The Progressive’s Weekend: 11/30 – 12/2


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

We trust that everyone’s Thanksgiving holidays were filling and positively familial! Of course, political talk at the dinner table is to be expected (and for some avoided), but hopefully, if it went down, it wasn’t fiery, but productive. Compromise and reconciliation are important when calming down a conversation guaranteed for loud volume and aggression, but always remember to – and I hesitate to use this phrase – “Stand Your Ground” with measured assertiveness and confidence. Read always, and be discerning of what you consume; if we are what we eat, then what of the news reported to us?

Be careful with post-Turkey Day Facebook posting and commenting, especially if your family are also friends, as nerves may still be raw. Still, be strong and sure in self – you just may be the hero of a discussion:

Shotgun Cinema presents Full Aperture: Shakedown – Pietra at 912, 11/30 from 8 PM til 11 PM

The great folks at Shotgun Cinema screen their final Full Aperture event this Friday with the Leilah Weinraub documentary Shakedown. The film is a razzle-dazzle performance dream of Black LGBTQ strip culture in L.A., using video grain, shadows, neon lights, glitter, and “suggestive” body movement to strike a collage together that’s both expressive and intimate. Admission is $8 (cash or charge).

Martin Lawrence – UNO Lakefront Arena, 11/30 at 7:30 PM

Indeed, Martin Lawrence brings about his charmingly loud comedy to New Orleans’ Lakefront Arena Friday evening. A combination of observations on culture and politics and race are for sure to be included in his set, providing hilarity and insight to all. Grab your tickets now!

Krampus NOLAuf – Starts at Parleaux Beer Lab, 12/1 at 7 PM

The Krewe of Krampus takes over the Bywater on the first of this December, with a one of a kind parade filled with costumes and monsters. There will be drumming and chanting as everyone walks and dances to Bratz Y’all! Bistro for drinks and more entertainment.

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. He is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association and is Rotten Tomatoes approved. Be sure to check out his film reviews and other articles here.

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