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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.

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The New Orleans Museum of Art has announced that about 100 pieces from its permanent collection will be available to millions of people through a Google portal.

Street Economy: Fernando Lima Busks In The French Quarter

May 25, 2016
Fernando Lima, pianist
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New Orleans has one of the most vibrant and unique street economies - with everything from musicians, dancers,  performance artists, poets and painters to the more hidden economies revolving around sex, drugs, and other hustles.

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This week on Inside the Arts, Theatre on Tap presents Hoofing for Heroes this Memorial Day weekend in tribute to members of the Armed Forces. We catch up with artistic director Heidi Malnar and vocalist Arsène DeLay. This concert of song and dance features a star spangled salute from 22 tap dancers and a 7 piece jazz ensemble.

Then,  we follow the cash.  A new exhibit Money, Money, Money! Currency Holdings from The Historic New Orleans Collection is now open.

This week on The Reading Life:  Mystery writer Nevada Barr, author of Boar Island, her 20th novel set in our national parks, and Peter Finney, Jr., who wrote the introduction to a collection of his father's work, The Best of Peter Finney: Legendary New Orleans Sportswriter.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the Birdfoot Festival reaches a milestone. Its 5th anniversary brings chamber music to venues across the city. We catch up with artistic director and violinist Jenna Sherry.

Then,  an unexpected move for the Anthony Bean Community Theater brings a silver lining.  We talk with Anthony Bean and ABCT board president Gail Glapion.  And, ArtSpot Productions celebrates 20 years with a 3-day performance festival. ArtSpot artistic director Kathy Randels and managing director Sean LaRocca stop by. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

Erica Falls.
Music Inside Out

She may have started 20 feet from stardom, but she’s gained a lot of ground in the meantime. Growing up in New Orleans’ 9th Ward, Erica Falls absorbed the sounds of everyone from Billy Eckstine and Ella Fitzgerald to the Sugar Hill Gang and the Ohio Players, to Roberta Flack and Steel Pulse.