Tuesday, 26 October 2010 15:02

New Orleans Area Events: JPAS Gala, La Boheme, Feast For The Stars

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margaritafrDarlings friends,

Another fabulous week has gone by, in which I attended more soirees than I should. But, I loved everyone one of them including the Gennifer Flowers Show at Le Chat Noir; the fabulous Saks Fifth Avenue New Orleans Key to the Cure 2010 Kickoff Gala that benefited cancer research; Ochsner Goes Pink that benefitted Ochsner Health System and breast cancer patients at Tom & Gayle Benson Cancer Center; the  New Orleans Firefighters 2011 Calendar Launch Party; and Gambit's 8th Annual Reds Whites and the Blues at Le Pavilion of Two Sisters.

I also enjoyed the preview party of “Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond,” presented by the  Louisiana State Museum, Louisiana Museum Foundation and Friends of the Cabildo at the Presbystere on  Jackson Square; the 24th Annual All-Saints Soiree, A Masked Gala that benefitted Save Our Cemeteries; and the Meet the Authors: Mario Tama & Deb Shriver presented by The Louisiana State Museum and The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, Inc. at the Cabildo.  I concluded my week by attending on Monday night a wonderful, lovely memorial service in honor of Becky Allen's mother, Myrtis Butzman, at Le Chat Noir. I want to be just like her when I get to be her age: 97. She was  an inspiration - A Champion of People's Health..  

Well, this is going to be another week that I am looking forward to. Among the many events that I will be involved and attending will be on Tuesday - my "Toasting with Margarita" at Le Booze of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. My darling friend Vincent Pigna of Glazers willl be introducing, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., recipes using vodka infused with Godiva Chocolates. Yummy! Immediately after, I will be reading my monologue by popular demand at "Meanwhile at Cafe DuMonde" at Ralph and Kacoos (read my calendar for details).

On Wednesday, I am looking forward to attending the JPAS Symphony Orchestra performance with Maestro Dennis G. Assaf conducting Puccini's most beloved opera, La Boheme, at Tulane's Dixon Hall. Not to be missed!

On Friday, October 29, I am looking forward to attending JPAS's elegant "Pasta and Puccini" black tie fundraiser at Hotel Intercontinental. On Saturday, Casa Argentina will celebrate at 8 p.m., the 200th anniversary of the Revolution that paved the way to the independence of Argentina with a Tango Show at the Lupin Theatre in the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA).

On Sunday, I am going to be one of the "Stars" of PARKWAY PARTNERS' FEAST WITH THE STARS, the annual gala brunch that features food and drinks from local restaurants hosted by local personalities from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Gallier Hall. That evening I am looking forward to donning my Halloween outfit to attend the Saints game at the Superdome. I hope this time they will win!

Of course this will be my schedule for this week but as you know, my beloved city will be hosting Tony Bennett at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre, the Voodoo Music  Festival, the Krewe of Halloween Parade and the Memnoch-Resurrection Ball.

Here is what we have lined up for this coming Halloween week:

Tuesday , October 26

"Toasting with Margarita"

Join yours truly from 5;30 to 7 p.m.  at Le Booze of the Royal Sonesta Hotel for delicious cocktails prepared with vodka infused Godiva Chocolates by my co-host , Vincent Pigna of the Pinnacle Division, a distributor for the Diageo Collection.  Godiva, the famous chocolatier, and Diegeo, an international brand of spirits, have teamed up to create "chocolate bliss" in a glass.


October 26
"Meanwhile, Back At Cafe Du Monde"
Local celebrities and chefs will share their
stories about food and cocktails> The show is a unique, festive food story/monologue event about the 2nd Universal Language, FOOD, and how our lives revolve around it with Monologues written and presented  among others by Nell Nolan (Times Picayune), Liz Williams (Southern Food & Beverage) and Margarita Bergen-Becky Allen hosts.Doors open, at 6:30 for dinner followed by the show, at 7:45 p.m. $40, include dinner and the show.Ralph & Kacoo's Restaurant,519 Toulouse St. For more info please call 522.5226


Wednesday, October -27
Hancock Bank's Harvest Music presents : * IVAN NEVILLE'S DUMPSTAPHUNK

Free Fall Music Concerts at 5 p.m. at Lafayette Square. Visit www.harvestthemusic.org.

October 27
Stake Out For Justice
New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation's  premier fundraising event is a luncheon honoring those who are involved in citizens’ safety. Keynote speaker is David Simon, producer of HBO’s “The Wire” and “Treme.”  Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St. Tickets: $125  Contact: 558-9944
October 27
"Bigger is Better: Robust Reds from Amarone to Zinfandel." - Tasting at the Fairground

Featuring more than two dozen bold New World Wines crafted by top producers from around the world along with cheeses and wine experts, who will discuss and answer wine-related questions. Guests will sip powerful red varieties from around the world including selections from Italy, California, Spain, Portugal, France and more.LOVE BIG RED WINES? Sip 40 wines for $25! 6-8pm.Tickets available at Dorignac's  and at the door
October 27
From Symphony to Jazz to Kids! Concert

Children are encouraged to attend this star-studded presentation of some of New Orleans’ most accomplished musicians to benefit The Early Childhood & Family Learning Foundation
at Mahalia Jackson Theater.  $125 to $500. Contact  Phyllis Landrieu  at [email protected]
October 27

Wednesday at the Lobby of JW Marriot

~ The Great Escape ~
New work by Renecia B. Cullier-"...mixed media paintings on large scale, hand made wooden books. Books were chosen as the canvas of choice to reinforce the storytelling element and in support of Scholastic's Read & Rise Program." Percentage of artists proceeds benefitting Scholastic's Read and Rise Program
for the New OrleansRecoverySchool District Title I Schools.Live Entertainment by: Riccardo Crespo (Brazilian musician, singer and songwriter who plays acoustic guitar and harmonica)Spirit Tasting and complimentary Hors D'oeuvres. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Wednesday, October 27
"La Boheme" at Tulane
Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS) is thrilled to present Puccini's most beloved opera LA BOHEME. Starring an international cast of operatic talent including HIROKO MORITA (Milano, Italy) as Mimi, JUAN VALLS (Montevideo, Uruguay) as Rodolfo, NANCY ROSS as Musetta, VICTOR GARCIA SIERRA (Verona, Italy) as Marcello, LEON TURNER as Colline, GREGORY GERBRANDT as Shaunard and ALAN PAYNE as Benoit/Alcindoro. LA BOHEME is directed by SEBASTIANO SALVATO (Rome, Italy) with chorus master DONNA CLAVIJO and the JPAS Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro DENNIS G. ASSAF. ~ Tulane University's Dixon Hall, 6329 Freret St in New Orleans- 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 28
Honey Island Swamp Band-at Ogden Museum "After Hours"
6:00pm - 8:00pm-Throughout the Ogden Museum's Stephen Goldring Hall.$10 General Admission -FREE to Museum Members-Ogden Museum of Southern Art,925 Camp Street,504.539.9650..http://www.ogdenmuseum.org

October  28


Lady Rose Cholmondeley, Steinway Artist -   & Charles Grant, multimedia actor from England at  7:00 pm at Trinity Church . Lady Rose Cholmondeley, whose ancestry dates back to the early 1600’s in the peerage of Ireland and England, will give a piano concert, all music by Chopin, in celebration of the composer’s 200th anniversary. Lady Rose, Steinway artist, is President of the Chopin Society of the United Kingdom. The concert will also include commentary and the reading of Chopin’s letters by Noted English multi-media actor, Charles Grant . The program is sponsored by The English Speaking Union of New Orleans, Quinn Peeper, President, The Trinity Artist Series and HALL Piano Co.The program is offered free of charge, with a suggested donation of $10.00. 

October 28

YMCA Celebrity Waiters Gala

Chery Landrieu and Ruby Bridges are a few of the celebrities waiters featured at the event benefitting adult literacy at Harrah's Theatre.

Admission $100. 6:30 sponsor party and gala from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

October 28
Tony Bennett
8pm at Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts,801 N. Rampart St. inside Louis Armstrong Park,Tickets: $65.54-$138.60 through Ticketmaster

October 28
HBO and Tulane University to Host "The Art of Treme: An Evening Symposium with the Creators of Treme"
HBO, Tulane's African and African Diaspora Studies, Tulane Provost's Office and the New Orleans-Gulf South Research Center present a symposium with special guests from HBO's critically-acclaimed, original series, "Treme," and Tulane professors and community leaders.  The event is free and open to the public with a reception to follow. Mr. Simon, Mr. Overmyer and Mr. Peters will be available for media interviews 15-20 minutes prior to the start of the symposium. 213 Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life.   7:30-9:30 p.m.,

October 29

The 15th Annual JPAS Pasta & Puccini Gala will once again be an elegant evening at the Intercontinental Hotel to benefit the JPAS artistic endeavors and arts outreach programming. Gala patrons will enjoy an evening of world class entertainment, delicious food donated by a wide array of local restaurants and caterers and exciting auctions to the music of the great Giacomo Puccini. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser will benefit the Jefferson Performing Arts Society's annual theatrical productions and arts outreach programming that annually enrich and serve over 20,000  The evening includes an open bar, an array of delicacies provided by numerous local restaurants and caterers, live and silent auctions and live entertainment provided by international performers and the JPAS Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dennis G. Assaf. Doors open at 6 p.m.Visit www.jpas.org or call 504-885-2000 

October 29
The Memnoch -Resurrection Ball
Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat Club, Save Our Cemeteries and Choroideremia Research Foundation present the Ball where guests will enjoy a night of mayhem at this organization’s fundraiser. This year’s costumed ball features entertainment by Slushpile, Damien Youth, Saints of Ruin and the Cadillac Creeps at  6139 Fleur de Lis Drive. $20 member. 504- 228-3945

October 29
Louis “Ted” Schwander Memorial Golf Tournament
Sixth annual golf classic to benefit Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital. Guests will enjoy food, drinks and contests on the course, and a goodie bag for each participant. The post party features an awards ceremony for winners and a silent auction.
Stonebridge Country Club, 1500 Stonebridge Drive, Gretna-Tickets: $125 golfer; $500 for group of four; various sponsorship packages available. 504- 896-9375

October 29-31

Voodoo Music Experience
Now in its Twelfth consecutive year, The Voodoo Music Experience attracts fans from around the world that come together for a celebration midst acres of shady live oaks, bayous and lagoons with some of the most celebrated artists in the music world today. Confirmed artist are Muse, Ozzy Osbourne, My Morning Jacket, Weezer, Drake, Metric, Hot Chip, Interpol, Paul van Dyke, Street Sweeper Social Club, Paul Oakenfold, Jakob Dylan and Three Legs, Ferry Corsten, Buckwheat Zydeco, Florence And The Machine, Raphael Saadiq, Eagles of Death Metal, Cage the Elephant, The Airborne Toxic Event, Minus the Bear, Janelle Monae Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves, Galactic with Guests, Jonsi, Die Antwoord, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Rebirth Brass Band, Crookers, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Stanton Moore Trio with Anders Osborne and Robert Walter, Voice of the Wetland All Stars, Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, Kermit Ruffins, Jeremy Davenport and many more. City Park;  http://www.thevoodooexperience.com


October  29
The 22nd Annual Wine and Spirits Auction-Opera Saints and Scene Stealers

The Junior Committee of the Women's Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association  22nd Annual Wine and Spirits Auction  will be themed Opera Saints and Scene Stealers. The exciting, pre-Halloween event will be held  at the Inn on Bourbon - 541 Bourbon Street - in the footprint of  the storied old French Opera House.Patron Party 7 PM-8 PM. Featuring performance by pianists Dr. Quinn Peeper and Mr. Michael Harold. These extraordinary talents have played in Carnegie Hall and for audiences around the world.Wine and Spirits Auction 8 PM-10 PM. with copious food, open bar and a signature cocktail all thanks to the generosity of the Inn on Bourbon - a partner of the New Orleans Opera Association and others. There will also be dancing to music by DJ George Lugo.  7 PM Patron Party and Auction-$100 per person or 8-10 PM Wine and Spirits Auction only -$75 per person; to purchase: via credit card, contact Gina M. Klein, 504-529-2278, ex. #227, [email protected]

October 30 
Krewe of Halloween Parade & Costume Expose

The Krewe of Halloween (formerly the Krewe of Boo) presents the annual Halloween celebration following a Halloween Parade. The Halloween-themed costume party unites imagination with alter-ego to produce a Halloween celebration yet to be seen. This black and orange extravaganza is outfitted in first-class décor, exquisite Mardi Gras World props, themed lighting, thousands of costumed patrons, and phenomenal entertainment! Guaranteed to impress even the most adept socialites, the Halloween Costume Expose’ is the Krewe of Halloween’s most significant fundraising event.. Mardi Gras World, Blain Kern's Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, (504) 361-7821 .Parade Free - Costume Party $100.00 per person. . http://www.kreweofhalloween.com

Saturday  Oct 30

Bayou on the Bayou

Annual Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association fundraiser with cuisine provided by local restaurants, open bar, live entertainment at the Pitot House, 1440 Moss Street,on Bayou St. John. Tickets are for sale for $40 in advance or $50 at the door.  8:30 p.m. until midnight
Your ticket covers live musical entertainment, an open bar and fare from some of New Orleans most beloved restaurants.

October 30


Casa Argentina will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Revolution that paved the way to the independence of Argentina with a Tango Show at the "Lupin Theatre" in the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) at 8 p.m. The show will feature some of the world's best tango dancers and a renowned tango ensemble. Three couples of dancers will perform under the artistic direction of Miriam Larici.
A Patron party for sponsors and a silent auction will take place from 6:30pm to 7:45pm. A reception with "vino y empanadas" will follow the show.Proceeds October 30

MOMs Halloween Soiree
* PAPA GROWS FUNK.Da' Party at the Howlin' Wolf-COSTUMES ONLY!!!!

October 31

Annual gala brunch features food and drinks from local restaurants hosted by local personalities from 11:30a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Gallier Hall. The Patron Party  sponsored by Chevron will be held on Wednesday, October 27 from  6-8 p.m. at Gallery Bienvenue,518 Julia Street. Flo Schornstein is the well-deserved honoree. Gallier Hall, 545 St. Charles Ave.,Tickets: $75; $250 and up patron .Contact: 388-0308

October 31
Nickel a Dance presents: Lionel Ferbos & The Palm Court Jazz Band

New Orleans Classic free Jazz Soiree is presented every Sunday from 4 -7 p..m. at Maison, 508 Frenchmen St.


October 31

Trinity Series presents:  :   Elizabeth Cortes, soprano  And Tyrone Chambers, tenor-with  Albinas Prizgintas, pianist/organist

Songs  In honor of All Saints Day and Halloween at 5p.m.  FREE. Trinity Episcopal Church,1329 Jackson Avenue
Monday, November 1

The 30th Annual Day of the Dead/ Gede Celebration
7:00pm - 12:00am at 3319 Rosalie Alley-(Dirt Alley off of N. Rampart, Between Piety and Desire, in Bywater)
Ceremony for Gede: 7 pm in Rosalie Alley.Followed by: Pot luck supper and procession to cemetery to feed the Dead. Please wear white white with purple-headscarf or black and purple for Gede. Bring a dish (not a blond) for the people and an offering for the Dead or Gede. Gede's tastes tend towards peppers, flat breads, rum, cigars, goat stew, crosses, grave digger's tools, black cock feathers, skeletons, sunglasses with one lens, hot Creole foods, money, the colors black,mauve, and white.RSVP or for more info: (504) 948-9961 

Every weekend
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.

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.
Entertainment at the National WWII Museum
The Stage Door Canteen at The National WWII Museum presents headline entertainment every weekend! Now on stage through November 21, Let Freedom Swing! – a cast of eight stars in this all-singing, all-dancing, all-American musical delight.
Wednesday matinees present The Victory Belles charming vocal trio reminiscent of the Andrews Sisters.
A new show, The Victory Belles Ring in the Holidays, will debut November 26. Call 528-1943, or visit www.stagedoorcanteen.org

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