arts & culture

Sharon Litwin.

A driving force behind the arts and cultural communities in New Orleans has passed away. 

Nearly 100 years ago Marcel Duchamp put a porcelain urinal into a New York art gallery and changed the way we think about art. The Essence of Things is a new exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art that's dedicated to elevating the beauty of everyday objects. Can a rubber band or pair of flip flops rise to the level of high art? NolaVie's Renée Peck spoke with Mel Buchanan for the answer.


Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Renée Peck.  

Kenny Platt
Ryan Kailath / WWNO

Recently, WWNO's Coastal Desk profiled an unemployed oilfield worker named Derrick Hadley. When Hadley mentioned a song called "Please Give Us One More Boom," by Robert L. Platt, we played it on air at the end of the story. A few weeks later, Robert L. Platt's son, Kenny Platt, reached out via email.

Gia Hamilton, left, of The Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.
Tauriac Photography / The Joan Mitchell Center

The goal of the Joan Mitchell Center is to support emerging visual artists who live in New Orleans. That space is run by Gia Hamilton, who spoke with Sharon Litwin for the latest Notes from New Orleans.

This week on Inside the Arts, one of the Bard's early comedies, the Two Gentlemen of Verona opens the season for the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane.

Photo Credit: Kevin O'Mara

This week on Inside the Arts, festivals are everywhere. The French Market District is ripe and ready for its 30th celebration of the Creole tomato. 

Rafael Saddy
Rafael Saddy / Nicaraguan Association of Louisiana

 The 6th annual Kenner Hispanic Fest is June 11th and 12th.  “You’re going to find Hondurans, you’re going to find folks from the Caribbean, you’re going to find folks from Central America, and from the U.S.” said Rafael Saddy, event coordinator of the Nicaraguan Association of Louisiana (ANDELA).  “This festival’s purpose was to integrate not only the Hispanic community as one community but also share with the entire community to come in for a day of family fun, music, and food.”

Courtesy Magnolia Pictures

A new documentary feature film, "Presenting Princess Shaw," follows the life of Samantha Montgomery, a New Orleans singer and elder care nursing assistant, as she goes from her own obscure YouTube channel to starring in a video by international music mashup artist Kutiman.

This week on Inside the Arts, this week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Museum of Art partners with the Google Cultural Institute for a unique online art and cultural experience. We check out the details.

Then, college football, modern dance and a live drumline come to the stage in Southern Rep's upcoming premiere of Colossal by Andrew Hinderaker.

And, we round out with a treasure hunt as the 63rd annual Symphony Book Fair kicks off this weekend.

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This week on The Reading Life:  Susan Tucker, author of City of Remembering: A History of Genealogy in New Orleans, and Margo Orlando Littell, author of Each Vagabond by Name, along with her publisher, Abram Himelstein, of the University of New Orleans Press.