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2:19 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Is Recess Going Extinct In New Orleans?

Students at Edgar P. Harney elementary school play Duck Duck Goose during one of their supervised recess breaks, organized by Playworks.
Credit Thomas Walsh

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It’s probably been a few years since you last attended recess, but you’ll quickly recall it was a welcomed period to escape the four walls of your classroom and just hang out. So it may surprise you to learn about Playworks: a national non-profit that actually organizes recess for kids.

Their New Orleans branch is the subject of this week’s Notes from New Orleans

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

Loyola Student Travels to Mongolia, Documents Fleeting Subculture

Dimitri Staszewski documented the music of nomadic sheep herders in Mongolia, one of the final nomadic peoples on the planet.
Credit Dimitri Staszewski

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Some people dream of getting off the grid, dropping out of the complications of our highly urbanized 21st century. One 21-year-old Loyola University student did just that — in Mongolia, of all places.

Sharon Litwin finds out why on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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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.
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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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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
4:31 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Hear Music from Musaica's Upcoming "Green" Performance

Musaica Chamber Ensemble's final performance of the 2012-2013 season takes place on April 22 at the Lakeview Unitarian Church.

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The performance life of a symphony musician requires complete professional perfection. Their rigorous days are spent responding to the singular interpretation of conductors and music directors, so when it's time to unwind many choose leisurely hobbies.

Still, others can't get away from playing more music. Sharon Litwin finds out why on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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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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Love NOLA
12:34 am
Mon February 4, 2013

A Newcomer Overcomes Costume Anxiety

Writer Brett Will Taylor.

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There are three sounds you hear in New Orleans this morning.

You hear heads pounding as Super Bowl fans stumble their way back to the airport. Followed by voices cheering as residents bid a most joyous farewell to said fans.

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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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Love NOLA
5:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Celebrating Super Bowl XLVII… and Goodell

Writer Brett Will Taylor

To paraphrase Dr. John, such a weekend!

From the Westbank to New Orleans to Slidell, Carnival officially kicked into high gear these past few days as 19 krewes rolled, celebrating everything from lions and dogs, to Wookies and Greek gods… even Mona Lisa & Moon Pies.

But, now it stops. For nine days. Because the Super Bowl is coming to town. I’d rather have Santa Claus.

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