Arts & Culture

Carnival 2015
9:57 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Rex, 'King Of The Carnival,' Issues 2015 Mardi Gras Proclamation

Credit The School of Design

Continuing an annual tradition begun in 1872, Rex, the titular "King of The Carnival" here in New Orleans, issued a Royal Invitation on Tuesday inviting the world to come to the Crescent City and experience Mardi Gras.

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Inside the Arts
6:08 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Inside The Arts: Parades Usher In 2015 Carnival Season, New Works In NOMA's Sculpture Garden

Krewe of Joan of Arc
Credit Kim Welsh

 This week on Inside the Arts, the first parades of 2015 are ready to roll!

A medieval-themed procession gears up to march in the French Quarter. The Joan of Arc Parade rolls on 12th Night, celebrating the 603rd birthday of the Maid of Orléans, France.

Then, the Phunny Phorty Phellows have their sights set on Carnival, as they prepare for their traditional ride on the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar line this Twelfth Night. And, we round out with the addition of two new pieces of art in NOMA's Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. 

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Arts & Culture
5:33 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

UNO Production Selected For Prestigious Kennedy Center College Theater Festival

A UNO production of "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” was the only play from Louisiana selected to be performed at the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
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A production at the University of New Orleans was the only play from Louisiana selected to be performed at the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

The Times-Picayune reports UNO's production of "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” was selected for this year’s festival.

The play is about a tiger at the Baghdad Zoo in post-invasion Iraq, and his interactions with two American Marines and their Iraqi translator.

Inside the Arts
6:55 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Inside The Arts: Mark Kennedy Shriver, Mini Masters At NOMA, Wess Anderson Quintet Ring In 2015

Wess Anderson

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with JFK's nephew, Mark Kennedy Shriver. He'll speak about his legendary father, Sargent Shriver.

Then we explore NOMA's early childhood arts education program, Mini Masters. And, we celebrate the New Year with the Wess Anderson Quintet.

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

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NOLA Life Stories
8:44 am
Tue December 30, 2014

NOLA Life Stories: How Bobby Grier Broke The Color Barrier At The Sugar Bowl

Bobby Grier was the leading rusher at the 1956 Sugar Bowl with nearly 100 yards.
The Owl at the University of Pittsburgh

Bobby Grier was the first African-American to play in the Sugar Bowl. As a member of the Pittsburgh Panthers, Grier played against Georgia Tech on January 2, 1956 — only months after Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi and weeks after Rosa Parks was arrested in Alabama.

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Inside the Arts
7:32 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Inside The Arts: Coffelt's Cosmos Transition, NEA Chair Jane Chu, Donna Summer Encore Tribute

Credit Jon Coffelt

This week on Inside the Arts, British cosmologist Stephen Hawking is the subject of the film The Theory of Everything, now playing in theaters. His scientific work is also the inspiration for southern artist Jon Coffelt's latest exhibit, Cosmos Transition, now in final days at the Foundation Gallery. 

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Inside the Arts
7:15 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Inside The Arts: Christmas With Debbie Davis, Wein Jazz And Heritage Center, A Christmas Carol

George Wein
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This weekon Inside the Arts, Oh Crap! It's Christmas, a new CD and stage musical by Debbie Davis and Matt Perinne makes its debut.

Then, we visit the newly opened George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center.

And we round out with a look at Southern Rep's production of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, directed by John "Spud" McConnell.

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

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Arts & Culture
7:20 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

George And Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center Opens In Tremé

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation cut the ribbon on the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center.
Eve Troeh WWNO

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation unwrapped a gift to the city on Friday — complete with a giant red bow. City officials, musicians, and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival founder George Wein cut the ribbon on the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center.
 
The former funeral home in the 1200 block of Rampart Street has been redeveloped as a jazz education center. Free classes for budding musicians will be held in rooms full of instruments, music stands, and screens for digital and remote learning.
 

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Inside the Arts
11:59 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Inside The Arts: The Symphony Chorus Of New Orleans Presents Handel's 'Messiah'

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with Steven Edwards, music director of the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans.

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Northshore Focus
10:03 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Mandeville Night Air Filled With Music From Historic Dew Drop Jazz Hall

The Dew Drop Jazz Hall is located in a residential area in Mandeville just three blocks from Lake Pontchartrain.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Preservationists and music lovers in Mandeville are working to create a new seasonal tradition — enjoying jazz music in an open-air, historic jazz hall. Cars lined a back street in a Mandeville neighborhood on a recent Friday, as soft Christmas lights and the sound of jazz lit up the warm autumn air.

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