Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
7:02 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Which Came First: The Mockingbird Or The Musician?

Library of Congress

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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Inside the Arts
9:11 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Inside The Arts: The Wild Bamboulas, Images From Paradise, Ashé Cultural Summit

Images from Paradise
Credit Madeleine Faust

    

This week on Inside the Arts, Bamboula 2000 celebrates its 20th anniversary with a new CD release, The Wild Bamboulas. We talk with bandleader, songwriter and percussionist Luther Gray.

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NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Tue May 27, 2014

The Bright Side Of An Economic Disaster: Jeanne Nathan Reflects On The 1984 World's Fair

During the 1984 World's Fair, Jeanne Nathan was not only beset on all sides by publicity issues, but she was also pregnant, which naturally added to her stress.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

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. 

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Inside the Arts
11:57 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Inside The Arts: Birdfoot Nests In Classic Style, Creoles Of Color And Miller's 'Salesman'

Birdfoot Festival - 2013 Kristopher Tong, Daniel Arocha and Caleb van der Swaag
Credit Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

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.

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

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NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

50 Years Later: The Startling Death Of Former Mayor Chep Morrison

Before his career in politics, deLesseps "Chep" Morrison earned the rank of major general in the Army Reserve during World War II.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

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.    


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Arts & Culture
1:42 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Prospect New Orleans Announces Biennial Details

Andrea Fraser, Um Monumento às Fantasias Descartadas (A Monument to Discarded Fantasies), 2003
Image courtesy of the artist.

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.”

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Inside the Arts
11:56 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Inside The Arts: The NOLA Project Throws A Mad Tea Party, Watercolors Pop Uptown And Giselle Returns

Adventures in Wonderland
Credit The NOLA Project

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.

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Inside the Arts
11:08 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Inside The Arts: Wetlands Art Tour Focuses On Coastal Erosion and Restoration

The first annual Wetlands Art Tour kicks off this weekend. It is a daylong event in the St. Claude Arts District, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10.

The event will highlight art, performers and activists focusing on coastal erosion and wetlands restoration in our state. More info at WetlandsArtTour.com.

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Inside the Arts
10:34 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Inside The Arts: A Jazzy Mobile App, Julian Sands At The CAC, And Toussaint Jams With Parsons Dance

Julian Sands
Credit Courtesy of the artist

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.

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Jazz Fest 2014
10:16 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Photos From The Second Weekend Of Jazz Fest

Second line musicians parading through the Fairgrounds during the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

Some photographic highlights from the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

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