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Today in New Orleans 11.02.12

After a long week of festivities, this Friday’s Dia de los Muertos celebration is here.  Check out some post punk at House of Blues, see a powerful performance of Les Mis in the Treme, and ladies drink free at Siberia from 10-11pm. On this day in Louisiana’s history (1762) the Treaty of Fontainebleau ceded the colony of Louisiana to Spain. 

Wet Books: New O.C. Haley Restaurant Fights Censorship with Libro-traficantes

by M.D. Dupuy

With the addition of the Zeitgeist Multidisciplinary Arts Center, frequent food truck fare, and the latest Casa Borrega, Oretha Castle Haley is becoming a regular hub of cultural activity. The new spot, which is still in its soft opening phase, (1719 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard) is hosting a Dia de los Muertos altar and event that serves as an opportunity to have fun, read some books, and shed light on the sociopolitical climate that exists for Latin American people residing in New Orleans.

Despite Directors Stepping Down, The New Orleans Mission Will Remain Open

by Shay Sokol

Ron and Linda Gonzales stepped down as the directors of the New Orleans Mission on Thursday, days after they announced funds are too tight and the Mission will have to close for the summer. But a day later, officials stepped in to keep the homeless shelter at 1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. open. At a press conference held at the Mayor’s office this morning, Bennett Powell, Chairman of the Mission, announced a new director, a grant, and an anonymous, private donation, that will enable the Mission to remain open through the summer while expanding its hours to 24 hours a day.

McClure's Barbecue on the Move

by Ryan Sparks

After several months of using the familiar environs of Dante’s Kitchen as a home base for his burgeoning BBQ venture, Neil McClure is cutting the apron strings and taking steps towards a permanent location.  For now, though, McClure will be bringing his wood-fire smoked beef, pork, chicken, and ribs to other neighborhoods through alternative pop-up arrangements.

Blight of Fancy

Hypothetical Development Organization Renews How they Wanna

Many an idle driver wanders around New Orleans appreciating the city’s old buildings for they fit in the landscape. At times, even the decay seems to be set in place on purpose. Yet, the work of a new organization shows that to bike down thoroughfares like St. Claude Ave. or Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. and  hypothesize the future of the St. Roch market, the old department store fronts and locked parks is to re-imagine those places as something new.

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