New Orleans: The Big Easy
SOTRU explores and celebrates New Orleans, Louisiana. The city of New Orleans is as proud of its traditions as it is steeped in them. But since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the city and its residents have been thrust into new relationships with those very traditions they hold so dear. State of the Re:Union visits the Big Easy to explore how the city is negotiating that tension between the old and the new, from race relations to po boys to combating crime, five years after the storm.
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New Orleans was a dangerous place before Katrina and only spiked afterwards. But the response to it changed and residents have taken measures to stop it.
The influx of young people who came to New Orleans to help rebuild are staying and starting new businesses, the city is dealing with ever-changing demographics and neighborhoods healed through the sharing of stories.
The chants of the Mardi Gras Indians, the beat of the Bounce genre of hip-hop and the culinary champion of the city: the po boy.
Other organizations doing crazy cool stuff in New Orleans :
House of Dance and Feathers
A backyard museum dedicated to the arts and culture of the 9th Ward, especially the Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs and the Mardi Gras Indians.
Rusted Up Beyond All Recognition Bikes
An organization started in 2006 collecting unusued flood bikes and fixing them up for residents and volunteers. It’s evolved into a full-fledged community bike shop in the upper 9th Ward.
A group working on using crowd-sourcing to revive a neighborhood.
Ya Heard Me?
A documentary film on Bounce/rap music in New Orleans
Life is Art Foundation
A combination urban farm/exhibition space for visiting artists in the city’s rough St. Roch neighborhood
The Crossroads Project
A group of NOLA youth organizing and producing original theater.
Ashe Cultural Art Center
A fixture of the Central City neighborhood, combining art, community and activism, especially since Hurricane Katrina.
Patois: NOLA Human Rights Film Festival
A film festival founded by NOLA artists dedicated to “nurturing the city’s human rights community.”
9th Ward Field of Dreams
An initiative to turn an abandoned lot next to a hurricane-devastated high school into a football field. They’ve raised more than a million dollars, so far.
Charlie Hunter “Rendezvous Avec La Verite”
New Orleans Night Crawlers“Royal Flush”
DJ Shadow “Stem Long Stem”
Music recorded on location in New Orleans from the Hot 8 Brass Band, Peace March, April 1, 2010
Lee Dorsey “Yes We Can Can”
My Brightest Diamond “We Were Sparkling”
The Album Leaf “The Audio Pool”
Galactic “Boe Money” (feat. The Rebirth Brass Band)
Mardi Gras Indian chants recorded on location in New Orleans @ Super Sunday, 2010
Big Freedia“Gin in my System”
Gregory D “Buck Jump Time”
Chev Off the Ave and Vocka Redu “Book of Avalations”
Katey Red “Loco New Orleans”
Big Freedia “Azz Everywhere”
Galactic“Double It” (feat. Big Freedia)
Kelly Thibodeaux, Track 19 from “Acoustic Etoufee”
The Album Leaf “The Sailor”
Broken Social Scene “Guilty Cubicles”
Galactic (feat. Trombone Shorty and Corey Henry) “Cineramascope”