What's Up Downtown
15 April 2016 Issue


Sunday, the RTA Board of Commissioners is increasing bus service by over 11 percent to support more job access and make weekend and late evening travel more convenient. Click here for the new schedule.

These changes include 5am start times and 24 hour service on many routes used by commuters to access Downtown employment centers, education facilities, and medical care.

These service enhancements are designed to restore weekend service in many areas, improve neighborhood access, provide connectivity to major transit lines, and increase frequency on many lines. Additionally, an express line has been added to the Louis Armstrong International Airport to provide access to jobs at the airport and at the new terminal construction site.

TONIGHT - 6pm - 9pm

Sippin' in Seersucker is the Ogden Museum's annual sartorial event to kick off the summer season. Hosted by The Shops at Canal Place, the evening includes live music and dancing, complimentary food from New Orleans' best restaurants, full bars offering specialty cocktails, and a raffle with prizes ranging from handmade craft items from the Center for Southern Craft & Design, to beer and wine packages that will satiate your cravings for months. Sippin' in Seersucker attracted nearly 600 people in 2015, and continues to be a popular event in the city.
At the center of the activities is the Seersucker Ensemble Contest, which will be judged again this year by local artist, L. Kasimu Harris, and New Orleans Fashion Week's Tracee Dundas. All attendees are automatically entered into the contest when they arrive - the judges will roam the crowd and let you know if your unique seersucker outfit has made the cut!


Due to inclement weather, Bike to Work Week presented by Entergy is being extended to support further easy opportunities to try bike commuting. It will run through Thursday, April 21 with Bike to Work Day being held on Wednesday, April 20. On that day, Bike Trains will leave from points around the city to converge at Lafayette Square where there will be coffee, food, drinks, bike repair stations, and lots of good company.


Named one of New Orleans top 11 parties of 2015, the annual New Orleans Film Society Gala and Patron Party is a night to remember! The event will be held on the evening of April 16 at the home of John and Yulia Houghtaling, located at 4717 St. Charles Ave. It will celebrate film with craft cocktails, food, live music and dancing. Click here for details and tickets.


Honey Island Swamp Band will be the featured performer at the April 20 Wednesday at the Square Concert at Lafayette Square. Also performing will be Alexis and the Samurai.

The 12-week concert series will continue each Wednesday through May 25. The Young Leadership Council presents the weekly event that features live music, food and beverages and arts and crafts. The DDD is a major sponsor. For a complete list of performers and to volunteer, CLICK HERE.

New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce 2016 Annual Meeting

Thursday, April 21, the NORBC will hold its 2016 Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown New Orleans from 11:30am - 1:30pm. The State of Business in Louisiana - An Executive Briefing will feature Senator Karen Carter Peterson and Representative Walt Leger discussing the effects of the 2016 State Budget on African American Businesses. The DDD is proud to be a sponsor. Click here to register.


Blaze Pizza New Orleans is celebrating their one year anniversary in the South Market District in Downtown! On Saturday, April 16, Blaze Pizza will be treating all their customers to a free s'more pie with their pizza purchase! Customers can get in on this deal all day (10:30 AM-11 PM). Also, Cyrus Nabipoor Trio will perform from 12-3 PM.


This month marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry's vital place in our culture. 
The New Orleans Public Library is celebrating with events that include a workshop and reading by Louisiana Poet Laureate Peter Cooley, Pothole Poetry and Pizza Poetry for teens, and multiple readings by local poets. Click here for more details and poetry related programs.


Thursday, April 21
5:00 p.m. Reception | 6:00 p.m. Program
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center
On Thursday, April 21, The National World War II Museum presents in the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center the dedication of the newly restored P-51 Mustang, painted in the likeness of the plane Roscoe Brown, PhD, flew as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen. The evening will feature Tuskegee Airmen as they share their experiences in wartime and the lasting legacy of being America's first black fighter pilots, flying the iconic Red Tails. Hosted by Robin Roberts and Sally-Ann Roberts, whose father, Colonel Lawrence Roberts, was a Tuskegee Airman. The reception is at 5 pm with the program following at 6pm.


The Arts District of New Orleans annual fundraising event Jammin' on Julia is set to take place on May 7 from 6-9pm. It is a free spring festival where visitors stroll through historic and artful Julia Street. It will coincide with the relaunch and rebranding of the district. In addition to the usual First Saturday Gallery Openings, each gallery will host a musical guest, the street will be closed to create a more exciting and open atmosphere for patrons, and local restaurants will setup for food vending in the street.


The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) presents Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptiblethe largest solo museum presentation of the artist's work in the United States. Including film, wall paintings, ceramics, silkscreens (on mylar, plexiglass, steel, and canvas), the exhibition frames the artist's oeuvre as a complex dialogue between culture and system, a body of work invested in the cross-referencing of aesthetic and social histories.
LeMieux Galleries Art Listings

Jon Langford
Song Paintings
Now - May 28, 2016
Special Jazz Fest Reception
Thursday April 28th from 7-9 PM
Mama's Nightingale
Now - April 30, 2016
Original illustrations by Leslie Staub
LeMieux Galleries, 332 Julia Street, 504-522-5988


On Saturday, April 16 the Riverwalk's Spanish Plaza will host the inaugural Sista Strut, a 3K walk to raise awareness of breast cancer, especially in African-American women. The pre-race rally begins at 8 a.m. with the walk starting at 10 a.m. A portion of the proceeds from the walk will benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer as part of the American Cancer Society. More information on registration is available online at www.q93.com


Picayune Pl.
Picayune Pl., between Natchez and Gravier streets closed to vehicular traffic with no on-street parking, during work hours while crews perform exploratory excavation work. Due to underground utility conflicts, the Sewerage and Water Board must redesign placement of the new waterline prior to installation. Once exploratory excavation work is completed, the street will be temporarily asphalted and open to vehicular traffic until waterline replacement work begins.
Waterline replacement work is scheduled to begin in March 2016 and last approximately three months. During this time Picayune Pl., between Natchez and Gravier streets, will be closed to vehicular traffic with no on-street parking, during work hours.
Gravier St.
Going on now and lasting in the summer months, Gravier St. between Baronne and O'Keefe streets will be closed to vehicular traffic with no on-street parking, during work hours.
The scope of work includes excavating a portion of the roadway, replacing damaged or leaking water lines, placing fill material beneath the roadway, and paving the damaged portion of the roadway.
In general, construction crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Work on the weekends is not anticipated; however, inclement weather may alter the project schedule. Residents are reminded to use caution when driving, bicycling and walking near construction sites.
Work in the Central Business District / French Quarter began in January 2014 and is scheduled to last through summer 2016. The construction contract was awarded to Boh Brothers Construction for $6.8 million.
For more information about these projects, or to sign up for regular e-mail status updates on the FEMA-funded Waterline Replacement Program, contact Kristen Sawyer at kksawyer@nola.gov or 504-658-8483.


View Areas Impacted by Construction


City of New Orleans Department of Public Works has traffic coordination maps for the major portions of the City that are currently being impacted by construction including Downtown New Orleans. Visit www.nola.gov/dpw/traffic-coordination to view them. The maps are updated every 2 weeks.



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Register Your Security Camera with NOPD to Help Fight Crime


If you own a security camera in New Orleans, you can now register it with NOPD to help detectives solve crimes in your neighborhood and provide strong evidence to put offenders away. 


The New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, in partnership with the NOPD, launched a new online service called Safecam NOLA.  The program allows residents and business owners to register their security cameras with New Orleans Police. The SafecamNOLA project is an expansion of "Safecam8," which was an on-line program that Downtown residents and business owners in the Eighth Police District have been using for years to register their cameras with Eighth District police.  The 1,302 8th District cameras that are in that system are now included in the citywide SafecamNOLA system.  


Please visit www.SafecamNOLA.com to enroll today.


Glass Recycling Included 

Citizens in Downtown New Orleans can call 311 to request delivery of the blue recycling bins if their property is eligible for collection by the City.
Residents and small businesses can recycle paper, small metals, cardboard and plastics (#1-#7) on Tuesday of each week. Glass will be collected on Thursday.
Collection of recyclable materials operated by Empire Services. For more information visit www.nola.gov