The New Orleans Ballet Association closes its 2011-12 season with one of the world's leading ballet companies. We go Inside the Arts as the Joffrey Ballet returns to the city with a grand program of masterworks.
This week on The Reading Life we talk with Times-Picayune restaurant critic Brett Anderson, editor of the new anthology Cornbread Nation 6: The Best of Southern Food Writing; and with photographer Kerri McCaffety, whose gorgeous new book is New Orleans New Elegance. And we'll also have a few suggestions for Mother's Day giving.
My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver, Jimmy Buffett Acoustic, Zac Brown Band, Trombone Shorty, Bonnie Raitt, Janelle Monae, Rodrigo y Gabriela, GIVERS, Bruce Hornsby, Galactic, Preservation Hall and Friends, and many others will all be featured during the Jazz Fest webcast, which began today at 2:00 p.m.
The movie Rhapsody in Blue, a biography of George Gershwin, was released only eight years after his death from a brain tumor at the age of 38. It's a good subject: Gershwin wrote some of the best popular songs ever produced in this country, but he also had ambitions to be a serious classical composer and wrote symphonic music, concertos and an opera — all of which are still performed.