This week on Inside the Arts, we stroll down memory lane as the American Theater Project of New Orleans presents Dryades Street Divas Review: A Cabaret, with a cast representing  artists who worked the "chitlin' circuit" back in the day. Those artists include the likes of Etta James, Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson and "Moms" Mabley.

Then, in Kenner, the Rivertown Theater's Patchwork Players open with Aladdin.

And, in the city where jazz was born, harpists gear up for a concert that will make their heavenly instruments swing.

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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This week on Inside the Arts, many of us are rifting on melodies and memories of Jazz Fest 2014. We'll tell you about a new mobile app that is spreading our rich musical heritage around the globe.

Then we travel across the pond, via telephone, for conversation with British actor Julian Sands who will be in New Orleans this week for his solo stage performance — A Celebration of Harold Pinter — at the Contemporary Arts Center.

Broadway, TV and film actor, and native New Orleanian, Bryan Batt brings his acclaimed one-man show, “BATT ON A HOT TIN ROOF” back home to Le Petit Theatre for one show only, on Sunday March 30 at 7 p.m. 

Batt has performed the cabaret show around the world since its original performance as a post-Katrina benefit.

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Eleven died and hundreds of millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico when BP's Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in 2010. But beneath the tragedy, there's a complex story about people's relationships to oil. That's what's explored in Spill, a new play by one of the creators of The Laramie Project.

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.

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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.

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The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for Region VI gets underway Wednesday at the Strand Theatre in Shreveport. Six college productions were selected out of 46 eligible works. 

Northwestern State University’s Theatre and Dance department was selected to perform the comedy-thriller “The 39 Steps.” Program coordinator, Scott Burrell, said it’s a privilege to be a Kennedy Center finalist. But, the stakes are higher since the audience is comprised of about 900 students and faculty from colleges in the six-state area.

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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This week on Inside the Arts, the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet celebrates its 40th Anniversary season with a stop in New Orleans. Southern Rep Theater puts a fresh spin on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. And, revelers will make a joyful noise as the Central City Festival gets underway.

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