Renée Peck

Jazz and Heritage Center
Zack Smith

Jazz Fest takes up so much of our collective consciousness in New Orleans that many may not know that the Festival’s nonprofit arm keeps the music on all year round. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation is dedicated to promoting all facets of our music culture from African drumming to Zydeco. NolaVie’s Renée Peck spoke with Scott Aiges, Director of Programs, Marketing and Communications, about tradition and transformation in New Orleans music today.

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, 2016. 

Sharon played an important role in the growth of WWNO's local news and cultural reporting. Our listeners are invited to join a public celebration of her life at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in New Orleans City Park.

Anila Keswani
Anila Keswani / Nolavie

New Orleans’ roots are diverse. This summer, Nolavie is speaking with members of different communities that have woven their unique strands into the local culture. Today, Renee Peck speaks with restaurant owner Anila Keswani about her life in the Crescent City and her relationship to its Indian-American community.

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.

 

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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.

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Christy George is concerned that too many Americans are in denial about climate change and is trying a find a new approach to change their minds. She believes that people join social movements once they’re convinced it’s the right thing to do, so she’s collecting personal stories from locals who have been impacted by rising tides and temperatures for her new book, My Vanishing Hometowns.

KIDsmART

Over the past year, local educational organizations have joined a new program funded by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It’s called Any Given Child and it helps schools integrate artistic lessons into their curriculum. Echo Olander of KIDsmART has been essential to the program’s local development, and spoke with NolaVie’s Renee Peck about what they’ve learned and where they’re going.

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.

Stacy Serro

The University Medical Center in New Orleans is a mammoth-sized hospital with more than 2 million square feet of constructed space. And before Stacy Serro arrived, the walls were merely painted drywall.

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.

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