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Francine Thirteen explores a genre of her own making with “Live in My Grace”

“Ritual pop” is  the name , Francine Thirteen gives to the genre/aesthetic she explores in her new song and visual track, ‘Live In My Grace.’  The song is in her words, an exploration of the virgin/whore dichotomy. And more largely the power of a woman who owns her own pleasure.  Creating space in the physical and ethereal Francine Thirteen explores a genre of her own making with “Live in My Grace”

BOW’T – NEW ORLEANS by Rhodnie Désir & Spirit McIntyre

Tonight, 8PM, Cafe Istanbul, $15 2732 St. Claude Ave The international project BOW’T TRAIL (UNESCO Slave Route Label) is an innovative choreographic, documentary and interactive experience that tells how African cultures and rhythms have unfolded – following the resistance movements of the deported African peoples in the Americas. In each country, the choreographer stays 30 days BOW’T – NEW ORLEANS by Rhodnie Désir & Spirit McIntyre

CRAZY ‘BOUT THEM ANIMALS: Documentary Director, Benjamin Simmons talks culture, commodification, and preservation.

“I was thinking about stories that weren’t being told. I saw how excited people were talking about the shoes and I was like, wow, this is really important to people.” (Animals director, Benjamin Simmons) Launched in 1991, the original collection of Bally Animals celebrated the 700th anniversary of the Federation of Switzerland. However, their bold CRAZY ‘BOUT THEM ANIMALS: Documentary Director, Benjamin Simmons talks culture, commodification, and preservation.

SOUND

“How do you know if you’re innovating, if you don’t know that you’re imitating?” (paraphrased from Kiese Laymon’s Facebook page).  I’m starting this month off with this paraphrased quotation for a few reasons. For writers and thinkers, social media definitely exists as a legitimate space for writing and the hashing out of new ideas. Paradoxically, the internet SOUND

SOUND

If you are not a myth whose reality are you? If you are not reality whose myth are you? Sun Ra, Prophetika : Book One SOUND—It has been the principle creative organizing tool of the Black community in New Orleans for centuries. This month, violinist, composer, and scholar, Sultana Isham explores the history of Black SOUND