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Cityscapes: When Bourbon Street Was Elite

Jan 7, 2016
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Each month Richard Campanella talks to WWNO about his Cityscapes column for NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune. This month: Bourbon Street.

Photo Credit: Brandon Robert

This week on Inside the Arts, New Orleans rings in the New Year with two parades... one celebrating Twelfth Night and ushering in the Carnival season, the other celebrating the birthday of Joan of Arc.

And, the energy continues on a high note as jazz vocalist Anais St. John pumps up the volume with her tribute to Donna Summer at the Joy Theater. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

Ashlee Arcenaux Jones and Peter Ricchiuti.
Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

If you’ve been shopping lately you might have noticed the growing number of stores that have creative chalkboard signs outside on the sidewalk. You might have also noticed similar creative chalkboard menus in restaurants.

There’s a good chance those groovy looking hand lettered chalkboard signs were made by a company called SmallChalk, the brainchild of Ashlee Arcenaux Jones.

K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen staff photo, 1981.
Courtesy of Frank Brigtsen

Chef Paul Prudhomme changed the American food world forever with his creative, exuberant love for Creole and Cajun food. He was the first American chef to take the reins at Commander's Palace — where the world first had a taste of his culinary genius. He pioneered the now commonplace farm-to-table movement, as he championed Louisiana's farmers and fishermen. As Ella Brennan said, “He had magic in his hands.”

Photo Credit: Glade Bilby II

This week on Inside the Arts... we remember rock and roll and songwriting hall-of-famer Allen Toussaint.

Then, a prolific but elusive 19th century architect's works come to light in a new exhibit at The Historic New Orleans Collection. We explore An Architect and His City: Henry Howard's New Orleans with the HNOC's John Lawrence.

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

 

This week on The Reading Life:  Susan travels to Oscar, Louisiana, for a visit with the great Louisiana writer Ernest Gaines, author of such landmark works as The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and A Lesson before Dying.

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This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with renowned jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison, Jr. He'll perform this weekend with internationally acclaimed trumpeter Eddie Henderson.

The holiday season can be a stressful time, with shopping and traveling seemingly endless chores. An oasis of calm is available with a free exhibit of Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations.

Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Wherever you go in the world you find human beings have two things in common. We all like to eat. And we all like to incorporate into our living spaces non functional objects we call art.

In many countries we’ve institutionalized these traits. We dine in restaurants and we hang art in galleries. In New Orleans, as usual, we’ve gone our own way. We’ve turned dining into an art form. And our artists are increasingly hanging their works in their own spaces.

Peter's guests on Out to Lunch today represent both strands of this movement.

Credit: Mark Higashino

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with jazz icon Dee Dee Bridgewater. The Grammy award winning singer-songwriter will join Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra in a performance of works from the Holiday songbook.

Then, we travel back in time to Bedford Falls, New York for a live radio stage production of It's A Wonderful Life. The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation brings the Holiday classic to NOLA Christmasfest.

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