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, 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.

The Feast Of The Seven Fishes Returns To The Ace Hotel

Dec 6, 2019
NolaVie / Wikimedia Commons

As is the case with most holidays, New Orleans has numerous Christmas traditions that set our city apart from others. The Feast of the Seven Fishes is one of them. Josephine Estelle, the restaurant at the Ace Hotel, will be hosting this traditional Italian American dinner next Tuesday, December 10th. NolaVie’s Brian Friedman invited Chef Chris Borges into the studio to learn more about the Feast.

Happy Raptor Distilling

New Orleans abounds in spirits. And nowadays, not all of them are of the ethereal kind. The city will have eight craft distilleries by the end of this year. Happy Raptor is a relative newcomer on the distillery scene. NolaVie’s Renée Peck invites Meagen Moreland Taliancich, co-founder of Happy Raptor, into the studio to hear more about their New Orleans-inspired spirits.

How The Stranger Half Lives: The Weird Homes Tour

Nov 15, 2019
Thanin Viriyaki

New Orleans is known for its unusual architecture, but there are a few houses around the city that are still bound to turn the heads of locals and visitors alike. This Saturday, several of those houses are opening their doors for the third annual Weird Homes Tour. NolaVie’s David Benedetto invited homeowner Sam Malvaney into the studio for a quick preview.

Movie Poster Archives

In a world where people are quick to digitize everything, there are many who don’t want to forget the creative endeavors of those who came before binary codes. One of those groups is Movie Poster Archives, and NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford sat down with their Executive Director and author of the book Hollywood South: Glamour, Gumbo, and Greed, Linda Thurman. 

Nola DNA Uncovers Hidden Histories In Old Newspapers

Nov 1, 2019
Nola DNA / Intelligent Archives

Nola DNA is a local preservation project centered around a massive archive of newspapers from over a hundred years ago. Writer and printmaker Joseph Makkos is the founder of Nola DNA, and he joined David Benedetto in the studio to talk about his discovery and how he’s planning to take it into the future.


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Huey Moss

Huey Moss has been delivering mail in New Orleans for almost 35 years, and at the end of this year, he’ll be retiring. NolaVie’s Brian Friedman invited Huey into the studio to hear about the job and his experiences over the years. 

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Filmmaker Spotlight: Phillip Youmans On 'Burning Cane'

Oct 18, 2019
New Orleans Film Society

The 30th New Orleans Film Festival kicked off this week, and one of the centerpiece movies is Burning Cane. The film’s director is 19-year-old New Orleans native Phillip Youmans, who won the prestigious Founders Award at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. NolaVie’s David Benedetto invited Phillip into the studio upon his return back home for the film festival.

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Sepehr Saberian

We talk a lot about musical instruments in New Orleans, so much so that it feels like our music dates back thousands of years. But the santur, a trapezoid-shaped stringed instrument, actually does date back thousands of years. NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford invited Dr. Sepehr Saberian into the studio to discuss and play the santur.

John Pope

Often, movies and TV shows just can’t seem to get New Orleans right. But Garden District, a new TV series written by local playwright Rosary O’Neill, promises to change that. NolaVie’s Renée Peck brings us a preview of the TV show with actress Kelly Lind and producer Jennifer Taylor.

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LOUD is a New Orleans theater company centered on queer youth. It’s a space where students explore new modes of self-expression, as well as traditional technique. NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford invites co-director Cameron-Mitchell Ware into the studio to learn more about the program.

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