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Watermelon and crabmeat at High Hat Cafe in New Orleans vividly show the pleasures of summer food.
Ian McNulty

When does summer start? Consult the almanac and you’ll see it’s still weeks away. But in New Orleans, the seasons aren’t necessarily tied to solstice and equinox. To me, they’re marked by a changing mix of cravings, needs, excuses...and yes, we're talking about food.

Photo Credit: Susesch Bayat/DG

Summer Lyric Theatre is gearing up for a pre-season concert … a tribute to one of the country’s most successful composers. Bernstein at 100 features music from Leonard Bernstein’s stage works.  We talk with Summer Lyric Theatre's artistic director, Michael McKelvey.

Thanks to the generosity of our listeners during our Spring Memberfest and Give NOLA Day, we've recently been able to add some new and vintage recordings to our Classical 104.9 FM music library.

While some performances are from 2017 and 2018, we've also found some classic recordings from decades past -- they're all a welcome addition to our growing music library.

James Arey will highlight a full hour of these new recordings on Friday morning, June 1, at 9:00am on Classical New Orleans.

This week on Inside the Arts, Southern Rep Theatre continues its run of All the Way.  The Tony Award winning drama by Robert Schenkkan takes us back to the 1960's and the struggle to pass the Civil Rights Act. Actors Dominique McClellan and Jason Kirkpatrick stop by for a chat.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with historian Craig L. Symonds, author of “World War II at Sea: A Global History,” who will be making a visit to the National World War II Museum. Megan Holt of One Book One New Orleans, talks about what's coming up in the citywide reading initiative; this year the selection is "New Orleans: A Food Biography," by Elizabeth Williams.

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer / Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer presents News of the Olympic Movement, News of the Land of 15,000 Princes, Let Us Try, News of Inspectors General, the Apresidentice, Apologies of the Week, along with satirical skits, musical selections from Harry, and more.

The unicorn is a legendary animal that has been described since antiquity. But it is also the name of an outstanding early music group from Europe, The Unicorn Ensemble, heard on this Continuum. The musicians are from Austria, Italy and Germany and specialize in playing historical instruments in fascinating programs, full of variety and played with artistry and great refinement.

Poppy with Jim Bruseth and Toni Turner
Reggie Morris / Louisiana Eats

On this week's show, we continue our tricentennial tribute to New Orleans with a look at brand new research in the field of archeology. We speak to Jim Bruseth and Toni Turner, who reveal a surprising turn of events that preceded the city's official founding. Evidently, if the French explorer La Salle hadn't blundered in his attempt to form a colony here, we would have been celebrating our 300th birthday 30 years ago.

Odyssey House

The crisis surrounding opioid use has extended into Louisiana communities, and Odyssey House is a local nonprofit working to reduce harm and substance use disorder. The center's outreach director, Emily Loska, speaks with NolaVie's Brian Friedman about their latest educational efforts.

American Routes Shortcuts: Carol Fran

May 25, 2018
Carol Fran
Michael G. Stewart (NEA)

Carol Fran has had a long career as an entertainer on the nightclub circuit from South to Southwest. She’s worked the joints from Juarez to New Orleans, playing swamp pop and soul, jazz and country, along the way making records for the legendary Excello label.

Carol Fran: I was called the Sarah Vaughan of the Vieux Carré. The older gals didn’t like that, but they couldn’t do nothing about it.

Nick Spitzer: Bourbon Street from the ‘50s, huh? Who was in those clubs when you were there?

CF: Frogman Henry, Papa Celestin, Snookum Russell, Alma Lollipop.

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