Arts & Culture

Inside the Arts
2:45 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Inside The Arts: Danny Barker Festival, Big Charity Documentary, Artist Wayne Amedee

Danny Barker

This week on Inside the Arts, we remember the late, great jazz guitarist, banjoist, raconteur and band leader, Danny Barker.  Local musicians get together for a Danny Barker birthday tribute. 

Then, what was once a public hospital serving the city's poor is now the subject of an award winning documentary. Producer Ben Johnson, joins us to talk about the film, Big Charity: The Death of America's Oldest Hospital. And, we round out with an emotionally charged exhibit by award winning artist Wayne Amedee. 

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

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Arts & Culture
11:21 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Photo Gallery: 2015 New Orleans Comic Con

Cosplayers — people who dress up as their favorite movie, television or comic book characters — have become a big part of the science fiction convention scene.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

The traveling 2015 Wizard World Comic Con passed through New Orleans this weekend, and thousands of people descended on the Morial Convention Center to take part in the fun.

Click on any image to expand the photo gallery.

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Arts & Culture
2:32 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Andrew Jackson Exhibit Gives Perspective On The Battle Of New Orleans

Battle of New Orleans; 1856; oil on canvas by Dennis Malone Carter.
Credit The Historic New Orleans Collection

Thursday marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, which influenced the course of American history and propelled Andrew Jackson to the Presidency.

The Historic New Orleans Collection currently has an exhibition on view entitled Andrew Jackson: Hero of New Orleans. WWNO’s Paul Maassen talked to HNOC’s Associate Director for the Williams Research Center, Jason Wiese, about the exhibit, Jackson, and the Battle's anniversary.

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Arts & Culture
5:51 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

The New Orleans Museum of Art reveals two new international additions to its sculpture garden

London-based artist Yinka Shonibare's Wind Sculpture V evokes a bolt of African batik fabric blowing in the wind.
Credit New Orleans Museum of Art

There are two new additions on display at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden: Caduto a Ragione by Mimmo Paladino and Wind Sculpture V by Yinka Shonibare.

WWNO’s Eileen Fleming met up with New Orleans Museum of Art Director Susan Taylor outside the garden to discuss the donations made by the Besthoffs.

Susan M. Taylor, NOMA's director, says the two new sculptures enhance the international stature of NOMA and the garden:

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

What's left of Louisiana if you strip away everything but the roads?

The Louisiana "All Streets" map, created by Boston-based design firm Fathom.
Credit Fathom

Folks at the Boston-based design firm Fathom had a unique idea: what would maps look like if you stripped away all the defining features of a state, or of a country, leaving behind nothing but the roads?

Even a regular road map retains the outline of a place, its peaks and valleys, mountains and rivers, the names we give the defining features. But what if we take all that away and just leave the connective tissue, the pavement, behind?

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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.
The Arts at USF Flickr

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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