All Things New Orleans

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WWNO’s radio magazine: a weekly half-hour of timely news, cultural features, and commentary from all corners of our city. Hosted by Jack Hopke.

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Food
4:29 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Where Y'Eat: A Dining Deluge in New Orleans

Restaurants keep opening all across New Orleans, defying national trends.
Ian McNulty

As a restaurant boom unfolds in New Orleans, some ponder how much it's guided by business or by passion.


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Features
8:35 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Albinas Prizgintas to be Presented with Classical Arts Lifetime Achievement Award

Albinas Prizgintas at the grand organ in Trinity Church.
Credit Marie Lovejoy / Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education

Albinas Prizgintas discusses his musical influences and career.

The 2013 Big Easy classical arts awards will be handed out next week. A highlight of the event will be the Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to Albinas Prizgintas, musical director at Trinity Church. He’s renowned for his classic training at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. But he has a surprising range — and techniques.

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NolaVie
2:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

A Fabric Connoisseur in Our Midst

Herbert Halpern.
Carol Pulitzer NolaVie

Whether you’re stopping in at Promenade fabric store on St. Charles Avenue for five yards of Chanel or a spool of thread, Herbert Halpern welcomes you warmly. He looks a little like a fashionable Albert Einstein.

For 45 years, he has minded and cultivated the store his father, Max Halpern, started in the late 1930s, steering it through some choppy waters. If businesses are forged on deep friendships over time, then Herbert has certainly got the goods.

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Andre Perry Commentary
3:41 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

The Cultural Wants & Desires of Gun Control

Dr. Andre Perry

Gun control, gun control, gun control.  In spite of this holiday season, I’ve heard the phrase “gun control” more than “peace on earth.” As an educator in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, there would be few better presents for me than a national ban on assault weapons, body armor and high volume magazines. Yet I have to admit that while a national ban would be a tremendous political gift, I don’t see it as a watershed solution to our culture of violence. The discourse of gun control must quickly transition towards peace if we want substantive change.

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Food
4:27 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Where Y'Eat: A Lucky Start on New Year's Day

Blacked eyed peas and greens, a symbol in the South for luck and money in the new year.
Ian McNulty

New Year's Eve may end with a bang, but in New Orleans New Year's Day often begins with a dish.

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NolaVie
2:31 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

A Blue Dog Way to Reach Louisiana's Children

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts education center on Magazine Street.
NolaVie

Wander through the glass doors into the spacious heart of the tangerine building at 747 Magazine Street, and you’ll find a world of primary colors and creative shapes that speak to the child — and the artist  — in all of us.

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Inside the Arts
8:00 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Broadway Actress and Singer Patti LuPone Performs at NOCCA

Patti LuPone.

We go Inside the Arts for conversation with two time Tony Award winning Broadway actress and singer Patti LuPone. The legendary star of Evita and Gypsy will kick off the new Broadway at NOCCA concert series with two performances on Jan. 7, 2013 at NOCCA Riverfront, 2800 Chartres Street.

  

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Arts & Culture
2:42 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Royal Street Gallery Show Leaves Quite an Impression

"Woman in a Canoe" by Giuseppe DeNittis, 1876.
M.S. Rau Antiques

Amid the bustle of the French Quarter are some rooms well back from the street that are adorned with 40 Impressionist paintings. While some are for sale, all are free to behold.

Bill Rau’s family has operated their antique store on Royal Street for 100 years. They decided to mark the occasion with a look back at what was most popular when it first opened. A century ago, Impressionism was all the rage.

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Notes From New Orleans
12:00 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Cosmic Convergence Festival Set to Save the World

If you're worried about the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse, you really shouldn't be. After all, one of the world's leading Ancient Astronaut Theorists has figured out how to prevent the destruction of the Earth. And he's doing it with his closest friends from the Krewe of Chewbacchus.

Sharon Litwin takes you to their leader on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:48 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

The Real Ethnic Origins of Santa

Do you believe in Black Santa? Sadly, people are probably more religious about what type of Santa they have in their homes than about going to church on Christmas Day. If you have children around, this is probably the time when you should turn down your radio. No, let them listen. We must tell the truth about Santa’s background. Santa Claus is a transgendered Latina who’s on dangerously high doses of testosterone.

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