Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
1:42 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Prospect New Orleans Announces Biennial Details

Andrea Fraser, Um Monumento às Fantasias Descartadas (A Monument to Discarded Fantasies), 2003
Image courtesy of the artist.

On Wednesday, Prospect New Orleans announced the details of its third biennial exhibition of international contemporary art, “Prospect.3”.

The three-month exhibition opens in October with about 60 artists from around the globe. The first Prospect international art show in 2007 brought art-world stars and collectors to the city, and at least one critic called it “the greatest art exhibit in New Orleans history.”

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Inside the Arts
11:56 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Inside The Arts: The NOLA Project Throws A Mad Tea Party, Watercolors Pop Uptown And Giselle Returns

Adventures in Wonderland
Credit The NOLA Project

This week on Inside the Arts, we explore what's billed as the maddest tea party in town! We follow crazy characters through NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden as The NOLA Project presents Adventures in Wonderland, a new interactive interpretation of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Then, an art exhibit in the Garden District showcases the works of watermedia artists from around the world.

And we round out with the Jefferson Ballet Theatre's production of the romantic dance drama Giselle.

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Inside the Arts
11:08 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Inside The Arts: Wetlands Art Tour Focuses On Coastal Erosion and Restoration

The first annual Wetlands Art Tour kicks off this weekend. It is a daylong event in the St. Claude Arts District, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10.

The event will highlight art, performers and activists focusing on coastal erosion and wetlands restoration in our state. More info at WetlandsArtTour.com.

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Inside the Arts
10:34 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Inside The Arts: A Jazzy Mobile App, Julian Sands At The CAC, And Toussaint Jams With Parsons Dance

Julian Sands
Credit Courtesy of the artist

This week on Inside the Arts, many of us are rifting on melodies and memories of Jazz Fest 2014. We'll tell you about a new mobile app that is spreading our rich musical heritage around the globe.

Then we travel across the pond, via telephone, for conversation with British actor Julian Sands who will be in New Orleans this week for his solo stage performance — A Celebration of Harold Pinter — at the Contemporary Arts Center.

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Jazz Fest 2014
10:16 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Photos From The Second Weekend Of Jazz Fest

Second line musicians parading through the Fairgrounds during the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

Some photographic highlights from the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

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Arts & Culture
7:53 am
Fri May 2, 2014

How Joyce's Lemonade Gets To Jazz Fest

Joyce Brossett leads a team to bring Joyce's Lemonade to Jazz Fest.
Eve Troeh

Sure there’s the music line-up at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this weekend. But for some, the most important notes are savory, sweet or tart.

Each one of the food and drink booths at the festival is a stage all its own — with long hours of preparation and hard work to put on a good show. We looked behind the scenes at one staple item of Jazz Fest: Joyce's Lemonade.

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Jazz Fest 2014
1:19 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Zack Smith: Capturing Jazz Fest Frame By Frame

Zack Smith, official French Quarter Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival photographer, giving a master class to photography students before the 2014 FQF.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

As the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off, here on All Things New Orleans we’re highlighting one of the behind-the-scenes people running around the Fairgrounds.

Zack Smith is one of three official Jazz Fest photographers, working to capture the musicians’ performances, as well as some moments of revelry and relaxing between stages. And he has tips for all of us to capture the festival experience in pictures.

The official photographer of Jazz Fest. What does that role entail?

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Jazz Fest 2014
9:55 am
Thu May 1, 2014

New Orleans Jazz Fest Supports Local Culture On And Off The Stage

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux performs with the Golden Eagles and a member of a Skull & Bones gang on Sunday, April 27 at Jazz Fest.
Credit Nina Feldman / WWNO

The second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off Thursday. As the festival has grown over the course of the past four decades, so has the tension between local and national acts.

Many longtime festers worry that the big name performers overshadow the locals that gave Jazz Fest its start. Others argue that big names attract crowds from around that world that would otherwise never experience the unique music and culture of New Orleans.

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Inside the Arts
11:10 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Inside The Arts: Jazz Fest Celebrates Brazil; Jazz Hero Harold Battiste; Ireland's Hidden Gems

This week on Inside the Arts, we travel to Brazil via a cultural exchange at Jazz Fest. Then, we celebrate with saxophonist and AFO Records founder, Harold Battiste. He's a recipient of the Jazz Hero award from the Jazz Journalists Association.

And we round out with a trip to the shores of the Emerald Isle, for a peek inside Irish nature photographer Daragh Muldowney's Jewellery Box.

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

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Jazz Fest 2014
9:52 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Jazz Fest Cultural Pavilion Explories Ties Between Brazil And New Orleans

Sergio Cesar makes miniature versions of Brazilian favela communities from cardboard and recycled materials — with a keen architectural approach.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

There’s a new cultural element in this year’s Jazz Fest — organizers concentrated on showing off ties between New Orleans and Brazil.

Jazz Fest Cultural Exchange Pavilion Coordinator Valerie Guillet says the two regions have much in common.

“These are really manifested in music and parades, in carnival and a lot of different ways,” she says. “It’s like cousins, very far apart geographically but amazingly similar culturally.”

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