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New Orleans Darling: Thanksgiving Week
Written by  // Tuesday, 23 November 2010 15:27 //

Darlings,

 

First of all, I would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and your family.

This past week was an extremely busy one and included the preview of the Celebration in the Oaks at City Park, the Beaujolais Noveau Celebration at the JW Marriott, the annual Alexis de Tocqueville Gala that this year honored philanthropist Bill Goldring; the annual March of Dimes Celebrity Chefs Gala that honored Sheriff Marlin Gusman at the Marriott; and the lovely Magic Flute opera at Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts. Of course, the victorious Saints made this week to be a very special one.

 


I also attended the first annual St. Catherine Hat Parade on St. Charles Avenue. The glorious autumn weather was perfect for parading in our chapeaus. Next year, as the Consul of France suggested, we must market the parade to all the single men so they can see the available bachelorettes as they do it in Paris. Ooh la la!

 

Here’s what’s going on this Thanksgiving Holiday week:


Tuesday, November 23Canal Street Lighting Ceremony
Stroll along Canal Street and watch as the Downtown Development District and the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel "flip the switch," turning on more than 1 million twinkling lights on New Orleans’ grand corridor. 5:30 p.m. Astor Crowne Plaza, (504) 561-8927.

Tuesday, November 23

From Community to Stage
This presentation of a collection of original pieces created by participants of the Free Southern Theater Institute’s introductory course FROM COMMUNITY TO STAGE uses Junebug Productions' Story Circle methodology and other storytelling techniques. Through poetry, movement and imagery, these stories explore where we come from and the challenges we face in our communities today. Written by Keshia "Peaches" Kaldwell, Kiyoko McCrae, Wendi O'Neal, Michelle Perez, Amelie Prescott, Derek Roguski, Nikki Thanos and Anita Yesho. Directed by Kiyoko McCrae. Designed by Hannah Adams, Artistic Director John O'Neal. 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Southern Repertory Theatre at The Shops at Canal Place, 365 Canal Street, 3rd Floor. Free Admission. Join them for a post-performance discussion on the different methods used in creating the pieces, Junebug Productions’ Story Circle Methodology, the FSTI, and the issues explored in the pieces. Parking will be validated at a reduced rate of $2 for 4 hours.

Tuesday, November 23 – Sunday, January 2
Miracle on Fulton Street

"Miracle on Fulton Street," a holiday attraction in the heart of downtown New Orleans, will bring the magic and spirit of the holiday season alive for locals and visitors of all ages with a special lighting ceremony November 23 and full programming to continue through January 2. This free and open to the public event will open daily. Miracle on Fulton Street is sure to enchant guests with a dazzling holiday boardwalk, complete with Macy’s Tremendous Tree, which towers 30-feet in the sky; Macy’s Believe mailbox, where children can drop off their letters to Santa; and Santa’s Toy Box. Guests are encouraged to donate new or unused gifts valued at $15 to benefit the Friends of the Fisherman Foundation. In exchange for the donation, patrons will get a complimentary photo with Santa. ‘Faux snow’ will be another highlight of the attraction. Periodic snowfalls, while extremely rare in New Orleans, are nonetheless ‘forecast’ for Fulton Street this holiday season every hour on the hour beginning at noon daily. There will also be live entertainment by choral groups and some of New Orleans’ top local musicians every weekend. For more information and a schedule of events go to www.harrahsneworleans.com.


Wednesday, November 24
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Kick-off your holiday celebration with Mannheim Steamroller's spectacular 25th Anniversary production! Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with state-of-the-art multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. It’s the ultimate family experience with America’s favorite Christmas artist. 8 p.m. Mahalia Jackson Theatre. (800) 745-3000. Admission: $65-$85.


Thursday, November 25 – Thursday, January 6
The Roosevelt's Waldorf Wonder land Lobby
Free and open to the public from Thanksgiving Day through Twelfth Night. The elaborately decorated lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel is a Christmas tradition dating back to the 1940's. The Roosevelt, 123 Baronne Street, (504) 648-1200. 

 

Friday, November 26

Battle of the Bands and Greek Show
A crowd favorite of the Bayou Classic Festivities, the Battle of the Bands pits Grambling University's band against Southern University's band to see whose marching band reigns supreme. 7:00 pm at Louisiana Superdome. Phone: (800) 745-3000. Admission: $15-$20.

Friday, November 26, - Sunday, January 2

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. Open weekend nights only through November 28; open nightly from December 3 through January 2, but closed December 24 and December 31. Hours are Friday and Saturday 6–11 p.m.; Sunday 6–10 p.m. Admission: $7 per person, children under 3 and Friends of City Park enter free. Call (504) 483-9415 or log on to http://www.celebrationintheoaks.com

Friday, November 26 – Sunday, November 28
Jerusalem Shrine Circus
Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Pontchartrain Center, Pontchartrain Hall B, Pontchartrain Hall A, Kenner, at the lake end of Williams Boulevard. Phone: (800) 745-3000.
 
Saturday, November 27
VII State Farm Bayou Classic

The State Farm Bayou Classic has become the greatest and most distinguishable sporting event in all of Black America. Everyone loves a grudge match, and that's what football fans can expect at the 37th Bayou Classic sponsored by State Farm Insurance Companies. Every year, the game is a sellout, attracting more than 70,000 fans. It'll be another terrific game this year as Southern University Jaguars and Grambling State University Tigers football teams line up on the field to battle it out! http://www.statefarmbayouclassic.com; Louisiana Superdome. Phone (800)745-3000.

 

Saturday, November 27
Arts Market of New Orleans

Presented by the Arts Council of New Orleans, the Arts Market is a monthly arts market held the last Saturday of every month. Located at Palmer Park in the lovely Carrollton Section of Uptown New Orleans (at the corner of two well-trafficked streets, South Claiborne and South Carrollton Avenues), the Arts Market has no admission charge. The Arts Market features handmade, affordable art from local and regional artists and artisans. Styles of art include Painting, Photography, Ceramics, Glass, Jewelry, Wood, and Printmaking, plus handmade clothing, soap, candles, and other delights.. Between 50 and 100 artists display and sell their wares each month. The Arts Market also features live entertainment, food and beverage booths, and a children's activities area. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call (504) 523-1465 for more information.
 
Sunday, November 28
Miss Black Louisiana USA & Talented Teen Scholarship Pageant
Eight accomplished, beautiful and talented young ladies compete for the Talented Teen and Miss Black Louisiana USA titles. 5 p.m. at Tulane University McAlister Auditorium, 6823 St. Charles Avenue, (504)756-2478.Admission: $35.

 

Sunday, November 28

BENEFIT FOR TERRI “STICKY-T” CRANFORD

Big Al’s Saloon and Blues Club, 1440B Westbank Expressway, Harvey, will be hosting a benefit for Terri Cranford, drummer and lead singer for the award-winning all-girl blues group 30 x 90, from 2-8 p.m. Affectionately known as “Sticky-T” by all who know her, Terri is undergoing chemotherapy for recent breast cancer surgery and the benefit is to assist her with related medical expenses. Musicians performing include 30 x 90, Lil Red and Big Bad, the Danny Alexander Blues Band, Oscar and the BluesCats and “Surprise Guests.”

The benefit will also feature a raffle and auction which will include gift certificates and gift baskets, hotel stays at a Holiday Inn, dinners, artwork, river cruises aboard the NATCHEZ and more still to come. Admission is a donation of $10 or “Best Show of Love” for Sticky-T. Free food is being offered to all guests. For more information or to make additional donations, call Big Al’s at 376-2090 or email Yvette Watkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For directions to Big Al’s Saloon go to www.MapQuest.com.

 

Sunday, November 28

Trinity Series Presents: Thanksgiving Concert with Fritzgerald Barrau, trumpetist & Albinas Prizgintas, organist/pianist
featuring the Glory of 17th to XXth century music written for trumpet & organ And Trumpet & piano  at 5 p.m.

Including music by: Handel, Telemann, Hummel, Torelli,

Stradella, Del Staigers & The Beatles

 www.albinas.org

 

Monday, November 29 at 7:15pm
Marjorie Garnier, violist & Albinas Prizgintas, pianist,
celebrating the music of Schubert and Hindemith

www.albinas.org

 

 

Have a great week!

 
   


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

Darlings,

 

First of all, I would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and your family.

This past week was an extremely busy one and included the preview of the Celebration in the Oaks at City Park, the Beaujolais Noveau Celebration at the JW Marriott, the annual Alexis de Tocqueville Gala that this year honored philanthropist Bill Goldring; the annual March of Dimes Celebrity Chefs Gala that honored Sheriff Marlin Gusman at the Marriott; and the lovely Magic Flute opera at Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts. Of course, the victorious Saints made this week to be a very special one.


I also attended the first annual St. Catherine Hat Parade on St. Charles Avenue. The glorious autumn weather was perfect for parading in our chapeaus. Next year, as the Consul of France suggested, we must market the parade to all the single men so they can see the available bachelorettes as they do it in Paris. Ooh la la!

 

Here’s what’s going on this Thanksgiving Holiday week:


Tuesday, November 23Canal Street Lighting Ceremony
Stroll along Canal Street and watch as the Downtown Development District and the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel "flip the switch," turning on more than 1 million twinkling lights on New Orleans’ grand corridor. 5:30 p.m. Astor Crowne Plaza, (504) 561-8927.

Tuesday, November 23

From Community to Stage
This presentation of a collection of original pieces created by participants of the Free Southern Theater Institute’s introductory course FROM COMMUNITY TO STAGE uses Junebug Productions' Story Circle methodology and other storytelling techniques. Through poetry, movement and imagery, these stories explore where we come from and the challenges we face in our communities today. Written by Keshia "Peaches" Kaldwell, Kiyoko McCrae, Wendi O'Neal, Michelle Perez, Amelie Prescott, Derek Roguski, Nikki Thanos and Anita Yesho. Directed by Kiyoko McCrae. Designed by Hannah Adams, Artistic Director John O'Neal. 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Southern Repertory Theatre at The Shops at Canal Place, 365 Canal Street, 3rd Floor. Free Admission. Join them for a post-performance discussion on the different methods used in creating the pieces, Junebug Productions’ Story Circle Methodology, the FSTI, and the issues explored in the pieces. Parking will be validated at a reduced rate of $2 for 4 hours.

Tuesday, November 23 – Sunday, January 2
Miracle on Fulton Street

"Miracle on Fulton Street," a holiday attraction in the heart of downtown New Orleans, will bring the magic and spirit of the holiday season alive for locals and visitors of all ages with a special lighting ceremony November 23 and full programming to continue through January 2. This free and open to the public event will open daily. Miracle on Fulton Street is sure to enchant guests with a dazzling holiday boardwalk, complete with Macy’s Tremendous Tree, which towers 30-feet in the sky; Macy’s Believe mailbox, where children can drop off their letters to Santa; and Santa’s Toy Box. Guests are encouraged to donate new or unused gifts valued at $15 to benefit the Friends of the Fisherman Foundation. In exchange for the donation, patrons will get a complimentary photo with Santa. ‘Faux snow’ will be another highlight of the attraction. Periodic snowfalls, while extremely rare in New Orleans, are nonetheless ‘forecast’ for Fulton Street this holiday season every hour on the hour beginning at noon daily. There will also be live entertainment by choral groups and some of New Orleans’ top local musicians every weekend. For more information and a schedule of events go to www.harrahsneworleans.com.


Wednesday, November 24
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Kick-off your holiday celebration with Mannheim Steamroller's spectacular 25th Anniversary production! Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with state-of-the-art multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. It’s the ultimate family experience with America’s favorite Christmas artist. 8 p.m. Mahalia Jackson Theatre. (800) 745-3000. Admission: $65-$85.


Thursday, November 25 – Thursday, January 6
The Roosevelt's Waldorf Wonder land Lobby
Free and open to the public from Thanksgiving Day through Twelfth Night. The elaborately decorated lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel is a Christmas tradition dating back to the 1940's. The Roosevelt, 123 Baronne Street, (504) 648-1200. 

 

Friday, November 26

Battle of the Bands and Greek Show
A crowd favorite of the Bayou Classic Festivities, the Battle of the Bands pits Grambling University's band against Southern University's band to see whose marching band reigns supreme. 7:00 pm at Louisiana Superdome. Phone: (800) 745-3000. Admission: $15-$20.

Friday, November 26, - Sunday, January 2

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. Open weekend nights only through November 28; open nightly from December 3 through January 2, but closed December 24 and December 31. Hours are Friday and Saturday 6–11 p.m.; Sunday 6–10 p.m. Admission: $7 per person, children under 3 and Friends of City Park enter free. Call (504) 483-9415 or log on to http://www.celebrationintheoaks.com

Friday, November 26 – Sunday, November 28
Jerusalem Shrine Circus
Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Pontchartrain Center, Pontchartrain Hall B, Pontchartrain Hall A, Kenner, at the lake end of Williams Boulevard. Phone: (800) 745-3000.
 
Saturday, November 27
VII State Farm Bayou Classic

The State Farm Bayou Classic has become the greatest and most distinguishable sporting event in all of Black America. Everyone loves a grudge match, and that's what football fans can expect at the 37th Bayou Classic sponsored by State Farm Insurance Companies. Every year, the game is a sellout, attracting more than 70,000 fans. It'll be another terrific game this year as Southern University Jaguars and Grambling State University Tigers football teams line up on the field to battle it out! http://www.statefarmbayouclassic.com; Louisiana Superdome. Phone (800)745-3000.

 

Saturday, November 27
Arts Market of New Orleans

Presented by the Arts Council of New Orleans, the Arts Market is a monthly arts market held the last Saturday of every month. Located at Palmer Park in the lovely Carrollton Section of Uptown New Orleans (at the corner of two well-trafficked streets, South Claiborne and South Carrollton Avenues), the Arts Market has no admission charge. The Arts Market features handmade, affordable art from local and regional artists and artisans. Styles of art include Painting, Photography, Ceramics, Glass, Jewelry, Wood, and Printmaking, plus handmade clothing, soap, candles, and other delights.. Between 50 and 100 artists display and sell their wares each month. The Arts Market also features live entertainment, food and beverage booths, and a children's activities area. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call (504) 523-1465 for more information.
 
Sunday, November 28
Miss Black Louisiana USA & Talented Teen Scholarship Pageant
Eight accomplished, beautiful and talented young ladies compete for the Talented Teen and Miss Black Louisiana USA titles. 5 p.m. at Tulane University McAlister Auditorium, 6823 St. Charles Avenue, (504)756-2478.Admission: $35.

 

Sunday, November 28

BENEFIT FOR TERRI “STICKY-T” CRANFORD

Big Al’s Saloon and Blues Club, 1440B Westbank Expressway, Harvey, will be hosting a benefit for Terri Cranford, drummer and lead singer for the award-winning all-girl blues group 30 x 90, from 2-8 p.m. Affectionately known as “Sticky-T” by all who know her, Terri is undergoing chemotherapy for recent breast cancer surgery and the benefit is to assist her with related medical expenses. Musicians performing include 30 x 90, Lil Red and Big Bad, the Danny Alexander Blues Band, Oscar and the BluesCats and “Surprise Guests.”

The benefit will also feature a raffle and auction which will include gift certificates and gift baskets, hotel stays at a Holiday Inn, dinners, artwork, river cruises aboard the NATCHEZ and more still to come. Admission is a donation of $10 or “Best Show of Love” for Sticky-T. Free food is being offered to all guests. For more information or to make additional donations, call Big Al’s at 376-2090 or email Yvette Watkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For directions to Big Al’s Saloon go to www.MapQuest.com.

 

Sunday, November 28

Trinity Series Presents: Thanksgiving Concert with Fritzgerald Barrau, trumpetist & Albinas Prizgintas, organist/pianist
featuring the Glory of 17th to XXth century music written for trumpet & organ And Trumpet & piano  at 5 p.m.

Including music by: Handel, Telemann, Hummel, Torelli,

Stradella, Del Staigers & The Beatles

 www.albinas.org

 

Monday, November 29 at 7:15pm
Marjorie Garnier, violist & Albinas Prizgintas, pianist,
celebrating the music of Schubert and Hindemith

www.albinas.org

Have a great week!

 
   


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

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