arts & culture

Inside the Arts
10:06 am
Thu June 14, 2012

A Musical Feast for the Eyes at NOMA

A summer exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art gives a visual focus to the musical sounds that influence and transcend generations.  We go Inside the Arts for a look at The Prelives of the Blues, a solo exhibition by Dario Robleto.

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Thu June 14, 2012

'Redshirts:' A Love Letter To Sci-Fi Fans

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Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 2:24 am

Science fiction is often a genre in conversation with itself; from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels to Galaxy Quest, from The Walking Dead to The Purple Rose of Cairo, it thrives on metatext and a love of details. It's a place inhabited by loyal, passionate fans who are nonetheless acutely aware of — and happy to question — the minutiae of what they love.

In fact, it's a show's biggest fans who are most likely to be watching a starship crew suit up for a mission and asking the screen, "All three top-ranking officers are going? Really?"

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The Record
10:17 am
Wed June 13, 2012

A Night Out In New Orleans' New Bohemia

Quintron (at left, in suit and shorts) conducts while Lady Tambourine plays at The Music Box on Saturday night.
Zack Smith

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:40 pm

I'm spending June in New Orleans, digging into the soft wet earth of American music. A week in, I feel like I've barely begun to explore. The minute I try to say what draws me to New Orleans music, I realize that the core of it is always changing. It's not just the variety, though I love that in the first few days here, I caught classic blues on Frenchmen Street, a wild bounce night downtown, my longtime favorite Susan Cowsill singing Dusty Springfield covers in the Garden District, and a brass band on the corner in the French Quarter.

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The Reading Life
6:48 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Author Ron Thibodeaux, Bloomsday, and Summer Reading Kick-off

This week on The Reading Life: Ron Thibodeaux, author of Hell or High Water: How Cajun Fortitude Withstood Hurricanes Rita and Ike, and Michael Allen Zell, who’s coordinating the New Orleans celebration of Bloomsday on June 16. Plus we check in at the Summer Reading Kick-off party at Latter Library.

The Diamond Jubilee
8:24 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Tabasco gift spices up queen's jubilee

NEW IBERIA — The McIlhenny Co. got in on the pomp and circumstance of Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee by sending the monarch a sterling silver Tabasco sauce holder.

The Daily Iberian reports company chairman and CEO Paul McIlhenny said it's rare the company sends such gifts to royalty, but he thought the Queen's 60 years on the British throne deserved a present.

Elizabeth came to the throne on Feb. 6, 1952 on the death of her father King George VI. Her coronation took place in June 1953.

Goldman Thibodeaux Honored
8:08 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Musician Thibodeaux to be honored

LAFAYETTE — Musician Goldman Thibodeaux will be honored Sunday at the Vermilionville Living History Museum's Creole Culture Day celebration.

The accordion player and singer leads the band Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys.

The Advocate reports Creole Culture Day events are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include cooking and craft demonstrations, games, dance lessons and music.

Jazzy Weekend Concerts
10:23 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Harpists Jazz Audiences with Two Concerts

Patrice Fisher - Harpist

It is a weekend for Jazz harp. The New Orleans Chapter of the American Harp Society is hosting its first Jazz and Pop harp weekend at the University of New Orleans, helping students from around the country improve their Jazz harp skills.  Professional members of the local harp society and guest artists will perform in two public concerts.

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Inside the Arts
10:00 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Creole Tomatoes and Cajun-Zydeco Music Highlight Weekend Festivals

Red, ripe Creole tomatoes and two-steppin' dance music from down the bayou are good reasons to head to the French Quarter this weekend.

The 26th Annual French Market Creole Tomato Festival and the 6th Annual Jazz and Heritage Foundation's Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival kick off on Saturday, and we go Inside the Arts for a sneak peek.

More info can be found at cajunzydecofest.com and frenchmarket.org

The Reading Life
1:49 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Abram Himelstein and the Neighborhood Story Project

This week on The Reading Life: Neighborhood Story Project founder Abram Himelstein talks about the Big Write-A-Thon coming up June 10. And we’ll hear Fred Kasten’s Sound of Books interview with Philip Palmedo, who’s written a new biography of New Orleans sculptor Lin Emery. Susan also has some recommendations for Summer reading.

Obituaries
1:21 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Herb Reed, Last Of 'The Platters,' Dies

One of the early versions of The Platters (in 1955), with Herb Reed at far left.
Frank Driggs Collection Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 5:49 am

  • Two samples of The Platters

"Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of 1950s vocal group the Platters who sang on hits like 'Only You' and 'The Great Pretender,' " has died at a Boston area hospice, The Associated Press reports. He was 84 and had been in declining health, according to his manager, Fred Balboni.

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