arts & culture

Inside the Arts
10:19 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Inside The Arts: Fringe Fest-Total Verruckt!, Big Class Writing Studio, Ebene String Quartet

Joanna Caplan in Total Verruckt!
Credit Maria Baranova

This week on Inside the Arts, The New Orleans Fringe Festival is celebrating original theater this week at venues across the city. We catch up with Joanna Caplan and her unique solo piece Total Verruckt!, which focuses on the role of art as a means of survival during the Holocaust.

Then, do you know what it takes to learn how to write well? WWNO's Eve Abrams answers that question as she explores the Big Class Writing Studio on St. Claude Avenue.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

The Reading Life With Rick Bragg, Moira Crone And Eric Kimmel

This week on The Reading Life: That great Southern storyteller, Rick Bragg, talks about the writing of Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story.

We’ll also hear from novelist Moira Crone, author of The Ice Garden, and have a quick preview of Eric Kimmel’s visit to New Orleans. His beautiful new book is Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale.

**Langniappe Audio*

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The Salt
8:51 am
Mon November 17, 2014

In The Big Easy, Food Vendors Create A Little Honduras

Taqueria La Delicia is a lonchera, or food truck, that parks near a Lowe's Home Improvement store in New Orleans. The owner is Honduran, and so are many of the day laborers who eat there.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson WWNO

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:31 pm

Thanks to a quirk of history — and a love of bananas — New Orleans has had a Honduran population for more than a century. But that population exploded after Hurricane Katrina, when the jobs needed to rebuild the city drew waves of Honduran immigrants. Many of them stayed, and nearly a decade later, they've established a thriving — if somewhat underground — culinary community.

Signs of that community abound, if you know where to look.

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Arts & Culture
12:59 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Designing, Staging And Performing 'Rusalka' At The New Orleans Opera Association

Melissa Citro as the eponymous 'Rusalka' in a full dress rehearsal.
Credit New Orleans Opera Association

The New Orleans Opera Association’s season continues this weekend with Rusalka, a work from 1900 by Antonín Dvořák, one of America’s favorite composers.

Robert Lyall, the opera company’s Executive and Artistic Director, talks about the production.

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Inside the Arts
2:04 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Inside The Arts: Ballerina Misty Copeland, Jose Torres-Tama's Poetry, Fugard's Boseman And Lena

American Ballet Theater's Misty Copeland
Credit Marty Sohl

This week on Inside the Arts we talk with African American Ballerina Misty Copeland of American Ballet Theater.

Then, performance artist Jose Torres-Tama is back with a new work — a collection of poetry.

And we round out with South African playwright Athol Fugard's Boseman and Lena.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

The Reading Life With Tina Freeman And Greg Herren

This week on The Reading Life: Photographer Tina Freeman, whose new book, with text by Morgan Molthrop, is Artist Spaces: New Orleans, which takes us inside the work spaces of many inspired and inspiring people.

Mystery writer Greg Herren talks about the  latest — and maybe the last — in his Chanse MacLeod series, Murder in the Arts District.

**Lagniappe Audio**

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Music
5:08 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Drummer And Tuba Player Work To Stay Sharp For Band And College

The Sonic Boom of the South at Jackson State isn't just a band; it's the university's most visible marketing tool.
Keith O'Brien NPR

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 5:44 pm

Six months ago, we brought you the story of the Edna Karr High School marching band in New Orleans. Two members of the band in particular, snare drummer Charles Williams and tuba player Nicholas Nooks, or Big Nick as his friends call him, earned scholarships to Jackson State University in Mississippi — their dream.

The marching band at Jackson State is known as the Sonic Boom of the South. Band camp began in August with 164 freshmen. But after weeks of late nights and early mornings, musical training and also push-ups, 24 had quit.

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Inside the Arts
11:40 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Inside The Arts: Stars Of American Ballet, Irish Famine Commemoration, RHINO Focuses On Home

Credit Daniel Ulbricht

This week on Inside the Arts, ballerina Wendy Whelan joins Stars of American Ballet in town for a one-night-only performance. We talk with New York City principal dancer and director Daniel Ulbricht.

Then, we explore the connections between New Orleans and Ireland as the city hosts the International Irish Famine Commemoration with a bevy of cultural events.

And, we round out with an exhibit that highlights home, place and architecture as RHINO Contemporary Crafts Gallery presents Location, Location, Location.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

The Reading Life With Oliver Houck And Dominic Massa

This week on The Reading Life:  Oliver Houck, author of Downstream Toward Home: A Book of Rivers, and Dominic Massa, author of New Orleans Radio.

**Lagniappe Audio*

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Nola Life Stories
5:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

AP Turead Jr.'s Creole Perspective: Memories Of The 7th Ward

After graduating from Xavier University, Turead left New Orleans in 1960 and traveled the world before settling in White Plains, New York, where he worked as a director of special education for more than 30 years.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

AP Turead Jr. was raised in the 7th Ward, which he called “the stronghold of the Creole community.” A Creole himself and the son of prominent civil rights lawyer AP Turead Sr., he remembers the neighborhood upheld education and leadership. But as often as this unified message was preached, Turead says not everyone in the community was given equal footing. 

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