Last week was an extremely busy week since there were so many cultural fun events that included the press conference for the French Quarter Festival at Jackson Square. The April 7-10, 2011FQF will feature four days for the first time, adding the Thursday before the start of the weekend. There will be 17 outdoor stages showcasing multiple genres of music including gospel, jazz, funk, classical, Cajun and zydeco, brass bands and much more. Be sure to check out the 2011 French Quarter Festival Schedule at www.fqf.orgso you don't miss your favorite musicians!
That evening I held my "Toasting with Margarita" at Le Booze. I was joined by talented mixologist Cheryl Charming Aka" Miss Charming." After my soiree, I went to the February Art showcase at the Windsor Court which featured artist William Crowell. But prior to my Toasting with Margarita on Tuesday, I went to the Hotel Monteleone since, in honor of its 125th anniversary, it was celebrating a book signing and champagne toast for its history book, "Hotel Monteleone: More Than a Landmark, The Heart of New Orleans Since 1886." It was followed by a Literary Luncheon. By the way, the Monteleone is bringing back its Dark Roast Coffee Blend that it originally began serving in 1911. On Tuesday, February 15, they are honoring first responders with a free cup of coffee at 214 Royal Street from 7:30–9:30 a.m. It is free and open to the public.
My Tound Table Luncheon was a great success and it featured Dr. Patricia Brady, author and social historian who discussed and signed 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 was by Marshall Harris, accompanied by Jim Walpole on the piano and as a special treat. Entertainer Al "Carnival Time "Johnson. My next Round Table Luncheon will be March 16 at noon - A Salute to New Orleans Festivals. Not to be missed!
I also attended the World Trade Center's network reception with New Orleans Inspector General
Edouard Quatrevaux at the Plimsoll Club as well as the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's quarterly luncheon and installation of officers at the JW Marriott.
Unfortunately, I was too exhausted and cold and missed the wonderful concert at St. Louis Cathedral. I heard it was divine!
On Friday, I attended briefly the Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans' annual Au Claire de La Lune Gala with the theme "Valentine's Day in Paris" at The Eiffel Society. That evening was also the opening of The Color Purple at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. On Saturday, I attended the patron party in honor of the this year’s honorees of the CAC's SweetArts 2011-Art in the Dark. That night it was also the fun-filled HBO Treme show's "My Darlin' New Orleans" at Generations Hall. I had the opportunity to mingle with the stars, writers and producers of TREME. Great food, libations and wonderful auctions items.
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This week is going to be exciting as well. I will be going to my brother Lorenzo Bergen's exhibit in the Lobby Lounge of the JW Marriott on Wednesday, February 16, from 5:30- 8 p.m. On Thursday at 5:30 p.m., the Windsor Court will take the debate to the wine glass with an evaluation of the same grape varieties produced in Europe and North America. On Friday, I do not want to miss the Krewe du Vieux Parade. Known for their satirical themes and irreverent style, Krewe du Vieux is one of Carnival's most anticipated Mardi Gras krewes with the hand-made mule-drawn floats and adult themes. This year theme is Krewe du Vieux: 25 Years Wasted” and the King will be none other than Don Marshall, Director of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
That evening I have been invited to attend the Temple Sinai Gala which is honoring Saundra K. Levy.
On Saturday, if I am not too tired, I would like to attend the Louisiana SPCA's third annual Alegria fashion show, which will feature six local designers in a "Project Runway"-style competition at the W Hotel. I am looking forward to attending on Sunday, the Patron Party for the New Orleans Opera Guild’s Mad Hatter’s fundraiser at the stately mansion of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stewart, Jr.
Enjoy your week and let's see what is in store for us.
Tuesday, February 15
NOCCA Jazz Alumni Series
6:30pm-Free Concert-The featured performer is Jasen Weaver,Bands playing include Booty Trove Brass Band, FREE
The Andrew McGowan Group and The Session. ,NOCCA's Ellis Marsalis Jazz Studio,1800 Chartres St.504.940.2854
Alvar Arts Series
Bywater artist Julia Yerkov Kline presents slides and videos of her puppetry and mixed media sculpture and painting at the monthly
program featuring local artists..Free-7-9pm.Alvar Library,913 Alvar St.Refreshments will be served , www.AlvarArts.org
Wednesday, February 16th
Get In The kNOwLA
Experience an evening of cultural indulgences at the JW Marriott Lobby Lounge 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Featuring: New Works by Lorenzo Bergen. Live Entertainment by: Javier Gutierrez (guitarist)
Spirit Tasting and complimentary Hors D’oeuvres.Lobby Bar,JW Marriott New Orleans, 614 Canal Street,
Pelican Publishing Presents CAFÉ DEGAS COOKBOOK ByTroy Gilbert with Jerry Edgar and Jacques Soulas
Please join us for the upcoming book launch and for the restaurant's 25th anniversary party 6 - 10 PM
Café Degas,3127 Esplanade Ave,Café Degas: (504)945-5635
Compare Old World and New World Wines at Windsor Court February Mixology Class
It’s the allure and mystery of the unknown New World versus the history and tradition of the Old World. On Thursday, February 17th at 5:30 pm, the Windsor Court will take the debate to the wine glass with an evaluation of the same grape varieties produced in Europe and North America. Attendees will taste Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon grape varieties, and discover how they differ based on soil types, aging regiments and winemaking style differences. Monthly mixology classes take place on the third Thursday of every month. The next class on March 17th will provide a history and tasting of the most famous brandies – Cognac and Armagnac. The mixology class will begin at 5:30 pm and the cost is $25. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 504.522.1994.
Starlighht Race at Fairground
Experience the thrill of live racing -post time 5 p.m. Check out the exciting club scene in the Miller Garden, plus enjoy food and drinks specials. Live netertainment _The Mixed Nuts. $10 Admission to the Miller Beer Garden and the Clubhouse.
Dat NOLA Race
Think and walk, run, or even crawl through an exciting and competitive way to tour and experience the beautiful city of New Orleans Dat NOLA Race is part adventure race, part scavenger hunt, and all FUN. Use your wit to solve clues, your charm to get help from the locals, and your speed to overcome your competition and conquer the course in the least amount of time.2:00 pm- Washington Artillery Park (French Quarter) http://www.datnolarace.com/ -(504) 828-6977- $55.00 per person
Krewe du Vieux Parade
The route will go up Chartres to Franklin to Royal through the Quarter, turn on Toulouse to Decatur, up Decatur to Frenchman back to Royal, Elysian Fields and disbands at Chartres.
Known for their satirical themes and irreverant style, Krewe du Vieux is one of Carnival's most anticipated Mardi Gras krewes with the hand-made mule-drawn floats and adult themes. This year theme is Krewe du Vieux: 25 Years Wasted
The King 2011: Don Marshall. 6:30 p.m. The parade start and end at Elysian Fields and goes through the French Quarter.Krewe Website: www.kreweduvieux.org
Temple Sinai Gala
This year’s gala will honor Saundra K. Levy and will feature food, music, a silent auction and free appraisals of jewelry, porcelain and silver. Patron party 7 p.m.;gala 8 p.m.Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave. 861-3693
Louisiana SPCA's third annual Alegria fashion show will feature six local designers in a "Project Runway"-style competition.
W Hotel, 333 Poydras St. 762-3307
Patron Party for Mad Hatter
Two until Four o’clock At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stewart, Jr from 2 to 4 p.m. Hosted by Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel.For reservation contact: 529-2278
Trinity Series presents @ 5 pm New Orleans Strathspey & Reel Society
The Gulf South's Only Scottish Fiddle Orchestra (15 musicians) including fiddles, concertina, mandolins, accordion, piano, and percussion
in a program of Traditional Scottish and Celtic Music. Trinity Church
27th annual Mad Hatter’s Luncheon
This year’s theme is "Mad Hatter Masquerade" is this year theme for the annual New Orleans Opera Association fundraiser luncheon Along with the annual "Mad Hatter’s" Contest, there will be a style show by Saks Fifth Avenue, a celebrity-judged hat contest and a silent auction and raffle at 10 a.m.at Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, 739 Canal St. For reservation contact: 529-2278
Friday February 25
Krewe of Cork
"Wine, Food, Fun" is the slogan of the Krewe of Cork, an eleven-year-old Carnival walking parade that takes to the streets of the French Quarter eleven days before Fat Tuesday every year.
This year's parade is on Friday, February 25. Patrick Van Hoorebeek is the krewe's perennial king but each year a new queen is selected. Membership in the krewe has grown rapidly over the years to its present 540 members.The parade, accompanied by a 12-piece band, begins around 2:00 p.m. in front of The Court of Two Sisters and takes in the French Quarter's key streets - Royal, Bourbon and Dauphine - ending at The Royal Sonesta for the King and Queens party. They are also accompanied by "wine police" on golf carts, whose motto is "To serve and pour," and they are responsible for filling krewe members' wine glasses and keeping them supplied with bottled water. Unlike other Carnival krewes, the Cork parades keep the same theme each year, and paraders must wear costumes with a wine-related theme. Not to be missed
Until April 3, 2011
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 present Drawn 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 screenDrawn 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.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
to March 13
All That Glitters: Carnival Jewelry from the Golden Age
All That Glitters, a fabulous treasure-trove of Carnival jewelry from the Golden Age, the dazzling period from the late 19th century to 1930, runs through March 13. This glittering exhibit, which includes Rex crowns, scepters, and ducal badges, Comus cups, and numerous krewe and court favors, is guest curated by Henri Schindler, Carnival historian and designer. View with paid admission to Longue Vue
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.
NEW ORLEANS' OWN SONG & PIANO MAN
RETURNS TO THE
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
Have a great week
Margarita Bergen,M.Ed.. Realtor
Society Editor - New Orleans Living Magazine
Cultural Diva- www.neworleans.com
Social/Cultural Columnist - www.bayoubuzz.com
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This online album has 22 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 05/16/2011.
This online album has 25 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 05/16/2011.
This online album has 26 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 05/16/2011.