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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Take Five
12:12 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Take Five: Inside Esplanade Studios

Esplanade Studios Founder and Chief Engineer Misha Kachkachishvili in front of the Trident TSM mixing board.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson

While local film production has exploded and Hollywood has infiltrated the city, post-production, specifically sound production, has lagged. But there's a new facility in town, which is now the largest recording studio in the state. This may change the game when it comes to audio for big time film projects.

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Notes from New Orleans
4:00 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Loyola Professor Studies Modern-Day Slavery In New Orleans

Laura Murphy.
Loyola University

New Orleanians have always had a relaxed attitude about many things other cities deem illegal. But what happens when such cultural acceptance is extended to really serious issues like prostitution — like Storyville back in the day — or what is now called human trafficking?

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NolaVie
9:35 am
Mon August 5, 2013

The What Cheer? Brigade Brings A Different Kind Of Brass To New Orleans

The What Cheer? Brigade
Todd Seelie http://www.todseelie.com/

New Orleans thinks of brass band music as its own, the unmistakable mix of live horns and percussion, and the traditional brass band songs. But a 20-piece brass band from Rhode Island swept through town recently, with Balkan, Klezmer and Bollywood beats thrown in the mix. These Providence musicians call New Orleans their sister city, and play a different kind of brass when they're here.

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Notes from New Orleans
9:30 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Historic French Quarter Theatre Makes A Comeback

Le Petit is one of the oldest community theaters in the country.

New Orleanians tend to be mighty protective about our historic properties, so it's not so surprising that the repurposing of the French Quarter's Le Petit Theatre was cause for much debate.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans Sharon Litwin talks to new Executive Director Cassie Worley about the theater's future. 

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Notes from New Orleans
12:20 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Opera And Jazz Unite In The Marigny

George Gershwin's 'Blue Monday' is a 25-minute jazz opera.

For the second summer in a row the Marigny Opera House is offering itself as a performance venue to a homegrown small opera company.

The 9th Ward Opera Company is the brainchild of Kathleen Westfall, a self-described “little Cajun girl” who’s equally comfortable singing on stage in New York or going crabbing in Thibodaux. Sharon Litwin talks to her about the two unusual one-act operas she’s presenting this month.

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Features
7:51 pm
Sat July 20, 2013

The Iconic Signage Project Puts Zulu's Name In Lights

Zulu's new neon sign. A number of businesses on Broad St. have received new neon signs thanks to the Iconic Signage Project.
Jeffrey Schwartz and Jessica Fisch

If you’re driving down Broad Street in the evening, you might notice some new bright neon signs. They're a collaboration between the Arts Council of New Orleans, local designers and a local community development non-profit.

As more businesses boast neon signs along this historic corridor, The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club is the most recent organization to partner with Broad Community Connections and the Iconic Signage Project.

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Notes from New Orleans
4:14 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Elizabeth Futral, Opera Star And New Orleans Native, Returns For Benefit Concert

Elizabeth Futral has performed opera on stages across the world.
Credit John Grigaitis

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New Orleans opera lovers always feel a little starved over the hot summer months as they wait for the return of full scale performances in October.

But this Sunday, for one night only, the musical desert will bloom with the sounds of one of America’s great singers. Sharon Litwin talks with Elizabeth Futral about her life in the world of opera and what she plans to sing at Sunday evening's benefit concert at Loyola University

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Love NOLA
6:02 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Love NOLA: Is New Orleans The World’s Nicest City?

Brett Will Taylor

NolaVie's Brett Will Taylor delivers his biweekly commentary on the various meanings of 'being nice' in New Orleans.

“When did you become so nice?” 

That’s what a Boston friend asked me last week while in New Orleans for a visit. We were driving down North Robertson when the car in front of us came to a stop smack dab in the middle of the street. The man driving the car had stopped in order to have a conversation with a woman who was sitting on her stoop. It was quite clear this conversation was going to occur without the woman leaving her stoop. Or the man leaving his car. Which was now not stopped, but parked, in front of mine.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:58 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Recent College Graduate Jalisa Roberts Builds Youth Empowerment Program

Swarthmore College graduate Jalisa Roberts received a grant from her alma mater to lead a dancing program in New Orleans East.

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It’s coming up on eight years since Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath changed so much about this city. And while the population has grown back to almost 80 percent of its 2005 numbers, according to Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, there are still large areas of the city that continue to struggle with recovery.

On this week's Notes From New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with one young college graduate who’s returning home to try to change that.

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Notes from New Orleans
12:32 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Dana Reed Offers More Than Dance Classes At Hope Stone

Children gather for one of the many classes offered by Hope Stone throughout the summer.
Credit HopeStoneinc.com

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Dana Reed’s career as a dancer has taken her across the country. While studying dance education at the University of Southern Mississippi, she spent her summers at the nationally renowned Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine. There she met dancer and activist Jane Weiner, who introduced her to the concept of community arts programs.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Dana Reed about the project that has brought her to the Crescent City.

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