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, 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.

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. 

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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. 

Kaitlin Marone
Kaitlin Marone

Stand-up comedy has never been central to New Orleans culture, but that may be changing. Many local comedians have found a home at the New Movement Theater on Saint Claude Avenue. Writer and comedian Kaitlin Marone has become a mainstay of the New Movement's stage through a unique humor that challenges convention. NolaVie’s David Benedetto sat down with Kaitlin to talk about how she’s developing her own brand of comedy.  

New Orleans Summer And Other Harsh Truths

Sep 1, 2016

When I left New Orleans as a young adult to pursue an education and later a career in other parts of America, I quickly realized that simply being from the 504 carried with it a certain exotic quality. “Wait,” new acquaintances would say, “you’re actually from New Orleans? I never thought that someone could, you know...grow up there…”

A Space for Friendly Ghosts in Store for Big Class

Aug 25, 2016
Big Class
Alex Fischer

Since its start as a first grade project, Big Class has distinguished itself through pizza, poetry and ghostly soirées, all the while staying true to its mission to support young writers through education and collaboration.

Jazz and Heritage Center
Zack Smith

Jazz Fest takes up so much of our collective consciousness in New Orleans that many may not know that the Festival’s nonprofit arm keeps the music on all year round. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation is dedicated to promoting all facets of our music culture from African drumming to Zydeco. NolaVie’s Renée Peck spoke with Scott Aiges, Director of Programs, Marketing and Communications, about tradition and transformation in New Orleans music today.