Tuesday, October 3, 2017

A Toast to NO: Oct. 3-9: James Beard- Taste of the Nation/ NO Opera CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA & PAGLIACCI/ JUMP, JIVE AN' JAZZIN GALA/CAC's Art for Arts' Sake /Beignet Festival/ Harvest Cup Polo & more

 A Toast to NO: Oct. 3-9: James Beard- Taste of the Nation/ NO Opera CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA & PAGLIACCI/ JUMP, JIVE AN' JAZZIN GALA/CAC's Art for Arts' Sake /Beignet Festival/ Harvest Cup Polo &  more

Photo by Cheryl Gerber 

Darlings, before I start this blog, I want to express my disbelief about the tragedy in Las Vegas. My prayers are for the wounded and those families who lost family members .May their souls RIP.
Bravo to the the first respondents. I am so proud of my darling cousin Angela Suarez  who is a policewoman in Las Vegas. 

I am so elated about the return of our beloved Congressman Steve Scalise (“Congressman Steve Scalise Returns to House, Says He’s ‘Proof Miracles Definitely Do Happen’”) and the superb victory and performance of our Saints in London. Geaux Saints GO!
I love this photo taken by talented Cheryl Gerber in my camera of my darlings friends : talented artist Matt Rinard and the General Manager of the Roosevelt Hotel, Dennis Pearse at the fabulous Where's Magazine Silver Plume Awards at the exquisite NOPSI Hotel. .

Once again there were more fun events than I could possibly attend but those that I did attend were so much fun. 
Unveiling Degas' Statue on the100th anniversary of his death

On Tuesday, the 100th anniversary of Degas’ death in Paris, David Villarrubia, founder of Degas House; Consul General of France, Hon. Vincent Sciama; and District D City Council member Jared C. Brossett unveiled a 4-foot-tall bronze reproduction of Degas’ most famous statue, “Little Dancer of Fourteen Years." The unveiling kicked off a year-long effort to celebrate Degas in conjunction with New Orleans’ tricentennial. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154687446305870.1073742942.581200869&type=1&l=c9d72138ce
 On Wednesday, I was invited to attend Where magazine's 26th Annual Silver Plume Awards hosted by the exquisite NOPSI Hotel and it was superb. I enjoyed so much seeing so many of my darling longtime friends in the hospitality industry receiving the much-deserved award and recognition.
Presented annually throughout North America and Europe, Where’s Silver Plume Awards honor local hotel industry professionals for their ongoing contributions to tourism. In addition to concierges, the ceremony salutes general managers, marketing directors and other members of the New Orleans hospitality industry who serve as goodwill ambassadors for the city. My darling friend, Mark Romig, CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, served as Master of Ceremony. Among the winners were Mark Wilson, the GM of the Bourbon Orleans who won as the General Manager of the Year.https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154687482755870.1073742943.581200869&type=1&l=39279aacae
On Thursday, it was a lovely night to visit art galleries which I did. The first one was at Callan Contemporary at 518 Julia Street. I was invited to the Patron Preview Reception for my longtime friend, talented artist Jose-Maria Cundin. Many of my contemporaries will remember his colorful whimsical artworks from 4141 Restaurant and Disco on St. Charles Avenue. Senor Cundin is a Spanish painter and sculptor. He was born in Getxo, Basque Country, Spain on March 19, 1938. Patron Preview Reception of Jose-Maria Cundin https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154688908760870.1073742944.581200869&type=1&l=301c78cb37

I also went to the Arthur Roger Gallery where there was a  soiree celebrating the release of the new issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas, the magazine of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
St. Elizabeth's Guild 2017 Volunteer Activists Awards Luncheon
The annual St. Elizabeth’s Guild Volunteer Activists Awards Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency was lovely. The luncheon honored 10 community activists and the honorees were Constance Albert, Dianne Breaux, P. Kevin Colomb, Carol V. Hall, Russ M. Herman, Nora Nolan Lambert, Joyce W. Laporte, Paula Peterson Pizzaloto, Linda D. Sunseri and Cindy Schule Wooderson.
The guild also will honored Cheryl S. Cabes and Peter R. Quirk as Hall of Fame Activists for their continued support of the community. They were first honored by the guild 25 years ago. The awards were presented by Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans and Kathi Zimmerman, President of St. Elizabeth's Guild.
The event included entertainment by the Victory Belles and a Dillard's fashion show, along with a silent auction, raffles and a parade of prizes. The proceeds benefiting Padua House, St. John the Baptist Head Start, Cornerstone Kids, Isaiah 43 and Therapeutic Family Services.My darling friend, Mark Romig served as the MC. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154690794005870.1073742946.581200869&type=1&l=aab7922675
Carnaval Latino's Desfile de las America
Darlings, I had such a great time riding with Chiquita Bergen in the Annual Desfile de las America which started at Elysian Fields and ended at Generations Hall where a fabulous fiesta was waiting for the revelers. The photo is of Carnaval Latino Queen 2017 Cinthia Contreras with 2017 Parade of the Americas Grand Marshal, State Rep. Helena Moreno, organizers Romi Gonzalez, and Dr. Vinicio E. Madrigal.
I concluded my week by going to the annual Galatoire’s Goes Pink” Monday, October 2, to benefit Breastoration, a small organization that makes a huge impact in the lives of women facing the most difficult of all decisions following a breast cancer diagnosis. Their resources are limited, and they have no staff dedicated to fundraising or event-planning so they can use all the help they can get.
Carl Mack  featured  at his fabulous Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture New Paintings by
Herb Roe,Featuring Cajun Rider Costumes by Scooter Yerow
Handmade Zydeco Accordions by Andre Michot
Handmade Zydeco Fiddles by Thomas H. Pierce
At  The New Orleans Club Luncheon  celebrating Leo Marsh's retirement! Ricky Stevens and Morris Kahn missed the photo. Russ dropped by also.

Darlings, this upcoming week is not going to be different.  I is going be another social tsunami for me!
Here are some of the things coming up:

Lafete News Link October 3, 2017

October 3

WYES wants YOU to be a part of our live studio audience!  
6:15PM - Studio Doors Open at WYES
7:00PM - Live Broadcast Begins 

INFORMED SOURCES SPECIAL EDITION: ELECTION 2017 will be rebroadcast several times on WYES-TV/Channel 12 before the 
October 14, 2017 primary election. 

The National WWII Museum Presents Meet the Author Lecture Series
October 4

4  at NOMA
Wednesday on the Point 
Oct. 4 - Jonathan Boogie LongParadigm Gardens: Pizza and Pies

INTERACTIVO esencial - featuring direct from Cuba
Robertico Carcassés (piano);
Julito Padrón (trumpet & vocals);
Francis del Río (vocals);
with Néstor del Prado (bass) & Reinier Guerra (drums)
WHAT:            The ultimate Cuban party band, blending jazz / funk / timba / r&b / rumba / hip hop / son / afro-cuban / soul and more.
WHERE:         The New Orleans Jazz Market
1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, NOLA 70113
WHEN:            Thursday, October 5th at 9pm - Buy Tickets Now!
Interactivo is a Cuban jazz collective unlike any other. Led by jazz pianist Robertico Carcassés, Interactivo concerts are the ultimate house-party jam sessions. The band is a revolving and ever evolving cast of all-star Cuban musicians with no musical boundaries.
The CubaNOLA Arts Collective has the honor to present Interactivo Esencial at the New Orleans Jazz Market on Thursday October 5th with founding Interactivo members Robertico Carcassés on piano, Julito Padrón on trumpet and vocals, and Francis del Río, direct from Cuba. They will be joined by Miami-based collaborators, Néstor del Prado on bass and Reinier Guerra on drums.
Riffing off of the New Orleans barroom anthem "the smaller the band, the bigger the party", this concert will showcase 3 of the essential personalities of Interactivo -
Robertico Carcassés - The mastermind behind Interactivo, Robertico takes intimate, intellectual jazz and creates a foundation for unexpected combinations of Cuban and American genres that crescendo into collective ecstatic frenzies.
Julito Padrón - One of the top Cuban jazz trumpeters of our time Julito has honed his craft with el Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro, Bobby Carcassés, Adalberto Álvarez, Chucho Valdés, Irakere, Afrocuban Allstars and Interactivo. Julito's trumpet and voice take you to unexpected places and his passion explores the jazz feeling that has always been part of Cuban music.
Francis del Río - A charismatic and expressive performer, who uses dance and movement as a vehicle for his singing. Through his stereotypical Latin singer persona, he improvises his way to stunning musical statements. He can sing beautiful ballads, raucous and raunchy refrains, high-energy storytelling timba and stirring Afro-Cuban rumba and religious music.
The CubaNOLA Arts Collective is a New Orleans community arts organization that uses the power of live music, dance, festivity and diversity to promote cultural wellness and equity.
For more information contact Ariana Hall - (504) 858-1730 or info@cubanola.org

October 6-7Oktoberfest
Join us for a night of culinary stars!
Fri, October 6, 2017
6:30 PM 
Royal Sonesta New Orleans

 Sunday, October 8 @ 5 pm: 
Trinity Artist Series
International Indian sarode virtuoso Atish Mukhopadhyay performs North Indian Classical Music with Guests Musicians from New Orleans
Trinity Episcopal Church 

1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans
Police security provided 
Handicap access and elevator available 
Free and Open to the Public
October 8Maison Dupuy Hotel’s Jazz Brunch with Ted Long Trio
Darlings, please put in your calendar that next Wednesday, October 11, at noon at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel  will be the Round table Luncheon
Round Table Luncheon Saluting Jefferson Performing Arts' “Pasta and Puccini” and WYES's TV's “Shake Rattle and Roll” has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 11 at noon at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel- Guests are invited to come in 1950's clothes - prizes will be awarded to the best theme costume
As in the past, October Round Table Luncheon guests will be entertained by the talented international cast of Jefferson Performing Arts Society's “Pasta and Puccini” which is scheduled for October 20 at the Sheraton Hotel. I am also tying it to WYES TV's “Shake Rattle and Roll” event which will take place on Saturday, November 12 at their fabulous new facilities.
Get out those poodle skirts, leather jackets, cuffed jeans and don those ducktails: WYES is headed back to 1957 – where it all started! Prizes will be given to the best costume with ‘50s theme. So please make your Round Table Luncheon reservation now before it gets sold out like it did last month.
The $60 all-inclusive price for the upcoming Round Table includes a 3-course gourmet luncheon, champagne/wines and valet parking. Please make your reservations by calling Alyssa Shaheen at (504) 571-4605 or email her at Alyssa.Shaheen@BourbonOrleans.com.
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.
Heirloom Tomato Salad: Mixed Greens, Heirloom Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese, Basil, Balsamic Dressing 
Entrée: Chicken Roulade Stuffed with Spinach, Garlic Roasted Red Peppers and Mozzarella Cheese Topped with a Spicy Tomato Sauce, Asparagus Spears and Roasted Potatoes

In addition to the above events I have invited by my darling friend AJ Tusa and his wife to a Preview Dinner of his latest restaurant Briquette, 701 S. Peters on Wednesday, October 4.
On Thursday, I am looking forward to attending a very special celebration of the Health and Education of Louisiana (Heal ) 10th Anniversary. The soiree will honor the Life and Commitment of Dr. Norman Francis at 5531 St. Charles Avenue.
On Friday, October 6, I cannot wait for this: James Beard 's TASTE AMERICA: NEW ORLEANS- A night of culinary stars at 6:30 p.m. at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. 

Benefits: James Beard Foundation

A one-night-only event with a unique and unforgettable menu prepared by James Beard culinary stars. The evening will begin with a reception filled with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and restaurateurs, including Zachary Engel, Michael Stolzfus, Kristen Essig, Martha Wiggins, Nick Lama and Michael Sichel. Afterward, guests will be seated for an extraordinary dinner prepared by a Taste America All-Star, Local Star Rebecca Wilcomb along with Host Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto. Bread service will be served by chef Kelly Fields, dessert for the evening will be provided by chef Michael Regua and a special cocktail will be served during the reception by Arnaud’s French 75.
The New Orleans Museum of Art's newest exhibition, East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography, will be on view October 6, 2017 - January 7, 2018.  In association with NOMA, this landmark exhibition, co-organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, is the first to exclusively explore a vivid chapter of America’s photographic history—19th-century American landscape photography made east of the Mississippi River. 

Created in 2013, the Friends of the Cabildo Concert Series has brought together some of the best musicians from New Orleans and Louisiana to perform and archive their music for the Louisiana State Museum's music collection. Join us for a unique musical experience at the intimate 150-seat, state of the art Old U.S. Mint 3rd Floor Performance Hall.

October 6: Deacon John & the Ivories  7p.m. at The Mint
October 27: Walter 'Wolfman' Washington
November 17: Kristin Diable
December 15: Sonny Landreth
January 19: Marcia Ball
March 16: BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet

Single concert tickets: $25 General Admission, FOC/LMF Members: $20. Series Tickets: $150 General Admission, FOC/LMF Members: $120.

A cash bar will be available at all concerts.




    OCTOBER 6 – 8,  2017

    SUNDAYS AT 2:00 PM






    In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap…until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream”: fame, fortune and acquittal. This sharp edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.


You stand on the very threshold to a whole new world!

Oct 6,7,12,13,14  7:30pm 

Oct 8   3pm

In a dystopian metropolis where a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets, citizens must use public amenities, owned and operated by a single malevolent company and its ruthless, egomaniacal CEO. A simple amenity worker plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

That freedom sun will shine some day...
but 'til then you better run to URINETOWN (the musical, not the place).

URINETOWN runs thru - October 14
@ Robert E. Nims Theatre
Performing Arts Center, University of New Orleans

On Friday evening at 8:00 and again Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, the New Orleans Opera Association kicks off its 75th Anniversary Season with twin-bill performances of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. These were the first two operas staged under the auspices of the Opera Association when it was founded in the summer of 1943 and they have been performed here again many times since then. Tickets are still on sale for both performances and, for an extra charge, you can enjoy a relaxing brunch in two sittings in the theater prior to the Sunday performance. Read more about it in this Thursday’s New Orleans Advocate, also posted on the newspaper’s website on Wednesday afternoon.
Also that weekend you should try to catch at least one of the three performances of “The Book of Saints,” a contemporary ballet production by the Marigny Opera Ballet company. All three performances are at 8:00 p.m. inside the Marigny Opera House, a repurposed church with wonderful acoustics, located at 725 St. Ferdinand Street in the Faubourg Marigny.
Well-known New York City Choreographer Teresa Fellion directs the eleven dancers through a series of vignettes depicting Saints Teresa of Avila, Sebastian the Martyr and Francis of Assisi. The dancers will be accompanied by members of the Krewe du Voix choir from Trinity Episcopal Church under the direction of Dr. Paul Weber and the New Resonance Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maestro Francis Scully. The musical score was composed by Tucker Fuller, who also composed the scores for “Orfeo” and “Giselle Deslondes,” both of which were danced by the MOH’s resident company over the past two seasons. More details will be published in this Thursday’s edition of the New Orleans Advocate, also posted on Wednesday afternoon.
Saturday, October 7 is “Art for Arts' Sake,” the annual tradition that opens the city's exciting art season.  Join more than 30,000 art lovers at one of the most chic street parties ever, held each fall showcasing the fabulous galleries and shops open on Julia Street and elsewhere in the historic Warehouse Arts District and on Magazine Street.
Also that evening the Louisiana Museum Foundation presents the “Jump, Jive an’ Jazzin’ Gala” for 2017 featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at the New Orleans Jazz Museum in the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue.

LOUISIANA MUSEUM FOUNDATION PRESENTS BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY FOR JUMP, JIVE AN' JAZZIN GALA AT THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ MUSEUM. The Louisiana Museum Foundation presents the Jump, Jive an' Jazzin' Gala for 2017 featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade. 2017 marks the 24th anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's arrival onto the music scene. Since its formation in the early nineties in Ventura, California, the band has produced a sizable catalog of recorded music, with sales of over 2 million albums to date. The band, cofounded by singer Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren, was at the forefront of the swing revival of that time, blending a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and Dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's newest album, Louie Louie Louie is a rousing celebration of music legends Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Louis Prima. (Two musicians who became New Orleans' most famous native sons and a third who was undoubtedly influenced by the city.) These remarkable artists revolutionized American music and popular culture and set the standard for what great entertainment and artistic expression could be. Bandleader and vocalist Scotty Morris says, "We really want people to know about these great men that have so deeply influenced us, and perhaps help spark a new creative interest in them and their music. It's important to educate people - if artists don't continue to spread the word, this music is going to go away and that's something we can't afford to have happen." Choo Choo Ch'Boogie Chairmen of this year's swinging gala include Kathleen & Bob Edmundson, Holley Haag, Grover Mouton and Sandra & Russ Herman. These patrons have swung into action to ensure the success of the gala. Support of the Jump, Jive an' Jazzin' Gala provides for the Louisiana Museum Foundation's work on behalf of the New Orleans Jazz Museum and the Louisiana State Museum, home to the Cabildo and Presbytere, as well as other museum facilities and historic landmarks across the state. The Louisiana State Museum is also the world's largest conservator and exhibitor of artifacts relating to Louisiana's history and culture, including the Colonial Documents Collection, an unappalled assemblage of early jazz objects, and nearly 500,000 other cultural treasures. The Foundation's current major project is to work with the New Orleans Jazz Museum to transform this facility into a world class visitor destination. This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Goldring Family Foundation, Jones Walker, Pontchartrain Materials and Whitney Bank. Tickets are available at www.theLMF.org or by calling 504-558-0493. For October 7th attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets to the Pennies from Heaven Patron Party beginning at 6:30pm and/or Gala beginning at 8 pm. Tickets purchased in advance start at $60 and include the show, food and a signature cocktail. $100 tickets include limited admittance to the Pennies from Heaven patron party, food, full open bar plus the show. Donations are tax deductible less the fair market value of food, beverages and entertainment.

IBERIABANK Presents CAC’s Art for Arts’ Sake | DOWNTOWN

Book your stay for The CAC’s Art for Arts’ Sake at Hotel New Orleans Downtown, transitioning to Le Méridien New Orleans this Winter, and receive 15% off Friday ...

On Sunday, I am looking forward to going to Folsom, Louisiana for the 

For more information and a link to their ticket sales page, visit www.harvestcuppolo.com.
This unique fundraising event boasts over 1,200 patrons in attendance annually. Now in its 21st year, the Northshore’s “Premier Fall Event” serves as the primary fundraiser of the Junior League of Greater Covington. 

Nickel-A-Dance Series 

 4 PM
Free and Open to the Public
The Maison 
508 Frenchmen St., Faubour Marigny New Orleans

Sunday, October 8th from 10am to 2pm 
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is partnering with Dirty Coast and The Rusty Nail for The Big Over Easy, a celebration of brunch. The event will take place on Sunday, October 8th from 10am to 2pm and will feature bloody marys, a mimosa bar, a silent auction, live music, as well as brunch-inspired foods from some of the city's most popular food trucks. Tickets are $15 and proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
In 2015 Julian Haney, son of Dirty Coast founder, Blake Haney, was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 2. It was during that difficult time that Blake created The Big Over Easy, as a means to assist with his son's medical bills. It was a great success, so despite Julian being healthy today, Blake wanted to continue helping to raise money for blood cancer. He is teaming up with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to raise money and awareness for all blood cancer patients by recreating The Big Over Easy and turning into an annual event that will take place each year on the Saints bye Sunday.
The Big Over Easy is a family-friendly celebration of brunch. The $15 ticket price includes one bloody mary and endless mimosas. A portion of the proceeds from the cash bar and food trucks will also be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The silent auction includes art, jewelry, New Orleans Saints memorabilia, and much more.
While the Lagniappe Brass Band will be preforming, there will be face painting and other activities for kids. The Bloody Mary Bar is being donated by Hot Tin & Bayou Bars at The Pontchartrain. Brunch Items by Petite Rouge, La Cocinita Food Truck NOLA, Frencheeze Food Truck and Taceaux Loceaux.
For tickets visit TheBigOverEasyTickets.com and for more information contact Madeleine Davis at 504-758-3218 or madeleine.davis@lls.org.

Dessert: Chocolate Decadence with Raspberry Sauce 
Darlings, please check out the new digital copy of New orleans Living Magazine. Who knows if you attended one of the events that I covered you may in one of the photos.

New Orleans Living October 2017