Arts & Culture

Photo Credit: Michael Wilson

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with legendary actress and singer Audra McDonald.  The record breaking, six time Tony Award winner is in town this week for a special performance at NOCCA.

This week on The Reading Life: John Barry, who’s celebrating the 20th anniversary of his book, Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood  of 1927 and How It Changed America. We’ll also hear from Candice Proctor, who writes as CS Harris, about her new Regency mystery, Where the Dead Lie.

Sword Fight, Hip Hop, Amnesia, Berlin

Mar 27, 2017
Cole Kazdin
Photo by Renee Rosensteel

Cole Kazdin dreams of forgetting her past.

Simon Bill's
love for antique swords proves useful.
Chenjerai Kumanyika
becomes a hip hop star.

James Shuter finds himself in Germany near the Cold War's end. 

Johnny Allan
American Routes

Each Week, American Routes bring you Shortcuts, a sneak peak at our upcoming show. Johnnie Allan is a Swamp Pop legend, born John Allen Guillot, a sharecropper’s son. His mother and grandfather were musicians who played with family member Joe Falcon, on the first Cajun record in 1928. At 13, Johnnie Allan formed a Cajun Band. Later, he joined accordionist Lawrence Walker’s band on steel guitar.

This week on Inside the Arts,  Second Star New Orleans presents Two for Tennessee, two original one act plays by New Orleans writers inspired by the legacy of Tennessee Williams.  We talk with artistic director Harold Gervais.

This week on Inside the Arts, a 40 year veteran of the arts is celebrating a milestone on Royal Street.  We catch up with gallery owner Angela King who is planning a big public exhibit this weekend.

Then...the French Quarter is ground zero as visitors are in town for the 31st annual Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival.

And, we round out with a festival to test your stamina.  It's Bach-Around-the-Clock time. A 29 hour marathon, Uptown, honors the Baroque composer.

This week on The Reading Life: A great line-up of authors coming for The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, with NPR favorite Amy Dickinson, whose new book is Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home; actress and biographer Patricia Bosworth, whose new memoir is The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan; and environmental historian Jack E. Davis, whose new book is The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, a must-read for folks in our area.

**Lagniappe Audio**

Facing The Dark

Mar 17, 2017
Photo by
Jason Falchook

Kate Braestrup attempts to bring a moment of peace to a difficult crime scene.
John Turturro
ponders his future with an aging mother and dependent brother.
Daniela Schiller
gets a new understanding of her father’s past while studying memory.

Le Petit Salon: A Vieux Carré Memoir

Mar 17, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection

While most clubs in New Orleans come together to parade, one of the oldest is all about the written word. Le Petit Salon formed in 1924 as a space for women intellectuals in the French Quarter to gather after performances at Le Petit Theatre. The salon is still around today, and Genevieve Trimble is the longest running member. In this edition of NOLA Life Stories, Genevieve describes her return to New Orleans in the 1940s and the literary encounters that followed.

Shannon Powell
American Routes

Each week, American Routes Shortcuts offers a taste of the upcoming American Routes episode. This week, it’s Timekeepers: drummers and rhythm makers from New Orleans and beyond. Today, Shannon Powell is live in the studio. He showed us how it’s done on the drums and chatted about music in church, growing up in the Treme.

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