On a sad note, I just learned that two dear friends of mine passed away this weekend. One of them was Byron Hughey, whom I have known since I was a member of the Board of Directors of the French Market Corporation and he was in charge of public relations. He and his partner Larry were some of the nicest people that I have ever met in New Orleans. I was just recently invited to his annual New Year Day celebration at his lovely condo on St. Charles. I always looked forward to it since he always had a nice gathering of old friends and delicious cuisine. May his soul rest in peace. I will miss him.
You are invited to view Margarita's album. This album has 36 files.
The other person who passed away was Nat Chesnut, father of my dear friend, attorney Stephen Chesnut, and husband of Lita, whom I knew from the New Orleans Opera Women’s Guild and her involvement with the diplomatic wives corps. Nat was the former PR Director for the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans (Dock Board), former president of the Foreign Relations Association of New Orleans and member of the board of directors of Le Petit Theatre. He was a real gentleman and he, too, will be missed.
That night was also the Annual Installation and Award Dinner of the French Quarter Business Association at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. That evening it was also the opening of the fabulous Blue Man Group show at the at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. On Wednesday, I attended the lovely opening of the newly decorated Cocktail Bar at the Windsor Court. You need to check it out since it features live entertainment and that is where every Saturday, talented clarinet player Tim Laughlin hold court every Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight.
On Thursday, I attended the always fun but irreverent Politics with Punch at the Eiffel Society on St. Charles Avenue. On Friday, I attended the Go Red for Women Luncheon at the Hilton. It featured a deligtful fun-loving fashion show. Check out the video and the photos.
I loved the elegant Masked Ball of the Alliance Francaise at the Royal Orleans Hotel. Check out all the lovely photos.
On Saturday, I started my evening by attending a lovely soiree to watch the Krewe de Vieux Parade that, as always, was fun and very irreverent. I needed to rush to attend my friend Mary West's Matchmaking Valentine's VIP Launch Party at the Monteleone Hotel . It was well attended and very lovely but I also needed to rush to attend theThe Coronation of King Cake Queen XIX of Gay Mardi Gras Nicole DuBois of the Krewe of Queenateenas at the lovely Ambush Mansion. The Theme was Carnivale in Rio and the food was delicious.
I ended my week by attending a delicious and informative lecture; Cocteles y Cantineros: a Look at the Rich History of Cuban Drinks presented byy: David Wondrich at the Museum of the American Cocktail
As I mentioned to you last week, this upcoming week is my most important week in the Carnival Season and in the month of February. I will be starting my week by hosting my monthly Round Table Luncheon at the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Wednesday, February 8 and, as in the past, it will be a Mardi Gras Celebration. The guests speakers are Bambi Deville Engeran, author of WWII Bakelite Jewelry, Dianne de Las Casas, author of the new children’s book Dinosaur Mardi Gras; and Jennifer Renee, designer of the 2012 Zulu Mardi Gras poster. . The entertainment will be provided by Becky Allen and Al "Carnival" Johnson acompanied on the piano by Jim Walpole.–
On Thursday, I will be attending the Gambit Classical Arts Awards presentation on February 9. My darling friend Sammy Steele will receive the very deserving award as Humanitarian of the Arts. I do hope, however, that prayers are offered for Gloria Powers, one of the founders of the Big Easy Awards and, for many years, the award ceremonies’ main coordinator. She suffered a stroke recently and is with one of her daughters in Lafayette.
On Friday, I will be parading as the former Queen of the Krewe of Cork (see below for details) and then on Sunday, thanks to the Windsor Court, my darling Chiquita Linda once again will be strolling royally thru the French Quarter as a Duchess in the Mystic Krewe of Barkus. Not to be missed.
Have a great week.
Wednesday, February 8
Round Table Luncheon
The popular Round Table Luncheon hosted by your truly at noon at the Fleur de Lis Suite of the Royal Sonesta Hotel will feature Bambi Deville Engeran, author of WWII Bakelite Jewelry, Dianne de Las Casas, author of the new children’s book Dinosaur Mardi Gras; and Jennifer Renee, designer of the 2012 Zulu Mardi Gras poster. . The entertainment will be provided by Becky Allen and Al "Carnival" Johnson acompanied on the piano by Jim Walpole.Executive Chef Peter Page has planned a three-course gourmet menu with wine pairings. The luncheon is $45 inclusive. Parking will be validated. For reservations call Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220.
That's Amore with Bon Operatit
Come see Bon Operatit! entertain audiences at the site of one of America’s first opera houses. 7:00 p.m. at The Inn On Bourbon’s Puccini Bar, 541 Bourbon, (504) 524-7611.
United Way Got Gumbo? Cookoff
Celebrities judges present awards for gumbis from New Orleans chefs and restaurants at the fundraiser which also features live music from Rick Trolsen and the New Orleans Po-Boys and raffles. Royal Sonesta Hotel from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit www.unitedwaysela.org for details.
Obers will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. at Muriels Jackson Square
4th Annual NOLA Eats King Cake Tasting Party
Attendees come out to stuff themselves silly with king cakes from the most loved bakeries in the area, vote on their favorite, compete in the Homemade King Cake category, enjoy entertainment and have the chance to win prizes. Entertainment by edgy jazz stylings by up-and-coming singer Robin Barnes, a special video premiere of the comedic parody Larry Ragusa's King Cakes by independent filmmaker David White and an internet radio broadcast throughout the night. 8-11 p.m. La Belle Galerie, 309 Chartres Street
Sunday, February 12
Mystic Krewe of Barkus
Mission Impossible: Canine Protocol, Armstrong Bark Reloaded is the theme for the only Mardi Gras krewe in New Orleans by and for the canine population and is ready to sniff the streets of the French Quarter for the eighteenth year.The 2012 Parade will start at Armstrong Park promptly at 2pm and proceed on their traditional 15-block route through the Vieux Carré, stopping at the VIP Reviewing Stand at Good Friends Bar, corner Dauphine and St. Ann, where VIPs (and those who desire to be VIPs) will toast the Royal Court.For registration visit http://www.barkus.org
Trinity Artist Series present An Afternoon of Sacred Music With pianist Fr. Michael Burke O.P; soprano Trish Foti Genco;Violist Marjorie Garnie; flutist Fiona Solenne Howell,organist Albinas Prizgintas & composer William Horne.
From 5 to 6 p.m. 1329 Jackson Ave. N.O - Call: 670 2520
February 15 – 16
Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil
A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael's creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down. 8:00pm, New Orleans Arena, Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans
Entertainment Calendar Courtesy of La Fete News
"...and the Ball and All"
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 7TH GEORGE FRENCH JAZZ QUARTET 9PM - 1AM
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 8TH LUTHER KENT QUARTET 9PM - 1AM
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 9TH EUDORA & BAND 9PM - 1AM
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10TH LUTHER KENT QUARTET 5PM - 8PM -LENA PRIMA & BAND 9PM - 1AM
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11TH ROBIN MARIE BARNES & BAND 5PM - 8PM- LENA PRIMA & BAND 9PM - 1AM
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 14TH GEORGE FRENCH JAZZ QUARTET 9PM - 1AM
Wednesday, February 8 - 8pm-An evening with Mia Borders $5
Windsor Court Music Entertainment Calendar
The Windsor Court will showcase New Orleans' finest musicians Thursday through Sunday in two different venues in 2012.
POLO CLUB LOUNGE-2nd Floor
Fridays: Michael Watson Quartet
Traditional Jazz 9 PM - Midnight
Saturdays: Shannon Powell Band
Featuring the "King of Treme"
Shannon Powell on Drums, David Torkanowsky on Piano,
Roland Garren on Bass, Derek Douget on Saxophone
9 PM - Midnight
Sundays: Mario Abney Quartet
Featuring Mario Abney on Trumpet
6 PM - 10 PM
Thursdays: Meschiya Lake Quartet
Jazz & Blues 5 PM - 9 PM
Fridays: Shannon Powell Trio
Featuring the "King of Treme" Shannon Powell on Drums,
David Torkanowsky on Piano, Roland Garren on Bass
5 PM - 9 PM
Saturdays: Tim Laughlin - Piano & Clarinet Duo
9 PM - 12 PM
"Davenport Lounge" is the official name of Jeremy's Club-Every Thursday (5:30pm), Friday (9pm) + Saturday (9pm)