Chris Hannah of Arnaud’s French 75 Bar created the winning cocktail, the Blue Hawaiian Nog, while Ian Julian (Pumpkin Trace) and Steven Yamada (Nog I Yam) tied for second place.
My annual Fiesta Navidena at the Casell Gallery was well attended and my guests enjoyed talented Riccardo Crespo entertaining and then attending other parties.
This week is going to be very special since the renaissance of Canal Street continues as the Joy Theater sign lights up Canal Street. The sign has been replicated to the exact specifications of the original sign that has graced Canal Street since 1947. Local legendary singer Irma Thomas will be on hand to light the iconic sign. That night is also the opening of Circle Dreams Holidaze. We are going to watch an international cast of over 30 multi-talented and brilliantly costumed artists comes to live and perform astonishing feats of disbelief at 8 p.m. at Mahalia Jackson Theatre. It will be playing from Dec. 20-24.
On December 21, Opera on Tap is having its Holiday Party at the Inn on Bourbon. I am also looking forward to attending, on December 23, the annual NOCCA's Home for the Holidays at the House of Blues. It is going to be an evening of music and art to benefit the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists. Not to be missed.
On, December 26 and 27 Friends of the Cabildo hosts the annual Creole Christmas Holiday Home Tour and Fr.Jerome Le Doux signs his book War of the Pews: A Personal Account of St. Augustine Church from noon to to 3 p.m. both days of the event.
I also would to recommend that you catch Anais St. John this weekend at her last weekend at the Polo LOunge. She is going to be playing at the Hyatt.
Darlings, please I share all the wonderful events, I want to wish all of you: Feliz Navidad y un Prospero 2012, Joyeux Noel, Shalom, Peace on Earth, Buon Natale, Friden, Gledelig Jul.
Happy Holidays to all of you! In every language.
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Joy Theater sign lights up Canal Street
The renaissance of Canal Street continues as the Joy Theater sign lights up Canal Street. The sign has been replicated to the exact specifications of the original sign that has graced Canal Street since 1947. Local legendary singer Irma Thomas will be on hand to light the iconic sign. 1200 Canal Street, 6:00pm
December 20 – 29
Festival of Trees
Louisiana Children's Museum
Enjoy original, whimsically decorated Trees designed by community participants representing the arts, literature, music, cultural icons, restaurants, and corporations. 420 Julia St., Louisiana Children's Museum.
Holiday Tea and Tour at Longue Vue House and Gardens
Come celebrate the season at a Holiday Tea! Tour the house from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.—decked in twinkling lights and festive greenery, toast the holidays with a complimentary glass of champagne, savor tea with friends, enjoy seasonal sounds, and find the perfect gift at The Shop at Longue Vue. Reservations required.7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, 504-293-4701
Circle Dreams Holidaze
Watch an international cast of over 30 multi-talented and brilliantly costumed artists comes to live and perform astonishing feats of disbeliefs at 8 p.m. at Mahalia Jackson Theatre.; www.BroadwayinNewOrleans.com
Christmas Concerts at Jackson Square
at Christmas New Orleans Style Concerts
at 6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.
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 13,14,19,20,21
Tuesday, December 20
Wednesday, December 21
St. Peter Claver Gospel Choir
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, December 21
Experience an evening of cultural indulgences at the JW Marriott Lobby Lounge from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This Week Featuring: Bedonna Wakeman (Fine Art Acrylic Paintings On Canvas In The Pop-Art Style) and Hubie Vigreux (Still Photography)Live Entertainment by: Javier Gutierrez-(guitarist)Spirit Tasting and complimentary Hors D’oeuvres.
Chanukah at Riverwalk
Enjoy Chanukah celebrations at Riverwalk from 4p.m.to 6 p.m. The event features traditional Israeli music,dancing food and the lighting of the 12-foot menorah.
December 22- 23
The Pecan Cracker at Southern Rep Theatre
THE PECAN CRACKER
By: Ricky Graham, Sean Patterson, and Mandy Zirkenbach-Directed by: Ricky Graham
Music arranged by: Jefferson Turner-Featuring: Brian Falgoust, Yvette Hargis, Katherine Hebert, Heidi Junius, Patrick Mendelson, Gary Rucker, and Mandy Zirkenbach
This original Louisiana-style Musical, based on The Nutcracker is a fresh New Orleans-style take on a beloved Christmas classic. Join us for a magical journey filled with buttermilk drops, a cockroach army, dancing alligators, and snowflakes in City Park.The Shops at Canal Place,7:30pm
“Home for the Holidays”
The NOCCA Institute's Home for the Holiday is a spectacular night of art and music benefitting the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists. The fund provides scholarships for outstanding visual arts and music students
Christmas Eve "Bonfire Adventure"
Celebrate the time-honored Louisiana tradition of touring community-built bonfires that light the way for Papa Noel, the Cajun Santa Claus from 2:30 to 5p.m aboard a narrated motor coach tour. Visit www.graylineneworleans.com
Preservation Hall Presents - A Creole Christmas
Join Preservation Hall for a Creole Christmas featuring Lars Edegran, Big Al Carson, Topsy Chapman, and the St. Peter Allstars -Times: 1st Concert 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm; 2nd Concert 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm. 726 St. Peter Street, (504) 522-2841Wednesday, December 28
Vince Vance Christmas Show
Mid-City Lanes Rock 'N Bowl
A NOLA New Year's Eve
The Crescent City Countdown Club will present the traditional New Year's Eve festivities in the New Orleans French Quarter including live local music and a gumbo pot drop to launch the midnight barrage of fireworks over the mighty Mississippi River. 9:00 pm; http://www.crescentcitycountdown.com. Jackson Square, French Quarter.
New Year's Eve Gala on the Steamboat Natchez
Midnight aboard the Steamboat Natchez on the Mississippi River is unforgettable. Revel in delicious holiday food, party favors, live entertainment and the most unique view for the community-sponsored fireworks. 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Toulouse St. and Mississippi River.504-569-1401.
Sunday, January 1st
Trinity Artists Series presents
@ 5 pm: Jo "Cool" Davis, popular New Orleans Gospel singer
with guest James "Sugar Boy" Crawford, popular R & B singer.Accompanied by keyboardist Cordell Chambliss and other instrumentalists -In a program celebrating the New Year
January 2-3, 2012
Allstate Sugar Bowl Fan Fest
Don’t miss the excitement of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Championship Fan Fests. The Fan Fest will include fun interactive activities and music concerts each evening.12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Adjacent to JAX Brewery at the intersection of Decatur and St. Louis Street - in the heart of the French Quarter
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President Trump, It doesn't feel like Independence Day
YIPPIE! The naked truth about free speech, cherished especially on Independence Day
On July 4, 1778, George Washington doubled liquor rations for the soldiers quartered in Princeton, NJ, as a way to celebrate Independence Day. It’s fitting, therefore, that the Fourth of July is America's top-selling beer holiday, according to the Beer Institute. It estimated, in 2013, that sales of beer on the 4th could total $1 billion, doubtlessly higher today. “In moderation,” claims a CA brewery investor, Grover McKean, “beer is tasty and healthy.” Who could disagree?
As Donald Trump faces the top world leaders this week, including a face-time with Vladimir Putin, and as his healthcare proposals face an uphill climb, his poll numbers for how the nation views him could be better.
According to a morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday morning, his tweets, including that against MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, and his personality are not helping him, at all.
II know the calendar says we are approaching the 4th of July, but, it just doesn’t feel like Independence Day.
Perhaps it should. It’s hot as heck. The airlines have been packed. The hot dogs are ready for grilling. The umps are saying, "play ball". The patriotic activities are scheduled. The fireworks are ready-for-blasting.
Yet, it just doesn’t feel like independence day.
To President Thomas Jefferson, July 4th celebrated more than the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He thought it was a link to the future. The message prominent colonists sent to King George III led to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the initial and most prominent feature of which is the First Amendment that guarantees free speech. It’s part of the country’s fundamental essence that each man and woman can say what they feel about government, or anything else, proving President Donald Trump needs some civics lessons.