arts & culture

JustUs Repertory from India

    Coming up on Inside the Arts, conversation with Dr. Gowri Ramnarayan, artistic director with JustUs Repertory from India. The company's U.S tour lands in New Orleans this week with Fire and Ash, a dramatic theater production that questions our relationship to Mother Earth.

Inspired by ancient scriptures and Indian poems, Fire and Ash blends dance, music, theater and paintings in this performance. It is presented by the Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans. 

Stacy Serro

The University Medical Center in New Orleans is a mammoth-sized hospital with more than 2 million square feet of constructed space. And before Stacy Serro arrived, the walls were merely painted drywall.

Walter Whitman

This week on Inside the Arts... The New Orleans Ballet Association opens its season as Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour makes a stop in the Crescent City.  We talk with the iconic dancer and choreographer.

Then, Dillard University Theater celebrates its 80th Anniversary, making it the oldest historically black university theater in the country. We talk with acclaimed Black Arts Movement contributor, playwright, educator and former Dillard Theater department chair, Dr. Ted Shine and theater director Ray Vrazel.

This week on the Reading Life:  John Biguenet, author of a fascinating meditation on Silence; his trilogy of plays, Rising Water, has also been published recently by Louisiana State University Press.

Michael McKelvey

This week on Inside the Arts, a curious invite takes us to the underworld as Lux et Umbra presents Christopher Marlowe's Faustus.

Then, Michael McKelvey stops by for a chat.  He's the new artistic director of Tulane's Summer Lyric Theater.

And, we round out with a festival that will have you wearing green and joining dancers in a jig.  It's the 2nd Annual Irish Fest: New Orleans. 

Three New Things At The New Orleans Film Festival

Oct 14, 2015

When the New Orleans Film Festival was founded in 1989, it gave new filmmakers a place to screen their movies. 26 years later they’re still committed to that goal, but the festival has taken on new ambitions too. This year submissions are up nearly 60 percent and there's a chance a filmmaker could make their way to Hollywood’s famous red carpet.

This week on The Reading Life: Louisiana native Garth Risk Hallberg, author of City On Fire, this season’s biggest debut novel. Chelsea Clinton talks about her new book for young readers who want to make a difference, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going.

Filmmaker Aviva Kempner, known for her documentaries on untold stores of Jews who made a difference in the lives of others, is back with a new film documenting the life of philanthropist Julius Rosenwald. An unsung hero, Rosenwald made a difference in the lives of African Americans by building schools in the segregated South.

Boudin from the New Orleans butcher shop Bourree at Boucherie.
Ian McNulty

Travel around Cajun country and it seems that no town is too small to have its own a car wash, its own dance studio and its own butcher shop — one with tasso and andouille and a universe of smoked, trussed, seasoned, stuffed and double-stuffed meats, and hot links of boudin and paper sacks of cracklin’ to eat on the spot. 

Only recently have more of those Cajun meat markets been turning up in New Orleans, but now more New Orleans neighborhoods can claim their own.

This week on Inside the Arts… the New Orleans Opera Association kicks off its season with Verdi’s La Traviata. We talk with the singers of this score of love and sacrifice.

Then, a woodsy adventure takes us to lower Algiers coast  for a celebration of nature and art. FORESTival swings into gear. And, we round out with Marco Marconi. The acclaimed Italian jazz pianist makes his New Orleans debut at Café Istanbul.