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.

Coming up on Inside the Arts, Nine Lives: A Musical Witness of New Orleans commemorates the 9th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina at Le Petit Theatre. We talk with guitarist Paul Sanchez.

 In the Marigny... Tracy Letts' dark comedy, BUG, continues to make audiences squirm. And, we talk with jazz singer Cindy Scott. Her new CD, Historia, is garnering widespread critical acclaim. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with critically acclaimed jazz trombonist, composer, conductor and arranger Wycliffe Gordon. He's back for an encore performance as Satchmo SummerFest kicks off this weekend.

Then, the exhibition Mark of the Feminine kicks off the 20th Anniversary of White Linen Night at the Contemporary Arts Center.

And, we round out with a timeless musical as Cabaret caps off the 47th season of Summer Lyric Theater at Tulane.

This week on Inside the Arts, we tickle your funny bone as art and politics collide in playwright Lee Blessings' Chesapeake, a parody on the funding of public art.

Then, the laughs continue as opera comes alive in the powder room, of all places, with the American premiere of Gisela in Her Bathtub. It is one of two one-act operas, with selections by Samuel Barber presented by the Marigny Opera House and the 9th Ward Opera Company.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans is celebrating a silver anniversary as it presents the New Orleans International Piano Competition and Keyboard Festival.

Then, a special honor for the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane. A team from the United Kingdom with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust presents the organization with a unique award.

This week on Inside the Arts, the 6th longest running show in Broadway history opens this weekend as Summer Lyric Theater presents A Chorus Line.

Then, we’ll tell you about a business opportunity for arts entrepreneurs. The Catapult Fund, a program of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, is seeking applications from arts- and culture-based businesses in Louisiana.

And we round out with the Big Easy Buddies’ Under the Boardwalk at Le Petit Theatre.

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

This week on Inside the Arts, the 20th Essence Festival kicks off Independence weekend. We catch up with Prince protégé, singer Elisa Fiorillo Dease, who will perform with the pop icon in the Superdome.

The party with a purpose, Essence, continues with activities in the Morial Convention Center. We talk with author Jason Mott. His bestseller, The Returned, is the basis for the hit ABC TV series, Resurrection.

And, we round out with a song that takes a look at the World Cup through the eyes of the players.

This week on Inside the Arts, we stroll down memory lane as the American Theater Project of New Orleans presents Dryades Street Divas Review: A Cabaret, with a cast representing  artists who worked the "chitlin' circuit" back in the day. Those artists include the likes of Etta James, Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson and "Moms" Mabley.

Then, in Kenner, the Rivertown Theater's Patchwork Players open with Aladdin.

And, in the city where jazz was born, harpists gear up for a concert that will make their heavenly instruments swing.

This week on Inside the Arts, that bodacious festival that celebrates women, Festigals, gears up for an extended weekend of fun in the French Quarter.

Across town, Summer Lyric Theater at Tulane presents an iconic musical — Les Miserables.

And, we round out with a Harp Carnivale as the American Harp Society's National Conference kicks off in town next week.

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

Benjamin Carver

This week on Inside the Arts, the Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival kicks off this weekend in a new location with a stellar line-up!

Across town, the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane gears up with a feast for the eyes, heart and funny bone with a high tech presentation of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

And we round out with a romantic evening under the stars in the Piazza d'Italia.

This week on Inside the Arts, you'll meet New Orleans jazz singer Cindy Scott, whose new CD Historia is receiving widespread critical acclaim.

Then, we celebrate the Creole tomato as festivities kick off in the French Market.

And artists, including Terrance Osborne, collaborate on a children's playhouse to benefit CASA Jefferson, the legal services group for children.

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

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