Erykah, George, Ringo and Toots

The world's top jazz and soul musicians gather in Cape Town this weekend at the North Sea Jazz Festival for an impressive 32-act line-up, writes Rob Rose.

Little Empires

<i>The White Life of Felix Greenspan</i>, published this week by <i>M&G</i> Books, revisits the autobiographical character of <i>The Celibacy of Felix Greenspan</i>. In his book Lionel Abrahams shows us the disabled writer Felix from childhood on, grappling with issues from sexuality to politics. In these excerpts, Felix experiences life at boarding school.

Art steps out

Public sculpture is no longer restricted to parks and malls. Chris Roper finds out what happens when art becomes an intrusion.

A beautiful night for A Beautiful Mind, best picture of 2002

It is unlikely that maths genius John Forbes Nash ever calculated that a story of his life and battle with mental illness would ever become a top draw at the movie theatre.

Child star to lauded director: Ron Howard’s long journey

With his Oscar win Sunday night for best director, Ron Howard can finally silence all those who snickered about his Hollywood career, which began with a stroll down a country road.

Lord of the Rings steals early march at Oscars

US actress Jennifer Connelly and British actor Jim Broadbent won best supporting actor Oscars at Sunday's 74th annual Academy Awards, as fantasy film <i>Lord of the Rings</i> took an early awards lead.

Raising the reggae banner

Once upon a not so very long time reggae prided itself as more than just music — it was a social movement with a message, writes Meshack Mabogoane.

Tell me a story …

<b>Not quite movie of the week:</b> <i>Storytelling</i> feels as though it has a masterful first act, an overlong second act and no third act at all, writes Shaun de Waal.

Sex and drugs and the law

<b>REVIEW:</b> <i>Rainbow Vice: The Drugs and Sex Industries in the New South Africa</i> by Ted Leggett (Zed/David Philip). Ted Leggett's new book is a little like the mix between mandrax and dagga — to get up, you first have to go down, writes Charlene Smith.

Italian mouse journalist challenges Harry Potter

With his impeccable green suit and round glasses, Geronimo Stilton poses a bigger challenge to Harry Potter than the many demons and devils the world's most famous boy wizard has ever battled.

The gospel according to Noam Chomsky

<b>REVIEW:</b> <i>9-11</i> by Noam Chomsky (M&G Books).

Enemy of the States

The American right is having a whale of a time kicking director Robert Altman around, writes John Patterson.

Blowing in from the north

A two-day talk shop will celebrate the linguistic links between the Netherlands and her former colonies, writes Jane Rosenthal.

China in your hand

Tony Cox: China

Mind over maths

<b>Movie of the week:</b> Skilfully and without mercy, <i>A Beautiful Mind</i> coerces one into feeling good, writes Shaun de Waal.

Something fishy about these Trout

Sons of Trout: <i>Odd Times</i>

A separate development

REVIEW: Heaven Forbid by Christopher Hope (Macmillan). Heaven Forbid represents a deepening of Hope's vision of apartheid South Africa, writes John Higgins.

Cohen and Elu swan off

Artist Steven Cohen and partner Elu are known for their grotesque performances that confront everything from coprophilia to religious identity, write Robyn Sassen and Matthew Krouse.