The Progressive’s Weekend: 10/19 – 10/22


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

In a time when U.S. based reporters can be captured and presumed horrifically murdered by foreign powers without consequence while the President applauds congressmen who assault the press, the rules of civility go out the window. Gloves are off, hands are at the ready – for the time to right writes and write rights is now.

This edition of Progressive’s Weekend features more than one event to inspire, to encourage, and to remember just what is good about our city and community:

29th Annual New Orleans Film Festival – From 10/17 to 10/25

We covered some recommendations already, but another shoutout can’t be a bad thing. This year’s fest, celebrating movies from the region to all over the globe from filmmakers of various backgrounds, brings together cinephiles in the recreational and educational enjoyment of the art we call cinema. The stories to be told will enlighten, evoke, and provoke. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll think. But hopefully, not too loudly.

2nd Annual NOLA Mac & Cheese Fest – Louis Armstrong Park, 10/20 from 11 AM to 6:30 PM

Who doesn’t love gobs and gobs of gooey noodles and cheese? The NOLA Mac & Cheese Fest returns to Louis Armstrong Park this Saturday. Bands like The New Breed Brass Band, The Iceman Special, and Borealis Rex will perform the tunes, while Gonzo’s Smokehouse & BBQ, Flamingo A Go Go, Manning’s and more will provide the eats.

Hannibal Burress – Saenger Theatre, 10/20 at 8 PM

From The Eric Andre Show and multiple film appearances, Hannibal Burress brings his special brand of hysterics to New Orleans at The Saenger this Saturday evening. Observations, experiences, current events and more will get skewered in absurdly humorous and absolutely funny ways.

Dance Theatre of Harlem – Mahalia Jackson Theatre, 10/20 at 8 PM

Promoting arts and dance education worldwide, The Dance Theatre of Harlem comes to the Mahalia Jackson Theatre this Saturday to perform their much beloved and renowned routine of sophisticated dance, telling a story through body and movement.

Saints vs Ravens – 10/21 at 3: 05 PM

The NFL season rages on, post Drew Brees surpassing records, as we go against the Ravens, this Sunday afternoon. When the Saints play, the city stops and watches. Win or lose, we’re in this together.

Keep CALM and Stay EPIC, 10/21 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Keep CALM and Stay EPIC is a fundraiser put on by the Tulane Clinic for early psychosis intervention by Clear Answers to Louisiana Mental Health. Head over to NOLA Brewing Company from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and enjoy beer, food, raffles, and prizes while getting educated on early psychosis intervention efforts in Louisiana.

Making Progress: Progressive Congressional Candidate Forum – Propeller, 10/22 from 6 PM to 8 PM

Presented by Big Easy Magazine, three local candidates running for office, big office, stop by Propeller to join us for an informal talk on progressive values and policies, ranging from health care to the environment. We welcome Jim Francis, Tammy Savoie and Belden Batiste to this moderated forum!

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.

Editor’s Note: This weekend the white supremacist group NOLA Proud Boys will be hosting events across the French Quarter and throughout the city. We encourage all of our readers to be careful and to refrain from engaging with any member of this group.
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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.

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