Voices On Violence
2:32 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Voices On Violence: The Bubbles Of Safety Are Getting Smaller

Marco Topete.
Credit Jason Kruppa / NolaVie

Who:  Marco Topete, 30, a Mexican immigrant who came to New Orleans in 2005 with other members of the Texas Volunteer Firefighters Association as part of the initial search and rescue efforts following Hurricane Katrina.  An engineer by training, who has fallen in love with the endless possibilities of New Orleans culture, Marco is a husband; the father of a 1-year-old son; the owner of a start-up construction and design company; and an active member in the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, a 3-year old Mardi Gras krewe that celebrat

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Voices On Violence
2:58 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Voices On Violence: A Pastor Stresses Community

St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church minister Don Frampton.
Credit Jason Kruppa / NolaVie

Who: Don Frampton has been senior pastor of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church for the past 19 years. After Hurricane Katrina, his church created Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans (RHINO), which has brought more than 6,000 volunteers to New Orleans and built 29 homes through Habitat for Humanity.

In his own words, here's what Don has to say about:

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Voices On Violence
2:13 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Voices On Violence: Where's The Village Now?

New Orleans musician Edward Anderson.
Credit Jason Kruppa / NolaVie

Who: Edward Anderson, 46, a musician, educator, husband and father. Born into a longtime New Orleans family of teachers and pharmacists, he received his undergraduate degree in music from Xavier University, his master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York and, most recently, his doctorate in composition from the Louisiana State University School of Music. He has been a high school teacher and a college professor, and is a practicing musician playing trumpet with several jazz groups in town.

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Voices on Violence
6:59 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Love NOLA: When It Comes To Violence, Are We Listening?

Brett Will Taylor

A recent study found that the average American hears 100,000 words per day. That's a lot of Tweets! With so much information swirling around us, is it any wonder that Americans may have forgotten the fine art of actually listening to what we hear? Here is a case for listening — to the voices surrounding one of our city's most pressing issues.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the difference between hearing someone and listening to them.

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60 Second Weekend
11:15 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Sixty-Second Weekend: Sports Of All Sorts

New Orleans Ladies Arm Wrestling
Kat Arnold

It’s hard to believe that May is over, and as summer creeps in the entertainment has yet to come to a lull. There’s music to hear, sports to watch, performances to bet on, and it all starts now:

FRIDAY, 5/31

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Skilled Musicians Share Their Expertise At Traditional Jazz Camp

Banu Gibson
Credit Rick Olivier /

Banu Gibson is a much-in-demand jazz singer. She has performed all over the world from the Netherlands to Norway, Austria to Australia specializing in songs from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

While Banu and her band spend a large part of every year on the road, this summer she is staying home. Sharon Litwin talks with Banu about her new gig.

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Take Five
10:37 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Take Five: Studio Artists Enter Hollywood Studios

Artist Luis Colmenares and an original scultpure

New Orleanians are well-schooled in the concept of lagniappe — a little something extra or unexpected. And thanks to artist and prop maker Luis Colmenares, that notion now extends into the local film industry.

On one of the first films he worked on, Colmenares noticed how hard everyone was working, particularly the crew. “The actors are great and everything else, but you see the Best Boy and the makeup girl and the lighting guy and all these different people, and you get to meet them and they’re real,” he said. 

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12:29 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

60-Second (Memorial Day) Weekend

A My House NOLA Food Truck party

It’s a holiday weekend, with a lot of opportunities to party — hopefully this three- (or four-, or five-) day vacation won’t go from being a long weekend to a lost weekend… So here are some things to keep you on your feet:

FRIDAY, 5/24

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Old German Church In Marigny Transformed Into Performance Space

The Marigny Opera House's restoration began with basic electric and plumbing overhauls. Hurlbert says cosmetics will come in time.
Credit Rusty Blazenhoff / Flickr

What happens when a classically trained pianist meets a closed-up church in the Marigny? Why he turns it into an opera house. This week on Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Dave Hurlbert, the man behind that mission.

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4:26 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Love NOLA: One Step Forward In Mental Illness

NolaVie Commentator Brett Will Taylor

My, how we love our characters in New Orleans. Which is a good thing. 

Locals still talk about Ruthie the Duck Girl, even though she died in 2008. In my neighborhood of Tremé, we have a tall man with a scraggly beard who pushes a grocery cart around, having random conversations with a street corner. Or an empty can. 

We celebrate these characters. We tenderly laugh with them. But we don’t always see that, underneath the eccentricity that makes for a funny story, is often a mental illness that is anything but funny.

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