The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation unwrapped a gift to the city on Friday — complete with a giant red bow. City officials, musicians, and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival founder George Wein cut the ribbon on the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center.
The former funeral home in the 1200 block of Rampart Street has been redeveloped as a jazz education center. Free classes for budding musicians will be held in rooms full of instruments, music stands, and screens for digital and remote learning.
Preservationists and music lovers in Mandeville are working to create a new seasonal tradition — enjoying jazz music in an open-air, historic jazz hall. Cars lined a back street in a Mandeville neighborhood on a recent Friday, as soft Christmas lights and the sound of jazz lit up the warm autumn air.
This week on Inside the Arts, a Shakespearean comedy,Twelfth Night, is transforming the Great Hall at the New Orleans Museum of Art. This classic adventure takes on a new life as the NOLA Project adds some unique elements and surprises.
Then, historic homes in the Garden District are gussied up as the Preservation Resource Center gears up for its 39th Annual Holiday Home Tour. And, we round out with holiday cheer as the American Italian Cultural Center presents a Christmas Concert in the Piazza.
New Orleans and the Gulf Coast have always dressed up for the holiday season, from wreaths and garlands strung on the St. Charles Avenue streetcars to the decorations and lights lining Palafox Blvd. in Pensacola. The Gulf Coast boating community also puts on a show for residents on bayous and bays from Biloxi to Cedar Key and from Fairhope to Punta Gorda as their lighted and decorated boats celebrate their holiday spirit on their wintery home waters.
This week on Inside the Arts, LUNA Fete 2014 is underway! The initiative by the Arts Council of New Orleans uses the city's iconic architecture as the canvas for large scale outdoor light installations. Also, the Arts Council celebrates local artists with its Community Arts Awards.
Then, be prepared to leap outside of your comfort zone as Sidra Bell Dance New York brings avant-garde dance to the Contemporary Arts Center. And, we round out with the 28th Annual Chevron Art Against AIDS Gala.
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Jane Chu became the chair of the National Endowment for the Arts in June. She spent a few days in New Orleans recently to discuss the NEA, how it's working in New Orleans and what the city can teach the country about cultivating culture.
We speak with Alexander Glustrom and Ben Johnson, filmmakers behind the new documentary "Big Charity," an exploration of the massive Charity Hospital complex on Tulane Avenue that was shuttered after Hurricane Katrina.