Arts & Culture

Carl Leblanc
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peak at our upcoming program. New Orleans banjo and guitar player Carl Leblanc has been playing music professionally for over 40 years, from Preservation Hall to Avante Jazz with Sun Ra. The guitar was his first instrument, and he learned a lot about it, right in his neighborhood. 

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with jazz vocalist Anaïs St. John.  Her high energy Big Easy Award nominated show takes us back to the age of Disco.

 

Photo Credit: Robert Morris

This week on Inside the Arts, we usher in the Carnival season with two Twelfth Night celebrations.  First, the Phunny Phorty Phellows gear up for their annual historic streetcar ride.  Captain Peggy Scott Laborde talks about the festivities and a major milestone in her professional career as host of "Steppin' Out" on WYES-TV.

Then, the festivities continue as the 9th annual Joan of Arc Parade walks the French Quarter. The unique parade melding medieval revelry and Mardi Gras celebrates Joan's birth which coincides with Twelfth Night. Parade founder Amy Kirk joins us.

This week on The Reading Life: Tyler Bridges, co-author with Jeremy Alford, takes us into the writing of "Long Shot: A Soldier, A Senator, A Serious Sin, An Epic Louisiana Election," about the race between John Bel Edwards and David Vitter. Will Schwalbe, author of "The End of Your Life Book Club," is back with another celebration of reading, "Books for Living."

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This week on The Reading Life: British jazz scholar Alyn Shipton and Music Inside Out's Gwen Thompkins talk about "Danny Barker: A Life in Jazz," a beautifulnew edition of this classic from the Historic New Orleans Collection. And Susan looks back at the literary year.

Twitter has a theory about Santa Claus — he might be a lot farther south than the North Pole.

The tweet that started it all came from an account dedicated to celebrating "everything NOLA." It featured a photo of Santa, holding a baby as he does, and a caption: "If you're from New Orleans 9/10 you got pic with this Santa."

One look at the responses makes it obvious that the caption was not at all an exaggeration.

Thousands of people have shared and replied to the tweet — as scores of New Orleans natives are posting their pictures on the same Santa's lap.

Bob Dorough
American Routes

Arkansas-born singer, arranger and composer Bob Dorough wrote bebop and modern jazz tunes. If those don’t ring a bell, how about “Conjunction Junction, What's your Function”? Dorough is the wit behind the songs in the popular 1970s  TV series, "School House Rock."  A few years back, host Nick Spitzer spoke to Bob about how he came to work with Miles Davis around the holidays.

Mismatch, Marriage, and a Marathon

Dec 22, 2016
Horace H.B. Sanders
Sean Carter

Jessica Lee Williamson follows love to a campsite and loses her sense of self.
  Horace HB Sanders gets married and divorced and then remarried.
Peter Sagal runs The Boston Marathon as a guide for a visually impaired man.

Jury Duty, Walking Tests, Pepsi and NOLA

Dec 21, 2016

Danusia Trevino is forever changed by jury duty.

Charles Upshaw trains to walk 50 feet.

Morely McBride
 is asked to give up the soda she loves.

Chris Turgeon 
has a blind spot when it comes to his son.

Photo Credit: Crista Rock Productions

This week on Inside the Arts, Lyrica Baroque Chamber Ensemble gears up for an intimate evening with A Musical Christmas featuring soprano Sarah Jane McMahon, cellist Daniel Lelchuk and guest artist, Emmanuel Arakelian on harpsichord.

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