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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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.
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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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Notes from New Orleans
8:40 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Tulane Goes Down To The River To Study

Matthew Chatfield is Project Coordinator for Tulane's new riverfront campus.

It wasn’t that long ago that the idea surfaced to use the power of the Mississippi River as a source for energy. But it turns out that turbines placed near New Orleans weren’t going to be that effective after all. So some smart folks at Tulane University have come up with other ideas.

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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.
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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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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

So Much Fun You'll Want To Go Back To School: Circus Arts At The International School Of Louisiana

Meret Riyhner, center, teaches children myriad acts for circus performance, including acrobatics.
Credit Thomas Walsh

It’s impossible to wager how many angry children have told their parents they’re running away to join the circus. Switzerland-native Meret Riyhner never had such a violent outburst with her parents, but she ended up in the circus anyway. Now, she’s the circus arts teacher at the International School of Louisiana located on Camp Street, and the subject of this week’s Notes from New Orleans.

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5:15 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Jazz In The Park Adds Something For (Congo) Kids

This year's lineup at Jazz in the Park.
Credit People United for Armstrong Park

When Jazz in the Park gets underway this Thursday afternoon at Congo Square, the age span may skew a little younger than usual. For the first time, the weekly jazz concert series will feature an additional tier of programming aimed at local youngsters. It’s called Congo Kids.

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