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.

Arrow Cafe

On any given day when you enter Arrow Cafe on North Rampart Street, you are greeted with coffee and baked goods. Yet, this coffee shop goes beyond the caffeine and sugar with art, pop-ups, community outreach, and a mission all their own. 

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

Derby Boys: Rolling with the New Orleans Brass

May 25, 2017
Mr. McWheely

The Big Easy Roller Girls now have male counterparts to contend with. The New Orleans Brass are one of the latest additions to the area’s men’s roller derby league. In this week’s edition of Notes from New Orleans, we checked in with one of their players, who was getting ready for the team’s next bout.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Brian Friedman.

The Ryan School of Irish Dance

Near the end of the 1700s, New Orleans became a safe haven for the Irish fleeing English persecution, and since those fateful days, Irish culture has become woven into the city’s own. Started over a decade ago, The Ryan School of Irish Dance continues to build the legacy of Irish dancing in New Orleans, and NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford spoke to students Sarah Taylor and Rachel Martin about what that legacy entails.  

Mark Pellegrini / Wikimedia Commons

If it’s Mother’s Day, it must be termite swarm season. Few people know this fact better than Zack Lemann. He is the chief entomologist at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, where he indulges his lifelong love of New Orleans and all of its six-legged denizens. So why does he live, breath and yes, even eat insects? NolaVie’s Renée Peck met with Zack to find out.   

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

Elizabeth Miller

Jazz historian John McCusker captures moments, whether it's through his photography, his writing, or his storytelling. As the creator and guide of the Cradle of Jazz Tour, John takes people on New Orleans tours that link together specific locations with the vanguards, players, keepers, and lovers of jazz music. John joined NolaVie's Kelley Crawford in the studio to share some legends from the Jazz Age.  

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

D. Sharon Pruitt / Hill Air Force Base

In the counseling field, you often hear that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. That truism resonates especially with the volunteers of Teen Life Counts, a teen suicide prevention program here in New Orleans. To get the full story, NolaVie’s Brian Friedman sat down with Melissa Stewart, the program’s coordinator.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Brian Friedman.

Bastion

Going to war takes courage. Sometimes, coming home takes the same. U.S. combat veterans who have survived life-threatening injuries can find the transition from hot zone to home life a difficult one. In New Orleans, an organization called Bastion is lending a hand. NolaVie’s Renée Peck spoke to founder Dylan Tête about the community he is building in Gentilly for wounded veterans and their families.

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

WWNO

Make any attempt to quickly describe James Arey, and you’re bound to leave something out. James is an artist, teacher, composer, five-time Jeopardy! champion, and one-time mayoral candidate. NolaVie’s Joe Shriner spoke with James about his most recent role, as returning Classical Music Host on Classical 104.9 FM.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Joe Shriner.

New Film Spotlights First Black NBA Player

Apr 6, 2017
Creative Control

When the NBA came to New Orleans for All-Star Weekend earlier this year, it brought more than just players to the court. It also hosted the world premiere of a documentary called The First To Do It: The Life and Times of Earl Lloyd from filmmaking team Coodie & Chike. NolaVie's Brian Friedman spoke with Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah to hear more about their latest film.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Brian Friedman.

Pontchartrain Astronomy Society

Even from the light-polluted glare of New Orleans, it’s still possible to look up from time to time at the night’s sky and catch a star. NolaVie’s David Benedetto sat down with experienced stargazer and president of the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society, Barry Simon.

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