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.

Nola to Angola

On Saturday, April 7, Nola to Angola is hosting an 8-mile bike ride and cookout for prison justice. In addition to raising money for four local nonprofits, the ride's goal is to raise awareness about mass incarceration in Louisiana. 

Patrick Shannon

As the city marks its tricentennial year, curator and artist Dr. Fari Nzinga is making sure people of color are not left out of history or the conversation around it. Her exhibit, The Rent Is Too Damn High!, will open on Saturday, April 7 at the Crescent City Boxing Gym. Fari joined NolaVie's Kelley Crawford in the studio to talk about the work behind and in front of her exhibit.

The Collins C. Diboll Vieux Carré Digital Survey / The Historic New Orleans Collection

In celebration of the city’s Tricentennial, NolaVie and New Orleans Historical bring you the series Who Did it Better: New Orleans Then and Now. In it, we look at aspects of the city’s history and their parallels in the present. Today we go to the city’s literary history, in a segment we’ll call Wags and Words.

Emerge Louisiana

Women make up more than half of the population in the US, but they hold less than a third of elected offices. To discuss this disparity, NolaVie's Brian Friedman speaks with Victoria Coy, who is a student at the Emerge Louisiana leadership program.

Lily Keber

In this week's feature, we're turning the lens on to local filmmakers. Five years ago, director and educator Lily Keber released a documentary about James Booker called Bayou Maharajah. Since then, she's collaborated with Preservation Hall, the Arcade Fire, and Beyonce, and she has plenty of other projects in the works. NolaVie's David Benedetto speaks with Lily to hear more.  

NOLA Basketball Legend Returns From The Land Down Under

Feb 22, 2018
Courtesy of Randy Livingston

Randy Livingston is a New Orleans-born basketball legend who's taken his love for the game a long way -- all the way down under. After starring at Newman and LSU, Randy spent 11 years in the NBA before coaching and scouting players in Australia. Now back in Louisiana, Randy spoke with NolaVie's Brian Friedman about his far-flung experiences.

Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by Brian Friedman.   

New Orleans Museum of Art

There are more reasons than ever to go to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park. You can wander its shady paths, contemplate its 64 sculptures, and cross over its quiet lagoon, where hundreds of Louisiana irises will burst into bloom come springtime. But that’s not all that’s blossoming at the Sculpture Garden. 

Congreso de Jornaleros

There are scores of religious sanctuaries in New Orleans. First Grace United Methodist Church, located in Mid-City, has one thing on all the others, though. It’s a real-life sanctuary to a man named Jose Torres.

BECNO

Many people boast about wanting “education for all,” but when asked what that looks like, they’re not exactly sure of the details. The educational vision of Nicole Young is clear. She's the Executive Director of Bard Early College in New Orleans. In this edition of Notes from New Orleans, Kelley Crawford invites Nicole to share Bard's big news.

Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.

Prospect.4

Prospect 4 is a contemporary art triennial, taking place now through February 25 at 17 venues across New Orleans. Its theme is “The Lotus In Spite of the Swamp," and the idea is to offer artworks that ponder the connection between New Orleans and the world. NolaVie's Renée Peck sat down with artist Satch Hoyt to hear about his work, which is on display at the Old US Mint.

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