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Tuesday, 27 March 2012 20:45

New Orleans Events; Lion King, LPO, Ronnie Kole, Street Car Named Desire

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I hope you are enjoying spring and the glorious weather that comes along with the season.


As usual, this past week was another fabulous week in my beloved New Orleans. I started  it by attending on Tuesday, a fun-loving Mad Men Party at the Carousel Bar and Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone. ON Wednesday, it was time to host my March Round Table Luncheon: "A Salute to New Orleans Festivals"at  the Fleur de Lis Suite in the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The featured speakers were Marci Schramm, Director of French Quarter Festivals, Inc.; celebrated food writer Kit Wohl; Don Marshall, Director of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; and Terrence Verigan, Treasurer of Board of Directors of the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival. The fabulous entertainment was provided by talented actor/cabaret entertainer Vatican Lokey, accompanied on the piano by Jim Walpole. As a lagniappe, next month featured entertainer, vocalist Robin Barnes gave us a little taste of what to expect next month on April 18. Not to be missed. One of the surprises at the luncheon was the attendance of Jelani Remy who plays the adult Simba in The Lion King, who was the guest of talented entertainer Marshall Harris.

<>Memorables and fun upcoming events for March 27 to April 3 including Mad Hatter's Luncheon and Fashion Show

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That night was the special opening of the Tennessee Williams Festival at the fabulous new theater at the Old US Mint. It featured “Song for my Fathers,” a unique multimedia stage production based on Tom Sancton’s critically acclaimed New Orleans memoir featuring Tom Sancton and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Directed by Ron Rona and produced by Ben Jaffe. I was mesmerized. It was one of the best literary/musical events that I have ever seen and brought a lot of memories of my darling friends Larry Bernstein and Alan Jaffe from Preservation Hall.


The following night was the other opening for the Festival and this time it was, the hilarious theater presentation at the 2012 Tennessee Williams Festival with an all-star New Orleans cast with John “Spud” McConnell, Becky Allen, Maureen Brennan, Kris La Morte, Lara Grice, Jerry Lee Leighton, and Ann Mahoney. I could not stop laughing. They were so New Orleans!

On Friday I definitely needed a clone. Unfortunately, since I did not have one, I managed to go briefly to these events: I attended the annual talk with my darling friend John Mariani at the Windsor Court. John is a columnist for Esquire and Bloomberg News, an author and journalist of 30 years and his lectures always cover all the best restaurants through the country and his impression of the new culinary trends.

From there, I rushed to the Royal Sonesta Hotel where my darling friend, Chef Poppy Tooker was hosting the kickoff to the Road Food Festival - a live taping of “Louisiana Eats Goes Behind the Scenes with the Splendid Table.” The food and the speakers were superb. I rushed to cover the next event which was the very popular annual 35th Anniversary Julia Jump at the French Market. One of the oldest and best fundraisers, the Jump was a fun event with delicious New Orleans food, great music with Deacon John and his band. It was just delightful!

On Saturday night it was time to attend, after work, the fabulous annual Pan-American Life's Fiesta Sinfonica with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra with dynamic Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto and the celebrated Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. Mariachi Vargas has been around for over 100 years and with more than 800 recordings, it is considered to be the most important and influential group in the history of Mariachi music, playing an integral role in the evolution of the genre. It was in heaven, knowing most of the songs that they played at the Fiesta.


On Sunday, it was time to get elegantly dressed to attend, first the patron party of the Mad Hatter's at the artsy home of attorney Jim Monguer on Nashville Street. His fabulous home is like a contemporary museum of art. That evening it was time to attend "Viva Louisiane," a glittering evening of elegant dining, fine wine, and outstanding music hosted by Maestro Prieto, the trustees and musicians of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

The lovely evening, sponsored by Pan American Life Insurance, celebrated the Bicentennial of Louisiana’s Statehood with the dynamic performance of the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. It was a very memorable evening.


This upcoming week is going to be very exciting as well. I started it today by attending the sold-out Mad Hatter's Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Hilton Riverside. I  joined Alice, The Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, and the Rabbit – all from “Alice in Wonderland” - to see a fashion show of the Saint John Collection by Saks Fifth Avenue along with a celebrity hat judging contest with Mrs. Tom (Gayle) Benson, Margarita Bergen, Carolyn Elder, Rene Fransen, Angela Hill, George Schmidt, and Jude Swenson as judges..Additionally, there was a celebrity hat auction, a silent auction, and a raffle with a chance to win a $1,000 Saks Gift Card plus a personal shopper at Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC; Three night week-end stay at the Marriott Marquis Hotel at Times Square and American Airline (2) tickets.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the New Orleans Opera Association.

On Friday and Saturday, the LPO will be presenting “Joshua Bell Plays Brahms” at the First Baptist Church, March 30, 2012 - 7:30pm and Saturday, March 31 at 8 p.m. Joshua Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking virtuosity and tone of rare beauty, earning him the title “classical music superstar.” Not to be missed.

Enjoy them all or as many as you can and have a great week!

Tuesday, March 27

Toasting at Le Booze

Join my friends and I, for an evening of delicious cocktails and networking at Le Booze of the Royal Sonesta Hotel from 5:30p.m. to 7 p.m.

HIDDEN TREASURES:Newcomb Pottery Edition

Join  Friends of the Cabildo  for the next installment of our successful /Hidden Treasures/series as Katie Hall, Curator of Decorative Arts for the Louisiana State Museum, gives guests an exclusive viewing and in-depth discussion of the State Museum's vast collection of Newcomb Pottery.Space is limited. Reservations are required.LSM Collections Facility I 1000 Chartres Street
Tour times: 6:00pm and 7:00pm.Admission: $20 General, $15 FOC Members.Please call the FOC office to RSVP: (504) 523-3939.

March 27 to April 15

The Lion King
Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you'll remember forever. Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin Street

 March 27-April 27

Famed New Orleans restaurant, Le Meritage, Executive Chef Michael Farrell and Area Managing Director/General Manager of the Maison Dupuy Hotel, Morty Valldejuli are pleased to celebrate the Sixth Annual French Quarter Wine Festival
 Chef Farrell will craft a menu for each event to perfectly pair with each wine selection.
 March 27: S.A. Prum Winery Reception and Dinner ($95)

 March 28: Benziger Family Winery Reception and Dinner ($95)
 April 3: Château Musar Reception and Dinner ($95)
April 4: St. Supery Vineyards and Winery Reception and Dinner ($105)

Wednesday, March 28

Get In The kNOwLA

Come join us for an evening of cultural indulgences at the JW Marriott Lobby Lounge from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Showcasing this week:Lane Lefort,(Fine art and nature photography)Live Entertainment by:Javier Gutierrez,(guitarist)
Wine Tasting and complimentary Hors D'oeuvres
March 28

Wednesday at Lafayette Square presents The WiseGuys and Big Sam'sFunky Nation

Wednesday, March 28 
Opera on Tap 


Join us Wednesday at Inn on Bourbon for a BONUS round of Opera on Tap in the month of March.  Call it a little Irish luck left over from St. Patrick's Day but we will be singing your favorite songs and hoisting some libations in salute to Opera! 7PM - 8:30PM at: Inn on Bourbon -  541 Bourbon Street in the Puccini Bar.  Inn on Bourbon has a special valet parking rate of $5 during the  concert
when you mention you are there for the Opera On Tap event.

March 29 - April 15



A SPECIAL LOCATION!Michalopoulos Studios, 527 Elysian Fields Avenue. Parking (just across the street)Central Parking,400 Elysian Fields Avenue

Rates $5-$10-PERFORMANCES:Thurs - Sat at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm.FREE WALKING-TOUR!

One hour prior to each performance, join us for A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE-themed walking tour. Discover where Stanley and Stella Kowalski lived, worked and played in 1947 New Orleans... Walking and talking with cocktails will be encouraged!PLAY DRESS-UP WITH US!

Costume in your 1940's best for the performance (Southern Belles, Louisiana Gents, Dockworkers) and be entered in our door prize raffle! Each performance, one lucky winner will get a pair of tickets to tour the Old New Orleans Rum distillery! Box Office (504)522-6545


Friday, March 30

Obituary Cocktail

 Obers will gather at the  new ICE HOUSE BAR Hotel Provincial,1024 Chartres from  6 to 7 PM.

March 31
Shotgun House Tour

The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association is hosting with the Preservation Resource Center the Shotgun House Tour between 10am and 4PM. The Shotgun House Tour costs $30 and features 8 classic shotgun houses in Faubourg St. John. You may have seen a feature on each of the houses at FSJNAdotORG. Headquarters for the Shotgun Tour will be the Pitot House at 1440 Moss Street. Please join your neighbors and friends and support the premiere architectural preservation resource in our city.
The Bayou Bridges Committee's annual crawfish boil (Boiling for the Bridges) between 3 PM and 6 PM. Boiling for the Bridges is $30 for adults and $5 for children 10 years and under and features unlimited crawfish, beer and drinks. The location of Boiling for the Bridges is 2867 Maurepas. The Faubourg St. John rebridge project is raising the funding to restore the bridges (Magnolia and Dumaine) that
cross beloved Bayou St. John.


March 31, and April 1
Jazz on the Bayou

 Ronnie Kole will again be hosting his annual "JAZZ ON THE BAYOU" benefit for the LA Easter Seal Foundation and the St. Tammany Association for Retarded Citizens (STARC) at his home on Bayou Liberty in Slidell on the North Shore from 3 to 7 p.m 


 Saturday, March 31 

HBO's *Treme *to host 3rd Annual "My Darlin' New Orleans"

 HBO's *Treme*, currently filming in New Orleans, will host the 3rd Annual "My Darlin' New Orleans" Auction and Celebrity Gala benefiting Sweet Home New Orleans, The Roots of Music, and
the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and Assistance Foundation. Guests of this unique event will walk the red carpet and mingle with the cast and crew of *Treme.*

The Auction and Celebrity Gala will take place the evening of Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans,Louisiana. Tickets are on sale NOW for $150 per ticket and can be purchased through or by calling 504-421-4312. After getting your tickets online, click our online auction link for a chance to bid on exclusive items available only through our website (** Bid on a one of a kind Hammon B3 Organ played and signed by JoJo Hermann of *Widespread Panic*. The
organ has since been signed by a team of famous piano players such as Dr.John, Art Neville of *The Meters*, and Gregg Allman of the *Allman Brothers* . Other online auction items include CD's, books, and a baseball hat signed by the cast members and producers of *The Wire* and *Treme.* Check back often to preview other hot auction items that will be available ONLY by attending "My Darlin' New Orleans".


March 31
Fête Française 2012
Join Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans in celebrating the 13th anniversary of its annual French festival, la Fête Française from 11:00am-6:00pm. Fete Francaise carries the distinction of being the only French Festival in New Orleans. It is a unique opportunity to celebrate the French heritage of the city and showcase all things French: language, cuisine, art, and music. This year's theme Bleu, Blanc, Rouge, promises to inspire an exciting event which will take place at the school’s main campus located at 821 General Pershing Street, (between Magazine and Constance streets). Proceeds from Fête will support Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans, the only private French immersion school in New Orleans. For more information : (504) 896-4500.


March 31 – April 2

The NCAA's Final Four

The NCAA Men's Final Four returns to New Orleans for the fifth time in 2012. Men's college basketball will again crown its national champion in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as the sport caps another run of "March Madness"

 Sunday, April 1

Trinity Artist Series present @ 5 pm: Valerie Jones Francis Jones Francis, soprano, Wilfred Delphin pianist,The Patriotic Chorus & many other Guests. A program of Classical and Spirituals

Sunday April 1 @ 9 pm Sharp: JAZZ VESPERS with MattLemmler, pianist & Shane Theriot, guitarist.This is our last Lenten Jazz Vespers of 2012: Hip. Cool, & Groovy, but Spiritual, too ! The service, lasts 30 minutes, and include a jazz prelude, a jazz reflection following the gospel reading, and a jazz postlude.1329 Jackson Ave. N.O - Call: 670 2520

April 1
The O-Mazing Race: New Orleans Ultimate Scavenger Hunt

An interactive scavenger hunt on foot throughout the French Quarter. Spend an unforgettable afternoon in the French Quarter, where teams of 4-6 people will pursue clues, testing their knowledge of all things Southern culture from 2 to 6 p.m. Ogden Museum of Southern Art/University of New Orleans, 925 Camp Street, 504-539-9616

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