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.

A Space for Friendly Ghosts in Store for Big Class

Aug 25, 2016
Big Class
Alex Fischer

Since its start as a first grade project, Big Class has distinguished itself through pizza, poetry and ghostly soirées, all the while staying true to its mission to support young writers through education and collaboration.

'All Things Considered' Host Jack Hopke To Retire

Aug 19, 2016
Jack Hopke.
WWNO

WWNO’s afternoon program host Jack Hopke plans to retire on August 31, after presenting news and music on WWNO 89.9 FM for the last fourteen years. Fortunately for his many listeners across southeast Louisiana, Jack’s voice will not leave the WWNO airwaves completely. Jack will continue in a part-time role, programming and hosting music programs, especially his popular “Saturday Night Jazz,” and serving as a substitute local host for NPR news programs.

Jazz and Heritage Center
Zack Smith

Jazz Fest takes up so much of our collective consciousness in New Orleans that many may not know that the Festival’s nonprofit arm keeps the music on all year round. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation is dedicated to promoting all facets of our music culture from African drumming to Zydeco. NolaVie’s Renée Peck spoke with Scott Aiges, Director of Programs, Marketing and Communications, about tradition and transformation in New Orleans music today.

Julie Mitchell
Julie Mitchell

It's one thing to stand out in a group, but it's quite another to stand out by yourself. That's something comedians like Julie Mitchell deal with all of the time. David Benedetto spoke with Julie about Bear With Me, an open mic night she hosts at the bar 12 Mile Limit, and about what makes funny, well, funny.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by David Benedetto.  

A postcard from Antoine's Restaurant, circa 1930.
Antoine's Restaurant / Boston Public Library/The Tichnor Brothers Collection

Rebranding a business is one of the most challenging things a company can do. Rick Blount understands very well: his family has owned Antoine’s Restaurant for five generations, which has left a legacy not only in the restaurant’s dining rooms, but in public opinion. 

Antoine's is famous for many things, including Oyster's Rockefeller, which was invented by Jules Alciatore. Blount told the story of its genesis to historian Mark Cave:

Anila Keswani
Anila Keswani / Nolavie

New Orleans’ roots are diverse. This summer, Nolavie is speaking with members of different communities that have woven their unique strands into the local culture. Today, Renee Peck speaks with restaurant owner Anila Keswani about her life in the Crescent City and her relationship to its Indian-American community.

NOLA Project
Jeremy Blum

As we submerge ourselves into the depths of deep summer, New Orleanians must adapt in certain ways to stay copacetic. For Andrew Larimer, a founding member of the NOLA Project Theatre Company, that means staging his play, Exterior. Pool - Night in -- you guessed it -- a swimming pool.

You are about to enter another dimension. Not just one of sight and sound, but of mind. It is a dimension of costumed revelry and sugared cakes with plastic babies, of fanatics dressed in black and gold and sandwiches dressed with “mynez” and Crystal. A dimension of wild celebration of the human condition, a place where everyone is “dawlin” and no one is without a cold drink. 

There is a signpost up ahead. You are about to enter...The New Orleans Zone.

The Music Box Lands a Permanent Home in a Bywater Forest

Jul 14, 2016
The Music Box Roving Village
Kelley Crawford

Since its start in 2011, The Music Box has brought ambient sound art to thousands of people. While it’s built a reputation as a Roving Village, they’re now constructing a permanent installation in a 55,0000-square-foot forest with an adjoining warehouse in the Bywater.

Jesse Hardman

WWNO's Ryan Kailath was arrested Saturday while covering a protest near Baton Rouge police headquarters. The event drew members of the New Black Panther Party. Police in riot gear engaged in a standoff with the group, during which Kailath was one of many arrested and charged with simple obstruction of a highway. WWNO's Eve Troeh spoke with him about what happened.

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