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, 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.                                                                                                    

Gustave Blache III

Today on Inside the Arts, conversation with New Orleans painter Gustave Blache III.  His latest exhibit, A Work in Process, opens at the Louisiana  Art and Science Museum in Baton Rouge.  The acclaimed painter, who currently resides in New York, looks back on his 20 year career and includes a new series of works focusing on art conservation.

James Michalopoulos

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with painter James Michalopoulos.  A new exhibit at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Waltzing the Muse, celebrates his career with a 30-year retrospective. 

Then, the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans presents Great Scott! Joplin in the Quarter, featuring pianist Richard Dowling performing a selection of Joplin's best known masterpieces in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Ragtime King's death.

Photo Credit: Skip Bolen

This week on Inside the Arts, it’s Carnival time!  We take a look at New Orleans’s complicated history with the Mardi Gras flambeaux through the eyes of writer Rien Fertel. His essay, The Keepers of the Light is featured in the spring issue of Oxford American magazine. http://www.oxfordamerican.org/magazine/item/1103-the-keepers-of-the-light

This week on Inside the Arts, a new exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art about another city surrounded by water and famous throughout the world for its celebration of Mardi Gras. We look at the pageantry of Venetian life through paintings, Carnival masks and other treasures.

Then, the Mystic Krewe of Nyx rolls with legendary Soul Queen of New Orleans- Irma Thomas as Grand Marshall.

And, another celebration is brewing post-Mardi Gras…India Fest kicks off March 5th at NOMA.

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Birdfoot Festival

This week on Inside the Arts, the Birdfoot Festival continues its 6th season with an exploration of the music of composer György Ligeti in a two-concert mini festival it's calling Ligeti Split, featuring British classical pianist Danny Driver.  We catch up with Danny Driver and Birdfoot artistic director, violinist Jenna Sherry by phone.

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