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New Orleans Christmas, Hanukah and events: Ballet Hispanico, Papa Noel

Written by  // Friday, 07 December 2012 12:28 //

Darlings,


margaritaAter a brief trip to NYC to see the 85th Anniversary of the Rockettes' Chrismas Spectacular at Radio City, the Broadway shows "Evita" with Ricky Martin and award-winning "Newsies," the exquisite Holiday decorations and catching up with all friends such as Hoda Kotb, and members of the Today Show, have high Tea with  Ashish Verma, GM of the boutique hotel The Lowell; seeing  Bianca del Rio performing at the Ritz; and catching up with Tony award winner Sue Vaccaro, I am ready to spend the rest of the year enjoying the
Christmas New Orleans Style, a celebration of uniquely New Orleans holiday activities taking place throughout December.


Before I left, I had a very busy week . I enjoyed attending The 7th Annual Lighting of the Royal Sonesta's Balconies. With a ceremonial flip of the switch, two young patients from Children's Hospital experienced the thrill of illuminating the hotel's elaborate wrought-iron balconies with over 50,000 holiday lights. This unique celebration featured live music, the New Orleans Saintsations Cheerleading Team, and a delicious party afterward. That night was also, the annual cocktail party in honor of the 2012 Prix D' Elegance Award Nominee at the Ritz-Carlton.

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Words and Music 2012 was taking place at the Hotel Monteleone and I participated  in a  presentation of Meanwhile Back at Cafe Du Monde that featured a monologue performance by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, author of the new book Meanwhile, Back at Café du Monde... This is a compilation of life stories involving food by well-known New Orleanians, recipes and other goodies. . Joining Ms. Sweeney-McDonald was well-known Louisiana musician and teacher John Gray, food historian Elizabeth Pearce , and an owner of Café du Monde, Karen Benrud. We were treated to warm beignets from Cafe DU Monde.

 

I also attended the The Faulkner Society's Annual Meeting at the Monteleone Hotel. The Gala honored Ernest J. Gaines, Irvin Mayfield, Jude Swenson and featured a performance by celebrated actress Cicely Tyson.  Armand St. Martin and Maison C' est Bon Jazz Trio provided the music.

 

I also attended a series of fun events which included the annual Gambel Holiday Party in Metarie Road. Betsie Gambel and her staff know how to throw a party! As always, it was fun, delicious and the entertaiment was by my darling friend Jimmy Maxwell and his band.  I also atended the patron party of Arts against AIDS which was held at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, the fabulous Grand Reopening of New Orleans Auction Galleries under new ownership. Businesswoman Susan D. Krohn, owner of Cakebread Art Antiques Collectibles, purchased the assets of New Orleans Auction Galleries this summer. The grand reopening preview reception, featured special guest Joanne King Herring, global political activist, international socialite, former Texas television anchor and founder of the Marshall Plan for Afghanistan. I was delighted to see film director Taylor Hackford. The next party  was the Fashion Group International, New Orleans Chapter's Holiday Party from Costume to Cocktail at Southern Costume on Lafayette Street

My last soiree for the night, was the fabulous Word andMusuc's Tailgating and Tall Tales - at the lovely residence of Dr. Carlos Trujillo and his partner Bryan Drude. Guests were invited to wear Saints colors - which I was wearing and featured a wonderful Falcon (turkey) Gumbo. Southern humorist Roy Blunt Jr., poet Jose Torres Tama and others performed. The evening was just perfect for this outdoor soiree.

 

Darlings, as you can see I really needed a very deserved break but my schedule in NYC was gruesome in a nice way. Unfortunately, I caught a head cold that I am nursing so I could attend all the fun events scheduled for this week.

 

I am so sorry I was not able to attend the funeral service for Monsignior Crosby Kern from St. Louis Cathedral. May his soul rest in peace. He is going to be missed. I just learned of the passing of one of the greatest jazz performer who I met several times in New Orleans: Jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose pioneering style in pieces such as "Take Five" caught listeners ears with exotic, challenging rhythms, has died

 Darlings, congratulations are in order for my darling friend Philip Lorio, Honorary Consul General of Austria, who is being presented tonight with Austria's Gran Decoration of Honour by his Excellencia Dr.Hans Peter Manz , Ambassador of Austria to the United States.

 

Tonight, I also been invited to attend the Young  Audiences' annual Holiday Celebration and raffle will be held at the beautiful Old Metairie home of Julie and David Silvers  from 7:00 PM-10:00 PM. This  year's event is chaired by Dr. Tamer Acikalin, Stella Del Bianco, and Gail Barnes McKenna.

 

I have been looking forward to the Ballet Hispanico and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra who will bring a hot, Latin dance party to the Mahalia Jackson Theater on December 8. The stage  will ignite with the infectious rhythms of Cuban, jazz and big-band music and the stylish Latin social dances of Rumba, Salsa, Cha-cha, and Mambo. 7:30 p.m. at The Mahalia Jackson Theater. Today, the public will be able to see a free performance of the Ballet Hispanico at  6:30p.m. at Delgado Community Center,Gymnasium.Michael L. Williamson Complex (Building 11), 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans- For more information and directions, call NO BA at 504.522.0996 or visit NOBAdance.com. Ballet Hispanico with guests from the NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance will take the audience on an exciting exploration of Latin American and Caribbean dance forms and music during these special bilingual narrated performances that are free and open to the public. Not to be missed.

 

Please put in your calendar that my next Round Table Luncheon will on Wednesday, December 19 at noon at the ballroom of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The festive, holiday celebration will feature a Champagne Tasting by Lisa Tull of Republic Beverages, Honorable John Young, President of Jefferson Parish, Superientdent of Police Ronal Serpas, Food Goddess/ Author Lorin gaudin  and entertainment by  exotic cabaret singer Suzaune Yee McKamey accompanied in the piano by Jim Walpole and more. The three-course gourmet luncheon is only $45 and includes complimentary parking and wines to complement the food. For reservations call Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220. 

 

 

Darlings, have a wonderful weekend and do not forget to take part in all the wonderful events that have been scheduled for Christmas New Orleans Style, a celebration of uniquely New Orleans holiday activities taking place throughout December. For more information about Christmas New Orleans Style or French Quarter Festivals, Inc. visit www.neworleansonline.com/holiday or www.fqfi.org. And, for all my Jewish friends, have a Happy Hanukkah starting at sundown Saturday night.

 

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 Thursday, December 6

Free Performance of Ballet Hispanico

NOBA Presents New Orleans Ballet Association
Ballet Hispanico with guests from the NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance will take the audience
on an exciting exploration of Latin American and Caribbean dance forms and music during these special bilingual narrated performances
that are free and open to the public at  6:30p.m. at Delgado Community College, Gymnasium, Michael L. Williamson Complex (Building 11),615 City Park Ave., New Orleans

NOMA & THE NOLA PROJECT: SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO & JULIETWednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays - through December 16 at 7:30pm28NOVEMBER2012

After a sellout 2011 production, NOMA and the NOLA Project return this 2012 holiday season with an encore performance of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet inside the museum's Great Hall. Featuring a cast of award-winning actors and musicians, Romeo and Juliet tells the classic tale of star-crossed young lovers who embark on a fatally doomed romance. The limited-seating production will utilize the beautiful Great Hall of the museum with its towering columns and sprawling marble balconies to present an exciting, interactive production unlike anything New Orleans audiences have ever seen.

December 6-21 -Except 8,9,10, 15,16,17

cocktail party at the graceful home of Betsy and Gary Laborde, a recently renovated Italianate Revival treasure situated on the Avenue.Reception includes open bar, live music, and local cuisine. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ON December 8-9 -Tour six historic homes — plus a bonus house — in the Garden District, in all their holiday glory. Visit the tour headquarters for regional cuisine and holiday shopping among dozens of local artists, craftsmen and retailers. Enjoy the fascinating history and incredible architecture of a cherished neighborhood, with the tunes of talented New Orleans musicians at each destination on the tourFor more information or to purchase advance tickets, call 504.581.7032 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

December 8

NOBA Presents Ballet Hispanico and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Continuing NewOrleans Ballet Association 's initiative of pairing dance and music, Ballet Hispanico and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra bring a hot, Latin dance party to the Mahalia Jackson Theater on December 8,7:30 pm. The stage will ignite with the infectious rhythms of Cuban, jazz and big-band music and the stylish Latin social dances of Rumba, Salsa, Cha-cha, and Mambo. 7:30 p.m. at The Mahalia Jackson Theater,1419 Basin Street . For reservation call 504-522-099,Ext 201 or visit nobadance.com

December 8 -December 15.

Hanukkah in NOLA
Celebrating Hanukkah in New Orleans? “Hanukkah at the Riverwalk” lights the largest Menorah in Louisiana and features contemporary Jewish music and free latkes (potato pancakes). Children are treated to dreidels and chocolate coins during the celebration. Temple Sinai, a Reform Judaism Temple located on Saint Charles Avenue, hosts “Hanukkah on the Avenue.” During this celebration, a traditional Menorah is lit in an outdoor ceremony, accompanied by the Temple’s Youth Choir. The lighting is partnered with a family service in the sanctuary. Riverwalk Marketplace

December 8,15,22

CREOLE QUEEN’S CAJUN HOLIDAY TEA WITH PAPA NOEL

The Creole Queen Paddlewheeler will play host to a unique and very special children’s Cajun Holiday Tea with Papa Noel. Children will delight in holiday storytelling, hand's-on activities, a magician elf, facepainting, jolly characters, photos with Papa Noel and the opportunity to hold a live alligator all while cruising the mighty Mississippi River. The fun-filled, family festivity will also feature a classic tea with tasty hors d’oeuvres for all ages, scrumptious desserts and a bountiful candy buffet. Additionally, each child will receive a stuffed gator to take home. Guests board (at the foot of Poydras Street at Riverwalk) the Creole Queen at 1:30pm and cruise from 2-3:30pm. Cost is $49 for adults, $34 for children under 12 years of age and free for children 2 and under. Reservations are required in advance by calling 504.529.4567 or at creolequeen.com

December 9

Garden District Christmas Concert 2012

4 PM at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on the corner of Louisiana Avenue and Chestnut Street.

Due to the confines of the space, seating for the production will be limited and advanced purchase is recommended. Children, 10 to 17 years of age, will be admitted for the prices listed. Due to the maturity of the production children under 10 years of age will not be admitted.

Enjoy your week!

Cocktailly yours
Margarita Bergen,M.Ed.
Society Editor - New Orleans Living Magazine
Hostess of the Royal Sonesta's Round Table Luncheon
Social/Cultural Columnist - www.bayoubuzz.com
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