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 Storyville Collective presents Reefer Madness-The Musical…a  satire of the 1936 cult film classic. Director Michael McKelvey joins us.

Reefer Madness-The Musical runs January 19-22 at Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St Claude Ave.  Also...February 2-5 and 9-12 at Rivertown Theater in Kenner.

Greg Miles

Local music is so widespread here that we sometimes forget to consider New Orleans musicians on an individual level. In the first installment of a new series from NolaVie called “Listening to Locals,” Brian Friedman sat down with jazz saxophonist James Martin, whose album, Something’s Gotta Give, came out January 13. It’s a reflection on the grind, the late nights, and the hustle of the local music scene, as well as the travels that have taken him all over the world.

This week on Inside the Arts, internationally acclaimed artist Mickalene Thomas is headed for the Crescent City.  Tulane's Newcomb Museum of Art will host her first solo exhibit in New Orleans... Waiting on Prime-Time Star.  Find out what First Lady Michelle Obama and Solange have in common with this artist.

Then, a new work from ArtSpot Productions and Jeff Becker takes a look at what's happened in the decade since Katrina in Sea of Common Catastrophe.

Kelley Crawford / NolaVie

Often when we think about architecture, we think about walls, structures, and enclosed spaces. But Bryan C. Lee, Jr, an architect and educator, goes beyond these boundaries by bringing in knowledge from the environment and community around him. NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford spoke with Bryan about designing for social justice and his new course at Bard Early College in New Orleans.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.
 

This week on Inside the Arts, Alexander the Great makes a colorful splash in the 9th Ward just in time for Carnival. We catch up with artist Morgan Molthrop and CANO executive director Jeanne Nathan.

Joe Mabel / Century Ballroom

In a world that is increasingly connected digitally, we are probably getting more and more disconnected socially. Oswald Cooper, better known as "Oz The Dance Doctor," is out to change that. Oz leads the Who Dat Steppers of New Orleans. Stepping is a type of social dance rooted in African-American history, and it’s making a comeback across the country.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Renée Peck.  

Bobby Grier speaks with representatives from the Sugar Bowl in 1956.
The University of Pittsburgh / The University of Pittsburgh

Bobby Grier was the first African-American to play in the Sugar Bowl. As a member of the Pittsburgh Panthers, Grier played against Georgia Tech on January 2, 1956 — only months after Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi and weeks after Rosa Parks was arrested in Alabama.

Perhaps as expected, his participation was met with opposition: the governor of Georgia insisted that Georgia Tech boycott the Sugar Bowl that year. But the game was played, Grier was its leading rusher, and the Civil Rights Movement continued to gain momentum.

The Big Chill: Specialty Ice and the Craft Cocktail Scene

Dec 29, 2016
Dominick / Flickr

With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, revelers may be thinking about what to fill up their glasses with as they ring in 2017. For Chuck Avery, owner of Melt New Orleans, it’s all in the ice. NolaVie’s David Benedetto spoke with Chuck about custom craft ice and its importance in the revival of the American cocktail.  

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by David Benedetto.

Xavier University of Louisiana

The president of Xavier University, Dr. Reynold Verret, is known to many as the Renaissance of Renaissance men. From science to music to biking, and even to some pretty clever pranks, Dr. Verret is bringing his knowledge and charisma to Xavier. Kelley Crawford invited Dr. Verret into the studio as part of NolaVie's Notes from New Orleans series.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.

Photo Credit: Crista Rock Productions

This week on Inside the Arts, Lyrica Baroque Chamber Ensemble gears up for an intimate evening with A Musical Christmas featuring soprano Sarah Jane McMahon, cellist Daniel Lelchuk and guest artist, Emmanuel Arakelian on harpsichord.

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