arts & culture

Inside the Arts
11:34 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Inside The Arts: Jazz Fest Celebrates Brazilian Food; Debbie Davis Sings; Stirling Barrett Photos

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

This week on Inside the Arts, the 45th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off this weekend. We sample Brazilian street food from Carmo Café near the Cultural Exchange Pavilion.

Then we catch up with vocalist Debbie Davis, whose new release Linger 'till Dawn is just out in time for Jazz Fest. And we round out with a look at New Orleans through the eyes of photographer Stirling Barrett, exhibiting works in the Contemporary Crafts area.

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

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

So Much Fun You'll Want To Go Back To School: Circus Arts At The International School Of Louisiana

Meret Riyhner, center, teaches children myriad acts for circus performance, including acrobatics.
Credit Thomas Walsh

It’s impossible to wager how many angry children have told their parents they’re running away to join the circus. Switzerland-native Meret Riyhner never had such a violent outburst with her parents, but she ended up in the circus anyway. Now, she’s the circus arts teacher at the International School of Louisiana located on Camp Street, and the subject of this week’s Notes from New Orleans.

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The Reading Life
1:33 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Reading Life With Roy Hoffman And John Gery

This week on The Reading Life: Alabama novelist Roy Hoffman, whose new book is Come Landfall, and UNO professor and poet John Gery, whose new collection is Have at You Now!

*Lagniappe!*

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NolaVie
5:15 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Jazz In The Park Adds Something For (Congo) Kids

This year's lineup at Jazz in the Park.
Credit People United for Armstrong Park

When Jazz in the Park gets underway this Thursday afternoon at Congo Square, the age span may skew a little younger than usual. For the first time, the weekly jazz concert series will feature an additional tier of programming aimed at local youngsters. It’s called Congo Kids.

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Storyville
1:59 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Storyville: Finding It In The Sun

The 1910 New Orleans Pelicans baseball team; Shoeless Joe Jackson is #12.
Credit wikimedia commons

Baseball season is underway. This is a sacred time where I’m from. Sun, grass, children playing in the park, all the memories of youth rushing back. But in New Orleans, the start of baseball season is but a placeholder: some 200 days until the Saints’ opening kickoff. This city lives on its own schedule.

I didn’t know this when I moved here.

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Arts & Culture
7:14 am
Thu April 17, 2014

P.3 Reads Continues, Bringing Artists To Public Libraries

Tonight, New Orleans’ international art biennial, Prospect 3, brings out its literary side.

The P.3 Reads series invites international artists to New Orleans public libraries to discuss some of their favorite books. Brooke Davis Anderson is executive director of Prospect 3. She says curator Franklin Sirmans has taken several works of literature — like Walker Percy’s New Orleans novel The Moviegoer — as inspiration for the biennial.

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NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Get Ready To Ride: Chris Owens' French Quarter Easter Parade

Chris Owens stands among her collection of memorabilia. Her Easter Parade has become a tradition for many families, some of whom travel internationally for the event.
Credit Keely Merritt

As part of a new collaboration with The Historic New Orleans Collection, WWNO brings you NOLA Life Stories: an oral history project documenting the people, places and things that shape New Orleans. This week historian Mark Cave interviews Chris Owens, a Bourbon Street entertainer and nightclub owner.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Musical Architecture In New Orleans: The Return Of The Music Box

Children bang on cans that will be used in Dawn Dedeaux's "Can You Hear Me House." Their percussion performances and voices are recorded and incorporated into the final installation.
Credit Thomas Walsh

Click here to listen to this week's Notes.

In 2011, a group of more than 25 artists created the Music Box, a house made of found objects designed as a laboratory for musical expression. By the time it closed in Spring 2012, it had been visited by more than 15,000 people.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with artist Dawn Dedeaux about the return of the Music Box project.

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Latest News
4:42 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Annual Concert Series Kicks Off In Armstrong Park

Armstrong Park's fifth season of Jazz In The Park starts Thursday.
Gwen Harlow Flickr

People United for Armstrong Park is an organization with the mission of "establishing the park as a nurturing, living environment for the arts."

Toward that end, a few years ago they established an annual jazz concert series, which opens its 2014 season on Thursday.

Mary Steele of People United for Armstrong Park says there is a lot to look forward to this year.

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Latest News
4:14 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Recovered Guns Become Art In New Orleans

Artists choose guns to use in their art from a selection of weapons in NOPD's gun buy-back program.
Janaya Williams WWNO

Weapons will become raw materials for artists in a project getting underway in New Orleans.

City officials and artists gathered Wednesday at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery to announce a project called "Guns in the Hands of Artists."

On the floor of the gallery were parts of 186 guns removed from the streets of New Orleans through the police department's gun buyback program.

Artist Skylar Fein said that in his eyes, the guns are already art.

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