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New Orleans Events: Pre-Christmas Week, Be Merry

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Events in New Orleans area, the week before Christmas 2010.  Also, see the pictures from last week. by Margarita Bergen


Darling friends,

Ihope you are enjoying your holidays as much as I am.

This past week, I spent most of my time attending holiday celebrations that included the  best- ever Tales of the Cocktail’s 5th Annual Tales of the Toddy at the Monteleone Hotel. It was a delicious, decadent evening filled with yuletide cocktails and holiday cheer and wonderful cuisine from 10 legendary New Orleans restaurants. Jazz musician Lars Edegran and his band entertained the festive crowd.

That evening I also participated at the hilarious Politics with a Punch at Le Chair Noir. I was joined by musician Vince Vance, recent lieutenant-governor candidate Caroline Fayard,  Emmy Award-winning TV personality Tom Gregory and others. It was a lot of fun.

That week, I was invited to the  delicious Bombay Club 's Christmas Celebration with owners Richard and Willie Fiske. I also enjoyed attending the sold-out LPO Baroque Christmas concert conducted by our dynamic Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto. I ended my week by hosting a festive Holiday celebration at Casell Gallery and attending  briefly the traditional Caroling in the Square. It was a fabulous week, and I am looking forward to the events scheduled for this week.

On a sad note, we lost a giant among American TV weathermen this week. Nash Roberts left us at the age of 92, leaving behind a 50-year legacy of guiding us through many hurricane seasons. With his squeaky magic markers on a greaseboard, plotting coordinates and advising us whether we should evacuate or not, we listened to him and trusted him and he never let us down.  Also, as we approach Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, let us pray for our longtime Archbishop Philip Hannan who is 97 and fighting to recover from some recent ailments. Let us also pray for the healthy recovery of Peter Winter, husband of my dear friend Mary West and former owner of the Maison Dupuy Hotel in the French Quarter. Also Gayle Batt, another dear friend and mother of famous actor Bryan Batt. God bring them all a speedy recovery.

I have a little lagniappe
 As an Holiday  gift, The Royal Sonesta would like to offer anyone that mentions my name Margarita Bergen a 50% discount on next available Teddy Bear Dates 21,22,23. Two seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For reservation call 553-1231. Please do not forget to use my name.


Let's see what this festive week has in store for us:
Tuesday, December 21
Christmas New Orleans Style Concert presents Irvin Mayfield.
All concerts are free and open to the public and take place at St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square, in the French Quarter.Concerts begin at 6pm and last approximately one hour.
December 21- 23
Cooking Demonstrations
Tuesday, December 21-Gumbo Shop with Chef Michael Ruoss:Maque Choux; Wednesday, December 22-Morton’s the Steakhouse with Chef Ben Raphael:Crab Cakes; Thursday, December 23-The Court of Two Sisters with Chef Chad Penedo: Trout Washington.
Chef’s Holiday Cooking Demonstrations take place at Le Petit Theatre, located at 616 St. Peter,near the St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. Cooking Demonstrations are free and open to the public and begin at 2pm and last approximately 45 minutes.
Tuesday December 21
 Celebrate the holidays with David & Roselyn at Alvar Library
Celebrate the holidays with David and Roselyn,New Orleans' talented, award winning, world traveling, jazz, folks, blues duo. They will
be joined on upright bass by Jimmie Williams,a recent graduate of the graduate program at Loyola. Anita Hemeter, a regular with jazz bands
'Some Like It Hot' and "MoLasses" will join them on drums. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Alvar Library in the Bywater,913 Alvar St. NOLA
504-596-2667,Refreshments Served. Free & Open to the Public
Wednesday, December 22 
Get In The kNOwLA
Experience an evening of cultural indulgences 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.at the JW Marriott Lobby Lounge
Local Featured Artist is Theresa Herrera,her work honors the spirit of her ancient Aztec ancestors. Her paintings, which
are created using transparent overlapping hues of acrylic paint, express her deep connection to her Mexican origins
Live Entertainment by:Javier Gutierrez( guitarist)-Spirit Tasting and Complimentary Hors D'oeuvres

December 23
Home for the Holidays

Daniel Price Memorial Scholarship Fund for Aspiring Artists/New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts is holding its annual fundraiser is held in honor and memory of NOCCA alumnus Daniel Price for those who excel in visual arts and music. House of Blues,Tickets: $30; 125 patron
Contact: 504- 940-2808, www.HOB.com/NewOrleans
December 24
Preservation Hall Presents - A Creole Christmas
Join Preservation Hall for a Creole Christmas featuring Lars Edegran, Big Al Carson, Topsy Chapman, and the St. Peter Allstars
Times: 1st Concert 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm; 2nd Concert 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm. 726 St. Peter Street, (504) 522-2841
December 26
Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show
"Abracadabra! It’s Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show! Mickey, Minnie and a host of Disney friends come together with world-class magicians to perform magic from legendary Disney films right before your eyes. See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the spectacular levitation of Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine; and the enchanted dancing brooms of Fantasia. Join Donald and Goofy, Alice and the Mad Hatter, and many more. 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm-U.N.O. Lakefront Arena.800) 745-3000- $19.00 - $56.00
Sunday, December 26
Trinity Artist Series present Special Christmas program with organist Albinas Prizgintas on the 5000 pipe Trinity tracker organ.
Albinas plays Your favorite Classical and Popular Christmas songs from 5 to 6 p.m. FREE
Trinity Episcopal Church,1329 Jackson Avenue,Police security provided.Handicap access and elevator available

Thursday, December 30 at 7 pm - The Yale Whiffenpoofs
 14 of them-As one of the nation's oldest and most acclaimed collegiate a cappella groups the Whiffenpoofs have, during their 101
years of existence, sung all over the world. They have a long tradition of performing a selection of traditional male glee club type songs along with a very
healthy mix of contemporary a cappella songs.

December 21-23
Celebration in the Oaks

City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of the most beautiful holiday light exhibits in the country. A New Orleans family tradition featuring ‘Cajun Night Before Christmas,’ dancing lights, a new nativity scene, photo with Santa,
musical laser show, and more! : Friday and Saturday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Sunday - Thursday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm.http://www.celebrationintheoaks.com - New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park. (504)483-9415.Admission: $7 per person, children under 3 and Friends of City Park enter free
Until January 2, 2011
Harrah´s New Orleans "Miracle on Fulton Street"

"Miracle on Fulton Street," a holiday attraction in the heart of downtown New Orleans, will bring the magic and spirit of the holiday season alive for locals and visitors of all ages. This free and open to the public event will open daily. This year, Harrah’s Hotel will also shine bright in jewel colored lights with Christmas trees throughout the lobby and a gingerbread Superdome, in honor of the World Champions.12:00 pm.http://www.harrahsneworleans.com; Fulton and Poydras Streets at Harrah's Hotel
Phone: (504) 533-6798
Every weekend
Jeremy Davenport at the Davenport Lounge

Every Thursday (5:30pm), Friday (9pm) + Saturday (9pm)
at Davenport Lounge in The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.

New Orleans' own "Pianoman and Entertainer" Armand St. Martin performs every Friday and Saturday Night from 7-10 p.m. at The Pontchartrain Hotel 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.

Anais St. John  at the Polo Lounge of the Windsor Court
Every Friday and Saturday at the Polo Lounge of the Windsor Court" 9 p.m. to Midnight!

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.
BOMBAY CLUB - Presents:

Pianists Amanda Walker-Fridays 6-9 p.m. and Jeff Greenberg-Saturdays 6-9 p.m. @ 9:30pm -Saturday @ 9: The Bombay Club, 830 Conti Street. Validated parking for 3 FREE HOURS at Central Parking, Iberville at Dauphine. No Cover charge.
Have a great week!
Put in your calendar:


Creole Christmas on December 29 at The Historic New Orleans Collection

Creole Christmas
Presented by Friends of the Cabildo
December 29 • 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Admission is $25 per person, $20 for members of 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 St.
The Collection's Williams Residence will be one of the featured homes for Creole Christmas, presented by Friends of the Cabildo, on Wednesday, December 29. The event invites locals and visitors alike to take a festive stroll through the French Quarter to visit six historical houses dressed in traditional Christmas decorations, and to enjoy Creole Christmas stories and seasonal refreshments. The Collection's Williams Residence is new to the event this year, which 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 St. on Jackson Square and are available all day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Ticket sales will end at 3 p.m. Spring Fiesta House presentations on the history of Creole Christmas and Reveillon will be held throughout the day. The presentations begin promptly at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., & 3:30 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; http://www.crescentcitycountdown.com. Jackson Square, French Quarter

Looking ahead: January 2 is last day for Mignon Faget exhibitionat the HNOC

Mignon Faget: A Life in Art and Design
On view through January 2, 2011
Williams Gallery, 533 Royal St.
Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public



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This online album has 15 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 03/21/2011.



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