I ended up working at Casell Gallery where Carneros sparkling wine and Pinot Noir was being poured. I had a ball. I attended on Friday and Saturday the grand tastings and saw briefly on Saturday, the annual competition for the Louisiana Seafood King.
On Saturday, as a part of NOWFE, I attended Cochon 555, 2011 at the Foundry. 5 Chefs, 5 pigs and 5 wineries participated in this delicious tasting and competition among the chefs. I actually “pig out” since there were so many fabulous tasty dishes. What a great way to spend an evening.
Prior to NOWFE, I attended at New Orleans Historic Collection, the enlightening lecture by Dr. Thomas E. Chávez, New Mexico historian, museum professional, and author of “Spain and the Independence of the United States: An Intrinsic Gift.” On Wednesday, I hosted my Round Table Luncheon at the Evangeline Room of the Royal Sonesta and they surprized me with belated birthday cake. My fabulous guests were Amy Kirk, Marketing Director of the French Market, spoke about the upcoming Creole Tomato Festival, and the annual Vieux-to-Do, held in the French Quarter June 11-13; John Lawrence, director of Programs at the New Orleans Historical Collection spoke about the special exhibit the Thread of Memory and The Golden Legend in the New World. Wine expert Tim McNally gave us a summary of the highlights of NOFWE. Vocalist Heidi Junius and pianist Jim Walpole, to the delights of my guests, provided the live entertainment.
On Wednesday I was invited by the Windsor Court to attend the fabulous Southern Rep Annual Gala honoring Southern Rep founder Rosary O'Neill, followed by an interactive murder mystery format with Ricky Graham starring as Detective Flambeaux. It was delicious and a lot of fun and it was great seeing Rosary and a lot of old friends.
This week is going to be very hectic as well since I am looking forward to hosting my Toasting with Margarita at Le Booze of the Royal Orleans Hotel, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the opening of the Broadway musical “Shrek the Musical” at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre. It will run until June 4.
Among the many fun events scheduled for this week, I am looking forward to Juleps in June, The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's annual overture to the summer social season in New Orleans. It is always a very elegant affair and this year is going to be in a fabulous mansion in Audubon Place. Not to be missed!
Other fun events are the Iberia Bank Victory Ball that celebrate the opening of the John E. Kusner Restoration Pavilion at the Victory Ball at World War II Museum with honoree Harry Connick Sr and the Victory Belles. Also coming up is the Back to the Beach Festival, the Oyster Festival, the WYES 28th Annual International Beer Tasting and Lillian Boutte at Bombay Club.
I am eagerly looking forward to the VIP Reception With Renowned Filmmaker Ken Burns at 6:30 PM on Monday, June 6 at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in the Riverwalk. This should be a great incentive to renew your membership or join before Monday. Check out details on June 6.
And, above all, congratulations to Preservation Hall which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on June 8! Founded in 1961 by Allen and Sandra Jaffe and currently managed by their son Ben Jaffe, a whole slate of commemorative events over the next few weeks are being scheduled for the famous traditional jazz venue in the 700 block of St. Peter Street. On the 8th, the Treme Brass Band and, of course, the internationally renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band will headline an evening that promises to be a memorable one. Read more about it below.
Have a great week and stay cool!
Tuesday, May 31
Toasting with Margarita at Le Booze of the Royal Sonesta Hotel.
Darlings, join me during "Happy Hours" from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for an evening of networking and refreshing delicious cocktails at Le Booze of the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon Street.
Tuesday May 31
Southern Rep Subscriber Party & Open House
An Open House for Subscribers & Friends, featuring LIVE MUSIC by our good friends THE LUSHINGTONS
and ... FREE WINE & BEER ! 6:30pm - 7:30pm. At Southern Rep,365 Canal Street -The Shops at Canal Place - 3rd FL
May 31- June 5
Mahalia Jackson Theater of Performing Arts Presents Shrek the Musical
Based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, SHREK THE MUSICAL brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life the stage. Tuesday - Saturday 8:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday Matinee 2:00 pm; Sunday 7:30 pm. Mahalia Jackson Theater. (800) 745-3000
YLC Wednesday at the Square: Eric Lindell
The free concerts run every Wednesday evening through June 15th at Lafayette Square across from Gallier Hall on St. Charles Avenue. In addition to the music, there will be an Artist Village, showcasing handcrafted items including glass art, jewerly, ceramics, photographs, t-shirts, paintings and more. 5:00-7:30pm. http://www.wednesdayatthesquare.com
Get In The kNOwLA
Experience an evening of cultural indulgences at the
Thursday, June 2
Politics with a Punch at The Eiffel Society
Politics with a Punch is Louisiana's version of Politically Incorrect, a no holds barred, comical look at the major local and national events. EIFFEL SOCIETY,2040 St. Charles Avenue at 8 p.m.
New Orleans, Louisiana This show will have another outstanding panel:
Leon Cannizzaro, Orleans Parish District Attorney
Jimmie Jenkins, Jr., Comedian
John Kennedy, Louisiana State Treasurer
Yvonne Landry, Comedian
Travers Mackel, WDSU-TV Channel 6 Reporter
Billy Nungesser, Plaquemines Parish President
Chris Roberts, Jefferson Parish Councilman at Large
(Produced by Stephen Sabludowsky and Jeff Crouere)
Thursday, June 2
Thursdays at Twilight Concert Series Musica de Camera
6pm. Pavilion of the Two SistersNew Orleans City Park Botanical Gardens- 504.483.9488garden.neworleanscitypark.com Food and drink may be purchasedNo outside food, drink or petsSeason and half-season passes are availableTickets: $8 adults, $3 children ages 5-12
CAC: Then & Now Panel Discussion With the Artists
A great forum that promises to be lively, enlightening and informative on the evolution of the city's art scene, with artists who have helped shape the art trends of New Orleans since the opening of the Contemporary Arts Center thirty five years ago. Moderated by Guest Curator Dan Cameron at 7:30 p.m.About the exhibition: 2011 marks the 35th birthday of the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in New Orleans, which was founded in 1976 by a group of local artists and patrons. It was an historical moment in the U.S. as a whole, when cities across the country were discovering the hidden potential of both their downtown neighborhoods and their local artists.CAC Freeport McMoRan Theater, 900 Camp Street, New Orleans. FREE admission.
Friday, June 3
Juleps in June
Iberia Bank Victory Ball
Celebrate the opening of the John E. Kusner Restoration Pavilion at the Victory Ball at World War II Museum with honoree Harry
Connick Sr and the Victory Belles. The Black-tie optional event will kick off at 5:30 with the Superior Energy Patron Party to be followed at 7 p.m. by the Victory Ball that includes an elegant dinner catered by Chef John Besh. To purchase tickets,call 528-1944, ext. 555 or visit www.nationalww2museum.org/victoryball
MAKE A SPLASH to Benefits: Kingsley House
Join honorary chair Wendell Pierce of Treme in your casual tropical wear for a night of food, libations, music and a silent auction to raise funds for their
summer camp and swimming pool(the first integrated pool in New Orleans), which has been in disrepair since Hurricane Katrina. 6:30-9 p.m.at Kingsley House, 1600 Constance St.Tickets: $50; $75 VIP-Contact: 523-6221 extension 127-
June 3- 5
Back to the Beach Festival
The three-day Festival has something for everyone: a family atmosphere with New Orleans' best live music, out-of-this-world food from great area caterers, arts & crafts from local artists, and lots of children's activities. http://www.saveourlake.org/beach-festival.php
STAIR KIDS’ DAY FEATURING ALEX BEARD
Children will enjoy jungle-inspired stories read by Alex Beard, and the author will also help them create their own artwork. Light refreshments will be
provided. This event will benefit Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR)10 a.m.–noon at Alex Beard Studio, 712
Royal St.Free but reservations required.Contact: 899-0820
The New Orleans Oyster Festival will educate the country about the benefits of the Louisiana Gulf Oyster, honor and celebrate the restaurateurs and oyster farmers who have solidified the New Orleans French Quarter. It is located between the Hard Rock Cafe and Jackson Brewery Building.
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will use the donation from the New Orleans Oyster Festival for purposes of oyster reef restoration in Black Bay for cultch (oyster shell, limestone, etc.), reef balls or other suitable material for oyster reef colonization.The 2011 New Orleans Oyster Festival will feature great Louisiana music, a cultural oyster tent, the finest local cuisine, and competitions for oyster shucking and the largest oyster. A percentage of raised funds will go to Save Our Coast on behalf of “Our Community, Our Culture, and Our Coast”, in support of coastal restoration and the men and women who serve the oyster industry daily.
Check out the live music line up, and of course 11:00am-7:00pm.http://neworleansoysterfestival.org
PLANT SALE at City Park
A fresh selection of plants will be available for purchase at a variety of prices.Checks and cash only. 9 a.m.-noon
Pelican Greenhouse,City Park.Tickets: Free-Contact: 483-9464
WYES 28th Annual Int'l Beer Tasting
Beer lovers get ready to enjoy lots of beer! WYES presents its 28th Annual International Beer Tasting. Come thirsty, attendees will sample over 200 beers, ales, lagers, and homebrews. 6:00pm.http://www.arena.uno
Saturday, June 4
Opening of the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion at National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum will officially cut the ribbon on the next milestone in our expansion - the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion.
The Kushner Pavilion is the new home of the Museum's PT-305 boat while it is restored, and will offer visitors the chance to watch this important restoration as it happens. In addition, the Pavilion will house a wood shop and designated areas for welding, painting and exhibit fabrication.
To celebrate the grand opening, we will offer Museum visitors free behind-the-scenes tours of the Kushner Pavilion every half-hour on Saturday, June 4 beginning at 11:00 am with the last tour at 4:30 pm. There will also be educational activity stations and special artifacts and exhibits on display.
Kushner Pavilion tour tickets are available at the main ticket desk located in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion and are free with regular Museum admission. Tickets are first-come, first-served. That night is also the Victory Ball
Sunday, June 5
Private Tour of NOHC and Lunch for Sociedad Espanola
All Sociedad Espanola Members are invited to a private viewing, with a tour guide, of the Spanish exhibit "Threads of Memory" at the Historic
New Orleans Collection on Sunday, June 5th, at 12:00 noon sharp.Following the tour, at approximately 1:15 p.m., we will have champagne
brunch at the Rib Room of the Royal Orleans Hotel. The exhibit is free. The only cost is brunch. which will be $38 all inclusive of tax, tip and parking at the Royal Orleans directly across the street.Please RSVP immediately to Mrs. Juanita Pradell with your check for $38.
ACCESS JAZZ-BRUNCH FUNDRAISER
ACCESS, a pro-life program of Catholic Charities will have a mass at 11 a.m. celebrated by Bishop Shelton Fabre precedes a brunch in City Park. This 40th annual event, which features a silent auction, is dedicated to the memory of Larry Garvey, a longtime devotee to pro-life activities at Pavilion of the Two Sisters, City Park. $60-Contact: 888-1223
Trinity Series present New Orleans Civic Symphony
Conducted by Caroline Carson and Francis Scully with soloists Candice Holley on piano and Richard Leal on oboe. Music by Haydn, Copland and the premier performance of Song of Summer composed and directed by Michael Rihner.5:00pm-Trinity Episcopal Church,1329 Jackson Avenue, 504-670-2520 -http://www.trinitynola.com
VIP Reception with Ken Burns
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum and The Museum of the American Cocktail invite you to a VIP Reception With Renowned Filmmaker Ken Burns at 6:30 PM at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in the Riverwalk.
In honor of SoFAB's upcoming third anniversary, we want to thank each and every one of our members, past and present, who have shown their
support for our unique museum. Since SoFAB officially opened on June 8, 2008, we have been continually amazed and delighted with the generosity of those of you who have given your time, money, and artifacts to make sure the museum continues to evolve and grow.As a small token of our appreciation for your support, please join us for the reception celebrating the new documentary, _Prohibition, _directed by renowned filmmaker Ken Burns. There will be hors d'ouevres and the Museum of the American Cocktail will provide Prohibition-era cocktails. This is a
special event that is open to _current _SoFAB Members only. Although this invitation is being sent to past and current members, we want to allow
504-569-0405-and ask for Kelsey Parris. To renew your membership OR become a new member,please follow this link to our
Membership Information page. Links:
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
Jazz Trio Marlon Jordon @ 8-11 p.m. Every Wednesday & Thursday
Pianist Monty Banks @ 6-9 p.m. Every Friday, Saturday & Every Sunday 7-10pm
Pianist Amanda Walker every Monday & Tuesday 7 – 10pm in February
Until August 14
The Golden Legend in the New World:
Art of the Spanish Colonial Viceroyalties
533 Royal St.Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Continuing its exploration of the Spanish colonial period, The Historic New Orleans Collection presents The Golden Legend in the New World: Art of the Spanish Colonial Viceroyalties, featuring paintings from the New Orleans Museum of Art and maps and early portraits from The Collection.
Showcasing the great artistic wealth created between the mid-17th and early 19th centuries, with a special focus on indigenous adaptations of Christian subject matter, this display complements The Threads of Memory: Spain and the United States (El Hilo de la Memoria: España y los Estados Unidos), 533 Royal St.Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Please put in your calendar
Wednesday, June 8