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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.