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Mar 12, 2017|

WWL’s Monica Pierre discusses various community projects and services that benefit the infrastructure of Greater New Orleans.

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Good Sunday and we'll continue to show you so much for joining us today I mean both Monica pier. Coming up. Like yeah sure it. Basically it's. Details about 31 annual Tennessee Williams. Including the master classes liberty speakers and a wildly popular shouting can't. What comes to mind it is good at Tennessee Williams festival. I hope so overjoyed today by Janet Daley she's gonna give us the whole lowdown on the upcoming ten TC Williams slash New Orleans literary festival I'll give that right I know it now far. Boy welcome to the show hopeful keep I have made this is such an exciting. Ultimately you know we're gearing up for the festival and hardly at 31. Year of in the that. But apparently. She absolutely before we get into that all star line up all the greed of it back a little bit to those early years that life can be applied with Tennessee Williams asked him and it started. Tell you when your obviously 1987. And it was really before the term cultural tourism became a big deal. Smoke of the individuals yeah we need to confess I guess on the literary background of new violence and and but I have fun to witness that at the same time. Focus on something that that. Bring the line it cultural aspect it started small and his clan and then over the years. It's amazing son and I guests had been people like Alec Baldwin. And it achingly who's the playwright baby brother he. I adamantly say that professional brother and Philadelphia a decaf it has been here a number of times and having yeah. Rex Reed any flag Eli Wallach just to name a few of the people being here in the years why do you think they say yes. And I think. Get it. I if you have ten feelings. And if you left his literature and his sports in which is truly the thing I've learned noticed that. Teach drama to come into the place that he adored this is his spiritual home is no question about it this is where he wrote it streetcar. And seeing consequently. It's an exciting place to be in. These people come and want to share that experience and share ideas and and well. You eat ground every year would Janet Daley joins us with talking about this year's upcoming Tennessee williams' New Orleans literary festival you mentioned growth. So how do you keep moving the needle forward. We have an amazing Stan element in a pile where it will. Has been hired executive director for a number of years along with. Tracy and together at a hat they put together at this schedule. It takes them practically is you know you get about a six week break and then they start up again. And it's a multi track and that it's four days five days. And we have theater feeling and we have. Master classes skilling on we have we searched. Things going on said it. We we hit all of high school jazz music. Food. Everything it's no violence that's my account tentatively in new war islands literary festival. We we don't just due Tennessee. We. Absolutely we're joined by Janet Daley talking about the 31 annual can you believe it 31. Annual. Timothy Williams New Orleans literary festival returning to the historic French Quarter 31 years and still counting. Let's thought about kick off with the opening night what's on. It is going to be amazing. We are dealing with. Look at DP it has its partner witness and lovingly we thank them so much for doing it. Opening night and plant is going to be out there at Le Petit on Wednesday march 22. And an evening that thing story. Panel arsonist just published a book. Com guide books too thin blue book's story bill which added yelled. It's an and then Keenan edited and advocate to fascinating book where she is pulled together by Clinton group looks terrific books. Like you'd if you get used to it he could literally. Look at these books. And you want it to be when you hit seem consistent guy as they served it at these places that the lick at the music. Says that that was sort of the spring board this idea is city's books. Let us and have that night the music era. Found in at the from the fox trot to the young black bottom of the whole thing everything is going on at that time. And and just take a fun filled. Crates and the cool part about the is that we have something before and after and if you want to commitment to patient level. When having a very special reception. It the react Tennessee actually rent street cleaning design it's right in street from the Petit. And says. And it's sixty. You can eking into pre party. Then Austin having used party where. And is it kindness out the difference Kaplan. He can get cocktail talents and to start. And and vote for for thirty dollars you can just come to. Ride out here basically say and every event and build an event. Around that seldom before during and after we thought if this is just too much fun and being a pity it's. It's such an iconic place mean we've we've. With partner liquidity since our inception and we're excited at being able to launch again. And no on you listing on like a month on the so much yes they'll be even more. So don't worry we're going to give you Google link or the information where you can get all of this great information that's just the opening nights a week shipment of QB Daunte. Scratch the surface. Some highlights of somebody advances in particular. Lights are important to have master class. Gymnastic classes are amazing. Honestly Monica and most important thing sometimes he'll board master class content it's people like an effective I went by the media. It tends to agree can now. What can master class means is come and learn no matter where you are in the spectrum if you're just trying to start to rye. I just trying to start acting. These opportunities. People like Amy Dickinson you know you've heard of asking me well. Amy's back two. Her new book called strangers tend to tell me things it's. That I got to read the that the Galley print. And it's a wonderful memoir. Is gonna talk about you know and doing her ask Amy Collins also how to write them. She'll be it in indifferent and and number of classes. We have Rick brags that Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and his most recent work paying my southern journey to news stories from the hard this fast. He's got a master class on Friday. Telling the story only you can town and debt that's you know talking about the role of family an essay writing. Dorothy Allison. She's been apparent as possible before and is participating in saints and sinners which is act LG BT. Literary festival that that festival saints and sinners works in conjunction with Tennessee Williams so we have. Programming that's really aimed at LG BT community as well as normal this is the first few artists because there's more attention this time around people we had escaped prisoners he's been in existence of or. Only for me he's sending to ten years it's and at least ten years it's been a part what happened was violently hit a couple. We did saints and sinners and day. And we did Tennessee in in March it's always ran his birthday and that's that his birthday that's why we yeah we do it march. And we finally kind of you know put I had together and realize that this energy in doing two of them together with even greater. So as a result we we we meld the two programs together analysts say two years ago. Did you expect a lot of attention this year I have to yeah oh yeah absolutely. Felt in other other people we have and the master classes in the master classes generally happened. At his to a New Orleans collection. And there it is small small room to decide when you lock it. I would have Lakeland junior he escaped me and Amy Dickinson and ruling always a wait wait can't tell me yeah I had fun fun people. Robert Allen Butler Pulitzer Prize winning four good sense from a strange mountain. He's just written a new book. And he'll be tugged at his amazing ability to write about war through the intense affects on in the the lives of its characters. Sarah yes the master classes. Lisa de Mora who rent. Airline highway. She's doing this really cool class he and announce talking fart he passed and you probably killing OK so where how. We please look at the website Debbie Debbie Debbie dot Tennessee Williams got Nat. Everything is there you can buy your tickets there you can purchase. What ever there also are two different ways to participate. From buying a panel passed. To individual tickets silly if you don't come for behold when you don't need to you can keep gene's. And so you know individual costs 1015 dollars for each thing. So you know it is decent average. Right and we got to get supports the shouting contest that I mentioned earlier. You mentioned Janet that Dick Cabot has been here before and he's returning that will he do this time he is amazing. He steer I had such a great time. It he would he volunteered to come this year. And we hope he's going to be doing a master class Friday morning on the art and interviews. Obviously militants of his scenes that he is the mass already been honest and it of and whenever I hear later in the day that that's the first thing I think at he's also going to be participating in the tribute reading. Yet that's something we put together arm on Thursday night as fast. And it's again. Fascinating fun filled evening on thirsting. It's at at Jackson which is wonderful news. In attacked Perry. And he'll be dealing readings we what we do is every it would come up with if he issued theme has to do with rounds and again Tennessee Williams a lot of writing. And in spring it misses. Then again mean it was great navy. Did you leave it. In the fifty. So anyway. The bottom line that's gonna be. Focal point and snow. Wonderful name and my wife and I. Thomas heat and I'll pull together writings whether it's poetry. Four days. Bits and snippets from plays. Each one of these wonderful people will be her. Giving points to Tennessee's words and it to can't obviously be one of them is important. Well from nineteen inaction we can have gone at Wagner Jill St. John. OK that's it people my age yell you know some of you youngsters probably getting in netted an eye you'll find out and I pick out that they are phenomenal. And at that young youngsters to illness Michael cerberus fun house and staff written and local political made good. Speaking of political make it Brian hat will be hand. Amy Dickinson his that they fabulously cheap apparently he can't tell me it's gonna get fabulous evening and again. In New Orleans community and exit eight or early. Get cocktails. Have the ad didn't sit on down and before before hand you know that Jackson has its vehemence. Outside. Patty and gallery right on the rivers said fatwa annual islands and come here more from Tennessee Tennessee's. This that the Tennessee williams' New Orleans literary festival with 31 year my guess is Janet Dailey was talking about all of the great things just. Really a snippet we're not going to give you every single longer refer you to. The web site there is something for everyone at a price point that's of interest to everyone as well. One of the things I want that you talk about and the baby dolls made maybe people Sox not the actual New York Times cover or Fat Tuesday you saw the baby doll so how important is it to include something like this and this is that it's at. Fluently. We eat really and a new system. That's the beauty of insanity and we week. Please welcome it we embrace it and it's really part of my DNA. And inability. To tell it to an incredible. Offshoot of our culture and and so yes we Wear those who don't know with a lot of people have moved to New Orleans post-Katrina. Why are the baby doll something that's not a part of the fabric and important day encapsulate. As certain. That the history is so important. As a column saying that the movement started. In in the late 18100 and it it was not sheet of women of color he to wanted to participate my car and says that they dressed up like Clint that they. And hey it's something that kind of fell out of out of at a fashion. And his comeback with it and writing and as and a shout out to tactic and applause. Who's really instrumental in making sure that the legacy in the history. And the beauty of the baby dolls and continues in lives in his documentary yes an edgy about a fabulous book that that we we. Spotlight before we're very very pleased and so happy that she's on report I mean she is just such. Hot shot you know if that's one of muscle again so much so much a look at been teasing the shouting. Contest and that's what people think of when you when you mentioned Tennessee Williams festival. The minute that particular day well that black closes at the festival and it's sending a little near and dear to my heart because it's. I was Stella. For lack. The last eight years and and my husband Langley told me. Last year and starting likely government Asman and it was time to move on. Follow him I I'd that last year. If you feel montagne Neil project thing. We talked and she can change she said it QB we handed the guy that and that it was the passing of this packet. Indeed Stella yeah every. Leaned each team. And we also have a standing case you rather be chatting your left matches to a male. Says it's really fact you'll see everything that kids need it says there and chanting. And chatting at the island every combinations and permutations. For and that closes it out against a lot of attention and it is this something that people who are in town and don't even know that this is going on stumble upon. We need it it's fun about it is that if you wanna participate each shell it's the first 25 people. That show up and Isa and she and you can you can d.s and every every every time it's on independently at times term Andy's Allah. We've had families. And me it's it's death stare in hand and what do you get besides bragging rights and Buick and eat it eat it. It trophy and you get there's baskets at the end that we get this prizes in. First and there. And then we start with does this the general competition which Democrat. People. And it really hone and once Anthony list and then. And an all happened there and how it starts at 415 inch how important is the crowd and people here Ali so much behind it really really is and if we do it is an additional defense. It's it's not just. A punch it. The eighties partner just you know certain things that's when that might be dealt there's nothing done about the festival. You know and we also had this amazing theater program that. Tentatively obviously as a playwright says. He's most known. Four for his work since. Theaters senate this year it's really exciting on sweeper at Yves is being produced by southern rap with Leslie can't day. Playing the lead in and we also have. With intense feelings theater company in violence in milk train doesn't stop anymore which again two iconic place of Williams. Then you know it is that is the entire festival running theme. They'll be other works. Such staged readings that I told you about when on Thursday night. He's gonna be and can't adaptation of the streetcar named desire featuring ballet jazz and modern dance. A new take on cat on hot tin roof focusing on the cactus. Has it brick hadn't committed this side and I remember the plot line it's brick having them. Can. Would get three scenes from Williams plays performed by students and welcome. Saint list is concerned mostly in shorts presidency and he was one of them as prolific writers he literally having when he when he broke that he would he might from eight. It was his jet that China and you know and you liked everything Drake at the end of its life but he still land at that was that was his life on. Attesting to Anna brings also fun. Fun part election part performance. Peeking into the last ten he blames that would teaching and retain along with as well favorites brand current and that partly. In a show called at liberty. Again all of this you can find on the on me. Underwent and then my favorite in this for me and hysterical we do a little or very late night. With no project and they are doing the fashion. That real housewives of Tennessee may now if that anybody he. I let them day and I were done by Janet Daley and she is with the Tennessee williams' New Orleans literary festival and mark your calendar will give me the dates coming up this month in March. The birthday month the beloved Tennessee Williams. There's some anything he touched upon but what really got my attention you talked about how. What everyday Tennessee got up and he wrote. 95 whatever it was this commitment for the day the New Orleans writing marathon. Talk about that and I think it's so important that. We have gifts so we have talented but that's not enough you have to have the discipline. Of making sure that you're working on your crafted and getting the story written as opposed to just say well I wanna be all right of them don't have any time. That is what the marathon that it that they need anything that the marathon. In the standard by Richard laugh. And he leads the hand. My cynical have a patent you have via fatigue him and you meet. And then they break up into smaller groups and Uga I'll selected venues whether it pumped cafe bookstore. For the writers wandering groups to righted that anything they want as long as they make their way around the French Quarter. It's all of that writing in the moment writing for the Julia. And finding inspiration in one's place. And then have to dealing if you want. You have a chance to share you where he shared. As you're going in and there's interaction during the marathon and it's as Europe progressing. As well as at the very end up having that opportunity to actually. Share your writing and speak them and hear you words and and and in it and one thing that I learned it. Particularly tense aliens is that. The written word. Cannot send them to ignore what has spoken word. And Williamson and sending that I would love to share with that audience is he easily. If you have we can play listen to aid them and that's why you come to hear his words spoken. Is. It's particularly if you are into acting in his place. Do reading in that have done a few of the years. Play called the mutilated which vary vary. Profound shadow. Sat dormant. You know. He DNA it's they sparks something in me and is dangerous place for epiphany. And and acts. That's what we bring to you. You had the opportunity to think and TT news in. He's enjoying yourself that the same time looking like and think about what's important to view and find. Find you start find something that's going to empower your life home and Guinea's edition. For instance you bring up the writing math here. How many how often. My little one says you should write a book like. He did it why it's so exciting. If that's particularly like it these there's an entire panel on them. You know it. Kick started and this place to come in. He how individuals can't people just born popular people just born you know great writers. It worked their way into. And learning some accounts that start learning from an ounce cans journey. It's how he can't. Hang and you can change to that story can figure out how you can't. Sarah you know that in some 991 of the greatest gifts the festival gives is that spark an inspiration. And Ian K let's take a look at all the different things that is in its isn't the case. We had a great being at home court so it's just music just in starting in the coming in great jazz musician. He can Alan Hewson an ounce story it's about storytelling. You know if you if you love food and you want the issue at like I team Martin's gonna talk about how on this Allah. Got hurt her real start beginning in in non. And the king or queen of the industry. Lou we have young young chef coming in showing she can start. Center you know it can come out. Betweens. And for your time coming between. Ten to two. And that's that's the exciting part to. That is really amazing and it speaks so profoundly to so many people listening. Because what I found to Janet is that we can line them Ramone what we don't have and what we don't have time for. But he viewed just walk and talk and new look and pay attention. And be disciplined that you're going to go from just inspiration. To putting something on paper he he. You don't you move it for our Andrea. Apps. And anything and particularly in the states tweeting and FaceBook and everything. That I am I thought myself. Got them on board and getting a look you know in and how much time we do and we end up. Interacting definitely an acting in their race differently. If you think it's yet and if you think it in action in the Greeks started it hasn't that ears again. It's the interaction with people packed the theater that's. Where. Our ability to. Inter acts. And that's what we care at the festival. And talk to people don't talk to that that I all the time and learn how you can and learn. Again. Buying that. Sexual beings with human being and and immediately think about festival. You're committed these workshops your candidacy since it seems he always gives an opportunity to ask questions. It's not just these wonderful people throwing stuff attic you can't get past them he it's OK okay count me. You talk to them and why did she decide to do. How did you make. So. Oh. And the gift of being alone being able to deconstruct what they did to help you you know of course you don't wanna be overwhelming try to do everything that you're going to get your epiphany. When you show up and we and you talk and we knew I'm assuming you listened and we used heal up and be present and it really learning how to. And we were talking before I just retired and I'm still trying to find my way it is to doing what I Alley floor I do that you know finding new. It's too teaching yourself to keep yourself the time to file your tree. You know as much this week hidden you know they'll exercise. Go lock. Half an art take our fuel why start writing to get that channel start channeling. Start thinking up ideas why. Right you know running and you burn absolutely and focus the attention so this is all you're going to do. Whoever allotted time to kill yourself nothing else and you gotta be amazed since the comic gets eccentric. Janet this has been a delightful account thank you so much I feel the passion I feel the purpose. I can't speak to you and giving him yeah yeah yeah. And remember and he can't be Debian has this billions and got me. There and got. Gateway. To an exciting time in our march 22. Between. He can damn it's going to be doing in the French Quarter. Come on didn't think you have. That is our show for today thank you so much for joining us until next time you enjoy this Sunday and the rest of yours we.