Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has become the first mayor in the city’s history to be convicted of corruption. A jury of six men and six women found him guilty of 20 of 21 charges of bribery, money laundering and tax evasion.
The Moth — our monthly storytelling series at Café Instanbul — was back this week, featuring stories ranging from the sweet to the absurd. The theme was “Love Hurts” and if these stories are any indication, boy, does it!
Each month at The Moth volunteer storytellers each take five minutes to tell a true story, and some of the best (as voted by the audience) are aired on WWNO here in New Orleans, or maybe even nationally on The Moth Radio Hour.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation recently held auditions for its free music school. Called the Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music, the program offers high level music instruction for students ages 10-17.
Students meet on Saturday mornings and train to perform at local festivals and venues. Producer Mallory Falk brings us this audio postcard from the audition.
This week on The Reading Life: Nancy Horan, who has followed up her bestselling novel about Mamah Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright, Loving Frank, with a novel about the adventurous life of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife, Fanny, titled Under the Wide and Starry Sky.
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.
Usually during Black History Month, we remember Civil Rights icons and reflect on their legacy. But over the past couple of years, State of the Re:Union has met a new generation of African American leaders, people you may not see on TV specials or making nationally acclaimed speeches. Most of these men and women are on the front lines of their communities, rolling up their selves and diving in to what can be very unglamorous work.
There was a moment for Robin Mathews two years ago, while she was spreading grits and cornmeal all over Matthew McConaughey’s face, when she thought, “This is either going to be the end of my career or the beginning of it.”
Fortunately, it turned out to be a major new beginning. Mathews’ work as makeup department head for the film Dallas Buyer’s Club earned the New Orleans native an Oscar nomination.