Sharon Litwin

Host of Notes From New Orleans

Sharon Litwin is the founding president of NolaVie.com, the only daily cultural not-for-profit website of its kind in the United States devoted to exploring all aspects of the quirky, diverse culture of New Orleans. Sharon, along with Renee Peck, NolaVie Managing Editor, wrote, and NolaVie received, a grant from the J-Lab Project of American University, funded through the McCormick Foundation in Chicago, allowing NolaVie to launch in February, 2011. Since 2012, Sharon has produced Notes from New Orleans, a weekly on-air cultural news segment for WWNO that is complemented by her weekly “culture watch” column on NolaVie.

Sharon Litwin retired in 2011 after a 12-year career with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra serving first as Executive Director and then as Senior Vice President for External Affairs. Prior to joining the LPO, Sharon spent more than a decade as an Assistant Director of the New Orleans Museum of Art, responsible for raising more than $26 million to build out three new wings and upgrade the original historic building in City Pak.

Sharon’s other professional positions have been as a feature writer for the Living Section of The Times-Picayune newspaper and executive producer with WYES-TV, Public Television in New Orleans. Sharon continues to write features and articles for newspapers and magazines nationwide on a freelance basis and is also the editor of the New Orleans Zagat Restaurant Survey, a position she has held for the past 20 years.

Sharon is the past president of the Contemporary Arts Center, Committee of 21 and Mental Health Association of Metropolitan New Orleans; a past board member of the Arts Council of New Orleans and the Community Access Corporation; and is the founding president of the Crescent City Farmers Market.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Tulane City Center Extends Outreach To Neighborhoods, Communities

Maurice Cox, the former Mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, has helped move the Tulane City Center from its origin on Tulane's campus into a new space on OC Haley Blvd.
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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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Voices On Violence
2:13 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Voices On Violence: Where's The Village Now?

New Orleans musician Edward Anderson.
Credit Jason Kruppa / NolaVie

Who: Edward Anderson, 46, a musician, educator, husband and father. Born into a longtime New Orleans family of teachers and pharmacists, he received his undergraduate degree in music from Xavier University, his master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York and, most recently, his doctorate in composition from the Louisiana State University School of Music. He has been a high school teacher and a college professor, and is a practicing musician playing trumpet with several jazz groups in town.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Old German Church In Marigny Transformed Into Performance Space

The Marigny Opera House's restoration began with basic electric and plumbing overhauls. Hurlbert says cosmetics will come in time.
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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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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Meet the Man Who's Bringing The Dalai Lama To Town

Ronald Marks' involvement with the Louisiana Himalaya Association and Tulane University has established a strong connection with leaders in the Tibetan community.
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Most New Orleanians have probably heard that the Dalai Lama is in town this week. But perhaps you do not know of the work it took to bring the spiritual leader of 6 million Tibetan Buddhists to this city.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Ronald Marks, the Tulane scholar who organized the visit.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Burden Of WWII Responsibilities Kept Secret For More Than 30 Years

A fully operational replica of the Colossus Mark 2 at Bletchley Park in the UK. Machines such as these were used to decode Germany messages in World War II.
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Sixty eight years ago this week — May 8, 1945 to be exact — the Second World War ended in Europe with the signing of the official documents in Berlin. But, for one group of British military women, it would be more than 30 years before they were allowed to talk about their secret role in that devastating conflict.

Sharon Litwin had the chance to speak with one of them for this week's Notes from New Orleans; she filed this report from the back patio of a charming, soft-spoken resident of Covington, Louisiana.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Need Plans After Jazz Fest? Make a Date with the Master of Puppets

The second annual New Orleans Giant Puppet Festival takes place Thursday through Sunday at the Marigny Opera House at 7 p.m., and then at the Mudlark Public Theatre at 10 p.m.
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Inarguably, festival season in New Orleans is in full swing. But while most of the attention is going to multi-million dollar projects with international fans, there are still other festivals happening under the radar.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin speaks to a Marigny artist about the festival she's put together at two separate venues. One's family friendly, while the other is a bit taboo

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Big Chief Casby Prepares Mirthful Celebration on West Bank

The Mardi Gras Indians will celebrate one final Super Sunday at the Algiers West Fest on Sunday, April 21st in downtown Algiers.
Derek Bridges

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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.

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Notes from New Orleans
4:31 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Hear Music from Musaica's Upcoming "Green" Performance

Musaica Chamber Ensemble's final performance of the 2012-2013 season takes place on April 22 at the Lakeview Unitarian Church.

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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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Notes from New Orleans
1:48 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

John Besh Brings It On Home

Chef John Besh decided to film an entire season of programs at his home on the North Shore.
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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.

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Notes from New Orleans
3:31 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Do a Little Turn on the Catwalk

Garments made by Elizabeth Shannon will be on display at the Sugar Mill this coming Saturday night beginning at 5 p.m.

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Practicing two disciplines can exhaust even the most regimented of us. Throw in a third pursuit and things feel like a juggling act that could splatter without the utmost attention.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin introduces us to Elizabeth Shannon, a New Orleans artist who's balanced sculpture, photography and fashion all the way from the Atchafalaya River to the catwalk.

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