Happy Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday Observed! It is a gorgeous day, and luckily the folks at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center have the entire thing planned for you. They, along with City Year Louisiana and the Oretha Castle Coalition have organized a day of service (9:30-4), including, but, I imagine not limited to (I mean, some people would probably let you rub their shoulders): gardening, landscaping and mural painting. They are calling it “A Day On, Not Day Off.” Nice, huh?
At some point you are going to have to break for lunch. Right down the street is Cafe Reconcile, a non-profit restaurant, which helps teach job skills to at-risk youth. It’s Monday, so it would be appropriate to order Red Beans and Rice [with smoked sausage and a side salad ($4.99!)]. You’ll have to try the Bananas Foster Bread Pudding ($2.99), it is “award-winning” after all. And, you deserve a treat; you’re such a good person.
At 3:30, Zeitgeist (which started as an alternative movie house, but has evolved into a more of an interdisciplinary artist/activist hub) is showing Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, who apparently was an important civil rights activist, but was marginalized within the movement because he was gay. The film did very well on the festival circuit this last year.
After that, at 5:30, commences the ninth Media That Matters Film Festival. There are 12 very short films in the line-up, and I’ll just go ahead and re-print Zeitgeist’s blurb:
The Media That Matters Film Festival is the premiere showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day. Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action. From gay rights to global warming, the jury-selected collection represents the work of a diverse group of independent filmmakers, many of whom are under 21. The films are equally diverse in style and content, with documentaries, music videos, animations, experimental work and everything else in between. What all the films have in common is that they spark debate and action in 12 minutes or less.
“Spark debate and action in 12 minutes or less” huh? Wow. So now you’re all fired up! Go out there and change the world! Err, I mean be the change you want to see in the world. Or, wait, never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world…or something like that.