New Orleans, LA – This week, The Reading Life features Freddi Williams Evans, author of "Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans." We'll hear Fred Kasten's Sound of Books interview with Tom Jacobsen, author of Traditional New Orleans Jazz: Conversations with the Men Who make the Music," as well as my review of Alexandra Styron's "Reading My Father."
New Orleans, La. – The administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility is investigating if non-profit organizations can be part of the process. The move stems from a summit in New Orleans where Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu asked claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg if non-profits who responded quickly to the disaster could be reimbursed.
New Orleans – The Haitian-New Orleans Connection - featuring great Haitian singer Emeline Michel, outstanding New Orleans clarinetist Dr. Michael White and his Liberty Jazz Band, and top-notch Crescent City conductor Jean Montes - with his chamber ensemble Molto - play a blend of Haitian and New Orleans music at Jazz Fest Friday April 29th...
New Orleans, LA – The StoryCorps Oral History Project came to the Gulf Coast to record people talking about how the BP Oil spill affected their lives. What followed were stories recorded by fisherme, business owners, long-time Gulf Coast residents and others who called the Gulf Coast home.
New Orleans, LA – With Easter upon us, I'd like to talk about eggs. Back in the 20th Century, we were led to believe that eggs should be white. Today, at nearly every farmers market, you'll find brown, white, green and blue eggs. The green and blue are hatched by Chilean Araconda chickens. They're the cute hens with fluffy legs. Recently, we've also learned to love French Black Copper Marans eggs. Their shells are like their name - a deep brown copper color. The variety was popularized in the French Atlantic town of La Rochelle. Here in the US, they've acquired a certain je ne sais quoi.