arts & culture

This updated, revised edition of John Broven’s classic chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the Golden Age of New Orleans R&B from the 1940s through the '60s, and its subsequent history to date. Broven presents and signs copies of the new edition at Octavia Books Friday evening, August 5, 2016 – at 6pm.

Anila Keswani
Anila Keswani / Nolavie

New Orleans’ roots are diverse. This summer, Nolavie is speaking with members of different communities that have woven their unique strands into the local culture. Today, Renee Peck speaks with restaurant owner Anila Keswani about her life in the Crescent City and her relationship to its Indian-American community.

Artist: Terry Marks, Sr.

This week on Inside the Arts, Satchmo Summerfest presented by Chevron celebrates the life, music and legacy of Louis Armstrong in a new location. It's moving to Jackson Square.

NOLA Project
Jeremy Blum

As we submerge ourselves into the depths of deep summer, New Orleanians must adapt in certain ways to stay copacetic. For Andrew Larimer, a founding member of the NOLA Project Theatre Company, that means staging his play, Exterior. Pool - Night in -- you guessed it -- a swimming pool.

This week on Inside the Arts, FestiGals, the summer weekend getaway for women kicks off Downtown. We talk with spokeswoman Sandra Dartus.

Then, a heads up for design aficionados. We explore minimalism in the New Orleans Museum of Art's new exhibit, The Essence of Things - Design and the Art of Reduction: An Exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum.

And, we round out with the adventures of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn as Summer Lyric Theater at Tulane closes its season with the Tony Award winning musical Big River.

Conversation with New Orleans based filmmaker John Richie.   His latest documentary "91%" looks at gun violence in this country.

91%: A Film About Guns In America, screens tonight [7/21] at Tulane University in the Boggs, Lavin-Bernick Center at 7pm.  A panel discussion follows. 

You are about to enter another dimension. Not just one of sight and sound, but of mind. It is a dimension of costumed revelry and sugared cakes with plastic babies, of fanatics dressed in black and gold and sandwiches dressed with “mynez” and Crystal. A dimension of wild celebration of the human condition, a place where everyone is “dawlin” and no one is without a cold drink. 

There is a signpost up ahead. You are about to enter...The New Orleans Zone.

Photo Credit: Xun Wang

This week on Inside the Arts, the NOLA Project's latest theater experience takes audiences to a movie set, atop a downtown hotel.

Then, the New Orleans International Piano Competition presented by MASNO opens this week with a performance by a former gold medalist.  We talk with pianist Marianna Prjevalskaya.

And, we round out with a magical tale as the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane closes its season with Tony Kushner’s The Illusion.

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

The Music Box Lands a Permanent Home in a Bywater Forest

Jul 14, 2016
The Music Box Roving Village
Kelley Crawford

Since its start in 2011, The Music Box has brought ambient sound art to thousands of people. While it’s built a reputation as a Roving Village, they’re now constructing a permanent installation in a 55,0000-square-foot forest with an adjoining warehouse in the Bywater.

Queen Diva Of Quizzes

Jul 9, 2016

Queen diva Big Freedia's fierce and fabulous energy is contagious. Born and raised in New Orleans, this musical risk-taker and lightning-speed booty shaker was first introduced to bounce music (a call-and-response style subgenre of hip-hop) in the early '90s. She was immediately hooked and, as she tells Ophira Eisenberg, spent the following decades working nonstop to establish herself as an icon of the New Orleans music scene. Today she's on the cutting edge of the bounce movement, performing most nights of the week in clubs from New Orleans to L.A.

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