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Love NOLA
1:48 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

How We Go Forward From DOMA

NolaVie Commentator Brett Will Taylor

Brett Will Taylor reflects on the recent Supreme Court decisions regarding gay marriage in America.

The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA as it is commonly called, was both celebrated — and mourned — across America.

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Notes from New Orleans
12:32 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Dana Reed Offers More Than Dance Classes At Hope Stone

Children gather for one of the many classes offered by Hope Stone throughout the summer.
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Dana Reed’s career as a dancer has taken her across the country. While studying dance education at the University of Southern Mississippi, she spent her summers at the nationally renowned Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine. There she met dancer and activist Jane Weiner, who introduced her to the concept of community arts programs.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Dana Reed about the project that has brought her to the Crescent City.

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Love Nola
4:38 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Love NOLA: Summertime And The Living's Air-Conditioned

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When it comes to summer in New Orleans, I feel a lot like Goldilocks.

Now calm down people.  I’m not talking about donning a blonde wig and sleeping in a row of bears’ beds. 

I haven’t done that in years.

What I AM talking about is air conditioning.  Specifically, finding the right temperature for your home during those looooooong summer months when New Orleans turns into one big oven.

The way I see it, you have three choices.

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60 second weekend
6:59 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Sixty Second Weekend: Blueberry Blues

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Need a good tip to keep the energy bill down? Leave the house:

FRIDAY, 6/14:

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Even 300 Years Ago, A 'Frat Boy' Ran Amok In New Orleans

Erin Greenwald spent five years translating and editing her latest book, available in conjunction with an exhibit at the Historic New Orleans Collection.
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In 2004, the Historic New Orleans Collection acquired a remarkable document written by Marc-Antoine Caillot a 21-year-old French adventurer who came to New Orleans almost 300 years ago. This travelogue, one of the most significant finds of its kind, has been translated into English and is now in print as a book.

On Notes from New Orleans Sharon Litwin talks to historian Erin Greenwald about this amazing and amusing documentation of life in French Colonial New Orleans.

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Take Five
2:28 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Take Five: Hollywood South Makes Room For French Film

A scene from 'Les Diaboliques', Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1955 Mystery/Thriller screening at the Healing Center on June 24
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It’s summertime, the kids are out of school, and Hollywood is, once again, following the money.

“Right now you can literally go see Fast and Furious 6 at practically any theater in the city, said John Desplas, artistic director for the New Orleans Film Society, “and it’s starting in 20 minutes on one of the 20 screens.”

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Voices On Violence
1:37 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Voices On Violence: The Violence Has Changed Me, But This Is Home

Valerie West.
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Who:  Valerie West, 44, a New Orleans native who returned home after years of traveling the world as a military wife because her kids wanted to graduate from high school in the city in which they were born. A housekeeper at Ochsner who lets loose every Sunday as an active member of the New Orleans second-line culture (her club is the Original New Orleans Lady Buckjumpers). A teen mother who saw all three of her kids go to college. A woman whose life was forever changed by violence.

In her own words, here’s what Valerie has to say about:

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Voices On Violence
4:19 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Voices On Violence: A Native New Orleanian Contemplates Leaving

Writer and New Orleans native Eleanor Keller.
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What in the world am I doing here?

Why do I stay?

In light of the drama surrounding the recent Mother’s Day second-line parade tragedy, I bet I’m not the only one asking these questions today. Friends from upstate New York to the West Coast heard about this one, and they are all asking me these same questions.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Tulane City Center Extends Outreach To Neighborhoods, Communities

Maurice Cox, the former Mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, has helped move the Tulane City Center from its origin on Tulane's campus into a new space on OC Haley Blvd.
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While many of us are aware of Tulane University’s well regarded School of Architecture, fewer know about Tulane City Center and its outreach projects into the community.

Sharon Litwin talks with Maurice Cox, its recently appointed new director about the Center’s plans for New Orleans.

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

Voices On Violence: The Bubbles Of Safety Are Getting Smaller

Marco Topete.
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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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