Arts & Culture

Inside the Arts
2:39 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Inside the Arts: Literary Festival Celebrates Tennessee Williams, & New World Music In Congo Square

Jonah Tobias of Buku Broux Band playing electric bass Kora.
Scott Aiges Jazz & Heritage Foundation

This week on Inside the Arts we celebrate Tennessee Williams' 103rd Anniversary! The 28th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival kicks off five days of festivities in and around the French Quarter, beginning on Wednesday. We highlight an exciting array of theatrical offerings.

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Inside the Arts
11:57 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Tennessee Williams & Southern Rep: The Night Of The Iguana

Aimée Hayes and Bob Edes, Jr. in Southern Rep's production of The Night of the Iguana.
Credit John Barrois

Today on Inside the Arts, conversation with Aimée Hayes and Troi Bechet on Southern Rep Theatre's production of The Night of the Iguana.

This steamy tell-all drama is considered to be Tennessee Williams' last great play.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Inside the Arts
12:26 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Inside The Arts: Tara O'Grady; Encore! Alexandre Moutouzkine; S.O.U.L. Musical Exchange

Tara O'Grady

This week on Inside the Arts, an explosion of musical genres! We visit with Tara O'Grady, an Irish American chanteuse who mixes Celtic sounds with blues, folk, swing and jazz into her unique style. She makes her New Orleans debut this St. Patrick's weekend.

Then, internationally acclaimed Russian concert pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine returns to town for a classical music performance at the Marigny Opera House. And we round out with S.O.U.L. — Singers of United Lands — for a cultural music exchange with the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans.

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Mardi Gras
7:23 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

In Photos: Carnival Around The World

Revelers dance on the street during a Carnival parade in the fishing village of Peniche, north of Lisbon, Portugal on Tuesday.
Armando Franca AP

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 5:08 am

Revelers across the globe gathered to mark the day before Ash Wednesday, which is known by several names, such as Mardi Gras, Carnival and Fat Tuesday. While parades are the most common form of celebration, a few nations indulge in some twists.

The Carnival in Ivera, Italy, includes a large battle where participants throw oranges. Some revelers in the Carnival de Binche in Belgium dress as Gilles, wearing traditional outfits accented with ostrich feathers.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Inside The Arts: It's Carnival Time And Fernando Del Valle Ushers In Lenten Season With Free Concert

The Bouef Gras.
Infrogmation Flickr

This week on Inside the Arts, it's Carnival time! We'll have some Mardi Gras fun with horses on parade, boats on the bayou and tips on following your nose for good food.

Plus, a musical prelude to the Lenten Season. We talk with renowned tenor and opera performing artist Fernando del Valle.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Mardi Gras
1:34 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

The Most Exciting Spot To Watch Mardi Gras Parades? Before They Begin

Hundreds of kids in school bands warmed up before hitting the parade route on Sunday, as the Krewe of Bacchus prepared to roll.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Record-breaking crowds have flocked to New Orleans for this year's Mardi Gras celebration. It's an all-consuming holiday that wouldn't be quite complete without returning from a parade with a neck draped in beads. However, many people say it's the bands that march in the parades that they enjoy most.

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Inside the Arts
6:06 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Music Legend's Home Renovated; Dr. Michael White Jazzes Up Worship Service; Leslie Castay Unscripted

Dr. Michael White.
Courtesty of the artist.

This week on Inside the Arts, the family home of music legend Professor Longhair gets a facelift.

St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church is gearing up for a packed house with a unique Mardi Gras tradition, as it celebrates the 20th Annual Jazz Service with renowned clarinetist Dr. Michael White and The Original Liberty Jazz Band.

And Broadway veteran and Big Easy Award-winner Leslie Castay reprises her acclaimed cabaret show, Leslie Castay, Unscripted.

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

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Storyville
4:56 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Storyville: When Jesters Have Their Day

Lundi Gras Bayou Boat parade.
Credit Adam Karlin

The guy next to me is wearing an orange fur coat and a red feather boa; his wife is dressed as a giant grape. Someone playing the trumpet looks like a cross between a post office employee and a Mad Max road warrior. I'm wearing an inflatable alligator on my head.

This is the Bayou Boat parade, which happens on Lundi Gras, the Monday before Fat Tuesday. It's simple: folks get in boats and have an aquatic second line up Bayou St John. Anyone can join, as long as they have a floatable water craft. Or not so floatable; the trombone player's kayak is starting to list.

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Inside the Arts
11:30 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Jazz Composer Jerome Theriot Celebrates New Release; Cat On A Hot Tin Roof; Hurray For The Riff Raff

This week on Inside the Arts, we'll celebrate the music of jazz saxophonist and composer Jerome Theriot.

Then, the Anthony Bean Community Theater opens its season with Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. We talk with members of the cast.
 
And, the local folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff gets national attention. We talk with singer/songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra.
 
Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Arts & Culture
8:02 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Shotgun Geography: Richard Campanella's Cityscapes

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Tulane School of Architecture professor and author Richard Campanella explains a new aspect of New Orleans geography and culture in his monthly Cityscapes column for NOLA.com. This month: Shotgun geography, an examination of the shotgun house.

WWNO News Director Eve Troeh sat down with Campanella to learn more.

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