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New Orleans Area Events: November Fun Begins With Elections

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What a fabulous Halloween's week, which was highlighted by the Saints' victory over the Steelers.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays so I partied my body and heart out. I  started my week by hosting my popular "Toasting with Margarita" at Le Booze with my  very special co-host Vincent Pigna of Glazer's, which was followed by my hilarious performance, along with Nell Nolan, Liz Williams of SOFAB and others  at "Meanwhile at Cafe DuMonde at Ralph & Kacoo's.

The following day, it was time to attend the very anticipated JPAS staging of Puccini's La Boheme  at Dixon Hall with a very talented international cast. It was a very memorable evening.


On Friday, thanks to my darling friend Sammy L. Steele and the Dr. Donald and J. J. Dooley Foundation, that underwrote the Pasta  & Puccini as well as La Boheme, I attended as his guest. It was one of the most fun soirees that I attended in as long time. The next day, it was time to attend Casa Argentina's Tango Celebration at NOCCA. A reception with "vino y empanadas" followed the wonderful performances. (Check out pictures)


On Sunday, I was featured as one of the "Stars" at Parkway Partners Feast with the Stars at Gallier Hall. It honored Flo Schornstein, the visionary founder of the program. That evening it was time to attend, dressed as a witch, the Saints game at the Superdome. It was the finishing touch for a great week. Seeing it from a suite at the 50th yard line was a real treat, thanks to Ana and Dr. Juan Gershanik.

Before, I share all the fun events scheduled for this week, I will like to remind everyone that this Saturday is the Herman Leonard New Orleans Memorial. Herman was my favorite jazz photographer, whose friendship I was able to cultivate. See calendar for more details.

This week is another social marathon that will include exercising my voting right, the Longue Vue House and Garden "2010 Essence of Style Design.”  Of course, there are more events that I could possibly attend, but among those, on Wednesday, I am looking forward to attending the opening night of "Rain" - A Tribute to The Beatles at the Mahalia Jackson Center for the Performing Arts. I am also looking forward to attending the Progressive Dinner. It is the French Quarter Citizens' most anticipated fundraiser of the season and will take place at four homes in the 900 and 1000 blocks of Esplanade Avenue. I am also looking forward to the Louisiana SPCA's “Howlin' Success” - a 1940s tribute at Mardi Gras World. In addition to the mentioned events, my beloved New Orleans is also hosting the N.O. Coffee Festival, the Merliton Festival and the Swamp Festival at Audubon Zoo.

Lets see what else is in store for this week, and put in your calendar my Round Table Luncheon on November 10. Not to missed!
Tuesday, November 2 - VOTE_ VOTE_VOTE_VOTE
November 2

Celebrity Waiters benefit for Bridge House

Celebrity Waiters luncheon featuring NFL legends at the Sheraton Hotel is next Tuesday, November 2nd! For tickets call 504-821-7135 or visit http://www.facebook.com/l/12b59eRJHFWIKRYr_5_uhxJreDQ;www.bridgehouse.org
November 2-3
2010 Essence of Style Design Symposium
Longue Vue House and Garden & The Friends of Longue Vue Garden present "Growing Design Visions" with Carleton Varney, President of Dorothy Draper & Co, Inc. The Patron reception on November 2 will feature libations and hors d'oeuvres at the exquisite home of Danny and Mary Clare Conwill. The "Growing Design Visions" Luncheon at the Ritz- Carlton will feature designer Carleton Varney "The King of Color" and a three-course lunch and a silent auction. For reservation call Jen Glick at 504-488-5488, ext. 320 or [email protected]

Wednesday, November 3
Hancock Bank's Harvest Music presents : * NEW ORLEANS NIGHTS

Free Fall Music Concerts at 5 p.m. at Lafayette Square. Visit www.harvestthemusic.org
Experience an evening of cultural indulgences at the
November 3

Wednesday at the JW Marriott Lobby Lounge

Experience an evening of cultural indulgences from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. featuring   Land of Enchantment Gallery
~ Represented by Mai T. Do -Featuring Taos artist Tom Noble.Live Entertainment by:Riccardo Crespo
(Brazilian musician, singer and songwriter who plays acoustic guitar and harmonica)Spirit Tasting and complimentary Hors D'oeuvres 
November 3-7
Rain - A Tribute to The Beatles
They look like them and they sound just like them! All the music and vocals are performed totally live! RAIN covers the Fab Four from the earliest beginnings through the psychedelic late 60s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 pm; Friday 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 2:00 pm Matinee; Saturday 8:00 pm; Sunday 7:30 pm.. Mahalia Jackson Theatre. (800) 745-3000
November 3-7
LadyFest 2010 Celebrates Women In The Arts
LadyFest started in 2000 with many cities around the country celebrating the creativity of women. For schedule info visit:www.ladyfestno.org



November 4
Cocktails for KID smART
Enjoy cocktails and a buffet catered by Joel. Patron level donors will receive a signed and numbered print by artist George Dureau. The exquisite residence of Vincent Saia Jr. and Glynn Stephens, 1565 Exposition Blvd will be the setting for this fundraiser. Tickets: $95 individuals; $175 couples; $750 patron. Contact: 410-1990

Friday,November 5
The French Quarter Citizens' most anticipated fundraiser of the season will take place at four homes in the 900 and 1000 blocks of Esplanade Avenue, from  6:30-10:30 p.m. Cost is $175 for members / $200 for non members.  Limited to 150 total guests. Food by Besh Steak, Café Amelie, The Palace Café and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Music by: SGT. PEPPER'S Beatle's Tribute Band. CoCo Paddison, Chair, 504.430.2321, cell


November 5


Kermit Ruffins' CD Release Party'Happy Talk'(Basin Street Records)

Rock 'n' Bowlwill release "Happy Talk," trumpeter Kermit Ruffins'first big band record, on Tuesday. On it, he coversSam Cooke's "Ain't That (Good News)"; "Hey Look Me Over,""La Vie En Rose" and "Shine," all popularized byLouis Armstrong; and "If I Only Had a Brain" from"The Wizard of Oz." His original compositions include"I Got a Tremé Woman" and "New Orleans (My Home Town)" Hear Ruffins on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on December 7th


November 5 
Harrah's New Orleans Proudly Presents: Spyro Gyra
Founded in 1974 by Jay Beckenstein, Spyro Gyra has consistently been one of the most commercially successfully pop-jazz groups of the past 30 years. Times: 7:00 pm & 10:00 pm. Harrahs Theatre. Phone: (800) 745-3000. Admission: $35.00 - $45..00

November 5
Let’s Make Waves Patron Party and Silent Auction
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation's nautical-themed party is a night filled with cuisine from the local restaurants, cocktails and live music. The huge silent auction will end the evening. Dress is nautical or casual. Pontchartrain Yacht Club, 140 Jackson Ave., Mandeville. $50 in advance; $60 at the door; sponsorships are available. Contact: 836-2205


November 5
"Fais Do Do"
Bravo and the New Orleans Ballet Association host a Fais Do Do at Mulate's Party Hall, 743 Convention Center Blvd at 7 p.m.  The Patron party will be from 6 to 7 at the Home of the Kerry and Tiffa Boutte.  Guests will be entertained  with Cajun Music by Hot Sauce and a delicious buffet.  $75-$50. http://www.nobadance.com/

November 5
La Fête 283: Ursuline Loves Her Saints...Angela, Ursula, New Orleans!
A champagne patron party and gala to benefit Ursuline Academy with live and silent auctions, local delicacies, an open bar and live music. $75 gala; $150 patron party and gala; table sponsorships available. Contact: 861-0592, [email protected]

November 5-6
16th Annual Poydras Home Art Show & Patron Party
This organization’s patron party will feature music from Flambeaux and a preview of juried art. The art show will feature a hanging juried art exhibition and a juried photography exhibition of more than 2,500 original works of art by Louisiana and regional artists. Poydras Home, 5354 Magazine St. Free art show; $100 patron party. Contact: 897-0535

November 5, 6, 11, 12, 13
“The Misanthrope”
Is authenticity and honesty at the risk of being ostracized more important than moving up in the world via coddling and flattery? This question is at the core of Neil Bartlett’s modern, edgy translation of Molière’s classic, “The Misanthrope.” The play will run in Loyola University New Orleans’ Marquette Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students, children, seniors and Loyola employees. For tickets and information, visit www.montage.loyno.edu or call 504-865-2074.
Saturday, November 6
Sociedad Española invites you to  day of culture
Presentations in English about Spain -Loyola University -Monroe Library—Multimedia Rm 1.
9:00 AM- Coffee & snacks -9:30 AM- Richmond Eustis— “Convivencia and Mozarabic Poetry”
10:30 AM- Alexie Gaddis & Brianna Powell— “Service and Learning in Ávila, Spain”  10 am.


November 6

Herman Leonard’s Memorial and Second-Line Parade

1:00 PM: Memorial Service at Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp Street
3:00 PM: Second Line Parade through the French Quarter -begin:  A Gallery For Fine Photography (featuring an exhibition of Herman Leonard’s photographs), 241 Chartres Street
end: continued music and celebration at dba, 618 Frenchman Street.

November 6, 2010 -February 19, 2011
Prospect.1.5 New Orleans
As part of its mission to present and promote the art and artists of New Orleans, U.S. Biennial will present Prospect.1.5 New Orleans, a fifteen-week program of exhibitions, symposiums, and public events taking place throughout the  Arts District and Surrounding New Orleans Area in November. Prospect..1.5 will highlight the contemporary art scene in the city, with over fifty artists presenting work in thirteen venues throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area. http://www.prospectneworleans.org

November 6
Louisiana SPCA's Howlin' Success - A 1940s Tribute
Thee annual fundraiser for LA/SPCA will feature silent and live auctions, an abundance of cocktails and dishes served by multiple restaurants at  Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place.  The chairs of the event will be Actor Bryan Batt, First Lady Supriya Jindal, Actor Christian LeBlanc and Humanitarian Anderson Cooper.  $125 gala; $250 patron. Contact: Lisa Keitges 762-3307, [email protected]

November 6
The 2nd annual New Orleans Coffee Festival
This extraordinary event is devoted to the celebration of people coming together to enjoy drinking and learning about coffee in a fun and welcoming community atmosphere, with plenty of good food and live music throughout. The hallmark of the event is the Coffee Tasting Flight 8 and new  this year are speakers who will share great tips on everything about coffee, as well as a large variety of pastries and treats that complement afternoon coffee.   Noon - 6:00 pm.
The Freret Market (Freret St at Napoleon Ave).    http://NewOrleansCoffeeFestival.com

November 6
21st Mirliton Festival
Eat food from some of the Neighborhood's best eateries: The Country Club, Cafe Roux, Frady's, Jack Dempsey's, The Joint, Karma Kitchen, Markey's Bar, Satsuma Cafe, Sally's Country Gourmet Foods, Wine by Bacchanal, Gelato by Sucre and Popsicles by Meltdown. There will also be musical guests with The Valparaiso Men's Chorus, featuring Alex McMurray, DJ Jubilee, Happy Talk Band, Ratty Scurvics, Guitar Lightning Lee, Hurray for the Riff Raff, R. Scully Rough 7, King Louie One Man Band, and Panorama Jazz Band.11:00 am - 7:00 PM. Markey Park (Piety-Royal Street). Admission $5.00; BNA Members $3.00; Children under 5 Free

November 6 and 7
Swamp Fest
Swamp Fest celebrates Louisiana Cajun culture and heritage through education and entertainment. This family-oriented festival gives visitors insight into the Cajun way of life through cultural demonstrations, music, food and crafts. The weekend salute to Louisiana's Bayou country at the Zoo features hands-on encounters with live Louisiana swamp animals and special animal feedings. Swamp Fest is free with Zoo admission. Audubon Zoo members get in free! Audubon Zoo, (504) 581-4629

November 6th
Mannequin event with Georgiou Fashion
the Shops of Canal Place!! 333 Canal St. Ste.1.13  For more information: 504-566-7570

Special Guest Model Rocio Isabel Mora from: Que Pasa New Orleans.

The event will start at 3pm We will have raffles:)and coupons to give out while you enjoy watching the Mannequins wearing the hottest collection of Georgiou!

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.

Please save this date:

Wednesday, November 10
Round Table Luncheon
The monthly luncheon hosted by society columnist Margarita Bergen, on Wednesday, November 10 at  at noon at Begue’s of the Royal Sonesta Hotel will feature  writers and TV personalities Jan and Bob Carr who will be discussing and signing their book "Raising Our Children On Bourbon" a French Quarter Love Affair  and  photographer/author Ashley Merlin who just published a beautiful coffee table book "Statuesque New Orleans"  of  all the statues in New Orleans.   Men from the Hot Firemen Calendar will make and appearance and will sell and sign calendars. There will be a  French cognac tasting of Landy Cognac,  hosted by Jean-Francois Bonneté for all the guests and live entertainment with vocalist Sheila McDermott and pianist  Jim Walpole. 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


Have a great week!

Margarita Bergen,

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