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.
It wasn’t that long ago that the idea surfaced to use the power of the Mississippi River as a source for energy. But it turns out that turbines placed near New Orleans weren’t going to be that effective after all. So some smart folks at Tulane University have come up with other ideas.
Genie Tidy, at far left, has helped fund more than 30 public art paintings throughout New Orleans. Her nonprofit, Community Visions Unlimited, turns ordinary objects like automatic traffic light controllers into art.
New Orleanians have always found ways to transform the mundane into something a little more festive and lively. Atop the list of monotonous things in this world — sitting in traffic. Next time you’re stopped at a traffic light, look right and look left because you might see something.
Along with Jazz Fest comes the Sync Up Conference, several days of workshops and discussions on the business of entertainment, at New Orleans Museum of Art.
This year’s Sync Up Cinema event features John Sayles newest film, Go For Sisters, screening tomorrow afternoon. It stars actor Yolanda Ross, who also appeared in HBO's Treme. She started with how she got the role in John Sayles' new movie.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson: What was your connection to John Sayles before this film?
It’s impossible to wager how many angry children have told their parents they’re running away to join the circus. Switzerland-native Meret Riyhner never had such a violent outburst with her parents, but she ended up in the circus anyway. Now, she’s the circus arts teacher at the International School of Louisiana located on Camp Street, and the subject of this week’s Notes from New Orleans.
When Jazz in the Park gets underway this Thursday afternoon at Congo Square, the age span may skew a little younger than usual. For the first time, the weekly jazz concert series will feature an additional tier of programming aimed at local youngsters. It’s called Congo Kids.
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).
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.