All Things New Orleans

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WWNO’s radio magazine: a weekly half-hour of timely news, cultural features, and commentary from all corners of our city. Hosted by Jack Hopke.

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Food
4:34 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Where Y'Eat: Red Beans, Po-Boys And A Hearty Greek Heritage

Greek Fest is held each year on Bayou St. John at the Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Ian McNulty

Tracing the roots of a widespread network of New Orleans restaurateurs back to one Greek island and one shared American story.

“Opa!” that’s the universal Greek exclamation of joy, and you’ll be hearing it a lot this weekend as the Greek Festival returns to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Lakeview. But for some of those sharing in the opa spirit, the toast is about more than just the revelry of the moment.

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NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Thu May 21, 2015

NOLA Life Stories: John Bullard Remembers King Tut, 'The Mother Of All Blockbusters,' At NOMA

John Bullard directed the New Orleans Museum of Art from 1973 to 2010.
Credit The Historic New Orleans Collection

For 37 years, John Bullard directed the New Orleans Museum of Art and oversaw many blockbuster shows during his tenure.

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Music
1:29 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

New Orleans' Noise Ordinance: What It Sounds Like Now

Bamboula's on Frenchmen Street, a site with many issues to settle when it comes to live music and "noise."
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Since the debate over the noise ordinance came to a standstill last April, live music advocates and neighborhood groups are stuck with an unlikely piece of legislation to deal with sound in the city:  zoning.

It’s early evening on Frenchmen Street, and the doors of this bar are wide open. Tourists are drifting in and out, and the music is free. It’s also illegal.

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Education
8:47 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Closing Costs: Parents Push For Role In Choosing New Charter School Operator

Wilson parents Dana Wade and Miesha Jackson pose in front of the bumper cars at InspireNOLA Family Night. They want to make sure Wilson's new operator won't treat the school, or the students, like failures.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

The school year is winding down, and for three New Orleans charters, the last day will bring dramatic changes. Two of those schools are closing for good. The third – kindergarten through 8th grade school Andrew H. Wilson Charter – is getting a new operator.

The story of Wilson's future is the first in WWNO's series Closing Costs.

Wilson's contract was up for review this year. The school had to earn a D to get renewed. It missed the grade by less than one point.

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Arts & Culture
6:51 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Hollywood South Is New Orleans' Second Go At Becoming A Center For Film Industry

Diamond Film Company hoped to set up shop on Bayou Saint John in the early 20th Century
Louisiana Research Collection

A century before New Orleans was dubbed “Hollywood South,” the Crescent City was poised to become a major center for silent film studios. Producer Eve Abrams spoke with Tulane professor of communications Vicki Mayer about her Summer 2015 article for Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine, “Film Follies,” and about how the movie industry, culture, and the political economy intersect in Louisiana.

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NolaVie
7:00 am
Fri May 8, 2015

New Orleans School Integrating Arts And Experiential Learning

Lately, schools have been adding arts integration and experiential learning to their curriculum, but these are things that the Waldorf educational system has been doing for nearly a century. A local branch was started 15 years ago and gets more popular each year.

For NolaVie, Renée Peck brings us this report.

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Where Y'Eat: Dining With A View Of Downtown's Future

The patio at Wood Pizza Bistro helped enliven one corner of the Warehouse District, and fits a development trend for downtown New Orleans.
Ian McNulty


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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
12:00 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

NOCCA Commemorates 40th Anniversary At Jazz Fest's Cultural Exchange Pavilion

Alumni Brandon "BMike" Odums painted murals at the festival.
Thomas Walsh WWNO

As part of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts 40th anniversary celebration, the school was invited to the Jazz Fest Cultural Exchange Pavilion, a stage that hosts cultural institutions that have shaped Louisiana.

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NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Thu May 7, 2015

NOLA Life Stories: Angela Hill's Path To The Anchor Chair

After being hired in the spring of 1975, Angela Hill was quickly promoted to co-anchor of the news at local television station WWL.
Credit WWL-TV

For over 38 years, Angela Hill served as anchor for the most popular news channel in New Orleans, WWL-TV. She got her start, however, in smaller market stations in Texas in the early 1970's. At that time, having the news delivered by a solitary male anchor was still the industry model, but that was about to change. 

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Arts & Culture
12:58 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

The Music Box Roving Village, By New Orleans Airlift, Takes Flights Of Fancy In City Park

New Orleans Airlift has its Roving Village in City Park through Sunday.
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For immersive music and sound experiences, New Orleans offers any number of clubs and festivals. There’s also The Music Box. It’s a collection of eccentric little houses, each one a sort of musical instrument.

This roving village will be at its City Park installation through Sunday, May 10 (this Mother's Day weekend) with performances conducted by Arto Lindsay the evenings of May 8 and 9. It’s the creation of art collective New Orleans Airlift.

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