I hope you enjoyed French Quarter Festivall 2011 as much as I did.
Mother Nature blessed us with glorious weather for the entire week of my beloved French Quarter Festival.
Music was oozing from every crevice of the French Quarter as thousands and thousands of locals as well as national and international visitors conveyed at our Vieux Carre and enjoyed the historical architecture, the culinary creations and the joyful jazz melodies.
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My week was, as always, very busy since I attended among the many events, the dedication at the Hotel Monteleone of the booths in the newly renovated Carousel Bar. As part of its 125th anniversary, the dedication honored the five local 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 and Louis Prima.
Dr. John and Allen Toussaint were in attendance along with Louis Prima’s two daughters, Lena and Joyce, and a representative for Etta James. Immediately following the dedication ceremony was the second luncheon, “Hotel Monteleone Makes Music,” in the Hotel’s 5-part Legacy Series. Hosted by local media personality, Jeff Crouere, the panel discussion took an in-depth look at the various musical legends that have stayed at or performed in the Hotel Monteleone. Panelists included Laura Cottingim of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; Jan Ramsey, publisher of OffBeat Magazine; Mike Shepherd, founder and president of Louisiana Music Hall of Fame; Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune music columnist, Vince Vance, singer, songwriter, band leader and inductee of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame; and John Blancher, owner of Rock’n’Bowl.
One of the fun events that attended was "On the Air," the new production created especially for the Stage Door Canteen at the National World War II Museum. This rollicking rendition of a live radio broadcast from 1945 was written by Sean Patterson & Victoria Reed, with an all-star New Orleans cast including Carmen Barika, Troi Bechet, Bob Edes and Gary Rucker. Not to be missed .
On Thursday, I attended the lovely Project Lazarus’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and Guardian Angel Awards Dinner at the Pavilion of Two Sisters. It honored 2011 Guardian Angels Julian Doerr Mutter and Fr. Bob Pawell, O.F.M. The evening could not have been more beautiful at the sold-out elegant soiree.
On Friday, I missed the Spring Fiesta‘s opening parade since I had to take a mandatory Real Estate class but that evening I attended the beautiful melodic Verdi’s “Il Trovatore.” The cast was exceptional and was great to see Mark Rucker and Mary Elizabeth Williams reunite once again on the Placido Domingo Stage. The two of them also performed opposite each other in “Tosca” in the fall of ’09.
On Sunday I got the opportunity to enjoy all that the French Quarter Festival has to offer and ended my week by attending the exquisite 100 Centennial celebration of Pan American Life Insurance. Seven hundred international and local guests were treated to a Latin Music classical concert with Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto, talented soprano Eugenia Garza and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra , followed by a black-tie gala dinner at the ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel with "Rumba Buena" entertaining.
Congratulations to Jose Suquet, CEO and President of Pan-American Life Insurance Group and his employees and partners for one hundred years of unwavering strength, commitment and service in the United States and across Latin American and the Caribbean.
Congratulations to my darling friend artist George Rodrigue for receiving the Distinguished Eager Scout National Honor. The award ceremony is May 12.
On a sad note, I must express my deepest sympathy to the family of my dear friend Hank DeFelice who passed away last week. He was a friend and counselor to many and he will be missed.
This week is going to be another social marathon for me since on Tuesday, I will be hosting my popular Round Table Luncheon. “An Afternoon with Writers” will be the theme of the April Luncheon at noon in the Bienville Suite of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Among the speakers will be Marie-Dominique Verdier who just published "New Orleans Walls: Still Standing." Liz Scott Monaghan author of "Never Clean your House during Hurricane Season," andJerry 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].
That evening I will be returning to the Royal Sonesta to host my “Toasting with Margarita” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at le Booze of the Royal Orleans.
On Wednesday, I am looking forward to attending the Prix de Elegance Luncheon. TheMen 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 are Cynthia 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. Congratulations!
Unfortunately, on Wednesday, I am going to miss the Hotel Monteleone ‘Eudora Welty's 102nd Birthday Celebration which is going to be very special. Last year I was once of the hat model and I was asked again but I cannot be in two places at once. C'est Le Vie!
Let's look at what fabulous events this week has to offer:
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].
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
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.
The Homecoming Project Kick Off Extravaganza
Featuring The Kumbuka African Drum & Dance Collective and Michaela Harrison, with Surprise Guests!
7:30pm-Complimentary Food with $5 donation.Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club,1931 St. Claude Ave.
Linda Mintz and B. Michael Howard at Le Chat Noir
Do not miss the dynamic piano of B. Michael Howard and the warm interpretations of Broadway favorites and popular
classics sung by Linda Mintz.This is a one-time only performance. 8pm Tickets: $26 (inc. $5 drink credit and
reserved table)Reservations by phone: 504.581.5812.
REBIRTH BRASS BAND's Rebirth of New Orleans CD Release Party
Celebrate the worldwide street dates of the Rebirth of New Orleans CD and the CD single "Why You Worried
'Bout Me?" with the Rebirth Brass Band and Basin Street Records. 9:30pm - 1:30am- Maple Leaf Bar, New Orleans, LA
Tuesday, April 12 , 2011
Balllerina Theme "Bottles and Brushes with Degas Event"
Tuesday, April 12 · 5:30pm - 8:30pm
New Orleans, LA
Join us this Tuesday at the Degas House for "Bottles and Brushes with Degas": A Painting and Pouring Experience.
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.
Wednesday, April 13
Thursday, April 14
Green, who also happens to be a talented visual artist, wields his acoustic guitar with finesse and flair performing his special brand of acoustic Eurocentric guitar he calls Gypsy Jazz. Open 5 'til 8pm, Performance at 6pm
Botanical Garden- Pavilion of the Two Sisters.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.
Thursday, April 14
3100 Esplanade Avenue in Fortier Park-at 6 pm
Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Tony Green to perform-Silent Auction
Friday, April 15
Obituary Cocktail Society
Obers would gather as every Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at this saloon: Dry Dock Cafe & Bar, Algiers Point, 133 Delaronde. At the foot of the ferry landing.
Friday, April 15
Enjoy a sparkling evening of dance music favorites and humor with Maestro Fred Scott and LPO, including music by Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Gounod, and Richard Rogers.7:30pm.First Baptist Church, Kenner
Saturday, April 16
The CAC presents Chris Thomas King
Trinity Series present
Sunday April 17 at 5 pm Navy Band New Orleans’ BRASS Ensemble
with guest organist Albinas Prizgintas in a”Concert of Brass and Organ featuring music of your favorite patriotic and classical tunes
including music by Bizet, Strauss, Grieg, Dukas, Gabrieli, Buxtehude, and more-
Sunday, April 17 at 9 pm Jazz Vespers with noted jazz saxophonist Tony Dagradi and friends
Monday, April 18 @ 7 pm- The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Classical Instrumental Department
and NOCCA faculty members Dr. Jee Yeoun Ko, cello; Joe Meyer & Zorica Dimova, violins;
Matthew Ernst, trumpet; John Rankin, guitar; present an Exciting Chamber Music Concert with works by Boccherini, Beethoven, Schumann, Faure, and more .Trinity Episcopal Church,1329 Jackson Avenue
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
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. http://www.frenchquarterwinefestival.com/
Have a great week
Margarita Bergen,M.Ed.. Realtor with Keller Williams, Realty
Society Editor - New Orleans Living Magazine
Cultural Diva- www.neworleans.com
Social/Cultural Columnist - www.bayoubuzz.com
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Tel/ Cell 504-495-9181 Fax/504-940-6201
This online album has 30 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 07/11/2011.