from Nathan C. Martin and Friends.

The Iron Rail Reemerges!

posted May 26, 2011
Stacks and sign from the old Iron Rail location
Stacks and sign from the old Iron Rail location

In the wake of a police crackdown on people allegedly involved with the Krewe of Eris Mardi Gras parade—which ended in the brutal beat down, pepper spraying, and arresting of many revelers who took part—the Iron Rail Collective, formerly at the corner of Decatur and Marigny Streets, was shut down due to “building code violations,” or something. For the record, the Iron Rail Collective aggressively asserts that it had absolutely nothing to do with the Eris Parade, and we at Room 220 believe them. Tomorrow, the collective will reemerge in the French Quarter as a volunteer-run book and art boutique, proceeds from which will go towards creating a lending library and community space. The new Iron Rail opens tomorrow, May 27, at 503 Barracks St. (at Decatur; adjacent to Gnome), with a celebration from 4 – 9 p.m. For the moment, the shop will be open from 12 – 6 p.m. daily. Viva la Iron Rail! Viva la revolución!

Hand-in-Glove Conference Guide

Hand in Glove Conference Guide
Essay by Amy Mackie, edited by Bob Snead, designed by Erik Keisewetter

This beautiful book, designed and printed by Erik Kiesewetter of Constance for the Hand-in-Glove Conference, includes a guide to all of the conference happenings Oct 17-20, 2013, an informative map of the artist run spaces on and around St. Claude Ave, and an extensive essay by Amy Mackie about the history of self organized contemporary art [...]

Photo by Sophie Lvoff in WE'RE PREGNANT

We’re Pregnant
Words by Nathan Martin. Photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano.

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Poems by Andy Young and Photographs by Salwa Rashad

The People Is Singular, by local poet Andy Young and Egyptian photographer Salwa Rashad, is a personal response to the Egyptian Revolution. Rashad’s vision includes everyday people—Muslims and Christians, young and old, the foregrounded and the peripheral. Her perspective is from inside the events as they unfolded. Andy Young, a New Orleans poet married to [...]

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by Brad and Jim Richard

In both poetry and prose, Brad Richard explores the influence of his father’s work on his own, as well as the experience of growing up as the son of an artist while becoming an artist himself. Jim Richard is a professor of painting at the University of New Orleans and has exhibited at the Solomon [...]


How to Rebuild a City
Edited by Anne Gisleson & Tristan Thompson w/ design and artistic direction by Catherine Burke

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by Brian Zeigler & Raymond “Moose” Jackson

BBoth originally from Detroit, cousins Brian Zeigler and Raymond “Moose” Jackson began collaborating while Brian was harboring Moose in Vermont during Katrina evacuation. While their doodling proclivities may have made them rustbelt exiles from the rest of their autoworker family, together they produce seductive aphorisms of wit and weirdness that provoke, confound and celebrate a [...]