Tim Blake Nelson is a prolific actor, writer, director, and producer who has appeared in a wide variety of films such as Lincoln, Holes, The Incredible Hulk, Meet the Fockers, Minority Report, O Brother Where Art Thou?, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. His playwriting credits include The Grey Zone and Eye of God, both of which Nelson adapted and directed for the screen. Other directing credits include O, Leaves of Grass, and Anesthesia. Most recently, Nelson’s play Socrates premiered at The Public Theater in the spring of 2019, and he starred in HBO’s Watchmen, which premiered this fall.
New Orleans-based artist Ashley Longshore is best known for her vibrant mixed-media paintings, sculptures, and more, much of which can be found at her self-owned gallery on Magazine Street. From paintings of George Washington in a Supreme hoodie to hand-beaded clutches that feature empowering all-caps phrases, her work has been described as feminist pop-art, akin to that of Andy Warhol. In this interview with New Orleans Review, she talks about American culture, her work with Diane von Furstenberg, and her new coffee table book, Do Not Cook I Do Not Clean I Do Not Fly Commercial (Rizzoli).
Fred Hersch is an American jazz pianist and educator. He has performed solo and led his own groups, including the Pocket Orchestra consisting of piano, trumpet, voice, and percussion. He was the first person to play weeklong engagements as a solo pianist at the Village Vanguard in New York City. He has recorded more than 70 of his jazz compositions. Hersch has been nominated for several Grammy Awards.