Arts & Culture

Photo Credit: James Ewing

This week on Inside the Arts, a rainbow will transform the night sky as the Arts Council's LUNA Fête 2016 kicks off this week. Arts Council president Nick Stillman joins us. Then, Uptown the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans presents a musical celebration of Hanukkah, with a rare performance of Handel's oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus. Symphony Chorus music director Steven Edwards stops by for a chat. And, we round out with Notes of a Native Song, opening at the Contemporary Arts Center. It is a...

This week on The Reading Life: Michael Tisserand, author of Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, a biography of the New Orleans native who was the creator of Krazy Kat.

Dew Drop Inn
Courtesy of the Ralston Crawford Collection of Jazz Photography, Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane Universtiy

On Lasalle St, just across from the former CJ Peete housing project, you can see the dilapidated sign of a New Orleans landmark: the Dew Drop Inn. From the 40s to 70s, in a time of segregation, the Dew Drop played the role of rooming house, barber shop, post office restaurant and above all the top night club in the African American community.

This week on Inside the Arts, jazz vocalist Zardis Nichols makes her hometown concert debut in Zardis: Outta My Mind at the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market. Nichols is the grand-niece of legendary New Orleans bassist Chester Zardis and is married to acclaimed actor Lance Nichols.

This week on The Reading Life: John Kemp, author of the gorgeous book, "Expressions of Place: The Contemporary Louisiana Landscape ," and poet Andrea Panzeca, whose new collection is "Rusted Bells and Daisy Baskets."

Blueberry and Almond pie
Kelly Sue DeConnick / Mindmatrix

Morning, noon, or night, anytime is a good time for pie . But for local businessman Omar Aziz, it is so much more than a delicious treat. He spoke with historian Mark Cave for NOLA Life Stories .

Family, Neighbors and Extraordinary Proof

Nov 22, 2016
Melanie Yazzie
Photo by Jessica Taves

Shannon Cason attempts to find peace in a neighborhood disturbance.
Melanie Yazzi shares stories from her childhood on the Navajo Nation.
David Walsh goes against popular opinion to uncover one of the greatest sports scandals in recent history.

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This week on The Reading Life: John DeSantis, author, and James Loiselle, photographer, talk about The Thibodaux Massacre, Racial Violence and the 1887 Sugar Cane Strike. A nd novelist Chris Tusa, talks about his post-Katrina tale, City of Falling Stars.

Les Paul
American Routes

Each week American Routes brings your Shortcuts, a sneak peek at the upcoming program. This week’s guest is not only a guitarist, he’s an inventor. Many believe that the late Les Paul developed the first electric guitar back in the 30s. And a decade later, he was one of the first to experiment with sound-on-sound, or multi-track recording. Host Nick Spitzer sat down with Les to ask how he built his futuristic sound, and playing with wife and musical partner Mary Ford. To hear more, tune...