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.

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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.

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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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House of Shock

This Halloween marks the 25th anniversary of the House of Shock. The haunted attraction has made its mark on the city through hair-raising costumes, theatrical sound, and pyrotechnics. NolaVie’s David Benedetto catches up with one of the founders, Ross Karpelman, as he prepares to get into character for the last weekend before Halloween.

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Drew Varick

In this edition of Notes from New Orleans, Brian Friedman meets a professional bodybuilder with a surprising backstory. Drew Varick is an actor and stuntman who got into bodybuilding after taking a role as a sideshow performer. Standing 3 feet 6 inches tall, he’s also among the smallest bodybuilders ever.

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Glitter Box

“The future is female.” We have heard these words and seen them written on t-shirts, but what does it mean? Alice McGillicuddy has some insight. She manages and curates a shop called Glitter Box. The space is run by females, stocked with goods made by female artists, and is linked up with nonprofits that support females. NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford speaks with Alice to learn more.

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New Orleans Opera Association

Since the end of the 1700s, opera has been a cultural touchstone in New Orleans. Here to tell us a little bit about the operatic history of the city is Baty Landis of the New Orleans Opera Association. She joins NolaVie’s David Benedetto in the studio to talk about the Opera’s upcoming 75th season.

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St. Augustine Church

Despite the lingering summer weather, fall festival season has arrived. And this weekend kicks off with the Treme Fall Festival. Music and art will fill the streets of the Treme for this fundraiser to benefit the restoration of the neighborhood's historic St. Augustine Church. NolaVie's David Benedetto speaks with some of the organizers and sends us this preview.

The Mascot

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 give you: Big Easy Bikes. Call it a story about recycling.

Pricing The Past: Inside A Metairie Tag Sale

Sep 14, 2017
Lynda Moreau

If you're curious about other people's lives, there are several safe ways in. Film, books, Instagram — they all provide shades of reality to the voyeur, all within an accepted norm of behavior. Lynda Moreau has found another way in, and it's all part of her job.

Nearly every week, Moreau enters a home in the New Orleans area, takes a look around, and begins to methodically sift through the owner's possessions. But it's not what you might think. She runs an estate sale company called Silent Partners.

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