Sunday, November 29, 2009


Students at the Center (SAC) Book Signing

Men We Love, Men We Hate
December 1, 2009
Ashé Cultural Arts Center at 6:30 p.m.

Students at the Center (SAC)--writings from Douglass, McDonogh 35, and McMain high schools in New Orleans. The book is an anthology on the topic of men and relationships with men.

SAC is an independent program that works within public schools in New Orleans. Students participate through English, elective writing and social studies classes in their schools. SAC graduates have worked as key staff members, serving as resource teachers in public school classrooms, organizers for youth involvement, and producers of youth media.

For more information visit, or contact Jim Randels at

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Monday, November 23, 2009


NEW ACTS ADDED - Tenth Annual Holiday on the Boulevard!

WHEN: December 5, 2009 – 11:00 a.m.—10:00 p.m. and
December 6, 2009 – 1:00–8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ashé Cultural Arts Center - 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. and
GoodWork Network - 1824 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.


CONCERT: Tommy the Clown and His Krump Dancers from the Movie “Rize”
Gen. Admission for concert only - $10; VIP Seating $20-$25.
Tickets are available by visiting

INFO: (504) 569-9070 or (504) 309-2073

For the tenth consecutive year, the Boulevard comes alive as Ashé Cultural Arts Center and GoodWork Network join with musicians, actors, merchants, and the community to create an amazingly entertaining holiday festival and marketplace in Central City New Orleans. The festival brings together a mix of jazz, hip-hop, r&b, gospel, folk, reggae, along with theater and dance. Holiday on the Boulevard’s events will occur on Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6, 2009 at Ashé which is located at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., and at GoodWork Network, 1824 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

One of the highlights of the festival is when Ashé’s holiday icons, Mama YeYe & Baba Kwanzaa, meet Santa & Mrs. Claus. Led by a brass band, the couples second line from GoodWork Network to Ashé where they are met by festival participants who join in the second line.

Voices Not Forgotten, another feature not to be missed, spotlights the senior citizens (ages 62 to 94) from the Central City Senior Center. These ladies and gentlemen infuse oral histories, backed by videography, into their song-and-dance routines and are known for not only packing the house, but “bringing it down” with a foot-stomping audience that always begs for more. They offer gospel, R&B, and humorous testimonies.

The festival also includes a marketplace which gives festival-goers the opportunity to purchase gifts from local merchants and artisans, and enjoy food prepared by local vendors.

Good Work Network’s Youth Marketplace will feature youth, ages 7-21, who have participated in entrepreneurship training provided by GoodWork Network. The training culminates with “real-world” selling on December 5, at Holiday on the Blvd. Along with other young people, they will sell affordable food items and hand-made holiday gifts. Participating youth groups include LA Green Corps, Alpha Coffee House, Sojourner Truth Community Center, and Café Reconcile.
Festival hours and activities follow:

Ashé Cultural Arts Center – 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Noon – 10:00 p.m. – Ashé Marketplace
Noon Truth Universal
12:30p Kuumba Institute Showcase
1:00p Voices Not Forgotten/Movers and Groovers (Dance & Oral Histories, Seniors Ages 62-94)
2:00p NOCCA Vocal Ensemble
2:30p Monica Pierre
2:45p Phillip Manuel
3:45p Rudy Mills & the Caribbean Funk Band
4:50p Baby Boyz Brass Band & Young Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indians Second Line
5:45p Bamboula 2000
7:00p Concert: Tommy the Clown and his Krump Dancers from Los Angeles
(General Admission $10; VIP Seating $20-$25)
Thomas “Tommy the Clown” Johnson ( and his dancers appeared in the movie “Rize,” as well as in numerous videos. “Krumping is an urban street dance form characterized by free, expressive, exaggerated, and highly energetic moves involving the arms, head, legs, chest, and feet. The root word, Krump, is an acronym for Kingdom Radically Uplifted Mighty Praise” (Wikipedia). Tickets are available at

GoodWork Network Celebration – 1824 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – GoodWork Youth Marketplace
11:00a Esquizito
11:30a Dorice & Tanya
12:30p Red Admiral Dance Academy
12:45p India McDougle’s Dance Troupe
1:15p Creative Forces from New Orleans Science & Math High School
1:30p Positive Image Entertainment
2:00p Dee-1 (Hip-Hop)
2:45p The Silhouette Dance Ensemble
3:30p Joe Marcelino & Jam Tight Entertainment
4:00p Annie Christmas (Kaia Livers) Historic Character Strolling
4:30p Young Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indians & Baby Boyz Brass Band
Brass Band and Mardi Gras Indians Second Line from
GoodWork Network to Ashé Cultural Arts Center where Baba Kwanzaa & Mama YeYe
meet Santa & Mrs. Claus

Ashé Cultural Arts Center – 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
1:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Ashé Marketplace
1:00p John Mosely & Friends
1:30p Wade Barnes Quintet (Jazz)
2:15p Rev. Lois Dejean (Gospel)
2:30p Jo “Cool” Davis (Gospel)
3:15p Lloyd Daly
4:15p Sharon Martin (Jazz)
5:15p Amusing (Theater)
6:00p Spoken Word Allstars featuring Hollywood, Peaches, Asia & Chris
6:30p Michaela Harrison & Marcio
7:00p Zion Trinity (Reggae)

SPONSORS: Ashé Cultural Arts Center, GoodWork Network, Office of the Lieutenant Governor/Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism/Office of Tourism; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Oretha Castle Haley Merchants Association, Hope Community Credit Union, Central City Renaissance Alliance, Brown’s Dairy, Renaissance Project, Arts Council of New Orleans, City of New Orleans, Ford Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, La. Disaster Recovery Foundation, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), Jazz Foundation of America, The Brooklyn Four Plus One, Inc., La. State Civil Rights Institute.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Join Us for the Screening of Tambores de Agua

Jorge Guerrero Veloz, Consul General
Consulate of Venezuela in New Orleans
invites you to a screening
of the documentary
Tambores de Agua
(Video in Spanish with English Subtitles)
Come out and enjoy the water drummers while you take a look at a piece of Venezuelan culture.

Saturday, November 21, 2009
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center's Kuumba Institute
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70113
For information call (504) 569-9070.
Free Admission
Venezuelan refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


It's Happening At Ashé Cultural Arts Center

Ashé Drum Circle at Neighborhood Partnership Network Festival

November 7, 2009

Festival Hours: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Harney Elementary School - 2503 Willow Street - New Orleans


The drum circle, led by Luther Gray, is comprised of male and female participants ages 3 to 93. Bring a drum or borrow one from the Circle.

LadyFest (Concert and Vendor Marketplace)

November 8, 2009

Noon-6:00 p.m.

Ashé Cultural Arts Center


Featuring 30 X 90, Dixie Rose, Hazel-The Delta Rambler, Kelcy Mae, Margie Perez, Olga, Troi Bechet, Cori Walters on Drums & Cassandra Falconer on Bass, Estelle Campagne on Flute & Mimi Geste on Piano.

Make a Joyful Noise Gospel Festival (Parade, Concert and Vendor Marketplace)

November 14, 2009

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Ashé Cultural Arts Center


Featuring: Dillard University’s Vision Quest, Jo “Cool” Davis, Rev. Lois Dejean, The Jones Sisters, Bishop Onassis Jones & Justified, O.P. Walker High School Gospel Choir, New Hope Youth Choir, Chuck Brown & Yielded Vessels, Heavenly Melodies, True Worship Mime Ministry, Sixth Baptist Church Heaven Bound Youth Choir, Household of Faith, Gail Fly, Pepper Boy, Golden Voices, Silhouette Dance Ensemble, Ron Hattley & Worship Squad.

Ashé Drum Circle leads a parade: starts at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue at Felicity and S. Claiborne Avenue, ends at Ashé Cultural Arts Center for the start of Make a Joyful Noise Gospel Festival.

Jose Torres-Tama

November 15, 2009

Book Signing - Free People of Color

2:00-4:00 p.m.

Ashé Cultural Arts Center


Jose Torres-Tama signs his book which features portraits and stories of free people of color. It also includes a comprehensive "Free People of Color" Timeline through Louisiana History written by Keith Weldon Medley.

Stories of Untold Passion (Dance/theater)

November 20 & 21, 2009

7:30 p.m.

Ashé Cultural Arts Center

Admission: $15

This Original Dance/Musical production showcases the best of Pop, Broadway and Hip-Hop in song and dance. Choreographed and directed by Griffin Collins and musically directed by Daniel Deshazo, the troupe is ready to move audiences with pure talent and Art." The production includes a cast of local, talented artists from New Orleans and surrounding area universities that are coming together to express their love, drive, and passion for the arts.


Join Sistahs Making A Change

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Make A Joyful Noise Gospel Concert

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