arts & culture

Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Is Art Essential To The Revitalization Of New Orleans?

Citizens artists create their own street signs along Bayou St. John.
Jesse Hardman

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is art and revitalization.

Local artist Jacques Duffourc has made New Orleans his canvas for many years.

"Everyone has a voice and everyone is a creator themselves and creates the place that they want around them. And they're allowed to do so. There's not a whole lot of rules here. If you want to walk around with your pajamas on, people are going to celebrate that," says Duffourc.

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Theater
4:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Deepwater, Center-Stage: Disaster Through Survivors' Eyes

Gary Barthelmy, Oyster Fisherman is a portrait by Reeva Wortel, used in conjunction with the production of Spill, a play that runs through March 30 at the Swine Palace in Baton Rouge.
Reeva Wortel

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 3:50 pm

Eleven died and hundreds of millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico when BP's Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in 2010. But beneath the tragedy, there's a complex story about people's relationships to oil. That's what's explored in Spill, a new play by one of the creators of The Laramie Project.

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Inside the Arts
2:39 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Inside the Arts: Literary Festival Celebrates Tennessee Williams, & New World Music In Congo Square

Jonah Tobias of Buku Broux Band playing electric bass Kora.
Scott Aiges Jazz & Heritage Foundation

This week on Inside the Arts we celebrate Tennessee Williams' 103rd Anniversary! The 28th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival kicks off five days of festivities in and around the French Quarter, beginning on Wednesday. We highlight an exciting array of theatrical offerings.

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The Reading Life
1:31 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

The Reading Life With Valerie Martin And Dani Shapiro

This week on The Reading Life: Tennessee Williams Festival guests Valerie Martin, whose new novel is The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, and Dani Shapiro, author of Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of the Creative Life.

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NolaVie
4:19 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Keeping The Tradition Of St. Joseph's Day Altars Alive

A St Joseph's Day altar, with cakes.
Credit Billy Brown

Growing up, Nick Scramuzza’s childhood home never had its own St. Joseph’s Day altar.

“It didn’t need one,” said the co-owner of the Lost Love Lounge in the Marigny. “There was one on each side of us, one across the street, and one on the corner," he says.

"On my block alone, Kerlerec and Chartres, there were at least four or five altars on that one block.”

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Features
1:19 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Cityscapes: Richard Campanella On The Geography Of Cool

A map of the cool, and the uncool.
Richard Campanella

We continue our monthly conversation with Richard Campanella on his monthly Cityscapes column in the Times-Picayune and NOLA.com.

WWNO News Director Eve Troeh spoke with Campanella about his latest work, mapping the "cool" factor across downtown New Orleans. It all started with his research on Bourbon Street, a once-cool place that is now, Campanella finds, decidedly uncool.

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Inside the Arts
11:57 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Tennessee Williams & Southern Rep: The Night Of The Iguana

Aimée Hayes and Bob Edes, Jr. in Southern Rep's production of The Night of the Iguana.
Credit John Barrois

Today on Inside the Arts, conversation with Aimée Hayes and Troi Bechet on Southern Rep Theatre's production of The Night of the Iguana.

This steamy tell-all drama is considered to be Tennessee Williams' last great play.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Inside the Arts
12:26 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Inside The Arts: Tara O'Grady; Encore! Alexandre Moutouzkine; S.O.U.L. Musical Exchange

Tara O'Grady

This week on Inside the Arts, an explosion of musical genres! We visit with Tara O'Grady, an Irish American chanteuse who mixes Celtic sounds with blues, folk, swing and jazz into her unique style. She makes her New Orleans debut this St. Patrick's weekend.

Then, internationally acclaimed Russian concert pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine returns to town for a classical music performance at the Marigny Opera House. And we round out with S.O.U.L. — Singers of United Lands — for a cultural music exchange with the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans.

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NolaVie
4:19 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Pondering The Purpose Of Small Plates

Do you love or hate small plates?
atelier-robuchon-saint-germain.com

With the arrival of Lent, we’re all scaling down our appetites. No more sloth, lust or gluttony. After all, less is more. And good things, they say, come in small packages.

But when it comes to food? In New Orleans? I’m not so sure.

The small-plate trend seems to be, well, mushrooming. Baru, Booty's, Dominica, Salu, Three Muses — the list goes on and on. Even the owners of Finn McCool's, that Irish bastion of barbecue and beer, are jumping on the tasting bandwagon with the new Trèo on Tulane Avenue.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

The Rigors Of Robotics: After-School Programs At Military And Maritime Academy

Dr. Chuck Garner teaches students how to develop software applications for autonomous robot systems.
Credit Thomas Walsh

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These days there’s lots of talk about preparing young people for real life occupations after college. But here in New Orleans, one unusual high school is having that conversation with their students now. On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin goes to the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy to talk with one faculty member about what’s going on there.

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