Notes From New Orleans

Fridays at 8:35 a.m.

Notes from New Orleans is a weekly peek inside the life and culture of the Crescent City. Sharon Litwin, president and co-founder of NolaVie.com, covers all aspects of the unique and vibrant contributions of this creative society.

From established and emerging visual artists to the new breed of young entrepreneurs; from extraordinary musicians to world class performing artists; from Mardi Gras Indians to pop up restaurants — whether it’s going on Uptown, Downtown or Back of Town, their stories are sure to show up on Notes from New Orleans.

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Sixty years ago if you asked a New Orleanian for directions to 1026 Conti Street it would have elicited a very different reaction that it does today. On this week's Notes from New Orleans we'll hear about a renowned and renovated bordello in the French Quarter.

The desire to source food locally has caused many restaurants to reevaluate how they do business. That's just one of the reasons why a local chef has transformed a patch of land across from his establishment into an urban farmstead. On this week's Notes from New Orleans we'll hear how farming is just one of the many responsibilities juggled by Johnny Blancher.

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

Each week on Nolavie.com, writer Keith Marshall contributes a column called How's Bayou? He examines the secrets that keep him sane while juggling an upscale Bed & Breakfast on Bayou Lafourche and working at Dixie Art Supplies in Elmwood.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin brings her good friend to the microphone.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The New Orleans Museum world has a new member. After being in town for only four months, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art's new director is working to unite the arts community with the city-at-large. We'll hear about William Pittman Andrews' guiding philosophies and disciplined routines on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

People around the world know Theresa Andersson for the one-woman performance she crafted during the success of her last record, Hummingbird, Go!  But now the Swedish-born musician has given the public an entirely new set of reasons to listen. Theresa joins Sharon Litwin to discuss a new record, a new performance, and a new baby. 

A professor of history at Tulane University believes that American history can be viewed more adeptly by gathering stories that focus on specific regions of the country. His latest book, The Accidental City, explores the earliest history of New Orleans.

Ever since an old Walgreens was transformed into an Episcopal Church in the Lower 9th Ward, a small community has developed around the location. Many organizations are now using the site as a place to tutor children academically and musically. We'll speak with Rev. Lonell Wright, the leader of the All Souls Episcopal Church, on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

City Park, a former plantation in the heart of New Orleans, hosts a collection of fine art, 600 year-old live oaks, music festivals, and over eleven million visitors each year. And since Hurricane Katrina the park has generated some serious revenue. On this week's Notes from New Orleans, we'll listen to Bob Becker, CEO of City Park, for this story of revitalization.

Listeners may be familiar with Richard McCarthy, host of the Farmer's Market Minute. But perhaps you haven't heard that his ongoing efforts with the Crescent City Farmer's Market have garnered him an award with Southern Living. McCarthy recently spoke with Sharon Litwin about the work he's done to bring food directly from the field to your table. 

Listeners familiar with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra have probably heard of its conductor, Carlos Miguel Prieto. Although his charming disposition is immediately recognizable to audiences old and new, many do not know about Prieto's personal journey to the center of the stage. Listen as he discusses this and the friends he's bringing with him.

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