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Thursday, January 28/Ashé CAC presents "Organizing and Action": Latin American Graduate Organization Conference of 2016 is hosting "Organizing and Action: Detention Centers and the Prison Industrial Complex." This is an evening of dialogue that brings together organizers, activists, educators, and artists to speak about the problem of mass incarceration as it affects different communities in New Orleans.

With discussion from the school-to-prison pipeline to immigrant detention and deportation, participants will range from local poets and performers José Torres-Tama and A Scribe Called Quess? to a clip of filmmaker Andrés Feliciano's Paper City - Stop the School to Prison Pipeline, as well as representatives from New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice, Voice of the Ex-Offender (VOTE), Nola to Angola, the New Orleans Public Defender’s Office, and JCFA, among others.

Speaking across the divide between Black, White and Latinx experiences, through film screening, panel discussion, and performance, participants will highlight how the issue affects the unique communities they serve, share personal narratives, and discuss tools for addressing issues of mass incarceration. The event is from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM at the Ashé CAC (1712 Oretha C Haley Blvd, New Orleans), and it is free to the public.

Thursday, January 28/Propeller presents "PitchNola": This Thursday at Tulane University, Freeman Auditorium you can watch 10 entrepreneurs pitch their solutions to pressing social and environmental issues for a shot at $10,000 to put them into action. PitchNOLA: Community Solutions is presented by Propeller and Tulane University with prizes sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and technical assistance by EMH Strategy. If you want to hear creativity of ideas and business intermingling then come for refreshments at 5:30 PM and the competition starts at 6:00 PM.

Friday, January 29/Gasa Gasa presents "Good Foot Ball":Krewe of King James: The Super Bad Sex Machine Strollers and KKJ captains DJ Soul Sister and Funk Baby present the 2nd Annual "Good Foot Ball." It's a whole bunch of music and a whole bunch of dancing, and the thing that sets it apart are the funky costumes that move and shine under the lights and sweat. The only way to describe the dress attire? Fabulous and Funkdafied. Tickets are $15 (advance) and $20 (at door). Doors open at 9:00 PM at Gasa Gasa (4920 Freret Street).

Saturday, January 30/Streets of New Orleans presents "Chewbacchus": The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus rolls on January 30th, 2016 with the theme “Chewluminati: Nerd World Order”. The 2016 Parade features a Chewluminati Pyramid with an interactive All Seeing Eye, as well as a Reptillian Delorean. The 2016 Chewbacchus Parade features a new route. The Chewbacchus Fleet will be staged at the Krewe du Vieux “Den of Muses” at 42 Architects Alley (Chewbacchus’ ancestral home) and lineup will start around the corner at N. Peters and St. Ferdinand. Chewbacchus rolls promptly at 7:00 PM. There's a dance party to follow, which you can find out more about here.

Sunday, January 31/One Eyed Jacks presents "Alligator Chomp Chomp": Alligator Chomp Chomp Swamp Pop Mardi Gras DJ Dance Party. You gotta take a risk and go there to find out what in the world this means. It's fun. It's sweaty to the point of where your body can be described as "swampy." Oh, and there's no cover charge. The Chomp Chomp starts at 10:00 PM and goes longer than you can most likely last (although, who knows what you're capable of on a Sunday night)!