All Things New Orleans

Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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

Infrogmation of New Orleans

New Orleans after dark skews toward the spiritual, and it always has. This year the Hermann-Grima House has teamed up with the Tennessee Williams Festival to look into this fascinating aspect of New Orleans lore. As part of their investigation, they have invited local spiritual medium Juliet Pazera to lead a Victorian-style séance at this historic home in the French Quarter.

The Science Fiction Writers of Valence Street

Mar 2, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection

A scientist and a poet might seem like an unlikely pair to write movies, but when Joyce Corrington and her late husband Bill began to collaborate, their stories took on three dimensions. Joyce and Bill’s screenwriting career transported them from New Orleans to LA and back again, into post-apocalyptic worlds on page and screen. In this edition of NOLA Life Stories, Joyce’s narrative begins during her time as an engineering student at Rice University in the 1950s.

Disability Pride Festival Celebrates Beauty in Difference

Feb 23, 2017
NOLA Disability Pride Festival

On March 25, there will be a new festival rolling into town. It's the NOLA Disability Pride Festival, which is a one-day celebration for the disability community of Greater New Orleans. NolaVie's Kelley Crawford spoke with two of the festival's founding organizers, Jane Rhea Vernier of the Quirky Citizens Alliance, and Pamela Fisher of the Advocacy Center.

Last month, the New Orleans City Council's Community Development committee introduced an ordinance implementing a city wide rental registry beginning in January 2018. The ordinance, sponsored by Latoya Cantrell and Jason Williams, will require rentals to meet a check list of health and safety requirements before the property can be rented out. 

Maxwell Ciardullo, Director of Policy & Communications at the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, joins us to talk more about the "Healthy Homes Ordinance".

An enormous image of Pelicans star Anthony Davis and the word "equality" faces the Superdome and the Smoothie King Center in advance of this weekend's NBA All-Star Game.
Jason Saul / WWNO

The NBA All-Star Game is this weekend in New Orleans. The NBA moved the game to New Orleans from Charlotte after North Carolina passed House Bill 2, a controversial piece of legislation aimed at limiting transgendered people’s public bathroom choices.

New Orleans Public Radio's Jason Saul spoke with WDSU sportscaster Fletcher Mackel about what we should expect this weekend.

Listening to Locals: Evan Christopher, Clarinetist

Feb 16, 2017
Jason Kruppa

When it comes to word association, the words “clarinet” and “Evan Christopher” go hand-in-hand. Having been involved with the New Orleans music community for over 20 years, he has definitely earned that connection. Evan has also seen the music community transition and change over those decades. In this installment of NolaVie’s “Listening to Locals” series, Kelley Crawford invited Evan into the studio.  

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.

Eugenie Saussaye, a French immigrant who founded the Vieux Carre Hair Shop in 1877.
Vieux Carre Hair Shop / Vieux Carre Hair Shop

Bill Saussaye’s family has helped decorate Mardi Gras krewes for generations. His family’s shop, the Vieux Carre Hair Shop, is not only a destination for the kings and captains of Mardi Gras, but a catalyst for keeping festival traditions alive and well.

The Vieux Carre Hair Shop was founded in 1877 by Bill Saussaye’s great-grandmother, Eugenie. The shop is now located Uptown on Maple Street and has extended hours for the Mardi Gras season. This interview was conducted by Mark Cave for the Historic New Orleans Collection and produced for WWNO by Thomas Walsh. 

This week on All Things New Orleans, we checked in with our Hispanic community amid plans to construct a border wall between Mexico and the United States. We're also exploring this month's second lines with writer and videographer Big Red Cotton as we approach Mardi Gras!

WWNO's Jessica Rosgaard also talks with author, Robert Meyer about human behavior and disaster preparedness. 

NOTE: This week in New Orleans history, attorney A.P. Tureaud founded the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society on February 11, 1936.

Whole Village Art Therapy, Inc.

Holly Wherry is an artist, counselor, and community advocate who has created a way to blend her skills and enthusiasm into one non-profit. It is called Whole Village Art Therapy, and it is an organization that lives up to that hefty name. NolaVie's Kelley Crawford spoke with Holly to learn about art therapy and how it is becoming part of the New Orleans community.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford. 

Kim Coleman / Le Musee de F.P.C.

Le Musee de F.P.C, a historic house museum, is one of the country's fewest attractions dedicated to telling the stories of free people of color and preserving their material culture. Founder, Beverly McKenna, shares the importance of this museum's narrative as the city prepares for it's tricentennial in 2018. 

To find out more about the museum of free people of color, visit http://www.lemuseedefpc.com/footsteps/

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