Arts & Culture

Chris Smither
American Routes

Each week, American Routes Shortcuts offers a sneak peak into the upcoming American Routes episode. This week, New Orleans Bluesman Chris Smither plays a live show in his current home- Western Massachusetts.

This week on Inside the Arts, The Storyville Collective presents Reefer Madness-The Musical…a  satire of the 1936 cult film classic. Director Michael McKelvey joins us.

Reefer Madness-The Musical runs January 19-22 at Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St Claude Ave.  Also...February 2-5 and 9-12 at Rivertown Theater in Kenner.

Claire Bangster, NolaBeings.com

The online photo and text project Nola Beings features one portrait of New Orleanians each day, with a quote that tells part of their life story.

Creator Claire Bangster started Nola Beings three years ago, as a way to explore the city and its people. WWNO’s Eve Troeh asked Bangster to record some audio with her latest round of Nola Beings profiles, and share some snippets of her conversations.

This week on Inside the Arts, internationally acclaimed artist Mickalene Thomas is headed for the Crescent City.  Tulane's Newcomb Museum of Art will host her first solo exhibit in New Orleans... Waiting on Prime-Time Star.  Find out what First Lady Michelle Obama and Solange have in common with this artist.

Then, a new work from ArtSpot Productions and Jeff Becker takes a look at what's happened in the decade since Katrina in Sea of Common Catastrophe.

This week on The Reading Life: One of Louisiana's finest fiction writers and teachers, now a professor emeritus at Southeastern Louisiana University, Tim Gautreaux. His smart, funny collection, Signals: New and Selected Stories, will having you falling in love with his distinctive Louisiana sensibility all over again.

Andrew Solomon flourishes in the glamour of the Metropolitan Museum.

Greg Audel discovers a different way to live during a night spent with his friend's family. 

Linda Gregory worries she isn't good enough to be accepted by her boyfriend's family.

Hilda Chazanovitz faces resistance as she tries to move her mother into a nursing home.

Terrance Simien
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at the upcoming episode. Zydeco Accordionist and Creole culture advocate Terrance Simien has been a world traveler with his south la music. Terrance Simien brought country zydeco to the public with the popular urban New Orleans film, the big easy in the late 1980s. 20 years later, Terrance’s advocacy was responsible for the creation of the Grammy award category, for best zydeco or Cajun album. And he won the Grammy that year, for this recording: Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, Live Worldwide.

This week on Inside the Arts, Alexander the Great makes a colorful splash in the 9th Ward just in time for Carnival. We catch up with artist Morgan Molthrop and CANO executive director Jeanne Nathan.

This week on The Reading Life: Poet Jerry Ward, whose new book is Fractal Song. We’ll also hear from novelists Jami Attenberg and Adrian Van Young about the Writers Resist event coming up January 15, with great New Orleans writers reading from the work of such inspiring figures as James Baldwin, Angela Davis, Allen Ginsberg, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Live from Boston

Jan 6, 2017
Salman Ahmad
Photo by Allison Evans

Sofija Stefanovic is a  journalist investigating internet scams who forms a special relationship with someone online.

Tara Clancy runs into some complications when she and her wife decide to have a second baby.

Paul Munafo needs a new liver when he receives a midnight call from the hospital.

Salman Ahmad came upon some serious roadblocks on the road to becoming a rock musician.

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