NolaVie

NolaVie celebrates the distinct characters, events, neighborhoods, cuisine and all the other things that make New Orleans, well, New Orleans through everything from personal perspectives by weekly columnists to features about local people and places, using everything from photo galleries and video to creative writing.

Joe Mabel / Century Ballroom

In a world that is increasingly connected digitally, we are probably getting more and more disconnected socially. Oswald Cooper, better known as "Oz The Dance Doctor," is out to change that. Oz leads the Who Dat Steppers of New Orleans. Stepping is a type of social dance rooted in African-American history, and it’s making a comeback across the country.

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The Big Chill: Specialty Ice and the Craft Cocktail Scene

Dec 29, 2016
Dominick / Flickr

With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, revelers may be thinking about what to fill up their glasses with as they ring in 2017. For Chuck Avery, owner of Melt New Orleans, it’s all in the ice. NolaVie’s David Benedetto spoke with Chuck about custom craft ice and its importance in the revival of the American cocktail.  

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Xavier University of Louisiana

The president of Xavier University, Dr. Reynold Verret, is known to many as the Renaissance of Renaissance men. From science to music to biking, and even to some pretty clever pranks, Dr. Verret is bringing his knowledge and charisma to Xavier. Kelley Crawford invited Dr. Verret into the studio as part of NolaVie's Notes from New Orleans series.

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Infrogmation of New Orleans

Fine art is becoming a virtual reality. More specifically, Google has compiled a vast, virtual museum to take online patrons into the collections of hundreds of institutions around the world. One of these Google Arts & Culture partners is the New Orleans Museum of Art. Renée Peck recently spoke with Seth Boonchai, digital assets manager at NOMA, about the evolution of their virtual museum.

Running of the Santas

Crowds of Santa lookalikes racing through the street might be a bizarre sight, until you remember that you’re in downtown New Orleans. In fact, that’s exactly what you’ll find next weekend, on December 17, when New Orleanians gather for the annual Running of the Santas. Brian Friedman sat down with organizer Steve Schulkens to get the backstory of an outrageous yet philanthropic holiday tradition.  

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Derek Bridges / Flickr

When I woke up and checked the news, I could hardly believe what I was hearing. I stared at my screen in disbelief. This was really happening. This was the new reality. And there was nothing that I could do about it. I had to muster every ounce of inner strength I had just to say the words, to make them real, to accept that this was the truth.

“The New Orleans Zephyrs are now...the New Orleans Baby Cakes.”

Max Trombly

What do Bourbon Street, the film Cabaret, and the word “extravaganza” have in common? They are all linked in some way to the art of burlesque dancing. NolaVie’s David Benedetto recently dove into the art form with longtime performer Bella Blue. Bella is a member of the Foxglove Revue and serves as the Headmistress of the New Orleans School of Burlesque.

Jennifer Waxman / The National WWII Museum

Some say history belongs to the victors, but at the National World War II Museum, historical objects belong to the archivists. Jennifer Waxman is an archivist who handles much of the Museum’s rare artifacts, from handwritten letters to combat tanks. Jennifer spoke with NolaVie’s Brian Friedman about the life of an archivist and the places that life takes her.

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Finn McCool's New Owner Takes A Seat at the Pub

Nov 3, 2016
J. Regan / Flickr

Sean Kennedy has been known as the Irishman and patron of Finn McCool’s, and he’s now known as the Irishman and new owner of Finn McCool’s. After years of working tirelessly and building a tight community in their Mid-City pub, Stephen and Pauline Patterson have passed the torch on to Sean, who’s more than up to the challenge. Especially if there’s soccer involved.

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Hunter Desportes / Flickr

Note: this piece is a work of satire.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’re probably aware that it’s once again election season in America. And if you do happen to live under a rock, I’m kind of envious, because, again, it’s election season in America. Choosing new leaders for our great nation tends to bring out the crazy in just about everyone every four years. 

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