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Each year St. Charles Avenue profiles several Fashionable New Orleanians whose sense of style is matched by their philanthropic natures. Learn more about Bryan Batt, Betsy Laborde, Tia Roddy, Allison Tiller (pictured here) and Joel Vilmenay starting on pg. 43.

Style Setters Five Fashionable New Orleanians by Mirella Cameran photos by Jeff Strout



St. Charles Avenue’s Registry of Charitable Events

Now Trending Clean kitchens & bold baths by Kelcy Wilburn Photos by Mike Lirette

September-December 2017 Compiled by Morgan Packard Griffith

On the Cover The New Orleans Botanical Garden’s “Magic in the Moonlight” has become one of the most prestigious fundraisers in the city. Co-Chairs Margo DuBos and Juli Miller Hart, Inaugural Moonlighter Committee Member Brooke Levy, President of the Board Muffin Balart and Vincent Giardina representing Presenting Sponsor Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust will welcome you to this Photographed by Jeffery Johnston

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alfresco dinner in the Botanical Garden on Friday, October 13. In celebration of the city’s 300th anniversary, renowned chef John Folse will recreate the historical banquet given by Prince de Condé in honor of King Louis XIV at Chateau de Chantilly, France. The dinner will be presented in honor of the Duke of Orleans, who will be in attendance. Additionally,

there will be a “party within a party” for the 45 and younger set – the Moonlighters – complete with cocktails, dinner and dancing with the other guests. Proceeds this year will go to the Botanical Garden Foundation, which is raising money for the Outdoor Teaching Garden in the vegetable and herb garden. For tickets, call City Park at 483-9386.

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In Every Issue



8 & 10


Editors’ Notes

Vintage wedding



Making a difference

Raphael Village: “Living, learning, working together”

Philanthropic Fun

14 Kids Play

Sector 6: Jumping for fun 16 What’s Hot

Home Furnishings 18 On the Menu

Pleasures of Pie: Gracious Bakery’s Pastry Chef Summer Veatch shares their Chocolate Cream Pie

Jungle Jamboree Annual “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” turned the spotlight on the Jaguar Jungle with a Mayan theme. 22

Keeping House “Sunset Garden Gala” provided essential funds for BeauregardKeyes Historic House and Garden. 32

Economic Empowerment Dress for Success New Orleans hosted its annual benefit luncheon for 500 guests. 24

Success in School City Year New Orleans celebrated a decade of supporting students through mentorship. 34

Art All Around An evening of entertainment and spirits supported The NOCCA Institute. 26

20 The Dish

Simone’s Market: Eclectic meals to go

Entrepreneurial Excellence Five local business leaders were inducted into JA’s Business Hall of Fame. 28 Substantial Support Bridge House / Grace House honored six individuals at 22nd annual luncheon. 30

Lasting Impact Annual gala supported Project Lazarus’ mission to provide a home and services to those living with HIV/AIDS. 36

Lis Lyndeiup Cohen Weds Hugo Kahn: March 14, 1992 62 With This RIng

Goodier – Baird 64 Young Bloods

Paris Woods: Co-Founder & Executive Director, College Beyond 65 Student Activist

Karrington Loren Knight: Ursuline Academy 66 Shop Talk

Kim Tran & Hien Nguyen: Owners & Creative Directors, Wink Design and Events 67 Shop Talk

Defending Justice The “16th Anniversary Gala” raised more than $150,00 for IPNO. 38

Yvonne Counce: Designer, Yvonne Counce Custom Gowns

Making Music ”Instruments A Comin’” raised more than $120,000 to foster upcoming New Orleans musicians. 40


68 76 OnStage calendar

80 Nostalgia

Dave Bartholomew: And the Domino-Bartholomew collaboration

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“Magic in the Moonlight” at the New Orleans Botanical Garden has become one of the most prestigious fundraisers in the city, and with Margo DuBos and Juli Miller Hart chairing this alfresco dinner, you don’t want to miss it! Thanks to our cover models: Co-Chairs Margo DuBos and Juli Miller Hart, Inaugural Moonlighter Committee Member Brooke Levy, President of the Board Muffin Balart and Vincent Giardina representing Presenting Sponsor Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust! This magical party will be held under the starry sky in the Botanical Garden on Friday, October 13. In celebration of the city’s 300th anniversary, renowned chef John Folse will recreate the historical banquet given by Prince de Condé in honor of King Louis XIV at Chateau de Chantilly, France. The dinner will be presented in honor of the Duke of Orleans, who will be in attendance to enjoy the exquisite dinner with other guests, as well as cocktails and dancing. Additionally, there will be a “party within a party” for the 45 and younger set – the Moonlighters – complete with cocktails, dinner and dancing. Proceeds this year will go to the Botanical Garden Foundation, which is raising money for the Outdoor Teaching Garden in the vegetable and herb garden. For tickets, call City Park at 483-9386. This month, we’re featuring some of New Orleans’ most fashionable philanthropic residents, all of whom are dedicated to making our city the best! Thanks to Bryan Batt, Betsy Laborde, Tia Roddy, Allison Tiller and Joel Vilmenay. Now that summer is over, we turn our attention to our homes, condos and second homes. Check out What’s Hot for Home Furnishings for some perfectly on trend items in soothing blue to help you achieve a serene scene. We also bring you more than 10 local experts’ takes on the growing trends in kitchens and baths, so that you can determine what changes you want to make – from as small as adding a toe niche to your shower to redoing your pantry to make it workspace ready. Our Registry of Charitable Events for September-December 2017 lists all of the events you’ll want to attend. There is a deadline to be included, so if you don’t see your event listed, please get in touch. It is the only way to be sure that you’re not scheduling you fundraiser on a night that there will be major conflicts. To submit your event for inclusion in Avenue’s calendars and to have it considered for coverage, please fill out our online form: Have a wonderful fall; I can’t wait for the cool weather! Be sure to check out my website for great entertaining ideas:

Beverly Reese Church

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Ben and Kathleen Waring will be the hosts of first Friends of BIALA dinner, “A Fantasy Indoor Garden Party” benefiting the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana. This inaugural dinner event will feature entertainment by Queen Kitty D’ Litter and her entourage, guest speaker Nicole Marquez, food and beverages from local businesses and a preview of the new “Queens in the Garden” event to benefit BIALA. Friends of BIALA is a new philanthropic giving circle to support traumatic brain and spinal cord injury survivors throughout Louisiana. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 982-0685 or visit 9

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This is my first issue that I’ve worked on since becoming a mom – in fact, my five-week-old son is in a rocker next to me as I type – and the thing that has changed the most for me, aside from the lack of sleep, is that I have become resolutely committed to making this city the very best it can be for him and for his future. With all of the depressing news bombarding us day after day, locally, regionally, nationally and globally, it can be difficult to have a positive outlook on anything. But every time I see his smile (which is a very recent development, and as any parent will tell you, a very exciting one) I can’t help but believe that there’s hope. I am constantly blown away by the astounding breadth and depth of nonprofits in our city. As an example, just look to our Registry of Charitable Events for SeptemberDecember 2017. There are more than 80 events listed there over only four months! Use this listing as your calendar; instead of spending a night at your neighborhood watering hole, consider purchasing tickets to an event that supports a cause that interests you, and support your city while imbibing, sampling delicious food and enjoying live music to boot. This issue has beautiful people, outfits, home décor, kitchen and bath updates, weddings and so much more, but I hope that you see that all of it is focused on the goal of making our lives better. Through helping others, we can become our best selves, and caring for ourselves is an important part of that. As the promise of pumpkin spice, evening walks and cooler temperatures become a reality, our calendars begin to fill up. In the midst of that, I’m going to try to take a moment every day to do something that makes me worthy of this little one’s smile, and I hope to introduce him to you when we see you around!

Morgan Packard Griffith

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Raphael Village “Living, learning, working together” by Catherine Freeman

In The Sound of Music there’s a line Maria Von Trapp shares with the Reverend Mother before leaving the abbey that resonates with me every time: “When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.” Recently meeting Raphael Village Executive Director Jackie Case, I was reminded of Maria’s words and how if we choose to search, obstacles can often become opportunities. An architect, Jackie and her family returned to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina with the same priorities shared by many. And for those of us with children, finding the “new normal” focused on helping our children settle back into the school day routine. However, Jackie’s quest was infinitely more challenging because, like one in every 68 children, Jacqueline’s son has autism. But instead of succumbing to the harsh realization the post-Katrina Orleans Parish public school system would be challenged to include quality programming for special needs students, she decided to develop an alternative. Integrated into the Irish Channel, Raphael Academy, The Guild at Raphael Village and The Hearth – housed within the Raphael Village community – are the outcomes of her vision. Each component of Raphael Village offers age specific learning, skills and a near future life-sharing community for differently-abled individuals in a caring, supportive environment. Following exhaustive research based on the internationally renowned Camphill model, The Raphael Academy was first to open its doors in 2012 as a sixth through 12th grade school for students with autism, Downs syndrome and other intellectual disabilities. Bright, colorful classrooms offer a sensory rich, experiential learning environment

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conducive to allowing creativity in the arts and traditional academic subjects as well as providing a safe space for work on relationship building and social interaction skills. Now serving grades five through 12, Raphael Academy continues to focus on educating the body, mind and spirit of special needs children so that they may become active participants in life and their communities. The Guild at Raphael Village, for participants 18 years old or older, builds upon the pedagogy of the academy, but emphasizes the continued life skills each individual needs for greater independence at home and in the community, vocational skills training and vocational work sites in addition to cooking, baking, handwork and gardening. Through their job exploration program, Guild members gain real world experience volunteering at local partners such as Whole Foods, LASPCA and Tchoup Industries. The Guild Member-operated Celestial Cafe coffee shop is also providing valuable business and social interactions. “A challenge for a special needs child is finding acceptance of who they are and recognition of their potential. The staff at Raphael Guild embraces acceptance and sees potential in spades,” shares Elaine Haney. “Our son Jason has found a welcoming place where he can make friends, learn new skills, and be who he truly is. This is a special gift to me as a parent.”

In addition to their current $2 million capital campaign to build the Raphael Village town center, community members and parents have begun acquiring properties in the surrounding neighborhood to secure the future of The Hearth, a new model for residential care in the Southeast. Homes in The Hearth will provide residents greater independence and support without isolation, as has historically been the norm. The town center of the Raphael Village master plan is the epicenter of this unique community comprised of a community cafe, vocational training classrooms, art guild studios and administrative offices. Through acceptance, structure and encouragement, Raphael Village’s mission to “support differently-abled people in becoming fully engaged in life and community” is providing unconventional opportunities to special needs children, adults and their families in New Orleans. n

A little more … For more information visit or support the third annual “Tennis Fun-Raiser” September 23, 2017, or the “Soraparu Soiree” March 24, 2018. 13

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Sector 6 Jumping for fun By CeCe Colhoun

When the opportunity arises for my 5- and 7-year-old boys to plan their perfect day (that doesn’t include organized activity, such as school or camp), they undoubtedly want to go to Sector 6. Sector 6 Extreme Air Sports is one of the premier trampoline parks in America. The facility has over 12,000 square feet of connected world-class trampolines in a 44,000-square-foot indoor enclosure. To test one’s vertical skills, the trampoline grid features over 60 trampolines, including angled walls, launching decks and foam pits. Other standard offerings include: extreme dodge ball (played on a caged trampoline for intense fun), a ninja obstacle course, the Air Dunk (which allows the jumper to launch themselves on a trampoline and dunk into the basket) and the Slack Line suspended over hundreds of foam cubes (so that one might test their balancing skills). Even more intense opportunities include the Trapeze, where one can sail through the air just like the circus pros and land in a pillowy bed of foam. Long considered a training and competition tool for gymnasts, and recreationally for high flying fun, the trampoline is nothing new. Yet the idea of an indoor trampoline park open to the general public didn’t really become mainstream until 2004. Since then it has launched, no pun intended, into a new and sometimes risky form of fun. Undoubtedly, injuries do occur, since jumping on a trampoline like any other activity involves risk. The rules at Sector 6 are very clear and a waiver must be signed before jumping. When respectfully followed, the rules are effective at

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mitigating risk. The park is rife with referees that keep jumpers within safe confines, and you can be sure that if you push the boundaries a whistle will be blown. What makes the Sector 6 experience so much fun is that it isn’t only targeted towards kids. Moms and dads often find themselves tapping into their inner child alongside their children. Jumping isn’t only loads of fun, but is also a healthy fitness inspired experience that gives families an opportunity to stay active. Not to worry if a parent isn’t a jumper: the park has massage chairs for an added fee on the viewing platforms so that caretakers can actually relax while they watch the kids jump for joy. Sector 6 is also a very popular place to host birthday parties (especially for those turning 6). All birthday packages include a one-hour flight ticket, exclusive use of a party room for 45 minutes after flying, a flight shirt for the birthday flyer and a party hostess to assist with setup and cleanup. In addition to private parties, Sector 6 offers field trips, slumber parties, fundraisers and corporate events in their park. As a mom, the very best thing about Sector 6 is that even on a rainy New Orleans day, I can take my boys somewhere

where they’re sure to jump out all their energy and I can join in the fun and get some exercise, too, while knowing that it’s one of their most sought-after activities. Exercise, fun, happy kids and a cool parent is about as good as it gets with kids play! n

Just the Facts: 612 Distributors Row 539-4224 Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 9-10 a.m.: KidJump (6 & under only) 10 a.m.-10 p.m.: Open Jump (all ages) Friday-Saturday 9-10 a.m.: KidJump 10 a.m.-9 p.m.: Open Jump 9 p.m.-Midnight: Club6 (ages 15+) Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Everyone who enters must sign a waiver; all participants under the age of 18 must have it signed by a parent or legal guardian. Flights take-off every half-hour, so arrive 15 minutes early. Anyone under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. You can only jump barefoot or in Sector 6’s special “gripper socks.” 15

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Home Furnishings By Amy Gabriel

With your social life in a constant whirlwind mode, creating a sanctuary at home can be the key to calm. Introducing soothing and rich hues of blue to your abode will help achieve a serene scene and render you completely relaxed the moment you kick off your shoes. n

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1. Perfectly on trend, this lapis side table makes for the ultimate accent piece. Eclectic Home, 8211 Oak St., 866-6654, 2. Hide away your treasures in a white wooded box with agate decoration. Relish, 600 Metairie Road, 309-3336,

3. A showpiece to fawn over, George Marks “Boule de Coton en Noir,” 2017 mixed media on canvas will be the calming centerpoint of any room. Claire Elizabeth Gallery, 131 Decatur St., 309-4063, ClaireElizabethGallery. com photo credit Tom Simpson

5. Give your walls a dreamy touch with self-adhesive removable wallpaper from Tempaper. The Tokyo in celestial blue is inspired by floating ink. Spruce NOLA, 2043 Magazine St., 265-0946, SpruceNola. com;

4. Sweet dreams are made of the Italian woven Larino bedding in solid white or solid navy. The flat and fitted sheets,and a pair of pillowcases are sold individually or as a set. The Linen Registry, 200 Metairie Road, 8318228,

6. Take five in style in the Fey lounge chair, covered in deep sapphire with matte gold steel legs. Modern Market, 1200 Annunciation St., 896-2206,

7. A petite piece of oyster art would look lovely atop a stack of books. Fur-nish, 3413 N. Causeway Blvd., 7028514, 8. A hammered gold leaf stool with a blue velvet top makes a divine decor addition to any room. Abode, 2114 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 2662135,

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Pleasures of Pie Gracious Bakery’s Pastry Chef Summer Veatch shares their Chocolate Cream Pie

Pie Crust Ingredients

5 ounces unsalted butter, cold & cubed 2 ½ Tablespoons shortening, cold ¾ teaspoons salt 1 ½ cups all purpose flour 2 Tablespoons sugar ¼ cup Ice water Parchment paper & dry uncooked beans or rice to weigh crust for baking Instructions Combine flour, salt and sugar. Cut in butter and shortening. Add water and mix just to combine. Note: Do not overwork. Roll dough and cut into 10-inch circle. Mold into 9-inch pie tin and roll and crimp edges. Freeze raw crust. Remove from freezer and line with parchment paper and fill to the top with dry, uncooked beans or rice to weigh down crust for baking. Note: Make sure it’s packed evenly to the very top or crust will fall. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and remove parchment paper and rice or beans. Finish baking for approximately 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees until it reaches golden brown. Set aside to cool.

Pie Filling Ingredients

2 ½ cups half-and-half 1/3 cup sugar 6 egg yolks 2 Tablespoons cornstarch 3 ounces unsalted butter 6 ounces 60% chocolate 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/8 teaspoon salt

Gracious Bakery 1000 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, 301-3709, extension 1; 2854 St. Charles Ave., 301-3709, extension 2, Pies also available at Central City BBQ 1201 S. Rampart St., 558-4276, Note: Pies are baked to order and must be ordered in advance.

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Instructions Combine half-and Half, 3 Tablespoons sugar and salt in saucepan and bring to a simmer. Combine yolks, remaining sugar and cornstarch in a bowl and temper into simmering milk mixture. Reduce heat and cook, whisking constantly until thick, about 30 seconds Turn off heat, whisk in butter and chocolate. Add vanilla. Pour into pie crust and cover with plastic wrap until chilled and set. 19

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Simone’s Market

Stuffed Grape Leaves from Simone’s Market

Eclectic meals to go By Jyl Benson

For generations, Acadiana’s

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many people of Mediterranean descent strove to assimilate into their adopted culture, usually working as merchants while maintaining the culinary traditions of their ancestral lands in their private homes. The oil boom of the 1970s and the resulting urbanization and growth of Lake Charles and Lafayette brought Mediterranean foods out of home kitchens and into the general stream of commerce as second- and third-born generations sought to capitalize on the foods familiar to them while diversifying the restaurant scene for a population that was growing both in numbers and wealth. In response to demand from friends and family, Simone Reggie, a Lafayette native turned New Orleans resident, recently brought the Lebanese Sunday dinners of her youth to her eponymous Simone’s Market on Oak Street. “I am using my grandmother’s recipes and building upon them,” Reggie said. “Growing up in Lafayette she did this every Sunday. When I moved to New Orleans in 2010, I started hosting Sunday dinners once a month or so at my home. People recently started asking when my next dinner party was, but these days I’m always at the market. So, I thought ‘Well, I’ll just do this at the market.’ So far it’s been a real success.”

Items are available for purchase á la carte, with prices ranging a thrifty $4-$9 allowing for customized meals, which may be enjoyed on site or taken to go. Hummus and the stuffed grape leaves for which Simone is justifiably famous are always on offer, but the menu changes weekly from there and may include Tabouli, Baba Ghannoush, baked Kibbe, Lebanese chicken dressing and (I cannot wait to try this!) Sheik Il Meshee. “That is my absolute favorite,” Reggie says. “It’s my grandmother’s most famous dish: a roasted eggplant casserole layered with hashwee – a spiced ground beef mixture with pine nuts – and a richly spiced tomato sauce. It is baked and served over rice.” The new Sunday dinners are just a part of the highly personal, hyper local offerings at Simone’s Market, where everything that possibly can be is sourced from a Louisiana purveyor or made on-site. Daily to-go offerings include quarts of amazing, restorative bone broths, Gouda mac and cheese, lamb neck shepherds’ pie, smoked drum dip, pimento cheese and a smoked fried chicken thigh sandwich served with jalapeño buttermilk slaw and pickled sweet peppers on a Wild Flour brioche bun. Currently in the planning stages are specialty dine-in or take-out dinners to be offered every night of the week, each with a focus on a different theme or ethnicity. Who says dinner at home has to be predictable or arduous? n

Try This: Chef Kelly Fields of Willa Jean seems to be in every publication I grab right now – Vogue, GQ, Bon Appétit, Saveur and Garden & Gun among them. So I finally figured I, often late to the party, would finally drag myself in and get in on the action. I have only a temporary lapse of reason to blame for having taken so long to discover the crave worthy airy biscuits with fried chicken and Tabascohoney, and though I didn’t have a hangover if ever I do I’m heading back for The Hangover Bowl toute de suite. Combining braised lamb with grilled spring onions, crispy garlic and a poached egg over creamy grits I stand convinced this steaming deliciousness could cure pretty much anything. Or at least make you forget your woes for a while.

2 to Try Also leaning away from the same old ho hum, chef Douglas Crowell of Bao & Noodle in Bywater recently blew my mind with his cumin braised lamb with perfectly chewy hand-made Biang Biang noodles and toothsome wheat Dan Dan noodles with spicy pork, chili sesame paste, Sichuan peppers and pickled mustard seeds. Cool things down with the Burmese tea salad of green tea leaves, shredded cabbage, brilliant fresh herbs, sunflower and sesame seeds, peanuts and fried garlic.

Bao & Noodle 2700 Chartres St., 272-0004 Simone’s Market 8201 Oak St., 273-7706 Willa Jean 611 O’Keefe Ave, 509-7334 21

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Jungle Jamboree


Annual “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” turned the spotlight on the Jaguar Jungle with a Mayan theme. By Shelby Simon

More than 4,000 attendees enjoyed a memorable evening of fine dining and dancing on the picturesque grounds of the Audubon Zoo. “Awakening New Wonder in Audubon Zoo’s Jaguar Jungle,” the theme of this year’s “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” and “Zoo-To-Do For Kids Presented by Tulane Pediatrics,” raised more than $1 million. Guests entered the zoo through a Mayan temple façade. The festive, themed décor included a “Mayan Ruins Talking Wall” and a 40th anniversary Mayan temple cake from Haydel’s amongst colorful uplighting. A mouthwatering array of cuisine from 70 of New Orleans’ eateries participated in catering the event. Highlights included bacon pralines from the New Orleans School of Cooking, Deviled Eggs Remoulade from Clancy’s, lobster mac and cheese from 5Fifty5 and bacon and jalapeño wrapped duck breast from The Court of Two Sisters. More than 60 specialty and fullservice bars served premium cocktails. Jessie’s Girls were the headline entertainment. Additional performers included Mem Shannon and the Roadmasters, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns and Julio Y Cesar. There was the annual Lexus Luxury Vehicle Raffle, and the online silent auction allowed bidders to be located anywhere to participate, and featured staycations, recreation packages, jewelry, dining experiences and more. n



Event at a Glance What: “Whitney Zoo-To-Do,” benefiting Audubon Nature Institute Where: Audubon Zoo

1. President and CEO Ron Forman, ZTD Chair Caroline Reily, Sally Forman and Bo Reily 2. Chris Weil, John and Dathel Georges and Katy Weil 3. Joe Exnicios, Gary Lorio and John Hairston 4. Martin Irons and Leah Brown 5. Michele Reynoir, Kevin Clifford and Olivia Manning 6. Patrick, TIna and Barry Kern

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Economic Empowerment


Dress For Success New Orleans hosted its annual benefit luncheon for 500 guests. By Shelby Simon

The “Suits and Salads” luncheon supported Dress For Success New Orleans’ mission of empowering women to achieve economic independence through a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive at work and in life. Shannon Brice, Ashley Kostmayer, Evie Poitevent Sanders and Allison Shapiro served as Event Chairs. Mimi Robinson Rose was Honorary Chair. The Keynote Speaker was Simone Bruni Crouere, the Demo Diva. Cheryl Butler was honored as Client of the Year for exemplifying the values of DFSNO, and earned an invitation to be part of the Board of Directors for one year. The 2017 Style Setters were local women who are civicminded, active volunteers in support of their community – and who do so fashionably. These women were Courtney LeClerq representing Angelique, CeCe Colhoun representing Pilot and Powell, Katherine Madere representing Dress for Success, Elly Lane representing SOSUSU Boutique and Ellen Coleman representing W by Worth Collection. Cure and Cane & Table provided champagne cocktails, and JCB Creations provided individually wrapped cookies in the shape of a red high-heeled shoe. A raffle included diamond hoop earrings, courtesy of Friend and Company. Key auction items included barware by Vintage 329; tea at the Windsor Court; artwork by Ashley Longshore, Elaine Montgomery and Dr. Bob; jewelry by India Hicks and Mignon Faget; hotel stays and more. n



Event at a Glance What: Eighth annual “Suits & Salads” luncheon, benefiting Dress for Success New Orleans Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans 1. Event Chairs Allison Shapiro, Ashley Kostmayer and Evie Poitevent Sanders 2. Event Chair Shannon Brice and Style Setter Katherine Madere 3. Meaghan Bonavita, Keynote Speaker Simone Bruni Crouere and Client of the Year Cheryl Butler 4. Style Setters Courtney LeClerq, Elly Lane, Ellen Coleman and CeCe Colhoun 5. Volunteer of the Year Beverly Odon, Terry Fisher and Nadine Brown 6. Susan Garic Wallace, Leigh Thorpe and Carol Starr

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Art All Around


An evening of entertainment and spirits supported The NOCCA Institute. By Shelby Simon

The NOCCA Institute hosted their spirited “Art & Soul” annual gala. The evening began with a Patron Party “Lounge” followed by a Press Street Block Party preceding the gala at the NOCCA Chevron Forum. The festivities included drinks from Abita, Balcony Ballroom, Cafe Bars (by American Cold Brew), Cafe Henri, Congregation Coffee, Cocktail & Sons, Jackson Family Tree Wines, Martin Wine Cellar, Old New Orleans Rum, NOLA Distilling Co., Republic National Distributing Company and Swamp Pop. The signature French 75 cocktail by Cocktail & Sons and DonnerPeltier Distillers was presented in commemorative “Art & Soul” champagne flutes by Simplee Gourmet. The silent auction featured artwork, vacation packages, jewelry, Mother’s Day bouquets and more, and also included a giclée of this year’s “Art & Soul” artwork, “X” by alum Jon Moody. The live auction hosted a selection of prizes including trips to Tuscany and Ireland, tickets to a taping of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in Los Angeles and a dinner prepared by chef Frank Brigtsen and NOCCA’s Culinary Arts students in Press Street Station with wine pairings by Grande Krewe. There was also a drawing for a $3,000 shopping spree at Lee Michaels Fine Jewelers and a wine drawing, featuring cases of red, white and sparkling wines. Patron Party fare was provided by Patron Street Station, Press Street Gardens and NOCCA’s Culinary Arts Department. Gala eats were from celebrated local chefs, oyster shuckers and food trucks. This year’s “Art & Soul” Co-Chairs were Jeanette and Ben Jaffe and Laura and John Sillars. Susan Tullos served as Auction Chair. A Twilight Party completed the evening's events, with treats including Pizza Delicious and Company Burger, who created a mashup entitled “The Pizzurger” for partygoers in attendance. More than 700 patrons participated in the evening’s festivities. n



Event at a Glance What: “Art & Soul” gala, benefiting The NOCCA Institute When: Saturday, May 13 Where: NOCCA Chevron Forum

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1. David Schulingkamp and Co-Chair Jeanette Jaffe 2. Co-Chair Ben Jaffe, Dr. Steve Price and Kyle Wedberg 3. Co-Chairs John and Laura Sillars 4. Jon Moody and Auction Chair Susan Tullos 5. Johnny, Vanessa and Valerie Van Vrancken 6. Sally Perry and Mark Romig



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Entrepreneurial Excellence


Five local business leaders were inducted into JA’s Business Hall of Fame. By Shelby Simon

Established in 1984, the Business Hall of Fame honors local businessmen and women who have embraced the spirit of entrepreneurship in our community. These individuals are recognized by Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, Inc. for their significant contribution to the success of their profession. To begin the evening, 20 members of the Business Hall of Fame were introduced in procession style by class. There was a special video tribute to recognize the 2017 honorees, introduced by a fellow Hall of Fame laureate. This year’s honorees included: George J. Fowler III, Founding Partner, Fowler Rodriguez; Tara C. Hernandez, President, JCH Development; David A. Kerstein, President, Helis Oil & Gas Co., LLC; Warner L. Thomas, President & CEO, Ochsner Health System; and Matthew M. Wisdom, Founder & CEO, TurboSquid. In addition to being featured in a special video tribute, each honoree was awarded a crystal eagle designed by Waterford as a symbol of their excellence in business leadership. The Event Chair was José S. Suquet, Chairman of the Board, President & CEO, Pan-American Life Insurance Group. The Roosevelt Hotel catered the event, and dinner music was provided by pianist Phillip Melancon. The auction featured five prizes, including a Drew Brees collectibles package, a pearl necklace by Liz Sloss, a Chagall framed print donated by Elliott Gallery LLC, a portrait sitting by Pat Garin Photographer and a Dine Around New Orleans package featuring Shaya/Besh Restaurant Group, Ralph Brennan’s Restaurant Group, The Windsor Court Hotel and Fogo de Chao. The benefit raised more than $93,000 in net proceeds that will be used to provide financial literacy programs to more than 32,000 students in grades K-12. n



Event at a Glance What: “Business Hall of Fame Gala,” benefiting Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, Inc. Where: Roosevelt Hotel

1. Honoree George J. Fowler III and Event Chair José S. Suquet 2. Bill Hines and Board Member Kevin Ericksen 3. State Winner of TYCIC Award Kelly Yu, JA President Larry Washington and Board Member Laurie Young 4. Honoree Matt Wisdom, Board Member Lee Anne Sciambra and Honoree Warner Thomas 5. Honorees David Kerstein and Tara Hernandez with Paul Flower 6. Roy and Inez Glapion

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Substantial Support


Bridge House / Grace House honored six individuals at 22nd annual luncheon. By Shelby Simon

The 22nd annual “Women of Substance Luncheon” honored three women in the New Orleans community who possess the ideals women look for in a role model, under the theme this year, “Inspiring Grace Through Mind, Body and Spirit.” The luncheon also offered a large silent auction, a live auction, a raffle, entertainment and dining in the Audubon Tea Room. The 2017 Honorees were Molly Kimball, founder of Eat Fit NOLA and WGNO-TV’s nutrition and fitness expert; Parker Sternbergh, Assistant Director of the Porter Cason Institute at Tulane University; and Veronica Winget, the Albert Schweitzer Fellow working with chronic pain management at Grace House. The event also recognized three other individual honorees: Michael Lavie with the “Richard ‘Buzzy’ Gaiennie Award,” Andree Batt with the “Volunteer Recognition Award” and Ashley Fowlkes with the Grace House “Alumna of the Year” award. Bryan Batt and Mark Romig served as Emcees, and Walton Goldring served as Auction Chair. The live auction included a Besh Restaurant Group Dine Around for four guests and two roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines with a three-night stay at the Four Seasons Resort Vail. More than 150 items were offered at the silent auction, including a Goldring Culinary Center Celebrity Chef Dinner for two, jewelry from Mignon Faget, Kendra Scott and Molly Henderson, fitness class packages from Orangetheory Fitness Uptown & Mid-City, Romney Pilates, The Yoga Room and City Surf and two tickets to "Boudin, Bourbon & Beer." The raffle prize was an Electra Women’s Red Cruiser 1 from GNO Cyclery. n



Event at a Glance When: Friday, May 12 Where: Audubon Tea Room

1. Award Recipients Ashley Fowlkes, Michael Lavie and Andree Batt 2. Bridge House / Grace House Executive Director of Clinical Services Michelle Gaiennie Hamrick and Emcee Mark Romig 3. Honorees Molly Kimball, Parker Sternbergh and Veronica Winget

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What: 22nd annual “Women of Substance Luncheon,” benefiting Bridge House / Grace House

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Keeping House


“Sunset Garden Gala” provided essential funds for Beauregard-Keyes Historic House and Garden. By Shelby Simon

True to name, the “Sunset Garden Gala” brought 350 guests to gather in the flower and greenery-filled courtyard at the Beauregard-Keyes Historic House and Garden. All of the funds raised at this year’s gala have been devoted to a multi-year drainage and re-grading project to be completed this September. Poor drainage on the property has compromised brick foundations by directing storm run off towards the house and its dependencies, so contributors to the gala literally helped keep the beautiful house standing. The Patron Party was held in the Parterre Garden immediately preceding the gala. Brenda and Michael Moffit and Jenny and James Cole served as Event Chairs. Food was donated by The Court of Two Sisters, Croissant d’Or, Dickie Brennan & Co., Food Art, Jacques-Imo’s, Joel’s Catering, Louisiana Fresh, Matassa’s, Martin Wine Cellar, Messina’s Catering, Mona Lisa, Palate New Orleans, Patti Constantine’s Designs in Catering, Pigeon Caterers and Swiss Bakery. Beverages were provided by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Martin Wine Cellar, Grand Krewe and Verti Marte. Deacon John and the Ivories provided the music, as they have done for the past three galas. The auction was filled with art and New Orleans experiences, including hotel stays, visits to cultural organizations such as HNOC and Longue Vue and meals at local restaurants. n



Event at a Glance When: Sunday, April 23 Where: Beauregard-Keyes House

1. Event Chairs James and Jenny Cole with Micey Loyer and Robin Loyer 2. Semmes Favrot, Dr. Lynne Neitzschman, Catherine Favrot and Robby Cangelosi 3. Peggy Armstrong, Robert Armstrong, Julian Baudier and Rachele Ridgley

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Success in School


City Year New Orleans celebrated a decade of supporting students through mentorship. By Shelby Simon

Now in its 10th year, the “School House Rock Gala” supported City Year New Orleans’ mission to keep children in high-poverty urban schools on track to graduate from high school through mentorship from City Year AmeriCorps members working side by side in the classroom. The 2017 School House Rock Star honorees were Billy Nungesser, Lieutenant Governor; Judd Jeansonne, Executive Director of Volunteer Louisiana; Michael Connolly, Terminal Manager of CXS Transportation; and Leo Denault, CEO of Entergy Corporation. The Honorable Mayor Mitch Landrieu and First Lady Cheryl Landrieu were in attendance. Peggy Mendoza, Executive Director of City Year New Orleans, served as Presenter and Speaker. The NOCCA Jazz Band provided entertainment, made possible by Kyle Wedberg, City Year board member, alum and President/CEO of NOCCA. Approximately 400 attended the gala. n



Event at a Glance

Where: Messina’s at the Terminal / NOLA Lakefront Airport

1. Board Member Michael Connolly with Host Committee Members Ana and Dr. Juan Gershanik 2. Board Member Donna and Jack Little 3. Kyle Wedberg with Host Committee Members Brooke Smith and Neil Gibbons

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What: “School House Rock Gala” benefiting City Year New Orleans When: Wednesday, April 26

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Lasting Impact


Annual gala supported Project Lazarus’ mission to provide a home and services to those living with HIV/AIDS. By Shelby Simon

Project Lazarus’ annual “Guardian Angel Award Gala” celebrated and honored the Guardian Angel Award recipients while raising awareness and funds to support the home for people living with HIV/AIDS. Along with transitional housing, the agency provides social services, substance abuse counseling, educational programming and more. Guardian Angel awards were presented to Bruce Gallassero and Vincent Saia Jr. for their unforgettable and lasting impact of their contributions to Project Lazarus. Co-Chairs Jason Waguespack and Mack McKeown presented the awards. Very Reverend Paul Desrosiers, founder of Project Lazarus, delivered the invocation. Additional speeches were made by Board Chair Laura Fine and Executive Director Steve Rivera. A special video presentation celebrated the accomplishments of Billy, a former resident who has overcome adversity to achieve success. Warren Jacker Jr. and David Cortez memorialized Sister Marcy Romine, OSF with a thoughtful speech and video tribute, touching on her nine years working at Project Lazarus, as well as her impact on the entire community. Warren also announced that Project Lazarus will be naming a garden on the property the Sister Marcy Angel Garden. The gala, which took place in the Ace Hotel New Orleans, began with a cocktail hour in the atrium of Barnett Hall and a silent auction in the dining room. The 30 prizes available featured art, vacation, wellness and restaurant packages, including a two-night stay at the Ace Hotel New Orleans with dinner at Café Degas and a custom-made Paul Gruer lamp. Ben Batalla of Tulane Catholic Center played piano. The live auction featured seven art and vacation packages, with a premier package of a five-night vacation at a condo in Rome, donated by board member Madelaine Kuns Bruschini and her husband Francesco. Other packages of interest were an original David Lumpkin painting and a theatre package with season subscriptions to Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré and Southern Rep Theatre. n

What: “Guardian Angel Award Gala,” benefiting Project Lazarus When: Friday, May 12 Where: Ace Hotel New Orleans 1. Co-Chair Jason Waguespack, Honoree Bruce Gallassero and Vincent Saia Jr. and Co-Chair Mark McKeown 2. Board Member Madelaine Kuns and Steve Rivera 3. Sylvia Robinson, Board Members Lawrence Henry Goggle and Laura Fine with William Sparks

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Defending Justice


The “16th Anniversary Gala” raised more than $150,000 for IPNO. By Shelby Simon

The annual spring fundraiser of Innocence Project New Orleans supports IPNO’s work to free innocent prisoners in Louisiana and South Mississippi, expose injustice and prevent wrongful convictions. Those honored for their contributions to the cause were Nandi F. Campbell, Attorney at Law; Jason Flom, President & CEO, Lava Records; Rep. Cedric B. Glover, Louisiana House of Representatives District 4; and Jason Rogers Williams and Robert Hjortsberg, Jason Rogers Williams & Associates Law Firm. Food was catered by Jacques-Imo’s, Café Degas, Bao & Noodle and Bywater Bakery, including smoked brisket, turnip cakes, and gougères. Drinks were provided by Pal’s Lounge, Pizza Delicious and The Rusty Nail. The gala decor had a special significance: 574 candles were lit, one for each year IPNO’s innocent clients have spent being wrongfully incarcerated. n



Event at a Glance What: “16th Anniversary Gala,” benefiting Innocence Project New Orleans When: Thursday, May 18

1. Daniel Rideau, Actress and Supporter Allison Williams and Exoneree Reginald Adams 2. Board Member Frank Neuner, Board Chair Michael Magner, Exoneree Jerone Morgan and Board Member Donald Washington 3. Board Member John Nolan and Honoree Nandi Campbell

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Where: The Cannery

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Making Music “Instruments A Comin’” raised more than $120,000 to foster upcoming New Orleans musicians. By Shelby Simon

More than 2,000 partygoers filled Tipitina’s for a benefit to put musical instruments in the hands of New Orleans’ next generation of musicians. The event honored local philanthropists John Gonzalez and Patricia Weeks as they were inducted into the Tipitina’s Foundation’s Wall of Fame, which recognizes dedicated supporters of the foundation. Additionally, Anders Osborn was added to the Tipitina’s Foundation Walk of Fame, a permanent tribute to some of New Orleans’ finest musicians, producers and cultural icons. The Walk honors musicians who have made significant contributions to Louisiana’s music. The gala featured an outdoor festival on Napoleon Avenue from Tipitina’s to the neutral ground, a silent auction and a battle of the bands, featuring performances by marching bands from four Instruments A Comin’ benefit schools: Edna Karr High School Band, St. Augustine High School Band, Sci Academy and Lake Area High School. Upon the completion of the induction ceremonies for the Tipitina’s Wall and Walk of Fame, a benefit concert followed at Tipitina’s. Performers on the lineup were Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Galactic, N.O. Suspects with Fred Tackett, Cha Wa, Rory Danger, Honey Island Swamp Band, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes and The Nth Power. Food was provided by Link Restaurant Group, Galatoire’s, Jacque-Imo’s, Dante’s Kitchen, Deanie’s, P.F. Chang’s, Southern Hospitality, Superior Seafood, Stumptown Coffee and Chick-Fil-A. n



Event at a Glance When: Monday, May 1 Where: Tipitina’s

1. Sarah and Anders Osborn with Mary and Roland Von Kurnatowski 2. Jennifer and John Rowland with Denise and Doug Thornton 3. Otto and Kelly Dinkelacker with Kristin Shannon

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Style Setters Five Fashionable New Orleanians By Mirella Cameran Photographed by Jeff Strout

This city couldn’t be more famous for fabulous food, drinks and joie de vivre. However, the joy of giving is also very much a part of our endemic culture. For years, our honorees have told us that giving back to our community is something that has been handed down through their families. For instance, this year’s honoree Bryan Batt told us that his father, Henry Batt Sr., supported numerous charities and help set up NORD and Delgado, and that his mother always left a trail of goodness and kindness in her wake. We agree with Bryan; for most New Orleanians giving back is just something you do, whether it’s a big check or the donation of your time. That is why we’re so proud to profile five people who do so much for this city and do so with such grace and style. 43

Tia Roddy Age: The woman who tells her age is either too young to have anything to lose or too old to have anything to gain. Occupation: Partner at Munoco

Company L.C. What event have you chosen to represent? Ogden Museum of

Southern Art’s “O What a Night” What is appropriate attire for the event? Artsy cocktail and

black tie How would you describe your personal style? Sometimes

classic, sometimes eclectic Is your significant other well dressed? Yes, he’s snazzy,

especially when wearing an Ascot. Where do you like to shop locally? Saks and small boutiques Whose style do you most admire?

Depends on my mood What are you wearing? Dress by

Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel shoes

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Bryan Batt Age: Somewhere between 40 and death. OK, 54 Occupation: Actor; Co-Owner of

Hazelnut: Fine Gifts; Author; Civic Activist What event have you chosen to represent? Le Petit Théâtre’s “Curtain Call Ball” What is appropriate attire for the event? Fun! It is for the theatre, so some form of dressup is required. This year’s theme centers around the opening show Once On This Island. I loved the Off Broadway and Broadway productions of this wonderful musical by my friends Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. It is a beautiful tale of the triumph of the human spirit and love, all set on a mythical Caribbean island. How would you describe your personal style? Classic with a

twist. I’m an actor, so a flash of the unexpected to pop the drama definitely comes into play. Is your significant other well dressed? Definitely; he dresses

impeccably and always coordinates a smart look. He has fantastic taste. Where do you like to shop?

Everywhere! Whose style do you most admire?

Cary Grant ( I recently had to get glasses and Art & Eyes had a few pairs by his designer), Dean Martin, Fred Astaire, Tom Ford and David Beckham, the coolest dresser today What are you wearing in the photo? Bespoke grey linen and

black patent Belgian loafers from Luca Falcone; Levi Straus white jeans; Thom Browne grey belt; Uniqlo grey V-neck; and Carolina Herrera CH unconstructed navy shirt and jacket 45

Joel Vilmenay Age: 49 Occupation: WDSU-TV President

& General Manager What event have you chosen to represent? United Negro College

Fund’s “Mayor’s Masked Ball” What is appropriate attire for the event? Formal and black tie How would you describe your personal style? Understated;

hopefully classy with a little flair. Is your significant other well dressed? Always. Whose style do you most admire?

I’m inspired by individuality; anyone who can express their genuine selves in their attire. What are you wearing in the photo? A Canalise suit, a Perlis

shirt, Bruno Piatelli tie, To Boot New York shoes, Shinola, Jackie Robinson Limited Edition watch and Warby Parker glasses

Allison Tiller Age: 39 Occupation: Wife; Mom;

Development Consultant What event have you chosen to represent? Louisiana Appleseed’s

“Good Apple Gala” What is appropriate attire for the event? Business, but I like to make it a touch more fun than standard business attire How would you describe your personal style? Day-to-day I

simply try to look slightly less frazzled than I usually feel. I strive for classic with an edge when we go out or I want to dress up. Is your significant other well dressed? He always looks great

to me. He’s benefited from a lifetime of unsolicited advice – first from his sister, then me, now our kids. Where do you like to shop? With

Missy Depp and Tony Diaz at Saks; the shops along Magazine Street; Em’s; Babe; and my friend’s store, The Gallerie in Aspen Whose style do you most admire?

My mom’s (Louellen Berger) What are you wearing in the photo? Three favorites: custom

necklace by Taylor & Tess, Lela Rose dress and Valentino Rockstud heels 47

Betsy Laborde Age: 23 according to my 4-year-

old Occupation: Full time mother

of three boys; Retired Assistant Athletics Director & Head College Volleyball Coach What events have you chosen to represent: Carrollton Boosters’ “Booster Bash” and HermannGrima + Gallier Historic Houses’ “Historic Houses Society Gala” What is appropriate attire for the events? Casual for the

inaugural “Booster Bash” and cocktail for “Historic Houses Society Gala” How would you describe your personal style? Sporty casual

and fun Is your significant other well dressed? Very, when he gets out

of gardening garb! Where do you like to shop?

Angelique; Eros (Mandeville) is unique; Tera (Jackson Hole) has my all of my favorite Trina Turk pieces; Weinstein’s is a nobrainier for special occasions Whose style do you most admire?

Claire on “House of Cards,” but just her clothes not her policies! What are you wearing in the photo? Alexis jumpsuit, Gucci

heels and diamond studs

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Registry of Charitable Events september-december 2017 Compiled by Morgan Packard Griffith

September 6

“Last Cookout of Summer”

Benefits: One Book One New Orleans Event Info: OBONO’s inaugural gala is

underwritten by WWNO’s “The Reading Life with Susan Larson.” Guests will enjoy food provided by chef Gilbert Torres, beer provided by the Rusty Nail, and tea and lemonade provided by Raising Cane’s. A raffle will feature prizes including a cut and color with stylist Selma Alamin; a signed copy of Crescent City Snow by Megan Braden-Perry (with gift card for Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls); a walker tour of the French Quarter from Know NOLA Tours; a set of books from Octavia Books; a hand-made necklace from Michaele Royce; and a gift basket from Raising Cane’s. Tickets: $15/person Location: The Rusty Nail Contact:


Third annual “Curtain Call Ball”

Benefits: Le Petit Théâtre Event Info: The gala will celebrate the

theater’s 101st season with performances by Casa Samba, a sneak peek of the season opener Once On This Island, a signature live auction and food and libations from Tableau Restaurant. Tickets: $250/person; $450/couple Location: Tableau Restaurant Contact: 522-2081, extension 2


“Blue Rose Ball”

Benefits: St. Michael Special School Event Info: An elegant evening featuring

dinner and dancing to raise funds for St. Michael Special School, which provides a Catholic environment for students with special education needs to grow. Tickets: $150/person Location: Hyatt Regency Contact: 524-7285


“Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires”

Benefits: Casa Argentina Event Info: A tango opera featuring

renowned singers, tango dancers and instrumental ensemble along with a dinnerdance organized by Casa Argentina in conjunction with The New Orleans Opera. Tickets: $35/show; $120/dinner & show Location: JW Marriott Hotel Contact: 237-1093

9 “Great Neighborhood SELLabration” Benefits: Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans

Event Info: This annual homebuyer fair

educates attendees about historic neighborhoods by residents and neighborhood associations, and introduces Realtors, lenders, insurance agents, contractors and other housing professionals who can provide the knowledge and skills needed for homeownership. Tickets: Free Location: Café Reconcile Contact: 581-7032


“Justice for All Ball”

Benefits: The Pro Bono Project Event Info: This year’s annual fundraiser

to provide pro bono legal services to the underserved in New Orleans and six surrounding parishes will be led by Honorary Chair chef Leah Chase. The preceding Patron Party will feature entertainment by Leah Chase-Kamata and food by Commander’s Palace, while the gala itself will feature food and drink by over 25 of the area’s finest restaurants and bars, and entertainment by the Bucktown All-Stars in addition to silent and live auctions. Tickets: $75-$500/person Location: Audubon Tea Room Contact: 581-3480


“Light up the Night”

Benefits: Lighthouse Louisiana Event Info: An evening of food, cocktails,

dancing and a live auction to raise awareness and support for Lighthouse Louisiana’s century of supporting people with disabilities. Tickets: $100/person Location: Old Ursuline Convent Contact: 899-4501, extension 257


“‘Hope Grows Here’ Fall Gala”

Benefits: Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater

New Orleans Event Info: This year’s annual fundraiser will celebrate the success of BHGH’s scholars and collegians with delicious cuisine from local restaurants, specialty libations and a luxury auction. Tickets: $125/person Location: Pavilion of the Two Sisters at City Park Contact: 484-7744


“Martini Madness”

Benefits: Friends of City Park Event Info: Join Friends of City Park at

the Arbor Room and Popp Fountain to taste over 25 specialty martinis from Republic National Distributing Company and enjoy cuisine from over 20 of New Orleans’ best restaurants. The evening will include a raffle, photobooth, DJ and more. Tickets cover food and drinks for the duration of

the fundraiser. All proceeds benefit the restoration of Popp Bandstand, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Tickets: $45-$65/person Location: Arbor Room & Popp Fountain in City Park Contact: 483-9369


Seventh annual “Liberty’s Kitchen Come Grow With Us Chef Showdown”

Benefits: Liberty’s Kitchen Event Info: An evening of food, fun and

music to celebrate the achievements and potential of New Orleans youth, featuring cuisine from local chefs and music by T-Ray the Violinist and DJ RQ Away. Festive attire encouraged. Tickets: $125/person Location: Ace Hotel Contact: 822-4011


31st annual “Role Models Awards Gala”

Benefits: Young Leadership Council Event Info: This annual gala works to

inspire through celebrating the achievements of this year’s class of 21 leaders. Tickets: $200/person & up Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans Contact: 585-1198


Inaugural dinner event

Benefits: Friends of BIALA Event Info: This event will feature enter-

tainment by Queen Kitty D’ Litter and her entourage, guest speaker Nicole Marquez, food and beverages from local businesses and a preview of the new “Queens in the Garden” event to benefit BIALA. In addition, this “Fantasy Indoor Garden” event, will feature decor compliments of Sapphire Events and Royal Artists. Friends of BIALA is a new philanthropic giving circle to support traumatic brain and spinal cord injury survivors throughout Louisiana. Tickets: $500/Charter Members Location: Home of Kathleen and Ben Waring Contact: 982-0685;


“A Blind Taste”

Benefits: WRBH Reading Radio Event Info: A blindfolded dinner gala

heightening the sense of taste and one’s ability to discover unique flavors through a five-course dinner with wine pairings created by chef Justin Devillier in order to gain awareness of some of the challenges that listeners experience on a daily basis. Tickets: $200/person; $1,000/table of four; $3,000/table of eight; $5,000/table of 10 Location: La Petite Grocery Contact: 899-1144


“LOVE in the Garden” presented by Whitney Bank

Benefits: New Orleans Museum of Art Event Info: NOMA’s annual fall soirée in

the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden will feature a night of dining and dancing under the stars, art and oaks. Tickets: $50-$150/person Location: New Orleans Museum of Art Contact: 658-4163


17th annual “Belles and Beaus Ball”

Benefits: American Cancer Society Event Info: This annual event attracts

over 800 attendees to fund local education, advocacy, research and patient services, including the ACS’ Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge, to a night packed with dancing, entertainment by the band KARMA, tastings from over 40 local restaurants and bars, mobile bidding and more. Tickets: $150/person Location: Mardi Gras World Contact: 219-2282


“NOLA on Tap”

Benefits: Louisiana SPCA Event Info: Taste more than 400 beers

and enjoy food and live music all while helping to save animals’ lives at the annual “NOLA on Tap” beer festival presented by The Bulldog and Louisiana SPCA. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate. Tickets: $5/person; $25/VIP Location: New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds Contact: 762-3307;

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“Sound the Alarm; Save a Life” Benefits: American Red Cross of Louisiana Event Info: This recurring national event

involves Red Cross volunteers partnering with fire departments and community groups to install free smoke alarms, educate families about fire prevention and map fire escape routes. Tickets: Free Location: Across New Orleans Contact:


“Baubles and Bubbly for Beethoven”

Benefits: LPO Volunteers Encore Shop Event Info: A cocktail party with a boutique

featuring designer and upscale accessories from the Encore Shop, including handbags, scarves, shoes, belts and jewelry. Tickets: $50-$85/person Location: Private home Contact: 861-9028 49


Fifth annual “Unmasking Domestic Violence Soiree”

Benefits: New Orleans Family Justice Center Event Info: Beginning with cocktails and

dinner, the evening will progress through a program including survivor testimonials and honoring domestic violence champions to live entertainment and dancing. Tickets: $100/person Location: Civic Theater Contact: 874-8778

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Benefits: St. Elizabeth’s Guild Event Info: This event will honor 10

outstanding community activists and two Hall of Fame activists, and will feature a fashion show by Dillard’s, entertainment by the Victory Belles, a silent auction, a parade of prizes, raffles and more. The proceeds of this event will support children’s charities under the umbrella of Catholic Charities. Tickets: $75/person; sponsorships available Location: Hyatt Regency Contact: 352-3417

30 “Moonlight Market”

Benefits: Crescent City Farmers Market Event Info: There will be a Patron Party

preceding the night market-themed annual event, which will feature food from some of New Orleans’ finest restaurants, gardento-glass cocktails, local beer from Urban South, live music from the Tin Men and a silent auction. Tickets: $50-$150/person Location: Contemporary Arts Center & Crescent City Farmers Market Contact: 861-4485

30 “Notre Dame Seminary Gala” Benefits: Notre Dame Seminary Event Info: This year’s gala will honor

Deacon Carlo and Debbie Maniglia, and will include silent and live auctions, raffles, live music and food and beverages from local restaurants. Tickets: $125/person; $200/Patron Location: Notre Dame Seminary Contact: 236-0776;

with women requiring breast reconstruction following mastectomies from breast cancer. The evening will include an auction and Galatoire’s will serve a special four-course meal paired with wine for this fundraising event. This year’s event will recognize Dr. Rebekah Gee for breast cancer advocacy. Tickets: $1,000/person Location: Galatoire’s Restaurant Contact: 293-2618

3 “Wings & Watts”

Benefits: Energy Wise Alliance Event Info: Chef Brandon Muetzel (formerly

of Palace Cafe) will lay out a spread of chicken wings, crudité and beer from NOLA Brewery to the tunes of the Red Hot Jazz Band. There will also be a small silent auction of hand-made lamps so you can take a memento home; each lamp will feature a story representing the impact the Alliance has had improving the lives of local families. Tickets: $20/person Location: Energy Wise Alliance Contact: 656-6224


“Taste America: A Night of Culinary Stars” Benefits: James Beard Foundation Event Info: A one-night-only event with a

unique and unforgettable menu prepared by James Beard culinary stars. The evening will begin with a reception filled with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and restaurateurs, including Zachary Engel, Michael Stolzfus, Kristen Essig, Martha Wiggins, Nick Lama and Michael Sichel. Afterward, guests will be seated for an extraordinary dinner prepared by a Taste America All-Star, Local Star Rebecca Wilcomb along with Host Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto. Bread service will be served by chef Kelly Fields, dessert for the evening will be provided by chef Michael Regua and a special cocktail will be served during the reception by Arnaud’s French 75. Tickets: $300-$1,000/person Location: Royal Sonesta Hotel Contact: 583-5550,


14th annual “JA Rising Stars/ City Stars Soirée” Benefits: Junior Achievement of Greater

October 1-31 “Susan G. Komen NOLA

Goes Pink”

Benefits: Susan G. Komen New Orleans Event Info: Dine at any of the partici-

pating restaurants for NOLA Goes PINK and a percentage of proceeds from a signature dish or beverage will be donated to the Susan G. Komen® New Orleans Affiliate during the month of October. Tickets: N/A Location: Various Contact: 455-7310;


“Galatoire’s Goes Pink”

Benefits: Breastoration Event Info: Galatoire’s will be a sea of

pink at this cocktail and dinner event to raise funds for Breastoration, which works

New Orleans Event Info: Presented by Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, the celebration will include cuisine courtesy of New Orleans’ finest restaurants and libations provided by Cure, Republic National Distributing and Crescent Crown Distributing. Guests can also enjoy a silent auction featuring a wide selection of items including a signed Drew Brees jersey and football. The event will honor the 2017 Rising Star honorees: Jennifer Bond, partner, Bond Moroch; Edgar “Dooky” Chase IV, owner and president, Chase Catering and Concessions, LLC and Dook’s Place Restaurant and Seafood Bar; Greg Dietz, Ted Neikirk and James “Jammer” Orintas, owners, Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza; Chase Mullin, founder and president, Mullin Landscape Associates, LLC; Donny Rouse, CEO, Rouses Supermarkets; and Scott Wolfe, founder, zlien. Tickets: $50/person Location: JA BizTown Contact: 569-8657

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Second annual “Beignet Fest”

Benefits: Tres Doux Foundation Event Info: Serving up the best traditional

sweet treats to savory delicacies featuring seafood, cheese and more. Proceeds will benefit the Tres Doux Foundation, which makes grants to nonprofits serving children with developmental delays. Tickets: Free Location: City Park Festival Grounds Contact: 324-4242

8 Inaugural “Kelsey Bradley

Favrot Memorial 5K Run/Walk”

Zoo and winds its way through Audubon Park. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. rain or shine and the 5K walk/run begins at 8:30. The family friendly event will have activities sponsored by Home Depot, Audubon Zoo Mobile and more. Tickets: $35/adults; $15/children under 12 Location: Audubon Park and Zoo Riverview Area Contact: 581-3794


“Hannah G. Solomon Award Luncheon”

Benefits: National Council of Jewish

Benefits: LSU Department of Neurosurgery Event Info: Open to all ages, this run/


walk will support brain cancer treatment. Tickets: $30/registration Location: Audubon Park Shelter 10 Contact: 568-6120

honored at the annual luncheon to benefit the National Council of Jewish Women, a grassroots organization of volunteers who turn progressive ideals into action, which will also feature a full-service sit down lunch. Tickets: $65/person Location: Marriott Hotel Contact: 861-7788

8 “The Feast at the Board of Trade” Benefits: Parkway Partners Program Event Info: This seated jazz brunch raises

funds for Parkway Partners, which supports New Orleanians’ quality of life through greenspace preservation and education. Tickets: $75/person Location: New Orleans Board of Trade Contact: 620-2224

11 “Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure Gala” Benefits: Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium Event Info: The “Key to the Cure Gala” is the kickoff event for Saks Fifth Avenue’s four-day charity shopping weekend. The gala will feature many of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers, local music and a designer fashion show. October 12-15, Saks Fifth Avenue will donate 2 percent of all sales to the cancer research programs of Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium. Tickets: $75/person Location: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: 293-2618

13 “Magic in the Moonlight”

Benefits: Botanical Garden Foundation Event Info: This magical evening will

include an al fresco dinner served under the lit oaks of the New Orleans Botanical Gardens. Tickets: $300/person Location: Botanical Garden Grounds at City Park Contact: 483-9386

13 “Celebration of Life Luncheon” Benefits: Cancer Crusaders, Inc. Event Info: Honor cancer survivors who

have given back to the community at this luncheon, presented by the Cancer Crusaders. This year’s honorees are: Mary Lynn Alltmont, Lee Baraldi, Elaine Deshotel Dick, Susan Hankel, Kevin McConnell, Leila McConnell, Alfonso Vargas, M.D., Katherine D. Vicari and Kathy Walsh. Tickets: $85/person; $120/Patron Location: New Orleans Marriott Contact: 455-7065

14 30th annual “Walk for Education” Benefits: UNCF Event Info: The race course begins and

ends on the Riverview behind Audubon

Event Info: This year Kim Sport will be


“Cocktails for KID smART”

Benefits: KID SmART Event Info: This annual event is a

celebration of arts integration in schools. This year’s event will feature and honor New Orleans artist Alex Beard, who will create an original painting for the event. The evening will begin with a Patron Party, followed by the cocktail party. Tickets: $375-$5,000/person Location: Private home Contact: 940-1994,


“Autumn Affair”

Benefits: Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful Event Info: A three-hour cocktail reception with both live and silent auctions, and food by Bravo, Green Fork and Martin Wine Cellar to raise funds for the beautification of the green spaces and landscape of Jefferson Parish. Tickets: $250+/person Location: Home of Jackie and M.J. Wolfe Contact: 833-8733

19 10th anniversary “Lambeth House Foundation Gala”

Benefits: Lambeth House Event Info: Commemorating a decade of

the foundation’s mission this evening will consist of a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres donated by Antoine’s, Arnaud’s, and Calcasieu, followed by a dinner buffet featured by Lambeth House’s Executive chef Jacques Saleun (formerly of Chateau du Lac), silent and live auctions and entertainment by local band 5 eaux 4. Tickets: $150/Person Location: Lambeth House Contact: 865-1960 extension 170


22nd annual “Pasta & Puccini”

Benefits: Jefferson Performing Arts Center Event Info: Featuring a performance by

the JPAS Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Dennis Assag with vocals and music from JPAS’ fall productions, the evening will also include an art auction and a silent auction.

Tickets: $200/person; $1,500/table Location: Sheraton New Orleans Contact: N/A


18th annual “Golf Ball Gala”

Benefits: Fore!Kids Foundation Event Info: The evening features unique

and valuable auction items, live entertainment by Louisiana Spice and food to assist in the foundation’s mission of raising money for area children. This year, the foundation is partnering with the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and Acme Oyster House to bring a taste of the Zurich Classic’s hugely popular Champions Club and Acme Oyster House venues to the event. The evening’s food will be provided by a number of local fine dining restaurants including Acme, Drago’s, Galatoire’s, Meril and Mr. B’s. Tickets: $100/person Location: Club XLIV Contact: 342-3000


“Ghosts in the Oaks”

Benefits: Friends of City Park Event Info: This family friendly Halloween

event has trick or treating, rides, arts and crafts and a pumpkin patch. Children of all ages can enjoy balloon animals by Party Peeple, air-brush face painting by Pirate Ink and musical entertainment by Catalyst Event Solutions. Proceeds from this year’s Ghosts in the Oaks support capital improvements in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park & Storyland. Tickets: $20/early admission; $12/ members; $15/person Location: Amusement Park & Storyland in City Park Contact: 483-9369


“O What a Night!”

and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created.” The event raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. Location: City Park Tickets: $40/survivors & adults; $25/youth Contact: 455-7310


Fourth annual “Fête du Jardin – Jazz in the Garden”

Benefits: Louisiana Landmarks Event Info: Celebrating the 100th


anniversary of the first jazz recording, the Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble will perform, and food from some of New Orleans’ finest restaurants, wine and music will delight. Location: Pitot House Tickets: $75+/person; $35/35 and under Contact: 482-0312


“A Bewitching Affair”


“Poydras Home Celebratory Bicentennial Gala”


“Crescent City Corporate Championship Golf Tournament”

Opera Association Event Info: This year’s event is themed “Bubbles and Boas,” and the guild encourages you to wear your best black-and-white outfit while enjoying gourmet food, libations and dancing to Jimmy Maxwell’s Orchestra. Location: Westin Hotel Tickets: $175/person Contact: 267-9527

Benefits: Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans Event Info: The tournament is hosted by Blessey Marine Services, Inc. and Blessey Charities. It is a unique tournament that allows guests an opportunity to entertain their best clients and network with local business executives while enjoying a relaxing, yet competitive day on the golf course. Participants enjoy a multitude of food and beverages throughout the day and a first-class tee package. Tickets: $500+/sponsorships Location: Beau Chêne Country Club Contact: 569-8658



Benefits: Susan G. Komen New Orleans Event Info: Susan G. Komen Race for

the Cure® Series is the “world’s largest

November 1

“Stake Out for Justice”

Benefits: New Orleans Police and Justice

the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, “Stake Out for Justice” is a luncheon featuring Honorary Chair Frank Stewart, an award ceremony and recognition of the NOPD. The NOPJF channels private support into programs that yield tangible results including more officers, better technology, effective community partnerships and less crime – you can even “adopt” a police horse. The event will feature keynote speaker Heather MacDonald, American political commentator and journalist, and author of the book War on Cops. Tickets: $150/person; $2,500/table Location: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel Contact: 432-1717

200 years of continuous operations with a Bicentennial Gala and Juried Art Competition, which will feature the “best of the best indoor juried hanging art” from more than 33 wining artists from the past 10 years, and more than 10 select fine craft artists. Tickets: $100/adult; $65/21-35 years old Location: Poydras Home Contact: 897-0535

“Susan G. Komen New Orleans Race for the Cure”

also feature post-race food, refreshments and entertainment. Tickets: $30+/person Location: Fountainebleau State Park Contact:

the New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society’s maintenance of the Antique Rose Garden in Armstrong Park. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. for the Patron Champagne Reception, followed by the gala at 11; attendees are encouraged to wear witches’ hats and attire to participate in the general frivolity and for the judging of the most creative hats and outfits, which will occur during a lunch and fashion show. Tickets: $80/patron; $60/person Location: Audubon Tea Room Contact: 430-4937

Joyner, whose collection of modern and contemporary work by African and African Diasporan artists will form the basis for the upcoming exhibition “Solidary and Solitary: The Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection,” presented by The Helis Foundation. The evening will begin with a large silent auction in the Patrick F. Taylor Library with cocktails and appetizers followed by live musical and artistic surprises before a seated dinner and a live auction to feature major works by important Southern artists. Tickets: $600+/person Location: The Ogden Museum Contact: 539-9618

“Revelry on the River”

“Bottoms Up 5K”

Benefits: Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Event Info: This 5K fundraising event will


Benefits: Poydras Home Event Info: Poydras Home is celebrating

Benefits: Women’s Guild of New Orleans


Benefits: New Orleans Garden Society Event Info: This year’s Civic Awardee is

Benefits: Ogden Museum of Southern Art Event Info: This year’s honoree is Pamela


painted by renowned artist-monk Dom Gregory de Wit. The outdoor gala will follow, featuring dining, entertainment and an auction. Tickets: N/A Location: Saint Joseph Abbey Contact: (985) 867-2284;

“Deo Gratias”

Benefits: Saint Joseph Seminary College Event Info: The evening will begin with

vespers in the Abbey Church with the Benedictine monks, illuminated by murals

Event Info: The largest fundraiser for

1 “SOUPer Bowl 2017”

Benefits: Salvation Army Event Info: This event annual event is

held to fight homelessness, hunger and poverty. This year’s honoree is C. Allen Favrot. Each guest will take home a handmade pottery bowl. Tickets: $150+/person Location: Stage Door Canteen at The National WWII Museum Contact: 913-3906


“Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumni Gala” Benefits: University of New Orleans

International Alumni Association Event Info: This cocktail event will honor alumni and celebrate UNO’s impact and leadership on our community with food, live music, an open bar and its signature silent auction. Tickets: $125/person in advance; $150/ person at door Location: National WWII Museum Contact: 280-2586

3 “Just Say YAYA: Central to the City” Benefits: YAYA: Young Artists, Young Aspirations Event Info: YAYA’s annual benefit event supports YAYA’s free arts and entrepreneurship training for local youth, featuring a showcase of art by the YAYA teen artists, a

silent auction, live music, hors d’oeuvres and spirits. Tickets: $150/Patron Location: YAYA Arts Center Contact: 529-3306


“CADA Carnivale Soirée”

Benefits: Council on Alcohol and Drug

Abuse Event Info: Kick off “CADA Carnivale” with

an evening of food, spirits, music, entertainment and a live auction. Tickets: $100-$500/Patron Party; $8-$10/Gala Location: Patron Party will be at a private St. Charles Avenue home Contact: 821-2232

3 “Moonlight Magic at the Monastery”

Benefits: French Quarter Citizens, Inc. Event Info: This year’s event will feature

live and silent auctions, music by The Yat Pack, premium full bar, food, desserts, specialty drinks and ample seating. Tickets: $125/person; $250/Patron; $500-$10,000/sponsorships Location: The Monastery Contact:


“Boudin, Bourbon & Beer”

Benefits: Emeril Lagasse Foundation Event Info: This year’s event will feature

more than 60 of the best chefs in the region, craft beers from Abita, bourbon cocktails featuring Buffalo Trace and multiple live music performances. Tickets: $99/person Location: Champions Square Contact: 212-2222,

4 “Carnivale du Vin”

Benefits: Emeril Lagasse Foundation Event Info: A highly acclaimed group of

chefs and vintners come together to form the 2017 Krewe du Vin for the Emeril Lagasse’s 13th annual “Carnivale du Vin” black-tie gala. The evening will include live and silent auctions, a five-course dinner and musical entertainment. Tickets: $1,000-$10,000/person Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans Contact: 212-2222;

4 “Odyssey 2017” presented by IBERIABANK Benefits: New Orleans Museum of Art Event Info: “Odyssey” celebrates NOMA’s

photographic exhibition, “East of the Mississippi,” on view October 8-January 7, 2018, with “an evening of unparalleled excellence.” Tickets: $155-$2,500/person Location: New Orleans Museum of Art Contact: 658-4121

4 “Fashion Gala”

Benefits: Dress for Success Event Info: Themed “A Salute to Coco

Chanel: The First Feminist of Fashion,” this evening will feature local boutiques exhibiting mannequins in designs from their stores, a silent auction, food and beverages from more than 15 local restaurants, music and dancing. Tickets: $85/person; $150/Patron; $500+/sponsorship 51

Location: Generations Hall Contact: 891-4337

5 “Nocturne XV”

largest nonprofit system in the Gulf South. Tickets: $400/person Location: Superdome Contact: 842-7113

Tickets: $40/person Location: New Orleans Botanical Gardens Contact: 483-9417


10 “Howling Success Patron

Family Preview Party”

Benefits: Musical Arts Society of New Event Info: This annual gala and

fundraiser is a black-tie event that will include a champagne reception, salon recital by a world- renowned pianist and a fabulous dinner. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans’ ongoing work to provide a wide variety of musical programming and events. Tickets: $200/person; $125/age 40 and under Location: Ritz-Carlton Hotel Contact: 899-4826

9 “Historic Houses Society Gala” Benefits: The Hermann-Grima + Gallier

Historic Houses Museums Event Info: This year’s annual gala to thank and honor the Society’s Circle Level donors will include music, drinks and food, and all proceeds will go towards preservation efforts for the Hermann Grima and Gallier museums. Tickets: $1,000/person Location: Home of Mathilde and Richard Currence Contact:

9 “Southern Dominican Gala”

Benefits: Southern Dominican Province Event Info: This annual gala raises funds

to the care of the elderly priests and the education of the students of the Southern Dominican Province. Tickets: N/A Location: Lakefront Airport Contact: 837-2129, extension 8

9 “STAIR Affair 2017: The Tale of Peter Rabbit” Benefits: Start the Adventure in Reading Event Info: This year’s annual cocktail

party will feature food from local restaurants and a silent auction, which will raise funds to provide free volunteer reading tutors for public elementary school students in danger of failing reading. Tickets: $60/person Location: Home of Liz and Terry Creel Contact: 899-0820

10 “Victory Ball”

Benefits: The National WWII Museum Event Info: Join our National WWII

Museum on the eve of Veterans Day for a lavish event featuring cocktails, an open bar, food stations, three stages of live music and unlimited access to the museum’s pavilions and exhibits in salute of the men and women who have dedicated their lives to our freedom. Tickets: N/A Location: The National WWII Museum Contact: 528-1944, extension 365

10 “Moonlight & Miracles Gala” Benefits: Ochsner Cancer Institute Event Info: Ochsner’s fifth annual

event will be held on the grounds of the Superdome and will benefit services and research at their Cancer Institute, the

Party & Gala”

Benefits: Louisiana SPCA

Event Info: Themed “Out of This World!” this annual gala features a silent auction, live music, specialty performances, food, open bar, photobooth, dancing and mingling while supporting the animals in the Greater New Orleans area. Tickets: N/A Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans Contact: 762-3307;

15 “An Evening in the Garden of Eden 2017”

Benefits: Eden House Event Info: This event is an opportunity

for community members, and current and future donors to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of Eden House and learn more about the organization’s mission and goals, including a wine and cheese reception followed by a one-hour program. Tickets: Free Location: Audubon Tea Room Contact: 407-0943

17 “Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party”

Benefits: New Orleans City Park Event Info: This dazzling soirée will kick

off the 31st annual light festival with a first glimpse of the lights and exclusive access to the Botanical Garden and Train Route. Tickets: $100/person Location: New Orleans Botanical Gardens Contact: 483-9417

19 “Celebration in the Oaks Benefits: New Orleans City Park Event Info: Kids get the royal holiday

treatment at their own “Celebration In the Oaks Preview Party” that mom and dad can also attend without lifting a finger. Tickets: $30/person Location: New Orleans Botanical Gardens Contact: 483-9417

19 “2017 Azúcar Ball”

Benefits: New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation Event Info: The black-tie event will include music, dancing, food, entertainment, the awarding of the Gálvez Cup and a silent auction. Proceeds from the evening will go towards the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit community organization to cultivate and promote Hispanic heritage of New Orleans. Tickets: $150-$250/person Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans Contact: 636-0107

December 1 49th annual “Fete de Noel”

Benefits: The Ladies Leukemia League Event Info: This festive event will usher in

Design Symposium”

Benefits: Friends of Longue Vue Event Info: Since 1991, the Friends of

1 Eighth annual “Dancing for the

Longue Vue Steering Committee has hosted the symposium to benefit our treasured National Historic Landmark, Longue Vue House and Gardens, and their creative programs for children, adults and families. The 2017 symposium keynote speaker is acclaimed interior designer and author Richard Keith Lagham. The two-day event begins with an opportunity to enjoy fare, libations and conversation with the speakers on Thursday, November 2 at the Designer Reception to be held at Longue Vue, which will be catered by Brennan’s. On Friday November 3, the symposium will be held at The Cannery, also catered by Brennan’s, and will feature Langham in an engaging program showcasing his master designs in a presentation entitled, “Other People’s Rooms.” Tickets: $125-$145/person Location: Longue Vue House and Gardens & The Cannery Contact: 293-4722

18 “Jingle Bells and Beer”

Benefits: New Orleans City Park Event Info: This annual holiday event is

for those 21 and up.

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Award Dinner”

Benefits: Anti-Defamation League Event Info: The Jewish Federation of

Greater New Orleans’s annual “A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award” this year will go to Robert Merrick and Arthur Roger. Their accomplishments will be celebrated with a festive dinner. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Anti-Defamation League, a 104-year-old civil rights agency that fights against discrimination and bigotry of all kinds. Tickets: $200/person Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel Contact: 780-5602

8 “Holiday Home Tour Patron Party”

Benefits: Preservation Resource Center of

New Orleans Event Info: Kick off the holidays and the PRC’s “Holiday Home Tour” in style with a lavish cocktail reception in one of New Orleans’ premier private residences. Tickets: $325/Jingle Bells Patron; $600/ Sleigh Bells Patron Location: N/A Contact: 581-7032;

9-10 “Holiday Home Tour”

the Christmas season and honor children fighting leukemia. The luncheon will include a fashion show by Dillard’s, door prizes, auction items, a visit from Santa and a parade of prizes. Tickets: $75-$100/person; $750-$1,000/table Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside Contact: 836-2470

17-19 “2017 Essence of Style

5 “A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty


Benefits: Young Audiences of Louisiana, Inc. Event Info: This gala will feature celebrity

dancers, cocktails and food and a silent auction. Media personality Camille Whitworth will preside as the Mistress of Ceremonies, welcoming the celebrity dancers who will take to the dance floor “in the round” for a rug-cutting competition in support of YALA’s after school and summer arts education programs. Tickets: $75-$5,00/person Location: The Civic Theatre Contact: 304-5197

4 “Trust Your Crazy Ideas

Challenge Press Conference”

Benefits: Junior Achievement of Greater

New Orleans Event Info: Junior Achievement and the Brees Dream Foundation will present the semi-finalists at a press conference open to the media and invited guests. Tickets: Free Location: JA BizTown Contact: 569-8652

Benefits: Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans Event Info: Tour seven stunning private residences all dressed up for the holidays in the Garden District, while enjoying performances by local musicians, shopping at a festive holiday boutique and viewing New Orleans’ historic architecture. Tickets: $35/PRC members; $40/ non-members; $45/day-of tour Location: N/A Contact: 581-7032;

22 “Home for the Holidays”

Benefits: The NOCCA Institute Event Info: A night of spectacular art and

music benefiting the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists, which honors the memory of NOCCA alumnus Daniel Price. Tickets: $45+/person Location: House of Blues Contact: 310-4999 53

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Clean kitchens & bold baths By Kelcy Wilburn | Photos by Mike Lirette

etween the constant advances of smart technology and apps that incessantly notify of us of details both important and mundane, we live in a pretty fast-paced, information-focused world. And even in slow-paced New Orleans, it can be hard to keep your finger on the pulse of the latest trends, whether in fashion, food, pop-culture

or other areas of interest. Home trends seem to change just as quickly as any other, and while many of us strive to maintain the city’s signature historical look through our homes’ facades and architecture, we typically want the luxuries and looks of modern times on the inside. Kitchens and baths are some of the most used and most updated rooms of the home, so

this month we’ve explored some of growing and waning trends affecting these rooms. A full-service interior design studio, Susan Currie Design offers design expertise from kitchen and bathroom renovations to detailing furnishings, window treatments and custom products. According to Susan Currie, Allied ASID, CFRE, color is one of her 55

trademarks. A room may begin with subtle neutral hues as a backdrop before Currie layers in pops of color through fabrics, artwork and accessories. “Making a kitchen a showplace is key for the most used room in the home. While some still enjoy the brightness and simplicity of a white or off-white kitchen, others are making bold statements by adding colorful cabinets in navy blue, emerald green and other jewel tones,” says Currie. “I like to recommend mixing color with neutrals by having a brightly colored island.” Currie notes that many people are choosing to make their kitchen space modern through the use of cabinets with clean lines and waterfall countertops on their islands. Contemporary furnishings or midcentury modern pieces such as a Barcelona chair or reproduction sofa complement the look. Katie Logan Leblanc and Jensen Killen, owners of Sunday Shop, agree with Currie that color is trending upward in the kitchen. “While you really can’t go wrong with an all-white kitchen, people are starting to individualize these spaces. The industrial white subway tile with exposed pipe and wood shelving is being replaced with bold colors, unique materials and contrasting finishes,” says Leblanc. According to Leblanc and Killen, kitchens can have a warmer, more tactile feel. They recommend natural stones, handmade tiles and unique paint colors as great starting points. A lifestyle shop led by the design team of Logan Killen Interiors, Sunday Shop offers a curated selection of furniture, textiles, fine lighting, art and accessories. Leblanc and Killen add that giving your room a warm, tactile feel can be accomplished with layering textiles and accessories such as Turkish towels, baskets and rugs. While some people are now opting to add in color and texture, Lisa Rickert, Co-Founder & Creative Director of  Ave Home and Unfolded, believes that the clean and simply designed kitchen is here to stay. Materials like marble, light cabinets and neutral subway tiles are big examples. She notes that people are also looking to bring in one-of-a-kind pieces and architectural elements that won’t be outdated in a few years.  “On the other hand, bathrooms are a great place to make a statement,” says Rickert. “I notice people taking more risks with bold patterns in small spaces through use of wallpaper, an accent wall or a patterned tile on the floor,” she says. With Ave Home, a New Orleans-based home furnishings company, Rickert offers a diverse selection of occasional, dining and living room furniture in styles such as midcentury modern, Swedish Gustavian, Hollywood Regency and Louis XV. Additionally, Ave Home offers AVE Raw, a versatile collection of unfinished wood furniture that can be featured on its own or finished for a custom look.  Time and again, paint comes up as the quickest way to make over a room. So, for a new burst of color in a bold bathroom or to freshen up a kitchen wall, painting is a trend that never fades. Many people may not realize, but in addition to serving as a salvage store full of architectural

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elements, lumber, fixtures and more, The Green Project manages the only paint recycling facility in the Gulf Coast, diverting over 20,000 gallons of paint from our waterways each year. “We take that leftover can of paint underneath your sink and process it into new usable paint to beautify another home or art project,” says Executive Director Catherine Crowell. “We have a variety of colors as well as brushes and the tools you’ll need to paint a room.” According to Crowell, another fun way to spruce up your bathroom or kitchen is through making your own ceramic tile countertop. From simple, all-white tile to a colorful mosaic, tile countertops can achieve a number of looks. This fall, The Green Project will host a tiling workshop to show how easy creative reuse can be while helping the environment. Whether your countertop consists of stone or tile, tile is undoubtedly one of the most popular materials for a backsplash. At Floor & Décor, Chief Executive Merchant Lindsay Swenson has seen a number of backsplash and kitchen wall tile trends come and go. “The longstanding trend of creating a small framed focal point above the cooktop is definitely lessening,” says Swenson. “We’re seeing more clients select a single beautiful mosaic and use it throughout the entire backsplash for a more cohesive design.” According to Swenson, subway tile remains popular with whites and cool grays still prevalent. However, she’s seeing an uptick in graphic designs and the use of bold colors and shapes. And while many people are still sticking with neutrals, colors like taupe and mushroom are growing in popularity. “Instead of picking a single neutral pallet such as all grey, all white, all cream, clients are embracing the use of multiple neutrals in the same space. We’re also seeing this same trend in bathroom and kitchen hardware, with the use of mixed metal finishes,” she says. The trend of using neutrals extends beyond the kitchen’s common area and into storage, pantries and butler’s pantries. According to Don Wise, Owner of Louisiana Custom Closets, lighter colors such as gray, white and off-white

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are currently most popular in these areas as well. These areas of the kitchen are changing in function, too, moving away from being utilized simply for storage of canned goods and non-perishables. “Customers want more from their pantries than just shelving. In some cases, we’re adding countertop work spaces for coffee makers, microwaves and other appliances, which makes the pantry an extension of the work space in the kitchen,” says Wise. “They also want storage for trays, linens and even wine.” As a New Orleans general contractor working in homes all over the city and specializing in historical renovations, H. Peter Becnel III, Owner of HB Remodeling, has seen trends come and go. He echoes what a number of design experts are seeing in kitchens: clean lines and simplicity. This includes opening up the space more by removing cabinets above cooktops and refrigerators, opting for single-tiered islands and adding separate pantry/storage space. While tile still remains popular, an uptick in the full painted glass backsplash also adds to the clean, simple look. In bathrooms, Becnel notes a trend away from Jacuzzi tubs in favor of soaker tubs and showers with multiple functions and adjustable shower heads. At Nordic Kitchens and Baths, President Randall Shaw also sees built-in

tubs giving way to freestanding tubs. Top selling items include spoon-shaped soaker tubs made of easy to clean cast materials instead of acrylics. Floor- and wall-mount fillers are taking the place of faucets mounted on the deck of the tub with a rise in brushed brass and champagne fixtures. Frameless glass walk-in showers continue to be popular, according to Shaw, with more people opting for rain heads overhead and hand-held shower heads on the wall. Additionally, toe niches (small recesses in the wall about 12 to 18 inches off the ground) are a rising trend that adds convenience for leg shaving. Marble continues to be popular in bathrooms, and Shaw is currently seeing the introduction of large sheets of porcelain for nearly seamless, solid-surface walls. Popular quartz surface brand Silestone recently introduced solid shower bases, and Shaw expects other quartz manufacturers to follow suit. This enables use of the same material on the shower floor and wall, and even sinks and countertops as well. So, while some designers and manufacturers are making it easy for you to use one color and texture, still others are giving the go-ahead for a little mixing and matching. For kitchens and bathrooms this season, go bold or go neutral – according to local experts, the trends go both ways. 57

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V i n tag e We d d i n g

Lis Lyndeiup Cohen Weds Hugo Kahn March 14, 1992 By Bev Church

Hugo and Lis Kahn have been married for 25 years. They were both married before to wonderful spouses who passed away, but left each with wonderful children: Lis has four girls and Hugo has three girls – all very accomplished. Lis and Hugo were happy raising their children and being productive in their work, Lis as a nurse and a lawyer, and Hugo as the president of Krauss. They met at a bar mitzvah in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Ten months later they finally met in New Orleans. When Lis moved to New Orleans they began to date, and after two years decided to get married! Hugo’s favorite saying is “Man plans and God laughs. God laughs and man plans.” They have had three major celebrations since they have been married: their wedding, a copper anniversary (which

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is after 12 and I/2 years of marriage) and a 25th anniversary party, which they celebrated last March. Each event had at least 350 people invited, and friends came from all over the world: Denmark (where Lis is from), Germany (where Hugo was born), Miami, Florida, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Israel, Omaha, New Orleans and more. Their wedding was held at Tikvat Shalom Synagogue – now Shir Chadash – (both Lis and Hugo are past presidents). The rehearsal dinner was at the Plimsoll Club and the reception at the Double Tree Hotel, complete with dinner and dancing. The Sunday brunch after the wedding was held at Krauss. Guests were served a beautiful brunch complete with lox, bagels and champagne at the lunch counter. Quite a great surprise! They honeymooned in Destin, Florida.

Their copper anniversary was celebrated at the Fairmont Hotel and Lis’ cousin came in to help her decorate. To celebrate 12 and 1/2 years, you could only have one-half of an arch for the chuppah. So, they bought a full arch at Home Depot, took it to Krauss and had it cut in half and used it decorated, of course for the ceremony. Their 25th anniversary was held at the Sheridan Hotel – of course, they had a full arch for their chuppah.!  Lis and Hugo are happily married and enjoying helping the community in so many ways. How lucky we are to have them in our incredible city! n ABOVE: Hugo and Lis at their copper anniversary party

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Goodier – Baird By Mirella Cameran

Lindsey Merilh Goodier and Hunter Bruce Baird will always be indebted to the mutual friends that introduced them. It only took one date, for drinks that turned into dinner, for Lindsey and Hunter to become a couple. Just one year later, Hunter filled his back patio with roses and candles to create the perfect spot to propose to Lindsey. The engagement ring was custom made with a diamond from Dillon Gage in Dallas, where Hunter’s father had purchased his mother’s ring. After Lindsey said yes, he took her to a wine bar where he surprised her with friends and family who were waiting there to celebrate the engagement. On Saturday May 20, 2017, Reverend Anthony Francis McGinn, S.J., married Lindsey and Hunter at the Most Holy Name of Jesus church, where everyone in Lindsey’s family has been baptised and married. The ceremony music was provided by tenor Jesse Nolan and soprano Ashley Allaman, accompanied by Natalia Cascante on the violin, Vance Woolf on the trumpet and organist Jonathan Szymanski. The wedding party had celebrated the night before at the rehearsal dinner held at Arnaud’s Restaurant. After dinner and toasts, the party second-lined to Hermes Bar at Antoine’s where they were joined by many of the couple’s friends for further celebrations. The wedding reception was held at the New Orleans Country Club with every room decorated in a unique flower scheme by florist Meade Wendell. The food included a range of options including a seafood selection with raw oysters, boiled shrimp, crawfish etouffee and turtle soup. Chefs at the NOCC recreated Lindsey’s mum’s chicken and herbed pasta and the couple’s Texas Room presented a huge nacho station and margaritas. The special Bride’s Cocktail was a French 75 and the Groom’s Drink was an Old Fashioned. The couple enjoyed their first dance to “You are the Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne played by Luv Sexy Band. Lindsey and Hunter honeymooned in Jumby Bay, Antigua and returned to Fort Worth, Texas, where Lindsey works at Texas Health Clearfork Hospital and Hunter is employed at Southwest Bank. n 62 st. charles Avenue September 2017

Bride’s Gown: Kate McDonald, Wedding Belles Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale, Wedding Belles Groom’s Attire: Peter Millar Tuxedo Groomsmen’s Attire: Their own tuxedos Bride’s Wedding Band: An estate channel set diamond band, Friend and Company Groom’s Wedding Band: Friend and Company Favor: Joan Farrell cookies themed to Hunter and Lindsey’s interests and hobbies, including TCU horned frogs, Georgia bulldogs, scrubs, crawfish, hunting and fishing Coordination: AnGle Events Invitation: Betty Hunley Design Wedding Cake & Groom’s Cake: Shane Gorrange, Zoë’s Bakery Photographer: Eau Claire Photography – Sam Hanna Videographer: Shannon Talamo Films Hair: Lisa Marquette from Salon M Makeup: Andrea Wyman

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Paris Woods Co-Founder & Executive Director, College Beyond By Lindsay Mack

A first-generation college student,

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education. All counseling and other services from the program are offered to partner students and families free of charge. By focusing on students from minority, low-income and first-generation-tocollege backgrounds, College Beyond is serving populations that may not see higher education as a possibility. According to Woods, accommodating these students is a crucial component of the program.  “We know that personalized and highquality supports make a difference for students who may be first in their families to go to college. And we believe that every student who earns admission to college deserves the support to succeed once there,” said Woods. Fortunately for these students, College Beyond is there to further the process.  As College Beyond expands to meet the community’s needs, support from partners and philanthropic organizations will continue

to be crucial for the program’s continued success. Thankfully, education communities in New Orleans have jumped at the chance to partner with the program. As a startup, College Beyond received backing from 4.0 Schools and Propeller, and the program has also partnered with Tulane’s Cowen Institute, Collegiate Academies, KIPP Through College, College Track and its flagship university partner, the University of New Orleans. At this time, universities and additional supporters interested in furthering College Beyond’s growth are welcome to contact the organization for more information. n

Get Involved To learn more about the organization, make donations, and join the mailing list, visit:

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Paris Woods has built a career out of helping others gain access to higher education. With a background in admissions and first-year advising at Harvard, as well as a New Hampshire boarding school, Woods knows all about helping students adjust to college life. After moving to New Orleans to serve as founding Director of Alumni Support at Cohen College Prep High School, Woods and her team decided to focus on assisting every New Orleans public school graduate get the necessary support to attend college. Thus, the College Beyond program began. College Beyond is an award-winning program that has already served over 1,000 students with its high school and university partnerships. By helping students navigate college selection, financial aid applications and enrollment, College Beyond encourages high school grads continue to higher

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Karrington Loren Knight Ursuline Academy By Mallory Lindsly

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“I think it’s important to be involved in your community because service diversifies one’s perspective and broadened their understanding of the world around them,” says Karrington Loren Knight a senior at Ursuline Academy. Knight is active both within her school and community. He most rewarding experience was traveling to Belize with Beyond Our Borders to build a home for a mother and her two daughters. She was able to live out Ursuline’s school motto, I Will Serve. “This experience gave me the chance to learn gratitude over guilt,” says Knight. “I think it’s often believed that mission trips and doing service is a way for the first world to ease their guilt of their wealth, but this trip taught me that having more shouldn’t leave you feeling guilty; instead you should feel grateful that God blessed you with the things of your life.” Knight also created a program with her classmates to present to the Good Sheppard School. “During one of our lessons, we practiced building a

bookshelf by creating a smaller model out of balsa wood. Seeing the look of pride in the students’ faces let me know that all the stress and hard work I had put into the project had paid off,” says Knight. Erin Walker, Knight’s eighth grade teacher, inspired her to become a student activist within her community. Walker has a tough-love attitude had has strong feminist beliefs which help empower Knight to become passionate with her beliefs. “Through Walker’s small stances against sexist stereotypes and norms, I understood that even the smallest fights are important and help the cause. This taught me to never feel discouraged and disconnected with my contributions. My small deeds can be momentous for the people I’m serving,” says Knight Knight plans to attend Stanford University and she enjoys watercolor painting, searching for new music, reading novels and poetry when she isn’t volunteering. At Ursuline she’s involved in a number of activities including but not limited to Student Council, Key Club, Diversity Club and Gold Team. She is also a part of a number of Honor Societies. Knight would like to become a family court lawyer or child psychologist once she finishes college. She hopes to do mission work and wants to live in Spain and visit Belize to work with ministries. n 65

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Kim Tran & Hien Nguyen Owners & Creative Directors, Wink Design and Events By Mirella Cameran

Why did you set up Wink? Kim: We were working at an insurance company when our boss asked for help planning his wedding. We fell in love with event planning, but really loved the design aspect. We then started doing small parties for friends and family, and then decided to do it full time. Our client base grew significantly and we expanded our business to accommodate all types of events all over the country.

Wink Design and Events 1519 Tchoupitoulas St. 366-8063

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What are trends in event management that you see? Hien: Event trends change by the season, very similar to fashion. Currently we’re seeing more creativity and larger entertainment budgets. Weddings are incorporating more “party-style” elements to create an unforgettable experience. Our corporate events go beyond logo branding; we’re using themed talent and other elements to produce a consistent brand theme throughout the event. Do you have a favorite event type? Kim: Some of our favorites are the community outreach events we host. n

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What makes Wink different? Hien: We design our events for experience, not solely based on aesthetics. We know how to transform a room and add beautiful elements, but what’s most important is creating an environment to give the guests lasting memories beyond what they can photograph.

What kind of events do you do? Kim: We are best known for weddings, but we have planned and designed everything from corporate events and galas to birthday and anniversary celebrations.

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Yvonne Counce Designer, Yvonne Counce Custom Gowns

How did you become a designer? After graduating with a degree in Microbiology and Chemistry, and while working in the medical field at Tulane Medical School, I enjoyed designing and making my own wardrobe. I had grown up admiring and following the old European Couture Houses as well as the great American designers, and decided to start my own line.

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Who were your first clients? I started with private clients who needed gowns for weddings and balls, and I found myself really enjoying creating one-of-a-kind dresses for brides, debutantes and Queens of different Carnival organizations. What makes your designs unique? For me, creating a gown is a labor of love and I always use fabrics that are natural and pure. You cannot construct a garment in the same way with synthetics.

Do you follow fashion trends? Well, Mardi Gras gowns usually reflect the current styles and incorporate fun fabrics – and often glitter! How would you describe a typical client? Someone who wants a beautiful gown designed just for her that’s luxurious but not flashy, and at the same time will allow her to make a statement by looking elegant and chic. Why is this your passion? There is so much creativity in it, you have to reflect the personality and individuality of the woman and make sure it’s perfect for the occasion. Putting the fabric, with color, texture and design into a pattern becomes a work of art; we use a muslin to fit the form for the numerous individual measurements. n

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1. Jan Schexnayder, Kristi Martin, Conrad Schexnayder, Julie Couret and Diane Jackson at Jefferson Chamber’s annual gala. The 1920s-themed gala was presented by Ochsner Health System and hosted by the New Orleans Saints and the Pelicans at the Saints’ indoor training facilities. 2. Berengher Brechtel, Honorary Chair Couple Sheriff Newell Normand and Shawn Bridgewater-Normand, Anna Pepper Tompson and Richard Tompson attended the “2017 Harry Tompson Center Gala, Pass a Good Time with Father Harry.” The event’s proceeds benefited The Harry Tompson Center, a nonprofit organization founded to serve homeless persons in New Orleans. 3. Gala Chair Couple Sally and Bobby Bourgeois spoke at the Harry Tompson Center Gala. This year’s gala was fais do-do-themed, held at the Jesuit High School Commons, included food from local restaurants and a silent auction featuring 200 items. 4. Youth Ballet Members perform a can-can by Ballet Master Richard Rholdon at the Delta Festival Ballet’s annual fundraising gala. Over 150 guests attended “A NOLA Night in Paris” at Eiffel Society, which featured an auction and desserts donated by Lagniappe Catering, Tableau, Acosta and Affinity Group Paramount. 5. Delta Festival Ballet graduating Seniors Maria Walter, Emily Licata, Maddie Abbott and Caroline Kavanaugh are honored with plaques for their years in the youth ballet at Delta Festival Ballet’s annual fundraising gala in March. 6. Rob Barnett and Lisa Barnett, Children’s Museum of St. Tammany President of the Board, attend the Children Museum’s primary fundraising celebration, “Soaring Beyond Imagination.” The event was held at the Castine Center in Mandeville and was sponsored by Ochsner Health System, St. Tammany Parish Hospital, McMath Construction and LeBlanc Pediatrics. 68 st. charles Avenue September 2017

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7. Emcees WVUE’s Shelley Brown and WWL’s Doug Mouton are pictured at The Children Museum of St. Tammany’s “Soaring Beyond Imagination.” The night featured music by the Bucktown Allstars, a silent auction and food from local restaurants. 8. William and Jane Davis and Marjorie and Gregory Schramel celebrate the opening of the new home of the Schramel Conservatory of Dance at the New Orleans Ballet Theater “After Party.” Guests were given neon markers to cover the walls with quotes and doodles, and to dance with DJ Ann Glaviano, while she spun vinyl records 1957-1973 9. Sweet Dupuy and Dan Falstad attended the New Orleans Ballet Theater “After Party.” The night featured champagne, dancing, a live painting by Artists Heather Hansen and Diogo de Lima and a silent auction. The focal point of the auction was the 26 pointe shoes that had been decorated by well-known artists. 10. Historic French Quarter Easter Parade President Amy Carbonette and Janice Foulks welcomed new members at Foulks’ French Quarter Home for a coffee social. 11. Historic French Quarter Easter Parade member Penny Baumer posed with Hali Unger and Skylar Bryant of the Haute Dames Couture Millinery. Haute Dames attended the Easter Parade’s coffee social to exhibit their exotic hats that members could purchase for the parade. 12. Master of Ceremonies Lyons Yellin, Board of Directors Awardees Doug and Denise Thornton, Prep Awardee Coach Hank Tierney, Clarence Verdin receiving for Bobby Beathard the Pete Rozelle Awardee, Collegiate Awardee Coach Tommy Bowden, Roesler Media Awardee Larry Holder and President of the Touchdown Club Terry Lowe attended the annual “Touchdown Club of New Orleans Awards Banquet” honoring excellence in football at the professional, collegiate and high school levels at the Windsor Court Hotel in March. 69


Junior Achievement Celebrates Its 2017 Rising Stars On Friday, October 6, Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans (JAGNO) will honor its 14th class of Rising Stars at the 2017 City Stars Soirée. The celebration, presented by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, will take place at JA BizTown located on the City Park Campus of Delgado Community College. The 2017 JA Rising Stars are Jennifer Bond, partner, Bond Moroch; Edgar “Dook” Chase, IV, owner/president, Chase Catering and Concessions, LLC and Dook’s Place Restaurant and Seafood Bar; Greg Dietz, Ted Neikirk, James “Jammer” Orintas, owners, Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza; Chase Mullin, founder and president, Mullin Landscape Associates, LLC; Donny Rouse, CEO, Rouses Supermarkets; and Scott Wolfe, CEO, zlien.

Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success with its many hands-on economics learning experiences and business lessons. A part of this education is learning about successful role models and what it takes to become one. In 1984, JAGNO began inducting community business leaders into its Business Hall of Fame. To recognize and encourage young entrepreneurs showing early excellence and business potential, the JA Rising Stars award was first celebrated in 2003. Recipients are individuals under the age of 40 from the Greater New Orleans area who demonstrate leadership, vision, ingenuity and innovation. These Rising Stars serve as role models for students in business and in life. JAGNO encourages and challenges each honoree to continue to strive in their careers so that they may one day be honored as a Business Hall of Fame Laureate.

You are invited Friday, October 6th

6:30 p.m. Patron Party | 7:30 p.m. Soirée JA BizTown, 5100 Orleans Avenue Delicious Cuisine and Libations, Silent Auctions, Rising Star Presentation For tickets and more information: or 504-569-8657

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Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship through experiential, hands-on programs. In our local area during the 2016-17 school year, Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans brought this information to more than 32,000 students throughout 12 parishes in southeast Louisiana. Through unique programs, JAGNO offers students a glimpse into real-life situations by teaching sequential curriculum from kindergarten through 12th grade. Each program is delivered by volunteers from the community who share their business, financial and life experiences while teaching the JA curriculum. Through JAGNO’s programs and the volunteer’s commitment, young people’s dreams begin to take shape and the seeds of business models are born. To learn more about Junior Achievement and/or to make a contribution or volunteer, visit the website or connect on social media through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.


Rising Stars Jennifer Bond, Partner Bond Moroch

Chase Mullin, Founder and President Mullin Landscape Associates

In 2006, Jennifer jumped at the opportunity to move back to New Orleans and work with her brother, Skipper, to help rebuild his marketing firm, Bond PR. In a small office with one national client remaining as a result of the storm, Jen, her brother, and partner Jordan Friedman immersed themselves in the burgeoning entrepreneurial community in New Orleans to help grow the agency. Jen led the expansion of Bond’s food, lifestyle and consumer practice area. Jen is proud to have built a company that is not only a leader in the marketing industry in New Orleans, but is also home to an incredible team, corporate culture, and roster of the city’s, and the world’s, finest brands and organizations, including Sucré, La Petite Grocery, west elm, Tiffany & Co., and Emeril Lagasse Foundation. In 2016, the company merged with Moroch Holdings, Inc. to become Bond Moroch. With new partner Brad Hunter joining the leadership team, Jen is excited for what’s in store for this next phase of the company! Prior to Bond, Jennifer worked in affiliate marketing at Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta for the company’s TNT and TBS cable networks. Jennifer has vast writing experience having been a contributor to Atlanta’s Jezebel magazine and freelance writer for cable networks, including HGTV and CNN en Espanol. She is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication and has her master’s degree from Kennesaw State University. She has served on the Board of Directors for Hogs for the Cause for the last six years, is a former Board Member of the New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter, and regularly volunteers with the Animal Rescue of New Orleans. While she’s an avid world traveler, she loves coming home and embracing everything New Orleans has to offer.

Chase Mullin is founder and president of Mullin Landscape Associates, a comprehensive landscape design, build, and maintenance firm. Chase’s passion for construction was cultivated at a young age while working on residential construction jobs during summer and Christmas breaks. In 2007, after working with a landscape architect and contractor, Chase founded the company with only his Jeep and a borrowed trailer. Chase credits much of his success to his working knowledge of the landscape trade, his enjoyment of the dynamic nature of the landscape, and his drive to be the best he can be at everything that he does. Mullin has been involved in a number of noteworthy commercial projects in the community, including the Ace Hotel, Children’s Hospital Campus Renovations, Trader Joe’s Market, and Benson Tower paver project. While the company’s recently been involved with many high profile commercial projects, Mullin continues to deliver high value residential installation projects and maintenance services. Community involvement is important to Mullin, and the company recently installed a citrus orchard as a donation to Sugar Roots Farm. Mullin continually donates to PAWS and CASA New Orleans. Chase is also involved with Bridge House, and actively mentors young people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Chase resides in River Ridge with his wife Laura and sons, Trace and William Hayes. A health enthusiast, Chase exercises at Mullin’s on-site CrossFit facility nearly daily. An avid duck hunter and outdoorsman, Chase spends as much time as he can in south Louisiana’s marshes with Oliver, his British lab.

Edgar “Dook” Chase, IV, Owner/President Chase Catering and Concessions LLC and Dook’s Place Restaurant and Seafood Bar

Donny Rouse, CEO Rouses Supermarkets

Edgar “Dook” Chase, IV is owner/president of Chase Catering and Concessions, LLC and Dook’s Place Restaurant and Seafood Bar in the New Orleans International Airport. He received his MBA from the University of New Orleans and his culinary degree from Le Condon Bleu Paris, France. Edgar has been active in the hospitality industry for over 15 years; he started out in the “back of the house” at his grandparents’ restaurant, Dooky Chase’s as a teen, and eventually earned his way up to Restaurant Manager, as well as Sous Chef to his grandmother, Leah Chase. Upon returning to New Orleans, Edgar has worked in corporate America as a financial analyst by day, restauranteur by night, before finally transitioning back in to the restaurant world full time. In 2013, Chase Catering and Concessions became the minority joint venture partner with Delaware North for all food and beverage concessions at the New Orleans Airport; concurrently, in February 2016, he opened Dook’s Place, a full service restaurant and bar, in the airport as well. Edgar sits on the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, in addition to his service as a Covenant House board member.

Greg Dietz, Ted Neikirk, James “Jammer” Orintas, Owners Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza

Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza owners Jammer Orintas, Greg Dietz and Ted Neikirk met in elementary school in Little Rock, Ark. Their passion for pizza began as they grew up together eating at their favorite neighborhood pizza joint. Fast forward 20 years and they ditched their office jobs to open a pizzeria in New Orleans. In 2004, they opened their first restaurant on Magazine Street. Since then, Theo’s has expanded to locations in Mid City, Harahan, Metairie and a food truck. Community involvement is an important component to Theo’s business model. They have partnered over the years with The Chartwell Center, Liberty’s Kitchen, Boys Hope Girls Hope,, Ronald McDonald House, Louisiana Children’s Museum, Carrollton Boosters, The Salvation Army of Greater New Orleans and the New Orleans Public Library. They have also been recognized by Gambit as 40 under 40 and Best Pizza Restaurant, featured in Pizza Today Magazine, and honored by The University of Arkansas as distinguished alumni.

Donny Rouse grew up in the grocery business founded by his grandfather, Anthony J. Rouse, Sr. For years he worked in his family’s stores after school, and on weekends and holidays. Following his graduation from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Donny stepped into a management role at Rouses, working side by side with his father, Donald, and uncle, Tommy. As Rouses real estate specialist, Donny was called upon to help plan Rouses’ acquisition of A&P’s Southern Division, which doubled the company’s size overnight, and to oversee the company’s purchase of stores and shopping centers throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Lower Alabama. Donny has focused on increasing his company’s fresh, organic and gourmet offerings while spearheading new developments. Under Donny’s direction, Rouses recently acquired LeBlanc’s Food Stores, which included nine locations in Baton Rouge and the surrounding area. Rouses is now one of the largest independent grocers in the United States. It has repeatedly been voted “Best Supermarket” and “Best Place to Work,” by local, regional and national publications and organizations. In 2016, Donny assumed his new role as CEO of his family’s 56-year-old company. He and his wife, Kara, have two daughters and a son. He is a licensed pilot and avid hunter and fisherman.

Scott Wolfe, Jr., CEO zlien

Scott is a husband, dad, and entrepreneur in New Orleans. Bothered as a lawyer at the unfairness for the little guys, Scott founded zlien to even the $1 trillion construction playing field and make payments easier, faster, and more predictable. Headquartered in New Orleans, zlien now has more than 80 employees and is used by thousands of contractors and suppliers nationwide to make payments easier on billions in contract value each year. Scott has led zlien through two rounds of venture capital financing, raising over $7 million in outside investment from national venture capital firms. zlien is a natural combination of Scott’s life experience: his father and grandfather were general contractors, out of law school he practiced construction law as founding partner of Wolfe Law Group, and since high school he’s owned and operated a software and design company, The Web Lab. Recognized by New Orleans CityBusiness as an “Innovator of the Year” and part of their “Leadership in Law Hall of Fame,” Scott has been on the Silicon Bayou 100 list every year since 2014, is a winner of The Idea Village & Jim Coulter’s IDEAPitch, and is the ACG’s reigning Emerging Growth Company. Scott is a graduate of Brother Martin High School, Southern Methodist University (B.A.), and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law (J.D.).



Academy of the Sacred Heart 4521 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans (504) 269-1213

Benjamin Franklin High School 2001 Leon C. Simon Drive New Orleans (504) 286-2610

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 their girls are truly inspired to change the world. Personal tours for ages 1-Grade 12. Call 269-1213 for details.

Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans’ most outstanding public charter school, has been preparing students for success through academic achievement since it was founded in 1957. Consistently ranked as a “top public high school in the nation” by U.S. News and World Report, Franklin has received the highest School Performance Score in Louisiana, making it the No. 1 public school in the state, year after year. Franklin has been repeatedly named a National Blue Ribbon School Excellence and recently won the National Green Ribbon Award. The school produces Presidential and National Merit Scholars each year with 99.9 percent of students attending fouryear colleges. Franklin has the No. 1 Advanced Placement Program in Louisiana. The class of 2017 earned over $36 million in merit-based scholarships.  The 235 graduates received 934 acceptances in 36 states and 9 countries.


Archdiocese of New Orleans 1000 Howard Ave., Suite 400 New Orleans (504) 596-3023 Why choose a Catholic School? In a New Orleans Catholic school there’s no getting around it: Every child is made in the image and likeness of God and is treated in a sacred way, with love, compassion, mercy and dignity. Catholic school graduates are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views and more committed to service as adults. Students find comfort, safety and confidence in a place where they know God is at the center and they are encouraged to achieve their potential. Have Faith in Catholic Schools. Learn more at: 74 st. charles Avenue September 2017


Ecole Bilingue De La Nouvelle-Orléans 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 Grade 8. 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.


Isidore Newman School 1903 Jefferson Ave. New Orleans (504) 896-6323 Newman is a non-sectarian, coeducational, independent college preparatory day school serving highly motivated and high-achieving students from Pre-K through Grade 12, with Green Trees Early Childhood Village enrolling children ages 6 weeks to 4 years. Founded in 1903, Newman continues its mission to foster achievement in academics, athletics, the arts and extra-curricular activities. Newman remains committed to the success and ethical development of each individual student. Call 504-896-6323 for more information or to schedule a visit.


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 Grade 7. KehoeFrance has long been recognized as a school that stands out for its quality academic program focusing 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. Kehoe-France Schools are IB Candidate schools.


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 Grade 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 the McGehee Advantage at one of the school’s Admission Open Houses for Pre-K through grade 12, 8:30-10 a.m., October 5 and 19. Call 561-1224 to schedule a private tour.


Metairie Park Country Day School 300 Park Road Metairie (504) 837-5204 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 students. Attend an Open House: Pre-K, November 2 at 6:30 p.m.; Grades 6-12, November 14 at 6:30 p.m.; KindergartenGrade 5, January 18 at 8:30 a.m.; Grades 6-12, January 11 at 8:15 a.m.


St. Andrew’s Episcopal School 8012 Oak St. New Orleans (504) 861-3743 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 their students and teachers in action at an upcoming Open House (October 26: Cottage, November 9: Pre-K-Grade 4, December 7: Middle School Preview, January 26: STEM Expo PreK-Grade 8) or call for a personal tour.

Stuart Hall School for Boys 2032 S. Carrollton Ave. New Orleans (504) 861-1954

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

Trinity is a Pre-K through Grade 8 coeducational school located in the Garden District. 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. Open Houses for Grades Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 will take place October 12, November 16 and January 19. All Open Houses begin at 9 a.m. 


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 18-acre campus at an upcoming Open House: Saturday, October 21 (All School); Friday, January 19, 2018 (George Cottage); and Thursday, March 22, 2018 (All School). For more information or to schedule a personal tour, call (504) 736-9917. Inquire online at


St. Mary’s Dominican High School 7701 Walmsley Ave. New Orleans (504) 518-5090 Founded in 1860, St. Mary’s Dominican High School is a regional leader of Catholic education. The four pillars of Dominican life – prayer, study, community and service – are integrated into all aspects of the St. Mary’s Dominican High School experience. Dominican’s STREAM™ initiative explores the relationship between faith and reason by integrating Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math. STREAM™ continues Dominican’s unique role in the formation of students who are believing thinkers and thinking believers.

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 Grade 7. 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.


Trinity Episcopal School 1315 Jackson Ave. New Orleans (504) 525-8661


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Guys and Dolls

Once On This Island

Fun Home

Based on Damon Runyon’s short stories, this rollicking musical follows gambler Nathan Detroit as he pursues wealth and love in 1930s New York City. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475,

This one-act musical uses elements of Romeo & Juliet and The Little Mermaid to tell a story about love between members of different social classes. Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081,

Old American Songs and Spirituals

15 14 & 16 “Bolero” with Gershwin’s “Piano Concerto in F”

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the beginning of a new season with a jazzy “Piano Concerto in F” and the ever popular “Bolero.” Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

Enjoy an evening of traditional American music ranging from composers like Aaron Copland and Scott Joplin to emotional spirituals sung by the New Orleans Black Chorale and Xavier University Chorus. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,


Hanson – 25th Anniversary Tour

The 1990s pop darlings of “Mmm Bop” fame come to New Orleans for one night only in an all-ages concert. The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., 528-9569,


23 DJ Soul Sister Presents HUSTLE! at the Ice Pit

One of New Orleans’ longestrunning live DJ artists and the host of WWOZ’s “Soul Power” puts on a free show. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

An Evening with Tedeschi Trucks Band

15 Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight!

Screen and stage actor Hal Holbrook brings the celebrated author to life in a one-man show commenting on race, politics, religion and more. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

The Grammy-winning 12-piece ensemble led by the husbandand-wife team of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi treats audiences to music filled with blues, soul and rock. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

After her father’s sudden death, graphic novelist Alison explores her past to discover the story of the man who shaped her life in this moving, Tony Award-winning musical. Southern Repertory Theatre, Location TBD, 522-6545,

Outside the Bachs: Wilkins Returns

Thomas Wilkins returns to the LPO to lead a concert featuring Mozart’s exhilarating “Symphony No. 35” and Bach’s “Concerto in C Minor.” Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

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TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band with Black Pacific

This irreverent Tony Awardwinning musical satire tells the story of a dystopian city where a 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. UNO’s Robert E. Nims Theatre, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, 302-9117,

Local blues stars Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ join forces for an exciting night of music from their collaborative album TajMo. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

18 15 The Victory Belles

These delightful ladies serenade audiences with the music of the 1940s, including gems of the WWII era as well as patriotic classics saluting each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., 528-1943,

The Accidentals


Named one of Yahoo Music’s Top 10 Bands to Watch in 2017, The Accidentals’ indie-folk hybrid comes to New Orleans for one night only. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

Arcade Fire

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The popular Canadian indie-rock band hits New Orleans as part of its tour promoting its new album Everything Now. UNO Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., 280-7171,

Hello, Dawlin’!

27 Mac DeMarco

Canadian multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Mac DeMarco sings warped pop with themes of youth and late-night despair. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

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All of your favorite Broadway shows are done New Orleans style (Phantom of the Okra, My Fair New Orleans Lady and more!) in this comic spectacular. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475,

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Dave Bartholomew And the Domino-Bartholomew collaboration By Seale Paterson

Dave Bartholomew, born in 1920, was

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Fats Domino. Chudd signed them both, with Bartholomew as Domino’s co-writer, producer and collaborator. Their first hit, “Fat Man,” has been cited by some as the first rock-n-roll song. “Walking to New Orleans” was written for Domino by Bobby Charles of Lafayette. Domino changed a few lyrics and Bartholomew created an orchestration for it. Bartholomew later added a string section from the New Orleans Symphony, a very unusual and risky addition for early rock-nroll. It worked: the song reached No. 6 on the pop charts and No. 2 on the R&B charts, selling over 2 million copies. Over the next 10 years, the DominoBartholomew collaboration produced 40 singles that hit the Top 40 R&B charts, seven of which hit No. 1. As the house bandleader at Cosimo Matassa’s studio, Bartholomew also

wrote, arranged and produced many national hits for other artists during that time. Bartholomew was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a nonperformer in 1991, citing his hundreds of songwriting credits. He is also in the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. In 2015, the New Orleans City Council declared August 19 as Dave Bartholomew Day. n

Dave Bartholomew and his band play for Mayor Morial’s Anniversary Party, May 1980. After he and Fats Domino quit working together, Bartholomew continued to play traditional Dixieland jazz and big band music in New Orleans, with newspaper ads citing his band as “America’s Most Exciting Band,” and regularly sitting in with the Preservation Hall. Bartholomew and Domino were reunited at Jazz Fest in 1999 upon the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the start of their collaboration.

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raised in New Orleans with music. He found his instrument in the trumpet and his teacher in Peter Davis, who also taught Louis Armstrong. His first gig was as a teen playing with Fats Pinchon’s riverboat band. In 1942, he got his dream job as a member of Jimmie Lunceford’s band. Six weeks into their tour, he received his draft notice. Bartholomew played in the 196th Army Band and learned how to write music from a fellow soldier. Returning to New Orleans, he formed his own wildly popular band, Dave Bartholomew and the Dew Droppers (named for the Dew Drop Inn). Bartholomew developed his own sound, which featured a variety horn riffs, and in 1949 he recorded his first hit, “Country Boy.” He soon met Lew Chudd, owner of Imperial Records, and introduced him to

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