This week on Inside the Arts, British cosmologist Stephen Hawking is the subject of the film The Theory of Everything, now playing in theaters. His scientific work is also the inspiration for southern artist Jon Coffelt's latest exhibit, Cosmos Transition, now in final days at the Foundation Gallery.Â
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation unwrapped a gift to the city on Friday â€” complete with a giant red bow. City officials, musicians, and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival founder George Wein cut the ribbon on the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center. Â The former funeral home in the 1200 block of Rampart Street has been redeveloped as a jazz education center. Free classes for budding musicians will be held in rooms full of instruments, music stands, and screens for digital and remote learning. Â
Preservationists and music lovers in Mandeville are working to create a new seasonal tradition â€” enjoying jazz music in an open-air, historic jazz hall. Cars lined a back street in a Mandeville neighborhood on a recent Friday, as soft Christmas lights and the sound of jazz lit up the warm autumn air.
This week on Inside the Arts,Â a Shakespearean comedy,Twelfth Night, is transforming the Great Hall at the New Orleans Museum of Art. This classic adventure takes on a new life as the NOLA Project adds some unique elements and surprises.Â
Then, historic homes in the Garden District are gussied up as the Preservation Resource Center gears up for its 39th Annual Holiday Home Tour.Â And, we round out with holiday cheer as the American Italian Cultural Center presents aÂ Christmas Concert in the Piazza.Â
New Orleans and the Gulf Coast have always dressed up for the holiday season, from wreaths and garlands strung on the St. Charles Avenue streetcars to the decorations and lights lining Palafox Blvd. in Pensacola. The Gulf Coast boating community also puts on a show for residents on bayous and bays from Biloxi to Cedar Key and from Fairhope to Punta Gorda as their lighted and decorated boats celebrate their holiday spirit on their wintery home waters.