Inside the Arts

Tuesdays at 1 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, chamber music and opera fuse as Lyrica Baroque presents Baroque and Beyond. We talk with nationally acclaimed soprano Sarah Jane McMahon and LPO cellist Daniel Lelchuk.

Then, Komenka Ethnic Dance and Music Ensemble will take us around the world as it celebrates its 35th Anniversary with a spring concert.

And, we round out with a spiritual uplift as the Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans presents renowned singer, Sanjeev Abhyankar, in an evening of Hindustani classical music.

Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

This week on Inside the Arts, the 4th annual Birdfoot Festival gets underway. Chamber music will fill venues across the city. The festival will also mark the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with Waterlines: A Hymn for New Orleans, a musical journey incorporating spoken word and poetry.

Then, the New Orleans Opera Association is launching a youth vocal competition targeting sophomores, juniors and seniors in high schools across Louisiana.

And, Central City remembers favorite son and nationally acclaimed sculptor Jeffrey Cook with an exhibition and reception.

    This week on Inside the Arts, the Bishop Perry Center presents a salute to legendary singers Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson. Two rising stars on the international opera scene, tenor Michael Spyres and his wife, soprano Tara Stafford will perform the starring roles in the format of a mid-20th Century radio show.

Then, we talk with Gene Meneray. The New Orleans native will lead YAYA- Young Aspirations, Young Artists, Inc. into a new era as its Chief Executive Officer.

Eric Waters

This week on Inside the Arts, internationally acclaimed photographer Eric Waters continues his effort to return to New Orleans. Waters, known for documenting the city's jazz musicians and African American culture, lost his home and the majority of his life's work to Hurricane Katrina. He currently lives in Atlanta.  A benefit spearheaded by guitarist Detroit Brooks brings a who's who list of artists together to return Waters home.

Alex Beard

This week on Inside the Arts, we go on safari with renowned painter Alex Beard. His latest venture, a film titled Drawing the Line, harnesses the power of art to save endangered wildlife in Northern Africa.

Then, it's time to let loose as Jazz Fest weekend 2 gets underway. We visit with master guitar builder Vincent Guidroz in the Louisiana Folklife Village.

Peter Max

This week on Inside the Arts, Jazz Fest 2015 gets underway. We visit the Cultural Exchange Pavilion, which is celebrating the 40th anniversary of NOCCA, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. We talk with emerging international vocalist and former NOCCA student Sasha Masakowski.

And, we round out with a heads up for Peter Max fans. You can meet the legendary master colorist who is bringing his latest exhibit, The World According to Max, to the Angela King Gallery in the French Quarter. The artist will make a special appearance Thursday evening.

This week on Inside the Arts, an original production from Southern Rep, Boudin: The New Orleans Music Project asks "How has New Orleans music saved your soul?"

Then, a look at new sculptures headed for the Poydras Corridor. We round out with acclaimed New York jazz performer Joey Arias, who honors the legendary Billie Holiday in a one-night-only centennial celebration of the singer's birthday at the Contemporary Arts Center.  Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

FQFI

This week on Inside the Arts, the largest free music festival in the South gets underway. We'll help you navigate through the 32nd Annual French Quarter Festival.

Then, international opera star Bryan Hymel drops by to talk about his debut solo CD — Heroique. The tenor and native son sings French opera arias.

And, rounding out, we look at The Lady With All The Answers, David Rambo's one woman play about advice columnist Ann Landers. We talk with veteran actress Janet Shea and director "Uncle" Wayne Daigrepont.

This week on Inside the Arts, Grammy award-winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra celebrate a new permanent home with the grand opening of the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City.

Then, on the heels of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, new works continue to honor the iconic playwright. The Second Star Performance Collective presents Two for Tennessee, original one act southern works inspired by the legacy of Tennessee Williams.

M.S. Rau Antiques

A collection of paintings depicting women in art is opening this weekend at M.S. Rau Antiques in the French Quarter. Eileen Fleming got a preview of the images ranging from a Norman Rockwell cover of a World War One ingénue to a Renaissance Madonna and Child.

The show is called “Innocence, Temptation and Power: The Evolution of Women in Art.” It brings together more than 40 works from the world’s great artists – like Picasso, Renoir and Rockwell.

Owner William Rau says it highlights one of his own great interests.

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