Arts & Culture

This week on The Reading Life: Time to celebrate the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival with Thomas Keith, co-editor with Peggy L. Fox of "The Luck of Friendship: The Letters of Tennessee Williams and James Laughlin." In addition to being author and publisher, the two men shared a 40-year friendship. Keith and Fox will discuss the letters at the Festival this coming weekend. We also talk with novelist Minrose Gwin, another Festival guest who's debuting a riveting Southern novel, "Promise," about the 1936 tornado that devastated Tupelo, Miss.

American Routes Shortcuts: Margo Price

Mar 16, 2018
Margo Price
American Routes

Margo Price brings Midwestern working class credentials to country music. From Aledo, Illinois, Margo followed her uncle Bobby Fisher’s footsteps as a Nashville songwriter. While working odd jobs, Margo formed the Pricetags, who joined her on the 2016 debut album, “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter.” Price has always been outspoken about the rights of women and the working class, subjects she’s channeled into her music.

Photo Credit: Victoria Will, Harpo Inc.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Tayari Jones. The N.Y. Times best-selling author’s latest novel, An American Marriage, is an Oprah Book Club pick.  

'This Is Where My Life Turned': A Civil Rights Reflection

Mar 15, 2018
The Historic New Orleans Collection

As part of the NOLA Resistance project, The Historic New Orleans Collection has recorded conversations with several former members of the Congress of Racial Equality. New Orleans CORE became the center of the civil rights movement here, driven by the leadership of a few visionary organizers. Dave Dennis was one of those people, though his relationship with the movement began a bit unconventionally.

This week on Inside the Arts, Second Star New Orleans gears up for Two for Tennessee: The Tricentennial Edition. The performance collective premieres two original one-act plays inspired by the life and legacy of Tennessee Williams.

Confidence: Too Much, Too Little?

Mar 12, 2018
Aleeza Kazmi
Photo by Jason Falchook

Aleeza Kazmi tackles difficult questions when working on a self-portrait.

Dante Jackson comes out of his shell at his 8th grade prom.

David Crabb celebrates an anniversary with a trip to the spa.

Sam Shepard brings his personal horse to the set of “The Right Stuff.”

This week on The Reading Life: NOMA curator of photographs Russell Lord talks about the gorgeous new book, "Looking Again: Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art."And novelist Tiffany Quay Tyson crafts a great Mississippi novel in The Past Is Never.

Sunny and the Sunliners
American Routes

In 1959, a group of San Antonio Chicano teenagers formed Sunny and the Sunliners, led by Sunny Ozuna. They called it the Highway 90 sound in reference to the stretch of asphalt connecting New Orleans to their hometown. Playing record hops, the Sunliners wore matching suits and pomaded hair like their R&B idols, but they crooned, sometimes in Spanish, with a distinctively Mexican-American take. The Sunliners took that Highway 90 sound all the way to American Bandstand, East LA, and the migrant Chicano communities nationwide. 

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with acclaimed jazz trumpeter, composer and poet, Hannibal Lokumbe. His latest work, Crucifixion- Resurrection: Nine Souls Traveling, remembers those killed in the basement of Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  It premieres this weekend in New Orleans.

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Jazz Fest 2018 Contest Rules

Mar 8, 2018


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