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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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Brazilian Choreographer Collaborates With John Boutté

Diogo De Lima is a professor of practice for modern dance, ballet, and dance for the camera at Tulane University.
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Diogo de Lima is a Brazilian choreographer and Professor of Dance on the faculty of Tulane University.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with him about his newly-commissioned work that features live music by John Boutté, to be performed in this week's "New Dance Festival" at the Marigny Opera House.

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Bring Your Own
4:42 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Marie's New CAAAr'

Marie and her Pathfinder, 10 years later.
Credit Marie Lovejoy

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme.

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Love NOLA
1:02 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Love NOLA: In Praise Of New Orleans Resourcefulness

Brett Will Taylor
Jason Kruppa

Virtually everyone who has lived in New Orleans for any length of time has at least one hurricane story. About staying or evacuating. About lights going out or rain coming down. This is a hurricane story of the formal kind — a story about how a proper British lady rode out Hurricane Isaac.

Brett Will Taylor remembers a woman named Beatrice, who handled Hurricane Isaac in her own way.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Doc Hawley Shares His Mississippi River Expertise At New Festival

Credit Marit & Thomas Hinnosaar/flickr

The first Mighty Mississippi Downriver Festival will take place at the French Market and the Old U.S. Mint this Saturday, September 14. Among the many presentations during the day-long event will be one from a man who has plied the mighty Mississippi for 60 years.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Captain Clarke Hawley, who has spent most of his working life on board paddlewheel steamboats.

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Take Five
9:45 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Take Five: LSU Alumni Present 'King of Herrings'

David Jensen and Joe Chrest in their element at Anita's Grill on Tulane Ave.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson WWNO

Looking towards the upcoming New Orleans Film Festival,  actors David Jensen and Joe Chrest discuss their entry, King of Herrings. These are two of five men that met back when they attended LSU, but never had the chance to collaborate. We find out what it was like for them to finally make a movie together after 25 years.

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Notes from New Orleans
1:02 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Mark Cave Remembers Dave Dixon: The First Who Dat

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Immediately after Hurricane Katrina, the Historic New Orleans Collection started seriously collecting oral histories. By 2009, the Collection moved on to The New Orleans Life Story Project.

Sharon Litwin recently spoke with Mark Cave, the HNOC's oral historian responsible for the project, and heard about his interview with Dave Dixon: the original Mr. Who Dat.

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Notes from New Orleans
8:43 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Julia Street Gallery Combines Art And Charitable Giving

At the Foundation Gallery 50 percent of the proceeds go to the artist, and 50 percent to charity.

Lafayette native Lila Heymann left Louisiana for the Big Apple. Then she went from  New York to Charlottesville, Virginia; and now she commutes frequently from there to New Orleans to oversee her art gallery on Julia Street.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks to Lila Heymann about the Foundation Gallery and why she gives all its income away.  

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NolaVie
12:22 am
Mon August 26, 2013

How Do You Become Louisiana Coach Of The Year? Just Add Salt

Pre-Season practice at EJHS
Laine Kaplan-Levenson

Every summer the NFL Foundation and USA Football Youth Summit choose 50 high school coaches of the year, one to represent each state, and they meet to talk about best practices for young players. The 2013 Louisiana coach of the year is Dominic Saltaformaggio, of the East Jefferson Warriors. He’s been with the team for five seasons, but has yet to win a state championship.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson joined the Warriors in pre-season practice to find out why a man waiting for a trophy is still number one. 

Laine Kaplan-Levenson spent a day on the field during pre-season practice with the East Jefferson Warriors.

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Love NOLA
8:43 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Love NOLA: Coming Home From Katrina

Brett Will Taylor
Jason Kruppa

You know, sometimes I think we're only here, in this crazy love affair we call "life," to find our way home.

Not just that place we go to bed each night. But that space where we belong. Where we can be ourselves. Where we can live our truth. 

It’s not always an easy journey. Just ask Miles.

He’s a man I met early one June morning at a corner store in Tremé. Both of us were hungry — he for pancakes, me for a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. As we waited for the cook to work his magic, we did what you do in New Orleans. We started talking.

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Notes from New Orleans
11:43 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Gary Solomon Jr. On Bringing Business And Creative Know-How To Local Event Productions

The Solomon Group currently designs the exterior lighting for the Superdome.

When Gary Solomon Jr. graduated from the New Orleans Center from the Creative Arts, his plan was to go to New York University, become a lighting designer and never come back. Katrina changed all that.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Gary about the successful entertainment technology and design business he has built here.

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