Arts & Culture

Inside the Arts
11:23 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Inside The Arts: Orphans, Dia De Los Muertos Feast, Mysterious Wisterias

This week on Inside the Arts... playwright Lyle Kessler's Tony-nominated Orphans is currently running at the Marigny Theater. Orphans explores the human condition through the eyes of two brothers in search of a father figure.

Then, art imitates food. We'll interview a chef who's making a Cajun feast as part of an art installation.

And we round out with the Mysterious Wisterias, an evening of music and murder with a drop dead cast of masquerading Hollywood wannabees, detectives, reporters and undercover spies.

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Inside the Arts
9:58 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Inside The Arts: St. Claude Arts District Celebrates P.3, Creole Funeral Customs, Mini Masters

This week on Inside the Arts, Prospect New Orleans kicks off the international contemporary art biennial- Prospect 3 this week at venues throughout the city. Prospect 3 + is a satellite program which highlights exhibits and arts events by local artists. We get a sneak peek at the St. Claude Arts District block party.

Then we explore 19th Century Creole funeral and mourning customs as New Orleanians prepare to head to the cemetery on All Saints Day.

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Arts & Culture
4:40 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

NPR's Michele Norris And Director Kenny Leon Discuss World Premiere of 'Water±' On October 25

Courtesy NPR

NPR's Michele Norris says Hurricane Katrina was a line of demarcation for her. Reporting from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after the storm and floods, she found herself compelled to work with emotion in her journalism in a new way.

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Inside the Arts
11:04 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Inside The Arts: NPR Presents Water, MASNO Gala With Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, Momix In Alchemia

Momix in Alchemia
Credit Max Pucciariello

This week on Inside the Arts, WWNO will host the world premiere of NPR Presents: Water±, a live, journalism-based theatrical event exploring the world’s delicate and volatile relationship with water. We talk with NPR's Michele Norris and Tony Award winning director Kenny Leon.

Then, we catch up with acclaimed American pianist, Anne-Marie McDermott. She will perform at MASNO's Nocturne XII Gala.

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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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