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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tough talk with 2tender4house, a new New Orleans independent poetry festival

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 12:35 PM

Left to right: Laura Theobald, Prairie M. Faul, Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf, Jo Gehringer, El Pearson — organizers of 2tender4house
  • Left to right: Laura Theobald, Prairie M. Faul, Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf, Jo Gehringer, El Pearson — organizers of 2tender4house

A new independent poetry festival will take place across town on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 24-26. 2tender4house (or just "fest," as its founders refer to it) is a collaboration between two poetry ventures, the online journal tenderness, yea and the publisher/journal 2fast4house. I spoke with some of the festival's organizers about the festival, its components, and its underlying aims, which are to showcase local queer, trans, and POC poets and to foster a more inclusive New Orleans poetry community.

Gambit: Hi! Can you introduce yourselves to the readers?

ZOË BLAIR-SCHLAGENHAUF: I'm an artist and designer in New Orleans and the cofounder of tenderness, yea.

PRAIRIE M. FAUL:
I'm a trans poet and Cajun native of Louisiana.

JO GEHRINGER:
I'm also a confounder of tenderness, yea, and still alive somehow.

EL PEARSON:
I cofounded 2Fast2House and just moved to New Orleans like two weeks ago.

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Gambit TV: Entertainment picks March 24-26

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 10:01 AM

Music critic and tacoficionado Noah Bonaparte Pais makes a stop at WWL-TV to share weekend picks: another exciting series at the Music Box Village, a new documentary about house ball culture and more.


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Inaugural Disability Pride Festival March 25 is for and by people with disabilities

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 11:41 AM

TIM & SELENA MIDDLETON/CREATIVE COMMONS 2.0
  • TIM & SELENA MIDDLETON/CREATIVE COMMONS 2.0

New Orleans often has lagged behind other cities when it comes to anticipating and accommodating the needs of people with disabilities. In more recent incidents, bus stops failed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and a renovation to New Orleans Public Library's Nix branch overlooked a ramp for for people who use wheelchairs.

But a new festival has the potential to shine a greater light on people with disabilities, who make up as much as 19 percent of the American population. At Saturday's all-ages Disability Pride Festival, people with disabilities, their friends, families and allies will gather for New Orleans' first celebration of disability pride — a key aspect of the growing disability rights movement.

The festival is divided into two parts. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Advocacy Center of Louisiana (8325 Oak St.), there's a resource fair featuring food, art and social service vendors. Afternoon entertainment follows and includes performances from Irwin Royes (the "world's smallest magician") and an exhibition game from the Rollin' Pelicans wheelchair basketball team. Events are designed to help community members connect and encourage conversations about what it means to be a person with disabilities.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to speak in New Orleans May 9

Posted By on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 11:28 AM

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Sheryl Sandberg, the high-profile Facebook COO and author of the ostensibly feminist career coaching tract Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, will appear in New Orleans later this spring. She's in conversation with commentator Mary Matalin at Academy of the Sacred Heart's Nims Fine Arts Center on May 9.

In Lean In, Sandberg essentially argues that there aren't as many women in the highest levels of business in part because they begin "opting out" of more demanding assignments in anticipation of pregnancy and child care. She urges professional women to invest more in their careers, rather than stepping back (the "you *can* have it all!" argument). The book sparked a backlash from critics who pointed out that Sandberg herself has resources like nannies, housekeepers and significant wealth to support an ambitious career — assets which aren't available to many women.

Sandberg later reevaluated some of her Lean In arguments after the sudden death of her husband. Her new book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resistance and Finding Joy, details how her family recovered from that loss and how she learned to cope with the difficulties of being a single parent.

A ticket, which includes a copy of the new book, is required to attend the event sponsored by Garden District Book Shop. It's from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Loyola Feminist Festival returns March 7-18

Posted By on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 9:44 AM

The fest rides a wave of recent feminist activism, including the Women's March New Orleans (pictured). - KAT STROMQUIST
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  • The fest rides a wave of recent feminist activism, including the Women's March New Orleans (pictured).

At Loyola University's Feminist Festival, 11 days of events — including panel discussions, workshops and a dance performance by Melange Dance company depicting the so-called waves of feminism — celebrate the oft-misunderstood women's advocacy movement.

"There's been such an effort by anti-feminists to marginalize [feminists] as man-haters or 'feminazis' and so forth, when really all feminists want is gender equality," Patricia Boyett, Loyola Women's Resource Center director, explains.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Books roundup: Six literary events in New Orleans in March

Posted By on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 2:55 PM

Alison Fraser performs in A Tennessee Williams Songbook: Only a Paper Moon at the 2013 Tennessee WIlilams Festival.
  • Alison Fraser performs in A Tennessee Williams Songbook: Only a Paper Moon at the 2013 Tennessee WIlilams Festival.

Spring is a busy time for book lovers in New Orleans: a flurry of fests, book sales and appearances by arts and letters types round out the calendar. Fortunately, no one in her right mind gives up reading for Lent.

Here's a few of our picks for literary activities this month.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Abortion rights documentary Jackson screens at Treo March 5

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 2:00 PM

A protester holds a sign at a rally for abortion rights at City Hall.
  • A protester holds a sign at a rally for abortion rights at City Hall.

Jackson,
which took home the prize for best documentary at last year's New Orleans Film Festival, will screen at Treo at 7 p.m. Sunday. The screening is hosted by New Orleans Abortion Fund, Women's Health Care Center and Delta Clinic.

The film documents the fight to close Mississippi's last abortion clinic and explores how restrictions on abortion access specifically penalize women of color and of lower socioeconomic status. Its points are especially relevant amid calls from legislators to defund Planned Parenthood and recent votes by House lawmakers to make the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding for abortions, permanent. Closer to home, access to abortion is imperiled by measures such as last year's bill that tripled the waiting time required of women who wish to receive an abortion.

A short panel discussion follows the film. Admission is $8 and includes a raffle ticket.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks Feb. 24-26

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 11:57 AM

Gambit in-house music nerd Noah Bonaparte Pais stops by WWL-TV to share the meaning of "thrash metal" and talk about weekend picks, including a new ball at Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, Lundi Gras must-sees and more.


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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Front hosts "Not My President's Day" party Feb. 20

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 11:59 AM

"Undiez," by guest artist Artemis Antippas.
  • "Undiez," by guest artist Artemis Antippas.

Presidents' Day honors currency stalwarts George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, but it's also a good day to think about American traditions — like, say, protesting in the face of obvious injustice. In that spirit, The Front hosts a "Not My President's Day" party responding to the contentious political climate.

That evening, the gallery and the Bad Hombres and Nasty Women Performance Network host improvisational performances, puppetry, political art and more at a gathering where artists and participants can discuss activism and protest. The event is a local version of the political engagement seen at galleries large and small nationwide, such as the Museum of Modern Art's pointed display of artists' works from countries affected by President Donald Trump's immigration ban.

The party is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 20. Costumes are encouraged and admission is free.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks Feb. 17-19

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 9:58 AM

Gambit music contributor and punk connoisseur Noah Bonaparte Pais rolls up to WWL-TV to discuss the non-Mardi Gras aspects of this weekend: Death comes to Siberia, a Swedish dream pop band and more.

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