Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
3:20 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Boy Soldier, Quarterback, Pick Up Lines and Peaches

Ishmael Beah

Kimberly Reed is transgender and forced to confront her past and future when she attends her father’s funeral. 
  Ishmael Beah is the author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.
  Laura Revness and her family’s parrot, Pumpkin, must redefine the pecking order.
  Bobby Stoddard is young and in love, but struggles with his girlfriend’s one-year prison sentence.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:27 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Not My Job: Trombone Shorty Gets Quizzed On Obscure Musical Instruments

Mike Coppola Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 7:54 am

This week, we've brought the show to New Orleans, where Troy Andrews — better known as Trombone Shorty — began playing music at age 4. He was touring with his brother's band by age 6, and went to the same performing arts academy as Harry Connick Jr., Terence Blanchard and the Marsalis brothers. Now, just shy of 30, he's doing his part to spread New Orleans music around the world.

We've invited him to answer three questions about obscure musical instruments.

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Arts & Culture
12:57 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

A Once-Guarded Tradition Spills Open In New Orleans' Streets

Big Chief Tugga Cloud, 17, leads the Red Flame Hunters, a newer Mardi Gras Indian tribe that is also a youth outreach organization.
Eve Troeh WWNO

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 6:06 am

On a sunny Sunday in New Orleans, barbecue stands and ice-filled coolers line a closed-off street. Central City is not a tourist zone, but people pack in — many with cameras and long lenses. A mass of color begins to move.

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Inside the Arts
9:49 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Inside The Arts: Dinner With Friends At Le Petit, The Grand Parade Rolls At CAC, Union Tanguera

Union Tanguera Dance Company

This week on Inside the Arts we explore relationships and the subject of divorce as Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Dinner with Friends opens at Le Petit Theatre. 

Then, Double Edge Theatre makes its New Orleans debut with The Grand Parade. This journey through the 20th Century uses aerial flight, puppetry and music inspired by the art of Marc Chagall. 

And we round out with a seductive evening of Tango as the French-Argentinean ensemble Union Tanguera presents Nuit Blanche [Sleepless Night]. 

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Live in Dublin

Erin Hermosa

Colm O'Regan tells an offensive joke and realizes that sometimes in David v. Goliath situations, David is just being a jerk. Karen Gearon, with her fellow shopworkers at the Dunnes Stores, goes on strike and sparks international interest in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Daryl McCormack was bullied growing up in Ireland because of the color of his skin. Peter Pringle fights to get a death sentence overturned.

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Inside the Arts
2:18 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Inside The Arts: India Fest 2015, Shakespeare's Measure For Measure, Over The River With Jack Niven

Over The River
Credit Jack Niven

This week on Inside the Arts, India Fest 2015 kicks off this weekend at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The bi-annual family festival presented by the Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans celebrates the art and culture of south Asia. 

Then, the Anthony Bean Community Theater celebrates its 15th anniversary. The city's only ongoing African American theater producing company is staging its first Shakespearean play — Measure for Measure. 

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Inside the Arts
11:21 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Inside The Arts: S.O.U.L. Encore, Southern Rep Brings Classic Drama To Central City, Paul Taylor 2

Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company
Credit Tom Caravaglia

This week on Inside the Arts, Singers Of United Lands, known as S.O.U.L., are in town for an encore performance. The vocal quartet shares cultural experiences from around the globe through the gift of song.

Then, Southern Rep Theater continues its 2015 season in the newly opened Ashé Power House with Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams.

And, the world renowned Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company returns to the Marginy Opera House with two programs of modern dance.

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

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NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

NOLA Life Stories: Tom Benson's Journey To The Top

Tom Benson, pictured with wife Gayle and granddaughter Rita Benson LeBlanc, grew up in the St. Roch neighborhood and graduated from Brother Martin High School and Loyola University.
Credit Chuck Cook

When Tom Benson purchased the New Orleans Saints in 1985, the team had never had a winning season. Over the course of 30 years, Tom has helped reshape the team to become one of the NFL's most popular teams and a source of community pride throughout the Gulf South. 

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Arts & Culture
5:28 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

New Museum Depicts 'The Life Of A Slave From Cradle To The Tomb'

In recent years, some popular antebellum plantations have started to incorporate displays about slavery. But the Whitney Plantation has designed the visitor's entire experience around that history.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 7:31 pm

The section of Louisiana's serpentine River Road that tracks along the Mississippi between New Orleans and Baton Rouge is known as "Plantation Alley." The restored antebellum mansions along the route draw hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.

The newest attraction aims to give visitors a realistic look at life in the pre-Civil War South. Don't expect hoop skirts and mint juleps, but stark relics that tell the story of a dark period in American history, through the eyes of the enslaved.

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Inside the Arts
2:26 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Inside The Arts: Parading Feet, Ashé Power House, New Zealand's Black Grace

New Zealand's Black Grace Contemporary Dance
Credit Duncan Cole

This week on Inside the Arts, you'll hear how a pilot program is bringing comfort to the aching feet of school marching bands, many of which racked up miles in Carnival parades. 

Then, the Ashé Culture Arts Center is expanding its Central City campus with a multi-million dollar state-of-the art performance center and visual art gallery. We talk with executive director Carole Bebelle about plans for the new Ashé Power House.

And, New Zealand's premier contemporary dance company Black Grace makes its New Orleans debut.

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