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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Meet the Man Who's Bringing The Dalai Lama To Town

Ronald Marks' involvement with the Louisiana Himalaya Association and Tulane University has established a strong connection with leaders in the Tibetan community.
Credit Tulane University

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Most New Orleanians have probably heard that the Dalai Lama is in town this week. But perhaps you do not know of the work it took to bring the spiritual leader of 6 million Tibetan Buddhists to this city.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Ronald Marks, the Tulane scholar who organized the visit.

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NolaVie
12:59 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Club Whatever Puts The Party On Wheels

Club Whatever, the long view.
Nina Feldman

A ride on Club Whatever, and an interview with the DJ/Driver behind the wheel.

You may have seen it before: a behemoth of a vehicle, rolling at a snail’s pass up Canal Street blasting speaker smashing beats. Its violet exterior shields its partiers from the outside world — all that can be seen of them are their arms, flailing wildly from every open window. And then there is the noise: a penetrating boom that reverberates off the surrounding buildings, shakes the bus and compels riders and bystanders alike to bounce up and down.

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60-Second Weeknd
1:29 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Sixty Second Weekend: Let Us Return To Normalcy

The Original 'Django' movie poster

Hear that? The birds chirping, the construction on Esplanade, yep — New Orleans is back to normal. Jazz Fest came and went, and now it’s up to us to keep having fun. Shouldn’t be that hard:

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Burden Of WWII Responsibilities Kept Secret For More Than 30 Years

A fully operational replica of the Colossus Mark 2 at Bletchley Park in the UK. Machines such as these were used to decode Germany messages in World War II.
Credit Ibonzer/CreativeCommons

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Sixty eight years ago this week — May 8, 1945 to be exact — the Second World War ended in Europe with the signing of the official documents in Berlin. But, for one group of British military women, it would be more than 30 years before they were allowed to talk about their secret role in that devastating conflict.

Sharon Litwin had the chance to speak with one of them for this week's Notes from New Orleans; she filed this report from the back patio of a charming, soft-spoken resident of Covington, Louisiana.

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Love NOLA
5:20 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Make Way For Buck Moths: Caterpillars Above And Below

A buck moth caterpillar.
Steve Collins

Brett Will Taylor on the treacherous buck moth caterpillars that fall from the oak trees in New Orleans.

You only have to spend about 10 seconds in New Orleans to know that ours is a city that relishes being over the top. And we do love her for it. Most of the time.

But not when it comes to bugs. Seriously. Must New Orleans bugs be so, well, New Orleans? Larger than life? With a voracious appetite? And more than a little crazy?

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60 Second Weekend
5:11 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

60-Second Weekend: Beyond Jazz Fest Take Two

Erykah Badu circa 2012.
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Laine Kaplan-Levenson spits the 60 Second Weekend.

Despite flash flood warnings and the Fairgrounds not looking to dry up until next year’s Fest, there’s still reason to celebrate. Music is everywhere, from the Bayou to Tchoupitoulas, and so much so that it’s almost impossible not to end up at one fest or another over the next few days. So whether you’re down to drop some dough, or are looking for a free ride, we’ve got your weekend:

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Need Plans After Jazz Fest? Make a Date with the Master of Puppets

The second annual New Orleans Giant Puppet Festival takes place Thursday through Sunday at the Marigny Opera House at 7 p.m., and then at the Mudlark Public Theatre at 10 p.m.
Credit Harry Mayrone

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Inarguably, festival season in New Orleans is in full swing. But while most of the attention is going to multi-million dollar projects with international fans, there are still other festivals happening under the radar.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin speaks to a Marigny artist about the festival she's put together at two separate venues. One's family friendly, while the other is a bit taboo

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Jazz Fest 2013
5:23 am
Mon April 29, 2013

The Hosts of the Party: Bayou St. John Responds to the Jazz Fest Takeover

A one way sign is put up for Jazz Fest a week in advance, but until the day of, these signs are covered and ignored by residents of Bayou St. John (seen here at the corner of Mystery St and Esplanade Ave).
Credit Nina Feldman / NolaVie

The people of Bayou St. John tell of merriment and traffic as the festival descends on their neighborhood. 

Nina Feldman learns from residents and business owners in Bayou St. John how the Jazz Fest (and the traffic that comes with it) temporarily transforms their neighborhood.

In shady Bayou St. John, the neighbors really know each other.  The same crew assembles each morning at the local coffee house to read the paper and debate its assertions; another crowd convenes at the various watering holes each evening.

“It’s one of the great things about this neighborhood,” says Fortin St. resident Jonas Bishop. “The fact that I know everyone on my block… It’s definitely a community-centric area that you don’t find a lot of places.”

Delanie Manuel, server at Liuzza’s by the Track and Jonas’ neighbor, agrees. “I thought I’d be a Quarter Rat forever,” she admits. “But no, I love it here.”

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60-Second Weekend
3:59 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

60-Second Weekend: Life Beyond the Fairgrounds

Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara performed Thursday night at Festival International in Lafayette.
Credit Dionne Grayson / WWNO

   

Laine Kaplan-Levenson spits the 60 second weekend.

It’s the last weekend in April, which for many means one thing (especially to Fred Kasten), and while we’re counting down for the gates of the Fair Grounds to open wide, let us not forget all that continues to live and breathe outside the racetrack gates. Here are some great things to do before, after, or (gasp) during this weekend’s main attraction:

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60-Second Weekend
2:04 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

60-Second Weekend

Laine Kaplan-Levenson spits the 60 second weekend.

It’s not jazzfest... yet. But there’s still plenty to do this weekend in New Orleans, even in The Fest’s (newly-paved) nearby Esplanade Ridge area.

So, whether you’re down on St Claude, from the Lower 9th, or attached to Mid-City, we've got your weekend:

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