This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with the 2018 winners of the Diana Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction.  Ellen Hart, whose most recent book in the Jane Lawless series is “A Whisper of Bones,” is the winner for the Pinckley Prize for a Distinguished Body of Work. We’ll also hear from Marcie Rendon, winner of the Prize for Debut Novel, for her book “Murder on the Red River.”

Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week:

Pulse of the Planet Live Event

Sep 30, 2018

Join WWNO on Thursday October 18, 6:30 p.m. on the University of New Orleans campus for a special live performance by Jim Metzner, creator of  “Pulse of the Planet,” the daily radio feature that explores Planet Earth through sound.  Now on the air for 30 years, “Pulse of the Planet” tracks the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide, blending interviews with extraordinary natural sound.  This special one-hour live audience show will take place in the Nims Theater in the UNO Performing Arts Center.  Admission is free; everyone is welcome.

Continuum presents Old Dances, Old Recordings performed by two very early "early music ensembles", the New York Pro Musica, under the direction of founder Noah Greenberg, and the New York Renaissance Band, under the direction of founder Sally Logemann. These ensembles present early dance music by Michael Praetorius (c.1571-1621) and Tielman Susato (c.1500/15 - after 1570). Heard are excerpts from Praetorius' compositions of dances known as "Terpsichore", named after the Muse of the Dance.

Robert Schaefer

This Saturday is World Cyanotype Day, when photographers everywhere will celebrate an early photographic technique that reveals images in a striking blue hue. New Orleans photographers are having their very own celebration with a workshop at the Healing Center, presented by PhotoNOLA. Kelley Crawford speaks with two of the workshop’s organizers, Jennifer Shaw and Robert Schaefer, to learn more.  

American Routes Shortcuts: Zigaboo Modeliste

Sep 28, 2018
Zigaboo Modeliste
American Routes

In the 1970s, the Meters brought New Orleans funk to pop music, with second line and Mardi Gras Indian rhythms as spines of their songs. They even added a touch of psychedelia. Keeping the groove going for the Meters was drummer Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste. Nick Spitzer asked Ziggy about how he got his name.

Singer Quiana Lynell is a natural educator, and from the time the tape started rolling at Esplanade Studios, class was in session. Lesson one: Intro to Scat Singing.

Good scat is based on the art of improvising in counter-melody – taking an established melody and vocalising a different melodic line that reflects directly on the original.

Travis Lux / WWNO

Louisiana shrimpers are facing low prices. They say the business is tougher than it’s ever been, and recently considered striking. Many are looking for creative ways to make more money.


Photo credit: Deb Scott

This week on Inside the Arts, legendary entertainer Deacon John kicks things off. The guitarist joins Dr. Kara Olidge, executive director of the Amistad Research Center. They are gearing up for Soundtrack of New Orleans, a public celebration of Amistad's 52nd Anniversary, honoring the city's tricentennial, civic leaders and legendary musicians.

Then, we visit with Emery Clark. The acclaimed Northshore artist is being honored with a retrospective exhibit of her work, opening at Christwood Atrium Gallery in Covington.

Trump Address to UNGA

Sep 25, 2018
Chelsea Beck / NPR

President Trump is addressing the United Nations General Assembly. Watch his remarks live. 

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