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.

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This week on Inside the Arts, Musaica Chamber Ensemble kicks off its 12th Season with a program of music from around the world.

Then, a mobile radical arts ensemble takes on current issues as Taco Truck Theater rolls into town.

And, a new song, We Believe, from Sam Price and the True Believers Band celebrates diversity.

This week on Inside the Arts, Culture Collision 9 kicks off the cultural arts season. This year's celebration opens at the Contemporary Arts Center.

Then, female abstract artists will have viewers questioning common objects in the exhibit, Unfamiliar Again, on view at the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane. And, fine craft artists get greater exposure with the opening of a new gallery in an upscale downtown mall. 

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

This week on Inside the Arts, we catch up with comic writer and educator Dante Anthony Fuoco. The millennial who moved to New Orleans post-Katrina explores an uncomfortable question, "How can young white people put down roots in a city that's maybe better off without them?" His one-man comic show, Transplant, continues its run in the St. Claude Arts District.

Then, writer/performer Butch Caire joins us as he gears up for a nostalgic look at classic New Orleans R&B in the JPAS production, The Songs of Blueberry Hill in Concert.

This week on Inside the Arts, we catch up with visual artist Blake Boyd. His documentary portrait exhibit, Louisiana Cereal, captures the resilience of the people of New Orleans and Louisiana post-Katrina.

Then, WWNO's Eileen Fleming visits NOMA for a look at the exhibit, Pride of Place, which showcases works donated by New Orleans art collector and gallerist Arthur Roger.

And, vocalist Debbie Davis and pianist Josh Paxton talk about their new CD, Vices and Virtues.

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This week on Inside the Arts, a peek at the CAC’s upcoming performing arts season.

Then, an exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art pairs traditional Japanese art with the contemporary art of a New Orleans painter. WWNO’s Eileen Fleming takes us on a tour. And…WWNO’s Fred Kasten catches up with jazz bassist Christian McBride.

This week on Inside the Arts, Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane closes its 50th Anniversary season with the musical, Gypsy. New Orleans veteran actress Liz Argus and artistic director Michael McKelvey will join us.

Then, the Historic New Orleans Collection reveals plans for a multi-faceted celebration of the city's Tricentennial Anniversary. Deputy director Daniel Hammer stops by for a chat.

And, New Orleans artist and WWNO weekend host Cynthia Scott explores the natural world in a new exhibit at The Front Gallery. It's called Un-Nature/And... 

This week on Inside the Arts, the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, MASNO, kicks off its 36th annual Keyboard Festival and Piano Institute at Loyola University.  Executive director Cara McCool Woolf joins us.

Then, Impresario's Choice presents opera singer Rachel Anne Abbate in its summer concert series, Tuesdays in July. The mezzo-soprano joins us by phone from Texas.

This week on Inside the Arts, the National Association of Negro Musicians gear up for their 98th annual convention in New Orleans.  We talk with Xavier University Artist in Residence, pianist and spokesman Wilfred Delphin.  The convention runs July 16th thru 20th. More info online

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This week on Inside the Arts, the Tony award winning musical, Hairspray opens as Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane continues its 50th Anniversary season. Then, artist James Michalopoulos stops by for a chat. His exhibit, Waltzing the Muse is in final days at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. And, Second Star New Orleans presents Lee Blessing's 1988 drama, Two Rooms.

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

This week on Inside the Arts, the Queen of Swing-Norma Miller is in town. The legendary dancer, known for the Lindy Hop continues to preserve a culture of Jazz dance at age 97. Her assistant Mickey Davidson joins us in conversation on Miller's long and inspiring  career.

And, a storm brews as the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane closes its 24th season with The Tempest. Actors Burton Tedesco and Lester Landon stop by for a chat.