Arts & Culture

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This week on Inside the Arts, diverse voices of Latino choreographers are highlighted in an evening of bold contemporary dance as The New Orleans Ballet Association kicks off its season with Ballet Hispanico. We talk with artistic director Eduardo Vilaro.

Then, an African American opera which fell into obscurity is being staged, as OperaCréole in partnership with Cripple Creek Theatre and New Resonance Orchestra present Scott Joplin's Treemonisha. OperaCréole co-founder and acclaimed mezzo-soprano Givonna Joseph joins us.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Morgan Babst about her new novel, The Floating World. And we’ll hear from David Fulmer about Eclipse Alley, the newest entry in his Storyville-set mystery series.

This week on Inside the Arts, Trisha Brown Dance Company will transform the Contemporary Arts Center with its In Plain Site project honoring the legacy of its groundbreaking founder, choreographer and dancer Trisha Brown.  Company co-artistic director Diane Madden joins us.


The Universe of Impossible Things

Oct 13, 2017
Navreet Chawla
Photo by Aron Klein

Daniel Heuman takes dating lessons from a romantic comedy. Navreet Chawla is cornered into a phone booth during a walk home late at night. Cathy Olkin must troubleshoot a problem more than 4 billion miles away.
Ashok Ramasubramanian
worries over his fate and a repeating cycle of life.

American Routes Shortcuts: Laura Cantrell

Oct 13, 2017
Laura Cantrell
American Routes

This week on American Routes Shortcuts, we hear from Nashville-native, Laura Cantrell, about finding success as a country singer after moving to New York City. Laura worked as an investment banker, a day job she happily gave up a couple of years ago when her musical career took wing. With a strong sense of the country song tradition, Laura is also the host of her own show, Radio Thrift Shop, on the freeform station WFMU in Jersey City. Laura recalls her Nashville pedigree.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Film Society is rolling out the red carpet as the 28th annual New Orleans Film Festival gets underway. High profile talent, producers, films and nightly parties are in the mix. Executive director Fallon Young joins us.

Then, we talk with legendary composer /trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.  He'll perform his Civil Rights masterpiece, Ten Freedom Summers, in concert at Loyola University.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with John Magill about this new book, "The Incomparable Magazine Street." David Cuthbert and Bob Bruce, who’ve adapted their musical show, "Cinderella Battistella," into a children’s fairy tale Nawlins style, whoop it up. And Susan has a review of Jesmyn Ward's magnificent National Book Award finalist, "Sing, Unburied, Sing."

Jon Ronson
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Jon Ronson's social media presence is highjacked. 

Maureen Freeman decides to ease up on a life dictated by rules, if only for a night.

Sitawa Wafula love for her career is derailed by her health.

Elna Baker attempts to date outside her religion.

American Routes Shortcuts: Ira Padnos

Oct 6, 2017

Raised in a Jewish suburban family from in Chicago, Dr. Ira Padnos is an anesthesiologist who uses music to bring relief and especially joy to many. Known here as Dr. Ike, he's got a bush of curly hair packed under a fez, and can be seen urgently pedaling his bike through the streets of New Orleans arranging the details of his meteoric masterpiece — the Ponderosa Stomp — since 2002. We slowed him down long enough to talk about it.

Nick Spitzer: How did you get the name Ponderosa Stomp?

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This week on Inside the Arts, the Marigny Opera Ballet kicks off its 4th season of dance with the premiere of Book of Saints. A new full-length ballet inspired by the lives of three saints with an original score by New Orleans composer Tucker Fuller.

Then, a double bill as the New Orleans Opera Association celebrates its 75th season with Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci.

And, the regional premiere of the Tony Award winning musical, Fun Home, opens Southern Rep Theatre's 31st season. It's based on cartoonist Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir.