Notes From New Orleans

Fridays at 8:35 a.m.

Notes from New Orleans is a weekly peek inside the life and culture of the Crescent City. Sharon Litwin, president and co-founder of NolaVie.com, covers all aspects of the unique and vibrant contributions of this creative society.

From established and emerging visual artists to the new breed of young entrepreneurs; from extraordinary musicians to world class performing artists; from Mardi Gras Indians to pop up restaurants — whether it’s going on Uptown, Downtown or Back of Town, their stories are sure to show up on Notes from New Orleans.

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10:28 am
Fri May 8, 2015

New Artistic Director Of Le Petit Theatre Discusses Plans For The Future

New Le Petit artistic director Maxwell Williams talks about plans for the iconic community institution.
Credit Renée Peck / NolaVie

 

Maxwell Williams first visited New Orleans 15 years ago, at the age of 21. Like so many first-time visitors, he was smitten with the city.

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NolaVie
6:27 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Sculpture Getting New Home In City Park

The Wave, created by Lynda Benglis for the 1984 World Exposition in Orleans, is finding a new home in City Park.
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Sometimes, just sometimes, communities can actually get together to do something that transcends politics.

The greater New Orleans area will soon see such an event. Through a collaboration of the City of Kenner, New Orleans City Park and the folks at the Helis Foundation, the public good is going to be served in the most artistic of ways: with the installation of a very special, long-missing bronze sculpture. Created for the 1984 World's Fair in New Orleans, The Wave is getting a new home in City Park.

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Notes from New Orleans
12:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Checking In With Revitalization In The Lower 9th Ward

The Backyard Gardeners Network in the Lower 9th Ward helps turn vacant lots into community gardens.
Hanna Rasanen

If you’ve ever driven through the Lower 9th Ward, you know that there is lots of land out there.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans Sharon Litwin catches up with Lower Nine gardener Jenga Mwendo of the Backyard Gardeners Network about putting vacant lots to use and what’s been happening in her neighborhood since the last time the two of them talked.  

To read more about the Backyard Gardeners Network, visit NolaVie.com.

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Notes from New Orleans
2:00 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

New Orleans' First Family Court Judge Says It's A Labor Of Love

Bernadette D'Souza is the first permanent family court judge in Orleans Parish.

Orleans Parish recently created a permanent family court judge position. Legal aid attorney Bernadette D’Souza is the first to hold the post.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks to Judge D’Souza about how she got from a convent in India to a courtroom in Louisiana.

To read more about Bernadette D'Souza, visit NolaVie.com.

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Notes from New Orleans
7:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Bastille Day Comes To La Nouvelle-Orléans

For one day the Alliance Française takes over the Spanish Plaza to celebrate Bastille Day.
Alliance Française

Hard on the heels of our own Fourth of July comes the French Bastille Day, celebrated on July 14. The Alliance Française of New Orleans has a week’s worth of events to celebrate the French national holiday.   

To read more about the Bastille Day celebrations in New Orleans, visit NolaVie.com

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Notes from New Orleans
3:48 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

New Orleans Shakespeare Festival Throws Back As It Looks Forward

Chaney Tullos is a Louisiana native and director of operations of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane.
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It’s been 450 years since Shakespeare’s heyday. One has to wonder what the Bard of Avon would think of the myriad ways his plays are being presented these days.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Chaney Tullos, Director of Operations of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, about their innovative yet traditional approach and their collaboration with Compleat Stage.   

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Notes from New Orleans
9:24 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Local Photographer Takes New Orleans To Moscow

Opening night for the New Orleans in Photography exhibit was a huge success.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with local photographer Frank Relle about his recent experience inside Moscow’s art world during the height of the Crimea and Ukraine crisis.

Relle curated an exhibit called "New Orleans in Photographs" for the Moscow House of Photography. To read more about his experiences, visit NolaVie.com.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Lessons From Their Lives: Artist George Dunbar

Artist George Dunbar still follows his muse at 86 years young.
Credit Thomas Walsh

George Dunbar is an Uptowner who finished school at 17, joined the Navy and served in World War II. After the war, he went to art school, traveled through Europe, and then came home when a family member got sick. That was more than 50 years ago.

These days, he lives and works in an older part of Slidell that overlooks the bayous and surrounding marsh land. George is one of the South’s most accomplished contemporary artists and the subject of this week’s Notes from New Orleans

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Notes From New Orleans
7:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

A Doctor Without Borders Calls New Orleans Home

Dr. Adi Nadimpalli works all over the world, but he says his heart is in New Orleans.
Adi Nadimpalli

War brings countless injuries to the human condition. One of the most devastating consequences of conflict is disruption of basic medical services. These days it seems there are more and more stories on the radio and in newspapers about brave medical teams going into war-torn areas to treat the wounded and the needy.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with one physician who calls New Orleans home when he’s not on a mission with Doctors Without Borders.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Lessons From Their Lives: Iconic Jeweler Mignon Faget

Mignon Faget, right, credits her year in Paris as a young woman to be one of the most formative experiences of her life.
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What makes an artist into an entrepreneur? For jewelry designer Mignon Faget, it was less the kindness of strangers and more the assistance of friends. Mignon, now in her 81st year, still lives in the house she grew up in along Bayou St. John and is the subject of this week’s Notes from New Orleans.

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