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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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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60 Second Weekend
11:15 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Sixty-Second Weekend: Sports Of All Sorts

New Orleans Ladies Arm Wrestling
Kat Arnold

It’s hard to believe that May is over, and as summer creeps in the entertainment has yet to come to a lull. There’s music to hear, sports to watch, performances to bet on, and it all starts now:

FRIDAY, 5/31

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NolaVie
12:29 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

60-Second (Memorial Day) Weekend

A My House NOLA Food Truck party

It’s a holiday weekend, with a lot of opportunities to party — hopefully this three- (or four-, or five-) day vacation won’t go from being a long weekend to a lost weekend… So here are some things to keep you on your feet:

FRIDAY, 5/24

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NolaVie
10:12 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Sixty Second Weekend: Birdfoot, Boogaloo And Clybourne Park

The regional premier of Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park.
Graphic Design: Ian Hoch

This weekend, Bayou St. John gets one more hit before it’s slower summer/fall/winter season with the B-o-o-g-a-l-o-o. Go to that, but go to these things, too:

FRIDAY, 5/17

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NolaVie
12:59 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Club Whatever Puts The Party On Wheels

Club Whatever, the long view.
Nina Feldman

A ride on Club Whatever, and an interview with the DJ/Driver behind the wheel.

You may have seen it before: a behemoth of a vehicle, rolling at a snail’s pass up Canal Street blasting speaker smashing beats. Its violet exterior shields its partiers from the outside world — all that can be seen of them are their arms, flailing wildly from every open window. And then there is the noise: a penetrating boom that reverberates off the surrounding buildings, shakes the bus and compels riders and bystanders alike to bounce up and down.

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60-Second Weeknd
1:29 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Sixty Second Weekend: Let Us Return To Normalcy

The Original 'Django' movie poster

Hear that? The birds chirping, the construction on Esplanade, yep — New Orleans is back to normal. Jazz Fest came and went, and now it’s up to us to keep having fun. Shouldn’t be that hard:

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60 Second Weekend
5:11 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

60-Second Weekend: Beyond Jazz Fest Take Two

Erykah Badu circa 2012.
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Laine Kaplan-Levenson spits the 60 Second Weekend.

Despite flash flood warnings and the Fairgrounds not looking to dry up until next year’s Fest, there’s still reason to celebrate. Music is everywhere, from the Bayou to Tchoupitoulas, and so much so that it’s almost impossible not to end up at one fest or another over the next few days. So whether you’re down to drop some dough, or are looking for a free ride, we’ve got your weekend:

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Community
6:19 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Kingsley House Hosts 4th Annual Friendraiser Luncheon

The 19th Century Kingsley House Front Gates

Vice President of the Kingsley House Board Miles Thomas explains why all are invited to (and would enjoy) the annual Friendraiser luncheon.

The Kingsley House is holding its 4th Annual Friendraiser Luncheon on April 30, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Known as 'the oldest settlement house in the South', Kingsley House was founded in 1896 and started off as a settlement house for immigrants to overcome language cultural and social barriers as they came to settle in New Orleans.

Today, the mission is to educate children, strengthen families and improve community.  The organization  achieves this through childcare, healthcare for adults and seniors, after school teen programs, family counseling services... and that’s just the shortlist.

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Jazz Fest 2013
5:23 am
Mon April 29, 2013

The Hosts Of The Party: Bayou St. John Responds To The Jazz Fest Takeover

A one way sign is put up for Jazz Fest a week in advance, but until the day of, these signs are covered and ignored by residents of Bayou St. John (seen here at the corner of Mystery St and Esplanade Ave).
Credit Nina Feldman / NolaVie

The people of Bayou St. John tell of merriment and traffic as the festival descends on their neighborhood. 

Nina Feldman learns from residents and business owners in Bayou St. John how the Jazz Fest (and the traffic that comes with it) temporarily transforms their neighborhood.

In shady Bayou St. John, the neighbors really know each other.  The same crew assembles each morning at the local coffee house to read the paper and debate its assertions; another crowd convenes at the various watering holes each evening.

“It’s one of the great things about this neighborhood,” says Fortin St. resident Jonas Bishop. “The fact that I know everyone on my block… It’s definitely a community-centric area that you don’t find a lot of places.”

Delanie Manuel, server at Liuzza’s by the Track and Jonas’ neighbor, agrees. “I thought I’d be a Quarter Rat forever,” she admits. “But no, I love it here.”

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Green Minute
10:59 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Stop Water Waste With Tips That Save

Conserving water helps the two P's: Your planet and your pocket!

Christal White delivers this week's Green Minute on ways to prevent water waste.

I didn't expect that producing the Green Minute would be so environmentally enlightening, and not just through big facts, but simple things one can do to help the energy and conservation efforts… even for those of us who, up until this point haven't been all that conscious of these things on our own (not naming any names).

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