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Politics With A Punch AnniversaryTags: New Orleans Events, New Orleans, Tennessee Williams Festival, RoadFoodFest, French Quarter, Louisiana oysters, Louisiana seafood
Wednesday 3-23-11

Louisiana's Politics With A Punch Makes 9th Anniversary In New Orleans 
Please join us for this special luncheon, featuring Dan Juneau, President; and John LeBlanc, Director of Taxation and Finance with Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. This luncheon is co-hosted by the East St. Tammany Chamber and the Hammond Chamber and sponsored by Adams and Reese
Wednesday, March 23
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Benedict's Plantation, 1144 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville
$30 for members / $35 for non-members
Please register here or call 892-3216 ext 4.
Wednesday, March 23 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Oak Bar
8118 Oak Street
New Orleans, LA
Spotlight On Success
The 2011 March of Dimes "Spotlight on Success" kicks off its Springtime Series of Socials with another great gathering of friends and supporters! Oak Bar's eclectic wine list, signature cocktails, and complimentary light hors d'oeuvres will surely start us off on the right foot, and live funk music from Billy Iuso starting at 7pm will keep us moving all night! Come and meet our outstanding group of Honorees, pour and swirl your worries away, and help celebrate this fantastic cause.

This is stop #1 on our way to the main event - The March Of Dimes "Spotlight on Success" Gala, Friday June 17th at Generations Hall. To find out more, please visit, or talk with one of our many outstanding current and past Honorees!!!

We can't wait to see you there!
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
 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  
23 Lars Edegran & Topsy Chapman w/Palm Court Jazz Band
24 Tim Laughlin w/Crescent City Joymakers
25 Duke Heitger w/Palm Court Jazz Band
26 Lionel Ferbos w/Palm Court Jazz Band
27 Duke Heitger w/Sunday Night Swingsters


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 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
 Headwaters/Delta Interfaith Center, Wild Lotus Yoga-Downtown,

and Island of Salvation Botanica Wednesday March 23, 2011 5:30-7:30pm
New Orleans Healing Center 2372 St Claude Avenue at St Roch
*Art Exhibit by Veronica Leandrez* *Refreshments* *Live Music* *Free  
Yoga Mini-Classes* *Tours*

Come see what's happening on the corner of St. Claude and St. Roch: A  
Spiritual Center like no other. For this sneak preview open house,  
three unique tenants come together and welcome you to explore  
self-expression, healing and peace.
Volunteers Needed
Adding more beverage booths
for this Saturday & Sunday
Great Tips
Contact:Frank Stansbury
[email protected]
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
 Wednesday, March 23
5pm-8pm Sasha Masakowski
8pm - Irvin Mayfield's NOJO Jam featuring the Music of Chick Corea

Thursday, March 24
5pm- 8pm Roman Skakun
8pm Shamarr Allen

Friday, March 25
5pm - The Professor Piano Series featuring Joe Krown
8pm - Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown
12 Midnight - Burlesque Ballroom featuring Trixie Minx and Linnzi Zaorski

Saturday, March 26
8pm - Khris Royal
12 Midnight -  Brass Band Jam featuring Brass-a-Holics Brass Band

Sunday, March 27
7pm Tyler's Revisited featuring Germaine Bazzle and Paul Longstreth

Monday, March 28
8pm - Bob French and The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band

Tuesday, March 29
8pm - Steve Masakowski presents the music of James Black

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 22- 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.  

Thursday 3-24-11
FREE Live Music Nightly!
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:

24th @ 8p.m. Kristina Morales
25th @ 10 p.m. Tom FitzPatrick CD Release Party
26th @ 9p.m. Bob French Original Tuxedo Jazz Band
Friday 3-25-11

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!

" with special guests from Bonerama and Walter Wolfman & The Roadmasters

4:00-7:00 p.m. FRIDAY MARCH 25TH Bud Light Stage at Gov Nicholls





(New Orleans, Louisiana-March 19, 2011)-The French Market revives its  
monthly outdoor concert series "Fridays at the French Market" just in  
time for festival season.  The concerts are a colorful invitation to  
locals to rediscover the historic Market while taking in the sights,  
sounds, and smells of the new Farmers Market eateries  
<> , as well as new and  
familiar Flea Market vendors  
<>  showcasing clothing,  
handmade jewelry, artwork, photography, candles, and international and  
local crafts.  Both Farmers and Flea Markets will be open during the  
4:00-7:00 p..m. concert, held at the crossroads of Governor Nicholls  
and French Market Place.  Shop for fresh produce at the Farmers  
Market, grab a bite at any one of the new 8 eateries with counter-top  
dining, and gear up for festival-time by shopping for hats,  
sunglasses, boots, and more at the Flea Market.

The series starts with the award-winning Honey Island Swamp Band  
(Voted Best Roots Rock Artist 2010 by Offbeat Magazine) with special  
guests members of Bonerama and Walter Wolfman & the Roadmasters.  
Concert-goers are encouraged to bring their own chairs and enjoy the  
concert "festival-style".  Convenient parking is located nearby at  
French Market parking lots along the River, on Esplanade, and Elysian  
Fields.  Visit <>  for  
info on the new "Click and Park" program and reserve your parking spot  
before you go! Sign up for "Fresh News" e-newsletter and find "French  
Market New Orleans" on Facebook to stay in touch and see why "It's  
Always Festival Season" at the French Market!  

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:

Saturday 3-26-11
The 5th Annual Oyster Jubilee is the biggest oyster party in New Orleans
§        Chefs compete for title of Best Oyster Po-Boy in New Orleans
§        Longest Oyster Po-Boy
New Orleans - The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and New Orleans Musical Legends, Inc. are hosting the 4th annual Louisiana Oyster Jubilee, Saturday, March 26, 2011 beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the 300 block of Bourbon Street. The Oyster Jubilee celebrates the local delicacy that is an integral part of the unique culinary culture of Louisiana.
The Jubilee will feature the Longest Oyster Po-Boy, built by over 30 of New Orleans' renowned restaurants. The colossal po-boy will be stuffed with 5,500 Louisiana harvested oysters and sprawl across 340 feet of Bourbon Street. After the ceremonial cutting at noon, the po-boy will be distributed to oyster lovers and is expected to be devoured within minutes. A brass band will lead everyone in a second line to the Roadfood Festival.
Louisiana Oyster Jubilee
Saturday, March 26th, 2011
8:00 AM* NOPD - Close 300 block of Bourbon Street
9:30 AM * DJ arrives
9:45 AMChefs arrive who are participating in the    competition
Acme starts frying oysters for the chef competition
10:00 AM* Chef Competition starts
10:30 AM Chefs arrive who are not participating
in the competition
10:45 AM Media block with Chefs
11:30 AM *  Acme start frying oysters in NOML Park*  Chefs dress and prepare their part of the
  Oyster Po-boy
11:45 AM *Storyville Stompers arrive
*Judges pick a winner for the Chef Competition
11:50 AM *  Ceremonial Speech
*  Ceremonial Prayer
12:00 PM* Judges Announce the winner of the Chef Competition
* Ceremonial Cut of the Oyster Po-boy
(Ewell, Lucien, Sal, Al Groos)
12:20 PM Second Line begins from Bourbon Street to the Louisiana Road Food Festival on Royal Street
Saturday 3-26-11
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!
 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
Taste at the Lake Wine and Food Event Debuts in Lakeview
Proceeds to Benefit Continued Restoration in Lakeview
New Orleans, LA (March 22, 2011) - The Lakeview Civic Improvement Association (LCIA), in partnership with WGNO ABC26, THIS TV and NOLA38, is hosting the first Taste at the Lake, a premier event featuring an assortment of fine restaurants and lively libations, on March 26 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm in front of Lakeview Grocery located at 801 Harrison Avenue. Presenting sponsors of the event include Iberia Bank and Banner Chevrolet.
Taste at the Lake will present an attractive array of dishes from more than 25 different restaurants from the Greater New Orleans area including Andrea's Restaurant, City Park Caterers, Cochon Butcher, Copeland's Restaurant, Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro, Deanie's Seafood, EcoCafe, Galatoire's, Jacques Imo, Koz's Lakeview, La Madeleine, Lakeview Harbor, Harrison Cove, LeForet, Madrid, Mike's On The Avenue, Mondo, Oceana Grill, Pigeon Caterers, Redemption, Reginelli's, Sara's, Saundus Sauce, 7 on Fulton, Steamboat NATCHEZ, The Fit Gourmet, The Steak Knife, Vincent's, Voodoo BBQ, WGNO's "In the Kitchen with Uncle Larry" and Zea Rotisserie & Grill (as of March 10).
Snowballs from NOLA Snow Snoballs, flavored vodka for the snowballs provided by Republic National Distributing Company, coffee from Starbucks, beer from The Bulldog in Mid City and Southern Eagle-Budweiser, wine provided by Neat Wines, Vino Wholesalers and Partners Wine Group, bottled water from Dixie Springs Water and lemonade from Who Dat Lemonade will help patrons clean their palates as they move from booth to booth sampling chargrilled oysters, shrimp and tasso pasta, alligator ravioli with sauce piquant, lemon grass crab bisque, red fish pate, crawfish boulette and much more.
To add to the culinary thrill, the Desoto Street Band will entertain guests with their blues and cover music while celebrity hosts announce the lucky winners of some exciting door prizes. LCIA will be selling a poster for the event for $20 designed by New Orleans artist, Bunny Matthews.
Tickets are on sale for $40 in advance and $50 at the event. They can be purchased online at,, or in-person at the Lakeview Branch of Gulf Coast Bank. Proceeds will benefit LCIA projects that help to restore and maintain Lakeview.
For more information on LCIA or Taste at the Lake, please visit, or call (504) 569-0964. Stay up-to-date on the latest news and events happening in Lakeview through Facebook at and Twitter @LakeviewCivic. For more information on Bunny Matthews, visit

Sunday 3-27-11
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.
17th Annual Nickel a Dance
New Orleans Classic Jazz Soiree
Free and Family Friendly since 1994
4-7 p.m.
(508 Frenchmen St.)
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"
Upcoming Events
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
John Rankin  
Tuesday from  
8 to 11 (no cover)
The Columns Hotel
3811 St. Charles Ave.
Tuesday 3/29- Multi-sentimentalist Ray Moore joins me yet again for some
blues, New Orleans, choros, and originals, not necessarily in that order.
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.

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.

Love New Orleans, She Will Love You Back
Frank Stansbury
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