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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Musical Architecture In New Orleans: The Return Of The Music Box

Children bang on cans that will be used in Dawn Dedeaux's "Can You Hear Me House." Their percussion performances and voices are recorded and incorporated into the final installation.
Credit Thomas Walsh

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In 2011, a group of more than 25 artists created the Music Box, a house made of found objects designed as a laboratory for musical expression. By the time it closed in Spring 2012, it had been visited by more than 15,000 people.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with artist Dawn Dedeaux about the return of the Music Box project.

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Music Features
11:09 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Already Missing French Quarter Fest? Here's A Mid-Week Playlist

Irvin Mayfield at French Quarter Fest this past Saturday.
Credit Ian Cook

The 2014 French Quarter Festival took place on a beautiful weekend... But it's been all rain and cold and work and traffic ever since.

Maybe you missed Gal Holiday belt out "That's How I Ride" because you were waiting in line for crawfish bread. Maybe you didn't catch Little Freddie King bang out "Cleo's Back" because you lost track of the time on the river, or ran to Gene's to get a daiquiri. Maybe you missed Dr. John because there were too many people! Or maybe you caught every act you intended to see, and now are twitching from FQF withdrawals (or shivering in the chill).

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NolaVie
5:11 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Sarah Vowell Riffs On Satchmo, 'The Incredibles' And Andrew Jackson

Sarah Vowell signing books after a lecture at Lamar Univ. in Beaumont, Texas
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Noted writer, historian and former This American Life contributor Sarah Vowell will be in town to speak at Tulane’s Freeman Auditorium on Wednesday, April 16. And while she’s in town, the author of books like The Wordy Shipmates, Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes will likely pay a visit to the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA). She might also check out some of Louis Armstrong’s old haunts. 

But don’t count on Vowell to spend any time in Jackson Square.

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Notes From New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Is French Quarter Fest Still For The Locals?

Crowds swell at Woldenberg Park for French Quarter Fest. Many estimate that 250,000 tourists arrive for the annual event.
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Over the course of 31 years, New Orleans' French Quarter Festival has grown from a small event to the largest free music festival in the United States. Along with Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras, it's become one of the crown jewels in Louisiana's cultural economy.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin speaks with executive director Marci Schramm about the festival's growth and its plans for the future. 

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French Quarter Festival
5:21 am
Mon April 7, 2014

A Small-Town Mayor Takes The French Quarter Festival Back Home

DeRidder Mayor Ron Roberts.
Credit Ron Roberts

More than half a million people are expected at the 31st annual French Quarter Festival this weekend. They come from far and wide — and a few of them come not only to enjoy the music, but also to take it back home. 

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Dr. Jeffrey Rouse's Lessons From The Campaign Trail

Dr. Jeffrey Rouse is New Orleans' new coroner. He's only the second person to hold that seat since 1974.
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Of all the people running in the most recent Orleans Parish elections, only one of the winners was a true newbie. On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, the new coroner, about his first personal encounter with the facts of political life.

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History
9:42 am
Wed March 19, 2014

'In Good Conscience': Shizue Seigel And A New Exhibit At The World War II Museum

Tom Kobayashi, Landscape, Manzanar Relocation Center, California
Credit Ansel Adams / WWII Museum

Producer Laine Kaplan-Levenson speaks with author Shizue Seigel about her book In Good Conscience: Supporting Japanese Americans During the Internment and “From Barbed Wire to Battlefields: Japanese American Experiences in WWII” — a new exhibit at The National WWII Museum.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson: Your book is specifically about people who helped the Japanese-Americans who were incarcerated in the United States during World War II. Can you catch listeners up who aren’t as familiar with that history?

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NolaVie
4:19 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Keeping The Tradition Of St. Joseph's Day Altars Alive

A St Joseph's Day altar, with cakes.
Credit Billy Brown

Growing up, Nick Scramuzza’s childhood home never had its own St. Joseph’s Day altar.

“It didn’t need one,” said the co-owner of the Lost Love Lounge in the Marigny. “There was one on each side of us, one across the street, and one on the corner," he says.

"On my block alone, Kerlerec and Chartres, there were at least four or five altars on that one block.”

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

After School Programs: Make Music NOLA

Some of the favorite moments Paul Macres has had in the classroom are when his students finally see the payoff of their discipline. He calls these eureka moments.
Credit Thomas Walsh

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Keeping New Orleans music alive for the next generation of our children means ensuring they have access to instruments, as well as to teachers who want to share the magic of melody with them. On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with a couple of musicians who are doing just that.

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NolaVie
4:19 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Pondering The Purpose Of Small Plates

Do you love or hate small plates?
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With the arrival of Lent, we’re all scaling down our appetites. No more sloth, lust or gluttony. After all, less is more. And good things, they say, come in small packages.

But when it comes to food? In New Orleans? I’m not so sure.

The small-plate trend seems to be, well, mushrooming. Baru, Booty's, Dominica, Salu, Three Muses — the list goes on and on. Even the owners of Finn McCool's, that Irish bastion of barbecue and beer, are jumping on the tasting bandwagon with the new Trèo on Tulane Avenue.

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