See the Psychic Parrot at MicroCinema!

What? MicroCinema features creative, low-budget, independent films

Where? Alvar Library. 913 Alvar Street. NOLA. 70117. 504-596-2667

When? Wednesday, January 9th, 7:00-8:30 pm.

Who? This event is for adults.

Psychic Parrot. (1977) An ordinary middle class suburban couple sees a celebrity parrot on TV who supposedly foretells the future. (20 minutes) Written and directed by Derek Lamb. Starring Alix Elias as the Wife and Michael Vale as the Husband.

Make Your Pet a Celebrity! (2018) A laid-off chemical plant worker devises a get-rich-quick scheme involving his cat Zelda. (5 minutes) Written and directed by Sara Jacobelli. Starring Tom Wilson as the Ranting Man.

And featuring several other pet-themed short films. For adults. Free popcorn!

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Poetry Buffet Saturday January 5th at Latter Library!

Saturday, January 5th, 2:00 pm.

Milton Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave. NOLA 70117

504-596-2625

Hosted by Gina Ferrara and featuring three wonderful poets:

Joan Barasovka grew up in Philadelphia and lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is an academic therapist in private practice and she co-hosts the Flyleaf Poetry Reading Series at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. She serves on the Board of the North Carolina Poetry Society. Birthing Age (Finishing Line Press, 2018) is her first book of poetry.

Lee Meitzen Grue is from Plaquemines, Louisiana. She received her MFA from the Warren Wilson College and is the author of several collections, including Downtown by Trembling Pillow Press. She is the editor of the New Laurel Review and recently edited the anthology Mending from Memory: Sewing in Louisiana Essays, Stories, and Poems.

Clare L. Martin’s second collection of poetry, Seek the Holy Dark, is the 2017 selection of the Louisiana Cajun and Creole Series by Yellow Flag Press. Her acclaimed debut collection of poetry, Eating the Heart First, was published by Press 53. Martin’s poetry has appeared in Thrush Poetry Journal, Poets and Artists, and Louisiana Literature, among others. She founded and edits MockingHeart Review.

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In the Garden Writers’ Workshop Saturday, December 8th 2:00 pm

 

 

Where? Alvar Library. 913 Alvar St. NOLA. 70117. 504-596-2667

When? Saturday, December 8th. 2:00-3:45 pm.

What? This month we will focus on writing Nonfiction. Our special guest is Glennis Waterman:  Author, UNO MFA candidate, nonfiction editor of Bayou Magazine, and Bywater resident.

Please join us! Bring your notebook and pens and come prepared to write!

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Make Your Pet a Celebrity! in InFringe Fest 2018!

Make Your Pet a Celebrity!

and Four One-Act Plays

Make your Pet a Celebrity ! (a laid-off chemical plant worker devises a get-rich-quick-scheme involving his cat Zelda)

A Cheaper Version of Robert De Niro  (A mysterious older woman picks up a young drifter at the Greyhound Bus Station)

No Dying in the Machines  (A lonely widow befriends a young bartender in an Arabi laundromat)

Leaps Tall Buildings (Everyone comes to this Bywater library, including Superman!)

Meeting Rutherford  (A fun-loving party guy meets an intriguing older gentleman in a French Quarter bar)

written and directed by Sara Jacobelli

 #InFringeFest2018

#FavortheBold

Café Istanbul  2372 St. Claude Ave. New Orleans 70117  504.975.0286

 

Three shows: Wednesday, November 7th, 9 pm     Saturday, November 10th, 9 pm    Sunday, November 11th, 5 pm

Tickets: $10

https://infringefest.com/

https://infringeatcafeistanbul.brownpapertickets.com/

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InFringe Fest and Other November Events!

My play, “Make Your Pet a Celebrity! and Four One-Act Plays” will be performed at InFringe Fest 2018!

When? Wednesday, November 7th, 9 pm. Saturday.  November 10th, 9 pm.  Sunday, November 11th, 5 pm.

Where? Cafe Istanbul. 2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117. (504) 975-0286

How much are tickets? Tickets are $10 to see any show. You can also purchase three-show mini-passes for $25 or all-weekend passes for $90.

Where can I buy tickets?

https://infringeatcafeistanbul.brownpapertickets.com/

 

*****

Beth D’Addono has a second edition of her book, “100 Things to do in New Orleans Before You Die!” 

When? Thursday, November 8th, 6 pm.

Where? Alvar Library, 913 Alvar St. NOLA 70117. 505-596-2667.

Written by New Orleans food, travel, and music writer, Beth D’Addono. This book is perfect for tour guides and locals entertaining all of those out-of-town guests.

https://tinyurl.com/ycdp5wkg

 

Light refreshments will be served.

*****

In the Garden Writers’ Workshop

When? Saturday, November 10th, 2 pm.

Where? Alvar Library, 913 Alvar St. NOLA 70117. 504-596-2667.

Join us! I’ll be teaching a workshop on “Writing Strong Characters in Fiction.” Writers of all levels are welcome.

Light refreshments will be served.

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InFringe Fest 2018! Favor the Bold!

Make Your Pet a Celebrity! and Four One-Act Plays

We still need a few more actors!

Auditions and read-throughs: Wednesday, October 17th, 1 pm. Alvar Library. 913 Alvar St.

Sunday, October 21st, 1 pm, Norman Mayer Library. 3001 Gentilly Blvd. 70122

email: sarajacobelli77 at gmail dot com

Aperitif: A Taste of the InFringe Fest Shows: Sunday, October 21st, 8 pm, Allways Lounge. 2240 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117. (504) 218-5778

 InFringe Fest 2018

Favor the Bold!

 Make Your Pet a Celebrity-Picture-Ping (1)

 

Make Your Pet a Celebrity!

and Four One-Act Plays

Make your Pet a Celebrity!  (a laid-off chemical plant worker devises a get-rich-quick-scheme involving his cat Zelda)

A Cheaper Version of Robert De Niro  (A mysterious older woman picks up a young drifter at the Greyhound Bus Station)

No Dying in the Machines  (A lonely widow befriends a young bartender in an Arabi laundromat)

Leaps Tall Buildings (Everyone comes to this Bywater library, including Superman!)

Meeting Rutherford  (A fun-loving party guy meets an intriguing older gentlemen in a French Quarter bar)

written and directed by Sara Jacobelli

starring  various beloved New Orleans actors

 

Café Istanbul  2372 St. Claude Ave.  New Orleans 70117   504.975.0286

 Three shows:

  Wednesday, November 7th, 9 pm

  Saturday, November 10th, 9 pm 

  Sunday, November 11th, 5 pm

 

 

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Why Church Poor Boxes Are Now Locked

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Three Stories featuring The Evil Mary Fran

  1. Why Church Poor Boxes Are Now Locked

 We stood looking at the ancient heavy wooden box. “Cool,” said the Evil Mary Fran. “It ain’t even locked.”

“But I don’t think we should steal from the church.” I wasn’t sure who I was more afraid of, my religious aunt, who would have tears in her eyes but would still whip me with the belt, or a terrible curse from the sky roaring down on us like thunder.

“Look, it says Poor Box, right? And we’re poor, ain’t we?”

“I guess so.”

“So the money’s ours.” She opened the box, and we each greedily grabbed a fistful of wrinkled dollar bills. We stuffed them in our pockets, scooped up the change.

“Someone’s coming,” I whispered, terrified that a priest or, worse yet, a nun, would grab hold of us and whip our skinny bodies with sticks and belts. Mary Fran didn’t look the least bit concerned.

She put a finger to her lips. “We’ll sneak out the side door and go down the alley.”

We ran to her rickety wooden front porch, then counted the loot. I scored $7.43. Mary Fran did better, $9.75.

“I know where I’m going,” she said, greed glinting in her eyes. “Dairy Queen.”

“Look.” I found a tiny piece of folded paper among the bills. “It says, Dear God, I am sorry I have no money to feed the poor. I will give some when I get paid from working in the laundry.”

The Evil Mary Fran laughed. “Man, the bastards around here are so cheap.”

I looked at the note again. It looked just like my aunty’s neat Catholic school girl handwriting.

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Photo Credit: “Antique Church Poor Box.” Worthpoint. https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/antique-church-donation-poor-box-wall-box

This story and many others can be found in my flash fiction/short story collection, “Nine Dead Dope Dealers and Other Stories.”

These stories are about people on the edge, struggling to survive: a hit man confessing to his son, a hijacker confronting a salmon fisherman and his teen-aged daughter in the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco weed dealers in the midst of the 1980s AIDS epidemic, pot growers on an Indian reservation confronting a patch pirate, small time crooks and con artists, ex-cons, juvenile hall denizens, two little girls breaking into the church Poor Box, kickball-playing bullies, a desperate young woman attempting to steal her kids back from their adoptive parents, a young man escaping an abusive past, teenage welfare-moms being hassled by the cops, a young girl protecting her brothers from a violent father, a broke widow befriending a young bartender in a laundromat, a single mom with a jailed boyfriend who steals from rich club-hopping party girls, a mysterious older woman picking up a young drifter at the New Orleans Greyhound Bus Station and a young boy searching for mythical large-headed creatures on Halloween night.

 

 

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