arts & culture

When the Saints are playing, New Orleans is eating.
Ian McNulty

For players and coaches, a football game starts long before kickoff. The same holds true for the food-minded Saints fan. For such fans, it starts with choosing what to cook and devoting the hands-on work to ensure a victorious feast.

It's really no wonder. Take the enthusiasm of the Who Dat Nation, add south Louisiana's endemic passion for food and the results are predictably over the top.

House of Shock

This Halloween marks the 25th anniversary of the House of Shock. The haunted attraction has made its mark on the city through hair-raising costumes, theatrical sound, and pyrotechnics. NolaVie’s David Benedetto catches up with one of the founders, Ross Karpelman, as he prepares to get into character for the last weekend before Halloween.

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Drew Varick

In this edition of Notes from New Orleans, Brian Friedman meets a professional bodybuilder with a surprising backstory. Drew Varick is an actor and stuntman who got into bodybuilding after taking a role as a sideshow performer. Standing 3 feet 6 inches tall, he’s also among the smallest bodybuilders ever.

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Glitter Box

“The future is female.” We have heard these words and seen them written on t-shirts, but what does it mean? Alice McGillicuddy has some insight. She manages and curates a shop called Glitter Box. The space is run by females, stocked with goods made by female artists, and is linked up with nonprofits that support females. NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford speaks with Alice to learn more.

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Pricing The Past: Inside A Metairie Tag Sale

Sep 14, 2017
Lynda Moreau

If you're curious about other people's lives, there are several safe ways in. Film, books, Instagram — they all provide shades of reality to the voyeur, all within an accepted norm of behavior. Lynda Moreau has found another way in, and it's all part of her job.

Nearly every week, Moreau enters a home in the New Orleans area, takes a look around, and begins to methodically sift through the owner's possessions. But it's not what you might think. She runs an estate sale company called Silent Partners.

Kelley Crawford

Some of New Orleans’ most prized treasures are tucked away in residential neighborhoods. Take Rosalie Apothecary, which is located on a quiet corner in Faubourg Saint John. Rosalie prides itself on being a community resource and home for those who want to learn more about herbs and natural remedies. NolaVie's Kelley Crawford sat down with shop owner Christiane Wurmstedt to find out what it's like to run a modern-day apothecary.

Stoked For A Reason: Comedy Night Highlights Local Talent

Aug 24, 2017
STOKED

On any given night of the week, there’s plenty of great comedy to be seen in and around New Orleans. NolaVie’s David Benedetto met two members of the local comedy scene, Mary-Devon Dupuy and Lane Lonion. They discussed their monthly showcase, STOKED, a night of stand-up comedy at the Howlin' Wolf Den. 

Hive Minds: Beekeepers of New Orleans

Jul 6, 2017
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For Darci Jones, bees are fundamentally misunderstood. She's the president of the New Orleans Beekeepers Club, a group focused on both beehives and the bigger ecological picture. NolaVie's Brian Friedman speaks to Darci to learn about bees and their keepers.

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Blake Bertucelli

Salads used to just be a side, or even an afterthought to the meal. These days, they’ve taken center stage as entrees, often with complex combinations and ingredients. French native and New Orleans transplant Jean-Mark Sens is an authority on leafy greens, and NolaVie’s Renée Peck speaks with him about the once lowly salad and its cultural evolution.

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Momma Tried

Theo Eliezer and Micah Learned of Momma Tried magazine are taking print media to a new level. Momma Tried is an interdisciplinary art project that you can literally hold in your hands. The magazine asks its readers to question, to experiment, and even to laugh at the world around us. Co-creators Theo Eliezer and Micah Learned joined NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford in the studio just before the release of their newest issue.

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