gathered off of Esplanade avenue in Mid City to celebrate Bastille Day, a French holiday that honors the storming of the Bastille which happened in 1798.

Harmonouche performs at the annual Bastille Day festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Harmonouche performs at the annual Bastille Day festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Locals celebrated Bastille day during a festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Locals celebrated Bastille day during a festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Swirl sold wine at the annual Bastille Day festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Swirl sold wine at the annual Bastille Day festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Artwork, including hats, were for sale at the annual Bastille Day festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Artwork, including hats, were for sale at the annual Bastille Day festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Jul 082016
 
People partake in a "die-in" in front of NOPD headquarters. The event drew dozens of participants who laid face-down on the ground to stand in solidarity with those who have lost their lives at the hands of police officers. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

People partake in a “die-in” in front of NOPD headquarters. The event drew dozens of participants who laid face-down on the ground to stand in solidarity with those who have lost their lives at the hands of police officers. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Concerned citizens gathered outside of NOPD headquarters on Friday afternoon to protest the police violence. The issue has been in the news lately, with the killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Minnesota earlier in the week. The people participated in a “die-in” on the grounds of NOPD headquarters to stand in solidarity.

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Jun 132016
 
Virginia Brisley, left, and Tyrone Smith, right, escort a cyclist on the Lafitte greenway as he crosses north broad street. Brisley and Smith were part of the "Safe-Tea on the Greenway" event on Friday which promoted cyclist, pedestrian and auto safety at the major cross streets along the Lafitte greenway. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Virginia Brisley, left, and Tyrone Smith, right, escort a cyclist on the Lafitte greenway as he crosses North Broad Street. Brisley and Smith were part of the “Safe-Tea on the Greenway” event on Friday which promoted cyclist, pedestrian and auto safety at the major cross streets along the Lafitte greenway. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Yielding hand-made signs, concerned citizens, cyclists and politicians gathered on Friday, June 10, where the Lafitte Greenway meets North Broad Street to warn drivers of the crosswalk.

This was part of a Safe-Tea event, put on by the Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors, which aims to promote safety on the Lafitte Greenway for cyclists, pedestrians and cars. The greenway stretches from Mid-City through Treme and finishes on Claiborne Avenue. It crosses N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, N. Broad Street and Claiborne Avenue, streets with heavy flows of traffic.

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