The Progressive’s Weekend: 10/12 – 10/14


Moving past policies, beyond bickering and right at the doorstep of our inner child, this is The Progressive’s Weekend!

The mid-term elections are coming up very soon and with Republican officials up to their usual tricks, it’s extremely important to remember two things: To check your voter registration status and to keep up the fight no matter the voting results. Get motivated, get informed, and get going!

But, that’s weekday talk. For the weekend …

Wooden Boat Festival – Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum in Madisonville, from 10/12 – 10/14

The Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival kicks off Friday evening before going full blast all day Saturday and Sunday. Chock full of nautically themed activities for any/all boating aficionados, this is a great reason to travel to the other side of the Causeway. The festival features boat building contests, bartender challenges, music, and more, and a hands-on appreciation of this craft (mixed with some eating and drinking) is the centerpiece here. Visit the above hyperlink for ticket and parking information.

Old Arabi Sugar Fest – 409 Aycock St. on 10/13 from 1 PM to 9 PM

Looking for something free to do this weekend? Head out to the 10th annual Old Arabi Sugar Fest, hosted by The Old Arabi Neighborhood Association. This one-day event will have food, music, fun stuff for kids and, most interesting of all, history tours of Old Arabi. Roux the Day and 90 Degrees West will perform and patrons are invited to take part in a donut eating contest.

Westbank Heritage Festival – Alario Center from 10/13 to 10/14, 12 PM to 9 PM

Amanda Shaw. Juvenile. DJ Poppa. And plenty of food vendors. Is the Westbank the “best” bank? They party like it is. The 2018 Heritage Festival features music after music, performance after performance, celebrating life beyond the river. Jealous?

STEM Saturday presents Simple Machines: Hydraulics – Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center on 10/13 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM

Dr. Calvin Mackie of STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) NOLA will hold a monthly Saturday event on the 13th, featuring students designing and building hydraulic machines, from elevators to forklifts. When I was in grade school, I was sneaking in to see movies like Romeo Must Die. Now, kids are making incredible tech. Watch and be impressed!

2018 Walk for Education: New Orleans – Audobon Park Riverside on 10/13 with registration starting at 7:30 AM

Speaking of kids doing/knowing amazing things, there’ll be a walk fundraiser to support education efforts. The 31st annual city event provides financial and technical assistance to associated HBCUs across the country. Exercise for a good cause? Absolutely.

Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival – The Broad Theater from 10/11 – 10/13

Since 2005, the HUMP! Film Fest has been bringing short subject/amateur-ish porn – yes, full on sex – to movie haunts and moviegoers all over. Selected flicks, running less than five minutes each, feature couples and/or groups of various backgrounds, engaging in a wide array of positions, scenarios, and angles. This ain’t Deepthroat, mind you. And it’s more immersive than Johnny Wadd. Don’t be afraid to get a ticket or two 🙂

Every weekend is a progressive weekend. Every day is full of moments that allow us to move forward and grow. And, as we say here at Big Easy Magazine, values are not meant to simply be spoken about but lived out.


Bill Arceneaux has been an independent writer and film critic in the New Orleans area since 2011, working with outlets like Film Threat, DIG Baton Rouge, Crosstown Conversations and Occupy.

If you enjoy Bill’s writing, be sure to check out his weekly movie reviews, and this interview with the creator of Almost Ready, a documentary about the New Orleans punk rock scene in the 70s and 80s.

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