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New Orleans Area Events: Balls, Dancing and Fun

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margaritafrDarling friends,
This past week was a very busy one; unfortunately I have been battling a persistent cold. September is Hispanic month and there were many celebrations that I am sorry I missed. I did attend last night – “Uncovering the History of South of the Border Cocktails” at the Museum of The American Cocktail. We celebrated the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence while sampling and learning the history of the Daiquiri, the Mojito, the Caipirinha, the Pisco Sour, and the Margarita with historian and mixologist extraordinaire Chris McMillian.

Last week, I attended my Toasting With Margarita at Le Booze with my special guests, entertainer par excellence Becky Allen and talented pianist Jim Walpole. I also hosted my monthly Round Table Luncheon for our annual "A Salute to the Arts.” It was a great success with a lot of movers and shakers in the local arts community in attendance. We had Maestro Robert Lyall representing the New Orleans Opera Association, Grace Wilson and Miranda Lash from the New Orleans Museum of Art, Jess Brown from the New Orleans Ballet Association and Reimer Priester from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

We were also were honored with the presence of Maestro Dennis Assaf of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society and Maestro Jean Montes of Loyola University. In addition we had the pleasure of listening to Chef John Folse and his partner, newly arrived Chef Rick Tramonto from Chicago talking about their upcoming L’Revolution Restaurant at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

After taking Friday off to restore my health, I attended the birthday parties of my darling friend Stuart Smith, who turned 50 with a bish bash at the House of Blues that included a very special performance of the group B52. That same night was the birthday of Richard Fiske, owner of the Bombay Club, so I could not missed those celebrations. On Sunday, I attended the Summer Party of the Junior Committee of the New Orleans Opera Guild at Sibley Gallery, followed by a delicious celebration of the 10th anniversary of Herbsaint Restaurant. It was great seeing Chef Donald Link and Chef Susan Spicer and many other dedicated culinary consumers like me.

This week is another busy week and will include attending on Wednesday, the Cancer Crusaders Tenth Annual Celebration of Life Luncheon honoring a few of my friends, and the art opening of my brother Lorenzo Bergen at the JW. Marriott Lobby from 5:30-8 p.m. On Thursday, I am attending the wonderful Wine/ Food tasting at Galvez Restaurant. Friday is going to be a social marathon day since I am judging Storming the Sazerac at the Roosevelt, as well as judging the Where Y's Hat at The French Market from 5:30 to 7:30, and then must rush to "Love in the Garden " at NOMA.

I want to congratulate these talented artists who are being honored on Saturday, with the Love in the Garden Award by the New Orleans Museum of Art : Peggy Bishop, Joachim Casell, Mignon Faget, Bob Graham, Don Maitland, Thomas Mann, Edith Moseley, Jacques Soulas, Robert Tannen and Sharon Weilbaecher. Congratulations to all!

Here is how this week shapes up

Wednesday, September 22
The 10 annual Cancer Crusaders Luncheon wil honor 14 indomitable spirits who are cancer survivors at  the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott  New Orleans Hotel. There will be a special reception for Life Members and honorees at 10 a.m. Luncheon at 11:30 with Angela Hill as the MC's.

Wednesday, September 22
Harvest the Music 2010 Series presents from 5- 7:30 p.m. at Lafayette Square, across from Gallier Hall Visit for more information.

September 22
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.
Local Featured Artist: Lorenzo Bergen,~Featuring new Acrylic Paintings including New Spiral Series and New Spanish Eyes Series~
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 22

Opening of Mignon Faget: A Life in Art and Design
Celebrate one of New Orleans's most recognized jewelry designers with The Collection this fall. The display includes jewelry, drawings, textiles, and glassware, as well as biographical material. You can also see some of the objects that have inspired the designer over the years.Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Williams Gallery, 533 Royal Street,Free and open to the public
Mark your calendars for the following events, presented in conjunction with the exhibition.
Opening Reception- Thursday, September 30 • 5:30–8 p.m.
533 Royal Street,Free and open to the public.Curator Judith H. Bonner will join the designer to meet guests and discuss the exhibition.

September 22
Decorative Arts and Design Series: "Furnishing the Outdoor Room" at Longue Vue
Have you worked hard to create an urban oasis, but aren’t sure how to compliment your greenery with furniture and accessories appropriate for the outdoors? Join our panel of experts for a "how-to" discussion on using space, color, and design to create the perfect "outdoor room." Come prepared with photographs of your space and get personalized advice from our panel of experts! Reservations are required. Contact Jen Gick at 504.488.5488 ext. 320 or [email protected] 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road

September 23
LOUISIANA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION Presents A Multicultural Event and Experience featuring a 4 course Fine Wine, and Food Tasting at Galvez Restaurant
Republic National Distributing Company, Galvez Restaurant & LOUISIANA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION Presents A Multicultural Event and Experience featuring a 4 course Fine Wine, and Food Tasting.

Come socialize with the Elite in New Orleans! Wine & Tapas tasting and Menu & enjoy Live Entertainment by 4 Latino and Rumba Buena. FREE VALET PARKING AVAILABLE!...RSVP: 504-595-3400 or Confirm by Email: [email protected]
Limited sitting available.$45 per person Inclusive,Corporate Tables available for $270 inclusive -plus your company logo displayed at the event
Thursday, September 23
Ogden After Hours presents C.P. Love,
of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. 6 to 8 p.m. Visit for further details on programming.
September 23,
Cabot Creamery Partners with Local Nonprofits to Create World's Largest Mac 'n' Cheese. Chef John Folse prepares a Guinness world-record attempt to benefit New Orleans nonprofit group. 11:30 am - 2:00 pm-  Fulton Square Promenade(Lafayette St. and S.Peters St.)
Phone:  (504) 949-3999- Admission:  $5.00 all you can eat pasta

September 23 - October 10
Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, "Hairspray" has inspired a new major motion picture, and has audiences dancing in the aisles and begging for more worldwide. Directed by: Ricky Graham, Starring: A.J. Allegra, Roland "Butch" Caire, Dianna Duffy, Leslie Limberg, Sal Mannino, Kesha McKey, Lloyd Meekins IV, Angela Papale, Sean Patterson, Amy Pfrimmer, Ximone Rose and a stellar ensemble. Thursday - Saturday, 8:00 p.m., Sunday, 2:00 p.m. Le Petit Box Office: 504-522-2081 or
September 23-26
Southern Rep Presents - IN THE NEXT ROOM (or the vibrator play)
New Orleans Southern Reps 24th Season begins with a Regional Premiere of Sarah Ruhls Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award Nominated play In The Next Room (or the vibrator play), directed by Southern Rep Artistic Director Aime Hayes.
Times: Thursday - Saturday 8:00 pm; Sunday 3:00 pm., Southern Rep, The Shops at Canal Place, 3rd Floor
Phone:  (504) 522-6545-Admission:  $29.00 - $85.00

Friday, September 24
The French Market invites the public to its free second annual Where Y’Hat event celebrating local hat vendors, hatmakers and hat lovers of all ages. Music by Jayna Morgan and Lantana Combo will be performed at the Dutch Alley Performance Pavilion beginnning at 5:00 p.m. At 6:15 p.m. local hat aficionada Margarita Bergen will emcee a hat fashion show then judge a hat contest open to the public. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite hat to the French Market and enter a hat contest to win prizes. See below for details. Visit for parking info.
Event Schedule: Dutch Alley Performance Pavilion (@ St. Phillip and Decatur Streets)
5:00-6:00 p.m. Jayna Morgan performs vintage swing
6:15 p.m. Where Y’Hat Fashion Show emceed by hat aficionada Margarita Bergen
6:30 p.m. Hat contest! Wear your hat to the event and enter one of these categories to win prizes: Hippest Hat—Hat "fashionistas", impress us with your coolest hat!. Mad Hatter—Craziest hat—kids especially encouraged to enter! Who Dat! Hat—Best Saints pride hat. Margarita’s Choice—Finest ladies hat. Halloween and/or Harvest Hat—The most innovative design celebrating fall spirits…

September 24
Obers will gather as always from 6 to 7 p.m. at this legendary saloon: Antoine's Hermes Bar . The original painting of the Obers by Frederick Guess will be on display for the last time before it goes to a private home. Prints will be for sale.
September 24
Delectable dining, open bar, and dancing under the stars and the oaks in the most romantic setting in New Orleans...
NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden. This year artist honorees are Peggy Bishop, Joachim Cassell ,Mignon Faget,Bob Graham,Don Maitland,Thomas Mann,Edith Moseley,Jacques Soulas,Robert Tannen,Sharon Weilbaecher.Patron Party from 7-8:00 p.m.and general party 8- 11:00 p.m. For reservation visit
September 24
The New Orleans Arena Presents Hank Williams Jr.
Hank Williams Jr. is coming to the New Orleans Arena with special guests Gretchen Wilson and Eric Church! In the music industry, there are very few artists who surpass superstar status to become true American icons. 7:00 pm,New Orleans Arena, (800) 745-3000, $25.00 - $150.00

Friday, Sept. 24
"Dancing for the Stars"
17th Annual Golden Tassel Gala, benefitting Jefferson Dollars for Scholars. Patron Party 6:30 – 8 p.m. Gala 7:30 – 11:30 p.m.
Pontchartrain Center, Gala $75/each or $100/2- Patron $250/2, Auctions, with one-of-a-kind stars created especially for our Gala by artists like Hunt Slonem and James Michalopoulos, Delicious cuisine from more than 50 top restaurants
Entertainment from Vince Vance and the Valiants.* Ballroom dancing exhibition featuring local experts, Jefferson Parish Public School System Dance Challenge team winners, as well as local figures Jill Hezeau, Jefferson Parish Councilmember-at-Large John Young, East Bank Superintendent Jeff Helmstetter, West Bank Superintendent Carolyn Van Norman
Friday, September 24
Concert in the Courtyard with Tim Laughlin
The Historic New Orleans Collection's fall concert series kicks off on Friday with a performance by Tim Laughlin and cocktails from Old New Orleans Rum.
Jazz clarinetist Tim Laughlin was born and raised in New Orleans. His style and sound are uniquely his own, contrasting the classic style he grew up listening to and the contemporary influences of many. As a Yamaha performing artist, he can occasionally be seen teaching clinics at various schools, from elementary to university level. When not in New Orleans playing club dates, Laughlin is hard at work touring in just about every corner of the world. 6–8 p.m. Doors: 5:30 p.m.,533 Royal Street.Admission* is $10, free for THNOC members.
Friday, September 24
Latil's Landing,40136 Hwy 942,Darrow with talented Chef Jeremy Langlois at Houmas House Garden and Plantation
For all dinner menus and event policies, visit To request a brochure, call (504) 840-4886. WYES salutes the 2010 WYES SEASON OF GOOD TASTES participants and Community Coffee for their continued support! All dinners begin at 7 p.m. and are $85 per person with tax and tip included,
September 24- 25
9th Annual Ponderosa Stomp
The 9th Annual Ponderosa Stomp, a marathon of eight hours-plus music festival that celebrates and pays tribute to the unsung heroes of rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm & blues, and other forms of American roots music will take place a the House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
(504) 310-4999.
Saturday,September 25
The THNOC presents Two screenings of "Under These Same Stars"
The Collection will present two screenings of the film "Under These Same Stars—The Céladon Affair" on Saturday at the Williams Research Center. Based on historian Carl Ekberg's book Stealing Indian Women, "Under These Same Stars" tells the story a mixed-race hunter's need for companionship and of a slave woman's choice between her children and an opportunity for love and freedom. It is based on a French colonial story from 1773. After each screening Ekberg, Dan Johnson (director of the film), Bob Streit (screenwriter, actor, and associate producer), and Molly Johnson (associate producer, costume director, and production coordinator) will discuss the film and take questions from the audience. 9:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Williams Research Center,410 Chartres Street,Admission is $5.
Reservations: (504) 523-4662 or [email protected]

Saturday, September 25
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
The Collection will join nine other Louisiana museums to participate in Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day, which celebrates culture, learning, and the dissemination of knowledge, while reflecting the spirit of the magazine and emulating the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington, D.C.–based properties.
Doors will be open free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and visitors at museums and cultural institutions nationwide.
With their Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day cards, guests can choose free admission to a tour of the Louisiana History Galleries, Williams Residence, or the Courtyards and Architecture Tour. Each tour is offered at 10 & 11 a.m. and 2 & 3 p.m. at 533 Royal Street.
Visit to download your Museum Day Admission Card. Attendees must present the Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry to participating institutions. Each card provides museum access for two people, and one admission card is permitted per household.
Saturday, September 25
Arts Market of New Orleans
Presented by the Arts Council of New Orleans, the Arts Market is a monthly arts market held the LAST Saturday of every month. Located at Palmer Park in the lovely Carrollton Section of Uptown New Orleans (At the corner of two well trafficked streets, S. Claiborne Ave and S. Carrollton Ave,) the Arts Market has no admission charge. The Arts Market features handmade, affordable art from local and regional artists and artisans. Styles of art include Painting, Photography, Ceramics, Glass, Jewelry, Wood, and Printmaking, plus handmade clothing, soap, candles, and other delights. Between 50 and 100 artists display and sell their wares each month. The Arts Market also features live entertainment, food and beverage booths, and a children's activities area.  10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Palmer Park (at the corner of S. Claiborne Ave. and S. Carrollton Ave.  (504) 523-1465

Music Listings by Bombay Club
Friday September 24th
9:30pmBanu Gibson & Trio
Saturday September 25th
9:30pm Phillip Manuel Quartet
The Bombay Club Restaurant & Martini Bistro830 Conti Street,586-0972 | NO Cover Charge Friday September 24th9:30pmBanu Gibson & Trio Saturday September 25th9:30pmPhillip Manual Quartet Banu Gibson & Phillip Manual at The Bombay Club Restaurant & Martini Bistro
September 25
Metropolitan's Shelter from the Storm
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Metropolitan Center for Women and Children is hosting "Shelter from the Storm" at the Foundry, 333 St. Joseph St. from 8 to 11 p.m, The fall gala bring together community members and organization patrons for an evening of food, live music, silent and live auctions, and an open bar. A performance by New Orleans jazz trumpeter James Andrews, will highlight the evening’s activities. Advance sale tickets are $100.00

September 25
Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in the opening night of the season, accompanied by Jorge Federico Osorio on the piano. 8 p.m., Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. For reservation call 504-523-6530 or visit
September 25
An Adoption Option & Bake Sale & Raffle, sponsored by the LA/SPCA
Join us for an Adoption Option & Bake Sale & Raffle, sponsored by the LA/SPCA.  LA/SPCA adoption counselors and volunteers will be on hand to help you select the right pet for your family. A variety of shapes, colors and sizes of four-legged friends eager to find a new home will be available for adoption. 11:00 am - 3:00 pm- Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Blvd,  (504) 368-5191
September 25
Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Presents Midnight Burlesque Ballroom
Midnight Burlesque Ballroom starring Trixie Minx plus Jayna Morgan and the Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band.  
Midnight,  Royal Sonesta, 300 Bourbon Street, (504) 553-2299
Every Sunday
Jazz and blues every Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with local singer Maryflynn Thomas. Enjoy a musical brunch of jazz and blues at St. Charles Tavern, 1433 St. Charles Avenue. 523-9823. No cover charge. Corner of Melpomene, next to Office Depot.
Sunday, September 26
The National World War II Museum presents "Sunday Swing" at 2 p.m. Professional swing dancers are on hand to provide coaching for dancers of all levels while musicians play World War II-era hits. Lessons 2-3 p.m. Live music 3-5 p.m. 945 Magazine Street at Andrew Higgins Drive. Call 525-6012.TRINITY ARTISTS SERIES presents Tommy SANCTON Quintet
For the fourth year in a row, New Orleans-born clarinetist Tommy Sancton brings his group
to Trinity for a lively program of gospel and jazz standards played with the verve and feeling that are his hallmarks. The addition of trombonist/vocalist Ronell Johnson to the front line should give the band some extra punch, while pianist Lars Edegran, guitarist Seva Venet and bassist Nobu Ozaki lay down the rhythm. Sancton, who vowed to return to his hometown in the wake of Katrina, has reconnected with his roots as a regular performer at Preservation Hall & Palm Court and a professor of creative writing at Tulane. The Trinity Artists Series takes place from 5-6 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Avenue.
September 26
Putumayo Family Festival
Visit Audubon Zoo for the first-ever Putumayo Family Festival Since 1999, Putumayo Kids has been introducing children and their families to other cultures through music from around the world.  Audubon Zoo and Putumayo are partnering to host a unique cultural celebration bringing Putumayo’s world renowned music to Audubon Zoo visitors.
Listen to the sounds of international and local artists in the unique setting of Audubon Zoo. Join the cultural excursion through four different genres of music highlighted by artists featured on Putumayo Kids CDs: Jose Conde, a Cuban-American musician featured on Jazz Playground and Picnic Playground, Asheba, from Trinidad, featured on Reggae Playground and Caribbean Playground, Brady Rymer, an American kids folk rock star featured on Rock and Roll Playground and New Orleans artist Ingrid Lucia, featured on Jazz Playground. Puppetry, dance, arts and crafts, face painting and a drum circle round out the day's fun. 11:00 am - 2:00 pmPhone:  (504) 581-4629

Tuesday, September 28
Toasting with Margarita at Le Booze
Join me for one or two refreshing cockails with my very special co-host, my brother,  artist Lorenzo Bergen as we salute the Latin cocktails :  Daiquiri, the Mojito, the Caipirinha, the Pisco Sour, and the Margarita from 5:30 to 7 p.m.Happy Hours price and complimentary cheese trays.

September 28-October 3
The first new show of the  Broadway season is the all new CIRQUE DREAMS ILLUMINATION journey, from the creators of Broadway’s groundbreaking hit and only show of its kind to ever perform on Broadway, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy.  CIRQUE DREAMS ILLUMINATION will ignite New Orleans when it performs at Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts beginning September 28 for eight performances only.Tickets are available at the Mahalia Jackson box office, all Ticketmaster locations, or via phone at 800-982-2787 (ARTS).

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

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