On Thursday I attended a lovely soiree sponsored by Sammy Steele of the Dooley Foundation in honor of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society at the Eiffel Society on St. Charles Avenue. The soiree featured, as part of its entertainment, the JPAS Theatre Kids! These talented youngsters recently garnered top honors at the 2011 iTheatrics Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, GA. Under the direction ofLynne L. Bordelon andTammy Mansfield withJustine Anderson, theJPAS Theatre Kids Competition Teamwon first place “Outstanding Performance”in their division for their performance of selections from SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL, JR. The JPAS Theatre Kids competed among 2,200 young performers from 54 theatre groups throughout the nation. Congratulations to a very deserving group!
See Bayoubuzz movie of JPAS Event JPAS Evening At Eiffel
On Friday, I enjoyed the New Orleans Opera Association’s delightful Bizet's The Pearl Fishers (Les Pêcheurs de Perles). The production and the cast were superb. I was so proud of the lead soprano Lisette Oropesa, whose parents emigrated from Cuba andwho now hails from Baton Rouge. She is now a rising star in the international operatic world, one of a growing number of Hispanic opera singers. After the performance I was able to meet her along with the cast and Gregory Schramel and Marjorie Hardwick, the directors of the New Orleans Ballet Theatre who performed beautifully throughout the opera.
E. John Bullard who, for 37 years, was the director of the New Orleans Museum of Art, was honored on Saturday at a black-tie tribute at the Museum. La Creme of New Orleans Society and the city’s artistic community was present for the lovely celebration.
On a sad note, I just learned that my darling friend Jeff Crouere's father Joffre J. Crouere, passed away. He embodied the best values of the Greatest Generation:integrity, honesty, service and generosity. My prayers will be with you at this difficult time.
This week coming up, is full of wonderful soirees and fundraisers such as the Go for Red Luncheon, the 17th annual Leukemia-Cup Regatta Kickoff Celebration at the Southern Yacht Club with an old friend of mine, Gary Jobson, who I used to sail with when he went to Fort Schuyler Maritime School in NY. Gary isa world-class sailor, author, TV commentator, lymphoma survivor and National Chairman for the Leukemia Cup Regatta, and he will be the featured speaker of the evening.
The other fun events that I am looking forward are the LPO's presentation of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 on Thursday, February 3 in New Orleans and Friday, February 4 in Kenner. On Friday I am looking forward to attending an evening reception to celebrate the opening of “In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre–Civil War New Orleans” and the release of the accompanying exhibition catalogue at 6 p.m. at The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street. Then that evening the Trey McIntyre Project will be dancing to the music of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at 8 p.m. onstage at the Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts in a special New Orleans Ballet Association-commissioned world premiere. Not to be missed!
Please do not forget to put in your calendar that my next Round Table Luncheon will be on Wednesday, February 9 at noon at the Bienville Suite of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Check out the fascinating speakers and the entertainment at the calendar below.
Let's see what this week has to offer:
Tuesday, February 1- March 4
Mardi Gras history tour returns to the Historic New Orleans Collection
"Myth, Mayhem & Majesty: A History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans"
The Brazilian Guitar Quartet perform at 7:30pm at the UNO Performing Arts Concert Hall. The Quartet will perform Bach, Albéniz,Ronaldo Miranda, Villa Lobos, and Guarnieri Ponteios. The University of New Orleans' Department of Music, the Graduate Program in Arts Administration and WWNO are proud to present the Brazilian Guitar Quartet as part of the Musical Excursions Concert Series.(07:30 PM - 09:30 PM)
Tuesday February 1(07:30 PM - 09:30 PM)
Wednesday Feb 2, 2011
New Orleans Radical Faeries present their 22nd Annual Saint Brigid Ball
and Imperial Coronation of Empress XXII
7pm to 2am –featuring- The PANORAMA JAZZ BAND
10:30pm until 1am- COSTUMES REQUESTED
John Paul's,940 Elysian Fields Avenue, $10 donation
Wednesday, February 2
Get In The kNOwLA
Experience an evening of cultural indulgences at the
JW Marriott Lobby Lounge from5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Local Featured Artist:Bedonna Wakeman -(Acrylics on canvas - fine art done in the Pop Art Style)
Live Entertainment by: Tony Seville-(multi instrumentalist)
Spirit Tastingand complimentary Hors D’oeuvres
Go Red for Women Luncheon
The American Heart Association will hold its annual event that includes
free health screening and educational seminars from 9-11:30 a.m. with a
ticketed luncheon program following shortly afterwards featuring a heart
healthy lunch, fashion show and inspirational speakers. The event is held
at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal St. Call 830-2300 for
17th annual Leukemia-Cup Regatta Kickoff Celebration
The Mississippi and Louisiana Chapters of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
will host its Regatta Kickoff Celebration at 6:30 p.m. at the Southern
Yacht Club, 105 N. Roadway St. Gary Jobson “ world-class sailor, author,
TV commentator, lymphoma survivor and National Chairman for the Leukemia
Cup Regatta will speak, and food and refreshments will be provided.
Obituary Cocktail Society
Obers will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. at Maximo's Italian Grill. 1117 Decatur St.
Friday: Opening reception and book signing for In Search of Julien Hudson
Friday, February 4 • 6–8 p.m.
February 3 and 4
LPO presents Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Music Director
Pianist Lilya Zilberstein
Feb 3 at 7:30pm at First Baptist New Orleans and Friday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 at First Baptist Chuch in Kenner..
Friday, February 4
WHere Y' Art at NOMA
START your weekend at the New Orleans Museum of Art with a Friday evening series called "Where Y'Art!" Every Friday from 5 pm to 9 pm, enjoy live music, performance, theater, good food, children's activites and, of course, great art!
- Music: Brent Walsh Jazz Duo - 5:30 to 8:30 pm
- Opening of glass exhibition "Different Strokes for Different Folks: Selections of Glass from the Harter, Jastremski and Sawyer Gifts" - 6 pm
- Art Making Activity: Decorating Muses' Mardi Gras shoes!
- Book Signing: Troy Gilbert along with Jacques Soulas and Jerry Edgar of Cafe Degas, signing "Cafe Degas Cookbook." 6-9pm.
- Museum Shop: February Artist of the Month: Ya Yas
Friday, February 4
Trey McIntyre Project and Preservation Hall Jazz Band
8 p.m.-Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts -Special NOBA commissioned world premiere
NOBA is thrilled to reunite two remarkable creative forces, Trey McIntyre Project and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, in an extraordinary world premiere event. TMP is a prolific American force on the international dance scene. PHJB, currently celebrating its 50th Anniversary, is the legendary champion of New Orleans jazz. Together, and for one night only, ten phenomenal dancers will unite with seven illustrious musicians in a world premiere experience that will include an exclusive encore main stage presentation of Ma Maison.Purchase Tickets
STARTING FRIDAY FEBRUARY 4th
NEW ORLEANS' OWN SONG & PIANO MAN
RETURNS TO THE
2031 St. CHARLES AVENUE
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS at 8pm
Banu Gibson Cabaret Show of George & Ira Gershwin's songs at Le Chat Noir
David Boeddinghaus on piano, Kerry Lewis on bass, Ray Moore on sax
and Larry Scala on guitar. You can order tickets online at:
or phone 581-5812 to make reservations
Saturday: 16th annual Williams Research Center Symposium
Saturday, February 5, 2011
To reserve your seat, call (504) 523-4662 or register online.
A limited number of seats are still available for the 16th annual Williams Research Center Symposium, Identity, History, Legacy: Free People of Color in Louisiana. This event is part of a series of progamming presented by The Collection to examine the history of free people of color and the community's responses to issues of race, class, and ethnicity.
Historically, free people of color were people of African and often mixed Afro-European descent who had either been born into freedom or gained their liberty through other means. Before the Civil War, communities of free people of color flourished in several American cities, including Baltimore and Charleston, but New Orleans was home to the largest such population in the nation.
Free people of color were often considered a third caste—one whose legal and social status placed them in a complicated position between the enslaved and free white populations. Like whites, they could own property, enter legal contracts, study, teach, and work in many capacities. Yet they were restricted in where they were allowed to live and travel and were required to show deference to former masters. As the 19th century progressed, bureaucratic measures threatened and ultimately limited the community’s rights.
The symposium on Saturday, February 5, will feature local and national scholars discussing topics such as paths to freedom, fashion as a symbol of status, portraitist Julien Hudson, and more. Registration is required for this event, and rates range from $45 to $75.
This project has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part ofAmerican Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius. Additional support is provided by ClearBridge Advisors, a Legg Mason Company; Villere & Co.; Associated Office Systems; LaPorte Sehrt Romig & Hand, Certified Public Accountants; Antoine's Restaurant; Omni Royal Orleans; and Premium Parking.
Sunday, January 6
Trinity Artist Series presents :Scott Slapin, LPO viola virtuoso,
Amy Pfrimmer, soprano& Yui Asano, pianist
Tuesday, February 8
11:30am - 1:00pm - Legacy Series luncheon, "Hotel Monteleone: A Literary Landmark"
Wednesday, February 9
ROUND TABLE LUNCHEON
The popular Round table luncheon hosted by yours truly, will be at noon at the Bienville Suite of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The featured speakers will be : Dr. Patricia Brady, author and social historian who will be discussing and signing her book, 'Being So Gentle: The Frontier Love Story of Rachel and Andrew Jackson; Henri Schindler, the acknowledged authority on the history of Mardi Gras.; Leonard Earl Johnson, the well know local writer who covered both Hurricane Katrina and the recent British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico for the national on-line magazine Consumer Affairs, and Mavis Early, Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association. Entertainment will be Marshall Harris, accompanied by Jim Walpole on the piano. Entertainer Al "Carnival "Johnson" will be special guest for this festive luncheon.
Thursday, February 10
Until April 3, 2011
Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Gallery hours will be extended through Sunday, April 3
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street
Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams
In commemoration of the centennial of Tennessee Williams’s birth, The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation have collaborated to presentDrawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams.
The exhibition and companion publication bring together highlights from The Collection’s permanent holdings and dozens of drawings by the legendary artist.
Hirschfeld, a self-described “characterist,” was the foremost chronicler of Williams’s productions on and off Broadway for six decades. With his signature linear calligraphic style, Hirschfeld’s drawings compose a fascinating archive of the playwright’s career while capturing the personalities of the actors who portrayed his characters on stage and screen. The exhibition also includes correspondence, programs, and family photographs documenting Williams’s talent for drawing from his life to create some of the most compelling characters in American theater history.
Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams will be on view in the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, January 11–April 3, 2011. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday and will be extended to Sunday, April 3; no admission is charged.
Tennessee Williams: Influences and Realization; 1959; ink on board by Al Hirschfeld; © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation, all rights reserved, www.alhirschfeldfoundation.org
January 1 - February 19, 2011
Prospect.1.5 New Orleans
As part of its mission to present and promote the art and artists of New Orleans, U.S. Biennial presents Prospect.1.5 New Orleans, a fifteen-week program of exhibitions, symposiums, and public events. Prospect.1.5 highlights the contemporary art scene in the city, with over fifty artists presenting work in thirteen venues throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area.
Until March 6
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
The Garden District Gallery proudly presents – "Eat, Drink & Be Merry" - extended by popular demand, through March 6, 2011. This group invitational features the work of local artists in celebration of the season!
Participating artists include Patti Adams, Peter Briant, Jean Cassels, Nini Bodenheimer, JoAnn Greenberg, Martha Guthrie, Robert Guthrie, Diego Larguia, Carol Peebles, Michael Prokos, Don Rhodes, Jacques Soulas, Garth Swanson and Kris Wenschuh. Garden District Gallery,1332 Washington, Avenue,504-891-3032 or visit www.gardendistrictgallery.com.
Every Thursday (5:30pm), Friday (9pm) + Saturday (9pm)
at Davenport Lounge in The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.
Anais St. John at the Polo Lounge of the Windsor Court
Every Friday and Saturday at the Polo Lounge of the Windsor Court" 9 p.m. to Midnight!
Jazz and blues every Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with local singer Maryflynn Thomas. Enjoy a musical brunch of jazz and blues at St. Charles Tavern, 1433 St. Charles Avenue. 523-9823. No cover charge. Corner of Melpomene, next to Office Depot.
BOMBAY CLUB -830 Conti St.586-0972
LIVE MUSIC -No Cover Charge
JazzTrio Marlon Jordon @ 8-11 p.m. Every Wednesday & Thursday in February
PianistMonty Banks @ 6-9 p.m. Every Friday, Saturday & Every Sunday 7-10pm in February
Pianist Amanda Walker every Monday & Tuesday 7 – 10pm in February
Friday February 4th _____Ballads Alex Peters quartet @ 9:30 p.m.
This online album has 65 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 05/02/2011.