Inside the Arts

Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

Join host Diane Mack for a conversation with the leading figures of the New Orleans arts and culture scene, each week Inside the Arts. From gallery openings to the performing arts, Diane takes you along on an intimate examination of the people and places that make New Orleans one of America's most interesting cities.

The Saints take to the Dome for a big game on Monday night. But not all the action is generated by the players on the field. Fans are pumping up to express the indefinable spirit that is Saints culture -- everything from dance moves by the 610 Stompers to chants of "Who Dat!" NolaVie's Renee Peck talks to the Saints' Director of Game Day Entertainment, Jared Sampson, to find out about the elaborate planning that goes into entertainment at the Superdome.  

Taylor Williams
Mark Reynolds

Between overgrown vines, prickly thorns, and bugs of all kinds, the Louisiana environment presents a formidable challenge for any landscaper. No one knows this better than horticulturist Taylor Williams, who comes armed with pruning shears wherever he goes. On the eve of this year’s harvest, Kelley Crawford spoke with Taylor about his experiences in the weeds and wilds of Louisiana’s backyard.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford. 

Kaitlin Marone
Kaitlin Marone

Stand-up comedy has never been central to New Orleans culture, but that may be changing. Many local comedians have found a home at the New Movement Theater on Saint Claude Avenue. Writer and comedian Kaitlin Marone has become a mainstay of the New Movement's stage through a unique humor that challenges convention. NolaVie’s David Benedetto sat down with Kaitlin to talk about how she’s developing her own brand of comedy.  

This week on Inside the Arts, Broadway music, opera and orchestral masterworks will fill the air in response to unprecedented flooding in south Louisiana. The New Orleans Opera and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra join forces to present The Arts Care: A Benefit Concert for Flood Victims.

New Orleans Summer And Other Harsh Truths

Sep 1, 2016


When I left New Orleans as a young adult to pursue an education and later a career in other parts of America, I quickly realized that simply being from the 504 carried with it a certain exotic quality. “Wait,” new acquaintances would say, “you’re actually from New Orleans? I never thought that someone could, you know...grow up there…”

Tulane's Newcomb Art Museum

This week on Inside the Arts, a unique cocktail party kicks off the cultural arts season. Culture Collision 8 gets underway Wednesday night at the WWII Museum.

 Then, the New Orleans Ballet Association gives us a sneak peek at its new season. It's a powerhouse of high energy performances by world renowned dance companies. And,  we round out with a touring exhibit of contemporary Australian Aboriginal art making a debut at Tulane's Newcomb Art Museum. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

A Space for Friendly Ghosts in Store for Big Class

Aug 25, 2016
Big Class
Alex Fischer

Since its start as a first grade project, Big Class has distinguished itself through pizza, poetry and ghostly soirées, all the while staying true to its mission to support young writers through education and collaboration.

Inside The Arts: Joan Mitchell Foundation Helps Artists Post Floods, Cutting Edge Conference, Tipitina's Internship Auditions

This week on Inside the Arts, the New York based Joan Mitchell Foundation reaches out to artists affected by severe flooding in south Louisiana with its emergency granting program.

Jazz and Heritage Center
Zack Smith

Jazz Fest takes up so much of our collective consciousness in New Orleans that many may not know that the Festival’s nonprofit arm keeps the music on all year round. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation is dedicated to promoting all facets of our music culture from African drumming to Zydeco. NolaVie’s Renée Peck spoke with Scott Aiges, Director of Programs, Marketing and Communications, about tradition and transformation in New Orleans music today.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Contemporary Arts Center announces its new season. We talk with CAC director Neil Barclay and curator of visual arts, Andrea Andersson.

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