This week on Inside the Arts, a Shakespearean comedy,Twelfth Night, is transforming the Great Hall at the New Orleans Museum of Art. This classic adventure takes on a new life as the NOLA Project adds some unique elements and surprises.
Then, historic homes in the Garden District are gussied up as the Preservation Resource Center gears up for its 39th Annual Holiday Home Tour. And, we round out with holiday cheer as the American Italian Cultural Center presents a Christmas Concert in the Piazza.
This week on The Reading Life: Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Ford, whose new book about Frank Bascombe is Let Me Be Frank With You. We’ll also hear from performance poet Jose Torres-Tama, author of Immigrant Dreams and Alien Nightmares. And Emilie Lamy of May Books, a new shop on Royal St., offers art book recommendations for holiday giving.
Holiday gift suggestions from Emilie Lamy of May Books:
Title: Holy Bible Authors: Oliver Chanarin & Adam Broomberg. Published by MACK BOOKS.
Chateau Poulet is the latest in the musical architecture series of New Orleans Airlift. Co-founder and artistic director Delaney Martin says, yes, that name would translate to: Chicken House.
"I don’t know where they got that," Martin says. "It does have a creature-like visage, I think."
Airlift started making musical houses in 2010 with the Music Box, a Shanty Town Sound Laboratory. It was a small village of structures that were also instruments. Over 100 musicians played concerts in the Music Box and 15,000 people visited it.
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have seven minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.
This week on Inside the Arts, LUNA Fete 2014 is underway! The initiative by the Arts Council of New Orleans uses the city's iconic architecture as the canvas for large scale outdoor light installations. Also, the Arts Council celebrates local artists with its Community Arts Awards.
Then, be prepared to leap outside of your comfort zone as Sidra Bell Dance New York brings avant-garde dance to the Contemporary Arts Center. And, we round out with the 28th Annual Chevron Art Against AIDS Gala.
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This week on The Reading Life: Mamie Gasperecz, executive director of the Hermann Grima and Gallier Historic Houses, talks about a beautiful new book, Luxury, Inequity and Yellow Fever; Living Legacies and the Stories of Old New Orleans.
We’ll also hear from poet Andy Young, whose new collection is All Night It Is Morning.
And bookseller Judith Lafitte gives her favorite picks for holiday giving for the young folks in your life.
Jane Chu became the chair of the National Endowment for the Arts in June. She spent a few days in New Orleans recently to discuss the NEA, how it's working in New Orleans and what the city can teach the country about cultivating culture.
We speak with Alexander Glustrom and Ben Johnson, filmmakers behind the new documentary "Big Charity," an exploration of the massive Charity Hospital complex on Tulane Avenue that was shuttered after Hurricane Katrina.