If you’ve ever driven through the Lower 9th Ward, you know that there is lots of land out there.
On this week’s Notes from New Orleans Sharon Litwin catches up with Lower Nine gardener Jenga Mwendo of the Backyard Gardeners Network about putting vacant lots to use and what’s been happening in her neighborhood since the last time the two of them talked.
To read more about the Backyard Gardeners Network, visit NolaVie.com.
Hard on the heels of our own Fourth of July comes the French Bastille Day, celebrated on July 14. The Alliance Française of New Orleans has a week’s worth of events to celebrate the French national holiday.
To read more about the Bastille Day celebrations in New Orleans, visit NolaVie.com.
It’s been 450 years since Shakespeare’s heyday. One has to wonder what the Bard of Avon would think of the myriad ways his plays are being presented these days.
On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Chaney Tullos, Director of Operations of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, about their innovative yet traditional approach and their collaboration with Compleat Stage.
A few years ago, Garrett Bradley began taking Greyhound bus trips from her home in New York down to New Orleans.
“I sort of was drawn here for some reason that I don’t think at the time I was really fully cognizant of,” said Bradley. “There was no kind of concrete reason.”
On these cross-country trips, Bradley would talk to her fellow passengers, asking them about “what it is they wanted in life and where they were going and how they planned on getting what they wanted.”
George Dunbar is an Uptowner who finished school at 17, joined the Navy and served in World War II. After the war, he went to art school, traveled through Europe, and then came home when a family member got sick. That was more than 50 years ago.
Horse racing enthusiasts are looking forward to Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, when California Chrome has the potential to become the 12th Triple Crown winner in racing history. Car racing enthusiasts are still celebrating last week’s Indianapolis 500, when Ryan Hunter-Reay won a photo finish with a series of daredevil moves.
War brings countless injuries to the human condition. One of the most devastating consequences of conflict is disruption of basic medical services. These days it seems there are more and more stories on the radio and in newspapers about brave medical teams going into war-torn areas to treat the wounded and the needy.
On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with one physician who calls New Orleans home when he’s not on a mission with Doctors Without Borders.
What makes an artist into an entrepreneur? For jewelry designer Mignon Faget, it was less the kindness of strangers and more the assistance of friends. Mignon, now in her 81st year, still lives in the house she grew up in along Bayou St. John and is the subject of this week’s Notes from New Orleans.