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.

Christopher Nobles

The slow food movement pervades New Orleans restaurants and markets, and one of the latest local purveyors of this kind is Piety & Desire Chocolate, a bean to bar chocolate maker that has found a home on South Broad Street. NolaVie’s David Benedetto invited founder Christopher Nobles into the studio to hear more about his slow food-inspired confectionery. 

Kelley Crawford

As part of the grand opening of their new exhibition center, the Historic New Orleans Collection is hosting a series of informal gallery talks called “Stoop Stories.” NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford joins artist James Michalopoulos on the stoop to talk about his expressionistic New Orleans-centered artwork.

Julian R. Adams

Since 1972, a handful of New Orleanians have been celebrating and practicing bonsai, the Japanese art of cultivating miniature trees. The Greater New Orleans Bonsai Society has translated this ancient art form to our present-day gardens, hosting regular classes for beginners and experts alike. NolaVie’s Brian Friedman invited Masters Program Director Jim Osborne into the studio to talk about all things bonsai. 

Elizabeth Gross

Last week, NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford introduced us to local poet and translator Elizabeth Gross, whose latest book is called this body/that lightning show. Today, Kelley resumes this two-part installment of the series, Conversations with Artists, with a discussion of mythology and the heroine’s journey in Elizabeth’s work.

Benjamin Aleshire

Elizabeth Gross is a local poet, professor, and Ancient Greek translator whose writing has been described as both subtle and hypnotic. Her latest book is called this body/that lightning show. For this installment of NolaVie’s series, Conversations with Artists, Kelley Crawford invites Elizabeth into the studio to talk about her work, the human condition, and the cosmos.

Brennan's New Orleans

The Peabody Hotel in Memphis may have its ducks, but Brennan’s in New Orleans can match the attraction.  The French Quarter restaurant has its own resident family of turtles. Since the spring of 2015, 10 of them have inhabited the fountain pool in the French Quarter restaurant’s lush courtyard. NolaVie’s Renée Peck spoke with Brennan’s General Manager Christian Pendleton about the resident turtles, and the annual parade that honors them – surely the slowest second line on Earth.

Public Health Film Festival Debuts At Tulane

May 3, 2019
Public Health Film Festival

Tulane’s School of Public Health is hosting its first ever film festival, from May 10th through the 12th. The festival lineup covers a variety of public health-related topics that are relevant to our area, including water issues, gun violence, and veterans’ health. NolaVie’s David Benedetto invited organizer David Roston into the studio for a preview.

Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by David Benedetto.

Raymond Smithee

Each Friday, NolaVie brings us brief conversations with local artists and culture bearers. For their new monthly series, Conversations with Artists, Managing Editor Kelley Crawford will invite local artists to discuss what it means to be human through the wisdom of creative practice. Today, she welcomes Travis Bird of Shotgun Cinema into the studio.

Jasmine Delilah / Flickr

When the Leidenheimer Baking Company decided to expand operations, they faced an obstacle in the form of an 1895 single shotgun house on their property. Rather than have it demolished, they approached The Preservation Resource Center for an alternative. NolaVie’s Brian Friedman invites Danielle Del Sol, Executive Director of the PRC, to pick up the story.

Carmen Mariscal

New Orleans’ Mexican Cultural Institute plays host to artists across a diversity of geographies and mediums. Their current exhibition comes from visual artist Carmen Mariscal. Carmen’s art explores themes of memory, family history, fragility, and confinement. NolaVie’s David Benedetto welcomed Carmen into the studio to hear more.

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