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.
Revelers dance on the street during a Carnival parade in the fishing village of Peniche, north of Lisbon, Portugal on Tuesday.
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A reveler looks on at the Mardi Gras Day parade in rainy New Orleans, where there are many parades and marches throughout the city.
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Men with helmets are hit by oranges during the traditional "battle of the oranges," held during the carnival in Ivrea, Italy. During the event, which marks the people's rebellion against tyrannical lords who ruled the town in the Middle Ages, revelers parading on floats represent guards of the tyrant, while those on foot are the townsfolk.
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The "King" float parades during the Nice Carnival in southeastern France. The theme of this year's carnival, running from February 14 until March 4, is the "King of Gastronomy."
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Participants, known as Gilles, wear traditional costumes and hats made of white ostrich feathers during the carnival in the streets of Binche, Belgium. The Carnival de Binche has been proclaimed a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO for the past ten years.
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Revelers from the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome.
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A member of the Krewe of Zulu parades down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans.
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Participants of the Krewe of Zulu Parade hand out painted coconuts to spectators in New Orleans.
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A reveler parades through the French Quarter in New Orleans.
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Revelers dance on the street during a Carnival parade in the fishing village of Peniche, Portugal on Tuesday. Mardi Gras, Carnival and Fat Tuesday are different names for the traditional celebration marking the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.
Revelers across the globe gathered to mark the day before Ash Wednesday, which is known by several names, such as Mardi Gras, Carnival and Fat Tuesday. While parades are the most common form of celebration, a few nations indulge in some twists.
The Carnival in Ivera, Italy, includes a large battle where participants throw oranges. Some revelers in the Carnival de Binche in Belgium dress as Gilles, wearing traditional outfits accented with ostrich feathers.
Record-breaking crowds have flocked to New Orleans for this year's Mardi Gras celebration. It's an all-consuming holiday that wouldn't be quite complete without returning from a parade with a neck draped in beads. However, many people say it's the bands that march in the parades that they enjoy most.
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.
The guy next to me is wearing an orange fur coat and a red feather boa; his wife is dressed as a giant grape. Someone playing the trumpet looks like a cross between a post office employee and a Mad Max road warrior. I'm wearing an inflatable alligator on my head.
Tulane School of Architecture professor and author Richard Campanella explains a new aspect of New Orleans geography and culture in his monthly Cityscapes column for NOLA.com. This month: Shotgun geography, an examination of the shotgun house.
WWNO News Director Eve Troeh sat down with Campanella to learn more.
Next Media Animation, a Taiwanese media company known for their satirical animated videos mocking events in the news, has released a video poking fun at the travails of former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin, convicted this week of 20 counts of corruption — ranging from bribery to conspiracy.