Celebrating Christmas at home with Chris Owens-NOLA.com

Ah Chris Owens. The latest in a long line of FQ residents/business owners that love and care for it in their own fashion. Owens should be celebrated for the many facets of her life: the direct line to the Bourbon cabaret history that she represents, the club act that she maintains (her JazzFest show is something I try to see to just shake my head and marvel at), the decent apartments that she rents out to workers, the parade she throws at Easter, the social circle that she mothers, the building and commercial tenants that she keeps in good order, her support of different cultural and charitable events… I know my friend the Grand Duchess seems to hold her in high esteem although she told me that she has not “had the pleasure of crossing her path or hearing her musical stylings.” As always, I think the Duchess is similar to a lot of residents and workers in her point of view.
Even though I know it is easy for people to see her as an anachronism, I think she truly lives in the real world found there at Bourbon and St. Louis and has made it better. Yes, a lot of that world in those pictures from NOLA.com are in a style rarely seen, but let’s give her credit for the zest and fun she seems to throw in the pot.
So I say, rock on Chris Owens.


Celebrating Christmas at home with Chris Owens | NOLA.com.

Royal (Orleans) valet mover

another ingenious use of space in the French Quarter. Parking valets at the Omni Royal (or for you old folks the Royal Orleans or for you old OLD folks, the Saint Louis) use this vertical people mover to get up to upper floors to get a car, or to come down after parking. No waiting for elevators (that would break more often) or dodging cars on the ramps.

St. Louis good citizen

Good citizen June Wiley calls police at 5 am, suspect caught soon after. AND is looking fresh as a daisy a few hours after when reporters catch up to her. (she’s my mom so maybe I’m a bit biased)…
Seriously, this is why we need to get rents in line with real costs so regular people can live in the French Quarter. This block of St. Louis is made up of mostly full-time residents except for the large house that has been empty for over 20 years. They clean their street, keep lights working and remain the “eyes on the street”. That’s even with 2 tough bars on this corner and on the next.
And sure that owner of the large empty house pays property tax (well I guess he does), but I suspect his assessment has stayed low and since the owner does not use the building or rent it or add to the liveability of the street, it seems pretty nice of the renting neighbors to watch out for his property for him.

good citizen video

Event calendar for November

Kermit Ruffins “Happy Talk” Record Release Party
Saturday, November 6th
Where: Peaches Records, 408 N. Peters
When: 11:00 a.m.
for more information call 504.282.2232

Book signing & presentation with photographer A.J. Meek
Saturday, November 6th
Where: The Historic New Orleans Collection, Counting House 533 Royal
When: 2 – 3:30 p.m.
click here for more information

Paul Goussot Organ Concert
Sunday, November 7th
Where: St. Louis Cathedral

When:6 p.m.
free and open to the public, click here for more information

Saints Super Fan 2011 Calendar Signing Party

benefitting Friends of the Fishermen Fund
Tuesday, November 9th
Where: The Hotel Monteleone, Carousel Bar
When: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
click here for more details

Book Signings and Presentations by Richard Campanella & Oliver A. Houk
Tuesday, November 9th
Where: The Historic New Orleans Collection, Counting House 533 Royal
When: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
click here for more information

Betting 101 Luncheon with Fair Grounds & Fleur de Paris
Thursday, November 11th
Where: The Hotel Monteleone
When: 12 – 2 p.m.
click here to make reservations

Patio Planters’ Annual White Elephant Sale & Auction
Saturday, November 13th
Where: at the corner of Royal and St. Philip Streets in the French Quarter
When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
click here for details

2nd Annual NOLA Bike Bash ~ French Quarter Adventure Race

Saturday, November 13th

Where: Starts at City Park Avenue

When: 10 a.m.

click here for registration details

Weddings In Style Bridal Show
November 14, 2010
Where:Omni Royal Orleans Hotel 621 St. Louis
When: 2 – 5 p.m.

click here for tickets and more information

Philosophy Cafe
Monday, November 15th
Where: Inn on Bourbon
When: 7:30 p.m.
click here for more information

French Market’s Christmas Tree Lighting
Thursday, November 18th
Where: Washington Artillery Park (Decatur Across from Jackson Square)
When: 6 p.m.
click here for French Market events listing

Concerts in the Courtyard with Paul Sanchez & NOLA Brewing Co.
Friday, November 19th
Where: The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal
When: 6 – 8 p.m.
click here for more information

Tuba, Tuba, Tuba! French Market’s Annual Tribute to Tuba Fats
Friday, November 26th
Where: French Market
When: 1 – 8 p.m.