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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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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Inside the Arts
6:06 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Music Legend's Home Renovated; Dr. Michael White Jazzes Up Worship Service; Leslie Castay Unscripted

Dr. Michael White.
Courtesty of the artist.

This week on Inside the Arts, the family home of music legend Professor Longhair gets a facelift.

St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church is gearing up for a packed house with a unique Mardi Gras tradition, as it celebrates the 20th Annual Jazz Service with renowned clarinetist Dr. Michael White and The Original Liberty Jazz Band.

And Broadway veteran and Big Easy Award-winner Leslie Castay reprises her acclaimed cabaret show, Leslie Castay, Unscripted.

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Inside the Arts
11:30 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Jazz Composer Jerome Theriot Celebrates New Release; Cat On A Hot Tin Roof; Hurray For The Riff Raff

This week on Inside the Arts, we'll celebrate the music of jazz saxophonist and composer Jerome Theriot.

Then, the Anthony Bean Community Theater opens its season with Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. We talk with members of the cast.
 
And, the local folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff gets national attention. We talk with singer/songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra.
 
Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Weilbaecher Receives Classical Arts Lifetime Achievement Award; Koresh Dance Company; Jazz Auditions

Daniel O. Weilbaecher, Jr.

This week on Inside the Arts, we visit with Daniel Weilbaecher, artistic director of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. Weilbaecher is this year's recipient of the Big Easy Classical Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.

Then we travel to the Northshore as the internationally-acclaimed Koresh Dance Company gears up for an energetic performance in Hammond.

And, we'll meet a group of students who recently auditioned for some prominent local jazz musicians.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Master Painter John Clemmer In Town For Gallery Walk-Thru

Artist John Clemmer.
John Clemmer

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with master painter and sculptor John Clemmer, an iconic figure on the New Orleans arts scene, as he returns home for a walk-thru of his latest exhibit, Nine Years Later, on view at LeMieux Galleries.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Jeff Rosenheim And The Talismanic Qualities Of Civil War Photographs

The latest exhibit at NOMA has over 200 photographs of the Civil War, ranging from family portraits to active shots taken on famous battlefields.
Credit Matthew B. Brady

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Jeff Rosenheim's time in New Orleans was plentiful. He earned his MFA degree from Tulane University, then gained professional experience at the Louisiana State Museum and the Historic New Orleans Collection. Lately, Jeff's been the Curator of the Department of Photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with him about the Met’s extraordinary Civil War photography exhibition now on display at the New Orleans Museum of Art

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

30 Americans Opens At CAC; John Clemmer Exhibits New Works; Jon Batiste And Stay Human Band

America by Glenn Ligon
Credit Rubell Family Collection

This week on Inside the Arts, the nationally acclaimed touring exhibit 30 Americans — a retrospective of contemporary African American art from the past three decades — opens at the Contemporary Arts Center.

Then we talk with master painter and sculptor John Clemmer, an iconic figure on the New Orleans arts scene, as he returns home for a walk-thru of his latest exhibit, Nine Years Later, on view at LeMieux Galleries. And, we sit in on a set with New Orleans pianist Jon Batiste and his Stay Human band.

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Features
10:35 am
Thu January 30, 2014

National WWII Museum Plans Permanent Exhibit Honoring Monuments Men

An artist's rendering of the Monuments Men exhibit planned for the National World War II Museum.
Credit National World War II Museum

The National WWII Museum is planning a tribute to the men and women of the Monuments Men. The special soldiers in the little-known unit rescued stolen cultural treasures from Nazi destruction.

Ever hear about the Monuments Men?

Well, you will.

They were a crack team of art experts who ensured the salvation of priceless works of art. A film based on their story — starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchette and New Orleans’ own John Goodman — is being released next week.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Inside The Arts: Bands Of Mardi Gras; Monuments Men; The Totalitarians

Warren Easton High School, Bacchus, 2012
Credit Stan Strembicki

This week on Inside the Arts, a photographic exhibit captures the essence of Carnival through a unique lens in Stan Strembicki's Bands of Mardi Gras, opening this week at Lemieux Galleries.

The National World War II Museum is marking the opening of the film Monuments Men with a preview of an exhibit that will mark their achievements. Visitors to the planned Liberation Pavilion will step into a replica of a salt mine for a look at the art treasures they saved from the Nazis.

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Inside the Arts
12:36 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Inside The Arts: 'Golda's Balcony' Opens At Le Petit

William Gibson's Golda's Balcony, the longest running one-woman production in Broadway history, opens at Le Petit Théâtre, starring Clare Moncrief.

We talk with the Big Easy award-winning actress about her role as Golda Mier.

Performances run January 24 through February 4 at Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter Street.

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