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New Orleans Events: Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, Fashion Week, More

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Darling friends,

I hope you had a wonderful Carnival 2011!

I had a ball and enjoyed every party that I attended.  On Friday, I was invited to Kevin Kelly's annual masked ball. This year's theme was "Rolling on the River," so I dressed as a wench and joined the revelry at his beautiful mansion on St. Charles Avenue where, from his grand balconies, we saw all the parades. As always, the mansion on St. Charles was decorated with colorful Mardi Gras Jesters that blended with guests savoring the exquisite cuisine of Chef Jeremy Langlois of Lantil's Landing at Houmas House.

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I tried to return to see the parades on Sunday night but, after looking for a parking space for two hours, my brother and I gave up and enjoyed a restful night. 

On Mardi Gras Day, I dressed my darling Duchess Chiquita Linda and strolled in the French Quarter, admiring and photographing the revelers. We made a stop at the Royal Sonesta Hotel where General Manager Alfred Groos was holding his annual Mardi Gras Soiree. As always, the huge balconies were the perfect place to hang around and enjoy the festivities. I always look forward to unwinding in front of the TV and watch on WYES TV the Passing Parade and the meeting of the Rex and Comus Courts. Another great Carnival has gone by!

On a sad note, I just heard that community activist,Nicaragua-born Martha Conover and antique dealer  Buzz Harper passed away. They will be missed. My sincere condolences to their families.
This week is going to be a lot of fun and many events have been scheduled, so have a great time! 


 Ogden After Hours: Kristin Diable and Jim McCormick

Kristin Diable

 The acclaimed weekly music series at the Ogden returns after Mardi Gras vacation featuring Kristin Diable and Jim McCormick.  6:00pm- 8:00pm.Ogden Museum of Southern Art,925 Camp St.

Thursday, March 10
Thursdays at Twilight presents Leah Chase
This very popular series with an array of musicians and Mint Juleps will
begin Thursday, March 10th and run Thursday evenings through October 13,
2011. Leah is a versatile singer who makes a smooth transition from jazz-laden love songs to the up-tempo. Her artistry is
sensual and soul stirring. A very visual performer, Leah quickly establishes a warm rapport with her audience.
 Pavilion of the Two Sisters,New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park,5:00 PM  8:00 P.M.  Gates Open.       6:00 PM -  Performance Begins $8..00 Adults      $3.00 Children ages 5-12

Thursday, March 10
Joint Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana with Hispanic National Bar Association
 Please join the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at their March Network Evening  when it will welcome the Hispanic National Bar Association from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vieux Carre` Salon !! - 2nd floor of the Harrah's Hotel.  Free admission, complimentary Hors D' ouevres and specail "lagniappe for attendees compliments of Harrah's Casino.
Friday, March 11
NoMa's Where Y' Art
Where Y'Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art's (NOMA) Friday night "inspirational happy hours" continue this Friday with a lineup of entertainment and activities centered mostly on the quiet, contemplative current exhibit "The Sound of One Hand:Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin." Where Y'Art takes place from 5:30 to 9 pm every Friday at NOMA in City Park.All events are included with museum admission.Sound of One Hand exhibition walk-through (6 pm),Japanese Akira Kurosawa film Yojimbo (6:30 pm)
* New Orleans Film Society members get 1/2 off admission with membership card *.Japanese Tea Ceremony (7 pm)
Artist Demonstration: Pam Caruso Japanese woodblock printing .Art-making activity - Japanese carp kites-Music by DJs Lefty and Colby

 Friday, March 11
Obituary Cocktail Society
Obers will gather as every Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at this legendary saloon:Harry's Corner Bar. 900 Chartres Street.  Phone: 524-1107.
Saturday, March 12
Attend free French Demo Classes (from beginner to advanced) Meet our teachers and students from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Learn about our Spring Camp for Kids Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans 
1519 Jackson Avenue,[email protected];(504) 568 0770

March 12 
An Artist's Rage Art Project by Gustavo Duque
Collective World Art Community cordially invites you to the art exhibit " An Artist Range " by Colombia-born Gustavo Duke at 2820 St. Claude Avenue. Preview :2-5 p..m. Opening 6-9 p.m. The exhibit are paintings and installation that invite reflections on  of the effects of violence throughout the world. The show will continue until April 20, 2011 
March 12
'Femme Fest 2011' Art Exhibit
Femme Fest 2011 is celebrating Women’s History Month with a gallery exhibit organized by the Women’s Caucus for Art of Louisiana.
The Jazz & Heritage Gallery is pleased to announce “Femme Fest 2011,” an exhibit featuring works created by professional women artists of Louisiana.An opening celebration will be held Saturday, March 12, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., as part of the "Second Saturday" openings by galleries in the St. Claude Arts District.The Jazz & Heritage Gallery, 1205 N. Rampart Street..Admission is free. The Jazz & Heritage Gallery's regular opening hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The "Femme Fest 2011" exhibit will be on display through April 15.Exhibiting women artists arePenelogp Zelden; BakerBellevia;Muffin Berstein;Beck Betancourt;Kichea S. Burt;Priscilla Busch;Margie Camardelle;Susan Charles;Hannah Cohen;Raven Creature;Zé Daluz;Pati D'Amico;Renee Dodgy;Judy Erwin;Kelsey Foreman;Kathleen Nolan Grieshaber;Carrie Hartley;Kathleen Hellmens;Charlene D. Insely;Pat Jolly;Patti T. Lapeyre;Mable Lee;Linda Marr;Reachel Mayeur;Jeanne y Mayeur;Marsha Masterson;Karen Ocker;Melanie Owen;Phyllis Parun;Kelly Quigley;Trish Ransom;Lorraine Barrick Summers;Jane Rals Talton;Cecelia "Cely" Tappette-Pedescleaux;Eugenia Uhl;Jeanne Umbdenstock;Bedonna Wakeman;Hilary Wallis;KimWelsh;Betty Williamson;M. Bibi Wolke-Bronswijk ; Luba Zygarewicz
March 12
St Patrick's Day Parade
The Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Club will hold its 64th Annual Mass and Parade celebration on Saturday, at 12:00 pm at St. Mary's Assumption Church followed by the parade at 1p.m. at corner of Felicity and Magazine Street..
March 12
The Symphonic Ring
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra presents Wagner’s most monumental work, his Ring Cycle, is a collection of four operas. Excerpts from The Ring of the Neibelung will be performed. 8:00pm at Mahalia Jackson Theater, 504-287-0351. $15-$
March 12-13
Soul Fest
Now in its EIGHTH year, Soul Fest is a celebration of African American food, music, crafts and culture. It was created to celebrate the achievements of African Americans while educating Zoo visitors about their heritage, culture and wellness. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine Street
Phone: (504) 581-4629

 Sunday, March 13 

Sunday: Screening of The Line King


The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story
Sunday, March 13 • 2 p.m.
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St.
Presented in conjunction with
Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee WilliamsThe exhibition will be open 12:30–4:30 p.m.
Free admission • Reservations: (504) 523-4662 or [email protected]

An Academy Award–nominated documentary by Susan Warms Dryfoos, The Line King celebrates Hirschfeld's many years of work for the New York Times, where his drawings were a centerpiece of the Sunday Arts section. With appearances by Lauren Bacall, Robert Goulet, and many others, The Line King is a fascinating portrait of the artist as a cultural icon. (1996; 86 minutes; not rated)

Sunday, March 13
 Trinity Artist Series present @ 5pm:   Festival of CHOIRS:  80 singers & Instrumental Ensemble
with The Bradley University Chorale from Peoria, Illinois-& The Alabama Choir School from Tuscaloosa, Alabama
In a varied and exciting program from Classic, to Spirituals, Jazz, Folk and Popular Music
1329 Jackson Avenue - New Orleans –Call: Albinas 670-2520–[email protected]
Sunday, March 13
Join  us for a fundraising afternoon for the benefit of The American Cancer Society-Relay for Life
3 – 6 p.m.178 Chateau Latour Dr.This fundraising is in preparation for the upcoming
Relay for Life Event in May 14-15, 2011.This is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivors
and to raise money for research and programs of respective teams.During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds,
or parks and take turns walking or running laps.  Each team tries to Keep at least one team member on the track at all times.
Chair:  Mariana Montero-Hosted: Yvel Flemming-RSVP:   504-914-8850  õ  [email protected] -Donation $20-(hors d'oeuvre will be served)
March 15th - 18th, 2011
Fashion Week
Fashion Week NOLA was created to spotlight the talents and collections of designers, boutiques, make-up artistry, hair styling and models through a series of runway shows, exhibits & chic parties.It begins with a kick-off party on March 15th, followed by three days (March 16-18, 2011) of incredible runway shows at The Sugar Mill. Complementing the nightly schedule will be the headline guest designers, Alex Garfield, NYC, Helena CHo, Los Angeles, and Anna Mixon, Miami presenting their most current season collection.. And, confirmed retailers participating in Fashion Week NOLA include; Saks Fifth Avenue, Hemline Boutiques, Brinkmen's, Total Woman, Style Lab, Bella Couture, House of Lounge. Just to list a few that will be part of the 25+ retailers planned to be showcased along side an impressive list of fashion designers from the Gulf Coast region.One of the signature events of Fashion Week NOLA 2011 will be a Top Designer Competition giving the region's emerging designers an opportunity to showcase their talent.
March 15- 20
West Side Story
More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back on Broadway mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY soars as the greatest love story of all time.
Times: Tuesday - Saturday 8:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday Matinee 2:00 pm; Sunday 7:30 pm. Mahalia Jackson Theater,Phone: (800) 745-3000
March 15
Windsor Court Hosts Brian K. Miller for March Art Showcase Series
On March 15th from 6- 8 pm, the Windsor Court will host Brian K. Miller as part of its monthly Art Showcase Series. The showcase will feature selections of photographs that include local Louisiana and international subjects, as well as photographic panoramics and collages.
Described by National Geographic as one of “our finest…photographers,” Miller travels the world in pursuit of images that reflect his creative passions. From nature images in the Louisiana swamplands to sweeping depictions of South Africa, Miller’s work combines strong compositional elements with an intense use of color. Miller has released two books of photography, Louisiana Impressions and Birds of the Gulf Coast and was included in the National Geographic Society’s Heart of a Nation: Writers and Photographers Inspired by the American Landscape. Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. RSVP is requested and can be made by calling 504.522.1994. The Art Showcase Series at the Windsor Court will occur on the second Tuesday of every month from 6-8 pm.
March 15
Roast of the Town
Delgado Foundation will host its annual Roast at 7 p.m. at Harrah’s New Orleans, 228 Poydras St.,. The fundraiser, which provides private funding to the college features cocktails, dinner and a Roast of Billy Nungesser. Contact: 671-5412
March 15
15th Annual Save Our Lake Golf Classic
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation's annual Golf tournament benefit is dedicated to restoring and preserving the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.
Registration 10:30 a.m.; tee-off 11:30 a.m. Chateau Golf & Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd. Kenner. Contact: 836-2205
March 16
Round Table Luncheon
A Salute to New Orleans Festivals will be the theme of the popular monthly Round table Luncheon hosted by yours truly at noon at the Bienville Suite of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The featured speakers will be Marci Schramm , Director of the French Quarter Festival, Amy Kirk, board member of the Tennessee Festival;Don Marshall, Director of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Sandy Shilstone, CEO of the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corp and . Live entertainment by Sheila McDermont and Jim Walpole on the piano.  Executive Chef Peter Page is planning a three-course gourmet menu with wine pairings. The luncheon is $42 and includes parking validation. For reservations, contact Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220, [email protected].

On Going

Until  April 3, 2011

Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams

In commemoration of the centennial of Tennessee Williams’s birth, The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation have collaborated to present Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams.
The exhibition and companion publication bring together highlights from The Collection’s permanent holdings and dozens of drawings by the legendary artist.

Hirschfeld, a self-described “characterist,” was the foremost chronicler of Williams’s productions on and off Broadway for six decades. With his signature linear calligraphic style, Hirschfeld’s drawings compose a fascinating archive of the playwright’s career while capturing the personalities of the actors who portrayed his characters on stage and screenDrawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams will be on view in the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, January 11–April 3, 2011. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday and will be extended to Sunday, April 3; no admission is charged.Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.Gallery hours will be extended through Sunday, April 3
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street


to March 13

All That Glitters: Carnival Jewelry from the Golden Age

All That Glitters, a fabulous treasure-trove of Carnival jewelry from the Golden Age, the dazzling period from the late 19th century to 1930, runs through March 13.  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.  View with paid admission to Longue Vue

 Contact Longue Vue at 504.488.5488 or [email protected] for more information.



Philip Melacon  



Phil Melancon








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

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 -830 Conti St.586-0972

LIVE MUSIC  -No Cover Charge

JazzTrio Marlon Jordon @ 8-11 p.m. Every Wednesday & Thursday in February

PianistMonty Banks @ 6-9 p.m.  Every Friday, Saturday & Every  Sunday  7-10pm in February

Pianist Amanda Walker every Monday & Tuesday 7 – 10pm in February




Have a great week

Margarita Bergen,M.Ed.. Realtor

Society Editor - New Orleans Living Magazine

Cultural Diva-

Social/Cultural Columnist -

811 Marigny Street, Unit C

New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
Tel/ Cell 504-495-9181 Fax/504-940-6201  

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

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