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A new 66-page comic book imagined by two medical librarians at LSU Health Shreveport will help kindergarteners and first graders better understand obesity.

Talicia Tarver’s “The Amazing Captain Fit” is a story about a boy who wants to be a superhero but lacks healthy eating habits. The comic book, published today, will be distributed through the Department of Pediatrics’ Reach Out and Read program. Tarver wanted to embed the message in something that kids and parents would both enjoy.

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Crowds filled the Fairgrounds as the 46th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival started its annual seven days of festing.

From a homegrown showcase for local talent, Jazz Fest has grown to include top national pop stars (which the festival officially calls “guest artists") alongside New Orleans' favorite jazz, blues, rock, gospel, hip hop, brass band and other talent. The nonprofit Jazz and Heritage Foundation has produced the festival in partnership with international production company AEG since 2004.

Peter Max

This week on Inside the Arts, Jazz Fest 2015 gets underway. We visit the Cultural Exchange Pavilion, which is celebrating the 40th anniversary of NOCCA, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. We talk with emerging international vocalist and former NOCCA student Sasha Masakowski.

And, we round out with a heads up for Peter Max fans. You can meet the legendary master colorist who is bringing his latest exhibit, The World According to Max, to the Angela King Gallery in the French Quarter. The artist will make a special appearance Thursday evening.

This week on Inside the Arts, an original production from Southern Rep, Boudin: The New Orleans Music Project asks "How has New Orleans music saved your soul?"

Then, a look at new sculptures headed for the Poydras Corridor. We round out with acclaimed New York jazz performer Joey Arias, who honors the legendary Billie Holiday in a one-night-only centennial celebration of the singer's birthday at the Contemporary Arts Center.  Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

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When the microphone switches on, some people freeze. They can’t think of a thing to say. But Terence Blanchard relaxes.

Blanchard does some of his best thinking in front of a microphone and he’s impatient to get his ideas recorded. That might explain why he is so prolific and why he is so good.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the largest free music festival in the South gets underway. We'll help you navigate through the 32nd Annual French Quarter Festival.

Then, international opera star Bryan Hymel drops by to talk about his debut solo CD — Heroique. The tenor and native son sings French opera arias.

And, rounding out, we look at The Lady With All The Answers, David Rambo's one woman play about advice columnist Ann Landers. We talk with veteran actress Janet Shea and director "Uncle" Wayne Daigrepont.

A celebration of the food, music, and culture of the region is this weekend as part of the North Delta Ramble.

Event founder Alan Brockman say his ongoing passion is to promote and spotlight the area's unique sense of Americana through it's culture.  "We wanted to bring attention to great styles of music and share the story of the food and culture that make this region so special," says Brockman.

Denny Culbert

Okay Louisiana: what’s the Cajun band that’s also psychedelic rock, or maybe even a little punk? Hint: they’re from Lafayette, they were started by two brothers 16 years ago, and they’re a huge force behind younger generations embracing Cajun culture. Still not sure? Think: roaming around slow moving water.

In collaboration with Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Eve Abrams brings us this profile of the Lost Bayou Ramblers.

This week on the Reading Life: Irvin Mayfield, whose new book is Irvin Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Playhouse, and Charles Brown, executive director of the New Orleans Public Library.

This week on Inside the Arts, Grammy award-winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra celebrate a new permanent home with the grand opening of the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City.

Then, on the heels of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, new works continue to honor the iconic playwright. The Second Star Performance Collective presents Two for Tennessee, original one act southern works inspired by the legacy of Tennessee Williams.

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