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, the greatest free show on earth, Mardi Gras 2015 is here. We celebrate with a Carnival revue!

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

This week on Inside the Arts, the countdown to Carnival is on! The Dixie Cups will lead the Mystic Krewe of Nyx. We talk with parade spokeswoman Lydia Glapion.

Then we round out with a special a cappella treat as The Whiffenpoofs of Yale University make an appearance Uptown.

And, the riverfront will be ground zero for Lundi Gras festivities.

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

Loyola University

This week on Inside the Arts, Loyola University hosts Mardi Gras Forum: The Women of Carnival. The popular forum will explore women's contributions and importance to Mardi Gras. It will feature leaders from several female Carnival krewes. We talk with Jim Gabour, Loyola professor of Video Technology.

Mardi Gras Forum: The Women of Carnival takes place on Monday, February 9 at Loyola University's Nunemaker Auditorium, 3rd floor of Monroe Hall at 4:45 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.

Patti Perret

This week on Inside the Arts, the 2015 Tribute to the Classical Arts Awards will honor the best in classical music, opera and dance at its annual luncheon benefiting the Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education. We talk with this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Diane Carney, artistic director of Ballet Hysell. 

Le Petite Theatre

This week on Inside the Arts, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber’s rock-opera, Jesus Christ Superstar,  is revved up for 21st Century audiences. We catch up with director Augustin Correro.

Then, we explore the art of plastic surgery through a sculpting class for medical students. And, we tell you about a call for artists. The Contemporary Arts Center is celebrating the second year of its Distillery Artist Residency program.

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

This week on Inside the Arts, we remember the late, great jazz guitarist, banjoist, raconteur and band leader, Danny Barker.  Local musicians get together for a Danny Barker birthday tribute. 

Then, what was once a public hospital serving the city's poor is now the subject of an award winning documentary. Producer Ben Johnson, joins us to talk about the film, Big Charity: The Death of America's Oldest Hospital. And, we round out with an emotionally charged exhibit by award winning artist Wayne Amedee. 

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

New Orleans Museum of Art

There are two new additions on display at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden: Caduto a Ragione by Mimmo Paladino and Wind Sculpture V by Yinka Shonibare.

WWNO’s Eileen Fleming met up with New Orleans Museum of Art Director Susan Taylor outside the garden to discuss the donations made by the Besthoffs.

Susan M. Taylor, NOMA's director, says the two new sculptures enhance the international stature of NOMA and the garden:

Kim Welsh

 This week on Inside the Arts, the first parades of 2015 are ready to roll!

A medieval-themed procession gears up to march in the French Quarter. The Joan of Arc Parade rolls on 12th Night, celebrating the 603rd birthday of the Maid of Orléans, France.

Then, the Phunny Phorty Phellows have their sights set on Carnival, as they prepare for their traditional ride on the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar line this Twelfth Night. And, we round out with the addition of two new pieces of art in NOMA's Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. 

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with JFK's nephew, Mark Kennedy Shriver. He'll speak about his legendary father, Sargent Shriver.

Then we explore NOMA's early childhood arts education program, Mini Masters. And, we celebrate the New Year with the Wess Anderson Quintet.

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

The Owl at 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.

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