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st. charles avenue magazine

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Youth Empowerment Project’s “YEP Fest” Registry of Charitable Events: January-April Health, Beauty and Wellness Assisted Living & Senior Care 1

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A new year ignites the desire to be a better version of ourselves. If you’re craving to look and feel healthier, find inspiration in local health, beauty and wellness offerings starting on pg. 39.

Happy New Year, Happy New You Local health, beauty and wellness upgrades


by Kelcy Wilburn


Embracing Age

January-April 2018

In the Greater New Orleans Area, retirement and aging don’t always have to be difficult. Here, five local companies offer assisted living services and help families with senior care options.

compiled by Morgan Packard Griffith

by Sarah Ravits illustrated by Michelle Kondrich

St. Charles Avenue’s Registry of Charitable Events

On the Cover Event Chairs Julie Livaudais George, Erica Woodley and Semmes Walmsley, Youth Empowerment Project Executive Director Melissa Sawyer and YEP Board Event Liaison Suzanne Rusovich invite you to join them for “YEP Fest” on Sunday, March 11. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., this community street festival including “Pedal for YEP” – a

series of pedicab races between local businesses – will also include live music, food and much more, all centered around YEP’s offices at 1600 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., and all for free (donations are accepted).

targets to out-of-school and “disconnected youth” ages 7 to 24 and offers mentoring, adult education/high school equivalency preparation and job readiness training. In the last year alone, YEP served 1,252 people.

YEP has designed and operated 11 innovative programs at six sites since 2004. The program

For more information, call 522-1316 or visit

Pedicab provided by Bike Taxi Unlimited Special thanks to Tania Dall, Director of Communications for YEP, for all of her assistance Photographed by Jeffery Johnston

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In Every Issue





Editors’ Notes

Entertaining With Bev


Family Reunions: How to gather graciously

Making a difference

Louisiana Search and Rescue Dog Team: A unique bond helps others 12 Kids Play

Harry Potter Illustrated: A fantastic family experience 14 What’s Hot

Mardi Gras 16 On the Menu

Pickled Pleasure: Chef Kevin O’Brien shares Nanban-Zuke on behalf of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum 18 The Dish

Yet Another Fresh Start: Eating healthier – for a bit

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Philanthropic Fun

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Moonlighting In the Garden The French-inspired fête and al fresco dinner supported the Botanical Garden’s outdoor kitchen. 20 Night At the Museum Over 500 gathered to support the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. 22 A Creative Approach to Learning KID smART uses the arts to teach thousands of local children. 24

The Answer to Cancer Cancer Crusaders champions cancer research with more than 600 local volunteers. 30

Young Bloods

Tippy Tippens: CEO, Goods That Matter 73 Student Activist

Awarding Leadership and Activism J. Wayne Leonard was the 2017 recipient of the Tocqueville Award from United Way of Southeast Louisiana. 32 A Decade of Service The “10th Anniversary of the Lambeth House Foundation Gala” hosted 175 guests. 34

Parish Projects The 2017 “Autumn Affair” benefited public green spaces in Jefferson Parish. 26

An Elegant Encore “Pasta & Puccini” celebrated 40 years of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. 36

Bold Spirits More than 220 guests gathered to support NCJW in its mission for social justice. 28

Fore! the Kids The benefit for children’s charities brought 300 to the festivities at Club XLIV. 38

Emilia Loren Castelao: Lusher Charter School 74 Shop Talk

Sr. Melanie A. Guste, RSCJ: Headmistress, Academy of the Sacred Heart 75 Shop Talk

Susan Zackin: Owner & Luxury Wedding & Event Planner, Z Event Company 76 Snapshots

84 OnStage calendar

88 Nostalgia

The Audubon Hotel: “The sleaziest hotel on the most beautiful avenue in the world.” 5

January 2018 Vol. 22 Issue 8 Editorial Executive Editor Bev Church Editor Morgan Packard Griffith Art Director Ali Sullivan contributing editor Mirella Cameran Society Columnist Catherine Freeman Food & Dining Columnist Jyl Benson web Editor Kelly Massicot Event Photo Coordinator Jeff Strout

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Get ready to ride with YEP, the Youth Empowerment Project, on March 11, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Thanks so much to our cover models: Event Chairs Julie Livaudais George, Semmes Walmsley and Erica Woodley; Executive Director Melissa Sawyer; and Board Event Liaison Suzanne Rusovich. They promise a fabulous “YEP Fest” at 1600 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., and the best part is, it’s free – but donations are appreciated! “YEP Fest” is a community street festival that features a series of pedicab races between local businesses, and you’ll be treated to music, food and fun! Since 2004, YEP has designed innovative programs that meet the needs of out-of-school and disconnected youth. Through 11 programs at six sites, YEP provides young people 7 to 24 years old, with mentoring, adult education, high school equivalency preparation and job training. They served 1,252 people in 2017! Put this event on your calendar, sign up to be in the pedicab races and come out to support this amazing organization! Can you believe Mardi Gras is so early this year? Do not despair, we’ve got What’s Hot for Mardi Gras with everything from clothing to clutches. Now that the holidays are behind us, catch up on taking care of yourself. Check out our feature on health, beauty and wellness with tips from eight local experts. I have three friends who have recently written two books that you have to have: Holly and Blaine Kern and Maurice LeGardeur. Blaine and Holly’s book, A Tree in the Sea, is delightful and a must-have for this season and for all times! It is colorful, bright and engaging, with world-renowned float designer Blaine Kern’s illustrations that capture the whimsy and fun of his wife Holly’s fanciful story about overcoming differences and the joys of friendship. It is available on Amazon, but also locally at Mardi Gras World and Hazelnut. If you’re lucky enough to have Blaine sign a copy for you, he includes a drawing for you right on the spot! He is wonderful at 90 years young! Maurice LeGardeur’s new book, Mona’s Cruisin’ the Coast, the latest Mona book illustrated by 96-year-old Roy Robinson, has gotten rave reviews from Writer’s Digest – a five out of five! Maurice’s book is entertaining with fabulous wit, humor and delectable sarcasm. It is available at LeGardeur’s office in Covington at 335 E. Boston St., or online at I hope you can keep all of your New Year’s resolutions! Welcome to 2018!

Beverly Reese Church

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Blaine and Holly Kern are pictured with Bryan Batt at the Kerns’ book signing at Hazelnut. Holly’s book with Blaine’s unbelievable illustrations is a book for all ages! It doesn’t matter how old you are – you’ve got to have it. It really is a collector’s item!

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Last year was one of changes, both worldwide and in my home. As I look back, I’m amazed and inspired by the courage and generosity of so many. Looking forward, I’m excited to watch my son grow and learn. Each new discovery opens my eyes and my heart to the wonders of our world – and city! – and brings me hope for all of our futures. I am also excited to start taking more time for myself; with that in mind I eagerly read our feature on local health, beauty and wellness upgrades. Not mentioned there but also of note are the upgrades to my neighborhood spa, Belladonna; under new ownership, it recently reopened after an extensive renovation and I can’t wait to indulge myself there. Though we don’t like to think about getting older and changing the way we live our lives, there are local companies offering innovative options that prove this change doesn’t have to be scary. Learn more in our feature “Embracing Age.” With a new year also comes new opportunities to support our nonprofits, and one of the most fun ways of doing so is to attend their fundraisers. Fill in your calendar with our Registry of Charitable Events for January through April. If you have a nonprofit event and you don’t see it listed, please fill out our online events form as soon as possible: Carnival season is approaching very quickly, and it’s always fun to add a new touch to your Mardi Gras wardrobe. Find your new favorite go-to in our What’s Hot for Mardi Gras. Happy New Year; see you at the parades!

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Louisiana Search and Rescue Dog Team A unique bond helps others by Catherine Freeman

Teamwork. The word swirled in my head as I observed the partners’ focus on the mission awaiting them. Messi took sniffs of a piece of cloth covered in the girl’s scent while Trey surveyed the woods nearby. And then, with Trey’s command to begin we took off behind an eager Messi, hoping to locate the “lost” girl. Her nose leading the way, we followed her through a field, down a fence line and into thick woods. And then just when we seemed to stall, it happened … Messi’s nose caught a scent and within seconds triumphant barking signaled her find. She rushed back, excitedly alerted Trey with her trained indication to follow and then led us to the girl. After praise and treats from Trey, Messi barked celebrating another successful search and rescue training mission. Trey Todd and his 7-year-old Labrador Messi are just one of the handler and dog teams volunteering with the Louisiana Search and Rescue Dog Team. Following two years of research and subsequent development of a training program, LaSAR was founded in January 1991 by Lisa Higgins as a volunteer based, self-funded nonprofit focused on the search and rescue of lost or missing individuals. The program requires tremendous dedication by teams who must complete intense training, tests and strict national certification standards before participating in searches. Additionally, each pair trains to perform searches in one or more of the SAR disciplines, including live wilderness and

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urban searches, and human remains detection at disasters, homicides and drownings. Every Saturday volunteer teams meet at Louisiana area locations to work in each of these disciplines. This particular morning, I had the privilege of observing a joint training of LaSAR K-9s and the LA Task Force 1 K-9s exposing the dogs to different settings: a building, a trailer, a rubble pile and abandoned vehicles. I was surprised to see the incredible variety of breeds, including 1-year-old Beagle Charlie just two months into training, the more experienced 5-year-old Australian Shepherd Niko and the energetic Belgian Malinois Katrina, all practicing in their specialized areas. LaSAR isn’t a calling one finds accidentally; I laughed when avid outdoorsman Trey shared his introduction to the group by friends touting LaSAR would offer an opportunity to “hunt” with his dog all year – and for a worthy cause. But LaSAR is more than a hobby for Trey and the group of multi-generational volunteers who truly are “committed to assisting the community by training dogs and their handlers to excel in the rescue or recovery of those in need. They

work in conjunction with law enforcement agencies as a team to bring about a successful conclusion to the search.” LaSAR has answered more than 650 calls to provide their services following natural disasters, missing persons reports, urban disasters and FBI cases across eight states and Canada. Although the team is based in St. Tammany Parish, LaSAR is available to all local, state and federal agencies at any time, with no cost to the agency or family. One volunteer shared, “If I could help just one person in my lifetime through canine search and rescue it’s worth all the 6 a.m. wake up calls, night searches and endless training.” I won’t soon forget witnessing the unique bond between each dog and owner and will remain inspired by and thankful for LaSAR’s mission and service to our community in times of need. n

A little more … To learn more and to request LaSAR for a search, call (985) 690-4220 or visit 11

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Harry Potter Illustrated A fantastic family experience By CeCe Colhoun

The wonder of Harry Potter is etched in the hearts of children and adults alike. Though the books have been out for some time, along with the movies, new to the epic series are the illustrated versions of the first three books. At home, we’ve installed a wonderful habit of reading them out loud to my 5and 7-year-old boys after they’ve bathed and brushed their teeth. They crawl into bed and fall asleep to the sound of their father’s voice reciting the words of Harry’s magical adventures. After we finish a book we watch the movie. We are currently on book three, and the experience – as a family – has been monumental. It is commonly understood that reading aloud to a child promotes language development and early literacy skills. Studies have repeatedly shown that this very easy and free parenting skill is one of the most effective in the development of language and speech, comprehension and literacy. The bonus is that it also strengthens the bond between parent and child, and even entertains and delights them. This has certainly rung true in our household; we never knew such a simple and age-old form of entertainment could bring us together in such a special and loving way, allowing us the time each day to be together and experience the adventures of Harry and his friends. It also gives us many opportunities to speculate about what may happen next, helping to enrich mealtime conversations. It has clearly helped my 7-year-old build his comprehension skills; he loves to summarize what he has heard if I have to step out of the room to tend to something else. He loves to bring me up to date on anything I might have 12 st. charles Avenue January 2018

missed, and it’s such a pleasure hearing him tell me in his own words what was read to him. It shows me how the wheels in his brain are turning and how he’s processing the story. These new coffee table-sized versions, illustrated by mastermind Jim Kay, are making the stories of Harry new again. The life-like illustrations are like waking up in the adventures, bringing them into existence in full color. I discovered these magical books at the Newman book fair. They are a truly wonderful marriage that Scholastic and Bloomsbury have produced. Because of the time it takes to create such masterful images, only the first three of the series are out, but they’re slated to have each additional book printed a year at a time.

The added layer of the illustrations makes our nightly story time that much more exciting and wondrous, and we look forward to completing the set with Harry and his gang. The books are a wonderful way of bringing back the nostalgic classics in a new and exciting way, making those that have already read the series want to do it all over again. n

Just the Facts: Illustrated editions of 1-3 available now: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (Author) & Jim Kay (Illustrator) Available for purchase locally at Octavia Books: 513 Octavia St. (corner of Laurel St.), 899-READ (7323), 13

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Mardi Gras By Amy Gabriel

You made several resolutions for 2018, and one you plan to stick to is to get properly prepared for Mardi Gras. Get on the fast track to achieving your goal with this round up of some of the most festive attire, hostess gifts and parade day essentials.

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1. Your little party girl will be the cutest on the avenue in her bead unicorn drop waist dress in royal purple. The Market on Magazine, 2855 Magazine St., 510-3303; 2. Prepare in advance for overindulging with a hangover kit by Pinch Provisions containing six after-party essentials to see you through your headachy state. 3. Hoisting kids up on ladders with the greatest of ease in a 100 percent cotton purple striped rugby shirt from the PERLIS Mardi Gras collection. PERLIS, 6070 Magazine St., 895-8661; 600 Decatur St., 523-6681; 1281 N Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 674-1711,

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4. Take your beverage with you in a frosted plastic go cup featuring a crown crest with the words “Laissez les bons temps rouler” printed in matte gold. Scriptura, 5423 Magazine St., 897-1555; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 219-1113, 5. Parade hopping was never so chic as done so in a pair of ankle glossed bronze skinny jeans. Lukka Boutique, 1000 Girod St., 218-7113, 6. Be the most dapper fella at a Lundi Gras brunch in a 100 percent silk fleur-de-lis bow tie. NOLA Couture, 3308 Magazine St., 319-5959; 528 St. Peter St., 875-3522,

Select photos by Cheryl Gerber


7. Enjoy a sunny day on the sidewalk side in a pair of Oliver Peoples champagne shades with green tinted lenses. The Optical Shoppe, 800 Metairie Road, Suite Q, 301-1726, 8. Go hands free to catch all of those throws thanks to a crossbody GiGi New York gold clutch. FeBe Clothing, 474 Metairie Road, 835-5250, 9. You will be the belle of any Mardi Gras ball in a pair of green Bacchus Intaglio earrings from Hazel Smyth. Ballin’s, 712 Dante St., 866-4367; 2917 Magazine St., #105, 891-4502, 10. Step up your second-line style in a pair of triple kick metallic platform leather shoes. Feet First, 4122 Magazine St., 899-6800; 526 Royal St., 5690005, 15

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Pickled Pleasure Chef Kevin O’Brien shares Nanban-Zuke on behalf of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum

Nanban-Zuke (Southern Barbarian Pickle) Oil for frying 1 medium onion, julienned 4 small dried chilies, chopped 1 medium carrot, shredded 1 cup Dashi ½ cup rice wine vinegar 1 Tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons salt 1 Tablespoon Mirin (sweet cooking sake) 1 Tablespoon soy sauce 1 pound skinless fish fillet, such as Gulf redfish, cut into bite-sized pieces 1 cup potato or corn starch Heat oil in a deep fryer or deep skillet to 350º degrees. Place onion, chilies and carrots into a heatproof container large enough to hold all of the ingredients to be pickled. Heat the Dashi, vinegar, sugar, salt, Mirin and soy. Bring to a simmer to dissolve sugar and salt. Pour hot liquid over the vegetables mixture. Toss fish into potato starch, shake off excess and fry in the hot oil until pale golden, about 4-6 minutes. Add fried fish into the vegetable mixture. Allow to marinate a minimum of 3 hours. Serve at room temperature alone or over rice. The dish will hold in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Southern Food & Beverage Museum 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 569-0405,

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Kevin O’Brien, Private Chef (917) 971-3396, 17

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Yet Another Fresh Start

Pad Thai from Seed

Eating healthier – for a bit By Jyl Benson

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photo by Mike Lirette

By the time the Barre 3 studio where I work out starts its annual month-long Barre 3 Challenge in early January, I’m ready to leave the habits I indulged in for the holidays. The challenge: kick booze and caffeine, eat vegan foods only and attend five Barre 3 classes weekly. I probably won’t make it to fighting weight before Carnival season kicks into high gear (the first major street parade, Krewe du Vieux, rolls out on January 27) but a bit of clean living should imbue in me enough confidence and energy to compete with teenagers for beads. I used to say my annual January health kick was motivated purely by vanity and immaturity – and it still is to a great degree – but these days I also just feel poisoned by January 2 and look forward to my post-holiday cleanup as much as the Bacchanal that necessitated it. My annual cleanup used to find me subsisting on steamed vegetables and tofu. It was a boring way to live, if even just for a month, but New Orleans restaurateurs have caught on to the benefits of offering more diverse selections to the clean living crowd. Ben Tabor, the chef/owner of Sneaky Pickle in Bywater used to say “This is where vegetarians go to die because traditional Louisiana food is so compelling.” He theorizes that today the inundation of news of antibiotics, pesticides and genetic alterations

in the food chain have finally started to have enough of an impact on consumer demand here that chefs are compelled to cater to these diets beyond the menu afterthoughts of a mixed vegetable plate or a fruit bowl “I offer one meat option on a menu that’s otherwise 100 percent vegan. It’s not that I think meat is evil, though some do, but for health I think less than 20 percent of our diets should come from meat.” It was guilt that drove Edgar Cooper to open Seed, his popular upscale vegan eatery in the Lower Garden District. A vegan for over 20 years, the New Orleans native travels the globe as a software industry consultant and it was a trip to Borneo that pushed him over the edge when he witnessed the destruction of the Borneo jungle, one of the last habitats for orangutans, due to palm oil production to serve the U.S. market. Seed serves only organic foodstuffs that are often raw, soy free and/or gluten free. The chili-cheese fries feel like an indulgence but they are topped with bean-based chili and cashew queso. The Pad Thai is a delicious, entirely raw

Flamingo A-Go-Go 869 Magazine St., 577-2202 Red Dog Diner 3122 Magazine St., 934-3333 Seed 1330 Prytania St., 302-2599 Sneaky Pickle 4017 St. Claude Ave., 218-5651 Tal’s Hummus 4800 Magazine St., 267-7357

Try This: Creole Cuisine Concepts just unveiled Flamingo A- Go- Go in the Warehouse District. Intended to be a throwback to the “Rat-Pack” era with bright lights, vibrant colors and dazzling artwork from local artists, the hotspots here are the oversized courtyard and a lively bar. Foods are inventive and often meant for sharing.

affair made with spiralized cucumber and carrot noodles, mung bean sprouts, jicama, peanuts, cilantro, greens and a Thai lime peanut dressing. The Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad is deceptively hearty with rich umami notes imparted by agave and balsamic-roasted carrots, avocado, hemp, pumpkin and sesame seeds and raw spinach. While not entirely vegan, Tal’s Hummus offers a number of vegan and otherwise healthy choices. The finely minced Israeli Salad of cucumber, tomatoes, parsley and lemon and the creamy Hummus swirled around a pile of flavorful grilled vegetables are personal favorites. The menu at the fun, festive Red Dog Diner is diverse enough to please any palate. Though vegan isn’t a goal here, several selections that fit the bill are more than mere afterthoughts. The Rat-A-Tat-Tat sandwich combines roasted eggplant, zucchini, tomato and mushrooms, (skip the mozzarella and roasted garlic aioli). The Mediterranean Nosh Plate is enough for two to share with hummus, roasted eggplant spread, tomato bruschetta, feta, olives and grilled pita. n 19

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Moonlighting in the Garden The French-inspired fête and al fresco dinner supported the Botanical Garden’s outdoor kitchen. By Shelby Simon

In celebration of the approaching New Orleans Tricentennial, “Magic in the Moonlight” adopted a French ambience throughout the Botanical Garden. The fundraiser generated more than $135,000 for the outside kitchen at the garden. Chef John Folse recreated the historical banquet given by Prince de Condé in honor of King Louis XIV at Chateau de Chantilly, France. The al fresco dinner was presented in honor of the Duke of Orleans. Additionally, the fête featured a “party within a party” for the 45 and under crowd – The Moonlighters. These guests enjoyed a cocktail hour followed by dinner, and later,everyone was invited to stay for dancing. Juli Miller Hart and Margo DuBos served as Co-Chairs. The Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust was the Presenting Sponsor of the event. n



Event at a Glance What: “Magic in the Moonlight,” benefiting Botanical Garden Foundation When: Friday, October 13 Where: Botanical Garden grounds

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1. Clancy and Co-Chair Margo DuBos, Wendy Rodrigue Magnus and Doug Magnus 2. Hunter and Meg Charbonnet, Co-Chair Juli Miller Hart and Paul Soniat 3. Fred Holley, Nan Wallace, Donna and Vincent Giardina representing Presenting Sponsor Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust 4. Duke of Orleans, President of the Board Muffin and Dr. Luis Balart and Marie Du Bourbon 5. Ruthie Frierson with Jimmy and Susan Gundlach 6. Rebecca and Dr. Dan Lester and Marla Donovan



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Night at the Museum Over 500 gathered to support the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. By Shelby Simon

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s biggest fundraiser of the year, “O What a Night!” generated more than $900,000 to advance the museum’s mission to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South. A Patron Party was held at the Garden District home of Board Chairman Allison Kendrick on Thursday, October 19, with 300 people enjoying cuisine by Coquette and previewing the live auction items. Event Chairmen were Alexa Georges and Jerry Armatis. Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida were presented with the Opus Award. At the gala, the silent auction appetizers were provided by chefs Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette. The three-course gala dinner was provided by chef Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery and Balise, and featured courses of Yellowfin Tuna Confit, Roasted Beef Tenderloin and Chocolate Olive Oil Cake. Pre-dinner entertainment was provided by Jeremy Davenport. Following the dinner and live auction, guests flocked to the dance floor for a rousing performance by Preservation Hall Jazz Band. A live auction of 20 lots of works by Southern artists including pieces by George Dunbar, Ashley Longshore, Hunt Slonem, John Alexander, Aron Belka, David Gamble, Simon Gunning and many more saw energetic and competitive bidding. n



Event at a Glance What: “O What A Night!” Presented by Hearst and WDSU-TV benefiting the Ogden Museum of Southern Art When: Saturday, October 21

1. Museum Director William Andrews, Rita Benson LeBlanc and Co-Chairs Alexa Georges and Jerry Armatis 2. Opus Award Honorees Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida with Shirelle and Joel Vilmenay 3. L. Kasimu Harris, Ariel Wilson, Shelly Gallender and Benjamin Lowry 4. Henry and Karen Coaxum, Michelle Ogden and Roger Ogden 5. David Kerstein, Julie Breeden and Bill Goldring 6. Jim Blanchard, Walton Goldring, Beth James and Jeff Goldring

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Photographed by JEFF STR OUT

Where: Ogden Museum of Southern Art



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A Creative Approach to Learning KID smART uses the arts to teach thousands of local children. By Shelby Simon

Children learn in different ways. KID smART teaches through the arts to provide experiential instruction in academic subjects to reach all students in a classroom and allow children to connect to math, science, history, language arts, and a variety of other disciplines. “Cocktails for KID smART” raises 14 percent of KID smART’s annual budget, giving more than 3,000 New Orleans students their best chance for success. This year’s theme was “Let Your Fancy Take Flight,” so KID smART teaching artist Renee Anderson led a craft table where attendees could make their own feather fascinators. Sazerac Company provided signature cocktails. Joel Catering and Beth Biundo Sweets provided catering. An original painting by Alex Beard, “The Wobbly Post,” was generously donated to KID smART and auctioned at the event. Ruthie Winston led the vibrant live auction. Event Chairs and Board Members Kate and John Werner were in attendance, along with KID smART Co-Founders Campbell Hutchinson and Allison Stewart and several Creative School leaders and teaching artists. More than 250 patrons attended the event. n



Event at a Glance What: “Cocktails for KID smART,” benefiting KID smART When: Wednesday, October 18

1. Event Chair and Board Member Kate Werner, Alex Beard and Hostess Virginia Rowan 2. Executive Director Echo Olander and Board Chair Phil Gunn 3. Minor and Board Member Jill Pipes with Board Member Suzanne and Steve Dumez 4. Graham and Adele Ralston with Jenny and John Charpentier 5. Lucy Burnett and Gregory Holt 6. David and Elizabeth Woolverton with Donna and Paul Flower

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Photographed by Jeff Strout

Where: Home of Virginia and John Rowan



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Parish Projects The 2017 “Autumn Affair” benefited public green spaces in Jefferson Parish. By Shelby Simon

Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful operates to administer safety and beautification projects in cooperation with the Jefferson Parish Parkways Department. The nonprofit also produces a major educational seminar each year known as “Tree School.” Funds raised from the annual “Autumn Affair” are used to beautify and landscape public green spaces in the Parish. Fabulous fare and libations were provided by Bravo, Green Fork and Martin’s Wine Cellar. Dardaneaux’s Gourmet Cheesecakes were a special crowd pleaser. Auction highlights included original artwork, sporting event tickets and an autographed Archie Manning jersey. Gala Chairs were Lucy Thomas, Holley Haag, Heather Rittenberg and Holly Hanford. Patron Party Hosts were Jackie and M.J. Wolfe. n



Event at a Glance What: “2017 Autumn Affair Patron Party,” benefiting Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful When: Thursday, October 19

1. Co-Chair Holley Haag, President Sheila Sparacio and Co-Chairs Holly Hanford and Heather Rittenberg 2. Dave Thomas, Co-Chair Lucy Thomas and Hosts Jackie and M.J. Wolfe 3. Committee Members Ashley Price Swanson and Joe Baucum 4. David Giffin and Board Member Bobbie Gattuso 5. Dr. Arnold and Celia Lupin with Mary Whealdon and Board Member Michael Whealdon 6. Kathy Cotter, Board Member Michael Cotter and Marla Garvey

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Where: Home of Jackie and M.J. Wolfe



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Bold Spirits More than 220 guests gathered to support NCJW in its mission for social justice. By Shelby Simon

Each year, the “Hannah G. Solomon Luncheon” honors an individual who has exemplified the values and spirit of NCJW founder Hannah Solomon. Kim Sport, community activist, was selected to receive this prestigious award in 2017. Sport joins more than 50 past recipients of the award who also exemplified Hannah Solomon’s bold aspirations. Those attending HGS Award recipients were Florence Schornstein, The Honorable Miriam Waltzer, Diana Lewis, Julanne Isaacson, Hugo Kahn, Madalyn Schenk, Carol Good, Carol Wise, Joan Berenson and Ana Gershanik. The luncheon featured four close associates of Sport who paid tribute to her accomplishments and character: Dr. Frank Dellacroce, Barbara Turner Windhorst, Charmaine Caccioppi and Timothy Madden. Mimi Schlesinger, the Chair of the Hannah G. Solomon Award Selection Committee, presented proclamations from both the New Orleans City Council and Jefferson Parish Council in addition to the Hannah G. Solomon Award. Along with the welcoming speech from NCJW President Barbara Kaplinsky, and the four testimonials, the event featured a sit-down lunch with Rabbi Deborah Silver sharing thought-provoking words and the chanting of the Hamotzi. Ensuring that the luncheon went smoothly from its inception to its fruition were the committee members, including NCJW Luncheon Committee Chair Sue Singer, NCJW President Barbara Kaplinsky, Vice President Sarah Covert, Vivian Cahn, Millie Kohn, Joyce Pulitzer, Loel Samuel, Dana Shepard, Kathy Shepard, Ann Thompson and Liz Yager. n



Event at a Glance When: Monday, October 16 Where: Marriott New Orleans

1. Mike and Honoree Kim Sport, Event Chair Mimi Schlesinger and NCJW President Barbara Kaplinsky 2. Past Honorees The Honorable Miriam Waltzer and Carol Good 3. Luncheon Committee Chair Sue Singer and Committee Members Liz Yager, Dana Shepard and Sarah Covert

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What: “Hannah G. Solomon Award Luncheon,” benefiting National Council of Jewish Women

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The Answer to Cancer Cancer Crusaders champions cancer research with more than 600 local volunteers. By Shelby Simon

The 17th annual “Celebration of Life Luncheon” benefiting Cancer Crusaders gathered 500 patrons to celebrate the volunteer-run nonprofit organization’s contributions to fundraising for cancer research – more than $4 million since 1978, given to the local cancer centers at Tulane University and Louisiana State University. This year’s luncheon honored Mary Lynn Alltmont, Lee Baraldi, Elaine Deshotel Dick, Susan T. Hankel, Kevin McConnell, Dr. Alfonso Vargas, Katherine Vicari and Kathy Walsh. Charleen Boos and Dawn Miller served as Co-Chairs; Richard Buchsbaum served as emcee. Internationally acclaimed soprano, Sarah Jane Mahon, accompanied by Kristin Alvarado, sang The National Anthem and a moving rendition of “What a Wonderful World.” The auction featured 185 items, which included fine jewelry and art. A Parade of Prizes table was decorated with more than 60 sought-after items. Raffles included a Secret Parade Prize, two Southwest Airline tickets and an amethyst and diamond necklace from Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. n



Event at a Glance When: Friday, October 13 Where: Marriott New Orleans

1. Co-Chair Charleen Boos, emcee Richard Buchsbaum and Co-Chair Dawn Miller 2. Honorees Leila and Kevin McConnell and Kathy Walsh 3. Honorees Susan Hankel, Mary Lynn Alltmont, Dr. Alfonso Vargas and Lee Baraldi

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Awarding Leadership and Activism J. Wayne Leonard was the 2017 recipient of the Tocqueville Award from United Way of Southeast Louisiana. By Shelby Simon 2

The members of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of United Way of Southeast Louisiana honored exceptional entrepreneur and philanthropist J. Wayne Leonard with its highest award for exemplary leadership in community, volunteerism and philanthropy. C. Allen Favrot was also recognized with the UWSELA Lifetime Achievement Award. Reminiscent of Old Hollywood glamour, golden award statues decorated the Hyatt Regency ballroom, accented by white florals, gold details and film elements woven throughout. The Hyatt Regency catered a three-course menu, beginning with a salad course, an entrée featuring Abita beer-braised short ribs with potato gratin and an assortment of dessert minis including bananas Foster cheesecake, chocolate ganache and bourbon pecan pie. Richard Haase, Board of Trustees Chair for UWSELA, served as Master of Ceremonies. Additional speakers included Michael Williamson, President and CEO of UWSELA; Robert Kimbro, Chair of the Tocqueville Society Cabinet; Charles L. Rice Jr., President and CEO of Entergy Corporation; Leo Denault, Chairman and CEO of Entergy Corporation; and Florence Schornstein, Chair of the Tocqueville Society. The gala raised more than $2 million to support United Way’s mission to eradicate poverty in Southeast Louisiana. Entergy Corporation served as presenting sponsor. n


What: “Tocqueville Society Gala,” benefiting United Way of Southeast Louisiana Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans

1. Honoree J. Wayne Leonard and Jackie Leonard 2. UWSELA President and CEO Michael Williamson, Chair of the Tocqueville Society Flo Schornstein and Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree C. Allen Favrot 3. Tocqueville Cabinet Chair Robert Kimbro, Elwood Cahill Jr. and Charles L. Rice Jr.

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When: Thursday, October 12

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A Decade of Service The “10th Anniversary of the Lambeth House Foundation Gala” hosted 175 guests. By Shelby Simon

The “10th Anniversary of the Lambeth House Foundation Gala” raised more than $75,000 to benefit the Fellowship Fund, a financial assistance program for residents of Lambeth House who outlive their resources. Chef Jacques Saleun prepared the cuisine, which included passed hors d’oeuvres and a buffet of salads, a carving station, chaffing dishes and desserts. Local band, 5 Eaux 4, provided musical entertainment. A large display of silent auction prizes included a behindthe-scenes tour of “NCIS: New Orleans,” Saints tickets, LSU tickets, a tour of the Myrtles Plantation, hotel stays, bed and breakfast accommodations on the Gulf Coast, artwork and a wine wall. The top prize was a party for 30 people by Fleur de Que, donated by Todd Thompson and Patrick Able. These prizes were accompanied by five live auction pieces presented by Stephen Moses. Tim Trapolin and Holly Abbott served as Gala Chairs. n



Event at a Glance What: “10th Anniversary of the Lambeth House Foundation Gala,” benefiting Lambeth House Where: Lambeth House

1. Barbara Cain, Todd Thompson and Jere Hales 2. Hartley Crunk and Magdalen Bickford 3. Jack Swetland and Debra Godsey

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When: Thursday, October 19

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An Elegant Encore


“Pasta & Puccini“ celebrated 40 years of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. By Shelby Simon

The 22nd annual “Pasta & Puccini Fundraising Gala” transported patrons to “A Night at the Moulin Rouge” in the Sheraton New Orleans. The elegant evening evoked Parisian themes with tables centered with tall, lighted crystal vases with hanging prisms, topped with fuschia and pink plumes. Partygoers enjoyed served champagne and appetizers prior to dinner. Maestro Dennis Assaf led the JPAS Symphony Orchestra to accompany performances by the JPAS Theater Kids Competition Team and recent hit “Chicago” by Broadway returned locals Vanessa Van Vranken and Patrick Ryan Sullivan. Other New Orleans and JPAS former performers Jade Coates, Micah Richerand Desonier, Bruce Landry, Lindsey Reynolds and Greg Rittiner added to the varied program. The silent auction featured trips, jewelry, art, restaurants, wine and other beverages. A VIP trip to San Francisco included airfare for two, and a Dream Vacation raffle awarded a choice destination of five options: an Alaskan or Caribbean cruise, Lake Tahoe, Nassau, the Bahamas or New York City to one lucky winner. The Patron Party preceded the event, and was hosted by E. B. “Tripp” and Lisa Ludwig. Nora Vaden Holmes and Melinda Bourgeouis served as Gala Co-Chairs. n



Event at a Glance What: 22nd annual “Pasta & Puccini Fundraising Gala,” benefiting the Jefferson Performing Arts Society Where: Sheraton New Orleans

1. Co-Chair Melinda Bourgeois, Maestro Dennis G. Assaf and Co-Chair Nora Vaden Holmes 2. Publicity Chair Ginger Crawford, Leading Ladies Guild President Valerie Hart and Board Member Margaret Wagner 3. Board Member Joy Shane, Dianne Breaux and Board Member Sharon Hannahan

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When: Friday, October 20

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Fore! The Kids The benefit for children’s charities brought 300 to the festivities at Club XLIV. By Shelby Simon

The Fore!Kids Foundation presented “Taste of the Tournament Gala and Auction” to raise funds and benefit local children’s charities. A host of scrumptious local catering was provided by Acme Oyster House, Bourbon House, Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak, Meril, Mr. B’s Bistro, Zea Rotisserie & Bar and Patton’s Catering. Louisiana Spice provided musical entertainment. The auction featured golf vacation getaways, restaurant gift certificates, jewelry, golf gear, hotel stays, artwork, home decor, spa services and more. Jeanne Gallo and Melissa Manthey served as Co-Chairs, and Daniem Serauskas served as Emcee. n



Event at a Glance What: “Taste of the Tournament Gala and Auction,” benefiting Fore!Kids Foundation Where: Club XLIV @ Champions Square

1. Mark Romig, Doug Wertz and Tommy Cvitanovich 2. Gina and Lloyd Durand Jr. 3. Steve and Diana Worthy and Kelly Gibson

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When: Friday, October 20

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Local health, beauty and wellness upgrades We all wish for new beginnings throughout our lives, which is perhaps why the allure of fresh starts in the New Year permeates our conversations in January. The desire to be a better version of ourselves can manifest in a number of ways, from a new lease on life to the more obvious craving to look and feel healthier as we take on another year. For those seeking the latter, we’ve explored some of the local offerings in fitness, wellness and aesthetics that may help you achieve a renewed energy and look. By Kelcy Wilburn 39

Getting in shape is at the top of most resolution lists, and in a city so full of decadent food and flowing drinks it can be a challenge to shed pounds and build muscle. Fortunately, the city has a number of fitness professionals and a variety of approaches to exercise that all have their own appeal. In just three years, Barre3 has grown to three locations across the metro area. Incorporating isometric holds, small range movements and large dynamic movements, Barre3 workouts build toned muscles, increase metabolism, help you lose weight and build balance in your body, according to Owner Kendall Carriere. “Whatever you like to do – biking, yoga, hiking, running – Barre3 will help you do it better,” she says. Carriere stresses that Barre3 is for everyone, men and women, and that a Barre3 workout will differ from other barre studios. “Our signature approach to teaching gives clients a rewarding endorphin high and a deep muscle burn without pain in areas of the body prone to injury,” says Car-

riere. This month, Barre3 begins its biggest challenge of the year, B3 ALL IN, for those looking to reset their fitness goals for the year. The challenge involves taking five classes per week, utilizing Barre3 recipes and online breathing workouts. Romney Studios, located Uptown on Magazine Street, offers Pilates, Cycling, Lagree Fitness Megaformer, Boxing, Barre, Yoga, Gyrotonic and a few other programs all under one roof.   “We have expanded and carefully curated our programs to what we feel are the most effective, efficient and long-term options for a strong, balanced and limber physique,” says Erin Romney-Cazes, Founder and Owner. Pilates is a big focus for the studio and according to Romney-Cazes, Pilates clients are some of the strongest thanks to the practice’s core-strengthening techniques. “They are less prone to injury as they have better strength around the joints where a lot of injuries happen. Not to mention every single move we do utilizes the core of the body, so the stronger that area is, the stronger you can be in

any and every other sport,” she says. Results come quickly from Pilates, she adds, saying if a person commits to at least three days of concentrated Pilates they will noticeably feel better within 10 sessions, look better within 20 and enjoy a completely new body by 30 sessions. Another popular way to challenge the body and mind is through CrossFit NOLA, a gym with an approach focused on constantly varied, functional movements performed at a high intensity. “What this means is we’re a gym that focuses on pushing, pulling, getting up and down and moving things safely and efficiently,” says Allison Vertovec, Coach at CrossFit NOLA. “Each day there’s a new ‘WOD,’ (workout-of-the-day) and members rarely do the exact same things twice. Every workout can be scaled and adapted to the needs of the member participating and all our coaches are trained to work with people of varying degrees of strength, range of motion, agility, coordination, etc.,” she says. According to Vertovec, the variety and

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regular challenge to do something you’ve not done before are two of the biggest draws to CrossFit. Additionally, community is strong within the gym, where friendships regularly result from people meeting. “CrossFit builds on strength, coordination, flexibility and even balance – all of which are applicable to performing tasks in real life,” says Vertovec. Free introductory classes are available weekly and Fundamentals (the four-week, eight-session foundational class) is available for 50 percent off this month. While challenging the body with workouts is one way to freshen your look and health, there are also benefits to working on your body in other ways – by taking care of it through therapeutic techniques and with nature and nutrition. Building muscle is one way to improve health, but it might not cure all of your aches and pains – especially the ones that come from how you sleep or work or stand throughout the day. While making a resolution to get regular massages may sound to some like more of an extraneous treat than a beneficial practice, massage is better for your health than you might think. “I think what surprises clients the most about massage is that it’s not just some fluffy stuff; it can actually take away months worth of pain that was simply caused by a tight muscle,” says Latasha Benjamin, Owner of Fleur De Touch. According to Benjamin, people often spend unnecessary money at the doctor’s office trying to solve a pain that regular massage might solve instead. She stresses that not all massages are “created equal,” though, as massages in a spa setting are generally meant to promote whole-body relaxation whereas licensed professionals in a clinical setting are trained to find and focus on problem areas. “A good massage can relieve stress, loosen knots and take away tension that can cause so much discomfort. It only takes one hour and it can make the rest of your week that much more enjoyable,” says Benjamin. Essential oils, aromatherapies, soaps, bath salts and teas are also generally lumped under self-pampering and considered a luxury, when in reality, the herbs they incorporate are effective methods for healing the body and improving health. At Rosalie Apothecary, located in Mid-City, Owner Christiane Wurmstedt celebrates all things natural with a large selection of organic bulk herbs, culinary spic-

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es, medicinal plants and liquid extracts. The store offers essential oils, resins, soap, bath salts, candles, flower waters, books and more in addition to hosting a growing schedule of classes. One-on-one health consultations are available in a variety of packages. “I am very passionate about herbal medicine and I’m perhaps equally as passionate about eating nutritious and unprocessed foods. To me, the two go hand in hand,” says Wurmstedt. The first class of Rosalie Apothecary’s Herbal Medicine series is “Kitchen Medicine,” which focuses on the medicinal benefits of common culinary herbs. The spice rack is a great place to start exploring herbs medicinally and according to Wurmstedt, a tea made of fennel is great for digestion and/or nausea and rosemary, thyme and sage can all help keep a cold away.  While changes to your lifestyle will help you move toward the younger-looking, more energetic you, there are a number of ways other local professionals can help you feel renewed

with beauty and aesthetic enhancements. At About Face of New Orleans, skincare is the focus and whether you’re interested in a makeup lesson to enhance or your look or a facial for hydrating the skin after a month of holiday parties, you’ll find a plethora of recommendations on improving your glow. “To make a more dramatic change, I always recommend a series of chemical peels. Doing peels every other week for a series of six in conjunction with the correct at-home regimen will make major changes in the skin,” says Jaime Schultz, Licensed Esthetician. In winter months, popular skincare products include Glo Skin Beauty’s Restorative Mask, Daily Hydration Serum and Lip Revival as well as Patchology’s FlashMasque Hydrate Sheet Mask. “What’s surprising about being an esthetician is just how rewarding it is. Some people may think, ‘It’s just a facial,’ but when a client sees the results after months of dedication spent trying to fix whatever their concern might have been, it’s beyond 41

rewarding to see them feel more confident,” says Schultz. For a low-maintenance, subtle change Khoobehi & Associates likes to recommend Botox and fillers to enhance the skin in a minimally invasive way. Non-surgical, these procedures have little to no downtime and can make a visible change almost instantly. Additionally, the private practice of plastic surgeons Drs. Kamran Khoobehi and Jules Walters and dermatologist Dr. Sophia Mai offers a variety of skin care products. The practice generally recommends the use of skincare products to further enhance any treatment sought at the office. For more dramatic enhancements, the practice offers laser treatments, plastic surgery and more. At Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sean Weiss also provides a number of treatments for subtle and dramatic changes, including both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for facial aesthetics. One procedure he recommends is ThermiTight, a neck lifting and tightening procedure for those who want minimal improvements of the neck, jawline and jowl areas. The procedure takes about an hour. “After ThermiTight, patients will initially see a slight tightening of the skin in the lower face and neck. This will be followed with three to six months of additional tightening that will significantly improve the contours of the jawline and neck,” he says. For a more dramatic change, Dr. Weiss offers local anesthesia facelift and necklift done in-office. Another popular option is Dr. Weiss’s combination therapy for healthy, glowing skin that incorporates microneedling, platelet rich plasma and laser therapy.

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Barre3 600 Metairie Road, Metairie 5235 Magazine St. 611 O’Keefe St. 301-2017, Romney Studios 5619 Magazine St. 895-1167, CrossFit NOLA 540 N. Cortez St. 8422 Burthe St. 1309 Magazine St. 861-0610,

Fleur De Touch 134 N. Broad St. 388-9390, Rosalie Apothecary 3201 Toulouse St. 488-4425, About Face of New Orleans 702 Metairie Road, Suite 1b106, Metairie 304-1556,

Khoobehi & Associates 3901 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 4500 Magazine St. 779-5538, Facial Plastic Surgery – Dr. Sean Weiss 2201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 408, Metairie 814-FACE (3223),

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Note: St. Charles Avenue magazine doesn’t advocate plastic surgery except under certain conditions. Please consult your doctor before undertaking any medical procedure.

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Registry of Charitable Events January- April 2018

January 3 “Porsche of New Orleans Leukemia Cup Kickoff Party” Benefits: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Event Info.: A party to engage participants to get excited for the upcoming “Leukemia Cup” events in April and May. There will be food provided by Southern Yacht Club and a cash bar. The Leukemia & Lymphoma society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Tickets: Free Location: Southern Yacht Club Contact: 837-0945

12 Second annual “Big Wig Ball” Benefits: New Orleans Opera Event Info.: Kick off Carnival Season at this year’s event themed “HAIRajuku.” Guests are encouraged to don their biggest, most elaborate wigs (costumes or cocktail attire with wigs required); the event features sweet treats, champagne, live music, a raffle for coveted prizes and a wig contest to crown New Orleans’ official “Big Wig 2018.” Tickets: $50/Ticket; $95/Couple Location: Opera Guild Home Contact:

14 “Concert Celebrating Allen Toussaint’s Legacy of Caring” Benefits: New Orleans Artists Against Hunger & Homelessness Event Info.: Marcia Ball and Deacon John Moore and The Ivories will perform 7-10 p.m. to benefit the grants that NOAAHH distributes to the region’s philanthropic and nonprofit agencies and charities that provide food and shelter to those in need. Toussaint and Aaron Neville founded NOAAHH in 1985, when they brought together a group of New Orleans musicians to perform a concert that would benefit the New Orleans area’s hungry and homeless people. Since then, NOAAHH has distributed more than $3 million in grants to more than 50 area organizations. Tickets: $30/GA; Free/Children 10 and under; $80/Patron Party Location: Rock ‘N’ Bowl Contact:,

18 “Good Apple Gala” Benefits: Louisiana Appleseed Event Info.: Celebrating its ninth anniversary, this year’s gala will honor Social Justice Honorees Chief Justice Bernette Johnson, Ken Polite and Alan Philipson and Pro Bono Honorees Sam Ford, Caroline Crosby, Lillian Grappe and Patty and Madison McMurray. The Gala will be followed by a Core Members After-Party. Tickets: $100/Ticket-$10,000/Sponsorship Location: NOPSI Hotel Contact:

28 Fifth annual “King Cake Festival” Benefits: Ochsner Hospital for Children Event Info.: The Carnival-themed festival features King Cakes from across Louisiana, a “Gladiator Rep Run & Fun Run” presented by Smoothie King, a Kids’ Zone and live music. Tickets: Free/Entrance; $10/10 Tasting Tickets (1 ticket per sample)-$25,000/ Sponsorship Location: Champions Square Contact:

20 “Bal Masqué” Benefits: Link Stryjewski Foundation Event Info.: Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski will host an evening to kick off Carnvial Season and to benefit the youth of New Orleans featuring food and drink from some of the country’s top chefs and mixologists with entertainment by international and local artists. Tickets: $300+/ticket Location: Sugarmill Contact:

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February 21 “Fête de Voyage” Benefits: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Event Info.: This event is a kickoff celebration for the LPO’s performance at Carnegie Hall in New York on February 27, and to raise funds to curate expansive LPO concert seasons presented across the Greater New Orleans area and provide education and community engagement programming serving a 12-parish region. Tickets: $1,000/Ticket Location: Home of Frances and Calvin Fayard Contact: 523-6530, extension 30

21 “New Orleans Take Steps” Benefits: Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Event Info.: A family-friendly fundraising event where patients, loved ones, friends and supporters gather to encourage each other and to connect with the greater IBD Community, helping them understand that they are never alone in this fight. Tickets: Free to register Location: Champions Square Contact: 408-2119,

23 “Une Affaire d’Avant Garde: En Blanc et Noir” Benefits: Ballet Resource And Volunteer Organization of the New Orleans Ballet Association Event Info.: This year’s Gala will recall Truman Capote’s grand “Black and White Ball,” and guests are invited to dress in blackand-white formal wear and masquerade in ode to Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo’s contemporary staging of Roméo et Juliette – the company is returning for the first time in over a decade as the first stop of three on its North American tour and a special tricentennial feature event. The night will include a Patron Party featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Hyatt’s 8 Block Kitchen & Bar, a threecourse menu of French cuisine, entertainment by the Benchwarmers, a raffle of a $3,000 Lee

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Michaels shopping spree, a champagne pull and a silent auction. Tickets: $250+/Ticket Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans Contact: 522-0996, extension 208

24 Seventh annual “Jewish Roots Gala – An Evening of Cabaret” Benefits: Jewish Children’s Regional Service Event Info.: This event will honor and celebrate Ned Goldberg, JCRS Executive Director, on his 30th anniversary of leadership of the agency. In addition to a cocktail reception and seated dinner, entertainment will feature Leslie Castay and a silent auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunities. Tickets: $250+/Patron Ticket Location: New Orleans Marriott Contact: 828-6334

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Benefits: Audubon Nature Institute Event Info.: In celebration of Black History Month, Audubon Nature Institute presents “Get Yah Praise On,” a “hand clapping, foot stomping good time for the entire family” featuring a great gospel music showcase with a “soul stirring” line-up of local and regional gospel performers. Tickets: Included with admission/membership Location: Audubon Zoo Contact: 581-4629,

25 Ninth annual “Recycled Fashion Show” Benefits: Bridge House / Grace House Event Info.: This event highlights what the Bridge House / Grace House Thrift Stores have to offer when more than 30 local designers will display their creative spins on recycled clothing and other treasures. This annual party also features food from local restaurants, a silent auction (featuring items modeled on the runway), a cash bar and a raffle. Tickets: $25/Ticket in advance; $35/Ticket at door; $50/VIP Location: Rock ‘N’ Bowl Contact: 821-7134

March 2 “Go Red For Women Luncheon” Benefits: American Heart Association Event Info.: This luncheon is part of the “Go Red For Women” movement that encourages local women to take charge of their heart health. Guests can participate in free health screenings and a silent auction, and at 11:30 a.m. the ticketed heart-healthy luncheon and program will include stories of local women affected personally by heart disease. Tickets: $150/Ticket Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans Contact: 872-3440

3 “Soul Revival” Benefits: Legacy Donor Foundation Event Info.: Known as a “soul-shaking good time,” each year this event attracts close to 1,000 guests to dance to live music and enjoy local cuisine. The Legacy Donor Foundation’s mission is to educate Louisianians about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donation, and to encourage individuals to register as donors in order to save the lives of those waiting for transplants. Tickets: $100-$25,000 Location: Home of Lauren and George Brower Contact: 558-8900,

3 37th annual “Sugarplum Ball” Benefits: Children’s Hospital Event Info.: This year’s theme is “Grecian Gala,” which will be reflected throughout the VIP Tent and the Gala in fabulous decorations in white and gold. Cuisine will be provided by more than 40 local restaurants and multiple bands will keeps guests dancing throughout the night. Tickets: $350/2 Tickets-$15,000 Sponsorships Location: Hellenic Cultural Center Contact:

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Benefits: Alliance Francaise de la Nouvelle Orleans Event Info.: This year’s gala will honor Nell Nolan. Alliance Francaise de la Nouvelle Orleans is part of a worldwide network that fosters and funds ongoing French educational and cultural programs in the New Orleans region. Tickets: $125/Ticket; $225+/Patron Location: New Orleans Jazz Market Contact: 568-0770

Benefits: Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Guild Association Event Info.: This annual luncheon features a fashion show by Saks, a Hat Contest and roving Alice and Wonderland characters. Tickets: $100/Ticket; $125/Patron Party Location: New Orleans Marriott Contact: 267-9534

3 “Temple Sinai Gala” Benefits: Temple Sinai Event Info.: This annual gala is themed “Temple Sinai Dines and Dances Through the Decades” and will honor Pamela and Robert Steeg; Amy Gainsberg-Haspel and John Haspel; and Jennifer and Jack Benjamin. Tickets: N/A Location: Temple Sinai Contact: 861-3693

3-4 “Soul Fest” Benefits: Audubon Nature Institute Event Info.: This event is a two-day familyoriented event featuring live musical performances by local jazz, R&B and gospel artists at the Capital One Stage. Visitors can purchase authentic soul food prepared by local restaurants and caterers, and can visit with local health, education and social service organizations and receive valuable wellness and lifestyle information. Tickets: Free with admission/membership Location: Audubon Zoo Contact: 581-4629,

9 “Lark in the Park” Benefits: Friends of City Park Event Info.: This year’s event will be raising funds to restore the Casino Building and the Parkview Terrace. The fundraiser will include an auction, raffles, live entertainment, full bars and cuisine from over 40 local restaurants. Tickets: $100/Ticket; $90/FOCP Members Location: City Park Contact: 483-9369

9 16th annual “Next Generation Golf Tournament” Benefits: Next Generation Event Info.: This is a four-man scramble event benefiting the 50 Next Generation School Clubs across the Gulf South Region and Florida. Next Generation aims to establish student-initiated moral and character education clubs on junior and senior high school campuses. Tickets: $150/Person; $600/Foursome Location: Beau Chene Country Club Contact: 885-0980

10 “Annual Gala” Benefits: National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section Event Info.: This annual gala benefits NCJW, which strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Tickets: N/A Location: NOPSI Hotel Contact: 861-7788

11 “YEP Fest” Benefits: Youth Empowerment Project Event Info.: A community street festival featuring a series of pedicab races between local businesses, live music, food and more. Tickets: Free; donations accepted Location: YEP Offices Contact: 522-1316,

15-18 “Art in Bloom” Benefits: New Orleans Museum of Art and The Garden Study Club of New Orleans Event Info.: “Art in Bloom” showcases spectacular floral designs created by over 100 exhibitors that remain on display at NOMA for four days. This year’s theme, “Queen of Arts: Celebrating 30 Years of ‘Art in Bloom,’” will bring together exhibitors from New Orleans and beyond to celebrate music and its role in New Orleans’ vibrant culture. Tickets: $100-$150/Ticket Location: New Orleans Museum of Art Contact: 658-4100

15 “Crimestoppers Annual Luncheon” Benefits: Crimestoppers Event Info.: This annual awards luncheon honors civic and community leaders and individuals who assist Crimestoppers with fighting crime and keeping the streets of our city safe. Tickets: $125/Ticket Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans Contact: 837-8477

15 “French Quarter Festival 35th Anniversary Gala” Benefits: French Quarter Festivals, Inc. Event Info.: Patrons will celebrate a “Taste of Fest” with festival chefs. Gala guests will enjoy tastings by Antoine’s and an open bar courtesy of Abita Brewing Company and Brown-Forman/Republic Beverages. Tickets: $155-$500/Ticket Location: Antoine’s Contact: 522-5730 45

16 “Amazing Grapes Wine Auction” Benefits: Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses Event Info.: This evening under the stars will feature impressive vintages, rare bottles of wine and other great items through a fabulous online auction. The night kicks off with a Patron Party and will include live music, specialty cocktails and food. Tickets: N/A Location: Hermann-Grima House Courtyard Contact: 274-0750

16 41st annual “Julia Jump” Benefits: Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans Event Info.: This year’s event will feature live music by Bon Bon Vivant, local cuisine and a silent auction. Proceeds from “Julia Jump” will help the PRC to: “Provide critical home repairs for low income, elderly, disabled and veteran families in neighborhoods across the city; transform blighted properties into family homes; and train new homebuyers in purchasing and renovating a home of their own.” Tickets: $75-$125/Ticket; $275-$3,000/ Patron Party Location: New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts Contact: 581-7032,

17 “UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball” Benefits: United Negro College Fund Event Info.: This ball is hosted by UNCF and local corporate sponsors to involve celebrities, dignitaries, civic leaders, volunteers, educators and other supporters in the annual local fundraising activities of UNCF. The evening will include national live entertainment, dining provided by celebrity chefs, dancing, student testimonials and a parade of masks. Tickets: $600/Ticket Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans Contact: 581-3794

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21-25 32nd annual “Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literacy Festival” Benefits: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literacy Festival Event Info.: The five-day event offers a range of speakers and performers, writer’s craft sessions, panel discussions, celebrity interviews, a scholars conference, a book fair, a breakfast book club, theater, food and music events, French Quarter literary and LGBT walking tours and special evening events and social gatherings. Tickets: $10-$600/ticket Location: Throughout the French Quarter Contact:

22 “An Edible Evening” Benefits: Edible Schoolyard New Orleans Event Info.: This event showcases the ESYNOLA’s signature seed-to-table garden and culinary education program, and raises approximately 20 percent of the ESYNOLA budget to sustain daytime garden and culinary programming for students and special food and garden celebrations for their families and the larger community. Guests will enjoy local restaurants and food businesses, live music and signature wines, cocktails and a beer garden. Tickets: $60/Ticket; $250+/Couple Ticket to Patron Party Location: Langston Hughes Academy Garden Contact: 421-1060

23 “Keeping Our Promises Gala” Benefits: Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans Event Info.: This annual event includes a silent auction and the Inspired Cross Award presentation (presented to individuals and/ or organizations who have worked with us to “keep our promises” to provide health care for those in need, and to transform health care through innovation and courage). Tickets: $100/Ticket; $175/Patron Party Location: Messina’s at the Terminal Contact: 212-9544

23-24 “Hogs X” Benefits: Hogs for the Cause Event Info.: This annual two-day fundraising event celebrates 10 years and features nationally recognized musical talent alongside amateur and professional barbecue competitors, and this year it’s added a Craft Beer Hall in addition to its popular Thursday Night Dinner. “Hogs” operates as the premier funding source for pediatric brain cancer outreach services in the U.S. and has given grants to over hundreds of families in need. Tickets: $25+/Ticket; Free/Children under 12 Location: UNO Lakefront Arena Field Contact:

24 “NOMA Egg Hunt and Family Festival 2018” Benefits: New Orleans Museum of Art Event Info.: A fun-filled family day featuring egg hunts, a petting zoo, face painting, spacewalks, painting, crafts, activities and more. Tickets: $10-$15/Ticket Location: Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art Contact: 658-4106

24 “Earth Fest” Benefits: Audubon Nature Institute Event Info.: “Earth Fest” is a fun way for Audubon Zoo visitors to learn about saving the environment. Exhibitors representing groups from the nonprofit and governmental sectors as well as businesses involved with environmental issues help Zoo visitors answer questions for prizes on the Earth Quest game. Food and crafts available for purchase. Tickets: Included with admission/membership Location: Audubon Zoo Contact: 581-4629,

25 “Parkway Promenade XXVII” Benefits: Jefferson Beautification, Inc. Event Info.: A “Southern Elegance” extravaganza, featuring a sit-down dinner, live entertainment, dancing, raffles and live auctions featuring artwork by James Michaloupolas. Jefferson Beautification, Inc., formed in 1990 to provide funding for tree planting and beautification projects on public green space in Jefferson Parish. Tickets: $80/Ticket Location: Chateau Country Club Contact: 737-7583

April 7 “Party on Lake Pontchartrain” Benefits: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Event Info.: The “Porsche of New Orleans Leukemia Cup Regatta” presents the “Party on Lake Pontchartrain.” After a day of sailing, everyone is invited back to the Southern Yacht Club’s third floor for a party featuring live music, tastings from 24 different restaurants, wine pull and liquor pull, a live and silent auction and more. Tickets: $100/ticket; $1,000/table Location: Southern Yacht Club Contact: 837-0945

7 “Paint the Town Green” Benefits: Raintree Children and Family Services Event Info.: This annual evening consists of a Patron Party, live auction, silent auction, music by The Wise Guys and food from New Orleans’ finest restaurants. Tickets: $85/Ticket Location: Generations Hall Contact: 899-9045, extension 235

7 “Asian Pacific American Society Festival” Benefits: Audubon Nature Institute Event Info.: A colorful celebration of Asian pride, partnership and progress at Audubon

Zoo featuring live entertainment; hand-made crafts from India, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia and other Asian countries; internationally themed displays; and authentic Asian dishes. Tickets: Included with admission/membership Location: Audubon Zoo Contact: 581-4629,

7 “Cochon Cotillion XXII” Benefits: Bridge House / Grace House Event Info.: This annual event serves as a parody of traditional black-tie galas and of Mardi Gras Balls. Guests attend the event in tacky attire, in pig-themed clothing or other costumes. The gala features a King and Queen, a live band, a mini Mardi Gras parade, celebrity emcees, food from local restaurants, libations, a large silent auction, a raffle and more. Tickets: $100/Ticket; $150/Patron Party Location: Mardi Gras World Contact: 821-7134

11 “The Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon” Benefits: City Park & New Orleans Town Gardeners, Inc. Event Info.: This inaugural event will benefit the magnificent trees of City Park and the projects of the New Orleans Town Gardeners, Inc., such as Grow Dat Youth Farm and Edible Schoolyard. A gourmet luncheon will follow a champagne reception, and fabulous hats are de rigueur. Tickets: $150+/Ticket Location: Popp Fountain & Arbor Room, City Park Contact: 259-1509,

18 “Prix d’Elegance Luncheon & Fashion Show” Benefits: Men and Women of Fashion Event Info.: At this annual event, 10 men and 10 women who represent outstanding style and a commitment to community service will be honored. In addition, a man and woman from the respective memberships will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Mary Katherine Lonatro-Tusa will

be honored as this year’s Women of Fashion Hall of Fame recipient. Tickets: $125/Ticket; $1,250/Table of 10 Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside Contact: 522-0996, extension 208

19 “FOREver Green Golf Classic” Benefits: Girl Scouts Louisiana East Event Info.: All player packages include range balls, lunch, dinner and unlimited beverages. There will also be a pre-event golf show, prior to the 1 p.m. shotgun start, scramble format and an awards reception. Tickets: $250/Single Player; $1,000/Foursome Location: Bayou Oaks, South Golf Course at City Park Contact: 733-8220

20 “WYES Studio 12 Gala” Benefits: WYES Event Info.: This themed evening (a spin on the iconic Studio 54) will be the hottest and most exclusive “club” in town that night, beginning with a Patron Party and followed by the Gala. Tickets: N/A Location: WYES Studio Contact: 486-5511

27 30th annual “Zoo-To-Do For Kids Presented by Tulane Pediatrics” Benefits: Audubon Nature Institute Event Info.: This annual party for kids at Audubon Zoo features food, musical entertainment, crafts, arcade games, face painters, crafts and inflatables. The 30th annual “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” will celebrate the return of lions to Audubon Zoo in a brand-new exhibit made possible through a generous donation from Joy and Boysie Bollinger. Tickets: $20/Members; $25/Non-members; $40/Early admittance Location: Audubon Zoo Contact: 861-6160, 47

Embracing Age In the Greater New Orleans Area, retirement and aging doesn’t always have to be difficult. Here, five local companies offer assisted living services and help families with senior care options. by Sarah Ravits illustration by Michelle Kondrich

When it comes to handling treatment and care of an aging or sick family member, there are more options than ever. Reaching old age doesn’t have to involve being confined to a traditional nursing home anymore. New technologies, therapies and facilities offer an array of options that can make your loved one as comfortable as possible.

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Dianne McGraw, a licensed clinical social worker and owner of Home Care Solutions, says that elderly family members can, in many ways, maintain more independence if they so choose, thanks to stateof-the-art technologies and empathetic caregivers who understand the range of needs. Her company

specializes in working with people who have dementia and Alzheimer’s in their later stages of life. “We offer care for those who want to stay at home and not live in a facility,” she explains. She points out that new equipment – including state-of-the-art cameras, alarm systems, life line buttons and even floor mats with censors, can help both the caregiver, family and the aging loved one. Caregivers can be summoned remotely by devices. Overall, she says, “we have gotten much more tech-savvy.” One of Home Care Solutions’ goals is to exercise compassion not just for the aging parent or grandparent, but for the whole family. She points out that often, families are faced with a sudden crisis – such as dealing with an injury or the sudden onset of an ailment which can lead to confusion and stress amongst the family. “People don’t know where to go or what to do,” she says. So, part of her staff ’s mission is not only to treat the elderly, but also work with the entire family to come up with responsible and correct solutions. “A lot of times, especially among adult siblings, there can be arguing about what to do. We also serve as mediators to explain the options, go over budgets and help them come to the right decision,” she says. Her staff members include social workers and expertly trained caregivers who can help out with household chores, running errands and overall care for the individual depending on the range of help required. For those who are ready to move out of their home, Peristyle Residences are an adult residential care providers that offer high-quality assisted living care and services in a true residential setting. Jason Hemel, a principal with the organization says that it provides “actual residential homes and not large institutional facilities.” Care is provided in an intimate setting which is comfortable, secure and luxurious. “Our residents benefit from our full-time nurse wellness coordinator,” he says. Additionally, “our administrative team has identified private practice physicians that will visit our residents in our homes.” This greatly reduces the hassle and stress on families

and residents that attempt to visit medical offices. Residents can be seen by a geriatrician, general practitioners, podiatrists and nurse practitioners. One of its innovations is a partnership with the LSU School of Nursing. “Nursing students visit our homes as part of a service learning opportunity,” he explains. Peristyle Residences offers homes as a site for nursing students to learn assessment, observation, and communication skills with residents. Nursing students are in the residences one day a week for three hours a day and are able to complete physical assessments and observations of resident, while providing residents with activities such as games, reminiscing, music, art, dancing and walking. “This relationship has proved to be positive for both the students, the residents and the caregivers in the residences,” he says. “Students are able to gain experience in caring for residents’ physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being. Most importantly the students receive hands-on experience of learning communication skills with residents, families and caregivers.” Another innovation that the company is working on is the development of two new homes, which offer the largest private bedroom suites of any residential model assisted-living facilities. “These homes will incorporate many of the latest trends in senior living such as large windows for natural light, open floor plans and strong use of colors inspired by nature,” he says. Over at Lambeth House, the staff provides a community for older adults with programs, services and a positive lifestyle to assure the highest level of physical, intellectual, spiritual, emotional and social wellbeing. Carrie Mercer, marketing director, says that “highly trained professionals deliver a wide array of activities to fulfill our promise to our residents.” Such programs include the Literature Appreciation Club, Art Appreciation Club and a daily Current Events discussion group. Residents can also participate in lectures from the 49

“Great Courses” series and have taken trips to New Orleans Museum of Art and other area museums to support their educational learnings. Lambeth House is committed to its focus on wellness and physical exercise at all stages of life. “Assisted Living residents may participate in daily exercise classes including balance classes, chair yoga, and a walking club,” adds Mercer. Plus, “There is a fully equipped fitness room available where exercise trainers can establish an individual workout routine specific to their needs.” Lambeth House also has a new art studio, which provides an open space for residents to explore their creativity through scheduled instruction or on their own time. Assisted Living at Lambeth House has 61 private apartments. “Residents enjoy the familiarity of a longtenured, committed staff available 24 hours a day,” she says. Additionally, a formal dining area provides three restaurant-style meals daily, and residents receive daily housekeeping and laundry service. An exciting new development, Longleaf at Christwood opened in 2017. The new building is a residential memory care community that offers a

Christwood Retirement Community 100 Christwood Blvd, Covington (985) 898-0515

full range of assisted living support with a focus on helping those with memory disorders live as independently as possible. Elizabeth Jackson, marketing director, says Longleaf was designed in consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Keller of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at LCS to ensure the highest level of cognitive care. “Dementia-trained staff works with each resident, their family members and physicians to create customized plans that meet individual needs and desires,” says Jackson. At Christwood Retirement Community, which is located in Covington, studio-style homes offer comfort and privacy in a secure setting on the campus, along with two large private and secure landscaped gardens which serve as welcoming gathering spaces. The facility also offers a range of activities to encourage residents to enhance their personal wellness and engage with others. Also new to Christwood, the Longleaf Day Stay Respite provides caregivers a break from the physical and emotional challenges of providing care for a loved one.

Lambeth House 150 Broadway St. 865-1960

Peristyle Residences Home Care Solutions 3421 N. Causeway Blvd., #502, Metairie 828-0900

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This includes respite support during daytime hours, stimulating programs – both mental and physical – to help keep guests engaged and active and innovative, specialized services for guests with dementia offered in conjunction with the memory care program at Longleaf Residential Memory Care. Local transportation is available to and from Longleaf if desired. Additionally, residents are well-fed by chefs who prepared meals served daily. Poydras Home is another option for assisted living. Its mission is to respect and preserve the dignity of the human spirit among the elderly. Here, residents have the option of moving to the independent living level with the assurance of additional living options such as assisted living, nursing care and memory support should changing health needs require those. The facility also offers a day program for those who aren’t ready to move in but want to become acquainted with fellow seniors and embrace the activities. Jennifer Brammel, marketing coordinator, says that some of its latest programs include reaching out to the arts community to form partnerships with

the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Southern Rep Theatre, in order to “bring therapeutic programming to our residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s diagnoses, many of which are in our secure memory care area of our assisted living.” Poydras Home also offers a variety of options for residents, depending on their unique needs. For example, they have the option to move in at the independent living level, with the assurance of assisted living, nursing care and memory support. Although aging isn’t always easy, these local options are here to help families as they face the transition into old age. And given that New Orleans is such a warm, welcoming community, aging can – and should – be celebrated.

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Family Reunions How to gather graciously By Bev Church

Both the holidays and summertime

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Stonehenge, an ancient monument on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England, which was built between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. But they used plant material from their tree farm. They used Alta Magnolia and Japanese Magnolia trees as well as dwarf yaupon holly. Each family divided up the meals, and everyone brought side dishes and drinks and snacks! We ate outside with antique quilts adorning the tables. The kids cut giant Ligularia leaves for placemats. There were trips on the golf carts and

four-wheelers to see the cows and to jump on the hay bales, and Alan made up competitions for all of the children which culminated at Stonehedge. Our nights were spent singing songs around the bonfire with Ford Church playing the guitar, and we roasted marshmallows for s’mores almost every night. The key to any of these huge reunions is to never talk about politics – and everyone followed the rules! n

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make the best times for families to get together! In our family, Marianne and Alan Mumford are the heart and soul of our gatherings and they keep the fun going non-stop! Their farm in Mississippi is where the action takes place. Recently 30 of us got together for three days of hiking, fishing, tennis, archery, basketball, swimming, pingpong and hay rides to Stonehedge. Yes, I said Stonehedge. The Mumfords created a replica of the famous

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Fritchie – Burrus By Mirella Cameran

When Kendall Baker Fritchie was a freshman at Washington and Lee University, she went on a terrible double date. Well, terrible in as much as the food was bad, but wonderful because it was with Swan Brasfield Burrus. So wonderful in fact, that it was the beginning of seven years of dating. Then one morning, out of the blue, Kendall went into the dining room of their Atlanta apartment to find flowers and champagne and Swan on bended knee. Moments after Kendall had said yes, her sister and brother-in-law walked into the apartment, having flown in from New Orleans as a surprise. Fast-forward to Friday, October 13, 2017, and Kendall and Swan celebrated at their rehearsal dinner with family and friends at the historic Broussard’s restaurant in the French Quarter. Guests gathered in the 1834 courtyard, strung with twinkling lights and enjoyed classic Southern fare including beef tenderloin and bananas Foster. The next day, October 14, 2017, Kendall walked down the aisle of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church to be married to Swan by officiant Sarah ChancellorWatson. The bride wore a gown by Francesca Miranda from Joan Pillow in Atlanta. The wedding party then moved to Brennan’s Restaurant, where guests were treated to the finest New Orleans cuisine, including shrimp and grits. Instead of a groom’s cake, Irish coffee was served with the wedding cake, which was made by Sucré. The bride and groom enjoyed their first dance to “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers and then the band BRW got everyone on the dance floor. Towards the end of the evening when guests were mingling in Brennan’s courtyard, the rain suddenly came down. Everyone ran

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inside and gathered around the piano. An impromptu sing along-ensued, as the crowd celebrated Kendall and Swan. After the wedding, the couple honeymooned in Lisbon, Portugal and Nice, France. Kendall and Swan now live in Atlanta, where she’s an Investment Analyst for Stonehill Strategic Capital and Swan is a Strategist for Oglivy & Mather. n

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Wedding Belles Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Vera Wang, Men’s Warehouse Engagement Ring: Keith Miller Bride’s & Groom’s Wedding Bands: Archer Diamonds & Jewelry, Atlanta Florist: Meade Wenzel Invitation: Betty Hunley Coordinator: Claudia Kelleher Photographer: Greer Gattuso Hair: Beth Washington Makeup: Katie Malone

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Tippy Tippens CEO, Goods that Matter By Lindsay Mack

Located in Mid-City, the Goods That

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the handmade home goods are crafted from eco-friendly materials, and many of them are created by local New Orleanians. The company also offers design services and quality, ecofriendly fundraising products. In addition, the products sold by Goods That Matter give back to unique social and environmental causes. According to Tippens, the company’s donations and partnerships are its biggest success. “I collaborate with so many wonderful people to make our quality, giving goods, and I really cherish and am proud of that. Our products also provide a little hope and optimism for complex and overwhelming problems.” Local nonprofits that receive donations from Goods That Matter include the Gulf Restoration Network, Animal Rescue of New Orleans, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, STAIR and Cease Fire.  In addition, the company collaborates with local makers to create and source its products. Working with small, city-based businesses also benefits the New Orleans economy.   One of the most unique aspects of Goods

That Matter is its designation as a Benefit Corporation. As Tippens explains, B-Corps are triple bottom line businesses that value people, planet and profits equally. For instance, the eco materials the company uses are often more expensive than other available materials. Because of its designation as a Benefit Corporation, Goods That Matter couldn’t be forced by shareholders to use the cheaper materials. For B-Corps, profit alone isn’t the bottom line. “Forming as a Benefit Corporation is important to me as it reinforces Matter’s ethics and mission throughout our business structure,” said Tippens. “It helps to let our customers know that we actually do what we say we do and protects our ethos.” n

Get Involved For more information and to purchase from Goods That Matter, visit the store at 4201 Canal St., call 264-2478, visit or find it on social media @goodsthatmatter.

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Matter shop invites customers in with the gentle aroma of its soaps, candles and fragrances. But passersby might not suspect this cozy shop on the streetcar line is also a groundbreaking business venture. Tippy Tippens, the enterprising CEO of Goods That Matter, took a unique bar of soap and turned it into an entire company – the first of its kind in Louisiana. Tippens began with a single product, BirdProject Soap, as a way to help raise funds for relief after the BP Oil Spill Disaster in 2010. The black, bird-shaped soap bar contains a white ceramic bird at its center as a symbol of the cleanup. Ten percent of the proceeds were donated to Gulf Restoration Network & International Bird Rescue for cleanup and restoration help. Following the success of BirdProject Soap, Tippens was inspired to start a design for good company. After a Kickstarter campaign in late 2010, Tippens founded her new venture: Goods That Matter. True to her vision, all of

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Emilia Loren Castelao Lusher Charter School By Mallory Lindsly

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“You should be involved in your community because everyone has something to give. When everyone is involved, even just a little bit, our world becomes a better place to live,” says Emilia Loren Castelao, a senior at Lusher Charter School. Castelao’s most rewarding experience so far has been Camp Able, a week-long summer session for kids with disabilities.The camp is located within Camp Hardtner in Pollock, Louisiana. “Camp Hardtner is a special place where you can be the best version of yourself, and this past year I was paired with Joey,” says Castelao. “The entire week we worked on his act for the talent show, which was singing ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” and watching him express himself in ways he maybe can’t do at home and in school was the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced.” Following Hurricane Irma, Castelao joined a mission trip to Cuba. Over the course of a week, Castelao worked in Holguin where she picked up debris and distributed supplies. A lot of her activism revolves around Cuba and bringing attention to the struggles the locals face in that country. “The ear-to-ear smile that people had on their faces when giving them basic things such as toothpaste gave me a realization: no one should have to worry about things such as where there is clean water or where they’re going to get their next meal,” says Castelao.  During the trip, she stayed with

a family that made 28 pesos a month, but five liters of clean water costs 30 pesos. Even though the family had their own struggles, they opened their door to Castelao.The experience taught her strength, passion and kindness. “I live in a world that needs to change, and this trip allowed me to be a part of that change,” she says. Castelao is also involved with the National Honor Society, where she’s the head of tutoring. (The NHS offers free tutoring for fellow students at Lusher.) She also volunteers with the Diocesan Youth Leadership Committee for the Eastern Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana and the Youth Group at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church.  Castelao plans to attend University of Notre Dame as a Posse Scholar, where she plans to study Political Science with a minor in Constitutional Studies. When not volunteering or in school, she enjoys camping, watching movies, graphic design and guitar. She hopes to join the Peace Corps and work with nonprofit organizations. n 73

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Sr. Melanie A. Guste, RSCJ Headmistress, Academy of the Sacred Heart By Mirella Cameran

Tell us what makes Academy of the Sacred Heart so special? The Academy of the Sacred Heart isn’t simply a place, or even a school. For students and families, alumna and community partners, Sacred Heart is a rich experience of community and culture, a formidable landmark of faith and learning, a pathway for growth and an adventure to savor for a lifetime.

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Why is ASH so special to you? Beauty abounds at Sacred Heart. Students and faculty are surrounded by graceful oak trees, wraparound galleries and tree-top views of New Orleans. But what matters most is the beauty one quickly discovers in the children at Sacred Heart – their happiness, their joy in inquiry, their quest to explore the world and their hearts moved with compassion to influence its future. n

Academy of the Sacred Heart Rosary Campus: 4521 St. Charles Ave 891-1943 Mater Campus: 4301 St. Charles Ave 269-1230

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Why is ASH the best educational option for girls in New Orleans? Women of the Sacred Heart are differencemakers, and ASH is a place for connecting in a truly global network of more than 150 Sacred Heart schools in 49 countries of the world. Entering through our gates as infants, and leaving as women, our students grow in confidence and become courageous leaders who are inspired to make change in the world. Our school community is bonded by its deep roots in the city of New

Orleans through our strong relationships with one another, and through our enduring commitment to excellence with high-performance in academics, service and athletics.

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Why are you different from other event companies? My interior design background gives me an expert sense of a space and I’m able to bring both the venue and the personality of my client to life. I have been able to do things at venues here in New Orleans that have never been done before. I’ve also opened our offices as an event showroom, and our clients love being able to choose items in our space.

Tell us about some of your favorite events that you’ve organized? We love intimate events at private homes as much as large-scale ones at some of the city’s biggest venues. We’ve worked with many celebrity names too, which is fun, but every client is a celebrity to us. My favorite moment is when they see their venue for the first time and their faces light up as they see their dream turned into reality.

Is the city of New Orleans a draw for events? New Orleans is currently the No. 1 wedding destination in the country, as well as one of the most popular convention destinations.

Is there anything else you would to share? I’ve just started a new company, The Event Glossary, that I think will revolutionize the event industry! It’s a web-based marketplace for all things event related. You can find everything you need and pay for it in one place. n

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1. Paul Varisco, Lisa Manzella and Ben Johnson are pictured at the Shops at Canal Place for the “Summertime Blues Food Hop” in August. The “backyard bash” themed party raised money for Team Gleason. 2. Vendran Komazec and Ben Clement attend the “Summertime Blues Food Hop.” The fundraising party was hosted by the Shops at Canal Place and the New Orleans Chamber and featured blues, barbecue, live music by Colin Lake and a special raffle to support Team Gleason. 3. Elizabeth Schmelling, Marykay Yrle, Jessica Mutz and Ashley Angelico show of their pajamas at the fifth annual New Orleans Moms Blog “Moms Night Out” in August. This year’s theme was “woke up like this,” and the event benefited the New Orleans Women and Children’s Shelter. 4. Dr. Leeann Evans, Ashley Angelico and Dr. Merrell Frampton celebrate “Moms Night Out” at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The event featured complimentary hair styling, a raffle, passport game and shopping and food from local vendors. 5. Beau and Jessie Haynes celebrated the opening of the sixth annual Louisiana Contemporary exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, presented by the Helis Foundation. 6. Devin Reynolds poses with artists Mitchell Gaudet and Brian St Cyr at the opening reception for the Louisiana Contemporary exhibition in August. Reynold’s was awarded “best in show” for his piece titled “The Mega Blow Out, All Sales Final, Liquidation.”

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7. Anastasia Apostolos and Betsy Youngquist celebrate “Dirty Linen Night” at their Royal Street gallery, Gallery Two. Youngquist debuted her Woodland Fairy Series at the annual art opening event in August. 8. Caroline Knepper, Victoria Simmons and Rebecca Barras model Youngquist’s Woodland Fairy series at “Dirty Linen Night.” Simmons and Knepper designed and created tribute accessories for the series. 9. Whitney Bank Director Hardy Fowler, Contemporary Arts Center Executive Director Neil Barclay, Regional President of Whitney Bank Gary Lorio, Carolyn Lorio, Hancock Holding Company President Ann Hairston and Hancock CEO John Hairston attended the “Whitney White Linen Night” sponsor party in August. 10. Katelyn Moldaner and Annie and Amy Palmisano enjoy their light up cotton candy by Proof New Orleans at the “Whitney White Linen Night” sponsor party. The evening also featured music by the Caesar Brothers, appetizers by Taste Buds Catering, snowballs by Van’s Snowballs and art on display by YAYA. 11. Christine Minor Jordan, Michael Tipton, Connie Bellone, Phyllis Landrieu, Charmaine Caccioppi and Kenneth Pickering are pictured at the “Health and Education Alliance of Louisiana Luncheon” at the Sheraton Hotel in August. 12. Margarita Bergen and Phyllis Landrieu posed for a photo at the “Health and Education Alliance of Louisiana Luncheon.” HEAL works to bring awareness of the many children who are in need of health care. 77


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Optical Shoppe 504-301-1726

Elizabeth’s 504-833-3717

Winslett polarized sunglasses by SALT. Handmade by third generation Japanese artisans. SALT is a brand for anyone who appreciates simple things made well. Retail $415.

The perfect evening gown for your next Mardi Gras ball.

Bon Temps Boutique

Ballin’s, LTD 04-866-4367 (Dante St.); 504-891-4502 (Magazine St.); 985-892-0025 (Covington) Step up your shoe game with a brushed antique gold pair of Johnston Murphy sneakers.

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Sparkly Bead Unicorns and traditional Carnival Crests are part of our newest Mardi Gras Collection. Locally printed and hand drawn, Bon Temps is designed by Ursuline graduate and local artist, Laura McPhail, who brings her own twist to classic Southern culture.


Gem Printing Co. 504-834-9580 Personalized second line Handkerchiefs and Beads are great for clubs, parades, weddings and parties. Available in small quantaties and take just one day to print.

Hampton Inn Hotels & Suites of New Orleans 504-529-9990

Art and Eyes 504-891-4494

The Hampton Inn and Suites New Orleans Downtown (French Quarter Area) Hotel is the ideal place to stay during Mardi Gras. Conveniently located on Carondolet Street and steps from Bourbon Street, guests will have the convenience of being centrally located during the Mardi Gras festivities. Guests will also enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast each morning and complimentary high speed wireless internet. The Hotel is a “hot spot” to watch all of the parades.

Volta Face handmade in France, sculpted with a little bit of glitter $495

New Orleans City Park 504-483-9402 Take a breather from the parades and visit New Orleans City Park! With the world’s largest collection of mature live oaks, hot beignets, public art and more – you’ll be glad you did!

FeBe 504-835-5250 Necklaces from Sennod Jewelry Design with interchangeable pendants. Perfect for Mardi Gras! 79


National World War II Museum 504-528-1944 The National Wolrd War II Museum provides a variety of venues available for luncheons, daytime meetings, a “Day at the Museum” experience, evening receptions and dinners from eight to 3,000+ guests. TripAdvisor readers rate the museum as the top attraction in New Orleans, the #2 museum in the world and the #2 museum in the United States.

Lukka Boutique Facebook & Instagram @LukkaNewOrleans 504-218-7113 Stand out from the crowd with the metallic gold Ophelia Jacket, retail $194.

Z Event Company 504-510-5838 There’s “NOLA Place Like Home!” Party Gras with Z Event Company all year long. Full planning and décor services for your social and corporate events.

Perlis 504-895-8661 Stunning ball gowns including the sleek fit Midnight Norfolk Gown by Shoshanna. Also, formal wear for men for purchase or rent.

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Academy of the Sacred Heart 4521 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 504-269-1213 | The Academy of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, independent, college prep school for girls, toddler through grade 12. Since 1867, the school has remained committed to values of faith, intellectual advancement, social awareness, the building of community and personal growth. Come see “how our girls are truly inspired to change the world.” Personal tours for ages 1 through grade 12. Call 269-1213 for details.


Ecole Bilingue 821 General Pershing St., New Orleans 504-896-4500 | Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans is the only private French school in New Orleans that’s accredited by the French Ministry of Education and State of Louisiana, providing multilingual education for 18-month-old students to eighth grade. Since its founding in 1998, Ecole Bilingue’s mission has been to provide a strong and distinctive bilingual education for children in New Orleans by combining the best of French and American academics.

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Kehoe-France School 720 Elise Ave., Metairie 504-733-0472 | 25 Patricia Drive, Covington 985-892-4415 | Kehoe-France School and Kehoe-France Northshore are independent, non-denominational, coeducational day schools open to students from 8 weeks old through seventh grade. Kehoe-France has long been recognized as a school that stands out for its academic curriculum, but also for the importance they place on developing the child intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and socially. Kehoe-France students have the foundation that prepares them for high school, college and life beyond.


Lil’ Yats Art & Play Studio 202 Harrison Ave, New Orleans 504-214-3442 | Lil’ Yats is a Walk-in Art & Play Studio for kids of all ages located on West Harrison Avenue in Lakeview. Lil’ Yats provides walk-in play, after-school programming, Toddler Time, open studio, parties and more. In the front, you’ll find the Art Studio with an ever-changing array of crafts. In the back, an engaging and interactive Play Studio, with a stage, puppet theater, busy wall and kitchen, children are able to create freely. No matter how they play, it’s all art to us!

Louise S. McGehee School 2343 Prytania St., New Orleans 504-561-1224 | With over 100 years of excellence in education, Louise S. McGehee School is an allgirls college preparatory school for grades Pre-K through 12. Founder Louise S. McGehee’s mission was to build a school for girls that would focus on the individual student and foster a lifelong love of learning. In addition to competitive athletics and rigorous academics, honor, service and leadership are at the core of the McGehee experience. Learn more about McGehee Leading Women at one of the school’s Admission Open Houses for Pre-K through grade 12, 8:30-10 a.m., January 11 and 25, or call 5611224 to schedule a private tour.


Metairie Park Country Day School 300 Park Road, Metairie 504-849-3110 | Metairie Park Country Day School is a coeducational, non-denominational, independent school where care and cultivation of each child, from Pre-K through grade 12, come to life with exciting and innovative approaches to teaching. Its use of advanced technology and expansive, rigorous curriculum opens the world to its students. Attend an Open House: Kindergarten-Grade 5, January 18 at 8:30 a.m.; Grades 6-12, January 11 at 8:15 a.m.

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School 8012 Oak St., New Orleans 504-861-3743 |

St. Martin’s Episcopal School 225 Green Acres Road, Metairie 504-736-9917 |

Trinity Episcopal School 1315 Jackson Ave., New Orleans 504-525-8661 |

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is the oldest Episcopal school in New Orleans with 60 years of experience in educating the mind, body and spirit of young children. St. Andrew’s enrolls boys and girls 18 months through grade 8, offering 10+ years of nurturing yet challenging education that focuses on the Decade of Childhood. St. Andrew’s utilizes small classes to promote a challenging learning environment where students interact with teachers and grow spiritually, socially, and intellectually. A strong academic program, enhanced by state-of-the-art technology, includes Spanish, music, chapel, fine arts, athletics and library skills. Student publications, dramatics, interscholastic sports and community service round out St. Andrew’s program. Come see students and teachers in action at the upcoming STEM Expo Open House for Pre-K through grade 8, or call for a personal tour. For further information, visit the school’s website at

St. Martin’s Episcopal School is a coeducational, independent college preparatory school for students from ages 8 weeks through grade 12. St. Martin’s prepares students to thrive in college and in life. Families are encouraged to tour the school’s 18acre campus at an upcoming Open House: Friday, January 19, (George Cottage, Pre-K, and Kindergarten) and Thursday, March 22, (All School). For more information or to schedule a personal tour, call (504) 736-9917. Inquire online at

Trinity is a coeducational, Pre-K through eighth grade school. The campus is located in the Garden District and offers a pleasant and stimulating learning environment for students and faculty. Trinity continues in the tradition of its predecessor school, Miss Edith Aiken’s Little School, founded in 1917, and in that of Trinity Episcopal Church, which since its founding in 1847 has maintained a commitment to the educational and civic life of New Orleans. Trinity’s mission is to build confident, resilient upstanders on a foundation of academic excellence, moral responsibility and faith who are prepared to make a positive difference in the world. For more information or to schedule an individual tour, visit or call the Admission Office at (504) 525-8661. Open House for grades Pre-K through eight will take place on Friday, January 19 at 9 a.m.


Stuart Hall 2032 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans 504-861-1954 | Stuart Hall School for Boys, “Where Good Boys Become Great Men”, is an independent, ISAS school offering a Catholic education to students Pre-K3 through seventh grade. It is the mission of the faculty and staff to work with parents to help each child build a foundation for life centered on a love for learning, a desire to help others, and a commitment to Gospel Values. Stuart Hall School for Boys is open to all qualified boys, regardless of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin.


Ursuline Academy 2635 State St., New Orleans 504-866-5295 | Ursuline Academy is the oldest Catholic and oldest all-girls school in the country, founded in 1727, and serves New Orleans for Toddler 2 through 12th grade. Combining tradition and innovation, the Ursuline experience empowers girls to become leaders of confidence and compassion. An Ursuline girl is strong and unique in all ways – spiritually, intellectually, physically. Call for a private tour or to set up a spend-the-day for your future Ursuline girl. 83

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Romance and Fantasy with Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy”

Million Dollar Quartet

Jurassic Park with Live Orchestra

Tabasco: A Burlesque Opera

Internationally acclaimed and prize-winning violinist Ray Chen highlights this romance-themed concert that balances both whimsy and heartbreak. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

This new smash-hit musical is inspired by the famed recording sessions that brought music legends Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins together for the first and only time. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475,

Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster classic hits the big screen at the Orpheum with an orchestra playing John Williams’ soaring score live. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

26 My Favorite Murder

21 5 Katy Perry: Witness Tour with Guest Carly Rae Jepsen

Pop star Katy Perry reflects on the challenges in her own life and the world around her in her extensive arena tour featuring special guest and “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663,

12-13 Brahms’ Symphony No. 1

Celebrated soloist and 2016 New Orleans International Piano Competition gold medalist Xiaohui Yang joins the Louisiana Philharmonic for Brahms’ intense symphony. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

16 10 Debauchery!

New Orleans’ live, ongoing soap opera continues as sisters Chanel and Cartier continue their outrageous adventures. Church of Yoga NOLA, 1480 N. Rocheblave St., 522-6545,

Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Lives featuring The Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko

Legendary comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short bring a night of laughter and music to New Orleans, featuring Martin’s band The Steep Canyon Rangers. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

Moody Blues 50th Anniversary Tour

The revered English rock band The Moody Blues is touring in honor of the 50th anniversary of their debut album. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

24 Wild Kratts Live

This all-new theatrical show based on the hit animated TV series about exotic animals is sure to delight the whole family. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

20 Live from here (formerly a prairie home companion) Presented by WWNO

The live music and variety radio show brings its brand of musical performances and comedy to New Orleans. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

This delightful comic opera tells the story of how New Orleans’ favorite hot sauce was born with a full orchestra and chorus. Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081,

25 Johnny Mathis

Columbia Records’ longest signed artist and the “Voice of Romance” performs jazz standards, pop hits and personal favorites. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

The hit true crime comedy podcast that has broken download records comes to New Orleans for a live performance. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

27 Tango Fire

Presented by the New Orleans Ballet Association, 10 glamorous dancers expertly perform variations of the sizzling tango. Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., 525-1052,

30-Feb. 4 An American in Paris

This musical about a mysterious French girl and an American soldier falling in love in post-World War II Paris features unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

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The Audubon Hotel “The sleaziest hotel on the most beautiful avenue in the world.” By Seale Paterson

1924 at 1225 St. Charles Ave. with rooms to rent for $10 per week. From the start, most people staying at the Audubon were long-term tenants, often conducting dubious business enterprises from their hotel rooms. Residents of the Audubon were notorious for showing up on police blotters, most often for petty crimes committed all around the city. Theft and prostitution in the hotel were not uncommon, and often involved hotel employee participation. Hotel upgrades and changes in ownership over the ensuing decades did little to change residents’ habits and rap sheets or attract a higher quality clientele. Perhaps the most distinguished regular resident of the Audubon was a dog from Chicago named Jeff, who wintered at the

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Audubon in the late 1930s thanks to his $30,000 trust fund. During his 1939 visit, his caretaker noticed he was having some issues with his sight. A visit to a dog eye specialist confirmed that Jeff was nearsighted, and he was fit with a pair of specially made doggy glasses, adding even more distinction to one of the Audubon’s most well-behaved guests. In 1996, John Spradlin and Clinton Peltier assumed management of the hotel, cleaning up the upstairs rooms by moving out some of the petty criminals and embracing instead an artsier but still transient clientele, renting out rooms at $110 per week. They renamed the Bamboo Lounge on the ground floor to simply: The Audubon Hotel. Self-describing and celebrating it as “the sleaziest hotel on the most beautiful avenue in the world,” they transformed the

lounge into an all-night eclectic dance club and art space, while still keeping the day-drinking regular crowd of older long-term residents and neighborhood characters. The bar briefly transitioned into a trendier, fancier club in 2001, but closed in early 2002, followed quickly by the hotel itself. The building remained empty until 2016, when it was fully renovated and reopened as a hostel. n

The Audubon Hotel in the 1940s. The Bamboo Lounge and Bar operated on the ground floor, earning a reputation befitting their usual rowdy crowd. In 1949, it was included on a list of locations deemed off limits to members of the military due to “conditions that are detrimental or inimical to the welfare of service personnel.”

Image provided courtesy of The Charles L Franck Collection at the His to ric New O rleans Collection . Accession n umber 1979.325.4478

The Audubon Hotel opened in April of

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