A few years ago, Garrett Bradley began taking Greyhound bus trips from her home in New York down to New Orleans.
“I sort of was drawn here for some reason that I don’t think at the time I was really fully cognizant of,” said Bradley. “There was no kind of concrete reason.”
On these cross-country trips, Bradley would talk to her fellow passengers, asking them about “what it is they wanted in life and where they were going and how they planned on getting what they wanted.”
George Dunbar is an Uptowner who finished school at 17, joined the Navy and served in World War II. After the war, he went to art school, traveled through Europe, and then came home when a family member got sick. That was more than 50 years ago.
Horse racing enthusiasts are looking forward to Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, when California Chrome has the potential to become the 12th Triple Crown winner in racing history. Car racing enthusiasts are still celebrating last week’s Indianapolis 500, when Ryan Hunter-Reay won a photo finish with a series of daredevil moves.
War brings countless injuries to the human condition. One of the most devastating consequences of conflict is disruption of basic medical services. These days it seems there are more and more stories on the radio and in newspapers about brave medical teams going into war-torn areas to treat the wounded and the needy.
On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with one physician who calls New Orleans home when he’s not on a mission with Doctors Without Borders.
What makes an artist into an entrepreneur? For jewelry designer Mignon Faget, it was less the kindness of strangers and more the assistance of friends. Mignon, now in her 81st year, still lives in the house she grew up in along Bayou St. John and is the subject of this week’s Notes from New Orleans.
Genie Tidy, at far left, has helped fund more than 30 public art paintings throughout New Orleans. Her nonprofit, Community Visions Unlimited, turns ordinary objects like automatic traffic light controllers into art.
New Orleanians have always found ways to transform the mundane into something a little more festive and lively. Atop the list of monotonous things in this world — sitting in traffic. Next time you’re stopped at a traffic light, look right and look left because you might see something.
Along with Jazz Fest comes the Sync Up Conference, several days of workshops and discussions on the business of entertainment, at New Orleans Museum of Art.
This year’s Sync Up Cinema event features John Sayles newest film, Go For Sisters, screening tomorrow afternoon. It stars actor Yolanda Ross, who also appeared in HBO's Treme. She started with how she got the role in John Sayles' new movie.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson: What was your connection to John Sayles before this film?
It’s impossible to wager how many angry children have told their parents they’re running away to join the circus. Switzerland-native Meret Riyhner never had such a violent outburst with her parents, but she ended up in the circus anyway. Now, she’s the circus arts teacher at the International School of Louisiana located on Camp Street, and the subject of this week’s Notes from New Orleans.
When Jazz in the Park gets underway this Thursday afternoon at Congo Square, the age span may skew a little younger than usual. For the first time, the weekly jazz concert series will feature an additional tier of programming aimed at local youngsters. It’s called Congo Kids.