arts & culture

Red River Radio
9:36 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Shreveport's Strand Theatre hosts Kennedy Center festival finalists

Hundreds of college students and faculty from six states are converging at the Strand Theatre in Shreveport for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for Region VI gets underway Wednesday at the Strand Theatre in Shreveport. Six college productions were selected out of 46 eligible works. 

Northwestern State University’s Theatre and Dance department was selected to perform the comedy-thriller “The 39 Steps.” Program coordinator, Scott Burrell, said it’s a privilege to be a Kennedy Center finalist. But, the stakes are higher since the audience is comprised of about 900 students and faculty from colleges in the six-state area.

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The Reading Life
1:43 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

The Reading Life With M.A. Harper, Julie Smith And Bill Cotter

This week on The Reading Life: M.A. (Annette) Harper, whose new novel is Diamonds in the Sky, talks about ebook publishing with booksbnimble founder Julie Smith.

We’ll also hear from Bill Cotter, author of The Parallel Apartments, who’s coming to New Orleans for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

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Storyville
4:56 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Storyville: When Jesters Have Their Day

Lundi Gras Bayou Boat parade.
Credit Adam Karlin

The guy next to me is wearing an orange fur coat and a red feather boa; his wife is dressed as a giant grape. Someone playing the trumpet looks like a cross between a post office employee and a Mad Max road warrior. I'm wearing an inflatable alligator on my head.

This is the Bayou Boat parade, which happens on Lundi Gras, the Monday before Fat Tuesday. It's simple: folks get in boats and have an aquatic second line up Bayou St John. Anyone can join, as long as they have a floatable water craft. Or not so floatable; the trombone player's kayak is starting to list.

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Inside the Arts
11:30 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Jazz Composer Jerome Theriot Celebrates New Release; Cat On A Hot Tin Roof; Hurray For The Riff Raff

This week on Inside the Arts, we'll celebrate the music of jazz saxophonist and composer Jerome Theriot.

Then, the Anthony Bean Community Theater opens its season with Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. We talk with members of the cast.
 
And, the local folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff gets national attention. We talk with singer/songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra.
 
Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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The Reading Life
1:44 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

The Reading Life With Laura Lippman And Wiley Cash

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling author and part-time New Orleanian Laura Lippman, whose new book is After I’m Gone.

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NolaVie
4:44 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Voices From The French Market

Horse-drawn wagons line the narrow street in front of New Orleans' French Market, Jan. 1915.
Credit National Archives

The French Market may seem like one big urban flea market — with everything from tee-shirts to Mardi Gras masks, alligator heads to shot glasses. And tourists… lots of tourists. But upon closer inspection, you discover that this outdoor shopping plaza is full of individuals who couldn’t be more different from one another.

NolaVie's Laine Kaplan-Levenson and Renée Peck met some of these local vendors who make the French Market another unique corner of the city.

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Ray Nagin
12:58 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Taiwanese Animators Poke Fun At Ray Nagin

Screenshot of satirical video showing former Mayor C. Ray Nagin accepting bribes from contractors in his City Hall office.
Next Media Animation

Next Media Animation, a Taiwanese media company known for their satirical animated videos mocking events in the news, has released a video poking fun at the travails of former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin, convicted this week of 20 counts of corruption — ranging from bribery to conspiracy.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Patrons Of The Arts: Sydney & Walda Besthoff

Sydney Besthoff's first acquisition of sculpture was made when he purchased what is now K&B Plaza in the 1970's. This Isamu Noguchi didn't cost him a dime.
Credit Creative Commons

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What is it that led the third-generation owner of an iconic New Orleans-based drugstore into the world of art? And how did his participation in the art world alter the way he looked at things? This week on Notes from New Orleans Sharon Litwin talks with Sydney Besthoff and his wife Walda about how art became part of their lives.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Weilbaecher Receives Classical Arts Lifetime Achievement Award; Koresh Dance Company; Jazz Auditions

Daniel O. Weilbaecher, Jr.

This week on Inside the Arts, we visit with Daniel Weilbaecher, artistic director of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. Weilbaecher is this year's recipient of the Big Easy Classical Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.

Then we travel to the Northshore as the internationally-acclaimed Koresh Dance Company gears up for an energetic performance in Hammond.

And, we'll meet a group of students who recently auditioned for some prominent local jazz musicians.

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Take Five
7:33 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Take Five: Oscar-Nominated Makeup Artist Hopes To Win For Her Work In 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Matthew McConaughey stars as Ron Woodroof in the fact-based drama Dallas Buyers Club.
Anne Marie Fox

 

There was a moment for Robin Mathews two years ago, while she was spreading grits and cornmeal all over Matthew McConaughey’s face, when she thought, “This is either going to be the end of my career or the beginning of it.”

Fortunately, it turned out to be a major new beginning. Mathews’ work as makeup department head for the film Dallas Buyer’s Club earned the New Orleans native an Oscar nomination.

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