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, issues of intra-racial divisions within the city's African   American community explode on stage in Jackie Alexander's The High Priestess of Dark Alley opening this week at Le Petit Theater.

 Then, more paintings from Bob Dylan are on display in the Great Hall at NOMA. And, we round out with the six time Tony Award winning musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie at Summer Lyric Theater at Tulane.  Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

Photo Credit: Christina Lessa | MistyCopeland.com

This week on Inside the Arts, a nationally acclaimed ballerina makes her debut at the 22nd annual ESSENCE Fest. We talk with ballet star Misty Copeland.

Then, Congo Square is home to a healing ceremony honoring African ancestors. The Ashe Cultural Arts Center presents its annual MAAFA Commemoration remembering the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

And, we round out with a classic work by renowned Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca. In Good Company presents The House of Bernarda Alba.

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

Nearly 100 years ago Marcel Duchamp put a porcelain urinal into a New York art gallery and changed the way we think about art. The Essence of Things is a new exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art that's dedicated to elevating the beauty of everyday objects. Can a rubber band or pair of flip flops rise to the level of high art? NolaVie's Renée Peck spoke with Mel Buchanan for the answer.

 

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

This week on Inside the Arts, one of the Bard's early comedies, the Two Gentlemen of Verona opens the season for the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane.

Photo Credit: Kevin O'Mara

This week on Inside the Arts, festivals are everywhere. The French Market District is ripe and ready for its 30th celebration of the Creole tomato. 

This week on Inside the Arts, this week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Museum of Art partners with the Google Cultural Institute for a unique online art and cultural experience. We check out the details.

Then, college football, modern dance and a live drumline come to the stage in Southern Rep's upcoming premiere of Colossal by Andrew Hinderaker.

And, we round out with a treasure hunt as the 63rd annual Symphony Book Fair kicks off this weekend.

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

Photo Credit: Brian Jarreau

This week on Inside the Arts, Theatre on Tap presents Hoofing for Heroes this Memorial Day weekend in tribute to members of the Armed Forces. We catch up with artistic director Heidi Malnar and vocalist Arsène DeLay. This concert of song and dance features a star spangled salute from 22 tap dancers and a 7 piece jazz ensemble.

Then,  we follow the cash.  A new exhibit Money, Money, Money! Currency Holdings from The Historic New Orleans Collection is now open.

Michael Murphy

When it comes to traveling, nobody wants to be seen as a tourist anymore. “Authenticity” is valued above all other experiences and because of that, author Michael Murphy has written several books that explain New Orleans’ iconographic culture to outsiders and locals alike. 

Photo Credit: Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

This week on Inside the Arts, the Birdfoot Festival reaches a milestone. Its 5th anniversary brings chamber music to venues across the city. We catch up with artistic director and violinist Jenna Sherry.

Then,  an unexpected move for the Anthony Bean Community Theater brings a silver lining.  We talk with Anthony Bean and ABCT board president Gail Glapion.  And, ArtSpot Productions celebrates 20 years with a 3-day performance festival. ArtSpot artistic director Kathy Randels and managing director Sean LaRocca stop by. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

Todd Ritondaro

Having just opened his gallery at 910 Royal Street, Frank Relle’s photographs now adorn the walls of the French Quarter. His techniques of manipulating light and location have lead him from swamps in nature to blighted properties in the city. What stories and thoughts lurk in this photographer’s mind? He sat down with Kelley Crawford for a chat.

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