My favorite photo by talented good friend Frank Stansbury of the speakers and entertainers at the June Round Table Luncheon
Councilperson Latoya Cantrell, Sandra Dartus, Consul of France Gregor Trumel, Dr. Lisa Denofrio, Jim Walpole, Tina Meilleur, Carl Mack & Margarita Bergen at Round Table Luncheon
I hope you honored your fathers and your grandfathers this past weekend.
I sure remembered my wonderful and loving father who joined the Lord when my brother and I were still young. We always miss him and may his soul RIP. I was born when he was 61 and my brother Lorenzo was born five years later.
The highlight of my week was my monthly Round Table Luncheon that was held this past Wednesday, at noon at Dickie's Brennan Bourbon House.
The June Round Table Luncheon co-hosted by FestiGals was superb. The featured guests speakers made it to be a very special one. They included Tina Meilleur, a Life and Business Coach and CEO and Founder of Design Your Success; Grégor Trumel, Consul Général de France en Louisiane; Dr. Lisa Donofrio of Etre Cosmetic Dermatology; and special guest Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell. Talented Carl Mack and Jim Walpole entertained guests with a medley of songs paying tribute to gals. Photos by Frank Stansburyhttps://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153469304390870.1073742681.581200869&type=1&l=84a55e457d
I was so disappointed that about 20 people who reserved seats didn't show up. I did not have a policy that states that if you reserve you need to pay whether you showed up or not. It is common courtesy to notify me so I can notify the chef. So, unless I institute a policy that requires payment when the reservation is made, I will not be able to continue doing the Round Table Luncheon since IT PUT A BIG STRAIN ON THE RESTAURANT AND ME.
I took it easy after my luncheon since I was depressed and I had a pain in my back and only stepped out to work and see the Gay Pride Parade that passed in front of Casell-Bergen Gallery. The New Orleans Gay Pride Parade was solemn and fun to watch. Saw many familiar faces including members of the City Council and different krewes and organizations. Louisiana’s largest Pride Parade started by my house in the Marigny . and proceeded throughout the French Quarter neighborhood, passing by Casell Bergen Gallery.https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153473828435870.1073742682.581200869&type=1&l=bbf76aab95
The next luncheon co-hosted by Tales of the Cocktail will be on Wednesday, July 20 and it will feature an international stellar panel of Gin and Rum makers with talented Claudia Baumgartenchanneling Dorothy Parker and her witty drinking quotes. It should not be missed but unless I work closely with Bourbon House on our head counts, I will be looking for a new venue.
Talking about rum, The Historic New Orleans Collection will be presenting “Rum, Rhum, Ron! A History of Rum in the New World,” a culinary symposium Friday, June 24–Saturday, June 25. The symposium will take place at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street. Registrants are invited to a happy hour on Friday, June 24, from 5–7 p.m. at Palace Café’s rum-focused Black Duck Bar, 605 Canal St., and to a rum tasting following Saturday’s sessions at the at the Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., from 4–6 p.m. I cannot wait!
I am going to start my social week today, when I will join talented Peru-born Walter Veras to film a segment for his weekly Cox-TV show "El Mirador at t Mizado Cocina that is celebrating Ceviche Festival all month long even though National Ceviche Day is June 28, but they do not think one day is enough! June 6-June 30.
This Thursday, I am looking forward to attending the press conference at 10 a.m. about the 2016 Satchmo SummerFest at Jackson Square. They are suppose to share some great news.
I got some great news:
Philip Melancon returns to the Bayou Bar at the Pontchartrain Hotel this Thursday, June 23. He will be at the legendary piano every Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 8 for . . . well, . . . his last stint lasted twenty years.
The refurbished Pontchartrain is beautiful. The new investment group dropped $10 million dollars into it, upgrading the Bayou Bar, Silver Whistle and Caribbean Room. The rooms have also been renovated and the old penthouses are now incorporated into a swank rooftop bar. It's quite the entertainment venue, highly recommended.
Here's your options: The Caribbean Room and all food services are overseen by John Besh. He has included several favorites of the 'Train including Mile High Pie. A bar menu is also available. The Silver Whistle is operating for morning and lunch guests. Blueberry muffins are back in the basket. The Bayou Bar has been upgraded. New floor, bar, seating, but still very much the feel of the old place.
That evening, Thursday at Twilight in City Park will present the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans. The Symphony Chorus will perform works by Schubert and Vivaldi in the first half of the concert, and then music about New Orleans and Louisiana in the second half. Should be a great mix of music. For more information about the band, visit www.symphonychorus.org.
On June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the Upstairs Lounge, a gay bar located on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans. The result was the largest gay mass murder in U.S. history. Thirty-two people were killed and some bodies were never identified. The primary suspect was never charged with the crime. The documentary UPSTAIRS INFERNO brings humanity to the headlines by shining a light on the very painful effect the tragedy had on survivors, witnesses and loved ones.
New Orleans Pride and The Big Easy Sisters are proud to host the free screening of thedocumentary on the 43rd Anniversary of the Upstairs Lounge Fire.Written and directed byRobert L. Camina and narrated by New York Times bestselling author, Christopher Rice.
The screening will be in the Harrah's New Orleans Theater (inside the casino) on June 24 at 8:00 p.m.
That evening the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce the
SUMMER SOLSTICE, presented by the New Orleans Ballet Theatre, Friday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. Patron Party and 8:00 p.m. The performance is Saturday, June 25 at 8:00 p.m. at NOCCA's Lupin Hall, 2800 Chartres Street, New Orleans.
I am going to have a very busy Sunday, because I have been invited
to the Saenger Theatre Open House for a sneak peek of the upcoming East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans 2016-17 season.
The East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans 2016-17 season lineup includes:
·THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Sept. 20 – 25, 2016
·THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY, Oct. 25 – 30, 2016
·DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL, Nov. 22 – 27, 2016
·JERSEY BOYS, Dec. 13 – 18, 2016
·BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, March 7 – 12, 2017
·THE BODYGUARD, April 4 – 9, 2017
·FINDING NEVERLAND, May 9 – 14, 2017
On Sunday, I also have been invited to cover the 26th Annual Gala de la Bonne Vie, honoring Kidney Heroes. The benefit for the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana, will be feature renowned New Orleans chefs, silent auction and live auction and will be hosted by our Mistress of Ceremonies, professional journalist & entrepreneur, Camille Whitworth at the Blaine Kern Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel from 2-6 p.m. I am also looking forward to attending, on Sunday, June 26: 16th Annual Patriotic Music Festival from 3-6 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave. New Orleans. The program starts at 3 p.m. with the U.S Marine Corps Concert Band, Ellis Marsalis and Delfeayo's Uptown Jazz Orchestra and more. The musical program, ending at 6 p.m., will be followed by a reception in Bishop Polk Hall, ALL are invited!
PLEASE NOTE: This is a FREE screening, however, you MUST still get a ticket for count purposes. Ticket does not guarantee entrance to screening. You may begin forming a line at 5:30pm, doors will open at 6:30pm, screening is at 8pm. The first 350 people in line will be admitted in. If you need assistance entering the venue for medical reasons, please email email@example.com
On June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar located on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. The result was the largest gay mass murder in U.S. history. Thirty-two people were killed and some bodies were never identified. The primary suspect was never charged with the crime. UPSTAIRS INFERNO brings humanity to the headlines by shining a light on the very painful effect the tragedy had on survivors, witnesses and loved ones. Written and directed by Robert L. Camina and narrated by New York Times best selling author, Christopher Rice.
New Orleans Pride and The Big Easy Sisters are proud to host the screening this documentary on the 43rd Anniversary of the Upstairs Lounge Fire.
Where: Harrah's New Orleans Theater (inside the casino) When: June 24, 2016 - 8:00PM
After Party at Masquerade Nightclub: More details to come
AC2 An Intimate Evening With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen
SUMMER SOLSTICE presented by the New Orleans Ballet Theatre
Friday, June 24th 7:00 pm Patron Party 8:00 pm performance
Saturday, June 25th 8:00 pm performance
at NOCCA's Lupin Hall 2800 Chartres Street New Orleans, LA 70117
Exclusive New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation Discount 10% off all tickets for 06.24 performance 15% off all tickets for 06.25 performance
Click here for tickets and enter discount code "hhf" at checkout!
Please join the New Orleans Ballet Theatre as you've never seen it before!
Featuring two Latino dancers:
Diogo de Lima
Diogo de Lima received training in music, theater and dance at Conservatório Maestro Julião in Sao Paulo, Brazil and also attended the Royal Academy of Dance of London and the Toshie Kobayashi Academy of Dance. He has received many awards for his dancing and choreography, both in Brazil and internationally. He was most recently nominated in 2003 for the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative. He began dancing professionally in 1996 and has appeared as a guest artist with several dance companies in Brazil. Among others, Mr. de Lima has worked with choreographers Ana Bottosso, Ivonice Satie, Eduard Bonnis and Ilara Lopes. In 1999 he joined Grupo Corpo Brazilian Dance Theater and performed with that company until 2006 under choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras. He has performed in theaters and dance festivals all over the world.
Carlos Miguel Guerra
Carlos Guerra is a native of Cuba, where he began his training at age 10 at the Professional School of Ballet and Plastic Arts in Camaguey, Cuba. In 1996, he joined the Professional Ballet Company of Camaguey as a principal dancer, and performed such works as Swan Lake, Giselle, Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, and Coppelia, among others. He was invited to dance as a soloist for the Ballet Company of Santiago in Chile in 1998, and was a principal dancer there for the following two years. Mr. Guerra was awarded first prize in the Provincial Contest at the School of Ballet in Camaguey in 1995. He also received Honorable Mention in 1996 at the International Ballet Competition in Havana. He is a principal dancer with Miami City Ballet, along with his wife, Jennifer Kronenberg.
Saturday June 25
Rum, Rhum, Ron! A History of Rum in the New World
On Saturday, June 25, The Historic New Orleans Collection will present the latest in an ongoing series of symposia that explore the history of local foodways. “Rum, Rhum, Ron! A History of Rum in the New World,” will be a spirited celebration of the history, production and consumption of the most widely produced liquor in Louisiana.
“Rum, Rhum, Ron! A History of Rum in the New World,” One-day forum and rum tasting Saturday, June 25, 2016 Registration: 8–9 a.m.; Sessions: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St. Rum Tasting: 4–6 p.m. Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal StreetRegistration is $70 per person, $60 for THNOC members, teachers, and students, and includes one drink and light hors d’oeuvres at Friday’s happy hour, Saturday’s sessions, the rum tasting, and tax. Must be 21 or older to attend. Call (504) 523-4662 to register by phone.
The event will be moderated by culinary historian Jessica B. Harris, author of Rum Drinks: 50 Caribbean Cocktails, from Cuba Libre to Rum Daisy (Chronicle Books, 2010), and speakers include Ed Hamilton moderator of Ministry of Rum; Rosie Schaap, New York Times Magazinedrink columnist and author of Drinking With Men: A Memoir (Riverhead Books, 2013); Elizabeth Pearce, cocktail historian and co-author of The French Quarter Drinking Companion(Pelican Publishing, 2013) and more. The forum will conclude with a rum tasting hosted by the Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St.
Attendees are also invited to a happy hour on Friday, June 24, 5–7 p.m., at Palace Café’s rum-focused Black Duck Bar for a complimentary welcome cocktail and light hors d’oeuvres to kick off the event.
8–9 a.m. Registration Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street
9–9:10 a.m. Welcome Priscilla Lawrence, The Historic New Orleans Collection
9:10–9:55 a.m. Keynote Address: “Rum: A History in a Glass”Jessica B. Harris, Queens College/CUNY
9:55–10:35 a.m. “The French (rhum) Connection” Ed Hamilton, moderator of Ministry of Rum and importer
10:35–10:55 a.m. Break
10:55–11:35 a.m. “The Distillation of Rum” Dr. Henry Peltier, Rougaroux Rum
11:35 a.m.–1 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1–1:40 p.m. “Rum in New Orleans: The First 300 Years”Elizabeth Pearce, cocktail historian, owner Drink & Learn, drinks curator, Southern Food and Beverage Museum
1:40–2 p.m. Break
2–2:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: “Ladies Raising the Bar”Moderator: Nick Detrich, Cane and Table, New Orleans Abigail Gullo, Compère Lapin, New Orleans Shannon Mustipher, Gladys, New York City Tiffanie Barriere, One Flew South, Atlanta
2:45–3:25 p.m. “Rum Today, Rum Tomorrow” Rosie Schaap, author and New York Times Magazine drink columnist
Join us at the Saenger Theatre for Whoppi Goldberg. Whoppi will give unique observations on current events and a will discuss a wide variety of topics on her mind. Whoopi Goldberg is known throughout the world for her accomplishments as a performer, best-selling author, producer and humanitarian. She is one of an elite group of artists who have won Grammy, Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy and Tony awards.
The Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation would like to invite you to attend our 26th annual “Le Gala de la Bonne Vie” – a benefit for the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana in 2016. This year’s event is set to take place on June 26, 2016 at the New Orleans Convention Center Marriott. To celebrate we’ll honor four individuals as “Kidney Heroes” who have made a difference to our mission of “Making Lives Better” for those with kidney disease or whom have had an organ transplant.
If your life has been touched by kidney disease, then you know what its like to see courage in motion. We want you help us celebrate that courage!
Contact Leah Hogan at 504.861.4500 for more information or to purchase tickets.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
3:00pm to 6:00pm
16th Annual Patriotic Music Festival
16th Annual Patriotic Music Festival from 3 pm until 6 pm starts at 3 pm with the U.S Marine Corps Concert Band, Ellis Marsalis and Delfeayo's Uptown Jazz Orchestra and more. The musical program ending at 6 pm will be followed by a reception in Bishop Polk Hall, ALL are invited !
Patrick Hemstreet @ Garden District Bookshop June 26th @ 2:00 pm at 2727 Prytania Street
Sunday, June 26th 2:00-4:00 pm
For decades, scientists have speculated about the untapped potential of the human brain. Now, neuroscientist Chuck Brenton has made an astonishing breakthrough. He has discovered the key-the crucial combination of practice and conditioning-to access the incredible power dormant in 90% of our brains. Applying his methods to test subjects, he has stimulated abilities that elevate brain function to seemingly "godlike" levels.
Patrick Hemstreet discusses and signs his book, The God Wave.