Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Neil Barclay named director of Contemporary Arts Center

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 9:57 AM

The Contemporary Arts Center named Neil Barclay its new executive director. Most recently, Barclay was a consultant with Arts Consulting Group, a group that handles interim management and organizational services for arts and cultural institutions.

Barclay served as associate director of the Performing Arts Center for the University of Texas at Austin for seven years. He was the founding president and CEO of Pittsburg, Pa.'s August Wilson Center. And he recently worked on capital development for Los Angeles' Vision Theater, originally built by Howard Hughes for the city.

Barclay has served as a peer panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, the Gerbode Foundation and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Barclay joins the CAC May 1. He replaces longtime CAC director Jay Weigel. Weigel will focus on his work composing and arranging music.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Brooklyn Brewery Mash heads to New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 9:26 AM

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The Brooklyn Brewery Mash rolls into town next week with a six-day schedule of events at venues around town mixing cuisine, art, film, music and, of course, beer.

New Orleans is the second stop on an 11-city national tour for the Brooklyn Brewery Mash, which is organized by the New York-based brewery and benefits the nonprofit Slow Food USA. The Mash continues across the country all year, and at each stop event organizers orchestrate collaborations between people in the local food and art scenes and counterparts from Brooklyn traveling with the road show.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pre-teen helps animals for Lent

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 10:35 AM


While many Christians will make a pledge today to give up an indulgence — chocolate, alcohol, meat, entertainment — for Lent leading up to Easter, 12-year-old Ethan Carroll is giving up his time instead to collect necessities for Louisiana’s largest not-for-profit no-kill animal shelter.

It’s the fourth year for Ethan Carroll’s Lent Project. He’ll collect pet food, blankets, pet toys, cleaning supplies and more to deliver to the St. Tammany Humane Society after Easter. Ethan and his father, Tim Carroll, will pick up donations in the Greater New Orleans area (call 504-655-1381 or email Since beginning the project, Ethan, a seventh grader at St. Andrew the Apostle School and a musical theater student at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, has found support among individuals, businesses and schools.

So how does a young boy decide on such an undertaking?

His mother Laura Carroll, operations and events director at Gambit, says her son didn’t have any vices or indulgences, since he wasn’t particularly fond of chocolate or soft drinks, so giving up something he didn’t care about for Lent would have been meaningless. He wanted to do something that would make a difference. Because he had to give up his dog, Sapphire, to a shelter, Ethan wanted to make sure the humane society had what it needed to care for his dog and the other animals there.


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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Barcadia promises burgers, beers and joysticks

Posted By on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 7:29 PM


A new venture called Barcadia is gearing up to open in the Warehouse District with a concept mingling vintage arcade games, craft beers and burgers. Frogger, Ms. Pac Man, Mortal Kombat and other classics of the coin-op kingdom will line the floor, while the bar will feature 40 or so draft beers and the kitchen will stay open late.

Barcadia is taking shape in the ground floor of a parking garage just off Poydras Street where the developers are also building an upscale cocktail bar called Ohm Lounge. Barcadia is expected to open in early January, with Ohm Lounge following later in the month.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Y@ Speak: R.I.P. Uncle Lionel Batiste

Posted By on Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Locals mourn New Orleans brass band legend Uncle Lionel Batiste, who died Sunday morning at age 81. Also this week: Sean Payton gets divorced, ex-Times-Picayune people get hired at WWL-TV, Essence Fest happens and people flip out on Twitter.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Happy birthday Paul McCartney

Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 11:04 AM


English singer-songwriter Paul Weller has recorded his version of the Beatles’ hit song “Birthday” in honor of Paul McCartney’s 70th birthday June 18 — and to raise money for young people in war-torn areas.

Today (June 18) only, music fans can download the song for 70 cents at Proceeds from sale of the single will benefit War Child International, a group of humanitarian organizations trying to help children and young adults living in areas of armed conflict survive and move forward.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Utility art is a street gallery in Lakeview

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Sharon Gautier painted this utility box at City Park Avenue and Marconi Drive.
  • Sharon Gautier painted this utility box at City Park Avenue and Marconi Drive.

Local artists are painting interpretative landscapes on some of the large gray utility boxes found near stoplights in Lakeview as part of the New Orleans Street Gallery. Some of the boxes are landscapes that are the same or similar on all four sides of the box. Others offer a different scene on each side.

The street gallery project is the brainchild of Jeannie P. Tidy, president of Community Visions Unlimited, who worked with the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association and Councilwoman Susan Guidry to get the project running. Guidry helped the group obtain a grant from AT&T to help fund the project.

Eight utility boxes already have been transformed into street art, and four more are available. Artists whose concepts are selected receive a $250 stipend for their work. Paint is supplied by Community Visions. To apply, visit or call Heather deLapouyade at 957-8716.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

ENONAC fundraiser Sunday

Posted By on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 8:31 PM

The Eastern New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission (ENONAC) is hosting a Spring Fling Brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Southern Oaks Plantation (7816 Hayne Blvd.;

Only 100 reservations are available to the luncheon, which will raise funds for planning development and leadership training. The ENONAC endeavors to provide community leadership to ensure the area’s continued recovery and development.

Admission is $200 for two invitations. For more information, email ENONAC President Sylvia Scineaux-Richard: or call her office at 504 218 5949.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Hazardous waste disposal drop-off Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 8:30 AM


New Orleans resident can drop off household hazardous wastes at 2829 Elysian Fields Ave. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9.

The Department of Sanitation will collect items that shouldn’t be disposed of in garbage cans or curbside recycling, including batteries, televisions, paint, light bulbs, oil, mercury devices, aerosols, pesticides, household cleaners, chemicals, oil, gasoline and acids. There is no charge, and the city will dispose of or recycle all items in an environmentally safe manner.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Tulane opens health center in Mid-City

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 9:46 PM


Tulane University opened its new Ruth U. Fertel/Tulane Community Health Center and Brinton Family Health & Healing Center (711 N. Broad St.) Thursday, June 7.

The ground floor of the renovated 11,000-square-foot facility that formerly housed a Ruth’s Chris Steak House offers quality medical care to residents of Mid-City, Treme and surrounding neighborhoods, regardless of whether a patient has insurance.

The Brinton Family Health & Healing Center, established with a donation by California philanthropist Mary Jane Deere Wiman Brinton, provides community meeting space on the second floor as well as areas for group exercise classes and yoga. It offers social service resources, legal assistance and programming aimed at healhy living, disease prevention and community involvement.

The new Fertel health center replaces a drop-in clinic with five exam rooms Tulane University operated at Covenant House. The new center has 13 exam rooms and can accommodate as many as 1,500 patient visits a month. It provides primary care, mental health services and chronic disease management, including HIV care.

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