Tipitina’s will hold its second annual Rhythm and Blues 5K Run today (Saturday, Sept. 28) to benefit local school music programs, and the event will feature live music, $1 beer, a costume contest and possibly some running.
Second Harvest Food Bank, which helps feed a quarter of a million South Louisiana residents each year, is hosting a free screening Tuesday evening at the Prytania Theatre of “A Place at the Table,” a documentary about the struggles of Americans on food stamps. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, New Orleans Health Commissioner Karen DeSalvo and Troy Henry of Sterling Farms will participate in a panel discussion after the event.
Laws that add additional punishments for crimes that are motivated by hate are necessary because they give equal protection to all citizens, not just “special groups,” an attorney for the Anti-Defamation League said Tuesday night.
Hate-crime laws punish acts of violence motivated by bias based on race, religion, sexual orientation or other characteristics, said ADL legal counsel David Barkey. And because everyone has a race, a gender or a sexual identification, everyone is protected, so everyone has a stake in making sure such incidents are reported and prosecuted, Barkey said in an educational session on hate-crime laws at the Jewish Community Center sponsored by his group and the Forum for Equality.
The Anti-Defamation League and the Forum for Equality (a group for advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights) will hold a public discussion about hate crimes at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Jewish Community Center, 5432 St. Charles Avenue.
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Uptown Messenger and Mid-City Messenger have moved into the new location of the Du Mois gallery and Villere Realty at 4609 Freret, and the space will have its grand opening from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight (Saturday, Sept. 14) for the premiere of a new show at the gallery, “Bathworks,” featuring the art of Brett Reif and Arlyn Jimenez.
Come by, see our beautiful new home (right in the middle of the block with our great neighbors at Zeus’ Place, the Freret Neighborhood Center, Dennis Barber Shop and Bloomin’ Deals and across from Company Burger), enjoy some drinks and some live music. Hope to see you there!
Uptown Messenger columnist jewel bush, founder of the MelaNated Writers Collective, will be speaking at 10 a.m. Saturday as part of a panel discussion on “Creating Community for Writers of Color” at the Rising Tide new media conference on the future of New Orleans at Xavier University. Below, find a short series of questions and answers with Bush:
How did the MelaNated Writers Collective get started?
I was in newspapers for 6 years, and when I left to begin doing communications and marketing for nonprofits and various organizations, I missed the camaraderie of the newsroom. I freelanced for awhile, but it’s not the same as being in a space with other writers. Around this time, I started to take my creative writing seriously and began attending literary workshops around the country like VONA (Voices of our Nation) the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color, co-founded by the Pultizer-prize winning author Junot Diaz and Callaloo when it was at Texas A&M. Spending time with other writers, talking shop with them was amazing. It was what I needed and as close as I could get to the newsroom energy without being in the newsroom. In fact, it was a little bit better, because this bunch of creatives weren’t as jaded or cynical as newsies can often be. They were motivated and psyched about writing.
After I did Callaloo and did VONA for the first time, I knew a week here or two weeks there of this was great, but it wasn’t enough. I knew I wanted and needed this year round at home. I knew I needed to recreate this here; and that’s what I did. I began talking to other writers, poets, bloggers, MFA students/graduates, journalists, teachers about this idea; and from there, the writers I knew introduced me to writers they knew and before you knew it there were nearly 20 people in my living room talking about their work and what it meant to be a writer of color living in New Orleans.
The free monthly Freret Market returns after its summer break, bringing 90 vendors of art and food, the Big Easy Roller Girls and three bands starting at noon today (Saturday, Sept. 7) at the corner of Freret and Napoleon.
The Krewe of OAK rolled through Carrollton on Saturday evening for the annual Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade with the theme of “OAKtopussy Riot: a Tribute to James Bondage.”
The parade will march from the Maple Leaf bar to Palmer Park and back.
As Devon Walker continues to recover from the spinal-cord injury he suffered while playing football for Tulane last fall, Dat Dog is hosting a fundraiser Monday — complete with a “Devon dog” he designed — to help with his continuing medical expenses.
Residents of the Freret neighborhood are banding together to help out two longtime homeowners, supporting one man in the struggle to keep the city from selling his home at sheriff’s auction and raising money with a fundraiser tonight to help repair another woman’s damaged roof.
The 1963 March on Washington will be commemorated in New Orleans with a march in Central City and rally Saturday that will also honor the overall civil-right movements of the era and its continuation today, organizers said.
The Krewe of Freret is launching a series of free Saturday-evening concerts at the Publiq House as an August membership drive, starting tonight (Saturday, Aug. 10) with the Street Legends Brass Band and Sarah Quintana.
With a mix of classics, modern auteurs and late-night showings of cult favorite Amelie, the 16-year-old New Orleans French Film Festival returns to the Prytania Theatre this weekend for its biggest year yet.
The People Say Project — an ongoing discussion of musicians’ culture and money in New Orleans — will host the second annual Backyard Cut Session, “an uptown party featuring four DJ’s spinning vinyl under the stars,” at a Freret home Saturday evening.
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, who has been spearheading a review of the city’s Mardi Gras ordinances, said she is open to exploring the idea of changing the parade schedule to include routes other than St. Charles Avenue, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV.
“It’s maybe reaching out to other neighborhoods to see who is interested in taking on the load,” Cantrell said. “Again, you don’t want to make those decisions that will involve and have an impact on neighborhoods without engaging them in the discussion.”