arts & culture

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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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Master Painter John Clemmer In Town For Gallery Walk-Thru

Artist John Clemmer.
John Clemmer

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with master painter and sculptor John Clemmer, an iconic figure on the New Orleans arts scene, as he returns home for a walk-thru of his latest exhibit, Nine Years Later, on view at LeMieux Galleries.

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Storyville
11:53 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Storyville: 'Grieving For The Pies I've Never Eaten'

The scene on Dauphine Street after the Hubig's Pie factory fire, from Laura McKnight's bedroom window.
Credit Laura McKnight

I’m a fan of most South Louisiana specialties — crawfish, king cake, Zapp’s Potato Chips, et cetera — but a few things make me feel like a traitor to my local roots: I prefer my coffee without chicory, I’m ambivalent about oysters, and I’m pretty sure I have never in my life eaten a Hubig’s Pie.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Jeff Rosenheim And The Talismanic Qualities Of Civil War Photographs

The latest exhibit at NOMA has over 200 photographs of the Civil War, ranging from family portraits to active shots taken on famous battlefields.
Credit Matthew B. Brady

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Jeff Rosenheim's time in New Orleans was plentiful. He earned his MFA degree from Tulane University, then gained professional experience at the Louisiana State Museum and the Historic New Orleans Collection. Lately, Jeff's been the Curator of the Department of Photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with him about the Met’s extraordinary Civil War photography exhibition now on display at the New Orleans Museum of Art

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Bring Your Own
4:51 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Love Bombed'

Amy Allison Shipley in her cult days.
Credit Amy Allison Shipley

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.

This story was told on June 6, 2012 at "The Pauger House" in the Marigny. The theme of the evening was "Undercover", and here Amy Allison Shipley gives a window into her being recruited and indoctrinated into a cult... and how she got out.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

30 Americans Opens At CAC; John Clemmer Exhibits New Works; Jon Batiste And Stay Human Band

America by Glenn Ligon
Credit Rubell Family Collection

This week on Inside the Arts, the nationally acclaimed touring exhibit 30 Americans — a retrospective of contemporary African American art from the past three decades — opens at the Contemporary Arts Center.

Then we talk with master painter and sculptor John Clemmer, an iconic figure on the New Orleans arts scene, as he returns home for a walk-thru of his latest exhibit, Nine Years Later, on view at LeMieux Galleries. And, we sit in on a set with New Orleans pianist Jon Batiste and his Stay Human band.

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Features
10:35 am
Thu January 30, 2014

National WWII Museum Plans Permanent Exhibit Honoring Monuments Men

An artist's rendering of the Monuments Men exhibit planned for the National World War II Museum.
Credit National World War II Museum

The National WWII Museum is planning a tribute to the men and women of the Monuments Men. The special soldiers in the little-known unit rescued stolen cultural treasures from Nazi destruction.

Ever hear about the Monuments Men?

Well, you will.

They were a crack team of art experts who ensured the salvation of priceless works of art. A film based on their story — starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchette and New Orleans’ own John Goodman — is being released next week.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Inside The Arts: Bands Of Mardi Gras; Monuments Men; The Totalitarians

Warren Easton High School, Bacchus, 2012
Credit Stan Strembicki

This week on Inside the Arts, a photographic exhibit captures the essence of Carnival through a unique lens in Stan Strembicki's Bands of Mardi Gras, opening this week at Lemieux Galleries.

The National World War II Museum is marking the opening of the film Monuments Men with a preview of an exhibit that will mark their achievements. Visitors to the planned Liberation Pavilion will step into a replica of a salt mine for a look at the art treasures they saved from the Nazis.

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