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Wow, there's a lot going on in the next few weeks. I haven't had much time to blog, so I better lay this all out before I forget or too much time passes and you don't get the info before the event happens!

First off, this Thursday night, October 30th, the night before Halloween, is the big early kick-off party for Prospect.1, called PROSPECT.EveryOne. It's hard to describe exactly what this is but I guess you'd call it a block party, on Julia Street, sponsored by the New Orleans Arts District galleries, from 7pm - 10pm... and it takes place before all the "official" Prospect.1 opening parties over the weekend. I think it's geared towards the V.I.P.'s and such, but as far as I know, it's free and open to the public. I hear it will feature a second line led by Panorama Jazz Band, appearances by the Big Easy Rollergirls, the Pussyfooters, a Sumo wrestling ring, stilt walkers, Miss Antoinette and (waxy) Ernie K-Doe, and DJ Brice Nice making the party rock. There will be food and 3 Ring Circus/Big Top gals will be providing the libations via cash bar. (The Prospect.1 site says Sunpie Barnes and the Louisiana Sunspots will be playing, as well.)

For those of you who might not have heard yet about Prospect.1, please visit the link and read all about it. It's an amazing event that's happening all over the city from basically now through January 18th, 2009, designed to be a huge international art biennial drawing art lovers from all over the world to visit New Orleans and see what we have to offer the world of art. It's an amazing opportunity for the city to shine, and a very ambitious undertaking, so I'm excited to help kick it all off on Thursday. I'll be hanging with the crazy NOLA Rising folks who will be hosting Jailhouse Rock (you'll just have to come to see what it is!), on the corner of Camp and Julia, and I'll be selling NOLA Rising t-shirts and watching the mayhem.

Then on Saturday, there's the Freret Market for November. As usual, it's near the corner of Napoleon and Freret, in a parking lot in the 4400 block, and will be filled with 95+ vendors selling food, art/craft, and flea market wares. Noon til 5pm are the hours, and it is of course free and open to the public. I'm particularly excited about the musical selections this week, as Manwitch and the Treme Brass Band will both be playing throughout the day, which rocks! Come celebrate All Saints Day with us! And remember, this is probably your last chance to stop by and pick up an Obama shirt or stickers before the election.

Of course, I'd be remiss to not mention the biggest day of the year, really, Tuesday, November 4th, which is election day. If you haven't already early voted (today was the last day for that here in New Orleans), then you better get your ass to the polls early that day, cuz the lines are gonna be long... and you HAVE to vote! I am cautiously optimistic but will be doing all I can to make sure everyone I know has voted. We'll just have to see what the outcome will be. I have HOPE. I BELIEVE.

What else? Well I'll be reminding you of these a little closer to the dates, but you should pencil in Friday November 7th for the New Orleans Craft Mafia's Night Market at Zotz Coffeehouse, uptown on Oak, from 7pm - 10pm. Also, Saturday, November 8th, will be the debut of the Magazine Street Arts Market in Sophie Wright Park - more details on this coming as soon as I know 'em, but I'm most likely going to do this market.

So yeah, like I said, a lot going on. And it doesn't stop - not between now and Christmas or really New Year's. And then it's Carnival. So maybe in March I'll get a break!

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