arts & culture

Jahi Salaam
Cheryl Gerber / Unprisoned

“If you grew up struggling, then you my audience,” says Jahi Salaam, an 18-year-old rapper and a poet. Jahi is from New Orleans. His first name, Jahi, means dignity in Swahili. His last name means peace. When Jahi talks about poverty, school, and prison, he says: they’re all intertwined.

This is Unprisoned.  I’m Eve Abrams.

There was a time when most neighborhoods in New Orleans had their own movie house, but they slowly disappeared and were replaced by multiplex theaters. But as everything becomes localized these days, so have options for seeing movies. The latest space to open is the Broad Theater, a four room theater house in an old Spanish colonial building in Mid-City.

Photo Credit: Pierre Lidar

This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Friends of Music closes its season with the Grammy nominated chamber music ensemble Imani Winds. The New York based group is billed as one of the country's  most successful chamber music ensembles and hailed for its adventurous programming.

The Pitot House on Bayou St. John is an example of New Orleans' original Creole architecture.
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Every month Richard Campanella talks to WWNO about his Cityscapes column for | The Times-Picayune.

Imaginative view of Madame Delphine's House, 253 Royal Street in the Vieux Carre.
Kemble, Edward Windsor / Historic New Orleans Collection

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns with a story about George Washington Cable, and the beautiful danger of writing New Orleans-based historical fiction.

Outside the Wire productions

    A performance is planned at Tulane University this week that brings ancient Greek tragedy to modern-day veterans. Eileen Fleming reports it’s also a public health project.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

This week on Inside the Arts, French Quarter Festival kicks off festivities highlighting Louisiana music, food, art and special events.

Photo Credit: Todd Rosenberg

This week on Inside the Arts, Le Petit Theatre celebrates the city's patron playwright, Tennessee Williams, with the stage production of The Glass Menagerie. We talk with artistic director Maxwell Williams and cast members.

This week on The Reading Life: Two of this year’s guests at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival — Mary Badham, who portrayed Scout in the 1962 film version of To Kill a Mockingbird, and novelist Cynthia Bond, author of Ruby, the first selection for the Oprah Book Club 2.0.

Hard Road Pictures

‘Levee Acoustics’ is an outdoor, acoustic music video series that highlights local musicians and physical landmarks in New Orleans. Each performance takes place somewhere on or near or the levee along the Mississippi River, honoring the significance of the waterway that snakes its way throughout the city. The musicians choose their own material and location to play along the Mississippi, giving them the chance to honor a site that is meaningful on a personal level, and offer their audience a more intimate look into sources of spatial inspiration.