I ended up at the standing room only concert at the Inn on Bourbon for the free concert featuring local opera stars performing favorite hits of Louis Armstrong. Timothy Todd Simmons played the piano for the event and his amazing wife, Kathleen Halm was one of the three singers. The other two were mezzo Givonna Joseph and tenor Kevin Roussel. It was truly a collaboration of the Opera, Satchmo SummerFest and Inn on Bourbon and it was all free.
The next fun event that I attended was the delicious Tequila, Trompets and Dinner at Broussard’s. Decadent Herradura Tequila cocktails and the food were yummy and James Andrews and his band kept the event swinging!
Thursday was time for the 2011 Satchmo SummerFest kickoff event that took place at Muriel’s on Louis Armstrong’s birthday.
Following the keynote presentation by Richard Havers (producer of the new Universal Box Set, ‘Satchmo’), Dr. John and George Avakian announced that they are in the studio, in New Orleans, this week to begin work on ‘Dr. John Meets Louis Armstrong’.
On Friday, it was time again for jazz fans to break out their Struttin' shoes and go on down to Frenchmen Street for one of the best events of the year, the Satchmo Club Strut! It was the perfect chance to experience the sights and sounds of New Orleans’ unique music scene at Frenchmen Street. I just walked with Chiquita and loved all the performances that I attended.
If that was not enough, Saturday, it was time to put on my starchy linen dress and fight the crowds at the annual White Linen Night at Julia Street and the CAC. As in past times, I was saying hello to all my friends and visiting briefly the galleries. Then it was time for the post party at the CAC and that was fun.
This upcoming week is going be an amazing one since it will include, on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m., my “Toasting with Margarita“ at Le Booze of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The following day is my Round Table Luncheon featuring community leaders Gordon R. Wedge, President and CEO of Catholic Charities; Paul Maassen, General Manager of 89.9 WWNO FM; and the new CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Mark Romig. Live entertainment will be provided by actress Jessie Terrebonne and pianist Jim Walpole.
Wednesday evening is going go be another social marathon for me since that evening the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society will celebrate the publication of two new books you must read by authors who call New Orleans home: Tom Carson, whose new novel is Daisy Buchanan's Daughter, and Tom Piazza, whose new book is a collection of essays, The Devil Sent the Rain. The event will take place at 6 p. m. at Faulkner House, 624 Pirate's Alley, New Orleans. The authors are expected to read and discuss their work at 6:45 p.m. Open to the public and free.
I will be running fast because that evening to catch the steamboat Natchez before it sails since I don’t want to miss Margaritas on the Mississippi aboard boat. What better way to spend a Wednesday evening than sipping margaritas with your favorite girls sailing down the Mississippi River aboard the last authentic sternwheel paddleboat on the river (see the calendar for further information about this event).
Darlings, on Saturday, August 13, as every year, during Dirty Linen Night the shops and galleries on Royal Street will open their doors to art lovers for its annual event. So put on the clothes that you had on last week at White Linen Night and come to Royal Street. I will be serving libations, courtesy of Republic Beverage, at Casell Gallery, 818 Royal Street on Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. I hope to see you there.
Unfortunately for me that is the same night that the YLC is honoring 25 wonderful individuals at its annual Young Leadership Council’s 25th Anniversary Role Model Awards Gala at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. .
Would you believe that is also the night for the annual Red Dress Run? Only in New Orleans will you have so many choices. So let’s enjoy it and have a great cool week!
I want to congratulate and share this information with you:
The Arts Council of New Orleans is delighted to announce the 2011 Community Arts Awards recipients. Since 1977, the Community Arts Awards have recognized living individuals, organizations and corporations which have made outstanding contributions to the arts in New Orleans. The 2011 award recipients mark the 35th year of the Community Arts Awards celebration and continue in this tradition; each selected for their artistic excellence, sustained contributions, unique achievements, perseverance, and a deep commitment to the arts and local community.
Round Table Luncheon with Community Leaders
The popular monthly Royal Sonesta's Round Table Luncheon hosted by yours truly at noon at the Evangeline Suite welcomes Gordon R. Wedge, President and CEO of Catholic Charities; Paul Maassen, General Manager of 89.9 WWNO FM, and the new CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Mark Romig. Live entertainment will be provided by actress Jessie Terrebonne and pianist Jim Walpole. Executive Chef Peter Page is planning a three-course gourmet menu with wine pairing. The luncheon is $42 inclusive. Parking will be validated. For reservations, contact Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220, [email protected].
NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK is AUGUST 7-13, 2011
JOIN IN CELEBRATING PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE AT THE FRENCH MARKET!
Throughout the week, enjoy live lunchtime music and lunch specials at our Farmers Market eateries
- Shop for fresh produce and seafood at our daily produce stands “French Market Produce” and “Mother Nature’s Cupboard” and the newly opened “J’s Seafood Dock”, offering fresh catches of the day, curbside pickup, and shipping nationwide
Spesocial Evening benefiting America's Wetland Foundation
Please send RSVP to Emily MacLean, Special Events Coordinator, at
BBQ WineSense: A Cookout Class at Cork & Bottle
plus, Tapas Tuesdays at Clever Lounge
Cork & Bottle, the boutique wine shop located in Mid-City’s American Can Company (3700 Orleans Avenue), announces its upcoming educational tasting event entitled, “BBQ Wine Sense: A Cookout Class” to be held on Wednesday, August 10 starting at 6:30pm. Guest will enjoy four plates of bbq including pork, chicken and beef, perfectly paired with a selection of fine wines. Cork & Bottle owner and wine expert, David Havrylkoff along with local wine professional Dave Sobiesk will lead the discussion exploring the best wine choices to compliment classic bold barbecue and grilled flavors. Cost to attend is $30 per person and reservations are required in advance by calling 504.483.6314. Seating is limited.
Additionally, Tapas Tuesday’s are back! Each Tuesday, guests of Clever Lounge, the intimate wine and cocktail bar adjacent to Cork & Bottle, can indulge in a variety of authentic flavored tapas dishes, made by Vega Tapas Café in Tapas, that are available for sale. Selections vary weekly and range in price from $3-$5 per serving.
Cork & Bottle also offers complimentary wine tastings every Thursday and Friday from 5-7 pm. The shop is open Monday 3:30-7:30 pm; Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 am to 7:30 pm and is closed on Sunday.
PIRATE'S ALLEY FAULKNER SOCIETY NEWS
The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society will celebrate publication of two new books you must read by authors who call New Orleans home:
Tom Carson, whose new novel is Daisy Buchanan's Daughter, and Tom Piazza, whose new book is a collection of essays, The Devil Sent the Rain. The event will take place at 6 p. m. at Faulkner House, 624 Pirate's Alley, New Orleans. The authors are expected to read and discuss
their work at 6:45 p.m. Open to the public and free. Advance RSVPs, please, so we know what our food and beverage requirements are. You can RSVP by
return e-mail to this address. To reserve your copies of their books in advance, call (504) 524-2940 with credit card information.
. For more on these fine authors, go to www.wordsandmusic.org/Author_Faculty.html.
Margaritas on the Mississippi aboard Steamboat NATCHEZ
What better way to spend a Wednesday evening than sipping margaritas with your favorite girls sailing down the Mississippi River aboard the Steamboat Natchez! New Orleans offers a variety of opportunities for women to get more involved in their community, so the Steamboat NATCHEZ is bringing a few of these together for a fun night of sipping and socializing. For $25, women will receive three margaritas, a commemorative margarita glass, the cruise and entrance into the Magnolia Suite featuring fun and exciting networking opportunities and retail products just for women. For $45, women will receive all of the above in addition to dinner. Boarding starts at 6:15 p.m.- Cruise from 7:00 – 9:00 p.mWomen can purchase tickets for the cruise online at http://www.neworleanssteamboat.com/2011/Margaritas/reserve.htm.
Wednesday, August 10
Get In The kNOwLA at the JW Marriott
Come join us for an evening of cultural indulgences at the JW Marriott Lobby Lounge
from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Showcasing for us this week:
Ashton Jefferson-(Acrylic paintings)-Live Entertainment by:Tony Seville (multi instrumentalist)
Spirit Tasting and complimentary Hors D’oeuvres
Wednesday at the Point presents Amanda Shaw
Algiers Ferry Dock, 200 Morgan St. 6 to 9 p.m.
Bon Operatit performs
The Inn On Bourbon is located at the site of the French Opera House (1859-1919) and continues to celebrate its history with the live performance series, "Opera Returns to Bourbon Street". The Inn on Bourbon's Puccini Bar at 7:00pm-http://www.innonbourbon.com
August 10, 2011
Fashion with a Twist
Take in the hottest fashions while enjoying cocktails specials and gourmet appetizers. This week you will see the fashion of Designer John Delgadilo.
Thursday, August 11
Bottles and Brushes
The Degas House on Esplanade is starting up Bottles & Brushes again!! The last event was such a hit, and we are very excited for this one. Come and unwind and let your inner artist come alive in the home where Degas painted many of his great works. 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Thursdays at Twilight presents 11 Topsy Chapman And Solid Harmony
Stroll through the New Orleans Botanical Garden at twilight, settle in with a mint julep and enjoy the finest musicians New Orleans has to offer. This popular music series, offers jazz, classical, and Latin American music. 5:00pm-8:00pm
Pavilion of Two Sisters, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park, http://www.garden.neworleanscitypark.com
Chamber After Five
@ 501 Basin St. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
August 11- August 13
Willy Wonka: The Musical
Come be delighted by this classic tale and these charming young performers at Southern Rep Theatre.
http://www.southernrep.com - 504-523-9857
Friday, August 12
Free Summer Wine Forum featuring Off the wall whites at Le Meritage
A Pairing of Wine & Hor d' Oeuvres -hosted by Sommelier Kevin Durand
Every Friday, 5:00pm - 6:00pm- Expect a fun, interactive, and educational forum where all participants taste and learn together. Fruit, Cheese & Crackers will be served during the tasting -Le Meritage,1001 Toulouse at Burgundy-504-522-8800- www.lemeritage.com.
*Reservations Required, Please Call Ahead
Friday, August 12
Obituary Cocktail Society
Obers will gather as every Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at this saloon: ...GW Fins, 808 Bienville Street, 504-581-3467-Drink specials
Death Cab For Cutie
Death Cab For Cutie comes to New Orleans to support their new album, Codes and Keys. Frightened Rabbit will be supporting artist.
8:00pm at the Uno Lakefront Arena.http://www.arena.uno
August 12- August 14
The Rat Pack Now!
One of the most successful tribute shows in the industry, The Rat Pack Now is a regular smash hit act at The National World War II Museum
Places & People in New Orleans Past: A Centennial Commemoration in Music Honoring Samuel Wilson Jr.
Join The Collection for a recital of piano and vocal selections celebrating the life and work of Samuel Wilson Jr., noted preservationist, architect and architectural historian- 4:00pm at Williams Research Center,at 410 Chartres Street, 504-523-4662;http://www.hnoc.org
Young Leadership Council’s 25th Anniversary Role Model Awards Gala
Join the YLC to celebrate its 25th Anniversary with 25 amazing New Orleanians at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. It will start with a Patron Party/Exclusive Role Model Meet & Greet Happy Hour from 6 to 7p.m, followed by the Dinner & Awards Ceremony from from 7 to 9 p.m. and the silent auction, dancing and entertainment by the Bucktowns Allstars from 9 to 11 p.m. To purchase thickets, please visit http://www.youngleadershipcouncil.org/uploads/2011GalaDonorForm.pdf.
Dirty Linen Night
Royal Street's unique shops that include galleries, jewelry stores, dress shows will be welcoming you with open arms and perhaps a glass of cocktail at its annual DirtyLinen Night from 200 block to 1000 block of Royal Street. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dirty-Linen-Night/
Red Dress Run
The Annual Red Dress Run through the French Quarter and downtown New Orleans is another of those uniquely New Orleans fun events that doubles as a fundraiser. Wearing a red dress is an absolute requirement, participation is open to anyone over 21, male or female. Downtown New Orleans.
Sunday, August 14
Trinity Artist Series presents: High Ground Drifters Bluegrass Band with Albinas Prizgintas, organ
The High Ground Drifters are a 5 piece New Orleans based bluegrass band led by Guitarist/vocalist Grant Ligon performing traditional bluegrass, also including originals, mountain music, old-time country, Celtic and other eclectic music stylings and influences.
from 5 to 6 p.m. Free-Grant Ligon – Guitar, vocals;Paul 'Willie' Williams - Mandolin, Vocals;John Noble - Banjo, Vocals;Jeff Bagwell - Fiddle
Greg Nichols - Bass, Vocals. FREE-Trinity Episcopal Church,1329 Jackson Avenue
Monday, August 15
The World Premiere of "Free Spirits"
5pm. at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center. 1618 Oretha Haley Blvd.,Free & open limited seating, so it is advised to get there early enough to get a seat.
ON Going :
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!
BOMBAY CLUB -830 Conti St.586-0972
Presents:LIVE MUSIC -No Cover Charge
Jazz Trio Marlon Jordon @ 8-11 p.m. Every Wednesday & Thursday
Pianist Monty Banks @ 6-9 p.m. Every Friday, Saturday & Every Sunday 7-10pm
Pianist Amanda Walker every Monday & Tuesday 7 – 10pm in February
IRVIN MAYFIELD¹S I CLUB
AUGUST 2011 SCHEDULE
Wednesday, August 10 8pm
Modern Troubadours feat. Kristin Diable and Mia Borders
Thursday, August 11 8pm
An evening with Amanda Shaw
Friday, August 12 8pm
Javier Guitterrez and Vivaz
Saturday, August 13 8pm
Los Hombres Calientes feat. Irvin Mayfield & Bill Summers
Irvin Mayfield¹s I Club
614 Canal Street (enter through the Common Street entrance) The cover can be paid at the door, unless otherwise indicated.
For more up to date ticket and show information, please call 504 527-6712 or
August 1- August 31
COOLinary New Orleans-
Celebrating Dining in America's Most Delicious City!It is going to be a elicious summer! Throughout the whole month of August, participating restaurants will feature mouth watering pre-fix 2-course lunches at $20 or less and 3-course dinners at $35 or less. Bring your appetite! http://www.COOLinaryneworleans.com
Until August 14
The Golden Legend in the New World: Art of the Spanish Colonial Viceroyalties
533 Royal St. Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Continuing its exploration of the Spanish colonial period, The Historic New Orleans Collection presents The Golden Legend in the New World: Art of the Spanish Colonial Viceroyalties, featuring paintings from the New Orleans Museum of Art and maps and early portraits from The Collection. Showcasing the great artistic wealth created between the mid-17th and early 19th centuries, with a special focus on indigenous adaptations of Christian subject matter, this display complements The Threads of Memory: Spain and the United States (El Hilo de la Memoria: Espa?a y los Estados Unidos), 533 Royal St.Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Until October 27, 2013
Hurricane Katrina - A Storm of Change
Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond is a $7.5 million exhibit opening on the ground floor of the historic Presbytere in the French Quarter’s Jackson Square.
Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Closed on major holidays- The Historic Presbytere in the French Quarter’s Jackson Square-Phone: (800) 568-6968
Until August 14
Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, one of the most influential women in the history of U.S. politics, will have her pins on display. Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection, which features over 200 pins from her personal collection. New Orleans Museum of Art
Until September 25
Race: Are We So Different?
Old U.S. Mint-Phone: 504-568-6945
The Louisiana Civil Rights Museum is presenting this traveling exhibit on the history, science and everyday experience of race.http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/Mintex.htm - 504-568-6945
Have a great, cool and dry 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
811 Marigny Street, Unit C
New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
Tel/ Cell 504-495-9181 Fax/504-940-6201
This online album has 42 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 11/07/2011.
This online album has 49 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 11/07/2011.