New Orleans, Louisiana – For many New Orleanians, Mardi Gras season is the time to take down the boxes stuffed with glittery fabric and feathers, hit the thrift stores, and start stirring the paper mache. What does costuming mean? A time to escape, a time to play, a time to hide and be seen all at once. And sometimes, your costume becomes something else: it tells you a story about your own life. Eve Abrams brings us this documentary about New Orleans' Mardi Gras costuming.
New Orleans, La. – International opera singer and New Orleans daughter, the late Shirley Verrett is being remembered in a special concert this weekend at Xavier University Recital Hall...Sunday, March 13th ...4PM. Free.
New Orleans, LA – This episode features an interview with Dr. Andre Perry. His new book about the problems facing New Orleans schools is called "The Garden Path: The Miseducation of A City." This interview was recorded before a live audience Feb. 27 at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, along with a performance by poet Chuck Perkins.
New Orleans, La. – Stormy skies hovered over much of Fat Tuesday. One carnival regular carried on, though. Pete Fountain donned a purple suit bedazzled with musical notes and symbols as he grabbed his clarinet for his 51st annual stroll to the French Quarter. The 81-year-old says there's a reason he continues the tradition.
""Fun, you know. And everybody has a good time. And, you, know, forget about yesterday."
New Orleans, La. – Anne Rolfes of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade says 954 coastal residents were surveyed from July to October. She says nearly half of the people who believed they were exposed to crude oil or dispersants got sick. The National Institutes of Health is launching a study of 55-thousand clean-up workers. But Rolfes says more needs to be done to help the sick.
"That is really a wonderful study. It's important. But it's just studying them and we need to treat people."