Notes from New Orleans

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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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

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.

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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.

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Kelley Crawford

As many New Orleans restaurants move towards a farm-to-table model, some establishments are cutting out the middleman and going back to the land. One example is Suis Generis in the Bywater. NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford stopped by the restaurant to learn more.

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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.

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.

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