You've got to eat, so you may as well make buying groceries a cultural outing — or at least one that supports cultural — by shopping on Wednesday, Aug. 7, when Whole Foods Market (3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-888-8225; www.wholefoodsmarket.com) donates 5 percent of its net sales for the day to the Tennessee Willliams/New Orleans Literary Festival.
Visit the Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival table at the store and register for a chance to win a VIP all-access pass to the 2014 festival, valued at about $400. A festival spokesperson says, “Tennessee will be there, too,” (albeit in cardboard form), so bring your camera.
The festival is March 19-23, 2014, and includes five days of seminars, panel discussions, master classes, writing contests, performances, tours, playwriting, a popular Stella shouting contest and more at venues in the French Quarter. Speakers at the 2014 festival include Dorothy Allison, Emily Raboteau, Justin Torres, Robert Pinsky, Victor LaValle and others, and the NOLA Project will stage a production of Williams’ Cat On a Hot Tin Roof. For more information about the festival, visit www.tennesseewilliams.net.
Several times a year, individual Whole Foods’ stores hold “5 percent” days to benefit a local nonprofit or charity as part of their mission to give back to their local communities.