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Bayou St. John (12:15 PM-9:15 PM)
A music fest on the water featuring Alexis and the Samuri, Remedy Krewe, Fleur de Tease, Hot 8 Brass Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and more
Bayou St. John (11:00AM-1:00PM)
Pocket Aces Brass Band and Bone Tone Brass lead this year's second line, which starts and ends at Bayou Boogaloo!
Central City (1 p.m)
Second lines! Won't bow down!
Mid-City (All day)
Church and a parade to celebrate the club's 104th year
House of Blues (9:00 PM)
The Comedy Central comedian is here for some standup!
Big Top (7 p.m.)
8-16 piece traveilling circus punk troupe. Need we say more? Is there anymore to say? with Sammy Kay and the East Los Three, Dead Legends
Art Klub, 513 Elysian Fields Ave (8:00 PM)
An interactive and sparkling performance presented by Nari Tomassetti
Shadowbox Theatre (8:00 PM)
Straightforward conversational drama explores one area's gentrification through 50 years
Joe Krown feat. Russell Batiste and Walter "Wolfman" Washington
Maple Leaf (10:30PM)
Weekly gig on Oak with Krown on the organ, Washington firing up the guitar strings, and Batiste on the drums.
Hot 8 Brass Band
Howlin’ Wolf Den (10:00PM)
Weekly gig from some of the city’s best in brass
Sunday Youth Music Workshop
All ages workshop with Johnny Vidacovich. Bring your instruments!
Cajun Fais Do Do
Bruce Daigrepont is playing the washboard and getting you to bed early
Krewe du Guza
Le Bon Temps Roule (10:00PM)
Sunday Funday weekly gig from the husband and wife duo
Altruism That's Fit to Print
Street Exchange Working to Launch New Orleans Newspaper That Will Help the Homeless
A new local newspaper will turn spare change into a cover price. Mary Devon-Dupuy reports on a burgeoning organization that will help homeless people, both in print and in the pocket.
New Orleans is rich…in culture. Exceptional live music, vibrant arts scene, and world famous food are just a few of the things that keep people coming into the city and oftentimes making it their new home. Yet, income disparities are vast, and it’s virtually impossible to go one day in the city without encountering at least a few makeshift homes set up under the interstate. Currently, 56 out of every 1000 residents are homeless, and New Orleans has the second highest rate of chronic homelessness in the nation at 61 percent. There are various nonprofits in the city that offer services to the homeless, but few have found permanent solutions. Betsy Charron, founder of Street Exchange, is interested in fixing the system from the ground up.
Charron earned her Master’s of Public Health from Tulane and decided to apply her education towards reducing New Orleans’ staggering homeless population. Instead of going the usual route in which money is funneled into shelters, soup kitchens, and facilities to house the homeless, Charron wanted to create a program that put all the power in the hands of the individual.
She's planning to launch a new local newspaper that homeless people will sell. The paper, which she hopes to eventually see include articles by homeless writers, offers those involved a “hand-up, not handout,” she said.
Charron isn’t the first to test the idea, and there’s evidence of the program’s success all over the world—from London to Charron’s native Atlanta. The idea gained popularity after New York’s first edition of Street News was distributed in the late 1980’s, and it has proven itself as a means for disadvantaged populations to gain a voice and hopefully a revenue.
“This has really gotten people off the streets in other cities,” Charron said.
Each paper costs $.25 upfront and is then sold by vendors for $1. With a $.75 profit per paper, the organization has the potential to make a dent in the numbers of homeless citizens and hopefully spread consciousness to the homeless community.
“We’re looking at the vendors as micro business owners. We want to give them the tools to move their business forward and give them a voice," Charron said. “It’s that face-to-face interaction between them and the community.”
The program is broken up into three sections—the vendor outreach program that functions in tandem with the paper make up the first two, and Charron hopes to eventually be able to include the homeless population in the writing process as well. The third subprogram, “Between the Lines,” will eventually function as a writing workshop for homeless people to hone their skills and provide the housed population firsthand accounts of the struggles they face and the solutions they view as most viable.
“We had the idea of having profiles about the homeless; they would write their own, like a personal narrative.”
Charron has a lot of ideas, but the Street Exchange is still working to develop a board and get the structures in place to launch by October. Eventually she wants to “bring New Orleans into the national network of street newspapers.”
“Once we can get that first product, that first paper, then we have something to show people. The paper sales will go toward that, there are some papers in the US that have such large circulation that that makes up a lot of their budget.”
For now, Charron really needs people to get involved and volunteer. If you’re interested in learning the ins and outs of a grassroots organization, you can contact her at her email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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