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NolaVie
5:38 am
Mon May 5, 2014

A Jazz Fest Post-Mortem

Jazz Fest 2014.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

 

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is looking fat and happy. Yep, as it turns 45, it’s definitely getting that middle-age spread.

But is it aging well? As usual, Jazz Fest fans are wondering if the event is getting too big? Too expensive? Too crowded? Does it even have enough jazz?

And, most importantly, is it for us or for them?

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Arts & Culture
7:53 am
Fri May 2, 2014

How Joyce's Lemonade Gets To Jazz Fest

Joyce Brossett leads a team to bring Joyce's Lemonade to Jazz Fest.
Eve Troeh

Sure there’s the music line-up at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this weekend. But for some, the most important notes are savory, sweet or tart.

Each one of the food and drink booths at the festival is a stage all its own — with long hours of preparation and hard work to put on a good show. We looked behind the scenes at one staple item of Jazz Fest: Joyce's Lemonade.

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Jazz Fest 2014
1:19 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Zack Smith: Capturing Jazz Fest Frame By Frame

Zack Smith, official French Quarter Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival photographer, giving a master class to photography students before the 2014 FQF.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

As the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off, here on All Things New Orleans we’re highlighting one of the behind-the-scenes people running around the Fairgrounds.

Zack Smith is one of three official Jazz Fest photographers, working to capture the musicians’ performances, as well as some moments of revelry and relaxing between stages. And he has tips for all of us to capture the festival experience in pictures.

The official photographer of Jazz Fest. What does that role entail?

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Jazz Fest 2014
9:55 am
Thu May 1, 2014

New Orleans Jazz Fest Supports Local Culture On And Off The Stage

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux performs with the Golden Eagles and a member of a Skull & Bones gang on Sunday, April 27 at Jazz Fest.
Credit Nina Feldman / WWNO

The second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off Thursday. As the festival has grown over the course of the past four decades, so has the tension between local and national acts.

Many longtime festers worry that the big name performers overshadow the locals that gave Jazz Fest its start. Others argue that big names attract crowds from around that world that would otherwise never experience the unique music and culture of New Orleans.

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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.
Credit Genie Tidy

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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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Inside the Arts
11:10 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Inside The Arts: Jazz Fest Celebrates Brazil; Jazz Hero Harold Battiste; Ireland's Hidden Gems

This week on Inside the Arts, we travel to Brazil via a cultural exchange at Jazz Fest. Then, we celebrate with saxophonist and AFO Records founder, Harold Battiste. He's a recipient of the Jazz Hero award from the Jazz Journalists Association.

And we round out with a trip to the shores of the Emerald Isle, for a peek inside Irish nature photographer Daragh Muldowney's Jewellery Box.

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Jazz Fest 2014
9:52 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Jazz Fest Cultural Pavilion Explories Ties Between Brazil And New Orleans

Sergio Cesar makes miniature versions of Brazilian favela communities from cardboard and recycled materials — with a keen architectural approach.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

There’s a new cultural element in this year’s Jazz Fest — organizers concentrated on showing off ties between New Orleans and Brazil.

Jazz Fest Cultural Exchange Pavilion Coordinator Valerie Guillet says the two regions have much in common.

“These are really manifested in music and parades, in carnival and a lot of different ways,” she says. “It’s like cousins, very far apart geographically but amazingly similar culturally.”

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WRKF
6:28 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Poet Laureate Spreads the Word About Louisiana Poetry

Ava Leavell Haymon

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 2:57 pm

 In honor of National Poetry Month, Ann Marie Awad sat down to talk with Ava Leavell Haymon, Louisiana’s Poet Laureate. She’s on a mission to change the way the rest of the world looks at the state of Louisiana through poetry. 

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Arts & Culture
8:18 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Photos From The 28th Annual Festival International

The Festival International main stage, featuring Cajun musician Michael Doucet and his group BeauSoleil.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Festival International de Louisiane, the annual exploration and celebration of world music in the heart of Acadiana, transformed the city of Lafayette into a five-day entertainment showcase this past week.

The free festival featured six music stages, street musicians, arts and crafts, workshops, food, drinks and much more.

"What do I like about Festival?" wondered local resident Karl Schott. "It's open. You can pop your head into a local establishment for a little A/C or a different drink. And you run into everyone you know."

We sure did.

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NolaVie
5:19 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Actor Yolonda Ross Talks 'Go For Sisters' And 'Treme'

Yolonda Ross as Fontaine in the John Sayles film Go For Sisters.
Credit Kevin Long

Along with Jazz Fest comes the Sync Up Conference, several days of workshops and discussions on the business of entertainment, at New Orleans Museum of Art.

This year’s Sync Up Cinema event features John Sayles newest film, Go For Sisters, screening tomorrow afternoon. It stars actor Yolanda Ross, who also appeared in HBO's Treme. She started with how she got the role in John Sayles' new movie.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson: What was your connection to John Sayles before this film?

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