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Notes from New Orleans
12:20 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Opera And Jazz Unite In The Marigny

George Gershwin's 'Blue Monday' is a 25-minute jazz opera.

For the second summer in a row the Marigny Opera House is offering itself as a performance venue to a homegrown small opera company.

The 9th Ward Opera Company is the brainchild of Kathleen Westfall, a self-described “little Cajun girl” who’s equally comfortable singing on stage in New York or going crabbing in Thibodaux. Sharon Litwin talks to her about the two unusual one-act operas she’s presenting this month.

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Features
10:12 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Wienermobile Rolls Into New Orleans For National Hot Dog Day

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, parked outside of Dat Dog on Magazine St. Tuesday.
Dionne Grayson WWNO

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile made a surprise appearance outside the Dat Dog restaurant on Magazine St. this past Tuesday, turning an otherwise mundane National Hot Dog Day into a celebration (at least for this reporter).

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Features
7:51 pm
Sat July 20, 2013

The Iconic Signage Project Puts Zulu's Name In Lights

Zulu's new neon sign. A number of businesses on Broad St. have received new neon signs thanks to the Iconic Signage Project.
Jeffrey Schwartz and Jessica Fisch

If you’re driving down Broad Street in the evening, you might notice some new bright neon signs. They're a collaboration between the Arts Council of New Orleans, local designers and a local community development non-profit.

As more businesses boast neon signs along this historic corridor, The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club is the most recent organization to partner with Broad Community Connections and the Iconic Signage Project.

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Notes from New Orleans
4:14 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Elizabeth Futral, Opera Star And New Orleans Native, Returns For Benefit Concert

Elizabeth Futral has performed opera on stages across the world.
Credit John Grigaitis

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New Orleans opera lovers always feel a little starved over the hot summer months as they wait for the return of full scale performances in October.

But this Sunday, for one night only, the musical desert will bloom with the sounds of one of America’s great singers. Sharon Litwin talks with Elizabeth Futral about her life in the world of opera and what she plans to sing at Sunday evening's benefit concert at Loyola University

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9th Ward
7:00 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Solar Power Flourishing In Lower Ninth Ward

The Global Green project in the Lower Ninth Ward's Holy Cross neighborhood kicked off a solar power trend.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

Lower Ninth Ward resident and Sierra Club spokesman discuss solar power use.

The Lower Ninth Ward tops the list of city neighborhoods using solar power. Environmental groups say solar panels are going up on all sorts of homes.

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Manning Passing Academy
7:45 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Manning Passing Academy Draws Over 1K High School Football Players To Thibodaux

The Manning Passing Academy offers hands-on instruction, with one coach for every 10 campers.
Nick Gremillion WWNO

The Manning Passing Academy held its 18th year of camp this past weekend, bringing more than a thousand high school football players to Thibodaux, La., a town many of them couldn’t even pronounce.

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WRKF
5:32 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Why Finding Oil in Fish Organs Isn't as Bad as it Looks

Kelly Connelly, WRKF

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 12:26 am

Environmental remediation scientists at LSU’s School of the Coast and Environment have found remnants of crude oil in the hearts of pogy that live off Grand Isle.

Pogy, a baitfish more officially called menhaden, make up the second largest commercial catch in the United States. They’re not only resold as baitfish, but they’re also processed into fish oil and fish meal, making their way into vitamins, cosmetics and livestock feeds.

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Bring Your Own
11:06 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Member of the Week'

local artist and storyteller Gian Smith, then (sporting a Black Planet T-shirt) and now.

Bring Your Own is a live storytelling pop-up series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme.

Local artist Gian Smith tells of finding his first social network, 'Black Planet', and how he made more than one profile page...

In today’s world, having an online profile page to represent yourself — whether it’s on Facebook, LinkedIn, or OkCupid, is commonplace. But this story, from the local storytelling event Bring Your Own, harks back to the retro time of social media, when these digital IDs were still uncharted territory.

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Love NOLA
6:02 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Love NOLA: Is New Orleans The World’s Nicest City?

Brett Will Taylor

NolaVie's Brett Will Taylor delivers his biweekly commentary on the various meanings of 'being nice' in New Orleans.

“When did you become so nice?” 

That’s what a Boston friend asked me last week while in New Orleans for a visit. We were driving down North Robertson when the car in front of us came to a stop smack dab in the middle of the street. The man driving the car had stopped in order to have a conversation with a woman who was sitting on her stoop. It was quite clear this conversation was going to occur without the woman leaving her stoop. Or the man leaving his car. Which was now not stopped, but parked, in front of mine.

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The Lens
2:17 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Years Of Political Inaction Preceded Latest Cutbacks In Algiers Ferry Service

The reduced hours of the Algiers ferry should come as no surprise to those who have talked about options for years but done little to implement them.
Credit Della Hasselle / The Lens

Considering that the Algiers ferry has been a fixture on the river for years, its demise seemed to come suddenly. The ferry lost its main source of funding, the Crescent City Connection tolls, earlier this year. No private company stepped in to take it over.Dreams to turn it into a party boat foundered.

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