Author Archives: Brianna Smyk

About Brianna Smyk

Brianna Smyk has an M.A. in Art History. A former New Orleanian, she maintains a passion for the city and its people and writes about arts and culture for NolaVie.

Nostalgia for my city and its beer

Nothing else satisfies like Abita.

We can all attest that Abita beer is a New Orleans staple. Though I’m not an avid beer drinker, I fell in love with this NOLA tradition when I had my first Abita Strawberry upon a visit to ... Read More »

Experience the weight of 'Caligula'


On Friday, June 22, at 7 p.m. at Parse Gallery, Wesley Stokes will unveil Caligula, his latest installation of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and video. The event will feature a special performance by Justin Benoit with Michael Jeffrey Lee. The installation ... Read More »

J. Stirling Barrett: A rising NOLA artist

J. Stirling Barrett's, "The Jackson Square" (photo courtesy of artist)

Though he is only twenty-three years old, J. Stirling Barrett is quickly becoming a prominent New Orleans artist. A native New Orleanian who moved to Metairie after spending his early childhood downtown, Barrett possesses talent, charm, and the ability ... Read More »

Clyde Casey: A New Orleans mobile percussionist


When Clyde Casey began playing drums at the age of 13, he didn’t imagine himself becoming a New Orleans street performer. But with his unique mobile percussion units and signature avant garde look, for more than 40 years, ... Read More »

Jazz Fest: Worth the 26-year wait

The Bester Singers & the Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers of Slidell at the Gospel Tent

In 1978, my parents came to New Orleans to visit my uncle, who was then a student at Tulane University School of Medicine. He had heard about some “cool music thing” at the Fair Grounds and sent my ... Read More »

NOLA Now and the future of the CAC


Few can deny the vitality and uniqueness of the New Orleans art scene. Yet recent happenings in the arts community have prompted a dialogue about the Contemporary Arts Center and the state of the arts in New Orleans. ... Read More »

Last chance to see "The Music Box"

St. Claude’s April 14 Second Saturday Art Walk will feature the reopening of “The Music Box: A Shantytown Sound Laboratory,” from 6-9 p.m. Though this spring opening (which will run through June 9 and will be open to ... Read More »

New Orleans embraces the pop up

Charles Trapolin's Hung from his Preludes exhibition. Photo courtesy UPtown Pop Up.

Pop up has become a popular term in the cultural vernacular. Though sometimes pop up galleries and exhibitions are the result of planned events with at least semi-permanent homes, the term pop-up implies an event or often an ... Read More »

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