Wednesday, June 27, 2012

NOFSN Field Day....come play!
We will be hosting a Field Day this Saturday 6/30 at 4:00pm in Washington Square Park in the Marigny. This will be a mix-and-mingle for anyone who is interested in learning what the Free School Network is all about and meeting the co-organizers. This is also a day to bring the kids out! We will be having fun, kid-friendly games and activities, as well as food...and it's all free! Check out the flyer and join us on Saturday!

Also on Saturday from 2-3:30 there will be a TEEN POETRY WORKSHOP at the Main Library Auditorium. This 90-minute workshop presented by Asia Rainey of WordPlay is designed to develop inspiration and expression. It will also help teens prepare for the 2012 Teen Poetry Writing Contest. See rules and regulations for details. There will be another workshop on Saturday 7/7 from 2-3:30 at the Robert E. Smith Branch.

Monday, June 25, 2012


Our new class this month is American Sign Language! Also check out our continuing classes: Freedom to Build, Men & Feminism, The Solidarity Economy, Zen Meditation, The Art of Adult Ropes, Anatomy & Massage Technique Skillshare, Intro to Harm Reduction, Ladies' Night, and Rad Rad Movie Night. (Note: Some classes have changed times/dates/locations, so check the calendar for details.)

Also newly added are: Monthly Herb Walk with Maypop Herbalists, Vegan and Healthy Eating Class, and Awakening to Man's Possibilities....


*The Community Printshop has a new home @ 1201 Mazant Street, but it needs some work!!! They will be moved out of the Elysian Fields location on July 1st and have started working on the new space, but open shop will be closed until the space is ready. So help them out if you can! Contact for details or check out their website

*The NOFSN weekly organizational meetings will take place on Wednesdays at 6:30pm at Flora's Coffee Shop @ 2600 Royal Street. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join us.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

*The Art of Adult Ropes will be cancelled today, but will resume next week on Tuesday 6/26 at 1:00pm.

*This month's Solidarity Economy class on Wednesday 6/27 at 7pm in Seminar Room 4 on the 2nd floor of the Monroe Library at Loyola University (6363 St. Charles):

Don Paul, who was Director of Operations for Common Ground Relief, will discuss Common Ground’s efforts to initiate cooperative projects, and others will report on other aspects of New Orleans’ history of mutual aid and cooperation. The main topic of discussion will be the possibilities in New Orleans today to create a solidarity economy with cooperative production, cooperative consumption, and cooperative living, and the concrete steps that can be taken to realize this goal. For further information, please contact

Saturday, June 16, 2012

We are in transition to find a permanent day/time/location for our weekly organizational meetings.  This week, the meeting will take place at Flora's coffee shop (2600 Royal St) on Wednesday 6/20 at 6:30pm, but this may change next week, so  so if you are interested in attending, please e-mail us at or call (504)484-9814 to find out details for upcoming meetings. As always, anyone and everyone is encouraged to attend our meetings and be involved in the Free School's organizational process.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Check this out tomorrow......!
Nicky Da B! Crafting Rhymes and Working in the Music Industry: A Workshop for Teens
Saturday 6/16 from 2-4pm
NOPL Main Library @ 219 Loyola Ave, 3rd floor Auditorium
Nicky Da B is of the next generation of Bounce Rappers, 10 years younger than Big Freedia and Katey Red. His style is a little smoother and his delivery is very unique...something like the abstract vocal sounds of Jamaican Dancehall combined with the tried and true, call and response, party style of NoLa Bounce. He uses his voice naturally (and unnaturally!) to create the chopped vocal sound that many other rappers do via the producers' magic fingers. He will be talking to teens about crafting rhymes and working in the music industry. For more information, call (504)596-2565.

Also, just a shout out to those of you who have been attending the Anatomy and Massage Technique case you haven't noticed, for the past 2 weeks the group has been graced with the presence of acro-yogi/massage therapist/walking encyclopedia Mr. Joe Stein, LMT. He has been facilitating the class with the topics of self-massage, yoga, functional fitness, fascial health, nutrition, stress, rest, and more! He will continue to facilitate the group's next 2 sessions in June (Thursday 6/21 & 6/28). Dress in clothing you can move in, and, if possible, bring a yoga mat, yoga blocks, and a basketball/volleyball/soccer ball to 1265 Esplanade at 7:30pm.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Introduction to Abolition Workshop
Resurrection After Exoneration (RAE) @ 1212 St. Bernard Ave.

Hosted by Critical Resistance. Series of community education sessions on June 11th & 13th that have been used by our members and allies throughout the US (as well as in other parts of the world). Using small and large group discussions, brainstorming, role-playing, visioning, and other hands-on activities we will work together to understand what the PIC is --its history, impacts, and trajectory---and tackle the ideas, strategies, and tough questions and answers that make up Abolitionist politics. 

Food will be available at 5:30 pm and we will begin to gather then, and we'll be starting the workshops promptly at 6 pm. Each session is 2 hours, and are meant to work together—but if you can only come to one, please do! You don’t need to bring anything other your creativity and thoughtfulness! Childcare will also be provided. Please contact us with any questions or concerns via email or call 504-304-3784.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

- "Talking About Talking" will now take place at the MidCity Zen Center @ 3156 Toulouse St, Mondays from 6-8pm.

- "Rad Rad Movie Night" will now take place at the Mudlark Public Theatre @ 1200 Port St, Tuesdays at 8pm, with the exception of this Tuesday June 12th, when there will not be a movie shown.

- Foundation for Louisiana's "Citizen's Guide to Land Use and Urban Design", a training designed to help residents gain knowledge in land use planning and urban design concepts, learn how to participate effectively in the planning process, and equip them to be leaders in their communities, will take place on Saturday 6/23 from 10am-1:30pm at NOPL Norman Mayer Branch (3001 Gentilly Blvd). RSVP to or call (225)772-1510 or (504)309-0468 by Thursday 6/21.

- New Orleans Loving Festival: "The Loving Story", a documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who fell in love and married at a critical time in American history, will be screened followed by a discussion on Tuesday 6/12 at 6:30pm at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center (1712 OC Haley Blvd).

- "Black Folks Don't", a documentary web series exploring the grey areas between stereotype and truth and questioning the notion of normative behavior amongst black folks, will be screened followed by a discussion on Tuesday 6/26 at 6:30 pm at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center (1712 OC Haley Blvd).


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Our monthly Free School potluck will take place this Saturday, 6/9 at 1:00pm at the foot bridge on Bayou St. John (near Cabrini High School). Rain location is 1235 St. Denis. Come have a lunchtime picnic with us and talk about the Free School! Find out more about who we are, discuss issues surrounding free education and empowerment in our community, and get inspired to take and teach classes! All are welcome.

Film Screening: "Shell Shocked"
Tuesday 6/5 at 6:30pm
Contemporary Arts Center @ 900 Camp Street
You're invited to attend a Rough Cut Sneak Preview of "Shell Shocked", a documentary about growing up in the Murder Capital of America. A discussion will follow. Although this FREE screening is not a fundraiser, donations are welcome to help complete the film. This screening is co-presented by the CAC and Ashe Cultural Arts Center. Please RSVP to

Eljiah Burgher: Notes on the Application of Magick to Visual Art
Thursday 6/7 at 7:00pm
Contemporary Arts Center, Freeport McMoRan Theatre @ 900 Camp Street
Elijah Burgher is a Chicago-based artist whose work heavily incorporates the use of ritual and sigil magick into his practice. Often his work deals with queer identity and desire. For "Notes on the Application of Magick to Visual Art", Burgher will discuss the history of magick as it is related to the arts, citing examples such as Brion Gysin and William Burroughs' use of cut-ups to discover occult meaning. This free lecture is hosted by the CAC in conjunction with Press Street's Antenna Gallery as part of the show "Spaces." Contact: CAC Visual Arts Department @ (504)528-3805 or