arts & culture

Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Inside The Arts: Anais St. John-Last Dance; Culture Collision; Herlin Riley

New Orleans jazz vocalist Anais St. John

This week on Inside the Arts, jazz vocalist Anais St. John brings back the disco era with Last Dance: A Tribute to Donna Summer. St. John talks with us about her high energy performance. 

Then, we kick off the cultural season with a one-night-only arts happy hour. More than five dozen organizations are involved in the arts celebration known as Culture Collision. And, we round out with conversation with highly acclaimed drummer Herlin Riley. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Latest News
7:41 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Deutsches Haus Can Keep German Design

The proposed design of the new Deutsches Haus to be built in the Bayou St. John neighborhood.
Credit Deutches Haus

The Deutsches Haus can look German, after all.

The New Orleans City Council has overruled a planning commission decision that told the German cultural organization to dial-down the Germanic design. The commission wanted a new design that would blend into the Bayou St. John neighborhood.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that Councilwoman Susan Guidry, who represents the district where the building is proposed, called the commission’s actions “a bit misguided.”

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The Reading Life
1:37 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Reading Life With Michael Pitre And Gina Ferrara

This week on The Reading Life: Michael Pitre, whose splendid new novel of the Iraq war is called Fives and Twenty-Fives. We’ll also hear from Gina Ferrara, whose new collection of poems is titled Carville.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Inside The Arts: Nine Lives Commemorates Katrina Anniversary, Tracy Letts' BUG, Cindy Scott Sings

Coming up on Inside the Arts, Nine Lives: A Musical Witness of New Orleans commemorates the 9th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina at Le Petit Theatre. We talk with guitarist Paul Sanchez.

 In the Marigny... Tracy Letts' dark comedy, BUG, continues to make audiences squirm. And, we talk with jazz singer Cindy Scott. Her new CD, Historia, is garnering widespread critical acclaim. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Nola Life Stories
5:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Ain't Dere No More: Sydney Besthoff Reflects On K&B

Among the many innovations that K&B Drugstores brought to the New Orleans area were self-service drugstores, which didn't exist when Sydney Besthoff, left, began working at his family's company.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection & Infrogmation

When he started working at the family business in the late 1940’s, Sydney Besthoff III had no intention of becoming K&B Drugstore’s lead man. Over the course of the next 20 years, Sydney worked in every aspect of the business and became general manager. He expanded the company along the Gulf Coast throughout the 70’s and 80’s then sold the beloved chain in 1997. There was a local outcry — after all, K&B had been in New Orleans since 1905.

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Inside the Arts
10:09 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Inside The Arts: Sleepover The Musical, Saints And Sisters Radio Drama, And Batiste's Indelible Mark

Kerry Cahill, Cammie West & Matt Standley are Saints and Sisters: Nuns with Guns in Old New Orleans.
Credit Ellen Perkins

This week on Inside the Arts,  girl talk, pillow fights and pranks close out the summer season of Crescent City Lights Youth Theater with the musical Sleepover.

Then,  a new radio style action/adventure comedy from writer Ren French, Saints and Sisters: Nuns with Guns in Old New Orleans. This live radio stage drama, presented by Second Star Performance Collective, is set in the Ursuline Convent in 1930s New Orleans.

And, we round out with a uniquely New Orleans way to teach music: The Root Progression Method.

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Pop Culture Podcast
10:49 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Please, No More Mason Jars: Judy Walker And Brett Anderson On 'Southern Food'

Relax, it's almost lunchtime.
Credit Times-Picayune Archive

What makes Southern food what it is? Why is it becoming such a national restaurant trend? Why do they serve all the cocktails in Mason jars?

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WRKF
9:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Louisiana Film Prize pared down to 20 finalists

Filmmakers and fans packed the Robinson Film Center Tuesday to learn what short films made the cut for the Louisiana Film Prize in October.

Organizers of the Louisiana Film Prize narrowed the field of films vying for the $50,000 prize to 20 finalists during an event Tuesday evening at the Robinson Film Center in Shreveport. The contest is in its third year.

The filmmakers had to shoot their short film in northwest Louisiana to be eligible. Louisiana Film Prize creator Gregory Kallenberg thanked the filmmakers for entering their work.

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The Reading Life
1:31 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

The Reading Life With Todd Bol And Jeffrey Cohen

Todd Bol.
Credit Courtesy of the author.

This week on The Reading Life: Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Libraries, and Jeffrey Cohen, whose new children’s book is Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever.

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Latest News
8:09 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Tulane Names New Executive Director For Newcomb Art Gallery

Mónica Ramírez-Montagut.
Credit Tulane University

Mónica Ramírez-Montagut has been named executive director of the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University.

Ramírez-Montagut formerly was associate director and senior curator for MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose, California.

She brings to the Newcomb Art Gallery more than 15 years in contemporary art, architecture and design.

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