Notes from New Orleans

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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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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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Old German Church In Marigny Transformed Into Performance Space

The Marigny Opera House's restoration began with basic electric and plumbing overhauls. Hurlbert says cosmetics will come in time.
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What happens when a classically trained pianist meets a closed-up church in the Marigny? Why he turns it into an opera house. This week on Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Dave Hurlbert, the man behind that mission.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Big Chief Casby Prepares Mirthful Celebration on West Bank

The Mardi Gras Indians will celebrate one final Super Sunday at the Algiers West Fest on Sunday, April 21st in downtown Algiers.
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For many members of our community, Carnival is not complete without a glimpse of at least one extraordinary, only-in-New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian. And even though there's been a couple of occasions for street sightings — like Mardi Gras Day, Uptown Super Sunday, and Downtown Super Sunday — those events are long past.

However, on this week's Notes from New Orleans Sharon Litwin tells us about one last chance to see the tribes en masse, and it's coming up soon.

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Notes from New Orleans
4:31 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Hear Music from Musaica's Upcoming "Green" Performance

Musaica Chamber Ensemble's final performance of the 2012-2013 season takes place on April 22 at the Lakeview Unitarian Church.

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.

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Notes from New Orleans
1:48 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

John Besh Brings It On Home

Chef John Besh decided to film an entire season of programs at his home on the North Shore.
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New Orleans chef John Besh's new cooking series premieres this week on PBS affiliates around the country. Besh is not only the owner of nine acclaimed restaurants and author of two award-winning cookbooks, but also a devoted husband and father of four young sons.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with John about how he manages to control all of his life's moving parts.

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Notes from New Orleans
6:23 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Everyone's Gone to the Movies

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.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Jazz Percussionist Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band; Goodnight Show; Singers of United Lands

  

This week on Inside the Arts Diane will journey Uptown as acclaimed jazz percussionist Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band headline Loyola University's 44th annual Jazz Festival.

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Notes from New Orleans
1:26 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Executive Director of New Orleans Public Library Celebrates 1st Anniversary in City

The Milton H. Latter Memorial Branch Library, located at 5120 St. Charles Avenue.

Whether you remember the original movie presentation of The Music Man from 1962, or the made-for-television version from 2003, you no doubt carry with you the images of Marian the Librarian.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin reports that Marian wouldn't recognize today's libraries.

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Notes from New Orleans
7:48 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

"Late Night" in New Orleans Takes on New Meaning

If you've ever watched any late-night television, you probably know that Jay Leno's program broadcasts from Los Angeles and that David Letterman records his show from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. And while those empires of late-night are indeed thousands of miles away, the opportunity to attend a talk show is closer than you might expect.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin speaks with the ukele-playing musical host and producer of the Crescent City's own Goodnight Show.

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