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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Inside The Arts: It's Carnival Time

This week on Inside the Arts, the greatest free show on earth, Mardi Gras 2015 is here. We celebrate with a Carnival revue!

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

The Reading Life For Feb. 17, 2015

T. Geronimo Johnson

This week on the Reading Life:  New Orleans native, novelist T. Geronimo Johnson, author of Welcome to Braggsville, and poets Brett Evans and Chris Shipman, authors of Tit Rex Parade.

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WRKF
4:01 am
Fri February 13, 2015

In Debut Novel, Baton Rougean Gets Heard

Author M.O. Walsh in his hometown, Baton Rouge.

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 1:17 pm

There were four suspects in the rape of Lindy Simpson, a crime that occurred directly on top of the sidewalk of Piney Creek Road ... It was a crime impossible during daylight, when we neighborhood kids would have been tearing around in go-karts, coloring chalk figures on our driveways, or chasing snake down into storm gutters. But at night, the streets of Woodland Hills sat empty and quiet, except for the pleasure of frogs greeting the mosquitoes that rose in squadrons from the swamps behind our properties.

— That’s how “My Sunshine Away”, the debut novel from M.O. Walsh, begins.

It’s a suspense and a coming of age story set in an idyllic suburban neighborhood unsettled when a teenage girl — the narrator’s boyhood crush — is attacked.

Specifically, the novel is set in Baton Rouge. That’s where M.O. Walsh is from, but he now lives in New Orleans where he’s the director of the Creative Writing Workshop at UNO.


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Arts & Culture
11:07 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Sounds Of Jefferson Variety At Carnival Time

Amber Tucker and Temple Byars dig into the wall of fringe.
Eve Abrams

Carnival means costuming. And for many people, costuming means a visit to Jefferson Variety: the renowned emporium of fabric, feathers, glitter, trim and tassel.

Eve Abrams brings us this sound portrait of the place where Mardi Gras Indians, seamstresses, costumers and anyone in search of the perfect shade of bling finds the materials to make their Carnival visions come true. And in the spirit of Mardi Gras, a disclaimer: this story contains sensitive parts of female anatomy mentioned by name.

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Arts & Culture
4:18 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Forget Beads: Cajun Mardi Gras Means A Grand, Drunken Chicken Chase

The annual Courir de Mardi Gras in Mamou, La., in February 2008. In the Cajun country tradition, revelers go house to house, collecting ingredients for gumbo from local families. Here, the host tosses a live chicken from a rooftop for the participants to catch — which can be tricky, considering the festivities often begin with early-morning drinking.
Carol Guzy Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 5:38 pm

Mardi Gras is about ephemera, the thrill of the chase. In New Orleans, that's cajoling a strand of special glass beads or a glittered coconut from the hands of a stranger high up on a parade float. But the moment that trinket is nabbed, the recipient might think: Now what am I going to do with this?

Cajun Mardi Gras, however, in the small towns south and west of New Orleans, raises no such question. Because what you aim to catch is very useful. And edible.

It's a squawking, flapping live chicken.

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Mardi Gras 2015
6:14 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

The Pelicans' King Cake Baby: Born Of Storied Carnival Traditions... And Pretty Creepy

The King Cake Baby, spotted in an Uptown Smoothie King during a promotional appearance for the New Orleans Pelicans. But who is he, REALLY?
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

There are a lot of amazing things that happen on the court at a New Orleans Pelicans game.

Like pretty much anything All-Star power forward Anthony Davis does. Halfway through the season Davis is a clear candidate for NBA MVP, a man who seems more suited to a video game than a real-life basketball team.

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Inside the Arts
2:08 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Inside The Arts: The Dixie Cups Lead Krewe Of Nyx, The Whiffenpoofs Sing Uptown, Lundi Gras!

This week on Inside the Arts, the countdown to Carnival is on! The Dixie Cups will lead the Mystic Krewe of Nyx. We talk with parade spokeswoman Lydia Glapion.

Then we round out with a special a cappella treat as The Whiffenpoofs of Yale University make an appearance Uptown.

And, the riverfront will be ground zero for Lundi Gras festivities.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

The Reading Life With Love And Valentines

This week on the Reading Life: Love and Valentines! Morgan Molthrop talks about his new book, LOVE New Orleans, book artist Amelia Bird talks about making handmade Valentines at Baskerville, and Dan Reinhold talks about teaching a course in writing love poems.

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Arts & Culture
1:12 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

'Clementine Hunter: A Sketchbook' Publishes Unseen Works By The Self-Taught Artist

Cover of Clementine Hunter sketchbook
UNO Press

Curator Bradley Sumrall at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art has more than 20 works by renowned Louisiana self-taught artist Clementine Hunter on display for the first time. They’re individual pages from an early sketchbook by the artist, from just a few years after she first began painting.

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Inside the Arts
4:42 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Inside the Arts: The Changing Face of Carnival

Credit Loyola University

This week on Inside the Arts, Loyola University hosts Mardi Gras Forum: The Women of Carnival. The popular forum will explore women's contributions and importance to Mardi Gras. It will feature leaders from several female Carnival krewes. We talk with Jim Gabour, Loyola professor of Video Technology.

Mardi Gras Forum: The Women of Carnival takes place on Monday, February 9 at Loyola University's Nunemaker Auditorium, 3rd floor of Monroe Hall at 4:45 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.

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