Notes from New Orleans

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In 2004, the Historic New Orleans Collection acquired a remarkable document written by Marc-Antoine Caillot a 21-year-old French adventurer who came to New Orleans almost 300 years ago. This travelogue, one of the most significant finds of its kind, has been translated into English and is now in print as a book.

On Notes from New Orleans Sharon Litwin talks to historian Erin Greenwald about this amazing and amusing documentation of life in French Colonial New Orleans.

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While many of us are aware of Tulane University’s well regarded School of Architecture, fewer know about Tulane City Center and its outreach projects into the community.

Sharon Litwin talks with Maurice Cox, its recently appointed new director about the Center’s plans for New Orleans.

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What happens when a classically trained pianist meets a closed-up church in the Marigny? Why he turns it into an opera house. This week on Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Dave Hurlbert, the man behind that mission.

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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.

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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New Orleans chef John Besh's new cooking series premieres this week on PBS affiliates around the country. Besh is not only the owner of nine acclaimed restaurants and author of two award-winning cookbooks, but also a devoted husband and father of four young sons.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with John about how he manages to control all of his life's moving parts.

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.

  

This week on Inside the Arts Diane will journey Uptown as acclaimed jazz percussionist Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band headline Loyola University's 44th annual Jazz Festival.

Whether you remember the original movie presentation of The Music Man from 1962, or the made-for-television version from 2003, you no doubt carry with you the images of Marian the Librarian.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin reports that Marian wouldn't recognize today's libraries.

If you've ever watched any late-night television, you probably know that Jay Leno's program broadcasts from Los Angeles and that David Letterman records his show from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. And while those empires of late-night are indeed thousands of miles away, the opportunity to attend a talk show is closer than you might expect.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin speaks with the ukele-playing musical host and producer of the Crescent City's own Goodnight Show.

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