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.

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.

This week on Inside the Arts, one of the world's rarest books lands in New Orleans. The nationally traveling exhibit, First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare opens Uptown at the Newcomb Art Museum.


Louisiana State Museums, like the Cabildo and Presbytere in Jackson Square, are feeling the strain from new budget cuts that could jeopardize their operation. To find out how this problem might be solved, NolaVie’s Sharon Litwin spoke with Mark Tullos, the Assistant Secretary for the office of State Museums.