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.

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NOLA Life Stories
9:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Communing Through Eternal Sound: Bach Around The Clock Celebrates 17 Years

Albinas Prizgintas, who started the Bach Around the Clock festival, began working at the Trinity Episcopal Church in 1988.
Credit Eric Laws

As part of a new collaboration with The Historic New Orleans Collection, WWNO brings you NOLA Life Stories: an oral history project documenting the people, places and things that shape New Orleans. This week historian Mark Cave interviews Albinas and Manon Prizgintas, a married couple that produces Bach Around the Clock — an annual musical event held at Trinity Episcopal Church.

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Inside the Arts
1:18 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Inside the Arts: Batt On A Hot Tin Roof

Bryan Batt.

Broadway, TV and film actor, and native New Orleanian, Bryan Batt brings his acclaimed one-man show, “BATT ON A HOT TIN ROOF” back home to Le Petit Theatre for one show only, on Sunday March 30 at 7 p.m. 

Batt has performed the cabaret show around the world since its original performance as a post-Katrina benefit.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Inside the Arts
4:59 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Inside The Arts: Joffrey's Back, Red Linen Twist, And Intergalactic Adventure

Victoria Jaini & Fabrice Calmels
Credit Herbert Migdoll

This week on Inside the Arts the acclaimed Joffrey Ballet returns to New Orleans with a program of seldom-seen works by award winning choreographers Jerome Robbins (West Side Story) and Twyla Tharp (Movin' Out).

Then, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center gears up for Redd Linen Night — A Visual Art Show with a Twist. And the touring Intergalactic Nemesis lands in the Crescent City.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Inside the Arts
9:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Inside The Arts: New Orleans Celebrates Tennessee Williams

This week on Inside the Arts,  the Crescent City celebrates Tennessee Williams, a legendary American playwright who called New Orleans his spiritual home. We talk with David Hoover, spokesman for the 28th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival about the numerous theater offerings. 

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Inside the Arts
2:39 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Inside the Arts: Literary Festival Celebrates Tennessee Williams, & New World Music In Congo Square

Jonah Tobias of Buku Broux Band playing electric bass Kora.
Scott Aiges Jazz & Heritage Foundation

This week on Inside the Arts we celebrate Tennessee Williams' 103rd Anniversary! The 28th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival kicks off five days of festivities in and around the French Quarter, beginning on Wednesday. We highlight an exciting array of theatrical offerings.

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Inside the Arts
11:57 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Tennessee Williams & Southern Rep: The Night Of The Iguana

Aimée Hayes and Bob Edes, Jr. in Southern Rep's production of The Night of the Iguana.
Credit John Barrois

Today on Inside the Arts, conversation with Aimée Hayes and Troi Bechet on Southern Rep Theatre's production of The Night of the Iguana.

This steamy tell-all drama is considered to be Tennessee Williams' last great play.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

After School Programs: Make Music NOLA

Some of the favorite moments Paul Macres has had in the classroom are when his students finally see the payoff of their discipline. He calls these eureka moments.
Credit Thomas Walsh

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Keeping New Orleans music alive for the next generation of our children means ensuring they have access to instruments, as well as to teachers who want to share the magic of melody with them. On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with a couple of musicians who are doing just that.

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Inside the Arts
12:26 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Inside The Arts: Tara O'Grady; Encore! Alexandre Moutouzkine; S.O.U.L. Musical Exchange

Tara O'Grady

This week on Inside the Arts, an explosion of musical genres! We visit with Tara O'Grady, an Irish American chanteuse who mixes Celtic sounds with blues, folk, swing and jazz into her unique style. She makes her New Orleans debut this St. Patrick's weekend.

Then, internationally acclaimed Russian concert pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine returns to town for a classical music performance at the Marigny Opera House. And we round out with S.O.U.L. — Singers of United Lands — for a cultural music exchange with the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Inside The Arts: It's Carnival Time And Fernando Del Valle Ushers In Lenten Season With Free Concert

The Bouef Gras.
Infrogmation Flickr

This week on Inside the Arts, it's Carnival time! We'll have some Mardi Gras fun with horses on parade, boats on the bayou and tips on following your nose for good food.

Plus, a musical prelude to the Lenten Season. We talk with renowned tenor and opera performing artist Fernando del Valle.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Professor Longhair
11:48 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Major Renovations To Professor Longhair's House Provide Home To Family, Fans

People filled the streets to celebrate the renovation of Professor Longhair's house. The Central City home will house Longhair's family, as well as a place for fans to celebrate the pianist.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The descendants of New Orleans’ renowned rhythm and blues pianist Professor Longhair will soon be back in their Central City house again. A major renovation has made it possible for his family and fans to have a permanent home.

The Stooges Brass Band welcomed dozens of people attending the unveiling of Professor Longhair’s house.

The one and only home ever purchased by the music legend has been renovated. His daughter, Pat Byrd, and grandson Ardell, are moving back in this week.

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