JoAnn Clevenger grew up in a strong Baptist community in northern Louisiana and eventually found her way to New Orleans. She worries that without a central place to call their own, the bohemians and small business owners of the French Quarter will be ousted from the historic neighborhood.
JoAnn Clevenger had never even heard of Mardi Gras until she moved to New Orleans in the late 1950’s. She dropped out of Tulane to care for her mother and then moved to the French Quarter shortly thereafter. At that point in her life the jazz clubs, restaurants and literary circles she hung around weren’t like anything she’d seen.
JoAnn Clevenger remembers the bohemian community of New Orleans' French Quarter in the 1950's and the 60's.
This week on Inside the Arts, The New Orleans Fringe Festival is celebrating original theater this week at venues across the city. We catch up with Joanna Caplan and her unique solo piece Total Verruckt!, which focuses on the role of art as a means of survival during the Holocaust.
Then, do you know what it takes to learn how to write well? WWNO's Eve Abrams answers that question as she explores the Big Class Writing Studio on St. Claude Avenue.
After graduating from Xavier University, Tureaud left New Orleans in 1960 and traveled the world before settling in White Plains, New York, where he worked as a director of special education for more than 30 years.
AP Tureaud Jr. was raised in the 7th Ward, which he called “the stronghold of the Creole community.” A Creole himself and the son of prominent civil rights lawyer AP Tureaud Sr., he remembers the neighborhood upheld education and leadership. But as often as this unified message was preached, Tureaud says not everyone in the community was given equal footing.
This week on Inside the Arts... playwright Lyle Kessler's Tony-nominated Orphans is currently running at the Marigny Theater. Orphans explores the human condition through the eyes of two brothers in search of a father figure.
Then, art imitates food. We'll interview a chef who's making a Cajun feast as part of an art installation.
And we round out with the Mysterious Wisterias, an evening of music and murder with a drop dead cast of masquerading Hollywood wannabees, detectives, reporters and undercover spies.
This week on Inside the Arts, Prospect New Orleans kicks off the international contemporary art biennial- Prospect 3 this week at venues throughout the city. Prospect 3 + is a satellite program which highlights exhibits and arts events by local artists. We get a sneak peek at the St. Claude Arts District block party.
Then we explore 19th Century Creole funeral and mourning customs as New Orleanians prepare to head to the cemetery on All Saints Day.
NPR's Michele Norris says Hurricane Katrina was a line of demarcation for her. Reporting from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after the storm and floods, she found herself compelled to work with emotion in her journalism in a new way.
This week on Inside the Arts, WWNO will host the world premiere of NPR Presents: Water±, a live, journalism-based theatrical event exploring the world’s delicate and volatile relationship with water. We talk with NPR's Michele Norris and Tony Award winning director Kenny Leon.
Then, we catch up with acclaimed American pianist, Anne-Marie McDermott. She will perform at MASNO's Nocturne XII Gala.