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New Orleans Events: Pics of Southern Decadence, Seafood Festival

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southern decadence paradeDarlings,

I hope you had a wonderful, safe Labor Day Weekend. I actually took time off for some very needed R&R. The inclement weather from Tropical Storm Lee didn't dampen the spirit, the exuberance and the colorfulness of the Southern Decadence Weekend. Chiquita and I went to see the annual parade and we were not disappointed. The costumes featuring hot pink and black did not seem to ruffle as the revelers carried the theme of "Viva New Orleans: What Happens in New Orleans Stays in New Orleans” through the French Quarter.

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NO Police Department helped kick-off the annual Southern
Decadence Parade 

Memorable events from Southern Decadence Weekend and upcoming fun events including LA Seafood Festival & Round Table Luncheon




This online album has 32 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 12/05/2011.



In a sad note, it seems that every week I lose one of my peers and this time someone younger than me. Jerry Fein, one of the owners of the Court of Two Sisters and a former tourism official passed away on August 27, 2011. Throughout the years I have cultivated Jerry and his brother's friendship. He will be missed and my sincerest condolences to his wife Mary and his family. (

This upcoming week is going to be a very busy one, but what else is new?

Among the many fun events that are scheduled, and which I am looking forward to, the 5th Annual New Orleans Seafood Festival from September 9-11 at Lafayette Square comes up first. All proceeds for this event will benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will feature many famed local restaurants, celebrities chefs demonstrations, artists’ booth and great musical entertainment.


Others fun events that I am looking forward is on Wednesday evening at the Culture Collision, a unique event that brings together cultural organizations in the city for a one-of-a-kind happy hour designed to encourage participation and involvement in the New Orleans art scene. Another fun event will be the Dress for Success Suits and Salads Luncheon on September 9 to benefit Dress for Success. The celebration will feature a wine tasting by Landmark Vineyards and a fabulous auction preview, followed by a luncheon with delicious food provided by local vendor at the Windsor Court.


Deanie' Seafood, Vella Contribute To America's WETLAND

Gumbo DanceSport Championship 2011 in Baton Rouge,

New Orleans Saucy CAC SweetArts Gala 

New Orleans Go Red For Women By American Heart Association-- 

New Orleans Area Daughter Tells Heart-Felt Story of Heart 

Vince Vance's Annual 39th Birthday

JPAS Evening At Eiffel (Jefferson Parish Louisiana) Fundraiser--By


Would you believe that there is also a great fundraiser “All You Need is Love” Gala to benefit Boys Hope Girls Hope? The 1960s-themed evening will feature dinner by popular New Orleans area restaurants, libations and live entertainment by Sha’on and the Girls with Success.


The other event that I am looking forward to attending is the Pink Ribbon Fling on September 10. Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans’ Breastoration Fund will have its Pink Ribbon Fling at the House of Blues. The event will include a patron party with hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters will provide entertainment.


Well, before I leave and share with you all those great events, I want to make sure you know that on Wednesday, September 14, will be my annual Round Table Luncheon honoring the Cultural Arts and representatives from the LPO, New Orleans Museum of Art, N.O. Ballet Association, and N.O. Opera Association. Entertainment will be by Becky Allen, just selected by Gambit 's readers as the best entertainer of the year, accompanied on the piano by talented Jim Walpole.


Enjoy your week.

 Tuesday, September 6
 Hosted by Fetch! Mid City, located at 3536 Toulouse St., from 5:30-7:30. Wine samples courtesy of Cork & Bottle, samples of doggy goodies compliments of Fetch! and $10 dog washes courtesy of the LA/SPCA volunteers. Also, meet a few adoptable dogs from the LA/SPCA! Friendly, leashed, pets are welcome! Call 373-5417 or visit for more information


 September 6

Organ & Labyrinth” at Trinity Church

Organ Recital & Candlelight with Albinas Prizgintas on the 5000 pipe Trinity tracker organ. The program includes some of the greatest music ever written ranging Classical Baroque to vintage rock and popular tunes  @ 6 pm till 7 pm -  Please visit:


September 6


MOJITOES RESTAURANT (corner Esplanade/Frenchmen)  6PM TO 9PM


Wednesday, September 7

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. -This week, we are pleased to welcome  -L'Tanya Clark -  (Non-Objective Abstract Paintings)
Live Entertainment by: Riccardo Crespo - 
(Brazilian musician, singer and songwriter who plays acoustic guitar and harmonica)
Spirit Tasting and complimentary Hors D'oeuvres 


Wednesday, September 7

Third Annual Culture Collision

 Culture Collision is a unique event that brings together cultural organizations in the city for a one-of-a-kind happy hour designed to encourage participation and involvement in the New Orleans art scene.

Visitors will have a chance to preview the fall cultural season, enjoy live performances, and take advantage of several specials. As always, there will be free specialty drinks and food, and several cash bars throughout the museum.5:30–8 p.m.New Orleans Museum of Art-Admission is free. The popular after-party will take place in the Sculpture Garden from 8 to 10 p.m.

 September 7

Mayor Mitch Landrieu & New Orleans City Council  Community Meeting District C     


Join Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer for a community meeting in your district to discuss budget priorities. The Mayor will bring his entire team including all Deputy Mayors and Department Heads, so come out and make sure your voice is heard. 5:30 to 6:00 pm - Resource Center-(Citizens will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with various departments.) 6:00 to 8:00 pm - Community Meeting -Chateau Bourbon,D.H. Holmes Ballroom-800 Iberville St.

Wednesday, September 7

2011 One Book One New Orleans KICKOFF PARTY

 Join One Book One New Orleans, a project of the Young Leadership Council in partnership with the Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans, as we celebrate the kickoff of our 2011 selection of Dan Baum's "Nine Lives" with a fun and food-filled party at the New Orleans African American Museum in historic Tremé!6:00pm - 8:00pm,New Orleans African American Museum,1418 Governor Nicholls Street. Visit:

 September 8-
Thursday at Twilights Concerts present vocalist Phillip Manuel
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. September 8 -- Phillip Manuel, September 15 -- Don Vappie ,Thursday, September 22 - -5:00pm-8:00pm- Pavilion of Two Sisters, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park, 504-483-9386,
 Friday, September 9
Dress for Success Suits and Salads Luncheon
Event Info:  The luncheon and celebration benefitting Dress for Success  will feature a wine tasting by Landmark Vineyards and a fabulous auction preview, followed by a luncheon with delicious food provided by local vendors at Windsor Court Hotel.  (504) 299-7157


September 9-11

New Orleans Home and Interior Design Show

The show focuses on design elements for a home's indoor and outdoor spaces, and it features vendors, seminars and more. Visit Ernest Morial Convention Center.


September 9- September 11

New Orleans Seafood Festival

The 5th Annual New Orleans Seafood Festival will be held at Lafayette Square across from Gallier Hall in downtown New Orleans. All proceeds for this event will benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation – The festival, which is free and open to the public, will feature many famed, local restaurants,celebrities chefs demostrations , artist's booth and  great musical entertainment that includesThe Stooges Brass Band, Paul Varisco and the Milestones and special guest - Luther Kent, Rockie Dopsie,  Amanda Shaw, Vivaz and many more..11 a.m.



September 9
“All You Need is Love” Gala
The 1960s-themed evening benefitting Boys Hope Girls Hope will feature dinner by popular New Orleans area restaurants, libations and live entertainment by Sha’on and the Girls with Success at Pavilion of Two Sisters, City Park. . A silent auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. 
Donor Tickets: $5,000 for 20 tickets, $2,200 for 12 tickets, $1,500 for eight tickets, $700 for four tickets, $350 for two tickets. General admission: $100 per ticket. (504) 957-3134.


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September 9

Free Summer Wine Forum featuring 

A Pairing of Wine & Hors 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- *Reservations Required, Please Call Ahead

 Friday, September 9

Obituary Cocktail Society

Obers will gather as every Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at this saloon:TONIQUE, 820 Rampart St. - Phone: 376-3919- 
$5 Special Cocktail Punch.$6 Well Drinks and wine. Special Happy Hour prices. 


September 9  

Where Y'Art?

Every Friday evening at NOMA, enjoy different and varied offerings of live music, performances, children's activities, exhibition walkthroughs, guest speakers, theater, dance, food . . . and of course, GREAT ART! All programs are free with Museum admission.


 Friday, September 9- 15

Reading and Signing at Garden District Bookstore
 Sept. 9 Reading & Signing  by C h r i s t o p h e r  -B u e h l m a n- IN those Across the River-5:30pm - 7pm

Sept 10 - Reading and signing of  N a y a n a  C u r r i m b h o y-Miss Timmins' School for Girls -  1pm - 3pm
Sept. 13-  Discussion & Booksigning- W i l l i a m D e r e s i e w i c z - A Jane Austen Education -5:30 p.m.-7p.m.
Sept. 15- Discussion &f Booksigning- R o b e r t  O l e n   B u t l e r- A Small Hotel- 5:30pm - 7pm 
Garden District Book Shop | 2727 Prytania St

 Saturday,September 10
“Bets for Pets”
Jefferson SPCA
Event Info: Low-cost spay/neuter, offsite adoptions and pet socialization volunteers on-hand to benefit Jefferson SPCA at  Boomtown Casino
Tickets: $20 per ticket in advance; $25 per ticket at door. (504) 931-4777

 Sunday,September 11
Hands to Hearts, an Afternoon on the Square
Benefiting BBBS
 This second annual fundraiser benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana,will feature cuisine by chef Gus Martin, entertainment by NOCCA jazz musicians and a silent auction featuring weekend stays at Muriel’s Jackson Square restaurant. $75. (504) 568-1955  

Sunday, September 11


Trinity Artist Series presents  9/11 MEMORIAL  with
Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman's Voices of Thunder prison choir,
The Heavenly Melodies Gospel Singers of New Orleans, and Albinas Prizgintas, organist 
. 5 p.m. 1329 Jackson Ave. 

 September 11

Audubon Zoo presents e                            Performers

Every Sunday this Summer come out to Audubon Zoo and enjoy live music by local artists. Audubon Zoo will be open 10 am to 7 pm Labor Day.

Performances are Sundays, 5 pm - 6 pm on the Capital One Stage.


 Tuesday, September 13

Toasting with Margarita at Le Booze

Join me for an evening for networking and cool refreshing cocktails from 5:30 to 7p.m. at Le Booze of the Royal Sonesta Hotel.


Tuesday,September 13

  You are invited to a Jane Austen Evening at 1304 First Street. The evening in honor of writer William Deresiewicz will feature PianoForte, Dancing, Parlor Games, Food and Drink. Period Costumes Welcome. $50 person or $75 per couple. All proceeds fund the Educational Mission of the Jane Austen Society.: [email protected] .Mail a check to Jane Austen Society of LA, 5801 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115.  You may also pay by going to the Jane Austen Society of LA website (,He will sign books at the Garden District Book Shop on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.


 Wednesday, September 14

Annual Round Table Luncheon "A Salute to the Cultural Arts

 The popular monthly Royal Sonesta's Round Table Luncheon hosted by yours truly at noon at the Fleur de Liz Suite will  feature  leading representatives from the arts community to discuss their upcoming season. Featured speakers include Cynthia LeBreton, Vice Chair of the New Orleans Ballet Association; Miranda Lash, Curator at the New Orleans Museum of Art; Maestro Robert Lyall and Timothy Todd Simmons of the New Orleans Opera Association; and Angela Shepard, Development Associate at the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.  Becky Allen, Gambit Weekly’s 2011 “Best Local Theater Performer,” and pianist Jim Walpole will provide live entertainment.  Executive Chef Peter Page is planning a three-course gourmet menu with wine pairing.  Delicious entrée selections include the Grilled Gulf Swordfish with Tarragon Infusion or the Pork Tenderloin Paillard with Brulee of Apple and Aged White Cheddar Galette.  The luncheon is $42 inclusive.  Parking will be validated.  For reservations, please contact Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220 or [email protected]



Put in your calendar- save these dates
September 14- 17

Dralion Cirque Du Soleil

Fusing the 3,000 year old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque Du Soleil, Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. New Orleans Arena, 504-587-3663-
Sept. 15 - 17

The 3rd Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival

 The third annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival is devoted to classic and traditional burlesque. They have assembled themost glamorous and eye-popping burlesque dancers in the world to perform over three nights in sultry New Orleans.

September 15-24
The Addams Family- the Musical

The Addams Family is a smash-hit musical comedy that brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life.For more information on tickets, visit Jackson Theater,801 N. Rampart St.

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September 16
Martini Madness
Taking place in the Botanical Garden’s picturesque Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Martini Madness is an evening of top notch, bottomless martinis and live music.  The event, started in 2004, has become one of Friends of City Park’s most popular events.  The funds raised from past Martini Madness’ have gone to projects such as the new boats at the Big Lake in City Park.


ON Going :

 presents at 300 BOURBON STREET- No Cover- (504) 553-2299; 


*Tuesday, September 6
*8pm -- Jason Marsalis

*Wednesday, September 7
*5pm - Sasha Masakowski
8pm - *Irvin Mayfield's NOJO Jam*

Thursday, September 8
*5pm -- Roman Skakun
8pm -- Shamarr Allen*

*Friday, September 9
*5pm - The Professor Piano Series featuring David Reis

8pm -- Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown

12 Midnight - Burlesque Ballroom featuring Trixie Minx and Meschiya Lake
Saturday, September 10
*8pm -- *Alexey Marti & Urban Minds*

*12 Midnight -- Brass Band Jam featuring Hot 8 Brass Band*
Sunday, September 11
*7pm - *Tyler's Revisited featuring Germaine Bazzle and Paul Longstreth*

Irvin Mayfield  I Club at the JW  Marriott Hotel at 8 p.m. 504-527-6712

September 7,14,21 & 28 - Kristin Diable and Mia Borders

September 8, 15,22 -Amanda Shaw 

September 9- The Iguanas

September 10, 24 - Los Hombres Calentes featuring Irvin Mayfield and  Bill Summers

September 16 & 30 - Javier Gutierrez and Vivaz

September 17 - Cyril Neville

September 21 Walter "Wolfman" Washington

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!




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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



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 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. -  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-

Social/Cultural Columnist -

811 Marigny Street, Unit C

New Orleans, Louisiana 70117

Tel/ Cell 504-495-9181 Fax/504-524-0611

Margarita Bergen,
Tel/ Cell 504-495-9181 Fax/504-940-6201 

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