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NolaVie celebrates the distinct characters, events, neighborhoods, cuisine and all the other things that make New Orleans, well, New Orleans through everything from personal perspectives by weekly columnists to features about local people and places, using everything from photo galleries and video to creative writing.

Angel Trumpets release some of the best smells in the city.
Scott Gold / Nolavie

When people fall in love with New Orleans -- a phenomenon that happens on a daily basis around here -- they’re wont to wax poetically about the familiar qualities that make this city such a special and enchanting place.

But all of this gushing tends to leave out a single and singular fact of life in the Crescent City: This town, for lack of a better word, smells.

Sharon Litwin, co-founder of NolaVie.
NolaVie.com

WWNO has lost a dear member of its community in Sharon Litwin, co-founder and president of NolaVie. She passed away Friday, June 24. This post was originally published on NolaVie.com.

Nearly 100 years ago Marcel Duchamp put a porcelain urinal into a New York art gallery and changed the way we think about art. The Essence of Things is a new exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art that's dedicated to elevating the beauty of everyday objects. Can a rubber band or pair of flip flops rise to the level of high art? NolaVie's Renée Peck spoke with Mel Buchanan for the answer.

 

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Renée Peck.  

Kenneth Schwartz.
Luisa Venegoni / Tulane Hullabaloo

Since every generation uses new buzz words, you might wonder what goes on at Tulane’s Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking. Luckily, Sharon Litwin got an explanation from their founding director, Ken Schwartz. 

Gia Hamilton, left, of The Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.
Tauriac Photography / The Joan Mitchell Center

The goal of the Joan Mitchell Center is to support emerging visual artists who live in New Orleans. That space is run by Gia Hamilton, who spoke with Sharon Litwin for the latest 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

Rafael Saddy
Rafael Saddy / Nicaraguan Association of Louisiana

 The 6th annual Kenner Hispanic Fest is June 11th and 12th.  “You’re going to find Hondurans, you’re going to find folks from the Caribbean, you’re going to find folks from Central America, and from the U.S.” said Rafael Saddy, event coordinator of the Nicaraguan Association of Louisiana (ANDELA).  “This festival’s purpose was to integrate not only the Hispanic community as one community but also share with the entire community to come in for a day of family fun, music, and food.”

Street Economy: Fernando Lima Busks In The French Quarter

May 25, 2016
Fernando Lima, pianist
Daniel Grey / Nolavie

New Orleans has one of the most vibrant and unique street economies - with everything from musicians, dancers,  performance artists, poets and painters to the more hidden economies revolving around sex, drugs, and other hustles.

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

Apr 20, 2016
Infrogmation

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. 

There was a time when most neighborhoods in New Orleans had their own movie house, but they slowly disappeared and were replaced by multiplex theaters. But as everything becomes localized these days, so have options for seeing movies. The latest space to open is the Broad Theater, a four room theater house in an old Spanish colonial building in Mid-City.

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