arts, books and music events fundraisers

Supernova, a free holiday festival, to light up the Greenway Plaza

The Greenway Supernova, a luminary outdoor art exhibit, is returning to the Greenway Station & Plaza at Norman C. Francis Parkway. The light and art festival will feature not only 12 luminary art pieces but live music, food vendors and an art and crafts market. It runs 5 to 9 p.m. from Thursday (Dec. 9) Read More…

city government land use

City Planning Commission unanimously approves jail retrofit proposal

  By Daniel Schwalm, Mid-City Messenger In a victory for criminal justice reform advocates, the New Orleans City Planning Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday (Nov. 30) to recommend that the City Council approve a zoning change that would allow for the renovation of the existing New Orleans jail to accommodate inmates with mental health conditions. Read More…

food and drink

Creole Oyster Dressing like your grand-mère used to make

By Krisitine Froeba, Mid-City Messenger Oyster dressing, or farci d’huîtres, served with turkey was already an established tradition in 19th century New Orleans. “Nothing is more elegant or recherché than an Oyster Dressing,” reads the original “Picayune Creole Cookbook,” published in 1901. “Oyster stuffings are favorite Creole dressings for turkeys.” Our family’s Thanksgiving tables yield Read More…

business food and drink

Leo’s Bread, a farmers market favorite, now serving breakfast, lunch and baked goods on Bell Street

By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger Leo’s Bread is serving up fresh bread, bagels and sandwiches in Mid City. What started as a small operation that sold exclusively at farmers markets is now a full-fledged brick-and-mortar bakery at 2438 Bell St., near Esplanade Avenue and North Broad. Owner Kate Heller is a self-taught baker who started Read More…

COVID-19 opinion

Viewpoint: New wave of Covid infections to hit New Orleans soon

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist While New Orleanians are currently enjoying glorious fall weather and the loosening of mask mandates, don’t think for one minute that the next wave of the virus won’t be heading this way with the cooler temperatures and the influx of tourists during the holiday season.   Stubborn unvaccinated people continue to Read More…

elections

Interactive maps show how your neighborhood voted for mayor, sheriff and at-large council members

By Sharon Lurye, Mid-City Messenger Saturday’s election snuck up on New Orleans — after Hurricane Ida delayed voting day by a month, it would have been easy to forget that there were still crucial races for mayor, sheriff, City Council and more. Nevertheless, more than 75,000 voters cast their ballots and made their voices heard, Read More…

city government elections

Jay Banks and Lesli Harris will go to runoff for City Council District B race

  By Sharon Lurye, Mid-City Messenger  The race for the City Council District B seat has been tough, and it’s not over yet. Incumbent Jay H. Banks won 45% of the vote in the election on Saturday, while challenger Lesli Harris won 37%, meaning that both Democrats will go to a runoff on Dec. 11.  Read More…

city government elections

Joe Giarrusso rides a landslide into re-election for City Council District A

By Sharon Lurye, Mid-City Messenger For Joe Giarrusso III, the question was not whether he would win his re-election bid for City Council District A, but by how much. The answer: by a landslide.  Giarrusso crushed his competition, Libertarian Amy Misko and fellow Democrat Robert Murrell, and won with 76% of the vote in Saturday’s Read More…

events festivals parks and greenspace

City Park will soon turn on a million lights for Celebration in the Oaks. Expect some changes to the holiday tradition

The New Orleans holiday family tradition Celebration in the Oaks will turn the lights on beginning Thanksgiving night (Nov. 25), and they will continue to shine through Jan. 2, 2022. City Park’s largest fundraiser has enchanted park visitors since the 1980s and is now considered one of the most spectacular holiday lights festivals in the Read More…