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.

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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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.  

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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.

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