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Cheryl Gerber / Unprisoned

In the last few years, powerful images of police interacting violently with African Americans -- usually men, or teenagers, or even children -- have been on the news, all over the world.

In these images, black men are getting shot or choked or hauled away in handcuffs. There are others too, memorial photographs from happier times: of young boys with plump cheeks or wearing graduation caps. Photographs of Eric Garner, John Crawford, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald – the list goes on.

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This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with renowned violin virtuoso Regina Carter. The multi-genre violinist will perform works from her most recent release, Southern Comfort, in concert at the Contemporary Arts Center.

JustUs Repertory from India

    Coming up on Inside the Arts, conversation with Dr. Gowri Ramnarayan, artistic director with JustUs Repertory from India. The company's U.S tour lands in New Orleans this week with Fire and Ash, a dramatic theater production that questions our relationship to Mother Earth.

Inspired by ancient scriptures and Indian poems, Fire and Ash blends dance, music, theater and paintings in this performance. It is presented by the Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans. 

Daniel Ulbricht

This week on Inside the Arts, ballerina Wendy Whelan joins Stars of American Ballet in town for a one-night-only performance. We talk with New York City principal dancer and director Daniel Ulbricht.

Then, we explore the connections between New Orleans and Ireland as the city hosts the International Irish Famine Commemoration with a bevy of cultural events.

And, we round out with an exhibit that highlights home, place and architecture as RHINO Contemporary Crafts Gallery presents Location, Location, Location.

This week on Inside the Arts, we visit with Daniel Weilbaecher, artistic director of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. Weilbaecher is this year's recipient of the Big Easy Classical Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.

Then we travel to the Northshore as the internationally-acclaimed Koresh Dance Company gears up for an energetic performance in Hammond.

And, we'll meet a group of students who recently auditioned for some prominent local jazz musicians.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Photo Alliance kicks off four days of citywide activities with the eighth annual PhotoNOLA Photography Festival. We travel Uptown as private homes in the Garden District spruce up for the Preservation Resource Center's Holiday Home Tour.

And finally, the New Orleans Ballet Association brings together a unique group of dancers in its annual production of The Nutcracker Suite.

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

Chitresh Das Dance Company

Some people might think putting an Indian Classical dancer and a New York-born tap star together would never work. On this week's Notes from New Orleans, we'll hear from Chitresh Das, a master of the ancient Kat-tuck dance style, and tap star Jason Samuels Smith. They'll burn up the stage in an East-meets-West dance event brought to the city by the New Orleans Ballet Association and the NOCCA Institute. 

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Diogo de Lima is a Brazilian choreographer and Professor of Dance on the faculty of Tulane University.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with him about his newly-commissioned work that features live music by John Boutté, to be performed in this week's "New Dance Festival" at the Marigny Opera House.

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Dana Reed’s career as a dancer has taken her across the country. While studying dance education at the University of Southern Mississippi, she spent her summers at the nationally renowned Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine. There she met dancer and activist Jane Weiner, who introduced her to the concept of community arts programs.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Dana Reed about the project that has brought her to the Crescent City.

Jim talks with former LSU Chancellor James Wharton about the TOPS college tuition grant program and the state of Higher Education in Louisiana.


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