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Samedi

June 24th

Arts Market

Palmer Park, 10AM

June edition of the monthly market

 

Maw Maw’s Brew Release

Brieux Carre, 11AM

Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

 

Cajun Zydeco Festival

Louis Armstrong Park, 1130AM

An ever growing collection of great artists

 

Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn to grow veggies for cheap

 

Art & Flea Showcase

Sidney’s Saloon, 4PM

Art and goods for show and sale

 

NOLA Caribbean Festival

Central City BBQ, 5PM

Admiring the deep roots of the city

 

Island Vibes

14 Parishes, 11PM

Official Caribbean Fest after party

 

Mike Dillion Band

d.b.a., 11PM

Some vibraphone, some rants

DIMANCHE

June 25th

THINK DEEP

The Drifter, 12PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Tristan Dufrene, Otto

 

The Tangiers Combo

Bacchanal, 12PM

A mid-afternoon match made in heaven

 

Gentilly Stompers

Bamboulas, 1PM

Get jazzy with it

 

Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 2PM

Tanisha Jones, Mark of The Fallen

 

Miami Ice

Black Penny, 3PM

Krewe of Goddesses host a popsicle party

 

Moonshine Taste

Three Keys, 7PM

A POC cabaret series at the Ace

 

Guy Fieri’s Rockin Road Show

Tip's, 8PM

Feat. Cowboy Mouth

 

Unfortunate Side Effect

Banks St. Bar, 8PM

Plus Voodoo Wagon and Bad Mimosas

 

Girls Night Out

Rare Form NOLA, 9PM

A rare male revue show


Healing Center Unwrapped

Inside a St. Claude Ave. Development



Ian Hoch turns in a dispatch and pictures from the forthcoming New Orleans Healing Center.

 

For decades, an empty Universal Furniture dominated the block of St Claude Ave. between St. Roch and Spain Sts. A boxy leftover from the dark ages of mid-century American architecture, the iconic-if-hideous diamond pattern facade concealed a trio of 19th-century buildings from the street. Sensing that the St Claude corridor, like Uptown's Freret. St., was ready for some new blood, developer Pres Kabacoff conspired with Vodou Priestess Sallie Ann Glassman to re-invent the space into something both useful and beautiful.
 

After delivering the Bywater Art Lofts, American Can Company, River Garden and many more developments, Kabacoff is now mighty close to cutting the ribbon on the 55,000 square foot New Orleans Healing Center, which will have Louisiana's first co-operative grocery store at its nucleus. The New Orleans Food Co-op will sell feel-good food that comes from local producers in a sustainable manner, and should be a significant draw for shoppers at all income levels seeking a source of healthy natural foods in the downriver 'food desert.'
 

Beyond the community grocery store, residents can look forward to taking classes at the Street University, where just about anyone who wants to can use nice new classroom space to teach any kind of course they like so long as it fits the Healing Center's mission of fulfilling and empowering the individual and the community by providing services and programs promoting physical, nutritional, emotional, intellectual, environmental and spiritual well-being (whew!). You could come in one day for a group discussion about violence in the community and be back the next day for a collegiate-style lecture about Louisiana history.
 

Priestess Glassman's Vodou shop, "Island of Salvation," is already stocked up with herbs, oils, candles, and Vodou art. The famed Maple St. Book Shop will be 'fighting the stupids' from a new location inside the Center. There is a cabaret-style performance hall, dine-in organic restaurant with juice barWild Lotus Yoga studios, street-level retail space and much more all waiting to be filled with goods and people.  In its current empty state, the star of the show is the building itself, which reminds this author vaguely of the Cloud City of Bespin from the remastered Empire Strikes Back with its natural light features and honeycomb-like floor plan.


The Healing Center is aiming for a mid-June opening, but there is still a portion of the project's financing that hasn't quite made it into the checking accounts. While you wait, you'll want to look into becoming a member of the Food Co-op; in addition to becoming part owner and earning voting rights in Co-op elections, you'll save 5% on groceries and get discounts from other businesses in the complex. And if someone from the Healing Center comes to your door asking for support on their petition to get a liquor license, don't object - that's all part of the nutritional wellness mission. 

 

Take a look at Ian's pictures of the Center below. To see descriptions, make the slideshow full screen, and click on the "Show Info"  button in the top right corner.


 

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