Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A Toast to New Orleans & Our Nation: Happy 4th Celebrations/ San Fermin Wine Dinner/ Running of the Bulls/ Info about Round table Luncheon saluting Tales of the Cocktail, July 19

I hope you are enjoying your extended 4th of July Weekend. As you will see below you will have several great ways to celebrate this very historic holiday!
With the exception of two wonderful events, I really took it easy and just enjoyed being with my brother Lorenzo and Chiquita.
Darlings, after reading how much dogs hate the sound of fireworks, i ventured out yesterday without Duchess Chiquita to City Park where I enjoyed tremendously the spectacular free Happy 3rd of July Celebrations at City Park. I dressed in my red, white, and blue and enjoyed patriotic music from The Marine Corps Band New Orleans on the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn and fireworks from the top of the Peristyle. The Marine Corps Band New Orleans played patriotic music including the 1812 Overture, America the Beautiful, and other favorites.https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154470304860870.1073742879.581200869&type=1&l=eb07a1e8d0
I did enjoy very much inviting talented choreographer/dancer Brazil-born Diogo de Lima at Fogo de Chão. OMG, it was a gastronomical experience! Lyn Morein, assistant manager of Fogo de Chão treated us royally. I started my evening by drinking the fabulous Mango with Habanero Caipirinha and then the incredible delicious Ginger Carrot Soup. The salads and the cold-cuts were outstanding, as well as heart of palms, the delicious fried banana, the polenta, the mashed potatoes etc. The Fogo Feijoada was delicious, as well as the candied bacon. Now it was time to start enjoying the array of delicious meat that included filet mignon wrapped in bacon, sirloin steak, lamb shops, sausages and pork ribs. YOU NAME THEY HAD IT! The desserts were so yummy that I had to leave before exploring every one of them. I SHALL RETURN!
On Thursday, I enjoyed so much covering the press conference announcing that the New Orleans Mission is doing some major improvements for its main building on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. These developments will not only help the Mission better serve local homeless, but also give them a safe place to go during the daytime. As the Mission is the largest homeless shelter in the Gulf South, this will help reduce the number of homeless individuals on the streets during the day and give them a safe place where they can seek help and healing.
We met Brian North, President and CEO of Fifth District Saving Bank who donated $1,000,000 to the renovation project. Brian was introduced by Julius Feltus, representing Hon. Councilmember Latoya Cantrell and he presented a lovely proclamation to Brian North. Everyone was invited to tour the facilities led by David Bottner, CEO of New Orleans Mission, and a lunch afterwards.
I skipped their luncheon because I was invited to meet my friends at the weekly luncheon of The Club of New Orleans. It featured as a speaker Chris McMahon of Passages Center which will be opening an additional help center in Abita Springs.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 

Come on out to Crescent Park on the Mississippi River to the best party in New Orleans. By the way the absolute best place to watch the fireworks show.
DJ Eagle and DJ Majik Mike will be the DJs along with two bands. Revival takes the stage around 5 pm, then DJ Eagle and DJ Majik Mike is back on until the super hot band Category 6 takes the stage till 9 pm, followed up again by DJ Eagle and DJ Majik Mike till 10 pm.
GO 4TH ON THE RIVER -Tuesday, July 4, 2017
The Independence Day celebration features dueling fireworks barges on the Mississippi River staging a pyrotechnic display to Patriotic Music at 9 p.m. To commemorate their 27th anniversary, the Port of New Orleans will bring out the General Roy S. Kelley fireboat and make a return appearance along the river, with its famed water show with plumes tred, white, and blue fountains beginning at 6 pm The General Kelley was used to fight fires, give tours, and conduct search-and-rescue missions on the Mississippi River. Free and open to the public on the New Orleans Riverfront.

Jambalaya the Musical
Jefferson Performing Arts Society
Address: 1118 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, LA 70001
Times: Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm; Sunday 2:00 pm
Phone: 504-885-2000
Thu, July 6, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Daily, 4 times
‘JAMBALAYA, the MUSICAL’   a musical by award-winning creator Nancy Gregory that draws on her talents and those of other Emmy, Grammy and theater award winners, is a rollicking 90 minute musical set on the shores of the lush Louisiana Bayou.

Set on the banks of the lush Louisiana bayou in contemporary times, Jambalaya, the Musical touches two very different generations, each with its own dreams. Boudreaux, an enthusiastic Cajun, guides the story as he introduces the audience to the uniqueness of his Cajun world and the beauty of its people. Most importantly, he hopes that his beloved Cajun culture will not be lost, and dreams that the younger generation will secure the culture's future.

San Fermin en Nueva Orleans
(Running of the Bulls)
July 7-9, 2017
Ole! It’s time to swarm the streets of downtown New Orleans at the 11th Annual Running of the Bulls! Set to coincide with the world-famous Encierro (Running of the Bulls) at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain, the New Orleans version of the event is uniquely its own. (see calendar below for complete details) 

Wine Lovers the Musical
Fri, July 7, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday, 6 times
Teatro Wego!, 177B Sala Avenue, Westwego, LA, United States

Please put in your calendar and make reservation now! 

Round Table Luncheon Saluting Tales of the Cocktail -Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at noon at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel

Mrs and Mr Cocktail-    Ted Breaux-           Elizabeth Pearce, Ivan Griffin & Jim Walpole
The annual Round Table Luncheon Saluting Tales Of The Cocktail, hosted by social editor Margarita Bergen, will be on Wednesday, July 19 at noon at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel.

“Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail,” Paul and Ann Tuennerman, founders of the Tales of the Cocktail, will be the honorary co-hosts. The featured speaker will be Ted A. Breaux, a native New Orleanian and research scientist who has dedicated over 20 years of research toward resolving the mysteries and myths associated with absinthe. A special absinthe cocktail will be prepared by a legendary mixologist and will be served to all the guests.

Cocktail historian and author, Elizabeth Pearce, will be discussing her new book, Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Neighborhood Pubs, and All-Night Dives.
She will also be entertaining guests  with drinking songs along with talented baritone Ivan Griffin, accompanied on the piano by Jim Walpole. The Honorable Consul of France, Gregor Trumel, will be the very special guest in his last appearance before he leaves for new assignment at Algiers, Algeria. 

The $55 all-inclusive price includes a 3-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.
About T.A. Breaux
T. A. Breaux is a native New Orleanian and research scientist who has dedicated over 20 years of research toward resolving the mysteries and myths associated with absinthe. His mission to
painstakingly reconstruct historically accurate examples of the controversial spirit gave rise to Jade Liqueurs (www.jadeliqueurs.com). Breaux co-directed the effort to lift the USA’s 95-year ban on absinthe, which came to fruition on March 5, 2007 with the launch of Lucid Absinthe Supérieure.

The following year, Breaux was similarly engaged in reversing the last vestiges of the original French ban, which allowed absinthe to be formally recognized in that country. His work has been lauded throughout the media in the USA, Europe and Australia since 2000, including numerous national television appearances (The History Channel, Discovery Channel, CBS, MSNBC, Travel Channel, PBS, etc.).
Breaux has co-authored published scientific studies on vintage absinthe in peer-reviewed journals (Journal of Agricultural and Food Science), and coauthored the book, Absinthe: The Exquisite Elixir (Fulcrum Publishing - ISBN: 1682750019). His reputation for being a staunch promoter of truth and accuracy of information and education in all matters absinthe is surpassed only by his limitless passion for recreating history through the fine art of absinthe crafting.
My darling friend Dominican Republic-born Perla Bello and her husband Benny Crosby  joined my brother Lorenzo  Bergen and I for a bottle of Cava during the 4th of July Weekend !
Darlings, check out the latest digital issue of New Orleans Living magazine. If yo have to one of the parties that I attended , you photo is probably  in it!

New Orleans Living July 2017

Enjoy your week! 
Lafete News Link July 4, 2017

Go 4th On The River
July 4, 2017
Location: Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal Street
Times: 9:00 pm

The Go 4th on the River Dueling Barges Fireworks Extravaganza is the annual Independence Day Celebration along the New Orleans Riverfront with all-day activities for the whole family. New Orleans Summers are hot – and there is no hotter place to be for the Fourth of July than in the Crescent City.

This year's display, which is choreographed to patriotic music, will feature Barrage Batteries of hundreds of rapid-fire shells fired in a sweeping motion several times at heights of 200 feet above the Mississippi River. During the main body of the display and during the thunderous grand finale, massive bursts of red peonies, white dahlias, and blue chrysanthemums will fill the sky. At one point during Neil Diamond's America, large red, white, and blue stars will take center stage as they create a unique five-pointed star in the dark sky. All the other colors of the rainbow will be displayed as well, along with silver and gold.

This year the Riverfront Marketing Group through J & M Displays will provide an iPhone and Android app that will allow anyone who downloads the app to hear the show music in real time in sync to the fireworks. Go to Go4thontheRiver.com and scan the QR code.

At 5:00 p.m. in Crescent Park the French Market District will feature free live performances by Category 6, Revival, DJs Eagle and Majik Mike and the Pan Vibrations leading up to the 9:00 p.m. Dueling Barges Fireworks Show. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs to enjoy the show. (Coolers, glass, and tents are not allowed.) Visit www.FrenchMarket.org for schedule details.

The French Market District will also present the second annual Fireworks Photography Workshop with Zack Smith Photography in Crescent Park. Participants are guaranteed a VIP riverfront viewing area to photograph the 9:00 p.m. fireworks show and learn about unique techniques to get the best photos ever! Register at www.ZackSmith.com.

The Port of New Orleans will bring out the General Roy S. Kelley fireboat again this year with its famed water show with plumes of red, white, and blue fountains beginning at 6:00 p.m. and leading up to the 9:00 p.m. fireworks show. Built in 1994, the aging General Kelley was used by the Port of New Orleans to fight fires, give tours, and conduct search-and-rescue missions on the Mississippi River. The General Kelley is 95 ft. long and 16 ft. wide with a 7 ft. draft. It seats 24 and typically has a crew of three. 

Come on out to Crescent Park on the Mississippi River to the best party in New Orleans. By the way the absolute best place to watch the firework show.
DJ Eagle and DJ Majik Mike will be the DJs along with two bands. Revival takes the stage around 5pm, then DJ Eagle and DJ Majik Mike is back on until the super hot band Category 6 takes the stage till 9pm, followed up again by DJ Eagle and DJ Majik Mike till 10pm.

Wednesdays are free thanks to The Helis Foundation. Join us!

Free Wednesdays at the New Orleans Museum of Art
Where: New Orleans Museum of Art, One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
When: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Who: Everyone welcome, free admission is for Louisiana residents
How: Just show up
Free admission on Wednesdays for Louisiana resi
dents sponsored by the Helis Foundation
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Thursdays at Twilight Concert Series
Celebrating New Orleans Music   

Thursdays at Twilight - Boogiemen Swing BandActivitiesBotanical GardenMusicThursdays at Twilight
July 06th at 6:00 pm

Will be performing the music of Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble', Harry Connick Jr. and more....."  Don't miss this special night of music! For more information about the band, visit boogiemen-nola.com. Click the 'buy tickets' icon to the left of this paragraph to buy your $10/person tickets now! Please make sure to click the 'more information' below for further information about the concerts or to contact someone to answer your questions. Please remember to print your ticket(s) ahead of time and bring with you to the event

There is a free parking lot across the street from the Botanical Garden
Admission:  $10/person 

Copeland's Chicken Jam
Thursday, July 6th

Join us for the Copeland's of New Orleans Chicken Jam presented by Whitney Bank to celebrate #NationalFriedChickenDay with
Bag of Donuts, Me and My Friends and

Get Your Tickets Here:
$10 for Adults
$15 at the Door
$5 for Kids 6+
Kids under 5 FREE!

All proceeds will support The Al Copeland Foundation in bringing an immunotherapy trials and treatment to the LSUHSC Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center to save lives and end cancer!

Food Trucks:
Papa John's Pizza
Big Hungry's Snowball Truck

This is a family friendly event and we are excited to have a kids area sponsored by Kids and Family Magazine including:
LSUHSC with kids activities
and so much more!

Free Park & Ride Provided by
Lowe's Home Improvement and NOLA Transport

Don’t stress about where to park this year, park at Lowe’s located at 121 Jefferson Hwy, NOLA 70121. A shuttle provided by NOLA Direct Transport will make sure you get to all the fun in style! The shuttle will run in a continuous loop from 4:45 pm until 9:15 pm.

The Running of the Bulls – San Fermin in New Orleans!

Spanish Wine Dinner

Spanish Wine Dinner Thursday, July 6Reserve online or call (504) 571-4672

A San Fermin Feast!
Thursday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy a decadent four-course dinner and celebration of San Fermin and the Bicentennial of the Orleans Ballroom at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. Cocktails, wine, live entertainment, and delicious cuisine will be available – and you can wear your traditional red and white to get in the San Fermin spirit!
This event is $99 at the Orleans Ballroom at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. Reservations can be made here.
Two other events connected to the San Fermin Festival – both of which are free and open to the public – take place on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, July 8-9. They are the Fiesta de Pantalones (Pants Feast) on Saturday night and El Pobre de Mi (Poor Me) on Sunday.
The Saturday event features live entertainment and cocktails, and attendees are strongly encouraged to come dressed Pamplonese style. The Sunday event, typically starting at 12 noon, offers readings from the works of Ernest Hemingway, whose novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls, popularized worldwide interest in the Pamplona Running of the Bulls. There will also be a Hemingway look-alike contest, an original skit contest, and tapas, along with Spanish specialty drinks.
A portion of the proceeds for this series of fiestas will go towards Animal Rescue New Orleans. For details on registration and special packages, visit the event’s website at www.nolabulls.com/events.

San Fermin en Nueva Orleans 
(Running of the Bulls)
July 7-9, 2017

Event DetailsWhen: July 7-9, 2017
Where: Multiple Locations
Cost: FREE!
More Info: Click Here
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Ole! It’s time to swarm the streets of downtown New Orleans at the 11th Annual Running of the Bulls! Set to coincide with the world-famous Encierro (Running of the Bulls) at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain, the New Orleans version of the event is uniquely it’s own.

El Txupinazo

The festival kicks off on Friday, July 7th with El Txupinazo, the official kickoff party for San Fermin in Nueva Orleans. Festivities will take place at Little Gem Saloon from 5p.m. – 9 p.m., and for one ticket price, you can enjoy live music, an open bar and food from Commander’s PalaceSoBouLittle GemAppoline and Bayona.

El Encierro (The Run)

The official procession of San Fermin in Nueva Orleans begins at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 8th, followed by the runners taking off at 8:00 a.m. sharp. The run begins and ends at the Sugar Mill (1021 Convention Center Blvd.), and of course there will be parties before and after the main event, where Sangria, tapas, live Latin music and good cheer are presented.
The main requirement is that all who plan to participate wear white clothing and have a red scarf or long red cloth tied around their waists and necks. Of course, this being New Orleans, many of the participants take it even further, showing up in clever and imaginative costumes, especially dressed up as matadors and bulls. There is a $15 registration fee to participate in the run and the event can get quite crowded, so preregistering and arriving early are highly encouraged.
Those who just want to spectate the run from a “safe distance” are advised to stake out their places on the sidewalks along the route well ahead of time. This is a very popular event that grows every year and good viewing positions may well be at a premium come race time.

The Bulls

Though the event is meant to pay homage to the world famous, Encierro of Pamplona, there is one major difference. The "Bulls," for NOLA’s San Fermin are the young ladies from the New Orleans-based all-female flat-track derby team, the Big Easy Rollergirls!
These "RollerBulls" skate behind the runners and, as they catch up with the slowest runners along the 12-block French Quarter route, they are allowed to whack them with soft foam-core wiffle ball bats. Of course this is much less dangerous than the real bulls that run through the streets of Spain.

You won't want to miss Wine Lovers The Musical at Teatro Wego this July!
When: July 7, 8, 14, 15 at 7:30 PM
            July 9, 16 at 2:00 PM
Where: Teatro Wego!
               177 Sala Avenue, Westwego, LA
Price: $40 (which includes 6 glasses of wine!)
Special Discount:
  $30 discounted tickets for designated drivers. $20 discounted tickets for designated drivers who accompany 3 or more full priced tickets! (For the $20 discounted tickets- you must call 504-885-2000.)
This is a night out at the theatre that you do not want to miss! We want everyone to feel comfortable and safe so we encourage designated drivers to come join in on the fun!
Tickets available at below or by calling 504-885-2000!

Michael Green is Gourmet Magazine's wine and spirits consultant. He's also appeared on a variety of Food Network shows. He's now done something truly new and different -written a musical about wine. Well, wine and love. Wine Lovers tells the story of two mismatched students attending a wine class led by an effervescent teacher and their journey of discovery.  
During the show, audience members enjoy SIX delightful wines along with the class, and everyone learns a little about wine... and love.
July 7, 8, 14, 15 at 7:30 PM
July 9, 16 at 2:00 PM
Teatro Wego!
  177 Sala Avenue * Westwego, LA

July 7-23

The Tempest

By William Shakespeare
July 7-23     |     Tulane’s Lupin Theater 
Directed by Clare Moncrief
Meet the cast   |   Meet the creative team
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on…”
Wrongly accused and exiled for twelve years, Prospero sets out for revenge. However, he finds redemption in the process. Both magical and moving, Shakespeare’s masterpiece questions what it means to love and to forgive. It’s a tale that the whole family will enjoy.

Sunday Swing
July 9, 16, 23, and 30
Dance Lessons, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Live Music, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
BB's Stage Door Canteen
Now in its 12th season, Sunday Swing is a popular summer program featuring local swing bands and dance instructors.

Tickets are $10 per person; free for Museum Members.

Tickets can be purchased upon arrival. For more information, 
call 504-528-1944 x 267.
Have a blessed and safe week!

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