Inside the Arts

Tuesdays at 1 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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, bold colors pop on an unusual canvas. We meet Tajah Olson, an African performance artist from Malawi who uses her face as a tarp. She portrays Goddesses from her country and beyond, captured in photographs on view at Angela King Gallery.

Then, Summer Lyric Theatre continues its 51st season with Ragtime. Director Michael McKelvey joins us with actors Leslie Castay and Brandon Nase.

This week on Inside the Arts, a Central City mainstay, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center celebrates its 20th Anniversary. We talk with co-founder Carole Bebelle.

Photo Credit: Brittney Werner

This week on Inside the Arts, playwright Regina Taylor's Crowns continues its run at Le Petit Theatre. We talk with the gospel musical's director Tommye Myrick and actresses Jasmine Johnson and Barbara Shorts.

This week on Inside the Arts, actor Val Kilmer is heading to the Crescent City for the film screening of his one man play, Citizen Twain. Event producer, Jonathan Mares stops by for a chat.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell (L), artist Ursula Rochon at podium
Photo Credit: Max Becherer, The New Orleans Advocate

This week on Inside the Arts, we meet the artist behind the logo for Mayor Cantrell's "City of Yes" message.

This week on Inside the Arts, the countdown is on to the 2018 ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca-Cola. Entertainment powerhouse Queen Latifah headlines. We talk with ESSENCE entertainment editor Cori Murray.

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.

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.

Adam Sambola, artist

The 4th Annual Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival kicks off this weekend on the Northshore.  We talk with festival spokeswoman Robin Marquez.

This week on Inside the Arts, the 4th Annual New Orleans International Guitar Festival gets underway. Guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk headlines the event. We talk with festival director and guitarist Javier Olondo.

Then, Vice & Virtue: An Exhibition of Sex, Saints and Sin continues it run at M.S. Rau Antiques. The exhibition, in honor of the city's tricentennial, explores the universal struggle between virtue and vice, with a nod to New Orleans' Catholic heritage. WWNO's Eileen Fleming takes us on a tour.