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.

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.

Jon Coffelt

This week on Inside the Arts, British cosmologist Stephen Hawking is the subject of the film The Theory of Everything, now playing in theaters. His scientific work is also the inspiration for southern artist Jon Coffelt's latest exhibit, Cosmos Transition, now in final days at the Foundation Gallery. 

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This weekon Inside the Arts, Oh Crap! It's Christmas, a new CD and stage musical by Debbie Davis and Matt Perinne makes its debut.

Then, we visit the newly opened George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center.

And we round out with a look at Southern Rep's production of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, directed by John "Spud" McConnell.

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

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with Steven Edwards, music director of the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans.

Liz Gore

This week on Inside the Arts, a Shakespearean comedy,Twelfth Night, is transforming the Great Hall at the New Orleans Museum of Art. This classic adventure takes on a new life as the NOLA Project adds some unique elements and surprises. 

Then, historic homes in the Garden District are gussied up as the Preservation Resource Center gears up for its 39th Annual Holiday Home Tour. And, we round out with holiday cheer as the American Italian Cultural Center presents a Christmas Concert in the Piazza

This week on Inside the Arts, LUNA Fete 2014 is underway! The initiative by the Arts Council of New Orleans uses the city's iconic architecture as the canvas for large scale outdoor light installations. Also, the Arts Council celebrates local artists with its Community Arts Awards. 

Then, be prepared to leap outside of your comfort zone as Sidra Bell Dance New York brings avant-garde dance to the Contemporary Arts Center. And, we round out with the 28th Annual Chevron Art Against AIDS Gala. 

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

Kauffman Center for the Arts

This week on Inside the Arts, meet Jane Chu. We catch up with the new chair of the National Endowment for the Arts as she talks about her recent visit to New Orleans.

Then, British cosmologist Stephen Hawking is the inspiration for Southern artist Jon Coffelt's latest exhibit, Cosmos Transition, now on view at the Foundation Gallery.

And, we round out with a look at how technology is helping local artists to get their work noticed.

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

JoAnn Clevenger grew up in a strong Baptist community in northern Louisiana and eventually found her way to New Orleans.
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JoAnn Clevenger had never even heard of Mardi Gras until she moved to New Orleans in the late 1950’s. She dropped out of Tulane to care for her mother and then moved to the French Quarter shortly thereafter. At that point in her life the jazz clubs, restaurants and literary circles she hung around weren’t like anything she’d seen.

Maria Baranova

This week on Inside the Arts, The New Orleans Fringe Festival is celebrating original theater this week at venues across the city. We catch up with Joanna Caplan and her unique solo piece Total Verruckt!, which focuses on the role of art as a means of survival during the Holocaust.

Then, do you know what it takes to learn how to write well? WWNO's Eve Abrams answers that question as she explores the Big Class Writing Studio on St. Claude Avenue.

Marty Sohl

This week on Inside the Arts we talk with African American Ballerina Misty Copeland of American Ballet Theater.

Then, performance artist Jose Torres-Tama is back with a new work — a collection of poetry.

And we round out with South African playwright Athol Fugard's Boseman and Lena.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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