Arts & Culture

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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Arts & Culture
8:18 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Photos From The 28th Annual Festival International

The Festival International main stage, featuring Cajun musician Michael Doucet and his group BeauSoleil.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Festival International de Louisiane, the annual exploration and celebration of world music in the heart of Acadiana, transformed the city of Lafayette into a five-day entertainment showcase this past week.

The free festival featured six music stages, street musicians, arts and crafts, workshops, food, drinks and much more.

"What do I like about Festival?" wondered local resident Karl Schott. "It's open. You can pop your head into a local establishment for a little A/C or a different drink. And you run into everyone you know."

We sure did.

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Inside the Arts
11:44 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Inside The Arts: Local Teen To Appear On NPR's 'From The Top'

Georgia Bourderionnet, on stage at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, during a taping of NPR's From the Top.
Credit From the Top / NPR

Local teenager Georgia Bourderionnet, a 17-year-old cellist who is a student at Benjamin Franklin High School and NOCCA, has been tapped for a classical music performance on NPR's From the Top. Her performance airs April 24 at 8 p.m. on 89.9 WWNO.

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Inside the Arts
11:34 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Inside The Arts: Jazz Fest Celebrates Brazilian Food; Debbie Davis Sings; Stirling Barrett Photos

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

This week on Inside the Arts, the 45th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off this weekend. We sample Brazilian street food from Carmo Café near the Cultural Exchange Pavilion.

Then we catch up with vocalist Debbie Davis, whose new release Linger 'till Dawn is just out in time for Jazz Fest. And we round out with a look at New Orleans through the eyes of photographer Stirling Barrett, exhibiting works in the Contemporary Crafts area.

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

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Storyville
1:59 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Storyville: Finding It In The Sun

The 1910 New Orleans Pelicans baseball team; Shoeless Joe Jackson is #12.
Credit wikimedia commons

Baseball season is underway. This is a sacred time where I’m from. Sun, grass, children playing in the park, all the memories of youth rushing back. But in New Orleans, the start of baseball season is but a placeholder: some 200 days until the Saints’ opening kickoff. This city lives on its own schedule.

I didn’t know this when I moved here.

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Arts & Culture
7:14 am
Thu April 17, 2014

P.3 Reads Continues, Bringing Artists To Public Libraries

Tonight, New Orleans’ international art biennial, Prospect 3, brings out its literary side.

The P.3 Reads series invites international artists to New Orleans public libraries to discuss some of their favorite books. Brooke Davis Anderson is executive director of Prospect 3. She says curator Franklin Sirmans has taken several works of literature — like Walker Percy’s New Orleans novel The Moviegoer — as inspiration for the biennial.

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NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Get Ready To Ride: Chris Owens' French Quarter Easter Parade

Chris Owens stands among her collection of memorabilia. Her Easter Parade has become a tradition for many families, some of whom travel internationally for the event.
Credit Keely Merritt

As part of a new collaboration with The Historic New Orleans Collection, WWNO brings you NOLA Life Stories: an oral history project documenting the people, places and things that shape New Orleans. This week historian Mark Cave interviews Chris Owens, a Bourbon Street entertainer and nightclub owner.

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Inside the Arts
12:07 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Chita Rivera Makes A Rare Stop In New Orleans, And Glen David Andrews Is Back With 'Redemption'

Chita Rivera
Credit Laura Marie Duncan

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with the legendary Chita Rivera. She's in town this week for a rare performance at Le Petit Théatre.

Then, we sit down with the Prince of Tremé, Glen David Andrews. His latest release, Redemption, tells the story of his personal journey following a major storm in his life.

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

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