Inside the Arts

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Join host Diane Mack for a conversation with the leading figures of the New Orleans arts and culture scene, each week Inside the Arts. From gallery openings to the performing arts, Diane takes you along on an intimate examination of the people and places that make New Orleans one of America's most interesting cities.

This week on Inside the Arts, the 3rd Annual New Orleans International Guitar Festival gets underway at Tulane University.  Guitarists from 10 countries will celebrate a variety of musical styles.

Then, the Spider Queen, an original work from The NOLA Project, continues its run in NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

Photo Credit: Todd Rosenberg

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with choreographer Jessica Lang. Her celebrated contemporary ballet company, Jessica Lang Dance, will perform a tribute to Veterans in the New Orleans Ballet Association's season finale.

Then, Redd Linen Night kicks off in Central City.  The Ashé Cultural Arts Center's visual arts show, with a twist, honors the legacy of Ashé co-founder Douglas Redd.

And, the 4th Annual Wetlands Art Tour kicks off this week in venues across the city. Producer John Calhoun of Spotlight New Orleans drops by for a chat.

The Arts District’s annual arts stroll, Jammin’ On Julia kicks off on Saturday with new exhibitions, music and food. We talk with Ginette Bone, president of the Arts District New Orleans Association.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Broadway hit musical HAMILTON is heading to the Saenger.  Got tickets? We talk with Saenger general manager David Skinner.

Then, it's Jazz Fest weekend 2.  We explore an architectural trade in the Louisiana Folklife Village. We catch up with Swiss woodworker Heinz Gautschi.

And, the UNO Playwrights Festival continues its run in the Marigny. Festival coordinator Bryon Reiger and UNO playwriting assistant professor Justin Maxwell stop by for a chat.

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This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with violin virtuoso Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. She performs in concert this week with the Loyola Chamber Orchestra.


Then, a new exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art  complements traditional Japanese art with the contemporary work of New Orleans painter Regina Scully.  WWNO's Eileen Fleming talks with NOMA's Lisa Rotondo-McCord and the artist herself about the unexpected connection of styles.


This week on Inside the Arts, a concert on Lake Pontchartrain aims to bring more awareness to our state's coastal crisis.  New Orleans Airlift, the LPO and composer Yotam Haber join forces.

Then... French Quarter Fest kicks off this week in the Vieux Carré.

And, the Gretna Mainstreet New Music Theatre Festival opens on the Westbank.

Photo Credit: Michael Wilson

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with legendary actress and singer Audra McDonald.  The record breaking, six time Tony Award winner is in town this week for a special performance at NOCCA.

This week on Inside the Arts,  Second Star New Orleans presents Two for Tennessee, two original one act plays by New Orleans writers inspired by the legacy of Tennessee Williams.  We talk with artistic director Harold Gervais.

This week on Inside the Arts, a 40 year veteran of the arts is celebrating a milestone on Royal Street.  We catch up with gallery owner Angela King who is planning a big public exhibit this weekend.

Then...the French Quarter is ground zero as visitors are in town for the 31st annual Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival.

And, we round out with a festival to test your stamina.  It's Bach-Around-the-Clock time. A 29 hour marathon, Uptown, honors the Baroque composer.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with singer, songwriter, pianist Judith Owen. The Welch born singer, who makes New Orleans home, is celebrating the U.S. release of her solo album, Somebody's Child. She makes a tour stop at the Saenger Theatre opening for legendary British Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry.