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Friday, July 21, 2017

West Nile virus discovered in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Time to dump out the kiddie pool. New Orleans' Mosquito and Termite Control Board has discovered West Nile virus in mosquitoes in the parish for the first time in 2017, according to an announcement from City Hall. There have not been any reported human cases of the virus or the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, however.

West Nile also was discovered in 14 samples in St. Tammany Parish. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly one in five people infected with the virus develop fever and other symptoms, and less than 1 percent develop a serious illness.

The board and the New Orleans Health Department will be "aggressively applying insecticides by airplane and truck" to target the virus-carrying southern house mosquito, as well as "applying larvicide to storm drains and standing water, reducing breeding sources, and educating residents through community outreach efforts."

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Frenchmen Art Market to close with a 'second line' July 25

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 2:47 PM

Frenchmen Art Market moves to The Art Garage July 25.
  • Frenchmen Art Market moves to The Art Garage July 25.

Frenchmen Art Market will leave its space with a ceremonial "second line" July 25 after five years as part of the strip's bustling nightlife. The market and its vendors will move to the market's spin-off location The Art Garage on St. Claude Avenue, which opened in 2016. The market announced its closure on social media: "We continued to pay our rent but decided to second line out when the sheriff arrives."

After opening as a pop-up market in 2012, Frenchmen Art Market moved to a permanent space in a lot next to the Spotted Cat. The market grew into a sprawling outdoor bazaar with dozens of local artists and vendors selling clothing, art, jewelry and other handcrafted goods under twinkling string lights and warm bulbs lighting each table.

A farewell "second line" meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, and rolls at 8 p.m. beginning at Frenchmen Street and moving to Royal Street, then Esplanade Avenue, back down Frenchmen to Dauphine Street, then to Elysian Fields Avenue then St. Claude, ending at The Art Garage market at 2231 St. Claude Ave.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Holding candidates accountable: Forward New Orleans' 2018 platform

Posted By on Sun, Jul 16, 2017 at 8:00 AM

New Orleans City Hall. - ALEX WOODWARD
  • New Orleans City Hall.

Candidates who qualified to run for public office in the Oct. 14 citywide primary now have slightly less than three months to get their messages out to voters. The competition will be fierce, particularly in the contests for mayor and City Council.

Voters’ challenge will be no less difficult. They must sort through dozens of candidates for various municipal and parochial offices, not to mention candidates seeking to become Louisiana’s next state treasurer.

If voters are looking for a reliable metric to assess candidates for mayor and City Council, a coalition of more than two dozen civic, community and neighborhood organizations has the answer: Forward New Orleans’ (FNO) 2018 issue-based platform statement. The platform is a collection of 35 specific policies spread across six major areas of focus; during the campaign, candidates will be asked to commit to implementing the policies.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Y@ Speak: crime time

Posted By on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 5:36 PM

Crime is at the focus of the State of the City, demonstrators are arrested at Sen. Bill Cassidy's office for protecting their health care, and Sen. John Neely Kennedy wants to use stop and frisk. Also: Rep. Clay Higgins goes on the worst field trip, Jrue Holiday is still a Pelican, and clueless Pink Floyd fans need a safe space.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Y@ Speak: 'Essential' health benefits

Posted By on Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Louisiana celebrates the first birthday of Medicaid's expansion by trying to spare it from death, everyone's internet goes down, crawfish is tortured by mustard — then Essence Festival saves the day.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Indivisible NOLA hosting Fourth of July 'kayak-tivism' event on Bayou St. John

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 11:45 AM


The Krewe of Kolossos canceled this year's annual Fourth of July flotilla on Bayou St. John, on which a parade of creative costumes and various floating devices travel the waterway. But progressive group Indivisible NOLA has announced it will host its own take on an Independence Day parade with a "patriotic evening of dissent" on the bayou. A "kayak-tivism" event begins a 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 4.

"In these bitter and divided times, we believe it is as important as ever to celebrate and demonstrate our patriotism," the group announced. "We invite you to come out and reaffirm our progressive values as a community and as a country while having some fun together."

Attendees are encouraged to "dress in their best Americana" and bring signs and join the flotilla, which will involve "some form of light protest." The group also encourages attendees to clean up after themselves: "All participants will be expected to not only clean up after themselves, but lend a hand in helping leave the bayou how we found it."

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: The Passenger by Kaori Maeyama and Tastier by Leslie Friedman

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 4:50 PM

Through a Glass Darkly by Kaori Maeyama
  • Through a Glass Darkly by Kaori Maeyama

Driving down desolate city streets on a dark night can be a dreary experience. But on misty, rain-cooled evenings there also are times when the reflections of random city lights dancing off the walls of shadowy buildings can make those same sights seem alive. The rhythmic flow of glistening city streets seen from a moving car can slip into an almost hypnotic realm reminiscent of dreamy ambient music or lyrical modern jazz riffs.

Kaori Maeyama’s nocturnal cityscape paintings in the show The Passenger at Staple Goods look starkly abstract at first, but in works like Through a Glass Darkly (pictured), dusky forms and luminous highlights suggest office towers, overpasses and traffic rendered with a cinematic sense of motion. In some, the steel trusses of the Huey P. Long bridge are conveyed by luminous slashes in inky patinas that evoke the dense mists over the Mississippi River.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Y@ Speak: thoughts and prayers edition

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 6:25 PM

Twitter reacts to the shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Legislature closes out the very special limited edition ultra-rare super exclusive session, and New Orleans endures chin straps, cement, and Sidney Torres.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

New Orleans mayoral candidates Bagneris and Cantrell discuss minimum wage, law enforcement

Posted By on Sat, Jun 17, 2017 at 3:35 PM

LaToya Cantrell and Michael Bagneris fielded questions from progressive group Indivisible NOLA.
  • LaToya Cantrell and Michael Bagneris fielded questions from progressive group Indivisible NOLA.

New Orleans mayoral candidates Michael Bagneris and LaToya Cantrell found a lot of common ground at a forum hosted by progressive group Indivisible NOLA, broadly covering wage inequity, immigration, racial justice, homelessness, substance abuse and mental health services, among other issues. Another announced candidate, Civil District Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet, also was invited to the forum but had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. But the invitation-only event was this year's candidates' first large public introductions before qualifying begins.

Candidates sat in front of an orange Black Lives Matter banner at First Unitarian Universalist Church at Jefferson and Claiborne avenues June 17, fielding questions from event moderators, Indivisible members and members of the roughly 300 people in attendance.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

'Mid Mod NOLA' tours and lectures to spotlight New Orleans' Mid-Century Modern architecture

Posted By on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 4:16 PM

The Automotive Life Insurance Building on Canal Street (now the Mid-City branch of the New Orleans Public Library) is a prime example of New Orleans' Mid-Century Modern architecture. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • The Automotive Life Insurance Building on Canal Street (now the Mid-City branch of the New Orleans Public Library) is a prime example of New Orleans' Mid-Century Modern architecture.

While Chicago and Palm Springs, California are both renowned for their Mid-Century Modern architecture, New Orleans has more than a few examples of that classic design. This summer, the New Orleans Architecture Foundation (NOAF), the Preservation Resource Center (PRC) and DOCOMOMO/NOLA are presenting tours and discussions dedicated to local Mid-Century Modern buildings.

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