arts & culture

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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Commentary
4:20 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Documentary on culture of death gives city’s youth a voice

On Tuesday at 5:45 p.m., a 10-year old boy was shot in the face and leg at his birthday party. Bullets sprayed the gathering at Simon Bolivar Avenue and Clio Street, killing a 5-year-old girl and a 33-year-old woman. A few hours earlier, two assailants had robbed and killed a 58-year old man in Mid-City. Police arrested a 15-year-old and a 13-year-old, the latter wearing a court-ordered ankle monitor.

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Inside the Arts
10:10 am
Thu May 31, 2012

The GooNOLAs Bring British Humor With a Local Twist

It is an invasion of British humor with a local twist, as a popular 1950's comedy show makes a comeback in the Metro area. We go Inside the Arts for a sneak peek at the GooNOLAs, a live radio slapstick-comedy stage production, reminiscent of the old Goon Show.

Performances are June 1 and 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Deutsches Haus, 1023 Ridgewood Drive, Metairie. Doors open at 6 p.m.  More info at www.goonolas.com

The Sound of Books
11:50 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Acclaimed New Novel from New York Times Best-Selling Author Joshilyn Jackson

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely praised new novel from New York Times best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty.

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The Reading Life
7:00 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Biographer Rich Cohen

This week on The Reading Life: Biographer and memoirist Rich Cohen, whose new book is The Fish that Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King, about New Orleanian Sam Zemurray.

Then we’ll hear Fred Kasten’s Sound of Books interview with Steve Coll, author of Private Empire: Exxon Mobil and American Power, and Susan will have some thoughts on reading The Times-Picayune.

Community Impact
8:18 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Community Impact Series: Tekrema Center for Art and Culture

Courtesy of Tekrema.

From a vintage corner store in the Lower Ninth Ward, a community arts center is inspiring new ideas.

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Inside the Arts
9:00 am
Thu May 24, 2012

New Festival Celebrates Chamber Music in New Orleans

New Orleans is now home to the brand-new Birdfoot Chamber Music Festival, which is garnering attention from musicians across the globe.

We go Inside the Arts as three days of concerts kick off this inaugural fest, with performances tonight at the Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter.

More info at birdfootcmf.org

The Sound of Books
6:17 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Acclaimed New Book About Big Oil From Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner Steve Coll

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely-praised new book from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Steve Coll: Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.

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The Reading Life
7:00 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Richard Ford, Susan Tucker & Beth Willinger

This week on The Reading Life: Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Ford, whose new novel is called Canada. And we’ll hear from Susan Tucker and Beth Willinger, editors of Newcomb College, 1886-2006, Higher Education for Women in New Orleans.        

Community Impact
8:26 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Community Impact Series: Houma Regional Arts Council

Artist Jamar Pierre (leftt) and students at West St. John High School work on a mural project.
Houma Regional Arts Council

How a regional arts council is helping return arts programming to schools in small coastal Louisiana communities.

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