The New Orleans Saints playoff game against the NFC West division champion Seattle Seahawks will be the first of next weekend's four scheduled contests. NBC announced the game will take place Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Central Time. New Orleans will play on the road at Seattle.
CITY HALL CLOSED FOR NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY
Will Close Early Next Tuesday for Sugar Bowl
In accordance with the 2011 City holiday schedule, City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 3, 2011, for New Year's. City Hall will also close early at 3pm on Tuesday, January 4, 2011, for the Allstate Sugar Bowl being held at the Louisiana Superdome.
My silly hat birthday party
inviting friends at 6pm but general public at 7 so you
get the first crack at the food before strangers!!!
My birthday request:
Since so many great New Orleans musicians perform for my celebrations
PLEASE come early and plan to stay LATE
to enjoy all the bands since their music is my best Birthday gift
(YES ... past your bedtime ... like we did before retirement age)
please help spread the word since I recently drowned my cell phone and
have lost many contact numbers for my friends
If you have any leftover holiday food or you like to cook, please bring with
lovelove .... pat
d.b.a. to go smoke-free on January 3
Allstate Fan FestDon't miss the excitement of the fifth annual Allstate® Fan Fest located in the Jax Brewery parking lots off Decatur Street in the French Quarter. The entire event is FREE both days with highlights including concerts by award-winning national-recording artists. This year's headliner is Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
This year's Fan Fest is:
Monday, January 3, 2011 -- 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
concert starts at 6 p.m.
Allstate® Sugar Bowl official team pep rallies with cheerleaders and bands from both schools
Chance to win a 2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl V.I.P. Game Experience
Appearance by the Allstate A.F.C.A. Good Works Team
Photo opportunity with the Allstate Sugar Bowl trophy
Football skills challenge
Live Bowl game broadcasts
IRVIN MAYFIELDOS JAZZ PLAYHOUSE AT THE ROYAL SONESTA HOTEL
300 BOURBON STREET
A seldom seen Creole family portrait
Highlights January 18 lecture and benefit
NEW ORLEANS - Art historian Cybèle Trione Gontar will explore a rare Louisiana Creole portrait in "Striking a Chord with France, Spain and America: The Family of Dr. Joseph Montégut" on Tuesday, January 18, 6:30 PM at Maison Montégut, 731 Royal Street in the French Quarter.
Gontar's illustrated talk focuses on a family portrait painted in New Orleans between 1797 and 1800 by José Francisco Xavier de Salazar y Mendoza, one oftheearliest known professional artists residing and working in Louisiana.
"The Family of Dr. Joseph Montégut is a detailed and sensitive rendering of a noted New Orleans surgeon with his family," Gontar said.
The scene depicts the Montégutchildren poised to perform a musical arrangement for their father, mother, and great aunt. "Dr. Montégut wears a Spanish military uniform and holds forth a triangular insignia. His evident pride in his family and accomplishments is reinforced by a vision of domestic harmony and tranquility exemplified by the children's recital," Gontar said.
Salazar y Mendoza (1750-1802) emigrated from Mérida on the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico around 1782. Already an accomplished artist, he received numerous commissions to paint the portraits of prominent New Orleansfamilies and community leaders.
The Family of Dr. Joseph Montégutis among several notable Salazar portraits in the Louisiana State Museum's collection, including Andrés Almonester y Roxas (1796)andBishop Luis Ignacio Maria de Peñalver y Cárdenas (1802).
New Orleans native Cybèle Gontar, an expert on Louisiana furniture and PhD candidate in American art at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is co-author of the recently published Furnishing Louisiana: Creole and Acadian Furniture, 1735-1835. She has planned an exhibition to open at The Cabildo in late 2011.
The January 18 lecture and reception will be held in the Montégut family's original Royal Street home, built in 1794.
Donations are $25 and will benefit acquisition and conservation programs at the Louisiana State Museum.. For information and reservations, call 504.568.6941.
Time to Keep the Hive Alive! Join a slew of fabulous local folk on January 5 at Capdeville for a pre-game party, featuring free NOLA beer. (Take that, Seattle.) Buzzing right along, we'll head to the Arena to watch our Hornets trounce the Golden State Warriors. Even better: when you buy your game ticket here and enter the special discount code "504ward," your purchase of a $25 game ticket gets you into the party AND into the Jan 5 game - plus free admission to the Jan 17 game to boot!
1204 DECATUR STREET
NEW ORLEANS, LA, 70116
Memorial Service will be held on Thursday January 6, 2011 at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine Church in Treme
* Burial in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1's 'Musician's Tomb' will immediately follow the Service
* Following a 2nd Line send-off and burial, Drex's friends are invited back to the Community Hall, located directly behind St. Augustine Church, for a Repast and a special Tribute honoring Drex.
Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments to the Repast. St. Augustine Choir will perform at the Mass and the Treme Brass Band will greet his remains at the gates of St. Louis No. 1. Drex loved New Orleans and he worked tirelessly to champion many causes that supported New Orleans' Musicians. The Musician's Clinic, Armstrong Park, North Rampart Main Street, the Historic Treme Neighborhood, St. Augustine Church, Satchmo Summer Fest, and the New Orleans Jazz Centennial are just some of the many organizations he was devoted to. His gentle hand and passionate dedication to this city and its unique musical heritage will be remembered and cherished always. Hope you can join us on Thursday.
The Phunny Phorty Phellows will once again take to the rails on Twelfth Night, Thursday January 6, 2011. They will gather at the Willow Street Car Barn at 6:30.
Members from the Krewe of Oak will be on hand to toast the Phellows.
At 7pm there will be a Carnvial Countdown and cutting of the ribbon and the Phellows, all masked and costumed, will board the streetcar. They will ride the St. Charles Ave. Streetcar Route to Canal. We'll conclude our ride at Willow Street Car Barn and will then attend our Coronation Ball.
The Storyville Stompers will accompany us during our rid.
THIRD ANNUAL JOAN OF ARC PARADE ROLLS ON TWELFTH NIGHT, JOAN OF ARC'S 599TH BIRTHDAY!
Thursday, January 6, 2011, a procession of men, women, and children in medieval costumes from the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc will take to the streets of the French Quarter to honor the Maid of Orléans for a New Orleans-style birthday party. The parade begins at 6 p.m. at the Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville statue and park at Conti and Decatur and ends at the golden Joan of Arc statue at the New Place de France at Decatur and St. Phillip Streets at approximately 6:45 p.m. The parade route goes along Chartres Street, crosses Jackson Square, and continues past St. Louis Cathedral to the other side of Chartres to St. Phillip Street.
Since the Maid's birthday falls on Twelfth Night, the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc's parade simultaneously honors the beginning of Jeanne d'Arc's life and the beginning of Mardi Gras season with birthday (processional) candles given to parade-goers and king cake shared at the end of the route.
The musical group Wolgemut will lead the parade this year with their wonderfully authentic and boisterous medieval and renaissance music on German bagpipes and percussion. Also joining the parade, in addition to the krewe members, will be Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer dressed in a gold costume replicating the golden French Quarter statue, known for years to residents affectionately as "Joanie on the Pony".
"Just as last year we added the role of Maid of Honor and King, this year we added a new, golden opportunity for a local female who is a positive force in the community to dress and ride as one of our beloved Joans," noted Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc founder Amy Kirk Duvoisin.
The parade's original Joan of Arc, Caye Mitchell of The New Orleans Posse, will train the Maid of Honor and Ms. Gisleson Palmer for their riding roles and donate her horses for their use, in addition to riding in full armor in the procession as the "warrior" Joan. Explained Kirk-Duvoisin, "Caye has turned out to be the real Joan of Arc in our parade-she fearlessly takes on new soldiers (krewe members) and trains them, donates her horses for our event, and leads our procession each year" with her husband Fred Klotz, who rides in full armor alongside Joan as The Bastard of Orléans, Joan of Arc's real-life comrade during the Siege of Orleans, France, in 1429.
Along the route, parade-goers can expect to receive unique handmade throws themed accordingly, hand-delivered by the krewe: fleur de lis items, glittery wooden crosses and swords, Saint-inspired jewelry, magnets, and prayer cards, matchbooks, candles, and more. The signature throws for the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc are a limited number of handpainted boxes filled with handpainted Joan of Arc medallions and coins, created by the locally owned saintsforsinners.com. Five hundred and ninety-nine white processional candles will be given out in honor of Joan's birthday, with imprinted matchbooks, so the public can light them and follow in step. Other significant and coveted throws are those given out by the "Maid of Honor" a young local woman selected to lead the parade each year as Joan of Arc: sixteen decorated wooden swords, marking the age at which Joan retrieved her sword for battle.
This year's Maid of Honor is Mallory Young, a junior at St. Martin's Episcopal School, whose impressive volunteer work and extracurricular activities in addition to her accomplishments in the French language earned her the title. Applications are accepted each year from young women age 16-19 from the metro New Orleans area who display extraordinary community involvement and leadership, a sincere interest in French culture and language, and an understanding of Joan of Arc's accomplishments and enduring symbolism and inspiration. Look for Ms. Young as one of three Joan of Arcs on a horse, donned in a white robe and armored breastplate, handing out her swords with the help of a page. At the end of the route, at the Joan of Arc statue, Ms. Young will "crown" the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc King, played this year by the new director of Alliance Francaise, Mr. Lilian Cadet. Monsieur Cadet will then do the honors of cutting a king cake and toasting the young Joan of Arc, thanking her for orchestrating his coronation in Rheims in 1429. The public will share king cake together and enjoy the band Wolgemut before returning to the krewe's sponsor hotel, The Bienville House, for a krewe party with catered food and music by Pierre Pichon and more medieval revelry with Wolgemut.
For more information on the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc visit www.joanofarcparade.com and www.stjoankrewe.blogspot.com. Expect next year's parade in 2012, on Joan of Arc's 600th birthday, to be particularly special! The Joan of Arc Project will host a special conference, the second annual Joan of Arts Fete, on Saturday May 7th the day before the anniversary of Joan of Arc's lifting of the Siege of Orléans, France. Please "Like" THE JOAN OF ARC PROJECT on Facebook to stay in touch with us!
by Frank Stansbury
Publisher of LaFete News