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 http://www.frenchquarterfestivals.org, 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
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 SPRING TASTING SERIES & BUBBLE FEST
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
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.
2011 French Quarter Festival Kickoff Party
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. http://www.frenchquarterfestivals.org , (504) 522-5730 or (800) 673-5725
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.
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.
12th annual Bill Russell Lecture
Friday, April 8 • 6:30 p.m.
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.
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]
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 www.montage.loyno.edu or by calling 504-865-2074. Tickets will also be available at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance.
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
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;http://www.mahaliajacksontheater.com/
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
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
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]
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].
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
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!
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- www.neworleans.com
Social/Cultural Columnist - www.bayoubuzz.com
811 Marigny Street, Unit C
New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
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This online album has 37 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 07/04/2011..
This online album has 25 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 07/04/2011.