Jazz Fest: Sunday's Schedule and Picks

I have the highest hopes for today at Jazz Fest. With the exception of Janelle Monae, this first weekend has lacked musical urgency. Pearl Jam started and finished hot, but you had to be committed to get through the middle hour. Van Morrison wasn't a mess, but I'm not sure "electrifying" is in his vocabulary in 2016. Our highlights for today aren't all attention-grabbers, but they do reflect personal visions.

Jazz Fest: Saturday's Schedule and Picks

Friday was a slightly soft start to Jazz Fest. There was never enough of a crowd to create lines for anything, and only in the last hour did the schedule force any hard choices. Fortunately, the day ended with a Steely Dan set that was as musical as you'd expect, a Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings set that was a lesson in old school R&B and showmanship, and Janelle Monae's emotional tribute to Prince. It was particularly affecting to see someone as self-possessed as Monae in tears onstage as she played "Take Me with U" and "Let's Go Crazy."

Cream of the Crop

Screenings both large and small can go unnoticed in the cinematic boomtown of the Hollywood South. As Ferris Bueller once said, "life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Here's our weekly roundup of the upcoming showings and festivals in independent film venues we don't want you to miss because you didn't know about them.

Edward Scissorhands

The Tim Burton classic is an alterna-tearjearker about being misunderstood.

Voodoo News: Sunday's Picks

Saturday didn't deliver the monsoon we were led to expect, but the continuous light rain, combined with all the foot traffic, took its toll on City Park's festival grounds. The plot of land that hosts Voodoo doesn't drain particularly well, so leaving after Ozzy Osbourne's closing set meant a literally joyless slog through mud and standing water--thankfully shallow, but still .... With that in mind, our top pick for Sunday is shoes you don't care about or shrimp boots that can take a beating.

Jazz Fest: Friday, May 1 at Jazz Fest

Thursday was a beautiful day to be at the Fair Grounds, and Friday promises to be just as nice. There's a lot to see though, and I'll try to see more than I know I'll make. I'm curious about Paloma Faith, another Motown/American soul-influenced British female singer. On record, she sounds like she's got the voice and good-enough songs. I'm also excited to see the Australian Aboriginal singer Gurrumul on Congo Square.