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2:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

A Fabric Connoisseur in Our Midst

Herbert Halpern.
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Whether you’re stopping in at Promenade fabric store on St. Charles Avenue for five yards of Chanel or a spool of thread, Herbert Halpern welcomes you warmly. He looks a little like a fashionable Albert Einstein.

For 45 years, he has minded and cultivated the store his father, Max Halpern, started in the late 1930s, steering it through some choppy waters. If businesses are forged on deep friendships over time, then Herbert has certainly got the goods.

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NolaVie
2:31 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

A Blue Dog Way to Reach Louisiana's Children

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts education center on Magazine Street.
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Wander through the glass doors into the spacious heart of the tangerine building at 747 Magazine Street, and you’ll find a world of primary colors and creative shapes that speak to the child — and the artist  — in all of us.

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Notes From New Orleans
12:00 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Cosmic Convergence Festival Set to Save the World

If you're worried about the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse, you really shouldn't be. After all, one of the world's leading Ancient Astronaut Theorists has figured out how to prevent the destruction of the Earth. And he's doing it with his closest friends from the Krewe of Chewbacchus.

Sharon Litwin takes you to their leader on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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NolaVie
3:46 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

30 Under 30: Kickball

Play kickball!

I’m breaking the cardinal rule of this column, which aims to direct the under-30 crowd to experiences that’ll cost them less than $30, by encouraging something that may cost nearly double that.

Kickball! Everyone join a kickball league! I’m telling you it’s worth it.

Ever since college, I’ve realized a few things about myself: 1) that I enjoy the occasional libation, and 2) I miss team sports and the quasi-competitiveness that comes from them.

That’s why I will be signing up for a league to reign in the New Year.

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Notes From New Orleans
6:42 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Master Gardener Knows His Roots

Mastering the art of Southern gardening isn't something you can learn overnight. It takes time, training, and patience. But the payoff is something an entire community can enjoy. So perhaps that's why membership in Louisiana's Master Gardener's organization is... growing.

Sharon Litwin speaks with a leader from the region's local chapter on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes From New Orleans
2:52 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Ballet Hispanico Comes to New Orleans

Eduardo Vilaro performs at the Mahalia Jackson Theater on Saturday night.

Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director of the sensational Ballet Hispanico, was in the eighth grade in St. Margaret Mary's School in New York when he first heard the word "choreographer." Since those humble beginnings, it's been a long and productive journey for Eduardo and New Orleanians will have an opportunity to see the fruits of his labor this coming weekend. It's time to put on your dancing shoes for this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes From New Orleans
5:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Ruby Bridges: Civil Rights Pioneer

6-year-old Ruby Bridges in 1960.

As most people know, the 1960s were a very tumultuous time in America. Standing in the spotlight of the Civil Rights Movement was a 6-year-old girl who integrated the New Orleans school system and helped dissolve segregation across the South.

Ruby Bridges shares her story with Sharon Litwin on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes From New Orleans
4:51 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Fringe Festival Offers Fresh and Original Performances

Angelle Hebert is set to put on her one-woman show.

The New Orleans Fringe Festival is ready to bring fearless performers to fearless audiences. Now in its fifth year of production, the festival hopes to strengthen relationships between local artists and the community-at-large. For this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin spoke with Fringe's performance coordinator Emilie Whalen about this year's upcoming festivities.

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Notes From New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Rural Revolution Puts Women on the Move

Kendra Jones Morris, the founder of Rural Revolution, lives and works in New Orleans.

A New Orleans-based company called Rural Revolution is connecting female artists in the developing world to commercial outlets in the United States.

Kendra Jones Morris, the founder of the business, believes that empowering female entrepreneurs help strengthen community globally and locally. She spoke with Sharon Litwin on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes From New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

"The Drop" Increases Cultural Capital

A sample of the artworks issued in The Drop's first subscription program. Their second subscription is underway right now.

A New Orleans-based creative subscription program called "The Drop" is determined to make collecting art easy, accessible, and fun.

As their second round of subscriptions gets underway, Sharon Litwin speaks with one of the women in charge of the project, Cameron Shaw, on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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