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.

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.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by David Benedetto.  

Bayou Movimiento

If there is one thing we can say for certain that New Orleanians love to do, it is move their hips. Dancer, choreographer, and teacher Sergio Zelaya is teaching them how to do just that. He is the organizer and instructor of Bayou Movimiento and holds dance socials around the city. Sergio joined NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford in the studio to talk about all things salsa.

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

Listening to Locals: Bantam Foxes

Mar 16, 2017
Cherie McCabe

Floating just below the surface beneath the waves of brass bands and jazz ensembles that preside over the local music scene is a constantly growing collection of rock bands that play regular gigs throughout the city. In this edition of NolaVie’s Listening to Locals series, David Benedetto spoke with twin brothers Colin and Sam McCabe of power pop group, Bantam Foxes.  

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by David Benedetto.

Infrogmation of New Orleans

Festival season will be here before we know it, and for residents of Mid-City, that means rolling with a boat parade at the annual Bayou Boogaloo Festival in May. Jared Zeller joined NolaVie’s Brian Friedman in the studio for a sneak preview of the aquatic music festival.    

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

Infrogmation of New Orleans

New Orleans after dark skews toward the spiritual, and it always has. This year the Hermann-Grima House has teamed up with the Tennessee Williams Festival to look into this fascinating aspect of New Orleans lore. As part of their investigation, they have invited local spiritual medium Juliet Pazera to lead a Victorian-style séance at this historic home in the French Quarter.

NOLA Disability Pride Festival

On March 25, there will be a new festival rolling into town. It's the NOLA Disability Pride Festival, which is a one-day celebration for the disability community of Greater New Orleans. NolaVie's Kelley Crawford spoke with two of the festival's founding organizers, Jane Rhea Vernier of the Quirky Citizens Alliance, and Pamela Fisher of the Advocacy Center.

Jason Kruppa

When it comes to word association, the words “clarinet” and “Evan Christopher” go hand-in-hand. Having been involved with the New Orleans music community for over 20 years, he has definitely earned that connection. Evan has also seen the music community transition and change over those decades. In this installment of NolaVie’s “Listening to Locals” series, Kelley Crawford invited Evan into the studio.  

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

Whole Village Art Therapy, Inc.

Holly Wherry is an artist, counselor, and community advocate who has created a way to blend her skills and enthusiasm into one non-profit. It is called Whole Village Art Therapy, and it is an organization that lives up to that hefty name. NolaVie's Kelley Crawford spoke with Holly to learn about art therapy and how it is becoming part of the New Orleans community.

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

Jay Sterling Austin / Flickr

It’s not an idea that’s new. For centuries, New Orleanians have been taking in lodgers. But technology and a changing culture have transformed the way house rentals work. Airbnb and other sites are making short-term rental options not only easier, but also vastly more widespread. NolaVie’s Renée Peck spoke with attorney Andrew Legrand about the short-term rental ordinance recently passed by the New Orleans City Council, and what it means for locals.  

Listening to Locals: LadyBabyMiss

Jan 26, 2017
Olivia Klein

Our local musicians are more than just a backbone of this city’s culture; they're also the soundtrack. For NolaVie’s “Listening to Locals” series, we are bringing in local musicians in order to listen to them in a new way. David Benedetto invited artist and songwriter Olivia Klein, also known as LadyBabyMiss, into the studio for a closer listen.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by David Benedetto.

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