arts & culture

Tim McLean

What happens when you put an artist and a scientist in the same boat? The local artist residency ‘A Studio In The Woods’ aimed to find out, with their new fellowship "Flint and Steel: Cross-disciplinary Combustion". It matches artists with Tulane University faculty to explore social and environmental change through art.


Since the debate over the noise ordinance came to a standstill last April, live music advocates and neighborhood groups are stuck with an unlikely piece of legislation to deal with sound in the city:  zoning.

It’s early evening on Frenchmen Street, and the doors of this bar are wide open. Tourists are drifting in and out, and the music is free. It’s also illegal.

    This week on Inside the Arts, the Bishop Perry Center presents a salute to legendary singers Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson. Two rising stars on the international opera scene, tenor Michael Spyres and his wife, soprano Tara Stafford will perform the starring roles in the format of a mid-20th Century radio show.

Then, we talk with Gene Meneray. The New Orleans native will lead YAYA- Young Aspirations, Young Artists, Inc. into a new era as its Chief Executive Officer.

Renée Peck / NolaVie


Maxwell Williams first visited New Orleans 15 years ago, at the age of 21. Like so many first-time visitors, he was smitten with the city.

Thomas Walsh / WWNO

As part of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts 40th anniversary celebration, the school was invited to the Jazz Fest Cultural Exchange Pavilion, a stage that hosts cultural institutions that have shaped Louisiana.

For immersive music and sound experiences, New Orleans offers any number of clubs and festivals. There’s also The Music Box. It’s a collection of eccentric little houses, each one a sort of musical instrument.

This roving village will be at its City Park installation through Sunday, May 10 (this Mother's Day weekend) with performances conducted by Arto Lindsay the evenings of May 8 and 9. It’s the creation of art collective New Orleans Airlift.

Eric Waters

This week on Inside the Arts, internationally acclaimed photographer Eric Waters continues his effort to return to New Orleans. Waters, known for documenting the city's jazz musicians and African American culture, lost his home and the majority of his life's work to Hurricane Katrina. He currently lives in Atlanta.  A benefit spearheaded by guitarist Detroit Brooks brings a who's who list of artists together to return Waters home.


Sometimes, just sometimes, communities can actually get together to do something that transcends politics.

The greater New Orleans area will soon see such an event. Through a collaboration of the City of Kenner, New Orleans City Park and the folks at the Helis Foundation, the public good is going to be served in the most artistic of ways: with the installation of a very special, long-missing bronze sculpture. Created for the 1984 World's Fair in New Orleans, The Wave is getting a new home in City Park.

Alex Beard

This week on Inside the Arts, we go on safari with renowned painter Alex Beard. His latest venture, a film titled Drawing the Line, harnesses the power of art to save endangered wildlife in Northern Africa.

Then, it's time to let loose as Jazz Fest weekend 2 gets underway. We visit with master guitar builder Vincent Guidroz in the Louisiana Folklife Village.

A new 66-page comic book imagined by two medical librarians at LSU Health Shreveport will help kindergarteners and first graders better understand obesity.

Talicia Tarver’s “The Amazing Captain Fit” is a story about a boy who wants to be a superhero but lacks healthy eating habits. The comic book, published today, will be distributed through the Department of Pediatrics’ Reach Out and Read program. Tarver wanted to embed the message in something that kids and parents would both enjoy.