Sharon Litwin

This coming August the National Poetry Slam will take place in Boston. But locally, preparations are already being made. On Saturday, both aspiring and professional poets are encouraged to compete for a spot on Team Slam New Orleans. So on this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin is getting schooled in the stanza.

  

  

This week, on Inside the Arts, we’ll explore Something Old, Something New an exhibit of recent acquisitions at the Historic New Orleans Collection. We'll talk YAT with Chris Champagne and explore a cultural center that’s bringing a Hindu system of philosophy to the 9th Ward. Then, we'll spin a yarn with an English textile artist.

If you're worried about the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse, you really shouldn't be. After all, one of the world's leading Ancient Astronaut Theorists has figured out how to prevent the destruction of the Earth. And he's doing it with his closest friends from the Krewe of Chewbacchus.

Sharon Litwin takes you to their leader on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

Mastering the art of Southern gardening isn't something you can learn overnight. It takes time, training, and patience. But the payoff is something an entire community can enjoy. So perhaps that's why membership in Louisiana's Master Gardener's organization is... growing.

Sharon Litwin speaks with a leader from the region's local chapter on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

As most people know, the 1960s were a very tumultuous time in America. Standing in the spotlight of the Civil Rights Movement was a 6-year-old girl who integrated the New Orleans school system and helped dissolve segregation across the South.

Ruby Bridges shares her story with Sharon Litwin on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

The New Orleans Fringe Festival is ready to bring fearless performers to fearless audiences. Now in its fifth year of production, the festival hopes to strengthen relationships between local artists and the community-at-large. For this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin spoke with Fringe's performance coordinator Emilie Whalen about this year's upcoming festivities.

A New Orleans-based creative subscription program called "The Drop" is determined to make collecting art easy, accessible, and fun.

As their second round of subscriptions gets underway, Sharon Litwin speaks with one of the women in charge of the project, Cameron Shaw, on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

The New Orleans Children's Book Festival demonstrates how children from different backgrounds can get to know each other through the love of books. The free festival, now in its third year, is put on by Ruby Bridges, who joins Sharon Litwin on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

In recent years, the districts, neighborhoods, and towns that have little access to healthy foods have been dubbed "food deserts." Because some of New Orleans' lowest-income neighborhoods suffer from this situation, the Lower Ninth Ward Food Access Coalition is hosting a Grocery Store For-A-Day! event to help alleviate the problem. 

Giorgio Bertuccelli's creative background began in his father's papier-mâché studios, where the fantastic creatures of Mardi Gras came to life. It was there that he began to build his own percussion instruments and experiment with sound. He sits down to talk about his new installation at the Contemporary Arts Center.

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