Wednesday, 26 October 2011 17:12

New Orleans Events: Boo At The Zoo, Mom's; Dancing With Stars Of The South

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The New Orleans Saints and the entire city are elated about the recent victory of the Saints over the Colts.

It was a perfect way to end to a very exciting week that started for me on Tuesday, when I was cast to be a canine judge along with designer Chet Pourciau the Mid-City Fetch's Canine Costume. Becky Allen and Heidi Junius emceed the Canine Costume Contest and I was impressed by the creativity of the costume. On Wednesday, I attended, what I think is one of the most fun parties in town, the annual fabulous Saks Fifth Avenue's “Key to the Cure” and it was packed. The food, libations, music, entertainment and guests made it a very memorable evening.

I also attended a very enlightining investment-focused business breakfast for forty foreign ambassadors, Gulf South business leaders, and government representatives were present at the breakfast at the World Trade Center. 
On Thursday, it was time for me to entertain and, as such, I invited several of my entrepreneurial and artistic friends to co-host a dinner in honor of 10 of 504ward’s talented, brilliant young professionals. It was a very entertaining and enlightening and I must say the food was delicious. You could visit my Facebook and see all th e wonderful photos taken by Frank Stansbury of La Fete News.


On Friday, it was time to don again my pink wig to attend the ultra-elegant “Ochsner Goes Pink” Gala, benefiting Ochsner Health System at Le Forest. The evening included a live auction, a cocktail reception, followed by a delicious dinner prepared by some of the best New Orleans chefs. It was indeed the perfect pink party for a great cause.

The following night, I hated to miss the Ballet, but I could only attend one event and that the lovely Touro Infirmary Foundation's “Here for Life” Gala at the Sheraton Hotel. Michael Berenson received the Judah Touro Society Award and the entertainment was by the one and only Deacon John.

This upcoming week is going be a busy one as well. I am really looking forward to my participation, along with Rufino Saavedra, on Saturday, October 29 at “Dancing with the Stars of the South.” The Louisiana Center for Women and Government presents Dancing with the Stars of the South, featuring Celebrity Guest Mario Lopez and an impressive list of local celebrities as dancers, including me and some very important judges. The event will be at the newly reopened Hyatt Regency. For reservations call 985-448-4770. Not to be missed.


I am also looking forward to participating on Tuesday at my Toasting with Margarita at Le Booze and  being a "Star" at the annual with the Stars”  benefitting  Parkway Partners on Sunday, October 30 and then attending the opening of the Broadway production of Rock of Age on November 1st.

Enjoy your week! .

Bayoubuzz Event Videos

Saks Fifth Avenue New Orleans Key To The Cure Opens Doors to Life 

 WTC Hosts 35 Ambassadors-Focus: Why Louisiana, New Orleans

Saints, Mercedes-Benz And Superdome, The Best of Class

New Orleans Chpt. American Cancer Society Gala Brings Hope For Cure

Video Of New Orleans Deanie's Seafood, Artist Vella Give To Wetland

Louisiana Center for Women And Government Inducts, Honors And Inspires

New Orleans Go Red For Women Shows Big Heart

JPAS Shows Its Talents In New Orleans At Eiffel

Hats Off To New Orleans Opera Women’s Guild’s Mad Hatter Masquerade

New Orleans’s CAC Celebrates Pre-Valentines Hearts With Its Gala SweetArts

Vince Vance's Annual 39th Birthday Bash 
Gumbo DanceSport Championship 2011 in Baton Rouge, La--

 Bayoubuzz Photo Gallery


 Memorables and Fun upcoming event including Dancing with the StarsVoodoo on the Bayou- Feast with the Stars and more




This online album has 31 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 01/23/2012.







 Tuesday,October 25
Fall Into Fashion 
The Encore Shop, the upscale resale shop that benefits Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will host a week-long fashion event to introduce the new “line” of fall clothes. This year, the shop has decided to allow those who pay a little extra to have an opportunity to shop before the clothes are available for sale. The Encore Shop. $50 per ticket for preview shopping and party; $35 per ticket for the party; and no charge for daily shopping.Contact: (504) 861-9028
October 25 
Five authors discuss their newest works at East Bank Regional Library  
Murder and Other Misbehavior, a book launch party introducing new works by five local authors, occurs at 7 p.m. The panel discussion focuses on crime, murder, mystery and mayhem. Three of the authors will discuss their new works of fiction. S.L. Alexander will discuss her role as editor of a new anthology of nonfiction; Ethan Brown discusses the paperback release of his nonfiction book. He also serves as the panel moderator.The event is free of charge and is open to the public.
S.L. Alexander (Panel ModeratorEAST BANK REGIONAL LIBRARY,4747 W. Napoleon Avenue,Metairie,504-838-1190
October 25,2011– January 29, 2012

Prospect.2 installation by Dawn DeDeaux DeDeaux at Brulator Courtyard
A New Orleans native and one of America’s pioneering new media artists, employs her visionary sense of space, light and media to transform the Brulatour Courtyard into “Goddess Fortuna and Her Dunces In An Effort To Make Sense Of It All.” Inspired by John Kenney Toole’s classic New Orleans novel, “A Confederacy of Dunces,” the exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of the novel’s Pulitzer Prize, exploring its underlying philosophical themes.   Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street,504-523-4662

Wednesday, October 26
2011 HARVEST THE MUSIC concert series presented by Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank presents: Blind Boys of Alabama-Plus Krown Washington and Batiste
The free concert series benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana.
(located off Poydras Street between St. Charles Avenue and Camp Street, across from Gallier Hall)
October 26
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. This Week Featuring:"Face, Forms and Figures Art Clay Exhibit"by Marla Donovan and Ernie Manzanera.Live Entertainment by:
Javier Gutierrez . Complimentary Wine Tasting and hors d' oeuvre.
Thursday, October 27

 La Fete de Bernard de Marigny

@ 6pm at the Lakehouse @ 2025 Lakeshore Drive (Bernard's Historic Home). Great food, Sazerac's, Old Fashioned's, Wine, Beer, historic presentations and the Hot 8 Brass Band! Admission is $25 per person and you will have to pay at the door as there will be no pre-sale tickets" Period attire (1800's) is suggested...but not required.

October 27

A Strolll through Spain Wine Tasting at Martin Wine Cellar in Metairie

The tasting will feature eight Spanish wines accompanied by Spanish cheese, pate and meat from 6:30 to 8 p.m. $16  Space is limited- call 897-7350 


October 27

ShoeStories™ Pictures + Stories by Claudia Lynch

 Pere Marquette Hotel, 817 Common St. 7-11 PM

Friday, October 28
Christmas in October Luncheon
Metairie Woman’s Club's luncheon will include a silent auction, a parade of prizes, a boutique, a pantry of homemade goodies and a jewelry raffle fashion show.  Airport Hilton, $35 per ticket. Contact Cindy Garic, (504) 834-9054

 Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29
 Boo at the Zoo
Calling all ghost and goblins! Boo at the Zoo features trick-or-treat houses with candy, the Mombasa Ghost Train, a haunted house with a scary and not-so-scary side, games with prizes and live entertainment. All attractions
and treats, except concessions, are free with admission. Proceeds benefit Children's Hospital and Audubon Nature Institute.

Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans. Purchase a ticket online at

 The admission fee is $16 per person, while children under age-one are admitted free.

October 28-30


Friends of the Cabildo, the support organization for the Louisiana State Museum, will be hosting its 25th annual Ghostly Galavant
Fundraiser, October 28th-30th. The three-day event kicks off with a Friday night Gala at the Cabildo from 8pm-12am. The Saturday and Sunday Ghostly tours leave from the 1850 House on Historic Jackson Square. The tours will run on the hour from 10am until 3pm each day. The Ghostly Galavant weekend begins with the Gala, a Halloween themed party at the Cabildo on Jackson Square. Guests are encouraged (but not required) to dress up in costume and get in the Halloween spirit!Tickets include food and drink from restaurants in the French Quarter,including Muriel¹s Jackson Square, Dickie Brennan¹s Steakhouse, and Court of
Two Sisters. Entertainment will be provided by MC Trachiotomy, while DJ Frankenstock will be spinning Halloween music. Tickets for the Gala are $35 dollars in advance and $45 dollars at the door. On Saturday and Sunday, Friends of the Cabildo tour guides will take guests on a haunting and hilarious tour of the French Quarter. Ghosts, such as seventh president of the United States and General of the Battle of New Orleans Andrew Jackson, Emperor of France Napoleon, and the Baroness Michaela Pontabla, may all be happened upon in French Quarter buildings and courtyards. Tours begin at 10am on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are only $15
for adults (+21) and $10 for students and children. For tickets  contact the Friends of the Cabildo office at (504) 523-3939 or online at

Saturday, October 29

22nd Annual Voodoo on the Bayou

The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association is pleased to announce the 22nd Annual Voodoo on the Bayou celebration which will be held on the grounds of The Historic Pitot House. The event will feature live music by "Los Po-Boy-Citos" (winners of the 2011
Big Easy Award for Best Latin Band) and the New Orleans sounds of "Lips & the Trips".

Open Bar, food from some of New Orleans most beloved restaurants including Café Degas, Santa Fe, Nonna Mia and Angelo Brocato's. Also featured will be a wonderful variety of silent auction items including a Mignon Faget necklace, a Treme Poster signed by cast members, a Chris Owens costume, 1996 Sports Illustrated featuring and signed by Archie and
Peyton Manning.Tickets are $40 in advance ($50 at the door the night of the event) and available at:

Terranova Supermarket 3308 Esplanade Avenue Swirl Wine 3143 Ponce de Leon
New Orleans Bamboo 6065 Magazine Street Cork & Bottle 3700 Orleans Avenue,[email protected] or Call the "Voodoo Queen" at 504.486.7793 For more go to

SATURDAY | Oct 29 | 8:30 pm | PITOT HOUSE | 1440 Moss | New Orleans

October 29
MOMs Halloween Bash  

Loyal Subjects of King Quasimodo and Queen Inertia invite you to Costume for the MOMs (Mystic Orphans and Misfits)
BACK FROM THE BED Halloween Bash 2011.10pm til (Doors 9pm)Howlin' Wolf featuring * Kids on Bridges * Honey Island Swamp Band * The Revivalists-Costume contest at midnight -win a years membership to MOMs (The only way anyone can become a member)Costume!! Costume!! Costume!!


 Saturday, October 29

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts with Jeffrey Biegel on the piano at 8 p.m. at Mahalia Jackson Theater. 504-523-6530 or visit:

Saturday: Furnishing Louisiana takes the stage at the Louisiana Book Festival

Saturday, October 29 • 1:45–2:45 p.m.
Louisiana State Capitol’s House Committee Room 6
Baton Rouge, LA

Admission is free.
The Historic New Orleans Collection is proud to participate in the 2011 Louisiana Book Festival with a panel discussion of Furnishing Louisiana: Creole and Acadian Furniture, 1735–1835, by editor Sarah R. Doerries, researcher Elizabeth Ogden, designer Tana Coman, and photographer Jim Zietz.

The panel will take place 1:45–2:45 p.m. in the Louisiana State Capitol’s House Committee Room 6. Refreshments and live music will be provided. A book signing will immediately follow the discussion at the outdoor Barnes and Noble tent on the Capitol grounds.

The Louisiana Book Festival is an annual literary celebration for booklovers of all ages. More than 200 presenters—including authors, editors, publishers and other contributors with Louisiana ties—will be at the event, participating in discussions and book signings. The Collection is a sponsor of this year's festival, which takes place October 29 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the State Library of Louisiana, Louisiana State Capitol, Louisiana State Museum, and nearby locations. Visit for the full list of participants and the schedule of speakers.

Saturday, October 29

Comedians Becky Allen and Jodi Borrello to Star in “A Laughtacular Night” at The Friendly Bar

 Side Ways Tall Comedy presents “A Laughtacular Night” starring entertainers and comedians Becky Allen and Jodi Borrello with emcee Rhonda Bordelon 8:30pm at The Friendly Bar, 2301 Chartres Street in the Marigny. Additionally, a costume contest will be held, so guests are encouraged to don their most creative costumes for the fun-filled show. Cost to attend is $15 per person and reservations in advance are strongly recommended by calling, 504.943.8929 or 504.210.7346.


 Come and Laugh Your BOOty Off! 

Side Ways Tall Comedy
A Laughtacular Nite

starring comedians


Becky Allen & Jodi Borrello


with emcee Rhonda Bordelon


Saturday, October 29



The Friendly Bar

2301 Chartres Street

in the Marigny




Call 504.943.8929
to reserve tickets!



October 30
15th annual Harvest Cop Polo Classic
The annual event benefitting Junior League of Greater Covington’s community projects will feature a   Parade of Breeds; a “Meet and Greet” with horses and presenters; live and silent auctions; culinary samples and adult cocktails; entertainment by Cowboy Mouth;
and more. Lea Farm, Folsom-Tickets: $100 per ticket, $125 per ticket for VIP lounge.(985) 892-5258,

October 30
“Feast with the Stars”
 The annual Feast benefiting  Parkway Partners invite you to come party in costume (or not) while sampling the fare of 20 famous New Orleans restaurants. The patron party will honor the Mumfords, and will take place a week prior. Gallier Hall
 $75 per tickets with patron packages starting at $250. (504) 620-2224
Sun., Oct. 30

Nickel a Dance presents  Lionel Ferbos and the Palm Court Jazz Band.

4:00pm to 7:00pm at MAISON, 508 Frenchmen Street 

October 30

Trinity Artist Series presents  

 British Brass Band of Louisiana -  Over 30
performers In a program featuring Traditional British brass band music at 5 p.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans

November 1-6

Rock of Ages

at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre at 8 p.m.

November 3
9th annual “Cocktails for KID smART”
Event Info: KID smART’s signature fundraising event includes a champagne reception for sponsors and patrons followed by a cocktail party. Joel Event Planning and Catering will provide food and featured artist Charles Bohn will present a hand-thrown ceramic bowl to each sponsor and patron.  4730 St. Charles Ave. $125 per ticket and $750 per ticket at the patron level.(504) 410-1990

November 4
23rd annual
“Justice for All Ball”
This annual fundraiser benefitting the  The Pro Bono Project  brings some of the best food, beverage and music all under one roof for attendees; a raffle and live auction will offer prizes from local and regional businesses and artists.  Audubon Tea Room, $150 per ticket in advance, $175 at the door. (504) 581-3480

November 4
“Signature Chefs Gala”
Benefits: March of Dimes
Dine among the stars as celebrity chefs from New Orleans’ best restaurants treat guests to delicious delights to benefit March of Dimes. While diners enjoy their great night out, celebrity auctioneers will start the bidding to raise funds for the March of Dimes.
 New Orleans Marriott- $150 per ticket  (504) 836-2087
November 4
Preservation Hall at Fifty: Celebrating Jazz and Old U.S. Mint Jazz Venue Debut Gala
Benefits: Louisiana Museum Foundation
 Lt. Gov. Dardenne will be present to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Preservation Hall benefitting the Louisiana Museum Foundation with a beautiful jazz exhibit and the opening of the new Jazz Venue at the U.S. Old Mint. Honorary chairs include Ben Jaffe, Irvin Mayfield and Jeremy Davenport. Old U.S. Mint
Tickets: $50 per ticket in advance and $60 per ticket at the door for the gala; $250 per ticket for members and $300 per ticket for non-members for the patron party. (504) 558-0493

300 BOURBON STREET- No Cover- (504)   

Tuesday, October 25
*8pm - NOJI presents Steve Masakowski's Jazz Tribute to John Kennedy 
Toole's /A Confederacy of Dunces/

*Wednesday, October 26
*5pm -- James Westfall
8pm - *Irvin Mayfield's NOJO Jam*

*Thursday, October 27*

5pm -- Kipori Woods
8pm -- James Andrews

*Friday, October 28
*5pm - The Professor Piano Series featuring Josh Paxton

8pm -- Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown

12 Midnight - Burlesque Ballroom featuring Trixie Minx
Saturday, October 29
*8pm -- *Bill Summers*

*12 Midnight -- Brass Band Jam featuring Brass-A-Holics*

*Sunday, October 30
*7pm - *Tyler's Revisited featuring Germaine Bazzle and Paul Longstreth**


*Monday, October 31
*8pm -- *The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band with special guest Gerald French*

 Anais St. John

Polo Lounge of the Windsor Court on Friuday and Saturday from 9 to Midnight. 
Jeremy Davenport

Every Thursday and Weekend at the Ritz Carlton


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  


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-

Social/Cultural Columnist -

811 Marigny Street, Unit C

New Orleans, Louisiana 70117

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

Bayoubuzz Event Videos

Saks Fifth Avenue New Orleans Key To The Cure Opens Doors to Life 

 WTC Hosts 35 Ambassadors-Focus: Why Louisiana, New Orleans

Saints, Mercedes-Benz And Superdome, The Best of Class

New Orleans Chpt. American Cancer Society Gala Brings Hope For Cure

Video Of New Orleans Deanie's Seafood, Artist Vella Give To Wetland

Louisiana Center for Women And Government Inducts, Honors And Inspires

New Orleans Go Red For Women Shows Big Heart

JPAS Shows Its Talents In New Orleans At Eiffel

Hats Off To New Orleans Opera Women’s Guild’s Mad Hatter Masquerade

New Orleans’s CAC Celebrates Pre-Valentines Hearts With Its Gala SweetArts

Vince Vance's Annual 39th Birthday Bash 
Gumbo DanceSport Championship 2011 in Baton Rouge, La--

 Bayoubuzz Photo Gallery

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