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June 19th

00:00 June 19, 2012
By: Emily Hingle
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Immersed in Ink's Tattoo Convention was definitely a sight to see. Other than the dozens of patrons getting inked simultaneously, the sideshows and human suspension were intriguing. But there's a new, exciting weekend coming up, culminating in this mag's bash aptly named Where Y'at's Best of the Big Easy. In the meantime, there are some good concerts to bide your time as well as some enlightening movies.

The week kicks off on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Café Istanbul in the NOLA Healing Center on St. Claude Avenue. The café screens the film What's On Your Plate? in which some pre-adolescent kids learn about the complicated world of food politics. And farther into the Bywater on Thursday night, the Green Screen at the Green Project (2831 Marais Street) in conjunction with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade will show the film Toxic Soup: The Politics of Pollution. Showing how dangerous household items can be to the environment, Toxic Soup features interviews by concerned citizens including Bill Clinton and Morgan Spurlock speaking about how chemicals are wreaking havoc in America and most don't even realize it. The film begins at 7 p.m. and is free to attend.

All the way from Australia, doom band Whitehorse takes over the stage on Friday night with Hot Graves from Florida, Dethrones and Kringe, both from Austin, Texas, and our very own heavy duo Solid Giant. The show goes on at 10 p.m. and is a steal for $7.

Of course I'll be at the Where Y'at Best of the Big Easy Party on Saturday night at the Metro/Generations Hall. The biggest party of the summer is going to have so much entertainment like burlesque, fashion and music, and balloons. Tickets are a mere $15 for general admission and $25 for the VIP Pre-party. But I still might have to pull myself away later in the night to see the great bluesman Chris Thomas King at Snug Harbor at 10 p.m. You many have seen him as Tommy Johnson in the film O Brother Where Art Thou.

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