arts & culture

Running of the Santas

Crowds of Santa lookalikes racing through the street might be a bizarre sight, until you remember that you’re in downtown New Orleans. In fact, that’s exactly what you’ll find next weekend, on December 17, when New Orleanians gather for the annual Running of the Santas. Brian Friedman sat down with organizer Steve Schulkens to get the backstory of an outrageous yet philanthropic holiday tradition.  

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Photo Credit: James Ewing

This week on Inside the Arts, a rainbow will transform the night sky as the Arts Council's LUNA Fête 2016 kicks off this week.  Arts Council president Nick Stillman joins us.

Then, Uptown the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans presents a musical celebration of Hanukkah, with a rare performance of Handel's oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus.  Symphony Chorus music director Steven Edwards stops by for a chat. 

This week on The Reading Life:  Michael Tisserand, author of Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, a biography of the New Orleans native who was the creator of Krazy Kat.

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When I woke up and checked the news, I could hardly believe what I was hearing. I stared at my screen in disbelief. This was really happening. This was the new reality. And there was nothing that I could do about it. I had to muster every ounce of inner strength I had just to say the words, to make them real, to accept that this was the truth.

“The New Orleans Zephyrs are now...the New Orleans Baby Cakes.”

This week on Inside the Arts, jazz vocalist Zardis Nichols makes her hometown concert debut in Zardis: Outta My Mind at the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market.  Nichols is the grand-niece of legendary New Orleans bassist Chester Zardis and is married to acclaimed actor Lance Nichols. 

Photo Credit: Marco Borggreve

This week on Inside the Arts, the Marigny Opera Ballet opens its season with Giselle Deslondes. It is a full length contemporary ballet, based on the classic Giselle, but set in 1930's New Orleans.

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Sean Kennedy has been known as the Irishman and patron of Finn McCool’s, and he’s now known as the Irishman and new owner of Finn McCool’s. After years of working tirelessly and building a tight community in their Mid-City pub, Stephen and Pauline Patterson have passed the torch on to Sean, who’s more than up to the challenge. Especially if there’s soccer involved.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.  

Photo Credit: National WWII Museum

This week on Inside the Arts, native New Orleanian and National WWII Museum Victory Belle, Courtney Boe, stars in Pictures of Marilyn.  It is an original production on the life of Marilyn Monroe, currently running at the museum's BB's Stage Door Canteen.

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Note: this piece is a work of satire.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’re probably aware that it’s once again election season in America. And if you do happen to live under a rock, I’m kind of envious, because, again, it’s election season in America. Choosing new leaders for our great nation tends to bring out the crazy in just about everyone every four years. 

Becoming Number Six
Photo Credit: Second Star Performance Collective

This week on Inside the Arts, a dark comedy from Second Star Performance Collective, Becoming Number Six, explores the surveillance state, metadata and internet dating. We talk with director Harold Gervais.

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