Laine Kaplan-Levenson

Producer

Laine Kaplan-Levenson is a multi-media producer living in New Orleans. She began her career in New Orleans as an Assistant Design Producer for the production company Rehage Entertainment, and went on to work with the local online news and culture publication NOLADefender, where she served as Assistant Publisher for two years. Then, from June 2012 to October 2013, she worked as a producer for the interactive documentary project LandofOpportunity.

Laine is now a station producer at WWNO, the managing editor of Nolavie.com, producer of the Moth Storyslam, and runs her own live storytelling event called Bring Your Own.

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Arts & Culture
4:05 am
Tue November 19, 2013

'Cry You One': A Play About The Wetlands, In The Wetlands

Two 'lagoon bugs' on the set of Cry You One
Svetlana Volic

Local theater companies Mondo Bizarro and Artspot Productions have collaborated for the third time with Cry You One. A three-hour experience that takes place completely outdoors, Cry You One focuses on the people and cultures of South Louisiana.

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NolaVie
10:17 am
Mon October 28, 2013

The Legacy Of Herman Wallace, And The Movement To End Long-Term Solitary Confinement

Herman Wallace's funeral.
Ann Harkness

The Angola 3 refers to three men convicted of murdering a prison guard at the Louisiana State Penitentiary more than 40 years ago, in 1972. Robert King, Herman Wallace, and Albert Woodfox were accused of the crime, and then held mostly in solitary confinement for decades.

King’s conviction was overturned in 2001, and this month a federal judge released Herman Wallace, saying he did not receive a fair trial. Wallace died three days later in New Orleans from liver cancer.

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Healthy Food
4:53 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Farm To (Preschool) Table: Abeona House Gets Healthy Food To Little Kids

The Abeona House Child Discovery Center.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson

 School lunch has remained a topic of national discussion since First Lady Michelle Obama helped encourage Congress to pass the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act in 2010. While schools may have had success integrating healthier options into lunch rooms, getting kids to like those options is a whole different challenge.

The Abeona House is a New Orleans preschool that’s working to address this issue, by introducing farm-to-table values to children from the very start.

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Arts & Culture
8:11 am
Fri September 13, 2013

This Saturday: Filthy Linen Night

Filthy Linen Night's official Logo.

Never heard of Filthy Linen Night? That's because it's the first ever (not to be confused with "Dirty" or "White"), presented by the Frenchmen Art Market. The event has chartered a retro party bus to shuttle folks from the Frenchmen to St. Claude Art Markets, and back. 

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NolaVie
12:22 am
Mon August 26, 2013

How Do You Become Louisiana Coach Of The Year? Just Add Salt

Pre-Season practice at EJHS
Laine Kaplan-Levenson

Every summer the NFL Foundation and USA Football Youth Summit choose 50 high school coaches of the year, one to represent each state, and they meet to talk about best practices for young players. The 2013 Louisiana coach of the year is Dominic Saltaformaggio, of the East Jefferson Warriors. He’s been with the team for five seasons, but has yet to win a state championship.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson joined the Warriors in pre-season practice to find out why a man waiting for a trophy is still number one. 

Laine Kaplan-Levenson spent a day on the field during pre-season practice with the East Jefferson Warriors.

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NolaVie
9:35 am
Mon August 5, 2013

The What Cheer? Brigade Brings A Different Kind Of Brass To New Orleans

The What Cheer? Brigade
Todd Seelie http://www.todseelie.com/

New Orleans thinks of brass band music as its own, the unmistakable mix of live horns and percussion, and the traditional brass band songs. But a 20-piece brass band from Rhode Island swept through town recently, with Balkan, Klezmer and Bollywood beats thrown in the mix. These Providence musicians call New Orleans their sister city, and play a different kind of brass when they're here.

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Features
7:51 pm
Sat July 20, 2013

The Iconic Signage Project Puts Zulu's Name In Lights

Zulu's new neon sign. A number of businesses on Broad St. have received new neon signs thanks to the Iconic Signage Project.
Jeffrey Schwartz and Jessica Fisch

If you’re driving down Broad Street in the evening, you might notice some new bright neon signs. They're a collaboration between the Arts Council of New Orleans, local designers and a local community development non-profit.

As more businesses boast neon signs along this historic corridor, The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club is the most recent organization to partner with Broad Community Connections and the Iconic Signage Project.

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Hoffman Triangle
1:46 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Unoccupied Homes Primed For Art Project, For Now

A painted house in the Hoffman Triangle.
Karen Gadbois

A new series of highly visible art, preservation and reconstruction projects in New Orleans have popped up throughout New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina — work that strives to retain the integral nature of the city’s culture and promote resilience. But things don’t always go according to plan, and sometimes projects are abandoned midway. This is a story of preservation gone wrong, one group’s response, and a look towards the future. 

Laine Kaplan-Levenson visits the blighted homes in the Hoffman Triangle that were moved from the VA Hospital Footprint in 2010 and remain abandoned, save for some new (and temporary?) exterior art installations.

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60 second weekend
6:59 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Sixty Second Weekend: Blueberry Blues

Hopefully there will be this many blueberries at this year's fest...
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Need a good tip to keep the energy bill down? Leave the house:

FRIDAY, 6/14:

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