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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NolaVie
12:59 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Club Whatever Puts The Party On Wheels

Club Whatever, the long view.
Nina Feldman

A ride on Club Whatever, and an interview with the DJ/Driver behind the wheel.

You may have seen it before: a behemoth of a vehicle, rolling at a snail’s pass up Canal Street blasting speaker smashing beats. Its violet exterior shields its partiers from the outside world — all that can be seen of them are their arms, flailing wildly from every open window. And then there is the noise: a penetrating boom that reverberates off the surrounding buildings, shakes the bus and compels riders and bystanders alike to bounce up and down.

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60-Second Weeknd
1:29 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Sixty Second Weekend: Let Us Return To Normalcy

The Original 'Django' movie poster

Hear that? The birds chirping, the construction on Esplanade, yep — New Orleans is back to normal. Jazz Fest came and went, and now it’s up to us to keep having fun. Shouldn’t be that hard:

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Burden Of WWII Responsibilities Kept Secret For More Than 30 Years

A fully operational replica of the Colossus Mark 2 at Bletchley Park in the UK. Machines such as these were used to decode Germany messages in World War II.
Credit Ibonzer/CreativeCommons

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Sixty eight years ago this week — May 8, 1945 to be exact — the Second World War ended in Europe with the signing of the official documents in Berlin. But, for one group of British military women, it would be more than 30 years before they were allowed to talk about their secret role in that devastating conflict.

Sharon Litwin had the chance to speak with one of them for this week's Notes from New Orleans; she filed this report from the back patio of a charming, soft-spoken resident of Covington, Louisiana.

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Love NOLA
5:20 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Make Way For Buck Moths: Caterpillars Above And Below

A buck moth caterpillar.
Steve Collins

Brett Will Taylor on the treacherous buck moth caterpillars that fall from the oak trees in New Orleans.

You only have to spend about 10 seconds in New Orleans to know that ours is a city that relishes being over the top. And we do love her for it. Most of the time.

But not when it comes to bugs. Seriously. Must New Orleans bugs be so, well, New Orleans? Larger than life? With a voracious appetite? And more than a little crazy?

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Need Plans After Jazz Fest? Make a Date with the Master of Puppets

The second annual New Orleans Giant Puppet Festival takes place Thursday through Sunday at the Marigny Opera House at 7 p.m., and then at the Mudlark Public Theatre at 10 p.m.
Credit Harry Mayrone

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Inarguably, festival season in New Orleans is in full swing. But while most of the attention is going to multi-million dollar projects with international fans, there are still other festivals happening under the radar.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin speaks to a Marigny artist about the festival she's put together at two separate venues. One's family friendly, while the other is a bit taboo

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Jazz Fest 2013
5:23 am
Mon April 29, 2013

The Hosts Of The Party: Bayou St. John Responds To The Jazz Fest Takeover

A one way sign is put up for Jazz Fest a week in advance, but until the day of, these signs are covered and ignored by residents of Bayou St. John (seen here at the corner of Mystery St and Esplanade Ave).
Credit Nina Feldman / NolaVie

The people of Bayou St. John tell of merriment and traffic as the festival descends on their neighborhood. 

Nina Feldman learns from residents and business owners in Bayou St. John how the Jazz Fest (and the traffic that comes with it) temporarily transforms their neighborhood.

In shady Bayou St. John, the neighbors really know each other.  The same crew assembles each morning at the local coffee house to read the paper and debate its assertions; another crowd convenes at the various watering holes each evening.

“It’s one of the great things about this neighborhood,” says Fortin St. resident Jonas Bishop. “The fact that I know everyone on my block… It’s definitely a community-centric area that you don’t find a lot of places.”

Delanie Manuel, server at Liuzza’s by the Track and Jonas’ neighbor, agrees. “I thought I’d be a Quarter Rat forever,” she admits. “But no, I love it here.”

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60-Second Weekend
2:04 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

60-Second Weekend

Laine Kaplan-Levenson spits the 60 second weekend.

It’s not jazzfest... yet. But there’s still plenty to do this weekend in New Orleans, even in The Fest’s (newly-paved) nearby Esplanade Ridge area.

So, whether you’re down on St Claude, from the Lower 9th, or attached to Mid-City, we've got your weekend:

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Big Chief Casby Prepares Mirthful Celebration on West Bank

The Mardi Gras Indians will celebrate one final Super Sunday at the Algiers West Fest on Sunday, April 21st in downtown Algiers.
Derek Bridges

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For many members of our community, Carnival is not complete without a glimpse of at least one extraordinary, only-in-New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian. And even though there's been a couple of occasions for street sightings — like Mardi Gras Day, Uptown Super Sunday, and Downtown Super Sunday — those events are long past.

However, on this week's Notes from New Orleans Sharon Litwin tells us about one last chance to see the tribes en masse, and it's coming up soon.

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LoveNOLA
5:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

In A City Of Festivals, Why Not Taxfest 2014?

Unless it's your birthday, you've just been promoted, or find out that you have the winning Powerball numbers, April 15 is not the most celebrated day in America.

But wait! If you're about to opt for that last-minute extension, maybe, just maybe, there's a way to make Tax Day fun, New Orleans-style...

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Wildcard
5:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

NOLA Gives you Wings

Sharon Litwin, Renee Peck and Laine Kaplan-Levenson outside Bayou Hot Wings on Claiborne Ave.
Nina Feldman

While New Orleans is famous for an exhaustive list of culinary delights, a group of adventurous foodies wonders why chicken wings, the classic game-day favorites, don't often make the cut.

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