arts & culture

This week on Inside the Arts, family histories and mysteries come to light as the PBS series Genealogy Roadshow focuses on stories from New Orleans.

Then, we talk with Sean Chen. The piano prodigy will open UNO's award winning Musical Excursions concert series.

And, we round out with a look at an architectural gem on the lakefront where historic aviation-themed murals are in need of a little TLC.

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This week on the Reading Life:  Novelist Tom Cooper, whose first book is The Marauders, and whose new book is The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing But You Don’t Have to Be.

Audubon Zoo

Up in Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow, sending shivers down many a meteorologist’s spine and presaging six more weeks of winter — but here in New Orleans we have more, er, refined methods of predicting the weather.

Denny Culbert via John Sellards Design

Songwriters talk about a song being “honest.” And according to David Egan, that’s all about telling the truth about our battles and our triumphs — our loves and losses.

“We write music for grownup people,” he says. “Grownup music for grown-ass people.”

They’re the people you might see at the gas station, or in the grocery store. Or in the mirror.

The Krewe of 'tit Rǝx — the Mardi Gras "microkrewe" made up of tiny, shoebox-sized floats — will roll through the Marigny on Feb. 7.

Pronounced TEET-Rex (as in "petite," the French word for "small"), the krewe will reprise their 2014 route, beginning at 5 p.m. behind the St. Roch Market on St. Claude Ave., then proceeding through the streets of the Marigny before arriving at the Allways Lounge for the organization's annual Ping Pong Ball.

Patti Perret

This week on Inside the Arts, the 2015 Tribute to the Classical Arts Awards will honor the best in classical music, opera and dance at its annual luncheon benefiting the Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education. We talk with this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Diane Carney, artistic director of Ballet Hysell. 

New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans unveiled a new ad campaign on Tuesday, riffing on the hilarious, iconic Frankie & Johnny’s “Special Man” commercials from the 1980s.

The commercial — starring Ryan Anderson, Tyreke Evans, and Anthony Davis — is promoting a new three-game discounted ticket plan. Fans can purchase three-game packages of tickets to any game for $24 a seat.

Davis fills the role of the eponymous, cigar-smoking Special Man, originally played by Lester Love, Sr., a salesman at the furniture store who passed away in 2001.

This week on the Reading Life:  Brian Boyles, author of New Orleans Boom and Blackout: 100 Days in America’s Coolest Hotspot, and novelist Barry Gifford, whose Sailor and Lula saga (remember Wild at Heart?) culminates in The Up-Down.

**LAGNIAPPE OUT TAKES**

Jason Saul / WWNO

The Moth presents the GrandSLAM, a battle of wits and words - fierce, hilarious, heartbreaking and all points between. Listen as ten StorySLAM champs tell tales of being out of their element: the freak, the foreigner, dressed for the opera at the clambake, out of the loop, the only person in the loop, the voice of dissent, the lonely fool. Outsider, interloper, odd man out. The black sheep, the chatty monk, the juror with a doubt.

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The city of New Orleans is offering musicians a chance to learn the business side of the industry at the "Y'Heard Me? Music Business Summit" on Saturday.

The free conference, to be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ellis Marsalis Center, will give aspiring musicians the opportunity to learn from industry professionals about copyright and intellectual property law, artist management and goal setting, fan engagement and Internet marketing, licensing music to motion pictures, and small business development.

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