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, conversation with acclaimed Venezuelan American pianist Gabriela Montero. She'll perform in town this weekend at the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans' Nocturne Gala. 

Then, Theatre UNO opens its season with Molíere's classic satire, The Misanthrope. We talk with director David Hoover.

And, we round out with SIBELIUS 150, a birthday celebration concert for iconic Finnish composer and violinist Jean Sibelius.  Steven Edwards, music director of the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans will join us.

Alex Labry

The 6th Annual Salon de Jeanne D'Arc gets underway this weekend. We go Inside the Arts for a sneak peek at the intellectual revelry planned for the French patron saint. The daylong event is presented by Loyola University Medieval Studies and the Krewe of Joan of Arc. It is free and open to the public.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center

This week on Inside the Arts... a sneak peek at the Orpheum Theater as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra returns to its concert home a decade post-Katrina.

Then, Southern Rep opens its new season with acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl's romantic comedy, Stage Kiss.

And, we round out with Ashé to Amen, a unique gallery experience exploring the enduring spirituality of people of African descent at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center and Power House.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

Mary Rooney

This week on Inside the Arts... acclaimed writer Michael Allen Zell's Errata will premiere as part of Page to Stage: A New Play Festival presented by Lux et Umbra opening at the Old Marquer Theater. 

Then, abstract painter Mary Rooney throws caution to the wind as she explores painting as a process of improvisation in the exhibit, Extempore, at Staple Goods Gallery in the St. Claude Arts District.

And, we round out with an encore conversation with international opera star Bryan Hymel on his debut solo CD Heroique. The tenor and native son sings French opera arias.

This week on Inside the Arts: Catalyst, a juried exhibit presented by the New Orleans Photo Alliance celebrates the cultural vibrancy of the Crescent City Post-K.

Then, the arts community will raise the roof as Culture Collision kicks off the city's cultural season at The National WWII Museum.

And, the NOLA Project presents a new take on a doomed queen with the regional premier of David Adjmi's Marie Antoinette.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Joan Mitchell Center celebrates its Grand Opening and Artist-in-Residence Program.

Then, a love gift to the Crescent City from the land down under. Multi-award winning Australian music photographer Leon Morris releases his new book Homage: New Orleans. The coffee table book in honor of the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is the photographer's journey of 20 years photographing the city's musical culture.

And, we round out with conversation with award-winning local artist Jax Frey.

Anniversaries call for exhibitions, and art museums across New Orleans felt compelled to remember Hurricane Katrina as the 10th anniversary of its landfall approaches. But the anniversary shows at some of the city's most high-profile museums seem surprisingly understated, at least to outsiders' eyes. In fact, they barely seem to be about Katrina at all.

Carlos Lopez

This week on Inside the Arts, Broadmoor, a former 'green dot' community, celebrates the opening of a new arts and wellness center.

Then, a new museum experience is as close as your smartphone. NOMA's art galleries embrace the future with new digital technology.

And, we round out with an arts stroll down Royal Street as galleries roll out the red carpet for Dirty Linen Night.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

This week on Inside the Arts, the city prepares to celebrate the birthday of a native son as Satchmo SummerFest kicks off in the French Quarter.

This week on Inside the Arts, love is in the air. The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane rounds out its season with Incarnate, an original multi-disciplinary show blending Shakespeare’s words with music, movement and song. 

Then, we explore a new exhibit dedicated to the story of levee failures post-Katrina.