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New Orleans Events: Spotlight On Success, Mystics, Cyril Neville
Written by  // Tuesday, 14 June 2011 16:12 //

 Margarita BergenDarlings,

Have you ever experienced a week that you do not want to end? Last week was one of those weeks!

Where else in the world you can enjoy the following all in one week: attending a luncheon with Congressman Cedric Richmond at the Plimsoll Club with a question and answered period; the 50th birthday celebration of Preservation Hall; Vino on the Bayou at Pitot House, NOMA’s installation of international renowned artist Swoon. This installation, entitled Thalassa, is named for and inspired by the Greek goddess of the sea. Swoon's Thalassa transformed the  Great Hall. Swoon  takes inspiration from city, sea to create towering 20-foot sculpture suspended from NOMA's century-old ceiling; PRC's LADIES IN RED with honorees: Thais Clark, Wendell Eugene, Daniel Farrow, Maynard Chatters and Jan Ramsey at Generations Hall; a fabulous debutant party at the Audubon Zoo that included Sheryl Crow and other fantastic performers,

 The seven lovely debutants  Saer Coulter, Brooke Levy, Helena Huguley, Jennifer Hall, Cassidy Forman, Taylor Rees, Megan Beer  and their  parents opened the summer debutante season by welcoming guests to the Audubon Tea Room for a magical night of music and dancing with Haute Chile, Sheryl Crow and the ABBA inspired Björn Again. the Vieux to Do festival that included the Seafood Festival, the Creole Tomato Festival and the Louisiana Zydeco Cajun Festival; and, to end it all, a wonderful all- dressed-up party to attend the 2nd Annual NOLA AEA Tony Celebration at the Canteen of the National WWII Museum. The food was delicious and it was so much fun seeing it with friends and members of the Actors Equity Association? Nowhere except in my beloved New Orleans!

This week is also going to be very special as well. Among the many events I am looking forward to is hosting my Toasting with Margarita at Le Booze of the Royal Sonesta from 5:30 to 7 p.m. I am also hosting my once-a-month popular Round Table Luncheon on Wednesday at noon. It is going to be very special because my guests will include New Orleans City Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer who will be speaking about initiatives that impact the historic French Quarter; Katelyn Castleberry, Executive Director for Friends of New Orleans Public Library; and Scott Cunningham, Board President for Friends of New Orleans Public Library who will be discussing the library's 'Summer Reading Kick-Off' special event and campaign. Frank Stansbury, Editor and Publisher of LaFete News, will be updating us on details for the approaching French-American Festival. Live entertainment will be provided by vocalist Lyla Hay Owen and pianist Jim Walpole.

Executive Chef Peter Page is planning a three-course gourmet menu with wine pairings. The luncheon is $42 inclusive. Parking will be validated. For reservations, contact Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See luncheon menu at the end of blog.

I am also looking forward to my brother Lorenzo Bergen’s art exhibit at the Lobby of the JW Marriott on July 15 , and on June 16 is the Pause 4 Dinner, which is the annual one-night-only restaurant event in which highly recognized restaurants from around Greater New Orleans are donating 20% of their dinner proceeds to the Louisiana SPCA! Not to be missed!

On Friday, it is time to attend the last of The Historic New Orleans Collection Concerts in the Courtyard with popular Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots in its lovely courtyard at 533 Royal Street from 6 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, it isBourbon and Burlesque.” Join the CAC and Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House for an evening of New Orleans' top burlesque acts, specialty cocktails, and creative cuisine - all to benefit the CAC! You know I will be there!

Have a great Father's Day. I will miss my loving father Lorenzo Bergen Sr. who showered me with unconditional love and introduced me to the exquisite culinary and wine world. I inherited his generosity, his love for life and his love for the opera! 

Tuesday, June 14

Toasting with Margarita at Le Booze

Join me for happy hours and networking  from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Le Booze of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Complimentary cheese tray and "happy hours" cocktails

 

Tuesday, June 14

Third of Legacy Series Luncheons Explores Exciting Political History of Hotel

 

 The third luncheon in the Hotel's 5-part Legacy Series will examine the various Louisiana governors - including Edwin Edwards, Huey Long and Earl Long - who have stayed at the Monteleone over the years and made it their political headquarters. Moderated by the political editor for Gambit Weekly, Clancy DuBos, the panel discussion will take an in-depth look at the impact these politicians have had on the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana.

 

 Panelists include Rosemary James, former newspaper columnist and TV political reporter; Moon Landrieu, former mayor of New Orleans; Lanny Keller, chief editorial writer for The Advocate in Baton Rouge and former press secretary for former Governor Dave Treen; Alecia Long, LSU professor and expert authority on Louisiana history and politics; and Barry Erwin, head of council for A Better Louisiana and capital correspondent.11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The cost to attend the Legacy Series Luncheon is $35. To register, visit http://hotelmonteleone.com/legacy-3/ or call (504) 681-4452. Parking will be validated for luncheon attendees and is available at the Hotel Monteleone parking garage on Bienville Street and at Solari's Garage on Iberville Street between Bourbon Street and Royal Street.

 
June 14
The European Mapping of the Gulf of Mexico and the Greater Southwest, 1492–1750
A lecture by Dennis Reinhartz, part of the Bouligny Lecture Series at the Historic New Orleans Collection
Extended gallery hours: 5–6:30 p.m.
Lecture: 6:30–8 p.m. -533 Royal St.-Free and open to the public



Wednesday, June 15

Round Table Luncheon

The acclaimed Round Table Luncheon at the Royal Sonesta Hotel will take place at 12:00 Noon in the newly renovated Fleur de Lis Room. This month's Round Table welcomes Katelyn Castleberry, Executive Director for Friends of New Orleans Public Library and Scott Cunningham, Board President for Friends of New Orleans Public Library who will be discussing the library's 'Summer Reading Kick-Off' special event and campaign.  New Orleans City Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer will be speaking about initiatives that impact the historic French Quarter.  Frank Stansbury, Editor and Publisher of LaFete News, will be updating us on details for the approaching French-American Festival.  Live entertainment will be provided by vocalist Lyla Hay Owen and pianist Jim Walpole
    
Executive Chef Peter Page is planning a three-course gourmet menu with wine pairings. The luncheon is $42 inclusive.  Parking will be validated.  For reservations, contact Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .  See luncheon menu:
 June 2011-Round Table Menu

First Course
Royal Ravioli
House Made Blue Crab Ravioli
White Garlic Cream and Shaved Ubriaco Cheese

Second Course
Forrest Salmon
Mushroom Crusted Atlantic Salmon
Spinach and Ricotta Crepes
Roasted Tomato Coulis and Lobster Cream

Or

Steak on the Range
Char Grilled Hanger Steak
Caramelized Onion and Gruyere Glace
Horseradish Potato Salad
Pickled Mirliton and Carrot Slaw


Dessert
Ultimate Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich with Wild Honey and White Chocolate Malted Milk



June 15

An evening at the JW Marriott

Come join us for an evening of cultural indulgences at the
JW Marriott Lobby Lounge from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This week, we are proud to welcome
Lorenzo Bergen-(Acrylic paintings, including Abstracts and Florals)
Live Entertainment by: Guitarist Javier Gutierrez
Spirit Tasting and complimentary Hors D’oeuvres

June 15

Wednesday at the Square Concert Series presents Cyril Neville and Monk Boudreaux &  Gravy
 5pm - 7:30pm-Free-Last concert of the season 
Lafayette Square,544 St. Charles Ave.;www.wednesdayatthesquare.com

 

 Thursday, June  16

Wines and Vines: Sipping in Sydney!

Summer heats up with sultry wines and cuisine from Australia at Wines and Vines at Longue Vue, an educational program in partnership with Vega Tapas Café.  Explore delicious wines with a wine educator, while sampling savory small plates with an Australian flare.  Chef Glen Hogh will instruct on preparing the delicious fare, while discussing the cuisine and culture of the region.6 to 7 p.m.   Prepayment is required and may be made online.  Contact Jen Gick at 504.293.4723.$40 per person or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -LONGUE VUE HOUSE & GARDENS,   7 Bamboo Road 

Thursday, June 16

Thursdays at Twilight Concert Series features The Mystics
6pm @ Pavilion of the Two Sisters,New Orleans City Park Botanical Gardens
504.483.9488;garden.neworleanscitypark.com,Food and drink may be purchased,.,no outside food, drink or pets
Season and half-season passes are available,Tickets: $8 adults, $3 children ages 5-12

Thursday, June 16

Young Professional Society

 In June, YPS is turning down the heat to cool off at the fabulous 55 Fahrenheit. 55 Fahrenheit Wine Bar is a chic lounge located at 555 Canal Place that boasts a wine list of over 200 selections. We will have drink specials of $5 House Wines, Abita, Purple Haze, Turbo Dog, Seasonal, Abita Amber, and Jocamo IPA. Plus, there is free valet parking in the Hotel’s Garage; arrive early it may fill up. One lucky YPS member will also win a $100.00 Gift certificate to the fabulous 5 Fifty 5 Restaurant. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

 

 

 June 16

Pause 4 Dinner

 

"Pause for Dinner," the annual one-night only restaurant event, will take place on Thursday, June 16 during regular dinner hours. On this night, highly recognized restaurants from around Greater New Orleans are donating 20% of their dinner proceeds to the Louisiana SPCA!  will partner to raise money for animal welfare in our region while attracting patrons and new clients to their business. Visit la-spca.org for a list of participating restaurants.

 JUNE 16

  WIN PLACE AND SHOW

-Fairgounds Tales  with Chris Champagne @ 8 PM -THE STEAK KNIFE 888 Harrison Ave. Please come out and join us for the show and come by for dinnerbeforeor afterthe show ,. starting to fill up with reservations. So call ahead to get the advanceprice$20 at the door and $15 in advance.

June 16-19 

The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane presents Julius Caesar

Set in 1930s America, charismatic politicians and backroom politics, people struggling with poverty and their fear of fascism provides a backdrop for this political thriller. Julius Caesar,explores the dangers inherent in trying to control the hearts and minds of the People.Directored by Amy Boyce Holtcamp

Starring:Ron Gural, Silas Cooper, John Neisler, Shad Willingham, Carmen Torres, Emilie Whelan, Wendy Miklovic, Martin Covert, and Michael Harkins.Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.Lupin Theater, Tulane University, Dixon Performing Arts Annex,(504) 865-5106

 

June 16--26

Running with Scissors presents Mildred Dearest

Le Chat Noir,581-5812. www.CabaretLeChatNoir.com

 

 

June 17

Concerts in the Courtyard 

The Historic New Orleans Collection concludes its Concerts in the Courtyard with popular Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots at its lovely courtyard at 533 Royal Street from 6 t0 8 p.m. $10 at the door and include 3 beverage tickets. Free for THNOC members. 504-523-4662

 June 17 

25th  Annual March of Dime Spotlight on Success 
Celebrating  the 25th   Anniversary, the event, a party-goers delight, pays tribute to
twenty outstanding professionals  in the greater New Orleans area at 7:30 p.m.at Generations Hall ● 310 Andrew Higgins
 

 

June 18

Bourbon and Burlesque
Join the CAC and Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House for an evening of New Orleans' top burlesque acts, specialty cocktails, and creative cuisine - all to benefit the CAC! 8pm-11pm-7:30pm: Special early VIP access and treats for those that purchase tickets and are Collectors Club and above members of the CAC.Ticket prices increase the day of Bourbon & Burlesque, so make sure you buy yours in advance!

Al Carnival Johnson 's Birthday Party

Al CARNIVAL TIME Johnson ... BIRTHDAY TIME!! It's that time a year again.... This year we'rehaving the big event at Vaughan's Lounge along with Cindy Wood, the proprietor and birthday girl.Saturday June 18th at Vaughan's Lounge @ 5pm-til. Please pass theemail to anyone that you think might want to come have some fun....and cake. Musician feel free to bring your instruments.
Sunday, June 19

Trinity  Artist Series

presents Jennifer TU, pianist     & Albinas Prizgintas, organist, at 5 p.m. at 1329, Jackson Ave.NO - Call: 670 2520 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - www.trinitynola.com

 

Works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt

Liszt piano concerto with Jennifer on piano accompanied by Albinas on organ



June 21 

 54 Annual Weiss Awards

The New Orleans Council for Community and Justice is holding its annual Weiss Awards Event at Harrah's New Orleans Casino Theater with a reception and silent auction at 6 p.m. and the gala at 7 p.m. This year honorees are Arnold Baker, Donna Brazile, Juan J Gershanik, MD., Benjamin P Sachs, MD, David Voelker. For reservation call 504-522-3760

ON Going

Jeremy Davenport
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!

Tim Laughlin

 Wed. 6/8

Chickie Wah Wah w/Tom McDermott

282 Canal St 8-10pm

 

 

 

BOMBAY CLUB -830 Conti St.586-0972

Presents:
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.


Margarita Bergen,
Tel/ Cell 504-495-9181 Fax/504-940-6201 


 
 
 
 

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