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Sofia Coppola Shares Her NOLA Faves


Sofia Coppola’s appreciation for New Orleans was hard won. Initially turned off by Bourbon Street tourist traps, the Oscar-winning screenwriter, director, and actress (folks, forgive her for The Godfather III) fell in love after spending two months living in NOLA while working on her newest film The Beguiled. During her time in Hollywood South, she developed a list of her favorite spots around town, which she kindly shared Conde Nast Traveler.

 


The Iron Lattice

A Conversation with Stephanie Travers, Editor of New Local Magazine



The Iron Lattice, a New Orleans print magazine featuring local artists and writers, recently celebrated the release of its fourth issue. NOLA Defender sat down with Stephanie Pearl Travers, Editor-in-Chief, to discuss the project, its purpose and its NOLA-born and bred mission and vision.


Behind the Lens

The Hidden South's Brent Walker Talks Southern Stories & Creative Ambitions



There is nothing like having a story to tell and no way to tell it. Many of us often take to social media, to our miles long “friend” list, to tell the world of our woes. While it may be true that every person has a tale to tell, many people in this country often find themselves without a platform to express it, due to a number of circumstances.

 

Brent Walker, the creative force behind The Hidden South, has done just that. He has taken the stories of individuals who might have never been able to tell them otherwise, and gives them that platform to stand tall from, all while allowing them to be exactly who they are. NoDef had a chance to sit down with the artist to learn a bit more about the project, as well as give Walker the chance to tell his own story. 


The Science of Success

Havilah Malone, Media Entrepreneur & NLP Expert, Shares Her Tips for Empowerment



“I believe in the law of correspondence — what happens on the inside is reflected on the outside,” the young woman with a commanding yet genial voice explained one late-April afternoon in New Orleans. “And despite what some might think, we have control over what goes on on the inside.” When Havilah Malone speaks, it is wise to listen. The media figure kindly shared her own story as well as some top tips for success with NoDef.


James Beard Award Winner 2017: Rebecca Wilcomb, Herbsaint


Restaurants and bars in New Orleans had another reason to let les bon temps roule this week, as some of their own won big at the James Beard Awards in Chicago this week. Known as the Oscars of the food & beverage world, the annual event nearly always features a few New Orleans faces.


Tea Party

Big Easy Bucha Leads the Farm-to-Bottle Kombucha Movement



Tucked amongst somewhat nondescript buildings in Gert Town is bright pop of color where New Orleans’ first and only small batch kombucha brewery, Big Easy Bucha, greets its visitors. That immediate splash of vibrancy is carried forward into the brewery, which crafts the fermented beverage of choice for both the health-conscious and trend-conscious of today. 


Rob Ryan (Finally) Talks Some Trash About Saints


Just a few years ago, NOLA was awash in love for Rob Ryan. But, the former Saints defensive coordinator quickly went from the hero of Ms. Mae’s to an exiled goat. It appears that the feelings are now mutual. During an interview with “The MMQB”, Ryan finally took some swipes back at the Black n’ Gold.


"He Kept Giving Back"

Charles Grant Remembers Will Smith



From 2002 until 2009, defensive end Charles Grant helped the Saints stifle opposing offenses. For five of those years, Grant played alongside his friend and “brother” Will Smith. In the wake of Smith’s tragic death, Grant talked with NOLA Defender about the former Saints captain, New Orleans, and guns.


Accordion Files

Buckwheat Zydeco Looks Homeward



Buckwheat Zydeco was a little tired when he answered the phone from a hotel room in Eastern Kentucky. The accordion great said that he spends close to ten months a year on the road, moving from gig to gig. When he realized that the call was about a Louisiana fest, he sprang to life. “Oh! You’re calling from home!”


Writing As Performance

A Q&A with Tom Piazza



The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival starts this Wednesday night (3.30). On Thursday (3.31), the festival will roll out with a set of Master Classes, which feature prominent writers discussing different aspects of their craft. Celebrated New Orleans writer Tom Piazza will be hosting a class called “Improvising Order: Process and Freedom in Writing” at 1p.m. on Thursday at The Historic New Orleans Collection (533 Royal Street.)


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