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New Orleans Events: St. Joseph's Day Parades, Home And Garden Show, More

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 Plenty to do in New Orleans as Spring is ready to "sprung" and Mardi-Gras-like parades are still in motion with the Italian-American St. Joseph's Day event floating in a day of fun

by Frank Stansbury and LaFete News
Saturday 3-19-11
Italian-American St. Joseph's Day parade
Saturday, March 19, 2011
6:00 p.m.
French Quarter Route-2011
Italian American Marching Club Parade Route-2011 (03-19)
Float Route
 Marcher's Route
Oak Alley
Louisiana Authors' Day
Saturday March 19, 2011
12:00 Noon - 3:00 pm
Come and enjoy a day at one of the most well-known plantations for a meet and greet with some of Louisiana's most well-known authors showcasing some of their great works and learn what inspired them.
"Edwin Edwards" by Leo Honeycutt
Author, reporter, father, cook - Leo Honeycutt has been an award-winning television journalist for 28 years. In 2005, he was selected by former Louisiana Governor Edwin W. Edwards as his official biographer.
After five years of exhaustive research and face-to-face interviews with Mr. Edwards, Edwin Edwards: Governor of Louisiana was published in December 2009 and became an instant bestseller with 10,000 copies sold in the first three days.
Author Marcelle Bienvenu
"Queen of Cajun Cooking","food columnist and cookbook editor. She knows Cajun cuisine intimately well. She was born and raised on the Bayou Teche in St. Martinville, Louisiana, a small historic community on the banks of Bayou Teche in south Louisiana, where good cooking was almost as large an article of faith as the Catholic religion.
"Buddy Zooka" by Tracey Tangerine
Tracey Tangerine, a.k.a. Tracey Davis, has taught in Jefferson and Orleans Parish schools. She wrote Buddy Zooka: In the French Quarter and Beyond while in exile from Katrina in Portland, OR, and has been putting on plays and performances based on the story at schools around the city.
Ms. Tangerine has also created music based on the story, featuring an original song by Charmaine Neville.
"A Tale of Two Seasons: Katrina & A Super Bowl" by Bert Bartlett
Katrina vs. Pro Football: Two seasons that took the city in wildly divergent directions! This book of fusion sports writing explores the effects of a devastating hurricane, and the happenings of a Saints team caught up in the eye of the storm.
Mr. Bartlett is a native of New Orleans, and resides in Covington, LA.
Price: $19.99
"Capturing Oak Alley" and "Oak Alley Plantation Cooking"
Master photographers Robert S. Brantley, Philip Gould, Richard Sexton and Neil Greentree have indeed captured unforgettable portraits of one of our nation's most cherished historic treasures. Capturing Oak Alley parallels their masterpieces with poignant images from the past and Oak Alley Plantation cooking is, the best of the best shared recipes from employees and friends. Executive Director Zeb Mayhew, Jr will be signing the books.
Venture out and spend a relaxing spring day under the oaks. Stay and have lunch, tour the mansion or stroll the grounds sipping on a mint julep (admission to the historic grounds required). Spend a day out in the country with us!
 Saturday Market, March 19, 2011 | 8 am - 12 noon
Downtown New Orleans | 700 Magazine Street at Girod
It's time to get plants in the ground! Come see Clarence Mizell this Saturday for tips on cutting plants back for maximum growth and new plants to put in the ground. Whether you're looking to landscape with native plants (many varieties of plants you'll find at big box chain retailers aren't suitable for our climate, so you'll likely end up replacing them over and over again) or plant a spring/summer vegetable and herb garden, Clarence Mizell can help.
Recipe of the Week
White Beans & Shrimp
This week's recipe for White Beans and Shrimp is far ritzier than red beans and rice, and dare we say more delicious?
•    2 pounds dried great Northern beans
•    4 cups chopped onion
•    2 cups chopped celery
•    2 cups chopped bell pepper
•    1/2 cup chopped parsley
•    1/4 cup fresh garlic
•    2 tablespoons thyme
•    salt and black pepper
•    chicken or vegetable stock
•    dash of cayenne pepper
•    1/4 cup chopped fresh garlic
•    2 tablespoons olive oil
•    3 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
•    3/4 cup white wine
•    white pepper and salt to taste
•    4 cups heavy cream
•    hot cooked white rice
To prepare beans: Cover beans with water and soak for 8 to 10 hours or overnight in refrigerator. Drain beans and place in a large pot. Add onion, celery, bell pepper, parsley, thyme, salt, black and cayenne peppers. Pour in enough stock to cover beans by three inches. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat and cook for 2 hours until beans are tender and creamy, stirring frequently to ensure that beans do not stick.

To prepare shrimp: Sauté garlic in oil. Add shrimp and cook until pink. Deglaze pan with wine. Season with salt and white pepper to taste.

When beans are done, add shrimp to beans and bring to a simmer. Add cream and stir to blend; heat through. Serve over rice.
Serves 12-14
ST. JOSEPH'S NIGHT 2011: Walk with the Guardians of the Flame in New Orleans
Big Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson invites friends and new friends to join the Guardians of the Flame on our St. Joseph's Night walk
Saturday, March 19, 2011
New Orleans
5:30 pm Harrison Family home/Guardians Institute future site
        Libation by Guardians of the Flame Medicine Woman Sula
        3632 North Johnson St.
5:45 pm Visit to community elder Mrs. Perkins
        2000 block of Independence Street
6:00 pm Caravan to 2500 Bayou Road
6:15 pm St. Joseph's night ceremony led by Zion Trinity
        2500 Bayou Road
6:30 pm Caravan to Bultman House 1525 Louisiana Ave
6:45 pm Ceremony for health of the New Orleans music community
        Performance of "Get You a Healing" by Big Chief Brian Harrison Nelson
7:15 pm Caravan to Second and Dryades Streets to meet the Wild Magnolias
7:30 pm (or just after dusk) Spirit led procession through Uptown
All times listed are approximate.
Please contact Cherice Harrison-Nelson at 504 214 6630 for additional information
The 2nd Annual Top of the Hops - North Shore Beer Festival will showcase the growing popularity of craft beers from around the country and the world in a relaxed and friendly outdoor environment. Patrons will receive a commemorative sampling mug and have access to unlimited, two-ounce sampling of over 150 craft beers in the Gordon Biersch Beer Garden, Covington Brewhouse Beer Garden, Tin Roof Brewing Company Beer Garden, and Saint Arnold Brewing Company Beer Garden. The festival will also feature the Samuel Adams Brew University Education Area where patrons will enjoy beer seminars such as Cooking with Beer, Food Pairings, How to Brew Beer and other beer education sessions. Come enjoy the beautiful outdoor atmosphere with live music by The Scorseses and Rufus Jagneaux on the Stage, as well as fun games like cornhole
The festival is located at the Fontainebleau State Park (67825 Highway 190 - Mandeville, Louisiana 70448)
•    General Admission tickets are $35 in advance
•    ZEA VIP tickets are $60 in advance
•    Designated Driver tickets are $15 in advance
•    ZEA VIP Designated Driver tickets are $25 in advance
$35 - Advance
$40 - Day of Festival
*General Admission tickets include the following:
•    Souvenir, 2-Ounce Sampling Mug
•    Full Color Festival Guide
•    Unlimited Sampling of 150+ Craft Beers
•    Live Entertainment
•    Free Parking
•    Games
•    Access to the Samuel Adams Brew University Tent with Seminars such as Cooking with Beer, Brewing 101, Pairing Beer with Food and More!
Mandeville Jane Austen Festival
Schedule of Events
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MARCH 19 & 20, 2011
Rain or shine, all venues are covered or indoors!
Info: (985) 951-6460
All Festival goers and participants are encouraged to wear costumes of the era. Venues in old Mandeville are for easy walking and promenading!  Restaurants, cafes and shops are nearby.
 Saturday, March 19, 2011
Saturday morning events are at the Old Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte Street Parking in commuter parking lot on Lafitte Street. View artisans and demonstrations of the era 9:00-1:00pm. ; to participate, contact Donna Beakley, Trailhead (985)624-3147;
Festival Hotline: (985) 951- 6460
BRUNCH, ENTERTAINMENT & REGENCY RECEPTION WITH CAKE & CHAMPAGNERaffle for valuable basket of gifts to benefit the festival; $1.00 tickets on sale all weekend.
                                                                     9:00 - 10:00a                Pastries on your own                           Community Market (Girod St.)
9:00a - 1:00p                Hairstyles of the Era by Jacqueline's Family Hair Salon
Barnes & Noble
        Around the Amphitheatre Stage
10:00 - 11:30a              Regency Vintage Dance Demos/lessons
by The Louisiane Vintage Dancers
Audience Participation!                                                              Trailhead Amphitheatre
11:30a - 12:00p           Looking for Mr. Darcy Contest
Contestants arrive 15 minutes prior.                                       Trailhead Amphitheatre
12:00 - 12:30p              No Plain Janes Costume Contest
        Trailhead Amphitheatre
1:00p                              Promenade on your own to area shops & restaurants
See below for Jane Austen themed meals
2:30 -6:30pm                 Lectures by area University Professors, dramatic readings & announcements. Intermissions with concessions to benefit The Jane Austen Foundation of LA   North Star Theatre
347 Girod St.
North Star Theater Lecture Schedule - FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Time                              Event                                                      Venue
2:30                                Welcome                                               Northstar Theater
347 Girod St.
2:35-3:15p                     Lecture I - "New Directions for Adapting Jane Austen" Dr. Lauren Cardon & Dr. Cat Gubernatis Dannen of Tulane University.
3:15p                              Intermission with Concessions & Q/A
3:30-4:15p                     Lecture II - "Your Library & Technology Today" - Bill Larsen-Ruffin, St. Tammany Parish Library
Reading- Monica Miller PhD Candidate LSU
4:30-5:15                       Lecture III - "Nobility and the Naval Officer: the true story behind Persuasion." Dr. Sam Cavell with the University of Exeter
5:15p                              Intermission with Concessions & Q/A
5:30-6:15                       Lecture IV - The Gothic in Ann Radcliffe and Jane Austen; Dr. Sarah Spence, Southeastern LA University, retired
6:30p                              Saturday Finale / Announcements
Lunch and Dinner at participating businesses see below
All phone numbers (985) area code
Good Earth Market & Cafe, lunch and dinner of Fish & Chips, 821 Girod Street, 674-4329;
Vianne's Tea House, Royal Regency Tea, Full meal Tea in 3 courses: Scones, Tea Sandwiches, Savories & Canapes, Dainty Tea Desserts Sat. 1:00-2:30pm seating, $29.99 + Tax & Gratuity (10% of proceeds to benefit The Jane Austen Foundation of LA) 544 Girod Street, (advance reservations) Café open all weekend, soups, salads sandwiches - walk ins welcome 624-5683;
The Rusty Pelican, 500 Girod Street, 778-0364;
Old Mandeville Café, menu specials 690 Lafitte Street, 626-9300
The Lake House - 626-3006; 2025 Lakeshore Dr
Juniper's Restaurant, 301 Lafitte Street, 624-5330;
The Barley Oak, 2101 Lakeshore Drive, 727-7420;; offering Bass, Fuller's ESB & London Pride, Newcastle & Strongbow Cider, food.
The Pub, Lafitte Street at Monroe, Beers & Ales
Nuvolari's Restaurant, offered on Thursday, March 17th and Friday, March 18th.
1st Course - Angels on Horseback - Bacon Wrapped Oysters with Garlic and Herbs served with Croustini
2nd Course - Fish and Chips - Seared Tuna and Sweet Potato Hay with Balsamic Reduction
3rd Course- Shepherds Pie - Ground Beef, Onions, Carrots and Corn topped with Whipped Potatoes and Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
4th Course - Trifle- Layers of Lady Fingers, Fresh Fruit and Custard
$35.00 pp. plus tax/tip. 246 Girod Street;  626-5619;
The Beach House, 125 Girod Street; 624-9331; [email protected]
Maxein's Coffee House, offering a Mr. Darcy drink special, 115 Girod Street; 626-9351;
Louie and the Redhead Lady, $7.99 all-u-can eat fried catfish (fish n chips), 1851 Florida St; 626-8101;
Shop & Stroll Girod Street:
Das Schulerhaus Gift Gallery & Christmas Shop- 528 Girod Street,  727-7778;
; 10% off one non-sale item to costumed festival goers!
Mae Antiques & participating dealers - 420 Girod Street, 373-1857; [email protected]; 20% off to costumed fest goers.
Betsy Meyers Green - Art & Jewelry Studio - 2012 Jefferson St (right behind Nuvolari's Restaurant on Girod St) 504-723-9443
Susannah Elle Designs  - 348 Girod St, 290-1020 - across from the North Star Theatre; wire wrap jewelry design. 10% off to Fest goers.
e shops being added
For a list of Guest Houses and B&B's check
For a ladies guest retreat house go to
Sunday, March 20, 2011

All Sunday's events at The Lake House, 2025 Lakeshore Drive, 2nd Floor*, advance reservations recommended by calling 626-3006
Cost is $35 cash or check at the 2nd floor entrance; $25 for students and teachers with picture ID. Includes event activities, from noon-4pm, Raffle, Silent Auction, entertainment and Brunch Buffet with Cash Bar. Regency Reception with Cake and Champagne at 3:30.
Time     Event
2:00 - 1:00p                       Music of the era: Harp Concert by N.O.. Celtic Harp Ensemble
12:00 - 12:15p                     Meet and Greet
"Letters from the Attic" Display
12:15 - 12:30p                     Welcome & Announcements - Kerri Blache
Reading of a Jane Austen Prayer/Silent Moment
12:00p   Brunch - Enjoy delicious buffet by The Lake House (included in ticket price)! Cash bar.
Readings by Richard Boyd
1:00 - 2:00p   Memorial to Anna Marie Catoir
"Perfect Love Letter Writing Contest"
2010 Winner Readings
2011 Winners announced; Readings
2:00 - 2:45p                         Panel - "How to Get Your Book Published"
2:45 - 3:30p                         Panel - "How to Get Your Children's Book Published'
Panels by the Northshore Literary Society
3:30 - 4:00p   Live flute & harp music by Les Ensembles Classique
Royal Regency Reception with Cake by Sweet Samantha's Cake Creations & Champagne
4:00p     Raffle basket drawings & Silent Auction closes
Please check back periodically as this schedule may change to accommodate all happenings.
*Handicap accessibility not available to the 2nd Floor. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Greetings! The Whole Foods Market Veterans store will host fundraisers  
for the Whole Planet Foundation, including a lemonade stand, smoothie  
station, and wine pairing and tasting.

Saturday, March 19th
Prosperity Parade
Whole Foods Market Veterans
3420 Veterans Blvd., (504) 888-8225
12 to 2 p.m., Donation
The Whole Foods Market Veterans store will feature a parade of treats  
and lemonade stand with 365 home-style lemonade offered for a small  
donation. In addition, Healthy Eating Specialist Ely Navarro will run  
a custom nutrient-rich, sugar-free and energy-boosting smoothie  
station. Choose three of your favorite ingredients and have it blended  
before your eyes. All funds will be donated to the Whole Planet  
Foundation which provides microcredit to developing countries where  
Whole Foods Market sources product.
Los Islenos Heritage & Cultural Society Fiesta
When: March 19-20
The two-day event celebrates Isleno culture with living history demonstrations, Isleno artisans, food, folk dancing and live music by Fredy Omar con su Banda, The Top Cats and others. Noon to 8 p.m.
•         Islenos Museum Complex
o    Citywide 1357 Bayou Road
o    523-2245
Please join us on Saturday, March 19, 2011
For the Opening of Gallery 4001 at Alltmont's Fine Custom Framing
4001 Baronne Street
5 - 8 p.m.
Featuring Karen Cauvin Eustis, Dr. Olivier Thelin and Natalie Gaidry
 Patty Barnett          John Buckner
Trinity Episcopal Church
1329 Jackson Avenue
New Orleans, LA  70130
Office: (504) 670-2520
Bach Around the Clock the XIV  continues all day  Saturday March 19, ending at Midnight
Over 300 performers -  FREE - sleeping bags welcomed
29 HOURS of  Music, Dance, Yoga, Theatre, Poetry
With Albinas Prizgintas, organist/pianist/harpsichordist playing BACH and everything else And also Albinas Jehan flying from Washington will be ready to fill out with his father whenever necessary !
The Legendary Ellis Marsalis
Delfeayo Marsalis and Victor Atkins,
Navy Band Brass Ensemble
LOYOLA Chamber Orchestra with Jean Montes
New Orleans Concert Band
Troy Poplous and The Talented in Theatre Arts of MacDonogh 35
Xavier Concert Choir will perform Bach's Magnificat
Pianists David Reis, Marybeth Brown, James Oakes and more to come
Michaela Fiesta Flamenca and her ensemble perform Tangle into Tangos
The Internationally acclaimed WELLESLEY College Choir 65 singers from Massachussets
The Bottom Feeders,12 men from Minnesota singing American folk songs and sacred chants from Africa to Italy, Japan to India
Yellowdog Prophet Choir
Slidell Community Orchestra
YOGA choreography by Nanette Ledet, Aaron Lind
UNO Wind Ensemble, New Orleans Celtic Harp Ensemble,
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL with LOYOLA Clarinet & Saxophone Ensemble
New Orleans Trombone Choir,
High Ground Drifters, Chip Wilson
GNYO Orchestra and Sinfonia
Pianists, Saxophonists, Clarinetists, from UNO, Loyola,
and many many more.....
This is a community oriented cultural event, reviewed by NPR on several occasions and awarded many awards.
Bach Around the Clock offers very diverse music and musicians all celebrating the 326th birthday of J.S.Bach -  Come taste everything from early baroque, to opera, blues, rock, jazz and classical organ, and of course some Bach, too.  
In addition to music, you will find dance, yoga, martial arts,  poetry, and other art forms.
This promises to be a great event and we welcome you to join us
Please join us this Saturday
Butterflies and Bubbly  
6 - 9 p.m.
3427 Magazine Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
 Loyola Jazz Festival
Roussel Performance Hall, Loyola University
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Saturday, March 19
The Loyola Jazz Bands perform with trumpeter
and festival clinician Nicholas Payton
$10, $5 students and Loyola faculty and staff
Musicians score free symposium
his will be music to the ears of local musicians looking to cash in  
on the booming local film industry:
The Center for Music and Arts Entrepreneurship at Loyola University is  
sponsoring a free symposium this weekend focusing on the art of film  
scoring and commercial songwriting.
The symposium -- to take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at  
Nunemaker Auditorium in Loyola's Monroe Hall -- will include  
presentations and panels featuring such music industry insiders as  
songwriter George S. Clinton, and composers Christopher Young and Jay  
Each session will be followed by a question-and-answer period. For  
details, visit
Interstate Fringe! March 19 in New Orleans
  A new mini-festival featuring four shows that rocked the New Orleans and
Houston Fringe Festivals.
 *Showtime at 8 pm (doors 7:30 pm)*
   At *Michalopoulos Studio*, 527 Elysian Fields
*(Cash only at the door.)*
*   ***"The Divine Feminine"* features Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre's cast
of amazing performers as they take you on a ride through conflict and mayhem
due to the * seduction of a goddess, the wrath of a bitter queen, the marvel
of a heroine* plus other divine women and their boy-toys.   *"Our Man"* is a
hilarious, sharp-as-tacks performance where *two men in a box decide to
elect a tennis racquet named Ronald Reagan their president* and narrate the
life and accomplishments of one of the nation's most controversial leaders,
"The Gipper". Through clever and comical half truths and brutal mudslinging
tactics, the two find themselves arguing their way from small towns in the
Midwest to Europe on the front lines of WWII, all the while deciding whether
or not to elect their only possession, an old wooden tennis racquet, their
President. *"Outrageously funny" - Gambit Weekly*
   *"Yes, Cassandra" *by Brandy Holmes, is a re-envisioning of Aeschylus'
Trojan War from  slain and
the Trojan War lost.  She sees King Agamemnon take her as a concubine and
sail back to his homeland.  She sees the brutal murder of Agamemnon and
herself at the hand of his wife, Clytemnestra.  *She sees, she knows, she
falls into madness* while trying to come to terms with her own mortality.  If
you could know the exact moment and cause of your death, would you want to?
*"Rogue Improv" * is inventive, side-splitting group improv like you have
never seen. Go with them as they take you to *a completely improvised,
unscripted, 30 minute continuous theatrical universe.*

  *The full lineup , only $15 to see all four shows
  March  25     
April 1, 8, 15

The Fish Frydays are back!   All during Lent,
Our Lady of the Rosary Church will be hosting
their famous fish fry.   Look for the big dome on
the bayou at 3368 Moss Street on beautiful Bayou
St. John.

Please visit the link below for more details:
 Take part in Sicilian tradition

All are welcome to visit and place prayer petitions on the St Joseph's
Day Altars. St Joseph's Day Altars originated during the Middle Ages
as a way to give thanks to St. Joseph for sending rain to end a
drought and prevent a famine in Sicily. An important part of St
Joseph's Day Altars and traditions is the fava bean, which legend says
helped the people of Sicily survive the drought. A St Joseph's Day
Altar usually has three tiers, to represent the trinity. Many
traditional foods served at the Altar contain bread crumbs to
represent saw dust since St. Joseph was a carpenter. Because the feast
occurs during Lent, meat is not usually served at the celebration table.

ST JOSEPH ALTAR St. Stephen's Church 1025 Napoleon Ave. Blessing at  
Viewing after 9 am Mass on Sat. 19th until 6pm,  
Meals served at 12noon-6pm

St Joseph Altar The Zanca Family 4113 Tchoupitoulas St. Friday,  March 19, 9 AM-3 PM All are welcome.

ST. JOSEPH ALTER In Memory of Dianne Williams 724 Marengo St. New  Orleans
 Saturday 3/19, 8-4

ST. JOSEPH ALTAR THE TALAMO FAMILY 6124 PATTON ST.  Sat. 19th 12:30-5PM. Meals served.

ST. JOSEPH'S ALTAR March 19. Viewing 10am-4pm. 2712 Magazine St.

ST. ALPHONSUS, in St. Mary's Assumption Church, 923 Josephine St.
(corner Constance) , New Orleans:  March
19, viewing begins at 10 a.m. Altar will break at 11:30 a.m. after
which meals will be served until runs out.

St. Joseph Alter at Ozanam Inn 843 CAMP ST., NEW ORLEANS 504-523-1184  
OPEN FOR VIEWING March 19, 20 From: 10am-6pm daily Complimenatry  
bags with cookies, holy card, & blessed fava beans available to all!  
Candles for purchase. (No Meals Served) Sponsored by: St. Patrick's  

ST. JOSEPH CHURCH, 1802 Tulane Ave., New Orleans:  March 19, viewing 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in the church, with
blessing during the 12:15 p.m. Mass, meals served until food runs out
in the Rebuild Center behind church.

ST JOSEPH ALTAR The Greater New Orleans Italian Cultural Society.  
Viewing at Holy Rosary Academy 3368 Esplanade Ave. in school  
cafeteria.  March 19 9am till 4pm. Holy Mass in  
Our Lady of The Rosary Church 11am. Immediately after mass the public  
will be served Pasta Milanese. Music provided by American Legion Post  
175. For info call Dom Grieshaber (504) 494-2058.

SAINT JOSEPH'S ALTAR Opening For Viewing Saturday March 19, 7 am-7 pm  

Everyone is invited to the annual St. Joseph Feast to be held at the  
Host: Bishop Brumfield & Family


ST. JOSEPH ALTAR St. Cletus Church, Jerome Hall, 3600 Claire Ave.,  
Gretna. Sat. March 19th Open to Public from  
11:30 AM to 7 PM

ST. JOSEPH ALTAR St. Cletus Church, Jerome Hall, 3600 Claire Ave.,  
Gretna. Sat. March 19th Open to Public from  
11:30 AM to 7 PM

Hall J
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - MARCH 19 - 20, 2011
The New Orleans Home & Garden Show is the largest consumer home show in the south eastern United States. In 2011, the show will relocate to the Morial Convention Center as the Louisiana Superdome undergoes renovations. For 56 years The Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans has brought you this show, and it is like no other. It brings an unparalleled variety of home-related services and products under one gigantic roof with everything needed for home remodeling, green building, decorating and landscaping.
Tens of thousands of show visitors are expected during the four-day run of what promises to be an extraordinary event offering innovative ideas and solutions for getting the most out of your home in this part of the country.
Saturday,    March 19               10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday,       March 20               10:00 am - 6:00 pm
2 Great Events Under 1 Roof!

The New Orleans Home & Garden Show is proud to join with the Greater New Orleans International Auto Show for two super shows under one roof.

The New Orleans Home & Garden Show opens on Thursday, March 19th and runs through Sunday, March 20th.

The International Auto Show opens on Friday, March 19th and runs through Sunday, March 20th.
» Ticket Information:
Home & Garden Show Ticket - $ 9 (Children Under 12 - Free)

Super Show Combo Ticket - $ 16 (Children Under 12 - Free)
(Good for admission to both shows)

Tickets can be purchased at the Convention Center, Hall I Box Office or on-line through Tickemaster.
» Discount Tickets:
Visitors can get a $2 off admission coupon by:
• Bringing canned goods to the Convention Center during
      the Show for donation to Second Harvest Food Bank
      • Filling out the form below
Saturday March 19, 2011
11:00 AM
Anthony Spizale - The Rib Room (New Orleans)
12:00 Noon
Martha Hall Foose - Author;
  Screen Doors and Sweet Tea and A Southernly Course., (Greenwood, MS)
& Tory McPhail - Commander's Palace (New Orleans)
1:30 PM
Nick Landry - Bruce Foods, Inc. (New Iberia)
& Chris Lusk - Cafe Adelaide (New Orleans)
2:45 PM
Jared Tees - Besh Steak House (New Orleans)
& Minh Le - Spahr's (Houma)
4:00 PM
Dook Chase - Dooky Chase (New Orleans)
& Wayne Bacquet - Lil Dizzy's (New Orleans)
5:15 PM
Justin Devillier - La Petite Grocery (New Orleans)
& Jude Tauzin - Village Cafe Lafayette)
6:30 PM
Chuck Subra - laCote Brasserie (New Orleans)
& Danie Rodrigues - Capone's (Ocean Springs, MS)
Sunday March 20, 2011
12:00 Noon
Tenney Flynn - GW Fins (New Orleans)
1:30 PM
Dzejak - The Grill Room (New Orleans)
& Holly Goetting - Charley G's (Lafayette)
2:45 PM
Alon Shaya - Domenica (New Orleans)
& Corey Bahr - Sage (Monroe)
4:00 PM
Adolfo Garcia - Rio Mar (New Orleans)
& Lauren White - Top Hat (New Orleans)
Game Show Stage
Friday March 18, 2011
6:00 PM
Update My Kitchen - HGTV's Jim Parks
Saturday March 19, 2011
12:00 Noon
Top 10 Technologies To Avoid in 2011 - Mike Landry - Purchase Like Pros Radio Show
1:00 PM
Update My Kitchen - HGTV's Jim Parks
3:00 PM
Let's Make An Energy Deal - Game Show Sponsored By: Entergy New Orleans
Grand Prize: Stainless steel side by side refrigerator freezer with matching dishwasher and microwave
4:00 PM
Wind Mitigation Insurance Discounts For All Homes, New or Old - Bill Hatchett of Wind Mitigation Surveyors, LLC
6:00 PM
Update My Kitchen - HGTV's Jim Parks
March 20, 2011
12:00 Noon
Update My Kitchen - HGTV's Jim Parks
0 PM
Wind Mitigation - "Rebates & Discounts That Have Not Been Talked About - Brian Kelt of Avak Consulting
3:00 PM
Let's Make An Energy Deal - Game Show Sponsored By: Entergy New Orleans
Grand Prize: 65 inch home theatre system
4:00 PM
Update My Kitchen - HGTV's Jim Parks
FREE Live Music Nightly!
Saturday, March  19  9:30pm-Luther Kent  
Friday, March 25  9:30pm-Judy Spellman Quintet
Saturday, March 26  9:30pm-Leroy Jones
MARK YOUR CALENDAR... Lillian Boutte will make a return engagement on Sat, May 14

Pianist Amanda Walker  Every Mon & Tues 7 - 10pm
Pianist Monty Banks  Every Fri, Sat & Sun  7 - 10pm  Marlon Jardon Jazz Trio Every Wed & Thur 8 - 11pm

The Bombay Club
830 Conti Street
Open Nightly from 5pm
 Donna's on Rampart located at 800 Rampart St is now REOPEN for business. We
are glad to announce the resurgence of LIVE MUSIC on Rampart Street along
with Home cooked food from VJ's Congo Square Cafe.

Our March gigs are as follows/join us for fun,music and food:

19th @ 9p.m. Soul Project

24th @ 8p.m. Kristina Morales
25th @ 10 p.m. Tom FitzPatrick CD Release Party
26th @ 9p.m. Bob French Original Tuxedo Jazz Band
 1204 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA, 70116
Wednesday through Sunday 7 - 11 PM
Available 7 nights/week for private parties/groups
Phone: 504.525.0200  
 19 Lionel Ferbos w/Palm Court Jazz Band
20 Lucien Barbarin w/Palm Court Jazz Band with Mark Braud

The tour of the current smash hit Broadway production of WEST SIDE STORY is visiting New Orleans for eight performances from Tuesday, March 19 - Sunday, March 20, 2010 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.   
Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents' Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life), who is originally from New Orleans.
The new Broadway cast album of WEST SIDE STORY wonthe 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album on January 31, 2010. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway's finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "America," "I Feel Pretty" and "Somewhere."
The new Broadway production began previews at the Palace Theatre on Broadway Monday, February 23, 2009, opened to critical acclaim breaking box office records at the Palace Theatre on Thursday, March 19, 2009, and recouped its $14 million investment after running only 30 weeks. The Broadway production played its final performance January 2, 2011. The musical played 27 previews and 748 regular performances, making it the longest-running production of the groundbreaking musical in Broadway history. The original production, which had held the record, played 732 performances on Broadway.
WEST SIDE STORY features scenic designs by James Youmans (Gypsy), costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard (The Farnsworth Invention, The Who's Tommy), lighting by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Gypsy, Jersey Boys), sound design by Tony Award nominee Dan Moses Schreier (Gypsy, A Catered Affair) and hair by Mark Adam Rampmeyer (The Farnsworth Invention).
 Schedule and Tickets:
The performance schedule is  Friday at 8:00PM, Saturday at 2:00PM and 8:00PM and Sunday at 2:00PM and 7:30PM.
Tickets  on sale starting at $25. For more information on tickets, visit or the Mahalia Jackson Box Office.  Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster locations, or via phone at 800-982-2787 (ARTS). Group discounts for 20 or more are available by calling 504-287-0372.
This March Muriel's Jackson Square and Chef Gus Martin
Present a 10th Anniversary Celebration

First Course
Oysters Muriel
Corn-fried Louisiana oysters with an Herbsaint cream sauce
Muriel's 2009 Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Second Course
Duck Pastrami Salad
With baby greens, pickled red onion, ginger bread Dijon vinaigrette and a gruyere tuile
Muriel's 2007 Merlot, Chalk Hill District

Third Course
Blackened Yellowfin Tuna
With "salade nicoise" of haricots verts, red onion, boiled egg, fingerling potatoes, and finished with a calamata olive vinaigrette


Wood Grilled Prime Ribeye
with parmesan steak fries and topped with New Orleans BBQ shrimp
Muriel's 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Strawberry Napoleon
Flaky puff pastry layered with Louisiana strawberries
and pastry cream covered with chocolate ganache
Domaine Carneros Brut Rose, Carneros

Four Course Menu
$45 Per Person plus tax and gratuity
$75 per person with paired wines

10th Anniversary dinner menu available
throughout March, 2011

All Items available a la carte
Full á la carte & Table d'Hote also available
Muriel's Jackson Square
Opened March 14, 2001

For more information or reservations please call
504-568-1885 or visit
No Cover
(504) 553-2299

Saturday, March 19
8pm - Bill Summers
12 Midnight -  Brass Band Jam featuring Brass-a-Holics Brass Band

Sunday, March 20
7pm - Tyler's Revisited featuring Germaine Bazzle and Paul Longstreth

Monday, March 21
8pm - Bob French and The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band

Tuesday, March 22
8pm - Ed "Sweetbread" Petersen presents the music of Harold Battiste
New exhibition, book commemorate Tennessee Williams centennial
 The Historic New Orleans Collection
  with the Al Hirschfeld Foundation
 "Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams," an exhibition and catalogue
 March 19- April 2, 2011
 Gallery Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday
 Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, in the French Quarter
 This exhibition is free and open to the public; details are available at
    *** Please remember to ring the bell to enter the Williams Research Center.
Sunday 3-20-11
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade (Metairie) - 12 Noon
The 2011 Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade will roll on March 20th, at 12:00 noon, on the traditional Vets Hwy route in Metairie.
Sunday, March 20, 2 p.m.
The Fugitive Kind
Sidney Lumet's stirring drama The Fugitive Kind (based on Tennessee Williams's play Orpheus Descending) features Marlon Brando as a drifter who wanders into a small town in Mississippi and falls into a tragic love affair. Following the screening, Mark Cave, curator of manuscripts/oral historian at The Collection and co-curator of Drawn to Life, will discuss the film and the display. (1960; 120 minutes; not rated)
The exhibition will be open 12:30-4:30 p..m.
Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 p.m.
Journalist and anchor Eric Paulsen's 1981 interview with Tennessee Williams
Noted news anchor Eric Paulsen conducted the final in-depth broadcast interview with Tennessee Williams in 1981, roughly two years before the playwright's death. After the screening, Paulsen will discuss the interview and take questions from the audience.. (1981; 47 minutes; not rated)
The exhibition will be open 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
410 Chartres Street • New Orleans, LA 70130
Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre
Jay, Andree, Bailey, Kelly Batt and Bryan Batt
proudly present
by A.R. Gurney
Two of the brightest stars in Hollywood and on Broadway star in a
special benefit for Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré for
Friday, March 18 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, March 20 at 3:00 pm
Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre Main Stage
616 St. Peter Street on Jackson Square
Regular Tickets: $100
A limited number of PREMIERE TICKETS are available for $300 or two (2) for $500.
*Premiere Tickets include priority seating and a private meet-and-greet reception with the cast following the show.  
This production of LOVE LETTERS  is dedicated in loving memory of  Mrs.Gayle Batt
Sunday, March 20, Noon-4 p.m. - Family Fun Day
Bring the kids for an afternoon of fun with a petting zoo, two inflatable bounce houses, face painting, a rock-climbing wall and more. Special food offerings include $1 hot dogs, $1 jambalaya and $1 sodas, plus cotton candy and funnel cakes by Messina's Catering and frozen yogurt by Pinkberry. Fair Grounds mascot Gentilly Billy hosts his first birthday party with free cupcakes (first 200 guests) and a candy-filled piñata, along with appearances by other mascot friends, from 1-3 p.m. in the trackside tent. $5 admission (children three and under admitted free).
Sunday, March 20 • 10:00am - 4:00pm
Castine Center
63350 Pelican Boulevard
Mandeville, LA
The St. Tammany Humane Society is Louisiana's largest not for profit, no-kill animal welfare organization and shelter. Since 1953, the St. Tammany Humane Society has been serving the unwanted, neglected, abandoned, and abused animals of the gulf coast region. The STHS is an independent, non-governmental shelter that offers veterinary care, fostering, and adoption services.
Trinity Episcopal Church
1329 Jackson Avenue
New Orleans, LA  70130
Office: (504) 670-2520
17th Annual Nickel a Dance
New Orleans Classic Jazz Soiree
Free and Family Friendly since 1994
4-7 p.m.
(508 Frenchmen St.)
March 20: Orange Kellin's New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra
March 27: Lionel Ferbos & The Palm Court Jazz Band
April 3: Benny Grunch and the Bunch
For more information, call 504-947-6155
SUNDAY brunch at Buffas .. no cover .. great food and music .. please  
join us 11am til 2pm every Sunday
Buffa's Lounge
1001 Esplanade
(Corner of Esplanade Avenue and Burgundy St)
New Orleans ~ just in the Faubourg Marigny
at the "Border of the Quarter"
Sunday, March 20
Old Ironworks * 12 Noon to 5 pm
612 Piety St., just off Chartres
Art * Crafts * Vintage * Flea
Great Food * Live Music
Music: TBA 12 noon; The Tin Men @ 2:30 p.m.
Info: [email protected]

Piety Street Market celebrates the first day of spring on Sunday,  
March 20, when 40+ vendors will offer creative arts, handmade crafts,  
homemade goodies, vintage collectibles and flea market finds.

Located at 612 Piety St., just off the corner of Chartres St., Piety  
Street Market is held at the Old Ironworks, which offers a spectacular  
indoor/outdoor setting for a bustling neighborhood market.

We are working with Scott Hutcheson in the Mayor's office to have all  
our permitting in place for this event. Come help us celebrate the  
rebirth of spring and the rebirth of community markets!

Cree McCree
Vendor Organizer
Piety Street Market
Monday 3-21-11

Tuesday 3-22-11
"Bottles & Brushes with Degas" Kicks Off!
On Tuesday, March 15th, we will host our first ever "Bottles and Brushes with Degas": a painting and pouring experience. Set within the same house where Degas painted some of the world's most revered masterpieces, this truly one of a kind experience is an exclusive opportunity for artists and non-artists alike to come be inspired where Degas was inspired!
Join us for a night of socializing, sipping, and artistic creation. Every Tuesday, we'll provide the necessary art supplies, including the paints and canvas. Even the first glass of wine is on us. All we ask you to bring is a little creativity and positive outlook.
Have trouble drawing a straight line? No worries. With local artist, Deana Lejarza, providing her expertise, energy and encouragement, even the most suppressed artists will discover their inner virtuoso at this relaxing and fun event!
Every week, painting and instruction begins at 6:30PM. Though, don't forget to arrive early, since a social hour will precede each event, beginning at 5:30 PM.
To learn about "Bottles and Brushes with Degas",
Chef Farrell and Area Managing Director/Maison Dupuy Hotel, Morty Valldejuli are pleased to announce the return of French Quarter Wine Festival. The Festival, now in its fifth year, will showcase 14 celebrated wineries from California, Oregon, Washington State, Italy, France and Argentina. The Festival will kick off on March 18 and will feature live entertainment from Rebirth Brass Band and Los Po-Boy-Citos starting at7:00PM. In the event of rain, the French Quarter Wine Festival Block Party will be tented so the party will go on rain or shine!
Started after Hurricane Katrina and modeled after the prestigious Boston Wine Festival, French Quarter Wine Festival brings some of the world's best winemakers to the Maison Dupuy Hotel, located in the heart of New Orleans. The Festival will feature an opening and closing reception and 14 dinners and receptions hosted by the winemakers and proprietors. Chef Michael Farrell, Executive Chef of Maison Dupuy's BISTREAUX and Le Meritage Restaurants, will create delectable dinners to accompany each tasting.
French Quarter Wine Festival events are listed below:
•  March 22: Opus One Winery Reception and Dinner ($145)
•  March 23: Cakebread Cellars Reception and Dinner ($105)
•  March 29: Diamond Creek Vineyards Reception and Dinner ($135)
•  March 30: Luigi Bosca Winery Reception and Dinner ($95)
•  April 5: Silver Oak Cellars Reception and Dinner ($135)
•  April 6: WillaKenzie Estate Winery Reception and Dinner ($95)
•  April 12: DeLille Cellars Reception and Dinner ($95)
•  April 13: B. R. Cohn Winery Reception and Dinner ($95)
•  April 19: Hess Collection Reception and Dinner ($95)
•  April 20: Ehlers Estate Reception and Dinner ($95)
•  April 26: Poggio al Tesoro and San Polo Wineries Reception and Dinner ($105)
•  April 27: Château Palmer Reception and Dinner ($145)
•  May 3: Duckhorn Wine Company Reception and Dinner ($115)
•  May 4: Martinelli Winery Reception and Dinner ($95)
•  May 13: Closing Reception ($65)
•         Le Meritage
o    French Quarter 1001 Toulouse St.
o    648-6119
John Rankin  
Tuesday from  
8 to 11 (no cover)
The Columns Hotel
3811 St. Charles Ave.
Tuesday 3/22- Modern Guitar Masters Jimmy Robinson, Phil DeGruy, and John
Rankin !

Tuesday 3/29- Multi-sentimentalist Ray Moore joins me yet again for some
blues, New Orleans, choros, and originals, not necessarily in that order.
COLLINGWOOD SIN Appreciation Night

Tuesday, March 22 9-11 p.m.
The Maple Leaf, 8613 Oak Street
Spirits Provided by COLLINGWOOD, Catering by Jaquimo's, and Music by The Rebirth Brass Band


Sunday 3-27-11
Upcoming Events
Day: Production, Marketing and Styling Workshops
LePhare, 523 Gravier St.
Evening: NOLA Tidbits presents Digital Media and Local FashionDetails coming soon...

Martine Chaisson Gallery, 727 Camp St.
Day: 4 Runway Shows | 2 Accessory Presentations
Ogden Museum, 925 Camp St.
Evening: Amelie G Magazine presents
Tri-Coastal FashionEnjoy cocktails and small plates in the South Market District's newest hot spot hosted by Madeline Von Froomer & Chrissie Miller of the East Coast, Leah Bauer of the West Coast, and Elsa Brodmann of the Gulf Coast.

Ste. Marie, 930 Poydras St.
8pm-1am / Benefiting Coastal Restoration through JT AWEAR
Day: 6 Runway Shows
Ogden Museum, 925 Camp St.
Evening: Scene Magazine presents NOLAFW Wrap Party

Kickoff Party
Oysters, Cocktails 'n' Cracklin's
Friday, March 25 - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
$50 - Buy Tickets Now!
Southern Food and Beverage Museum
Julia Street Entrance of the RiverWalk
The New Orleans Roadfood Festival kicks off with a Friday night party where festival chefs and foodies from around the country have a chance to talk about food, enjoy oysters on the half shell, hot cracklin's and hors d'oeuvres, and partake of an open bar featuring local cocktails. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2nd annual Blue Plate Award to Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller's Taylor, Texas, barbecue. The party's setting is the one-of-a-kind Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Admission to the museum is included in the price of a ticket, which is $50, including food and drinks. The party takes place from 5:30 to 7pm, giving attendees time to have dinner in a New Orleans restaurant of their choice afterwards.

Tickets are limited, so please reserve your place now!
Worlds Longest Oyster Po'Boy
Sample the worlds longest oyster po'boy
Saturday, March 26 - 11 AM to 12:15 PM
300 Block on Bourbon Street
Here is a recipe for Roadfood ecstasy: Take about a thousand piping-hot oysters, expertly fried by the legendary Acme Oyster House and great French bread three city blocks long; add two dozen of New Orleans' best chefs and let them loose to each take a car-length section of the bread, plenty of those oysters, and whatever else they deem delicious and create 20 feet of the best po boy they can conceive. Variations range from classic to outlandish; and while judges give awards to the ones they prefer, the best thing about this event is that as soon as the world's longest po boy is constructed, it is cut into pieces that are offered free of charge to all attending.
Street Festival
Sample over 50 legendary eats from around the country
Saturday, March 26 - 11 AM to 7 PM
Sunday, March 27 - 11 AM to 6 PM
300-600 Royal Street
Six blocks of Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter will be lined with dozens of top Roadfood cooks from New Orleans and all of Louisiana as well as from all across America, each offering a unique specialty. This is NOT typical and expected festival fare: it is a taste of America's most celebrated dishes, all gathered in one place: a foodie's dream. Portions are right-sized and priced to provide everyone a chance to taste the maximum number of great regional eats as they stroll through the French Quarter inhaling delicious smells that range from real Texas pit barbecue to Pecan Pie to artisan boudin sausage made by Cajun country's most beloved butchers.. There is no admission fee; just bring plenty of appetite!
Beignet Eating Contest
Who will be crowned the World's Beignet Eating Champion?
Sunday, March 27 - 1 PM to 1:30 PM
300 Royal Street
The ultimate French Quarter eating competition! The New Orleans Police Department will field a team of its top eaters against the awesome appetites of the New Orleans Fire Department to determine which of them can eat the most beignets in the least amount of time. Whereas normal eaters consume the city's beloved silky fritters in lots of two or three along with cafe au lait, in this fast-paced contest, the men in uniform devour them by the dozen, and the powdered sugar flies! The winning team takes home the World Champion Beignet Eating Belt. And this year, for the first time, the contest will feature an open competition for all who have the appetite and courage to compete in the Beignet Big League.
A CenTENNial Celebration and a Silver Anniversary:
Celebrate Tennessee Williams' 100th Birthday
at the 25th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival,
March 23-27, 2011
2011 is a banner year for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, which celebrates its 25th anniversary, March 23-27, overlapping with its eponymous playwright's 100th birthday on March 26.  The five-day fête honors the legendary Tennessee Williams, his works, and literary life in the adopted city he called his "spiritual home" and features two days of master classes; a roster of lively discussions among distinguished panelists; celebrity interviews; theater, food and music events; a scholars' conference; comedy improv and a poetry slam; an erotica reading; short fiction, poetry and one-act play competitions; a breakfast book club; French Quarter literary walking tours; a book fair; special evening events and parties; and even a shouting contest.
"We hope you'll join this year's amazing group of best-sellers, emerging talents, acclaimed actors of stage and screen, world-class musicians and culinary experts as we honor our Festival's namesake and celebrate his 100th birthday in the manner he deserves," said Executive Director Paul Willis.
The lofty list of participants includes Carroll Baker, Academy Award nominee for her provocative performance in Williams' controversial 1956 black comedy Baby Doll; Shirley Knight, Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress in Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth and star of his one-act play A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur at the Hudson Guild Theatre in 1979; and Zoe Caldwell, who won one of her four Tony Awards for her role in Williams' Slapstick Tragedy in 1966. New Orleans native Grace Zabriskie, who just released her first collection of poetry, yet is best known for her roles in many popular films and television series (Twin Peaks; HBO's Big Love), rounds out the grand group of leading ladies.
Literary luminaries include Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler (A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain), who will judge the Festival's 2011 short fiction contest; critically acclaimed author Winston Groom (Forrest Gump; Vicksburg, 1963); Armistead Maupin whose new Tales of the City novel, Mary Ann in the Autumn, debuted in November; Jason Berry, author, reporter and film director (Vows of Silence); Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque; film critic and raconteur Rex Reed; syndicated advice columnist and author Amy Dickinson; best-selling mystery writers John Connolly, Laura Lippman and Nevada Barr; National Book Award finalists Dorothy Allison and Susan Straight; Bryan Batt, widely known as Salvatore Romano in AMC's Mad Men, whose "momoir" She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother details his childhood growing up in New Orleans; and -- almost a category all by himself -- inimitable filmmaker, writer and artist John Waters, who delighted audiences at the 2007 Festival.
Theater highlights include "Bright, Beautiful Things: A World Premiere of Tennessee Williams One-Acts."  Hosted by Zoe Caldwell, this special evening presentation, produced by Southern Repertory Theatre, kicks off the Festival and includes The Pretty Trap (a comedy that later developed into The Glass Menagerie), The Magic Tower and Every Twenty Minutes.  The following night, "Remembering Tennessee," the Festival's Gala celebration, features readings and reminiscences by Baker, Caldwell and Knight.  Rex Reed will lead the discussion.
The University of New Orleans [UNO] theater department will stage The Glass Menagerie with veteran New Orleans actress Janet Shea as Amanda Wingfield.  Additionally, Theatre West of Pensacola, Fla., presents 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, Williams' one-act Mississippi Delta comedy of lust, arson and survival during the Great Depression, parts of which he later adapted to his screenplay for Baby Doll.
New York playwright/actor Jeremy Lawrence, who has mesmerized audiences with his three previous portraits of the famed playwright, returns to the Festival with a new rendering entitled Tom and Rose: My Sister Was Quicker at Everything Than I. Rose, who had been institutionalized for schizophrenia at an early age, "emerges not as the victim but as the life force who was at the very center of so much of Tennessee's work," said Lawrence.
In celebration of Williams' birthday, "Happy Birthday, Mr. Williams: Tennessee's New Orleans Homecoming" features readings, remembrances, and other surprises that focus on his connection to the Crescent City.  The star-studded roster of participants includes poets Darrell Bourque and Mona Lisa Saloy; authors Dorothy Allison and Armistead Maupin, filmmaker John Waters; actors Carrpll Baker, Shirley Knight, Jeremy Lawrence, Christian LeBlanc and Grace Zabriskie, among others.  A special champagne toast and birthday cake cap off the evening.
Hungry for more? New Orleans' All Kinds of Theatre debuts the fifth installment of the wildly popular monologue series, Native Tongues, created and directed by Carl Walker.  "Food, glorious New Orleans food" fuels this one and features the original works of a smorgasbord of saucy writers - novelists, non-fiction authors, journalists and playwrights - with ties to New Orleans.
Literary programs include eight Master Classes for writers and readers conducted by leading authors, agents and editors.  The Festival's staged conversation series features interviews with Berry, Groom and Maupin.
Panel discussions cover a wide variety of topics, ranging from Southern humor to writing about New Orleans music; from the state of the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the BP oil spill to the beloved New Orleans Saints; from the anatomy of the celebrity memoir to media bias and the difference between a journalist and a commentator.
In two sessions, specific books take center stage.  The late Walker Percy's iconic novel The Moviegoer, which marks its 50th anniversary, is the theme of a panel discussion by noted authors Sheila Bosworth, Valerie Martin and Chris Wiltz, who will also share memories of the writer.  And Tennessee Williams' Memoirs is the focus of the Breakfast Book Club, whose participants are invited to read the book before the event in anticipation of a group discussion of the work over a light breakfast of coffee and pastries.
Other highlights include a lecture and film presentation by John DiLeo based on his new book, Tennessee Williams and Company: His Essential Screen Actors.  In another session, the costumes designed by New Orleans native Lucinda Ballard for Williams' most iconic plays will be discussed by scholar and costume designer Peggy Rosefeldt.
Taste Matters - Literary buffs and food lovers will get to double dip at a special event - part intimate tasting, part symposium - held at The Bistro at the Maison de Ville with the authors and contributors of Dinner With Tennessee Williams, the newly-published memoir/cookbook by Troy Gilbert, Chef Greg Picolo, Dr. Kenneth Holditch and Poppy Tooker.
Wine, wit and hors d'oeuvres will be served at culinary expert John Mariani's session on the latest national restaurant trends.  He will also discuss his new book, How Italian Food Conquered the World, which debuts at the Festival.  And "Quintessential Brunch" is the title of acclaimed chef John Besh's cooking demonstration and discussion the following day.
The Sazerac, named the Official Cocktail of the City of New Orleans, takes center stage at a special Sazerac Academy, presented by Tales of the Cocktail. While soaking up its storied history, attendees will learn how to make, pour and enjoy this lofty libation.
Music- On another note, the Festival's Sunday "Drummer and Smoke" music program at the Palm Court Jazz Café presents "By George!", consummate jazz singer Banu Gibson's fresh renditions of George Gershwin's timeless classics.  In addition, venerable composer, arranger, alto saxophonist Harold Battiste, Jr. will expound on Unfinished Blues: Memories of New Orleans Music Man, followed by musical illustrations by "the Next Generation" led by Jesse McBride. And celebrated jazz trumpeter, bandleader and New Orleans Cultural Ambassador Irvin Mayfield will read from and discuss his new book and CD titled A Love Letter to New Orleans, followed by a performance.
And much more - Festival-goers won't want to miss Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and The Theater of Tennessee Williams at The Historic New Orleans Collection's Williams Research Center.  The exhibit features rare items from The Collection's rich holdings related to "America's greatest playwright" combined with drawings of characters in Williams' theatrical productions by legendary artist Al Hirschfeld.
The public is invited to get into the act at the Festival's riotous closing ceremony - the Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest, in playful homage to the bellowing mates in Williams' masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire.
Most of the events take place in New Orleans' historic French Quarter.  Sites hosting events include Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré; The Historic New Orleans Collection; Royal Sonesta Hotel; Southern Repertory Theatre; Williams Research Center; Hotel Monteleone; Muriel's Jackson Square Restaurant; Palm Court Jazz Café; Windsor Court Hotel; The Bistro at the Maison de Ville; Chateau Bourbon Hotel; Besh Steak, Harrah's Casino; and One Eyed Jacks.
A Festival Panel Pass is $75 ($60 for students); a One-Day Pass is $30; theater/special events range from $5-$100; master classes are $25; the Scholars Conference is $20; walking tours are $25.  Group rates on request. Group rates are 20% off for groups of five or more and available on request by calling 504-581-1144.
For more information, call 504-581-1144 or 1-800-990-3378 (FEST). For ticket purchase, regular updates and information on how to become a "Friend of Tennessee," visit
 19th ANNUAL
To Benefit

(St Tammany Association for Retarded Citizens)
Saturday March 26th
Sunday March 27th, 2011
3 PM until 7 PM Each Day
The 19th annual Jazz on the Bayou fundraiser - benefiting STARC, Easter Seals Louisiana, The Kidney Foundation and the ARTS in St. Tammany Parish.  Jazz will be held Saturday, March 26th and Sunday, March 27th, 2011, from 3-7 PM at Chateau Kole on Bayou Liberty near Slidell.  Hosts for the event are Ronnie and Gardner Kole, Chairs, and co-chairs Jack and Brenda Stroupe.
Jazz on the Bayou includes dancing on the tent-enclosed veranda at the Kole's home on Beautiful Bayou Liberty. "Jazz" is very unique as it is not held in a hotel or convention center, but at the Kole's house on  Bayou Liberty, outside of Slidell...Tents galore, music, auction items, wines, etc, plus assigned seating at tables with white tablecloths...Each night after the event formally closes, many stay around for a "private" concert by Ronnie Kole on his 1940 Steinway Concert Grand Piano in his living room...Now you know a little bit about the personal side of Jazz on the Bayou, and Gardner and Ronnie Kole's love affair for what they've been doing for 19 years...
Since its creation by the Kole's in 1993, Jazz on the Bayou has raised over $1,000,000 to support Easter Seals and STARC programs in New Orleans and the Northshore. Ochsner Medical Center North Shore and Slidell Memorial Hospital are the lead sponsors of this year's Jazz...Our Corporate Sponsors are AT&T, Charter Communications, Site Rental and Supply, CLECO, St Joe Brick Works, Summerfield Retirement Community, The Silver Slipper Casino, Lakeshore Louisiana, Northshore's Slidell Guide and The Monroe Foundation.
Here is a list of the restaurants, chefs, bands and suppliers that have donated their time, food and products in past years, and have been asked to once again be with us for this year's event.
Chefs Paul Prudhomme, and Paul Miller of K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen, John Besh's La Provence and Restaurant Lüke, Commander's Palace, Chef Michael of Michael's, Andrea Apuzzo of Andrea's,  Frank and Tommy Wong of Trey Yuen, Assunta's, LA Pines, Café Lynn, Pinewood Country Club, the Original Italian Pie, Copeland's, Starbuck's, WOW's Café and Wingery, Abita Springs Café, Calypso Patio Bar and Grill, Southside Grill, Sal & Judy's, Chateau Blue, Nuvolari's, Cafe de Bon Temps and The Silver Slipper Casino...
All the pastries for Saturday will once again be donated by the Royal Sonesta Hotel, and on Sunday by A Family Affair Catering...Champagne and Red and White wines and will be provided by Republic National Distributing Company, and Budweiser Beer products by Champagne Beverage.
Music will be provided by the Storyville Stompers, Bobby Ohler and the Harbor Band, and The Ronnie Kole Trio.
Auction items are hotel stays at the Hilton Washington (DC) Hotel; Marriott's Grand Hotel and Resort, Point Clear, AL ; The Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, NY; the Hilton New York, and many New Orleans hotels are among the extensive auction items that also include Celebrity wine dinners, fashion accessories by local designers and one-of-a-kind jewelry. Also being auctioned are sports items and tickets, original art and lunches or dinners at more than 30 local restaurants and hotels...
Ticket prices are $100 per person, and $80.00 is tax deductible.  For reservations and additional information call Gardner or Ronnie Kole at 504-524-5716, or order online at:
Hogs for the Cause 3rd Annual Louisiana Pork Cook-Off and Fundraiser

March 26 at City Pork Gates Open at 11 AM
Kids under 12 get in FREE! $10 in Advance, $15 at the Gate
For Tickets and Cook-Off Sign Up visit

Hogs for Cause present the Ben Sarrat Jr. High on the Hog 3rd Annual Louisiana Pork Cook-Off and Fundraiser featuring music by Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys, Anders Osborne with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, The Radiators, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Honey Island Swamp Band, Mississippi Rail Company, and More
March 30th to June 15th, 2011
YLC Wednesday at the Square is a free, 12-week concert series with food and drink for sale to benefit the Young Leadership Council. Local artisans also sell their work in the Artist Village near the Camp Street entrance.
YLC Wednesday at the Square is located at Lafayette Square on St. Charles Avenue in the CBD across from Gallier Hall, every Wednesday from March 30 to June 15, 2011 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm, rain or shine.
Parking is available at metered spots around the downtown area. Please pay the meter or you will be ticketed! There's also a number of downtown office buildings that have open parking garages for a fee.
Cost & Tickets:
Supported by our sponsors and food and drink sales, we are able to offer the concert series free to attendees. Did you know that food and drink tickets may be purchased in advance? Click here for online ticket sales, and avoid the lines!
Food and Drink:
Please remember this is a fundraiser, and do not bring outside food or drinks. Concession sales keep it free! All food and beverage is available for tickets. Tickets can be purchased at each concert, or you can order them online!
Attention: Pet Owners:
For the protection of our YLC Wednesday at the Square patrons, all pets must be kept on a leash with a maximum length of 6 feet at all times. Animals exhibiting aggressive behavior are not permitted. Owners are asked to immediately remove an animal that exhibits aggressive behavior. By entering the concert area, owners agree to be solely liable for the actions of their pets. If we find your pet to be a risk to other patrons, you will be asked to leave.
Musician Schedule:
MAR 30 - The Radiators
APR 6 - Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue + Soul Rebels Brass Band
APR 13 - Kermit Ruffins + Coot
APR 2 - 0Anders Osborne + Honey Island Swamp Band
APR 27 - Irvin Mayfield & the Jazz Playhouse Revue
MAY 4 - Marcia Ball + Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue
MAY 11 - George Porter, Jr. + The Lee Boys
MAY 18 - The Iguanas + Los Po-Boy-Citos
MAY 25 - Tab Benoit + Navy Band New Orleans Full Steam Brass Band
JUN 1 - Eric Lindell + The Revivalists
JUN 8 - Galactic + Marc Stone
JUN 15 - Cyril Neville and Monk Boudreaux + Gravy
At YLC Wednesday at the Square, you'll find yummy food selections from the following restaurants and caterers:
• Gordon Biersch
• Broussard's
• Café Adelaide
• Theo's Neighborhood Pizza
• The Joint
• Crepes a la Cart
• Crescent Pie & Sausage Company
• Atchafalaya
• The Rum House
• Between the Bread
• Plum Street Snoballs
• Ye Olde Kettle Cooker
• Cook Me Something Mister
Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans
April 17 event, which includes a 1.2-mile swim in Lake Pontchartrain, a 56-mile bicycle ride and a 13.1-mile run that ends in front of Jackson Square.
The Twenty-Third Annual
Art in Bloom
"The Grande Dame is Turning 100"
March 30 - April 3, 2011
Kim Abramson
Dathel Georges
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
at the New Orleans Museum of Art
Art in Bloom is a five-day event that showcases more than 100 exhibitors that create inspirational floral designs, sculptures and sceneries in over a dozen categories.
For the seventh year, the sounds of jazz and the aroma of New Orleans cuisine will waft across the Mighty Mississippi on April 2-3, when River Festivals Foundation presents the seventh annual Old Algiers RiverFest(TM)..
Old Algiers, situated a short ferry ride from downtown New Orleans, was home to many early jazz legends. RiverFest(TM) is the only New Orleans festival that celebrates traditional jazz, its connection to the river and its influence on the world. It is free and open to the public.
The 2011 event, in its new location at the site of Mardi Gras World-West Bank at 233 Newton Street, will feature an array of traditional jazz artists and other performers of indigenous music, including gospel choirs and brass bands. The schedule is as follows:
12 noon                
  Mohawk Mardi Gras Hunters  
p.m.             Shades of Praise Gospel Choir
1:45 p.m.               Tommy Sancton's New Orleans Legacy
3:00 p.m.               Algiers Brass Band
4:00 p.m.               Panorama Jazz Band
5:15 p.m.               Irvin Mayfield Quartet
12 noon     Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Ensemble
12:45 p.m.             Tuba Skinny
2:00 p.m.               Leah Chase
3:00 p.m.               Rebirth Brass Band
4:15 p.m.               Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs
5:30 p.m.               Dr. Michael White's Liberty Jazz Band  
Local restaurants and food purveyors will offer iconic dishes such as red beans, gumbo and bread pudding, but also ethnic fare and festival favorites. This year, there is a focus on Gulf seafood to help counteract the lingering effects of the BP oil spill on sales of fish, oysters and shellfish.  
More than 35 regional artists will offer a stunning array of items from fine jewelry to pottery to textiles. Many of the artists return each year, while new and interesting art is also introduced.
Shuttles will run from the ferry terminal in Algiers for approximately one-third mile to the festival site, which is also accessible from the Jazz Walk of Fame along the levee. A telephone call to 504-613-4062 will allow walkers to listen to jazz history at each of the markers along the way.  Several nearby parking lots will be open, and a bicycle area will be on site for those who wish to pedal to the festival.
Poster and Preview Party
The official poster is being created by Manuel Ponce, an illustrator and artist who has produced numerous Mardi Gras posters and other works of art. The poster will be introduced at the annual Preview Party on March 25, which will feature live music, food from festival vendors and a silent auction featuring items from art vendors, as well as hotel stays, sports outings and dining opportunities. Tickets are available for $50 per person by emailing
[email protected]
or calling 504-529-4341. Funds raised at the Preview Party defray costs of producing the free festival.
Jazz at Church
on April 3, several area churches will feature jazz music or honor musicians in their congregations during services, and RiverFest fans will be provided to participating church. A complete list will be on the Web site at
Classroom Program
Lesson plans suitable for grades 1-12 are available to all public, private, parochial and home schools. The lessons feature age-appropriate stories, activities and enrichment opportunities, and may include a visit from a musician upon request. The musician visits are underwritten by the New Orleans Musician's Clinic.
The lessons may be downloaded from the Web site at
To schedule a musician, please email
[email protected] or call 504-529-4341.
For regular updates, visit the Web site at,
or Facebook at Old Algiers RiverFest.

Love New Orleans, She Will Love You Back
Frank Stansbury
LaFete News

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