arts & culture

2:27 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

A Muckraker Gets the David Simon Treatment in Treme

Lead in text: 
The new season of David Simon’s HBO series Treme, which started Sunday and runs through Nov. 25, features a new character modeled on A.C. Thompson, the award-winning Bay Area reporter whose exposés of police wrongdoing after Hurricane Katrina shook up New Orleans. Now with the journalism nonprofit ProPublica and working out of the East Bay again after three years in New York, Thompson talks about putting bad cops in jail and spinning drudgery into art.
Nina Martin | Photo: A.C. Thompson | September 28, 2012 [Note: a shorter version of this interview appears in the October issue] You started reporting on New Orleans in 2007, when you were a freelancer living in SF. How'd you get onto this huge story?
Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Givonna Joseph and OperaCréole

OperaCréole: Wilfred Delphin, pianist; Valerie Jones Francis, soprano; Tyrone Chambers, tenor; Crystal Morris, soprano; Givonna Joseph, mezzo soprano; Brandon Richardson, baritone; Aria Mason, mezzo soprano. Not pictured: Ivan Griffin, bass.
Illinois State University

This month, OperaCréole will hold a concert in honor of Scott Joplin and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, two composers of African descent, whose operatic works were never fully realized. The group will perform selections from Joplin's much-debated "Treemonisha" (Is it, or is it not grand opera?) and Coleridge -Taylor's "Thelma," which was lost for nearly 100 years before a graduate student discovered it reportedly in the archives of the British Library.

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Arts & Culture
11:22 am
Thu October 4, 2012

How 'Star Wars' Seduced Another Generation Of Kids

Ben Blier (left) and his friend Jesse Bleckner hang out in their Yoda T-shirts. On his first day of kindergarten, Ben wore a Yoda T-shirt with "Go to Kindergarten I Must" printed on the front and "Learn Things I Will" on the back.
Courtesy of Nancy Edson

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 5:03 pm

Aruna Jayaraman knows where to find lemonade. Her son's friend Alexander sells it out in front of his house every weekend, hoping to earn enough money to buy a $400 Lego Death Star.

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Notes From New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Sound Design on Display at the CAC

Giorgio Bertuccelli's creative background began in his father's papier-mâché studios, where the fantastic creatures of Mardi Gras came to life. It was there that he began to build his own percussion instruments and experiment with sound. He sits down to talk about his new installation at the Contemporary Arts Center.

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Museums
10:25 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Pro football exhibit coming to WWII Museum

A traveling exhibit about professional football in America is coming to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

"Gridiron Glory, The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame" includes a section about football during World War II. It also will have a home-team area for each host city.

It's part of the Hall of Fame's 50-year celebration and features more than 200 of its artifacts.

The exhibit opens Oct. 6 in Pittsburgh. It moves to New Orleans for an opening on Jan. 26 — just before the Super Bowl — and runs through May 5.

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The Reading Life
2:00 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Creole Trombone and Sci-Fi

On The Reading Life this week: John McCusker, author of Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz, and award-winning science fiction writer Vernor Vinge, who will be the author guest of honor at the CONtraflow II fan conference this weekend.

Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Art for Arts' Sake, Alfre Woodard, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Never Records

This week on Inside the Arts we'll take a stroll as Art for Arts' Sake kicks off a citywide celebration of the visual arts, talk with Emmy Award-winning actress Alfre Woodard, and hear how the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is continuing its 50-year legacy.

Arts & Culture
9:15 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Watch This: Native American Author Sherman Alexie

Author and Spokane Indian Sherman Alexie won the American Book Award in 1996 for Reservation Blues.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 3:35 am

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Music
8:46 pm
Sun September 30, 2012

Universal Music Releases Important Louis Armstrong Recording Session to Honor Satchmo SummerFest

This year's Satchmo SummerFest — New Orleans' annual celebration of the life, legacy and music of Louis Armstrong — was again the occasion, for the second year in a row, for an important release of Armstrong material from Universal Music's vast archive.

Arts & Culture
5:08 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Beauty is Embarassing for Wayne White

A new documentary is being screened at the Zeitgeist Multidisciplinary Arts Center called Beauty is Embarrassing. The movie is about artist Wayne White, an artist who's recently found success as a contemporary painter. White recently spoke about his journey from his rural homeland to the fine art galleries of Los Angeles.

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