arts & culture

Peter Ricchiuti and William Andrews, Director of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

In New Orleans we often take pains to point out what makes us different from other places. It’s pretty common to hear comments like, “We’re not like the rest of the country” and “We’re not like the rest of the South.”

So it’s ironic that two of New Orleans’ newest icons are representative of The South, and the rest of the country. And they’re just a few blocks away from each other: The World War II Museum and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Max Moran (L) bass, Joe Dyson (C) drums, Conun Pappas (R) piano
Photo courtesy of the artists

They are billed as three of the hottest young musicians on the New Orleans jazz scene.

The Bridge Trio, presented by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation will perform in a free concert Saturday at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center at 1225 N. Rampart Street.  We talk with bassist Max Moran and drummer Joe Dyson.  Their latest release is The Search: Departure.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

Photo Credit: Shannon Gleespen

This week on Inside the Arts, the greatest free show on earth is well underway... Mardi Gras 2016 is here! 

We'll listen to the sounds of Mardi Gras,check out what's good to eat on the street and check in with artists who are making carnival float art available for public collection. We’ll also scream for beads and dance till we drop. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

New Orleans in 1958 is the setting for starting an intricate series featuring organized crime, the CIA, Cuba, Kennedy and rock 'n roll.
Crescent City Films LLC

A look at New Orleans through turbulent years starting in the late 1950s is about to debut this weekend at the Prytania Theater. It’s the first glimpse of an intricate project that ends with the assassination of President Kennedy.

Miette Art Boutique

This week on Inside the Arts, playwright Jim Fitzmorris ponders what it truly means to be a New Orleanian in his latest one man show, Be A New Orleanian: A Swearing In Ceremony.

Then, we talk with the creator of the 1970's Saturday Night Live character Mr. Bill.  New Orleans native Walter Williams debuts a sneak peek at Crescent City, a TV series set in town with a focus on events leading up to JFK's assassination.

And, we round out with a look at Mardi Gras float art available for public collection. 

 1918 photo of Louis Mayer's father (Louis E. Mayer), and uncles Gus (Gustave John Mayer) and Rudolph Mayer on the stage at the Turnverein von New Orleans. Uncle Gus is top left, Louis Mayer is in the middle.
Louis Mayer

When you think about gymnastics — parallel bars, the pommel horse, ropes — what else pops into your head? Fighting Napoleon and frosted beer mugs? Me too!

Here's how the Germans brought gymnastics to New Orleans.

Star-Steppin' Cosmonaughties Headed For Funky Times

Jan 27, 2016
Kelley Crawford

When it comes to Mardi Gras, you can never understate the difference between watching a parade and marching in one. The experience is so alluring that it’s no surprise many krewes get bigger and bigger each year. Take for example, The Star-Steppin’ Cosmonaughties: a dancing krewe now in their fifth year, that’s ready for Carnival season with new moves and big surprises.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Grammy Award winning fiddler Mark O'Connor. He'll perform in concert with acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg this weekend at Loyola University.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

For the past 50 years, there has been one place you could see, without fail, James Audubon, Marie Laveau, Huey P. Long and Dracula, together in one room.

But time is running out to mingle with Louisiana’s most notable historical figures. The Musée Conti Wax Museum is closing up shop at the end of the month.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Gambit 2016 Tribute to the Classical Arts honors the best in classical music, opera and dance at its annual luncheon benefiting the Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education.

We talk with classical pianist Dr. Wilfred Delphin, alumnus and artist-in-residence in the Department of Music at Xavier University. Delphin is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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