Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Spirited Toast to New Orleans April 4-11 : The Bodyguard/ Grand Prix d'Elegance/ French Quarter Festival and more.... Round Table Luncheon on April 19

Literary Round Table Luncheon Saluting New Orleans Authors
Darlings, by popular request, guests are encouraged to wear their Easter finery and prizes will be awarded to the most beautiful chapeau and the best ensemble at the upcoming Round Table Luncheon at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel in the French Quarter on Wednesday, April 19 at noon.
The theme will be “Saluting the New Orleans Authors and their New Books.” Among the authors will be Pamela Arceneaux, author of Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans and Jeff Crouere, who will discuss his book, America's Last Chance.
Entertainment will be by talented Louis Dudoussat who just performed in the acclaimed JPAS production of Tarzan. The $55 all-inclusive price include a 3-three course gourmet luncheon, champagne/wines and valet parking.
Please make your reservations by calling Judy LeBlanc at (504) 571-4672 or email her at Judy.LeBlanc@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.

I am still recuperating from a bad chest cold but it feels great to be back in New Orleans after a brief sojourn to the Emerald Coast in Florida. 
Ever since I came back, I have been enjoying myself attending some wonderful events, including the St. Martin's Gala, “Totally ‘80s,” at its lovely campus in Metairie. I saw many friends in fabulous ‘80s costumes. I could only stay for the patron party but everyone was ready for the performance of the Molly Ringwalds band. 
My evening kept going and this time it was the lovely JCRS's Jewish Roots of Past, Present and Future event at the Hyatt Regency. This sixth annual Gala honored 17 members of the local community. This year, the Gala partnered with Creole Concepts Restaurant Group to provide a great, delicious meal, served family style. I loved the evening that included a fabulous NOCCA Jazz Ensemble that entertained to the delight of the guests. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154207346280870.1073742823.581200869&type=1&l=872b5bbef6
I feel so fortunate not to have missed the lovely production of the New Orleans Opera of Charles Gounod's Faust. It was in French with English subtitles and onstage just before the opera began, Hon. Gregor  Tremel, Consul of France to New Orleans presented Maestro Robert Lyall with the honor of Chevalier (Knight), of the Arts. Congratulations Conductor Lyall.
This week is going to be very exciting as well, starting on Tuesday evening, April 4, with the Broadway in New Orleans touring production of The Bodyguard. The production will run through Sunday the 9th at the Saenger Theatre on Canal Street, and tickets can be purchased online through the Saenger website or Ticketmaster or at the Saenger box office. Show times vary.
Based on the smash hit film, the award-winning musical will star Grammy Award-nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox. The plot line is as follows: Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love.
A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics made famous by the late Whitney Houston when the show premiered in the early 1990s. They include “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love (for you),” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and one of the biggest-selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You.”
And here is another great event happening on Tuesday, April 4, at Washington Square Park between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. Vocalist Chris Walker will headline the Washington Square Park Music Festival with a tribute to the late Al Jarreau.
Walker, who toured with Jarreau, knew him well and he is staging this tribute to his mentor by performing some of Jarreau’s greatest hits. Click here for my Facebook posting to read more information: https://www.facebook.com/margarita.bergen/posts/10154209622345870
On Wednesday, April 5, it is annual Prix d’Elegance Luncheon & Fashion Show to benefit New Orleans Ballet Association’s Youth Ballet Program at the Hilton. The Men and Women of Fashion’s 45th annual “Prix d’Elegance” will honor 10 men and 10 women who exemplify a unique personal style and are significant contributors in helping the community. A delicious lunch, silent auction, raffle and performance by students of the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance will make up the event, as well as a glamorous fashion show. $100, Hilton Riverside. Contact NOBA at 522-0996 for tickets and information.

April 5 
Annual jazz lecture to pay tribute to John Robichaux 

The Historic New Orleans Collection will present the 18th annual Bill Russell Lecture - “A Tribute to John Robichaux” - on Wednesday, April 5 at its Williams Research Center (410 Chartres Street). Robichaux (1866–1939), a native of Thibodaux, is considered to have been the most continuously active dance bandleader in New Orleans. To add to the fun, the New John Robichaux Society Orchestra, led by Tom Hook and Wendell Brunious, will join forces with the Louisiane Vintage Dancers to recreate an evening of 19th-century entertainment. This year’s lecture is sponsored by the Derbes Family Foundation.  

Admission to the lecture is $15 per person and reservations should be made in advance; seating is limited.

April 5
Carmina Burana
Venue: Roussel Performance Hall, Loyola University
Sponsoring Organization: Symphony Chorus of New Orleans
Tickets: Symphony Chorus of New Orleans and Roussel Hall
Carmina Burana is a cantata composed by Carl Orff  in 1935 and 1936, based on 24 poems from a much larger collection from the 1100s and 1200s that cover a wide variety of everyday life subjects. The work is sometimes paired with a short opera to make up a full program. The best-known piece from Carmina Burana is “O Fortuna,” used in dozens of movie soundtracks and covered by well-known musicians and musical groups.
The Symphony Chorus of New Orleans is performing with percussionists from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, plus two pianists, baritone André Chiang, soprano Donna Lee and the New Orleans Boys' Choir. Steven Edwards conducts. The pieces are sung in Latin and German with English translations provided. The Symphony Chorus of New Orleans (SCNO) is an all-volunteer chorus that has provided superlative choral music to the greater New Orleans area for more than 35 years.
The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. For information and tickets call (504) 525-2111 or go tohttp://www.symphonychorus.org/.
Symphony Chorus of New Orleans (SCNO) is an all-volunteer chorus that has provided superlative choral music to the greater New Orleans area for more than 35 years.

April 6
French Quarter Festival Opening Night Gala
Tickets: $125-$5,000
Location: Antoine’s
Contact: 522-5730
Antoine’s signature dishes, libations by Brown-Forman, music by French Quarter Festival all- stars and a surprise kickoff will raise funds for the 34th annual French Quarter Festival. A portion of the proceeds will benefit New Orleans’ Roots of Music and Jackson Square beautification.
April 7
The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation is looking forward to seeing you at the lecture 
and book signing by Author Hermes Mallea, Architect. The book is titled “Great Houses of Havana: A Century of Cuban Style.” The lecture, in the auditorium of the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans in City Park, starts at 6:00 p.m.
The lecture is free and open to the public with entertainment provided by vocalist Margie Perez from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Book Signing to follow at 7:30 p.m. This event is made possible with the collaboration of the New Orleans Museum of Art, JW Marriott New Orleans, Jahncke & Burns Architects, The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, Tulane School of Architecture-Master of Preservation Studies and Tulane University Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, Beatriz Ball, Ileana and José Suquet.

Entrance to the Museum is free to NOMA members, $12 to non-members $10 to seniors (65+) and $8 for students. 
For more information visit: http://www.nohhf.org

Also on Friday, April 7 is the performance of the visiting chamber music group, The Harlem Quartet. Sponsored by New Orleans Friends of Music, the concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall on the campus of Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans. The Harlem Quartet, a Grammy Award winner for their 2013 album that combined elements of classical and jazz, has toured the world and is happy to be returning to New Orleans.

And, as an added bonus, chamber music lovers who arrive early will have a chance to hear the winners of last weekend’s NOLA Chamber Fest in a showcase performance in four different age categories ranging from high school through college and graduate school.

This starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $18-$35 and free for students with ID. For more information call (504) 895-0690 or visit their website, www.friendsofmusic.org.

On Saturday, April 8, the Cochon Cotillion XXI, hosted by Bridge House Grace House will be held at Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World from 7:00-11:00 p.m. The facility is located on the riverfront at 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sounds like a lot of fun, all the more so because it’s supporting a worthy cause.
 I also have been invited to attend :  'ART IN APRIL" benefiting the restoration and preservation of St Alphonsus Church, as well as the 1866 ceiling Frescoes by renowned Italian artists Domenico Canova and Giovanni Rossi, and beautiful 1890 hand-cut stained glass windows by artist F. X. Zettler of Germany. The event is being held on  Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Church, 2025 Constance Street, New Orleans, LA. 

Photos from the champagne reception during intermission of Faust at the Mahalia Jackson Theater

Have a fun week with French Quarter Festival coming up this weekend!
Having lunch at my favorite Plantation : Houmas house and Plantation and Gardens
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Wednesday, April 5 

Featuring Doug Keller, Kyley Pulphus, & Kortney Morrow

À Propos is a series of events that will feature a different non-profit organization based in the New Orleans metro-area each month. During this evening, Big Class will present and share their history, milestones, anecdotes, and upcoming projects with the audience.

The conversation will be followed by a Q&A session with wine and snacks. 

I just realized that i am already committed to going to the Prix D' Elegance Luncheon. I am going to try my very best to stop by

This Week at The Collection                                                      April 3 - 9, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection's website has as a new look!

Goods of Every Description: Shopping in New Orleans, 1825 - 1925 is on view through Sunday, April 9.

 Final week to view Goods of Every Description: Shopping in New Orleans, 1825 - 1925

on view through Sunday, April 9
Tuesday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
533 Royal Street
Admission is free.

This is the last week to see THNOC's exhibition Goods of Every Description: Shopping in New Orleans 1825 - 1925, which is on view in THNOC's Williams Gallery at 533 Royal Street. 

For a century, consumers looking for the latest fashions from around the world traveled to New Orleans to showrooms lining Royal, Chartres, and Canal Streets.
With more than 150 artifacts, including ceramics, silver, furniture, and clothing, Goods of Every Description recalls the era's wall-to-wall displays, featuring merchandise sold at 32 different local retailers. Among the standout items are a massive three-section Rococo Revival armoire and a green silk and velvet ball gown that dates back to approximately 1885, on loan from the Louisiana State Museum. Advertisements, photographs, receipts, and an interactive map charting the location of each retailer offer insight into the business behind the shopping.
Goods of Every Description is on view Tuesday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., through Sunday, April 9. Admission is free, and the galleries will maintain regular hours throughout French Quarter Fest.
Postcard showing view of Storyville; between 1904 and 1908; THNOC, 1979.362.16

 Wednesday: Exhibition exploring the history of Storyville opens at the Williams Research Center

opens Wednesday, April 5
Tuesday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street
Admission is free.
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Storyville: Madams and Music revives the sights and sounds of the former red-light district that helped to shape the notorious reputation that adheres to New Orleans today.
From 1897 until 1917, Storyville was a legally sanctioned entertainment mecca north of the French Quarter. Its brothels, saloons, and beer halls lured visitors--namely affluent white men--from around the country with music, dance, and sex.
Pocket-sized directories, known as blue books, portrayed Storyville as a luxurious playground of lavish mansions, elegant women, and fine music. Many businesses featured live entertainment nightly, giving local musicians the opportunity to experiment with new styles and techniques. In 1917--the same year that Storyville closed--the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, from New Orleans, recorded what is considered the first jazz record.
This exhibition complements the newly released Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans, published by The Historic New Orleans Collection in 2017. The display is on view in THNOC's Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street.
Louisiana Purchase Centennial Ball (detail); 1903; silver gelatin print by John N. Teunisson, photographer; THNOC, gift of George Schmidt in memory of Blance Ernestine Mouledoux, 2002.104

 Wednesday: 18th annual Bill Russell lecture to be streamed live
The 18th annual Bill Russell Lecture"A Tribute to John Robichaux"
sponsored by the Derbes Family Foundation
Wednesday, April 5 | 6:30 p.m.
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street
The event will be streamed live online by WWOZ.
The Historic New Orleans Collection will present the 18th annual Bill Russell Lecture--"A Tribute to John Robichaux"--on Wednesday, April 5, at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street. The New John Robichaux Society Orchestra, led by Tom Hook and Wendell Brunious, will join forces with the Louisiane Vintage Dancers to recreate an evening of 19th-century entertainment. This year's lecture is sponsored by the Derbes Family Foundation.                 
In the 1890s, the John Robichaux Orchestra was the premier society orchestra of New Orleans. A native of Thibodaux, Robichaux (1866 - 1939) is considered to have been the most continuously active dance bandleader in New Orleans. From 1895 until 1927, his ensemble thrilled audiences with European dance music such as quadrilles, waltzes, and schottisches, as well as music for African American dances such as the cakewalk. Eventually such music would evolve into the ragtime that would in turn evolve into jazz.

A limited number of seats are still available. Tickets are $15 per person, free for THNOC members at the Bienville Circle, Laussat Society, Caillot Circle, and Jackson Society levels. Call (504) 523-4662 to register.
To watch the event online, visit www.hnoc.orgwww.wwoz.org, or WWOZ's Facebook page on the night of the performance. The online streaming is made possible by WWOZ.
Hollygrove; 2012; ©David G. Spielman; from The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City (THNOC, 2015); THNOC, 2015.0225.57

 Friday: THNOC's exhibition The Katrina Decade open late at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington
Friday, April 7 | 6 - 10 p.m.
Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building
250 Flora Avenue, Bellingham, Washington
Admission is free.
The Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher building is open late once every quarter for Downtown Bellingham's Art Walk. This Friday, April 7, two exhibitions will be free and open to the public from 6 until 10 p.m.--THNOC's The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City and Images of Resilience: Chicano Art and its Mexican Roots.
The Historic New Orleans Collection marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with the book and exhibition The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City. Traveling to the Whatcom Museum, courtesy of THNOC, this photography exhibition features the haunting black-and-white images of New Orleans-based photographer David G. Spielman. His photographs chronicle the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina and the arrested processes of rebuilding and recovery that persist in many neighborhoods. The display will remain on view in Bellingham, Washington, through May 14.

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