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st. charles avenue magazine

March 2018

The 2018 “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” and “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” presented by Tulane Pediatrics Magazine Street

Home Renewal




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The six-mile stretch along Magazine Street, from Uptown to the Lower Garden District, is filled with shops, restaurants, galleries and more, and is especially enticing during March, when the weather is balmy and the city has slightly recovered from Carnival. Whether you’re window shopping or looking for something in particular, you’ll find something to take home, starting on pg. 50.



March On Magazine Six local retailers describe what’s in store for spring BY SARAH RAVITS PHOTOGRAPHED BY MIKE LIRETTE

On the Cover “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” Chair Stephanie Feoli, “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” Chair Malise Kearney, Clifton LeBlanc from Lexus of New Orleans and Philip Gordillo from presenting sponsor Whitney Bank invite you to the 30th annual “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” presented by Tulane Pediatrics on April 27, 5-9 p.m., and the “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” on May 4, 8 p.m.-midnight. Both events are celebrating the return

of the lions to Audubon Zoo, thanks to Joy and Boysie Bollinger. “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” presented by Tulane Pediatrics will feature food, musical entertainment, crafts, arcade games, face painters and inflatables. The “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” black-tie gala will feature its famous samplings from more than 70 restaurants and more than 40

specialty and full service bars, a silent auction and a luxury vehicle raffle, and featured entertainment from The Big Beyond and Big Sam’s Funky Nation on the main stage and Bon Bon Vivant at Cooper Plaza. Call 861-6160 for tickets and for more information on “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” visit ztdk, and for “Whitney Zoo-To-Do,” visit

Photographed by Jeffery Johnston Special thanks to Elizabeth Brown and Frank Donze of the Audubon Nature Institute



In Every Issue



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Tipitina’s Foundation: Cultivating and preserving the music that brings us together 14 KIDS PLAY

Rock ‘N’ Bowl: More than just bowling 16 WHAT’S HOT

Home Décor 18 ON THE MENU

Making Mezze: Chef Mimi Assad of Bar Frances shares her Whipped Feta with Pita Chips and Fennel and Orange Marinated Olives 20 THE DISH

No Paddle Required: Heading down the bayou


Philanthropic Fun


Queen of Arts: Celebrating 30 years of “Art In Bloom” 66 WITH THIS RING

For All Those Who Serve The National WWII Museum hosted a festive and patriotic gala in recognition of America’s military men and women. 22 Under the Moon, Stars and Dome The fifth annual “Moonlight & Miracles” supported the Ochsner Cancer Institute. 24 An Intergalactic Paw-ty The Louisiana SPCA hosted an “Out of This World” fundraising gala. 26 Aloha to the Cure The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted a tropical luau and honored 10 young professionals. 28 A Tale of Two Houses The Hermann-Grima + Gallier “Historic Houses Society Gala” took place at two houses – to preserve two more. 30

Starting With a Suit Dress for Success New Orleans hosted its inaugural fundraising gala. 32 Rabbits and Reading STAIR hosted an intimate benefit to secure funds for reading and tutoring at no cost to families. 34 Memory in Music MASNO’s annual gala served as a tribute to the memory of Richard Goula. 36 Supporting a Safe Haven More than 345 patrons attended Eden House’s fête to eradicate human trafficiking. 38 The J is Jazzed “JCC Center Celebration” showcased the new facilities at the Uptown JCC and honored JCC Executive Director Leslie Fischman. 40

St. Paul – Lott 68 YOUNG BLOODS

Simone Bruni: Founder Demo Diva 69 STUDENT ACTIVIST

Destiny Sanders: Mount Carmel Academy 70 SHOP TALK

Laura McPhail: Owner & Designer, Bon Temps 71 SHOP TALK

Starr Hagenbring: Owner & Designer, Art & Eyes 72 DEBUTANTE SNAPSHOTS



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B E V ' S N OT E

The “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” is May 4 this year, and you want to start planning your outfit now! We are celebrating the return of the lions to the zoo, thanks to Joy and Boysie Bollinger! We are thrilled to present our cover models: “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” Chair Stephanie Feoli, “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” Chair Malise Kearney, Clifton LeBlanc from Lexus of New Orleans and Philip Gordillo from presenting sponsor Whitney Bank. They are promising an elegant night of fine dining with samplings of the best food and cocktails from our most famous New Orleans restaurants and featured entertainment from The Big Beyond and Big Sam’s Funky Nation on the main stage and Bon Bon Vivant at Cooper Plaza! It is a night you won’t forget! The 30th annual “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” on April 27 precedes the main gala and features food, musical entertainment, crafts, arcade games, face painters, crafts and inflatables. Call 861-6160 for tickets, and for more information on “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” visit, and for “Whitney Zoo-To-Do,” visit It isn’t too late to be a Patron! The “Zoo-To-Do” events generate more than $1 million annually for our world-class zoo that operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to the wonders of nature. Another favorite fundraiser is “Art in Bloom,” which is March 15-18 at NOMA, so check out my column with all of the details. This fundraiser supports the New Orleans Museum of Art and the projects of the New Orleans Garden Study Club, and displays the creativity that abounds in our city! Be sure to look at our Debutante Snapshots from three parties honoring Shelby Jane Ottley White, Mary Elizabeth Conwill, Jane Tally Hodges, Mary Fleming England Redd and Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman. There were so many beautiful parties for this year’s debutantes that we couldn’t include them all, but here is a sampling of some of the best! Le Petit Théâtre, in conjunction with the New Orleans Tricentennial and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, presents Tennessee Williams’ searing and iconic play, A Streetcar Named Desire March 9-25. The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival will be returning to the French Quarter March 21-25. Buy your tickets now for theatrical performances, writer’s craft sessions with award-winning authors, literary discussions and plenty more. Visit for tickets and festival information. It is also a great resource to prepare for the Stella Shouting contest! Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – the easiest and quickest way to learn about festival surprises and lineup additions! Now that Mardi Gras is over, it’s time to freshen up our homes and condos with great new pieces. Look at What’s Hot for Home Décor for eclectic design elements, and to our feature on spring “Home Renewal” for tips from seven local experts perfect to spruce up your space. This month New Orleans Opera celebrates the New Orleans Tricentennial with Champion: An Opera in Jazz, by Grammy-award winning composer and New Orleans native Terence Blanchard! Bringing together our richest musical traditions in a single work, Champion is a cultural highlight of this special birthday year, which is also the 75th anniversary of New Orleans Opera. The opera pays tribute to the human spirit through the story of Emile Griffith, a boxer from the 1960s who struggles with identity, society and his own violent profession. Performances take place March 9 and 11 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater; tickets start at $26 and are available at Champion or by calling 529-3000. Patron benefits from $1,000 – email diamondjubilee@ or call 208-8376 for more information!

Beverly Reese Church


It’s the 10th anniversary of “Hogs for the Cause,” the annual charity barbecue cook-off and musical festival! It is March 23-24 at UNO Lakefront Arena Field, and you’ll be tasting the best barbecue and listening to a musical line-up including: NMO, Turnpike Troubadours, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and The Steeldrivers and Tyler Childers. There is a new Craft Beer Hall as well, and it’s all to help spread the word about pediatric brain cancer and is raising money to help those affected by it! Visit to learn more.

Looking back on some of our wonderful wedding celebrations we wanted to thank Rudy and Liz Revuelta for hosting the beautiful ceremony and reception for their daughter, Jessica and Michael Eastman, at our fabulous Audubon Zoo! Pictured here are Gabby and David Revuelta, Michael and Jessica Eastman and Rudy and Liz Revuelta.



March Events As i write this, Mardi Gras has just ended and, while I had a wonderful Carnival time, I’m excited to get back to my usual routine. Living so close to the route, my husband and I have always gone to see the parades, rain or shine. I found that introducing Mathis to his first parades was as fun and memorable as I expected, but what I didn’t expect was also enjoying staying inside when the weather wasn’t so great, or being able to just look at the floats going by without worrying about catching anything when Mathis was strapped to me sleeping. I am also excited to get my house back in presentable shape. And while cleaning can be fun, finding a way to bring spring inside, through a purchase at a local shop or by hiring a local expert, is a wonderful way to make our houses feel fresh and exciting. Find your new perfect touch in our What’s Hot for Home Décor and our feature on home renewal. In fact, I might just pack up Mathis’ stroller, and take a stroll down Magazine Street to enjoy this beautiful weather and shopping at the same time. Our feature, “March on Magazine,” can prep you to do the same thing. But just because Carnival is over, that doesn’t mean that events in our city have slowed down. If anything, nonprofit events are just getting started! As always, if you would like to see your event listed in our calendar, please fill out our online nonprofit form: I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Kids Play columnist, Brittany Kennedy. A native New Orleanian who’s flaunt in three languages and a Senior Professor of Practice at Tulane, she’s always looking for new experiences and things to do with her son, and I look forward to following her adventures!




“GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON,” benefiting the

“ANNUAL GALA,” benefiting


American Heart Association, 872-3440

National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section, 861-7788




“SOUL FEST,” benefiting



Audubon Nature Institute, 581-4629,



“SOUL REVIVAL,” benefiting

“YEP FEST,” benefiting


Legacy Donor Foundation, 558-8900, OrganAwareness. com/Soul-Revival

Youth Empowerment Project, 522-1316,

benefiting the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, 780-5601




37TH ANNUAL “SUGARPLUM BALL,” benefiting Children’s


“KEEPING OUR PROMISES GALA,” benefiting Daughters

Hospital, Sugarplum


of Charity Foundation of New Orleans, 212-9544


“ART IN BLOOM,” benefiting



New Orleans Museum of Art and The Garden Study Club of New Orleans, 658-4100

“HOGS X,” benefiting





benefiting Temple Sinai, 861-3693

Chrimestoppers, 837-8477

New Orleans Museum of Art, 658-4106




High School, 483-8584

benefiting French Quarter Festivals, Inc., 522-5730



Audubon Nature Institute, 581-4629,





Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, 658-6862

benefiting Lutheran High School, 628-7819






Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Guild Association, 267-9534

Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses, 274-0750

benefiting the Louisiana Children’s Museum, 266-2415,






“LARK IN THE PARK,” benefiting

benefiting Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, 581-7032, PRCNO. org/event/julia-jump-2018

benefiting Raphael Academy and the Guild at Raphael Village, 524-5955,




“PARKWAY PROMENADE XXVII,” benefiting Jefferson

Alliance Francaise de la Nouvelle Orleans, 568-0770 3 “TEMPLE SINAI GALA,”

“A NIGHT OF GREEN AND GOLD,” benefiting Cabrini


Friends of City Park, 483-9369 9 16TH ANNUAL “NEXT GENERATION GOLF TOURNAMENT,” benefiting


benefiting The National WWII Museum, 528-1944 17 “UNCF MAYOR’S MASKED BALL,”

benefiting United Negro College Fund, 581-3794 10 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2018

benefiting Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, 421-1060


Next Generation, 885-0980

Morgan Packard Griffith

Friends of Lafitte Greenway, 702-6778

Hogs for the Cause,

“EARTH FEST,” benefiting


Beautification, Inc., 737-7583



Tipitina’s Foundation Cultivating and preserving the music that brings us together by Catherine Freeman

There were heavy hearts last October with the passing of rock ’n’ roll pioneer and local legend Fats Domino. A friend of mine and her husband joined in the 9th Ward second-line parade celebrating his life. As she described it, there was a lot of music, people and uplifting contagious energy. But what struck her most was, despite the large crowds that included all ages, races and genders parading closely together, there was a feeling of overwhelming kindness that enveloped the event. Paradegoers were united with love and respect for a man who understood the power and potential of the common denominator of music. Internationally known for showcasing Louisiana’s musical talent since 1977, including artists such as Fats Domino, Tipitina’s owners Mary and Roland von Kurnatowski seized an opportunity to expand their reach to preserve the state’s unique musical cultures in founding the Tipitina’s Foundation in 2003. Already successfully raising funds to purchase musical instruments for local schools through the “Instruments A Comin’” event held at their club, the addition of the foundation was inspired by the von Kurantowskis’ desire to do even more to assist the music community’s needs. Currently, the Tipitina’s Foundation has four major programs supporting its mission to promote childhood music education, the professional development of adult musicians and the increased profile and viability of Louisiana music as a cultural, educational and economic resource. Programs include “Instruments A Comin’”, Sunday Youth


Music Workshops, Tipitina’s Internship Program and Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Ops and are financially supported in part through federal, state, local and private foundation grants. Boasting an incredible $3.2 million in instruments put into schools and school band programs, “Instruments A Comin’” is reaching youth throughout the state with programs in New Orleans, Shreveport, Alexandria and Lake Charles. The successful initiative has been sustainable due to extensive work by foundation staff, ensuring applicant schools are selected based on potential greatest impact and an instrument tracking policy. Sunday Youth Music Workshops invite students of all ages to have the thrilling experience of joining our area’s best musicians on the Tipitina’s stage. Playing and learning music together, a whopping 1,700 children have participated in the 275 workshops offered. Teens have access to the Tipitina’s Internship program, an after-school jazz and digital recording program under the artistic direction of Donald Harrison Jr. And statewide the Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Ops offer a network of development and job skills training centers for musicians, filmmakers, and other media professionals. Ensure the musical culture we cherish has the resources needed by attending Tipitina’s

Foundation’s 17th annual “Instruments A Comin’” fundraiser April 30. Held at Tipitina’s, the event kicks off with an outdoor festival that includes a battle of the bands by school bands, and continues with an incredible lineup of multiple groups playing throughout the night, live and silent auctions and food from top local restaurants. Most importantly, the festivity at “Instruments A Comin’” raises approximately $150,000 each year dedicated to the purchase of instruments for local school bands and band programs. Tipitina’s Foundation is heeding the call to cultivate and preserve the music that brings us together. Roland elaborated, “As we approach the foundation’s 15th anniversary this April, Mary and I are constantly inspired by the talent and passion of the New Orleans music community and by all those near and far who support the Foundation’s mission and work.” n

A little more … Fats Domino was a long-time Tipitina’s Foundation supporter; he promoted the foundation’s CD Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats on “The Today Show,” did a PBS special and hosted a benefit at Tipitina’s.



Rock ‘N’ Bowl More than just bowling By Brittany Kennedy

As we stroll into spring, there always seems to be more days off from school and early-dismissal days that can take us by surprise. While the Rock ‘N’ Bowl’s neon bowling pin is hard to miss when driving down Carrollton Avenue, it’s easy to forget one of the city’s best music venues is also a great place for an after-school outing that gives a slight update to the bowling nights most of us remember from our childhoods. While many of us have had raucous nights at the Rock ‘N’ Bowl, the daytime is a very different vibe, offering “Family” bowling Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (including free shoe rentals). My family of four (with a 5-year-old in tow) completed a game and even got in a few extra frames during our allotted hour, and we all emerged into the sunlight refreshed and energized by the adrenaline rush that comes from knocking pins down with a weighted ball in your favorite color. (Parenting Pro Tip: Look across the lanes for an appropriately weighted ball for your child’s age in his or her favorite color while they put on shoes.) When Rock ‘N’ Bowl opened in 1993, it became famous for its Zydeco music on Thursday nights in an era when southwest Louisiana music was notably absent from the local music scene. While they still boast a lively and diverse music calendar, the daytime bowling is a much quieter scene even as the jukebox still plays. While the alley has had visitors from all over the world – including a group of Buddhist monks that bowled barefoot – it’s also a great family event on those rainy or muddy afternoons when kids need to blow off some steam and you don’t want to sit at a playground. Although Rock ‘N’ Bowl isn’t the only bowling alley in the city, it provides a different experience that combines the unique space of a music venue with a traditional bowling alley, allowing kids 14 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2018

of multiple ages to interact with each other, learn about taking turns and experience winning and losing – all with a disco ball and a dance floor nearby. Long gone are the days of everyone having to use bumpers to accommodate younger players and parents trying to keep track of kids and keep score at the same time. Rock ‘N’ Bowl’s lanes are equipped with iPads that both keep score and also place bumpers (they’re actually side barriers) for the players that need them and removing them for those that don’t. The staff is attentive and kind when the occasional child-related technical issue arises, and the lanes are spacious enough to handle a fair amount of children. There is even a good selection of video games for older kids or teenagers that don’t want to bowl. The menu has your traditional bowling alley favorites of pizza, burgers and fries. However, in true New Orleans fashion, the food will prove better than your childhood bowling memories. The chicken fingers, fries and pizza stand above similar offerings

at other venues, and the boudin bites were a surprising, and delicious, improvement on the average after-school snack. Rock ‘N’ Bowl’s menu even includes the famous bread pudding from Ye Ole College Inn next door. The full bar has a good selection of local, domestic and international brews. Although reservations are recommended, you can usually get them the same day. Meanwhile, there’s almost nothing better than picking kids up from school after a long day and seeing their faces when you ask, “Hey, you wanna go bowling?” n

Just the Facts … Where: Rock ‘N’ Bowl 3000 South Carrollton Ave. 861-1700 Family Bowling: Mondays-Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (shoes included!) Reservations are recommended. Price: $24 per hour per lane



What’s Hot in Home Décor By Amy Gabriel

Just as your personal style changes with the seasons, so should the ensemble of pieces in your home. Consider incorporating eclectic design elements with texture, embellishments and playful pops that delight to spruce up your space.

1. Not your average lounge act, the leather saddle sling seat paired with a beech frame is springtime luxury. Modern Market, 1200 Annunciation St., 896-2206, 2. Lisa di Stefano created “Nid de la Couleur #2”, a mixed media piece that will practically jump off the wall. Claire Elizabeth Gallery, 131 Decatur St., 3094063, ClaireElizabethGallery. com PHOTO CREDIT: TOM SIMPSON


3. The mix of marble, brass and cream leather of this table topper will shine a light on your good taste. Eclectic Home, 8211 Oak St., 866-6654,

5. Tassels and custom monogramming easily gussy up your coasters. Prices vary. The Linen Registry, 200 Metairie Road., 831.8228,

4. A textured faux bois three drawer chest handmade in Italy makes for a chic statement. Sofas & Chairs, 123 Metairie Road, 486-9622,

6. A bark as big as its light, dress up your bookstand with a matte gold, Jeff Koons inspired dog lamp. Perch, 2844 Magazine St., 899-2122,

7. The fresh and bohemian design of the Tahoe slipcovered sofa will add instant appeal to your style story. Arhaus, 939 Girod St., 581-6684,




Making Mezze Chef Mimi Assad of Bar Frances shares her Whipped Feta with Pita Chips and Fennel and Orange Marinated Olives

Whipped Feta With Pita Chips

Fennel and Orange Marinated Olives


½ pound Castelvetrano olives 1 Tablespoon fennel seeds 1 orange, zested Extra virgin olive oil

½ pound sheep’s milk feta 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ½ teaspoon lemon juice Pinch Aleppo chili flake (optional) 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper ½ teaspoon chopped thyme 1 teaspoon minced parsley, plus a bit more for garnish Pickled carrot, onion, peppers or any pickles of your choosing In a food processor, combine the crumbled feta with the rest of the ingredients. Run the processor until the mixture is smooth. Using a rubber spatula, transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl. Fold in the herbs.

In a saucepan, combine olives, fennel seed, orange zest (cut using a peeler in wide strips) and olive oil. Warm olives over very low heat for 15 minutes, being careful they don’t simmer. Remove from heat and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour. They can be refrigerated for up to 1 week. To serve, warm over low heat until the olives are warm in the center.

PITA CHIPS Open the pocket bread and slice it into two pieces. Cut six triangles from each piece. Lay them on a baking pan, drizzle with oil and season with salt. Bake them in 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until they’re slightly golden in color and crispy.



BAR FRANCES 4525 Freret St. 371-5043,

Smear the feta to cover the surface of the plate. Drizzle with olive oil, a little more chili flake and garnish with minced parsley. Accompany with pita chips.



No Paddle Required Heading down the bayou By Jyl Benson



Chef Carl Schaubhut’s intention to reinterpret the experience of his Des Allemandes upbringing in a fresh way successfully runs through every aspect DTB (Down the Bayou), the stylish Oak Street destination he opened last spring. Each visit reveals a new element I had yet to notice before in the décor that reflects the Cajun experience through textures, lighting, cutlery – even the lavatories in the restrooms. Deep, plush booth seating is upholstered in subtle moss hues of leather embossed with a crocodile pattern (I want this at home); circular metal chandeliers are adorned with bits of hanging moss; an array of brass fish heads, each of them unique, protrudes from the wall in the entryway. Instead of passing plated orders through a predictable window or loading them on a try behind a closed door, kitchen staff present them from atop an inviting, homey cypress table, allowing others to indulge in a bit of voyeurism before the plates are whisked away to their intended recipients. The ever-changing menu is equally well thought out. Familiar Louisiana dishes are recreated with refined technique and a focus on Gulf seafood, Cajun flavors and fresh seasonal produce. Though I will eat pretty much anything, the presence of a meaningful vegan option never fails to impress me.

The vegan Mushroom Boudin Balls look and taste confusingly like the real deal but are made with three types of mushrooms, charred eggplant and Louisiana jasmine rice, served with a smoked tofu mayo. Schaubhut worked with Chef de Cuisine Jacob Hammel in creating the excellent Oyster Gratin that arrives sizzling in a small cast iron casserole dish. A gentle smoke suffuses with the plump oysters’ brine to cut through a rich Parmesan-and-charred-onionlaced Béchamel sauce under the crackle of herb-rich gremolata crust. Spread it on rounds of toasted French bread for the perfect bite. Cauliflower Rillets are simply brilliant, presenting the oft-boring vegetable with whipped Brie, fennel and raisin preserves and warm focaccia. Every base from Lafayette to Gulf is beautifully covered in the Louisiana Rice Bowl – hunks of crabmeat, shrimp, pork belly, mirliton and tasso, topped off with a sunny yard egg. Also thoughtful is the chefs’ attention to providing options for fine foods at all price points. The Tomahawk Pork Chop and Prime NY Strip, both priced in the mid- to high-$30s, are as sublime as expected. But a thin wallet won’t come between a diner and a fine meal. Cobble together Crab Boil Potato Hash ($6) and a Buttermilk Biscuit with Pimento Cheese ($6) for a fabulous brunch on the cheap or pick a couple of sides from the Lagniappe for an inexpensive and satisfying meal anytime. n

Try This: For its second year the Top Taco competition, happening March 15, has been moved from Spanish Plaza to roomier Woldenberg Park. Producer Shane Finkelstein is also launching Agave Week, a six- day tequila and mescal bacchanal, taking place at various locations around town. The debauchery kicks off on March 11 at Superior Grill with the World’s Largest Bloody Maria Brunch. Additional events include a Spirited Soirée at Johnny Sanchez; a Pairing Dinner at Casa Borrega; a Tequila Launch Party at Baru; and a Margarita Mix- off competition for bartenders in the festival’s VIP lounge aboard the Paddle wheeler Creole Queen. Proceeds continue to benefit One Heart Nola, a charitable organization that raises funds and awareness for New Orleans’ foster children.

Try This, Too: Badass chef Nina Compton and her charming, stylish husband and business partner Larry Miller (also her biggest fan) just opened Bywater American Bistro (BAB). Levi Raines, formerly Sous Chef at Compton’s Compère Lapin, is heading up the kitchen. The menu includes fresh pasta made in-house and French-inspired charcuterie. As a nod to the restaurant’s home in the Rice Mills Loft building, grains and legumes play a substantial role with dishes like Farro Risotto with Maitake mushrooms and minted breadcrumbs. Entrées include seared Yellowfin Tuna Steak with pepperonata, soft herb salad and almond cream.

BYWATER AMERICAN BISTRO 2900 Chartres St. (in the Rice Mill Lofts), inquire for telephone and web address DTB 8201 Oak St., 518-6899 TOP TACO/AGAVE WEEK



For All Those Who Serve


The National WWII Museum hosted a festive and patriotic gala in recognition of America’s military men and women. By Shelby Simon

On the eve of Veterans Day, the National WWII Museum celebrated “Victory Ball 2017,” presented by Ray and Jessica Brandt Family Foundation, to salute the men and women who have and who continue to dedicate their lives to our freedom. More than 600 patrons had unlimited access to the museum’s amazing pavilions and exhibit galleries throughout the evening. Red and navy blue silk linens throughout set the patriotic mood. Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Jay R. Vargas, USMC (Ret.) was the Honorary Chairman. The 2017 Victory Ball reception featured cocktails and culinary creations by The American Sector Restaurant + Bar, including passed hors d’oeuvres and food stations such as a charcuterie and artisan cheese display, a steamship of Waygu beef, Louisiana shrimp and andouille Creole and other popular selections. Centerpieces of mint julep cups with American flags, white hydrangeas and roses continued the all-American theme. Specialty cocktails representing each branch of service were served, including “The Rocket Fuel” cocktail in the Latter & Blum Air Force Base and the “Maritime Mule” in the Edward C. Mathes Navy Base. The Patron Party began with music by The Tumbling Wheels while outside entertainment was provided by the Museum’s Victory Swing Orchestra (sounds from the 1940s) and a service salute by the Victory Belles. The evening closed out with DJ Ann Glaviano. Proceeds from the “Victory Ball” support public programming and ongoing preservation efforts at The National WWII Museum. n



Event at a Glance WHAT: “Victory Ball,” benefiting The National WWII Museum WHERE: The National WWII Museum

1. Honorary Chair Colonel Jay R. Vargas, USMC (Ret.), Catherine Ehlers Metcalf and Jessica and Ray Brandt 2. Darren Nunez, Madeline Tedesco and Daniel R. Higgins 3. Jean Horn and Jack Emerson, WWII Air Force 4. Kathleen Higgins, Allison Heath, Ashley Baldwin and Gayle Higgins Jones 5. Kathryn and Jeff Scurlock 6. Harold Bouillion, Robert Taylor and Dan Dreiling



WHEN: Friday, November 10, 2017






Under the Moon, Stars and Dome


The fifth annual “Moonlight & Miracles” supported the Ochsner Cancer Institute. By Shelby Simon

A moon and stars hung from the ceiling of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as a grand welcome for the 2,150 attendees at the “2017 Moonlight & Miracles Gala.” This year’s gala recognized the contributions of two 2017 Miracle Makers of the Year: Karen Stall and Dr. Marc Matrana. The evening opened with cocktail hour music and dinner entertainment by Jeremy Davenport. To kick off the event, a drum circle paraded throughout the Dome, led by the nationally acclaimed LED Champagne Creative Drum Group and New Orleans Master’s Touch Drumline comprised of student drumlines from local schools. The Marine Corps Band of New Orleans performed the national anthem. Chef Lenny Martinsen of Centerplate provided catering. More than 200 tables were festooned with blue and gold glitter tablecloths and floral centerpieces. Following the Gala, centerpieces were brought to patient facilities and Hospice locations through a partnership with Hope Blooms. Gayle Benson served as the 2017 Moonlight & Miracles Chair. Guests watched a milestone video featuring several cancer survivors, patients and a featured patient video of Mr. Gibson Sewell. A raffle featured a grand prize of a 2018 White C300W MercedesBenz. After-dinner dancing under the Gala Moon was provided by Simply Irresistible. “Moonlight and Miracles” raised more than $1.5 million for the Ochsner Cancer Institute, which offers comprehensive cancer services and access to cancer research and new cancer treatment development across the Gulf South. n



Event at a Glance WHAT: “Moonlight and Miracles Gala,” benefiting Ochsner Health System WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

1. Chair Gayle and Tom Benson with Ochsner CEO Warner Thomas 2. Director of Cancer Center Brian and Kristin Vanhook Moore with Beth and Charles Whitlow 3. Juli Miller Hart with Lori and Lock Ochsner 4. Kevin and Shannon Clement with Keith Clement 5. Michelle and Anderson Baker 6. Steven and Lori Ballard and Kristi and Scott Ballard



WHEN: Friday, November 10






An Intergalactic Paw-ty


The Louisiana SPCA hosted an “Out of This World” fundraising gala. By Shelby Simon

The purpose of the annual “Howling Success” was to raise operating funds for the more than 43,000 owned and abandoned animals seen annually at the LA/SPCA. The 2017 Humanitarian Award was delivered to Nita Hemeter and the LA/SPCA Feral Cat Program Volunteers. The Patron Party featured entertainment by Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, with patron bags sponsored by Canine Connection and patron drinks provided by Velvet Cactus. At the gala, bright silver and white flowers with fluorescent glow sticks by NOLA Flora adorned the tables allowing people to add some galactic sparkle to their costumes. Four Unplugged provided musical entertainment. Additional highlights included performances by Roux La La Mardi Gras dance group, Mother Tucker’s Drag Queens, Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus: Avatar-licious, Lei-jorettes and Krewe du Who. There was also a Gia Maione Prima Foundation Recognition, as well as a social media photo booth and red carpet. Participating restaurants included Sucré, 1718 Hyatt Regency, Galatoire’s and Vessel NOLA. The Bulldog provided specialty beers featuring Port Orleans Brewing Co. Republic National Distributing Company provided an open bar. The silent online auction featured specialty items such as Mardi Gras riding spots in the Krewe of Alla, vintage jewelry, artwork by Joyce W. Laporte, Dom Perignon and hotel getaways. Rachael Dyer, Kelley Mitchell, Christie Anderson and Dean Howard served as Co-Chairs. The event goal was $200,000, which can spay/neuter more than 2,000 animals prior to adoption helping control the pet population. n



Event at a Glance WHEN: Friday, November 10, 2017 WHERE: Hyatt Regency New Orleans

1. Co-Chair Rachael Dyer, CEO Ana Zorrilla and Co-Chair Kelley Mitchell 2. Elizabeth Zervigon and Carlos Zervigon with Board Members Deedra Wing and Jackie Shreves 3. Frank and Paulette Stewart, with Kerri and Chris Kane 4. Keith and Board Vice President Machelle Hall 5. Lynda Woolard and Foundation Member Susan Hess 6. Board President Walker Saik and Scott Niemeyer



WHAT: “Howling Success 2017,” benefiting The Louisiana SPCA






Aloha to the Cure


The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted a tropical luau and honored 10 young professionals. By Shelby Simon

Leis, pineapples, elegant orchid centerpieces, tea lights and palm leaves decorated The Cannery for a tropical fête: “New Orleans’ Finest Uncork the Cure.” The event supports the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. CFF Founding Member and Honoree Candice Laizer delivered remarks to the 200 attendees. Selected for being outstanding young professionals who are interested in helping their community, those honored as 2017 New Orleans’ Finest Honorees were: Nicole Deshotels, Ashley Falkenstein, Joseph Finstein, Brittany Gilbert, Andre Lewis, Michael Merideth, Stephanie Osborne, Mary Petikas, Katie Schmidt and Ben Zapata. A host of New Orleans’ finest restaurants provided catering, including: Acme Oyster House, Bayou Beer Garden, Copeland’s, Marie’s Fleur de Lis Catering, Tracey’s, Treo and Tsunami Sushi. Partygoers danced to the tunes of The Hangovers and were entertained by The Muff-a-lottas, The Krewe of the Rolling Elvi and The Jailhouse Rockers. The auction included art by Terrance Osborne, Olesya Lanovitch and Gallery B. Fos along with New Orleans staycations, luxury spa packages, Kendra Scott jewelry, beach getaways and restaurant gift cards. n



Event at a Glance WHAT: “New Orleans’ Finest Uncork the Cure” benefiting Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Louisiana Chapter WHEN: Thursday, November 9, 2017 WHERE: The Cannery



1. Dimitrios Petikas, Honoree Mary Petikas, Kim Dixon and Mullady Voelker 2. Honorees Andre Lewis, Stephanie Osborne and Michael Merideth 3. Honorees Dr. Joseph Finstein, Nicole Deshotels Dawson, Brittany Gilbert and Ben Zapata 4. Anna Lee Mayo, Julia Granchi, Schuler Ravencraft and Natasha Joseph 5. Development Manager Cassie Schwartzmann, Emily Egan, Stephanie Egan and Naomi Englar 6. John Thomas and Dani and Mitchell Ervin






A Tale of Two Houses


The Hermann-Grima + Gallier "Historic Houses Society Gala" took place at two houses – to preserve two more historic houses. By Shelby Simon

“The Historic Houses Society Gala” was hosted to thank the Society’s Circle Level members. The gala is put on by The Woman’s Exchange (TWE) Board of Members. The evening began at the beautiful home of Sheila and James Favrot with a cocktail hour. Guests sipped on French 75s and enjoyed fried oyster bites before heading next door to the gorgeous home of Mathilde and Richard Currence for the main party. Both homes featured flowers by Dunn & Sonnier Antiques • Florals • Gifts. Local celebrity chef and James Beard Award Winner Sue Zemanick cooked food throughout the evening while guests were able to view the wonderful chef at work. A three-piece jazz band composed of NOCCA students created a wonderful ambiance. Ashley Bright, Sheila Favrot and Betsy Laborde served as Event Chairs. True to this year’s theme, “A Tale of Two Houses,” funds raised at the gala are assisting in the ongoing preservation of the two 19th century homes that TWE oversees: the HermannGrima + Gallier Historic Houses. Both houses are located in the French Quarter and operate as museums. n



Event at a Glance WHAT: “The Historic Houses Society Gala,” benefiting The HermannGrima + Gallier Historic Houses WHERE: Home of Sheila and James Favrot, Cocktail Hour; home of Mathilde and Richard Currence, Reception

1. Co-Chair Ashley and Edgar Bright 2. Board President Holly Nieset, Reception Hostess Mathilde Currence and Co-Chair, Cocktail Hour Hostess and Board Member Sheila Favrot 3. President Elect Sarah Young and Board Members Kit Fritchie and Anne Urquhart



WHEN: Thursday, November 9, 2017



Starting With a Suit


Dress for Success New Orleans hosted its inaugural fundraising gala. By Shelby Simon

Dress for Success New Orleans hosted “A Salute to Coco Chanel: The First Feminist of Fashion” at Generations Hall to benefit the organization’s programs of empowering women to achieve economic independence through fashion and community, This year’s event featured an exhibition of mannequin displays, celebrating the iconic styles of Coco Chanel from the top local fashion boutiques and designers. Miss Kookie Baker, one of New Orleans’ favorite Drag Queens, served as emcee. A Patron Party featured culinary treats from Jason Goodenough of Carrollton Market while the Jenn Howard Band entertained guests with live dance music. The gala featured food from local restaurants such as Ancora, Candace’s Cake Balls, Cane & Table, Chez Nous, Coquette, High Hat Cafe, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Rachel Stickney, The Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans, Vincent’s and more. Fashion designers and boutiques included A.L.G. Style, Amanda Talley, Century Girl, Elle Boutique, Em’s Boutique, Joseph, Maiya, Mirabella, Rose Boutique, Second Act, W by Worth courtesy of Carolyn Fitzpatrick, West London Boutique and more. Guests were also treated to a raffle of a vintage Chanel necklace courtesy of Vintage 329, a jewelry pull from Porter Lyons and a silent auction including art, staycations, spa services, jewelry, restaurant gift cards, home decor, apparel and designer shoes – including Christian Louboutin heels. n



Event at a Glance WHAT: “A Salute to Coco Chanel: The First Feminist of Fashion,” benefiting Dress for Success New Orleans WHERE: Generations Hall

1. Board Members Susan Garic Wallace and Carol Starr with Chair Meaghan Bonavita 2. Board Members Laura Buchtel and Shannon Brice with Co-Host Kookie Baker and Board Member Dea Sherman 3. Board Member Leigh Thorpe, Clients Davi Morrell and Paulette McGlothan and Board Member Diane Riche



WHEN: Saturday, November 4, 2017



Rabbits and Reading


STAIR hosted an intimate benefit to secure funds for reading and tutoring at no cost to families. By Shelby Simon

The warm Prytania Street home of Liz and Terry Creel provided a welcoming venue for “STAIR Affair 2017: The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” Start The Adventure In Reading’s (STAIR) annual fundraiser celebrated the escapades of a very mischievous rabbit while helping to ensure a future of endless possibilities for students across New Orleans. The event raised more than $69,000 for one-on-one tutoring in reading for struggling young students at no cost to families for the entire school year. Patrons gathered in the backyard garden lit with white lights and a wood-burning fire pit and danced to the melodic tunes of the jazz trio Felix and The Cats. Indoors, guests were treated to James Maxwell on the piano. Local restaurants who donated food to the event included Nirvana, The Rum House, Ye Olde College Inn, PF Chang’s and Ironsides Food Truck by Sodexo. Beverages were provided by E. & J. Gallo Winery, Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, William Grant & Sons Distilleries LTD, French Truck Coffee and Crescent City Coca-Cola Bottling Company United. A silent auction featuring more than 100 items including a baseball cap signed by Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning; a game jersey signed by Saints’ safety, Vonn Bell; Gabriel & Co. diamond hoop earrings donated by Wellington and Co.; tickets to The Color Purple and “Live From Here” at the Saenger Theater; hotel stays; and a Preservation Resource Center Gift Package including “Holiday Home Tour Patron Party and Tour” tickets, Mignon Faget glasses, “Julia Jump” gala tickets and a PRC membership. n



WHAT: “STAIR Affair 2017: The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” benefiting STAIR WHERE: Home of Liz and Terry Creel

1. Honorary Chairs and Hosts Liz and Terry Creel with STAIR Executive Director Veronica Reed 2. Ken and Sydney Lawder with STAIR Board President Carroll Feiling and Greg Feiling 3. Steven and Paula Johnson with Kay Dornier and STAIR Board Vice President Bart Dornier



WHEN: Thursday, November 9, 2017



Memory in Music


MASNO’s annual gala served as a tribute to the memory of Richard Goula. By Shelby Simon

The annual gala fundraiser of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans (MASNO) celebrated its 15th year with guest artist Spencer Myer, acclaimed American pianist and 2008 Gold Medalist of MASNO’s New Orleans International Piano Competition (NOIPC). This year’s gala was lovingly dedicated to the memory of Richard Goula: former MASNO President, long-time board member, Grand Patron and Co-Founder of “Nocturne.” Guests arrived at the Lafayette Foyer for the champagne reception. Following the reception was Myer’s concert, featuring works by Franz Joseph Haydn, Maurice Ravel, Frederick Chopin and William Bolcom. Myer also delivered a lovely tribute and dedication of Bolcom’s Graceful Ghost Rag to Richard Goula, who was a close friend of Myer’s. As a courtesy of Hall Piano Company and Robin and Bruce Crutcher, a recent recording of Bolcom’s Rags performed by Myer was presented to each guest. After the concert, guests enjoyed a three-course dinner prepared by the culinary team of the Ritz-Carlton. Additionally, Tiffany Adler of Adler’s designed commemorative lapel pins for the occasion, which were worn by guests. The table centerpieces were designed by June and Ken Cognevich, Anne Gauthier and Susan Lafaye. Each arrangement included an artistic piece designed by Ken Cognevich. Nocturne Co-Chairs were James Farrow (Immediate Past President of MASNO) and Susan Lafaye (Treasurer of MASNO). Proceeds from the event help MASNO to proudly continue its efforts to make New Orleans a vital and vibrant center for the musical arts: providing opportunities to hear some of the world’s best musical talents; developing enthusiastic audiences; nurturing the development of talent; and championing music education through innovative programming and signature events. n



Event at a Glance WHAT: “Nocturne XV,” benefiting Musical Arts Society of New Orleans WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

1. Co-Chair and Immediate Past President James Farrow, Kathan Dearman, Hristo Birgochukov and Richard Dowling 2. Ken and June Cognevic with Robin and Bruce Crutcher 3. Daniel Weilbaecher, Anne Gauthier, Cara McCool Woolf and Keith Lescale



WHEN: Sunday, November 5, 2017


Supporting a Safe Haven


More than 345 patrons attended Eden House’s fête to eradicate human trafficking. By Shelby Simon

The sixth annual fundraiser for Eden House supported direct recovery services for victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, the expansion of Eden House’s residential capacity and the education of adolescents in the greater New Orleans region on how to recognize and prevent sex trafficking. “An Evening in the Garden of Eden 2017” took place in the Audubon Tea Room, decorated with flowers arranged by Eden House residents. The Greg Agid Quartet played before the event, Marcella Ratcliff performed during the event and a film by David Rae Morris was shown. Kara Van de Carr and Daryl Byrd served as Event Chairs. The Honorable Judge Candice Bates-Anderson and Camille Whitworth were the keynote speakers. Additionally, an Eden House resident provided inspirational remarks. Pelts, Kirkhart & Associates was honored for their many contributions to Eden House. They received a beautiful award made by Juli Juneau. n



Event at a Glance WHAT: “An Evening in the Garden of Eden 2017,” benefiting Eden House WHEN: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

1. Angus Cooper, Founder and Co-Chair Kara Van de Carr and Co-Chair Daryl Byrd 2. Peck Hayne Jr., Dr. Vivienne Hayne, the Honorable Joy Lobrano and Executive Director Susanne B Dietzel 3. Honoree Dr. Paul Pelts, Shelley Lengsfield, Honoree Dr. Kathryn Kirkhart and Cynthia Lasiter



WHERE: Audubon Tea Room



The J is Jazzed


“JCC Center Celebration” showcased the new facilities at the Uptown JCC and honored JCC Executive Director Leslie Fischman. By Shelby Simon

On November 11, 2017, The Jewish Community Center showcased the beautifully expanded Uptown JCC facilities, including the new Goldring Woldenberg Sports and Wellness Complex and the Oscar J. Tolmas Aquatics Complex at their annual fundraising event, “JCC Center Celebration.” This year the event honored Leslie Fischman, JCC Executive Director for her expert leadership, dedication and commitment to excellence. The evening’s festivities started with a Patron Party at the home of Walton and Jeff Goldring, which they Co-Chaired along with Sam and Melanie Zurik. After cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Shaya restaurant, partygoers second-lined to the JCC, custom parade handkerchiefs in hand, led by members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, along with Event Chairs Rebecca Friedman and Jason White and JCC Board President Peter Sperling. Guests mingled poolside enjoying the event’s signature drink, the Mazel Tov cocktail created by Kenton’s Restaurant, and a scrumptious Mediterranean buffet by acclaimed chef Daniel Esses and his new restaurant, Rimon. After touring the new expanded fitness facility and indoor pool, guests danced to the sounds of The Soul Rebels. The Solomon Group illuminated the indoor pool and three outdoor pools creating the perfect setting for a surprise evening swim by a special mermaid guest. A highlight of the evening was a live auction hosted by celebrity guest auctioneer Lee Zurik of Fox 8 News, which included a vintage diamond and onyx bracelet generously donated by Friend and Company. Proceeds from Center Celebration support the many community events, programs, and services the JCC offers the community. n



Event at a Glance WHAT: “JCC Center Celebration,” benefiting the Jewish Community Center WHEN: November 11, 2017

1. Christine White and Co-Chair Jason White with Co-Chair Rebecca Friedman 2. Executive Director and Honoree Leslie Fischman and Dr. Nathan Fischman 3. Patron Party Co-Hosts and Co-Chairs Jeff and Walton Goldring with Mara and Joshua Force



WHERE: Jewish Community Center


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Home Renewal Tips for springing to life By Kelcy Wilburn Photos by Sara Essex Bradley

It is time to open the windows! Spring officially arrives March 20, but in New Orleans open-window weather arrives far earlier than that. Open up your home to let in the light and the season’s sweet breezes, and you’ll notice the refreshing wash of colors, sounds and scents that faded away during this year’s brutal, hard-freeze winter. While the light and air from open windows literally brings the outdoors in, there are a number of other ways to give your indoors the same renewed look you see outside. With its bursts of color and flurry of activity, the season demands new attention within the home, and a variety of home and design experts have tips for updating your living space. “I always recommend using springtime as a opportunity to evaluate the condition of home décor items to see what needs to be replaced or updated. Its like spring cleaning for your accessories!” says Maria Barcelona, Owner and Designer of Maria Barcelona Interiors. “Just like a sassy new outfit can add a spark to your wardrobe, adding a few well-chosen accent pieces can totally rekindle your love for your home,” she says. And after winter’s freezing temperatures, New Orleans could sure use a spark! As an interior designer, Barcelona sees her role as refining clients’ visions and styles to give their home the spark it deserves. She suggests taking stock of your accessories – those that still speak to you and those that don’t – as an easy starting point for welcoming the spring season.

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Pictured drapes, upholstery and pillows by Fairfax Fabric Company.

“Adding colorful or richly textured pillows to a neutral sofa is always an instant springtime pick-me-up,” she says. Be careful not to over-accessorize, though. She recommends instead a few well-chosen statement pieces that can be appreciated without being lost in any clutter. Organization is a common priority for spring – namely, for spring cleaning – but organization actually plays a key role in the style of your home and affects your overall design. Without sufficient storage space and well-thought storage solutions, you might end up with more clutter than you know what to do with. Finding these solutions is what Louisiana Custom Closets is all about. Ann Wise, Owner, suggests reorganizing your seasonal decorations before putting them away. When you’re packing up holiday, Mardi Gras or your upcoming Easter decorations, note and discard the broken or unwanted items. If you replace these items at the close of the season, you’ll likely find a good deal. Wise emphasizes that an organized home saves you time and is more relaxing. Knowing how to easily access your items can eliminate a ton of headache. As a 15-year designer and installer of closets and other storage areas, Louisiana Custom Closets’ experts can offer the latest trends for creating flow and incorporating the broader home design into storage. As mentioned by Maria Barcelona, one of the many stored items you’ll want to have easy access to is pillows. Pillows are probably the most common accessory that designers recommend changing seasonally. Whether you’re buying new or 47

rotating a collection, you’ll find even this small change can brighten a room. “The best economical way to freshen the home is by adding a little bit of color. That’s why I tell everybody that you need most of your upholstery in a basic color – tan, brown – that way it gives you more flexibility to put in color with pillows and change to the season,” says Beth Claybourn, ASID, Owner and Designer of Beth Claybourn Interiors. Another tip from Claybourn is using slipcovers, an inexpensive way to update your sofa and adapt to its seasonal use, like when the kids are home for summer. “I have young clients with lots of children who just love them – they can throw them in the washing machine and easily wash them,” says Claybourn. When shopping for furniture, Claybourn recommends having an awareness of the season and understanding the likeliness that you’ll buy differently in winter versus spring. You don’t want to invest in a springy sofa that will look out of place in winter, which is why she suggests neutral colors or utilizing slipcovers. Pillows and upholstery are also big for Patricia Cordaro Daigle, Owner of Fairfax Fabric Company on Magazine Street. A textiles boutique with a curated selection of fabrics and trim for drapery, upholstery and home décor, Fairfax Fabric Company offers a number of textile solutions for spring renewal. Daigle also emphasizes pillows and slipcovers as practical options and recommends chair makeovers for your outdated seats. A few other tips include using textiles as wall art and adding trim to your existing drapes, which can give them a new look without requiring a total re-do. If a large-scale redo is what you have in mind, she suggests new drapery and window treatments for making a dramatic statement. “Don’t forget drapery and window treatment lining. Picking the right lining will definitely have an impact on the final look of your drapery or Roman shades when they are hung,” Daigle adds. At Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design, Owner Blythe Wren is also big on window treatments. Not only are window treatments great for creating a new look, but updating them can mean improving function of your home, too, by protecting from heat, glare and UV rays. “A lot of customers call me because they want to get ready for the hot summer coming up. It helps to block the heat to add window treatments. Even just sheers or a solar shade can help tremendously without losing your view,” says Wren. When updating, don’t be afraid of 48 st. charles Avenue March 2018

Landscape Images, Ltd. Illustrates a plan for a home on Webster Street. Finished garden pictured on the next page.

color – your window treatments are a great place for adding that pop. On the other side of those window treatments, and windows, are the outdoors that we mentioned earlier. The place where spring is most spring! And as part of the home, your outdoor space is another prime canvas. “As a time for renewal, so many plants do bloom in the spring and to coordinate colors in the landscape adds a deep dimension of beauty,” says Alan Mumford, President of Landscape Images LTD. Mumford stresses not only the colorful flowers, but the possibilities in planting design with blooming shrubs as well. For a mere freshening up of your outdoor space, Alan says that’s easy – a consultation on pruning, seasonal color, mulching and even transplanting can all add an immediate effect of improvement and pleasure. Looking for something more comprehensive? “The larger scale renewal would come in the form of a plan that would include many aspects of our design process, like site analysis, client program, which would include how the client wishes to use the property, and all the way through paving, planting, lighting design and more,” says Mumford. Regarding “dos & don’ts,” Mumford says do use professionals, do have fun and don’t be shy. Jonathan Swanson, Senior Landscape Architect at Mullin Landscape Associates likes to welcome spring a number of ways, beginning with an evaluation of plants that have become overgrown or ragged. Another part of his process is to make room for new additions that will give the garden a facelift. Spring is the time to plan for summer, so he recommends taking advantage of this time to consider creating the outdoor living space you’re wanting for summer gatherings. For a more comprehensive approach, Swanson recommends evaluating the overall master plan and asking if the property serves well the family lifestyle. “As your family grows, you’ll likely find you’re using your outdoor spaces in different ways. A rear yard that once served as an active play space may now be better suited for a quiet reflective space,” he says. Consider your lifestyle when thinking of your wants. That latest hot trend may not fit your lifestyle, and that’s okay. “If your family members aren’t big-time pizza chefs, perhaps don’t buy in to the need for an outdoor pizza kitchen,” says Swanson. Whether it’s a pizza oven, gazebo, new roller shade or sofa cover, or even a house full of pillows, get creative with your spring home renewal and have fun. If you’re not sure what you need or want, tap into the city’s plethora of home design experts eager to help you welcome the season.

Maria Barcelona Interiors 9501 Jefferson Highway River Ridge 975-5098

Louisiana Custom Closets 885-3188

Beth Claybourn Interiors 401 Tchoupitoulas St. 342-2630

Fairfax Fabric Company 3613 Magazine St., Suite F 309-9503

Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design 1533 Prytania St. 525-7409

Landscape Images LTD 655 Central Ave. Jefferson 734-8380

Mullin Landscape Associates 10356 River Road St. Rose 275-6617 49

MARCH ON Six local retailers describe what’s in store for spring. By Sarah Ravits

Photos by Mike Lirette

Illustration by Demi SChaffer

The six-mile stretch along Magazine Street, from Uptown to the Lower Garden District, is easily accessible and filled with shops, restaurants, galleries and other local businesses. March, when the weather is balmy, and city has slightly calmed down and recovered from Carnival, is a perfect time to take a stroll and wander into some of the city’s popular retail spots – whether you’re window shopping or looking for something in particular, you’ll probably find something that you need.


6070 Magazine St., 895-8661, Since 1939, Perlis has been known for carrying unique Southern style clothing for men, women and children. According to Bebe Rafferty, marketing coordinator for Perlis, the store will be carrying new spring wear for ladies, from new vendors including Drew, Halston Heritage, Iris and Tori Richard. She says Perlis will also offer a more extensive collection of Scott Barber for men and other “fun, Louisianathemed T-shirts and outerwear from Southern Marsh and Southern Tide.” She notes that the store sells products to all ages, and also offers tuxedo rentals. “Our main clientele is local customers who like high-end and preppy fashion, with a Southern flare,” she says. Perlis is also known for its loyal customers. “When you walk in, the employees remember your name,” says Rafferty. “They treat

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you like family, since it’s a family-run

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business.” What sets the store apart,

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she says, is that customers have

shopped with us for years, and some of our employees have been with us

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for almost 50 years, so in an age of

has just celebrated its 40th anniversary.

online shopping, our personalized

Over the years, the shop has been

and sincere customer service sets

popular for its inventory of shoes, purses

us apart.” Additionally – and this is

and accessories. Manager Kagan Taylor

important, because parking can be

says that Feet First is currently stocked

tricky in the area – the store has its

full of bright-colored flats, slip-ons, mules,

own parking lot, so shoppers “don’t

sneakers and other open-toed shoes for

have to worry.”

the warmer months. The age range, she

Kevin Gillentine Gallery 3917 Magazine St., 891-0509, The contemporary space owned by Kevin Gillentine and Vincent Bergeal is part gallery, part print shop and it offers a range of interior design services. “We do a lot over here,” says Bergeal, who primarily works in custom framing. Gillentine works on fine art and is an interior designer. This spring, Bergeal says that they will be introducing 10 new lines of custom frames. He notes that springtime is a great time to update your art collection and try out some new items for the home.

Hilltop Shoppe

3714 Magazine St., 533-9670, Owned by Mary-Martin France and Rosalind Jenkins, Hilltop Shoppe is a gift shop that carries a wide range of high-end bath necessities, pajamas, table top items, bar accessories, linens, throw pillows, art, books and accessories, including jewelry. The owners, who grew up going

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to summer camp together, say they were always excited to receive small gifts – which France refers to as “happys” from home. The name

says, is from “16 to 86” – meaning the inventory is diverse. “We have trendy stuff for

Hilltop Shoppe, she says, is derived

teens and 20-somethings, as well as items for our more mature customers; we have

from their many years spent at the

things with bling, but we also have a lot of muted and more understated styles.”

camp, away from home. They always

Taylor says that cork shoes are popular this time of year, as are moccasins, loafers

dreamed of opening a store filled

and things with “tassels and bows.” She says the shop is mostly on the medium end

with the types of items that they so

of affordability – shoes tend to sell for anywhere between $60 and $120. Accessory-

cherished as children. Says France,

wise, she says they are stocked with purses and earrings. “We have a bunch of

“Hilltop Shoppe is a one-stop shop

chandelier earrings and pom-pom earrings, and a lot of long, drop earrings.” Feet

for all your gift needs, ranging from

first is also selling a line of colorful scarves – perfect for the in between weather

home decor to baby and wedding

when you occasionally need a light cover-up, but not necessarily a coat.

registry” items.

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The fashions range from “casual to cocktail” attire, says Stall. “We have great daytime clothing, and certain lines are very bright and flirty. But we try to put in a little something for everybody in here.” The store also carries “tons of shoes, mostly of European label … I don’t think anywhere else in the city can quite compare.” One of Stall’s goals is to carry clothing for a range of ages, and also offer brands of clothing that can’t be found anywhere else in the city. The shop also offers jewelry and other accessories. This spring, Stall is excited to carry Sara Roka brand items, as well as women’s shirts by designer Patty Perry.

Lucy Rose

3318 Magazine St., 895-0444, Owned by the bubbly sister duo of Kaitlyn Tufts and Lindsay Laws, Lucy Rose opened in 2013, and quickly expanded when another building next door conveniently became available. (Since then, they’ve also opened up locations in the French Quarter and Old Metairie.) “We always wanted to sell clothing, home décor and gifts,” says Tufts. The clientele they appeal to are both locals and tourists. “We carry items for a wide age range,” she says, noting that both teenagers and their mother shops there. They also sell a lot of affordable gifts in the $20 price range, along with dressier clothing, casual attire and cocktail dresses. “We really shop for the season,”


3427 Magazine St., 309-5026,

says Tufts. “So we’ll be getting in a lot of festival season inventory soon.” The shop also carries shoes. “We want to dress the customer from head-to-toe,”

Owned by Susu Stall and managed by Erica Geldersma, SOSUSU opened in late 2016 – a

she explains. This March, the store added

long time dream of Stall, who grew up loving fashion. The shop brings contemporary fashion

a number of embroidered tops – one of

from around the globe to her hometown and offers a “welcoming” atmosphere. Customers

the hottest fashions at the moment – to

are greeted with refreshments and champagne as they browse the clothing – which is a

its inventory. “We have a lot of great

blend of high-end, luxury clothing, but also clothing at more medium price points.

things in stock,” she concludes.

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onstage Front & Center

Eyes on society: Dramas focus on issues, conflicts the department recently wrapped its production of “The Royale,” a challenging work about an African American boxer who hoped to become a champion in a racially segregated society. Coming in April at UNO is Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” a bold take on the classic feminist tale that pushes against convention and explores “a woman’s place” in a man’s world. Also in April, UNO will offer Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler,” a chilling portrait of a disenchanted newlywed. In May, don’t miss the annual UNO Film Festival, a weekend of juried independent films in a showcase that offers the best of both student-produced and independent producers’ works. For details of all events, see or call 504-280-7469.

LE PETIT MARKS BIG DATES _______ Goat in the Road Productions presented “Foreign to Myself” in January.

‘GOAT’ MAKES ITS OWN ROAD _______ An “outside” production that turned heads at UNO’s Robert E. Nims Theatre recently was “Foreign to Myself,” by Goat in the Road Productions. The work explores the difficulty of reintegration into American society for two returning war veterans, and it won praise from Auditorium Magazine for the players’ “masterful control” and the troupe’s “celebratory collaboration between talented individuals.” A performance ensemble focused on original works of theatre, dance, performance art and educational programming, Goat in the Road has taken its works around the country. Up next, Goat presents “The Stranger Disease,” an immersive show about Reconstruction and Yellow Fever in New Orleans, created in collaboration with the Louisiana State Museum and Friends of the Cabildo. The troupe will perform the work at Madame John’s Legacy, 632 Dumaine St., March 23-April 15. Soon, Goat will also present its FORGE Festival, showcasing the talents of the ensemble’s 18 members. This year’s festival (May 11-20) highlights include hilarious performances by Darci Fulcher and Dylan Hunter. Also during May, Goat’s play-write showcase offers 10 student plays produced and performed by local professional dance and theatre

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companies. The programs operate in five New Orleans schools, reaching hundreds of middleschool through high school students. See for details of all educational and upcoming performance events.

WHERE RELEVANCE RULES _______ The always socially sensitive and inventive theatre company Cripple Creek Theatre capped its latest season with “Treemonisha,” a “fully realized” opera by Scott Joplin, who never saw the work produced during his lifetime. Before presenting “Treemonisha,” the company offered up Joplin’s “Ragtime,” and last August performed Albert Camus’ challenging play “Caligula.” By its own description, Cripple Creek is “a professional, non-equity organization dedicated to producing dramatic works of cultural, historical and political relevance in order to provoke the general public into social action.” See for more information.

UNO FEEDS TALENT POOL _______ Numerous stars of local theatre owe a debt to the training and mentoring they received from faculty in the theatre department at University of New Orleans. Led by theatre veteran David Hoover,

Theatre has played a role in urging societal change throughout the history of staged drama, and last fall Le Petit Theatre took a step toward improving public health with a tour stop by famed actor Ed Asner, who brought his one-man show “A Man and His Prostate” to the local stage. The show took a comedic look at dealing with a serious and increasingly common malady, prostate cancer. Asner performed the work in December. In January, Le Petit presented the “burlesque opera” entitled “Tabasco,” celebrating the theatre’s 75th anniversary and the city’s tricentennial. And next up (March 9-25) is the Tennessee Williams classic, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Completing the theatre’s current season, Le Petit will present “An Act of God” in May, followed by “Crowns” in June. See for details.

AN ISLAND TRADITION _______ All about developing and nurturing talent, Art Klub’s upcoming workshops focus on works from the island of Bali, with leadership by artist in residence Marije Nie. On March 11, Art Klub dives into the ancient tradition of Balinese kecak, which interweaves rhythmic and harmonic patterns and voices. Originally the kecak was a trance ritual in Bali, but today it is commonly a part of musical and theater performance. See for details of this and other upcoming workshops and performances.


Life is good at Southern Rep “Fun Home,” and the “comic bounty” of “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly.” Hayes says Southern Rep’s community programs are expanding year by year, with “play dates, table talks, lagniappe performances, “Second Saturdays” and a Juneteenth celebration. Partnering with a host of local organizations and educational institutions has enriched the experience that Southern Rep can offer to local residents of all ages, she says. See for details of all the theatre’s programs, including summer sessions for kids. Hayes notes that new Acting and Apprentice Companies launched last year by Southern Rep and will get fully underway in 2018. Southern Rep presented “Father Comes Home from the War” in 2017. Photo by John Barrois.


hough the theatre business can be tough, the leading professional theatre in New Orleans is finding many reasons for optimism after a long stint of surviving as an itinerant company. Southern Repertory Theatre is a critically acclaimed regional theatre company that produces world premieres, Broadway and offBroadway, and classic plays under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Aimée Hayes. Through its mainstage season, lagniappe series/ new play development and “School to Stage Pipeline” of arts education and professional development programs, Southern Rep offers accessible, high-quality productions that entertain and engage audiences. After losing its lease in the Canal Place office complex some years ago, Southern Rep worked on stages all around the city. But Hayes is exuberant over the prospect of the theatre soon settling into permanent digs. “Southern Rep’s new home is happening,” she proclaimed recently, noting that renovations of a stately old church in the Treme area are underway to create stages, offices and work areas for a new performing arts complex. The location, expected to open this year, offers patrons easy access and gives Southern Rep a home in a “real” New Orleans neighborhood. The complex will include a 125-seat proscenium, a 65-seat Lagniappe Stage, an outdoor stage and rehearsal room. The theater also is set to open its spring subscription series, encompassing three events, one of which is a Tennessee Williams double bill

(March 21-April 1). “And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens” is a poignant and funny look at dilemmas and disappointments that face a drag queen during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Directed by Ricky Graham, the work takes its audience inside struggles that arise in a part of society many are unfamiliar with. Completing the double bill is “The TwoCharacter Play,” directed by Austin Pendleton in association with Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company. Fantasy and reality meld in this seldom-seen Williams play about a brother and sister who are touring actors and get left behind by their troupe. Williams deemed the work his “most beautiful” play since “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The production stars Irene Glezos and Joseph Rodriguez. Following in April is the regional premiere of Danai Gurira’s “Eclipsed,” a gripping play about the captive wives of a Liberian rebel in a civil wartorn country, who find hope in the arrival of a new captive who can read. Next, in “All the Way,” coming in May, playwright Robert Schenkkan offers a vivid dramatization of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s first year in the Oval Office. Hayes expects that the spring series will echo Southern Rep’s recent professional successes, such as its presentation of the poignant “Father Comes Home from the War” in 2017. “The moment in ‘Father’ when the cast measures the sky took my breath away every time I saw it,” she says. Equally strong, she says, were productions of “Sweet Bird of Youth,” the tearful yet joyful

Lara Grice becomes Violet Venable _____ She is the millionaire mother of a dead poet. Her son was everything to her, until he died in a violent incident last summer overseas. Who is this woman? Her name is Violet Venable, the great dame of Tennessee Williams’ classic “Suddenly Last Summer,” currently being staged at Bayou Playhouse in Lockport. Venable is played by Lara Grice, who has starred on stages across the region, including many productions at Southern Rep. Grice brings a masterful rendition of Venable, a proud woman who is trying to silence her psychologically unhinged niece from publicly telling the hideous truth about her cousin’s death. How far will Venable go? Among other ideas, she attempts to bribe a surgeon to perform a lobotomy on the threatening niece. Directed by local theatre and film veteran Dane Rhodes, the production runs through March 11. See for details. 57


A touring production of “Phantom of the Opera” comes to the Saenger this spring.

Rivertown – where musical theatre thrives _______

“We are thrilled to be in our seventh season with the incredible support and response from our loyal and ever-growing patrons,” says co-artistic director Kelly Fouchi at Rivertown Theatres for the Performing Arts. Sold-out houses have been common at the Kenner theatres this season, and Fouchi says she and co-artistic director Gary Rucker intend to keep it that way. “Our goal is to continue to present productions that are full of high entertainment value featuring some of the area’s most talented performers,” she says. Local audiences are sure to be charmed by a favorite that’s now on stage. “Steel Magnolias (through March 18) is considered by some to be a rite of passage for lovers of musical theatre, and if you have already seen it, repeating the experience is almost mandatory. Six women come together in a small north Louisiana town, and at their center is Shelby, a newly married and pregnant young woman who is about to be confronted by a terrible decision. Ricky Graham directs a production filled with loads of hometown flavor.

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Up next is “Mary Poppins Jr.” (April 6-15), a heartwarming and delightful story set in 1910 England. One of the most popular movies and musicals of all time, the work is a “practically perfect” Broadway Junior musical that kids and their parents will love. The main stage series wraps up with one of the funniest and whackiest musicals of all time, “Little Shop of Horrors” (May 4-20). You can feed the need for musical hilarity with this sci-fi smash about a man-eating plant. It’s a deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood musical that has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for decades. Rivertown’s directors recently announced their next season of shows, beginning in fall 2018. The lineup includes Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man’ in September, followed by a nutty and hilarious crowd-pleaser to celebrate New Orleans’ tricentennial, “Gone Pecans!” Coming in December is a delightful musical tradition with “Let it Snow.” Looking ahead to 2019, Rivertown will present “Greater Tuna” (where the Lions Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies!); “Into the Woods,” an epic fairytale from the Brothers Grimm; and “Me and My Girl,” a grand old musical comedy. Rucker and Fouchi recognize how important it is to the future of musical theatre to bring youngsters into the fold and engage them in the

creative process. Each summer Rivertown teams up with Encore Studio of Dance, Tumbling, Music and Theater to hold two camps. Boys and girls entering the third grade can sign up for a camp running May 29-June 17 that will culminate in performances of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” that gives the kids a chance to show their stuff in a tuneful, high-energy production that mixes disco, rock ‘n’ roll, country, hip hop and more. University-trained theater professionals lead the camps and work one-on-one with students to keep them engaged and learning. A second camp program, running July 9-29, focuses on boys and girls entering the sixth grade and will end with performances of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” The production includes professional set pieces, props, costumes and special effects that will give kids a true taste of what it’s like to participate in a professional theatre production. See for details of all educational programs and upcoming productions.

rooted in New Orleans _______

Just how big is musical theatre in New Orleans? Consider the stage at the Saenger Theatre. National touring performances of “The Phantom of the Opera” and “RENT” are slated for runs during March and April as part of the grand theatre’s Broadway in New Orleans series. And in June the Saenger will present “Waitress,” a new work inspired by the film of the same name, and including a musical score by Sara Bareilles. Local audiences continue to show their love for Broadway productions that bring the full scale and spectacle of their New York counterparts. Coming in the fall, the Saenger will present Disney’s “Aladdin,” “School of Rock” and “On Your Feet!” before launching into a 2019 series that will put several of the biggest of big musicals on the local stage. The lineup includes “Les Miserables,” “The Book of Mormon” and “Hamilton.”

onstage profiles

Southern Repertory Theatre

Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré

New Orleans Box office: 504.522.6545

325 Minor St., Kenner 504-461-9475

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

This pillar of local theater soon will have a new home in a beautifully renovated church. Meanwhile, check the website for up-to-date details and locations for each upcoming performance.

Artistic directors Gary Rucker and Kelly Fouchi mastermind the music and comedypacked seasons at the lovely theaters near the Mississippi River in Kenner.


“Steel Magnolias” (through March 18). Bring friends to share in this beloved comedy that will make you cry. Six women come together in a heartwarming story of life, love and loss in a small North Louisiana parish.

Artistic director Maxwell Williams continues to present favorite classics and challenging works that engage and entertain. Performances range from re-stagings of Broadway classic musicals to premieres of new works. The theatre also hosts seminars and stagings during the annual Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival. All the performers at Le Petit are volunteers, in accordance with the charter designating it a community theatre, though many are performing arts professionals.

Tennessee Williams Double Bill (March 21-April 1). Two rarely seen works paired in a limited engagement: • “And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens” Showcasing barely contained urges and desires that erupt during a fateful Mardi Gras holiday. Directed by Ricky Graham. At Loyola University, Marquette Theatre. • “The Two Character Play” A Tennessee Williams play presented in association with Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company portrays a brother-sister team of actors abandoned by their troupe to face an unknown audience. Directed by Austin Pendleton. “Eclipsed” (April 18-May 6). Regional premiere of Danai Gurira’s production about two women held captive during the Liberian civil war and how the arrival of a new girl who can read sparks their transformation. At Loyola University, Marquette Theatre. “All the Way” (May 17-27). Regional premiere of Robert Schenkkan’s story of the unexpected presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson. Directed by Aimée Hayes. At Loyola University, Marquette Theatre. Check the website for details on Southern Rep’s summer theatre camps featuring sessions for ages 4-18. Kids 4-7 can participate in a production of “Peter Pan” or “Snow White”; ages 8-12 will join in “The Internet is Distract–Look a Kitten!”; and students 13-18 will perform “Shrek, the Musical Jr.”


“Mary Poppins Jr.” (April 6-15). Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins Jr. combines an irresistible story with unforgettable songs and dance numbers. Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time. “Little Shop of Horrors” (May 4-20). Musical hilarity fills this sci-fi smash about a man-eating plant. The deviously delicious hit has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for decades. “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” (July 12-22). The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale. Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic. “The Music Man” (Sept. 4-30). Meet the famously fast-talking Harold Hill and a cast of colorful Iowans in the fall season opener, Meredith Willson’s classic. “Gone Pecans!” (Nov. 2-18). Celebrate 300 nutty years of New Orleans with this original musical penned by and starring Ricky Graham, with Sean Patterson, Varla Jean Merman and Jefferson Turner, a singing-dancing ensemble and a swinging band.

Upcoming: “A Streetcar Named Desire” (March 9-25). Presentation of this classic coincides with the annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. The story of Blanche DuBois and her collision with her sensuous and brutal brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski, is as dynamic and searing today as it as when it premiered in 1947. “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 seen through the eyes of a young African American woman who comes to the South after her brother is killed and is introduced to her grandmother’s circle of hat queens. Each hat holds the story of a life struggle, and Yolanda comes to realize that these hats aren’t mere fashion statements, but hard-earned crowns.

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onstage profiles

Saenger Theatre

The Orpheum Theater

Shakespeare Festival at Tulane

1111 Canal St., New Orleans 800-218-7469

129 Roosevelt Way New Orleans 504-274-4870

6823 St. Charles Ave. 215 McWilliams Hall, New Orleans Box office: 504-865-5106

The century-old Beaux Arts theater in downtown New Orleans found new life courtesy of owner Roland Von Kurnatowski. Once again, it has become the home of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (see separate highlights of LPO lineup) as well as other top-notch musical and comedy performers.

Professional, classical theatre with a primary focus on the works of William Shakespeare shapes the mission of this dramatic festival, now in its 25th season. Summer main stage performances are held in the Lupin Theater, located in the Dixon Hall Annex (Building 69).

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.

Upcoming: “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. “Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour” (March 30). An all new interactive live concert experience invites you to sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters.

Upcoming: Bianca Del Rio Comedy Tour (March 3). The alter ego of seasoned comic Roy Haylock and a winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bianca Del Rio is a self-proclaimed “clown in a gown.” The hilariously hateful comic is known for her foul mouth and unapologetic humor – sharp and funny.

“John Cleese: Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (April 6). The comedy legend will tell stories of his life and career, and you just may finally find out the air-speed of an unladen swallow.

Fleet Foxes (March 12). Their self-titled debut made a profound impact on the international musical landscape, earning them Uncut’s first ever Music Award Prize, and topping numerous “Best of ” lists, including Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Albums of the 2000’s and Pitchfork’s 50 Best Albums of 2008.

“Rent” (April 17-22). A re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out.

Pines of Rome and Béla Fleck (March 15, 17). Jose Luis Gomez conducts the LPO in a concert featuring pieces that incorporate traditional and folk melodies from around the world.

“Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Treme Threauxdown” (April 28). A great way to celebrate the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Simply Sinatra (March 24). Presented by the LPO, singer Steve Lippia has become one of the most prominent interpreters of “standards” and traditional pop music in the country.

“Waitress” (June 12-17). Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, the production tells the story of a waitress who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team and including original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles.

Purple Rain and the Music of Prince (April 21). Dynamic orchestrations by the LPO combined with the music of the incomparable Prince, including a full rock band and lighting, create an experience not to be missed.

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Upcoming: “All’s Well That Ends Well” (June 1-17). Helena loves Bertram, but he’s not so sure. After all, she’s a poor orphan and he’s a handsome gentleman. But all is fair in love and war, which makes for a dark comedy and wild ride. The festival presents this play for the first time in its history. Directed by Amy Holtcamp. “Macbeth” (July 6-22). In a country torn by war, Macbeth and his steadfast wife execute a ruthless plan that launches a string of murders, in a world of witches and prophecy. Directed by Jessica Podewell. “The Food of Love” (June 14). Broadway and screen veteran Leslie Castay will debut a brand new cabaret featuring songs from musicals and other works that pay homage to the Bard. “King Lear,” a staged reading (July 11). As he reckons with aging, King Lear divides his kingdom among his three daughters. But something nasty is brewing just below the surface. “By Any Scenes Necessary – Julius Caesar” (July 18). In collaboration with The NOLA Project, actors and long-form improvisers will come together to portray the great tragedy using only their wits, wiles, and imagination.

onstage profiles

Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University

The Joy Theater

Jefferson Performing Arts Society

104 Dixon Hall Tulane University Campus, New Orleans Box office: 504-865-5269

1200 Canal St., New Orleans 504-528-9569

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

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.

Now in its 51st season of producing high-quality musical entertainment, Summer Lyric Theatre exists to support and develop musicians, actors, singers, dancers, technical artists and most important, promising students. It employs the talents of some 200 paid and volunteer actors, singers, dancers, musicians, directors, choreographers, designers and technical artists. Hundreds of individuals audition to participate in an experience many rank among the best theatrical opportunities in the Gulf South region.

Upcoming: “Bernstein at 100” (June 2-3). Celebrating the music of the great Leonard Bernstein. “My Fair Lady” (June 21-24).

Upcoming: Papa Roach (March 8). WCP & Buki Music + Art Project present “The Devel wears Prada.”

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (through March 4). A lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero.

Suicide Girls (March 20). Featuring “Blackheart Burlesque,” the sexiest, smartest, geekiest, and most fun definitive pop-culture burlesque show.

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” (March 9-25). The smash off-Broadway hit takes you to a 1958 high school prom to meet four girls with dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. Featuring dozens of 1950s and ‘60s hits. At Westwego Performing Arts Theatre.

“Newsies” (Aug. 2-5).

Cut Copy” (March 31). The group has headlined massive sold-out shows and been featured in prime slots of prestigious festivals worldwide.

“The Tortoise and the Hare” (June 7-16). This theatre-for-youth production features adults performing for children.

Circa Survive (April 14). Music where huge ideas and unbridled imagination commingle with nuance and vulnerability. Also Foxing, and Hail the Sun.

SLT also presents Summer Musical Theatre Workshops designed for all ages. Little Lyric, for ages 8-12, runs Mon through Friday, June 12 to July 1; Junior Lyric, for ages 12-16, runs July 10-29; and High School Intensive, for ages 15-18, runs June 5-10. Download registration info from the website.

St. Paul & the Broken Bones (April 26, 27). The band’s second full-length album marks a quantum leap in sound and style for the highvoltage Birmingham, Ala.-based band.

This summer’s Junior and Little Lyric shows are “The LIttle Mermaid, Jr.” (June 30, July 1) and “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” (July 28-29). Both performances will be in the Dixon Annex Recital Hall. Tickets will be available online and at the door and by calling the box office.

Galactic (May 4). One of New Orleans’ favorite home-grown bands has consistently pushed artistic boundaries on the road and in the studio.

Also this summer, see Ronald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach” (June 22-July 1), at Rogers Memorial Chapel. Call the box office for details.

Ethan Bortnick (May 8). A concert benefiting Upbeat Academy.

“Ragtime” (July 12-15).


Above & Beyond (March 16). With special guest Spencer Brown. Their famed club mixes have resonated with the dance generation, and the songs behind them have touched fans of all ages.

As the Crow Flies (April 28). Featuring the Once and Future Band.

“Honk! Jr.” (March 16-18). Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling,” a heartwarming celebration of being different that sparkles with wit and a memorable score. At Jefferson Performing Arts Center. “Catch Me if You Can” (April 13-22). The high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Based on the hit film and the incredible true story of a precocious teenager who runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. “Alice in Wonderland” (May 18-20). A storybook ballet in two acts retells the classic Lewis Carroll story in dance. Enter into the majestic setting of the classic tale and see the familiar story come to life in an all-new way!

The New Mastersounds (May 5-6). Late night performances during Jazz Fest.

Bobby Bones (May 12). The Red Hoodie Comedy Tour, with special guest Brandon Ray. 61

onstage Classical Performance profiles

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

Under director and principal conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, the LPO is at home in the grand Orpheum Theater, while continuing to perform concerts at other venues. Check the website for details of all events.

Artistic Director Robert Lyall leads the opera in a 75th anniversary season filled with drama, grandeur and thrilling voices, performed in the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.



Pines of Rome and Béla Fleck (March 17). Performing Carreno: Margariteña, Fleck’s New Banjoy Concerto, and Respighi’s Pines of Rome.

“Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” (Oct. 6-8)

Music of the City (March 21). In collaboration with the Historic New Orleans Collection, a free annual concert highlighting the cultural heritage of Louisiana. Simply Sinatra (March 24). Enjoy some of your favorite Sinatra hits, featuring Steve Lippia and the LPO. Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” (April 6). With Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10. A Fiddler’s Tale (April 8). A chamber music program composed by Wynton Marsalis and featuring violinist Nigel Armstrong, at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center Bach Easter Oratorio (April 12). Music of Hovhaness, Harbison and Bach. A Musical Menagerie (April 15). A family concert at Roussell Hall on the Loyola University campus. The Music of Prince (April 21). A pops special and symphonic tribute to an iconic performer. Swing in the Oaks (April 24). Fidelity’s Concerts in the Park series, in New Orleans City Park. Bring lawn chairs and refreshments. Beethoven’s Beginning (May 11). Symphony no. 1, along with Brahms’ Tragic Overture and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17. Featuring pianist Ingrid Fliter.

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“Champion, An Opera in Jazz” (March 9, 11). Nationally acclaimed New Orleans trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard presents his poignant and riveting opera concerning the life of gay boxer Emile Griffith, who accidentally killed his rival, Benny “The Kid” Paret, and his struggle to survive poor odds on all sides, through love. Enjoy a champagne brunch before the Sunday, March 11 matinée. The March 2 location is New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and the event will begin at 7:00 p.m. The March 8 location is the Lusher School Theatre and the start time is 7:00 p.m. 75th Anniversary Celebration (April 20, 22). Celebrating 75 years of glorious singing with the great voices of New Orleans. “The Medium” (June 1, 3). Gian Carlo Menotti’s tale of tarot and deceit is part of the opera’s Chamber Series. Opera A La Carte The opera offers educational programs at local schools by arrangement, with bookings dependent on artists’ availability. In “Opera a la Carte,” two singer/actors invite students to join them onstage during a lively 40-minute journey through opera’s “greatest hits.” Using famous excerpts from “The Barber of Seville,” “Carmen,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Il Trovatore” and “The Magic Flute,” explore the history of opera.

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. The latest season included fabulous performances by some of the finest ensembles in the world. Ballet Hispanico and the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presented sleek and stylish programs in the fall. And January brought the blazing-hot Tango Fire dancers, followed by Le Ballets de Monte Carlo.

Upcoming: 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 trailblazing 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. Summer program (July 11-31). An intensive summer session gives motivated students opportunities to study with an exceptional faculty of visiting and local artists. Open by audition to ages 12-18. This summer will bring guest faculty and artists from the legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem. The association also offers after-school dance classes for kids, early childhood development dance program, a senior dance fitness program and open community classes for adults and teens. Details are available on the website.

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March by Fritz Esker

February 23-March 18


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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Bianca del Rio

Pines of Rome & Bela Fleck

Simply Sinatra

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and featuring songs from the Disney film, this is the story of the lonely hunchback Quasimodo in 15th century Paris. Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, 731-4700,

Bianca del Rio is the alter ego of comic Roy Haylock and the winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Her show is full of stinging, unapologetic humor. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way., 523-6530,

Jose Luis Gomez conducts the LPO in a concert incorporating traditional and folk melodies from around the world. The performance also features Grammy winner Bela Fleck. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

Steve Lippia interprets Frank Sinatra in a concert that brings Ol’ Blue Eyes’ timeless classics to a new generation. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

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Take a trip back to the 1990s as former Oasis guitarist and singer Noel Gallagher comes to the Orpheum for one night only. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

A Streetcar Named Desire


Tennessee Williams’ classic New Orleans tale of lust and madness featuring Stanley Kowalski, his wife Stella and her sister Blanche Dubois coincides with the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081,

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,

2-18 Steel Magnolias

Based on the hit 1989 film starring Sally Field and Julia Roberts, this play tells the story of six strong Louisiana women and their friendship through good times and bad. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475,

30 21-April 1 Tennessee Williams Double Bill

12 Fleet Foxes

This critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated indie band is touring in support of its latest album, Crack-Up. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

1980s rock icons and 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Bon Jovi hit the Crescent City on their This House Is Not For Sale tour. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663,

Presented in partnership with the Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival, Southern Rep stages two rarely seen Williams works, And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens and The Two Character Play. Loyola University Marquette Theatre, 6363 St. Charles Ave., 522-6545,

Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour!

Bring the kids and put on their dancing shoes for an evening of toe-tapping fun with Mickey Mouse, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins and other beloved characters. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

14-26 The Phantom of the Opera

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical about a doomed love returns with a breathtaking production that should delight old fans and new viewers. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

Men On Boats

The true(ish) story of an 1869 expedition on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon is an insightful commentary of American history turned on its head, with the male characters being played by women. Lusher Lions Gate Theatre, 5624 Freret St., 302-9117, 63

E n t e r ta i n i n g wi t h B e v

Queen of Arts Celebrating 30 years of “Art in Bloom” By Bev Church

I can hardly believe that one of the most exciting events we have in this city is 30 years old! I got to chair “Art in Bloom” with Louisette Brown and Brenda Pumphrey in 1989, and it’s come a long way! This year’s Chairs, Courtney LeClercq and Sara Fein, are promising four days that will excite everyone who walks through the doors of the New Orleans Museum of Art March 14-18.

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Throughout the museum “Art in Bloom” showcases over 100 exhibitors from flower arrangers and garden clubs who will interpret the museum’s collection in flowers. There are movers and shakers, exhibits for school children, tablescape designers and more. Thanks to IberiaBank for presenting this amazing “Art in Bloom.”

It all starts at the Patron Party on March 14 at 6 p.m. with music, cocktails and delectable food from our most famous restaurants – and you get to see everything first! On March 15, there will be lectures by restauranteur and florist, Charles Masson, fashion designer Lela Rose and lunch and a fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue. There is even an exhibit by Alexander McQueen! n

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St. Paul – Lott By Mirella Cameran

In 2013 Lucian Walsh Lott Jr. was living and working in the Bahamas. One football season weekend he took a trip to Tuscaloosa to see his alma mater Alabama play Ole Miss. He anticipated having a good time, but he had no idea that he would meet a beautiful junior from the University of Alabama and that she would become his wife. Four years later to the day they met, Jennifer Leigh St. Paul was planning to go to a workout class after work. Lucian kept trying to persuade her to miss her class or to come home after her workout to change before they went to have drinks at the New Orleans Country Club with some of her family. Jen told Lucian she would just meet him there and, unbeknownst to her, completely messed up his proposal plans! Instead, as soon as Jen arrived, Lucian proposed to her right then and there in the NOCC parking lot. After she said yes, the couple celebrated with both of their families, who were waiting inside as a surprise. On Saturday, January 6, 2018, guests arrived at the NOCC to attend Jen and Lucian’s engagement party. This time the surprise was on them. Instead of a party, all the guests found themselves attending the couple’s surprise wedding. Jen and Lucian had intended to be married under the oak tree at the club, the same spot where the couple had celebrated their engagement. However, extremely cold weather necessitated that the ceremony be moved inside to the grand ballroom where Father Michael Kuhn officiated. Fr. Michael was the headmaster of Trinity Episcopal School where Jen had attended from Pre-K through eighth grade. After guests arrived, the bride changed into a stunning dress designed and made by Tony Hawamy, a designer from Brooklyn, New York. Lucian was dashing in attire from Guideboat Company and Perlis.

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Jen’s mother, Jennifer Puckett St. Paul, was key to organizing a beautiful wedding while keeping it secret! The NOCC created a sumptuous supper including filet mignon, a mashed potato bar, shrimp and grits, a late night snack of mini burger sliders and many other delicacies. Meade Wenzel decorated the club in all white flowers including orchids, Calla lilies, white pompadour roses, hydrangeas, and peonies, which were also featured in the bride’s bouquet. The band BRW played the couple’s first dance, “Love” by Nat King Cole, and guests enjoyed a wedding cake and a red King Cake in the shape

of an Alabama “A,” both from Haydel’s Bakery. Jen and Lucian now live in Mobile, Alabama, Lucian’s hometown, and they intend to honeymoon in Italy in late 2018. Jen is a recruiter for Bemana Power Recruitment and Lucian co-owns a specialty industrial fabrication and machining company out of Mobile, a tugboat company out of Mobile and is a partner in an offshore and pipeline construction company in Mexico. n

Bride’s Engagement Ring & Wedding Band: Friend and Company Groom’s Wedding Band: Aucoin Hart Favors: Napkins, drink huggers and cups made by Nola Party Pieces Invitation: Betty Hunley Designs Photographer: Norris Gagnet Videographer: Robert Underwood from Dallas, Texas Hair: Ali Vasquez Makeup: Tisa Camet

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Simone Bruni Founder, Demo Diva By Lindsay Mack

Demo Diva’s hot pink dumpsters and

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back. If the community is supporting you, you need to turn around and give back to the community,” says Bruni. And Bruni is highly involved. She serves on the boards of Girls on the Run, Volunteers of America and the Salvation Army Fashion Show called “Heels for Hope.” She also works as Co-Chair for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red Luncheon.” In general, she likes to focus her efforts on supporting women and children. One of Bruni’s proudest partnerships is her work as a board member for the North Shore Technical Community College. It is no surprise that someone so involved in the construction business encourages more young people to consider a vocational education. Young people can learn a crucial life skill, find steady work and provide more skilled labor to the city. She particularly encourages more women to enter

the construction business as truck drivers, excavator operators and other roles. Pink dumpsters may soon pop up in cities around the country. People from all over have expressed interest in Demo Diva franchise opportunities. “Houston, I’ve heard you, and we’re coming,” says Bruni. After the floods, the Demo Diva team was inundated with calls about expanding the business to Houston. To open the future for franchise potential, the Demo Diva team got certifications in asbestos abatement, water damage restoration and smoke damage restoration. It looks like many more cities will soon benefit from Bruni’s construction and philanthropic endeavors. n

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excavators have been a part of the New Orleans landscape for years now. Despite her company’s sassy name, founder Simone Bruni is down-to-earth and dedicated to supporting her community. Demo Diva’s origin story is one of hope. Following Hurricane Katrina, Bruni dealt with the aftermath of a flooded home, as well as the loss of her job in the hospitality industry. To hustle up some income, she started work in the demolition field. By building on the trust of her neighbors – and some brilliant hot pink branding – Demo Diva grew from a stopgap into a bustling, highly successful business. Supporting the community is part of Bruni’s philosophy as a business owner. “In general, it is an honor and a privilege to be a business in any community. But it’s the responsibility of all businesses to give

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Destiny Sanders Mount Carmel Academy By Mallory Lindsly

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“I think it is important to be involved in my community because I’m the future. If I’m not active now, things cannot get better tomorrow,” says Destiny Sanders, a junior at Mount Carmel Academy. Sanders’ church, Fifth African Baptist Church, goes out and feeds the homeless on every fourth Saturday as part of its outreach ministry. Sanders values this experience because it shows her that everyone is a child of God no matter how they look, speak or act. Sanders is also involved in the What Love Can Do project. This project was constructed in Sanders’ African American Literature class and based around the book of the same name. The class created a Twitter and blog to help spread the message. Sanders’ mission was to get the book in the hands of more people, because of all the lessons and morals in the book and can be compared to current events. “Through activism, I’ve gained more knowledge and understanding on issues that I would have never thought about,” says Sanders. “I can make smarter decisions because I understand how they’ll affect myself and others.” At Mount Carmel, Sanders is involved in Mount Carmel Cubs Against Destructive Decisions (McCadd). This club teaches students the consequences of drunk driving, doing drugs and reckless driving. This club has allowed Sanders to know how one harmful decision can impact her life and others. Sanders says, “I’ve gained compassion. I’ve learned how to be

a true friend, and help others deal with difficult situations in their life.” Outside of school, Sanders is a member of Louisiana’s Teen Ambassadors Against Crime, the youth division of Crimestoppers. Being a part of Crimestoppers has been opened Sanders’ eyes to show her that everyone in the community plays a role in ending crime. Reverend Samson “Skip” Alexander inspired Sanders to become an activist. This New Orleanian has been a civil rights activist for his entire life. Alexander, along with 100 civil right leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., created the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at the New Zion Baptist Church in New Orleans. Sanders will graduate from Mount Carmel Academy in 2019. She has taken piano lessons since 2010 and is classically trained and is focusing on her jazz skills. She hopes to attend Loyola University in New Orleans or Howard University in Washington DC. She would like to major in Criminology and Sociology, and continue her studies at law school. n 69

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Laura McPhail Owner & Designer, Bon Temps By Mirella Cameran

How did you start Bon Temps? I was working as a women’s wear designer in Texas for a large retail chain, and my husband and I moved back to New Orleans to be closer to family. I decided to start my own children’s line of clothing. Clothes that are comfortable and cute that kids can play in.

How do you differ from other stores? We are truly local. I design everything from scratch and pull from what’s going on seasonally in Louisiana. The designs are printed in the Bywater.

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To what kind of customers do you cater? My customer is a practical mom who still wants her kiddos to look their best. How does shipping and returns work? You can buy directly from my website, I’m happy to arrange local pick up at Fleurty Girl on Metairie Road or at The Market on Magazine. We can also ship it directly to you. n

Bon Temps 2855 Magazine St. (inside The Market)

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Why is Bon Temps unique? Because the clothes speak to the kids wearing them. The bold, graphic patterns are geared to a Southern child’s culture. The designs strike a chord with children, parents and grandparents. They are familiar and fun but still soft and sweet. We use 100 percent cotton that is perfect for our weather and easy to wash.

What are your favorite pieces right now? My favorite is our Beignets graphic. It looks just like you have powdered sugar all over yourself already.

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Starr Hagenbring Owner & Designer, Art & Eyes By Mirella Cameran

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What makes Art & Eyes different? We are a unique business by virtue of the fact that we’re an independent eyewear retailer. We don’t stock anything from the large corporate manufacturing giants who control 90 percent of the eyewear market in this country; less than 5 percent of our inventory is made in China. We hand pick every single frame and we rarely repeat exact styles. Clients appreciate the exclusivity this offers them, and which they can’t find anywhere else. How did you come up with the idea? It just makes sense to combine eyewear with art and design. We are probably breaking every single retail rule, but it works – people love what they find in our stores in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. Tell us about your current favorites? My current favorites are the super slick, gorgeous colored titanium frames handmade in Belgium, from Theo. They started the company 28 years ago because no one was making fun, avant-garde

eyewear. Their collections never cease to amaze and amuse! We carry around 1,600 styles, including classic designers, and we’re constantly receiving new stock. This large inventory allows us to find the right style for every face. We also make sure that the eyewear suits our clients’ budgets and lifestyles. Tell us something people don’t know about Art & Eyes? People don’t always realize we also carry accessories, hand-made clothes and jewelry. Right now, we have a wonderful collection of distressed tin jewelry from recognized artist Cynthia Cook, who’s from New Mexico. I’ve personally collected her small shadow boxes for years, so to have her jewelry in store is wonderful. Is there anything else you would like to share? Our belief is if you see good, you feel good and you look good, too! n

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1. On December 17, 2017 Mr. and Mrs. D. Conwill IV transported nearly 900 guests to Neverland via The Sugar Mill in downtown New Orleans, in celebration of their daughter Mary Elizabeth Conwill themed “Don’t grow up. It’s a Trap!” Pictured here are Daniel, Clare, Mary Elizabeth, Caroline, and Marcia Conwill. 2. Design and event production firm Van Wyck & Van Wyck completely transformed the space, flooding the venue’s courtyard and populating it with live alligators around a life-sized pirate ship with masts over 25 feet tall, a gang plank and a stateroom with hand-painted starry night sky. Pictured here, Van Wyck & Van Wyck christened the ship the Mary Elizabeth to celebrate the night’s honoree; the Conwill family greeted guests inside its stateroom. Guests sipped on cocktails shaken by pirate bartenders and petted “Nana,” a Saint Bernard dressed as the children’s story’s beloved babysitter. Inside, guests ventured into a “Lost Boys camp:” a forest of fairy huts styled with earthy lounge vignettes and treehouses with rope ladders, framed in floor to ceiling walls of tropical plants. In the middle of it all, Van Wyck created an oversized Neverland tree dripping with flower garlands and color-shifting tubes of light. 3. Aerialists dressed in costume as Captain Hook, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and the hungry crocodile soared above guests’ heads as they dined on food by Joel Catering and Felix’s Oysters. Throughout the evening, a parade of bands kept guests dancing, including The Roots of Music, Rebirth Brass Band, Bonerama, Bobby Rush, Big Freedia (pictured here), Trombone Shorty and Juvenile. 4. A folded travel map designed by Scriptura depicting the route of the Orient Express, along with scenes of a train and vintage travel trunks with the honorees’ initials invited guests to the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad on December 22, 2017 for “An Evening on the Orient Express” 72 st. charles Avenue March 2018

honoring Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman, Mary Fleming England Redd and Jane Talley Hodges, pictured here, hosted by their parents Mr. and Mrs. Louis McDaniel Freeman Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Edmund England Redd and Mr. and Mrs. Philip Nalty Hodges. 5. Nalty Hodges, Elizabeth Redd, McDaniel Freeman III and First Lt. Pierce Freeman are pictured at “An Evening on the Orient Express.” Suzanne Perron St. Paul designed all three debutantes’ dresses, as well as their mothers’, Anne Redd’s and Courtney Freeman’s. Jane Scott wore a couture Etro dress. Event planner Kenny LaCour of Grand Events arranged the front entrance complete with lanterns and a bamboo roof; a front tent featuring vintage trunks and luggage, including some belonging to the debutantes’ grandparents; and a magically transformed main space that became a train station with large lighted trusses, a giant oversized floral globe by Dunn & Sonnier Antiques • Florals • Gifts and large drum shades depicting vintage maps. Guests danced to music by Jessie’s Girl, who played in front of an antique Pullman train car. They could also board stationary, luxury antique Pullman rail cars and enjoyed a photo booth featuring a background of a train station. 6. Ralph Brennan’s catering passed hors d’oeuvres, including spicy tuna in wasabi cones, crabcakes and potstickers. In the front tent there was a Turkish market display of imported cheeses, baba ganuj and tabouleh. Inside there were food stations serving yellow curry chicken, a double Gyros station, Moroccan beef and shrimp din din noodles. Guests also enjoyed a late night Cafe du Monde food truck serving hot beignets and coffee, and danced at a silent disco to three channels of music while wearing light up headphones. Photographs by Elizabeth Dondis Photography; #3 by Paul Morse for Elizabeth Dondis Photography

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7. Debutante Shelby Jane Ottley White was honored at a “pink and personal” party given by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Michael White on December 23, 2017. The event started as a reception in their home, where Michael, Ellie, Shelby, Virginia and Michael Jr. are pictured, followed by a tented party beyond the boardwalk (across the street). Event design and coordination was handled by Anna Schaefer and Glenny Beahm of events. 8. The invitation by Scriptura invited guests to the home reception, which included a fretwork backdrop, lush flowers overflowing from hanging baskets and mermaids lounging poolside, with catering by Margo Bouanchaud Hayes and music by the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra. Dunn & Sonnier Antiques • Florals • Gifts created the flowers inside the home, while Lance Hayes Flowers were in charge of the florals in the backyard and the party tent. In the hour following, Junkanoo, a band native to Nassau, danced guests across a boardwalk to the tented party venue. 9. Honoree Shelby White is pictured flanked by cabana girls in vintage-inspired swimsuits at “Shelby’s Cay.” Guests entered a Rum Bar offering custom craft cocktails, a cigar roller and an assortment of vintage Bahamian and family photos on lattice partitions. In the dining area, panels of large palm silhouettes mimicked wallpaper at Lyford Cay’s Little Club, while a sculpted ice bar chilled fresh seafood. The tropical theme continued with a poke bar in front of a living wall of orchids and other indigenous island flora. A façade of multi-colored pink shingles dressed dessert and Champagne stations, which were fronted with aquariums and exotic fish. Nearby, a neon sign read “Shelby Shack,” casting light on a lively sand bar, filled with pink painted swings, chess and ping pong tables and themed swag. Lighting and sound by See-Hear Productions showcased music by Party on the Moon and Az Izz. Photographs by Greer Gattuso 73

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1. Jackie Elliot and Patti Muehlemann sit with Jeanne Turnipseed, Cynthia Glancy, Patti Millan, Janice Lekcert at “A Bewitching Affair,” the New Orleans Garden Society’s annual pre-Halloween fundraising gala. This year’s theme was “Spellbinding,” and the 140 guests donned their best witchy wardrobes in honor of the event. 2. Patrick and Lee Pitre Lynch, president of New Orleans Garden Society, celebrate the Garden Society’s 98th year at the annual “A Bewitching Affair” in October. The event was held at the Audubon Tea Room and featured a fashion show by Dillard’s and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event benefited the upkeep of the Yellow Garden at Longue Vue Plantation. 3. Sydney Bestoff (center) celebrates his 90th birthday at New Orleans Museum of Art with Valerie Besthoff, Rodney and Jane Steiner, Sydney Steiner and Walda Besthoff in October, where Bestoff was presented with the first ever “Sydney Bestoff Legacy Award.” 4. Sydney Bestoff celebrates his 90th birthday at the NOMA with Bill Goldring. The museum announced the creation of an award in Bestoff’s honor. 5. Susu Stall, Anne Banos, Andrew Stall and Luis Banos attend Sydney Bestoff’s 90th birthday party at NOMA to honor him with the first ever “Sydney Bestoff Legacy Award,” which will be presented every few years to a person who’s life was committed to visual arts and impacted the city of New Orleans. 6. Jack Pruitt poses with Penny and Jack Bryant at the Historic New Orleans Collection’s 2017 “Bienville Circle and Laussat Society Gala” at the Bryants’ home in Old Metairie. Proceeds from this year’s event will be used to restore the iconic “Brulatour staircase.” (Photo by Tere Kirkland) 74 st. charles Avenue March 2018

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7. Sally Richards with Barbara and Edwin Beckman at the 2017 “Bienville Circle and Laussat Society Gala.” (Photo by Keely Merritt) 8. The Historic New Orleans Collection Executive Director Priscilla Lawrence and Thomas Jayne attend THONC’s annual “Bienville Circle and Laussat Society Gala” (Photo by Tere Kirkland) 9. Vince Giardina, Dana Reed, Holly Scheib and Lisa Romano at the fifth annual “Appetite for Art” hosted by Upturn Arts at the Dryades Public Market. 10. Danny Womac and Dwayne Breashears attend the 2017 “Appetite for Art” in October. The event included performances by Upturn Arts students and campers, as wells as the Red Hot Brass Band, who second-lined with guests to Toups South for a four-course dinner. 11. Ann Thorpe Thompson and Andrew Rogers share a laugh at “New Perspectives,” an exhibition presented by Newman Arts and the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation in collaboration with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Consulate of Mexico. 12. Francisco Merchan, Cuban artist Piki Mendizabal and Raul Fonte, the executive director of the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, are pictured at “New Perspectives,” an intercultural arts experience held at Isadore Newman School to explore contemporary visual arts and the music of Latin America. The exhibition was held during National Hispanic Heritage Month. 75


St. Patrick’s Day The Optical Shoppe, 504-301-1726 They’ll be green with envy when you show up in these Krewe shades from The Optical Shoppe. The Iris features hand-carved acetate united with a custom metal rim wire. It’s oblong shape makes for a bold statement frame. Polarized, 100% UVA / UVB protection.

Ballins, 504-866-4367 Earrings by Hazel Smyth, Malachite Cab with Carved Green Quartz and Gold knot detail, $290.

Bon Temps Boutique She’s pinch proof in this sweet little mint green Beignet dress. It’s great for St. Patrick’s Day parades or for school dress up. Locally printed and hand drawn, Bon Temps is a New Orleans favorite. The dress is designed by Ursuline graduate and local artist Laura McPhail, who brings her own twist to classic Southern culture.

Lilly and Co, 504-324-3593 Sage long sleeve strap dress, $60.

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Aunt Sally ’s

The Whimsie Art Show, 800-642-7257

Add a bit of sweetness to your St. Patrick’s Day luck with Aunt Sally’s! They’ve stuck with our original recipe since 1935. Made with fresh cream, cane sugar and Louisiana pecans, their pralines are heavenly — but you can have them right here on Earth.

Acrylic painted by Micey Moyer. Whimsie Art Show is Saturday and Sunday April 14th and 15th in the garden at Louise S. McGehee School.

The Linen Registry, 504-831-8228 The Linen Registry offers the widest selection of fine linens in the Southeast. With a focus on fine linens for the bed, bath and table, they also offer lingerie, gifts, accessories, custom monogramming and Bridal Registry.

Belladonna Day Spa, 504-891-4393

FeBe, 504-835-5250

Wicked Good Lucky Bamboo Fragrance: According to Feng Shui masters, wherever bamboo is placed, good fortune is sure to follow! This fresh fragrance is an infusion of bergamot, golden bamboo and sparkling red grapefruit. All Wicked Good Scents are organic and synthetic free. Retail value $24.

Necklaces from Sennod Jewelry Designs with interchangeable pendants, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. 77

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Spanish Fort “The Coney Island of the South” By Seale Paterson

John meets Lake Pontchartrain, was built by the French in 1701 and expanded by the Spanish in 1788, but never saw battle. Henry Elkins purchased it from the government in 1823 and transformed it into a pleasure garden consisting of the original Pontchartrain Hotel, a casino, live music and rides. In 1878, the Schwartz brothers took over and turned it into one of the most popular places in New Orleans, adding a concert hall, theater and alligator pond. Thousands would enjoy open air concerts, opera, vaudeville, boat rides and swimming throughout the 1880s. The 1890s saw Spanish Fort fall into decline. A fire sparked by a passing towboat in 1906 burned down the casino and five other buildings. In 1909, the New Orleans Railway and Light Co. purchased the site and rebuilt 80 st. charles Avenue March 2018

it, converting it into a beautiful lakeside amusement park in just two short years. Daily movies and vaudeville productions were interspersed with live music ranging from military bands to jazz. The swimming area – with Tranchina’s Pavilion offering dressing rooms, bathing costumes and towels – featured slides and ladders, and was very popular in the heat of summer. But what proved to be the biggest draw during this period was dancing. A dance hall called Tokio Gardens was crowded nightly with hundreds of couples. Themed dancing contests awarded prizes to the “biggest big baby,” “flapper with the best bobbed hair” and those with the most exotic costumes. Each year was more successful than the last. During the 1920s, many services were expanded, including a skating rink extension that was added to the dance floor. Nightly

entertainment featured everything from Charley Chaplin Clown Skaters to daredevils to diving horses. The concession area featured food and drinks of all kinds, but also entertainment at stands like “Boob McNutt’s Cross-Word Puzzle House.” At the height of Spanish Fort’s success, the New Orleans Levee Board bought 20 acres of land for a lakefront improvement project, including the amusement park property. Spanish Fort was dismantled in 1927 and is a small, quiet park today. n The Whip was added to Spanish Fort’s amusement park rides in 1919 and was immediately one of the most popular features of the park, drawing enormous crowds. It joined the already existing merry-go-round, carousel and circle swing. Airplane rides over the lake were added in 1919, followed in 1922 by Dodge ’Em bumper cars and a gigantic roller coaster that cost $50,000. The Caterpillar was added in 1924, and Custer Car Ride in 1926.

Image provided by: “The Charles L. Franck Studio Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection, acc. no. 1979.325.6364.”

Spanish Fort, located where Bayou St.