arts & culture

K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen staff photo, 1981.
Courtesy of Frank Brigtsen

Chef Paul Prudhomme changed the American food world forever with his creative, exuberant love for Creole and Cajun food. He was the first American chef to take the reins at Commander's Palace — where the world first had a taste of his culinary genius. He pioneered the now commonplace farm-to-table movement, as he championed Louisiana's farmers and fishermen. As Ella Brennan said, “He had magic in his hands.”

Photo Credit: Glade Bilby II

This week on Inside the Arts... we remember rock and roll and songwriting hall-of-famer Allen Toussaint.

Then, a prolific but elusive 19th century architect's works come to light in a new exhibit at The Historic New Orleans Collection. We explore An Architect and His City: Henry Howard's New Orleans with the HNOC's John Lawrence.

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This week on The Reading Life:  Susan travels to Oscar, Louisiana, for a visit with the great Louisiana writer Ernest Gaines, author of such landmark works as The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and A Lesson before Dying.

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This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with renowned jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison, Jr. He'll perform this weekend with internationally acclaimed trumpeter Eddie Henderson.

The holiday season can be a stressful time, with shopping and traveling seemingly endless chores. An oasis of calm is available with a free exhibit of Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations.

Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Wherever you go in the world you find human beings have two things in common. We all like to eat. And we all like to incorporate into our living spaces non functional objects we call art.

In many countries we’ve institutionalized these traits. We dine in restaurants and we hang art in galleries. In New Orleans, as usual, we’ve gone our own way. We’ve turned dining into an art form. And our artists are increasingly hanging their works in their own spaces.

Peter's guests on Out to Lunch today represent both strands of this movement.

Credit: Mark Higashino

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with jazz icon Dee Dee Bridgewater. The Grammy award winning singer-songwriter will join Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra in a performance of works from the Holiday songbook.

Then, we travel back in time to Bedford Falls, New York for a live radio stage production of It's A Wonderful Life. The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation brings the Holiday classic to NOLA Christmasfest.

Janet Wilson

There’s a special group of improvisers in New Orleans who want nothing more than to get hospital-bound kids to laugh. They're called Funny Bones Improv and on this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with two of their leaders: executive director, Janet Wilson, and local director and performer Emily Slazer. 

This week on The Reading Life: Sally Asher, whose new book is Stories from the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans, and poet Laura Mullen, director of the creative writing program at Louisiana State University, whose new memoir is Complicated Grief.

ArtSpot Productions

This week on Inside the Arts, an ensemble of artists dedicated to creating live theater in New Orleans reaches a milestone. ArtSpot Productions is celebrating 20 years of original performances in the Crescent City. We talk with founding artistic director Kathy Randels.

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