Thursday, April 1, 2010



Mondays and Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. - FREE

Get fit with the “sistahs” as you exercise and dance your way to wellness. A nutritious meal is served after each class. Free classes are held every Monday and Thursday. Donations are welcomed. Call (504) 569-9070.

HOME New Orleans? Focus Group
April 7, 2010
Ashé Cultural Arts Center at 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The purpose of this focus group is to evaluate Ashé’s audiences. The group will consist of seniors from the Central City Senior Center. For more information call Karel Sloane-Boekbinder at (504) 569-9070.

Theater: Aliens, Immigrants, & Other Evildoers
A Sci-Fi Latino Noir Multidisciplinary Bilingual Performance by Jose Torres-Tama
April 7, 2010
Ashé Cultural Arts Center at 7:00 p.m. - FREE

With a sci-fi Latino noir aesthetic, Torres-Tama transforms into numerous ALIENS who challenge the flaws of a country built by immigrants that vilifies the same people whose labor it exploits. He inventively fuses film interviews from a variety of people in the three commissioning cities of Houston, New Orleans and D.C., who respond to the questions: “Since the Pilgrims arrived without papers, why were they not immediately deported, and where was immigration then?”

This is a V-Day 2010 Campaign Event to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls.
V-Day New Orleans/Ashé Cultural Arts Center joins global effort to stop violence
against women and girls.

Art Exhibit - Visual Remedies for V-Day
April 8, 2010
Ashé Cultural Arts Center at 7:00 p.m. - FREE

Artwork inspired by V-DAY’s I Am An Emotional Creature, written by Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues); and A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle. The art show will feature the work of Rukiya Brown, Danielle Miles, Jessica Strahan, Christine (cfreedom) Brown, Shelia Phipps, Aisha Patrice, Sarah Dearie; and artists/actresses Valentine Pierce and Karel Sloane-Boekbinder who appear in A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer, and Pamela Galeano from I Am An Emotional Creature. Call (504) 569-9070.

Theater: Benefit Production of I Am An Emotional Creature
April 9, 10, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
Matinee: Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 3:30 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center - $15

Based on the best-selling book by author and internationally acclaimed playwright Eve Ensler (author of The Vagina Monologues), these fictional monologues and stories are based on topics garnered from girls around the world. The young actors--all female--are between the ages of 14 and 19, and will perform selected monologues written by Ensler. The production is directed by Asali N. DeVan. For more information about the book and V-Girls, visit Proceeds benefit Crescent House and Liberty House. For more information, call (504) 569-9070.

Theater: Benefit Production of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writings to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls
Friday & Saturday, April 9 & 10, 2010 at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center - $15

This is “a groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler (author of The Vagina Monologues) and Mollie Doyle. These diverse voices rise up in a collective roar to break open, expose, and examine the insidiousness of violence at all levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, even a put-down.” Selected monologues feature the writing of: Elizabeth Lesser, Mollie Doyle, Nicholas D. Kristof, Christine House, Winter Miller, Edwidge Danticat, Tariq Ali, Betty Gale Tyson (with Jerry Capers,) Robin Morgan, Alice Walker, Dave Eggers, Anna Deavere Smith, Maya Angelou, Susan Miller and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. Performers include Tuere Burns-Jones, Keshia “Peaches” Caldwell, Frederick “Hollywood” Delahoussaye, Kesha McKey, Anette McGee, Valerie McMillian, Star Moffett, Giselle Nakhid, Valentine Pierce, Asia Rainey, Annie Bell Robertson, Aneela Shuja, Sha’Condria “Icon” Sibley and Karel Sloane-Boekbinder. The production is directed by Asali N. Devan. Michaela Harrison is the assistant and musical director. Proceeds benefit Crescent House and Liberty House. For more information call Karel Sloane-Boekbinder at (504) 569-9070. Further information about V-Day can be found at

Meet Kenyan Visual Artist Wangechi Mutu
April 9, 2010
Ashé Cultural Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. - FREE
Carol Bebelle (Co-founder & Executive Director of Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Ron Bechet (Chairman of Xavier University's Community Arts Program) & Tye Waller (New Orleans Women's Art Collective) invite you to a reception for Visual Artist Wangechi Mutu. The New York-based artist offers a visceral response to her critiques of gender, culture and mass media imagery. Exploring the female body as a site of engagement and provocation, Mutu's work is frequently populated by hybrid figures that possess an almost abject beauty. The artist samples imagery from disparate sources--medical diagrams, fashion magazines, anthropology and botany texts, pornography, and traditional African arts. The artist's signature aesthetic utilizes tactile and fleshy surfaces to readily engage in her own unique form of myth making, bringing physical and conceptual depth while making social and personal commentary.

Theater: This Pen is Red
April 15-17, 2010
Ashé Cultural Arts Center at 8:00 p.m. - $7
A Free Southern Theater Institute production. Encounters with family, authority, education and medial all shape one's moral framework and sense of self in significant ways. How do the messages we receive serve to perpetuate stereotypes and cement systems of power and privilege? And how can we resist racism, classism, and sexism to assert our own unique identities and values? This Pen is Red explores the tension between the world as we know it and the world we envision. For more information, contact Junebug Productions: (504) 577-0732.

Side-By-Side Membership Meeting
April 21, 2010
Ashé Cultural Arts Center - 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Side-by-Side members and potential members are invited to this important meeting of musicians, culture bearers, museum workers, visual artists, actors, Mardi Gras Indians, art gallery heads, writers, poets, social aid & pleasure clubs, night club owners, digital media developers, photographers, cultural center directors, and community activists.

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