arts & culture

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling author Alex Kershaw, whose new book about World War II is Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family’s Heroic Resistance in Occupied Paris.

We’ll also hear from J. Ryan Stradal, author of the debut novel, Kitchens of the Great Midwest. And Chris Smith of the Jefferson Parish Public Library talks about the library's first literary festival August 8 at East Bank Regional Library.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the city prepares to celebrate the birthday of a native son as Satchmo SummerFest kicks off in the French Quarter.

Bring Your Own Presents: 'DIY Or Die'

Jul 23, 2015
Laine Kaplan-Levenson / Bring Your Own

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have eight 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, love is in the air. The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane rounds out its season with Incarnate, an original multi-disciplinary show blending Shakespeare’s words with music, movement and song. 

Then, we explore a new exhibit dedicated to the story of levee failures post-Katrina.

This week on The Reading Life: Harrison Scott Key, author of The World's Largest Man: A Memoir, and lawyer-turned-novelist Webb Hubbell, author of Ginger Snaps. And Susan shares a few thoughts on Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman.

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Michael Palumbo

This week on Inside the Arts, big laughs as we tickle your funny bone.

Summer Lyric Theater continues its season with the Tony Award nominated musical Once Upon a Mattress.  We catch up with director Ricky Graham and actress Leslie Clavarie.

Then, a riddle... What happens when you put an artist and a scientist in the same boat? The answer may surprise you.

And, we round out with more humor, this time poking fun at societal issues as The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane presents Oscar Wilde's most popular work, The Importance of Being Earnest.

This week on the Reading Life: Let the good times roll with Big Freedia, author of Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva!, and Gay Leonhardt, editor of Shaking Up Prohibition in New Orleans: Authentic Vintage Cocktails from A to Z.

**Correction - Big Freedia will be at Octavia Books on Friday, 7/10/15, and not on Saturday as announced.

Newly crowned Miss Louisiana 2015 April Nelson fondly looks back at her upbringing in southern Louisiana, her love for theatre, and her passion for giving back. 

Nelson is no stranger to bright lights and a big stage. She has loved the stage since she was a child. Nelson was in one of her first performances at Playmakers Theatre in Covington, LA.

Craig Morse

This week on Inside the Arts, it is official, YAYA —Young Aspirations, Young Artists, Inc. — opens its new arts center in Central City. We talk with YAYA's new chief executive officer Gene Meneray.

Then, Teatro Sin Fronteras /Theater Without Borders, a series of movable performances, celebrates the contributions of the city's Latino community to the rebirth of New Orleans as the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches.

For the past 27 years, Young Aspirations/Young Artists — or YAYA — has provided free arts and entrepreneurship classes for young people in New Orleans.

Now the group has a new Arts Center on LaSalle Street in Central City. They celebrated the grand opening on Tuesday.

Until now, YAYA had two studios. One in the Central Business District, the other in Mid-City.

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