Arts & Culture

Inside the Arts
10:26 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Inside The Arts: Chesapeake Tackles Arts Funding, Gisela's Bathtub And Blue Bayou Salutes Ronstadt

Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt

This week on Inside the Arts, we tickle your funny bone as art and politics collide in playwright Lee Blessings' Chesapeake, a parody on the funding of public art.

Then, the laughs continue as opera comes alive in the powder room, of all places, with the American premiere of Gisela in Her Bathtub. It is one of two one-act operas, with selections by Samuel Barber presented by the Marigny Opera House and the 9th Ward Opera Company.

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Inside the Arts
10:42 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Inside The Arts: MASNO Piano Competition, UK Gift Honors Shakespeare At Tulane, And A Math Musical

This week on Inside the Arts, the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans is celebrating a silver anniversary as it presents the New Orleans International Piano Competition and Keyboard Festival.

Then, a special honor for the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane. A team from the United Kingdom with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust presents the organization with a unique award.

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Inside the Arts
11:03 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Inside The Arts: One Singular Sensation, A Fund Catapults Arts, And Doo-Wop Is Back!

This week on Inside the Arts, the 6th longest running show in Broadway history opens this weekend as Summer Lyric Theater presents A Chorus Line.

Then, we’ll tell you about a business opportunity for arts entrepreneurs. The Catapult Fund, a program of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, is seeking applications from arts- and culture-based businesses in Louisiana.

And we round out with the Big Easy Buddies’ Under the Boardwalk at Le Petit Theatre.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Inside the Arts
1:14 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Inside The Arts: Essence Festival Kicks Off Independence Weekend, Elisa Fiorello Dease, Jason Mott

This week on Inside the Arts, the 20th Essence Festival kicks off Independence weekend. We catch up with Prince protégé, singer Elisa Fiorillo Dease, who will perform with the pop icon in the Superdome.

The party with a purpose, Essence, continues with activities in the Morial Convention Center. We talk with author Jason Mott. His bestseller, The Returned, is the basis for the hit ABC TV series, Resurrection.

And, we round out with a song that takes a look at the World Cup through the eyes of the players.

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Arts & Culture
8:36 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Pop Culture Podcast: The 2014 Essence Festival

Prince, one of the headliners at the 20th annual Essence Festival.
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Longtime | The Times-Picayune music writer Keith Spera has been at all 20 Essence Festivals. WWNO's Jason Saul hasn't been to any.

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Inside the Arts
11:52 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Inside The Arts: Jazzy Divas Rock Central City Cabaret; Aladdin In Rivertown; And Harps Swing

This week on Inside the Arts, we stroll down memory lane as the American Theater Project of New Orleans presents Dryades Street Divas Review: A Cabaret, with a cast representing  artists who worked the "chitlin' circuit" back in the day. Those artists include the likes of Etta James, Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson and "Moms" Mabley.

Then, in Kenner, the Rivertown Theater's Patchwork Players open with Aladdin.

And, in the city where jazz was born, harpists gear up for a concert that will make their heavenly instruments swing.

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Nola Life Stories
5:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Reporting From The Front Line: Angus Lind's Distinguished Journalism Career

Retired columnist Angus Lind's news beat was decidedly upbeat compared to the grave stories he followed as a young man in the 1970's.
Credit The Historic New Orleans Collection

Angus Lind’s column in The Times-Picayune documented things that he described as, “a little offbeat”:  people, places and events that gave New Orleans its local color. But that didn’t come until later in his career. When he got started in the early 1970s as a young man, Angus was a general-assignment reporter who cut his teeth on a series of tragic events within a single calendar year.

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8:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

New Orleans Gets Juiced

Live juice offerings at Fair Grinds
Renée Peck NolaVie

New Orleanians are lining up at local eateries this summer to drink cold juices pulled from all manner of produce. Everything from beets to fennel to parsley. It’s called live juicing.

Renée Peck takes a live juice tour of New Orleans, from Bywater to Magazine Street to Bayou St. John. Visit NolaVie to read more.

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Inside the Arts
11:24 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Festigals Bodacious Weekend Celebration, Les Miserables And Harp Carnivale

This week on Inside the Arts, that bodacious festival that celebrates women, Festigals, gears up for an extended weekend of fun in the French Quarter.

Across town, Summer Lyric Theater at Tulane presents an iconic musical — Les Miserables.

And, we round out with a Harp Carnivale as the American Harp Society's National Conference kicks off in town next week.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Inside the Arts
10:43 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Inside The Arts: A Cajun Zydeco Two-Step, A Midsummer Night's Dream And Opera In The Piazza

Francesca McKenzie - New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University
Credit Benjamin Carver

This week on Inside the Arts, the Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival kicks off this weekend in a new location with a stellar line-up!

Across town, the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane gears up with a feast for the eyes, heart and funny bone with a high tech presentation of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

And we round out with a romantic evening under the stars in the Piazza d'Italia.

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