arts & culture

Inside the Arts
1:14 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Inside The Arts: Essence Festival Kicks Off Independence Weekend, Elisa Fiorello Dease, Jason Mott

This week on Inside the Arts, the 20th Essence Festival kicks off Independence weekend. We catch up with Prince protégé, singer Elisa Fiorillo Dease, who will perform with the pop icon in the Superdome.

The party with a purpose, Essence, continues with activities in the Morial Convention Center. We talk with author Jason Mott. His bestseller, The Returned, is the basis for the hit ABC TV series, Resurrection.

And, we round out with a song that takes a look at the World Cup through the eyes of the players.

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Arts & Culture
8:36 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Pop Culture Podcast: The 2014 Essence Festival

Prince, one of the headliners at the 20th annual Essence Festival.
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Longtime NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune music writer Keith Spera has been at all 20 Essence Festivals. WWNO's Jason Saul hasn't been to any.

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The Reading Life
1:37 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

The Reading Life With Terry McMillan, Carter Hooper And Mark Yakich

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling novelist Terry McMillan (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Waiting to Exhale), whose Who Asked You? is out in paperback. She’s coming to town for the Essence Music Festival.

We’ll also hear from Carter Hooper, about a very special digital book project, Larry's List: My Dad's Reading List from 1984-2005, and Mark Yakich, editor of the New Orleans Review.

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Notes from New Orleans
3:48 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

New Orleans Shakespeare Festival Throws Back As It Looks Forward

Chaney Tullos is a Louisiana native and director of operations of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane.
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It’s been 450 years since Shakespeare’s heyday. One has to wonder what the Bard of Avon would think of the myriad ways his plays are being presented these days.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Chaney Tullos, Director of Operations of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, about their innovative yet traditional approach and their collaboration with Compleat Stage.   

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Out To Lunch: There's No Business Like Show Business

Chris Trew, Bill Taylor and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

New Orleans is celebrated across the country and around the world as a center of extraordinary live entertainment. Not just in the French Quarter but all over the city there's a vast amount of live music, theater, and comedy every night of the year.

However, on the inside of what appears to be a thriving local entertainment industry you frequently hear the same criticism: we have a lot of entertainment, but not much industry. Plenty of shows, but not enough show business.

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Inside the Arts
11:52 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Inside The Arts: Jazzy Divas Rock Central City Cabaret; Aladdin In Rivertown; And Harps Swing

This week on Inside the Arts, we stroll down memory lane as the American Theater Project of New Orleans presents Dryades Street Divas Review: A Cabaret, with a cast representing  artists who worked the "chitlin' circuit" back in the day. Those artists include the likes of Etta James, Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson and "Moms" Mabley.

Then, in Kenner, the Rivertown Theater's Patchwork Players open with Aladdin.

And, in the city where jazz was born, harpists gear up for a concert that will make their heavenly instruments swing.

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Latest News
5:32 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Louisiana Gets Its First World Heritage Site

Mound A at Poverty Point, LA, the state's first and only World Heritage Site.
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Louisiana gained its first World Heritage Site on Sunday. The ancient earthworks of Poverty Point, LA were designated by UNESCO as the 22nd world heritage site in the U.S.,  alongside landmarks like the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty.

It was one of seven sites around the world to be given the designation by the United Nations at a meeting in Qatar. The others are in Botswana, France, Israel, Italy and two locations in Turkey.

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NolaVie
8:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

New Orleans Gets Juiced

Live juice offerings at Fair Grinds
Renée Peck NolaVie

New Orleanians are lining up at local eateries this summer to drink cold juices pulled from all manner of produce. Everything from beets to fennel to parsley. It’s called live juicing.

Renée Peck takes a live juice tour of New Orleans, from Bywater to Magazine Street to Bayou St. John. Visit NolaVie to read more.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Can A Week-Long Trip Mint New Ambassadors To New Orleans?

Each spring, students in NYU's Food Studies program visit Louisiana to learn about the state's unique cultural identity.
Credit Meryl Rosofosky

Students at NYU's Food Studies program are studying to be professionals in all walks of life, from community organizers and journalists to food-policy experts and public health workers.

The class takes a week-long trip to New Orleans each year, which is often the first time students visit the city. Their professor goes to great lengths to connect them with authentic Louisiana experiences, but is a week enough time to overcome years of media-saturated preconceptions?  

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Bring Your Own
9:49 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Out With A Bang'

6th grader CJ Hunt scheming on big farewell plans...
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Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on wwno.org.

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