Inside the Arts

Tuesdays at 1 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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.

This week on Inside the Arts, Voices in the Dark Repertory Theatre Company presents Paul Lucas' award-winning play Trans Scripts, Part 1: The Women. Poignant stories gathered in interviews with members of LGBTQ communities from around the world shed light on the experience of transitioning gender. Director Tommye Myrick joins us with cast members Milan Sherry and Teryl Lynn Foxx.

This week on Inside the Arts, jazz vocalist Zardis is back! The grandniece of famed New Orleans bassist Chester Zardis returns to the New Orleans Jazz Market with Pairings, an intimate evening of song. Zardis joins us in our studio.

And, New Orleans Airlift, the artist-run organization behind the Music Box Village, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! A grand celebration kicks off this weekend at the Contemporary Arts Center. Airlift co-founders Delaney Martin and Jay Pennington stop by for a chat.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival kicks off this weekend in Heritage Park.  The Northshore festival is celebrating a 5-year milestone!  We talk with spokeswoman Robin Marquez by phone.

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Photo credit: Ralph Lauer

This week on Inside the Arts, the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans [MASNO] welcomes back one of its own, world-renowned American pianist Kenny Broberg. WWNO's Fred Kasten talks with the distinguished multi-competition medalist who will perform at MASNO's Nocturne XVII Gala.

Photo credit: John Barrois

This week on Inside the Arts, veteran New Orleans actor Bob Edes, Jr. is the Commander-in-Chief in Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Mamet's political farce, November. The Oval Office satire depicting bad behavior in high places returns to Kenner's Rivertown Theaters. Director Sean Patterson stops by for a chat.

Photo Credit: Chelsea Hoy

This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Ballet Association, NOBA, opens its 50th Anniversary season with the globally renowned Trinity Irish Dance Company. Founding artistic director Mark Howard joins us by phone.

And, a red-carpet adventure awaits you as the Oscar-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival gears up for a milestone celebration...its 30th Anniversary. New Orleans Film Society executive director Fallon Young takes us to the movies.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the beauty and magic of the American Southwest desert comes to life, in a new exhibition of large-scale oil paintings by Belinda Flores-Shinshillas.  She joins us in our studio.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center is celebrating an historic photo event. Friday marks the 21st Anniversary of Great Day in New Orleans. The photo shoot brought hundreds of African American artists from all disciplines to Congo Square back in 1998. Ashé co-founder Carol Bebelle will join us.

And, Tony Award-winning actress and singer Beth Leavel, known for her roles in The Prom and The Drowsy Chaperone opens the season for the Broadway @ NOOCA concert series. We catch up with Beth by phone.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with acclaimed photographer Sandro Miller.  His groundbreaking exhibit, Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters opens Saturday at the Mac-Gryder Gallery, 615 Julia Street as part of the citywide Art for Arts’ Sake celebration.

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This week on Inside the Arts, Bizet's Carmen wields her independent spirit, opening the season for the New Orleans Opera Association. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano sings the title role. She joins us with stage director Keturah Stickann.

Then, artist, musician and architect Christopher Janney plays with sound, light, color and technology in unique ways to excite your senses. He has two projects underway in the Capitol City. We catch up with him by phone.