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.

This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks into high gear at the Fairgrounds.  In addition to its stellar musical line-up, we sample Caribbean treasures as the Cultural Exchange Pavilion celebrates Belize.

Bell School.
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The former Bell School Campus in Treme is being transformed into residential and work space for artists and their families. The project is being led by the nonprofit Artspace. Eileen Fleming met up with Artspace spokesman Joe Butler for a look at the historic property – inside and out.

Photo Credit: Pierre Lidar

This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Friends of Music closes its season with the Grammy nominated chamber music ensemble Imani Winds. The New York based group is billed as one of the country's  most successful chamber music ensembles and hailed for its adventurous programming.

Outside the Wire productions

    A performance is planned at Tulane University this week that brings ancient Greek tragedy to modern-day veterans. Eileen Fleming reports it’s also a public health project.

NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team

New Orleans astronomy buffs have a new place to take in the wonders of outer space. The Tulane Observatory will now be open to the public once a month. Renee Peck recently spoke with Dr. Dan Purrington, Professor Emeritus of Physics, about this new opportunity to view the skies.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

This week on Inside the Arts, French Quarter Festival kicks off festivities highlighting Louisiana music, food, art and special events.

John Menzser

The latest edition of NOLA Life Stories takes place at a department store in Gretna, 1937. This is a time when families lived above the store, when advertisements were delivered door to door, and babies got their first pair of shoes for free.

This was also a time of separate but equal, of back-of-the-bus politics. But not every nook and cranny of the city was gripped by segregation. As Sam and John Menszer remember, the customers at their family’s shop kept any racist attitudes– and their bags – at the door.  

Photo Credit: Todd Rosenberg

This week on Inside the Arts, Le Petit Theatre celebrates the city's patron playwright, Tennessee Williams, with the stage production of The Glass Menagerie. We talk with artistic director Maxwell Williams and cast members.

Photo credit: Courtesy of the artist

This week on Inside the Arts... New Orleans based blues artist Marc Stone drops by to talk about his birthday bash and recent release, Poison and Medicine.

Then, we talk with Amy Dailey Williams, the new executive director of the New Orleans Photo Alliance. She is joined by former Alliance president Seth Boonchai. And we round out with Bach's St. John Passion. The New Orleans Symphony Chorus music director Steven Edwards joins us.

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Photo Credit: Rahav Segev

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with renowned violin virtuoso Regina Carter. The multi-genre violinist will perform works from her most recent release, Southern Comfort, in concert at the Contemporary Arts Center.

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