This City Life Snapshot brings us sound of an old fashioned technology for connecting our cities that's still operating in some parts of the country. We board a Pullman Rail Car that regularly makes the trip from Chicago to New Orleans thanks to the company, Pullman Rail Journeys. Head Steward Rick Hansen gives us a tour. This comes to us from Jennifer Brandel at member station WBEZ and the Localore project Curious City.
Herman's House tells the story of an unlikely friendship between New York artist Jackie Sumell and Herman Wallace, a convicted murderer who has spent the last 40 years in solitary confinement at Louisiana's Angola State Penitentiary. Their journey reveals the transformative power of art.
This week on the first summer edition of All Things New Orleans, host Jack Hopke welcomes WWNO alumna and retired UNO professor Jean Cranmer, who offers a vicarious visit to the place everyone would love to spend the summer, Provence, via the French-American Chamber of Commerce Summer Wine Festival.
Anthony Soprano, a waste-management consultant from Essex County, N.J., died this week.
Tony Soprano was — according to reports that aired for six years on HBO — head of the DiMeo crime family, which allegedly ran illicit drugs, untaxed alcohol, illegal sports betting and other criminal enterprises from the back of an adult entertainment venue called the Bada Bing club on Route 17 in Lodi.
Mr. Soprano denied his involvement in organized crime. He said it was a "vicious stereotype" that slurs waste-removal professionals who promote a green, healthy environment.
Actor James Gandolfini, 51, has died, HBO and other sources confirm. The former star of the HBO series The Sopranos was reportedly on holiday in Italy when he died. The cause of death is not yet known with certainty, but HBO says the actor may have suffered a heart attack. Other reports have indicated Gandolfini had a stroke.
Update at 8:15 p.m. ET: Confirmation From HBO:
Initial reports of Gandolfini's death were confirmed to NPR by HBO, which has released a statement:
This week on Inside the Arts, a sneak peek at La Cage aux Folleswhich opens Summer Lyric Theater's 2013 season at Tulane University. It stars New Orleans veteran actor Bob Edes, Jr. and Kristopher Shaw.
Then, a rare treat as renowned Italian violinist Matteo Fedeli makes a stop in New Orleans for an evening of classical music performed on a Grand Stradivarius.
This week on Inside the Arts, a milestone in New Orleans dance history: the internationally-recognized Giacobbe Academy of Dance is celebrating 70 years!
Then FestiGals, a four day extended weekend getaway for women, gears up for a bodacious celebration in the French Quarter. The FestiGals ladies are rolling out the "pink" carpet for their third anniversary.
This week on Inside the Arts, Le Petit Theatre is back in business, and we'll talk about the theater's new season and new look. Then, with jazz in the mix, we'll find out what makes a harp swing as the New Orleans Chapter of the American Harp Society kicks off the second annual Jazz and Pop Harp Weekend.
In Jefferson Parish, a new charter school will soon open with a focus on the arts. And, finally, tomatoes... Creole tomatoes, that is. They're being celebrated in the French Market.
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