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May 112017
 

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The end of the school year is rapidly approaching, and with it comes a desire to get outdoors and be one with nature. But nature is hot and movie theaters are cold, so let’s dial back the urge to get sunburn and see some exciting new independent films that we’re showcasing this weekend.

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May 112017
 

More than 100 people – both for and against the monument – gathered to watch its removal early Thursday. Crews lifted the bronze statue with a crane (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Nineteen days after protestors held a vigil at Mid-City’s Jefferson Davis monument, the bronze statue was removed.

More than 100 monument supporters and counter-protestors stood guard early Thursday (May 11) as crews removed the century-old statue from the corner of Jefferson Davis Parkway and Canal Street. A small group of monument supporters had gathered in front of the statue since April 23, when the New Orleans Monument Task Committee held a candlelight vigil to show support. Continue reading »

May 102017
 

The proposed apartment project would include studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.

By Claire Byun
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The historic McDonogh 31 school building left vacant for years is once again under the city’s radar as developers are hoping to turn the shuttered structure into apartments.

Neighbors approve of the plan that would bring the historic building back to life, but limited parking in an already-tight block have some concerned. Continue reading »

May 092017
 

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a man who stole a bicycle and backpack full of items from a N. Salcedo Street residence.

At around 10:24 a.m. on May 3, the unknown male suspect is seen leaving the residence through a rear residential door located in the 600 block of N. Salcedo Street. The subject is then seen taking off on the victim’s bicycle with a backpack that contained several items he took while inside of the home, police said. Continue reading »

May 092017
 

An example of an evacuation checklist provided by the Foundation for Louisiana.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

With hurricane season just around the corner, local emergency groups are stressing preparedness in the event of a disaster. Are you ready?

The Mid-City Neighborhood Association hosted a hurricane preparedness forum at their monthly meeting Monday. Three emergency agencies underscored how essential planning for a storm is – especially in a city like New Orleans – and what residents can do to protect themselves, their families and businesses. 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 052017
 

McDonogh 35 Gospel Choir energizes the crowd gathered under the Gospel Tent at Jazz Fest on Thursday (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

A slew of local schools showed off their skills to crowds at Jazz Fest on Thursday, ranging from Gospel choirs to circus acrobatics. Through the chilly wind and dark clouds, students wowed crowds with their talent and athleticism.

Performances from other schools are scheduled throughout the remainder of Jazz Fest. You can check the full festival schedule online. Continue reading »

May 042017
 

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When does summer begin? Experts would say June 20th, children would tell you it’s when school ends, and our good friend Pete thinks summer starts when killer bees arrive from the Yucatan Peninsula. We happen to think that summer begins when a big crazy superhero movie comes out, and in that case summer begins this weekend!

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May 042017
 

A few soggy patrons get food last year at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell (Della Hasselle).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

At least two weekends every year, Fairgrounds residents have to commute in and out of police barriers, tourist traffic and street vendors during Jazz Fest. To lessen some of that burden, residents are given neighborhood access passes that allow them to park at – or at least near – their homes.

Some people have been selling those passes for profit, officials said. Continue reading »