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Jazz Fest 2014
1:19 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Zack Smith: Capturing Jazz Fest Frame By Frame

Zack Smith, official French Quarter Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival photographer, giving a master class to photography students before the 2014 FQF.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

As the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off, here on All Things New Orleans we’re highlighting one of the behind-the-scenes people running around the Fairgrounds.

Zack Smith is one of three official Jazz Fest photographers, working to capture the musicians’ performances, as well as some moments of revelry and relaxing between stages. And he has tips for all of us to capture the festival experience in pictures.

The official photographer of Jazz Fest. What does that role entail?

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Jazz Fest 2014
9:55 am
Thu May 1, 2014

New Orleans Jazz Fest Supports Local Culture On And Off The Stage

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux performs with the Golden Eagles and a member of a Skull & Bones gang on Sunday, April 27 at Jazz Fest.
Credit Nina Feldman / WWNO

The second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off Thursday. As the festival has grown over the course of the past four decades, so has the tension between local and national acts.

Many longtime festers worry that the big name performers overshadow the locals that gave Jazz Fest its start. Others argue that big names attract crowds from around that world that would otherwise never experience the unique music and culture of New Orleans.

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Notes From New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Art At The Intersection: Public Paintings Are Thanks To Local Nonprofit

Genie Tidy, at far left, has helped fund more than 30 public art paintings throughout New Orleans. Her nonprofit, Community Visions Unlimited, turns ordinary objects like automatic traffic light controllers into art.
Credit Genie Tidy

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New Orleanians have always found ways to transform the mundane into something a little more festive and lively. Atop the list of monotonous things in this world — sitting in traffic. Next time you’re stopped at a traffic light, look right and look left because you might see something.

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Community Impact
12:48 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Family Service Of Greater New Orleans Teaches Dads How To Parent

NOLA Dads students answer questions in a workbook to get conversation going.
Eve Abrams

Since 1896, Family Service of Greater New Orleans has offered an array of mental health counseling, psycho-educational and social service programs in the community, clients’ homes, and schools. It recently added a class called NOLA Dads to its long roster of services.

Lawrence is a father. A new father. He’s 22 years old, and his daughter, La’Naya, is one year old. He likes to tell her things.

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Education
7:37 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Private Schools Losing Students Across Louisiana

Credit Gerald Bernard / Shutterstock.com

The Louisiana school voucher system, called the Louisiana Scholarship Program, is growing — NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune reports about 12,000 students applied to use vouchers next school year.

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Arts & Culture
8:18 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Photos From The 28th Annual Festival International

The Festival International main stage, featuring Cajun musician Michael Doucet and his group BeauSoleil.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Festival International de Louisiane, the annual exploration and celebration of world music in the heart of Acadiana, transformed the city of Lafayette into a five-day entertainment showcase this past week.

The free festival featured six music stages, street musicians, arts and crafts, workshops, food, drinks and much more.

"What do I like about Festival?" wondered local resident Karl Schott. "It's open. You can pop your head into a local establishment for a little A/C or a different drink. And you run into everyone you know."

We sure did.

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Jazz Fest 2014
9:42 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Photos From The Fairgrounds: Sunday At The Jazz Fest

A giant puppet parade entering into the Casa Do Brasil area.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

Photos from the third day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, presented by Shell. Sunday, April 27, 2014.

   

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NolaVie
5:19 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Actor Yolonda Ross Talks 'Go For Sisters' And 'Treme'

Yolonda Ross as Fontaine in the John Sayles film Go For Sisters.
Credit Kevin Long

Along with Jazz Fest comes the Sync Up Conference, several days of workshops and discussions on the business of entertainment, at New Orleans Museum of Art.

This year’s Sync Up Cinema event features John Sayles newest film, Go For Sisters, screening tomorrow afternoon. It stars actor Yolanda Ross, who also appeared in HBO's Treme. She started with how she got the role in John Sayles' new movie.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson: What was your connection to John Sayles before this film?

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Jazz Fest 2014
10:14 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Photos From The Fairgrounds: Jazz Fest, Day 2

Sarah Jayde and The Share Croppers on the Jazz Fest Fais Do Do Stage, Saturday, April 26.
Credit Nina Feldman / WWNO

Photos from the second day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, presented by Shell. Saturday, April 26, 2014.

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Jazz Fest 2014
1:56 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Photos From The Opening Day Of Jazz Fest 2014

Sergio Cezar, an artist based in Rio de Janiero, displays his favela sculptures in this year's Cultural Exchange Pavilion, the Casa Do Brazil.
Credit Nina Feldman / WWNO

Photos from the opening day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell.

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