arts & culture

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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Arts & Culture
7:27 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Baby Dolls Assert Their Place By Parading In The Streets

Antoinette K-Doe, left, resurrected a Baby Dolls club in 2003.
Andy Levin

Carnival is the season for flipping life on its head — a time when it’s natural to see people wearing wigs, boas, wings and beads. On Mardi Gras day, men dressed in suits made of feathers? Totally normal. And women dressed like little girls — in bloomers, short satin skirts and bonnets? Totally normal too, and part of a long, subversive tradition.

Eve Abrams shares this history of the Baby Dolls, who break race and gender barriers, all on a Mardi Gras day.

Kim Vaz is a dean at Xavier University. She literally wrote the book on Baby Dolls.

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Inside the Arts
2:27 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Inside The Arts: Genealogy Roadshow, Pianist Sean Chen Performs At UNO, Lakefront Murals Need TLC

Pianist Sean Chen

This week on Inside the Arts, family histories and mysteries come to light as the PBS series Genealogy Roadshow focuses on stories from New Orleans.

Then, we talk with Sean Chen. The piano prodigy will open UNO's award winning Musical Excursions concert series.

And, we round out with a look at an architectural gem on the lakefront where historic aviation-themed murals are in need of a little TLC.

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 3, 2015

The Reading Life With Tom Cooper And Anya Kamenetz

This week on the Reading Life:  Novelist Tom Cooper, whose first book is The Marauders, and whose new book is The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing But You Don’t Have to Be.

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Arts & Culture
4:18 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

T-Boy The Nutria Predicts Spring Is Right Around The Corner

T-Boy the Nutria, on the Uptown Construction/Parade Route, predicts a terrific Mardi Gras.
Credit Audubon Zoo

Up in Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow, sending shivers down many a meteorologist’s spine and presaging six more weeks of winter — but here in New Orleans we have more, er, refined methods of predicting the weather.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

David Egan: Unabashedly Experienced

Credit Denny Culbert via John Sellards Design

Songwriters talk about a song being “honest.” And according to David Egan, that’s all about telling the truth about our battles and our triumphs — our loves and losses.

“We write music for grownup people,” he says. “Grownup music for grown-ass people.”

They’re the people you might see at the gas station, or in the grocery store. Or in the mirror.

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Carnival 2015
3:16 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Micro-Parade 'tit Rǝx Unveils 2015 Theme And Route

The Krewe of 'tit Rǝx — the Mardi Gras "microkrewe" made up of tiny, shoebox-sized floats — will roll through the Marigny on Feb. 7.

Pronounced TEET-Rex (as in "petite," the French word for "small"), the krewe will reprise their 2014 route, beginning at 5 p.m. behind the St. Roch Market on St. Claude Ave., then proceeding through the streets of the Marigny before arriving at the Allways Lounge for the organization's annual Ping Pong Ball.

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Inside the Arts
7:07 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Inside The Arts: Classical Arts Awards, Ludlam's Camille And Sinkholes — Buried Alive

Diane Carney, Ballet Hysell Artistic Director
Credit Patti Perret

This week on Inside the Arts, the 2015 Tribute to the Classical Arts Awards will honor the best in classical music, opera and dance at its annual luncheon benefiting the Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education. We talk with this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Diane Carney, artistic director of Ballet Hysell. 

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Sports
6:21 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Special Man Anthony Davis Says 'Let 'Em Have It!'

I say, I say, I say, the Pelicans won the internet today.
Credit New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans unveiled a new ad campaign on Tuesday, riffing on the hilarious, iconic Frankie & Johnny’s “Special Man” commercials from the 1980s.

The commercial — starring Ryan Anderson, Tyreke Evans, and Anthony Davis — is promoting a new three-game discounted ticket plan. Fans can purchase three-game packages of tickets to any game for $24 a seat.

Davis fills the role of the eponymous, cigar-smoking Special Man, originally played by Lester Love, Sr., a salesman at the furniture store who passed away in 2001.

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