Notes From New Orleans

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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Take Five
5:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Hollywood South on the Rise

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WWNO, in collaboration with Nolavie.com, brings you Take Five: an inside look into the growing local film industry with the people shaping it. On this week's edition, Brian Friedmann reports how the mayor's office of cultural economy continues to incentivize our city.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

For Music Director, Operetta Entertains and Enriches

Carol Rausch is chorus master, music coordinator and education director for the New Orleans Opera Association.

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This coming weekend the Loyola Opera Theatre will tackle Leonard Bernstein's Candide, a comic operetta based on Voltaire's satiric novel. And although music director Carol Rausch has guided students through the opera over the years, she finds herself increasingly smitten by it. She'll explain why the play's message reverberates so clearly on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Love NOLA
5:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

New Orleans, From The Stoop

Writer Brett Will Taylor
Credit Jason Kruppa

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New Orleanians often have to justify why they live in their city, perhaps more frequently than other Americans. Whether it's with friends, family or themselves, it's a conversation most residents will have. But perhaps the answer is more universal than we think.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Tips for Climbing Barbed Wire

Members of Team Slam New Orleans (SNO) winning the National Poetry Slam in 2012.

This week's Notes from New Orleans featuring Justin Lamb.
"Tips for Climbing Barbed Wire" by Justin Lamb

This coming August the National Poetry Slam will take place in Boston. But locally, preparations are already being made. On Saturday, both aspiring and professional poets are encouraged to compete for a spot on Team Slam New Orleans. So on this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin is getting schooled in the stanza.

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Notes From New Orleans
12:00 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Cosmic Convergence Festival Set to Save the World

If you're worried about the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse, you really shouldn't be. After all, one of the world's leading Ancient Astronaut Theorists has figured out how to prevent the destruction of the Earth. And he's doing it with his closest friends from the Krewe of Chewbacchus.

Sharon Litwin takes you to their leader on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes From New Orleans
6:42 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Master Gardener Knows His Roots

Mastering the art of Southern gardening isn't something you can learn overnight. It takes time, training, and patience. But the payoff is something an entire community can enjoy. So perhaps that's why membership in Louisiana's Master Gardener's organization is... growing.

Sharon Litwin speaks with a leader from the region's local chapter on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes From New Orleans
2:52 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Ballet Hispanico Comes to New Orleans

Eduardo Vilaro performs at the Mahalia Jackson Theater on Saturday night.

Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director of the sensational Ballet Hispanico, was in the eighth grade in St. Margaret Mary's School in New York when he first heard the word "choreographer." Since those humble beginnings, it's been a long and productive journey for Eduardo and New Orleanians will have an opportunity to see the fruits of his labor this coming weekend. It's time to put on your dancing shoes for this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes From New Orleans
5:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Ruby Bridges: Civil Rights Pioneer

6-year-old Ruby Bridges in 1960.

As most people know, the 1960s were a very tumultuous time in America. Standing in the spotlight of the Civil Rights Movement was a 6-year-old girl who integrated the New Orleans school system and helped dissolve segregation across the South.

Ruby Bridges shares her story with Sharon Litwin on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes From New Orleans
4:51 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Fringe Festival Offers Fresh and Original Performances

Angelle Hebert is set to put on her one-woman show.

The New Orleans Fringe Festival is ready to bring fearless performers to fearless audiences. Now in its fifth year of production, the festival hopes to strengthen relationships between local artists and the community-at-large. For this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin spoke with Fringe's performance coordinator Emilie Whalen about this year's upcoming festivities.

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Notes From New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Rural Revolution Puts Women on the Move

Kendra Jones Morris, the founder of Rural Revolution, lives and works in New Orleans.

A New Orleans-based company called Rural Revolution is connecting female artists in the developing world to commercial outlets in the United States.

Kendra Jones Morris, the founder of the business, believes that empowering female entrepreneurs help strengthen community globally and locally. She spoke with Sharon Litwin on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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