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Documentary
12:08 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Along Saint Claude

Dan Eaglin.
Credit Jonathan Traviesa

Over the course of 2013, I interviewed dozens and dozens of folks who live, or once lived, in the neighborhoods along both sides of St. Claude Avenue, roughly from St. Bernard to Poland Avenue. I asked them to share stories of their neighborhoods, what they’re like now, how they’ve changed, and how they feel about those changes. These voices became the makings of this seven-part radio documentary: Along Saint Claude.

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Where Y'Eat
4:35 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Visions Of Street Food At French Quarter Fest

Cooking up a unique feast of New Orleans street food at French Quarter Festival.
Ian McNulty

Think New Orleans needs more street food? This weekend's French Quarter Festival is teeming with inspiration for new ideas.

Street food is a term that has a lot of cachet in the dining world these days. I just wish we could get our hands on it a little more.

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Community
4:02 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Richard Campanella Cityscapes: New Orleans' Tallest, Strangest, Forgotten Building

Old Shot Tower 1885
Courtesy Library of Congress

Each month geographer Richard Campanella shares a few insights from his Cityscapes column, found at Nola.com and the Times-Picayune. Today he describes a building that once defined the New Orleans skyline. It was a shot tower — a factory to produce ammunition.

We sat down to talk with Professor Campanella about the structure.

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Music
1:27 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

50 Years For 'Chapel of Love', The Dixie Cups' #1 Hit

The original Dixie Cups: Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee Hawkins with Joan Marie Johnson.
Courtesy of Barbara Hawkins

Fifty years ago the Beatles crossed over to America, and it seemed no one could unseat them from the top of the charts. But three girls from New Orleans' Calliope housing project did just that, edging out the Fab Four in 1964 to score a #1 Billboard hit.

The Dixie Cups' "Chapel of Love" featured the harmonies of sisters Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee Hawkins, along with their cousin Joan Marie Johnson. Though Hurricane Katrina took them from New Orleans, they’re back to play French Quarter Fest this Saturday at 2 p.m. This is the story of their enduring hit.

 

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Arts & Culture
1:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Talking Cinema With Filmmaker Henry Griffin

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Henry Griffin is an Artist in Residence in film at the University of New Orleans. He joins us each month to discuss an aspect of the movie scene in and around New Orleans. This installment? Revival houses, pop-ups, outdoor spaces and other places to see movies besides the major multiplex.

Henry's suggestions for a few places to catch an old film the way it was meant to be seen: in a group audience.

Classic theaters:

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Notes From New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Is French Quarter Fest Still For The Locals?

Crowds swell at Woldenberg Park for French Quarter Fest. Many estimate that 250,000 tourists arrive for the annual event.
Credit Vincent & Bella Productions\flickr

Click here to listen to this week's Notes.

Over the course of 31 years, New Orleans' French Quarter Festival has grown from a small event to the largest free music festival in the United States. Along with Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras, it's become one of the crown jewels in Louisiana's cultural economy.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin speaks with executive director Marci Schramm about the festival's growth and its plans for the future. 

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In Memoriam
9:13 am
Tue April 8, 2014

New Orleans Artist George Dureau Dead At 83

Artist George Dureau

George Dureau is widely acclaimed as one of New Orleans' most significant artists in the latter part of the 20th century and early 21st. He died Monday after a several-year struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Dureau was 83, and internationally recognized for his classically-inspired, mythology-infused paintings — and his humane photographs of some often very odd (think dwarfs and multiple amputees) male figures.

Dureau spoke with artist Jacqueline Bishop in 2005 for her WWNO series "Louisiana Artist".

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The Lens
8:35 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Battle Brewing In Holy Cross Over Proposed Highrises

Vanessa Gueringer and Kim Ford of the Holy Cross neighborhood association discuss the proposed high-rise development in Holy Cross.
Karen Gadbois The Lens

The Holy Cross neighborhood is tucked against the levee in the Lower 9th Ward. It takes its name from the historic Holy Cross School, which flooded after Katrina and re-opened in Gentilly, leaving behind a 13-acre campus of rolling fields reaching to the levees, and a vacant administration building with graceful, wrought-iron balconies.

There aren’t a lot of parks in the Lower 9. So the levee is used for exercise, picnicking and relaxing.

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French Quarter Festival
5:21 am
Mon April 7, 2014

A Small-Town Mayor Takes The French Quarter Festival Back Home

DeRidder Mayor Ron Roberts.
Credit Ron Roberts

More than half a million people are expected at the 31st annual French Quarter Festival this weekend. They come from far and wide — and a few of them come not only to enjoy the music, but also to take it back home. 

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NOLA Life Stories
9:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Communing Through Eternal Sound: Bach Around The Clock Celebrates 17 Years

Albinas Prizgintas, who started the Bach Around the Clock festival, began working at the Trinity Episcopal Church in 1988.
Credit Eric Laws

As part of a new collaboration with The Historic New Orleans Collection, WWNO brings you NOLA Life Stories: an oral history project documenting the people, places and things that shape New Orleans. This week historian Mark Cave interviews Albinas and Manon Prizgintas, a married couple that produces Bach Around the Clock — an annual musical event held at Trinity Episcopal Church.

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