‘DOGFIGHT’: The theater department at Delgado Community College will present “Dogfight,” weekends through Oct. 19 in the Drama Hall on the third floor of Isaac Delgado Hall on the Delgado City Park Campus, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans.
Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15 for the general public, and $12 for Delgado students, faculty and staff. For reservations or information, call (504) 671-6360.
“Dogfight” is the story of a young Marine on the eve of his deployment to fight in Vietnam in 1963. Continuing a tradition of the Marine Corps, he and his buddies play a cruel joke on the women they invite to a party, where the soldier who brings the most unattractive girl wins prize money. A story of the loss of innocence for the soldier and his date, “Dogfight” also parallels the loss of innocence of the United States.
Directed by Timothy Baker, the cast includes Aaron Romano in the role of Eddie Birdlace opposite Olivia Ros as Rose. Eddie’s Army buddies are KJ Ade, Mitchel Courville, Peter Morgan, Randon Cutno, Daniel Anderson and Brandon Bracy. Adriel Aviles plays the Lounge Singer, Tyler Brantmeyer plays Pete and Whitney Mixon is Marcy. Others in the cast include Fallon Breaux, Kisty Cabib, Tyler Brantmeyer, Jaunee Young, Krystal Braud, Elizabeth Colindres and Edward Smith.
Ronald Joseph is the musical director, Nicole Buckels is the choreographer and sets and lighting are by Tom Dawson.
BLACK MALE SUMMIT: Officials and students will discuss the broad issues impacting black male success in New Orleans and beyond during a Black Male Summit from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 13, in Dent Hall at Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. The event is sponsored by Dillard and St. Augustine High School
The summit will feature a panel of local officials and experts who will engage in a dialogue with young African-American and minority males regarding the challenges and misconceptions that exist among law enforcement, black males and the community.
Panelists include Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Interim Superintendent of Police Michael Harrison, Criminal Court Judge Benedict Willard, Sheriff Marlin Gusman and Robert Collins, professor of urban studies at Dillard University.
This event is free and open to the public. Seats are on a first-come basis. For information visit www.dillard.edu or call (504) 816-4800.
BRAIN FOOD LECTURE: Maggie Anderson, the author of “Our Black Year” and founder of the Empowerment Experiment, will deliver the next Brain Food Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Georges Auditorium at Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. A book signing will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the public.
Anderson and her family received national attention when they supported black businesses exclusively for one year. Anderson’s year of living using only black-owned and black-made products and services was a real-life case study in self-help economics in the black community. It resulted in a groundbreaking study called the Empowerment Experiment conducted by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. Subsequently, Anderson has become the voice of American consumers of all backgrounds who want to ensure that their buying power impacts struggling minority communities in a positive way.
Seats are on a first-come basis. For more information, visit www.dillard.edu or call (504) 816-4800.