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Jun 082017
 

The Ohm Well’s Valerie McMillan leads Hot Yoga class (via Friends of Lafitte Greenway)

Load up on zen this summer with a free hot yoga series.

Friends of Lafitte Greenway are bringing back their popular summertime hot yoga classes this year, open to all ages and skill levels. The free weekly course – which runs for eight weeks – will be led by The Ohm Well’s Valerie McMillan, an instructor with a passion for creating inclusive and safe spaces for all of her students on and off the mat. Continue reading »

Jun 072017
 

Community Book Center, located at 2523 Bayou Road since 2003 (via Google.com)

The Community Book Center is asking for the public’s support to continue its brick and mortar operation and is hosting a “Save Our Store” sale with discounted items this weekend to make more space for revenue.

Located at 2523 Bayou Road since 2003, Community Book Center has been in business through owner Vera Warren Williams for 34 years. Read the full story by Gentilly Messenger here.

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 »

May 082017
 

“The Spider Queen” cast rehearse the opening sequence of the original play written by James Bartelle and Alex Martinez Wallace (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

It’s a world of druids, of ogres, of a rebellious teenager on a mission to clear her father’s name. A world of political strife mixed with a missing amulet, giant birds that age in reverse and a dying queen to rule them all.

“The Spider Queen,” an original play produced and performed by the NOLA Project, opens Wednesday as the seventh production in the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Continue reading »

May 032017
 

Friends of the Boogaloo held a crawfish boil for GiveNOLA Day to benefit the free fest. Crawfish was boiled by George from Mid-City Yacht Club (Claire Byun/cbyun@nolamessenger.com).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Bayou Boogaloo organizers are readying for the 12th annual festival, though they’re still ironing out a few details – including a lease with the city.

Unlike past years, the city is seeking $20,000 from the Mothership Foundation – which produces the free fest – to use the land around Bayou St. John for the weekend. Instead, organizers have proposed a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the city that dedicates $5,000 per year toward tree upkeep and litter abatement along the Bayou. Jared Zeller, president of Mothership Foundation, was on hand Tuesday evening to answer questions about the festival to members of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. Continue reading »

Apr 252017
 

Celebrate the roots of New Orleans’ culture and heritage with a free program honoring International Jazz Day.

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission event will exhibit the fundamental language of jazz and its rhythms, featuring the sounds of the Preservation Hall All-Stars, an ensemble comprised of legendary, traditional jazz masters that have toured internationally for over 50 years. Continue reading »