Tuesday, 12 October 2010 14:51

New Orleans Area Events: La Boheme, Film Festival, Historic Haunts

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margaritafrDarling readers,

After a much-needed mini-vacation in Destin and Seaside, I returned to New Orleans just in time to attend the fabulous Ogden Museum of Southern Art's "O What a Night" that honored actress Jessica Lange (who didn't allow me to photograph her) and T.S. Solomon. I didn't stay for dinner because I was also invited to cover the fundraiser gala for the Touro Baby Birthcenter which was fabulous as well.

Sorry, I missed Carnaval Latino and few other fun events but sometimes I need to recharge my battery.

This week coming up is a very busy one for me since I will hosting my second Tuesday of the month "Toasting with Margarita" at Le Booze of the Royal Sonesta, I will be joined by my two very darling friends, exotic, talented cabaret chanteuse, Suzaune Yee McKamey and her husband British-born Don Rees from 5:30-7 p.m. They will making special drinks called Tails of the Two Dragons using delicious ginger liquor called Domaine Canton. Hope you can stop by.

On Wednesday is my monthly, very popular Round Table Luncheon and it is going to be very special since Dennis Assaf is bringing me the international opera stars of La Boheme. Not to be missed. (See my calendar for more details.) On Friday, I am looking forward to the opening of the opera season with wonderful "Porgy and Bess."

I have been invited to see "Chicken Little" at Le Petit Theatre which is having raving reviews and I am also planning to attend the Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carre and the Faubourg Marigny Home Tour.

Please put in your calendar that The Gennifer Flowers Show Benefiting her favorite charity "Cancer Crusaders" is Tuesday, October 19. Doors Open 7:30 pm at Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Avenue. The other fun event is The Jane Austen Society of Louisiana cordially invites you to attend its Box Hill Picnic at Houmas House and Gardens, 40136 Hwy 942, Darrow, LA. The quiet, unpretentious, elegant and definitely superior picnic will feature delectables by acclaimed Latil’s Landing Chef, tours of the plantation home and gardens, fountains, and follies that are a modern day rival to the long-lost gardens of Valcour Aime. October 24, at 1 p.m. A Mimosa Cocktail opens the picnic. To attend the picnic a donation of $60 paid in advance is requested. Mail a check to the Jane Austen Society of Louisiana, Inc., 5801 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115. Attendance is limited. You may also pay through our website at www.janeaustensocietyla.org.

This is what this week has to offer:

October 12
St. Elizabeth’s Guild Volunteer Activist Luncheon
Enjoy a fashion show, silent auction, raffles and a parade of prizes held to raise money for the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Each year 10 volunteers are honored in recognition of their commitment to our community. Sheraton Hotel, 500 Canal St. Tickets: $60.Contact: 466-8875

October 12
Tea on Tuesday: "Where Garden Inspiration Comes Alive"
Join Garden Gate owner and home décor enthusiast Chad Harris as he discusses his vision, the evolution of his successful family-owned home and garden business, and tips to beautify your home while creating your own special "look." A traditional tea will be served after the lecture with a selection of scones, pastries, homemade lemon curd, and finger sandwiches. Reservations are required. Contact Lydia Vaughn at 504.488.5488 ext. 333 or [email protected]:30 to 3:30 p.m.25 for members; $30 for nonmembers. Longue Vue House and Gardens

Tuesday, October 12
Join me for one or two refreshing cocktails with my very special co-hosts exotic, talented cabaret chanteuse, Suzaune Yee McKamey and her husband British-born Don Rees from 5:30-7 p.m. Happy Hours prices and complimentary cheese trays.

Tuesday, October 12
Windsor Court Features James Vella in October Art Showcase Series
Renowned glass artist James Vella, owner of Vella Vetro Art Glass studio, will showcase his work which focuses on transforming recognizable objects into glass works to tell a story. The Windsor Court Art Showcase Series is a monthly art show featuring local artists and their work. Private Dining Room of the Grill Room (2nd Floor),Windsor Court Hotel 300 Gravier Street from 6 to 8p.m.

Wednesday, October 13
Round Table Luncheon
The monthly luncheon hosted by yours truly at noon at Begue’s of the Royal Sonesta Hotel will feature Maestro Dennis Assaf, Director of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society who will be joined by international performers of the upcoming production La Boheme: Hiroko Morita who is singing "Mimi", tenor Juan Carlos Valls who is singin "Rodolfo" and Victor Garcia who is singing Marcello. The three-course gourmet luncheon is only $38 and includes complimentary parking and wines to complement the food. For reservations call Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220

Wednesday, October 13
"Be Cool; Do Good Piece by Peace"an exhibit by REpurposing NOLA
You are invited to the opening of "Be Cool; Do Good. Piece by Peace", an exhibit by REpurposingNOLA at 6-9 pm at OCH Art Gallery in the Zeitgeist Theater,1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Stick around after the opening to hear a band like NO other! 10 X 10 = 11 will perform live from 10-11pm

October 13-31
"Historic Haunts: Myths and Legends of the Vieux Carré"
The Historic New Orleans Collection is offering again the immensely popular "Historic Haunts: Myths and Legends of the Vieux Carré" throughout the month of October. Based on research conducted at the Williams Research Center, "Historic Haunts" explores the truth behind some of the French Quarter's most chilling tales, focusing on 10 "haunted" places. Infamous figures such as Madame Lalaurie, Marie Laveau and Jean Lafitte make appearances, as do the old Ursuline Convent, Napoleon House and a possible yellow fever morgue. Tours are available daily Tuesday-Sunday, October 3-30 at 2 p.m. On Halloween Sunday, October 31, three tours will be offered, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. "Historic Haunts" is intended for an adult audience. Admission is $5, free for THNOC members. Williams Gallery, 533 Royal Street.

Wednesdays, Until October -27
Hancock Bank's Harvest Music presents Free Fall Music Concerts

October 13: Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
5 p.m. at Lafayette Square. Visit www.harvestthemusic.org.

Wednesday, October 13
“Opera Returns to Bourbon Street"
Free Operatic Performances by vocalists from Bon Operatit! The Inn On Bourbon's Puccini Bar, 541 Bourbon Street at 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 14
"An Evening with Pearl Fryar" Lecture and Conversation
Longue Vue and the New Orleans Botanical Garden are co-hosting topiary artist, Pearl Fryar, whose whimsical garden is recognized by art and botanical enthusiasts, as well as visitors from around the world. "An Evening with Pearl Fryar," which will take place at Longue Vue is a unique opportunity to speak with Fryar about his work. Contact Hilairie Schackai at 504.488.5488, ext. 401 or [email protected] p.m. Free

October 14- 21
21st Annual New Orleans Film Festival
The New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) continues its tradition as Louisiana’s preeminent film event, presenting an eclectic program of films each fall with legendary New Orleans as its backdrop. www.neworleansfilmsociety.org; 504-309-6633

Friday, October 15
Magic in the Moonlight
The New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation presents its first private dinner fete on the ground of the Botanical Gardens. Patrons will be entertained with a Champagne reception from 6 to 7 p.m.

October 15 - 24
Le Chat Noir presents THE MYSERY OF IRMA VEP
Starring the unstoppable Ricky Graham and Varla Jean Merman in the ultimate quick-change comedy/horror classic. Shows: Fri/Sat at 8pm; Sun at 6p...Sunday, 10/24 at 2pm. Tickets: $29 (includes $5 drink credit and a reserved table) call for reservations: 504-581-5812

Friday, October 15
Obers will gather at this great New Orleans saloon..The Lobby Bar at the Omni Royal Orleans,621 St. Louis Street. Always Friday 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 15
Concerts in the Courtyard with Jason Marsalis

The Historic New Orleans Collection's popular Concerts in the Courtyard series continues this Friday with drummer extraordinaire Jason Marsalis. Son of the legendary Ellis Marsalis, Jr., as a drummer Jason regularly collaborates with his father and brothers Delfeayo, Wynton, and Branford. As always with Concerts in the Courtyard, three complimentary beverages will be provided.533




New Orleans' own "Pianoman and Entertainer" Armand St. Martin performs every Friday and Saturday Night  from 7 to 10 p.m.at The Pontchartrain to the tune of no cover charge.  Patrons can enjoy a fabulous smoke-free environment while listening to Armand St. Martin's quintessential stories and music that is truly "Naturally N'Awlins."  The Bayou Bar at The Pontchartrain, 2031 St. Charles Ave.
October 15 and 17
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
The New Orleans Opera Association starts its 2010-2011 Season celebrating 75 years of Porgy and Bess at Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts with a Nuts and Bolt Lecture one hour prior to curtain. Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Visit www.neworleansopera.org

October 15- October 31
Final Oktoberfest at Deutsches Haus
The Deutsches Haus opens Oktoberfest for the final time at the original location in Mid City. Enjoy great German food, drink, and music...come do the Chicken Dance! Fridays, 4 pm till midnight and Saturdays,1pm till midnight. The Deutsches Haus, 200 S. Galvez Phone: 522-8014 www.thedeutscheshaus.org. Admission: $8, children 12 & under free.

October 15 -24
"Chicken Little"
A zany musical by Ricky Graham and Freddy Palmisano. Directed by Heidi Junius and musical direction from Jim Walpole, with costumes by Linda Fried. Fun for all ages. Le Petit Theatre. 504- 2081. www.lepetitetheatre.com

October 16- 17
Fall and Garden Show
The annual show features plant sales and exhibits, educational programs, a plant health clinic, the kids discovery area, and the Garden's Scarecrow Trail. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Botanical Garden in City Park. (504) 838-1170. $6 adults, $3 children 5-12, free for children under 5 and Friends of City Park

October 16- 17
the crescent city blues & bbq festival

Legendary bluesman Taj Mahal will headline the fifth annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation at New Orleans' Lafayette Square Park. Other performers include: Ruthie Foster, Li'l Ed & The Blues Imperials, Corey Harris, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Shannon McNally, Anders Osborne with the Stanton Moore Trio, Luther Kent & Trick Bag, Little Freddie King, Grandpa Elliott, Mem Shannon and the Joe Krown Trio featuring Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russel Batiste. Saturday 10:30 am - 8:15 pm; Sunday 9:30 am - 7:00 pm;http://www.jazzandheritage.org- Lafayette Square Park, (504) 558-6100

October 16- October 17
Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré

The Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré opens magnificent courtyards of the French Quarter for a special weekend tour. This highly anticipated event offers the allure of private and historic gardens otherwise closed to the public. The walking tour reveals how garden designers take advantage of small spaces, and provides access to the cool and private hideaways suited to the Louisiana climate in styles of the early Spanish and French architecture. 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm; www.patioplanters.org (504) 524-9595 or (800) 356-6252-Admission: $20.00 each (children under 12 free)

Saturday, October 16
St. Alphonsus Art & Cultural Center Returns to the Bali Hai

Join special guests Becky Allen and Chris Wecklein for a Pontchartrain Beach party and return to 1960 when the Beach Boys were on the top of the charts and Chubby Checker had us all doing the Twist!! So do your beach attire, '60's outfit or dress for the Miss Pontchartrain Beach contest. Polynesian Buffet, games and prizes. Visit the tiki bowl bar, but don't miss this exciting night!!7:30pm - 11:00pm,2025 Constance Street.$60 per ticket
$100 per couple e-mail responses to: [email protected] or call 504-598-4488 for tickets

Sunday, October 17
Faubourg Marigny Walking Tour
The leisurely walking tour of the neighborhood will be lead by neighborhood preservationists, starting at Washington Square Park from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. You will learn n to identify the various New Orleans architectural types and styles from Creole cottages, slave quarters to Victorian shotguns. See the Creole masterpieces of Jean Louis Dolliole, a free man of color, an entrepreneur, a builder/ architect. Relive the life and times of Bernard de Marigny and the saga of the Creoles vs. the "Americains". Hear the tragic stories of the slaves and the inspiring free people of color (gens de couleur libres), noting that the white Creoles and the black Creoles lived side by side in Faubourg Marigny. Highlights include: the bank robbed by Bonnie & Clyde, the location for Tennessee Williams' "A Streecar Named Desire", the first Catholic school for blacks in America, the legendary Marie Laveau's father and daughter's houses, former homes of Terry Flettrich first lady of New Orleans television, Arthur Q. Davis architect for the Superdome and the famous jazz haunts and restaurants of Frenchmen Street. Stroll through Washington Square on Dauphine St. originally "Great Men" because of the many prominent and famous people who lived there in the 19th century. The tour emphasizes history, art and architecture, landscape design and personal anecdotes of life in the neighborhood today. Faubourg Marigny is not Disneyland, It is the real thing...Experience the authentic Creole New Orleans...This is Faubourg Marigny. The event also features live music, an art market and a children's area. Visit www.faubourgmarigny.org for details

Sunday, October  17
Nickel a Dance presents
: Evan Christopher's Clarinet Road
New Orleans Classic free Jazz Soiree will be presented every Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at Maison, 508 Frenchmen St.  

Sunday, October 17

Crescent City Sound Chorus from Sweet Adelines, International. Nothing quite the sound of a top-noch women’s barbershop quartets and choruses, featuring a variety of country, jazz, rock, patriotic and ballades.The Trinity Artists Series takes place from 5-6 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Avenue.

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, October 17
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.

Save this date:
Friday October 29
Jefferson Performing Arts Society's (JPAS) 15th Annual Pasta & Puccini Gala will be held Friday October 29, 2010 at InterContinental New Orleans, 444 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.

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

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