Arts & Culture


Tom Capps, a New Orleans native who was on the original Stage Management on the Broadway opening of Miss Saigon, shares his journey from the Big Easy to a successful career in theatre in the Big Apple, with shows including Ragtime, Mary Poppins, West Side Story and Mamma Mia. In this two-part series, Part One focuses on his humble beginnings, and, in Part Two, Tom will share his experience on the original production of Miss Saigon.

American Routes Shortcuts: Cyril Neville

Jan 17, 2020
Cyril Neville
American Routes

Cyril Neville, the youngest of the Neville fraternal order, grew up surrounded by New Orleans rhythm and blues hit makers, like James Booker, Earl King, and his brother Art, whose band the Hawketts recorded “Mardi Gras Mambo” in 1954. Cyril got an early start in music playing percussion with his uncle Jolly’s Mardi Gras Indian tribe, the Wild Tchoupitoulas. He joined Art’s funk group, the Meters, in the early ‘70s, and in 1977, Cyril and Art teamed up with Aaron and Charles to form the Neville Brothers.

The men of Community Legion and the Big Bosse's Dad's Club
Thomas M Walsh / WWNO

Here’s an easy question: name something in Louisiana that’s sure to bring everyone together and make them happy.

“Crawfish!” says a group of children.

Live in Iowa City

Jan 16, 2020
Stephanie Summerville
Stephanie Craig

Jim Bennett rides RAGBRAI as part of Lambda Legal team and samples Iowa’s “ham balls.”
Stephanie Summerville
recalls the summer of her first kiss and her father’s sudden illness.
Janice Josephine Carney
is a Vietnam veteran who finally feels at home in her body.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Tony nominated Broadway musical, Something Rotten, opens at Le Petit Theatre. This original musical comedy, with a tip of the hat to the Bard, stars Matthew Michael Janisse and Richard Spitaletta. They join us with director Michael McKelvey.

Then, a creative re-imagining of abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, continues the NOLA Project's season with the regional premiere of Sigrid Gilmer's Harry and the Thief. It's part science fiction, historical drama and comedic farce. Director Khiry Armstead joins us with actress Samantha Beaulieu.

Reconciling the Past

Jan 13, 2020
Sarah Jane Johnson
Jason Falchook

Journalist Jerry Mitchell takes on notorious members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Reyna Grande finds kinship with a man seeking asylum in the US.

In her journey to start a family, Sarah Jane Johnson also finds herself facing her past. 

This week on The Reading Life: Photographer Cheryl Gerber talks about “Cherchez la Femme: New Orleans Women," inspired by the 2017 Women's March. The book includes images that celebrate the achievements and style of New Orleans women, as well as essays by some of our finest writers.

The Making Of A Champion: Vince Dooley

Jan 10, 2020
The Historic New Orleans Collection

On Monday the 13th, the LSU Tigers square off against the Clemson Tigers at the Superdome for the College Football National Championship. To mark the occasion, oral historian Mark Cave of the Historic New Orleans Collection shared an interview with a coach who earned the same honor in 1980. Vince Dooley was the head coach for the Georgia Bulldogs for over twenty years. In this edition of NOLA Life Stories, Mr.

American Routes Shortcuts: Arturo O'Farrill

Jan 10, 2020
Arturo O'Farrill
American Routes

Pianist Arturo O’Farrill was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City, surrounded by the Latin Jazz scene in the 1960s. His father was Chico O’Farrill, the Cuban trumpet player, composer and, bandleader, and his mother, Lupe, was a Mexican singer.

This week on Inside the Arts, Mark Cortale's Broadway at NOCCA series kicks off the New Year with Liz Callaway. The Broadway superstar and Tony nominee will perform with special guest Bryan Batt. Liz Callaway joins us by phone.