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Take Five
5:02 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Take Five: For Filmmaker, 'Tradition Is A Temple'

Shannon Powell, Jason Marsalis and Roland Guerin performing 'Powell's Place'.
Image by Darren Hoffman, James Laxton and Ryland Jones

People come from all over the world to experience traditional New Orleans music. But not everyone has that privilege. For those who can't make the trip, a new documentary may be the next best thing.  

When Darren Hoffman heard the song "Discipline Strikes Again" by Jason Marsalis, something clicked in his mind.

“When I heard this, it was one of the first times in many years that I was inspired to create a music video,” says Hoffman.

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Features
9:35 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Competitors Face Off During National Beard And Moustache Championships

Medalists at the National Beard And Moustache Championships held at the House of Blues last month.
Credit Kate Richardson / WWNO

This year’s National Beard and Moustache Championships took place here in New Orleans at the House of Blues. Contestants competed in numerous categories of facial hair arrangement, ranging from natural moustaches to creatively styled full beards. Each category has its own set of specific criteria. Beard Team USA organized the event, and judges included local figures such as Nola.com | The Times-Picayune art critic Doug MacCash and barber Aidan Gill.

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Music
1:03 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

A Young Torchbearer Lights The Way For New Orleans Music Students

Trombone Shorty, aka Troy Andrews, has started a foundation dedicated to music education in New Orleans.
Jonathan Mannion Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 7:33 pm

In New Orleans, it's cool to be in the high school band — especially when Trombone Shorty shows up in the band room.

The brass player and bandleader recently paid a visit to New Orleans' Warren Easton High School to work with band members. It's part of his work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation, a music education initiative.

"[Trombone Shorty] is, without a doubt, the role model for the next generation right now," says Bill Taylor, the foundation's executive director.

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Flood Control
7:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Major Construction Set To Begin On Lakefront Pumping Stations

Army Corps of Engineers personnel testing the temporary outflow canal pumps and surge gates in 2009.
Shannon Donner US Army Corps of Engineers

The US Army Corps of Engineers is ready to begin work on three new pumping stations.

Residents along the Lakefront are being advised to brace themselves for some major construction work. The Army Corps of Engineers is starting work on three permanent canal closures and pumps at 17th Street and Orleans and London Avenues.

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Community
12:29 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Face Of Poverty In New Orleans Increasingly Suburban

The number of poor families who live in suburbs is increasing, according to research from the Brookings Institution and Greater New Orleans Community Data Center.
Brookings Institution

There’s a new picture of poverty in America. It’s a shifting geography that may come as a surprise. Suburbia is now home to more poor residents than central cities in major metropolitan areas.

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Notes from New Orleans
12:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

HNOC Oral Histories: Bill Borah, Jimmy Fitz And The Riverfront Expressway

The Louisiana Council for the Vieux Carre fought diligently against the proposed interstate system that would have passed through their historic neighborhood.
Credit Creative Commons/Louisiana Council for the Vieux Carré

Click here to listen to this week's Notes from New Orleans.

The Historic New Orleans Collection and its senior curator Mark Cave have collected oral histories of some of this city's extraordinary citizens. On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin links HNOC's remarkable recording of soon-to-be 92 year-old former Lt. Governor Jimmy Fitzmorris to the anniversary of a controversial event; one that is likely not familiar to many younger Orleanians and certainly not to most newcomers.

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Homer Plessy: Pre-K Program
9:18 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

A Year At Homer Plessy: Paying For Pre-K

Trinese Jack and daughter Aakhiraah Jack.
Eve Abrams

Reporter Eve Abrams takes a look at the benefits and obstacles that are being faced by Homer Plessy Community School, a new charter school on St. Claude Ave.

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NolaVie
3:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Voices Of The Arts: Arts Council's Kim Cook

Kim Cook, new president of The Arts Council of New Orleans.
NolaVie

Voices of the Arts, a series presented by NolaVie and WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio, explores the thoughts and visions of eight new arts leaders in New Orleans.

Through conversations we try to understand how they will engage with the arts and the artists in this already vibrant cultural community, about how they view us, what their goals are for their organizations, and what big plans are on their horizons.

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Love NOLA
8:00 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Love NOLA: You Can Love My Family, But Don’t Take My Cookie

Brett Will Taylor
Credit Jason Kruppa

Ask a New Orleanian about her or his family and the answer can take half a day. That truth isn't always easy, but on today's Love NOLA, Brett Will Taylor suggests we give a listen anyway. In doing so, we just might hear the depth of love that lies beneath the number of words.

You know you’re in for a good flight when your seat mate is an 80-year-old, white haired, Louisiana native named Mary Rose.

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Remembrances
4:45 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Angola 3 Inmate Tastes Brief, 'Bittersweet' Freedom

Herman Wallace (left) and his legal team discuss his trip home to New Orleans after his release from prison on Tuesday. Wallace died on Friday.
Lauren McGaughy The Times-Picayune /Landov

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 5:36 pm

Herman Wallace died early Friday in New Orleans, three days after gaining his freedom. Wallace had spent the previous 41 years in solitary confinement in Louisiana.

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