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2017/09/21 20:00 -0400

Bruce Raeburn is Curator of the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University in New Orleans.

 

Bruce Raeburn is Curator of the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University in New Orleans. Raeburn has more than an academic understanding of Jazz; he grew up with Jazz music. “I come from a Jazz family. My father was a big band leader named Boyd Raeburn; my mother was a Jazz singer named Ginnie Powell.” In this podcast, Bruce explains the origins of Jazz and describes the two basic Jazz types: solo and collective improvisation. On September 27, 2017, Jazz and history buffs alike can hear Raeburn discuss Jazz and New Orleans’ Storyville in his presentation, “The Storyville Diaspora Revisited.” The free lecture will begin at 6:00 p.m. at The Historic New Orleans Collection. For information about Raeburn’s lecture, visit https://www.hnoc.org

    
 

 



2017/09/14 20:00 -0400

Michelle Miller is the owner of H. Rault Locksmith.

 

Michelle Miller is the owner of H. Rault Locksmith. In 1845, Joseph Rault, an 18-year old French immigrant, opened a gunsmith shop at 515 Bourbon Street. Rault’s son, Henri, learned locksmithing, and the business moved to 3027 Magazine Street in 1947. Today, H. Rault is the second oldest locksmith in the United States. This unique shop is well-known to locals, who have patronized it for generations. According to Michelle, “We have people that come…their grandfathers brought them and now, they are bringing their sons, and their sons; it’s like a general thing.” In addition to its local clientele, H. Rault Locksmith has customers from all over the United States and Europe. For many New Orleanians, especially those who live in old homes with heirloom furniture, H. Rault Locksmith is a one-of-a kind source for specialized antique locks. In fact, many locals consider H. Rault Locksmith to be one of the best-kept “secrets” in Uptown New Orleans!

    
 

 



2017/08/29 20:00 -0400

Jack Matranga is owner of the Pennant Shop on Metairie Road.

 

Jack Matranga is owner of the Pennant Shop on Metairie Road. For more than eight decades, the popular shop has supplied colorful flags that are integral to our many celebrations, including Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, the feast of St. Joseph, and other traditional holidays. Ever since Hurricane Katrina, locals have proudly flown the municipal flag of New Orleans with its three gold fleurs-de-lis, a distinctive symbol of our city.
According to Jack, “The business started in 1932 making curtains and doing embroidery.” During WWII, the shop specialized in military “code flags”. In fact, Jack has pennant making in his blood: on the day he was born, his mother was frantically making flags to deliver to war ships that were about to embark. Today, the Pennant Shop creates one-of-a-kind banners and flags for local schools, second-line organizations, Mardi Gras krewes, and St. Louis Cathedral, to name just a few of the shop’s many customers. In this podcast, Jack remembers how he learned that Hurricane Katrina was as devastating as it was and recalls when he reopened his doors for business.

    
 

 



2017/08/07 20:00 -0400

Keith Twitchell is the Executive Director for the Committee for a Better New Orleans

 

Keith Twitchell is the Executive Director for the Committee for a Better New Orleans (CBNO). In this podcast, Twitchell describes the popular Big Easy Budget Game. As he explains, “The Big Easy Budget Game gives everybody in New Orleans the opportunity to create their own version of the city budget.” Players need only 10-15 minutes to finish the game, and the interactive process of deciding how to spend a multi-million dollar budget is enjoyable and educational at the same time. At the end of the game, CBNO will compile the data into a “Peoples’ Budget” and give this valuable, citizen-generated information to the City Council “as real meaningful, quantifiable input.” Twitchell also touches on the important Urban Storm Water Plan and The Forward New Orleans Coalition.
Tell the City Council how you want the city budget prioritized! Play the 2017 Big Easy Budget Game at Bigeasybudgetgame.com before the game closes.

    
 

 





 
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