Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Toast to New Orleans - January 16-22: Round Table Luncheon Saluting 2018 Carnival and NO authors/ Good Apple Gala/ Link Stryjewski Foundation Bal Masqué & more....

 A Toast to New Orleans - January 16-22: Round Table Luncheon Saluting 2018 Carnival and NO authors/ Good Apple Gala/ Link Stryjewski Foundation Bal Masqué & more....

 Happy Carnival Season 2018:


If you are like me you are devastated and heartbroken about the loss our beloved Saints suffered in the last 10 seconds of the divisional playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings. We should be grateful that the Saints put up a great game and a fabulous season and let's wish for them that next year will be better! Geaux Saints Go.

Otherwise, I had a fabulous, hectic week.

I started it by attending, on Wednesday night, the Grand Opening of the Cambria Hotel in the CBD. 

Opening of Cambria Hotel
Oh, what a night!

The opening of the Cambria Hotel was spectacular. Cambria New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District hotel, located in the city's hip, bohemian arts district, is a beautiful property. I enjoyed seeing Governor John Bel Edwards and many friends. I am sorry I didn't stay for the Mardi Gras Parade but I had another event to go to. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154951669950870.1073743059.581200869&type=1&l=8359c5d7f0

That evening, I was invited by darling friend and editor, Dean Shapiro, to accompany him to the Salon Concert of 2016 New Orleans International Piano Competition Gold Medalist, Xiaohui Yang.

Xiaohui Yang's Salon Concert
The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans MASNO) presented, last Thursday night, a superb solo piano performance by Xiaohui  Yang. The Beauregard-Keyes Historic House and Garden was the setting for the intimate salon concert. The program consisted of Franz Schubert's “Piano Sonata in A-major,” followed by Arnold Schoenberg's “Six Little Piano Pieces” and my favorite, Franz Liszt's “Piano Sonata in B-minor.” Xiaohui was a joy to see - full of emotion and ranging from very gentle to dynamic.https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154951700095870.1073743060.581200869&type=1&l=1b57bc3f6c

Big Wig Ball: HAIRajuku
Big Wig Ball: HAIRajuku at the New Orleans Women’s Opera Guild Home was so much fun. I grabbed a Geisha wig that Michael Langford help me tease and we kicked off Carnival Season opera-style at the second annual Big Wig Ball. Chaired by Midori Tajiri-Byrd, the event featured sweet treats, champagne, music, a raffle for coveted prizes, and a wig contest to crown New Orleans’ official “Big Wig 2018.”

This year’s event is themed “HAIRajuku” and takes guests to the fashion district of Tokyo, Japan. Guests were encouraged to don their biggest, most elaborate wigs to kick off Mardi Gras. This event was presented by Sylvain Society Young Professionals.https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154953795040870.1073743061.581200869&type=1&l=227614ebee

Rex Organization's Presentation of 1 Million to Schools
Darlings, I had the pleasure of visiting for the first time ever, the colorful Rex Den. It was a visual explosion and lot of beautiful Mardi Gras memories came to my mind.

For the third consecutive year, Pro Bono Publico Foundation awarded $1 million in grants to support Greater New Orleans schools and education. The 63 grants benefit schools serving a total of 34,000 students and include nine chapter managements organizations responsible for 42 schools, 14 individual charter schools and 10 other schools, including  several serving children with special needs.

45th CAMAN BALL - Let Them Eat Cake!
Darlings, it was quite a night at the 45th CAMAN BALL - Let Them Eat Cake at the New Orleans Marriott. The Ball of The Military Officers’ Wives’ Club’s Krewe of CAMAN (Coast Guard, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy) was chaired by gorgeous costumed Ball Captain and 2007 Queen Janet Nagelin who did an outstanding job decorating and running the fabulous ball. I was elated when the identity of the dashing masked King CAMAN XLV was revealed. It turned out that it was my darling friend, retired Rear Admiral of the Coast Guard David Callahan. His beautiful wife former Queen 2005 Kathi Callahan was radiant in her beautiful costume. One of highlights of my evening was to be presented and honored as a Dignitary of CAMAN Royalty!

My last soiree for the week was the always fun and bubbly Galatoire's Auction for the right to sit in the tables on Friday before Mardi Gras which is February 9. It was mind boggling to see so many people bidding very high for the tables that will benefit two charities.

Darlings, once again the annual auction at Galatoire's for its tables on Friday before Mardi Gras was an incredible fun experience. Each year, the Galatoire Foundation holds Christmas and Mardi Gras table auctions to assist in supporting local non-profit organizations. Started in 2006, the Christmas and Mardi Gras table auctions have raised more than $1.5 million dollars for local charities. Last night, the lively auction raised more than $130,000 to benefit charities: Eden House New orleans, and Breakthrough New Orleans. WOW I could not believe that tables of eight were going for $10,000 or more. I am so delightful that I am being treated to a seat by my darling friend philanthropist Sammy Steele. I can not wait.https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154960939260870.1073743064.581200869&type=1&l=2df1bf6c7e

Darlings, this week is going to be a very exciting week as well. I am going to start it by attending the Investiture Ceremony  of my darling friend Judge Tiffany Gautier Chase, as Judge of the :Court of Appeal, 4th Circuit
Tuesday, January 16
At Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street at 6 p.m. 

Jessica H. Schexnayder and Mary H. Manhein - FRAGILE GROUNDS: Louisiana's Endangered Cemeteries

Join us when Jessica H Schexnayder and Mary H. Manhein present and sign FRAGILE GROUNDS, compiling stories and photographs of endangered cemeteries throughout Louisiana's coastal zone and beyond. These burial places link the fragile land to the frailty of the state's threatened community structures. The book highlights the state's vibrant diversity by showing its unique burial customs and traditions, while it also identifies the urgent need for ongoing documentation of cultural elements at risk.
Cemeteries associated with the culturally rich communities of Louisiana reflect the history and global settlement patterns of the state. Yet many are endangered due to recurring natural and man-made events. Nearly 80 percent of the nation's coastal land loss occurs in Louisiana. Coastal erosion, sinking land, flooding, storm surge, and sea-level rise have led to an inland migration that threatens to unravel the fabric of Louisiana and, by association, hastens the demise of its burial places.
As people are forced inland, migrants abandon, neglect, or often overlook cemeteries as part of the cultural landscape. In terms of erosion, when the land goes, the cemetery goes with it. Cemeteries fall prey to inland and coastal flooding. As cities grow outward, urban sprawl takes over the landscape. Cemeteries lose out to forces such as expansion, eminent domain, and urban neglect. Not only do cemeteries give comfort for the living, but they also serve as a vital link to the past. Once lost, that past cannot be recovered.
Jessica H. Schexnayder, Denham Springs, Louisiana, is a Louisiana native and is passionate about documenting the people, history, and culture of south Louisiana. Her writing and photography have been featured by the Louisiana State Archives, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Country Roads, Heart of Louisiana, and Inside New Orleans.  
 Mary H. Manhein, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is author of The Bone Lady: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist; Trail of Bones: More Cases from the Files of a Forensic Anthropologist; Bone Remains: Cold Cases in Forensic Anthropology, and the mystery novel Floating Souls: The Canal Murders. She is retired director of the Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) Laboratory at Louisiana State University.
Event date: 
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115
Fragile Grounds: Louisiana's Endangered Cemeteries (Hardcover)
By Jessica H. Schexnayder, Mary H. Manhein

Of course I do not have to tell you that the highlight of my week is going to be on Wednesday, January 17, when I host my Round Table Luncheon Saluting the 2018 Carnival Season and New Orleans authors 

January 17
Round Table Luncheon Saluting the 2018 Carnival Season and New Orleans Authors
The Round Table Luncheon on Wednesday, January 17,2018 will salute the 2018 Carnival Season and New Orleans authors at noon in the historic ballroom of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans Street in the heart of the French Quarter.
Legendary Musicians confirmed to attend include Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, and Grammy-award winner Irma Thomas, King and Queen of the 2018 Krewe of Stars along with Mayor- elect LaToya Cantrell.
Invited authors include architectural artist/historian Jimmy Blanchard and his new book Magnificent Obsessions: New Orleans Buildings and Residences; Radio and TV legend Bob Carr (The Packard Limousine); and Liz Williams, CEO and founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and author of New Orleans, A Food Biography.
In addition Wayne Phillips, Curator of  Costumes and Textiles for the Louisiana State Museum , will discuss the upcoming Gay Mardi Gras Exhibition a the Museum. 
To set the mood for the merriment of Carnival Season 2018, Becky Allen, Marshall Harris, Carl Mack and pianist Jim Walpole will provide the live entertainment. In addition, Mardi Gras Poster Queen Andrea Mistretta 's iconic the Mardi Gras poster series latest edition and the Original painting saluting the New Orleans Tricentennial will be unveiled by a special guest.
Guests will be treated once again to a tasting of Lucky Players King Cake and Fleur de Lis Vodka. Eduardo Marquez ,CEO of Lucky Player Vodka Brands will be in attendance.
In addition, Conductor Paul Mauffray will treat us to two songs from his upcoming production of Tabasco: A Burlesque Opera (January 25-29) at le Petit Theatre.
Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite Mardi Gras costumes to compete for prizes which will be given to the best! The $60, all-inclusive price includes a delicious, 3-course gourmet luncheon, champagne/wines and valet parking.
Call Judy LeBlanc at (504) 571-4672 or email her at Judy.LeBlanc@BourbonOrleans.com to inquire. RESERVATIONS AND PREPAYMENT ARE REQUIRED. Walk-ins will not be accepted, as the hotel will only prepare meals for the number of guests who have made reservations.

Turtle Soup au Sherry
Veal Piccata
Veal cutlets sauteed with fresh lemon capers, garlic linguine, topped with fresh asparagus spears

Cream Cheese Filled Mini King Cake

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Wednesday, January 17 
"The History of the Baby Dolls," a lecture by Dianne Honoré at Williams Research Center
410 Chartres Street at | 6 - 7 p.m.
Admission is free, and reservations are encouraged. To register, email wrc@hnoc.org or call (504) 523-4662. Reservations will be held until five minutes prior to the beginning of the event.
Dianne Honoré, founder of the Black Storyville Baby Dolls, will present a lecture on the history and culture of the New Orleans Baby Dolls tradition at THNOC on Wednesday, January 17. Honoré's group continues a masking tradition started in about 1912 in Black Storyville, an unofficial area just outside of the city's infamous, legal red-light district. Her presentation will include on-site examples of Baby Dolls costumes.
Admission is free, and reservations are encouraged. To register, email wrc@hnoc.org or call (504) 523-4662. Reservations will be held until five minutes prior to the beginning of the event, at which time any unclaimed seats will be released to the public.

January 18    
Louisiana Appleseed “Good Apple Gala”
Celebrating its ninth anniversary, this year’s gala will honor Social Justice Honorees Chief Justice Bernette Johnson, Ken Polite and Alan Philipson and Pro Bono Honorees Sam Ford, Caroline Crosby, Lillian Grappe and Patty and Madison McMurray. The Gala will be followed by a Core Members After-Party.
Tickets: $100/Ticket-$10,000/Sponsorship
Location: NOPSI Hotel
Contact: LouisianaAppleseed.org
January 19-28 
 Million Dollar Quartet is the new smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording sessions that brought together rock n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. This thrilling musical brings you insiinside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock n' roll band for one unforgettable night. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including "Blue Suede Shoes", "Fever", "That's All Right", "Sixteen Tons", "Great Balls of Fire", "Walk The Line", "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On", "Who Do You Love?", "Matchbox", "Folsom Prison Blues", "Hound Dog" and more. Don't miss your chance to sing and dance along with some of the greatest of all time!


Blush Ball 2018Friday, January 19 
Generations Hall
310 Andrew Higgins Dr, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Patron Party - 8:00pm - An extra hour to party with the Pussyfooters plus open bar and Pussyfooter swag.General Admission - 9:00pm

Come Party with a Purpose with the Pussyfooters at our annual fundraiser for Metropolitan Center for Community Advocacy!

Live music by the Brass-A-Holics! Live DJ! MC is Fresh Johnson! And performances by The Pussyfooters!7 bars and 2 dance floorsRaffle and Silent AuctionPhoto BoothFood Trucks

Tickets now for sale from any Pussyfooter. On-line tickets sales 

January 20

Enjoy a morning of king cake, coffee and conversation.

WYES KING CAKE & CONVERSATION is Saturday, January 20th at 10am at the WYES Paulette and Frank Stewart Innovation Center for Educational Media at 916 Navarre Avenue! Don't miss out on this fun and festive event. Join Peggy Scott Laborde and Errol Laborde as they discuss and show images from Carnival past and present. Plus, get a look at the Labordes private collection of Carnival memorabilia.

Take a bite out of some delicious king cake while learning about the history of New Orleans Carnival. 

Tickets are on sale now and space is limited.

January 20 

Link Stryjewski Foundation Bal Masqué
Darlings, on Saturday, January 20,  I am planning to Join chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski for an evening celebrating the kickoff of Carnival Season to benefit the youth of New Orleans. Enjoy food and drink from the country's top chefs and mixologists, and entertainment by international and local artists. 7 p.m. at the Sugar Mill. 
Bal Masque is really two great events spread over two evenings, the Chef’s Dinner on Friday January 19th and the masked ball on Saturday January 20th.

The fun begins when Chef Nancy Oakes, Executive Chef and Owner of Boulevard Restaurant and Prospect Restaurant in San Francisco, will cook the annual exclusive dinner Friday alongside my partners, Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski.  Oakes will prepare a five-course dinner paired with great wines!

The 2018 Bal Masqué will take place on Saturday, January 20th at a new location, the Sugar Mill.   This year’s event also offers new pricing options (less expensive!) and packages for both Friday and Saturday nights!

So get your costume or your formal dress AND your MASK and join us for this special, one of kind opportunity!

Full details here…or call me at 504 884 9500!  https://www.balmasque.linkstryjewski.org/

 January  20

33rd Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame Gala
Sat, January 20, 2018, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST

$100 - $1,000

The American Italian Renaissance Foundation hosts an annual gala event to celebrate local and national Italian Americans. Each year 2-4 locals are inducted into the Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame and a national athlete is honored. The AIRF also honors local Italian Americans who have made a contribution to the community in the arts, civics, medical field, and more! At the gala, local high school seniors excelling in athletics and academics are awarded scholarships.
33rd Annual Louisiana American Italian
Sports Hall of Fame Gala
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Cocktails and Silent Auction at 5:00
Dinner at 6:00
St. Charles Room, the New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel

Sunday, January 21

call: 504 670 2520  

Trinity Episcopal Church 
1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans

Trinity Artist Series Schedule

Sunday, January 21 @ 5 pm: Roda de Choro, plays traditional Brazilian music with a 5 piece ensemble featuring Rick Perles, violin; Scott Myers, seven-string guitar; 
Eduardo Tozzatto, keyboards; Geovane Santos, pandeiro and cavaquinho; and Martin Masakowski,pandeiro and bass.  

January 23   
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “Porsche of New Orleans Leukemia Cup Kickoff Party”
A party to engage participants to get excited for the upcoming “Leukemia Cup” events in April and May. There will be food provided by Southern Yacht Club and a cash bar. The Leukemia & Lymphoma society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Tickets: Free
Location: Southern Yacht Club
Contact: 837-0945

Have a great time and stay warm!
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