Arts & Culture

Nola Life Stories
5:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

A First-Hand Account Of Integration: Leona Tate Looks Back At McDonogh 19

As a young child without reference, the crowds of protesters awaiting Leona Tate at McDonogh 19 in the Lower 9th Ward sounded like a boisterous Mardi Gras parade.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

When the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that separate black and white schools were unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education, it seemed desegregation was close at hand. But it took six years before the New Orleans school system was integrated. In the fall of 1960, Leona Tate — then only 6 years old — was one of four young black girls escorted through a crowd of protestors.

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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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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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Bring Your Own
11:57 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'The Kid'

Storyteller James Hamilton.
Credit James Hamilton

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on

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Inside the Arts
11:15 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Inside The Arts: Dirty Linen's Beastly Delights, Hammond's Everyday People, And Varisco's Photos

Credit Jane Talton

This week on Inside the Arts, an arts stroll in the French Quarter billed as one hot ticket, Dirty Linen Night, gets underway this weekend. We catch up with artist Jane Talton as she talks about her exhibit, Beastly Delights, at The Foundation Gallery.

And, across town the St. Claude Arts District is in full swing. We catch up with Sharla Hammond, an up and coming muralist from Houston, who will be making her New Orleans debut on a rather large scale. Hammond joins bassist James Singleton for an art experience at LA46.

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Arts & Culture
1:51 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Cinematic Culture In August: Henry Griffin On New Orleans' Film Scene

State Theatre Traverse City Creative Commons

Head into the cool, dark spaces so nice in the summertime: movie theaters. Henry Griffin, our regular guest, joins Eve Troeh in the WWNO studios to give a few cinematic happenings for the month of August.

Satchmo Summer Fest includes screenings of Louis Armstrong film and TV clips, called "Cinematic Satch," playing August 1-3 at the US Mint. More on that and the full festival schedule right here.

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Inside the Arts
11:53 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Wycliffe Gordon Pays Tribute To 'Pops', White Linen Stroll And Summer Lyric's Cabaret

Louis Armstrong

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with critically acclaimed jazz trombonist, composer, conductor and arranger Wycliffe Gordon. He's back for an encore performance as Satchmo SummerFest kicks off this weekend.

Then, the exhibition Mark of the Feminine kicks off the 20th Anniversary of White Linen Night at the Contemporary Arts Center.

And, we round out with a timeless musical as Cabaret caps off the 47th season of Summer Lyric Theater at Tulane.

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