Arts & Culture

StoryCorps New Orleans
5:00 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Mardi Gras Indians Mask 'For The Glory Of My Own Suit'

Littdell "Queen B" Banister, left, and Mary Jones, right, agree that Mardi Gras Day is the biggest day of the year.

Conversation by conversation, interview by interview, StoryCorps collects the stories and voices of our time. This week, Littdell “Queen B” Banister and Mary Jones give us a snapshot into the lives of the Mardi Gras Indians, where personal pride is sewn into every stitch of their annual suits.

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Arts & Culture
4:46 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Kidneys, Undergarments, and Cabbies

Dare Kumolu-Johnson

Dan Souza has his mouth wired shut for a month and a half after having jaw surgery. 
Gil Reyes needs a kidney transplant and as his family and friends are ruled out, his boyfriend offers him a kidney. 
Karen Duffin tries to find the courage to leave her faith behind.
Sarah Bunger becomes her father’s best friend and confidant after her mother dies.
Sam Dingman had a great thing going until he crashes his taxi twice in one day.

Inside the Arts
11:10 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Inside The Arts: Chamber Music Meets Operatic Drama, Komenka Milestone, Sanjeev Abhyankar Sings

Lyrica Baroque Chamber Ensemble

This week on Inside the Arts, chamber music and opera fuse as Lyrica Baroque presents Baroque and Beyond. We talk with nationally acclaimed soprano Sarah Jane McMahon and LPO cellist Daniel Lelchuk.

Then, Komenka Ethnic Dance and Music Ensemble will take us around the world as it celebrates its 35th Anniversary with a spring concert.

And, we round out with a spiritual uplift as the Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans presents renowned singer, Sanjeev Abhyankar, in an evening of Hindustani classical music.

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Arts & Culture
4:39 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Father's Day Special 2015

Jordan Silverman

Andrew Postman tries to train himself not to pass out as he prepares for the births of his children. Boris Timanovsky returns to Russia and places flowers at what he hopes is his grandfather's grave. 
Annalise Raziq's new stepfather brings order and some new rules. 
Dori Samadzai Bonner and her family escape Afghanistan and seek asylum in the United States.

NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Thu May 21, 2015

NOLA Life Stories: John Bullard Remembers King Tut, 'The Mother Of All Blockbusters,' At NOMA

John Bullard directed the New Orleans Museum of Art from 1973 to 2010.
Credit The Historic New Orleans Collection

For 37 years, John Bullard directed the New Orleans Museum of Art and oversaw many blockbuster shows during his tenure.

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Arts & Culture
3:34 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Pole Vaulting, Comedy, and the Congo

Chris Council and Emily Champlin, Courtesy of the Aspen Institute

Annie Korzen has trouble letting go as her son grows up, gets engaged, and gets married.

Matthew Dicks is more concerned with beating his own high school track teammates than winning the meet.

Richard Matthew must decide whether the risks of working in war torn areas of the world are worth it.

Hari Kondabolu finally confronts a heckler after years of hearing jerks in the front row.

Inside the Arts
11:44 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Inside The Arts: Birdfoot Makes An Impression, Opera Seeks Young Vocalists, Jeffrey Cook Remembered

Birdfoot Festival
Credit Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

This week on Inside the Arts, the 4th annual Birdfoot Festival gets underway. Chamber music will fill venues across the city. The festival will also mark the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with Waterlines: A Hymn for New Orleans, a musical journey incorporating spoken word and poetry.

Then, the New Orleans Opera Association is launching a youth vocal competition targeting sophomores, juniors and seniors in high schools across Louisiana.

And, Central City remembers favorite son and nationally acclaimed sculptor Jeffrey Cook with an exhibition and reception.

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Arts & Culture
1:39 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Alzheimer's, Russia, and Landfill

Charles Pugh

Lauren Slater buys what she thinks is a farm in New Hampshire but soon discovers it was once a landfill.
  Ivan Kuraev is 8 when he falls deeply in love with a classmate. 
  Ivan Kuraev ’s doting Russian grandmother gets revenge on his boyhood enemies.
  Charles Pugh ’s grandmother is the most loving and supportive person in his life until she gets Alzheimer's disease.

Inside the Arts
10:17 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Inside The Arts: Opera Stars Salute Mario Lanza And Kathryn Grayson,YAYA'S New Chief, Jax Frey Art

Michael Spyres, Tenor and Tara Stafford, Soprano

    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.

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Arts & Culture
6:51 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Hollywood South Is New Orleans' Second Go At Becoming A Center For Film Industry

Diamond Film Company hoped to set up shop on Bayou Saint John in the early 20th Century
Louisiana Research Collection

A century before New Orleans was dubbed “Hollywood South,” the Crescent City was poised to become a major center for silent film studios. Producer Eve Abrams spoke with Tulane professor of communications Vicki Mayer about her Summer 2015 article for Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine, “Film Follies,” and about how the movie industry, culture, and the political economy intersect in Louisiana.

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