Storyville. What strikes me most when I hear the word or see it emblazoned across the chest of a baby romper is how weird New Orleans is. We have embraced the memory of a red light district that closed its green shutters almost a century ago as a source of pride. We’re nostalgic over prostitution. Maybe that shouldn’t surprise me, considering this city’s often-exuberant relationship with its own debauchery. But the way our city gleefully remembers Storyville has always sat strangely with me.
This week on Inside the Arts, The Arts Council of New Orleans recognizes outstanding contributions to the cultural community with the 2013 Community Arts Awards. We talk with new CEO and President Kim Cook.
Plus, New Orleans native and Jazz vocalist Sybil Gage returns home, performing an evening of vaudeville and traditional jazz tunes at the Old U.S. Mint. Then, we're going to party like it's 1899, rubbing elbows with colorful characters from Louisiana's past.
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Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 7:35 am
Ray Dolby, who invented some of the technologies that revolutionized film and sound recording, died at age 80 today in San Francisco.
Even if Ray Dolby doesn't ring a bell, you have undoubtably come upon his name in the movie theater or along the edge of a cassette tape. You've also heard his work: He pioneered a noise reduction format called Dolby SR and his company was instrumental in developing surround sound technology.
Never heard of Filthy Linen Night? That's because it's the first ever (not to be confused with "Dirty" or "White"), presented by the Frenchmen Art Market. The event has chartered a retro party bus to shuttle folks from the Frenchmen to St. Claude Art Markets, and back.
This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with playwright Jim Fitzmorris and actor A.J. Allegra about The NOLA Project’s latest production, A Truckload of Ink. It is an original work exploring massive changes at a New Orleans newspaper.
Plus, you’ll find out why a 20-piece brass band from Providence, Rhode Island calls New Orleans their sister city. And then, we’ll tour what is now the largest recording studio in the state.
A new cabaret show at Mid City Theater, Let's Get Away From It All, stars Amy Alvarez and Jefferson Turner. It is a musical road trip with songs about traveling around America, directed by Ricky Graham.
This week on Inside the Arts, the "Happy Hour" with a purpose: Culture Collision celebrates its 5th Anniversary, kicking off the 2013-14 cultural season. We journey to the Arts District for conversation with a gallery owner who finds herself giving away the gallery's income. And we round out with a cabaret show that will have you humming tunes from your summer road trip.
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This week on Inside the Arts you'll hear from jazz trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe. He talks about the world premiere of Water Too High, Bones Too Low, an original composition remembering the 8th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Then, the New Orleans premiere of the off-Broadway musical Children's Letters to God continues its run at the NORD Ty Tracy Theater at Gallier Hall. And we talk with an English designer who knows how to spin a yarn.