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.

Creole Connections

We use the word Creole a lot in New Orleans, to define everything from gumbo to architecture. But the Creole culture has roots not only here, but also around the world. To learn more, NolaVie's Renée Peck invites Dr. Edward Anderson, jazz trumpeter and educator, and Barbara Trevigne, Creole historian and artist, into the studio to describe a new project called Creole Connections that will trace our ties to Brazil.  

Petit Paris Market

Bastille Day arrives on July 14, and in this tricentennial year, the holiday prompts a reflection on the city’s French heritage. Kyly La Riviere is strengthening the French-Louisianan connection by bringing a little bit of Paris to New Orleans at Petit Paris Market on Magazine Street. 

Project Lazarus

Since 1985, Project Lazarus has provided housing for individuals in New Orleans living with HIV and AIDS. When asked to describe the organization in one word, community members have responded with words like, "compassionate," "loving," and "sanctuary. " For more on the group's vision, NolaVie's David Benedetto invited Director of Programs Jessica Kinnison into the studio.

Lady Delaney

Artist Lauren George, also known as Lady Delaney, is the mastermind behind a mysterious collection of miniatures that can be found at historic sites around New Orleans. She and NolaVie's Kelley Crawford discuss some big ideas about things that are very small.   

Event Preview: Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival

Jun 22, 2018
Black Girl Giggles Collective

As the city welcomes locals and visitors to Essence Festival in July, the Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival will kick off its second year. Here's David Benedetto with more on the festival, which begins on July 4.

The Juror Project Aims To Rebalance The Scales Of Justice

Jun 15, 2018
The Juror Project

As the state prepares to vote on several key laws in November, many voters are turning their attention to the split verdict issue in Louisiana. 48 states in the US require unanimous verdicts in felony trials, but Louisiana is not one of them. NolaVie's David Benedetto speaks with William Snowden, a federal trial attorney and founder of The Juror Project. The group aims to increase diversity on juries and challenge perspectives on jury duty.

Meg Dick

The Mississippi River, now reined in by levees, once flowed wild and boundless. The river wound its way through towns whose residents — perhaps inspired by its symbolic freedom — created American music. In Louisiana that meant Cajun music, among other traditions. While it’s obvious to those of us who live here that the cultural imagination of the Mississippi is still as wild as ever within our music, it turns out that the same can be said along the waters that feed the Mississippi at its source–Minnesota. Just ask Karl Smelker. 

Nola4Women

The tricentennial is a big year for the nonprofit, Nola4Women -- after all, they formed the group with this very milestone in mind. At the end of 2018, Nola4Women will be hosting a Global Summit on Women and Girls. NolaVie's David Benedetto sits down with co-founder Florence André to hear about the Global Summit and their next event, coming up on June 14.  

Odyssey House

The crisis surrounding opioid use has extended into Louisiana communities, and Odyssey House is a local nonprofit working to reduce harm and substance use disorder. The center's outreach director, Emily Loska, speaks with NolaVie's Brian Friedman about their latest educational efforts.

Michael Alford

The Mexican Cultural Institute, now open in the Arts District, promotes the diverse culture of Mexico by collaborating with many Latin American artists. NolaVie's Kelley Crawford invites artist Belinda Flores-Shinshillas and institute director Lorena Salazar into the studio to share more about their new space.  

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