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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.