In certain worlds of New Orleans music, there is a special sound — a signal — which lets players know it's time to pick up their instruments and strike up the band. But where did this signal come from? We listened to chirps, whistles and musicians, hunting for this signal's origins and to learn: what is the chicken, and what is the egg?
When New Orleans musicians want to say a certain thing, instead of words, they use a four note phrase.
“It’s a bugle call or a band call to assemble,” explains Leroy Jones.
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As the Director of Public Relations for the 1984 World's Fair, Jeanne Nathan had her work cut out for her.
The fair not only had to compete with the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, but it was challenged by an oil crash, political conflict, and bad publicity. It remains the only World’s Fair to declare bankruptcy during its run. Despite that, Jeanne feels New Orleans learned invaluable lessons in tourism and marketing that are still used today, but will be the first to admit that handling the Fair’s image was a constant uphill battle.
This week on Inside the Arts, the Birdfoot Festival gears up for a week of live chamber music performances at venues across the city.
Then, we get a peek at an exhibit of pastel portraits celebrating notable New Orleans Free People of Color at Le Musée. And we round out with a classic American drama, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.
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deLesseps “Chep” Morrison was the mayor of New Orleans from 1946 to 1961. History will remember his administration as a polarizing one: he lured corporations to town, but also upheld segregationist values. He ran for Louisiana governor three times, and lost his final election in the winter of 1964. Months later, he spoke with future Lieutenant Governor Jimmy Fitzmorris, who still remembers their final conversation.
Click here to hear about the death of Chep Morrison, as recounted by Jimmy Fitzmorris.
On Wednesday, Prospect New Orleans announced the details of its third biennial exhibition of international contemporary art, “Prospect.3”.
The three-month exhibition opens in October with about 60 artists from around the globe. The first Prospect international art show in 2007 brought art-world stars and collectors to the city, and at least one critic called it “the greatest art exhibit in New Orleans history.”
This week on Inside the Arts, we explore what's billed as the maddest tea party in town! We follow crazy characters through NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden as The NOLA Project presents Adventures in Wonderland, a new interactive interpretation of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Then, an art exhibit in the Garden District showcases the works of watermedia artists from around the world.
And we round out with the Jefferson Ballet Theatre's production of the romantic dance drama Giselle.
This week on Inside the Arts, many of us are rifting on melodies and memories of Jazz Fest 2014. We'll tell you about a new mobile app that is spreading our rich musical heritage around the globe.
Then we travel across the pond, via telephone, for conversation with British actor Julian Sands who will be in New Orleans this week for his solo stage performance — A Celebration of Harold Pinter — at the Contemporary Arts Center.