Saturday, March 01, 2008

3/1/2008 Community Gumbo

Listen | Democracy Now (2/29/08)
  • Headlines for February 29, 2008
  • EXCLUSIVE–The Three Trillion Dollar War: Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard Economist Linda Bilmes on the True Cost of the US Invasion and Occupation of Iraq

Listen | Democracy Now (2/28/08)
  • William F. Buckley Dies at 82; A Look Back at his 1969 Debate with Noam Chomsky on Vietnam

Listen | Spring Crush: A Flood of Volunteers is Still Needed to Help Rebuild New Orleans
While the range of rebuilding activities has moved beyond gutting flooded houses, Spring Break volunteers are still helping New Orleans rebuild from the destruction brought upon neighborhoods by Hurricane Katrina and the federal levee failure. Volunteers who sign up to help in the Lower Ninth Ward can be trained for a range of activities, says the Director of Operations for Common Ground Relief, Tom Pepper, including deconstructing houses to recover valuable wood and historic architectural "gingerbread" ornamentation, hanging sheetrock and making homes energy efficient, and planting seedlings to restore the wetlands forests which once dissipated hurricane wave action. More information on how to sign up to volunteer is available at

All About Eve

"The Vagina Monologues" playwright Eve Ensler will be back in town Friday, when she speaks at the University of New Orleans on the upcoming "V to the 10th" celebration, inviting the college population of New Orleans to be part of the April 11 to 12 event.

On both those days, the Superdome will be transformed into "Superlove," a giant vagina enclosure offering speakers, singers, theater performers, slam poets, storytelling, art and healing. Tickets to "Superlove" are free with the purchase of a ticket to the all-star production of "The Vagina Monologues" April 12 at the New Orleans Arena.

Scheduled to perform Ensler's play -- which has grown into the worldwide V-Day movement to stop violence against women -- will be Sally Field, Jennifer Hudson, Glenn Close, Rosario Dawson, Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba, Julia Stiles, Marisa Tomei, Kerry Washington and Jane Fonda, who brought considerable attention to the gathering on the "Today" show by uttering the word Ensler urges audiences to reclaim and yell in one of the monologues. Oprah Winfrey will perform a new monologue written specifically for the occasion by Ensler. Musical guests Faith Hill, Common, Eve and Charmaine Neville will also be part of the evening.

The event is a benefit to raise money for groups working to end violence against women, including the New Orleans area and Gulf South region.

Tickets to the Saturday event are $25 to $1,000. To reserve tickets, visit

Ensler's Friday appearance at 6 p.m. is free. It will be held in Room 165 in the Business Administration Building, 2000 Lakeshore Drive on the UNO campus.

Freret Street Market

Music Played
Susan Cowsill, Just Believe It.

Irma Thomas, Gonna Cry 'Til My Tears Run Dry.

Eddie Bo, Piano Roll.


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