arts & culture

Music Inside Out
2:14 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Striking a Chord with Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint says he'd rather let his piano do the talking. Lucky for us.

Toussaint's fingers have done the talking on song after song for more than 50 years, defining the modern-day New Orleans sound. He's written, produced and arranged chart-topping hits for scores of artists. And lately, Toussaint has been performing his catalog more often around the world.

This week, Allen Toussaint has plenty to say to Music Inside Out. Check out his major chords. And the minor ones too.

Music Playlist

Classified
James Booker

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Inside the Arts
12:56 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Urban Education Smackdown, Ernie K-Doe, Specialty Cocktails and National Voice-Over Seminar

Today on Inside the Arts we'll visit with playwright Jim Fitzmorris as he steps into the boxing ring with the Governor... we'll peek inside the acclaimed new biography by New Orleans writer Ben Sandmel, Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans... we'll tap into the demand for specialty cocktails, and give you tips on how to perfect your signature voice.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.

The Reading Life
1:54 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Kiini Ibura Salaam and Pamela Binnings Ewen

This week on The Reading Life, Kiini Ibura Salaam, whose new collection of stories is called Ancient, Ancient. And North Shore novelist Pamela Binnings Ewen, author of Chasing the Wind. Susan also reviews a new Katrina-set novel.

The Listening Room
3:25 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Ozarks: Full Circle

From the State of the Re:Union series: The Ozarks have long been an isolated part of the country. Here, families have stayed in the same hollows for generations with little influence from the outside world. Everyone knows everyone else, which means that daily life here is steeped in the past, for better or for worse.

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Arts & Culture
3:24 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Summer Exhibitions at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

White Linen Night may be over for another year, but the new exhibits at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will be open to the public through the end of September. For more information on the museum, or on any of the exhibits, visit the Ogden’s website.

Louisiana Contemporary, presented by Regions Bank 

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Community
1:46 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Xavier hosting 'The Big Read'

Xavier University in New Orleans, working with the New Orleans Public Library, has been awarded a grant to host "The Big Read."

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts that is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.

Xavier was one of 76 not-for-profits to be recommended to host a Big Read project. In a news release, the university said The Big Read in New Orleans will focus on the novel "A Lesson Before Dying" by Ernest Gaines. Activities will take place Feb. 23 and March 23.

Music Inside Out
1:01 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Don Vappie's Banjo Beat

Don Vappie at the Sheldon in 2005.
Vappielle, Inc.

Don Vappie can play just about anything on banjo — classical compositions, traditional jazz, even funk music. So wherever he goes musically, there's always an audience eager to hear what he has to say.

What most people may not know is that Vappie's talent extends to bass, guitar and any other instrument that needs playing. His ears are just that big. And his hands are just that good. Maybe that's why Vappie tells Music Inside Out that one of his favorite songs is the old Charles Wright hit, "Express Yourself." Because that's what Vappie does best.

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Inside the Arts
9:51 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Satchmo SummerFest, Whitney White Linen Night, Hearing Sappho in New Orleans and Fiddler on the Roof

This week on Inside the Arts you'll hear about a three-day birthday bash honoring the life, legacy and music of Louis Armstrong... we'll sashay down Julia Street for Whitney White Linen Night celebrations, throw a little poetry into the mix, and tackle tradition with a popular Broadway musical opening Uptown.

Notes From New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Beverages Garnished with Distinction at Commander's Palace

Fine wines exploded in popularity during the 1980's and 90's, and soon after there was a proliferation of mirco-breweries in America. Now, the demand for specialty cocktails has surged across the country. Nobody understands that more than Commander's Palace's Ti Martin, who'll step up to the microphone on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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The Reading Life
1:56 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

New Culinary Library and Poet Abi Pollokoff

This week on The Reading Life: We’ll talk with Liz Williams, founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, and library director Charles Brown about the new culinary library the museum is starting with the New Orleans Public Library. And we’ll hear from all around book person Abi Pollokoff — award-winning poet, Tulane Review editor, and Pelican Publishing editor. Susan also reviews the book Alif the Unseen.

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