Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Toast to New Orleans: November 21-28 : Lighting ceremony for The Ritz, River walk,, Downtown Canal Street/ Happy Thanksgiving / Bayou Classic and More....


This was one weekend that we had so many reasons to celebrate and, as such, we did. First of all, I need to congratulate our newly elected New Orleans Mayor - my darling friend Latoya Cantrell - the first female mayor of the city of New Orleans and also to all the other winners of the election.
I also celebrated big time the 8th consecutive victory of the Saints. I was there cheering for them at the invitation of my darling friends the Gershaniks in their suite at the 50 yard line. What made it even more special was that my darling friend, talented bass baritone Ivan Griffin who just performed at my recent Round Table Luncheon, sang the National Anthem. Congratulations to him!

Darlings, my recent Round Table Luncheon saluting the New Orleans Authors was informative, entertaining and delicious. Co-hosted by Rosemary James who spoke about the upcoming WORDS & MUSIC: A Literary Feast in New Orleans - Celebrating the 20th Anniversary in 2017 (Dec. 6-10, 2017) we featured authors Chris ChampagneSecret New OrleansCheryl GerberNew Orleans: Life and Death in the Big EasyRuss HermanThe Topography of Life, Love and Travel; and Havilah MaloneHow to Become a Publicity Magnet.  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, David  Bottner, Executive Director of the New Orleans Mission, spoke briefly about their services.

The live entertainment was by the talented baritone, Ivan Griffin, accompanied by conductor Paul Mauffray on keyboard, who previewed selections from his edition of George Whitefield Chadwick's delightful, Tabasco - A Burlesque Operetta, that will be presented at Le Petite Theatre from January 25-28 as part of New Orleans Opera's 75th Anniversary Season. Pianist Jim Walpole played before and after the luncheon.

Please put in your calendar that the next one will be a very festive Round Table Luncheon saluting the Holidays and the upcoming New Orleans Tricentennial on Wednesday, December 13 at noon in the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. I have asked my darling friend, Mark Romig, President and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, to be my co-host and will be asking the Cultural and Historical Co-chairs, Priscilla Lawrence and Sybil Morial, as well.

I have also invited our new Mayor-elect, Latoya Cantrell, as well as the Consul of Mexico, Carlos Ponce, and the Consul of France, Vincent Sciama and  Patti Lock with Tall Ships.

As you know every year, we feature a tasting of red wine by Dr. James Moises and a tasting of Champagne by Republic Beverages, in addition to a myriad of entertainers that will include Suzaune Yee McKamey, Becky Allen, Carl Mack, Marshall Harris, burlesque dancer Trixie Minx and others. Guests are encouraged to wear their finest holiday outfit or costumes and prizes will be given to the best! The $60, all-inclusive price includes a delicious, 3-course gourmet luncheon, champagne/wines and valet parking.

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. The chef needs to know how much to cook and I need to know how much champagne/wine to buy for the occasion. You can make reservations by calling Judy LeBlanc at (504) 571-4672 or email her atJudy.LeBlanc@BourbonOrleans.com

Around this time of the year, I normally join my brother Lorenzo Bergen at his time share condo in Destin, Florida but, because there were so many fun cultural/social events, I missed going there and it took a toll on me. So, unfortunately, I missed a few but fortunately I did not miss the following:

3rd Annual Christmas New Orleans Style
Darlings, would you believe that Christmas is already upon us?

Christmas New Orleans Style 2017 kicked off on Thursday, November 16 with the French Market District's Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, followed by the French-American Chamber of Commerce's Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration on November 17. CNOS ends on Twelfth Night, January 6, 2018 when the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc parades in the French Quarter and Phunny Phorty Phellows board the St. Charles Avenue streetcar to herald the start of Carnival. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154822112910870.1073743004.581200869&type=1&l=29ddc4ed6a

At Home in the Vieux Carre
It is always a pleasure to visit, even if it’s briefly, the VCPORA 's event At Home in the Vieux Carre. This time it was the Season Opener and it was a the lovely condos of my darling friends Ira Babin and his next door neighbor Grace Wilsonhttps://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154826485700870.1073743005.581200869&type=1&l=8442f66553

Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration
The annual Beaujolais Noveau Celebration at the JW Marriott was awesome. The French-American Chamber of Commerce - Gulf Coast - celebrated the first wine of the harvest at the Marriott. The Celebration featured tastings from over 20 New Orleans vendors, with entertainment by The Yat Pack. Georges DuBoeuf-Beaujolias Nouveau, announced the inaugural Tour de Fromages, an annual cheese and wine festival debuting November 2018! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154826505995870.1073743006.581200869&type=1&l=3bc42ef247

St. Catherine's Day Hat Parade
On Sunday morning, since I am single and Duchess Chiquita Linda is a widow, before I headed to the Saints game, we went to the annual St. Catherine's Day Hat Parade. The New Orleans St. Catherine's Day Hat Parade, inspired by the annual event of the same name in Paris, is held the weekend before Thanksgiving. It's open to women and girls of all ages (as always, men and boys are welcome to tag along). St Catherine is the patron of the seamstress. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154829126615870.1073743007.581200869&type=1&l=e13e4ab8d1

Saints Game #7 at the Gershanik Suite
Darlings, I loved going to the Saints game. I want to thank my longtime darling friends Dr. Juan Gershanik and his lovely wife, Ana Ester, for hosting me and my brother, Lorenzo Bergen. It was so great to see the entire Gershanik family. I also enjoyed very much seeing my darling friend, talented baritone, Ivan Griffin, singing the National Anthem, as well as having my darling friend, talented Tony Award-winner Sue Vaccaro joining us for a few minutes at the suite. What a fabulous experience for my brother and I to be there for another victory for our beloved Saints, who are now in first place in their division. I’ll be honest, though; I need my brother to tell what each play means. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154829842325870.1073743008.581200869&type=1&l=47609d5c9b
 i also did not miss attending  The Historic New Orleans Collection's Concert in the Courtyard with talented classic guitarist Javier Olondo and his band Asheson  
Another event that I did not miss what the fabulous private collection Victorian Dolls by my old-time friend designer Raul Blanco

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Darlings, I am so sorry that missed going to Trinity Church to see my darling friend, Conductor Paul Mauffray's “FaurĂ© Requiem” benefit concert. As my darling friend Manon Prizgintas posted in Facebook:  Bravo BRAVO BRAVO Paul Mauffray C'etait ABSOLUMENT MAGNIFIQUE .. MERCI INFINIMENT.
I also hated missing the fabulous fundraiser for WYES:  SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL! 

This week is going to be fabulous. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!


Holiday Ribbon Cutting Reception at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
From 11 a.m.-12 noon, hotel guests and locals are invited to a complimentary ribbon-cutting reception in their festive lobby. Join hotel personnel as they unveil the hotel’s ornate holiday decorations, including the centerpiece: a life-sized gingerbread house replica of the famed New Orleans ‘Wedding Cake House.’ Enjoy holiday refreshments as well as appearances from Papa Noel and The Victory Belles of the WWII Museum’s Stage Door Canteen! The Ritz-Carlton is located at 921 Canal Street, in downtown New Orleans.

Tuesday,November 21


5 p.m.   Tree lighting begins at 5:30 p.m.              
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, at the corner of Julia Street and Convention Center Boulevard

Tuesday, November 21

Canal Street Lighting Ceremony Presented by the DDD & the Astor Crowne Plaza
in front of the Astor Crowne Plaza, Bourbon and Canal streets, at 5:30 pm
The Downtown Development District & its sponsor, the Astor Crowne Plaza, invite you to join in as they "flip the switch" at 5:30 pm, turning on more than 1 million twinkling lights along historic Canal Street and throughout Downtown NOLA. Enjoy entertainment by The Voices of Peter Claver and a special visit from Santa Claus! Kids who bring an unwrapped toy can join Santa and decorate holiday cookies!

Nov 21- December 24 
Miracle on Fulton Street   
 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM at Fulton Street Pedestrian Corridor
Everyone welcome. Free 
Miracle on Fulton Street will once again transform the Fulton Street pedestrian corridor into a winter wonderland! Enjoy twinkling lights, a gingerbread display in the Harrah's Hotel Lobby, interactive ornaments, and hourly "snow" fall through December 24, 11am - 10 pm. On Friday and Saturday evenings, December 2-24, enjoy visits with Santa, live entertainment, and more! https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-new-orleans/things-to-do/fulton-street

November 21
An Evening with JFK Funeral Honor  Guard  Hugh Clark as part of NO JFK 54th Anniversary
7 p.m. at St. Henry's Church
803 Ge, Pershing St.  Admission $20 
Tuesday,November 21
7:00 pm 

Please join us for a special evening at the New Orleans JCC  (5342 St. Charles Ave.), when
Walter Isaacson - author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve JobsEinstein, and Benjamin Franklin - brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us?

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.
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Christmas New Orleans Style

There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays during Christmas New Orleans Style, a celebration of uniquely New Orleans holiday activities taking place 
Now throughout December.


33rd Annual Christmas New Orleans Style Event Overview
Reveillon Feasts, Cathedral Concerts, Festive Events, Hotel Deals
'Cause it's Christmastime in New Orleans
Christmas Queens
Hosted by RuPaul's Drag Race Stars
Wed., Nov. 22
House of Blues 

Tis the season to be Mary! RuPaul's Drag RaceStars host Christmas Queens at House of Blues New Orleans. Featuring stars: Ginger Minj, Peppermint, Manila Luzon, Ivy Winters, Phi Phi O'hara, Sharon Needles, Thorgy Thor, and William. It's a holiday spectacular you won't want to miss! Live at House of Blues New Orleans on Wed., Nov. 22. Tickets start at $35 and are available at
 and ticketmaster.

Happy Thanksgiving 2017


Find Post-Thanksgiving Bliss
with our Vaudeville Variety Show!

Enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend at Le Petit with our Late Night Series and the return of LadyBEAST and Vinsantos!  Our distinguished hosts return to Le Petit following their successful debut show, Nocture.

Spectaculaire brings music, dance, circus, drag, and burlesque to the most iconic and historic stage in the French Quarter in a dazzling new show. Immerse yourself in the beauty and grandeur, and witness the only proper variety show that the Vieux Carre has to offer.

Local drag and cabaret artist Vinsantos will guide our audience through an evening that runs the gambit of sultry and teasing to upbeat and raucous, emotionally vulnerable and utterly entertaining.  

$35-50 | Reserved Seating

** Group rates available for parties of 10 or more.


Last Chance to See Us!!!
Created and performed by Ricky Graham,
Jeffery Roberson, Sean Patterson and
Jefferson Turner who brought you
Cafe Istanbul in the
Healing Arts Center,
2372 St. Claude
Tickets available from
Brown Paper Tickets only.
Please use the link below:
Hello Dawlin' !
November 24 and 25 8:00 PM
Click Here To Order Tickets Online For Any Performance
Lafete News Link November 21, 2017

Love New Orleans & She'll Love You Back.
Frank Stansbury

 Please click the links
November 21- February 25
Prospect 4

November 24-January 1
Celebration in the Oaks

Sunday, November 26 @ 5 pm: Celebrate Classical and Soul music treasures with
Deontria Gibson, Alexis McQuarter, Layla Lewis, All on vocals -  Damien Gibson, clarinet/violin -
Kevin Gullage, vocals/piano - and Kerry Lewis Jr. bass
Tuesday, November 28  @ 6 pm: Organ & Labyrinth, Albinas Prizgintas plays the 5000-pipe tracker organ
with ambient lighting and occasional guest musicians. From Bach to the Beatles and beyond! 
Since Katrina, a unique and magical distinctively New Orleans musical meditation. All are welcome. 
Trinity Episcopal Church 
1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans
Police security provided 
Handicap access and elevator available 
Free and Open to the Public

 It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the French Market District and all will be merrymaking at the multi-weekend St. Nick Celebration in Dutch Alley.  During four consecutive weekends beginning the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving the St. Nick Celebration will offer live music, an art market, kid’s activities, and photos with Santa!    
Festivities will take place outdoors at the Dutch Alley Performance Pavilion and will feature performances for the whole family such as the Preservation Hall All-Star Band, the Victory Belles, and Johnette Downing.  “The French Market District is elated to offer St. Nick Celebration this holiday season,” stated Jeremy Smith, Director of Marketing & Development for the French Market Corporation. “With the District dressed in holiday style, including our 30 foot Christmas tree in Washington Artillery Park across from Jackson Square, we’re inviting locals, as well as tourists, to visit and enjoy.”    
During the St. Nick Celebration the French Market District will offer free photos with Santa with a $25 purchase from select retailers in the historic Upper Pontalba Building on Jackson Square and along the Colonnade just beyond Café du Monde

 Sunday, Nov. 26th
The top Latin chefs in New Orleans are teaming up for a great cause, to help our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico. The chefs from Bacchanal, Baru, Casa Borrega, Brasa, La Boca, Meril, and Sobou will be combing culinary forces to provide a truly…
Latino Chefs Benefit Dinner for Puerto Rico 6:00 PM 8:30 PM at Paradigmgarden at 1131 South Rampart Street, New Orleans 70113. $100 all inclusive. Paradigm Gardens is an urban farm and event space in the heart of New Orleans that provides produce for member restaurants and hosts regular music and dinner events.