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Arts & Culture
7:14 am
Thu April 17, 2014

P.3 Reads Continues, Bringing Artists To Public Libraries

Tonight, New Orleans’ international art biennial, Prospect 3, brings out its literary side.

The P.3 Reads series invites international artists to New Orleans public libraries to discuss some of their favorite books. Brooke Davis Anderson is executive director of Prospect 3. She says curator Franklin Sirmans has taken several works of literature — like Walker Percy’s New Orleans novel The Moviegoer — as inspiration for the biennial.

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Part One
1:53 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Along Saint Claude: What's In A Name?

Dan Eaglin.
Credit Jonathan Traviesa

Over the course of 2013, I interviewed dozens and dozens of folks who live, or once lived, in the neighborhoods along both sides of St. Claude Avenue, roughly from St. Bernard to Poland Avenue. I asked them to share stories of their neighborhoods, what they’re like now, how they’ve changed, and how they feel about those changes. These voices became the makings of this seven-part radio documentary: Along Saint Claude.

Part 1: What's in a Name

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Music Features
11:09 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Already Missing French Quarter Fest? Here's A Mid-Week Playlist

Irvin Mayfield at French Quarter Fest this past Saturday.
Credit Ian Cook

The 2014 French Quarter Festival took place on a beautiful weekend... But it's been all rain and cold and work and traffic ever since.

Maybe you missed Gal Holiday belt out "That's How I Ride" because you were waiting in line for crawfish bread. Maybe you didn't catch Little Freddie King bang out "Cleo's Back" because you lost track of the time on the river, or ran to Gene's to get a daiquiri. Maybe you missed Dr. John because there were too many people! Or maybe you caught every act you intended to see, and now are twitching from FQF withdrawals (or shivering in the chill).

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Community Impact
7:19 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Music And Culture Coalition Of New Orleans A Force For Democratic Process

Musicians protested changes to a noise ordiance in front of City Hall.
Kate Gegenheimer

The Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans serves as a platform and voice for issues concerning culture in New Orleans.

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NolaVie
5:11 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Sarah Vowell Riffs On Satchmo, 'The Incredibles' And Andrew Jackson

Sarah Vowell signing books after a lecture at Lamar Univ. in Beaumont, Texas
Credit Loren-zo / wikimedia commons

Noted writer, historian and former This American Life contributor Sarah Vowell will be in town to speak at Tulane’s Freeman Auditorium on Wednesday, April 16. And while she’s in town, the author of books like The Wordy Shipmates, Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes will likely pay a visit to the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA). She might also check out some of Louis Armstrong’s old haunts. 

But don’t count on Vowell to spend any time in Jackson Square.

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Documentary
12:08 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Along Saint Claude

Dan Eaglin.
Credit Jonathan Traviesa

Over the course of 2013, I interviewed dozens and dozens of folks who live, or once lived, in the neighborhoods along both sides of St. Claude Avenue, roughly from St. Bernard to Poland Avenue. I asked them to share stories of their neighborhoods, what they’re like now, how they’ve changed, and how they feel about those changes. These voices became the makings of this seven-part radio documentary: Along Saint Claude.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Animal Life: The Advantages Of Adopting An Older Pet

Older pets make excellent companions.
Credit mythja / Shutterstock

Older animals are often overlooked in shelters across the country. This a huge loss for animals and humans. Older pets make excellent companions.

Pets are defined as "older" when they've reached approximately two-thirds of their life expectancy. A standard poodle, for example, has an average lifespan of 12 years. So at 8, he or she is ready to become a card-carrying member of the AARP — that's the American Association of Retired Pets. 

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
6:08 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

The Pfabulous Pfister Sisters On Music Inside Out

The Pfister Sisters.

Harmony, thy name is Pfister!

This week, the Pfister Sisters sing out and occasionally act out during a rollicking hour spent on jazz vocal harmonies.

The Pfisters pay homage to the Boswell Sisters — one of the finest singing groups to ever come from New Orleans. In their day, the Boswells sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

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Community
4:02 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Richard Campanella Cityscapes: New Orleans' Tallest, Strangest, Forgotten Building

Old Shot Tower 1885
Courtesy Library of Congress

Each month geographer Richard Campanella shares a few insights from his Cityscapes column, found at Nola.com and the Times-Picayune. Today he describes a building that once defined the New Orleans skyline. It was a shot tower — a factory to produce ammunition.

We sat down to talk with Professor Campanella about the structure.

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Music
1:27 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

50 Years For 'Chapel of Love', The Dixie Cups' #1 Hit

The original Dixie Cups: Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee Hawkins with Joan Marie Johnson.
Courtesy of Barbara Hawkins

Fifty years ago the Beatles crossed over to America, and it seemed no one could unseat them from the top of the charts. But three girls from New Orleans' Calliope housing project did just that, edging out the Fab Four in 1964 to score a #1 Billboard hit.

The Dixie Cups' "Chapel of Love" featured the harmonies of sisters Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee Hawkins, along with their cousin Joan Marie Johnson. Though Hurricane Katrina took them from New Orleans, they’re back to play French Quarter Fest this Saturday at 2 p.m. This is the story of their enduring hit.

 

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