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, a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit is in final days at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The Orléans Collection, honors the city's tricentennial. It features masterpieces from around the world that were once within the private collection of Phillippe II, the Duke of Orléans, our city's namesake. WWNO's Eileen Fleming takes us on tour with Vanessa Schmid, NOMA's senior research curator for European Art.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with award winning NCIS: New Orleans actress CCH Pounder. Dozens of works from her private art collection are the subject of the exhibit, ICONS: Ideals of Black Masculinity, on view at Xavier University Art Gallery.

Then, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center is gearing up for its 6th Annual Commemorative Luncheon honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and César Chávez. Executive director Carol Bebelle joins us.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Marigny Opera Ballet continues its season with the premiere of three new works. Program 2 celebrates New Orleans' own Louis Moreau Gottschalk, plus two works, Querelle and Pierrot Lunaire, based on 20th century European masterpieces. Artistic director Dave Hurlbert joins us.

Then, the deadline nears for high school students interested in entering "Blue Dog" artist George Rodrigue's Foundation of the Arts visual art contest. We get the details from the foundation's executive director Jacques Rodrigue.

This week on Inside the Arts , the Phunny Phorty Phellows gear up for their 12th Night Streetcar ride announcing the start of the 2019 Mardi Gras season. Krewe Captain Peggy Scott Laborde joins us.

Then, the merriment continues with more 12th Night celebrations and a birthday party for the unofficial Maid of New Orleans. The Medieval Krewe of Joan of Arc prepares for its walk through the French Quarter. There are some changes this year. Parade founder Amy Kirk Duvoisin has the details.

This week on Inside the Arts, It's All About New Orleans, a Tricentennial blow-out with the Lula Elzy New Orleans Dance Theatre.  The one night only music and dance extravaganza celebrates jazz icons Ellis Marsalis, Germaine Bazzle and features a performance of Duke Ellington's New Orleans Suite.  Ellis Marsalis joins us in-studio.

This week on Inside the Arts, two-time Tony Award winning singer/actress Christine Ebersole known for her roles in Grey Gardens and 42nd Street is heading to New Orleans for the Broadway at NOCCA Series. She'll join composer Scott Frankel and host Seth Rudetsky in an intimate evening of stories and song. Christine Ebersole joins us by phone.

Then, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center gears up for a grand celebration, its 20th Anniversary! We talk with Ashé co-founder Carol Bebelle.

‘Tis the season when some of the festively decorated private homes in the city’s Garden District are open to the public. The  Preservation Resource Center is hosting its 43rd annual Holiday Home Tour.  We talk with PRC executive director Danielle Del Sol.  

This week on Inside the Arts, Handel's Messiah is back.   The Symphony Chorus of New Orleans teams up with the Chalmette High School Voices Chorale for two performances of the popular baroque oratorio.  We talk with Symphony Chorus music director Steven Edwards and soprano Annelise Cassar.

Then, a new Holiday musical, Mandatory Merriment created by Leslie Castay and Ian Hoch debuts at Southern Rep Theatre. The fortitude of strangers stranded just before the Holidays in a French Quarter bar is tested in this comic romp.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Cara McCool Woolfe, executive director of MASNO, the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. The critically acclaimed piano duo, Anderson & Roe will highlight MASNO's Nocturne XVI Gala, Sunday, December 2nd.

This week on Inside the Arts, Kermit Ruffins' Kickoff to Christmas concert rings in the holiday season as French Quarter Festivals, Inc., launches its 34th Annual Christmas New Orleans Style celebration.

Then, in commemoration of World AIDS Day the Storyville Collective with Crescent Care present a benefit reading of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.