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.

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.

Madeleine Faust

    

This week on Inside the Arts, Bamboula 2000 celebrates its 20th anniversary with a new CD release, The Wild Bamboulas. We talk with bandleader, songwriter and percussionist Luther Gray.

Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

This week on Inside the Arts, the Birdfoot Festival gears up for a week of live chamber music performances at venues across the city.

Then, we get a peek at an exhibit of pastel portraits celebrating notable New Orleans Free People of Color at Le Musée. And we round out with a classic American drama, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

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

The NOLA Project

This week on Inside the Arts, we explore what's billed as the maddest tea party in town! We follow crazy characters through NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden as The NOLA Project presents Adventures in Wonderland, a new interactive interpretation of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Then, an art exhibit in the Garden District showcases the works of watermedia artists from around the world.

And we round out with the Jefferson Ballet Theatre's production of the romantic dance drama Giselle.

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