New Orleans club Tipitina's, which reopened as a musician's community center and co-op in the days after Hurricane Katrina and is now a venue again.
The fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans has been marked everywhere over the past week — including here. But we wanted to mention a few stories you shouldn't miss:
—No suprise, the New Orleans Times Picayune leads the coverage. Highlights include a profile of the Rebirth Brass Band’s leader Phil Frazier, a timeline of the recovery (when Cabildo and Tipitina re-opened in the fall of 2005, the return of the Essence Music Festival in 2007 and the arrival of the Treme cameras in early 2010), and a look at which cultural institutions have come back, which disappeared forever, and what new landmarks have filled the gaps.
—One N.O. music landmark that couldn't stick it out is Donna's Bar and Grill, a mainly jazz venue that played host to many local musicians and closed its doors last week (here's a 2009 set at the venue by the Danza Quartet, webcast by NPR Music).
—Shadow Lines is a documentary film about musicians in N.O. who returned to the city after Katrina, and how they've fared since.
—The National, an English-language newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates, offers a guide to visiting New Orleans, with special emphasis on music and food (but no alcohol and no pork).
—The New York Daily News talks to former New Orleans residents who resettled in New York after Katrina. Tondrae Kemp, who lived in Mid-City but was in New York during Katrina, stayed and now hosts weekly Bounce parties at a bar on the Lower East Side.
—Paste magazine's List of the Day blog offers five albums that celebrate New Orleans culture.
—NPR's Mandalit del Barco talks to members of the Treme Brass Band about playing in the city (and on HBO) after Katrina.