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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio and public television station WYES are collaborating on coverage of reforms to the Orleans Parish criminal justice system.
WYES Special Projects Producer Marcia Kavanaugh has completed the hour-long special "Reshaping a Greater New Orleans: Criminal Justice". In this first story for WWNO based on her reporting, Kavanaugh includes the voices of lawmakers, judges and watchdogs.
The window is fast closing on the open enrollment period to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The deadline to purchase insurance through the federal Healthcare Marketplace is Monday, March 31.
WWNO's Diane Mack spoke with Doug Wilkinson, state coordinator with the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition, LHEC, about the approaching deadline.
WWNO, in partnership with NOLA Art House Music and NolaVie, presents the first in a series of interviews hosted by trumpeter Dr. Edward Anderson, focused on some of the best emerging musicians in the New Orleans arts community.
In the first installment, Dr. Anderson talks with clarinetist Gregory Agid.