Wednesday, 06 April 2011 16:16

New Orleans Events: YLC At the Square; French Quarter Festival, Lady Gaga

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Darlings, another wonderful fun-filled week has gone by in my beloved New Orleans! You are probably saying, but  darling, what else is new? You are right!

My week started on Wednesday at the opening of the exquisite 23rd Annual  Art in Bloom, when NOMA, the Grande Dame was celebrating its Centennial. The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Garden Study Club of New Orleans put a wonderful celebration in which a who’s who in business, banking, interior and landscape designs, and the retail world created fabulous floral presentations.  As always this is my favorite time to visit NOMA and admire the creative floral arrangements. The patron and the preview party were exquisite. Exotic, suave chanteuse Anais St John entertained the guests as we sipped endless Pierre Jouet Champagne and indulged in culinary delicacies by legendary New Orleans restaurants such as Galatoire's, The Grill Room of the Windsor Court, Cafe Degas, Zea's, Taj Mahal, Le Meritage and other culinary landmarks.


The next day it was time to attend the very entertaining Politics with a Punch with a fabulous list of panelists at the Eiffel Tower Society on St. Charles Avenue. On Friday, I attended the fabulous presentation of Verdi's Il Trovatore. It was the last production of the opera season and the cast and the setting was divine.

On Saturday, it was a big social marathon in which I had more invitations than I could attend, so I narrowed down to  the birthday party of my darling friend Robert Hanley and back to the river to the attend the lovely River Pilots Foundation Gala at the Port of New Orleans' fabulous location overlooking the river and the bridge. I loved the fun-filled evening in which we were entertained by costumed Bag of Donuts, fed with delicious cuisine, followed by live and silent auctions and endless libations and water displays by tugboats.

On Sunday, I was picked up in a limousine and joined by 10 fabulous females and 10 bottles of champagne to attend the Mad Hatter Soiree in Thibodaux, where I was  honored to have been invited to be a couture judge at the Bayou Junior Women's Club Mad Hatter event. I had the opportunity to mingle with celebrity guests Christian LeBlanc, the Mad Hatter and fellow soap opera actors Brandon Beemer and Nadia Bjorlin. It was a fabulous soiree thanks to the leadership of Dr. Laura Badeaux. I am sorry that I had to miss the wonderful soiree at the Ursuline Convent and the birthday party of my darling friend Dr. Ralph Lupin. Congratulations Ralph,  we are not getting older, we are  just getting better!

I ended my week on Monday by attending a wonderful, informative lecture by Eben Freeman at the Museum of American Cocktail. The Museum is already planning the World Cocktail Week, which will be celebrated this year May 6-13 with events all around the world. This year’s World Cocktail Day Celebration in New Orleans will feature fabulous food, cocktails, and music from New Orleans’ finest.. Proceeds will go to the Southern Food & Beverage Museum and the Museum of the American Cocktail. After the lecture at the Museum of the American Cocktail, I rushed to a soiree at the Broussard's which was introducing mixologists and bartenders into the world of Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur. It was just delicious. What a wonderfully decadent way to end a glorious week.

This week is not going to be different because, on Tuesday, I am planning to join the Hotel Monteleone, Pete Fountain, Allan Toussaint andLouis Prima’s two daughters, Lena and Joyce, at 11am as the hotel dedicates the booths in the newly renovated Carousel Bar to six musical legends who have enriched its musical history and delighted the bar's patrons with their melodic sounds over the years. Honorees include Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Pete Fountain, Etta James, Louis Prima andLiberace. The booth dedication is free and open to the public.

Immediately following the dedication ceremony at 12 p.m. is the second luncheon, “Hotel Monteleone Makes Music,” in the hotel’s 5-part Legacy Series, which will include special performances by Lena Prima and the Hotel’s own acclaimed pianist, John Autin. Hosted by local media personality, Jeff Crouere, the panel discussion will take an in-depth look at the various musical legends who have stayed at or performed in the Hotel Monteleone. The luncheon costs $35 to attend.

This week I am also planning to attend my favorite festival: the four days of French Quarter Festival, presented by Capital One. You will enjoy 250 hours of free entertainment featuring more than 150 musical performances on fifteen stages throughout the French Quarter over a three-day weekend. Nearly 60 food and beverage booths located in Jackson Square and Woldenberg Riverfront Park will make up the "World's Largest Jazz Brunch," a signature event, featuring authentic local cuisine from renowned area restaurants. Check out their website for more info at, or call 504-522-5730 or 800-673-5725.

Every year the festival has a fabulous kickoff party which will be on Wednesday, April 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the House of Blues, 225 Decatur Street. Tickets are now on sale. Call 504-522-5730.  Entertainment is by Little Freddie King and  Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. and The Zydeco Twisters. The same night, Project Lazurus is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a blck-tie optional Guardian Angel Award Dinner at the Pavilion of Two Sisters. The honorees with the Guardian Angel Awards are Julian Doerr Mutter and Fr. Bob Pawell, O.F. M. Congratulations.

I also want to share this information with you: In celebration of National Start! Walking Day, Entergy is inviting downtown New Orleans businesses for a walk that will begin in front of City Hall at noon on Wednesday, April 6. Tulane Medical Center will administer blood pressure screenings before the walk begins. Employees from Entergy and City Hall will lead the walk.

The American Heart Association is encouraging all Americans to walk for 30 minutes on National Start! Walking Day. Getting at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week, like very brisk walking, will improve circulation, lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and promote weight loss.

Darlings, I am looking forward to my popular Round Table Luncheon on Tuesday, April 12 when the Round Table will focus on highlighting some of New Orleans' most talented authors. Speaking at the luncheon will be Marie-Dominique Verdier who recently published "New Orleans Walls: Still Standing," Liz Scott Monaghan author of "Never Clean your House during Hurricane Season," and Jerry Edgar and Jacques Soulas who will be presenting their new Café Degas cookbook. Live entertainment will be provided by Bob Edes, 2010 Big Easy Award Winner who will be accompanied on piano by Jim Walpole. Executive Chef Peter Page is planning a three-course gourmet menu with wine pairings. The luncheon is $42 and includes parking validation. For reservations, contact Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220, [email protected].

Have a great week. 


Wednesday, April 6


Wed At Square 2011 cropped Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue + Soul Rebels Brass Band

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.5:00 to 7:30 pm, rain or shine.

YLC Wednesday at the Square is located at Lafayette Square on St. Charles Avenue in the CBD across from Gallier Hall, every


April 6 AND 9


Cork & Bottle, the boutique wine shop located in Mid-City’s American Can Company (3700 Orleans Avenue), announces its upcoming “Wine Sense” tastings. “Wine Sense” is an educational, seated tasting on a Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, whereby local wine experts present 6-8 wines and speak about that particular topic. The cost of each tasting is $25 per person (unless otherwise noted) and reservations by calling 586-0972 are required in advance. Seating is limited.  4/6/2011 - Le Isole (WINES OF SICILY)- Presenter: Antonio Molesini, Italian Wine Specialist
 4/9/2011 – EVOLUTION OF CHANDON: STILL, SPARKLING AND CHAMPAGNE- Presenter: Jason Burgdorf, Chandon specialist

Wednesday, April 6

Get In The kNOwLA

Experience an evening of cultural indulgences at the JW Marriott Lobby Lounge from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This Week's Local Artist:Sheila Phipps,Featuring her Series titled "Painting The Picture"Live Entertainment by: Riccardo Crespo
(Brazilian musician, singer and songwriter who plays acoustic guitar and harmonica)Spirit Tasting and complimentary Hors D’oeuvres


April 6

Project Lazarus's 25th Anniversary Celebration and Guardian Angel Awards Dinner

The celebration is honoring 2011 Guardian Angels Julian Doerr Mutter and Fr, Bob Pawell, O.F.M. at the Pavilion of Two Sister, City Park. 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception and 7:30 p.m. Dinner.


April 6

2011 French Quarter Festival Kickoff Party

TGIF Kickoff


April 7- April 10

French Quarter Festival, presented by Capital

Enjoy 250 hours of free entertainment featuring more than 150 musical performances on fifteen stages throughout the French Quarter over a three-day weekend. Nearly 60 food and beverage booths located in Jackson Square and Woldenberg Riverfront Park will make up the "World's Largest Jazz Brunch," a signature event, featuring authentic local cuisine from renowned area restaurants. , (504) 522-5730 or (800) 673-5725


April 7

Thursdays at Twilight Garden Concerts- present :Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk

Mint juleps, wine, beer, soft drinks, water, and food available for purchase, no outside food and drink or pets allowed. Admission is not included in Friends of City Park membership.Open 5 'til 8pm, Performance at 6pm. Botanical Garden- Pavilion of the Two Sisters.

April 7

Trinity Series Presents:  New Orleans Uptown Brass Quintet

All members from the LPO performing a program from Bach to Jazz at 7 p.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church,1329 Jackson Avenue

 Friday, April 8

Obituary Cocktail Society

Obers would gather as every Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at this new saloon: Hotel Le Marais Bar, 717 Conti Street.


 April 8


 12th annual Bill Russell Lecture


Friday, April 8 • 6:30 p.m.
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St.
Admission is $10.

Musician and writer Tom Sancton and the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, with director Lars Edegran, will present a musical program exploring the backgrounds and contributions of Armand J. Piron, Scott Joplin, and James Scott, three of the best-known ragtime composers. In addition to performing, Sancton will relate the story of the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, its more than 40-year crusade to revive and disseminate original ragtime pieces, and Bill Russell's early involvement in that effort.
Reservations are suggested as seating is limited. Reservations will be held until 10 minutes prior to the start of the program. At that time, any unclaimed seats will be released to the public. For more information or for reservations, call (504) 523-4662 or email [email protected].

April 8

Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Gala

Tulane University -Freeman School of Business is hosting its annual Entreprenuers gala hnoring Albert R Lepage of LePage Bakeries Inc. and Phylllis E. Cassidy of Good Work Network at The Audubon Tea Room  with cocktail at 6 p.m. and Dinner at 7 p.m. For more info : 504-865-5306 or [email protected]


April 8
Soul Revival
Legacy Donor Foundation’s 11th anniversary gala will feature specialty cocktails, local cuisine and live music as well as a high-end raffle.7 p.m. 600 Iona St., Metairie. 558-8900


Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9

Loyola Ballet recognizes National Dance Week

The Loyola Ballet celebrates National Dance Week with performances at 8 p.m.., in Roussel Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex, on Loyola University New Orleans’ main campus. The performance, directed by Laura Zambrano, includes classical, contemporary, and character works.Guest artists are Alfredo Solivan and Loyola alumna Colleen Murphy ‘08..

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for all students, seniors, children and Loyola faculty/staff, and are available online at or by calling 504-865-2074. Tickets will also be available at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance.

 April 8
Julia Jump
 Preservation Resource Center's annual fundraiser event features live music, a silent auction and food by leading local restaurants.. The patron party will offer a sneak preview of the silent auction and live music.  Patron party 6:30 p.m.; gala 8 p.m. 
Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel, 123 Baronne St. 581-7032


Saturday & Sunday: The Collection hosts French Quarter Fest

French Quarter Festival presents
the BMI Songwriter Stage
Saturday, April 9–Sunday, April 10 • 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
533 Royal St.

In collaboration with BMI, French Quarter Festival will again present the Songwriter Stage in The Historic New Orleans Collection's beautiful courtyard, 533 Royal St. On Saturday and Sunday of the festival, the BMI Songwriter Stage will feature 16 of the region's finest up-and-coming singer/songwriters.


April 9
Mahler Symphony No. 7

Presented by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, his Symphony features no soloists or chorus, but prominently features the brass section. Mahalia Jackson Theaterat 8:00 pm, 504-287-0351;


 April 9

New Orleans Arena Presents - Lady Gaga

Get ready for a full night of Lady Gaga energy as she takes on New Orleans with her Monster Ball Tour for a night you don't want to miss! New Orleans Arena. (800) 745-3000


  April 9
Cochon Cotillion XV
Bridge House presents its Fifteenth Annual fundraiser with actor John Goodman as King  and actress Patricia Clarkson serving as his Queen. The annual feast will be provided by legendary New Orleans restaurants with an open bar, indoor parade, music by ELS, food, open bar, dancing, car raffle and silent auction. Costume or tacky apparel requested. 7 p.m.: Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World, 233 Newton St. Wayne Olivio 522-2124 ext. 13


April 9
Louisiana Iris Day: Celebrating Caroline Dormon's Legacy at Longue Vue Garden

Walk the winding Iris Path at Longue Vue House and Gardens and view a spectacular display of native Louisiana Irises! Planted in 1950s by Caroline Dormon, an early conservationist, educator, and advocate for native plants, Longue Vue’s collection of Louisiana Irises is one of the most extensive in the country. 12 to 4 p.m. Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Contact Hilairie Schackai at 504.293.4726 or [email protected]





Until April 9

The Sound of Music
The world's most beloved musical comes to the JPAS stage! Join Maria and the Von Trapp family as they sing and dance into your hearts in this triumphant musical classic.

Sunday April 10

Trinity Series present:175 Voices with The University of Southern Mississippi Chorus

& Consortium of Church Choirs 

at 5:00 pm:     Accompanied by a Chamber Ensemble, including piano, oboe, cello, percussion    present The World Premiere  of “The Seven Last Words” by American composer Benjamin Harlan-Directed by  Dr.. Gregory Fuller and on Sunday at 9 p.m. 

Jazz Vespers with Roland Guerin, New Orleans Jazz bassist  - And The Sound of Vespers, a 7 piece band from Tokyo. Trinity Episcopal Church,1329 Jackson Avenue




April 12

Round Table Luncheon

An afternoon with Writers will be the theme of April  Luncheon at noon at the Bienville Suite of the Royal Sonesta Hotel.  Among the speakers will beMarie-Dominique Verdier who just published "New Orleans Wall: Still Standing." Liz Scott Monaghan author of "Never Clean your House during Hurricane Season," and Jerry Edgar and Jacques Soulas who will be presenting their new Café Degas cookbook. Live entertainment will be provided by Bob Edes, 2010 Big Easy Award Winner who will be accompanied on piano by Jim Walpole. Executive Chef Peter Page is planning a three-course gourmet menu with wine pairings. The luncheon is $42 and includes parking validation. For reservations, contact Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220, [email protected].

April 12
Tea on Tuesday: "My New Orleans" with Chef John Besh

Join internationally renowned chef and author John Besh as he discusses the inspiration for his latest cookbook, My New Orleans. Books will be available for purchase and signing. After the talk, enjoy a traditional tea with scones, pastries, homemade lemon curd, and finger sandwiches. Guests may also tour the gardens at their leisure before or after the tea. 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $25 for members; $30 for nonmembers.Reservations are required. Contact Lydia Vaughn at 504.293.4722


April 12

Toasting with Margarita at Le Booze

Join me and my friends for an evening of fun cocktails from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at le Booze of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. 300 Bourbon Street. I will be featuring Gin!

Until May 13

Fifth Annual French Quarter Wine Festival

Modeled after the prestigious Boston Wine Festival, the dinners, hosted by either the winemaker or proprietor showcases wines from California, Oregon, Washington State, Italy, France and Argentina. Maison Dupuy Hotel, 504-648-6113. Check on the website for locations of dinners.



April 13

Prix D' Elegance

The Men and Women of Fashion will host the 39th annual Prix D'Elegance Luncheon at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. Each year, the members of the Men and Women of Fashion organizations choose a former recipient to receive the special honor of Hall of Fame for sustained excellence. The Hall of Fame Honorees for 2010 are Pamela Halter Lupin and Juan Barona. The 2010 Male Honorees are Jeff Chouest, III, Carlo DeMatteo, John M. Duck, Eric R. George, M.D., LaMarr Ingram, Terrance D. Osborne, Kenny Rubenstein, Judge Mark J. Shea, Gary Solomon, Jr., and Honorable John F. Young, Jr. The 2010 Female Honorees areCynthia A. Aucoin, Brenda Breck, Ambassador Pat Brister, Melanie G. Cannatella, Deborah D. Harkins, Jo Hoddinott, Chris Owens, Alix Rico, Elizabeth Haecker Ryan, and LaVerne Saulny.

 For more information or to order tickets, contact NOBA at 504.522.0996.

Looking ahead: The Collection joins the Hotel Monteleone in celebrating Eudora Welty's 102nd birthday

Eudora Welty's 102nd Birthday Celebration
Wednesday, April 13 • 12–2 p.m.
Carousel Bar • Hotel Monteleone • 214 Royal St.
$35 • Reservations: click
hereor call 504-681-4452
The Hotel Monteleone had so much fun celebrating Eudora Welty's 101st birthday last year that they're doing it again on April 13 to celebrate her 102nd birthday. The event will include lunch; a presentation on Eudora Welty by Jessica Dorman, director of publications at The Collection; a special showing of The Purple Hat, a short film depicting Welty's short story set in the Carousel Bar; a purple hat fashion show presented by Fleur de Paris; Purple Hat martinis, sponsored by Perfect Vodka; and birthday cupcakes.

April 13
 Held from 6-8pm, this casual, reception-style tasting will feature 20 sparkling wines from French Champagne and Spanish Cava to California Sparklers and Italian Prosecco, for $30 per person. Top brands include: Piper Heidsieck, Nicolas Feuillatte, Pommery, J, Heidsieck Monopole; La Salle, Vega Segura, and more. Tickets are limited and sold at Cork & Bottle in advance. Also enjoy nibbles to compliment your bubbles by crafted by Chef Glenn Vatshell of Palate New Orleans.CORK & BOTTLE, 3700 Orleans Ave. ,  504.586.0972
April 15
Concerts in the Courtyard
The Historic New Orleans Collection presents talented trombone player Glen David Andrews at its Concerts in the Courtyard Series. the concert takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at 533 Royal Street. The concerts are free for THNOC members and $10 at the door
Glen Davis  was recruited into a brass band led by his younger cousin, Troy Andrews, and played in both the New Birth, Lil Rascals, and Tremé brass bands, among others, lending equal measures of musicianship and showmanship to each. Now he fronts his own high-powered ensemble that veers from traditional jazz to gospel, rock, blues and funk, all in the same show.

April 16
Centennial Home and Garden Tour
The New Orleans Museum of Art presents its annual Home and Garden Tour which will include six lovely homes in the uptown area of New Orleans. The self-guided  tour start at 10:30 a.m. and goes on until 3:30 p.m. Tickets could be purchase on line at or by phone at 504-658-4121 . Tickets range from $25 for members to $75 for patrons.


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

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

Every Sunday

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

BOMBAY CLUB -830 Conti St.586-0972

LIVE MUSIC  -No Cover Charge

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

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

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




Have a great week

Margarita Bergen,M.Ed.. Realtor

Society Editor - New Orleans Living Magazine

Cultural Diva-

Social/Cultural Columnist -

811 Marigny Street, Unit C

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











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