MOVIE OF THE WEEK September 22, 2023: ROOTS OF FIRE

Life is not a spectator sport, as the saying goes, and — if you’re doing it right — neither is being part of the Cajun culture. As Abby Berendt Lavoi and Jeremey Lavoi’s loving documentary Roots of Fire makes clear, those who cherish their connection to this culture tend to go all-in, especially when it comes to the toe-tapping, accordion-infused music that’s been played for generations in Louisiana dance halls.

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JAZZ FEST: A NEW ORLEANS STORY – Review by Marilyn Ferdinand

Jazz, America’s great musical invention, has won enthusiastic fans the world over, but none moreso than those who rocked its cradle in the place of its birth—New Orleans. The annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival draws more than 100,000 people each of its seven days to hear jazz and its many musical offshoots on more than a dozen stages, eat arguably the best food on the planet, enjoy crafts booths and exhibits, and absorb the unique energy and spirit that any visitor to the Crescent City feels the moment their feet hit the ground.

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