Sharon Litwin

Host of Notes From New Orleans

Sharon Litwin is the founding president of NolaVie.com, the only daily cultural not-for-profit website of its kind in the United States devoted to exploring all aspects of the quirky, diverse culture of New Orleans. Sharon, along with Renee Peck, NolaVie Managing Editor, wrote, and NolaVie received, a grant from the J-Lab Project of American University, funded through the McCormick Foundation in Chicago, allowing NolaVie to launch in February, 2011. Since 2012, Sharon has produced Notes from New Orleans, a weekly on-air cultural news segment for WWNO that is complemented by her weekly “culture watch” column on NolaVie.

Sharon Litwin retired in 2011 after a 12-year career with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra serving first as Executive Director and then as Senior Vice President for External Affairs. Prior to joining the LPO, Sharon spent more than a decade as an Assistant Director of the New Orleans Museum of Art, responsible for raising more than $26 million to build out three new wings and upgrade the original historic building in City Pak.

Sharon’s other professional positions have been as a feature writer for the Living Section of The Times-Picayune newspaper and executive producer with WYES-TV, Public Television in New Orleans. Sharon continues to write features and articles for newspapers and magazines nationwide on a freelance basis and is also the editor of the New Orleans Zagat Restaurant Survey, a position she has held for the past 20 years.

Sharon is the past president of the Contemporary Arts Center, Committee of 21 and Mental Health Association of Metropolitan New Orleans; a past board member of the Arts Council of New Orleans and the Community Access Corporation; and is the founding president of the Crescent City Farmers Market.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Campanella Assesses Bywater's Gentrification

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Gentrification: a welcome concept to some; a fighting word to others. And because one of New Orleans' neighborhoods, the Bywater,  is undergoing this change, it should come as no surprise that the cultural shift received some attention in an article posted on New Geography.com.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin asks the author, Tulane professsor Richard Campanella, for a definition of that most controversial word.

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Notes from New Orleans
6:23 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Everyone's Gone to the Movies

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For almost 40 years, one specific New Orleanian has been a constant in the movie theater business. He's a movie maven who's passion for art films and indies has lead him all over the greater New Orleans area: from Gentilly to Bay St. Louis to Chalmette.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with the one and only Wennie Schulz.

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Notes from New Orleans
1:26 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Executive Director of New Orleans Public Library Celebrates 1st Anniversary in City

The Milton H. Latter Memorial Branch Library, located at 5120 St. Charles Avenue.

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Whether you remember the original movie presentation of The Music Man from 1962, or the made-for-television version from 2003, you no doubt carry with you the images of Marian the Librarian.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin reports that Marian wouldn't recognize today's libraries.

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Notes from New Orleans
7:48 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

"Late Night" in New Orleans Takes on New Meaning

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If you've ever watched any late-night television, you probably know that Jay Leno's program broadcasts from Los Angeles and that David Letterman records his show from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. And while those empires of late-night are indeed thousands of miles away, the opportunity to attend a talk show is closer than you might expect.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin speaks with the ukele-playing musical host and producer of the Crescent City's own Goodnight Show.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Friends & Family at the Core of St. Cecilia Society

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New Orleanians have an endless number of ways to celebrate Mardi Gras. Whether it's riding in a Super Krewe, marching in a street parade, or costuming in the Quarter, everyone seems to find their own way of bringing this unique holiday to life. And even with the million dollar floats and thousands of masked riders, there's still a way for small groups to do their own their own thing.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:53 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

New Orleans' Airport Gets a Facelift

In the past several weeks New Orleans has finished dressing up for the biggest sporting event in the country. Even places long-since overdue for a makeover have spruced up for the big game.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans we'll hear about the hard work done at Armstrong International and the lasting impression they hope to make.

To read a related article written by Litwin, visit Nolavie.com.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Animal Acupuncture: Waiting on Pins & Needles

Dr. Cynthia Benbow performs acupuncture on a variety of animals, including exotic and domestic animals.

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Although the practice of traditional Chinese acupuncture dates back thousands of years, it's adaptation in Western culture is relatively new. And while your mom and them may have received treatment in the past, you'll have to second guess who's likely to get it in the future.

Sharon Litwin brings us this profile on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

For Music Director, Operetta Entertains and Enriches

Carol Rausch is chorus master, music coordinator and education director for the New Orleans Opera Association.

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This coming weekend the Loyola Opera Theatre will tackle Leonard Bernstein's Candide, a comic operetta based on Voltaire's satiric novel. And although music director Carol Rausch has guided students through the opera over the years, she finds herself increasingly smitten by it. She'll explain why the play's message reverberates so clearly on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Tips for Climbing Barbed Wire

Members of Team Slam New Orleans (SNO) winning the National Poetry Slam in 2012.

This week's Notes from New Orleans featuring Justin Lamb.
"Tips for Climbing Barbed Wire" by Justin Lamb

This coming August the National Poetry Slam will take place in Boston. But locally, preparations are already being made. On Saturday, both aspiring and professional poets are encouraged to compete for a spot on Team Slam New Orleans. So on this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin is getting schooled in the stanza.

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Notes From New Orleans
12:00 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Cosmic Convergence Festival Set to Save the World

If you're worried about the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse, you really shouldn't be. After all, one of the world's leading Ancient Astronaut Theorists has figured out how to prevent the destruction of the Earth. And he's doing it with his closest friends from the Krewe of Chewbacchus.

Sharon Litwin takes you to their leader on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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