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.

Confetti Kids

Local filmmaker Russell Blanchard has proof that change can begin in your own backyard. His award-winning film, 'The Lot' tells the story of a West Bank neighborhood coming together after Hurricane Katrina, and now, the film has started a community movement of its own. NolaVie’s Brian Friedman speaks with Russell to learn more.

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Library of Congress

In celebration of the city’s Tricentennial, NolaVie and New Orleans Historical bring you the series Who Did it Better: New Orleans Then and Now. In it, we look at aspects of the city’s history and their parallels in the present. Today we go to The Battle of New Orleans, in a segment we call Pirates and Nuns.

Kelley Crawford

Winters in New Orleans don’t exactly conjure up images of frozen lakes and ear muffs. Yet, there is one exception to this rule and her name is Sarah Zanolli. She's a professional figure skater and New Orleans’ official Ice Ambassador. NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford catches up with Sarah during the final stretch of this year’s ChristmasFest.

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While Best-Known For Jazz, NOLA Knows The Blues, Too

Dec 21, 2017
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When you think about New Orleans music, you probably hear a joyful sound -- the perfect soundtrack to dancing in the street. But much of our musical heritage is rooted in a darker sound: the blues. For more about New Orleans blues, NolaVie’s Brian Friedman spoke with Professor Ric Stewart.

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Rebecca Catalanello

The Louisiana Prison Education Coalition approaches education with a 360-degree model. They aim to ensure individuals in the prison system can achieve their educational goals, and they seek to educate the public about prison. Professor Elizabeth Steeby joins NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford in the studio to talk more about the Coalition’s work within the Orleans Justice Center.   

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Black Girl Giggles Collective

The Black Girl Giggles Collective hosts events throughout the year that spotlight black women in comedy. In this edition of Notes from New Orleans, NolaVie’s David Benedetto sits down with Camille Roane, comic and co-founder of the Collective.  

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New Orleans City Park

Editor's Note: In celebration of the city’s upcoming Tricentennial, NolaVie and New Orleans Historical bring you the series Who Did it Better: New Orleans Then and Now. In it, we look at offbeat aspects of the city’s history and their parallels in the present. Today we go to City Park, in a segment we call A Walk in the Park.

Julie Jordan Scott / Flickr

New Orleans has claimed several literary figures as its own -- Tennessee Williams is just the tip of the iceberg. The 19th century writer Kate Chopin was most known for her novel, "The Awakening," and Professor Barbara Ewell is an expert on the author. She joins Brian Friedman in the studio to talk about Kate Chopin's relevance in 2017. 

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Tom W. Sulcer

 

The Therapeutic Day Program provides space and services for kids with severe mental and behavioral health needs in New Orleans. Former WWNO reporter Mallory Falk checked in with the school back in 2015, and today NolaVie's Kelley Crawford welcomes back Elizabeth Marcell and Monica Stevens to discuss what changes and developments have come to the school since then.

Infrogmation of New Orleans / Flickr

New Orleans has a great new tool for music lovers. A Closer Walk is an interactive, location-based website about New Orleans music history. Just tap the map and you can find songs, rare photos, stories by local writers, and much more. One of the project’s founders, author Randy Fertel, speaks with NolaVie’s Renée Peck to share more about A Closer Walk.

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