Arts & Culture

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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Inside the Arts
12:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Inside The Arts: Creole Beauties, CASA's Playhouse, And Jazz Singer Cindy Scott's 'Historia'

This week on Inside the Arts, you'll meet New Orleans jazz singer Cindy Scott, whose new CD Historia is receiving widespread critical acclaim.

Then, we celebrate the Creole tomato as festivities kick off in the French Market.

And artists, including Terrance Osborne, collaborate on a children's playhouse to benefit CASA Jefferson, the legal services group for children.

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

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Arts & Culture
10:44 am
Tue June 3, 2014

An Artists' Playhouse Opens Doors For Kids In Need

The CASA Jefferson Playhouse will be raffled June 20 to benefit the Court-Appointed Special Advocates program. It sits at the Winn-Dixie store on Carrollton Avenue until the winner is announced.
Emily Remington

Wheel your cart into the Winn-Dixie on Carrollton Avenue, and you might be distracted from your grocery list by a house. Just inside the supermarket sits a bright cottage, typically New Orleans in style.

“It’s got the front porch, it’s got the hip roof and the chimney up top. And everything is crooked,” says Matthew Holdren. The designer and woodworker built this pint-sized home, a children’s playhouse about 9-by-5 feet in size. Its just-might-topple-over feel was inspired by collaborator Terrance Osborne.

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Arts & Culture
7:02 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Which Came First: The Mockingbird Or The Musician?

Library of Congress

In certain worlds of New Orleans music, there is a special sound — a signal — which lets players know it's time to pick up their instruments and strike up the band. But where did this signal come from? We listened to chirps, whistles and musicians, hunting for this signal's origins and to learn: what is the chicken, and what is the egg?

When New Orleans musicians want to say a certain thing, instead of words, they use a four note phrase.  

“It’s a bugle call or a band call to assemble,” explains Leroy Jones.

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Inside the Arts
9:11 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Inside The Arts: The Wild Bamboulas, Images From Paradise, Ashé Cultural Summit

Images from Paradise
Credit Madeleine Faust

    

This week on Inside the Arts, Bamboula 2000 celebrates its 20th anniversary with a new CD release, The Wild Bamboulas. We talk with bandleader, songwriter and percussionist Luther Gray.

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NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Tue May 27, 2014

The Bright Side Of An Economic Disaster: Jeanne Nathan Reflects On The 1984 World's Fair

During the 1984 World's Fair, Jeanne Nathan was not only beset on all sides by publicity issues, but she was also pregnant, which naturally added to her stress.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

As the Director of Public Relations for the 1984 World's Fair, Jeanne Nathan had her work cut out for her.

The fair not only had to compete with the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, but it was challenged by an oil crash, political conflict, and bad publicity. It remains the only World’s Fair to declare bankruptcy during its run. Despite that, Jeanne feels New Orleans learned invaluable lessons in tourism and marketing that are still used today, but will be the first to admit that handling the Fair’s image was a constant uphill battle. 

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Inside the Arts
11:57 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Inside The Arts: Birdfoot Nests In Classic Style, Creoles Of Color And Miller's 'Salesman'

Birdfoot Festival - 2013 Kristopher Tong, Daniel Arocha and Caleb van der Swaag
Credit Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

This week on Inside the Arts, the Birdfoot Festival gears up for a week of live chamber music performances at venues across the city.

Then, we get a peek at an exhibit of pastel portraits celebrating notable New Orleans Free People of Color at Le Musée. And we round out with a classic American drama, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

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

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NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

50 Years Later: The Startling Death Of Former Mayor Chep Morrison

Before his career in politics, deLesseps "Chep" Morrison earned the rank of major general in the Army Reserve during World War II.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

deLesseps “Chep” Morrison was the mayor of New Orleans from 1946 to 1961. History will remember his administration as a polarizing one: he lured corporations to town, but also upheld segregationist values. He ran for Louisiana governor three times, and lost his final election in the winter of 1964. Months later, he spoke with future Lieutenant Governor Jimmy Fitzmorris, who still remembers their final conversation.    


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Arts & Culture
1:42 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Prospect New Orleans Announces Biennial Details

Andrea Fraser, Um Monumento às Fantasias Descartadas (A Monument to Discarded Fantasies), 2003
Image courtesy of the artist.

On Wednesday, Prospect New Orleans announced the details of its third biennial exhibition of international contemporary art, “Prospect.3”.

The three-month exhibition opens in October with about 60 artists from around the globe. The first Prospect international art show in 2007 brought art-world stars and collectors to the city, and at least one critic called it “the greatest art exhibit in New Orleans history.”

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