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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Education
1:30 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Young Audiences Opening Its First Charter School

Roscoe Reddix uses art in classroom instruction.
Credit Young Audiences

There are art programs in schools. And there are schools devoted solely to art. A new charter school in Jefferson Parish is getting ready for a unique approach to education that uses art in traditional subjects.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

New Le Petit Season Announced; Local School Focuses On The Arts; Harps Swing; And Creole Tomatoes

This week on Inside the Arts, Le Petit Theatre is back in business, and we'll talk about the theater's new season and new look. Then, with jazz in the mix, we'll find out what makes a harp swing as the New Orleans Chapter of the American Harp Society kicks off the second annual Jazz and Pop Harp Weekend.

 In Jefferson Parish, a new charter school will soon open with a focus on the arts. And, finally, tomatoes... Creole tomatoes, that is. They're being celebrated in the French Market. 

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Skilled Musicians Share Their Expertise At Traditional Jazz Camp

Banu Gibson
Credit Rick Olivier / banugibson.com

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Banu Gibson is a much-in-demand jazz singer. She has performed all over the world from the Netherlands to Norway, Austria to Australia specializing in songs from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

While Banu and her band spend a large part of every year on the road, this summer she is staying home. Sharon Litwin talks with Banu about her new gig.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Komenka Travels the World; Senegalese String Band Hits Local Chord; LeMieux Galleries Turns 30!

The Komenka Ethnic Dance and Music Ensemble

This week on Inside the Arts we'll travel the world with the Komenka Ethnic Dance and Music Ensemble of New Orleans. Then, we'll check out the similarities between the Senegalese of St. Louis [San Luis] and the Big Easy. And we'll celebrate a milestone in the Arts District as Lemieux Galleries turns 30! 

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Old German Church In Marigny Transformed Into Performance Space

The Marigny Opera House's restoration began with basic electric and plumbing overhauls. Hurlbert says cosmetics will come in time.
Credit Rusty Blazenhoff / Flickr

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What happens when a classically trained pianist meets a closed-up church in the Marigny? Why he turns it into an opera house. This week on Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Dave Hurlbert, the man behind that mission.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

John Larroquette in the Big Easy; LPO Leadership Moves; Next to Normal

  

  

This week on  Inside the Arts  we catch up with Emmy Award winning actor John Larroquette. There's big news from the LPO as it names a CEO and extends Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto's contract. Then, Southern Rep Theater tackles the issue of mental illness in Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt's powerhouse musical, Next to Normal.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Meet the Man Who's Bringing The Dalai Lama To Town

Ronald Marks' involvement with the Louisiana Himalaya Association and Tulane University has established a strong connection with leaders in the Tibetan community.
Credit Tulane University

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Most New Orleanians have probably heard that the Dalai Lama is in town this week. But perhaps you do not know of the work it took to bring the spiritual leader of 6 million Tibetan Buddhists to this city.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Ronald Marks, the Tulane scholar who organized the visit.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Boogie on the Bayou; Dalai Lama in New Orleans; Hall-Barnett Gallery Reopens

  


  

This week on Inside the Arts, we'll boogie down to Bayou St. John for the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival. Then, as the Dalai Lama heads to New Orleans, we'll talk with the co-author of his most recent book, The Wisdom of Compassion.  And, we'll make a stop in the French Quarter where a popular art gallery re-opens after a 14 year absence from the New Orleans art scene.
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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Burden Of WWII Responsibilities Kept Secret For More Than 30 Years

A fully operational replica of the Colossus Mark 2 at Bletchley Park in the UK. Machines such as these were used to decode Germany messages in World War II.
Credit Ibonzer/CreativeCommons

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Sixty eight years ago this week — May 8, 1945 to be exact — the Second World War ended in Europe with the signing of the official documents in Berlin. But, for one group of British military women, it would be more than 30 years before they were allowed to talk about their secret role in that devastating conflict.

Sharon Litwin had the chance to speak with one of them for this week's Notes from New Orleans; she filed this report from the back patio of a charming, soft-spoken resident of Covington, Louisiana.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Spirit of Jazz Fest in Brazil; BP Spill Silver Lining for Arts; FORESTival Celebrates Art and Nature

This week on Inside the Arts we'll find out how two Brazilian night club owners are promoting New Orleans throughout their home country. We'll look at the connection between the BP oil spill and a major arts center. Is there a silver lining? And, we'll take a walk on the wild side as we trek into the woods for a magical celebration of art and nature.


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