Saturday, December 15, 2007


Ballin’ on the Boulevard

December 15, 2007
Noon to 4 p.m.

Castle Rock Community Church
1539 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

3 on 3 Basketball Tournaments
Age Groups:
Ages 12-14
Ages 15-17

Come show off your skills! Great give-aways!

Sponsored by Holiday on the Boulevard and Central City Renaissance Alliance
For more information, call 581-5301 or visit:



FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2007 - From 10:00am to 11:30am

This Pre Kwanzaa Ceremony and Imagination Tour field trip will be
held at Ashé Cultural Arts Center located in New Orleans at 1712 Oretha
Castle Haley Boulevard. The Cultural Field Trip is part of the Holiday on
the Boulevard
Festival that will be held from December 14 th - 16th, 2007.

Pre-Kwanzaa Ceremony with Mama Yeye
(students will participate in building the Kwanzaa table)
Students will learn the principles of the Nguzo Saba, which are Unity, Self-Determination,
Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Creativity, Purpose and Faith.
These universal values can be used in every day life.

Imagination Tour with Bamboula 2000
(Hands on Dance and Drum workshop)
Students will use their imaginations, drums, costumes and dances as they travel from
New Orleans to Africa, South America, and the Caribbean.

The Field Trip is open to elementary and middle school students in the greater
New Orleans area.
The cost is $5.00 per child. Parents are welcome too! Hot dogs, nachos,
snacks, drinks and fruit will be on sale.

Space is limited to 100 students so reserve your school’s participation by contacting
Luther Gray at or (504) 569-9070.
(Please make checks out to Efforts of Grace, Inc.)

Sponsored by: Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Central City Renaissance Alliance,the Ford
Foundation, Oretha Castle Haley Merchants Association, Hope Community Credit Union,
the Arts Council of New Orleans, City of New Orleans, Office of the Lt. Governor of Louisiana,
Annie E Casey Foundation, Greater New Orleans Foundation, and the Good Work Network.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


Please Join us in CENTRAL CITY for the 8TH Annual Holiday on the Boulevard!

DECEMBER 14-16, 2007

Holiday Shopping - Great Food
Live Entertainment, and Family Fun!

On Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

FREE and open to the Public


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13TH, 10:00am - 5:00 pm
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard &
HOPE Community Credit Union, 1726 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

Gift collection for 50 senior community residents! We ask that you provide new, unwrapped
gifts, clothing, appliances and other gifts for senior residents. The gifts will be distributed at
noon on Saturday, December 15th by Baba Kwanzaa and Mama Yeye at Ashé Cultural Arts
Center. (You may also bring gifts for seniors to the HOLIDAY RECEPTION on Friday, December
14 at Ashé.)


School Field Trip Day, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

> Pre-Kwanzaa Ceremony
> The Imagination Tour - Drum & Dance Workshop with Bamboula 2000
> Holiday Lights on the Boulevard with Baba Kwanzaa & Mama Yeye - 5:00 pm
> HOLIDAY RECEPTION featuring The Black Notes (Jazz) - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Sponsored by the Oretha Castle Haley Merchants & Business Association


Live Music & Holiday Shopping at 2 locations, 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

> New Orleans Dance Collective (Dance)
> Sistahs Making a Change (Dance)
> Valentine Pierce (Spoken Word)
> Philip Manual (Jazz)
> Excerpts from the play PURLIE, produced by Le Petit Theater & Voices in the Dark
> Senior Citizen Gift Giveaway
> Chuck Perkins (Hip-Hop)
> The Mardi Gras Indian Collective
> Bamboula 2000 (Drum & Dance)

Special Guests include local authors Pamela Davis-Noland (Coffee Colored Dreams),
Deb Cotton (Notes from New Orleans) and Valentine Pierce (Geometry of the Heart).

Good Work Network Celebration, 10:00 am -5:00 pm
Nonprofit Central, 1824 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

> Santa Claus!
> Kids with Culture (Music)
> O Perry Walker Drama Club (Drama)
> Creative Forces, from New Orleans Science and Math High School (Music)
> Pepper Boy (Hip Hop Gospel)
> Gail Fly (Gospel)
> Truth Universal (Hip Hop)
> Diamond Cutta (Hip Hop)
> Holiday Vendors
> Ben Hunter (Caribbean/Reggae)
> Jazz Band from NOCCA Finale


Live Music & Entertainment, 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard


> Rev. Lois DeJean (Gospel)
> Jo "Cool" Davis (Gospel)
> NOLA Playback Theater
> Sharon Martin (Jazz)
> Mother Tongue (World)
> Zion Trinity (Reggae)

For more information or vending opportunities contact LUTHER GRAY
at (504) 569-9070 or

Sponsored by: Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Central City Renaissance Alliance,the Ford
Foundation, Oretha Castle Haley Merchants Association, Hope Community Credit Union,
the Arts Council of New Orleans, City of New Orleans, Office of the Lt. Governor of Louisiana,
Annie E Casey Foundation, Greater New Orleans Foundation, and the Good Work Network.

Monday, December 10, 2007


Nutrition Workshop & Food Tasting!

Community Book Center is known for bringing "the truth to light," and now we are bringing you
The "RAW" Truth about food. We invite you and others to join us for an evening of Healing and
Education as we welcome members of the Purification Garden and Wellness Center of Cottonwood,

Yemi Jones, Master Herbalist and Hank Jones, Raw Food Chef; authors of Fire Without Flame

and Michelle Clay, D.O. Certified Holistic Health Counselor and Clinical Nutritionist
will conduct a workshop and food tasting on:

Monday, December 10, 2007
5:00PM- 8:00PM.

Community Book Center
2523 Bayou Road

FREE and open to the public

NOTE: Due to road repairs you may want to enter the parking lot from Columbus St.

Friday, December 7, 2007


Ashé Cultural Art Center Presents: The State of the Nation Art & Performance Series

A New Orleans Healing Arts Experience… Theater, Music, Poetry, Dance & Film!

Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

New Orleans
, LA 70113

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Performances start at 8:00 pm

Admission $5.00

Featuring performances and presentations from New Orleans Artists, members of Alternate ROOTS and the Network of Ensemble Theaters.

Including: M.U.G.A.B.E.E, Bamboula 2000, Creative Forces, Cripple Creek Theater Company, The Free Agents Brass Band, Mardi Gras Indians, Jose Torres Tama, Rev. Lois DeJean, Tim Miller, Sunni Patterson, 2-Cents, MOOSE, Scotty Heron and Hijack, an excerpt from "The Origin of Life on Earth", Millicent Johnnie, Stephanie McKee and many more…

Master of Ceremonies: Mama NOLA (a.k.a. Kathy Randels of ArtSpot Productions)
Complimentary New Orleans Style food from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Sponsored by ArtSpot Productions, Mondo Bizarro, New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival and the Network of Ensemble Theaters.
For more information please call Ashé Cultural Art Center at (504) 569-9070 or email

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Film Screening - DARIUS GOES WEST: The Roll of his Life

A film by Logan Smalley

Wednesday, December 5, 2007
7:30 pm

Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 569-9070

Admission FREE

Where would you go if you'd never been away from home? What would you do if you didn't
have much time left? DARIUS WENT WEST!

Meet 15-year-old Darius Weems from Athens, Georgia, who was born with Duchenne Muscular
Dystrophy (DMD), the most common fatal genetic disorder to affect children worldwide. In
1999, he watched his beloved older brother, Mario, pass away from the same disease at age 19.
Soon after, Darius lost use of the muscles in his legs and had to use a wheelchair to get around.

Fulfilling a promise to Mario to look after his little brother, a group of Darius's college-age friends
decided there was no need for his quality of life to disintegrate along with his muscles. In the
summer of 2005, they rented a wheelchair-accessible RV and took Darius, who had never seen
mountains, the ocean or even crossed a state line, on the adventure of a lifetime.

The ultimate goal of their 7,000-mile cross-country journey was to reach Los Angeles and
convince MTV's hit show "Pimp My Ride" to customize Darius's wheelchair. Along the way, they
evaluated wheelchair accessibility in America, celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA) and raised awareness of DMD—particularly among a generation not
familiar with Jerry Lewis. They also found joy, brotherhood and the knowledge that life, even
when imperfect, is always worth the ride. Making an extended stop in New Orleans.

Donations will be collected for Charley's Fund during the event.

Co-Sponsored by Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, and the
Charitable Film Network. For more information contact Jerald L. White at
or (504) 569-9070.

Sunday, December 2, 2007


1st Annual Short Circuit Film Festival

The Charitable Film Network presents

The 1st Annual Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival

Sunday, December 2, 2007
5:00 PM

Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
(Central City) New Orleans, LA

$10 Admission

The festival is the first of its kind to exclusively spotlight short films created by
filmmakers living and working in the Southeastern United States.

The Short Circuit Film Festival is comprised of 12 short films selected for their artistic
merit by a panel of esteemed media arts professionals. These engaging selections range
from fiction and animation to experimental and documentary. This year, the festival
features work by filmmakers from Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina,
and Tennessee. From October 2007 - May 2008, Short Circuit will travel as a self-contained,
2 ½ hour film festival that may be enjoyed in a single afternoon or evening.

Spotlighted films in the 2007-2008 Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival include:

An Abstraction on the Chronology of Will, the fictional account a young, apathetic
Special-Op soldier who rediscovers his will to live after being faced with a firing squad
in the desert

Bowl Digger
, The loving documentary of octogenarians Maxie and Hilton Eades who create wooden
bowls and dough trays in rural South Carolina, and

A Special Bonus Screening of The Hunters Apprentice, An outstanding short film about
a vampire hunter in training, by New Orleans Filmmakers Mike Ryan and Ryan Martin.
A short Q&A with the New Orleans filmmakers will follow the screening.

For a complete list of films Look Here or the festival schedule visit the Short Circuit
Traveling Film Festival at

For more information contact:
Jerald L. White at (504) 896-7333 or

The Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival is a program of the Southern Arts Federation (SAF), a non-profit regional arts organization. Founded in 1975, SAF creates partnerships and collaborations; assists in the development of artists, arts professional and arts organizations; present, promotes and produces Southern arts and cultural programming; and advocates for the arts and arts education. The organization works in partnership with the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. For more information on the Southern Arts Federation and its programs visit


"De-Confusing Green"

An Open-house Event to Offer Explanation of Often Complex
Practices of Sustainable Building and Landscape Design.

When: Decemeber 1, 2007. 11:00am-3:00pm
Where: 1937 Seventh street (at Daneel)
Food: Yes! BBQ

The Tulane City Center and Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) will host an open-house event on Saturday, December 1. The event takes place on the Central City site of the GREENbuild house, designed and built by Tulane architecture students under the guidance of Professor Coleman Coker, principal of Buildingstudio NOLA. The home was built from three prefabricated modules, which have the ability to be reconfigured to fit varied site conditions or alternate space requirements.

The construction of the home was financed by the local non-profit developer, Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS.) "Working with Tulane university students, local non-profits and neighborhood associations has enabled us to develop a sustainable home at an affordable cost" says Lauren Anderson, Executive Director of NHS. The home, which has yet to be sold, was designed with innovative active and passive green building techniques. The terms "green" and "sustainable" are often used intermittingly, however, the Tulane City Center believes sustainability as an approach to design more than the outcome of it. Dan Etheridge, Assistant Director of the Tulane City Center reports "in taking this approach we can ensure that our students do not make the mistake of focusing just on energy efficient technologies, or renewable materials, but they instead place their design work in a larger ecological and social context."

Although the house was nearly complete by the end of the summer, continued activity on the site over the past few months has encouraged continued collaboration with local groups, including Groundwork, a landscape-focused non-profit. "This open-house event brings together community groups that are committed to finding ways to assist New Orleans in becoming a model for environmentally responsible and respectful rebuilding practices" says Groundwork Executive Director, Pamela Broom.

Members of local organizations, such as the Alliance for Affordable Energy, EcoUrban, FutureProof, the Green Project, American Institute of Architects and the Home Builders Association will be present to explain that the benefits of green building techniques extend far beyond reducing human environmental impact. Forest Bradley – Wright, Sustainable Build Director of the Alliance for Affordable Energy explains, "in New Orleans today, there are many effective and affordable products and techniques that can help people reduce their utility bills. At the De-Confusing Green event, participants will get the basic information they need to capture energy savings." Visitors will have the opportunity to see first-hand how individual systems within a home can help reduce its emissions. "Using a cistern, for example, runoff from the roof of the GREENbuild home will be used to water the garden, reducing tap water use and the energy used to pump water from New Orleans storm drains, which lowers both individual and municipal utility bills," says Demetria Christo, co-founder of EcoUrban. "A model such as this GREENbuild house and surrounding landscape will help define the future building practices of New Orleans."

Saturday, December 1, 2007


Screening of TESTING HOPE: Grade 12 in the New South Africa

A Documentary by MOLLY BLANK

Friday, November 30, 2007

Ashé Cultural Arts Center

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd

5:30 pm Youth Discussion
6:30 pm Screening of Testing Hope

FREE Admission

Description: Since the end of Apartheid in April 1994, the new South African government has been struggling to remedy years of inequity, particularly regarding substandard education. Testing Hope: Grade 12 in the new South Africa chronicles the lives of young people facing their future in the evolving democracy of South Africa. The film follows four students – Babalwa, Noluyanda, Mongamo and Sipho – at Oscar Mpetha High School in Nyanga township, just outside of Cape Town, as they work towards their crucial Matric exams which one student calls “the decider."
Hosted by Narda Hernandez, Charitable Film Network and Ashé Cultural Arts Center.

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