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A stage production of “Four Little Girls: Birmingham, 1963” starting Friday and the third annual Redd Linen Night art show and performance fundraiser at the end of the month are among the March events that also include films and education sessions at Ashé Cultural Arts Center on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.

All events are at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. For details, see the news release below:

Ashé Cultural Arts Center announces its March offerings. The public is invited to enjoy an array of activities that include theater, film, fundraisers and events aimed at healthy lifestyles.

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Nissan Truth Tour

March 13, 2014 | 5:00-10:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Join award-winning actor Danny Glover (The Color Purple), vocalist Tonya Boyd Cannon, and other local artists as Concerned Students for a Better Nissan presents the Nissan Truth Tour featuring a night of live performances, spoken word, art, music, fashion and dance. This event is pegged as one that will expose the truth about Nissan workers’ fight for justice at work, and social justice issues affecting our generation. Visit for more information. Sponsored by Theta Sigma Chapter, FFLIC and Ashé Cultural Arts Center.

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Celebrating the Contributions of Women with the Stage Productions of:

Four Little Girls: Birmingham, 1963 and When the Rattlesnake Sounds (one-act)

March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 2014 | 8:00 p.m.

March 23, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.

$10, general admission

American Theater Project of New Orleans, in partnership with Ashé Cultural Arts Center, brings back, by popular demand, the soul stirring production of Four Little Girls: Birmingham, 1963. This production recently played to sold-out audiences and is returning to the stage with the same extraordinary cast. Also on the bill is the one-act play, When the Rattlesnake Sounds.

Four Little Girls: Birmingham, 1963 was written by playwright Christina Ham and is directed by award-winning director Ed Bishop, the production depicts the bombing that took the lives of four young girls at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The bombings took place less than a month after the historic March on Washington. In the title roles of the four girls are Brittani Johnson, Morgan-Me’Lyn Grant, Roderica Scorza, and Daranisha Ingram. Also featured are Dana C. Webb, Andreana Rogers, Karel Sloane-Boekbinder, Imani Francis, Alexis Carroll, Giselle Canko, Max Canko, Sonya Parker, JJ Kazi; with Glynn Pichon, Kairie Brown, Lea Gabrielle McGeathy, Saniya Nona Coleman, and Nyela Raha Joshua.

When the Rattlesnake Sounds, by Alice Childress, is a one-act play based on the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman. Constance S. Thompson stars as Harriet Tubman, with Drena Clay and Morgan Me’Lyn Grant.

Following the reading, there will be a post-performance discussion led by the staff of Ashé Cultural Arts Center. For more information, call (504) 957-9283.

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Film screening: Keeper of the Flame

March 15, 2014 | 6:00 p.m.

Call for pricing.

Keeper of the Flame is a film about a young man’s journey to become the youngest Big Chief in the history of the Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans. You’ll want to stay after the movie to meet Big Chief Brian Nelson, and Maroon Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson. Want a peek? Check out the official movie trailer: Call (504) 569-9070.

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Grantwriting for Beginners

March 20, 2014 | 2:00-4:30 p.m.


Are you involved with a non-profit? Does your job require you to raise funds for your department or position? Do you want to add a valuable skill to your resume? Consider grantwriting! Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants. Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing proposals and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation after completing the workshop. Registration $35 per person. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people. Email to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

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Lyrics, Beats and Masterpieces presents “Brown Boogie Down”

March 20, 2014 | 7:00-10:00 p.m.


The young poets are at it again, this time with Brown Boogie Down, a spotlight on Latino hip hop and visual artists. Lyrics, Beats & Masterpieces (LBM) brings the underground hip-hop, spoken word, dance, and soul scenes together for an evening of collaborations. LBM is a monthly installment at Ashé Cultural Arts Center that provides urban artists of all disciplines a platform to showcase their talents, connect and collaborate; the event incorporates dance spotlights, an art exhibition, live art demonstrations, fashion showcases, film screenings, guest DJs and live performances. Call (504) 569-9070 for more information, and stay tuned for the lineup.

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Community Cinema

March 21, 2014 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Directed by Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart, Medora hits the screen at Ashé Cultural Arts Center.

In Indiana, where life revolves around high school basketball, what happens to a community when their beloved team can no longer win a single game? Medora follows the down-but-not-out Medora Hornets varsity basketball team over the course of the 2011 season, capturing their stories both on and off the court. Riding a brutal losing streak when the film begins, the team’s struggle to compete bears eerie resemblance to the town’s fight for survival. An in-depth, deeply personal look at small town life, Medora is also a thrilling, underdog basketball story and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them. After the film, stick around for the thought provoking talkback. For more information, contact Drena S. Clay at (504) 569-9070.

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Auditions for The Vagina Monologues

March 21, 2014 | 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Free and open to female actors and dancers, age 18 and up

Auditions are being held for Eve Ensler’s internationally renowned play, The Vagina Monologues. Ashé Cultural Arts Center is seeking female actors and dancers, age 18 and up, any race. Sides will be provided. Rehearsals begin March 31 and run through the week of the show. Showtime: April 18 and 19, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call (504) 569-9070.

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Louisiana Gulf Future Visioning Salon

March 22, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Admission to the Gulf Future Salon will be on a sliding scale, so please contribute what is financially feasible.

(LA) 10:00am CST – 4:00pm CST – Louisiana Gulf Future Visioning Salon – Location: Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA – Join the Gulf Future Coalition for a day of celebrating the vibrant, diverse, and resilient community of the Gulf Coast. The visioning session will include:

· –Clips from the documentaries Come Hell or High Water, Can’t Stop the Water and My Louisiana Love.

· –A performative excerpt of Cry You One, by the artists at ArtSpot Productions and Mondo Bizarro.

· –Interactive storytelling and art making

· — An “alphabet soup” workshop on the RESTORE Act, NRDA, NFWF

At the end of the day, participants will come together for a collaborative artistic response to the question: What is our collective vision for our region? For more information, visit or

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Redd Linen Night 2014

March 29, 2014 | 7:00-10:00 p.m.

$30 / $10 students 12 and under

Ashé Cultural Arts Center (Ashé) is thrilled to present its third annual Redd Linen Night, a fundraiser. The event takes place on Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 6-10 p.m., at 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in New Orleans. Named for Ashé’s cofounder, Douglas Redd (1947-2007), Redd Linen Night is a celebration of his life and visual artistry. His work has been described as the pivotal graphic influence for many of the African, African American and Caribbean programs and events held in New Orleans, as far back as the 1970s. The show features prominent and emerging artists, some who were mentees, contemporaries or protégés of Redd. This affair, which is more than just an art exhibit, will pair stunning live, performance art with amazing art pieces. Stay tuned for the unveiling of the amazing artists for 2014.

Ticket prices: General admission – $30 in advance. Students 12 and under, $10. Tickets are available at Ashé Cultural Arts Center or online at

ADS: This year, we’re including ads in our program booklet. Ad prices are $100 (full page – 6” [w] x 7.5’ [h]), $50 (half page – 6” [w] x 3.75” [h]), and $25 (quarter page – 2.75” [w] x 3.75 [h]). Ads must be submitted camera-ready, and must be received no later than March 15, 2014. Send artwork to Call (504) 569-9070 if you’re interested in purchasing an ad, or for more information.

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Workplace Wellness Luncheon – “Listen to Your Pharmacist: I’m Here to Help.”

March 27, 2014 | 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Free and open to the Public

Join us for our monthly Workplace Wellness Luncheon where you’ll get nourishment for our mind and body. Each month we present information geared toward helping you to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Topics cover your personal and financial health, green products, and more. You’ll get tips from professionals who actually make time to answer your burning questions. Tell us what you want to learn or hear about on the seminar’s evaluation form, and we’ll certainly try to make it happen. Please call us at (504) 569-9070 and let us know you’re coming. Visit our website ( for information on this month’s speaker is forthcoming. This month’s luncheon is sponsored by United Health Care.

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Forward Thinking & Entrepreneurship at the Barbershop Meetings

March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2014

Wednesdays | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Calling all men. What are your goals and aspirations? Need help getting started? The Barbershop Meeting focuses on issues of importance to the growth and well-being, especially of young men. So join the men who come out and learn from each other. Take in an interesting and informative seminar or film, and share your dreams and disappointments. Men of all ages are invited to join the lively discussions and to give input and support based on their life experiences. This meeting affords the opportunity for goal-setting and reflections. Come and bring a few friends. Peter Nakhid leads the discussions. For more information, call (504) 569-9070.

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Tone & Tighten at Three New Classes!

March 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 and 31, 2014 – (No class March 3)

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Every Monday and Thursday

Free and open to the public.

No dance experience required.

Come kick it with the Sistahs as we enthusiastically shake it off. This month, get ready to strengthen your core through Belly Dance with Collette at 6-7 p.m. on Mondays, and continue to learn how to Lose Dat from 7-8 p.m. On Thursdays, it’s nothing but a party during Zumba with Danielle at 6 p.m. and Soul Dance with Kai at 7:00 p.m. Dance offerings change every six weeks and include African, Salsa, Haitian, Tap, Line Dance, Contemporary, Secondline, Zumba and more. So get fit with the “sistahs” as you exercise and dance your way to wellness. The program is directed by Jamilah Peters-Muhammad, a registered nurse and professional dancer, who handles all aspects of the programming-dance, educational films, nutrition, and health and wellness. A nutritious meal is served after each class. For more information, call (504) 569-9070, or just show up ready to move.

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