arts & culture

New Orleans in 1958 is the setting for starting an intricate series featuring organized crime, the CIA, Cuba, Kennedy and rock 'n roll.
Crescent City Films LLC

A look at New Orleans through turbulent years starting in the late 1950s is about to debut this weekend at the Prytania Theater. It’s the first glimpse of an intricate project that ends with the assassination of President Kennedy.

Miette Art Boutique

This week on Inside the Arts, playwright Jim Fitzmorris ponders what it truly means to be a New Orleanian in his latest one man show, Be A New Orleanian: A Swearing In Ceremony.

Then, we talk with the creator of the 1970's Saturday Night Live character Mr. Bill.  New Orleans native Walter Williams debuts a sneak peek at Crescent City, a TV series set in town with a focus on events leading up to JFK's assassination.

And, we round out with a look at Mardi Gras float art available for public collection. 

 1918 photo of Louis Mayer's father (Louis E. Mayer), and uncles Gus (Gustave John Mayer) and Rudolph Mayer on the stage at the Turnverein von New Orleans. Uncle Gus is top left, Louis Mayer is in the middle.
Louis Mayer

When you think about gymnastics — parallel bars, the pommel horse, ropes — what else pops into your head? Fighting Napoleon and frosted beer mugs? Me too!

Here's how the Germans brought gymnastics to New Orleans.

Star-Steppin' Cosmonaughties Headed For Funky Times

Jan 27, 2016
Kelley Crawford

When it comes to Mardi Gras, you can never understate the difference between watching a parade and marching in one. The experience is so alluring that it’s no surprise many krewes get bigger and bigger each year. Take for example, The Star-Steppin’ Cosmonaughties: a dancing krewe now in their fifth year, that’s ready for Carnival season with new moves and big surprises.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Grammy Award winning fiddler Mark O'Connor. He'll perform in concert with acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg this weekend at Loyola University.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

For the past 50 years, there has been one place you could see, without fail, James Audubon, Marie Laveau, Huey P. Long and Dracula, together in one room.

But time is running out to mingle with Louisiana’s most notable historical figures. The Musée Conti Wax Museum is closing up shop at the end of the month.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Gambit 2016 Tribute to the Classical Arts honors the best in classical music, opera and dance at its annual luncheon benefiting the Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education.

We talk with classical pianist Dr. Wilfred Delphin, alumnus and artist-in-residence in the Department of Music at Xavier University. Delphin is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gian Smith On Poetry Charged With Meaning And Intensity

Jan 20, 2016
Gian Smith

Whether it’s on a crowded street corner or in front of his bathroom mirror, Gian Smith practices poetry wherever he can. A teacher by day, Gian is part of the city’s poetry community: a specialized group of artists who prioritize the intimacy of the spoken word.

Photo Credit: Greg Miles

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Grammy Award winning musician Irvin Mayfield on the premiere of #__________ Lives Matter. Mayfield and the 19-piece New Orleans Jazz Orchestra will perform the original composition, which aims to generate conversations about race and violence in America.

Then, on a much lighter note a classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty comes to Le Petit Theatre in the form of an American panto. Its slapstick humor and interactive fun for audiences of all ages.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

Mardi Gras was still close to three weeks away. But on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 16, the French Quarter was gridlocked with costumed frolickers, a massive, glittery throng radiating out through the narrow streets from the historic traditional-jazz venue Preservation Hall. The occasion? A parade in memory of David Bowie, led by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

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