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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.

Steve Collins

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?

The performance life of a symphony musician requires complete professional perfection. Their rigorous days are spent responding to the singular interpretation of conductors and music directors, so when it's time to unwind many choose leisurely hobbies.

Still, others can't get away from playing more music. Sharon Litwin finds out why on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

Gentrification: a welcome concept to some; a fighting word to others. And because one of New Orleans' neighborhoods, the Bywater,  is undergoing this change, it should come as no surprise that the cultural shift received some attention in an article posted on New Geography.com.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin asks the author, Tulane professsor Richard Campanella, for a definition of that most controversial word.

For almost 40 years, one specific New Orleanian has been a constant in the movie theater business. He's a movie maven who's passion for art films and indies has lead him all over the greater New Orleans area: from Gentilly to Bay St. Louis to Chalmette.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with the one and only Wennie Schulz.

There are three sounds you hear in New Orleans this morning.

You hear heads pounding as Super Bowl fans stumble their way back to the airport. Followed by voices cheering as residents bid a most joyous farewell to said fans.

In the past several weeks New Orleans has finished dressing up for the biggest sporting event in the country. Even places long-since overdue for a makeover have spruced up for the big game.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans we'll hear about the hard work done at Armstrong International and the lasting impression they hope to make.

To read a related article written by Litwin, visit Nolavie.com.

To paraphrase Dr. John, such a weekend!

From the Westbank to New Orleans to Slidell, Carnival officially kicked into high gear these past few days as 19 krewes rolled, celebrating everything from lions and dogs, to Wookies and Greek gods… even Mona Lisa & Moon Pies.

But, now it stops. For nine days. Because the Super Bowl is coming to town. I’d rather have Santa Claus.

Jason Kruppa

New Orleanians often have to justify why they live in their city, perhaps more frequently than other Americans. Whether it's with friends, family or themselves, it's a conversation most residents will have. But perhaps the answer is more universal than we think.

30 Under 30: Kickball

Dec 15, 2012

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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