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.

Photo Credit: Eduardo Patino

This week on Inside the Arts, Ailey II, the next generation of artists from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Crescent City. We talk with artistic director Troy Powell.

Photo Courtesy Modernist Cuisine LLC

This week on Inside the Arts we explore The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, an exhibit by Microsoft co-founder  Nathan Myhrvold.

The exhibit which explores the science of food is on view at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum through February 29.  We talk with exhibit co-curator Melissa Lukach.

This week on Inside the Arts, love lingers in the air post-Valentine's Day. We talk with the members of Theatre On Tap as they present Love Taps: An Evening of Romance and Rhythm.

Then, one of the longest running off-Broadway productions, Black Angels Over Tuskegee opens at the National World War II Museum's BB's Stage Door Canteen. It's an historical docudrama of the first Black aviators in the US Army Air Forces. We talk with actor Delano Barbosa.

And, we round out with an evening of revenge as Sondheim's dark musical Sweeney Todd opens at Tulane.

Max Moran (L) bass, Joe Dyson (C) drums, Conun Pappas (R) piano
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They are billed as three of the hottest young musicians on the New Orleans jazz scene.

The Bridge Trio, presented by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation will perform in a free concert Saturday at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center at 1225 N. Rampart Street.  We talk with bassist Max Moran and drummer Joe Dyson.  Their latest release is The Search: Departure.

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

Photo Credit: Shannon Gleespen

This week on Inside the Arts, the greatest free show on earth is well underway... Mardi Gras 2016 is here! 

We'll listen to the sounds of Mardi Gras,check out what's good to eat on the street and check in with artists who are making carnival float art available for public collection. We’ll also scream for beads and dance till we drop. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

New Orleans in 1958 is the setting for starting an intricate series featuring organized crime, the CIA, Cuba, Kennedy and rock 'n roll.
Crescent City Films LLC

A look at New Orleans through turbulent years starting in the late 1950s is about to debut this weekend at the Prytania Theater. It’s the first glimpse of an intricate project that ends with the assassination of President Kennedy.

Miette Art Boutique

This week on Inside the Arts, playwright Jim Fitzmorris ponders what it truly means to be a New Orleanian in his latest one man show, Be A New Orleanian: A Swearing In Ceremony.

Then, we talk with the creator of the 1970's Saturday Night Live character Mr. Bill.  New Orleans native Walter Williams debuts a sneak peek at Crescent City, a TV series set in town with a focus on events leading up to JFK's assassination.

And, we round out with a look at Mardi Gras float art available for public collection. 

Star-Steppin' Cosmonaughties Headed For Funky Times

Jan 27, 2016
Kelley Crawford

When it comes to Mardi Gras, you can never understate the difference between watching a parade and marching in one. The experience is so alluring that it’s no surprise many krewes get bigger and bigger each year. Take for example, The Star-Steppin’ Cosmonaughties: a dancing krewe now in their fifth year, that’s ready for Carnival season with new moves and big surprises.

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This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Grammy Award winning fiddler Mark O'Connor. He'll perform in concert with acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg this weekend at Loyola University.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Gambit 2016 Tribute to the Classical Arts honors the best in classical music, opera and dance at its annual luncheon benefiting the Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education.

We talk with classical pianist Dr. Wilfred Delphin, alumnus and artist-in-residence in the Department of Music at Xavier University. Delphin is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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