The Progressive’s Weekend: 10/26 – 10/28 (And Halloween Too!)

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Past policies, beyond bickering and right at the doorstep of our inner child, this is The Progressive’s Weekend!

It’s Halloween season yet again, and with politics at their most divisive and violent levels, we at Big Easy Magazine recommend events with community and crowds. Yes, the divide could be bridged through togetherness, but also there’s safety in numbers. No, we don’t expect anything really scary to happen, but we wish safety for everyone. Go for the treats, watch out for the tricks, and stay out late with caution.


HNO Halloween New Orleans – From 10/26 at 7:30 PM to 10/28 at 10:30 PM

What could be better than celebrating some spooks and chills with the one of a kind LGBTQ New Orleans folk? In support of Project Lazarus (assisted living for those with HIV/AIDS), this event has been going on for 34 years, volunteer-run and all. Brunches, Carnival-esque Sideshows, dancing, and Funhouse, too!


Big Easy Sisters Beer Bash – The Phoenix Bar, on 10/26 from 9:00 PM to midnight

Join the Big Easy Sisters for their bi-monthly beer bust! Ten dollars for all you can drink draft beer, and $1 Jell-O shots will be on sale. All proceeds benefit local New Orleans charities.


Bisbee ‘17 – Zeitgeist Multidisciplinary Center, from 10/26 to 11/1 (closed for Halloween)

Billed as a “ghost story by way of a documentary,” Robert Greene’s latest promises some exorcism amongst the historical reconciliation. This movie is about Bisbee, AZ circa 1917, and a labor dispute involving a group of immigrant minders that turned into a brutal deportation. Greene is known for playing with fiction/non-fiction elements, blending perspective and genre with disturbing ease. Highly recommended (review coming to


MC Chris – One Eyed Jacks on 10/28 at 9 PM

The guest star of many an Adult Swim cartoon, MC Chris brings his patented geeky and visceral lyrics and rhymes to One Eyed Jacks! From songs about Star Wars obscurity to notes on fame, this MC is almost a comedy routine in the vein of an Eminem knock-off – meant in the nicest possible way, of course.


Saints vs Vikings – 10/28 at 7:20 PM

Our Saints take on the Vikings this Sunday evening, meaning another game of drama, high stakes, high blood pressure, crying, and jubilation.


Voodoo Fest – City Park, from 10/26 – 10/28

There’s this little concert happening in City Park. Featuring acts ranging from Marilyn Manson, Mumford & Sons, and Janelle Monae, this year’s marquee rock-out is bound for glory and pure, uncut, magic. Not much needs to be said or typed, just go!


1st Annual HallowBean – Urban South Brewery on 10/27, from 5 PM to 8 PM & 8 PM to Midnite

A new tradition begins. The Krewe of Red Beans present HallowBean, their new annual fundraiser, sponsored by Camellia Beans. Featuring a costume party and music by Bon Bon Vivant and The Iceman Special, this pun-heavy, free party (with a donation option) has our attention.


Every weekend is a progressive weekend. Every day is full of moments that allow us to move forward and grow. And, as we say here at Big Easy Magazine, values are not meant to simply be spoken about but lived out.
Editor’s Note: For family-friendly Halloween events, please see this piece.

Bill Arceneaux has been an independent writer and film critic in the New Orleans area since 2011, working with outlets like Film Threat, DIG Baton Rouge, Crosstown Conversations and Occupy. Be sure to check out Bill’s latest film review here.

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