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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Need Plans After Jazz Fest? Make a Date with the Master of Puppets

The second annual New Orleans Giant Puppet Festival takes place Thursday through Sunday at the Marigny Opera House at 7 p.m., and then at the Mudlark Public Theatre at 10 p.m.
Credit Harry Mayrone

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Inarguably, festival season in New Orleans is in full swing. But while most of the attention is going to multi-million dollar projects with international fans, there are still other festivals happening under the radar.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin speaks to a Marigny artist about the festival she's put together at two separate venues. One's family friendly, while the other is a bit taboo

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Media
12:31 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Times-Picayune Editor Jim Amoss Discusses The Launch Of TPStreet

Erin Krall WWNO

The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com have announced that the company will once again publish a physical paper seven days a week.

But it won’t be the full newspaper. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays readers will find a shorter, tabloid sized publication at newsstands — instead of the empty space they see now. It will not available for home delivery. WWNO’s Paul Maassen sat down with Times-Picayune editor Jim Amoss to talk about the new product.

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Arts & Culture
9:55 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Allison Miner's Spirit Lives On In The Jazz & Heritage Festival Stage Named For Her

Allison Miner.
Jazz and Heritage Archive

When the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival first began in 1969, it was radical. Here in the South, still reeling from the Civil Rights movement and race integration, the festivals’ founders — Quint Davis, George Wein, and Allison Miner — created a safe space for New Orleanians to come together, to hear each others’ music and to party — together. Eve Abrams brings us this profile of Allison Miner, a titan in New Orleans music, and the only person with a Jazz Fest stage named for her.

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Festival International
4:41 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Photos: Highlights From The 27th Annual Festival International

Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara performed Thursday night at Festival International in Lafayette.
Dionne Grayson WWNO

The 27th annual Festival International took over downtown Lafayette this past weekend, featuring scores of musicians and crafts artists from all over the world and packing the streets with revelers.

WWNO was there, and brought back these highlights.

Festival International's Official Lineup Video:

Jazz Fest Minutes
1:44 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Saxophonist And Astral Project Founder Tony Dagradi

Saxophonist Tony Dagradi.
Credit tonydagradi.com

Saxophonist and Astral Project founder Tony Dagradi grew up in Summit, New Jersey. By high school he knew what he wanted to do: play jazz.

“It was almost as if I didn’t have a choice,” he says. “I didn’t think about, well, how much money am I going to make or how do I get a gig. I was just — all I wanted to do was play.”

After a couple of years at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Dagradi entered an intense period of jazz rehearsal and listening.

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Zurich Classic
7:00 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Zurich CEO Pledges Continued Regional Support

Zurich CEO Martin Senn

The chief executive officer of the Zurich Insurance Group played golf and dodged some heavy rain during the Zurich Classic golf tournament in Avondale. Martin Senn also found time to meet with business leaders while in New Orleans, and reaffirm the company’s commitment to the region.

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Jazz Fest 2013
5:23 am
Mon April 29, 2013

The Hosts Of The Party: Bayou St. John Responds To The Jazz Fest Takeover

A one way sign is put up for Jazz Fest a week in advance, but until the day of, these signs are covered and ignored by residents of Bayou St. John (seen here at the corner of Mystery St and Esplanade Ave).
Credit Nina Feldman / NolaVie

The people of Bayou St. John tell of merriment and traffic as the festival descends on their neighborhood. 

Nina Feldman learns from residents and business owners in Bayou St. John how the Jazz Fest (and the traffic that comes with it) temporarily transforms their neighborhood.

In shady Bayou St. John, the neighbors really know each other.  The same crew assembles each morning at the local coffee house to read the paper and debate its assertions; another crowd convenes at the various watering holes each evening.

“It’s one of the great things about this neighborhood,” says Fortin St. resident Jonas Bishop. “The fact that I know everyone on my block… It’s definitely a community-centric area that you don’t find a lot of places.”

Delanie Manuel, server at Liuzza’s by the Track and Jonas’ neighbor, agrees. “I thought I’d be a Quarter Rat forever,” she admits. “But no, I love it here.”

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Jazz Fest 2013
8:30 am
Sun April 28, 2013

Sunday, April 28 Jazz Fest Schedule

Here's your full Jazz Fest schedule for Sunday, April 28, 2013. Click on the image to enlarge.

Jazz Fest 2013
4:37 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Jazz Fest Saturday In Full Swing

Wanda Rouzan being interviewed by Sally Young on the Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage.
Eve Abrams WWNO

The second day of Jazz Fest is in full gear. And full sun.

The folding chairs are stacked deep at the Acura stage. Dozens of ticket holders ran to snag their spot this morning. The big deal? Bill Joel.

The Piano Man is closing the biggest stage at Jazz Fest after New Orleans ivories legend Allen Toussaint.

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Jazz Fest 2013
1:14 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Saturday, April 27 Jazz Fest Schedule

Here's your full Jazz Fest schedule for Saturday, April 27, 2013. Click on the image to enlarge.

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