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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Stamp And Postcard Expo Arrives In New Orleans

Every email, text message, or letter tells a story. But what about the stamps that we put on those letters? The Crescent City Stamp Club is drawing upon the city's storied past to show how stamps and other postal ephemera speak volumes about our culture. This weekend, stamp collectors, or philatelists, will descend on New Orleans for the NolaPEX Stamp and Postcard Show . Postal historian Doug Weisz joins NolaVie's Brian Friedman in the studio to give us a preview of the event. Visit...


Bulbancha Zine To Release Second Issue

Self-published magazines, also called zines, continue to provide a way for writers and artists to share stories of activism and resistance. In collaboration with the POC Zine Project, Jeffery Darensbourg has started a zine series about indigenous culture from the city we now call New Orleans. Jeffery is a Tribal Councilperson and member of the Atakapa-Ishak Nation of Southwest Louisiana. He joins NolaVie’s David Benedetto in the studio to discuss his work and the zine, which is titled...


Learning Before Lunch Lecture Series Spotlights Local Movers And Thinkers

The University of New Orleans is kicking off the new year with the return of its community lecture series — Learning Before Lunch . These talks bring together scholars and culture bearers on the second Thursday of each month to discuss local history and contemporary issues. NolaVie’s David Benedetto invited Professor Emeritus Dennis McSeveney into the studio to hear more about the program. Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by David Benedetto.


The Yakamein Lady: In Conversation With A New Orleans Soul Food Icon

Yakamein is one of those traditional New Orleans dishes with uncertain origins. Some say it was brought over by Chinese immigrants in the 1800s, while others point to the return of African American veterans after World War II or the Korean War. Either way, Ms. Linda Green reigns over the beef noodle soup tradition in New Orleans, earning her the title of The Yakamein Lady . NolaVie’s Brian Friedman invited Ms. Linda into the studio to learn more. Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article...


The Golden Age Of Radio Returns, Proclaiming: 'It's A Wonderful Life'

The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation is bringing back the great tradition of live radio drama on December 21 with their 10th annual production of It’s a Wonderful Life . Co-director and performer George Trahanis joins NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford at WWNO to give us a preview. Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.


Commentary: 'Tis The Season Means Something Different In New Orleans

New Orleans has a way of making any holiday its own, so it’s no surprise that our Christmas season has a singular kind of sparkle. NolaVie’s Renée Peck illuminates Christmas in the Crescent City in this special holiday edition of Notes from New Orleans. If you live in New Orleans, or you’re visiting the city, you’ve probably noticed that the holidays look a little different around here. For one thing, the climate isn’t conducive to ugly Christmas sweaters -- our shoppers are more apt to be...


NOVA Chorale Warms Up For The Holiday Concert Season

The month of December usually brings a selection of holiday choral concerts to New Orleans, and this year is no exception. The New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale is getting ready to kick off their holiday season with a repertoire of winter music. NolaVie’s David Benedetto invited the choir’s Artistic Director, Dr. Meg Frazier, into the studio for a preview. Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by David Benedetto.


Listening To Locals: Edge Slayer

Edge Slayer is a New Orleans-based multimedia artist and music producer. Alongside an LGBTQ+ group of organizers, she helps to put on events that provide positive spaces for black trans women in the area. David Benedetto invited Edge into the studio to hear about her recent creative work in this installment of NolaVie's occasional series, Listening To Locals . Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by David Benedetto.


Festival Preview: Nerdlesque At The CAC

Burlesque has a long, illustrious history in New Orleans, but this weekend, the performance art is getting a nerdy makeover. NOLA Nerdlesque , a two-day festival, is coming to the Contemporary Arts Center and the Allways Lounge. NolaVie’s Brian Friedman invites burlesque historian and performer Persé Fanny into the studio for an overview of the festival. Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by Brian Friedman.


New Orleans Ladies Arm Wrestling Flexes Up For Its Final Brawl

Picture this: there are teams of dancers, music pounding from the speakers, and on stage are two women about to arm wrestle it out. That is just part of the scene at NO LAW , or, New Orleans Ladies Arm Wrestling, which will be having its final brawl on Saturday at One Eyed Jacks. NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford invites organizers Rosamund Looney and Katie Hunter-Lowrey to WWNO for a preview of the event. Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.


Festival Preview: Three Rivers Celebrates Art On The Northshore

The Three Rivers Art Festival draws art and music lovers to downtown Covington annually during the second weekend in November. This year’s festival will have artwork from over 200 artists and a crowd of some 60,000 people. NolaVie’s Renée Peck caught up with festival coordinator Sarada Bennett to talk about Three Rivers and its influence on the art and culture of the Northshore. Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by Renée Peck.


Listening To Locals: Julie Odell

Julie Odell has been writing music for most of her life — often accompanied by just a piano or a guitar. In this edition of NolaVie’s occasional series, Listening to Locals, David Benedetto sits down with Julie to hear about her musical past, present, and future. Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by David Benedetto.


Lives Worth Living And Stories Worth Telling: In Conversation With Folwell Dunbar

No one has stories quite like a Southerner has stories, and Folwell Dunbar proves that tenfold. From swimming in the swamps to tempting death in some unlikely situations, Folwell has compiled his most outrageous stories into a new book called He Falls Well . NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford caught up with Folwell to talk life, writing, and choices. Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.


New Orleans At The Movies: 2018 Film Festival Emphasizes Diverse, Local Voices

October 17th marks the beginning of the 29th annual New Orleans Film Festival, which brings feature films and shorts to venues across the city. NolaVie’s David Benedetto invited the Film Society’s Executive Director, Fallon Young, into the studio for a preview of the festival. Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by David Benedetto.


New Orleans's Second Sandwich Get Its Due Respect At Muffuletta Fest

Conversations about New Orleans sandwiches usually center around the po-boy, even though New Orleans is also the birthplace of another classic sandwich, the muffuletta. These days, we even have a festival dedicated to the muffuletta, which returns for its second year this Sunday.


Local Photographers Celebrate The Cyanotype With A Community Workshop

This Saturday is World Cyanotype Day, when photographers everywhere will celebrate an early photographic technique that reveals images in a striking blue hue. New Orleans photographers are having their very own celebration with a workshop at the Healing Center, presented by PhotoNOLA . Kelley Crawford speaks with two of the workshop’s organizers, Jennifer Shaw and Robert Schaefer, to learn more. Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.


Southern Rep's Homecoming On Bayou Road

Since 1986, Southern Rep Theatre has been producing original and classic plays that speak to the depth and diversity of New Orleans culture. Now, after six years without a permanent home, Southern Rep has found one. The former Saint Rose de Lima Church on Bayou Road has been transformed into a theatre complex. NolaVie’s Renée Peck catches up with Aimee Hayes, the company’s Producing Artistic Director, to hear all about Southern Rep’s housewarming. Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article...


Artists And Activists Come Together For Storytelling Tour Of Coastal Communities

With a couple of months remaining in the storm season, a group of organizations from South Louisiana and along the coast are looking to storytelling as a way to build community strength in the face of rising seas. Another Gulf Is Possible has launched a storytelling series called Stories of Survival , making stops in Houston, New Orleans, and this coming weekend, in Puerto Rico. NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford caught up with some of the organizers in time for their New Orleans event. Visit...


Ice Skating Glides Into New Orleans

The New Orleans Metro Area just added another amenity to its ever-growing list of attractions: an ice skating rink . The rink is located in Kenner, and it was founded by professional figure skater Sarah Zanolli. Sarah has teamed up with hockey players Deniz Guderen and Onur Pinar to bring ice skating culture to New Orleans in an ecologically sustainable way. She invites NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford to the brand new rink to learn more. Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by Kelley...


Art And Nature Converge At Crevasse 22

Each week, NolaVie brings us an arts and culture vignette called Notes from New Orleans. This week, they’re sending a postcard from St. Bernard Parish. Producers David Benedetto and Sarah Holtz ventured down LA-46 to a space called Crevasse 22, where art and nature overtake one another. Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by David Benedetto.