Join host Diane Mack for a conversation with the leading figures of the New Orleans arts and culture scene, each week Inside the Arts. From gallery openings to the performing arts, Diane takes you along on an intimate examination of the people and places that make New Orleans one of America's most interesting cities.
Inside The Arts: New Orleans French Film Festival Gears Up for Its 24th Annual Celebration
One of the longest-running foreign language festivals in the country is gearing up for its 24th celebration as the New Orleans Film Society presents the 2021 New Orleans French Film Festival. The event will showcase contemporary and classic French language films. New Orleans Film Society artistic director Clint Bowie joins us by phone with a sneak peek at this year's highlights.
18/03/2021 • 6 minutes 23 seconds
Inside The Arts: Manhattan Chamber Players Perform LIVE In NOLA
Luke Fleming founding artistic director and violist with the Manhattan Chamber Players is bringing members of the ensemble to New Orleans. It will be their first concert before a live audience in a little over a year, as such performances were canceled by the Pandemic. The concert entitled, The Soulful Clarinet, is being presented through Fleming's popular Crescent City Chamber Music Festival. Luke joins us by phone.
16/03/2021 • 8 minutes 3 seconds
Inside The Arts: Birdfoot Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Virtual Backstage Performances
A homegrown, now, international chamber music festival is celebrating a major milestone. New Orleans' own Birdfoot Festival is turning 10 and plucking its strings with a virtual season devoted to its signature Backstage Performances. Birdfoot artistic director and violinist Jenna Sherry joins us by phone.
10/03/2021 • 7 minutes 44 seconds
Inside The Arts: LPO Creative Partner Courtney Bryan Releases New Violin Concerto "Syzygy"
Acclaimed African-American composer, pianist and native New Orleanian, Courtney Bryan, is the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra's first Creative Partner. She is releasing a new work on the LPO digital series, Orpheum Sessions. It's a violin concerto she calls Syzygy. Courtney joins us by phone.
08/03/2021 • 7 minutes 40 seconds
Inside The Arts: The Historic New Orleans Collection | Recovered Voices: Black Activism In NOLA
The Historic New Orleans Collection is celebrating the voices of Black Activists as it launches the virtual 25th Williams Research Center Symposium. Recovered Voices: Black Activism in New Orleans from Reconstruction to the present day explores the origins and legacies of Black activism in the Crescent City as featured in three new Historic New Orleans Collection publications. Jessica Dorman director of publications and student education with the Historic New Orleans Collection joins us by phone.
01/03/2021 • 8 minutes 31 seconds
Inside The Arts: Artist José Torres-Tama Inspired To Paint During Residency At Joan Mitchell Center
A four month residency at the Joan Mitchell Center inspires award winning multi-disciplinary artist José Torres-Tama to return to his first love, painting. We see a different side of the artist who is known for his performance solos, Taco Truck Theatre Ensemble and photo documentation of immigrant reconstruction workers post-Katrina. José is in a creative period and he joins us by phone with a sneak peek at his latest works.
18/02/2021 • 5 minutes 59 seconds
Inside The Arts: Mystery In Motion | African American Masking And Spirituality In Mardi Gras
The Louisiana State Museum is celebrating African American Carnival traditions with the opening of a new exhibit at the Presbytere. It’s called Mystery in Motion: African American Masking and Spirituality in Mardi Gras. Guest curator and Xavier University Professor of Education Kim Vaz-Deville joins us by phone.
16/02/2021 • 7 minutes 25 seconds
Inside The Arts: Floats In The Oaks
City Park is offering Carnival revelers an opportunity to view iconic floats from a variety of Mardi Gras Krewes in a parade-type experience called Floats in The Oaks. City Park COO Rob DeViney joins us by phone.
04/02/2021 • 5 minutes 47 seconds
Inside The Arts: Musaica Chamber Ensemble | Bridges Between Countries
Musaica Chamber Ensemble is reconnecting with audiences as it continues its 15th season. Its second concert, Bridges between Countries, will be a live streaming event from the University of New Orleans. It will feature a world premiere of Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra principal bassist Dave Anderson’s Nonet for strings, winds and harp. Musaica founder and violist Bruce Owen joins us by phone.
01/02/2021 • 6 minutes 5 seconds
Inside The Arts: Stogie Kenyatta’s One Man Show Highlights America’s First Black Renaissance Man
The character of America’s first black Renaissance man comes to light in the New Orleans debut of The World is My Home: The Life of Paul Robeson. It’s a one man show, written and performed by Los Angeles actor and playwright Stogie Kenyatta. It opens this weekend at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Stogie Kenyatta joins us by phone from L.A.
21/01/2021 • 7 minutes 59 seconds
Inside The Arts: Ogden Museum Honors The Life And Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is imagining a world without racism as it honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We talk with museum educator Mikhayla Harrell.
15/01/2021 • 5 minutes 3 seconds
Inside The Arts: Opera Stars Byran Hymel And Irini Kyriakidou Perform In Virtual Concert
World renowned opera stars, native son Bryan Hymel and his wife Irini Kyriakidou kick off the New Year with their favorite arias and duets in a virtual concert presented by the New Orleans Opera. We talk with New Orleans Opera general director Clare Burovac.
14/01/2021 • 4 minutes 53 seconds
Inside The Arts: The NOLA Project | PodPlays
The NOLA Project makes a bold move as it brings a new series of plays to audiences using digital technology. The digital series is called PodPlays. We talk with NOLA Project artistic director A. J. Allegra by phone.
25/12/2020 • 7 minutes 46 seconds
Inside The Arts: Mandatory Merriment | This Time It’s Virtual
The lovable cast of characters from the fictional New Orleans bar, Benny’s Tavern, are back sharing virtual holiday cheer and music. Southern Rep Theatre continues its run of Mandatory Merriment: This Time It’s Virtual, through December 26th. We talk with co-creator and director Leslie Castay.
23/12/2020 • 6 minutes 34 seconds
Inside The Arts: A Nola Noël | An Original Holiday Musical Playing LIVE Outdoor Shows
Le Petit Theatre continues its run of A Nola Noël. It’s an original Holiday musical playing LIVE on Le Petit’s touring stage in parks and outdoor spaces in the metro area. The work is co-written by playwrights Curtis Billings and Max Williams. Max also directs this production and he joins us by phone.
16/12/2020 • 6 minutes 45 seconds
Inside The Arts: Violist Luke Fleming Joins The Lott String Quartet
Dr. Luke Fleming has been the driving force behind the popular Crescent City Chamber Music Festival. The New Orleans native who headed the Manhattan Chamber players has returned home, a result of the pandemic, and he vows to keep the music alive. Fleming is the newly-appointed violist of the Lott String Quartet, the Quartet-in-Residence for the School of Arts at the University of New Orleans. He joins us by phone.
15/12/2020 • 7 minutes 29 seconds
Inside The Arts: LPO Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto | Creatively Keeping Music Alive
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is creatively keeping the music alive during the pandemic, thanks to digital technology. LPO resident conductor and music director, Carlos Miguel Prieto joins us by phone with the latest on what you can expect from the orchestra in 2021.
14/12/2020 • 7 minutes 27 seconds
Inside The Arts: Popular Holiday Home Tour Goes Virtual!
Conversation with Preservation Resource Center executive director Danielle Del Sol. Six gorgeous homes will be featured in a festive video series highlighting the city’s diverse neighborhoods and architecture, as the PRC’s 45th annual Holiday Home Tour is going virtual this year.
08/12/2020 • 7 minutes 36 seconds
Inside The Arts: Immigrant Dreams | Alien Nightmares
Award winning multi-disciplinary artist José Torres-Tama is back with a new solo performance arts piece. It’s called Immigrant Dreams & Alien Nightmares. It’s a bilingual performance in two parts and two nights. The work is inspired by Torres-Tama's poetry collection of the same title. It’s a deep dive into the underbelly of the “American Dream”. José Torres-Tama’s solo performance piece, Immigrant Dreams & Alien Nightmares will be streamed Via Zoom and FaceBook Live on Friday & Saturday, Dec. 4th & 5th at 8pm. More info at www.torrestama.com. There is now an extended run with performances on Dec. 11th and 12th.
03/12/2020 • 7 minutes 24 seconds
Inside The Arts: Clare Burovac | 1st Female General Director To Guide New Orleans Opera
Conversation with New Orleans Opera General Director Clare Burovac.