Notes From New Orleans

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Notes from New Orleans is a 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.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson

More than eight years after it flooded and closed due to Hurricane Katrina, the Circle Food Store on the corner of Claiborne and St. Bernard Avenues is about to reopen its doors. The historic landmark served the 7th Ward from 1938 up until the storm, and it’s said to have been the first New Orleans grocery owned and operated by African-Americans. Long time residents and customers voice their reactions to the long-awaited return of this neighborhood staple.

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Jesse Rosen is President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, an organization with more than 800 members. In town for a meeting of the National Performance Network, he stopped by to talk with Sharon Litwin on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

Mattea Musso

One can hear all kinds of music in New Orleans. There’s blues and Bartók; soul and Sibelius. There is not, however, a whole lot of Baroque being played. Mattea Musso, a newcomer to the city, plans to change all that.

In this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks to her about this centuries-old musical form.

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In any American city you can discover people whose lives have accomplished extraordinary things. Some have highly recognizable names, while others do not.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin begins the first of an occasional series, Lessons from Their Lives. This week: a 94-year old businessman named Paul Fabry, who helped establish a network of World Trade Centers across the globe. 

Laine Kaplan-Levenson

The 195 year-old First Presbyterian Church in Broadmoor is growing. It's in no small part thanks to a new pastor, who is reaching out to new communities and luring more people with special events. Like a square dance. With red beans... and beer... in a church? 

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In the past few weeks the intense coverage of John F. Kennedy’s assassination has reinforced that New Orleans was right in the middle of the story.

Although most journalists who covered the tragedy have long since passed, there are still a few who can recount the significant local events that surrounded that infamous day in Dallas. 

All Clear: An NFL Purse Review

Nov 18, 2013
Jason Saul / WWNO

We’re more than mid-way through the football season, which begs a review of one of the more controversial new NFL rules. We’re talking, of course, about the NFL’s decision to allow only see-through purses into NFL stadiums nationwide. Here’s a field study of stadium bag theory.

Dimitri Staszewski

Some people dream of getting off the grid, dropping out of the complications of our highly urbanized 21st century. One 21-year-old Loyola University student did just that — in Mongolia, of all places.

Sharon Litwin finds out why on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

Take Five: James Franco's 'Sal' Reveals True Sal Mineo

Nov 11, 2013
Tribeca Film

He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Rebel Without a Cause. At the height of his fame, he needed bodyguards to help him get through mobs of adoring fans. And, in the prime of his life, he died tragically. Not James Dean — Sal Mineo. James Franco’s recently released biopic follows the last day of Mineo's brief life.

Chitresh Das Dance Company

Some people might think putting an Indian Classical dancer and a New York-born tap star together would never work. On this week's Notes from New Orleans, we'll hear from Chitresh Das, a master of the ancient Kat-tuck dance style, and tap star Jason Samuels Smith. They'll burn up the stage in an East-meets-West dance event brought to the city by the New Orleans Ballet Association and the NOCCA Institute. 

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