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.

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. Nia Weeks & Mwende Katwiwa of this non-profit organization recently spoke with NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford about what's kept the organization strong for a...

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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 . He talked to dozens of Americans on both sides of the issue and discovered that we tend to agree about who should be able to purchase guns. NolaVie's Renee Peck recently talked to John about his nationwide gun safety conversations.

Bard Early College New Orleans

College education costs a fortune and keeps on getting more expensive. There is, however, one local high school that offers 11 th and 12 th graders a chance to graduate with a year’s worth of college credit, tuition free. Only about 100 students make it through the application process. But those that do get a classroom culture that offers seminar classes and unique electives. We’re talking about Bard Early College , which recently hired Nicole Young as its new executive director. She spoke...

Three New Things At The New Orleans Film Festival

Oct 14, 2015

When the New Orleans Film Festival was founded in 1989, it gave new filmmakers a place to screen their movies. 26 years later they’re still committed to that goal, but the festival has taken on new ambitions too. This year submissions are up nearly 60 percent and there's a chance a filmmaker could make their way to Hollywood’s famous red carpet.

Ben Burkett

When the Crescent City Farmers Market was founded 20 years ago, farmers in nearby rural areas were hesitant about coming to New Orleans. To them the city was a haven of crime and traffic, but connecting the city to the farm created more opportunities than they imagined. Farmer Ben Burkett never thought his involvement with the market would take him around the world and into corporate offices. He speaks with Sharon Litwin on this week’s Notes from New Orleans.

Renée Peck / NolaVie

Maxwell Williams first visited New Orleans 15 years ago, at the age of 21. Like so many first-time visitors, he was smitten with the city. “I came down here with a friend whose step-grandfather was the former president of Dillard University, and her stepfather is New Orleans native Ben Dent, whose brother is a poet, Tom Dent,” Williams recalls. “So that family introduced me to New Orleans in a way that, if I was a tourist just coming on my own, I would not have had near the depth of...

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