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Bring Your Own Presents: '210 Frances'

Oct 1, 2015
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Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on

Elsa Hahne

This week on Inside the Arts... a prelude to Art for Arts' Sake as the Contemporary Arts Center presents a unique multi-media concert. We get a sneak peek at ETHEL's Documerica. The progressive string quartet ETHEL will blend vintage photos of America with a wide range of musical styles.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with acclaimed Venezuelan American pianist Gabriela Montero. She'll perform in town this weekend at the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans' Nocturne Gala. 

Then, Theatre UNO opens its season with Molíere's classic satire, The Misanthrope. We talk with director David Hoover.

And, we round out with SIBELIUS 150, a birthday celebration concert for iconic Finnish composer and violinist Jean Sibelius.  Steven Edwards, music director of the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans will join us.

A before-and-after look at the Orpheum Theater, which was damaged and shuttered by Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters.
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The Orpheum Theater in New Orleans' Central Business District has reopened, 10 years after the facility flooded during Hurricane Katrina and after $13 million in renovations.

WWNO's Eileen Fleming has this look at the people who got together to buy and renovate the historic theater.

Alex Labry

The 6th Annual Salon de Jeanne D'Arc gets underway this weekend. We go Inside the Arts for a sneak peek at the intellectual revelry planned for the French patron saint. The daylong event is presented by Loyola University Medieval Studies and the Krewe of Joan of Arc. It is free and open to the public.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center

This week on Inside the Arts... a sneak peek at the Orpheum Theater as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra returns to its concert home a decade post-Katrina.

Then, Southern Rep opens its new season with acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl's romantic comedy, Stage Kiss.

And, we round out with Ashé to Amen, a unique gallery experience exploring the enduring spirituality of people of African descent at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center and Power House.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

While driving to his studio in New York's Rockaway Beach neighborhood, artist Christopher Saucedo looks out across Jamaica Bay. He sees a glittering Manhattan and the spire of the new World Trade Center gleaming in a cloudless sky.

"Obviously, where it stands there were once two other very tall towers," the art professor says dryly.

Historic New Orleans Collection

Lois Tillman fondly remembers a Chinaberry tree that was in the yard of her childhood home. It was there that her Papa taught her to love poetry, which began her literary journey.

As the years came and went, Lois became a teacher, a writer, and a performance poet known as Starlyte.  She found out inspiration comes in many forms, from the terrestrial to the cosmic.

Mary Rooney

This week on Inside the Arts... acclaimed writer Michael Allen Zell's Errata will premiere as part of Page to Stage: A New Play Festival presented by Lux et Umbra opening at the Old Marquer Theater. 

Then, abstract painter Mary Rooney throws caution to the wind as she explores painting as a process of improvisation in the exhibit, Extempore, at Staple Goods Gallery in the St. Claude Arts District.

And, we round out with an encore conversation with international opera star Bryan Hymel on his debut solo CD Heroique. The tenor and native son sings French opera arias.

Ten years ago, actor Wendell Pierce went home for a vacation between recording seasons of the hit HBO show The Wire.

As he stepped off the plane in New Orleans, the airport was chaotic. A massive hurricane called Katrina was closing in on the city.

"I was telling my parents 'Nah, let's just ride it out. Let's just stay,' " Pierce tells NPR's Arun Rath. "I went out that Saturday night and I kind of bluffed my parents and said 'Well, if they make it a mandatory evacuation, we'll leave.'

"That Sunday morning they did, and that's when I knew it was serious."