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New Orleans Events:Celluloid Awards, Edith Stern Legacy Awards, Festigals, Photos

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 Darlings readers,

Another wonderful week has gone by! The victory of the Saints against the Texans made it a very memorable one. What a great game!

I had a great time at every event that I attended. I started my week by attending the annual 2011 Community Arts Awards Luncheon at the Roosevelt Hotel. Awards were presented to public school theater teacher Luis Barroso; musician and Rock and Roll Hall of famer Dave Bartholomew; restaurateur and art collector JoAnn Clevenger; Treme writer and filmmaker Lolis Eric Elie; arts educator Freddi Williams Evans; and architect, musician and educator Milton G. Scheuermann. The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, an organization dedicated to developing and enhancing Louisiana’s distinct cultural industries and its workforce, also received a Community Arts Award.

Delfayo Marsalis presenting a proclamation from President Obama to the oldest living working musician Lionel Ferbos at 2011 Community  Arts Awards Luncheon

Memorable and upcoming events for Week of Sept. 27-Oct 3 including Toasting with Margarita, No Film Festival and Info about Round Table Luncheon




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On Thursday I attended another unforgettable edition of Politics with a Punch, with a great panel at the Eiffel Society on St. Charles Avenue.

On Friday, I was so busy with real estate duties that I almost forget “Stormin’ of the Sazerac,” inside the Roosevelt Hotel's legendary Sazerac Bar. Of course that evening was also one of my very favorite events: Love in the Garden which took place at the exquisite NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden. The romantic evening honored five local artists, Andy Brott, Mari De Pedro, Kathleen Loe, Ayo Scott and Julie Silvers.

I left a little early to catch the second act of the Broadway Across America production of The Addams Family: The Musical. I had the pleasure of meeting the main stars, Sara Gettelfinger (Morticia) and  Douglas Sills (Gomez). They loved New Orleans!

On Saturday, it was time to attend the elegant annual Alexis de Tocqueville Award Gala at the Roosevelt Hotel. The husband-wife restaurateur and philanthropy team of Henry and Karen Coaxum were honored by the Tocqueville Society of United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area. It was a very memorable evening.

On Sunday, as predicted I was exhausted and stayed home to entertain and watch the Saints Game.

Before I share with you all the wonderful events that I are taking place this upcoming week, I want to express my deepest sympathy to the family of one of my all time idols: Gaspar "Buddy" Stall. I had the pleasure of attending one of his very informative lectures on the New Orleans Cemeteries and it made me appreciate cemeteries all over the world. You probably will remember him as the spokesperson for Radiofone, but he was much more than that. He was probably the city’s foremost authority on the history of New Orleans. A genuinely nice person and a real gentleman. He will be missed! May his soul rest in peace!

I also want to extend my sympathies and condolences to the family of Angel Miranda, the former owner of Lola’s Restaurant on Esplanade Avenue. His former wife is my darling friend, Flamenco dancer Solangel “Lali” Calix. Services will be held on Saturday, October 1, at 12 noon in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 4640 Canal Street, New Orleans.

This upcoming week is going to be very special- I have been invited to attend, on September 29, the 22nd Annual New Orleans Film Society Gala at the Eiffel Society, 2046 St. Charles Avenue. It will present the 2011 Celluloid Award to beloved actor John Goodman . It will feature the Living Rumors and Walter "Wolfman " Washington & the Roadmasters. The Patron Party will be from 6:30-8 p.m. and the Gala from 8 to 11 p.m. For more info call 309-6633 or email: [email protected]

Darlings, if you read my calendar you will see all the other events that my beloved New Orleans has to offer, but I do want you to save this date: Wednesday, October 12 at noon, since that is when my monthly Round Table Luncheon will be a take place. It is a very special one because it will be a “Salute to the Hispanics” and their contribution to our community. As such I have invited these outstanding speakers:

* Darleen Kattan, Executive Director of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana
* Anthony Amato, Director of the International High School
* Romi Gonzalez, Local attorney, President of HAMACA and creator of Carnival Latino
* Rene Gruas, Pres. N.O. Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the upcoming Azucar Ball

The featured entertainment will be Micaela and Fiesta Flamenca. Chef Greg Page will be doing a very special gourmet luncheon with specially selected wines to complement the meal. The luncheon is $42 all inclusive. Parking will be validated. For reservations, please contact Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220 or [email protected].

This week I am looking forward to attending the annual St. Elizabeth 's Guild honoring the 2011 Volunteer Activists : Ralph Cox, Jr, Cindy C Enright; Jeri Nins, Pat Paternostro, Sally-Ann Roberts, Elenor Straub, Lizette M. Terral, Susie C. Veters, Barbara Turner Windhorst and Margie Lous Zeno. Congratulations to all of them! I am also looking forward to doing my every other week Toasting with Margarita at Le Booze on Tuesdsy and attending the opening party for the New Orleans Film Festival on Thursday at the Eiffell Society.

Lets see what  else New Orleans has to offer:

Tuesday, September 27

Toasting with MARGARITA at Le Booze

Join me for a spirited evening  of Networking and delicious cocktails from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Le Booze of the Royal Sonesta Hotel.


EVERY TUESDAY @ 6 pm till 7 pm "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 from Classical Baroque to vintage rock and popular tunes www.albinas.org<http://www.albinas.org>


This Week at Swirl Wines


Tuesday, September 27

Join Dr. James Moises Tuesday for a Tasting to Benfit Multiple Sclerosis
James Moises, a Team Swirl sponsor, wine producer, local doc and all around great guy will be pouring wines from one of our favorite Oregon producers, Dominio IV, for a tasting to benefit Multiple Sclerosis.  He'll be pouring 5 wines including one of our best selling, well priced Oregon Pinots, the 2009 Dominio IV "Loves Lies Bleeding" as well as their Viognier, Syrah and Tempranillo/Syrah blend.  And just maybe I can convince him to open one of his own Moises 2008 Pinot Noirs.  Afterall, it's for a good cause!  The tasting is $20 and proceeds benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  We'll also be taking the final bids for that signed Saints football this evening as well. 6:30 to 8pm.

Wine & Cheese Pairing Class, Wednesday September 28, 6 to 8pm
Sold Out!! Join us with Saint James Cheese for our monthly wine and cheese pairing class!  Wines and cheese from southern Italy are on the menu tonight, $25, Reservations and prepayment required to hold your spot.  This tasting is limited to 20 people.  This event is sold out, but Mike will be pouring flites of three of the wines at the bar with cheese plate to pair

Wednesday Nite Flites, 6 to 8pm
Mike Fabianski will be pouring a flite of 3 wines from southern Italy tonight and our cheese plate will be designed to pair with the wines.  If you couldn't get into our class this evening, you'll at least be able to try 3 of the wine and cheese pairings at the bar!  Flite is $13 and cheese plate is $12.  No reservations required
Swirl Wine Bar & Market,3143 Ponce de Leon Street,504.304.0635

September 28


The famed Le Meritage Restaurant, located at 1001 Rue Toulouse in the Maison Dupuy Hotel, will welcome New Orleans born winemaker James Moises for a four-course dinner paired with six fine wines from Oregon’s Willamette Valley on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30PM. Tickets for the event are $85, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 504-648-6113.
Executive Chef Michael Farrell has crafted four scrumptious courses to perfectly compliment the wine selections. The evening will being with an aperitif of Capitello Brut NV Sparkling Wine, followed by a first course of Louisiana Oysters and Caviar with a pinot grigio mignonette paired with 09 Capitello Sauvignon Blanc. Following the dish will be a Fig and Beet Salad finished with toasted pine nuts, goat cheese and an orange blossom vinaigrette paired with 09 Lumos Pinot Gris. The main course is a Slow Roasted Pork Belly served with pickled cucumber and celery root puree paired with a duo of Moises’ own wines — 07 Moises “Yamhill Carlton” and his 08 Moises “Holmes Hill”. The evening’s dessert will be Fresh Peach Cobbler topped with whipped cream paired with Capitello. YUMMY! 

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September 28


Basil, Pineapple, Bubblegum... Vodka flavors come in a plethora of distinctive flavors, so come explore the wild world of vodkas! Joins us from 6-8pm for this casual, reception-style cocktail tasting as we sample a collection of uniquely flavored vodkas that are sure to stir the senses. Premium and ultra premium brands to be featured include: Square One (Cucumber, Botanical and Basil); Van Gogh (Dutch Chocolate; Dutch Caramel; Double Espresso; Pomegranate; Acia-Blueberry); 3 Olives (Purple, Raspberry and Vanilla); Hanger 1 (Kaffir Lime, Mandarin and Citron); Zubrowka Bison Grass; and Perfect. Cost is $30 per person and tickets are sold in advance by calling 483-6314. If not sold out, tickets will be available at the door.Cork & Bottle, the boutique wine shop located in Mid-City's American Can Company (3700 Orleans Avenue.)

Wednesday, Sept.28

 2011 HARVEST THE MUSIC concert series presented by Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank presents Bonerama with Dave Malone of the Radiators Plus Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory

The free concert series benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana. -5PM - 7:30PM at  LAFAYETTE SQUARE


Wednesday, September 28

Get In The kNOwLA

Come join us for an evening of cultural indulgences at the JW Marriott Lobby Lounge 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This week featuring: Angelica Verkeenko (Russian artist and costume designer whose creations are made from metallic leaf, gold leaf, and mixed media) Live Entertainment by: Raphael Bas & Pierre Pichon (Gypsy Swing)Spirit Tasting and complimentary Hors D’oeuvres

September 28


Blondie tours North America this Fall behind their 9th studio album, Panic of Girls. With an impressive new collection of songs and a sound more recognizable than ever, Debbie Harry, Clem Burke and Chris Stein, along with newer band members Leigh Foxx, Tommy Kessler and Matt Katz-Bohen, will bring the incredible new tracks and Blondie hits to crowds from coast to coast. Mahalia Jackson Theater,1419 Basin Street

September 29

 Thursday at Twilights Concerts presents

Tom Sancton & N.O. All Stars


 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, 504-483-9386, http://www.garden.neworleanscitypark.com
September 28 - October 9

God of Carnage at Southern Rep Theatre 

  Directed by Ricky Graham- Featuring  John "Spud" McConnell and Maureen Brennan- with Lara Grice and Gary Rucker. Winner of the 2009 Tony Award.  Thur - Sat 8:00 pm-Sun Matinee 3:00 pm



Legendary New Orleans Musicians Come Together to Celebrate Jerry Moran’s Photo Installation in Whiskey Blue New Orleans‏
Legendary New Orleans Musicians come together to celebrate JerryMoran’s new photo installation in Whiskey Blue on Thursday, September 29, 2011from7-10pm. Known for capturing the musicians New Orleans is famous for,Jerry Moran and friends celebrate his iconic images against thebackdrop of Whiskey Blue, the established nightlife destination inNew Orleans.

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September 29

22 Annual New Orleans Film Society Gala

The New Orleans Film Society presents its annual gala at the Eiffel Society, 2046 St. Charles Avenue. It will present the 2011 Celluloid Awards. The Patron party will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and the Gala from 8 to 11. For more info call 309-6633 or email: [email protected]
September 29

Father LeDoux and *War of the Pews *Book Tour in New Orleans Sept. 27-Oct.6Tues. Sept. 27 WWL interview with Salle Anne Robertson morningshow 8:15amWBOK 1230am at 8:30am Thurs. Sept. 29 Gala Book Launch Party 6-8 p.m.Basin Street Station501 BasinStreet contact: Lizette Turpin(504) 293-2643
September 30- October 2

The Alley at the National World War II Museum

The Alley Cats are a perfect blend of musical talent and comic timing. Their interaction with auduences combined with their spontaneous humor makes each show refreshing and exciting.The National World War II Museum,504-528-1943;

September 30
Fridays at the French Market featuring Tom Worrell & Mem Shannon and The Membership
The concerts are a colorful invitation to locals to rediscover the historic Market while taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the new Farmers Market eateries, as well as new and familiar Flea Market vendors showcasing clothing, handmade jewelry, artwork, photography, candles and international and local crafts. 4 to 7 p.m. French Market. 504-522-2621.http://www.frenchmarket.org
September 30- October 16
The Drowsy Chaperone
A rare combination of unprecedented originality and blinding talent, this show boldly addresses a great unspoken desire in all our hearts: to be entertained.  7:30p.m. at Westwego Perfoming Arts Theatre; 504-885-2000;htt://www.jpas.org


September 30

 Obituary Cocktail Society

Obers will gather as every Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at this saloon: FRENCH MARKET RESTAURANT & BAR -- UPSTAIRS-1001 DECATUR ST. - 525-7879- Special Happy Hour prices.


September 30

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.

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October 1

Mahler Symphony No. 1

The premiere classic concert for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will feature Maestro Carlos Manuel Prieto and pianist Gabriela Montero at 8 p.m. at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre. www.lpomusic.org


Sunday, October 2

Trinity Artist Series presents @ 5 pm: Suzanne Cartreine, pianist/harpsichordist

Music by Baroque composers from the 17 & 18 Century including Jean-Philippe Rameau & Alessandro Pogliatti


Wednesday, October 5


Edith Stern Legacy Award Luncheon

This fall, Longue Vue House and Gardens will begin an important and culturally relevant tradition when we host our First Annual Edith Stern Legacy Award Luncheon. The first recipient of the Edith Stern Legacy Award is Genevieve Trimble, who is recognized in New Orleans and Louisiana for her significant and lasting impact on the stewardship, understanding and appreciation of the horticultural arts.The luncheon will be staged in the main house and will feature eight tables in the center hall and modern gallery, designed to accommodate ninety guests. Elegant china, silver, crystal, linens and floral centerpieces will all be uniquely arranged by each of the table captains from their personal collections. 12 noon - $250
Reservations are required. contact Charlotte LeCorgne at (504) 293-4720


October 6, 2011 


Festigals Facebook 

Highlights of the weekend include the following, to name a few:

S.H.E. Series and Luncheon:  A series of seminars with dynamic guests speaking on a variety of topics dedicated to Self, Heart and Empowerment (S.H.E.).  Soledad O'Brien, CNN Anchor, will join the S.H.E. Series as the keynote luncheon speaker.

Ladies Giving Back:  A portion of the net proceeds will benefit Dress for Success and Women for Women International.

Fire & Ice : Cocktail block party featuring Rockin' Dopsie, Amanda Shaw and the New Orleans Firemen.

Sinfully Sweet:  A chocolate and wine pairing experience for sweet indulgers with chocolates from Bittersweet Confections.

Stiletto Stroll:  An authentic New Orleans style parade for all FestiGals guests and sponsors. with Margarita Bergen as the Grand Marshal

Gospel & Grits: A soulful brunch where you can sing, clap and dance while enjoying fabulous food.

Relax with Spa Aria, the exclusive spa for the FestiGals weekend.

The weekend's festivities commence on Thursday October 6th.  Go to www.festigals.org for more information about FestiGals


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October 8

The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse( CADA)  will hold a special fund raising event for the agency’s substance abuse prevention and early intervention programs. CADA is a United Way non-profit community health agency that for the past 50 years has provided services to students, parents, families and community organizations to help in the prevention and intervention of alcohol and drug abuse. The services are offered within the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Tammany and Plaquemines. 


The fall event will be a Carnivale, a family fun night at the Amusement Rides area in  City Park on Saturday, October 8, 2011 between 7 and 10 p.m.,  where students and their families will enjoy unlimited access to the amusement rides.


There will be a Patron Party for sponsors on Thursday, October 6, 2011, at 6 pm, at the home of honorary chairs Donna and Paul Flower, at 1230 Calhoun Street. Chair of the event is Celeste Eustis.  We will appreciate coverage for this patron Party.


For further information, contact Ana E. Gershanik at  (504) 891-6156 or (504) 931-9456 or by e-mail at [email protected]


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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


Have a great, cool 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

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