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9:58 am
Fri December 20, 2013

A Proclamation To The Citizens Of New Orleans (1803)

Proclamation to the People of New Orleans, 12/20/1803.
Credit U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

210 years ago today, Governor William C.C. Claiborne issued this document to the people of New Orleans, announcing the United States' purchase of the Louisiana Territory two months earlier.

The proclamation — in three languages — explains the transition from Spain to France to the United States, and clarifies for the people of the city their new rights, and their responsibilities, as newly-minted Americans.

(h/t @wrightbryan3)

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Inside the Arts
9:58 am
Thu December 19, 2013

The Nutcracker Suite Swings; FestiGals Founder Honored; Prospect New Orleans' Brooke Anderson

This week on Inside the Arts, a yuletide celebration with Ellis Marsalis and the Lula Elzy New Orleans Dance Theatre as The Nutcracker Swings into town. We'll talk with local entrepreneur and FestiGals founder Diane Lyons, who is being tapped for a national honor.

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Arts & Culture
5:58 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Funeral For 'Blue Dog' Painter George Rodrigue To Be Held Dec. 19

George Rodrigue.
George Rodrigue Foundation

Renowned Louisiana painter George Rodrigue died Saturday of cancer at a hospital in Houston.

The 69-year-old painter started out depicting scenes from Cajun life and culture. He became world-famous, though, for his Blue Dog paintings in the 1990s.

The character was inspired by the Cajun fairy tale of “Loup Garou,” a sort of werewolf. It became the star of a corporate campaign by Xerox.

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Inside the Arts
11:50 am
Wed December 11, 2013

PhotoNOLA Opens Citywide; Garden District Homes On Holiday Tour; NORDC/NOBA Holiday Suite

Market Street Power Station
Credit Meg Turner

This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Photo Alliance kicks off four days of citywide activities with the eighth annual PhotoNOLA Photography Festival. We travel Uptown as private homes in the Garden District spruce up for the Preservation Resource Center's Holiday Home Tour.

And finally, the New Orleans Ballet Association brings together a unique group of dancers in its annual production of The Nutcracker Suite.

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

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Inside The Arts: Steven Forster's CELEBRITY; Kyle Abraham's PAVEMENT; NOMA's Susan Taylor

Credit Steven Forster

Coming up on Inside the Arts, acclaimed New Orleans entertainment photographer Steven Forster celebrates 35 years with the exhibit Celebrity opening this weekend at Boyd Satellite Gallery.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Inside The Arts: The Priests In Concert; LPO's James Boyd; NOBT Performs Holiday Favorite

The Priests

This week on Inside the Arts, Irish singing sensations The Priests are in New Orleans for an encore performance. Then, we talk with the LPO's James Boyd about his thoughts and vision for the orchestra's future.

And, the New Orleans Ballet Theater kicks off the holiday season with the first production of Tchaikovsky's timeless favorite - The Nutcracker, opening this weekend. 

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

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Storyville
10:10 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Storyville: Thirty

Credit Derek Bridges

I take a job during the summer as a weekend crime reporter.

The first morning nothing happens. Mostly, I bend my ear over the police radio. I’m listening for a 30 — the code for homicide — but the numbers jumble together in a messy soup of cop lingo.

I have a list of police stations and call them and ask if anything is happening.

“No, we’re quiet,” the dispatchers say.

By the afternoon, the routine has become a bore. I drift in and out of conversations about stolen Xboxes and domestic disputes.

At dusk, I pull out my list and dial again.

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Inside the Arts
2:34 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Inside The Arts: Awadagin Pratt In Concert; Audubon Park Memories; NOMA Photos

Awadagin Pratt.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with internationally acclaimed concert pianist Awadagin Pratt. Plus, we recall memories of Audubon Park with WYES-TV's Peggy Scott Laborde.

And we round out with cream of the crop photos from the collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art.

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

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Arts & Culture
1:30 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

NOMA Shows Off Photo Collection

A photograph by Theodore Lilienthal of St. Charles Ave. in the middle of the 19th Century.
Credit NOMA

The New Orleans Museum of Art is offering a glimpse at a fraction of its collection of photographs. Of the 10,000 pictures, 132 are on display. 

We spoke with curator Russell Lord about the exhibition — how NOMA built such an extensive collection, starting in the 1970s, and why. 

“The museum made then the very prescient decision to begin collecting photography, and that was a time when not many other museums were looking at photography and they weren’t collecting it. They weren’t building permanent collections," says Lord.

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Arts & Culture
4:05 am
Tue November 19, 2013

'Cry You One': A Play About The Wetlands, In The Wetlands

Two 'lagoon bugs' on the set of Cry You One
Svetlana Volic

Local theater companies Mondo Bizarro and Artspot Productions have collaborated for the third time with Cry You One. A three-hour experience that takes place completely outdoors, Cry You One focuses on the people and cultures of South Louisiana.

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