Tuesday, 17 May 2011 19:38

New Orleans Events: NOBA Ball, Boogaloo, Sippin In Searsuckers

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Darling friends,

This past week was one of those that I wished would never end. The weather was glorious. I was going to not one, but two or three elegant soirees that culminated with the exquisite Corella Ballet Castilla y Leon, followed by a stop at the Bombay Club to see my darling friend vocalist Lillian Boutte.

I felt like if I died I would have gone to heaven with a big smile in my face since The Historic New Orleans Collection and the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) presented two programs highlighting the city’s Spanish heritage during the month of May. The HNOC opened its fabulous "The Threads Of Memory (El Hilo de la Memoria): Spain and the United States” and Spain's only classical ballet company, Corella Ballet Castilla y León, took to the stage for one night only on May 14, at 8 p.m. at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.

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 Presented by NOBA and led by Angel Corella, the May 14 program featured works by acclaimed choreographers Stanton Welch and Christopher Wheeldon, as well as a flamenco-inspired duet performed by Corella and his sister, Carmen. In addition to the performance, on Wednesday NOBA hosted a very elegant Benefactor Dinner at the Windsor Court, where I got to meet the talented Señor Corella. He and his family were the special guests of honor on Friday at the annual BRAVO gala fundraiser,“A España Con Amor,” at Gallier Hall. On Saturday was the majestic Ballet and it was magnificent, especially the duo of Angel and Carmen Corella. I cannot wait to see them again.

Last week, I also attended a lovely spring soiree at the tropical lush courtyard of David Speights on Royal Street. The Southeast Louisiana Council Boy Scouts of America presented its highest honor , the distinguished Eagle Scout Award to Cajun artist George Rodrigue at its 2011 Golden Eagle Dinner. I also attended the closing of the delicious Wine Festival at Le Meritage, the always delicious wine tasting “Cork in the Park” and the elegant American Heart Association's Heart and Soul Gala at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place. The Gala featured live music from the Joe Krown Trio with Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Russell Batiste, Jr., and Stooges Brass Band.On Sunday, it was time for me to judge the Jefferson Society's Parasol Contest at the Audubon Tea Room. By the end of the afternoon, I ran out of energy, but what a way to go.
Darlings, this week is also going to be another social marathon for me since on Wednesday I will be presenting an art exhibit of the new works by Joachim Casell and Casell Gallery at the spacious lobby of the JW Marriott Hotel on Canal Street from 5:30-8 p.m. Hope some of you can make it since my darling friend Javier Gutierrez will be playing his guitar and there will be complimentary hors d' oeuvres and wine tasting. Not to be missed.

On Thursday, I do not want to miss one of the best bargains in town when the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and Dorignac's presents "A Grape Adventure" Albarino to Zinfandel.
Sample more than 35 fine wines from top producers from around the world from 6-8 p..m., with a great selection of cheeses and live entertainment for $25.

On Friday, I am looking forward to attending the annual Ogden Museum of Southern Art's Sippin’ in Seersuckers. It will be an evening of Southern Art, music, cocktails, delicious cuisine, fashion and shopping at Canal Place. That evening is also the annual Rollin' On Rampart at the Atrium of the Steel Building. The fun-loving fundraiser will feature entertainment by Deacon John and the Ivories.

On Saturday, LPO is presenting Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, featuring acclaimed violinist Vadim Glusman and Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” at Mahalia Jackson at 8 p.m.

This weekend is also the Bayou Boogaloo, a free admission music festival in Mid City, held on the banks of the beautiful and historic Bayou St. John. The spirit of the festival captures the spirit of this diverse and historic neighborhood. It is a family-friendly cultural event that celebrates the heritage of New Orleans music, New Orleans cuisine, and New Orleans culture. My darling friend attorney/artist Stephen Rue just painted the official poster for the Bayou Boogaloo, so let's enjoy the event and the poster.

Before I share my fun events, I want to congratulate the Rib Room of the Royal Orleans Hotel for bringing back one of my favorite chefs, Rene Bajeux, former chef of the Grill Room and Rene` Bistro. Congratulations!

The Ritz-Carlton just announced that Executive Chef Vincent “Vinny” Russo has been appointed to the position of Executive Chef of The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. Russo will join the New Orleans culinary team in June to oversee the operations for M bistro, The Davenport Lounge, banquets, in-room dining, garden manger, pastry, employee cafeteria and spa café for the city’s premier luxury property. He joins Executive Sous Chef Chad Gray, who was appointed eight months ago to his current position and previously worked at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne. Congratulations and welcome to New Orleans.

I also need to congratulate Edible New Orleans with all of Edible Communities publications have won a James Beard Award for Best Publication of the Year!

Please put in your calendar that my popular Round Table Luncheon will be held Wednesday, May 25 at noon at the Royal Sonesta Hotel (see complete details in the calendar below).

Let's see what this week has in store for us.


Tuesday, May 17


 Bouligny Lecture with Emily Clark

Coat of arms of the province of Louisiana, 1786; Seville, Archivo General de Indias, MP-Escudos, 129

Coat of arms of the province of Louisiana, 1786; Seville, Archivo General de Indias, MP-Escudos, 129

Emily Clark, Tulane University
“Family Geographies: Free People of Color in Spanish Colonial New Orleans”
 6:30 p.m.
533 Royal St.
Exhibition open for viewing 5–6:30 p.m.
Call (504) 523-4662 or email [email protected] for more information or to reserve seats.
The Francisco Bouligny Lecture, established at The Historic New Orleans Collection by the Bouligny Foundation, is an annual program examining the shared history between Spain and Louisiana. This year, in conjunction with the exhibition The Threads of Memory: Spain and the United States (El Hilo de la Memoria: España y los Estados Unidos), The Collection will present an expanded series of four talks. Each program will be held at 533 Royal St., 6:30–8 p.m., with the exhibition open for viewing 5–6:30 p.m.
For the first talk in the series, Emily Clark, the Clement Chambers Benenson Professor in American Colonial History at Tulane University, will discuss the ways free people of color in New Orleans acquired and bequeathed property, which resulted in substantial portions of urban space owned by extended free black families.
Additional presentations will be made by Thomas E. Chávez, Dennis Reinhartz, and Alfred Lemmon. The full schedule of talksis available online.

Wednesday, May 18

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. Featuring: New art work from The Casell Gallery ~Represented by Margarita Bergen~ Live Entertainment by: Javier Gutierrez(guitarist)Spirit Tasting and complimentary Hors D’oeuvres Make a purchase of $1,000 or more by our Local Artist on May 18th, 2011, and the JW Marriott will give a 1 night complimentary stay in the Presidential Bi-Level Suite
May 18
Wednesday at the Square Concert Series present * The Iguanas* Los Po-Boy-Citos
5pm - 7:30pm- Free-
 Sponsored by The Young Leadership CouncilWednesday at the Square Concert Series featuresmusic by local artists, arts and crafts and foodfor purchase. The concert grounds have expandedto include North Maestri Street, the area betweenthe 650 Poydras Street building and LafayetteSquare.

May 19
Tastings at the Track
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, located at 1751 Gentilly Blvd., continues its “Tastings at the Track” wine tasting series on Thursday, May 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. with “A Grape Adventure: A Varietal Journey from Albarino to Zinfandel”. Held in partnership with Dorignac’s Food Center, this reception-style tasting will feature more than 35 premium red and white wine grape varietals including Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Shiraz, Pinot Gris, Grenache, Sangiovese, Malbec, Riesling and more, from top producers throughout the world. Cost to attend is $25 per person. Tickets are available at Dorignac’s (710 Veterans Blvd in Metairie) and, if not sold out, will be sold at the door. Held in the Fair Grounds 4th floor Clubhouse, the sampling will also feature a selection of gourmet cheeses, and wine experts who will answer wine-related questions. For more information, visit www.fairgroundsracecourse.com or call 504-948-1285.

Thursday,May 19

Thursdays at Twilight Concert Series feature Banu Gibson

6pmPavilion of the Two SistersNew Orleans City Park Botanical Gardens504.483.9488garden.neworleanscitypark.com Food and drink may be purchasedNo outside food, drink or petsSeason and half-season passes are availableTickets: $8 adults, $3 children ages 5-12


Friday, May 20
Rolling on the River
  Annual fundraiser of the North Rampart Mainn Street will feature entertainment by Deacon John and the Ivories, food and libations many well know restaurants. 7:00pm - 11:00pm  at  Atrium of the New Orleans Steel Building, enter at Discoveries Furniture
318 North Rampart..

Friday, May 20

 Concerts in the Courtyard with OTRA

533 Royal St.
Show: 6–8 p.m.; Doors: 5:30 p.m.
Admission is $10
Free for THNOC members
Sponsored by Associated Office Systems
The Collection's spring 2011 Concerts in the Courtyard series continues on Friday with a performance byOTRAand sparkling wine provided by the Hotel Monteleone.
Otrawas formed in 2002 by bassist Sam Price. After performing with other New Orleans–area Latin bands that played a standard repertoire of popular Latin covers, Price sought to create an original project that would emphasize creativity, powerful soloing, and irresistible grooves, while honoring the Afro-Cuban roots of “Latin” music. In addition to Price, the band consists of Brent Rose, saxophone; Humberto “Pupi” Menes, tumbadora, bongo, and chekere; Rob Block, piano; Cristobal “El Canyon” Cruzado, timbales; and Eric Lucero, trumpet.

May 20
Obituary Cocktail Society
As every Friday, the Obers will be gather from 6 to 7 p.m. at this legendary salon:Johnny White's Bar 720 Bourbon St 

May 20-21-22
Bayou Bugaloo

 The Bayou Boogaloo is a free admission music festival in Mid City, theheart of the City of New Orleans, held on the banks of the beautiful andhistoric Bayou St. John. The spirit of the festival captures the spirit ofthis diverse and historic neighborhood. It is a family friendly culturalevent that celebrates the heritage of New Orleans music, New Orleanscuisine, and New Orleans culture.In the link below, check out the great music that will be at the Bayou Boogaloo on May 20, 21, and 22






May 21
"Public Spaces, Private Gardens: A History of Designed Landscapes in New Orleans"
Landscape architect Lake Douglas employs written accounts, archival data, historic photographs, lithographs, maps and city planning documents--many of which have never been published before now--to explore public and private outdoor spaces in New Orleans and the people who shaped them. Free. Book signing with author Lake Douglas at the Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street from 2:00pm-3:30pm. www.hnoc.org
 May 21
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Vadim Gluzman returns to perform this magnificent piece that is a staple of the violin repertoire. At 8:00pm at :  Mahalia Jackson Theater,  504-287-0351; http://www.mahaliajacksontheater.com/


 Sunday, May 22

An Afternoon of Irish Folk Music
Danny O'Flaherty invited you to an afternoon of Irish Folk Music from 3 to 6 p.m.  at Cafe Freret,7329 Freret Street
An Afternoon of Irish Folk Music

*Bicycle Second Line*

 The Metro Bicycle Coalition will be hosting a Bicycle Second Line, Sunday,May 22th. The second line will be departing at 10:00 am from Jeff DavisParkway at Bienville and will conclude at the Bayou Boogaloo Festival.   *500+ Riders, 2 bands, 10 miles, 8 neighborhoods with refreshments afterward.Register Now! <http://cts.vresp.com/c/?MotherShipFoundation/9e99117fd4/d324b37a0d/0e4dc66b2b>*


*Rubber Duck Derby*

 On Sunday, May 22, Second Harvest Food Bank will host the 2nd AnnualRubber Duck Derby at the Bayou Boogaloo. Adopt a rubber duck today and jointhe fun as Second Harvest drops 10,000 rubber ducks into Bayou St. John fora race to the finish line where one “lucky duck” will win a fantastic prize!  


May 22

Trinity Series present: --Rebeccka Coe, mezzo soprano; Jamez McCorkle, lyric baritoneAnd Timothy McNair, basso with Albinas Prizgintas,accompanist

Music by Schubert and Rachmaninof at 5 p.m.


May 23

Welcome to Shelbyville

New Orleans Community Cinema will host a screening of Welcome to Shelbyville, part of their ongoing collaboration with PBS Independent Lens.  Doors open at 6pm for a reception and the film will begin at 6:30, followed by a panel discussion.  The event is free and open to the public.
Welcome to Shelbyville is a glimpse of America at a crossroads. In this one small town in the heart of America's Bible Belt, a community grapples with rapidly changing demographics. Just a stone's throw away from Pulaski, Tennessee (the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan), longtime African American and white residents are challenged with how best to integrate with a growing Latino population and the more recent arrival of hundreds of Muslim Somali refugees. 

A panel discussion will follow the film.  Scheduled participants:Arnie Fielkow, Vice President - New Orleans City Council;Tap Bui, Outreach Coordinator - Mary Queen of Vietnam CDC;Anna Frachou, Interim Executive Director - Puentes New Orleans.The LHC is located at 938 Lafayette Street in the CBD.  



May 25

Round Table Luncheon

Please put it in your calendar

The  monthly Round Table Luncheon hosted by  yours truly  will be on Wednesday, May 25th at noon at the Evangeline Room of the RoYal Sonesta Hotel. The feature speakers will be Amy Kirk, Marketing Director of the French Market, Frank Pizzalato, Executive Director and John Lawrence, Director of Programs at the Historic New Orleans Collection. Vocalist  Heidi Junius and pianist Jim Walpole will provide the live entertainment .  
Executive Chef Peter Page is planning a three-course gourmet menu with wine pairings. The luncheon is $42 and includes  wine and parking validation. For reservations, contact Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220



 ON Going

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.


On the Air at the Stage Door Canteen
 A new production created especially for the Stage Door Canteen.This rollicking rendition of a live radio broadcast from 1945 
features a cast of five, including a singing W.A..C., a boisterous bandleader and a blues singer who can belt out a torch song. The live 
band brings the era to life with a timeless musical score, comedy and more. It's a trip back in time and guests will love coming along for 
the ride as the live studio audience Written by Sean Patterson & Victoria Reed, with an all-star  New Orleans cast including Carmen Barika, Troi Bechet, Bob Edes and  Gary Rucker. Among the timeless songs featured in the show are "The Trolley Song," "Don't Fence Me In," "Blues in the Night," "Mairzy 
Doats," and "Chattanooga Choo-Choo."Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday 
matinees .Make your reservations online ( www.ddaymuseum.org ) or call 504-528-1943.

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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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