Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
3:40 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

'Above Canal: Rights and Revival' Explores New Orleans' Civil Rights Legacy And Neighborhood Change

Jeanne Nathan of CANO and Keith Duncan in front of one of Duncan's works, "Times-Picayune," on display at the Myrtle Banks building, 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., through Feb. 28
Eve Troeh WWNO

The art show “Above Canal: Rights and Revival” honors New Orleans' Civil Rights Movement legacy with archival photos of local actions, activists and leaders. This history is explored alongside contemporary art that speaks to themes of neighborhood change over time.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Inside The Arts: It's Carnival Time

This week on Inside the Arts, the greatest free show on earth, Mardi Gras 2015 is here. We celebrate with a Carnival revue!

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Everywhere Else It's Just Tuesday: How Do You Explain Mardi Gras?

The 2015 Krewe of Muses.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

The final Friday of Mardi Gras is upon us, which means it's time for most New Orleanians to wrap up the final odds and ends at the office, hit the supermarket to stock up, and party their hearts out until Fat Tuesday.

However, some of us have jobs that necessitate interacting with people outside of the Gulf Coast, many of whom, let's face it, just don't understand what in the world is going on down here. For them, Mardi Gras is just another snowy Tuesday.

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Arts & Culture
7:37 am
Fri February 13, 2015

New Orleans Most Talked Of Club: Proudly Westbank, As Other Krewes Relocate To St. Charles Ave.

The Krewe of NOMTOC clubhouse.
Credit Michael Patrick Welch / WWNO

One of the last West Bank krewes, NOMTOC, parades in Algiers this Saturday, February 14. The acronym for this this almost 60-year-old mostly African-American krewe stands for New Orleans Most Talked Of Club.

Michael Patrick Welch spent time with New Orleans Most Talked of Club, for more on their traditions and community.

Few are more excited to ride this Mardi Gras season than the krewe of NOMTOC. NOMTOC, stands for “New Orleans’s Most Talked of Club.” But then you say you’ve never heard of ‘em?

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Arts & Culture
11:07 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Sounds Of Jefferson Variety At Carnival Time

Amber Tucker and Temple Byars dig into the wall of fringe.
Eve Abrams

Carnival means costuming. And for many people, costuming means a visit to Jefferson Variety: the renowned emporium of fabric, feathers, glitter, trim and tassel.

Eve Abrams brings us this sound portrait of the place where Mardi Gras Indians, seamstresses, costumers and anyone in search of the perfect shade of bling finds the materials to make their Carnival visions come true. And in the spirit of Mardi Gras, a disclaimer: this story contains sensitive parts of female anatomy mentioned by name.

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Arts & Culture
4:18 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Forget Beads: Cajun Mardi Gras Means A Grand, Drunken Chicken Chase

The annual Courir de Mardi Gras in Mamou, La., in February 2008. In the Cajun country tradition, revelers go house to house, collecting ingredients for gumbo from local families. Here, the host tosses a live chicken from a rooftop for the participants to catch — which can be tricky, considering the festivities often begin with early-morning drinking.
Carol Guzy Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 5:38 pm

Mardi Gras is about ephemera, the thrill of the chase. In New Orleans, that's cajoling a strand of special glass beads or a glittered coconut from the hands of a stranger high up on a parade float. But the moment that trinket is nabbed, the recipient might think: Now what am I going to do with this?

Cajun Mardi Gras, however, in the small towns south and west of New Orleans, raises no such question. Because what you aim to catch is very useful. And edible.

It's a squawking, flapping live chicken.

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Mardi Gras 2015
6:14 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

The Pelicans' King Cake Baby: Born Of Storied Carnival Traditions... And Pretty Creepy

The King Cake Baby, spotted in an Uptown Smoothie King during a promotional appearance for the New Orleans Pelicans. But who is he, REALLY?
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

There are a lot of amazing things that happen on the court at a New Orleans Pelicans game.

Like pretty much anything All-Star power forward Anthony Davis does. Halfway through the season Davis is a clear candidate for NBA MVP, a man who seems more suited to a video game than a real-life basketball team.

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Inside the Arts
2:08 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Inside The Arts: The Dixie Cups Lead Krewe Of Nyx, The Whiffenpoofs Sing Uptown, Lundi Gras!

This week on Inside the Arts, the countdown to Carnival is on! The Dixie Cups will lead the Mystic Krewe of Nyx. We talk with parade spokeswoman Lydia Glapion.

Then we round out with a special a cappella treat as The Whiffenpoofs of Yale University make an appearance Uptown.

And, the riverfront will be ground zero for Lundi Gras festivities.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

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Arts & Culture
1:12 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

'Clementine Hunter: A Sketchbook' Publishes Unseen Works By The Self-Taught Artist

Cover of Clementine Hunter sketchbook
UNO Press

Curator Bradley Sumrall at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art has more than 20 works by renowned Louisiana self-taught artist Clementine Hunter on display for the first time. They’re individual pages from an early sketchbook by the artist, from just a few years after she first began painting.

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Carnival 2015
10:41 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Downloadable 2015 Mardi Gras Parade Calendar

A calendar detailing (most) 2015 Carnival parades in the New Orleans metropolitan area. Click on a parade name to see the parade's location and previously published start time. Calendar entries in "week" view are one hour each, but denote parade start time only.

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