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Disability Pride Festival Celebrates Beauty in Difference

On March 25, there will be a new festival rolling into town. It's the NOLA Disability Pride Festival , which is a one-day celebration for the disability community of Greater New Orleans. NolaVie's Kelley Crawford spoke with two of the festival's founding organizers, Jane Rhea Vernier of the Quirky Citizens Alliance , and Pamela Fisher of the Advocacy Center . Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.

Listening to Locals: Evan Christopher, Clarinetist

When it comes to word association, the words "clarinet" and " Evan Christopher " go hand-in-hand. Having been involved with the New Orleans music community for over 20 years, he has definitely earned that connection. Evan has also seen the music community transition and change over those decades. In this installment of NolaVie's "Listening to Locals" series, Kelley Crawford invited Evan into the studio. Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.

Whole Village Art Therapy Combines Counseling and Creative Expression

Holly Wherry is an artist, counselor, and community advocate who has created a way to blend her skills and enthusiasm into one non-profit. It is called Whole Village Art Therapy , and it is an organization that lives up to that hefty name. NolaVie's Kelley Crawford spoke with Holly to learn about art therapy and how it is becoming part of the New Orleans community. Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.

Whole Village Art Therapy Combines Counseling and Creative Expression

Short-Term Rental Ordinance Reflects Changing Market and Culture

It's not an idea that's new. For centuries, New Orleanians have been taking in lodgers. But technology and a changing culture have transformed the way house rentals work. Airbnb and other sites are making short-term rental options not only easier, but also vastly more widespread. NolaVie's Renée Peck spoke with attorney Andrew Legrand , about the short-term rental ordinance recently passed by the New Orleans City Council , and what it means for locals. Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Renée Peck.

Listening to Locals: LadyBabyMiss

Our local musicians are more than just a backbone of this city's culture; they're also the soundtrack. For NolaVie's "Listening to Locals" series, we are bringing in local musicians in order to listen to them in a new way. David Benedetto invited artist and songwriter Olivia Klein, also known as LadyBabyMiss , into the studio for a closer listen. Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by David Benedetto.

Listening to Locals: In Conversation with Saxophonist James Martin

Local music is so widespread here that we sometimes forget to consider New Orleans musicians on an individual level. In the first installment of a new series from NolaVie called "Listening to Locals," Brian Friedman sat down with jazz saxophonist James Martin , whose album, Something's Gotta Give, came out January 13. It's a reflection on the grind, the late nights, and the hustle of the local music scene, as well as the travels that have taken him all over the world. Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Brian Friedman.

Designing for Social Justice: In Conversation with Bryan C. Lee, Jr.

Often when we think about architecture, we think about walls, structures, and enclosed spaces. But Bryan C. Lee, Jr, an architect and educator, goes beyond these boundaries by bringing in knowledge from the environment and community around him. NolaVie's Kelley Crawford spoke with Bryan about designing for social justice and his new course at Bard Early College in New Orleans . Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.

Inside The Arts: Alexander the Great Visits NOLA, Danny Barker Fest, You Don't Know The Half Of It

This week on Inside the Arts, Alexander the Great makes a colorful splash in the 9th Ward just in time for Carnival. We catch up with artist Morgan Molthrop and CANO executive director Jeanne Nathan.

Inside The Arts: Alexander the Great Visits NOLA, Danny Barker Fest, You Don't Know The Half Of It

The Dance Doctor Is In: Learning to Swing with Dr. Oz of the Who Dat Steppers

In a world that is increasingly connected digitally, we are probably getting more and more disconnected socially. Oswald Cooper, better known as "Oz The Dance Doctor," is out to change that. Oz leads the Who Dat Steppers of New Orleans . Stepping is a type of social dance rooted in African-American history, and it's making a comeback across the country. Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Renée Peck.

The Dance Doctor Is In: Learning to Swing with Dr. Oz of the Who Dat Steppers

NOLA Life Stories: How Bobby Grier Broke The Color Barrier At The Sugar Bowl

Bobby Grier was the first African-American to play in the Sugar Bowl . As a member of the Pittsburgh Panthers, Grier played against Georgia Tech on January 2, 1956 — only months after Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi and weeks after Rosa Parks was arrested in Alabama . Perhaps as expected, his participation was met with opposition: the governor of Georgia insisted that Georgia Tech boycott the Sugar Bowl that year. But the game was played, Grier was its leading rusher, and the Civil Rights Movement continued to gain momentum.

NOLA Life Stories: How Bobby Grier Broke The Color Barrier At The Sugar Bowl

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