4:55 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Local Artists Expand Their Reach Using Online Platforms

One New-Orleans based website, Pelican Bomb, uses its online platform to support the local art community.
Pelican Bomb

The success of the ongoing Prospect 3 biennial is proof that visual artists in New Orleans are part of a vibrant and growing community.

In recent years, local artists have been utilizing online platforms to expand the reach of their work beyond New Orleans.  

We talked with the operators of two of these online platforms, Pelican Bomb and Where Y’Art, about bridging the gap between the worlds of visual art and technology.

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6:16 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

ExhibitBE: A P3+ Neighborhood Triumph

As part of Prospect 3 Plus, artist Brandan Odums has turned turned a vacant building into a street art masterpiece.

In our continuing series showcasing P3+, the satellite program of the Prospect 3 New Orleans Biennial, highlighting this year’s art community, Sharon Litwin talks with artist Brandan Odums about his ambitious project transforming a blighted apartment complex on the West Bank into an extraordinary artistic statement.

This cultural programming, featuring Prospect 3 plus work, is underwritten by the lawyers  at the Lugenbuhl firm, with offices in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Houston, in support of the arts of the Gulf South.

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Bring Your Own
5:41 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'The Sweet Fruit of Patience'

Lee circa the Rush/rabbit era, seen here with his dog.
Credit Lee Rubin

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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10:47 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Easter Seals And Audubon Aquarium Providing Special Opportunity To Kids With Special Needs

Charles Monnot and Ava Jane Irvine meet Sassy the penguin, in a program provided by Easter Seals Louisiana and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is closed on Mondays.

It’s a day to dust off from the press of thousands — to replace lightbulbs, install equipment and polish off inquisitive little nose prints on both sides of the glass.

And sometimes, thanks to Easter Seals Louisiana and a special program at the Aquarium, the darkened halls are also filled with soft laughter, from throats that haven’t had occasion to laugh as much as most.

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In Memoriam
5:28 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

A Message From Tom Ashbrook

Tom Ashbrook.
Credit WBUR

A NOTE FROM ON POINT: We’re sad to share the news that Tom Ashbrook’s wife, Danielle Guichard-Ashbrook, has died after a long, brave battle with cancer. Below is a message from Tom that he recorded before taking a personal leave.

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4:57 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Retailers In New Orleans Are Warming Up To Bitcoin

At Davids Antiques in the French Quarter, there is bitcoin memorabilia everywhere. One whole display under glass is devoted to bitcoin-themed souvenirs, like cufflinks and lapel pins.
Janaya Williams WWNO

Digital currencies like Bitcoin and Litecoin don’t enjoy widespread use yet. It turns out, most retail stores and consumers still prefer good old fashioned paper money.

But the currency is catching on with a few mavericks around the globe — including some innovative business owners right here in New Orleans.

At a few local stores, customers can open their virtual Bitcoin wallets to buy everything from antique jewelry and furniture — to french fries and po-boys.

Innovation and technology reporting on WWNO is supported by Bellwether Technology.

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6:32 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

What Do New Orleans Criminal Court Judges Do?

Credit WYES

Election Day is just weeks away. In Orleans Parish, voters will choose who will take a seat on the bench in two sections of Criminal District Court.

In the continuing WWNO/WYES series on the Orleans Parish criminal justice system, WYES Community Projects Producer Marcia Kavanaugh helps us understand what the judges at Criminal Court actually do.

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Central City
7:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Tulane City Center's Maurice Cox On Adaptive Reuse And Creative Resurgence Along O.C. Haley Blvd.

Maurice Cox, Director of the Tulane City Center and associate dean for community engagement.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

This week WWNO has been exploring Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. The Central City corridor is home to new nonprofits and business ventures, after a redevelopment effort of more than a decade.

Today we wrap up coverage with a conversation just off the Boulevard, on Baronne Street. It’s the new home of Tulane City Center, a venture of the university’s School of Architecture, with a strong service learning component.

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Central City
7:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

For Businesses On O.C Haley Blvd. There Is More At Stake Than Commerce

Just some of the businesses, established and new, on O.C. Haley Blvd. Some larger buildings are being carved up to accommodate smaller businesses.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

There have been several ribbon-cutting ceremonies lately on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, and more are on the way. The community-based revitalization plan for the commercial corridor, driven by non-profits, is now looking to private business to keep it moving.

The 10 blocks between Jackson Avenue and Calliope Street are crammed with construction crews. Workers are fixing building facades. A jazz center spearheaded by trumpeter Irvin Mayfield is taking shape. So is a grocery store.

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Central City
7:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

With Memories Of A Bustling Past Still Fresh, O.C. Haley Blvd. Slowly Coming Back To Life

Stores, restaurants and theaters are returning to O.C. Haley Blvd., a once-bustling commercial strip in Central City.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in Central City has recently seen a lot of redevelopment. This Monday, the new location of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum opens its doors. Other large-scale projects are underway, too, and developers expect them to bring new life to the area.

But O.C. Haley has seen a slower resurgence than some other nearby commercial districts. Why has it been so hard to bring business back to this boulevard?

Carol Bebelle says she started coming to Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. when she was a little girl.

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