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Our monthly column What’s Hot showcases the latest finds from across the Greater New Orleans area. This month is focused on art with a musical bent. Find the piece that will make your home sing, starting on pg. 18.

From Heels to Heart Health solutions for women by Kelcy Wilburn


OnStage New Orleans’ guide to performing arts by Kathy Finn

On the Cover St. Charles Avenue is pleased to host its fourth annual “Wine, Dine & Design” tablescapes event, presented by Bryan Subaru and IberiaBank, which features 26 extravagantly decorated tables created from the ground up by local retailers and designers. From linens and chair backs, to glassware and cutlery, each table will be a unique and elaborate work of art.

The Renaissance Foundation will give 100 percent of proceeds to from both the Preview Party and Luncheon to benefit Bastion, a New Orleans neighborhood intentionally designed for returning veterans with lifelong rehabilitative needs and their families. Co-Chairs Celeste and Curtis Eustis and Lauren and Bryan Fitzpatrick; Bastion Founder

Photographed by Jeffery Johnston

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and Executive Director (standing center) Dylan Tête; and our Presenting Sponsor representatives (seated) Bryan Subaru’s Will Bryan and IberiaBank’s Cleland Powell encourage you to join us at the Preview Party on Wednesday, October 11, 6-8 p.m., at the Audubon Tea Room. Learn more by visiting or calling 830-7264.

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In Every Issue



10 & 12


Editors’ Notes

Entertaining with Bev



Making a difference

Rebuilding Together New Orleans: Helping with homes

Philanthropic Fun

16 Kids Play

Global Wildlife Center: Animals up-close and personal 18 What’s Hot

Art 20 On the Menu

Game Time: Chef Greg Reggio of Zea shares the Duck Tamale 22

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Partying Amongst Paintings The Ogden Museum of Southern Art partied in style. 24 Heroism at Home “American Spirit Awards” honored individuals who put their community and country first. 26 Health Hearts The American Heart Association honored four individuals for their contributions to cardiology. 28

The Dish

Dinner and a Stroll: An evening of enticements

A Magical Wedding in Martha’s Vineyard: Maggie Bryan wed Eric Hoffman on August 12, 2017

Stopping Suicide Ellie Wainer and Teen Life Counts were recognized for their efforts to educate and prevent suicide. 30 Lucky Seven Community leaders were honored for their support a the 27th annual gala. 32

Advocates for Empowerment Lighthouse Louisiana raised nearly $75,000 to help provide education, life skills training and employment to persons with disabilities. 34

Tompkins – Goodwin

Baby Benefit March of Dimes recognized 26 Outstanding Professionals at its 31st annual gala. 36

Student Activist

From Dream to Destiny The 15th “Mission Possible Gala” recognized outstanding volunteers and corporate sponsor of NOMMS. 38

66 Young Bloods

Anna Monhartova Ph.D.: President, A’s & Aces 68

Aliyah Camera Dixon: Isidore Newman School 70 Shop Talk

Emilie Rhys: Owner & Artist, Scene by Rhys Art Gallery 71 Shop Talk

Wine and Whimsy A celebration of wine and food brought patrons to NOWFE’s “Royal Street Stroll.” 40

Ken Friend Jr.: Owner, Friend & Company Fine Jewelers

A Shakespeare Spectacle The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane celebrated its 24th anniversary. 42


72 84 OnStage calendar

88 Nostalgia

Mansion Musings: The history of the Luling Mansion

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October 2017 Vol. 22 Issue 5 Editorial Executive Editor Bev Church Editor Morgan Packard Griffith Art Director Ali Sullivan contributing editor Mirella Cameran Society Columnist Catherine Freeman Food & Dining Columnist Jyl Benson web Editor Kelly Massicot Event Photo Coordinator Jeff Strout

Advertising vice president of sales Colleen Monaghan

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Production Production Manager Jessica DeBold production designers Demi Schaffer, Molly Tullier, Emily Andras traffic COORDINATOR Topher Balfer

Administration Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President/Editor-in-Chief

Errol Laborde vice president of sales Colleen Monaghan OFFICE MANAGER Mallary Matherne Distribution Manager John Holzer Subscription manager Brittanie Bryant For subscriptions call (504) 830-7231

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The entire contents of this magazine are copyrighted by Renaissance Publishing, LLC, © 2017 with all rights reserved. Reproduction or use, without permission, of editorial or graphic content in any manner is prohibited. St. Charles Avenue is not responsible for photos or artwork and assumes that all releases have been cleared upon submission to the magazine. St. Charles Avenue is published monthly by Renaissance Publishing, LLC, 110 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 123, Metairie, La. 70005, (504) 828-1380. Subscription rate: one year $17.95, two year $31, three year $43 — foreign rates vary call for pricing. It is the policy of this magazine to employ people on the basis of their qualifications and with assurance of equal opportunity and treatment regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or handicap.

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As most of you know, Renaissance Publishing LLC and St. Charles Avenue magazine have been supporting our wounded warriors and veterans at Bastion with our “Wine, Dine & Design” events, and we’re so proud of our cover for this year! This fourth annual event includes the Preview Party on Wednesday, October 11, 6-8 p.m., and the Luncheon on Thursday, October 12, 11:30-1:30 p.m., both at the Audubon Tea Room. Thanks to our Co-Chairs Celeste and Curtis Eustis, and Lauren and Bryan Fitzpatrick; and our Presenting Sponsor representatives Bryan Subaru’s Will Bryan and IberiaBank’s Cleland Powell! The events (and our November issue) will feature tables by 26 overthe-top designers who are creating a work of art for each table, as well as favors for each guest who attends the luncheon. The cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for the Preview Party as well as the gourmet food and wine for the Luncheon are provided by the exceptional staff at the Audubon Tea Room. Bastion is an intentionally designed neighborhood in New Orleans for returning warriors with lifelong rehabilitative needs and their families, and it’s up and running serving 35 families now! Bastion Founder and Executive Director Dylan Tête is excited that we’re spreading the word about this dynamic program, and we need all of you to be involved. We are almost sold out for the Luncheon, join us at the Preview Party for $50 a person by visiting WineDineNDesign. com or calling 830-7264. What’s Hot for Art this month features the perfect musically themed accent piece for your home. And our feature, “From Heels to Heart: Health solutions for women,” offers new technologies, advice and procedures from local experts. Join M.S Rau for “Aristocracy: Luxury and Leisure in Britain,” a “premier exhibition exploring the culture and lavish lifestyle of the 19th-century British elite.” This exhibition is set to illuminate the grand lifestyles of Victorian England’s most influential and affluent citizens through a range of art and crafted objects including furniture, fine art and important pieces of provenance, from a rare royal commission by Edwin Henry Landseer to an extensive porcelain dinner service once owned by the Duke of Hamilton. The show will run October 21-January 20, 2018 at M.S. Rau Antiques (630 Royal St.) and is free of charge. For more information call 273-7391 or visit Fall has begun, so go out and enjoy this weather!

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This year’s “Just Say YAYA: Central to the City,” benefit auction celebration will take place Friday, November 3, at the YAYA Arts Center on 3322 LaSalle St. Event Chairs Evie Poitevent Sanders, Ellie Sanders and Lilla Wright Kearney invite you to the Patron Party, 6-7 p.m., which will feature the Robin Barnes Trio. The Gala, 7-10 p.m., will offer live music and fabulous beverages by NOLA Brewing, Cavan, Mayhew Bakery, Halal Guys, Langenstein’s and more. There will also be a

showcase of work made at the YAYA Arts Center and a silent auction. The exclusive fine art silent auction will offer creations by Giles Bettison, Marion Eagan, Katherine George, Markette, Brandan Odums, The Family of Daniel Price, Katie Rafferty, George Rodrigue Foundation, Lex Williams and more! Visit just-say-yaya or call 529-3306 to purchase your ticket and learn more today! 11

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October Events 1-31



“Susan G. Komen NOLA Goes Pink,” 455-7310;

“Celebration of Life Luncheon,” benefiting

“O What a Night!,”

Crusaders, Inc., 455-7065




“Galatoire’s Goes Pink,”

30th annual “Walk for Education,” benefiting

“Revelry on the River,”

benefiting Breastoration, 293-2618

Fall is my favorite time of year; I love the cooler weather, spiced beverages, velvet clothes, baking pies and walking and eating outside. October heightens this effect by adding Halloween (If you have any family or infant costume ideas, please email me!) and so many nonprofit events, which give me the opportunity to wear velvet while enjoying the weather and hopefully a spiced beverage. My husband and I have been recently getting out and about through our neighborhood with our son, going on walks in the early mornings and evenings (coffee in the mornings and often a glass of something adult in the evenings). Not only do I love having the time with my family, I’m also learning about the houses and people around us while getting some exercise. I am healthier now than I was at the start of my pregnancy, but I know I can always improve, so I was excited to read our feature on women’s health. I would also like to encourage you join us at the “Wine, Dine & Design Preview Party” on Wednesday, October 11, 6-8 p.m. at the Audubon Tea Room, benefiting Bastion. Thanks to your efforts these past years and those of Founder and Executive Director Dylan Tête and all of Bastion’s supporters, the community is already serving 35 families! But they have some ways to go – and we’re ready to help. Help us help them by enjoying a wonderful evening of inventive tablescapes, wine and hors d’oeuvres by visiting or by calling 830-7264. Enjoy this weather and all that comes with it – including our fourth annual fundraiser!


“Wings & Watts,”

“Louisiana Walks for Parkinson’s,” benefiting

benefiting Energy Wise Alliance, 656-6224 6

Davis Phinney Foundation, 720-259-0907

benefiting Women’s Guild of New Orleans Opera Association, 267-9527 21 “Susan G. Komen New Orleans Race for the Cure,” 455-7310

11th annual “Up on the Roof: Taste from the Top,” benefiting East



“Hannah G. Solomon Award Luncheon,”

Jefferson General Hospital Foundation, 503-5800

benefiting National Council of Jewish Women, 861-7788

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

Louisiana Landmarks Society, 482-0312



“Power of 10,” benefiting

“’New Perspectives’ Opening Artists Reception,” benefiting

6 “Taste America: A Night of Culinary Stars,”

benefiting James Beard Foundation, 583-5550,

The Posse Foundation, 208-5595


“Cocktails for KID smart,” 940-1994, cfk217.

14th annual “JA Rising Stars/City Stars Soirée,”

benefiting Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, 569-8657 7 Second annual “Beignet Fest,” benefiting Tres Doux

Foundation, 324-4242 8 Inaugural “Kelsey Bradley Favrot Memorial 5K Run/Walk,” benefiting

LSU Department of Neurosurgery, 568-6120 8 “The Feast at the Board of Trade,” benefiting

Parkway Partners Program, 620-2224 11 “Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure Gala,” benefiting

13 “Magic in the Moonlight,”

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UNCF, 581-3794


Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium, 293-2618

Morgan Packard Griffith

benefiting Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 539-9618

benefiting Botanical Garden Foundation, 483-9386

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benefiting Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful, 833-8733 19 10th anniversary “Lambeth House Foundation Gala,”

benefiting Lambeth House, 865-1960 extension 170 20 22nd annual “Pasta & Puccini,” benefiting

Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 20 “Taste of the Tournament Gala & Auction,”

benefiting Fore!Kids Foundation, 342-3000 20-22 “Ghosts in the Oaks,”

benefiting Friends of City Park, 483-9369

New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation in collaboration with Newman Arts, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Consulate of Mexico, 473-3075 25 “A Bewitching Affair,”

benefiting New Orleans Garden Society, 430-4937 26 “Poydras Home Celebratory Bicentennial Gala,” benefiting Poydras

Home, 897-0535 27 “Crescent City Corporate Championship Golf Tournament,” benefiting

Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, 569-8658 28 “Deo Gratias,” benefiting

Saint Joseph Seminary College, (985) 867-2284, 28 “Bottoms Up 5K,”

benefiting Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, online. 13

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Rebuilding Together New Orleans Helping with homes by Catherine Freeman

Did you know that more songs have been written about homes or hometowns than love? It isn’t hard to understand why. Homes – whether it be a childhood home, your first home as an adult or the home you live in right now – invoke strong emotions and memories. Our homes become personal sanctuaries where we feel most loved, relaxed and unencumbered by the world outside. A few years ago, I inherited a cross-stitch piece made by my grandmother when she was young. “Of all the roads both east and west, the one that leads home is best.” The belief home really is “best” is the premise one New Orleans organization builds their mission and work around. Rebuilding Together New Orleans (RTNO) started small in 1988 as a one-day revitalization pilot program of the Preservation Resource Center (PRC) in the Lower Garden District that addressed the needs of elderly or disabled homeowners unable to manage minor home repairs. Originally called Christmas in October, the organization joined Rebuilding Together National in 2001 changing its name and revamping to tackle repairs and major renovations in a year-round format throughout the city. RNTO successfully maintains its relationship with the PRC by being the only national affiliate partnering with a local nonprofit. Through this expansion of its strategic neighborhood revitalization effort the last 28 years, RTNO has quickly grown into one of the largest home rehabilitation nonprofit organizations in New Orleans, rebuilding over 1,500 homes and providing 14 st. charles Avenue October 2017

more than $100 million in total construction investment for the city of New Orleans. So, what makes RTNO different from the many nonprofits doing renovation work around New Orleans? After speaking with Community and Corporate Relations Manager Catelyn Williams, it became clear that strong relationships are the building blocks for each facet of the RTNO mission and program. Initial contact begins simply through word of mouth referrals to connect potential participants with RTNO. Catelyn and her team then meet the homeowner to determine the scope of each project, the fit for RTNO and, if accepted, initiate a thoughtful, efficient work plan utilizing local and national volunteers. The selfless gifts of time, labor and sweat by volunteers isn’t lost on the appreciative homeowners. “I am very grateful that the volunteers and RTNO helped me with my house. I used to do all the home maintenance myself but have been able to keep up after the fire and now that I’m getting older it’s very difficult,” explains retired veteran and Bywater resident Ernest Watson. Although RTNO works year-round, with over 30 teams and 500 volunteers working on homes annually, October remains their largest volunteering and fundraising time. The impressive list of sponsors and teams

includes a majority of the local large corporations, banks, hospitals, architecture firms and volunteer organizations. Since 2005, an incredible 22,000 volunteers have provided over 600,000 hours to help rebuild 400 homes and have also provided generous financial contributions. IberiaBank Public Relation Coordinator Ashley Morgan shares, “Rebuilding Together is a great way for my coworkers and me to come together to work as a team on a project. Whether it’s painting the house or building a ramp, there is something to do for everyone. The most rewarding part is seeing the biggest smile on the homeowner’s face!” Relationships developed between homeowners, volunteers and corporate partners through RTNO are making it possible for local elderly, disabled and veterans to remain in their homes and in turn maintain the diverse, multi-generational fabric of our New Orleans neighborhoods. n

A little more … To donate or volunteer with RTNO, visit or call 581-7032 15

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Global Wildlife Center Animals up-close and personal By CeCe Colhoun

Southern Louisiana prides itself in being a Sportsman’s Paradise, with incredible animals roaming our flat, swampy lands and vast varieties of marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. One of our hidden gems is the Global Wildlife Center, north of New Orleans in Folsom. At GWC, adults and children alike can experience the up-close interaction with animals such as giraffes, zebras, llamas, kangaroos and bison. Global Wildlife Center is a 900-acre free roaming area for over 30 species, totaling over 4,000 animals. It is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, so they aren’t federal or state funded. They maintain their property and care for the animals through admission and the feed they sell to the generous visitors who come to experience what GWC has to offer. They offer two different tours, which include the Private Pinz tour and the Safari Wagon tour. The Private Pinz tour is a one-hour tour with an intimate private experience. The up-close encounter promises to get one close enough to the animals to allow them to be fed, touched and even have “selfies” taken! The safari wagon tour is a one-hour and 15-minute educational tour. That tour is a great way to bring large groups to GWC, because the wagons can hold up to 160 people depending on age and size. Recently, I took my family on a tour

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and what lingered most in my mind was how instinctual the animals are with one another and even with the people. Also, one of the anecdotal stories really hit home with me in the wake of the disasters that sit very heavily on the hearts of all of us who feel we are a part of New Orleans. GWC is high and dry most of the time. During Katrina, they only sustained menial damage from wind, although they did lose 1,000 trees during the storm. The flooding closed roads around GWC but they weren’t affected by flooding on the property. The giraffes were put up in their barn in case of flying debris, but the rest of the animals were left on the property to ride out the storm. These animals had an innate instinct that told them to get to the highest and driest part of the property. Together, they formed a nature barrier wall with each other. Every species gathered together and held strong on Lake Field until the storm passed. Not one animal was lost due to the storm and, in fact, some of the expectant mothers had their babies due to the different

atmospheric pressure changes. Global Wildlife Center is Louisiana’s very own safari, and in addition to being educational and fun for adults and children, it’s a great way to experience animals in their natural habitat. n

Just the Facts: Global Wildlife Center 26389 Louisiana 40, Folsom (985) 796-3585 GWC is open seven days a week, year-round. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis and aren’t sold in advance, online or over the phone. Tour times are posted one week at a time and are updated every Friday. Reservations can be made in advance for Private Pinz tours or groups of 25 people or more. 17

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Art By Amy Gabriel

Live jazz wafting from a courtyard at sunset, the swell of music from the turning point in a matinee from inside the Prytania Theatre, a brass band weaving its way down Royal Street collecting a crowd of revellers. The Crescent City is cinema and sound in motion. Celebrate the sensation with a few of our favorite music, entertainment and film inspired artwork. n

1. Celebrate the jovial nature of the iconic Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong with a limited edition canvas print. Gallery B. Fos, 2138 Magazine St., 444-2967, 2. Brass over the water is the calling card of the “King of Lake Pontchartrain” by Marcus Akinlana. Limited edition giclée on canvas. Where Y’Art, 1901 Royal St., 325-5672,

3. Painted live at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2015 during their set, John Bukaty features Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn on stage. John Bukaty Studio and Gallery, 841 Carondelet St., 5338858, 4. Lightnin’ Hopkins works his magic as shown on a fabric appliqué framed behind glass from Chris Roberts-Antieau. Antieau Gallery, 927 Royal St., 3040849, 5. Steve Brauner showcases a smiling Mick Jagger with a four shade grisaille technique in this acrylic on canvas. Boundless, 1511 Metairie Road, 309-8628

wh at ' s h ot 6. Inspired by the fuzzy and grainy quality of a timeless movie aging, Kevin Gillentine uses the fade away as inspiration in works like “Big Springs, Mississippi.” Kevin Gillentine Gallery, 3917 Magazine St., 891-0509, 7. Emilie Rhys captures “The Audience Enjoying The Palm Court Jazz Band at the Palm Court Jazz Café,” December 2014. Priced upon request. Scene By Rhys Art Gallery, 708 Toulouse St., 258.5842,

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8. Francisco Adaro depicts Satchmo in between sets in this mixed media piece partially painted on a wooden wine box. Commissions priced upon request. Gallery Orange, 819 Royal St., 8754006, 9. Follow the notes to George McClements “Walking to New Orleans” homage to Fats Domino. Inkjet prints from original painting. Where Y’Art, 1901 Royal St., 325-5672,

Select photos by Cheryl Gerber

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Game Time Chef Greg Reggio of Zea shares the Duck Tamale

Duck Tamale 3 ounces pulled cooked duck meat ½ ounce vegetable oil or duck fat ¼ teaspoon salt-and-pepper seasoning (3 parts salt/1 part pepper) 1 ounce ancho chile sauce *recipe below 1 corn husk 1 cooked tamale masa portion ( 1-inch thick x 3.5-inches long x 2-inches wide) *recipe below 1 Tablespoon crema or sour cream 2 ounces pineapple jalapeno glaze *recipe below 1 Tablespoon cotija cheese 1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro In a skillet add vegetable oil or duck fat, duck meat, seasoning and ancho sauce. Sauté until heated. Place corn husk on plate. Place heated tamale portion on corn husk for presentation. Add duck mixture on top. Top with pineapple glaze. Garnish with crema, cotija and cilantro. Serves 1

Steamed Tamale Masa 2 cups masa harina flour ½ teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon chile powder ½ teaspoon Kosher salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup water or chicken stock ¼ cup creamed corn 1 Tablespoon lard or solid vegetable shortening Mix dry ingredients thoroughly in a mixing bowl. Add water, creamed corn and lard. Knead into smooth dough, adding water as needed. Line a perforated pan with corn husks or use a bamboo steamer basket. Fill 1-inch deep with masa dough. Place in steamer pan for 30-45 minutes. Let cool. To reheat, microwave each portion for 30 seconds. 4-6 portions

Pineapple Jalapeño Glaze ½ cup drained pickled jalapeños 1 cup Dole frozen pineapple concentrate 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil Place jalapeños and pineapple concentrate in blender. After 1 minute slowly add vegetable oil. 4-6 portions

Ancho Chile Sauces

Combine thoroughly using wire whisk. 4-6 portions

Zea Rotisserie & Bar multiple local locations,

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Dinner and a Stroll

Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco

An evening of enticements By Jyl Benson

I first attended “Art for

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Art’s Sake” back in the late 1980s, when I was a punked-out teenager. The event was centered entirely around the Contemporary Arts Center. Arthur Roger had just moved his eponymous gallery to Julia Street in a brilliantly prescient move and he offered libations and a few snacks as a way to extend the party down the block a bit. I recall a boy glam hair band somewhere in the mix. Today the annual event attracts 30,000 and sprawls throughout the Warehouse District and down Magazine Street. I am entirely too uncool to brave the throngs but welcome the uptick in foot traffic frivolity the stroll brings my West Riverside neighborhood. Every year we gather a group for an evening of sipping, grazing and gallery hopping. Most places have their doors open and there’s plenty of live music right on the street, sidewalk or a front porch. There is a good chance that come, October 7 at 6 p.m. our first stop will be Tito’s, a newly opened Peruvian place for ceviche, tiraditos and pisco-based cocktails. Small plates for sharing are the way to go. The Classico Triadito combines hamachi crudo with leche de tigre and aji limo sauce.

With roasted potatoes, Andean cream and olive salsa, the Papa a la Huacincaina and Anticuchos de Corazon (grilled veal hearts, Aji panca and chimichurri) are both bargains for $6. For something more substantial, the Arroz con Pato combines beerbraised duck confit, cilantro rice and salsa criolla. Nearby Tal’s Hummus has inventive Mediterranean offerings and the complimentary condiment bar near the check-out counter allows for customizing light meals and snacks. A recent favorite was a dish of smooth, creamy hummus spread around a pile of fresh grilled vegetables served with plenty of warm pita bread pillows. An Israeli salad with a bracing lemon and fresh parsley dressing was the perfect accompaniment. Our group may stop for a full, seated meal on the other side of Napoleon Avenue at Nirvana, a favorite since 1999, with an extensive menu ranging from vegan and vegetarian to poultry, seafood and lamb. Favorites are chicken tikka masala, lamb goa (coconut lamb curry), mali kofta (cheese dumplings with vegetables and cream sauce) and sabji kali milch (vegetables in peppery cream gravy). The

Nirvana Indian Cuisine 4308 Magazine St., 894-9797 Sucré 3025 Magazine St., 520-8311 Tal’s Hummus 4800 Magazine St., 267-7357 Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco 5015 Magazine St., 267-7612 Toups South 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. (inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum), 304-2147

Try This: Superstar chef Isaac Toups recently kicked off an intimate off-menu dinner series, Counter Club, held exclusively at the exhibition kitchen counter at Toups’ South on the third Thursday evening of every month. “I go out of the box, ditch the menu and flex some of my off-kilter ideas,” Toups says.” The monthly four-course themed dinners are $50 per person (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity) and start with a gratis amuse bouche and welcome cocktail. The themes for upcoming dinners are “The Hunt: Game Time” October, “Boucherie on a Plate” November and “Cheese: A Grate Adventure” December. Seating is very limited and reservations can only be made by calling the restaurant directly. Be sure to specify which Counter Club you wish to attend and share any dietary restrictions.

peerless hot, unsweetened chai is blended in-house and goes perfectly with an order of gulab jamun (balls of fried milk solids soaked in honey syrup flavored with green cardamom and rose water). If the decision is made to just pick, graze and share before we keep on walking we will probably fall back on the Flag of India, a tasting selection of butter chicken, malai kebab (boneless chicken encrusted with cashews and grilled) and saag paneer (chunks of farmer’s cheese sautéed in curried spinach). We usually continue our walk to the other side of Louisiana Avenue, making Sucré our last stop, where the few of us with room left for more will finish off the evening with a couple of double scoops of gelato or sorbet before waddling home around the nerd-friendly hour of 9 p.m. n 23

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Partying Amongst Paintings


The Ogden Museum of Southern Art partied in style. By Shelby Simon

Artists, art patrons and New Orleans party lovers gathered at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art to celebrate the fourth annual “Magnolia Ball.” The soirée celebrated the exhibitions “The Colourful South: William Christenberry, Birney Imes, William Greiner, William Ferris” and “Alec Soth and William Eggleston: Troubled Waters, From the Collection of William Greiner.” Guests were greeted at the door by the ladies of Krewe des Fleurs, who also posed for photos throughout the night. Inside the museum, DJs kept the music going as partygoers enjoyed food and cocktails from a plethora of New Orleans’ finest restaurants, including Diva Dawg, Taceaux Loceaux, Desire Oyster Bar, Joel Catering, Rosedale, Chais Delachaise, Domenica, Martin Wine Cellar Catering, Palate Catering and Kenton’s. The Sazerac Company provided specialty craft cocktails and an open bar. Hattie and Corey Moll, Elliot Hutchinson and Emily Shaya served as Event Chairs. The curated silent auction featured established and emerging Southern artists, whose works decorated the walls of the third floor, where bidders took to their smartphones to bid on their favorite pieces. There were also dozens of gift packages and experiences available for bidding, including one from “NCIS New Orleans.” Guests danced into the night on the fifth floor terrace listening to the sounds of The Kevil Gullage Band and DJs G-Cue, Kidd Love, Lil Jodeci and Quickie Mart, as well as the photo booth and lounge on the first floor. Just before midnight, the Showtime Brass Band brought the ball down to the atrium, where revelers partied to the live music. At the end of the night as guests exited the ball, food trucks on the curb provided midnight snacks for all. n



Event at a Glance What: “Magnolia Ball,” benefiting Ogden Museum of Southern Art Where: Ogden Museum of Southern Art

1. Event Co-Chairs Elliot Hutchinson, Emily Shaya and Hattie and Corey Moll 2. Alexa Georges and Elizabeth Wimpress 3. Bean and Jessie Haynes and Mollye and Laurent Demosthenidy 4. Joe and Meaghan Bonavita with William Andrews 5. Gary Solomon Jr., Seth Bloom and Sweet and Ben Dupuy 6. David Bernard and Charles Urstadt

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Heroism at Home


“American Spirit Awards” honored individuals who put their community and country first. By Shelby Simon

The “American Spirit Awards” gala celebrated individuals and organizations whose work reflects the values and spirits of those who served the United States of America during the World War II years. Aptly hosted at The National WWII Museum, the fête honored individuals who inspire others through acts of courage, sacrifice, initiative and generosity, particularly in the areas of leadership, service to country or community and education. The 2017 American Spirit Award recipients were David N. Rubenstein and David McCullough. The 2017 American Spirit Medallion was presented to James L. Barksdale, Captain James A. Lovell and Phyllis M. Taylor. Additionally, John P. Laborde, Catherine Long, Sergeant Major Mike “Iron Mike” Mervosh (Retired USMC), Dr. Billy Michal, The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, David I. Oreck and The Honorable Kaliste J. Saloom Jr. were awarded the 2017 Silver Service Medallion. A 2015 American Spirit Award winner, famed NBC anchor and Greatest Generation author Tom Brokaw, joined as Master of Ceremonies for the occasion. The menu was prepared by chef Tory McPhail, and included a salad of Louisiana heirloom tomatoes, crispy leg of Moscovy duck and a tasting of spring berries, with wine pairings to complement each course. More than 600 guests attended, and gala entertainment was provided by The Midtown Men, four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. n



Event at a Glance What: “American Spirit Awards,” benefiting The National WWII Museum When: Thursday-Saturday, June 8-10

1. 2017 American Spirit Medallion Honorees James Barksdale, Phyllis Taylor and Capt. James Lovell 2. Founding National WWII Museum President & CEO Nick Mueller and Master of Ceremonies Tom Brokaw 3. 2017 Silver Service Medallion Honoree David and Jan Oreck 4. 2017 Silver Service Medallion Honoree The Honorable Norman Mineta and National WWII Museum Board Member Jim Courter 5. Charlotte Bollinger and Boysie Bollinger 6. Charles Teamer, Sheryl and Bob Merrick and Linda Teamer

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Healthy Hearts


The American Heart Association honored four individuals for their contributions to cardiology. By Shelby Simon

Louisiana has heart – that’s for sure – and the American Heart Association is working to keep those hearts strong. The annual “Heart & Soul Gala” serves the New Orleans community by investing funds raised in the AHA’s educational outreach programs, CPR training and certification, placement of automated external defibrillators and funding for groundbreaking medical research. The benefit featured a signature theme of New Orleans Jazz, with musical entertainment by Mixed Nuts and a three-course seated dinner, capped by a Ponchatoula strawberry shortcake. Ken Friend, Dr. Anand Irimpen, Dr. Owen Mogabgab and Dr. Nidal Abi Rafeh were honored for their work and contributions in the field of cardiovascular health. Mary Lynn Lunn and Dr. William Lunn served as Co-Chairs, and Jennifer Hale served as Emcee. The live auction featured a framed print of George Rodrigue’s “Drew Brees;” a Friend & Company pearl necklace with an emerald and diamond pendant; and a seven-day vacation to Italy’s Amalfi Coast. In the silent auction, prizes included a ride in the 2018 Krewe of Orpheus parade, a Saints Tunnel Zone Experience and a dinner feast for eight guests at Drago’s, including round-trip limo service. n



Event at a Glance What: “Heart & Soul Gala,” benefiting American Heart Association When: Friday, May 19

1. Honoree Ken and Nina Friend 2. Vicky and Peter Sperling with Honoree Dr. Anand Irimpen and Dr. Maya Irimpen 3. Philip and Lauren May with Co-Chairs Mary Lynn and Dr. William Lunn 4. Auction Committee Member Barbie Landry, Margaret Pelitere and Jenny Chunn 5. Auction Committee Member Nina English and Ouida Laudumiey 6. Lynn Marsh and Executive Leadership Team Member Drew Marsh with Britta Marks

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Stopping Suicide


Ellie Wainer and Teen Life Counts were recognized for their efforts to educate and prevent suicide. By Shelby Simon

For more than three decades, Ellie Wainer and the Teen Life Counts program have diligently worked to educate and prevent suicide. The “Rhythm & Soul 2017 Gala,” benefiting Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans, which honored these efforts, raised more than $85,000 to support the TLC program. The evening began with a Patron Hour, featuring sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres. Guests enjoyed music from Joseph Krown Duo. Prior to the jazz dinner program, Event Co-Chairs Julie Wise Oreck and Lynne Wasserman welcomed the group. Then President Laurence Manshel briefly spoke about the impact honoree Ellie Wainer has made as a result of her decades of work at Jewish Family Service and managing the Teen Life Counts program. Executive Director Roselle Ungar gave remarks on the agency’s history, Ellie Wainer and the continued relevance of the TLC program. Rabbi Deborah Silver delivered the blessing of the bread, joined by Ellie Wainer and TLC Program Coordinator Melissa Stewart. After the meal, the program included screenings of a video of the TLC program and a tribute video to Ellie Wainer, who was then presented with a custom-fused glass plate by Lizano Glass Haus. Ellie Wainer emphasized the value of TLC Volunteer Educators and shared a personal story about suicide affecting her own family, which drew her to help teens in crisis: “Working with those kids was amazing. Connecting with them to make sure they knew they had resources and people who cared about them was the greatest reward.” n



Event at a Glance What: “Rhythm & Soul 2017 Gala,” benefiting Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans When: Sunday, May 21

1. Co-Chair Julie Wise Oreck, Carol Wise and Ginny Wise 2. Stanley and Executive Director Roselle Ungar with Michael and Co-Chair Lynne Wasserman 3. Bruce and Honoree Ellie Wainer with Marjorie Bissinger and President Larry Manshel 4. Stephen and Nancy Timm with Vivian and Richard Cahn 5. Deborah Smith, Ian Zlatkiss and Julie Grant Meyer 6. Mara Force with Howard and Susan Green

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Lucky Seven


Community leaders were honored for their support at the 27th annual gala. By Shelby Simon

Currently, Louisiana ranks No. 1 per capita in incidences of chronic kidney disease. The National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana hosted the 27th annual Le Gala de la Bonne Vie to invest resources in a healthier New Orleans community. Seven community leaders were honored for their support of the foundation, for their commitment to their patients, for their desire to educate the masses about the importance of organ donation, for the courage to fight for their lives when it seems there is no end in sight, for their encouraging voice to other patients and collectively for their noble qualities. The honorees were: Darryl Cannon, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans; Justin Kennedy, Manager and Head Chef at Parkway Bakery and Tavern; Randy Levitt, Extended Operations Manager at Capital One; Dr. George “Tip” McKnight, a retired nephrologist; Stephen A. Morse, DO, MPH & TM, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center; Dramar Saul, Manufacturing Engineer at The Boeing Company and Founder of the Krewe of Saul; and Jeremy Waterbury, patient advocate and national member of the National Kidney Foundation’s Action Committee. A patron event opened the gala with cocktails and bidding for silent auction items. Guests were treated to a wine tasting thanks to James Moises at Bizou Wines Importers and Distributors, and patrons enjoyed selections from 17 food purveyors. The gala hosted one of its largest ever auctions, with over 80 silent auction items and 12 live auction items. Prizes included concert tickets, gift certificates, artwork and vacation packages. Mark Romig served as Master of Ceremonies and Torie Kranze served as Event Chair; the event raised $45,000. n



Event at a Glance When: Sunday, May 21 Where: Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center

1. Dramar Saul, Event Chair Torie Kranze and Darryl Canon 2. Clint Smith Jr., Dr. Cheryl Smith and Emcee Mark Romig 3. Dr. Eric Simon, Michelle Prattini and Shawn Carroll

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Advocates for Empowerment


Lighthouse Louisiana raised nearly $75,000 to help provide education, life skills training and employment to persons with disabilities. By Shelby Simon

Lighthouse Louisiana hosted “Soirée de Lumière,” an evening filled with sensory experiences for 200 attendees, which supported programming to empower and serve persons with disabilities. Arnaud’s Restaurant opened the event with passed hors d’oeuvres around the silent auction tables and music by The Gumbo Trio. The seated dinner began with guests opting for blindfolds in the “Dans Le Noir” course guided by Lighthouse Vice President Jenice Heck. Guests, using touch and taste, explored the “in the dark” appetizer of shrimp Arnaud paired with Chablis. The following courses were artichoke soup and herb-crusted black Drum paired with the Chablis and a Pinot Noir. A dessert of strawberries Arnaud was paired with a Brut Rose. As the lead Heart of Inclusion sponsor, Whitney Bank’s guests were seated in chairs adorned with lumbar pillows designed by local artist Jennifer Ansardi; Empowerment Hero sponsor guests received candles from NOLA Lip & Soap in scents such as Sweet Darlin’, Seersucker, Tea Time in the Garden District and more. The live auction featured a pair of Southwest Airlines flights and a trip to the luxury Kimpton Vintage Hotel in Seattle. “The Perfect Date” prize included a limo ride to Adler’s and dinner at Arnaud’s. The auction also featured pottery created by Lighthouse clients and gifts from Toulouse Royale, Roux Royale, Simon of New Orleans, Sheraton Hotel, IP Spa & Resort and more. Board Chair Paul Masinter served as Emcee, and actor Bryan Batt served as Celebrity Auctioneer. President Renee Vidrine recognized special guests. A special gift was presented to Michael Gallagher, who won a sterling silver Braille bracelet. As a parting favor, all guests received a favor of a pewter fleur de lis spreader from Roux Royale ribbon-tied to a jar of worldfamous Arnaud’s mustard. n

What: “Soirée de Lumière,” benefiting Lighthouse Louisiana When: Thursday, June 8 Where: Arnaud’s

1. Board President and Emcee Paul Masinter, President Renee Vidrine, Renee Masinter and Celebrity Auctioneer Bryan Batt 2. Katy Casbarian and Nicki Candies 3. Sara and Ryan Gootee

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Baby Benefit


March of Dimes recognized 26 Outstanding Professionals at its 31st annual gala. By Shelby Simon

March of Dimes celebrated its 31st anniversary with its annual “Spotlight On Success” celebration and tribute to a select group of Outstanding Professionals in the greater New Orleans area. The 2017 Honorees included: Caroline Adams, Brianna Ashburn, Mont Creamer , Megan Demony, Courtney Fuller, Lauren Goodell, Alexa Guidry, Todd Hooks, Maria Karras, Raymond Ledet, Tommy L’Hoste, Colin Lozes, Robbie Ludlow, Marina Manzanares, Erin MarreroSavoie, Sofia Martinez, Rocio Mora, Regan Nosser, Erin O’Leary, Caitlin Owsley, Kateryna Poole, Renny Simno, Chris Talbot, Kelli Tinney, Kimberly Ann Thompson and Charles Wattigny. A host of top local restaurants provided delectable catering for partygoers to sample, and a varied silent auction boasted prize packages designed by the honorees. Funds raised support the March of Dimes programs in research, education and pre-natal care for the nearly 9,000 babies born prematurely in the U.S. each year. n



Event at a Glance When: Friday, June 23 Where: Mardi Gras World

1. Committee Member Amanda Tinney with Honorees Rocio Mora, Erin Marrero-Savoie and Kelli Tinney 2. Dr. Jacqueline Faust and Honoree Renny Simno 3. Honorees Lauren Goodell and Brianna Ashburn

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From Dream to Destiny The 15th “Mission Possible Gala” recognized outstanding volunteers and corporate sponsors of NOMMS. By Shelby Simon

The 2017 New Orleans Medica Mission Services, Inc's "Mission Possible Gala" marked the realization of a mission realized for the organization, as the Board of Directors announced that the long-term dream was realized in May, when NOMMS purchased the warehouse to store future mission supplies and donations of medical equipment. A picture board of the warehouse and the actual closing was permanently displayed throughout the celebration, along with the flags of NOMMS and the flags from each country served by NOMMS. Archbishop Gregory Aymond delivered the invocation during the Patron Party. Frederick J. Mikill II, CEO and Board Member, served as emcee and made introductions of the Board of Directors of NOMMS. Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Michael Kennedy with Hydrea Force LLC for his activism, including heading up the “NOMMS Golf Tournament,” volunteer appreciation parties and supporting the NOMMS gala. Outstanding Corporate Sponsor was presented to Ronald Abboud on behalf of Chip Abboud, Manager of Generations Hall, for their continuous Gala support. Food for the event was provided by a host of New Orleans’ best restaurants and caterers. Where Y’acht performed, and there were both a live auction and a silent auction, which featured more than 300 items including art, jewelry and gift certificates for restaurants and hotels. More than 400 guests attended the gala; Alice Dolese and Pumpkin Parker served as Gala Co-Chairs. n



Event at a Glance When: Friday, June 23 Where: Generations Hall 1. CEO, Board Member and Emcee Frederick J. Mikill II, President Dr. Dan Jacob, Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Medical Director Dr. Tom Kennedy 2. Jessica Schulman, Gala Co-Chairs Alice Dolese and Pumpkin Parker with Alecia Holinga 3. Jennifer Ansardi with Melanie and Mickey Loomis

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Wine and Whimsy


A celebration of wine and food brought patrons to NOWFE’s “Royal Street Stroll.” By Shelby Simon

Live jazz, rare antiques, fine art, scrumptious local cuisine and wine pairings in the midst of stunning historic architecture brought hordes of partygoers to the 2017 “Royal Street Stroll“ presented by Rouses, the signature evening event of the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience. Patrons shopped throughout the galleries of Royal Street while experiencing fine wine offerings and food selections at tents along the way. The stroll is led “parade-style” by the Krewe of Cork, featuring several renowned winemakers as Grand Marshalls, and included strollers in whimsical wine-themed costumes. Now in its 25th year, this New Orleans culinary event attracts more than 7,000 connoisseurs of fine wines and exemplary cuisine as well as art and music aficionados. NOWFE 2017 also included Wine Dinners hosted by more than 30 New Orleans restaurants; Vinola!, NOWFE’s premium tasting event; Culinary Seminars and Experiences and a Grand Tasting from more than 175 wineries featuring greater than 1,000 wines and 75 chefs serving regional culinary delights; and the Big Gateaux Show pastry competition. NOWFE leads the charge in fighting hunger and supporting culinary education through its more than $1 million in donations. n



Event at a Glance What: “Royal Street Stroll,” benefiting NOWFE Where: Royal Street

1. Charlee Williams, President Traci Beninate and Board Member Kristian Sonnier 2. Co-Host Ralph Brennan, Jamie Hall and Slade Rushing 3. Tiffany Sewell, Founding Board Member Brenda Maitland and Marian Needham

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A Shakespeare Spectacle The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane celebrated its 24th anniversary By Shelby Simon

The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane celebrated its 24th anniversary with an Opening Night Party following a performance of The Taming of the Shrew in the lobby of Tulane University’s Lupin Hall. The production was done in partnership with Cripple Creek Theatre Company, directed by Emilie Whelan. Board members donated a variety of cheeses, finger sandwiches and cookies for the reception, which 175 guests attended. The event raised awareness and funds for the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, which produces professional, classical theatre with a primary focus on the works of William Shakespeare. Each year, The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane utilizes local, national and international talent to create dynamic performances celebrating Shakespeare’s insight into the human condition. This programming provides both entertainment and educational resources to the Gulf South while honoring Shakespeare’s legacy. Martin Sachs serves as the Artistic Director and Chair of Tulane Theatre and Dance; Clare Moncrief is Managing Director of The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane; and Chaney Tullos is Director of Operations. n



Event at a Glance What: “Opening Night Party,” benefiting The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane Where: Tulane University Lupin Hall

1. Director Emilie Whelan, Artistic Director and Chair of Tulane Theatre and Dance Martin Sachs and Jenn Jacobs 2. Director of Operations Chaney Tullos, Susan M. Taylor and Juan Barona 3. Arthur and Caroline Nead

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From Heels to Heart

Health solutions for women By Kelcy Wilburn

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Everyone deserves to feel as good as they can, and there are any number of factors that go into feeling positive rather than negative, energetic rather than fatigued and healthy rather than unwell. Finding resources to address your concern and find a health solution isn’t difficult in a city like New Orleans which boasts an abundance of quality health care providers – it just takes the drive to address your concern and a quick phone call or click online to schedule a consultation. From heels, to head, to heart, we’ve sought out advice and new techniques that might just offer a health solution for you.

Weight Loss For many people the key to their weight lies not solely in what they eat, but how much they eat. An enthusiastic appetite coupled with overly generous food portions can lead to a lot of unnecessary calories that the body has to work much harder to burn. Entrepreneur Ingrid Rinck has designed a solution to this problem with her growing Louisianabased prepared food program, Sensible Meals. “So many people fail at diets throughout their life because they can’t stick to the rigorous, monotonous, bland and expensive options available, leaving them frustrated and feeling like a failure,” says Rinck. “We change that by giving clients food they like, portion sizing it, shipping it right to their door and giving it to them for the best price around,” she says. Sensible Meals provides meal portions sized to meet the body’s nutritional needs, and can stay

under 1,500 calories a day depending on your meal plan. According to Rinck, within the first week clients typically lose two to six pounds as their body is retrained to eat the correct portion sizes of their favorite foods. The company offers a few low-carb meal programs depending on clients’ goals and also includes a female weight loss plan, a double protein plan, a paleo meal plan and a double paleo plan. 45

Primary Care/Family Medicine

Another way to feel better is to stay on top of your health. While this seems obvious, many people choose to neglect their health by avoiding doctor visits or by ignoring warning signs. This is where the help of a primary care physician – someone who treats patients at all stages of life – comes in handy. “Whether you’re transitioning into adult medicine, battling chronic illness or staying healthy with annual check-ups, our goal is to provide the best care possible to keep you well,” says Dr. Meredith Maxwell, a Touro Family Medicine Physician. Maxwell recommends women stay on top of their health by scheduling and maintaining regular wellness visits in addition to screening tests that can unveil diseases before symptoms appear. Examples of

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helpful screenings include blood pressure checks and mammograms. Some screenings you can receive in-office and some may require a quick jaunt to an imaging center or lab, which is always worth the results that guide your next steps toward better health. “Patients know their own body better than anyone else. Always tell your health care provider about any changes in your health or other concerns that you have,” says Dr. Maxwell.

Achieving Balance & Peace of Mind

Various stressors in life can cause depression, anxiety and disruptions to our moods and productivity, from family or relationship issues to traumas, which could be physical, emotional or sexual. According to Gerard Woodrich, LCSW and Owner/Psychotherapist at Positive Family Solutions, problems arise when emotions, anxiety and stress start affecting other areas of your life and manifest in lack of concentration, lower libido and irritability with family, peers or children – among other behaviors. There are preventative measures we can take to maintain a healthy outlook and healthy behavior, which

include learning the triggers and stressors that create anxiety, irritability, anger, frustration and lack of confidence. Woodrich recommends Cognitive Behavioral Therapy combined with mindfulness strategies, such as meditation and positive thought restructuring. Finding a licensed professional to assist you with these therapies could be helpful in keeping your mind and actions balanced, healthy and productive. At Positive Family Solutions, Woodrich specializes in trauma, depression and anxiety, family or environmental stress as well as stress and bullying issues for children. 47

Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery In the field of aesthetics and plastic surgery, one of the most common concerns that women want to address is a generalized tired appearance and the desire to look and feel better, says Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist Dr. Sean Weiss. With a focus on treatments for and procedures of the head, neck and face, Dr. Weiss is fellowship-trained and board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. “We take pride in developing a comprehensive plan that may involve both surgical and nonsurgical treatments to optimize our patients image in a subtle and effective manner. Frequently we use combination therapy to achieve results that are better than we could achieve using one treatment type by itself,” says Dr. Weiss. He adds that both surgical and non-surgical approaches can provide outstanding results, and an in-person consultation is the best way to start working on a plan that works best for your lifestyle and budget. Dr. Weiss’s recommends the non-surgical neck lift using ThermiTight® as an ideal solution for those wanting to improve the neck and jawline with little if any downtime and no incisions. Other helpful procedures

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include the local anesthesia facelift, local anesthesia eyelid lift, liquid rhinoplasty, platelet rich plasma injection and other facial enhancements. At Khoobehi & Associates, female patients most commonly seek ways to rejuvenate the face and body and restore a youthful appearance. At times, the practice sees women who have undergone previous cosmetic procedures and are unhappy with the results. According to Dr. Kamran Khoobehi, the doctors specialize in revision cosmetic procedures and take pride in helping women who are unhappy in their own skin. Drs. Khoobehi and Walters perform plastic and reconstructive surgery for the face, breast and body, and Dr. Mai, a boardcertified dermatologist, offers ways to restore youth in a nonsurgical approach. “At Khoobehi & Associates, we offer fat grafting with a majority of procedures. Fat grafting is using one’s own fat to refine different areas of the body. For example, we often incorporate fat grafting to breast augmentations to help the patient achieve a more natural result,” says Dr. Khoobehi. When seeking any face or body procedure, Dr. Khoobehi recommends doing your research and ensuring that you are seeing a board certified

plastic surgeon by visiting Cosmetic dermatologists are another specialty that can help with body contouring and facial rejuvenation. Board-certified dermatologists Dr. Kyle Coleman and Dr. Lisa Donofrio own Être Cosmetic Dermatology, a practice centered on aesthetics. “Most commonly women seek us out to address signs of sun aging from discoloration to fine lines and sagging skin. Early intervention and prevention are paramount in slowing down the signs of aging. From topical therapies to injectables, the earlier patients start treatment, the better,” says Dr. Coleman. Drs. Coleman and Donofrio are excited to introduce Silhouette InstaLift to the practice, which is a non-invasive procedure that incorporates dissolvable threads that hold and lift facial tissue to counter gravity’s unwanted effects on the face. “InstaLift threads are a revolution in minimally invasive procedures, bridging the gap between what can be accomplished with fillers and invasive skin lifting techniques,” says Dr. Donofrio. “In about 20 minutes, sagging tissues can begin to be supported by the injection of thin absorbable threads under the skin.” Like Dr. Khoobehi, Drs. Coleman and Donofrio emphasize that home research is paramount when deciding to pursue a cosmetic procedure, and when in doubt, always seek a second opinion – one size doesn’t fit all.

Être Cosmetic Dermatology 1224 St. Charles Ave. 227-3873 Khoobehi & Associates 4500 Magazine St., Suite 1 304-1248 3901 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie 779-5538 Positive Family Solutions 7100 St. Charles Ave., No. 224 339-4938 Dr. Sean Weiss 2201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 408 Metairie 814-FACE (3223) Sensible Meals Touro Family Medicine 3525 Prytania St., Suite 301 897-8118

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Building toward the future

play features a short video introduction by the student playwright. To book a 45-minute performance, contact Shannon Flaherty at


ne of the most important activities that local theater groups undertake each year is the education of future members of the drama community. In some cases, the targets of the education are adults who are interested, but lack experience, in writing, producing, directing and the like. In other instances, troupes focus their efforts on youngsters, because they know that if kids get interested in theater at a young age, they are more likely to engage with, or at least support, the stage later on. The programs the troupes have created for these purposes are diverse. One currently under way is “The Mad Scientist’s Guide to Playwriting” being presented by playwright Jim Fitzmorris weekly at The Theatre at St. Claude. Instructor Fitzmorris takes students into his “laboratory of ideas and experiments” to help them sharpen their writing, “create a spooky monologue” for production and complete a 10-minute play. The program includes a Halloween weekend performance of monologues entitled “Tiny Tales of Terror” and a final reading of every student’s play with professional actors and directors. Contact Jim at 504-638-6326 or for information about future programs.

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nother interesting educational effort is under way by Goat in the Road Productions. “My Best Friend is an Alien” is the troupe’s traveling performance, presenting four student-written plays performed by professional actors. Goat in the Road presents the plays, this year written by fifth-, sixth- and seventhgraders, in New Orleans schools. Each

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Anthony Bean puts kids first


Classes at Southern Rep

ow is a good time to get a jump start on next summer’s program for kids at Anthony Bean Community Theatre. The ABCT summer program is an eight-week camp for ages 8 to 17 that includes acting classes and workshops, guest lectures and guest performances. It covers play-writing, performance, production, costuming, lighting and set-building, and it culminates in a performance put on by the kids. On Friday of each week they participate in a talent show designed to encourage and showcase their imagination. Call 504-862-7529 for more information.


ore traditional education programs are a staple at Southern Repertory Theatre, where the “School to Stage Pipeline” gives students from 4 to 18 years of age the chance to participate in their own productions. Led by education director Helen Jaksch, the program aims “to help bring out the silliest, happiest, boldest, most creative artists” from the young local student population. Southern Rep offers after-school workshops in the fall and spring, and summer camps for kids. The theater also offers a limited number of need-based scholarships for the programs. In addition, Southern Rep presents theatre classes for teens and seniors. Both programs run twice weekly at the Gernon Brown Center on Harrison Avenue, through mid-December. Contact or call 504-523-9857 for more information on all of Southern Rep’s educational efforts.

Curtain up at Rivertown


ne of the most vigorous local programs for kids is the annual summer camp put on by Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts. Each July, the theaters run by Kelly Fouchi and Gary Rucker team up with Encore Studio of Dance, Tumbling, Music and Theater to hold a three-week musical theater camp. Students get to perform on Rivertown’s main stage, using the set, lights, mics, props and effects from a recent adult production. And they benefit from one-on-one training by professionals to learn all aspects of a theater production. Rivertown also operates mini-camps for kids entering kindergarten through second grade. Contact or call 504-461-9475 for more details.




onsumed by politics and political issues this fall? Consider gathering some friends together and mixing it up with The NOLA Project. “This season is very much informed by an examination of our political situation,” says Artistic Director A.J. Allegra. He says the season will reflect “a great sense of change that we feel both as a nation and as a city settling into our new normality a decade-plus after our great national redefinition.” Allegra says that NOLA Project’s plays will resonate with people who are at odds with their political system. The players will express these conflicts “by humorous, frank, exaggerated and fantastical means,” he says. Bearing him out, the season launched with a rollicking look at “a dystopian metropolis where a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets.” Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, “Urinetown” is an irreverent musical satire in which citizens must use public amenities owned by a single malevolent company. Needless to say, hilarity ensues (through Oct. 14 at UNO’s Robert E. Nims Theatre). The company next turns to an issue equally close to some local hearts in “The Battle for New Orleans” (Nov. 2-19 at St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center). No, it’s not the battle you are thinking of, but rather one centered around a new, upscale food court “masquerading as a community market” that has opened “in a hip (some would say ‘developing’)” New Orleans neighborhood.

In this work, the stage is artfully set for a showdown between grassroots activists and the Establishment to answer the question: Who gets to say what’s best for the city? Playwright Jim Fitzmorris and the NOLA Project team up for the world premiere of this follow-up to 2013’s popular and awardwinning piece, “A Truckload of Ink.” In the spring, watch for NOLA Project’s return to one of their favorite settings, the Sidney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park, where the company will present “The Three Musketeers.” The hilarious adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale by the company’s Pete McElligott is, in keeping with NOLA Project tradition, “part Monty Python foolishness and part swashbuckling adventure tale.” It’s a “genre” the troupe has become increasingly skilled at during its 13-year history. Be part of the fun (May 9-27) and enjoy one of New Orleans’ most innovative companies in action. The NOLA Project was a winner of the 2015 National Theatre Company Award as well as numerous local theatre accolades. See for more details.

ON A HEAVIER NOTE ... For those in search of more sober reflections on human kind and the body politic, local audiences are fortunate to have the Cripple Creek Theatre Company at hand. The social issues-minded company recently wrapped up its latest season with a production of Albert Camus’ “Caligula.” The adaptation, by company co-founder and Artistic Director Andrew Vaught, held nothing back and was well-received for the effort. “All Rome sees Caligula. And Caligula sees nothing but Caligula,” read a promotional blurb for the play. Once again, the company used an age-old tale to present a remarkably contemporary story. “Cripple Creek sees theatre as a necessary component of civic life – the same as clean water, paved roads and safe streets,” Vaught says of the company’s mission. Check the website – – for information about the 2018 season. 53


Finally, returning after last season’s sold-out performances is “Giselle Deslondes,” a full-length ballet based on the 1840s classic and recast in the 1930s Faubourg Marigny.


WHAT’S OLD IS NEW: MARIGNY OPERA HOUSE One of New Orleans’ newer performance venues is also one of its older spaces, and it is gradually becoming one of the city’s most popular stages. The Marigny Opera House is a beautiful, historic structure that in 2014 became home to professional resident dance company the Marigny Opera Ballet. The ballet has just opened its fourth performance season, which its founders say holds the promise of world premieres, “edgy choreography and stellar dancers.” The ballet favors “classically driven, eclectically styled programs of dance and live music, including original commissioned compositions,” according to co-founder Dave Hurlbert. And the elegant, airy performance space, at 725 St. Ferdinand St., enhances the audience experience. Originally built in 1853 as the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, which was established for German Catholics of the Faubourg Marigny, the structure found a new use after the parish relocated in 1997. Businessmen Scott King and Hurlbert bought the building for the purpose of restoring it and offering it as a resource to the community.

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Hurlbert now bills the structure as “a nondenominational, neighborhood church of the arts” and says its mission is to create bonds among people through celebrations of the arts. Marigny Opera House is supported by a nonprofit foundation. This year’s season at the Opera House opened with a performance of “Book of Saints,” a new, full-length ballet inspired by the lives of three saints: Teresa of Avila, Francis of Assisi and Sebastian Martyr. New Orleans composer Tucker Fuller wrote the original score, and Teresa Fellion choreographed the show, with music provided by the New Resonance Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Francis Scully. A celebration of three dances will kick off the holidays (Dec. 1-3) at the Opera House. Dancers will perform “Christmas Cocktails,” by Diogo de Lima, to music provided by New Orleans jazz artist Larry Sieberth. In addition, audiences will enjoy “I Was Told There’d Be Cake,” by Maritza MercadoNarcisse, and “Diversorios” by Nikki Hefko, set to a Christmas Concerto. Keep an eye on the Opera House website – www. – for a lineup of artists and choreographers who will present a January performance of jazz ballet called “Made in New Orleans.” Set to music composed and performed by well-known local musicians, the program will take the stage Jan. 26-28.

Not far away from the Opera House stands a more modest structure that is part community center, part exhibit and performance space, and known as Art Klub. Located at 1941 Arts St., in the St. Roch neighborhood, Art Klub will play a role in the upcoming Prospect 4 citywide exhibition with a satellite exhibit called “Scavengers.” The multi-disciplinary exhibit, opening on Nov. 16, will show how “artists are united by a common interest in the value and life cycle of ordinary objects.” The scavenging artists give new life to what is discarded as they hunt for materials and gather ideas from their surroundings, ultimately reimagining the objects they reclaim as art. Also on tap this fall is a Gulf Coast playwrights meet-and-read on Oct. 10, and on Nov. 26., a “laboratory in three parts” presented by artist Meryl Murman. “The Aesthetics of Garbage “explores and reflects on “some of the world’s greatest discarded ideas,” Murman says. Check the website – – for more details and other scheduled events.

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Southern Repertory Theatre New Orleans Box office: 504.522.6545 While this crown jewel of local theater readies its beautiful new home in a renovated church, audiences will find its performances on several stages around the city. Check the website for up-to-date details for each performance.

Upcoming: “Fun Home” (through Oct. 22). Regional premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical in which a graphic novelist dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant man whose temperament and secrets defined her life. Directed by Blake Coheley; Jefferson Turner, music director. At Nims Black Box Theatre, NOCCA. “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” (Nov. 29-Dec. 23). Revisit your favorite Jane Austen characters from “Pride and Prejudice” during the holiday season, in a production directed by Aimée Hayes and Jeffrey Gunshol. At Marquette Hall, Loyola University New Orleans. “And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens” (March 21-April 1, 2018). Presented in partnership with the Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival, Ricky Graham directs a show that explores barely contained desires and passions that erupt during a fateful Mardi Gras holiday. “Eclipsed” (April 18-May 13, 2018). A regional premiere that follows the riveting story of captive wives of a Liberian rebel officer on a nightmarish detour, during which they shape a hardscrabble sisterhood. “All the Way” (May 17-27, 2018). This Southern Rep “in the works production” goes behind the scenes of Robert Schenkkan’s vivid dramatization of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s first year in the Oval Office.

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Saenger Theatre

616 St. Peter St. New Orleans Box office: 504-522-2081

1111 Canal St. New Orleans 800-218-7469

Under the management of talented artistic directors Gary Rucker and Kelly Fouchi, the lovely theaters near the Mississippi River in Kenner tap a wealth of local talent to the keep the live musical tradition thriving.

A fresh new season of entertainment lies ahead, under artistic director Maxwell Williams. The city’s oldest theatre, beautifully renovated, continues its lineup of popular entertainment and regional premieres of original works.

The home of Broadway in New Orleans, the majestic Saenger Theatre regularly hosts performances by national touring musical companies. Between the big musical shows, the theatre presents musical concerts and solo entertainers. See the website for the full lineup.




“The Odd Couple” (Nov. 2-19). Neil Simon’s classic comedy about two mismatched roommates returns, this time presenting both male and female versions. Director Ricky Graham brings his comedic touch to a hilarious night of poker (for men) and Trivial Pursuit (for ladies).

“Disenchanted!” (Nov. 3-19). Forget the Disney princesses of your childhood as Snow White, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid take the stage to set the record straight in this subversive and empowering musical.

“Escape to Margaritaville” (Oct. 20-28). Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the ocean is warm and the drinks are cold and plentiful. Featuring original songs and some of Jimmy Buffet’s most beloved hits.

Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts 325 Minor St. Kenner 504-461-9475

“Million Dollar Quartet” (Jan. 12-28, 2018). The new smash-hit musical inspired by a 1956 recording session that drew Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together for the first time. Directed by Michael McKelvey. “Steel Magnolias” (March 2-18). It’s a Louisiana rite of passage to experience this production live, on stage, and director Ricky Graham does justice to the beloved story. “Little Shop of Horrors” (May 4-20). Feed the need for musical hilarity with this sci-fi smash that has been delighting audiences for more than 30 years. Directed by Gary Rucker. “Beauty and the Beast” (July 12-22). The classic fairytale continues to tug at the heartstrings of audiences with wonderful songs and spectacular costumes and sets. Directed by Ricky Graham.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” (March 9-25). The classic story of Blanche DuBois and her collision with her sensuous and brutal brother-in-law, coincides with the annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. “An Act of God” (May 11-27). After many millennia, God has arrived back on Earth to address some of our deepest questions, in this hit comedy by David Javerbaum. “Crowns” (June 15-July 1). Told in a mix of gospel, jazz, blues, hip-hop and spoken word, this moving story is told through the eyes of a young African American woman who comes to the South after her brother is killed.

“The King and I” (Nov. 14-19). Two worlds collide in a breathtaking musical set in 1860s Bangkok. The beautiful musical is directed by Bartlett Sher. “White Christmas” Dec. 19-24). Irving Berlin’s musical classic continues to resonate with audiences of all ages during the holidays. “An American in Paris” (Jan. 30-Feb. 4). The magic and romance of Paris comes alive with unforgettable congs from George and Ira Gershwin in the newly revamped show that continues racking up awards and accolades. “The Color Purple” (Feb. 20-25). A woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South has conquered Broadway in an all-new production that’s as powerful as the original script. “The Phantom of the Opera” (March 14-25). The production is bigger and better than ever, and promises to thrill audiences with its moving story and spectacular musical score. “Rent” (April 17-22). The story of an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams. 55

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The Orpheum Theater

The Joy Theater

Jefferson Performing Arts Society

129 Roosevelt Way New Orleans 504-274-4870

1200 Canal St. New Orleans 504-528-9569

6400 Airline Drive Metairie box office: 504-885-2000.

The nearly century-old Beaux Arts theater in the heart of New Orleans’ Central Business District returned to life courtesy of owner Roland Von Kurnatowski. One of the few remaining vertical-hall designs in the country, built in 1918, it is again the home of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (see separate highlights of LPO lineup) as well as other top-notch musical and comedy performers.

The grand art deco theater regularly hosts hot bands and popular comedians at a location on the Canal Street streetcar line in downtown New Orleans.

At home in the beautiful Jefferson Performing Arts Center, the organization led by Artistic Director Dennis Assaf offers a line-up of shows sure to excite audiences from around the region. Performances also are on tap at Westwego Performing Arts Theatre and Teatro Wego on the West Bank.

Upcoming: Herbie Hancock (Oct. 15). An integral part of the every popular music movement since the 1960s, Hancock remains at the forefront of world music. Old Crow Medicine Show (Nov. 9). The renowned American string band will perform their newest album, “50 Years of Blonde on Blonde” in its entirety, with two sets and an intermission. GRiZ (Nov. 11). A champion of the live electronic landscape, GRiZ blends improvised saxophone, guitar and vocals over booming bass lines and creative transitions. alt-J (Nov. 13). Presented with WMB and Alt 92.3, with special guest NoMBEe. Holiday Spectacular with the 610 Stompers (Dec. 9-10). The LPO celebrates the season with help from New Orleans’ own band of “Ordinary Men with Extraordinary Moves” and special guest artists. From the Big Easy to the Big Apple (Feb. 22, 24). A multi-cultural program that evokes the rhythms and sounds of Brazil and previews the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall debut program.

Upcoming: Dylan Moran (Oct. 12). Expect a master class in comedy when Moran returns to the U.S. with his new show, “Grumbling Mustard.” Run the Jewels (Oct.13). A one-off project that quickly evolved into a hip-hop superduo features rappers El-P and Killer Mike. With Denzel Curry and Cuz Lightyear. Roadcase Royale (Oct. 17). Featuring Nancy Wilson of Heart and Liv Warfield.

Upcoming: “Chicago the Musical” (Oct. 6-15). This sharp-edged satire set in the Roaring Twenties features a dazzling score. Pasta & Puccini, annual fundraising gala (Oct. 20). See website for ticket information for the gala at Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

Lil Yachty (Oct. 19). Teenage tour rescheduled from August.

“Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus,” (Oct. 27). The off-Broadway hit comedy comes to Jefferson Performing Arts Center.

Gogol Bordello + Lucky Chops (Oct. 21). Combining elements of punk, Gypsy music, and Brecht-ian cabaret in the story of New York’s immigrant diaspora.

“Caroline, or Change” (Oct. 27-Nov. 5). Set in 1963 Louisiana, a provocative story of political, social and pocket change. At Westwego Performing Arts Theatre.

Iron & Wine (Nov. 4). Sam Bearn is a singersongwriter who captures the emotion and imagination of his audiences with distinctly cinematic songs.

Butch Caire’s Holly Jolly TV Christmas Special (Dec. 1-10). With special guest star Becky Allen, the show brings fond memories of the holiday TV variety specials from the 1960s. At Westwego Performing Arts Theatre.

Troyboi (Nov. 18). One of Southeast London’s most closely guarded entertainment secrets has emerged from the shadows. Hari Kondabolu (Dec. 10). A Brooklyn-based comedian and writer melds progressive punchlines into an artistic program that delights his audiences.

“Tuck Everlasting” (Dec. 8-17). Elevenyear-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence, but gets more than she could have imagined. “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (Feb. 23-March 4). A lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero. “Catch Me if You Can” (April 13-22). The high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. “Alice in Wonderland” (May 18-20). A storybook ballet in two acts retells the classic Lewis Carroll story in dance.

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Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

New Orleans Opera Association

New Orleans Ballet Association

1010 Common Street New Orleans Box office: 504.523.6530

935 Gravier St., Suite 1940 New Orleans Box office: 504.529.3000, 800.881.4459

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts New Orleans Box office: 504.522.0996

The LPO mounts another grand season under director and principal conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, and is at home in the grand Orpheum Theater. The LPO also continues to perform concerts at other venues as well. Educational programming continues with Band Together, for high school students, and the Early Explorers program helps students find connections between math and music. Check the website for updated details of all events.

Artistic Director Robert Lyall leads another season filled with drama, grandeur and thrilling voices, performed in the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.

The central Gulf region’s premiere presenting organization dedicated solely to dance, the association offers another season of main stage and educational programs featuring world-class dance companies and artists.


Ballet Hispanico (Oct. 21). Led by charismatic CubanAmerican director Eduardo Vilaro, this company has become an ambassador of Latino culture and dance itself.” This stylish company features some of the most technically accomplished and musical performers in contemporary dance, and they bring a virtuosic evening that includes Vilaro’s electrifying tribute to Cuban dance.

Upcoming: Halloween Spooktacular Family Concert (Oct. 15). Featuring classic music’s delightfully spooky music. Come dressed in your favorite costume! Beethoven Violin Concerto (Oct. 20). With Mendelssohn’s “Reformation,” featuring viollinist Paul Huang, with guest conductor Markus Huber. Prieto Conducts Dvorak 7 (Oct. 27). International Tchaikovsky Competition winning cellist Pablo Ferrandez joins the LPO for his U.S. debut for a concert of troubled works, including Bartok’s Suite from “The Miraculous Mandarin,” Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7.

“Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” (Oct. 6-8). In honor of those first historic performances in 1943, NOOA stages a new production of opera’s most famous double bill. Mascagni’s Sicillian melodrama, “Cavalleria Rusticana” features tenor Dominick Chenes, Dana Beth Miller as his fallen ex-lover Santuzza and bass-baritone Wayne Tigges. Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” n otches up the drama with a clown driven to madness and murder, featuring Frank Porretta, Jessica Rose Cambio and Tigges. Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld” (Nov. 10,12). The composer’s outrageous parody of the famous Orpheus legend from Greek mythology hilariously poked fun at 19th century French politics. “Tabasco” (Jan. 25-27). We celebrate Louisiana’s classically spicy sauce as international conductor Paul Mauffray brings his edition of George Whitfield Chadwick’s delightful score to life.

Star Wars and Beyond, the Music of John Williams (Nov. 3, 5). Enjoy music by the famed film score composer from “Star Wars,” “Superman,” “Jurassic Park” and more.

“Champion” (March 9, 11). An opera in jazz by native son and jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard, this is the complex story of welterweight boxer Emile Griffith. We travel through his broken memories as a boxing champion and a gay man in the 1960s.

Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” (Nov. 16, 17, 18). Also including Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, and R. Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1, with guest conductor Karina Canellakis and horn soloist Mollie Pate.

Diamond Jubilee (April 20, 22). We celebrate 75 years of New Orleans opera with a night of historic memories, and local and international stars.

Romance and Fantasy (Jan. 4-5) Internationally acclaimed violinist Ray Chin performs Max Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” as a whimsical interlude to other romance-inspired pieces. 58 st. charles Avenue October 2017

“The Medium” (June 1, 3). Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera follows Madame Flora, a charlatan who holds seanaces for bereaved customers, but later undergoes a crisis of conscience.


Aspen Sata Fe Ballet (Nov. 10). Always at the forefront of American dance with its innovative, sleek style, adventurous repertoire and dedication to new works, this troupe is led by Jean-Philippe Malaty and celebrated Joffrey Ballet dancer Tom Mossbrucker. The company brings a joyous program to the intimate NOCCA stage with stunning ballets by innovative masters. At Freda Lupin Memorial Hall, NOCCA. Co-presented with The NOCCA Institute. Tango Fire (Jan. 27). Ten glamorous dancers and a quartet of fine musicians ignite the stage with a blazing hot, Broadway-style show of sexy and stupendous tango. Directed by international superstar German Cornejo, this fiery ensemble of world champion tango couples from Buenos Aires expertly performs all of the lightning fast, precise footwork and sensational acrobatic partnering of authentic Argentine tango. Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in Romeo & Juliette (Feb. 24). Shakespeare’s tale of the most famous star-crossed lovers gets an exotic French twist in a stunningly imaginative interpretation by renowned choreographer and director JeanChristophe Maillot. Flawlessly performed with impeccable artistry by an exquisite company of 50 dancers and set to the romantic Prokofiev score, this ultra-modern staging of “Romeo & Juliette” is a must-see event for ballet enthusiasts and new audiences alike. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (April 7). Celebrating 40 years as a driving force of American contemporary dance, the company returns with a special anniversary program that spotlights master works from its illustrious history. From Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo’s newest creation and trail-blazing first hit by the brilliant Nacho Duato to the poetic dances of Crystal Pite and a jazzy swing classic by founding Artistic Director Lou Conte, this versatile and virtuosic ensemble will take your breath away. 59

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A Magical Wedding in Martha’s Vineyard Maggie Bryan wed Eric Hoffman on August 12, 2017 By Bev Church

Maggie Bryan, from New Orleans, and Eric Hoffman, from Chicago, met at the University of Colorado Boulder when they were freshmen and lived on the same floor and began to date. After college, Eric went on to get his Masters in architecture, and moved to New York City for a job with SHoP Architects. Maggie worked in marketing and sales, eventually ending up in New York City with VEVO. Eric was moving to San Francisco to help design the new Uber headquarters, but before he left he proposed to Maggie while walking along the Hudson River Greenway overlooking the beautiful city skyline. When Maggie said “yes!”, the planning began with mom, Pam Bryan. Maggie’s parents, Pam and Jay Bryan had just finished a renovation of their summer home on Chappaquiddick Island (known as Chappy) and Maggie and Eric knew it would be perfect! Guests from New Orleans, Houston, Chicago, New York City, London and San Francisco would all stay in Martha’s Vineyard at either The Kelley House or at the Harbor View Hotel, where they could walk and bike everywhere. The wedding weekend started on Thursday with the welcome reception at the Harbor View. The rehearsal dinner was at Atria, where Eric’s mom and dad threw an old-fashioned lobster dinner, complete with incredible flowers by Donaroma’s of Martha’s Vineyard. The wedding began at 4:30 p.m. and guests

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were dressed to the nines as they took the ferry to Chappy. From there, vans were waiting to take guests to the wedding. Hundreds of white orchids lined the path to the house, and as they arrived guests picked up place cards that were arranged beneath a wall of flowers. Chamber music played as guests picked up fans and viewed the flower-bedecked chuppah. The interfaith ceremony was officiated by Maggie’s

family friend, the Reverend Margo Walter. The bride and groom crafted their own personalized wedding vows and exchange of rings. Maggie chose a Naeem Khan dress and the flowers were created according to Maggie and Pam’s wishes by Donaroma’s. The reception featured champagne and a lobster raw bar, followed by a New Orleans second-line into the Sperry tent decorated

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by Donaroma’s and myself with orchids, roses, lilies and gardenias. Caroline Reily and Ashley Bright helped me bring texture into the flower arrangements with flowers from the Reilys’ own garden! The seated dinner for 200 guests included fillets of sole and tenderloin (the latter accompanied with Dickie Brennan’s marchand de vin sauce), served by caterer Annie Foley with personal selections of white and red wine. Guests danced to Martha’s Vineyard’s own Sultans of Swing who played

Motown, the Horah dance and rock ’n’ roll. After the wedding cake created by the Vineyard’s Val’s Cakes was distributed, Maggie excused herself to change from her wedding dress into a Giorgio Armani white silk evening suit, once owned and worn by her mother. The couple fled through a tunnel of sparklers held by their guests. Guests took the ferry home and were treated to an after party in Edgartown. The next day, a brunch at the Harbor

View Hotel let guests say goodbye to Maggie and Eric, who were off to Hawaii for their honeymoon. What a gift to friends who were lucky enough to be there in the idyllic setting of Martha’s Vineyard! n Top left: The view from the Harbor View Hotel Top right: Pam and Jay Bryan’s summer home on Chappy Bottom left: Pam and Jay Bryan, the Bride and Groom and Nancy and Rich Hoffman Bottom right: A table setting at the rehearsal dinner at Atria 61

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1. Best friends Maureen Huguley, Kaki Kohnke Pam Bryan and Margaret Beer 2. Tables in the Sperry tent with flowers by Donaroma’s 3. Pam Bryan escorted by son Will 4. Placecards were featured beneath a wall of flowers 5. The chuppah 6. The view from the tent toward the house overlooking Poucha Pond


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Tompkins – Goodwin By Mirella Cameran

The idea of meeting your lifelong partner in your first week of college is a romantic notion that doesn’t come true for most people. Frances Page Tompkins and Ryan Lawrence Goodwin are different. They became friends during their first week of their freshman year at LSU, and by Christmas that same year Page decided to give Ryan a lovely gift with a visit to his hometown of Shreveport. Ryan treated Page to a classic “dinner and a movie,” and the romance blossomed. Seven years later, Page and Ryan were strolling through Audubon Park sipping on snowballs when he asked her to climb to the top of the playground’s climbing structure to see if the echo walkie-talkie horn worked. It did, because Page heard Ryan’s sweet proposal of marriage through the pipe. With the park close to their hearts, the couple chose The Audubon Clubhouse as their rehearsal dinner venue for June 2, 2017. The next day on June 3, 2017, Page’s father walked her down the aisle at the chapel of The Academy of the Sacred Heart, her alma mater and where Page’s sister was also married. Fr. Michael Schneller officiated the wedding Mass and Sarah Jane McMahon and Dale Melancon performed the ceremony music. Flowers by Meade Wenzel adorned the beautiful chapel. Guests celebrated the marriage at The Orleans Club where they enjoyed a sumptuous meal that included a cochon du lait, bourbon glazed shrimp and candied bacon, all catered by the club. Guests also enjoyed frozen margaritas from Felipe’s. The non-traditional wedding cake was created by St. James Cheese Company and featured wheels of different types of cheese stacked into tiers. Ryan’s love of vinyl records was reflected in the groom’s cake created by Leah Michael in the design of a vinyl record player. It was also the inspiration behind the guest book, which consisted of old record covers featuring the word “love” for guests to sign. A highlight of the night was Page and Ryan’s first dance to “Higher and Higher” by Jackie 64 st. charles Avenue OCTOBER 2017

Wilson performed by the BRW band. As it happened to be National Donut Day, the couple chose donuts as their parting favor. The whole event was captured in a live painting that the couple took home with them that same night.

The couple honeymooned in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and now live in Dallas, Texas, where Page is a commercial insurance agent for Roach Howard Smith & Barton and Ryan is a commercial banking credit analyst for Bank of America. n

Coordinator: Jennifer Tompkins, Bride’s mother Bride’s Dress: Legends Ramona Keveza, Wedding Belles Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Lula Kate, Bella Bridesmaids Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Tuxedo with white dinner jacket, Perlis Bride’s Engagement & Wedding Rings, & Groom’s Wedding Band: Diamonds Direct, Dallas Invitation: Betty Hunley Designs Photographer: Matthew Foster Photography Videographer: Shannon Talamo Films Hair: Beth Washington, Carpe Diem Boutique Salon Makeup: Kellie Bodie

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Top Left: Shelley Tompkins, Peter Tompkins, the Bride, Jennifer Tompkins and Lydia Butler Top Right: Hannah Claybrook, Shelley Tompkins, Marguerite Henry, Lydia Butler, Caroline Schumacher, Jenn Brown, Mae Casey and Ellie Baker Bottom Left: John Martin Anthony, Carlton Holland, Tyler Goodwin, Jeff Springmeyer, Timothy Brown, Brooks Baumann, Ryan Goodwin, Jordan Adams, Mark Dupee, Reed Gibbs, Hunter Latham, Austin Reed and Rocky Goodwin Bottom Right: Rocky Goodwin, Bride and Groom and Luann Goodwin 65


Anna Monhartova Ph.D. President, A’s & Aces By Lindsay Mack

A love for tennis can lead to big success

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experienced tennis for the first time. In addition to athletics, A’s & Aces focuses on academic achievement. Classroom literacy programs are linked to on-court activities, reinforcing the importance of education. Thanks to its after-school, in-school, break and weekend programs, A’s & Aces serves around 1,000 children each year. Helping children succeed from elementary school through college is the ultimate goal. A’s & Aces students have already made a mark on the national tennis scene. Since 2011, A’s & Aces has had seven United States Tennis Association (USTA) Foundation Arthur Ashe essay winners, each of whom won a trip to a pro event. Furthermore, many of the program’s scholar-athletes are highly ranked tennis players in Louisiana, and over 50 of them play tournaments and travel for competition. In addition to student achievements, the program itself has received accolades. In 2013, A’s & Aces was named the USTA’s

National Junior Tennis and Learning Chapter of the year out of over 600 organizations nationwide. More recently, the organization’s co-founder received the Community Impact Award from Zurich. A’s & Aces relies on the help of volunteers, partners and donors to fulfill its mission, and additional support is always welcome. At this time, the organization is seeking a more permanent residence. “To fully implement its vision, A’s & Aces needs a home, a ‘hub’ where students can train together, have a safe, enriching space to learn, and explore their full potential beyond school,” says Monhartova. She hopes the program will provide every child access to the sport of tennis, as well as a pathway to college programming. n

Get Involved For more information, visit, email or call 487-1147

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for area students, thanks to one local organization. Using tennis as a medium, A’s & Aces offers academic and educational opportunities for underserved children in the New Orleans area. Anna Monhartova and David Schumacher founded A’s & Aces in 2008 to addresses the lack of after-school opportunities for local public school children. In particular, access to non-traditional activities such as tennis were limited. Because tennis encourages fitness, friendship-building and fun, it was an easy pick for this student-athlete program. Although a lack of infrastructure presented early difficulties – many partner schools did not have gymnasiums, let alone tennis courts – the A’s & Aces team worked around these issues with creativity. They used the QuickStart mini tennis program, with portable nets and smaller courts, to bring the tennis experience to almost any location. With this setup, students across NOLA 67

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Aliyah Camera Dixon Isidore Newman School By Mallory Lindsly

“Through service, I’m able

affect me directly, it affects my community and I wanted to help put an end to it.” After learning more about these horrors, Dixon and the women in NeWomen made bracelets to sell as a fundraiser. Each bracelet had a lotus flower on it, symbolizing the rebirth of a purer life. Dixon says, “That flower represents the women of Eden House; they were hitting the reset button on life and taking back control over theirs.” Sana Johnson, Dixon’s mother, inspired her to become an activist. Johnson taught her that her voice is important and that it’s equally important to all of us. Dixon plans to attend UCLA or the University of Miami after she graduates in 2018. She strives to be a pediatrician who owns her own practice. Dixon also wants to create her own international organization dedicated to empowering young girls around the world through seminar classes, summer camp programs and mentorship. n

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to explore life from a different lens than the one I’m used to, and I’m able to learn and have a better understanding of the world around me,” says Aliyah Camera Dixon, a senior at Isidore Newman School. Dixon is involved in NeWomen, ACTIONS and Eden House. Dixon founded NeWomen as an organization that empowers young women in the upper school through mentoring and discussions. Dixon volunteered at Eden House by organizing a closet of one of the women who works there. Shopping is one of Dixon’s favorite hobbies so she organized the closet as if she was on “What Not To Wear” and made organizing a fun task. “During this service project, I realized that these women were stripped of this luxury of going shopping for themselves. This hit home for me because I go shopping so I can relax and unwind. So, to know that this luxury was stripped away from these women made me realize the seriousness of sex trafficking,” says Dixon. Kara Van De Carr spoke to the women of Newman about sex trafficking and brought a survivor so the students could learn from her. “As a teenager, it’s much easier to go every day not worrying about the issues others have to face,” says Dixon. “In that month of discussions and volunteering, I learned that even though sex trafficking doesn’t 69

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Emilie Rhys Owner & Artist, Scene by Rhys Art Gallery By Mirella Cameran

You come from a family of artists; did you know you would become one yourself? Yes. My parents divorced when I was a baby and I didn’t grow up around art, yet when I met my dad at age 20, I was already a serious self-taught artist. Do you feel you’re following in your father’s footsteps? Absolutely; here in New Orleans there’s no question about it, and I welcome the comparisons. I gain strength from the legacy. Of which of your pieces are you most proud? The ones with gouache applied in the studio. It is very tricky adding watermedia to an ink drawing, and to do so successfully is a triumph – akin to walking a tightrope and making it safely to the other side.

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What makes your art special? My live music art is a unique view and way to experience the vibrant local scene. Is there anything else you would like to share? We are approaching our one-year anniversary as a public art gallery, and are planning a weekend of events to celebrate: November 11-12. n

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Which have been your most popular pieces? The gouaches of individuals or bands; anything created at Preservation Hall. People also love archival prints.

Is there anything in the gallery right now that you would like to tell us about? My large oil canvases are music-themed and include French Quarter rooftop views. Come and see them!

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Ken Friend Jr. Owner, Friend & Company Fine Jewelers By Mirella Cameran

How did you get into the jewelry business? My mother and father started the company, so it was a natural progression for another generation to come into the business. I did so after college.

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Have you always had a passion for it? Honestly, not when I was growing up; but as I became more involved in the business I became passionate about the manufacturing process and what we could do to make our product better and less expensive. I really enjoy figuring out how to make beautiful products at reasonable price points. What makes Friend & Company distinct? We are not only a manufacturing jeweler, but half of our inventory is antique and estate, so we offer the best of both worlds. The addition of our bridal registry, corporate gift department and a large service center to repair jewelry and watches makes us a one-stop shop for clients’ needs. Tell us about your estate jewelry? I’m so proud of our team and our jewelry. I love that we can provide our customers with truly one-of-a-kind pieces at price points that are significantly under market pricing.

Tell us something we don’t know about your job? So many of our customers are educated when it comes to jewelry and they understand the relationship between quality and price. What are your favorite pieces in store right now? We are excited to now carry pre-owned Rolex, Cartier and Patrick Philippe watches. They come with two-year warranties and are priced significantly less than a new watch. It’s something that’s been on the drawing board for a long time, and now that we finally launched it, it’s nice to see such quick success. One of my other favorites is a signed Cartier platinum emerald and diamond bracelet. It’s so beautiful and rare; it’s really one of my favorite pieces we’ve ever had. n

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1. Matthew Lysaker, Rob Hailey, Travis Johnson, Gerard Duhon, Lisa Norris and Ron Guillory hold a check for $4,000 to benefit Cafe Reconcile. Recognized for his outstanding community service, Travis Johnson was given a grant by Sodexo and Tulane University to donate to his favorite charity. 2. Jefferson Performing Arts Society President Kim Hasney, JPAS sponsor Melinda Bourgeois and Jackie Hughes pose together at the Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s Leading Ladies Annual Promenade. This year’s event “Une Promenade de Jardin,” was held at the Cannery and raised $16,000 for Theater Kids scholarships. 3. Artist Tara Conley, Managing Director of the Helis Foundation Jessie Schott Haynes, President of The Helis Foundation David Kerstein and artists Ashely Pridmore and Rachel David celebrated International Sculpture Day, presented by The Helis Foundation. The day featured the installation of Conley’s, “Bravegirl,” a workshop, an artist talk and a wine reception. 4. Girls from Navigate Nola and Tara Conley pose with Conley’s “Bravegirl” at International Sculpture Day. The event was coordinated with local female youth-empowerment nonprofits PINK House, Navigate Nola, Project Butterfly and The Beautiful Foundation. 5. Scott Dessens and Carrie and Bob Bartlett attend the 12th annual “Tails but No Black Tie,” a fundraiser to benefit Friends of City Park. The event was held at the Equest Farm in City Park and featured performances by Guy McClean and his team of Australian bred horses, riding competitions and entertainment by the Tom Fisher Jazz Ensemble. 6. Michelle Solger and Vickie Chappetta at “Tails but No Black Tie” in April.

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7. Richard Williams, Betsie Gambel, Jill Bellone and Chris Bellone attended the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s first ever “Man and Woman of the Year Campaign Kickoff” in April. Over 200 guests attended the event at the World War II Museum. 8. Sidney Torres poses with “Man of the Year” candidate Travers Mackel, Event Chairman Chris Bellone and candidate Ben Kazenmaier at the “Campaign Kickoff” in April at the World War II Museum. 9. Jennifer Van Vrancken poses with Friends of St. Alphonsus President Patti Johnston, Center Coordinator Armand Bertin and Stephen Dwyer at the annual “St. Alphonsus Art Auction & Gala” in April. The event included both silent and live auctions, food from local restaurants and a raffle of a Rodrigue Blue Dog and an Irish doll house. 10. “Art in April” Gala Co-Chairs Frank Currie and Luann Wenthold are pictured at the Friends of St. Alphonusus’ annual fundraiser in April. This year’s event benefited the reuse and restoration the church that was built by the Irish community in 1855 and now being used as an art and culture center. 11. Karen Jacobs, Christy Williams and Sarah Gibson attend the fifth annual “Mom’s Blog Easter Egg Hunt” in March at Children’s Hospital. Over 1,500 people participated in the event, which featured egg hunts, face-painting, a drum circle and Audubon Institute’s Zoomobile. 12. Sarah Gibson and Jamie Centner of New Orleans Mom Blog pose together at the annual “Easter Egg Hunt.” The New Orleans Moms Blog hosts events throughout the year to connect families throughout the community.

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Once On This Island

The Comedy Get Down


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,

Comedians and film/TV stars Cedric “The Entertainer,” Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley and George Lopez come together for the comedy event of the year. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663,

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

Beethoven Violin Concerto with Mendelssohn’s “Reformation”



Hello, Dawlin’!


Champions of Magic

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,

Chicago the Musical

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic World Tour

In the roaring 1920s, Roxie Hart murders her lover and is sent to death row where she and fellow murderess Velma Kelly vie for headlines and the spotlight. Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, 731-4700,

Coming from London’s West End, these world-class illusionists are here to give you a spectacular night of mystery, magic and illusion. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

Through 22


Fun Home

Ponderosa Stomp 13

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,

The Ponderosa Stomp celebrates the raw, emotional energy of American music, ranging from country Creole to soul to rock ’n’ roll. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

Through 14

Cavalleria Rusticana & Leoncavallo Pagliacci



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,


The New Orleans Opera Association presents this double bill of two of opera’s most gripping tragedies. The Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., 525-1052 8-9 A Man and His Prostate

Ed Asner stars a man who goes on a journey of pain, anatomy and laughter in this story of a hilarious visit to the hospital. Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081,

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The passion of Beethoven’s violin concerto is followed by the dignified energy of Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 5.” Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

International pop superstar and Grammy Award-winner Bruno Mars hits New Orleans in his first full-length tour since 2013. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663,

In this Moment: Half God/Half Devil Tour


The alternative metal band In This Moment comes to town to for a night of goth rock. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

Enjoy original songs and Jimmy Buffett classics in this tale of a part-time singer and bartender named Tully whose heart is stolen by a beautiful careerminded tourist. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

15 Herbie Hancock

WWOZ and the Orpheum presents groundbreaking jazz musician and former Miles Davis bandmate Herbie Hancock. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, 17 Roadcase Royale – Featuring Nancy Wilson of Heart and Liv Warfield

Fans of 1980s rock can check out two acclaimed singers in a one-night only show. The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., 528-9569,

Escape to Margaritaville

27 Prieto Conducts DvoRák’s “Symphony No. 7”

Award-winning cellist Pablo Ferrandez makes his U.S. debut with a solemn performance of a deeply personal composition. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, 85

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Mansion Musings The history of the Luling Mansion By Seale Paterson

Florenz Luling commissioned architect James Gallier Jr. to design a mansion for him on Esplanade Avenue. The 30 acres surrounding the home were intricately landscaped, containing luscious plants and trees both native and exotic, statues hidden among paths, winding drives and a pond with a small island in the middle. In 1871, Luling sold the property to the Louisiana Jockey Club for $60,000 for use as a clubhouse. Tennis courts, bicycle paths, stables that could accommodate 100 horses and golf courses were added to the grounds; a billiards room and library were added to the main house. The Jockey Club quickly became known for hosting lavish cocktail parties, balls, 88 st. charles Avenue OCTOBER 2017

dinners and live music concerts to entertain thousands of guests at a time. Among the most famous guests was Alexis Romanoff, the Grand Duke of Russia. He attended an afternoon party in 1872 that turned into an all-night party. He had such a good time that he cancelled a concert appearance that night and also his visit to Mobile the following day. The Jockey Club sold the property to private owners in 1905. In 1912, it was sold to an investor who subdivided the grounds around the mansion and sold them as individual lots where private homes were erected. The development of the gardens in front of the home meant the mansion was no longer located on Esplanade Avenue. In the 1920s, the home was owned by George Soule; it was during his ownership that the street the

house fronted was renamed Leda Street. The building changed hands a few more times, and in 1934 was sold to an investor who divided the mansion into 10 apartments. The Welcker family purchased it in 1950 and still owns it today. n

The Luling Mansion c. 1980, located at 1436 Leda St. The three-and-a-half story Italian Renaissance mansion features wrap-around galleries, arched windows and a conservatory at the very top. Two wing-like pavilions originally flanked the house, one of which contained a bowling alley. (They were demolished c. 1915.) When built, the home contained 22 rooms with frescoed walls and ceilings, Italian marble mantlepieces in various colors and designs, intricate moldings and a massive mahogany staircase.

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In 1865, German-born cotton merchant