Arts & Culture

NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Rene Brunet Jr.'s Lifetime Serving The Silver Screen

Although they don't own the facility, Rene Brunet Jr.'s family has signed a 50-year agreement with the Prytania Theater that allows them to operate it exclusively.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

When Rene Brunet Jr. was a kid, his father owned the Imperial Theater, a single-screen movie house in Mid-City. At the time, movie theaters were neighborhood institutions and played to the vaudeville expectations of the audience. But from the time he was a child, Rene saw the film industry undergo one transformation after another, which put his family’s business under constant pressure to change or get out of the way.   

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Inside the Arts
10:27 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Inside The Arts: NOLA Project's Shiner, Tap And Jazz Collide In Neutral Ground, Cultural Archive

This week on Inside the Arts, the NOLA Project presents the regional premiere of Christian Durso's Shiner. The play is a coming of age story focusing on teenagers, grunge rock and Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.

Then, tap and jazz collide as the Gulf Coast Theater on Tap presents Neutral Ground. It is a unique celebration of New Orleans rhythm and tap.

And we round out with an exploration of an archive in the French Quarter that houses years of New Orleans’ cultural heritage.

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

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Arts & Culture
7:34 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Exhibit Opening Features Guns As Art

"Mourn" by Paul Villinski
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

An exhibit opening Saturday features the repurposing of guns into art. It’s also a fundraiser for police to buy back guns and get them off the streets.

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Inside the Arts
2:13 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Inside The Arts: JFK's Nephew Speaks At Loyola, John Biguenet's Broomstick, Art For Arts' Sake

Mark Kennedy Shriver

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with JFK's nephew, Mark Kennedy Shriver. He'll speak about Sargent Shriver, his legendary father, in a guest appearance at Loyola University.

Then, we catch up with acclaimed writer John Biguenet. His latest play, Broomstick, opens the new season for Southern Rep Theater.

And Art for Arts' Sake kicks off Saturday. We talk with artist Deedra Ludwig about her new exhibit, Art, Environment & Observations at LeMieux Galleries.

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

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Inside the Arts
8:22 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Inside The Arts: An Iliad Starring Denis O'Hare, MASNO's Cara McCool, Samuel Beckett's Endgame

Cara McCool, MASNO's new executive director

This week on Inside the Arts, Tony Award-winning actor Denis O'Hare opens the Contemporary Arts Center's season with An Iliad. This adaptation of Homer's The Iliad focuses on what it means to be a nation at war today.

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Arts & Culture
8:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Louisiana's Film Industry Thrives, But At What Cost?

The carpentry workshop at Big Easy Studios in New Orleans East prepares for an upcoming production.
Kate Richardson WWNO

The entertainment industry is synonymous with Hollywood. But in recent years lots of film and TV production has migrated to what’s now become commonly known as “Hollywood South.” Louisiana and Georgia form the core of this new industry hub because both states offer tax incentives to film and TV productions. 

The ape army descends upon the ravaged remains of San Francisco. Their leader addresses the surviving humans:

“APES DO NOT! WANT! WAR!” 

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DerpyCon South
6:15 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

These 'Little Ponies' Draw Out The Bronies

Laura Ducros as a glowing, rainbow sword-bearing armored cartoon pony at this year's DerpyCon South, a "brony" convention held in New Orleans.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Bronies — members of an unexpectedly vibrant culture celebrating the animated series “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” — will tell you that New Orleans got 20 percent cooler this weekend thanks to DerpyCon South.

Why 20 percent? Because that’s how Rainbow Dash, a character in the Hasbro toy company’s animated series, would describe it. The show has spawned an Internet phenomenon.

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NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

John Mecom Jr., Original Owner Of The Saints, Says Professional Football Is No Place For A Romantic

John Mecom Jr. was actively involved in the sports industry. Apart from the Saints he owned Mecom Racing Team, which managed several Formula One racing teams and drivers.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

When New Orleans was awarded its NFL franchise in 1966, the first person to own the team was John Mecom Jr. – a 26-year-old Houstonian whose father made a fortune in the oil industry. An avid sports fan, John helped shape the team’s identity: he picked out their colors and logos, and even helped move them to the Superdome.

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Arts & Culture
3:54 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

This Weekend: DerpyCon South, A Convention Of New Orleans 'Bronies'

Brendan Moore, a New Orleans brony, shows off some of his art inspired by his fandom of My Little Pony.
Credit Jeanie Riess / The Gambit

Jeanie Riess, feature writer for the Gambit, tells us all about the world of Bronies, a subgroup of fans, largely male, who will be celebrating the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic this weekend at the Hampton Inn and Suites New Orleans Convention Center.

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Inside the Arts
7:10 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Inside The Arts: Fab Four Beatles Tribute, Green Salvations, Two Trains Running

This week on Inside the Arts, we "Twist and Shout" as WYES-TV presents a Beatles Tribute featuring a live concert with the Fab Four Band in City Park. The tribute band performs 50 years to the day of the original Beatles concert in New Orleans in 1964. 

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