Notes From New Orleans

Fridays at 3:45 p.m.

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.

Trevor Scott

The way we experience the past and the present is changing, and that extends to how people experience tours. Alyssa and Trevor Scott of Spectral City Tours are launching what they call a Surreal History Party, which will have guests interacting with history all from the comfort of their home. NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford invite them into the studio to learn more.

COOL Cooperative Gives Future Film Workers A Shot

Sep 6, 2019
COOL Creators

Filmmaking often requires the efforts of a small army, from the actors and director to the lighting and sound crew. With Louisiana’s film industry booming once again, there’s a local nonprofit that’s creating a pipeline of young talent as well. Kirby Voss, Executive Director of The COOL Cooperative, joins NolaVie’s Brian Friedman to explain the story behind his organization.

Lucky Art Fair / NolaVie

In a city so culturally invested in creativity, New Orleans artists are often faced with a lack of financial investment in their creations. That was part of the impetus behind the Lucky Art Fair, a showcase for underrepresented artists that made its debut earlier this year. NolaVie’s David Benedetto invited co-founders Rosalie Smith and Regina Parkinson into the studio to hear about the project.

The Helis Foundation

New Orleans is getting a lot more colorful lately. Local and national artists are turning blank brick and concrete walls into massive outdoor artworks, including five new murals that were recently unveiled on downtown buildings. NolaVie’s Renée Peck speaks to Arts Council Director Heidi Schmalbach about new movements in public art and how it can transform the local community.

John Pope And The Art Of The Obituary, Part II

Aug 16, 2019
Namealus

John Pope has built a reputation in New Orleans by writing about local luminaries and unsung heroes after their deaths. In this second and final installment of NolaVie’s profile of New Orleans’ pre-eminent obituary writer, Brian Friedman and John Pope discuss the life lessons that can be gleaned from writing about the dearly departed. 

John Pope And The Art Of The Obituary

Aug 9, 2019
Chris Granger

John Pope covered several different beats over more than 4 decades at the Times-Picayune. But he’s best-known as the city’s pre-eminent writer of obituaries. In this first installment of a two-part conversation, NolaVie’s Brian Friedman and John Pope discuss life, death, and the art of the obituary.

Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by Brian Friedman.

Kerry Myers

The road to Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary, is long and isolated. It sets the plantation-turned-prison back from lush and hilly West Feliciana Parish, an otherwise picturesque corner of the state.

Storm Surge Photography

We’re deep in the dog days of summer, and only in New Orleans would that be an excuse for a party. On the first Saturday in August, some 30,000 people will deck themselves in white attire and hit Julia Street for the 25th annual White Linen Night. It’s a block party to end all block parties, and NolaVie’s Renée Peck invited Laura Tennyson, Associate Director of External Affairs at the Contemporary Arts Center, to WWNO for a preview. 

 

Treme's Petit Jazz Museum

Take a walk through the Treme on any day and you might find a slice of history and something new to learn. It might be on Governor Nicholls Street, where Treme’s Petit Jazz Museum is located. NolaVie’s David Benedetto paid a visit and caught up with the museum’s founder, who offered a lesson in jazz history for the eyes and the ears.

Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by David Benedetto.

Saintsbone

Immersive theater has found a new stage on the streets of the French Quarter. Escape My Room is presenting an original performance called Saintsbone, where participants will meet ghosts, solve puzzles, and ultimately decide their fate. NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford invited Andrew Preble into the studio to describe this immersive experience.

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