November 11th, 2009

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free screening of Handmade Nation documentary & craft market next Wednesday!


To celebrate the DVD release of the indie craft documentary Handmade Nation by Faythe Levine, which chronicles the rise of DIY and the new wave of art, craft and design, the New Orleans Craft Mafia and the Big Top Art Gallery are teaming up for a FREE encore presentation of the film, Wednesday November 18th, 2009.

The film will screen at 8 p.m. sharp at the Big Top’s multi-purpose 1638 Clio Street location. Before and after the screening, beginning at 6 p.m., and running til 10 p.m., the New Orleans Craft Mafia’s members will showcase their handmade and recycled wares for your early holiday shopping pleasure. The Handmade Nation DVD will be available for purchase from NOCM member Miss Malaprop at the event. (It is also available online at

Starting in 2006, Levine traveled to 15 cities, logged over 19,000 miles and interviewed more than 80 individuals who are part of a tightly knit crafting community which exists both online through websites, blogs and online stores as well as within local communities around the world in the form of craft fairs, independent boutiques, modern day knitting circles and networking groups like the Craft Mafia. These individuals merge traditional handcrafting techniques with a modern DIY (do it yourself) ethos, combining historical crafting techniques and artisan skills with 21st century aesthetics, punk, politics, feminism and art. Fueled by the common thread of creating, the film explores a burgeoning art community that is based on creativity, determination, and networking.

The New Orleans Craft Mafia and Delgado Community College’s Irma Thomas W.I.S.E. Women Center premiered Handmade Nation to a standing-room-only crowd at Delgado’s Student Life Center in September, with filmmaker Faythe Levine in attendance. The overwhelming success of that event prompted the group to offer a second free screening for the New Orleans community, timed with the film’s DVD release.

For more information about the film, visit: A trailer of the film can be seen here:

For more information about the Big Top Art Gallery, visit:

For more information on the New Orleans Craft Mafia, visit:

Come Out and Help a Non-Profit...while having a beer or a cup of Joe.


: On Saturday, November 14th, from 11AM to 4PM, Broad Community Connections is hosting its regular Broad Street Flea Market as well as the first annual Broad Street Brewhaha. Broad Flea will have its typical array of old and new treasures, including crafts, vintage clothes, vinyl/tapes/CDs, local designers and fashion, art and photography, bicycles, antiques, collectibles, and bric-a-brac, and plants and citrus trees, as well as food, music, and community services and organizations. Facebook Group: Find me at the Broad Flea

: Also on the same day, at the same time, BCC will be celebrating the beer and coffee brewing traditions of New Orleans on the roof of the old Schwegmann's/Robert's building at the first annual Broad Street Brewhaha. The Brewhaha will feature all of our local microbrewers, including Abita, NOLA Brewing, Heiner Brau, and Lazy Magnolia, and some of our finest local coffee roasters, including Coffee Roasters of Orleans, Standard Coffee, and Try Me Coffee. Not only will you be able to drink in these local staples, but all of the brewers and roasters will have representatives on hand to discuss their wares! Facebook Event: Broad St Brewhaha

Both the Broad Flea and the Broad Street Brewhaha will feature food and music all day, and both events are free (drinks and food will be for sale), so come back to Broad Street next weekend for a blast!

: Broad Street Flea Market and Broad Street Brewhaha
WHEN: Saturday, November 14th, 2009, 11AM to 4PM
WHERE: 300 N Broad, in the parking lot and on the roof of the old Schwegmann's/Robert's building

For more information, contact Broad Community Connections:
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SEE Play.Music.Heal (New Orleans Fringe Festival)



New Orleanians, or anyone that can head to NOLA between NOV. 13-15—Acting Up (in Acadiana) has created a haunting, truthful and memorable play—the performances in Play. Music. Heal. of the talented professional theatre company are astonishing and vital.

(I had a small part in developing this project contributing some writing.)


PLAY. MUSIC. HEAL.: neo-traditional struggles, South Louisiana, a wealthy political family, an offshore worker, his pregnant girlfriend, a festival dancer who does pet funerals, and a vegan butcher tell individual stories without listening to each other. If “you can change the world with only three chords”, will they ever listen?

Catch it at the New Orleans Fringe Festival November 13-16

call for writers and photogs

 In spite of my superpowers I have not mastered the ability to be in more than one place at a time. With this in mind I am putting a call out for contributing writers and photographers for The Jeaux Sheaux, a digital and web based website that covers all of the good things about New Orleans.   If you have photos of articles (or events) you can email them to me at    At this time we are not paying for submissions but credit of course will be given.  Only positive people please, the neagtive nags are in good supply.  ;-)