This upcoming week is another social marathon for me since there are fabulous events every day and night. I am looking forward to going on Tuesday to the opening of the Broadway Across America's classic Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific that will playing at Mahalia Jackson Theater from November 29 to December 4. Earlier that evening is also the lighting of the lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel with Christmas Caroling by noted actor and New Orleans native Bryan Batt.
On Wednesday, I am looking forward to attending the patron party of The Arts Against AIDS at Arthur Roger Gallery.
Thursday is going to be a meteoric race for me since there are not one, but four fabulous parties that I do not want to miss. I am going to start the evening by attending the annual lighting of the Royal Sonesta Hotel's lovely balconies on Bourbon Street.
I am also invited to attend Les Amis gathering at the Consul of France's residence. That should be fun, but that evening there is also the fabulous soiree, Young Audiences' Holiday Celebration. This season’s major fundraising effort for Young Audiences of Louisiana will take place at 7:00 p.m. at John Houghtaling'sRomanesque Revival mansion on St. Charles Avenue and Valence Street. I need to rush because that evening is also the 23rd Annual Wine and Spirits Auction –“Reds, Whites and Sparkling” at the Uptowner benefiting the Junior Committee of the Women's Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association. All these events should be a lot of fun.
The enchanting book, The Cajun Night Before Christmas, will come to life this Holiday Season aboard the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler. The authentic boat will play host to a unique and very special Cajun Children’s Holiday Tea Saturday December 3, 10 and 17 with Papa Noel, the Cajun Gingerbread Boy, Gaston the Gator and other jolly holiday characters. Check it out, I know i will.
This Saturday is my girlfriend , designer Carolina Gallop, "10th Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser" at the Nile to raise funds to send clothing to Honduras. This year she is asking the public to bring canned goods, toiletries and coats for the New Orleans Mission as they are in dire need.
On Monday, it is Galatoire's 6th Annual Christmas Auction and you know I will not miss it!
Read below about all these events and make sure that you check out the website of the Christmas New Orleans Style Visit www.fqf.org so you can take advantage of all the free concerts, cooking demonstrations, and many other events.
Before I get into this week’s calendar I need to mention that the local music community is mourning the loss of one of its true icons, Coco Robicheaux. Coco was well-loved among all who knew him and he was a regular performer on Frenchmen Street, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and on the international stage. Everywhere he traveled he brought New Orleans and its musical traditions with him. He will definitely be missed.
Here is what this week has lined up:
Tuesday, November 29 Toasting with Margarita at Le Booze
Join me from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Le Booze of the Royal Sonesta Hotel for great cocktails, and networking. Complimentary cheese plate and "happy Hour" prices
Tuesday, November 29- December 4
Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
This breathtaking new production of South Pacific is based on the 2008 Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theatre production, directed by Bartlett Sher.Based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize winning book Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan.For more information on tickets, visit http://www.mahaliajacksontheater.com or the Mahalia Jackson Box Office.
Organ & Labyrinth at Trinity Church
@ 6 pm until 7 pm: “Organ & Labyrinth” with Albinas Prizgintas, organist -Organ Recital & Candlelight with Albinas on the 5000 pipe trinity tracker organ.From Classical Baroque to Vintage Rock and Popular Tunes.1329, Jackson Ave. N.O – Call: 670 2520 . Please visit: www.albinas.org
Wednesday, November 30
Get In The kNOwLA
Experience an evening of cultural indulgences at the JW Marriott Lobby Lounge from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This Week Claudia Lynch featuring: ShoeStories. Live Entertainment by: Tony Seville -(multi instrumentalist)
Spirit Tasting and complimentary Hors D’oeuvres. Lobby Bar- JW Marriott New Orleans, 614 Canal Street, (504) 525-6500
Patron Party for Art Against AIDS Gala
The Patron Party and Auction Preview will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on November 30th, at Arthur Roger Gallery.Tickets to Art Against AIDS on December 3 at NOMA can be purchased online or by calling 504-821-2601 ext. 216 or at the door, the night of the event. Gala tickets are $60 and Patron tickets begin at $200.
November 30- December 2
35th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America
Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA), in collaboration with the World Trade Center of New Orleans, invites you to attend the 35th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America at New Orleans Marriott
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Fashion Designer Carolina Gallop presents:The 10th Annual Carolina Gallop Fashion Show Extravaganza
6:00 – 9:30p.m. at Blue Nile – 523 Frenchmen Street – 948-blue
Fashion designers: Carolina Gallop, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Marge Lea, Esther Rose, Michelle Beaty, Casey Coren, AOK & more. Music showcase by Josh Duffy, Claudia Baumgarten, Lela Cloud, Ruby Moon w/Bart Ramsey, The Frenchman Band, Princess Stephanie, Raven Kennedy, Passion, Comedian Tammy Montana & More.
Complimentary Hors d'oeuvres & Beverage Sampling – 6:30pm – 7:30pm -Live entertainment & Fashion show begins at 7:00pm & ends at 9:30pm-$20.00 Reserved Seating-$15.00 General Admission-$10.00 with clothing or can food donation
December 1 – 31
Christmas Celebration New Orleans Style
There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays during Christmas New Orleans Style, a celebration of uniquely New Orleans holiday activities taking place throughout December. More than 100 festivities are planned during the month-long event, showcasing the cultural diversity that adds spice to the gumbo of New Orleans' heritage. Visit www.fqf.org
Thursday, December 1
Rum and Small Plates Tasting at Longue Vue House and Gardens
Old New Orleans Rum and Ralph Brennan Catering & Events serve and discuss small plates and rum.6:00 to 7:30 p.m. $35. Reservations are required . Longue Vue, 7 Bamboo Rd. 488-5488;.www.longuevue.com
6th Annual Lighting of the Balconies
The Royal Sonesta Hotel formerly kicks-off the season in the French Quarter at the 6th Annual Lighting of the Balconies at 6 p.m. With a ceremonial flip of the switch, thousands of twinkling lights will illuminate the hotel’s elaborate wrought-iron balconies. Gospel choir performances will lift your spirit as your favorite holiday characters come to life. Members of the New Orleans Saintsations lead this uniquely local celebration that is free and open to the public.
The 23rd Annual Wine and and Spirits Auction
Reds, Whites and Sparkling at the Uptowner, 438 Henry Clay Avenue. Enjoy great food and libations while biding on rare wines, fine spirits and other fabulous auction packages to benefit thr Jr. Committee of thre Women's Guild of the New orleans Opera Association. Patron party at 6 p.m. $&5 - General Admision $50 - Auction at 7:30 p.m. For tickets call Amanda Sibley ay 504-899-8182.
Young Audiences' Holiday Celebration
This season’s major fundraising effort for Young Audiences of Louisiana would take place 7:00 PM atJohn Houghtaling's Romanesque Revival mansion on St. Charles Ave. & Valance St..
Food is presented byChef Emille Stieffel. There will be an array of outstanding food & beverages for the evening.
Each raffle ticket admits one to the annual Young Audiences Holiday Celebration Gala .
You may obtain more information about the location via http://photos.nola.com/tpphotos/2011/04/cover09zip_1.html oung Audiences/Arts for Learning is a non-profit arts-in-education organization that serves approximately 200,000 school children in Louisiana each year. Music, Theater, Dance, Poetry and Storytelling and Visual Arts programs are developed to enhance and reinforce curriculum guidelines. Through participation, students gain knowledge to improve academic skills such as literacy, enumeration, social skills and foster an appreciation for the arts.
December 1- 21
Christmas New Orleans Style Concerts
All concerts are free and open to the public and take place at St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square, in the French Quarter. Concerts begin at 6 pm and last approximately one hour.
December 1 – 31
Christmas Celebration New Orleans Style
December 1-January 8
Holiday Musical with the Victory Belles
Enjoy the Victory Belles singing trio rings in the holiday with a Winter Wonderland of the most treasured songs of the seasons in this unforgettable musical at the Stage Door Canteen at the National WWII Museum. Matinees and evening include delightful dining by Chef John Besh. 504-528-1943
“You Can Ring Our Bell” Christmas Kettle Kick-off Party
With the help of Dickie Brennan and his Bourbon House Seafood and Oyster Bar, The Salvation Army will be hosting a benefit to raise money for the Christmas Emerge program. The benefit will feature live and silent auctions, food, cocktails and music at Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House Seafood and Oyster Bar. $70 per ticket. (504) 899-4569 extension 317
December 1 -24
Singing Santa and the Riverwalk Jazz Band
Singing Santa and the Riverwalk Jazz Band stroll the the Riverwalk Marketplace playing holiday favorites and Dixieland jazz.504.522.1555 Visit website for more information on performance times:riverwalkmarketplace.com
Celebrate the Holidays with the LPO!
This season, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will perform holiday music throughout the region. Don't miss this upcoming concert:YULETIDE CELEBRATION- 7:30 p.m.Pontchartrain Center, Kenner -
Yuletide Celebration features live choirs from Metairie Park Country Day School and Southeastern Louisiana University, sing-alongs, Santa, and a reading of The Night Before Christmas by Spud McConnell.
Chef’s Holiday Cooking Demonstrations take place at the French Market Stage(between Ursuline and Gov. Nicholls) Cooking Demonstrations are free and open to the public and begin at 2pm and last approximately 45 minutes.
Learn the secrets of the local cuisine from the chefs who make New Orleans the culinary capital of the world! Acclaimed chefs from throughout the area share their favorite recipes at free cooking demonstrations and samplings that are guaranteed to spice up your holidays. Space is limited.
Downtown Development District Presents - Holiday Movie on the Mississippi
The Downtown Development District and the Riverwalk Marketplace present movies . Enjoy hot chocolate, tasty treats and the beautiful Mississippi River with your family, friends, and neighbors. The first 100 guests will receive free fleece blankets!6:30 pm at Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza, (504) 561-8927
Celebration in the Oaks
City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of the most beautiful holiday light exhibits in the country. A New Orleans family tradition featuring ‘Cajun Night Before Christmas,’ dancing lights, a new nativity scene, photo with Santa,
musical laser show, and more! : Friday and Saturday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Sunday - Thursday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm.http://www.celebrationintheoaks.com - New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park. (504)483-9415. Admission: $7 per person, children under 3 and Friends of City Park enter free.
Dec 3,10 17
Christmas Concert Series at St. Augustine Church
new this year is a series of concerts at St. Augustine, the oldest African-American Catholic Church in the United States. The free concerts start 4 p.m. Free parking at Henriette Delille St(formelly St. Claude Avenue.
Algiers Holiday Festival and Bonfire
This year's festivities include burning of the the giant art installation, The Floodwall to commemorate the events of Hurricane Katrina,featuring 700 drawers collected by artist Jana Napoli after Hurricane Katrina as a way of documenting what was lost in the storm. The work has been on exhibit in various places around the world, including in Poland, from where it will return in time for its final exhibit at the bonfire. The burning of the art is for the public to participate in a collective final release of Katrina woes, according to Napoli, who has planned an interactive program, titled Drawers Speak, onsite for students in the week prior to the event.
On December 3, music will begin at 5 p.m. with featured artists including Wanda Rouzan and a Taste of New Orleans, the U.S. Navy Brass Band, James Andrews and Glen David Andrews. A riverboat parade with Santa will precede the igniting of the bonfire at approximately 8:30 p.m. Food and beverages from local vendors will be available for sale. 5 to 9 p.m. at 200 Morgan Street. Free and open to the public www.algiereconomic.com
Art Against AIDS Gala
NO/AIDS Task Force will present the 25th annual Art Against AIDS art auction and holiday gala at The New Orleans Museum of Art with the theme 25 years of Art, 25 Years of Hope from 8:00 pm to midnight. The Patron Party and Auction Preview will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on November 30th, at Arthur Roger Gallery. Tickets to Art Against AIDS can be purchased online or by calling 504-821-2601 ext. 216 or at the door, the night of the event. Gala tickets are $60 and Patron tickets begin at $200.
French Market Annual Christmas Parade & St. Nicolas Day Fair
Enjoy an afternoon of free kids activities and crafts, retail specials, live music, and pictures with Saint Nicholas at the French Market. The annual Christmas parade, sponsored by Downtown Development District, goes down Canal Street, with a special French Market parade heading down Decatur Street to the French Market afterwards. 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm;http://www.frenchmarket.org - Dutch Alley at the French Market, between Decatur and the River, (504) 522-2621. Free and open to the public
Krewe of Jingle Parade
Back for it’s third year, New Orleans’ official holiday parade, the “Krewe of Jingle,” will once again delight locals and visitors alike with authentic parade floats, marching bands, stilt walkers, Christmas characters and many more magical surprises! After the parade, all are invited to join in the merriment at The Roosevelt New Orleans hotel’s Baronne Street entrance for the “Jingle Mingle”—this block party will transform the block into a wonderful wintery wonderland with music, games, food, crafts and more!
Annual Christmas Bonfire Party at Oak Alley Plantation
This event is held in an open house outdoor format. Arrive to a brass quintet leading to the Bonfire, with a main Creole buffet set in a formal dining room and chef style stations around the veranda,premium bars, live band for dancing on the veranda, ending the evening with hot chocolate, coffee and beignets. 7pm – midnight.Oak Alley Plantation, 3645 Hwy 18, Vacherie; 225-265-2151;oakalleyplantation.com.$125 per person.
CREOLE QUEEN’S CAJUN HOLIDAY TEA WITH PAPA NOEL
The enchanting book, The Cajun Night Before Christmas, will come to life this Holiday Season aboard the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler at a very special Cajun Children’s Holiday Tea Saturday December 3, 10 and 17 featuring Papa Noel, the Cajun Gingerbread Boy, Gaston the Gator and other jolly holiday characters. Enjoy storytelling, children’s activities, and the opportunity to hold a real live alligator! Additionally, each child will receive a stuffed gator to take home. Guests board the Creole Queen at 1:30pm at the foot of Poydras Street at Riverwalk and cruise the mighty Mississippi River from 2-3:30pm. Cost is $49 for adults and $34 for children under 12 years of age. Reservations are required by calling 504.529.4567 or at www.creolequeen.com
Starting Saturday December 3: Holiday Home and Courtyard Tours at Historic New Orleans Collection
Sunday, December 4
Trinity Artist Series present :
The Lusher H.S. Orchestra directed by Marta Jurjevich & Lusher H.S. Choir are joined by The Newman H.S. Choir
Over 80 performers will perform works by Vivaldi and Corelli’s Christmas Concerto at 5 p.m. 1329 Jackson Ave. N.O – Call: 670 2520
Galatoire's 6th Annual Christmas Auction
Join Galatoire's for its auction benefiting the Galatoire Foundation, Crimestoppers and Raintree Children's Service at 6:30 p.m. The bid is to reserve a table for Friday, December 23. Cocktails and Hors d' oeuvres by Chef Michael Sichel. RSVP required at Chris Broussard at 504-525-6022
Round Table Luncheon
My annual festive holiday Royal Sonesta Round Table Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, December 7 at noon at the Evangeline Suite.
The holiday luncheon will feature a champagne and sparkling wine tasting by Lisa Tull of Republic Beverages; a talk about the new restaurants and trends by Food Goddess Lorin Gaudin, a brief talk about keeping pounds off during the holiday by Ochsner Nutritionist Elesha Kelleher and entertainment by talented cabaret singer Suzaunne Yee Mckamey accompanied on piano by Harry Mayronne. It is the perfect time to bring your family or gentleman friend.
Anais St. John
Polo Lounge of the Windsor Court on Friday and Saturday from 9 to Midnight.
Every Thursday and Weekend at the Ritz Carlton
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
Have a great, cool week!
Margarita Bergen, M.Ed, Realtor with Keller Williams Realty
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by Margarita Bergen