Notes From New Orleans

Notes From New Orleans

From WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

Notes from New Orleans is a weekly peek inside the life and culture of the Crescent City. Sharon Litwin, president and co-founder of NolaVie.com, covers 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 its going on Uptown, Downtown or Back of Town, their stories are sure to show up on Notes from New Orleans.More from Notes From New Orleans »

Most Recent Episodes

The Irish Diaspora in New Orleans Takes to the Dance Floor

Near the end of the 1700s, New Orleans became a safe haven for the Irish fleeing English persecution, and since those fateful days, Irish culture has become woven into the city's own. Started over a decade ago, The Ryan School of Irish Dance continues to build the legacy of Irish dancing in New Orleans, and NolaVie's Kelley Crawford spoke to students Sarah Taylor and Rachel Martin about what that legacy entails. Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.

Worms and Swarms: A Bug (Man)'s Life

If it's Mother's Day, it must be termite swarm season. Few people know this fact better than Zack Lemann. He is the chief entomologist at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium , where he indulges his lifelong love of New Orleans and all of its six-legged denizens. So why does he live, breath and yes, even eat insects? NolaVie's Renée Peck met with Zack to find out. Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Renée Peck.

Cradle of Jazz Tour Walks The Timeline of Music History

Jazz historian John McCusker captures moments, whether it's through his photography, his writing, or his storytelling. As the creator and guide of the Cradle of Jazz Tour , John takes people on New Orleans tours that link together specific locations with the vanguards, players, keepers, and lovers of jazz music. John joined NolaVie's Kelley Crawford in the studio to share some legends from the Jazz Age. Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.

Teen Life Counts Brings Suicide Prevention Tools to Schools

In the counseling field, you often hear that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. That truism resonates especially with the volunteers of Teen Life Counts , a teen suicide prevention program here in New Orleans. To get the full story, NolaVie's Brian Friedman sat down with Melissa Stewart, the program's coordinator. Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Brian Friedman.

A Homecoming for Veterans in Gentilly

Going to war takes courage. Sometimes, coming home takes the same. U.S. combat veterans who have survived life-threatening injuries can find the transition from hot zone to home life a difficult one. In New Orleans, an organization called Bastion is lending a hand. NolaVie's Renée Peck spoke to founder Dylan T ê te about the community he is building in Gentilly for wounded veterans and their families. Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Renée Peck.

Classical 104.9 FM & The Triumphant Return Of James Arey

Make any attempt to quickly describe James Arey , and you're bound to leave something out. James is an artist, teacher, composer, five-time Jeopardy! champion, and one-time mayoral candidate. NolaVie's Joe Shriner spoke with James about his most recent role, as returning Classical Music Host on Classical 104.9 FM. Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Joe Shriner.

New Film Spotlights First Black NBA Player

When the NBA came to New Orleans for All-Star Weekend earlier this year, it brought more than just players to the court. It also hosted the world premiere of a documentary called The First To Do It: The Life and Times of Earl Lloyd from filmmaking team Coodie & Chike . NolaVie's Brian Friedman spoke with Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah to hear more about their latest film. Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Brian Friedman.

Stargazing and Spacing out with the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society

Even from the light-polluted glare of New Orleans, it's still possible to look up from time to time at the night's sky and catch a star. NolaVie's David Benedetto sat down with experienced stargazer and president of the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society , Barry Simon. Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by David Benedetto.

Three-Steppin' at Bayou Movimiento

If there is one thing we can say for certain that New Orleanians love to do, it is move their hips. Dancer, choreographer, and teacher Sergio Zelaya is teaching them how to do just that. He is the organizer and instructor of Bayou Movimiento and holds dance socials around the city. Sergio joined NolaVie's Kelley Crawford in the studio to talk about all things salsa. Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.

Listening to Locals: Bantam Foxes

Floating just below the surface beneath the waves of brass bands and jazz ensembles that preside over the local music scene is a constantly growing collection of rock bands that play regular gigs throughout the city. In this edition of NolaVie's Listening to Locals series, David Benedetto spoke with twin brothers Colin and Sam McCabe of power pop group, Bantam Foxes . Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by David Benedetto.

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