Take Five
5:16 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Take Five: New Orleans Dialect Coach Provides Dose Of Authenticity

Francine Segal on set with Heath Ledger in “Monster’s Ball”.
Credit Tommy Hughes

Actress Francine Segal played prison guard Georgia Ann Payne in 2001’s Monster’s Ball, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry and the late Heath Ledger. “I had a gun. It was a lot of fun,” said Segal.

There was some trouble on the set, however, as Ledger was not getting along with the dialect coach that had been brought in from L.A. to help him learn the thick Georgia accent his role called for.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Money's Tight And Times Are Tough: How To Grow An Arts Organization

Jesse Rosen was both a musician and a CEO of an orchestra before he began working with the League of American Orchestras. These jobs provided him tremendous perspective for dealing with organizations around the world.
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Jesse Rosen is President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, an organization with more than 800 members. In town for a meeting of the National Performance Network, he stopped by to talk with Sharon Litwin on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Big Easy Living
1:44 am
Mon December 16, 2013

The Year In Insignificance

Credit flickr/Alexander van Dijk

It’s that time of year again — when the pundits look back over the year just past and announce the most significant events.

While “Year in Review” headlines certainly have their place in history, Nolavie’s Renée Peck finds that looking back at the most insignificant stories of 2013 is a lot more fun.

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Notes from New Orleans
7:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Italian Singer Performs Baroque Concert At Marigny Opera House

Baroque singer Mattea Musso performs with Stuart LeBlanc at Trinity Church in 2013. Her latest concert will be this weekend at the Marigny Opera House.
Credit Mattea Musso

One can hear all kinds of music in New Orleans. There’s blues and Bartók; soul and Sibelius. There is not, however, a whole lot of Baroque being played. Mattea Musso, a newcomer to the city, plans to change all that.

In this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks to her about this centuries-old musical form.

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Take Five
5:25 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Hollywood South Casting Finds Local Talent, Anywhere

A 'casting composite'.
Credit Allen Murabayashi

Thanks to today’s technology, we can now do many things without leaving the comfort of our homes.  That now includes becoming a movie star. Casting director James Bearb, founder and CEO of Hollywood South Casting discusses this evolving facet of the film industry.  

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7:30 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Weekly LaSalle Market Bringing Business Back To Central City

Pods housing the businesses the make up The Market on LaSalle in Central City.
Credit Nina Feldman

New Orleans’ Central City neighborhood was once a stronghold of rich cultural traditions and bustling local businesses. While the arts remain vibrant within this tight community, the area has suffered economically over the past decades.

Now, a new local initiative aims to restore economic vitality along one commercial corridor in the neighborhood.

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Lessons from Their Lives
5:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Lessons From Their Lives: Paul Fabry

Paul Fabry's involvement in a Hungarian underground resistance group helped to saved hundreds of lives from the Nazi concentration camps in World War II.
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In any American city you can discover people whose lives have accomplished extraordinary things. Some have highly recognizable names, while others do not.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin begins the first of an occasional series, Lessons from Their Lives. This week: a 94-year old businessman named Paul Fabry, who helped establish a network of World Trade Centers across the globe. 

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4:30 am
Mon November 25, 2013

BYOB Square Dancing, And Change, At First Presbyterian Church

Square dancing in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church on Claiborne Ave.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson

The 195 year-old First Presbyterian Church in Broadmoor is growing. It's in no small part thanks to a new pastor, who is reaching out to new communities and luring more people with special events. Like a square dance. With red beans... and beer... in a church? 

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Times-Picayune Reporters Rosemary James And Charlie Ferguson Remember JFK Assassination

Lee Harvey Oswald, third from left, handing out "Fair Play for Cuba" leaflets in New Orleans, August 16, 1963
Credit Wikipedia/The Warren Commission

In the past few weeks the intense coverage of John F. Kennedy’s assassination has reinforced that New Orleans was right in the middle of the story.

Although most journalists who covered the tragedy have long since passed, there are still a few who can recount the significant local events that surrounded that infamous day in Dallas. 

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9:49 am
Mon November 18, 2013

All Clear: An NFL Purse Review

A new list of prohibited items posted at the bottom of the Superdome's Gate A ramp.
Jason Saul WWNO

We’re more than mid-way through the football season, which begs a review of one of the more controversial new NFL rules. We’re talking, of course, about the NFL’s decision to allow only see-through purses into NFL stadiums nationwide. Here’s a field study of stadium bag theory.

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