Arts & Culture

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer / Harry Shearer

On this week’s Le Show, Harry brings us a plethora of songs for his annual winter holiday edition of the program. We’ll listen to Richard Thompson, Wayne Toups, James Brown, Albert King, and a handful of others interpret this time of year. Plus, The Apologies of the Week, News of Microplastics, and News of Inspector’s General help round out the show. Have a safe holiday!

Ten interviews from ten years of The Reading Life.


The Only Snowman In New Orleans: Mr. Bingle's Story

Dec 18, 2020
The Historic New Orleans Collection

For New Orleanians who grew up visiting Canal Street before Christmas, Mr. Bingle is a household name. This lovable snowman made his debut in the window of the Maison Blanche department store in 1948 and eventually graduated to local radio and TV. In 1979, a young puppeteer named Jeff Kent became the assistant to Edwin Oscar Isentrout, the hands and voice behind Mr. Bingle. In this edition of NOLA Life Stories, a series of first person oral histories, Jeff describes how Mr.

American Routes Shortcuts: Piano on a Truck

Dec 18, 2020
Jacques Ferland and Josh Paxton
American Routes

This year, because of the pandemic, musicians and their audiences have needed to find new ways to share music. For some it’s been drive-in concerts or streaming sessions online. In New Orleans, we caught up with a concert on wheels, known as the Piano on a Truck, which in fact, it is! This evening, the man at the 88s was Cincinnati native and now New Orleans pianist Josh Paxton.



Photo credit: Brittney Werner

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.