Notes From New Orleans

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Notes from New Orleans is a peek inside the life and culture of the Crescent City. The late Sharon Litwin, co-founder of NolaVie.com, began “Notes from New Orleans,” and the legacy is carried on by Renee Peck (journalist), Kelley Crawford (journalist), Sarah Holtz (radio producer), and a team of journalists who cover 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.

Madams and Professors: The Soundtrack of Storyville

Aug 17, 2017
The William Russell Jazz Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection

Now through December, The Historic New Orleans Collection is hosting an exhibit called Storyville: Madams and Music. Brian Friedman speaks with curator Eric Seiferth about the soundtrack of this era.  

Storyville Exhibit Showcases Bygone Social Experiment

Aug 10, 2017
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The city’s infamous Red Light District, Storyville, weaves itself through the legends and lore of New Orleans history. It’s also the topic of a current exhibit at The Historic New Orleans Collection. The exhibit is called Storyville: Madams and Music. In this first part of a two-part series, NolaVie’s Brian Friedman speaks with Pamela Arceneaux, author of Guidebooks to Sin and one of the exhibit’s curators.

New Harmony High School

Some innovative educators in New Orleans are rethinking high school. When New Harmony High opens next year, it won’t look – or act -- like a conventional school. That’s because it will most likely be situated on a barge on the Mississippi River. And its curriculum will include some unique lessons about coastal land loss. NolaVie's Renee Peck sits down with Sunny Dawn Summers, New Harmony's Head of School, to hear about this distinctive project.

École Bilingue

In a city that takes its name from the center of France, learning French as a second language seems intuitive. École Bilingue of New Orleans begins its French immersion program in early childhood, with the goal of ushering along global citizens. The school’s director of admissions, Courtney Kloor, sat down with NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford to talk about summer at École Bilingue, as well as the fast approaching back-to-school season.  

Casa Pelican Es Su Casa If You're A Foodie at Heart

Jul 20, 2017
Casa Pelican

So the saying goes, you can’t talk about New Orleans without talking about the food. But for some people, talking’s not enough – some people have to make it. Karen Duncan is one such individual, a chef who came by Louisiana cuisine at her restaurant in Toronto. Her adopted home is Algiers Point, where she owns the bed & breakfast, Casa Pelican. NolaVie’s David Benedetto sits down with Karen to hear more of her story. 

Tale of a Handsome Cocktail: El Guapo Bitters

Jul 13, 2017
El Guapo Bitters

Next week, the gigantic spirits convention better known as Tales of the Cocktail will descend on New Orleans. Cocktail enthusiasts from around the world will come together to compare notes on everything from daiquiris to bitters. To learn more about the latter, NolaVie's David Benedetto spoke with Scot Maddox, who founded El Guapo Bitters right here in New Orleans.

 

Hive Minds: Beekeepers of New Orleans

Jul 6, 2017
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For Darci Jones, bees are fundamentally misunderstood. She's the president of the New Orleans Beekeepers Club, a group focused on both beehives and the bigger ecological picture. NolaVie's Brian Friedman speaks to Darci to learn about bees and their keepers.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Brian Friedman.

Blake Bertucelli

Salads used to just be a side, or even an afterthought to the meal. These days, they’ve taken center stage as entrees, often with complex combinations and ingredients. French native and New Orleans transplant Jean-Mark Sens is an authority on leafy greens, and NolaVie’s Renée Peck speaks with him about the once lowly salad and its cultural evolution.

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

Momma Tried

Theo Eliezer and Micah Learned of Momma Tried magazine are taking print media to a new level. Momma Tried is an interdisciplinary art project that you can literally hold in your hands. The magazine asks its readers to question, to experiment, and even to laugh at the world around us. Co-creators Theo Eliezer and Micah Learned joined NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford in the studio just before the release of their newest issue.

Sarah Holtz

It’s often said a good sign maker changes the look of the town she or he works in. Yvette Rutledge of Mystic Blue Signs has been beautifying New Orleans with her hand-lettered signs since 1995. NolaVie’s Joe Shriner spoke with Yvette about her craft and visual influence throughout the city.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Joe Shriner.

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