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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

United Way blood drive in New Orleans to benefit Houston area

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 9:15 AM

PHOTO BY LT. ZACHARY WEST/TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD
  • PHOTO BY LT. ZACHARY WEST/TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD

United Way of Southeast Louisiana hosts a "United We Give" blood drive Wednesday, Aug. 29, with a portion of donated blood to boost blood supplies in Houston and surrounding areas following Hurricane Harvey.

The drive runs from noon-4 p.m. at United Way's office at 2515 Canal St.

Harvey has threatened already-low summertime blood supplies — Texas hospitals filling with Houston-area evacuees also are experiencing blood shortages and seeking donations, particularly from O negative and O positive blood type donors, according to The Texas Tribune.

Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old (or 16 years old and 130 pounds with parent or guardian consent) and in good health.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

New Orleans schools, City Hall to reopen Aug. 30

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 6:15 PM

Tropical Storm Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico Aug. 29. - NOAA
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  • Tropical Storm Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico Aug. 29.

New Orleans schools, City Hall and all public buildings and facilities will reopen Aug. 30 after city officials closed down Tuesday as a precautionary measure with Tropical Storm Harvey making its slow approach to Louisiana.

Archdiocese of New Orleans schools as well as Delgado, LSU Health Sciences Center, Southern University at New Orleans, University of New Orleans and Dillard, Loyola and Xavier universities also will reopen Aug. 30.

A tropical storm warning and flood watch remain in effect with heavy rains expected late Aug. 29 and overnight.

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Issa Rae to speak at Dillard University lecture series

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Issa Rae stars in HBO's Insecure. - PHOTO BY JUSTINA MINTZ/HBO
  • PHOTO BY JUSTINA MINTZ/HBO
  • Issa Rae stars in HBO's Insecure.

Actor and writer Issa Rae — star and creator of HBO's Insecure — will speak at Dillard University next month as part of the university's Brain Food lecture series.

Rae will speak inside Georges Auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6. Admission is free.

Following the success of Rae's web series Awkward Black Girl, Rae worked with comedian Larry Wilmore to create Insecure, now in its second season on HBO. Her memoir The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl was released in 2015.

Dillard's 2017-2018 Brain Food series also will include national security analyst Malcolm Nance on Sept. 30.

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2601 Gentilly Blvd.
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(504) 283-8822
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New Orleans under flash flood watch as Harvey heads to Louisiana

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 10:45 AM

National Weather Service projection for Harvey as of Aug. 29.
  • National Weather Service projection for Harvey as of Aug. 29.

With up to 4 inches of rain forecast in New Orleans as Tropical Storm Harvey slowly moves into Louisiana, Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged residents to stay home and off the roads Tuesday, Aug. 29. Some parts of the city got as much as 6 inches of rain yesterday, and a flash flood watch remains through Thursday, as Harvey is expected to move eastward then tick north by Wednesday night.

The city braces for the possibility of more flooding following Aug. 5 floods and the recently publicly revealed compromised pump system. Sewerage & Water Board reports 107 of 120 pumps "are available to be operational in the event of heavy rainfall," according to the city.

Meanwhile, a banner hanging outside pump station No. 1 reads, "I think I can, I think I can."

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Landrieu urges New Orleanians to stay home Tuesday due to anticipated weather

Posted By on Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 4:39 PM

At a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged New Orleanians to stay home tomorrow due to what is expected to be some heavy rain.
  • At a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged New Orleanians to stay home tomorrow due to what is expected to be some heavy rain.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu is recommending New Orleans residents stay home tomorrow in anticipation of what may be heavy rainfall from feeder bands related to Tropical Storm Harvey. At today's press conference of city leaders, Landrieu said that the likelihood of heavy rain and possible tornado activity was what led him to make the call.

"Out of an abundance of caution, I recommend that everyone stay home tomorrow," Landrieu said.

All Orleans Parish public schools and Catholic schools will be closed, as will the University of New Orleans and Delgado College. All New Orleans Public Library branches will be closed. The Louisiana SPCA also will not be open, nor will the New Orleans Museum of Art. Jefferson Parish announced its schools and offices would be open.

Today's rainstorm brought minor street flooding to parts of the city that were most affected by the Aug. 5 flood, including Gentilly, Lakeview and Mid-City. According to the National Weather Service, parts of the city received two inches of rain today.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Opinion: New Orleans Business Alliance responds to 'Is New Orleans Worth It?'

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Editor's note: Our cover story this week, "Is New Orleans Worth It?," has been widely read and discussed both on our website and Facebook page. State Sen. Conrad Appel wrote his own response on the website The Hayride. Author Kat Stromquist will be on Informed Sources Aug. 25 and The 504 Aug. 29 to discuss it further, as well as on Oliver Thomas' WBOK radio show very soon.

In the meantime, Quentin L. Messer Jr., head of the New Orleans Business Alliance, has written his own response, which we are publishing here.

Quentin Messer, head of the New Orleans Business Alliance.
  • Quentin Messer, head of the New Orleans Business Alliance.
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“Is New Orleans Worth It?” was a compelling read on multiple levels. As the article outlines, there is very real disappointment among some in our local economy’s ability to absorb talented professionals. As leader of the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), the economic development organization focused on growing the New Orleans economy, I felt compelled to respond.

First, despite the tremendous progress that has been made in our local economy, significant work remains for NOLABA and other partners in economic development, like Louisiana Economic Development, GNO, Inc. and the City, to create a robust economy that is capable of creating high-quality opportunities for talented corporate and not-for-profit management professionals who want to live in New Orleans.

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Culture Collision is at CAC Wednesday, Aug. 30

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 1:55 PM

Members of The NOLA Project share information at Culture Collision. - COURTESY CULTURE COLLISION
  • COURTESY CULTURE COLLISION
  • Members of The NOLA Project share information at Culture Collision.

Culture Collision, a happy hour featuring seasonal preview information from local arts and cultural groups, is 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 at the Contemporary Arts Center. The event includes performances by Melange Dance Company, Disco Amigos, the National World War II Museum's Victory Belles, a preview of Le Petit Theatre's opening show, Once on this Island, and a video presented by Shotgun Cinema.

Roughly 80 groups, including museums, radio stations, dance and theater companies, comedy groups, festival presenters, movie and photography groups and others, will offer information about their upcoming seasons, membership, volunteer opportunities, ticket packages and more. Dancing Grounds, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Marigny Opera House, New Orleans Film Society. New Orleans Photo Alliance, Prospect New Orleans, Shotgun Cinema, Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, The New Movement and WWNO 89.9 FM are among the participants.

There is a raffle featuring tickets to concerts and events and paraphernalia from presenters. Admission to Culture Collision is free. There's a cash bar.

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Second line and rally to commemorate 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 11:05 AM

Mardi Gras Indians participated in a healing ceremony at the site of the Lower 9th Ward levee breach during the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. - PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
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  • Mardi Gras Indians participated in a healing ceremony at the site of the Lower 9th Ward levee breach during the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Update: The event has been postponed to Sunday, Sept. 3 due to rain from Tropical Storm Harvey.

A memorial march will transform into a second line as it moves from the Lower 9th Ward to the 7th Ward on the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures.

Hip Hop Caucus, New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation, Nuthin But Fire Records, Q93.3-FM, People’s Climate Music, social aid and pleasure clubs and other community groups host the event beginning 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mayoral candidates to weigh in on future of New Orleans music

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 4:20 PM

Musicians marched into City Hall in 2014 to protest a draft of the so-called noise ordinance. - ALEX WOODWARD
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  • Musicians marched into City Hall in 2014 to protest a draft of the so-called noise ordinance.

Mayoral candidates Michael Bagneris, LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet will participate in a forum discussing the future of New Orleans musicians — and whether they'll have a voice in City Hall — in a city that fears risking their loss as it changes.

The forum — presented by The Ella Project, OffBeat Media and The Recording Academy — is 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11 at the Carver Theatre (2101 Orleans Ave.)

Columnist Lolis Eric Elie will moderate a panel with Offbeat publisher Jan Ramsey, Black Men of Labor co-founder Fred Johnson, Melissa Weber (aka DJ Soul Sister), and music writer Larry Blumenfeld.

Candidates will discuss their plans, if elected, for building on New Orleans' "reputation as a beloved music city" and how music and performance will flourish "in concert with
continued neighborhood development." Candidates also will discuss other ways in which they'll work with the music community, and whether they'll work with artists in addressing quality of life issues, education, housing and public safety.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Y@ Speak: partially eclipsed

Posted By on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 6:15 PM

If you didn't fry your eyes while looking directly into the sun, which is a totally normal thing you should do at any time, catch up with a week of New Orleans protests against monuments, white supremacy and the Sewerage & Water Board.

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