arts & culture

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This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Grammy Award winning musician Irvin Mayfield on the premiere of #__________ Lives Matter. Mayfield and the 19-piece New Orleans Jazz Orchestra will perform the original composition, which aims to generate conversations about race and violence in America.

Then, on a much lighter note a classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty comes to Le Petit Theatre in the form of an American panto. Its slapstick humor and interactive fun for audiences of all ages.

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

Mardi Gras was still close to three weeks away. But on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 16, the French Quarter was gridlocked with costumed frolickers, a massive, glittery throng radiating out through the narrow streets from the historic traditional-jazz venue Preservation Hall. The occasion? A parade in memory of David Bowie, led by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

This week, in observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday, we’ll be reprising in its entirely our conversation with Sybil Morial, author of Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment. We'll also hear from poet Kelly Harris DeBerry, whose new spoken word CD is Revival, and a special tribute to Maya Angelou.

Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Today on Out to Lunch Peter is talking with two business people who are taking old fashioned taste and recycling it for a new market. Their businesses couldn’t be more different. But their reinvention of products based on a more innocent past are strangely similar.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Cecile Monteyne, creator and producer of the live comedy show You Don’t Know the Half of It.  The actors know half the lines and improvisers make up the rest in this 4th Anniversary edition.

Contemporary Arts Center

This week on Inside the Arts, the 2nd Annual Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival gets underway. We talk with festival organizer and acclaimed guitarist Detroit Brooks.

Veal sweetbreads at Doris Metropolitan, a contemporary Mediterranean restaurant in the French Quarter.
Ian McNulty

Go to enough modern restaurants and you can play a form of food trend bingo. Cauliflower and kale, short ribs and pork belly, a gourmet take on mac and cheese – they trace connected lines across plenty of menu. And why not? They’re all delicious when handled right and they’re all pretty accessible crowd pleasers too. It’s simple math. 

But then, look at a cross section of particular New Orleans menus, and you might spot a trend that doesn’t seem to add up.

French Quarter Festival Executive Director Marci Schramm.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

When we talk about big events in New Orleans we typically say “Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest.”

Economically, though, if we’re going to bracket two events, we should say “Mardi Gras and French Quarter Festival.” French Quarter Festival’s economic impact on the city has become massive. It’s reportedly bigger than Jazz Fest.

Eileen Fleming / WWNO

While most of the nation is winding down after the holidays, New Orleans is ramping it up. The 2016 Mardi Gras season is officially under way.

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.

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