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.

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Inside the Arts
11:56 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Inside The Arts: The NOLA Project Throws A Mad Tea Party, Watercolors Pop Uptown And Giselle Returns

Adventures in Wonderland
Credit The NOLA Project

This week on Inside the Arts, we explore what's billed as the maddest tea party in town! We follow crazy characters through NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden as The NOLA Project presents Adventures in Wonderland, a new interactive interpretation of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Then, an art exhibit in the Garden District showcases the works of watermedia artists from around the world.

And we round out with the Jefferson Ballet Theatre's production of the romantic dance drama Giselle.

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Inside the Arts
11:08 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Inside The Arts: Wetlands Art Tour Focuses On Coastal Erosion and Restoration

The first annual Wetlands Art Tour kicks off this weekend. It is a daylong event in the St. Claude Arts District, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10.

The event will highlight art, performers and activists focusing on coastal erosion and wetlands restoration in our state. More info at WetlandsArtTour.com.

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Inside the Arts
10:34 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Inside The Arts: A Jazzy Mobile App, Julian Sands At The CAC, And Toussaint Jams With Parsons Dance

Julian Sands
Credit Courtesy of the artist

This week on Inside the Arts, many of us are rifting on melodies and memories of Jazz Fest 2014. We'll tell you about a new mobile app that is spreading our rich musical heritage around the globe.

Then we travel across the pond, via telephone, for conversation with British actor Julian Sands who will be in New Orleans this week for his solo stage performance — A Celebration of Harold Pinter — at the Contemporary Arts Center.

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Inside the Arts
11:10 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Inside The Arts: Jazz Fest Celebrates Brazil; Jazz Hero Harold Battiste; Ireland's Hidden Gems

This week on Inside the Arts, we travel to Brazil via a cultural exchange at Jazz Fest. Then, we celebrate with saxophonist and AFO Records founder, Harold Battiste. He's a recipient of the Jazz Hero award from the Jazz Journalists Association.

And we round out with a trip to the shores of the Emerald Isle, for a peek inside Irish nature photographer Daragh Muldowney's Jewellery Box.

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Jazz Fest 2014
9:52 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Jazz Fest Cultural Pavilion Explories Ties Between Brazil And New Orleans

Sergio Cesar makes miniature versions of Brazilian favela communities from cardboard and recycled materials — with a keen architectural approach.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

There’s a new cultural element in this year’s Jazz Fest — organizers concentrated on showing off ties between New Orleans and Brazil.

Jazz Fest Cultural Exchange Pavilion Coordinator Valerie Guillet says the two regions have much in common.

“These are really manifested in music and parades, in carnival and a lot of different ways,” she says. “It’s like cousins, very far apart geographically but amazingly similar culturally.”

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Inside the Arts
11:44 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Inside The Arts: Local Teen To Appear On NPR's 'From The Top'

Georgia Bourderionnet, on stage at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, during a taping of NPR's From the Top.
Credit From the Top / NPR

Local teenager Georgia Bourderionnet, a 17-year-old cellist who is a student at Benjamin Franklin High School and NOCCA, has been tapped for a classical music performance on NPR's From the Top. Her performance airs April 24 at 8 p.m. on 89.9 WWNO.

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Inside the Arts
11:34 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Inside The Arts: Jazz Fest Celebrates Brazilian Food; Debbie Davis Sings; Stirling Barrett Photos

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

This week on Inside the Arts, the 45th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off this weekend. We sample Brazilian street food from Carmo Café near the Cultural Exchange Pavilion.

Then we catch up with vocalist Debbie Davis, whose new release Linger 'till Dawn is just out in time for Jazz Fest. And we round out with a look at New Orleans through the eyes of photographer Stirling Barrett, exhibiting works in the Contemporary Crafts area.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

So Much Fun You'll Want To Go Back To School: Circus Arts At The International School Of Louisiana

Meret Riyhner, center, teaches children myriad acts for circus performance, including acrobatics.
Credit Thomas Walsh

It’s impossible to wager how many angry children have told their parents they’re running away to join the circus. Switzerland-native Meret Riyhner never had such a violent outburst with her parents, but she ended up in the circus anyway. Now, she’s the circus arts teacher at the International School of Louisiana located on Camp Street, and the subject of this week’s Notes from New Orleans.

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Inside the Arts
12:07 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Chita Rivera Makes A Rare Stop In New Orleans, And Glen David Andrews Is Back With 'Redemption'

Chita Rivera
Credit Laura Marie Duncan

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with the legendary Chita Rivera. She's in town this week for a rare performance at Le Petit Théatre.

Then, we sit down with the Prince of Tremé, Glen David Andrews. His latest release, Redemption, tells the story of his personal journey following a major storm in his life.

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Inside the Arts
11:05 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Inside The Arts: Dr. John Plays French Quarter Fest, And Indian Classical Music Meets Jazz

Dr. John
Credit Michael Wilson

This week on Inside the Arts, the largest free music festival in the United States, French Quarter Fest, kicks off four days of Louisiana music, food and fun. 

Then, across town, the Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans presents Trilogy, a concert of North Indian classical music with elements of jazz, co-sponsored by Loyola University College of Fine Arts, Montage Performance Series.

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