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New Orleans Events: New Year's Eve, Joy Theater, Sugar Bowl

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Darling Friends:

Congratulations to Drew Brees making history by breaking NFL passing record!Congratulations to the Saints for their 45 vs 16 victory against the Falcons  and lastly Congratulations to the Hornets for winning 85-84 in Season Opener!

Another fabulous Christmas in New Orleans has gone by. There is definitely no place like my beloved New Orleans for the holidays and, as such, I enjoyed thoroughly what my adopted city has to offer.

On Tuesday, I attended the lighting of the marquee at the Joy Theatre on Canal Street, which will officially open its doors on Thursday, December 29 (see below for details). Not to be missed! And I am happy to say that my darling friends Sandie McNamara and Bill Johnston, formerly with Harrah’s Casino, both have good jobs at the Joy. Sandie is in charge of sales and Bill is handling the booking of live shows. Some wonderful shows are lined up already for the theater’s first month of operations.

Tuesday night was also the opening of the spectacular Cirque Dreams Holidaze show. I truly enjoyed the talented, colorfully costumed, international cast who provided a dazzling spectacle. I loved meeting, backstage at the end of the show, Mexico-born Jeronimo Garcia-Medina who, with his well-toned muscular body, provided the breathtaking aerial acrobatics.

On Wednesday, I attended the Royal Sonesta Christmas Party at the Intercontinental Hotel, as well as the Republic Beverage Soiree at the Bar at Jax Brewery. Of course, there was another one and that was the annual Christmas Party for Jazz on Taps. It was just wonderful and I am glad that I made all of them.

On Friday, December 23, it was time to stop by Galatoire’s and share a glass of champagne with my friends who paid a lot of money for those tables. I was grateful to be invited by my darling friend Debbie Alciatore to join her at her table. It was so much fun and hope you will enjoy the photos from the fabulous event.

Of course that day after taking a nap, it was time to attend the annual NOCCA's “Home for the Holidays” at the House of Blues. It was the best concert that I have been to in a long time and I am so proud to attend an event that gathered up the most talented New Orleans musicians under one roof and for a great cause. Please make that you put it in your calendar to attend "Home for the Holidays" next year.

It is part of my Latin heritage to celebrate "Noche Buena" on December 24, and I was invited by my friends, Gordon and Josie Patton to celebrate my heritage at a lovely luncheon. Also that evening I had a nice visit with my darling friends Harry Greenberger and multi-talented Marshall Harris and their friends. By Christmas Day, I was ready to rest and as such I did.

Before I share what this week has to offer, I want to mention the passing of a great lady: Mrs. Lois Hawkins passed away on Sunday December 18. Lois was a past President of the New Orleans Opera Association and a longtime generous supporter of the Opera. Her late husband, H. Lloyd Hawkins, Jr., and his father, H. Lloyd Hawkins, Sr., were Opera Association Presidents before her. The Hawkins family's support of the opera, dating back forty years, is commemorated in the name of the Association's H. Lloyd Hawkins Scenic Studio in Metairie where the opera’s sets are built and stored. Lois is best remembered, however, for the sweetness of her disposition and her great love for the opera performances that her support helped to reach the stage. She will be greatly missed.

WE are also mourning the death of local actress Heidi Junius' father. May his soul rest in peace!

This week is going to very special as well. I am starting my week on Tuesday by hosting my every other week Toasting with Margarita. I would like to invite for a drink at Le Booze from 5:30 to 7 p.m. where my friends and I are going to reminisce about this past year and our expectations for 2012 while sipping delicious wine and cocktails. I hope you will be able to join me.

Darlings, if you are still in a Christmas mood, I’d like to invite you to come by the J.W. Marriott this Wednesday, December 28, between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. You will be entertained by Suzaune & Company, singing some of your favorite songs with the fabulous Harry Mayronne on piano. You can also look at (and buy if you need a late present) some of the art from Casell Gallery presented by yours truly. And why not toast the season with a glass of wine (and some cheese), compliments of the J.W. Marriott. And remember -- it's no fun without you!

On Thursday, I am looking forward to the reopening of the Joy Theatre with performances by Grammy Award-winning singer Irma Thomas and fabulous saxophonist Lance Ellis. On Friday, December 30 The Soul Rebels and Cyril Neville's Tribe 13 will be performing there and, on Saturday, December 31 at 9 p.m., Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers plus special guest Big Sam's Funky Nation kick in the New Year.

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And, as a special request, please vote for New Orleans in the Southern Living magazine’s annual readers’ poll for the “Tastiest Town in the South.” Our city is in the Top Ten and the voting continues until January 31. The results will be announced on March 23. If you love our fabulous New Orleans food as much as I do you’ll go to the following link and cast your vote.


You can vote more than once, just as long as it’s not on the same day. And please pass this on to all of your friends, especially those who have extensive email address books. Like the Saints and the Tigers, it’s important that we win this.


Well darlings,  I want to wish you and your family a healthy, peaceful and Prospero Ano Nuevo 2012!

Please save January 11 for the Round Table Luncheon!

ful and prosperous 2012. Feliz Ano Nuevo 2012.


Tuesday: Join us for "A Creole Christmas"

A Creole Christmas
Presented by Friends of the Cabildo
*December 27 • 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Admission is $25 per person, $20 for Friends of the Cabildo. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or on the day of the event at the 1850 House, 523 St. Ann Street. Ticket sales will end at 3 p.m.

The Collection's Williams Residence is one of the six historical homes featured in this year's Creole Christmas, presented by Friends of the Cabildo on Tuesday, December 27. The event invites locals and visitors alike to take a festive stroll through the French Quarter to visit homes adorned with traditional Christmas decorations, and to enjoy Creole Christmas stories and seasonal refreshments. The event also features the 1850 House, Beauregard-Keyes House, Spring Fiesta House, and Hermann-Grima & Gallier Houses.

Self-guided tours of all the historical homes begin at the 1850 House at 523 St. Ann Street. on Jackson Square and are available all day.


December- 27-29
Holiday Home and Courtyard Tours at Historic New Orleans Collection

Leila Williams and two of her grand-nephews; December 24, 1957

Leila Williams and two of her grand-nephews; December 24, 1957

Tuesday-Saturday, 10 & 11 a.m., 2 & 3 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m., 2 & 3 p.m.
Admission: $5, free for THNOC members
The Collection will be closed December 23-25.
The Historic New Orleans Collection is pleased to once again offer Holiday Home Tours of the Williams Residence. The two-story brick townhouse, built in 1889 and restored in the 1940s, was owned by the founders of THNOC, General L. Kemper and Leila Williams. Filled with antiques and other objets d'art collected by the couple in their wide travels, the Williamses lived in the house from 1946 through 1963.

During the holidays, the residence is festively adorned with some of the Williamses' original decorations, including a beautiful Christmas tree with vintage ornaments and family photos of the Williamses from 1956 through 1961. In addition, visitors will learn about their unique holiday family traditions.


Wednesday, December 28

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: Casell Gallery Represented by Margarita Bergen , Entertainment by Total Entertiner Suzaune & Co,.Tasting and complimentary Hors D'oeuvres.


Wednesday, December 28

Grand Reopening of the Joy Theatre featuring Irma Thomas and Lances Ellis

8 p.m., Joy Theater, Reserved Seating. Tickets $49 through Ticketmaster.


December 28
Vince Vance Christmas Show

8:30 p.m.-Mid-City Lanes Rock 'N Bowl, (504) 522-2841

December 29 - January  7

Ricky Graham and Varla Jean Merman at Mid-City Theatre!

Ricky Graham and Varla Jean Merman appear for 6 performances only at the Mid-City Theatre!

Including a special


This crazy duo will offer some of their most outrageous songs and characters, including Bette Davis and Joan Crawford doing "The Hudson Sisters Show!"


Ricky will bring back favorites Murlene, Julia Child, and The Disco Nurse, and Varla will be doing some of the hit songs from her hit show THE BOOK OF MERMAN.


Accompanied by Jefferson Turner, with lights and back-up vocals by Su Gonczy, flattering sound by Thad Griffin, with Brian W. Johnston keeping the chaos together.


Mid-City Theatre has a bar and free parking. But seating is limited, so call Su today for tickets!


Dec 29

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

" Moscow Ballet tours the Great Russian Nutcracker across North America with 40 top Russian dancers in each performance of this family Christmas story featuring lavish costumes, Russian puppets and nine, hand-painted backdrops. 7:30 p.m.

$27.50-$68; VIP and Platinum packages available.Mahalia Jackson Theater,1419 Basin Street

Thursday, December 30

Joy Theater presents The South Rebels & Cyril Neville's Tribe 13 at 9 p.m.

December 31
A NOLA New Year's Eve
The Crescent City Countdown Club will present the traditional New Year's Eve festivities in the New Orleans French Quarter including live local music and a gumbo pot drop to launch the midnight barrage of fireworks over the mighty Mississippi River. 9:00 pm; Jackson Square, French Quarter.
December 31

Joy Theater presents Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers plus Specail Guest Big Sam's Funky Nation

Joy  Theater at 9 p.m.


December 31

New  Year's Eve Gala on the Steamboat Natchez
Midnight aboard the Steamboat Natchez on the Mississippi River is unforgettable. Revel in delicious holiday food, party favors, live entertainment and the most unique view for the community-sponsored fireworks. 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Toulouse St. and Mississippi River.504-569-1401.

Sunday, January 1st

Trinity Artists Series presents

@ 5 pm: Jo "Cool" Davis, popular New Orleans Gospel singer

with guest James "Sugar Boy" Crawford, popular R & B singer.Accompanied by keyboardist Cordell Chambliss and other instrumentalists -In a program celebrating the New Year

January 2-3, 2012
Allstate Sugar Bowl Fan Fest
Don't miss the excitement of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Championship Fan Fests. The Fan Fest will include fun interactive activities and music concerts each evening.12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Adjacent to JAX Brewery at the intersection of Decatur and St. Louis Street - in the heart of the French Quarter


Please put it in your calendar and reserve now:

January 11
Round Table Luncheon
The monthly popular Round Table Luncheon hosted by yours truly at noon at Begue's Restaurant of the Royal Sonesta Hotel will salute New Orleans and its future and will feature City officials and political and business analystics that will speak about the future of New Orleans in 2011. Live entertainment by Kimberly Mouledoux accompanied on the piano by Jim Walpole. The three-course gourmet luncheon is only $42 and includes complimentary parking and wines to complement the food. For reservations call Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220



Wishing you a peaceful, healthy and prosperous 2012


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


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