arts & culture

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.

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Art Market, with Mia Volkemmer and John Fleming

John Fleming, Mia Volkemmer and Peter Ricchiuti.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

New Orleans has a long history of being home to artists, including Degas and John James Audubon. Peter's guests on this week's Out to Lunch are artist John Fleming, and arts administrator Mia Volkemmer.

Mia Volkemmer is the Art Market Manager for the Arts Council of New Orleans — a private non-profit organization, also designated as the city’s official arts agency. The Art Market is the monthly gathering of local artists in Palmer Park.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
11:55 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Irma Thomas' Sound

Rick Olivier

More than six billion people live on the planet, and yet relatively few human voices are recognizable to the naked ear.

Irma Thomas has one of those voices.

For more than 50 years, Thomas has written, recorded and lent her voice to some of the most precious songs that Louisiana has ever produced. Now music lovers all over the world know the contralto that she calls, "Irma's sound." This week, Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins makes way for the Queen of New Orleans Soul.

Keep it down, y'all. Miss Irma is speaking.

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Inside the Arts
11:30 am
Thu July 26, 2012

MASNO Piano Competition, Beasts of the Southern Wild, HNOC... plus Ralston Crawford and Jazz

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.

Inside the Arts
10:40 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Classical Piano Competition Finals

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.

More info at masno.org and hallpiano.com

The Reading Life
2:00 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Author William Joyce and Poet Chris Hannan

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 Mix
11:49 am
Tue July 24, 2012

The Mix: New Orleans, Inside Out

Mardi Gras Indians march through the crowd at the 2007 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The Mardi Gras Indians are a mainstay of New Orleans culture, marching alongside brass bands in the annual Mardi Gras parades.
Sean Gardner Getty Images

Louisiana music has such a hold on music lovers around the world that nearly every popular artist borrows from it. Or replicates it. Or, some might say, steals from it.

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"Swamp People" Casting
8:51 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

'Swamp People' casting calls: 3 La. cities, 1 in TX

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.

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First Listen
5:21 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

First Listen: Christian Scott, 'Christian aTunde Adjuah'

Christian Scott's new record, Christian aTunde Adjuah, comes out July 31.
Kiel Adrian Scott Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 5:05 pm

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