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.

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Inside the Arts
12:39 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Cole Porter's 'Kiss Me, Kate' Opens Tonight!

Summer Lyric Theater at Tulane University rounds out its 46th season with Cole Porter's most successful musical, Kiss Me, Kate. The multi-Tony Award winning musical opens tonight, and WWNO's Diane Mack goes Inside the Arts for a sneak peek.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Inside The Arts: Tony Dagradi Talks Jazz; LPO Education Outreach; Bye Bye Birdie At JPAS

Saxophonist Tony Dagradi.
Credit tonydagradi.com

Coming up on Inside the Arts, we visit with jazz saxophonist and Astral Project founder Tony Dagradi. Then we explore the LPO's education outreach programs for students. And, youngsters with the Jefferson Performing Arts Society gear up for the opening of Bye, Bye Birdie.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Inside The Arts: Mary Louise Wilson Joins Le Petit Cast; Digital Moves At NOPL; MASNO Keyboard Fever

Coming up on Inside the Arts, Tony Award-winner Mary Louise Wilson gears up to entertain theater-goers at Le Petit Theatre's season opening of Nora and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss and What I Wore.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:58 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Recent College Graduate Jalisa Roberts Builds Youth Empowerment Program

Swarthmore College graduate Jalisa Roberts received a grant from her alma mater to lead a dancing program in New Orleans East.

Click here to listen to this week's Notes from New Orleans.

It’s coming up on eight years since Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath changed so much about this city. And while the population has grown back to almost 80 percent of its 2005 numbers, according to Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, there are still large areas of the city that continue to struggle with recovery.

On this week's Notes From New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with one young college graduate who’s returning home to try to change that.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Inside The Arts With A Little Night Music; NOVAC; & The Crescent City Lights Youth Theater Grows Up!

This week on Inside the Arts, a wildly romantic musical weaves a web of intrigue in A Little Night Music, considered to be one of legendary composer Stephen Sondheim's best works.

We'll visit with NOVAC, a local non-profit that is helping to cultivate our film community. And Crescent City Lights, a local youth theater group, is celebrating a milestone. 

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.
 

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NOMA Exhibit
1:30 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

The Art of Rashaad Newsome: From King To Bling

Artist Rashaad Newsome's "Duke of NOLA" collage.
Rashaad Newsome Marlborough Chelsea, New York

A new exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art blends the traditions of the Middle Ages with a futuristic vision of pop culture.

The work of former New Orleans resident Rashaad Newsome takes a variety of forms. Lining the Great Hall of the New Orleans Museum of Art is a collection of intricate collages. Just how intricate is evident close-up. The updated gilded frames contain patterns that repeat thousands of modern images — like jewels and hubcaps — to appear as multi-layered coats of arms.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Inside The Arts With Rashaad Newsome At NOMA; NOBA Dance Center; Geaux Fish; Maafa

A scene from artist Rashaad Newsome's "Herald 2011", now playing in the French portrait gallery on the second floor off NOMA's Great Hall.
Credit Rashaad Newsome / Marlborough Chelsea, New York

This week on Inside the Arts, we'll explore a bejeweled exhibit of modern art in NOMA's Great Hall, and a public-private partnership raises the barre with new opportunities for dance in the Crescent City.

Plus, a new fishing hole opens downtown (here's a hint: It's air conditioned!) and a local arts leader speaks at ESSENCE Festival. And, a cultural arts center pays homage to those lost during the Middle Passage.

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Inside the Arts
12:42 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Screening Tonight: Herman's House

The ACLU of Louisiana and the Southern Poverty Law Center are co-sponsoring a screening of Herman's House.

Herman's House tells the story of an unlikely friendship between New York artist Jackie Sumell and Herman Wallace, a convicted murderer who has spent the last 40 years in solitary confinement at Louisiana's Angola State Penitentiary. Their journey reveals the transformative power of art.

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center

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Notes from New Orleans
12:32 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Dana Reed Offers More Than Dance Classes At Hope Stone

Children gather for one of the many classes offered by Hope Stone throughout the summer.
Credit HopeStoneinc.com

Click here to listen to this week's Notes From New Orleans.

Dana Reed’s career as a dancer has taken her across the country. While studying dance education at the University of Southern Mississippi, she spent her summers at the nationally renowned Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine. There she met dancer and activist Jane Weiner, who introduced her to the concept of community arts programs.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Dana Reed about the project that has brought her to the Crescent City.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

La Cage aux Folles Opens New Season at Tulane; Maestro Matteo Fedeli in Concert; Upstairs Debut

La Cage aux Folles Kristopher Lloyd Shaw [Georges] and Bob Edes, Jr [Zaza/Albin]
Credit Summer Lyric Theater at Tulane

This week on Inside the Arts, a sneak peek at La Cage aux Folles which opens Summer Lyric Theater's 2013 season at Tulane University. It stars New Orleans veteran actor Bob Edes, Jr. and Kristopher Shaw.

Then, a rare treat as renowned Italian violinist Matteo Fedeli makes a stop in New Orleans for an evening of classical music performed on a Grand Stradivarius.

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