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
4:01 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

The Birds & The Bees

Carrollton resident Claudia Garofalo has raised chickens and even honey bees in her Uptown neighborhood for years.

Most people have a dog or two, a couple of cats, even a parakeet. But how would you feel if your neighbors tended to chickens or other unconventional pets? On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin sits down to have an overdue conversation about the birds and the bees.

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Notes From New Orleans
5:44 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Time's on Display at Heriard-Cimino Gallery

Each panel on display in Aaron McNamee's work represents an entire month's worth of news taken from the Times-Picayune.

An Artist in Residence at the UNO Art Department has found a way to entomb time. We'll hear about the preservation of life's most fleeting commodity on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes From New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Beverages Garnished with Distinction at Commander's Palace

Fine wines exploded in popularity during the 1980's and 90's, and soon after there was a proliferation of mirco-breweries in America. Now, the demand for specialty cocktails has surged across the country. Nobody understands that more than Commander's Palace's Ti Martin, who'll step up to the microphone on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Tue July 24, 2012

HNOC Offers Gateway to the Past

The location of the Historic New Orleans Collection is the 1792 Merieult House, one of very few surviving buildings from the Spanish Colonial period in New Orleans.

Five blocks into the French Quarter on Royal Street you'll find a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history of New Orleans and the Gulf South region. Although this institution is nearly 50 years old, it's often passed by tourists and locals alike.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin speaks with the director of this overlooked French  Quarter cultural experience.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu July 12, 2012

New Orleans Celebrates Its French Heritage

Fireworks in Paris to celebrate Bastille Day. There will be a fireworks display on the Mississippi River on July 13th at 9pm.

The French community in New Orleans has worked with several Francophile and francophone organizations to prepare the city's first-ever "Bastille Day Fete." On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin speaks with a member of the local French Consulate to hear how the weekend long celebration will spread joie de vivre.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu June 28, 2012

The Dog Days of Summer

"W.O.O.F." is hand painted with iridescence paints that will appear to change color as the angle of view or the angle changes.

Over the past several months New Orleanians have surely noticed the Bead Dog sculptures placed around town by the LA SPCA. Paws on Parade has worked with the artistic community of New Orleans to help raise awareness for animal welfare and the response has been enthusiastic. To honor of the 60th Bead Dog sculpture, Sharon Litwin spoke with the artist responsible for the anthropomorphic pup.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

From Russia with Love

This summer the Department of Theatre Arts + Dance at Loyola University has enlisted a graduate of Moscow's premiere ballet school to help teach the next generation of dancers. On this week's Notes from New Orleans, we'll hear how her dancing principles coincide with the Jesuit's ideals on education. 

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Notes from New Orleans
5:53 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

For Mezcal Jazz Unit, Collaboration is the Key

Mezcal Jazz Unit riding an elephant on one of their trips around the world.

Jazz has evolved into a genre of music that incorporates many distinctive styles since it began on the streets of New Orleans a hundred years ago. Often, the key to its evolution is cross-cultural cooperation.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, we'll hear from the leader of a French jazz group that has returned to Louisiana in pursuit of his persistent desire to collaborate.

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Notes from New Orleans
6:10 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Former Brothel Cleans Up Its Image

A former house of prostitution is now a set of posh apartments in the French Quarter.
Renee Peck

Sixty years ago if you asked a New Orleanian for directions to 1026 Conti Street it would have elicited a very different reaction that it does today. On this week's Notes from New Orleans we'll hear about a renowned and renovated bordello in the French Quarter.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Fri June 1, 2012

The Many Hats of Chef Johnny Blancher

The desire to source food locally has caused many restaurants to reevaluate how they do business. That's just one of the reasons why a local chef has transformed a patch of land across from his establishment into an urban farmstead. On this week's Notes from New Orleans we'll hear how farming is just one of the many responsibilities juggled by Johnny Blancher.

To read a related article written by Sharon Litwin, visit Nolavie.com.

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