Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A benefit for Times-Picayune employees — and 60 Minutes is in town

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 3:03 PM

A detail of The Times-Picayune T-shirt quilt created by Judy Walker.
  • A detail of The Times-Picayune T-shirt quilt created by Judy Walker.
In less than three weeks, The Times-Picayune will have become a three-day-a-week newspaper, and dozens of the paper's employees will be out of a job. The group DashThirtyDash, an assistance fund for the paper's unemployed workers, will be having a benefit Sept. 29 at Howlin' Wolf to raise money — but the group has begun an online auction with prizes including set visits and meet-and-greets with Anderson Cooper, Soledad O'Brien, Ellen DeGeneres and David Gregory (who knew there were set visitors and meet-and-greets on Meet the Press?).

In homegrown goods, designers Yvonne LaFleur and Tracy Thomson have donated to the cause, and there are Muses shoes galore. Perhaps coolest of all, though, is Times-Picayune food editor Judy Walker's handmade quilt (pictured) made of T-shirts, many of which feature the paper's most famous front pages.

Tickets to the Sept. 29 benefit, "Black, White and Red All Over," are $30. The night will feature entertainment by David Torkanowsky, Charmaine Neville, The Pfister Sisters and John Rankin, among others, and food will be provided by several area restaurants. There will also be a silent auction that night, but bidding is already open on the online auction.

In other news, it seems that 60 Minutes is going ahead with a segment about the paper's move to digital. Correspondent Morley Safer is in town this week, and he's interviewed Mayor Mitch Landrieu and T-P editor Jim Amoss, along with several community leaders. (Landrieu even tweeted a picture.) The segment is scheduled to air Sept. 30 — the last day for the fired employees.

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