Inside the Arts

Tuesdays at 1 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 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 Orpheus legend from Greek mythology comes alive as the New Orleans Opera Association presents a new production of Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld.

Then, conversation with acclaimed architect Zena Howard. The female African American design artist played a major role in the building of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

And, an adventure in the woods awaits as FORESTival kicks off it's 7th celebration of art and nature at A Studio in the Woods in lower Algiers.

This week on Inside the Arts, Prospect New Orleans founder Dan Cameron is in town. November marks the opening of Prospect.4, an international contemporary art triennial. We get a sneak peek at a groundbreaking group exhibition of contemporary Mexican artists opening at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery.

Then, conversation with acclaimed American pianist Spencer Myer. He's puttin' on the ritz in a solo performance at the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans Nocturne Gala.

And, a marriage on the rocks unfolds as Jason Robert Brown's musical, The Last Five Years opens at Le Petit.

Photo: Joan Marcus

This week on Inside the Arts, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and former Louisianan Tony Kushner is heading to New Orleans as his civil rights era musical "Caroline, or Change" is being staged for the first time in the Metro area. The production is a joint venture between Loyola University and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. Loyola Theatre artistic director Dr. Laura Hope joins us.

And, the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans presents Street Requiem, a 10-movement work impacting homelessness through art. We talk with Symphony Chorus artistic director Steven Edwards.

This week on Inside the Arts, local artists gear up for an entertaining evening at Le Petit Theatre, as the New Orleans Theater Network presents Footlights for Houston. It’s a benefit concert to help artists of the Houston Theater Community in the wake of historic flooding following Hurricane Harvey. Summer Lyric Theatre artistic director Michael McKelvey joins us.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

Photo credit: Paula Lobo

This week on Inside the Arts, diverse voices of Latino choreographers are highlighted in an evening of bold contemporary dance as The New Orleans Ballet Association kicks off its season with Ballet Hispanico. We talk with artistic director Eduardo Vilaro.

This week on Inside the Arts, Trisha Brown Dance Company will transform the Contemporary Arts Center with its In Plain Site project honoring the legacy of its groundbreaking founder, choreographer and dancer Trisha Brown.  Company co-artistic director Diane Madden joins us.


Photo Credit: Rebecca Todd

This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Film Society is rolling out the red carpet as the 28th annual New Orleans Film Festival gets underway. High profile talent, producers, films and nightly parties are in the mix. Executive director Fallon Young joins us.

Then, we talk with legendary composer /trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.  He'll perform his Civil Rights masterpiece, Ten Freedom Summers, in concert at Loyola University.

Photo Credit: Elsa Hahne

This week on Inside the Arts, the Marigny Opera Ballet kicks off its 4th season of dance with the premiere of Book of Saints. A new full-length ballet inspired by the lives of three saints with an original score by New Orleans composer Tucker Fuller.

Then, a double bill as the New Orleans Opera Association celebrates its 75th season with Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci.

And, the regional premiere of the Tony Award winning musical, Fun Home, opens Southern Rep Theatre's 31st season. It's based on cartoonist Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir.

Photo: Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago / Collection of Pamela Joyner, © Estate of Norman Lewis, Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

This week on Inside the Arts, Black artists and history are the focus of a gallery talk in conjunction with the nationally touring exhibit, Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection, opening this week at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. We talk with curator Katy Siegel.

Then, classical concert pianist Justin Snyder explores music for piano and electronics in SYNTHESIS.

And, Jazz historian Bruce Raeburn revisits the Storyville diaspora with a lecture in conjunction with The Historic New Orleans Collection's exhibit, Storyville: Madams and Music. 

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Faith Prince. The legendary Broadway star is in town this week for a one night only performance at NOCCA.

Then, a dark comedy. The regional premiere of Mr. Burns: a Post Electric Play by Anne Washburn explores the idea of a pop culture cartoon influencing a new civilization.

And, Joan of Arc is attracting attention on an Uptown university campus.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.