Thursday, October 21, 2010


The Thirteen Lessons to Play at Crowley Historic Rice Theater

The Cast of The Thirteen Lessons (Not in photo:  Will Williams)

The Thirteen Lessons
Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
Crowley Historic Rice Theater
425 N. Parkerson Avenue; Crowley, LA

Advance tickets: $15; at the door, $20. General admission only.

Crowley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Cultural & Creative Arts, Inc., Project Director Dollie Eaglin-Monroe, in partnership with Ashé Cultural Arts Center, present Thirteen Lessons, an original performance work that explores the theme of adult literacy in our community. The work was commissioned by the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy & The New Orleans Literacy Alliance. It was written by Lenwood O. Sloan. This production is directed by John Grimsley and produced by Ashé Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans.

The 13 Lessons is a story theater work taken from oral histories and first person testimonies from those caught in the circumstance of illiteracy, those committed to working to help them obtain improved literacy skills, champions and advocates for literacy in our community, policy makers and business community representatives. This performance work offers an empowering view of people who do not know how to read. The 13 Lessons introduces and explores the issues, tensions and ironies of people who are part of the continuing adult literacy drama in our communities.

The work uses a blend of original music and popular classics, combined with a script that shows dramatically, and at times humorously, the challenges and barriers that so effectively trap 40% of our adult population. The 13 Lessons provides information, challenges, stereotypes, and raises compassion and understanding. It effectively calls audiences to accept the mantra that “something must be done.”

The diverse group of actors includes: Luis Q. Barroso, Talecia Julie Blunt, Andrea El-Mansura, Tony Fennelly, Barry Lamont Franklin, Kevin M. Hubble, Kesha McKey, Karel Sloane-Boekbinder, Bobby Toomer, Travis Tran, Canae M. White, Will Williams, and Greta Zehner.

Tickets are available at: Acadia Parish School Board, Title I Parental Involvement Office, (337) 783-3664, ext. 253; Cynthia Dominick, (337) 783-8939; Dollie Eaglin-Monroe, (504) 239-0126; Crowley High School, Charlesetta Andrus, (337) 783-5313; and The Crowley Art Gallery, Susie, 222 N. Parkerson Avenue, Crowley, LA, (337) 783-3747.


Dance for Life!

Sunday, November 7, 2010
8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2800 Chartres Street

Free workshops in Kemetic Yoga, New Orleans folk, Haitian, West African, Brazilian samba and much more. Learn from some of the best teachers New Orleans has to offer. Pre-register today at For more information, call (646) 504-HEAL (4325).


4th Annual LadyFest New Orleans

Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Free and Open to the Public

Ladyfest is a non-profit, spoken word, film, and arts festival organized by local women of all identities to showcase, celebrate and encourage the music, poetry, art and activism of women in New Orleans and to benefit local organizations that support women. At the annual festival, women can perform with other women (and men) in a safe, dominantly female-friendly, non corporate environment. Ladyfest is open and inviting to both men and women, of all ages and background. Ladyfest starts on November 3. Festival venues include: St. Anna’s Episcopal Church—Wednesday, November 3; Balcony Music Club—Thursday, November 4; Sweet Lorraine’s –Friday, November 5; Love Lost Lounge and Blue Nile Balcony Room, Saturday, November 6; Ashé Cultural Arts Center and Zeitgeist Arts Center—Sunday, November 7. The lineup for Ashé Cultural Arts Center includes Nattie, Margie Perez, Mary Flynn’s Prohibition Blues, Monica MacInryre and Zion Trinity. For more information call Roselyn Lionhart, festival coordinator, at 504-949-3001. For the complete schedule, visit Ladyfest at


Make a Joyful Noise Gospel and Arts Festival & Main Street Marketplace

Saturday, November 6, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Free and Open to the Public

Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard MAIN STREET, in partnership with Ashé Cultural Arts Center and Café Reconcile, presents the 4th Annual gospel and Arts Festival and Main Street Marketplace featuring live music and a block party.

Come out and see Jo “Cool” Davis, Rev. Lois Dejean, Glenn David Andrews, The Jones Sisters, Heavenly Melodies, Chuck Brown and Yielded Vessels, Silhouette Dance Ensemble, O. Perry Walker High School Gospel Choir, McDonogh #35 Gospel Choir, Israelite Baptist Church Choir, New Hope Baptist Church Youth Choir, First Emanuel Baptist Church Choir, Donnie Bolden, Jr., and many more. There will be live cooking demonstrations—“New Orleans Finest Restaurants”; Café Reconcile’s “Battle of the Chefs” cooking competition; 2K March in recognition of “National Adoption Day,” Department of Children and Family Services; middle school “Battle of the Bands” competition; original art, fashion, jewelry, home décor and more for sale by local vendors; children’s activities, face painting, human maze and more. For more information call Glenda Mitchell at (504) 528-1807; Judy Wallace at (504) 299-3910; Luther Gray at (504) 495-0468.


DOVIA New Orleans Quarterly Meeting

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at noon
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Open to DOVIA members. Visitors $10

Allison Plyer and Laura Crochet will address the topic, Data: Collection and Use. DOVIA New Orleans is a professional association/networking group for directors and program coordinators of volunteer programs in the Metro New Orleans area. We meet on a quarterly basis and host an annual training day for volunteer leaders. Bring your lunch and enjoy the session.


Third Annual Meet Our Raingardens

Friday, October 22, 2010
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
1712 & 1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Free and Open to the Public

6:00 p.m., Workshop at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Followed by Raingardens Tour of gardens along Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Cocktails and Live Music at Casa Borrega, 1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Groundwork New Orleans invites you to the third annual Meet Our Raingardens. Celebrate green revitalization in Central city with food, friends, music and cocktails. The eight raingardens on O.C. Haley Blvd. reduce rain induced flooding, offset greenhouse gas emissions, and improve Lake Pontchartrain’s water quality by diverting storm water from pumping stations and filtering pollutants.

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