Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Art Opening and Spoken Word Performance


"Our Flesh of Flames" featuring the art work of Amiri Baraka and Theodore A. Harris AND Art work made by students at Xavier University and middle school students of New Orleans. Harris will be present to present and discuss his work.


Performed by Kalamu ya Salaam

WHEN: Friday, July 10, 2009

TIME: 7:00 P.M.

WHERE: Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., N.O. 70113


INFO: (504) 569-9070


Ashé Cultural Arts Center and the Visual Arts Network present an Art Opening and Spoken Word Performance featuring the works of Theodore A. Harris, Amiri Baraka and Kalamu ya Salaam.

Harris is a collagist, itself a modern form, and one that has been used to great advantage in pinning the political tale on the donkey, or elephant (or corrupt tiger, as the case may be). He tells about the peoples' struggles, world-wide, against oppression and exploitation, our lives under racism and the twisted rule of capital. At times, the images he thrusts at us are sharp enough to make us wince, with understanding and recognition. Harris' work is fundamentally about consciousness-raising, and this is what his art does. He is known for his canny ability to group together images and found objects to create a distinctive image with new meaning, and a sometimes shocking political statement based on the truths he finds in the objects he chooses.

Harris, who will be in town for the Fourth of July weekend, will participate in Ashé Cultural Arts Center’s July 4th Maafa. During that procession, participants will be asked to collect objects that Harris intends to use in his art work to be exhibited at the showing.

Included in the art opening will be the work of Xavier University students and middle school students from New Orleans. Local author and poet ya Salaam will offer spoken word.

Amiri Baraka’s work will be shown via a video presentation.

For more information, please call (504) 569-9070.

The Ashe' Cultural Arts Center is a VAN Partner of the Visual Artists Network (VAN.) This project is made possible in part through support from the Visual Artists Network Exhibition Residency, which is a program of the National Performance Network. Major Contributors are the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Monday, June 15, 2009



The "Sistahs" will host a very important program on prostate health entitled "Protecting the Family Jewels" - SCREENING AND TREATMENT OF PROSTATE CANCER.

The program includes an interactive discussion with Richard Winder, a prostate cancer survivor and Dr. Keith Winfrey from Tulane Community Health Center at Covenant House.

There will be a performance by Sistahs Making a Change.

Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, June 18, 2009
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans

For more information, call (504) 569-9070.



Friday, June 19 and

Saturday, June 20, 2009
7:00 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. - N.O.

(504) 569-9070

Ensemble Fatien and Ivoire Spectacle wish to thank all of their friends who helped them have such a wonderful festival season in New Orleans, especially French Quarter Festival and Jazz Fest. Ensemble Fatien has been chosen to join the roster of Threadhead Records and will be headed to the studio soon to record their debut CD.

(Pictured: Sunpie Barnes and Seguenon Koné)

Seguenon Koné from West Africa, says, “We will present two very special shows called The Beat of West Africa Alive in New Orleans, featuring Seguenon Koné, Ensemble Fatien (musicians Sunpie, Dr. Michael White, Jason Marsalis, Mark Stone, Rex Gregory, Maggie, Cabou Cissoko, Michael Skinkus & Matt), and Ivoire Spectacle (dancers Mikeall Hawkins, Rodrina Rouege & Seneca). These will be the first joint performances by these great musicians, electrifying dancers and amazing drummers.”

To support the recording project and the efforts of this organization, visit Threadhead Records at




The seniors from the Central City Senior Center are ready to strut their stuff once again. They thrilled the crowds last winter for Holiday on the Boulevard, won first place at Senior Fest, and had a standing-room-only crowd last month. If you missed it, or if you just want to see them in action again, come on out on June 17, 2009 at 12:00 noon and see a show that you will be talking about for a long, long time.

Admission is FREE. Come on out and support the seniors as they sing, dance, and share unforgettable stories. You'll be glad you did.

Performance at:
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Call (504) 569-9070.
Space is limited so come early.

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