Bob Edwards Weekend Highlights – June 5-6, 2010
The English socialite Idina Sackville was the icon of the Bright Young Things of the 1920s and ‘30s. Her charm and flair for flouting convention inspired writers and artists, as she married five husbands and moved to Africa. Sackville’s biography by her great-granddaughter Frances Osborne is called The Bolter. This San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year is now out in paperback.
In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of Helen Hayes. Known as the First Lady of American Theater, Hayes was a star of Broadway, movies and television. She received three Tony Awards in her 60 years on stage. Her movies ranged from The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) to Airport (1970), both of which garnered her Academy Awards.
Preservation Hall is located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter and was founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. Ben Jaffe has assumed his late father’s role as director of Preservation Hall. As part of our summer series of interviews recorded at Jazz Fest, Jaffe shows Bob around the Hall and discusses the state of post-Katrina New Orleans, the history of the band and of Preservation Hall itself, which dates to the 1750s.