Arts & Culture

Charles Lloyd
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week, we visit with modern saxophonist Charles Lloyd. He played alongside everyone from Ornette Coleman to the Beach Boys. But before all that, Charles Lloyd discovered his love for the saxophone in the blues, in his hometown of Memphis. To hear the full program, join us Saturdays at 7 or Sundays at 6 on WWNO, or listen at Americanroutes.org

This week on Inside the Arts, Jazz Fest 2017 kicks off with a celebration of Cuba! We explore music, food and art in this historic cultural exchange.

Then, something new weekday afternoons between the weekends of Jazz Fest.  Maple Leaf Bar Interviews at Frenchy's will bring audiences closer to legendary New Orleans musicians.  WWNO's Fred Kasten will highlight George Porter, Jr., Johnny Vidacovich and Ellis Marsalis.

And, we round out with a concert of classical music with LPO cellist Jeanne Jaubert and friends in the Marigny.

This week on The Reading Life: Poet Rodney Jones, author of Village Prodigies, and New York Times bestselling novelist Claudia Gray, whose new young adult series begins with Defy the Stars.

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Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week, it’s our show, “How many Roads?" Bob Dylan’s Back Pages. Joan Baez sang and recorded many of Bob’s songs of love and loss. She spoke to host Nick Spitzer about her favorite love ballads, Dylan's lyrical writing, and being the subject of songs herself.

NS: I wonder, is there a single love song over the years that most endures for you?

JB: A single love song?

Birth of the Bunch: The Life and Times of Benny Grunch

Apr 20, 2017
Benny Grunch & The Bunch

Musicians and artists often describe how their influences find them. In Benny Grunch’s case, his divine inspiration came from a handheld radio, and took the form of humor, deft storytelling, and a love for his hometown. Benny “Grunch” Antin is the founding member of Benny Grunch & The Bunch, a group that for decades has performed songs of satirical nostalgia for New Orleans. In this edition of NOLA Life Stories, Benny takes us on a highly musical memoir, from childhood to the origins of his band.   

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with violin virtuoso Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. She performs in concert this week with the Loyola Chamber Orchestra.

 

Then, a new exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art  complements traditional Japanese art with the contemporary work of New Orleans painter Regina Scully.  WWNO's Eileen Fleming talks with NOMA's Lisa Rotondo-McCord and the artist herself about the unexpected connection of styles.

 

This week on The Reading Life: Megan Burns and Bill Lavender, co-founders of the New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Book Fair, coming up April 20-23. We’ll also hear from poet Biljana Obradovic, who has two new books out – "Incognito" and "Cat Painters: An Anthology of Contemporary Serbian Poetry."

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Mother's Day Special 2017

Apr 17, 2017
Samuel Lewis Lee
Photo by Jason Falchook

Ophira Eisenberg confronts her fertility during a crisis.
Terry Wolfisch Cole wants preferential treatment as the oldest sister.
Andy Christie sends off his mother with a melody.
Samuel Lewis Lee is looked after by a mother's love.

More Women In The World

Apr 17, 2017
Jane Otai
Photo by Jason Falchook

Mary Kate O'Flanagan takes charge and responsibility at a funeral.

Gail Breslow is confronted about her religion at a school in Germany.

Ally Mason relunctantly fills a role in a school play.

Bess Stillman struggles with the difficulties of being a doctor.

Aryana Rose falls in love with a younger man.

Jane Otai takes action after suffering loss.

Merle Haggard
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. To hear the full program, tune into WWNO Saturday at 7 or Sunday at 6, or listen at Americanroutes.org.

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