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.

Joshua Brasted

Since 1986, Southern Rep Theatre has been producing original and classic plays that speak to the depth and diversity of New Orleans culture. Now, after six years without a permanent home, Southern Rep has found one. The former Saint Rose de Lima Church on Bayou Road has been transformed into a theatre complex. NolaVie’s Renée Peck catches up with Aimee Hayes, the company’s Producing Artistic Director, to hear all about Southern Rep’s housewarming.

Kelley Crawford

With a couple of months remaining in the storm season, a group of organizations from South Louisiana and along the coast are looking to storytelling as a way to build community strength in the face of rising seas. Another Gulf Is Possible has launched a storytelling series called Stories of Survival, making stops in Houston, New Orleans, and this coming weekend, in Puerto Rico. NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford caught up with some of the organizers in time for their New Orleans event.

Kelley Crawford

The New Orleans Metro Area just added another amenity to its ever-growing list of attractions: an ice skating rink. The rink is located in Kenner, and it was founded by professional figure skater Sarah Zanolli. Sarah has teamed up with hockey players Deniz Guderen and Onur Pinar to bring ice skating culture to New Orleans in an ecologically sustainable way. She invites NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford to the brand new rink to learn more.

Art And Nature Converge At Crevasse 22

Aug 31, 2018
David Benedetto

Each week, NolaVie brings us an arts and culture vignette called Notes from New Orleans. This week, they’re sending a postcard from St. Bernard Parish. Producers David Benedetto and Sarah Holtz ventured down LA-46 to a space called Crevasse 22, where art and nature overtake one another.

Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by David Benedetto.

Electric Girls

The tech world is still a man’s world. Women account for only 5 percent of start-ups and 25 percent of computing jobs. Flor Serna is helping to close that gender gap with Electric Girls, a local organization that provides classes for girls to learn electronics and computer leadership skills. NolaVie’s Renée Peck invites Flor into the studio for this week’s Notes from New Orleans

Caught On Tape: A Tricentennial Exhibit Gets Sticky

Aug 17, 2018
Kelley Crawford

As tricentennial exhibits continue to pop up around New Orleans, one artist has found a way to make local history stick. NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford visits Justin Lundgren's studio to learn more. 

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Michael Pitre

For many, August in New Orleans means that summer cocktails are pretty much a foregone conclusion. NolaVie’s David Benedetto invites Suzanne Accorsi, the owner of the classic Mid-City haunt, Pal’s Lounge, into the studio to talk about her favorite cocktails for summer 2018.

Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by David Benedetto.

Carolyn Somers

NOMA is celebrating the tricentennial with a new exhibit called Changing Course, which brings together seven contemporary art projects focusing on forgotten or marginalized aspects of the city’s history. NolaVie’s Brian Friedman invited NOMA’s Allison Young into the studio for a preview of the exhibit.

Julie Verlinden

There are plenty of love songs written about New Orleans, but this week, a group of musicians will explore what happens when love songs become dark. Composer Tucker Fuller and singers Meryl Zimmerman and Mary Townsend join NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford in the studio to talk about Murder: A Song Cycle, a performance of murder ballads that will be coming to the Tigermen Den this Sunday.

Creole Connections

We use the word Creole a lot in New Orleans, to define everything from gumbo to architecture. But the Creole culture has roots not only here, but also around the world. To learn more, NolaVie's Renée Peck invites Dr. Edward Anderson, jazz trumpeter and educator, and Barbara Trevigne, Creole historian and artist, into the studio to describe a new project called Creole Connections that will trace our ties to Brazil.  

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