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Arts & Culture
8:15 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Folklife Tents Bring Craft Culture To Jazz Fest

Allyce Andrew

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival continues its second weekend today. There is no rain expected, but there will be mud. When the weather is not so friendly, more folks head under the tents.

And that’s where you find most cultural displays at Jazz Fest.

Rachel Ornelas directs the folklife village at the festival. All year she vets artisans around the state, with the help of folklorists and anthropologists.

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A Blog Supreme
4:03 am
Sat May 4, 2013

At Jazz Fest, Photographers Have A Culture All Their Own

Little Freddie King at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2013, photographed by Skip Bolen.
Courtesy of Skip Bolen

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 10:53 am

The 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival wraps up Monday. This weekend and last, 12 stages have mixed such marquee names as Fleetwood Mac, Phoenix and Los Lobos with dozens of local bluesmen, soul belters and Cajun fiddle players.

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Jazz Fest 2013
2:03 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Friday, May 3 — Jazz Fest Schedule

The rain might have delayed the opening of Jazz Fest today, but everything is back on schedule! Here's your music lineup for Friday, May 3, 2013.

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Jazz Fest 2013
1:35 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Photos: Jazz Fest Food

Crawfish Almondine. Perfect for when you're done with your set on stage.
Allyce Andrew WWNO

Music isn't the only thing that draws people to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival each year. The astounding variety of food all in one spot is one of the biggest pluses for locals and visitors alike.

Do you have your own Jazz Fest food favorite? Did we miss something important? Let us know in the comments below.

Arts & Culture
12:48 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

What Would Your Map Of Jazz Fest Look Like?

Allyce Andrew WWNO

Helen Regis is a cultural anthropologist who has been studying the Jazz and Heritage Festival for 10 years. In some ways, she says, you can think of the Jazz Fest as a city.

“The people who build the festival every year — the construction crew, the electricians — feel like they’re building a city. They do. It’s this physical infrastructure. It has lights. It has plumbing. Sort of.” Regis says, in some ways, it’s kind of a fantasy city. "In some ways it looks like New Orleans, but it’s not."

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Jazz Fest 2013
12:24 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Keeping It Delicious With Jazz Fest Food Director Michelle Nugent

It wouldn't be a spring festival in New Orleans without crawfish!
Credit Allyce Andrew / WWNO

With nearly 70 food vendors and over 200 dishes, Jazz Fest isn’t simply a music destination, it’s a foodie paradise. But that makes vendor selection and organization an arduous task.

Fortunately, just the right woman is leading the process. Michelle Nugent has been the Jazz Fest Food Director since 1999 and has a culinary résumé befitting a world-class chef. She spent 17 years working with chef Susan Spicer, first as an apprentice, then as Bayona’s sous chef, and finally as the executive chef at Spice Inc.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
11:29 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: 'One Mo’ Time' With Actor Vernel Bagneris

Vernel Bagneris
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The Show “One Mo’ Time” went from humble beginnings as a homemade New Orleans labor of love with a single scheduled performance to a worldwide theatrical sensation that ran for years. Its creator, New Orleans actor Vernel Bagneris, has loved the idea of putting on a show from way back.

“Cousins of mine still laugh at the fact that they used to come over and I’d put on a show for them and play a little accordion and single a little bit with the few chords I knew on a piano and do plays and make them all do parts,” Bagneris remembers.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Forum Looks To New Orleans For Driving Cultural Economy

Eileen Fleming WWNO

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is hosting the fifth annual World Cultural Economic Forum this week. It’s part of the US Conference of Mayors' drive to harness the financial power of art and culture.

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Green Minute
6:25 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Deet-Free Ways To Ward Off Bugs

Dr. Bronner's Castille soap.

Christal White Delivers the Green Minute.

The thunderstorms are rolling through, the humidity’s rising, and we all know what’s next… bugs. Ones that bite, ones that sting, ones that just gross you out. Nonetheless, they all have one thing in common: they will do whatever they can to get up in your home and all over you and your precious skin. But, as The Green Project reminded us this week, the simple solution isn't always the best solution.

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60 Second Weekend
5:11 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

60-Second Weekend: Beyond Jazz Fest Take Two

Erykah Badu circa 2012.
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Laine Kaplan-Levenson spits the 60 Second Weekend.

Despite flash flood warnings and the Fairgrounds not looking to dry up until next year’s Fest, there’s still reason to celebrate. Music is everywhere, from the Bayou to Tchoupitoulas, and so much so that it’s almost impossible not to end up at one fest or another over the next few days. So whether you’re down to drop some dough, or are looking for a free ride, we’ve got your weekend:

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