Offbeat (Thematically, not Musically) Record Store Offers Free Beer (as Long as it Lasts) and 30% of Sales to Fund to Assist Newspaper Employees and Contractors Set to Lose Jobs
Euclid Records, 3401 Chartres St. in Bywater, which specializes “in used and new vinyl with a healthy dose of used CDs and plenty of odd,” is hosting a benefit Sunday, July 8 for dashTHIRTYdash. Thirty percent of the store’s receipts during its hours of noon to 6 p.m. will go to the fund.
In addition to beautiful music and “free beer while it lasts; folks are encouraged to bring their own,” store manager James Weber will raffle off a “record player,” with all proceeds from the $1-a-ticket raffle will go directly to dashTHIRTYdash.
“We’re 2,200 square feet of boss vinyl (new and used), with a healthy dose of quality used CDs and a fluctuating cassette supply,” according to the store’s Facebook page. “We host in-store performances and meet-n-greets, will talk with you for extended lengths regarding just about any culture you’d care to ramble about, generally have the digs on hip shows occurring around town, can sometimes introduce you to musicians, and will most certainly listen to your band’s demo tape.” Not to mention being the record store of choice for celebs like former “House” star, actor Hugh Laurie.
“Whew! How does that sound?” James asks.
Amazing, James, and as charmingly, eccentrically New Orleans as it gets.
dashTHIRTYdash is the newly created fund to financially assist Times-Picayune employees and contractors slated to lose their jobs or a significant portion of their income Sept. 30 as the newspaper abandons daily publication. A number of local restaurants and businesses – ranging from the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group to jeweler Mignon Faget – have created either special products or menu offerings or hosted events, all with some portion of proceeds going to the fund.
Individuals, companies or organizations wishing to donate to dashTHIRTYdash may send checks payable to the Contemporary Arts Center, but in the memo line of the check, please write DashThirtyDash Fund. Checks should be mailed to the Contemporary Arts Center, c/o Glenn W. Gruber, Associate Director/CFO, 900 Camp St. New Orleans, LA 70130. Again, contributions are tax-deductible. Fund organizers also are working on online credit card and/or PayPal donation options.
New Orleans-areas restaurants, bars or other businesses interested in hosting benefits for dashTHIRTYdash or donating proceeds from sales of products or services should contact Times-Picayune alumna Rebecca Theim at phone number or email address below.
dashTHIRTYdash is a fund to financially assist employees and contractors of The Times-Picayune slated to lose their jobs or a significant portion of their income Sept. 30 as the newspaper abandons daily publication. The Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans is serving as the fund’s fiscal agent, which makes dashTHIRTYdash contributions tax-deductible. The fund also is benefiting from the professional expertise of CAC’s Accounting Services Program, which serves New Orleans-area non-profits.
The designation “-30-” historically was added by journalists to the end of their reports to indicate “end of story.” But on June 12, 2012, -30- took on a new meaning in New Orleans, as Times-Picayune staffers used it on Facebook and other social media to simply yet powerfully signal that they were among the roughly 200 staffers who will lose their jobs as the 175-year-old, Pulitzer Prize-winning paper pivots to primarily digital distribution.
dashTHIRTYdash is inspired by the post-Katrina “Friends of The Times-Picayune,” which was created in 2005 by four newspaper alumnae. That fund assisted employees across the newspaper who lost their homes or suffered serious financial losses after the storm.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Rebecca Theim (Times-Picayune alumna, 1988-94), 702-622-8154 (cell), rebecca at rebeccatheim dot com.