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New Orleans Events: Politics, Arts, Music

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Darling Friends:

I am sure that we are all as disappointed as I am about the Saints losing our chance to go to the Super Bowl. But the team worked very hard and next year will be another year for them to achieve. Go Saints! I Believe!
I started my week, by attending a very moving and well-attended funeral service in honor of Drex Brumfield.  He will be missed dearly. Unfortunately, that week I lost another friend that I have known for years: Russell Henderson. Russ was a certified social worker, a political consultant and activist, and a legislative lobbyist for progressive causes. We will miss him.

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Life must go on and, as such, I celebrated the beginning of the Carnival Season 2011 by attending briefly the St. Joan of Arc Parade and a lovely, festive Masque Ball at Anthony Marino's residence on Bourbon St. On Friday night, I attended the lovely Susan G. Komen for the Cure New Orleans Affiliate's "Hobnobbing with Hoda" at The Windsor Court Hotel. The event featured Hoda Kotb, NBC News Today Show Co-Anchor and bestselling author of “Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer and Kathie Lee.” It was a lot of fun seeing my darling friend Hoda and many other friends, including actor Wendell Pierce of Treme.

Every year, I get invited to attend a delicious British Christmas Dinner hosted by England-born Don Rees, his lovely wife, talented cabaret singer Suzaune Yee McKamey and their friend Rolland Hendy who come every year from England laden with British recipes, and festive crackers. What a fun evening!
This week is going to be very busy for me as well. On Tuesday, I will be hosting my Round Table Luncheon - A Salute to New Orleans and its future at noon at Begue's of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. My speakers will be Councilman Hon. Arnie Fielkow and political analyst Jeff Crouere.
I had invited Mayor Landrieu and John Young of Jefferson but their busy scheduled are preventing them from being present. Entertainment will by Becky Allen and Heidi Junius, accompanied on the piano by Jim Walpole. That evening, I will holding my twice a month "Happy Hours" at Le Booze. I will be joined from 5:30 to 7 p.m. by my darling friend Bonnie Broel of the House of Broel. Not to be missed.
The same night, the Windsor Court is holding its monthly art showcase featuring artist Rebecca Rebouché. That day is also the opening of the exhibit “Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams” at the Williams Research Center. Opening Reception: Friday, January 14, 4:30–6:30 p.m., 410 Chartres Street.
On Saturday, January 15, I am looking forward to attending the Pan-American Life Fiesta Sinfonica: Bolero with Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, Music Director and the featured artists: The Romeros, Guitar Quartet at  8:00 p.m. at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre. The following day, on Sunday, January 16, I will be dressing up to attend as guest of philanthropist Sammy Steele, the elegant “Twenty Years Young: An LPO Anniversary Celebration” at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. I cannot wait.

 Darlings, I want to invite you to see me in Mary West's Real New Orleans that airs Friday night at 9:00 p.m. and Saturday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. on WLAE-TV (Cox 14) Satellite 32 or Charter 11.Go to and click on the tab at top of page that says VIDEOS and the new show.
I just received this information: In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King and his vision, Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel is once again honoring individuals within the New Orleans' community who exemplify the spirit of Dr. King.
On Sunday January 16 at 6 p.m., Irvin Mayfield will recognize community leaders by presenting them with the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Jazz Award.  Sunday's ceremony will recognize Rica A. Trigs, New Orleans Public Library Chief Operating Officer; Leah Chase, Culinarian of Dooky Chase Restaurant; Father Bill Terry, St. Anna Episcopal Church's Victim of Violence Ministry; Ron Forman, President of the Audubon Institute, and Dan Packer, former President and CEO of Energy and recently elected to the US Chamber of Commerce.  
The Martin Luther King Jazz Award honors individuals who have contributed to enriching the community, advancing cultural awareness through music and art, and furthering economic opportunity while adhering to the principals of non-violence.  A concert in honor of Martin Luther King' birthday featuring Arias, Spirituals, and Art Songs will immediately be following the awards presentation, the honorees and the public are invited to a special performance of Tyler's Revisited featuring Germaine Bazzle and Paul Longstreth at 7 p.m.
Let's see what this week has in store for us.

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Let's see what this week has in store for us.


Tuesday,January 11
Round Table Luncheon
The monthly popular Round Table Luncheon hosted by yours truly at noon at Begue's Restaurant of the Royal Sonesta Hotel will salute New Orleans and its future and will feature City officials and political and business analystics that will speak about the future of New Orleans in 2011. Live entertainment by Becky Allen and Heidi Junius accompanied on the piano by Jim Walpole. The three-course gourmet luncheon is only $40 and includes complimentary parking and wines to complement the food. For reservations call Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220.
January 11
Toasting with Margarita at Le Booze
I will joined by enterprenuer/author Bonnie Broel of the House of Broel from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Networking, Happy Hour prices and complimentary cheeses away you at Le Booze of the Royal Sonesta Hotel.
January 11 - April 3
Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams
In honor of the centennial of Tennessee Williams’ birth, The Historic New Orleans is partnering with The Al Hirschfeld Foundation to mount Drawn to Life Al Hirschfeld and Theater of Tennessee Williams.The exhibit features rare items from The Collection’s. Williams Research Center, 410 Royal Street Opening Reception: Friday, January 14, 4:30–6:30 p.m., 410 Chartres Street
January 11
Windsor Court Hosts Rebecca Rebouché
The Windsor Court will host Rebecca Rebouché from 6 to 8 p.m. as part of its monthly Art Showcase Series. Featuring recent pieces, the showcase will highlight Rebouché’s mixed media paintings in a style she calls Contemporary Folk Art. With support from the Arts Council of New Orleans, the Windsor Court highlights a local artist monthly. Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. RSVP is requested and can be made by calling 504.522.1994
January 11
Book Signing  and presentation of Floodlines
Join Octavia Book  for a presentation and signing with Jordan Flaherty featuring his new book, Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six, a firsthand account of community, culture, and resistance in New Orleans in the years after Katrina. The book weaves the interconnected stories of Mardi Gras Indians, public housing residents, Arab and Latino immigrants, spoken word poets, gay rappers,ictims of police brutality, out of town volunteers, and grassroots activists.
January 14 - Saturday January 29.
Fridays (07:30 PM - 09:30 PM)
Saturdays (07:30 PM - 09:30 PM)
Sundays (02:00 PM - 04:00 PM)
Holy Ahoy! Ring in 2011 with your favorite all-singing, all-dancing group of Nuns! Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS) is pleased to present their production of Dan Goggin's MESHUGGAH-NUNS! The Ecumenical Nunsense on stage January 7-23, 2011 at Teatro Wego! Theatre, 177 Sala Avenue in Westwego. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m..
January 12
A cultural event on the First Anniversary of the Earthquake organized by Haitians and friends of Haiti of Louisiana
Come and Join us in this Symbolic Week in support of Ayiti! 6 to 9 p.m.
Musical Performance And Sing-A-long led by Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes and his Roots Band !
This event is made possible thanks to the gracious donations of Collective World Art Community, Metairie, LA Special collaboration of Nancy Forrest of Oh-La-La! Haitian Art, Mandeville
Bill Sasser, Photographer; Krystina Schindler and Ray Brown, fine artists, Laura Bergerol photographer, co-founder of Images Without Borders -A portion of the sales will be donated to charities for Haïti
Exhibition can be viewed during the week by appointment Contact: Régine Boucard, curator: [email protected] (646) 537-5797
January 12
"Opera Returns to Bourbon Street"
Free Operatic Performances by vocalists from the New Orleans Opera Association. Due to popular demand, the "Opera Returns to Bourbon Street" series is back for a second year! 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.

 Thursday,January 13
"All That Glitters" Carnival Jewelry Exhibit Opening
All That Glitters, a fabulous treasure-trove of Carnival jewelry from the Golden Age, the dazzling period from the late 19th century to 1930, opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. This glittering exhibit, which includes Rex crowns, scepters, and ducal badges, Comus Cups, and numerous krewe and court favors, is  guest curated by Henri Schindler, Carnival historian and designer. Contact Longue Vue at 504.488.5488 or [email protected] information. 7 Bamboo Road.
January 13
Chamber After 5
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Northwestern Mutual,Heritage Plaza, 111 Veterans Blvd., 9th Floor.Hors d'oeuvres,Cash Bar,Door PrizesFREE for Chamber Members, $10 for Future Members. R.S.V.P. to [email protected]  
 with the subject "Chamber After 5"
January 13
Herb Society of America presents "Exploring the Herbes de Provence-An Evening with Chef Greg Sonnier"

The Herb Society of America, New Orleans Unit will host an evening
with Chef Greg Sonnier from 6 pm until 8p.m. , in the Coach House at Longue Vue House & Gardens, 7 Bamboo Rd.,  He will discuss the Herbs de Provence and his culinary experience with them as he prepares a sample tasting for attendees.The meeting is open to the public by RSVP due to limited space. There
is a $15 fee. Contact Donna Martin (912-3859; [email protected]) for reservations or more information.
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January 14
Obituary Cocktail Society
Obers will meet as every Friday, from 6 to 7 p.m. at this legendary landmark" .New Orleans Athletic Club (NOAC) 222 N. Rampart St.  504-525-2375
January 15
Pan-American Life Fiesta Sinfonica: Bolero
Conductor & Featured Artists:Carlos Miguel Prieto, Music Director and The Romeros , Guitar Quartet
- 8:00pm at the Mahalia Jackson.Known by many as the "Royal Family of the Guitar," the Romero Quartet joins the LPO performing Rodrigo’s Concierto andaluz. Also featured on tonight’s program is Ravel’s Bolero. $15-$95.Call 504.523.6530 to purchase tickets through the LPO box office.
January 16
Twenty Years Young: An LPO Anniversary Celebration
Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto,and the Trustees & Musicians of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra invite you to celebrate two decades of extraordinary music at a glittering evening of elegant dining, fine wine and outstanding music at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, The gala will be co-chaired by Ileana Suquet, Angela Hill and Gayle Benson.Cocktails: 6:30 p.m.Dinner: 7:30 p.m. LPO performance: 9:00 p.m. Black Tie preferred.Call 504.523.6530 to purchase tickets through the LPO box office.
January 16
Sunday Salon: "The Art and Soul of a Bottomland Hardwood Forest: A Studio in the Woods, Changes over Time"
Join Longue Vue for the inaugural Sunday Salon, a bi-monthly conversation touching on the intersection of the arts and the environment. This first installment features David Baker, Environmental Curator of a Studio in the Woods. Guests are invited to tour the gardens ahead of time. Contact Hilairie Schackai at 504.293.4726 or [email protected] for information. 3 p.m, Free . Bamboo Road.
January 16
Trinity Artist Series presents Valerie Francis, soprano & Wilfred Delphin, pianist
A concert in honor of Martin Luther King' birthday featuring Arias, Spirituals, and Art Songs 5 to 6 p.m. at 1329 Jackson Avenue - New Orleans -Call: Albinas [email protected]

On Going:
January 1 - February 19, 2011
Prospect.1.5 New Orleans

As part of its mission to present and promote the art and artists o ef New Orleans, U.S. Biennial presents Prospect.1.5 New Orleans, a fifteen-week program of exhibitions, symposiums, and public events. Prospect.1.5 highlights the contemporary art scene in the city, with over fifty artists presenting work in thirteen venues throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area.

Jeremy Davenport
Every Thursday (5:30pm), Friday (9pm) + Saturday (9pm)
at Davenport Lounge in The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.

New Orleans' own "Pianoman and Entertainer" Armand St. Martin performs every Friday and Saturday Night from 7-10 p.m. at The Pontchartrain Hotel to the tune of no cover charge. Patrons can enjoy a fabulous smoke-free environment while listening to Armand St. Martin's quintessential stories and music that is truly "Naturally N'Awlins." The Bayou Bar at The Pontchartrain, 2031 St. Charles Ave.

Anais St. John at the Polo Lounge of the Windsor Court
Every Friday and Saturday at the Polo Lounge of the Windsor Court" 9 p.m. to Midnight!

Every Sunday
Jazz and blues every Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with local singer Maryflynn Thomas. Enjoy a musical brunch of jazz and blues at St. Charles Tavern, 1433 St. Charles Avenue. 523-9823. No cover charge. Corner of Melpomene, next to Office Depot.

BOMBAY CLUB - Presents:

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


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