Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival

This week on Inside the Arts, we're talking jazz with singer Karrin Allyson. Southern Rep Theater, in partnership with the Tennessee Williams/Greater New Orleans Literary Festival, gears up for the New Play Bacchanal this weekend.

And we take a look at Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky's photo exhibit Water, in its final days at NOMA and the Contemporary Arts Center.

The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival is the big event in town this week, and The Reading Life is there.

We present festival guests, including first-time novelist and Oprah pick Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie; playwright John Biguenet, whose new work is Mold; and Elena Passarello, the first woman to win the Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest, and author of a book of essays entitled, appropriately enough, Let Me Clear My Throat.

This week we go Inside the Arts for a look at theater offerings as the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival kicks off celebrations beginning Wednesday.

Then we visit with the New Orleans Ballet Association as they present the legendary Martha Graham Dance Company, which returns to the city for the first time in decades. And Musaica, a local chamber ensemble, gears up for a series of concerts.