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.

JustUs Repertory from India

    Coming up on Inside the Arts, conversation with Dr. Gowri Ramnarayan, artistic director with JustUs Repertory from India. The company's U.S tour lands in New Orleans this week with Fire and Ash, a dramatic theater production that questions our relationship to Mother Earth.

Inspired by ancient scriptures and Indian poems, Fire and Ash blends dance, music, theater and paintings in this performance. It is presented by the Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans. 

Walter Whitman

This week on Inside the Arts... The New Orleans Ballet Association opens its season as Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour makes a stop in the Crescent City.  We talk with the iconic dancer and choreographer.

Then, Dillard University Theater celebrates its 80th Anniversary, making it the oldest historically black university theater in the country. We talk with acclaimed Black Arts Movement contributor, playwright, educator and former Dillard Theater department chair, Dr. Ted Shine and theater director Ray Vrazel.

Michael McKelvey

This week on Inside the Arts, a curious invite takes us to the underworld as Lux et Umbra presents Christopher Marlowe's Faustus.

Then, Michael McKelvey stops by for a chat.  He's the new artistic director of Tulane's Summer Lyric Theater.

And, we round out with a festival that will have you wearing green and joining dancers in a jig.  It's the 2nd Annual Irish Fest: New Orleans. 

Filmmaker Aviva Kempner, known for her documentaries on untold stores of Jews who made a difference in the lives of others, is back with a new film documenting the life of philanthropist Julius Rosenwald. An unsung hero, Rosenwald made a difference in the lives of African Americans by building schools in the segregated South.

This week on Inside the Arts… the New Orleans Opera Association kicks off its season with Verdi’s La Traviata. We talk with the singers of this score of love and sacrifice.

Then, a woodsy adventure takes us to lower Algiers coast  for a celebration of nature and art. FORESTival swings into gear. And, we round out with Marco Marconi. The acclaimed Italian jazz pianist makes his New Orleans debut at Café Istanbul.

Elsa Hahne

This week on Inside the Arts... a prelude to Art for Arts' Sake as the Contemporary Arts Center presents a unique multi-media concert. We get a sneak peek at ETHEL's Documerica. The progressive string quartet ETHEL will blend vintage photos of America with a wide range of musical styles.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with acclaimed Venezuelan American pianist Gabriela Montero. She'll perform in town this weekend at the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans' Nocturne Gala. 

Then, Theatre UNO opens its season with Molíere's classic satire, The Misanthrope. We talk with director David Hoover.

And, we round out with SIBELIUS 150, a birthday celebration concert for iconic Finnish composer and violinist Jean Sibelius.  Steven Edwards, music director of the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans will join us.

Alex Labry

The 6th Annual Salon de Jeanne D'Arc gets underway this weekend. We go Inside the Arts for a sneak peek at the intellectual revelry planned for the French patron saint. The daylong event is presented by Loyola University Medieval Studies and the Krewe of Joan of Arc. It is free and open to the public.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center

This week on Inside the Arts... a sneak peek at the Orpheum Theater as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra returns to its concert home a decade post-Katrina.

Then, Southern Rep opens its new season with acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl's romantic comedy, Stage Kiss.

And, we round out with Ashé to Amen, a unique gallery experience exploring the enduring spirituality of people of African descent at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center and Power House.

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

Mary Rooney

This week on Inside the Arts... acclaimed writer Michael Allen Zell's Errata will premiere as part of Page to Stage: A New Play Festival presented by Lux et Umbra opening at the Old Marquer Theater. 

Then, abstract painter Mary Rooney throws caution to the wind as she explores painting as a process of improvisation in the exhibit, Extempore, at Staple Goods Gallery in the St. Claude Arts District.

And, we round out with an encore conversation with international opera star Bryan Hymel on his debut solo CD Heroique. The tenor and native son sings French opera arias.

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