Notes From New Orleans

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Notes from New Orleans is a peek inside the life and culture of the Crescent City. Sharon Litwin, president and co-founder of NolaVie.com, covers all aspects of the unique and vibrant contributions of this creative society.

From established and emerging visual artists to the new breed of young entrepreneurs; from extraordinary musicians to world class performing artists; from Mardi Gras Indians to pop up restaurants — whether it’s going on Uptown, Downtown or Back of Town, their stories are sure to show up on Notes from New Orleans.

Drummer Boyanna Trayanova And The Rhythm Of The Balkans

Jun 8, 2016
Just another day at the office for Boyanna Trayanova.
Kelley Crawford / Nolavie

In a city full of musicians, Boyanna Trayanova stands out. Offbeat Magazine has called her the best ska drummer in city, but she's just as likely to play traditional jazz, blues, or music from her Bulgarian homeland. She spoke with Kelley Crawford for NolaVie's series, Artists in Their Own Words

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Louisiana State Museums, like the Cabildo and Presbytere in Jackson Square, are feeling the strain from new budget cuts that could jeopardize their operation. To find out how this problem might be solved, NolaVie’s Sharon Litwin spoke with Mark Tullos, the Assistant Secretary for the office of State Museums.

For Architect Mark Hash, Art Is Concrete... And Abstract

Apr 20, 2016
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Pause for a moment and consider your neighborhood through the eyes of an architect. You’d expect geometric shapes, locations, and other spatial relationships to be foundational to their perspective, so it may surprise you to hear how abstract their creative process can be. Recently, architect Mark Hash discussed how his structured mind has changed over the years with NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford. 

NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team

New Orleans astronomy buffs have a new place to take in the wonders of outer space. The Tulane Observatory will now be open to the public once a month. Renee Peck recently spoke with Dr. Dan Purrington, Professor Emeritus of Physics, about this new opportunity to view the skies.

Women With A Vision 'Do The Work Alongside Our Community'

Mar 23, 2016
Women With a Vision

One of the mottos knocked around the offices of Women With A Vision is “We serve at the feet of those who suffer the most.” For 25 years they've worked with African American women, the LGBTQ community, and other people living in harmful situations to help them with advocacy, supportive services and community-based participatory research.

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NCIS: New Orleans is one of television’s most popular weekly shows. On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, NolaVie’s Sharon Litwin talks with crew member Albert Quaid about what makes the show so authentic.

Erik Frank won the Blackstone Big Idea award at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week in 2013.
Erik Frank

Erik Frank had been in business for a year when he went to New Orleans’ Entrepreneur Week and got caught up in its fervor. Thousands wanted to see “the next big thing,” and Erik made himself a promise that his idea -- nutritional meals delivered to your job -- would be it. A year later, he pitched before celebrity judges and won $50,000 for his business, Your Nutrition Delivered.

Janet Wilson

There’s a special group of improvisers in New Orleans who want nothing more than to get hospital-bound kids to laugh. They're called Funny Bones Improv and on this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with two of their leaders: executive director, Janet Wilson, and local director and performer Emily Slazer. 

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When you’re traveling around New Orleans, even the most tranquil day can be compromised by a loud thud beneath your vehicle. Local writer Scott Gold has a less-than-conventional theory about what’s causing the citywide problem.

John Richie

The debate over gun safety is often presented as a black and white issue, with people either strongly for or against strict gun laws. But local filmmaker John Richie found that wasn’t the case.

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