This week on Inside the Arts, a piano competition heats up at Loyola University; there's much talk about a Louisiana-shot film that took top honors at the Sundance Film Festival; we'll tour an overlooked French Quarter institution; and we take a peek at an exhibit that's hitting a high note with jazz lovers.
The countdown is on to Sunday's finals as contestants from around the globe move through the semi-final rounds of the 24th Annual International Piano Competition. We go Inside the Arts for a behind-the-scenes look at the competition, held by MASNO, the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, now underway at Loyola University.
This week on The Reading Life: More of Susan's interview with the fabulous Oscar-winner William Joyce about The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and storyteller Coleen Salley, as well as a reading by poet/lawyer Chris Hannan.
The History Channel TV show "Swamp People" is looking for new alligator hunters. They can be individuals, groups or families, but must have a license and at least 50 tags for the September alligator season in Louisiana.
The show is going into its fourth season, and has featured different hunters each year.
It held casting calls Sunday at restaurants in Baton Rouge and in Beaumont, Texas. Others are scheduled this Saturday in Houma and in Webster, Texas, and on Saturday, Aug. 4, in Lafayette.
When comedian Joan Rivers thought her New York apartment was haunted about 15 years ago, she called on New Orleans voodoo priestess Sallie Ann Glassman to perform a "spiritual cleansing" of the brownstone.
Glassman says the pair became friends during that meeting, at which Glassman wore a flowing white gown and chased off the disturbing spirits in a night of rituals.
Rivers says Glassman's efforts worked.
Next month, the comedian is heading to New Orleans to return the favor.
After an arduous application process a group of piano players from around the world are set to contend against each other at Loyola University's Roussel Hall. Sharon Litwin brings us this story of diligence, passion, and competition on this week's Notes from New Orleans.