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.

Derek Bridges / Flickr

When I woke up and checked the news, I could hardly believe what I was hearing. I stared at my screen in disbelief. This was really happening. This was the new reality. And there was nothing that I could do about it. I had to muster every ounce of inner strength I had just to say the words, to make them real, to accept that this was the truth.

“The New Orleans Zephyrs are now...the New Orleans Baby Cakes.”

Max Trombly

What do Bourbon Street, the film Cabaret, and the word “extravaganza” have in common? They are all linked in some way to the art of burlesque dancing. NolaVie’s David Benedetto recently dove into the art form with longtime performer Bella Blue. Bella is a member of the Foxglove Revue and serves as the Headmistress of the New Orleans School of Burlesque.

Finn McCool's New Owner Takes A Seat at the Pub

Nov 3, 2016
J. Regan / Flickr

Sean Kennedy has been known as the Irishman and patron of Finn McCool’s, and he’s now known as the Irishman and new owner of Finn McCool’s. After years of working tirelessly and building a tight community in their Mid-City pub, Stephen and Pauline Patterson have passed the torch on to Sean, who’s more than up to the challenge. Especially if there’s soccer involved.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.  

Hunter Desportes / Flickr

Note: this piece is a work of satire.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’re probably aware that it’s once again election season in America. And if you do happen to live under a rock, I’m kind of envious, because, again, it’s election season in America. Choosing new leaders for our great nation tends to bring out the crazy in just about everyone every four years. 

Jason Kruppa

In a city where Halloween is just one of many opportunities to dig through the costume closet, there's never a wrong time to reinvent yourself. NolaVie’s Renée Peck spoke with local fashion designer Alicia Zenobia, who creates Joy Suits, shiny second skins that spark reinvention for all occasions, costume parties and otherwise.  

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

New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra

While spring festival season in Louisiana is pretty much a given at this point, the fall is turning out to be an especially busy time for classical and orchestral music. The New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra, or NOVO, is among many of the city’s classical music organizations hard at work preparing for the fall concert season. To hear more about NOVO, David Benedetto spoke with Chris Bergeron, the Orchestra’s co-founder and conductor. 

Phil Roeder / Flickr

The first ever Beignet Fest is coming to Lafayette Square on October 8, and apart from gourmet beignets and great music, the festival’s cause provides even one more reason to come out and spread the powdered sugar. Founders Amy and Sherwood Collins started the festival as a way to support programs for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Sherwood joins NolaVie’s Brian Friedman in the studio for a behind-the-scenes look at Beignet Fest 2016.  

Katie Hunter-Lowrey

Since 2011, NOLA to Angola has been uniting people in a 170-mile solidarity bike ride from Municipal Court in the shadow of Orleans Parish Prison to Angola Prison, and that solidarity extends way beyond the miles trekked on the ride. The ride focuses on bringing people together, no matter what barriers separate them. NolaVie's Kelley Crawford speaks with Katie Hunter-Lowrey, one of the ride's organizers.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.

The Saints take to the Dome for a big game on Monday night. But not all the action is generated by the players on the field. Fans are pumping up to express the indefinable spirit that is Saints culture -- everything from dance moves by the 610 Stompers to chants of "Who Dat!" NolaVie's Renee Peck talks to the Saints' Director of Game Day Entertainment, Jared Sampson, to find out about the elaborate planning that goes into entertainment at the Superdome.  

Taylor Williams
Mark Reynolds

Between overgrown vines, prickly thorns, and bugs of all kinds, the Louisiana environment presents a formidable challenge for any landscaper. No one knows this better than horticulturist Taylor Williams, who comes armed with pruning shears wherever he goes. On the eve of this year’s harvest, Kelley Crawford spoke with Taylor about his experiences in the weeds and wilds of Louisiana’s backyard.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford. 

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