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Notes from New Orleans
9:30 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Historic French Quarter Theatre Makes A Comeback

Le Petit is one of the oldest community theaters in the country.

New Orleanians tend to be mighty protective about our historic properties, so it's not so surprising that the repurposing of the French Quarter's Le Petit Theatre was cause for much debate.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans Sharon Litwin talks to new Executive Director Cassie Worley about the theater's future. 

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Tipitina's Sponsors Japanese Youth Jazz Band For Satchmo Festival

Students at the new Walker and Landry high school second-line during band rehearsal.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

Youngsters from Japan who lost band instruments in the 2011 tsunami get help from Tipitina's Foundation.

Some teenage Japanese musicians who lost their instruments in the 2011 tsunami are in New Orleans to perform this weekend. It’s part of a cultural exchange run by the Tipitina’s Foundation.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Marcia Ball Makes 'Em Dance

Credit Newber Machado / Flickr

Few piano players are as tall, glam and terrific as Marcia Ball. Born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and schooled in the dance halls and roadhouses of the Gulf South, Ball can't help but make you boogie woogie. That is, unless you wanna two-step. Or boogaloo. She does that too.

"If you can make 'em dance, money becomes a space problem."

Ball's songs are postcards of small town life in this region and the dilemmas that drive people to the choices they make.

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Education
8:00 am
Wed July 31, 2013

ReNew Schools Join National Trend Of Adding Time And Days To Calendar In Effort To Improve Results

Eleven-year-old Quincy Lindsey was one of hundreds of New Orleans students who returned to school in July this year. Longer school years and days are part of a growing national movement as school leaders add time in an effort to boost academic results.
The Lindsey Family

It’s a July morning at 6:45 a.m. and the temperature is starting to climb across the city. Most schoolchildren would expect to have at least a few more weeks of summer. But Quincy Lindsey, a fifth grader at New Orleans’ ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, is trying to wake up for his first day of school.

His mother, Calanthia Lindsey, tries to keep Quincy on pace to make it to school by 7:15 a.m., reminding him not to use his pencils as drum sticks and to tuck in his shirt.

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Books
2:09 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

New Novel From Stephen Maitland-Lewis A Timely, Compelling Financial Thriller

New Novel by Stephen Maitland-Lewis

Ambition, the third novel from award-winning author and part-time New Orleanian Stephen Maitland-Lewis — is a timely financial thriller inspired by an actual multi-million dollar investment banking ripoff  Maitland-Lewis got wind of while working on Wall Street in the late 1980s.

To learn more about Stephen Maitland-Lewis and Ambition — please click here http://maitland-lewis.com/read-me/

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Out To Lunch: NOLA On A (Whole Wheat) Roll

Michael Hecht, John Elstrott and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Whole Foods Market was born in New Orleans. We're staying ahead of the curve.

John Elstrott, Chairman of the Board of Whole Foods Market, tells the fascinating tale of the birth of the health food giant and equally fascinating tale of what's ahead. CEO of GNO, Inc. Michael Hecht is one of the architects of New Orleans' sensational business resurgence.

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Hubig's Pies
4:46 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Pie-Deprived New Orleans Roots For Bakery, A Year After Fire

Jill Pasquarella (right) pours powdered sugar on Brandon Connelly, who dressed as a baker from Hubig's Pies, during Mardi Gras in New Orleans in February.
Chris Granger The Times-Picayune/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 11:59 am

Almost any kind of comeback gets New Orleans excited, since the city lost so much in the flood after Hurricane Katrina. That goes especially for food.

One year ago Saturday, New Orleans lost a beloved brand when Hubig's pie bakery burned to the ground. The hand-held, fruit-filled crescents, fried golden-brown, had been delivered fresh to more than 1,000 local stores each morning.

Pie fans have come out in droves to support the company. But it takes more than T-shirts and fond memories to restart a business from scratch.

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Features
10:12 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Wienermobile Rolls Into New Orleans For National Hot Dog Day

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, parked outside of Dat Dog on Magazine St. Tuesday.
Dionne Grayson WWNO

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile made a surprise appearance outside the Dat Dog restaurant on Magazine St. this past Tuesday, turning an otherwise mundane National Hot Dog Day into a celebration (at least for this reporter).

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Out To Lunch: The Art Of Marketing Art

John Flemming, Mia Volkemmer and Peter Ricchiuti
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Arts administrator Mia Volkemmer, and fine artist and leather mask-maker John Flemming, join Peter Ricchiuti for a lunch filled with tales of the art world that range from Uptown New Orleans to Afghanistan and Bridget Bardot.

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Manning Passing Academy
7:45 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Manning Passing Academy Draws Over 1K High School Football Players To Thibodaux

The Manning Passing Academy offers hands-on instruction, with one coach for every 10 campers.
Nick Gremillion WWNO

The Manning Passing Academy held its 18th year of camp this past weekend, bringing more than a thousand high school football players to Thibodaux, La., a town many of them couldn’t even pronounce.

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