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10:38 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Where Does The Harlem Shake Actually Come From?

G Dep in "Let's Get It."
Vimeo

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 9:26 am

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Three Degrees of David Torkanowsky

David Torkanowsky.
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Forget "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon." In New Orleans, it's more fun to play three degrees of David Torkanowsky.

As a piano player and band leader, Torkanowsky is equally comfortable pushing the edges of jazz, funk, blues and rhythm and blues. Aside from his solo projects, Torkanowsky has collaborated with so many musical legends — Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Danny Barker, Earl Turbington, Tony DaGradi, George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, Dianne Reeves and Errol Garner, among them — that he now enjoys his own legendary patina.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Inspiration

Arman Sadeghour and Sean Simone.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Arman Sadeghpour came up with the idea of using chocolate to make toothpaste. Sean Simone figured out how to pack a 650,000 volt stun gun into an iPhone case.

Since this episode of Out to Lunch was recorded Sean’s cell phone stun gun idea has become a reality and Arman has launched a nationwide line of kids’ chocolate flavored toothapste. When big ideas become big money it’s worth looking back at the inspiration…

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Songs for the Soul

Credit seafaringwoman / Flickr

 

At Music Inside Out, we can't save your soul. But we can help you sponge it clean.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:01 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Allen Toussaint & Some Carnival Music

Allen Toussaint.
Credit Guillaume Laurent / Flickr

For half a century, New Orleans producer, arranger, and songwriter has given entertainers around the world something to sing about. 

He's written R&B, funk, jazz, rock and country. And he's learned a few things along the way. Toussaint shares his creative insights with Music Inside Out.  Lesson Number One: The artist is king... or queen.  

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Another Great Idea for an App

Simon Marthinsen, Peter Ricchuiti and Neel Sus.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

With literally a billion apps available, how's your idea going to do?

New Orleans app builder Neel Sus from Touch Studios hears a lot of ideas for phone and tablet apps — is there one more great one out there? Simon Marthinsen's start-up Plebu is taking on the other great 21st century every-man tech challenge — build yourself a better website.

All on this week's Out to Lunch, with Peter Ricchiuti.

The Superdome
1:31 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

The Superdome Through the Years

Frank Lotz Miller's 1970 architectural model of what would become the Superdome.
Curtis and Davis Office Records Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries

The Superdome began as a public referendum in 1966, and shines today as New Orleans gets ready to celebrate Super Bowl XLVII.

Built atop the bulldozed Back o' Town neighborhood, the Superdome is the site of ecstasy and tragedy, of countless celebrations and memories, historical agonies and post-K clichés. The Dome is a temple to our Saints and our city, and — love it or hate it — you can't ignore it.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
7:28 am
Sun February 3, 2013

A Tenacious Wordsmith Hits It Big In Nashville

Once a poet and an English teacher, Jim McCormick has become a powerhouse Nashville songwriter.
Scott Saltzman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 5:21 pm

In March, country music star Jason Aldean is playing Madison Square Garden. Tickets sold out in 10 minutes. Fans want to hear his latest No. 1 song, "Take a Little Ride."

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Features
5:52 am
Sat February 2, 2013

For New Orleans, Superdome A Symbol Of City's Spirit

The San Francisco 49ers play the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII at the Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sat February 2, 2013 2:07 pm

The Superdome in New Orleans has hosted heavyweight fights, papal visits, and — after this weekend — seven Super Bowls, an NFL record. But no event looms larger in the dome's history than Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 storm that turned the stadium into a teeming shelter of last resort.

During the storm, reporters spared no hyperbole when describing scenes of human suffering. The Superdome, in particular, was described as a "hellhole" and "apocalyptic," and it was sort of true.

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Inside the Arts
10:55 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Lena Prima Sings

We go Inside the Arts for conversation with Lena Prima, daughter of legendary singer, trumpeter and native son, Louis Prima.

Lena Prima performs weekends at the Hotel Monteleone Carousel Bar.

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