a product message image
{' '} {' '}
Limited time offer
SAVE % on your upgrade

Page 1


MEET OUR SALES TEAM

Lisa Picone Love Sales Manager 830-7248, Lisa@myneworleans.com

Samantha Shiff Senior Account Executive 830-7226, Samantha@myneworleans.com

Colleen Monaghan Vice President of Sales 830-7215, Colleen@myneworleans.com


CO N T E N T S

Features

On the Cover

Photographed by Jeffrey Johnston Special thanks to Liz Bodet for her invaluable assistance. When you look around your home and aren't happy with what you see (Is your closet overflowing or the tile in your bathroom outdated?), then it's time to learn about the latest home trends to help you scratch the itch for a more comfortable, lovable space. Learn about the latest in design trends from local experts, starting on pg. 52.

45 OnStage New Orleans’ Guide to the Performing Arts by Kathy Finn

52 The Bold, the Beautiful & the Bespoke The best in current home design trends By Kelcy Wilburn

Co-Founders Becker Hall and Rene Louapre; Chairman of the Board Zandy Rainold; and Board Members Benjamin Guider and Jennifer Bond for “Hogs for the Cause.” “Hogs for the Cause,” the largest BBQ and music festival in the country, is a two-day event full of music, local beer and fundraising at the UNO Lakefront. Four stages – including the Michelob Ultra and Blue Plate/Luzianne stages, the Phelps Dunbar Music Tent and the Urban South Beer Hall – will welcome more than 20 local and national acts. Friday night, “Bacon Night,” celebrates all of its decadent glory and Saturday is the main event, when more than 90 plus teams from backyard chefs to regional BBQ masters will compete in categories including: Whole Hog, Ribs, Pork Butt/Shoulder, Porkpuorri, Sauce, Nueske’s Bacon Night, Tabasco Sandwich, Blue Plate Side, Piglet and Fundraising Champion. Hogs for the Cause is a nonprofit organization that “unites barbecue culture nationwide to provide aid to families while their child is being treated for pediatric brain cancer.” To this date, it has given more than 1,000 direct grants in all 50 states to families in need, and has made financial contributions to children’s hospitals in New Orleans and Atlanta and South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee. Learn more and purchase tickets – starting at $30 – at HogsForTheCause.org.


SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

3


CONTENTS

In Every Issue

18

6&8 EDITORS’ NOTES 10 MAKING A DIFFERENCE Friends of Lafitte Greenway: Connecting communities 12 KIDS PLAY The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden: Outdoor artistic adventures 14 WHAT’S HOT: Home Décor 16 ON THE MENU More Mole: Chicken Enchiladas With Pasilla Mole by Chef Akhtar Nawab of Otra Vez 18 THE DISH Raising a Glass to Alice Weiss: Remembering a friend and breathing in beauty 44 ONSTAGE CALENDAR 60 ENTERTAINING WITH BEV A Sensational Surprise: Hunter’s 90th birthday in the country

4 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

66

24

PHILANTHROPIC FUN

62 WITH THIS RING Ernst – Dildy

Haunting Historical Homes Women’s Guild dressed up a historic Uptown mansion for Halloween. 30

64 YOUNG BLOODS Danielle Wright: Division Director, Navigate NOLA

Beach Bash Touro transported 375 partygoers to paradise for a beachy benefit. 22

An Arts Education for All The “Dancing for the Arts Gala” supported arts education to empower communities. 32

65 STUDENT ACTIVIST Emmanuel Levy: Brother Martin High School

Justice Leaders The ADL awarded the A. I. Botnick Torch of Liberty to Dr. Stephen Hales and the Bissinger-Timm Family. 24

Musical Magnificence MASNO hosted awardwinning piano alumnus Kenny Broberg at “NOCTURNE XVII.” 34

A Season of Growth Flowers, greenery and seasonal décor inspired giving at Longue Vue’s Symposium. 26

Collections for Charity More than 200 patrons gathered to support The Salvation Army’s “SOUPer Bowl.” 36

Festive Fashion A Halloween-themed benefit for the New Orleans Garden Society featured a fun fashion show. 28

Meaningful Mentorship Son of a Saint hosted its largest premier program to benefit its youth programs. 38

For the People Public servants were recognized by the NOCCJ for their commitment to community. 20

66 SHOP TALK Dr. Kelly Burkenstock: Anti-Aging Specialist, Skin Body Health 67 SHOP TALK Rachel Patterson: Owner & Buyer, Feet First 68 SNAPSHOTS 70 DEBUTANTE SNAPSHOTS 80 NOSTALGIA Baron Fazzio’s Bowling Fascination: One man’s passion became a family empire.


MARCH 2020

VOL. 24 ISSUE 10 EDITORIAL

Executive Editor Bev Church Editor Morgan Packard Griffith Art Director Ali Sullivan Food & Dining Columnist Jyl Benson Web Editor Kelly Massicot Event Photo Coordinator Jeff Strout

ADVERTISING

Vice President of Sales Colleen Monaghan (504) 830-7241, Colleen@MyNewOrleans.com Sales Manager Lisa Picone Love (504) 830-7248, Lisa@MyNewOrleans.com Senior Account Executive Samantha Shiff (504) 830-7226, Samantha@MyNewOrleans.com

MARKETING

Director of Marketing & Events Jeanel Farrell Luquette Event Coordinator Abbie Dugruise

DIGITAL

Digital Operations Manager Sarah Duckert

PRODUCTION

Production Manager Emily Andras Production Designers Rosa Balaguer, Meghan Rooney Traffic Coordinator Lane Brocato

ADMINISTRATION

Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President/Editor-in-Chief Errol Laborde Office Manager Mallary Matherne Distribution Manager John Holzer Audience Development Claire Sargent For subscriptions call (504) 830-7231

A Publication of Renaissance Publishing, LLC 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Ste. 123 Metairie, LA 70005 (504) 828-1380 The entire contents of this magazine are copyrighted by Renaissance Publishing, LLC, © 2020 with all rights reserved. Reproduction or use, without permission, of editorial or graphic content in any manner is prohibited. St. Charles Avenue is not responsible for photos or artwork and assumes that all releases have been cleared upon submission to the magazine. St. Charles Avenue is published monthly by Renaissance Publishing, LLC, 110 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 123, Metairie, La. 70005, (504) 828-1380. Subscription rate: one year $17.95, two year $31, three year $43 — foreign rates vary call for pricing. It is the policy of this magazine to employ people on the basis of their qualifications and with assurance of equal opportunity and treatment regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or handicap.

SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

5


B E V ' S N OT E

We are so proud to present “Hogs for the Cause” for our March cover! Their grants – numbering over 1,000 in all 50 states – are presented to the families of children being treated for brain cancer. This year they held a special event for Walker Beery who’s doing so much better! We are thrilled to present on our cover Co-Founders Becker Hall and Rene Louapre; Chairman of the Board Zandy Rainold; and Board Members Jennifer Bond and Benjamin Guider! This year “Hogs for the Cause” will be March 27-28 at the UNO Lakefront beginning at 3 p.m., with tickets starting at just $30. This is the nation’s largest BBQ and music festival for an amazing cause, which features over 90 teams from backyard chefs to regional BBQ masters. They will compete in categories including: Whole Hog, Ribs, Pork Butt/Shoulder, Porkpuorri, Sauce, Nueske’s Bacon Night, Blue Plate Side, Tabasco Sandwich, Booth, Best Friday Night Party, Piglet and Fundraising Champion. This glorious two-day event will feature Bacon Night on Friday, and will be full of music, local beer, food – from Alabama white sauce to cracklin cochon de lait nachos – and fundraising. And, you’ll be dancing the whole time to an incredible lineup of local and national bands, including Old Crow Medicine Show (that we just saw in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry!), Sweet Crude, YOLA, Robert Randolph and the Family featuring the Soul Rebels and Tad Niederauer, just to mention a few! Visit HogsForTheCause.org for more information, more music and to purchase your ticket today! Get ready for Raintree’s 11th annual “Paint the Town Green” gala on March 20, 7-10 p.m. at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park! You can enjoy complimentary cocktails and delicious cuisine from local restaurants like: Ruth’s Chris, GW Fins, Drago’s, Central City BBQ, Palace Cafe and more. You will also be treated to music from the Yat Pack and live and silent auctions. Visit bidpal.net/raintreenola for tickets and sponsorships. All proceeds will go to Raintree's programs and services for foster children and youth and infants and toddlers experiencing developmental delays and disabilities. “Tails But No Black Tie” is Saturday, March 14 at Equest Farm in City Park, and you don't want to miss it! This is such a unique equestrian elegant evening with all profits donated to Equest Farms. The gates open at 4 p.m. and you'll see show jumping, exotic car exhibitions, Ferraris and more, including a petting zoo, pony rides and food trucks. For $175 you'll have ring-side seating and access to a pre-cocktail reception, dinner, an open bar, entertainment and betting opportunities. Visit TailsButNoBlackTie.org or call 504-9398 for tickets and information. Now that Mardi Gras is over, we’re bringing you three fabulous debutante parties given for Lucy Currence and Charlotte Freeman; Rebecca French; and Sarah Lane, Peyton Lecorgne and Julia Saer. Their events were beautiful and we're so happy to share them with you! What’s Hot for Home Décor has items from tables to chandeliers, and our feature on the best home design trends will keep you up on the latest and greatest for the new decade. Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day and then on to Easter – it’s time to start eating and drinking all of the items you gave up!

Beverly Reese Church

6 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

“Wilkapalooza XXIII” was held on Saturday, February 8 at Tipitina's with fabulous food, drinks, music and a gathering of old friends! Pictured are Sandy Villere, Dan Dilzell, Lilla Kearney, Todd Thompson, Lamar Villere and Peyton Bush. Wilkins Kearney, who was a founding member, tragically passed away on October 31, 2016, and his friends decided to celebrate his life and honor others affected by suicide by changing this gathering into a fundraiser. The beneficiary is NAMI: the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Donations can still be made to TheHumanFundNola. com, or contact Lamar Villere for more information by emailing lamar@villere.com.


SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

7


M O R G A N ' S N OT E

MARCH

As I write this we’re just about to descend into the true madness of Carnival. My son is more than ready; he’s got his parade-ready light-up drum and his teachers have taught him to put his arms up, protect his face and say “Throw me something, mister!” I’m ready; I’ve got my ball gowns chosen and my new krewe T-shirts cleaned and prepared. My husband is ready; he has his tux set and catfish stocked for frying. Everyone in our city has ritual preparations for the craziness that is this season, but what I’m anticipating most is seeing my Mardi Gras friends, both the ones I know (even if I haven’t seen them in a year or if it’s only been a week) and the ones I’ll make during a parade – or in a shared moment – then may never see again. To me that is the magic of this season, and I hope you get to share in that as well. If you’ve ever taken a cruise or enjoyed a trip to Disneyland or Disney World, then you should be excited at the prospect of merging the two aboard the Disney Wonder, the second ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. With limited-time engagements occurring now and in 2021, this ship sales from New Orleans to the Bahamas, Caribbean and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. It offers Disney twists on the usual cruise offerings, as well as Disney Cruise Line theatrical magic, including Frozen, A Musical Spectacular; Tiana’s Place, a restaurant inspired by The Princess and the Frog; innovative kid spaces like the Marvel Super Hero Academy; and serene spaces exclusively for adults. My family didn’t make our reservations in time for the sailing that just occurred, but we’re already gearing up for the 2021 sailings, and as a fan of both cruises and Disney, I can’t wait! Enjoy the spring and its weather – all too soon it’ll be summer!

Morgan Packard Griffith

8 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

Through 4 “New Orleans French Film Festival,” benefiting New Orleans Film Society, 309-6633, NewOrleansFilmSociety.org/ french-film-festival 4 “Student of the Year Kick-Off,” benefiting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 758-3213 6 “Red Tie Affair,” benefiting Ochsner Clinic Foundation, 842-7125 6 “French Quarter Fest Gala Fundraiser,” benefiting French Quarter Festivals, Inc., 522-5730, FQFI.org 7 “Temple Sinai 150th Celebration,” 861-3693 7 39th annual “Sugarplum Ball,” benefiting Children’s Hospital New Orleans, 896-9375 7 “Blue Goose Jambalya Cookoff,” benefiting Louisiana Pond Honorable Blue Goose, (225) 400-2557 7 “Ahava Festival,” AhavaFest.com 7 “Ballet Ballers Ball,” benefiting New Orleans Ballet Theatre, NewOrleansBalletTheatre.com 12 “Aioli Dinner Supper Club New Orleans - A Tribute to Chef Paul Prudhomme,” benefiting George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, 324-9614, AioliDinner.com 13 “Lark in the Park,” benefiting Friends of City Park, 483-9376 13 “New Orleans Go Red for Women Luncheon,” benefiting American Heart Association, 615-9888, NewOrleansGoRed.heart.org 13 35th annual “Crimestoppers GNO Awards Luncheon,” 837-8477 14 “Tails But No Black Tie,” benefiting Farm in New Orleans City Park, 483-9398, TailsButNoBlackTie.org 14 “Legacy Gala: ‘Seas The Night,’” benefiting St. Mary’s Dominican High School, 865-9401, StMarysDominican.org/event/ dominican-gala-2/

14 “UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball 2020,” 581-3794, UNCF.org/nolamaskedball

21 “ART&SOUL,” benefiting The NOCCA Institute, 940-2851, ArtAndSoulNOCCA.com

14 “Opus Ball,” benefiting Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, 523-6530

21-22 “Shotgun House Tour,” benefiting Preservation Resource Center, 581-7032, PRCNO.org

14 “Night Under the Stars Soirée,” benefiting Cabrini High School, 482-1193

25-29 34th annual “The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival,” 5811144, TennesseeWilliams.net

14 “Soul Revival,” benefiting Legacy Donor Foundation, 558-8900 16 “Next Generation Golf Tournament,” benefiting Next Generation Ministries, 885-0980 18 & 22 “YEP Fest presented by IBERIABANK,” benefiting Youth Empowerment Project, 522-1316, extension 248; YouthEmpowermentProject.org; 17 “MCC Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards Luncheon,” benefiting Metropolitan Crime Commission, 524-3148 18-22 “New Orleans Wine & Food Experience,” 655-5158 20 “2020 Drafts for Crafts supported by IBERIABANK,” benefiting National WWII Museum, 528-1944, extension 334, DraftsForCrafts.org 19 Sixth annual “There’s No Place Like Home,” benefiting New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter, NOWCS.org/support/tnplh 20 “Wine Fete,” benefiting Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses, 274-0744 20 11th annual “Paint the Town Green Gala,” benefiting Raintree Children and Family Services, 8999045 extension 235, bidpal.net/

raintreenola

21 “Greenway Fest,” benefiting Friends of Lafitte Greenway, 7026776, LafitteGreenway.org 21 “Game Changer Gala,” benefiting Gleason & Answer ALS, GameChangerGala.com

26-29 “Art in Bloom 2020 | Beauty, Ingenuity, and Tradition presented by IBERIABANK,” benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art, 658-412, NOMA.org 26 Eighth annual “Jazzin’ on Jackson,” benefiting Mercy Endeavors, 568-0607 26 “Celebration for Children’s Rights,” benefiting Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, 658-6862 27-29 17th annual “The Saints + Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival,” 581-1144 27-28 “Hogs for the Cause,” HogsForTheCause.org 28 Ninth annual “Keeping Our Promises Gala Presented by Louisiana Healthcare Connections,” benefiting Ascension DePaul Foundation of New Orleans (Formerly Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans), 212-9544 28 “NCJW Diva Dinner Gala,” benefiting National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans, 861-7788 28 “Notre Dame Seminary Gala,” 866-7426, NDS.edu 29 “Parkway Promenade XXIX – An Evening at the Moulin Rouge,” benefiting Jefferson Beautification, Inc., 466-6063 31 48th annual “Prix d’Elegance Luncheon and Fashion Show,” benefiting Men and Women of Fashion, 5220996, extension 208


SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

9


MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Friends of Lafitte Greenway Connecting communities By Catherine Freeman

six historic neighborhoods – connecting Armstrong Park to City Park – and serves as the central artery of New Orleans' burgeoning bicycle network. The transformation began in early 2005 through the vision of some Mid-City friends observing workers pulling up ties on the abandoned railroad running through their neighborhood, sparking an idea to repurpose the land into a new park and path for their community. Friends of Lafitte Greenway was born and has grown into a staffed nonprofit and community-wide advocacy initiative that through the park’s development has created new public space connecting citizens to the outdoors and each other with visible economic, environmental, health and cultural benefits for the whole city. The Lafitte Greenway didn’t come to fruition immediately however. Hurricane Katrina’s destruction impacted initial progress but ultimately provided an opportunity for integrated development into the citywide renewal plan. With Federal Disaster Recovery funds for property acquisition, mentoring

10 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

by the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and a tremendous amount of community engagement through neighborhood meetings and planning exercises, the Greenway officially opened in 2015 as the walking, biking trail and green space we know today. The Greenway includes a 12-foot asphalt path for cyclists and pedestrians, recreation fields, basketball courts, outdoor fitness parks, green space and landscaping including approximately 500 shade trees, native plant meadows, bioswales and stormwater retention features. Looking ahead in 2020, the Greenway will see improvements to its new bike and pedestrian bridges, safety features, the opening of an inclusive playground, programming expansion through a new sports field clubhouse and pavilion space, and stimulating temporary art installations and colorful murals along the path. “There are so many beautiful layers that can be added, the health benefits, connectivity, economic development, recreation, cultural growth, water management,” shares Founding Board Member Linda Landesberg.

“I love that the Greenway can and will develop beyond our expectations.” Clearly New Orleanians are taking advantage of the many opportunities the Greenway offers with over 320,000 users in 2018 and an 8−10 percent use increase seen annually. Friends of Lafitte Greeway funding depends on the generosity of individual, corporate and foundation donors in engage in their supportive partnership with the City and New Orleans Recreation Department who manage, maintain and coordinate programming of the public space. Additionally, corps of more than 500 volunteers and collaboratives with other local nonprofits also bolster ongoing vital maintenance and programming needs. Health, nature, community, place – Friends of Lafitte Greenway is making us better by bringing us together. ✦

➺ A little more...

Don’t miss “Greenway Fest,” Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at The Greenway’s Great Lawn, 500 N. Galvez St. For more information visit LafitteGreenway.org.

PHOTO BY JOSE COTTO

The basic definition states a community is simply a group of people living together, but isn’t community more? There is an expanded definition we will likely agree is improved: “… a group of people who, regardless of the diversity of their backgrounds, have been able to accept and transcend their differences, enabling them to communicate effectively and openly and to work together toward goals identified as being for their common good.” During my tenure writing this column I’ve been blessed to meet numerous New Orleanians who are passionately making change through appreciation and understanding of this deeper meaning of community. From its grassroots beginning, Friends of Lafitte Greenway is the epitome of how the power of a community can strengthen and improve for the greater public good. Serving first as an 18th century commercial canal and then a 20th century railroad, the Lafitte Greenway is now an attractive, vibrant 2.6 mile transportation corridor and linear park that meanders through


SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM 11


K I DS P L AY

Outdoor artistic adventures By Brittany Kennedy

One of my favorite things about parks is how they change with the seasons. While our long summers and mild winters mean we have green year round, a visit to City Park will always surprise you with how the landscape – and the park itself – has changed. Meanwhile, this past June, the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden underwent a six-acre expansion that makes it a perfect place to get kids outside enjoying some art as spring arrives. While the sculpture garden’s footprint expanded significantly – encompassing an area of land across Franklin D. Roosevelt Mall, bordered by Gulf Drive, Berky’s Circle, E. Alferez Drive and Collins Diboll Circle, adjacent to the New Orleans Museum of Art – what makes it so accessible for kids are the various entrances around the area adjacent to other park attractions. It is easy

to pop in and out depending on the amount of time and child attention span available to you. As a whole, the garden takes about an hour and a half to two hours to visit (that time includes my own 7-year-old son reading each sculpture’s title and date). The collection itself is impressive, including pieces from Henry Moore, René Magritte and Pierre-August Renoir. A highlight for kids is the famous architect Frank Gehry’s “Bear with Us,” which is a playfully named life-size bear that looks like it was made with crumpled paper and then covered in metal. According to Susan Taylor, the Montine McDaniel Freeman Director of NOMA, “This significant undertaking reinforces NOMA’s integral role in serving the diverse communities of New Orleans.” Meanwhile, the collection is also wonderfully diverse,

12 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

featuring a number of artists from around the globe and containing pieces that span the 20th century. Louise Bourgeois’s famous spiders – one of which famously lives outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain – is shaded by one of City Park’s large oaks as the spider’s leg parallels the moss coming down from the trees, creating an inviting space for kids to explore and pretend. While the collection is international, there’s also a notable effort to represent local artists and the native landscape. Kids will easily recognize George Rodrigue’s famous Blue Dog among the pieces. One of the most impressive elements of the garden, however, isn’t a sculpture in the traditional sense but instead a bridge made of laminated tempered glass by Elyn Zimmerman that uses colored bands to show the various meanders and courses that the

➺ Just the Facts:

The Sculpture Garden is open 7 days a week with free admission. (On Tuesdays the Sculpture Pavilion is closed for maintenance.) Through March 31 | 10 a.m.–5 p.m. April 1–September 30 | 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Note: While Service Animals are permitted, pets are not allowed inside the sculpture garden. NOMA offers a free mobile audio guide to the sculpture garden: BesthoffGarden.noma. yourcultureconnect.com For more information, visit: NOMA.org/sculpture-garden

PHOTO BY RICHARD SEXTON | INSTALLATIONS PICTURED: (LEFT) TONY CRAGG, SINBAD, 2000 (MIDDLE) KATHARINA FRITSCH, SCHÄDEL/ SKULL, 2018 (RIGHT) YINKA SHONIBARE, WIND SCULPTURE V, 2013

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

Mississippi River has taken in its history. Taken from 1940s maps made by geologist Harold Fisk, the bridge shows kids how meandering water has defined this city as they, too, meander their way across the bridge following one of the brightly colored paths. Crossing the bridge leads you to what will likely be the biggest hit among younger audiences: a huge maze of mirrors by Danish artist Jeppe Hein that makes a dazzling spiral in the sunlight. Although not enormous, you can spend a dizzying amount of time walking around your own reflection and finding your way out. The expansion of the sculpture garden also means a growth in the programming offered by the New Orleans Museum of Art. There is an outdoor classroom at the north end of the garden that provides an informal place for gathering and events, and an indoor sculpture space allows for more fragile pieces that cannot be outdoors. NOMA also has incorporated vegetation indigenous to the region as a setting for the experience of sculpture and the performing arts. Hundreds of trees, palmettos and shrubs are being added to the site, aligning with the historical fabric of the landscape. Although there always seems to be a reason to head to the park with kids, the expanded sculpture garden no doubt will inspire us to put a more artistic spring in our step as the weather gets warmer. ✦


SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM 13


W H AT ' S H OT

Home Décor By Amy Gabriel

A home is a reflection of one’s distinct personality. Hone in on your style and aesthetic with pieces and concepts that have unexpected design elements that add all the more character to your space.

14 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

SELECT PHOTOS BY CHERYL GERBER


W H AT ' S H OT

7. A mirror top, gold chain side table helps create an accent corner with intrigue. Estately Nola, @estately.nola 8. The spirit of Sicily is captured in a handmade ceramic vase featuring a mythological king outfitted with a crown of seahorses and starfish. Sud New Orleans, 4021 Magazine St., 309-9076, SudNewOrleans.com

9. Sweeten up a love seat with a New Orleans Mardi Gras Toile pin pillow by Jennifer Grehen. Judy at the Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018, JudyAtTheRink.com 10. More than meets the eye, the JohnRichard two door cabinet with foxed mirror exterior opens up to reveal shelves for wine storage. Ashley Hall Interiors, Ltd., 832 Howard Ave., 524-0196, AshleyHallInteriors.com 11. Add intrigue to your dining table with a row of Thin Ice dining chairs with laser cut geometric patterns. Eclectic Home, 8211 Oak St., 866-6654, EclecticHome.net

�� 1. Pretty up your hallway with a ninepetal stainless steel magnolia sculpture. Home Malone, 629 N. Carrollton Ave., 524-8352; 4610 Magazine St., 766-6148; HomeMaloneNola.com 2. A lightbearer table lamp, with a poised hand to light the way, makes for a vintage-inspired statement. Anthropologie, Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 592-9972, Anthropologie.com 3. Staycation vibes abound with an outdoor-friendly, teak slatted sun lounger with fade-resistant cushions. Modern Market, 1200 Annunciation St., 896-2206, ModernMarketLifestyle.com

4. Make the most of your kitchen entertaining space with a custom-made walnut, edge grain, double waterfall designed island. Nola Boards, 519 Wilkinson St., 435-1485, NolaBoards.com 5. Your bed becomes an inviting oasis with a Moroccan bedspread accented with spirited yellow pom poms. Le Voyage, 2126 Magazine St., 208-7240, LeVoyageDecor.com 6. Your foyer becomes a sight to behold with the Adelaid beaded sphere chandelier with natural hemp and brass hardware from Ro Sham Beaux. Sotre, 3933 Magazine St., 304-9475, SotreCollection.com

��

SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

15


ON THE MENU

More Mole Chicken Enchiladas With Pasilla Mole by Chef Akhtar Nawab of Otra Vez

PASILLA MOLE 10 pasilla chiles, seeded and toasted 1 large onion, peeled and sliced and charred under a broiler 4 whole plum tomatoes, charred under the broiler 4 cloves garlic charred under the broiler 2 allspice berries 2 cloves 1 teaspoon black pepper 4 cups water 2 Tablespoons tahini 2 Tablespoons coconut oil

Season with salt and pepper to taste and add to a blender. PurĂŠe until smooth.

ENCHILADAS 4 corn tortillas 1 3-pound roasted chicken, meat pulled off the bones 1 Tablespoon queso fresco 2 Tablespoon cilantro, minced 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted Otra Vez, 1001 Julia St., 354-8194, OtraVezNola.com

16 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

In a new skillet with 1 teaspoon of olive oil heat the tortillas until tender. Remove to a plate and spoon the pulled chicken and queso fresco down the middle of each tortilla. Roll the tortilla so the opening is facing the bottom of the plate. Sauce the enchiladas liberally with the pasilla mole and garnish with sesame seeds and minced cilantro.

In a new pot, add the coconut oil and heat until nearly smoking. Pour the pasilla mole into the coconut oil and simmer for about 10 minutes further. Re-season to taste.

MENU PHOTO BY CHELSY WILEY | CHEF AKHTAR NAWAB PHOTO BY LIZ CLAYMAN

In a medium pot, combine the pasilla chiles, onions, tomato, garlic, allspice, cloves, black pepper and water in a pot. Cover and simmer for about 30-40 minutes until vegetables are soft.


SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

17


THE DISH

Raising a Glass to Alice Weiss

Palmetto’s Broiled Oysters in Spinach Cream Sauce

Remembering a friend and breathing in beauty By Jyl Benson

“Shower the people you love with love. Show them the way that you feel.” James Taylor, “Shower the People” We saw ourselves in one another. Alice Weiss, a fierce fighter, moved to New Orleans in the 1970s to work as a civil rights attorney for the ACLU. I pack a goodly dose of Scandinavian, and Alice once told me she could envision my face on the front of a Viking warship, leading warriors into battle. Last year on my birthday Alice was given a death sentence via leukemia: Six to 12 months. She decided to pursue a stem cell transplant at M.D. Anderson. Days before Alice was to leave, another of our neighbors, Jennifer John, and I took Alice to Costera for her 78th birthday. It was our intention to stuff her to the gills to fortify her for battle. The dining room is richly inviting with soft, natural light falling upon burnished leather and metal, deep sea foam walls and natural wood surfaces. Alice looked radiant in the light, basking in our attention as we lavished foods upon her: pan con tomate; shrimp and leek stuffed mushrooms; salad with Manchego, radish, almonds and citrus; roasted cauliflower with pickled raisins and hazelnuts; roasted mushrooms with warm egg yolk; jamón ibérico with almonds; crispy veal sweetbreads with lemon, capers and Romesco; seared duck with charred radicchio. We finished the meal with an ethereal cheesecake. Alice felt loved. She called me from PHOTO BY MIKE LIRETTE

18 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020


Houston six weeks later to let me know she was coming home, having decided to forego the stem cell transplant because the wiping away of her immune system would probably kill her, both for the physical toll it would take and the isolation in which she would be required to live. A creature like Alice Weiss dies if left alone in the dark. Since she was going to die anyway she decided to it would be in the company of the loving community of our Uptown neighborhood where she lived with her adoring husband, Marc. We felt honored by her choice. I brought Alice with me when business took me to Old Town Slidell. As she hailed from a family of European Jews, including some who were persecuted by the Nazis, Alice was thrilled to find in an antique store a globe depicting the world as it was immediately following World War II, the mountains of the USSR depicted in bas-relief. We sat on the open back porch at Palmetto’s viewing lush Bayou Bonfouca through cypress tress heavily draped in moss. We drank glasses of rosé and indulged in cups of rich lobster bisque; oysters bathed in spinach cream sauce then broiled; and fried artichoke hearts with remoulade sauce for dipping. Alice repeatedly took deep, luxurious breaths of the fresh bayou air, delighting in the crisp, vegetal fall essence. It was a good day, one that

➺ Try This:

Chef Jeff Mattia recently opened Pyre Provisions, fusing classic steakhouse and rustic barbeque techniques. The menu includes shareable plates and salads including smoked duck hummus made from slow-cooked duck legs and a house-made hummus. Happy Hour is a great time to try something new. Check it out Tuesdays-Fridays, 3-6 p.m. for specials on wine, beer and daiquiris, and 3-5 p.m. for specials on small plates.

reinforced in me the unifying power of the table and how sharing a fine meal with a friend has the power to elevate all above their circumstances, however painful they may be. In the following weeks we shared more meals, including a Christmas Eve/Chanukah dinner with our families. Each time we gathered we were elevated beyond the obvious: Alice was dying, fast. We lost her on January 29, 2020. I was holding on to her arm and Marc and I were sharing fierce and funny Alice stories when she slipped away. Life is fleeting and precious. Meals shared make for beautiful memories. As we begin anew with spring, take extra care to love your people, forgive past misdeeds and take the time to breathe in the beauty around you. It is there. ✦

Costera, 4938 Prytania St., 302-2332, CosteraRestaurant.com Palmettos on the Bayou, 1901 Bayou Lane, Slidell, (985) 643-0050, PalmettosRestaurant.com Pyre Provisions, 70437 Highway 21, Covington, (985) 888-6129, PyreRestaurant.com

SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

19


PHILANTHROPIC FUN 1

For the People Public servants were recognized by the NOCCJ for their commitment to community. By Shelby Simon

The “Weiss Awards,” established in 1954, recognizes members of the Greater New Orleans community whose civic and humanitarian contributions to the furtherance of human dignity was an example to be followed. This year’s gala honored outstanding citizens and provides funds for New Orleans Council for Community and Justice’s program development and implementation. The honorees were: Morris Bart, attorney and Founder of Morris Bart LLC; Kim M. Boyle, Partner of Phelps Dunbar LLP; Linda Perez Clark, Managing Partner of Kean Miller LLP; Honorable Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, businesswoman and public servant; Paul Flower, P.E., CEO of Woodward and public servant; Jerome “Big Duck” Smith, Freedom Fighter; and Joel Vilmenay, President & General Manager, WDSU-TV. Actress Patricia Clarkson gave remarks on behalf of her mother, Hon. Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson. Major sponsors at the Justice Circle Level included Kern Studios & Mardi Gras World, Morris Bart and Woodward Design+Build. The Hyatt Regency catered the event. Guests had the opportunity to bid on staycation packages to the Hyatt Regency, Windsor Court Hotel, The Roosevelt New Orleans and Loews New Orleans, a New Orleans Pelicans experience, Rubensteins’ custom shirts certificate, dining gift cards, WWII Museum passes and more local experiences. Event Co-Chairs were the Honorable Jason Rogers Williams, City Councilmember-at-Large, and Barry F. Kern, CEO of Kern Studios LLC and Mardi Gras World LLC. Mistress of Ceremony was Margaret Orr, Chief Meteorologist at WDSU News. ✦

2

3

➺ Event at a Glance WHAT: 62nd annual “Weiss Awards,” benefiting New Orleans Council for Community and Justice WHEN: Thursday, November 7 WHERE: Hyatt Regency New Orleans

20 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

PHOTOGRAPHED BY GIL RUBMAN

1. Co-Chair Jason Williams and Dr. Silas Lee 2. Honoree Hon. Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson and Patricia Clarkson 3. Honoree Morris Bart, Co-Chair Barry Kern and Honorees Joel Vilmenay and Jerome “Big Duck” Smith 4. Honorees Paul Flower and Kim Boyle 5. Andrew and Joy Braun with Dinora and Manny Linares 6. Jordan Michael, Vionne Douglas and Judge Tiffany Chase


4

5

6

SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

21


PHILANTHROPIC FUN 1

Beach Bash Touro transported 375 partygoers to paradise for a beachy benefit. By Shelby Simon

The “Touro Infirmary Foundation Gala,” themed “The Beach Ball,” supported the creation of an endowment for the Touro Rehabilitation Center, providing ongoing financial resources for this renowned program. Set in the spirit of the beach, live orchid centerpieces, aquaticthemed décor with live fish and candlelit scenery filled NOCCA’s Solomon Family Hall, with palm leaves, netting and sand displays atop tables and beach balls suspended from the rafters. Dr. Gary R. Glynn was this year’s Judah Touro Society Award recipient. A video presentation featuring Dr. Glynn’s family, friends, previous patients, fellow physicians and past JTS winners was played during the program. The Patron Party and cocktail hour, held in the Press Street Station at NOCCA, featured island steel drum music by Ray Island Sounds and small bites by Ralph Brennan Catering and Events, who also prepared the gala dinner. During the “Cheeseburger In Paradise After Party,” guests were treated to live airbrushing of beach-themed items, a photo booth, late night snacks, a drink recipe competition for Touro employees and a performance by a Beach Boys cover band, Catch A Wave. The gala was Co-Chaired by Jennifer Glynn, Stacy LaMorte and Maggie Watson. ✦

➺ Event at a Glance

2

3

WHAT: “Touro Infirmary Foundation Gala,” benefiting Touro Rehabilitation Center WHEN: Saturday, November 2 WHERE: New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

22 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

PHOTOGRAPHED BY GIL RUBMAN

1. Melanie Sheen, Dr. Lance Estrada and Dr. Elly Zakris 2. Honoree Dr. Gary R. Glynn and Mary Glynn 3. Co-Chair Maggie Watson and Lynn Drake 4. Dr. Harris Hyman, Dr. Jay Shames and Dr. Tom Oelsner 5. Dinorah Linares and Touro CEO Manny Linares 6. Hugh Long, Jill Israel, Joy Braun and Greg Feirn


4

5

6

SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

23


PHILANTHROPIC FUN 1

Justice Leaders The ADL awarded the A. I. Botnick Torch of Liberty to Dr. Stephen Hales and the Bissinger-Timm Family. By Shelby Simon

The Anti-Defamation League hosted a dinner program to celebrate the mission of “stop[ping] the defamation of the Jewish People and secure justice and fair treatment for all.” The program honored award recipients Dr. Stephen Hales and the Bissinger-Timm Family, who have embodied ADL’s mission in how they have lived their lives and contributed to our community, and also celebrated 10 years of educational partnership with Entergy. The VIP Reception took place prior to the cocktail reception, and was concluded by a champagne toast from ADL Board Chair Ann Thompson. The Hyatt Regency Empire Ballroom hosted a cocktail hour with a musical trio prior to the main event, which offered a program with relaxed meal service. Conducting the event was a Voice of God announcer, Mr. Cedric Scott, with several videos highlighting the significance of the evening and the work of ADL. The Event Chair was ADL Board Member Jamie Berger. Visionary Level Sponsors to the event included the BissingerTimm Family, Entergy Corporation, Ochsner Health System, and Edie and Paul Rosenblum and Weezie and Mark Margolis. Leader Level Sponsors included Cathy and Charles Glaser and The Goldring Family Foundation & Woldenberg Foundation. Approximately 520 patrons attended the event, which raised $400,000. ✦

2

3

➺ Event at a Glance WHAT: A. I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Event benefiting Anti-Defamation League WHEN: Wednesday, October 30 WHERE: Hyatt Regency New Orleans

24 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF STROUT

1. Honoree Dr. Stephen and Nancy Hales with Bill Goldring and ADL South Central Regional Director Aaron Ahlquist 2. Brandon Bissinger, Brook Bissinger, Hallie Timm and Eli Timm 3. Andrew Geiger, Chair Jamie Berger, Jenny Zurik and Skylar Rosenbloom 4. Will Hales, Catherine Hales, Valerie Hales, Kendall Hales and Matthew Hales 5. Arthur Roger, Leann Moses and Edgar Dooky Chase III 6. Julie Schwam Harris, Tony Recasner and Cathy Glaser


4

5

6

SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

25


PHILANTHROPIC FUN

A Season of Growth

1

Flowers, greenery and seasonal décor inspired giving at Longue Vue’s Symposium. By Shelby Simon

The annual “Design Symposium” celebrates the legacy of design and giving that's Longue Vue’s heritage, thanks to the example of Edith and Edgar Stern. This year’s symposium event, attended by 275 patrons, benefited the Education Center in Longue Vue’s Discovery Garden, which provides garden education and engagement for the children, students and families of Louisiana. Held at the Audubon Tea Room, the décor featured colorful centerpieces donated by local florists and available for sale. Floral sponsors were: Ambrose Gardens LLC; Arbor House Floral & Fragrance; Dunn & Sonnier Antiques, Flowers & Gifts; Giverny Design; Grow with Us Florist; Kim Starr Wise Floral Events; and Mitch’s Flowers. The Plant Gallery donated greenery for the stage and entrance areas. The Shop at Longue Vue also featured a pop-up shopping area filled with holiday-themed décor and items, gardening tools and a selection of evening bags, wraps and accessories. Charlotte Moss spoke on the topic “Gardens that Inspire.” Margot Shaw gave an upbeat presentation entitled “The Best of All Seasons.” Suzanne Krieger, President of the Friends of Longue Vue, provided the welcome and served as Emcee of the event. Executive Director Baty Landis spoke about the importance of the symposium to the mission of Longue Vue and recognized student guests from Cultivating Communities, one of the programs benefiting from the funds raised. The Audubon Tea Room served lunch. As a preview of seasonal Welcome Workshops that will be offered at Longue Vue in 2020, four gift baskets representing each of the seasons were raffled. The Patron Party, attended by 110 patrons, was held at Longue Vue House and Gardens on Thursday, October 24. Catering was provided by Ralph Brennan Catering and Events and music was provided by guitarist John Rankin. Event Co-Chairs were Louis Aubert and Marian Gibbs, the incoming President of Friends of Longue Vue. The benefactor sponsor was J. Edgar Monroe Foundation. ✦

2

3

➺ Event at a Glance

1. Co-Chair Marian Gibbs, Charlotte Moss, Margot Shaw, Suzanne Krieger and Co-Chair Louis Aubert 2. Executive Director Baty Landis and Wayne Woods 3. Lauren Doussan, Judy Doussan, Kathy Weidner and Jane Scott Hodges 4. Stephanie Laborde, Suzanne Dumez, Mimi Schlesinger and Sweet Dupuy 5. Selby Melius and Elizabeth Landis 6. Charlotte Moss signs books

26 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF STROUT

WHAT: “Design Symposium,” benefiting Longue Vue House and Gardens WHEN: Friday, October 25 WHERE: Audubon Tea Room


4

5

6

SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

27


PHILANTHROPIC FUN 1

Festive Fashion A Halloween-themed benefit for the New Orleans Garden Society featured a fun fashion show. By Shelby Simon

The New Orleans Garden Society hosted its “Bewitching Affair” luncheon and fashion show at the Audubon Tea Room. Festive Halloween-themed décor filled the room, including lanterns laced with bows and topped with witches legs. The fashion show contest featured awards presented by judges Mary Katherine Lonatro-Tusa, Karen Burmaster and Heather Murlin. Best Halloween Hat was awarded to winner Melissa Daigrepont, Most Botanical Hat was won by Dr. Erin Fleming and the Most Dazzling Ensemble was won by Debbie Smith. Yvonne LaFleur presented the fashion show. More than 150 patrons attended the fundraiser, Chaired by Amy Carbonette Cioll. A Patron Party preceded the event on the patio of the Audubon Tea Room. The New Orleans Garden Society President, Alice Reese, was in attendance. ✦

2

➺ Event at a Glance WHAT: “Bewitching Affair,” benefiting New Orleans Garden Society WHEN: Wednesday, October 30 WHERE: Audubon Tea Room

28 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF STROUT

1. Valerie Hart, Donna Ritter, Chair Amy Carbonette Cioll and Kim Hasney 2. Denise Mehurin, Lee Lynch Pitre, Presenter Yvonne LeFleur and President Alice Reese 3. Pam Clower, Kathy Pastorek, Faith Peperone and Brenda Higgins

3


SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

29


PHILANTHROPIC FUN 1

Haunting Historical Homes Women’s Guild dressed up a historic Uptown mansion for Halloween. By Shelby Simon

The upkeep and restoration of the historic Women’s Guild Home, a museum listed on the U.S. register of historic places, is made possible by benefits such as “A Haunting Affair.” The program took place in a hauntingly beautiful 1859 Uptown mansion decorated by Women’s Guild volunteers. Republic National Distributing Co. created specialty cocktails, and Christian Karcher provided a buffet including appetizers of pan seared mini crab cakes with remoulade sauce, mozzarella skewers, pan seared hoisin Gulf shrimp skewers and spinach and feta spanakopita; a salad course; the main course featuring Louisiana Gulf shrimp and country green onion sausage en cocotte, New Orleans-style grillades and Southern creamy grits with white cheddar and fresh corn; and a dessert of Christian’s white chocolate bread pudding and Bourbon sauce, and mini chocolate and Grand Marinier mousses. The Yat Pack provided entertainment for all 110 attendees. A fun photo booth was the scene of wacky costumes and a fortune teller was on hand to tell the guests’ fortunes – and possible misfortunes! An auction offered prizes including a 14 karat white gold and diamond necklace from Lee Michaels, 12 months of cakes from Maurice’s French Bakery, a weekend stay at the Columns Hotel and a large liquor basket. At the helm of this year’s program were Dr. Jane Miller and Maryflynn Thomas, with Women’s Guild President Karen Villavaso. The presenting sponsors were The Goldring Foundation, Ms. Betty Brooks and Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. ✦

2

3

➺ Event at a Glance

1. President Karen Villavaso and Co-Chair Maryflynn Thomas 2. Pat Williamson and Co-Chair Dr. Jane Miller 3. “Most Beautiful” winner Kelley and Aaron Levy

30 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

PHOTOGRAPHED BY JACKIE ELLIOT

WHAT: “A Haunting Affair,” benefiting Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association WHEN: Saturday, October 26 WHERE: Private Uptown home


SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

31


PHILANTHROPIC FUN

An Arts Education for All

1

The “Dancing for the Arts Gala” supported arts education to empower communities. By Shelby Simon

The 10th annual “Dancing for the Arts Gala” featured a cocktail reception, dinner and dance competition at Harrah’s New Orleans Theatre. Funds raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, voting and the silent auction benefit YALA’s after school, summer and early childhood arts in education programs. The centerpieces were mini reproductions of four original artwork pieces created by student artists paired with professional artists at a previous event called “YALA Art Live,” held at Urban South Brewery on October 5, 2019. The dance competitors were comprised of one “Star” dancer and one professional dancer. The six couples were: Vance Vaucresson and Ashley Stevenson dancing New Orleans-style Buck Jump; Jamelyn Austin Trucks and Chance Bushman dancing a Jive; Doug Marshall and Nanette Ledet dancing a modern Cha Cha Cha; Madelaine Feldman and Javier Juarez dancing a Tango; Christine Guillory and Jay Hendrix dancing a Ballroom Medley; and Kim DeLarge Jr. and Katarina Boudreaux dancing a Swing Dance. Judges were Kenny Lopez, Beverly Matheney and Liz Reyes. Two Star Dancers, Doug Marshall and Jamelyn Austin Trucks, danced in honor of Young Audiences’ late President of the Board Macon Moore, who was also a founding member of the Krewe of Rolling Elvi. The krewe was a sponsor this year and backed the People’s Choice-winning dancer, Doug Marshall. Gala guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and a buffet-style dinner. Every place setting had a cookie with the event’s logo that was donated by Appleberry Delights. Soul Heirs provided musical entertainment so gala guests also had the opportunity to dance. Stella Del Bianco, Gail Barnes McKenna and Tyree Worthy served as Event Chairs. Camille Whitworth served as Mistress of Ceremonies. ✦

2

3

➺ Event at a Glance

1. Fulvio and Co-Chair Stella Del Bianco with Co-Chair Gail Barnes McKenna and Warren McKenna 2. Jocelyn Reynolds, Joyce Pulitzer, Edna Moore and Jamelyn Austin Trucks 3. Rickie Nutik, Dr. Juan Gershanik and Nadine Brown Hampton

32 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF STROUT

WHAT: 10th annual “Dancing for the Arts Gala,” benefiting Young Audiences of Louisiana Inc. WHEN: Friday, November 1 WHERE: The Theater at Harrah’s New Orleans


SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

33


PHILANTHROPIC FUN

Musical Magnificence

1

MASNO hosted award-winning piano alumnus Kenny Broberg at “NOCTURNE XVII.” By Shelby Simon

The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans presented an electrifying program of piano performance by Kenny Broberg at their annual “NOCTURNE XVII” gala, held at the Ritz-Carlton. MASNO supports music education, provides mentorships, manages the New Orleans International Piano Competition and brings top classical artists to area stages. Kenny Broberg, one of MASNO’s own, is a New Orleans Piano Institute alumnus, NOPI Concerto Competition winner, 2014 New Orleans International Piano Competition Bronze Medalist and 2017 Keyboard Festival Guest Artist. He is the Silver Medalist of the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and 2019 Bronze Medalist of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. On Broberg’s performance, MASNO Executive and Artistic Director Cara McCool Woolf says, “Our biggest thanks to Kenny Broberg who played a gloriously beautiful program and couldn’t have represented MASNO any better as someone who has benefited from the very programs for which he was helping us fundraise.” The Ritz-Carlton culinary team catered the entire menu, including passed hors d’oeuvres at the Champagne Reception. A multi-course seated dinner offered fresh baked rolls and poached pear and goat cheese salad, an entrée of herb marinated chicken breast and bananas foster cheesecake for dessert. Co-Chairs were William Marshall and Emery Whalen. Proceeds from the gala support signature events, such as the New Orleans Piano Institute and Keyboard Festival, Concerto Showcase in collaboration with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Salon Concerts and MASNO Artist Masterclasses and Lecture Performances at area schools. ✦

2

3

➺ Event at a Glance

1. Co-Chairs William Marshall and Emery Whalen with Executive and Artistic Director Cara McCool Woolf and Vance Woolf 2. Doug and Mary Albert with Anne Gauthier and Steve Kinchen 3. Leo and Beth Landry with Caroline and Sabri Farouki

34 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF STROUT

WHAT: “NOCTURNE XVII ,”benefiting Musical Arts Society of New Orleans WHEN: Sunday, November 3 WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton


SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

35


PHILANTHROPIC FUN 1

Collections for Charity More than 200 patrons gathered to support The Salvation Army’s “SOUPer Bowl.” By Shelby Simon

The Salvation Army hosted the “SOUPer Bowl,” their major annual fundraising event to support the Army’s Programs and Services fighting poverty and homelessness in New Orleans. This year’s event raised over $100,000. The evening began with a welcome reception in the Garden Terrace, illuminated by string lights, allowing guests to view the silent auction items. Cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres were served. Inside the Audubon Tea Room, table decorations included kettles filled with fresh vegetables that were later brought to the Salvation Army kitchen to make a hearty soup. A seated dinner was served which included a green salad with pecans and bites of blue cheese. This was followed by a rosemary roasted chicken served with a cauliflower mash and asparagus. Dessert was a bread pudding with hard sauce. Welcome and introductions were given by Edward Spooner, Past Board Chair. Salvation Army Services and Programs were presented by Tim Scandurro, Incoming Board Chair. Shawanda Jefferson delivered a testimonial about her experience with A Christmas of Hope, a Salvation Army program. The Taino Trio performed live music. The Men of the House Choir from the Household of Faith made a special presentation. The Silent Auction of 75 items totally sold out. Prizes included a week at a Crested Bute resort, tickets to a number of sporting events, several pieces of jewelry, gift certificates from local shops Ballin’s and Yvonne LaFleur and dinner certificates from many of New Orleans’ finest restaurants. As a favor, all guests were given a handmade ceramic soup bowl donated by Country Day and Newman art students. Committee Co-Chairs were Charlotte Spooner and Donna Flower. ✦

WHAT: “SOUPer Bowl Gala,” benefiting The Salvation Army WHEN: Wednesday, November 6 WHERE: Audubon Tea Room

1. David Gooch with Denise and Dr. Jerry St. Pierre 2. Frank and Paulette Stewart 3. Margo Phelps, Cindy Woessner and Lynn and Dick Meyers

36 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

3

PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHERYL GERBER

➺ Event at a Glance

2


SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

37


PHILANTHROPIC FUN

Meaningful Mentorship

1

Son of a Saint hosted its largest premier program to benefit its youth programs. By Shelby Simon

The “2019 Son of a Saint Annual Gala,” in partnership with The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, raised funds to support the core mission of supporting its myriad of programming events, activities and holistic services provided to more than 100 young mentees enrolled in the program. Speakers at this year’s program were Son of a Saint Board Chair Ryan Burks, President of RYCARS Construction; Son of a Saint CEO and Founder Bivian “Sonny” Lee III; Broadcast News Veteran and Presenter Norman Robinson; and WGNO News Anchor and Son of a Saint Co-Founder Tamica Lee. The program was emceed by four of the current mentees in the program: Armando Polk, Myron Taylor, Kamal Johnson and Zander Dunbar. The Honorees and 2019 Sponsor of the Year award recipients were River Rock Stone Works represented by owners and operators Craig Tafaro and Allan Baudoin. The 2019 Mentor of the Year award recipient was Eddy Jurgielewicz and the 2019 Mentee of the Year award recipient was Myron Taylor. For the second consecutive year, Son of a Saint proudly partnered with Link Stryjewski Foundation, Calcasieu Catering & Events and Moët & Chandon, to provide guests an ultra VIP welcoming experience during its Patron Party hour. The Patron Party included a three-piece band, a Moët & Chandon rosé-inspired photo booth and a special marquee lounge, reserved for top sponsors of the night. Brown-Forman also served as a beverage partner for the Gala and Patron Party. Treme Brass Band performed during the Gala, and Jeremy Davenport and DJ RQ Away entertained at the After Party. Patron Party catering included a seafood raw bar provided by Link-Stryjewski Foundation and Calcasieu Catering & Events. Gala catering by the Ritz-Carlton included a salad course, a dinner entrée of filet of beef and lump crab cake and café au lait crème brûlée with apricot financier for dessert. Marquee Sponsors included: Advantage Capital, Goss Advisors, Jones Walker, King & Jurgens, Latter & Blum Inc., River Rock Stone Works and RYCARS Construction. ✦

WHAT: “2019 Son of a Saint Annual Gala,” benefiting Son of A Saint WHEN: Friday, November 1 WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton

1. Roderic Teamer Sr. and Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer 2. Ingrid Rinck, Heidi Dugan and Toni Becnel 3. James Dugan, Tyrus Child and Devon Becnel

38 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

3

PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF STROUT

➺ Event at a Glance

2


SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

39


O N S TAG E C A LE N DA R

March By Fritz Esker

6-8

Jersey Boys This musical traces the journey of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons from the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com

6-8

Schoolhouse Rock Live Junior Some of the city’s finest young thespians bring to life many beloved songs from Schoolhouse Rock, including “Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction”. Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, 731-4700, JPAS.org

6-22

7-14

“We’ll Meet Again”: A Tribute to the Blonde Bombshells of World War II The Victory Belles will take its audience back in time for a show honoring WWII songbirds like Doris Day, Betty Hutton and Dinah Shore. The Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., 528-1943, NationalWW2Musem.org

7-8

LPO: The Music of John Williams The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra pays tribute to the legendary composer John Williams (Jaws, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark). Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, OrpheumNOLA.com

18-APRIL 5

Reykjavik This play is a series of interconnected vignettes featuring tourists interacting with Icelandic locals. Southern Rep Theatre, 2541 Bayou Road, 523-9857, SouthernRep.com

19 LPO: Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony A program featuring leading violinist Philippe Quint concludes with Mahler’s “Titan” symphony, which integrates natural sounds to invoke a feeling of nostalgia and yearning. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, OrpheumNOLA.com

20-27

Peter and the Starcatcher This grown-up, innovative retelling of Peter Pan explores greed, despair, friendship, duty and love as it turns the legend upside down. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475, RivertownTheaters.com

13

Set It Off Based on the hit movie of the same name, this musical follows four African-American women who plan a bank heist to get out of poverty. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com

Hedy! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr The Austrian-born Hedy Lamarr was known as “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World.” But more importantly, she was a brilliant inventor whose work aided the US war effort and is still being used today. The Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., 528-1943, NationalWW2Musem.org

6-29

15

26

The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) This show covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare to Charlie Chaplin and The Daily Show. Westwego Performing Arts Theater (Teatro Wego), 177 Sala Ave., 885-2000, JPAS.org

6-22

The Piano Lesson An African-American brother and sister clash over how to honor their family’s legacy in August Wilson’s classic play. Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081, LePetitTheatre.com

44 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

Ali Wong: The Milk and Money Tour Ali Wong, stand-up comedian and star of the Netflix film Always Be My Maybe, brings her honest, funny and raw comedy to the stage in her new tour. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com

17-22

Mean Girls The Broadway adaptation of the hit Lindsay Lohan movie follows Cady Heron as she struggles against her new high school’s social pecking order. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com

LPO: Classical Contrasts with Bassoonist Jack Pena The program will include works by Prokofiev and Haydn and showcase the work of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal bassoonist, Jack Pena. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, OrpheumNOLA.com

28

Trevor Noah: Loud and Clear Tour The Daily Show host Trevor Noah is on tour with his biting, satirical takes on current events. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com


From “KindHumanKind” by Goat in the Road Productions | Photo by Josh Brasted

SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

45


ONSTAGE FRONT & CENTER

Me to Talking or I’ll Tell Everything I Know” was a solo piece written and performed by O’Neal and featuring the character Junebug Jabbo Jones, who represented the wit and wisdom of common folk. Over the years Junebug toured dozens of solo pieces written and performed by O’Neal, who died in 2019. Currently, under the leadership of Executive Artistic Director Stephanie McKeeAnderson, the organization focuses on offerings such as the Homecoming Project, a storytelling performance series that explores the relationship between culture and progressive social change. See junebugproductions.org for more details about the organization and its works.

DRAMA ON BAYOU ROAD

“Mr. Burns” by the Radical Buffoons | Photo by Kate Adair, Hero Photography

CUE THE BUFFOONS If you’re among those who have enjoyed the evocative, provocative and hilarious productions offered by the Radical Buffoons in recent years, you likely will be intrigued by what the troupe has on tap this spring. The company that garnered awards last year with such shows as “Balloonacy,” “Stories without Words” and “Barbecue,” soon will return to the stage with Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead.” Described as a “physically absurd and philosophically illogical” investigation of existence, the play’s story is told from the perspective of two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The Buffoons’ artistic director, Jon Greene, terms the production a “virtual reality, no-gravity, jazz-funk take on Stoppard’s classic-clown play.” It will be co-produced with Delgado Community College, April 15-21. Look for another work from the Buffoons this summer, when they present “Dreams, Dreams, Dreams,” a new collaborative work premiering at Hotel Peter & Paul, June 11-29. See radicalbuffoons.com for details.

Black Theatre Movement. It was also closely allied with the civil rights movement. The founders’ aim was to create free theater that would give voice to social protest, and from the start the company presented plays by Langston Hughes, John O. Killens, James Baldwin and Ossie Davis. In 1965, FST moved its base from Tougaloo College in Mississippi to New Orleans, where it continued to engage the local community through arts and provide arts training opportunities for local people. FST’s co-founder, John O’Neal, renamed the company Junebug Productions and in 1980 presented its first production. “Don’t Start

NEW LEADERSHIP AT JPAS

‘DON’T START ME TALKING’ In the world of theater organizations, a decadeslong life span is impressive, and that makes the history of Junebug Productions worth celebrating. Ranking among the oldest theater organizations in New Orleans, Junebug this year marks the 40th anniversary of its founding and commitment to the Black Arts Movement. Junebug is the organizational successor to the Free Southern Theater (FST), which was founded in 1963 in Mississippi as part of the emerging

46 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

Southern Repertory Theatre is best-known for offering some of the highest-quality professional dramatic stage presentations in the Gulf South, such as its recent production of Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and her Children.” But since moving into its permanent quarters on Bayou Road, the theater also has been expanding its reach into its surrounding community in a variety of ways. One example is Southern Rep’s upcoming production “Chemin du Bayou,” by New Orleans playwright Pamela Davis-Noland. The work is comprised of stories of the diverse people, “famous or forgotten, real or imagined,” who over the course of centuries frequented the area around Bayou Road. Many of these people made their way along the high ground near what later would be named the Mississippi River toward Lake Pontchartrain, carrying news of other regions and merchandise for sale to locals and people farther inland. The movement of people through the area and the settlement of diverse communities along the Bayou Road ridge gave rise to some of the stories that “Chemin du Bayou” will bring to life during its run at Southern Rep, May 13-31. See southernrep.com for details.

Stephanie Mckee-Anderson, Junebug Executive Artistic Director Photo By Melisa Cardona

The dawn of 2020 brought a new leader to Jefferson Performing Arts Society as theater veteran Timothy Todd Simmons returned to the local area from Naples, Fla., to become executive director of JPAS. “It’s an opportunity that I just could not pass up,” he says of his decision to make the change. Simmons served as executive director of Opera Naples for the past year after holding the same position with the New Orleans Opera Association. He says he is glad to be back and have the chance to add to “the long and rich history JPAS has had in the greater New Orleans region” under the leadership of Dennis G. Assaf, who co-founded the organization 42 years ago. Assaf, who has held the title of executive/artistic director, will assume the new title of general/artistic director.


ONSTAGE

MISSION: ENLIGHTEN, EDUCATE, ENTERTAIN

A

fter delighting audiences with its recent production of Sigrid Gilmer’s historybending and hilarious “Harry and the Thief ” at the Contemporary Arts Center, the NOLA Project is preparing its next production, to be staged in one of its favorite haunts. Join the troupe in May at the Besthoff Sculpture Garden at New Orleans Museum of Art, where they will stage their adaptation of “Treasure Island,” inspired by the characters created by Robert Louis Stevenson. Ensemble members A.J. Allegra, James Bartelle and Alex Martinez Wallace developed this comic version of the classic pirate-adventure tale, and audiences can follow Long John Silver and his crew to Skull Island in the sculpture garden’s beautiful waterfront amphitheater. See nolaproject.com for details. Audiences can also voice their opinions on new plays during NOLA Project’s monthly play-reading series called Rough Draughts, held on the final Monday of most months at NOLA Brewing Company, 3001 Tchoupitoulas St. In these gatherings, the troupe presents readings from new plays that they are considering for production. This summer, the company will step up its educational efforts through its High School Intensive, a theater training program for students age 12-16. A combination of classes and production, this fast-paced three-week program aims to stimulate the creative spirit of its participants. With a focus on the ensemble style, students will learn a variety of theatre techniques and put them to use as they rehearse for a session-ending major production running July 25-27 in Lusher School’s Lions Gate Theater. Details and applications are available on the website. The NOLA Project invites any and all who believe in quality local theater to attend its annual fundraising event, the Spotlight Supper, on March 26 at Felicity Church in the Garden District. During an entertaining evening of food and theatre, guests will enjoy a “five-act” meal while connecting with NOLA Project ensemble members through storytelling and scenes from recent productions. The troupe will also use the occasion to announce details of their upcoming season. Now in its 15th year, the NOLA Project is an ensemble theatre company that aims to challenge, entertain and engage diverse New Orleans audiences through innovative performances of great works, development and production of new plays and the offering of comprehensive theatre education opportunities.

“Madame John’s Legacy,” Goat In The Road

TRUE STORIES IN REAL HOMES The current show being staged by Goat in the Road Productions is an unusual theater experience in several respects. The play (through March 21) not only depicts a real-life incident in the lives of family members of architect James Gallier Jr, but it sets the story in the French Quarter house where the family lived in 1874. The racially charged incident that occurred in that year involved a street mob fighting right outside the Gallier house against the integration of a nearby school. Guests at the immersive show at 1132 Royal St. follow the play’s characters into various rooms of the house as the drama unfolds, giving the audience an intimate look at how the conflict affected the family. Goat in the Road, meanwhile, continues its 1850 House Soundscape presentation, which visitors can hear when they enter the house at 523 St. Ann St. Written and directed by Chris Kaminstein, the audio production presents a day in the life of the Cammack family, who lived in the home during the 1850s. Looking ahead, Goat in the Road is partnering

with Aurora Nealand in a remount of KindHumanKind, which won acclaim during its initial run in 2019. A solo project and music album by Nealand, who says she fleshed the work out during a few years “in the cracks between births and deaths, love and loss,” reflects what she calls the “co-existing contradictory truths” that run through life. The work will showcase her storytelling and musical talents in the blackbox theater at Contemporary Arts Center, April 8-17. An established bandleader, composer, performer and improviser, Nealand is most recognized for being at the forefront of the revival of New Orleans traditional jazz among the younger generation of the city’s musicians. See details of her upcoming show at cacno.org. Goat in the Road Productions is a New Orleansbased performance ensemble dedicated to the production of original and new works of theatre, dance, performance art and educational programming. Run by three staff members – Kaminstein, Shannon Flaherty and Mary Guiteras – the company boasts a 19-member ensemble and a 12-person board. See goatintheroadproductions.org for more.

“Harry and the Thief,” NOLA Project

SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

47


ONSTAGE

SUMMER BRINGS LYRICAL DELIGHTS

“42nd Street,” Tulane’s Summer Lyric Theatre

T

he musical treats that many local theater-goers anticipate at this time of year are set to kick off at Tulane University in May. Tulane’s Summer Lyric Theatre is readying three popular productions for presentation on the local stage. “Follies in Concert” is first up at the end of May, followed by “Legally Blonde” in June and the Broadway blockbuster “Evita” in July. The schedule marks the 53rd season of the summer theater company that is known throughout the Gulf South for its polished and professional performances. The season coincides with Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday, which is what prompted the presentation of one of his greatest works, “Follies.” The festival will present a concert version of the show featuring the talents of local stage stars Leslie Castay, Elizabeth Argus, Christopher Carey and Sean Patterson. Summer Lyric veterans, Ricky Graham and Beverly Trask will direct and choreograph the production. To continue the season, SLT has chosen the Broadway sensation “Legally Blonde.” Based on the hit film by the same title, the show follows homecoming queen Elle Woods as she leaves the sunny shores of southern California for Harvard Law School in pursuit of her soulmate. Once she arrives on campus, those hallowed halls will never be the same. “Legally Blonde” offers a funfilled evening with colorful characters and impressive production numbers. Diane Lala will direct and choreograph. Summer Lyric shaped this season’s lineup in part by polling its audience’s preferences, in an effort to appeal to a range of ages and musical tastes. One of their top picks was “Evita,” the unforgettable story of a poor Argentinian girl who grows up and becomes the wife of Argentine President Juan Peron. Eva Peron went on to captivate the world and become the “spiritual leader” of the nation. With music and lyrics by one of musical theatre’s most heralded teams, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, “Evita” features such iconic songs as “You Must Love Me” and “Don’t

Cry for Me Argentina.” This rock musical classic will be directed by Michael E. McKelvey and choreographed by Jaune Buisson.  Summer Lyric Theatre will conclude its season with the regional premiere of “Once,” a musical based on the indie film of the same name. It portrays the story of a Dublin street musician who is on the verge of giving up his music when he encounters a beautiful woman who takes an interest in his haunting love songs. Featuring an ensemble cast comprised of actormusicians, “Once” is a captivating theatrical event that shows the power of music to connect people to one another. McKelvey and Buisson will direct and choreograph. Along with this stellar lineup for adult audiences, Summer Lyric offers summer entertainment and education for kids. This season’s shows will include “Aladdin Jr.” (June 28-29) and “Shrek Jr.” (July 26-27), at Dixon Annex Recital Hall. In addition, the Story Road Project will present “The Reluctant Dragon,” an original musical, June 14-22, for children as young as 5. The organization’s training programs in musical theater include Little Lyric, Junior Lyric and a High School Musical Theater Intensive. Call 504862-3214 for details and application information on all these programs.

THEATER OF DANCE Interested in seeing impressive displays of physical strength and stamina that have nothing to do with professional sports? New Orleans Ballet Theatre has your ticket. Led by acclaimed ballet veterans Gregory and Marjorie Schramel, the organization exists to offer quality concert dance and dance education to New Orleans residents across all ages and backgrounds. The Schramels will showcase the talent they are helping to develop in their upcoming “Spring Collection” of dance performances. Up first in the collection will be “7 Mose Pieces,” a program that premiered at the Civic Theater in New Orleans in 2015 and was choreographed by Marjorie Schramel as a tribute to NOBT’s founding board president, Alyssa Allison, the daughter of jazz musician Mose Allison. Next is “Under the Olive Tree,” a dance choreographed by Tara Lee and heralded after its 2016 premiere as a “stark, striking and sensual” performance. Lee’s fluid choreography draws on mythical inspiration such as the divine and human duality of Greek gods and goddesses. The final piece in the collection is the world premiere of a work by longtime collaborator and local choreographer Diogo De Lima. Spring Collection will be performed at Le Petit Theatre, March 27-28. See neworleansballettheatre.com for ticket information.

New Orleans Ballet Theater Spring Collection at Le Petit

48 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020


ONSTAGE PROFILES

SOUTHERN REPERTORY THEATRE 2541 BAYOU ROAD, NEW ORLEANS BOX OFFICE: 504.522.6545 WWW.SOUTHERNREP.COM Continuing a thought-provoking season, Southern Rep offers stimulating and entertaining works on its Main Stage, along with a host of Lagniappe presentations and community-involvement activities. Check the website for details.

UPCOMING: “Reykjavik” (March 18-April 5) Producing Artistic Director Aimée Hayes directs a rolling world premiere of Steve Yockey’s play featuring tourists mixing with the sometimes-supernatural Icelandic locals beneath the glow of the Northern Lights. Eavesdrop on the private lives of lovers, hospitality workers and party goers, and glimpse a magical, dark world where everyone searches for love and joy. “Chemin du Bayou” (May 13-31) A world premiere of Pamela DavisNoland’s bold new play that spans centuries along Bayou Road in New Orleans, featuring song, dance and oral histories. Commissioned by Southern Rep, the work portrays New Orleans in miniature, with help from neighbors and community members who helped move ideas from page to stage. “Debauchery!” (monthly) Now in its ninth season, New Orleans’ only live, ongoing soap opera is more hilariously histrionic than ever. Writer and actor Pat Bourgeois and a talented cast deliver a new soap on a Wednesday evening each month– and always with cocktails! See the calendar for up-to-date details. Just for Kids Be sure to check into Southern Rep’s after-school workshops for kids ages 4-12, which use theater and performance to give youngsters a safe space to take risks, learn, be silly and create. All performers are welcome, without an audition.

RIVERTOWN THEATERS FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 325 MINOR ST., KENNER 504-461-9475 WWW.RIVERTOWNTHEATERS.COM This local gem, now in its seventh season, presents Broadway-caliber professional theater, from awardwinning musicals and locally penned theatrical works to children’s theater.

UPCOMING: “Peter and the Starcatcher” (March 6-22) This hilarious and innovative retelling about an orphan boy is a grown-up’s prequel to “Peter Pan.” Ricky Graham directs the show that turns the legend upside down with marauding pirates, singing mermaids and a trip to a Neverland you never knew. “The Drowsy Chaperone” (May 1-17) Gary Rucker directs one of the best shows you may not be familiar with but will never forget. As a middleaged, socially awkward musical theater fan plays the record of his favorite musical, the fictional 1928 hit “The Drowsy Chaperone,” the show comes to life onstage, as he wryly comments on the music, story and actors. “Cinderella” (July 8-19) Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical has a surprisingly contemporary take on the classic tale in a lush production that continues to wow audiences. It’s a hilarious and romantic adventure directed by Ricky Graham. Check Rivertown’s summer musical theater camps for kids in third grade and up. Theater professionals lead campers through three weeks of training, ending with performances that use professional set pieces, props, costumes and special effects. The Broadway Baby camp, for grades K-2, has become a popular introduction for little ones to begin learning what it takes to perform in a show. Choose from two sessions, in June and July. See the website for details.

LE PETIT THÉÂTRE DU VIEUX CARRÉ

THE NOLA PROJECT

616 ST. PETER ST., NEW ORLEANS BOX OFFICE: 504-522-2081 WWW.LEPETITTHEATRE.COM

900 CAMP ST., NEW ORLEANS

Offering contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, musicals and children’s productions, Le Petit embraces the city’s professional artists. On the heels of the recent production of “Something Rotten! A Very New Musical,” Le Petit continues its season of stimulating and memorable shows.

Following the well-received engagement of “Harry and the Thief” at the Contemporary Arts Center, the 20-member troupe continues its 15th anniversary season with further adventures and frivolity. Check the website for up-to-date details.

UPCOMING: “The Piano Lesson” (March 6-22) Berniece Charles wants to give her family’s antique piano to her daughter, but her brother wants to sell the heirloom to buy the land their family once worked as slaves. In this intimate story, brother and sister struggle over how to claim their family’s legacy. “Angels in America” (April 10-May 3) Part One of Tony Kushner’s “Gay Fantasia on National Themes” is considered one of the best plays of the 20th century. “A Night with Janis Joplin” (June 5-21) Fueled by the singer’s unforgettable hits and a remarkable cast, this musical celebrates Janis and her biggest musical influences, including Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith. Also gracing Le Petit’s stage, the New Orleans Ballet Theatre will present its Spring Collection (March 27-28), including a world premier choreographed by Diogo De Lima; “Under the Olive Tree” choreographed by Tara Lee; and “7 Mose Pieces” choreographed by Marjorie Schramel. Visit www.NOBT.org or call 504-522-2081 for more information. Le Petit has a long history of introducing children to theater through its annual young conservatory (March-April), student matinee and workforce development programs. Check the website for details of upcoming educational opportunities for students ages 8-18.

504-302-9117 NOLAPROJECT.COM

UPCOMING: “Treasure Island” (May 6-24) In a world-premiere comic adaptation of Robert Lewis Stevenson’s novel, the NOLA Project founders present their 21st-century update of the epic adventure. The NOMA sculpture garden waterside amphitheater is a perfect setting for a story featuring sea shanties, as Long John Silver and crew search for Captain Flint’s buried treasure. Enjoy the play and the setting in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden at New Orleans Museum of Art. Rough Draughts (monthly) The NOLA Project presents this free monthly play-reading series, held on the final Monday of most months, at NOLA Brewing Company, 3001 Tchoupitoulas St. Check the website for details of upcoming readings – and brews. More for kids NOLA Project aims to bring educational and entertaining children’s theater into local classrooms. The acclaimed OSKAR play series, developed at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and the Alley Theater in Houston, is designed to present engaging stories about topics like bullying, resiliency and empathy in fun ways that can have a significant impact on student behavior. The plays can be staged in large spaces such as gyms or libraries, or in a single classroom. Funding from the 610 Stompers and the Keller Family Foundation enables the presentation of the OSKAR plays free of charge. Contact Education Director Kristin Shoffner at kshoffner@ nolaproject.com for details.

SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

49


ONSTAGE PROFILES

SAENGER THEATRE 1111 CANAL ST., NEW ORLEANS 800-218-7469 WWW.SAENGERNOLA.COM Broadway is alive in New Orleans at the majestic tower theatre on Canal Street. Check the website for updated details of the following musical shows, concerts and other live events.

UPCOMING: “Dancing with the Stars Live Tour 2020” (March 5) The all-new production will feature fan-favorite professional dancers wowing audiences with every type of dance style as seen on ABC’s hit show. “Jersey Boys” (March 6-8) They were just four guys from Jersey until they sang that first note. The story of Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons.

NEW ORLEANS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL AT TULANE

SUMMER LYRIC THEATRE AT TULANE UNIVERSITY

6823 ST. CHARLES AVE. 215 MCWILLIAMS HALL, NEW ORLEANS BOX OFFICE: 504-865-5106 NEWORLEANSSHAKESPEARE.ORG

104 DIXON HALL TULANE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS, NEW ORLEANS BOX OFFICE: 504-865-5269 SUMMERLYRIC.TULANE.EDU

Professional, classical theatre with a primary focus on the works of William Shakespeare. Under the direction of artistic director and lighting designer Martin Sachs, and Managing Director Clare Moncrief, the festival has recently begun casting for its summer shows. Summer main-stage performances are held in the Lupin Theater, located in the Dixon Hall Annex.

UPCOMING:

The Berty Boy Tour (March 12) Reality show host Bert Kreischer brings his stand-up comedy tour to the stage.

“Twelfth Night” (June 12-28) Jessica Podewell directs this production of the Bard’s beloved romantic comedy about twins who become separated in a shipwreck and their wild experiences that follow.

‘Mean Girls” (March 17-22) Tina Fey’s hilarious musical presents the story of Cady Heron, whose childhood on an African savanna didn’t prepare her for her strange new home in suburban Illinois.

“Troilus and Cressida” (July 17-Aug. 2) Considered one of Shakespeare’s most vexing and ambiguous plays, this tragedy from the early 17th century explores basic values such as hierarchy, honor and love. Directed by Burton Tedesco.

“Trevor Noah: Loud & Clear Tour” (March 28) “RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles” (April 4) Rain will bring the Fab Four’s greatest hits to life, including all your early favorites. “Anastasia” (April 14-19) A dazzling show that transports the audience from the twilight of the Russian empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue’s “Treme Threauxdown 2020” (April 25) The nighttime concert Jazz Fest goers will be talking about. George Lopez “Live in Concert” (May 8) “Fiddler on the Roof” (May 12-17) Jimmy Buffet’s “Escape to Margaritaville” (July 17-19)

The festival has a history of outreach into area schools to support rising talent. In the spring, the festival hosts the National Shakespeare Competition, which awards the best presentation of a Shakespeare soliloquy and sonnet with an allexpense-paid trip to New York to compete in the national finals. Throughout the school year, Shakespeare on the Road visits schools throughout greater New Orleans. Laced with humor and action from more than a dozen of Shakespeare’s works, this program exposes students to theatre in an exciting and powerful way. Also, the Gavin Mahlie All Things Shakespeare Program offers future theatre artists a chance to spend their summers in intensive training, working under our professional artists and technicians.

Now launching its 53rd season of high-quality musical entertainment, Summer Lyric Theatre aims to develop musicians, actors, singers, dancers, technical artists and promising students. It employs the talents of paid and volunteer performers and behind-the-scenes specialists.

UPCOMING: “Follies in Concert” (May 30-31) The plot of Stephen Sondheim’s musical centers around a reunion of showgirls who appeared in an annual Follies extravaganza when it was staged between the wars. The show features showgirls performing numbers in the style of the period. “Legally Blonde” (June 18-21) Like the Amanda Brown novel of the same name, the musical tells of a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend, and who manages to surprise doubters while staying true to herself. Music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, book by Heather Hach. “Evita” (July 9-12) Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical about the life of Argentine political leader Eva Peron remains as impressive and powerful as it was in 1978. “Once” (July 30-Aug. 2) Based on the 2007 film of the same name, the Tony Award-winning musical follows an Irish singer-songwriter named Guy, who meets a muse in the person of a Czech immigrant. In the production, the cast also serves as the orchestra amid a minimalist set that features a working bar at center stage. Many local young people experience musical theatre on the Tulane campus through Summer Lyric’s educational program, Little Lyric. See the website for details.

THE JOY THEATER 1200 CANAL ST., NEW ORLEANS 504-528-9569 WWW.THEJOYTHEATER.COM 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. A 10,000-square-foot multipurpose venue, the Joy features live music concerts, comedy shows and theatrical productions, and offers spaces to host private parties or corporate events. With fully re-purposed sound and lighting systems, the space holds up to 1,200 guests with a flexible seating plan that can be configured in a variety of ways. The venue is operated by Winter Circle Productions.

UPCOMING: Ross Mathews (March 5) Jelly Roll (March 14) Rodrigo Y Gabriela (March 24) The Glitch Mob (March 30) Drink The Sea 10th Anniversary Tour, supported by Iva Lab. Thundercat (April 4) Trey Kennedy (April 19) Are You for Real Tour, presented by Premier Productions. Criminal (April 22) Presented by AEG. Taj Mahal Quartet and North Mississippi Allstars (April 30) Exploring a career defined by colorful twists and turns, unexpected whimsical ventures and a commitment to a muse that has long focused on freewheeling innovation. Anders Osborne Birthday Bash (May 1) “Fiery anthems and tumultuous confessional songs punctuated with raw, inspired guitar” (USA TODAY). With special guest Jackie Greene. Turkuaz (May 2) With Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew: Remain in Light Turns 40. A Fest After Dark production presented by Winter Circle. Royal Blood (May 6) Fortune Feimster (May 9) Presented by Outback. Tycho (May 20) Simulcast tour. Small Town Murder (July 31) Shut Up and Give into Murder tour.


ONSTAGE PROFILES

JEFFERSON PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY

LOUISIANA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

NEW ORLEANS OPERA ASSOCIATION

NEW ORLEANS BALLET ASSOCIATION

6400 AIRLINE DRIVE, METAIRIE BOX OFFICE: 504-885-2000. WWW.JPAS.ORG.

1010 COMMON STREET AND ORPHEUM THEATRE, NEW ORLEANS BOX OFFICE: 504.523.6530 WWW.LPOMUSIC.ORG

935 GRAVIER ST., SUITE 1940, NEW ORLEANS BOX OFFICE: 504.529.3000, 800.881.4459 WWW.NEWORLEANSOPERA.ORG

MAHALIA JACKSON THEATER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, NEW ORLEANS BOX OFFICE: 504.522.0996 WWW.NOBADANCE.COM

Artistic Director Dennis Assaf presents the 42nd season of musical theater and comedy at Jefferson Performing Arts Center (JPAC), Westwego Performing Arts Theatre and Teatro Wego on the West Bank.

UPCOMING: “The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)” (March 6-29) Discover comedy from high-brow to low-brow through the ages, from Aristophanes, Shakespeare and Molière to Vaudeville, Charlie Chaplin and The Daily Show. At Teatro Wego. “Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.” (March 6-8) A JPAS Theatre Kids! Production tells of a young schoolteacher who tries to calm his first-day nerves by watching TV, which provides inspiration on how to win over his students with music and imagination. At JPAC. “42nd Street” (April 9-19) The ultimate show-biz musical celebrates the people who make musical theater as an aspiring small-town chorus girl comes to the big city and gets an unexpected opportunity to step in for a leading lady. Will she rise to the challenge? At JPAC. “The Comedy Zone” (April 24-25) Enjoy a night of stand-up from the country’s largest comedy network. At Teatro Wego. “An American in Paris” (May 8-17) The post-World War II musical set in the French capital is beloved in the history of theater, and audiences will see why. Music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. At JPAC. “Sweet Potato Queens” (June 5-21) A high-powered musical tells of friends who learn to grab life by the sequins, feathers and tiaras. At Westwego Performing Arts Theatre.

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. All concerts below at the Orpheum Theater. 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.

UPCOMING:

The central Gulf region’s premiere presenting organization dedicated to dance offers main stage and educational programs featuring worldclass dance companies and artists. Performances are at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for Performing Arts.

UPCOMING:

Mainstage performances:

UPCOMING:

The Music of John Williams (March 7-8) Featuring the composer’s scores from some of the modern era’s bestknown films.

Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” (May 1, 3) Young love is never easy, especially when your mom is trying to take over the world. A rich fairytale framed by a beautiful galaxy of Hubble Telescope photography.

Houston Ballet (March 28) Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Houston Ballet returns for the first time in more than a decade with an exquisite program that shows off its elite artists in spectacular revivals and new premieres. Stanton Welch, artistic director.

Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (March 15) An exploration of each part of the orchestra will be narrated by Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto. This program also feature works by favorite American composers, including Aaron Copland, John Williams and Louis Prima. Quint Plays Korngold (March 19) Featuring violinist Philipe Quint and Korngold’s Violin Concerto. Classical Contrasts (March 26) Bassoonist Jack Peña is featured in Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony Opus 25. American Virtuosos (April 16) Barber’s “Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance.” Cyril Neville and Special Guests (April 18-19) Enjoy an acclaimed R&B musician in a one-of-a-kind performance with the LPO. Swing in the Oaks (April 21) Part of Fidelity’s Concerts in the Park, at New Orleans City Park on the Goldring Woldenberg Great Lawn. Bring your lawn chairs, food, and refreshments to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s life. Testimony & Triumph (May 14, 16) Featuring Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Beethoven’s Overture to Leonore No 3, and acclaimed pianist Jorge Federico Osorio performing Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto.

Chamber “Detour” Series: “The Falling and the Rising” (Nov. 6) The new American opera highlights the sacrifices of American soldiers, through the eyes of one who is recovering from a roadside attack. Produced and performed by active-duty soldiers. At Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Charlie Parker’s “Yardbird” (April 3-5) Composed by Daniel Schnyder and featuring Joshua Stewart in the lead role, this is the story of the jazz legend and his final quest to write a large-scale masterpiece as his life grows increasingly troubled. At the New Orleans Jazz Market. L’Opéra Nouvelle Series: As part of its opera education programs, the organization offers presentations that offer insightful perspectives on upcoming operas. March 1 Music to lift the spirit featuring American composers of opera influenced by jazz and musical theatre legends like Charlie Parker. At Temple Sinai. April 7, 18 A continuation of the celebration of Mozart and Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) with stunning visual images from the Hubble Telescope in a spectacular feast for the senses. At Deutsches Haus (April 7) and NOMA’s Sculpture Garden (April 18).

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (April 18) It may be the funniest night you will ever have at the ballet. Don’t miss the long-awaited return of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in a hilarious new program. Affectionately called The Trocks, the lovable all-male company performs delightful parodies of great ballet classics from “Swan Lake,” “Giselle” and “The Dying Swan,” to the dances of George Balanchine and Martha Graham. The technically proficient male ballerinas on pointe and in tutus are a worldwide dance phenomenon and considered one of the great comic creations of the American stage. Ballet Education The opera offers many educational opportunities for young people from age 3 to 18. Afterschool dance classes offer instruction by award-winning artists free to local kids. The early childhood development program introduces little ones to the world of creative dance. And a pre-professional program offers a tuition-free program designed to motivate talented students with intensive instruction in ballet, pointe, modern, repertoire, conditioning and other dance forms.

SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

51


The Bold, the Beautiful & the Bespoke By Kelcy Wilburn


Whether you’re an avid HGTV viewer or someone who invests little in keeping up with the latest home design trends, you probably know how you feel about your own living space and whether or not it brings you joy. When we tire of our home space, it’s likely because aspects have grown outdated or become inefficient. Perhaps your closets are overflowing or the tile in the bathroom suddenly looks cheap and dated. A little time spent learning about the latest home trends may help you scratch the itch for a more comfortable, lovable space while avoiding trends that experts warn could be fleeting and wasteful. One of the first ways you can make a home more efficient is by maximizing storage space, which is the expertise of Don Wise, Owner of Louisiana Custom Closets, who has nearly 30 years of experience in closet design and organization solutions. As a longtime designer of closets and pantries as well as other custom storage solutions, Wise has seen storage options continue to grow. Wise currently notes a trend towards minimal furniture in bedrooms as people are maximizing storage in closets. Specialized storage ideas for accessories such as shoes, ties and scarves are popular, with the same being true in garages for tools, toys and bicycles. Closet (Opposing Page) Kitchen Silhouettes Motorized Shades by Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design (This Page) Brockschmidt & Coleman, LLC Decoration and Design, Photo left by George Ross, Photo Below by Richard Leo Johnson for Atlantic Archives

The best in current home design trends


systems also offer more options than before in colors, accents and textures of the materials used. If you do watch home design shows, you’ll notice that certain aspects of the home get most of the attention – countertops, cabinets, open layouts and furniture get a lot of glory. An underrated game changer in home design and décor, specifically, is window treatments – the drapery, shades, blinds and shutters that not only affect a room’s natural light but also provide another outlet for added color and elegance. According to Blythe Wren, a window treatment specialist at Wren’s Tontine, faux silk fabrics are trending currently due to their cost, availability and longer lasting quality than true silks. “There are faux silks so beautiful that you can’t tell the difference,” says Wren. She notes that while paisley, damask and toile patterns consistently remain in style, the pervasive ikat pattern is starting to fade in popularity. As homes get “smarter,” window treatments are changing technologically, too. “Motorized window treatments sales have been increasing as more and more people are putting home automation systems such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa in their houses,” says Wren. Window treatments can be programmed to open and close automatically with these operating systems. “It’s so convenient to just say, ‘Alexa, close the living room shades,’” she says. Convenience and technology are also leading to a trend in exposed wall outlets, which also means exposed electrical cords, according to William Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman, Partners at Brockschmidt & Coleman Decoration and Design. “No one wants to bend down several times a day to reach a plug,” says Brockschmidt. “So we’re embracing cords and choosing colorful woven or elegant twisted silk options,” he says. The trend has opened up possibilities for wall sconces and bookcase lights with exposed cords becoming a designed part of the fixture. Brockschmidt and Coleman are currently excited by the options for customized color in design, whether paint colors on furniture or printing on wallpaper and fabric. “There seems to be a new appreciation for hand-blocked patterned wallpapers,” says Brockschmidt. He notes that designers are becoming more adventurous with bold-patterned wallpapers in living spaces rather than the more traditional dining rooms, powder rooms and entrance halls. To provide an unusual, handcrafted surface for fireplace surrounds and backsplashes, Brockschmidt and

Coleman are occasionally turning to Moroccan zellij tile, which Coleman calls “more mysterious than exotic.” “They come in a variety of colors, and the tight joints and intricate patterns create a beautiful, hardto-place texture,” she says. Bolder colors and textures are also a trend in the kitchen, where designers are seeing more options in cabinetry and shelving. “We are getting more requests for bolder cabinet colors,” says Monique Poché Bennett, CKD and

Owner of Cabinets by Design. “Clients are using more gold and brass toned hardware. Interests in accents like floating shelves and metal shelving are also increasing,” she says. Bennett notes that there’s a growing interest in visible wood grains adding character to cabinet finishes while dark, (Above) MORPHO, Photo by Sara Essex Bradley (Opposing Page) Motorized Shade With Faux Silk Panels By Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design


brown wood stains or heavy distressed finishes seem to be falling by the wayside. “We are excited that our cabinet suppliers are offering new textured laminates, specialty veneers and high-gloss finishes, which allows us to offer many more design options,” says Bennett. She also notes a trend in kitchen appliances toward multi-functional products such as combination ovens with convection-steam or convection-microwave as well as extra-large, multi-function sinks with accessories for the main kitchen sink. At Singer Kitchens, VP of Sales Nancy Christopher notes similar trends in cabinets and states that warm whites and various shades of grey are the most requested colors currently, though naval blue and forestry green are quickly gaining popularity. She notes that the shapes of cabinet doors are simpler today with shaker and slab doors being the most popular choices. “Less ornate pieces are being requested while the drama is being created in the mixing of the textures,” says Christopher. “Two- and even three-toned kitchens are prevalent today,” she says. She describes dark islands as the oft-central feature with contrasting light-painted cabinet surrounds.

Reclaimed wood then brings in a natural element through custom hoods, beams and floating shelves. “The mixing of metals is another fun way to layer the look,” says Christopher. “A combination of rose gold, warm brass, and matte blacks are now seen in the handles, light fixtures and plumbing.” While kitchen countertops and vanities were once the main use of stone slabs, a trend toward floor-toceiling stone has quickly grown, with natural stone slabs being used to wrap surfaces such as fireplace walls, kitchen hoods, shower walls and more. “Homeowners don’t see stone as just stone – it’s a piece of art they’re investing in,” says Jacquelyn Lindsey, Owner of JL Studio Designs. “This floor-to-ceiling stone trend has become so popular that tile companies have introduced largeformat porcelain slabs that have the look of marble but are more affordable,” says Lindsey. In bathrooms, Lindsey also notes a trend towards new bathroom layouts. “In European architecture, it’s common for the tub and shower to share the same wet space,” she says. “We are now seeing that concept being done more frequently in New Orleans homes.”

According to Lindsey, having the tub and shower in the same wet zone inherently makes the space bigger, which lends itself to using marble slabs to wrap the walls as opposed to individual tiles. Having these wet zones also allows for a curbless entry and seamless, “invisible” drains. In décor, lighting is another element of the home that adds personality and offers an opportunity for the homeowner to reflect their personal style. Many designers refer to lighting as the “jewelry” of the home, and jewelry aptly describes the traditional chandelier. As chandelier creators, MORPHO’s Julie McLellan and Margaret Schexnayder note a trend toward bespoke elements in interior design, and their custommade chandeliers often satisfy this desire for clients. “Having some input into a design project allows people to feel more connected to their homes and other living spaces,” says McLellan. “We believe people are happier when they can be a part of the creation of a work of art, especially something with strong imaginative or aesthetic appeal.” To make a big impression, the two incorporate high-end finishes and semi-precious stones, as well as crystals, chains, candle covers and other decorations.


Louisiana Custom Closets 885-3188, LouisianaCustomClosets.com Wren’s Tontine, Shade & Design 1533 Prytania St. 525-7409, WrensTontine.com Brockschmidt & Coleman, LLC Decoration and Design 4021 Magazine St. 309-9112, BrockschmidtAndColeman.com Cabinets by Design 5201 Tchoupitoulas St. 899-2300, CabinetsByDesign.com Singer Kitchens – New Orleans 231 N. Carrollton Ave. 486-0067, SingerKitchens.com JL Studio Designs 494-2580, JLStudioDesigns.com MORPHO 858-6143 (Julie McLellan) 713-824-0356 (Margaret Schexnayder) Lynne Uhalt Interiors 458-3524, LynneUhaltInteriors.com

“There is also a trend towards adding natural elements to chandeliers; tree branches, semi-precious stones and coral are all popular,” says McLellan. Combining new trends with classic designs is a challenge she and Schexnayder enjoy. Beyond chandeliers, incorporating natural elements into the home continues to be a rising trend as more homeowners look to bring the outdoors in. According to Lynne Uhalt of Lynne Uhalt Interiors, one way to satisfy this with the addition of an “outdoor room,” an almost necessary component of the home in New Orleans’ mild climate.

“There are so many options for a beautiful loggia – from fabulous outdoor furniture, lamps and fireplaces to a cozy place to dine or a family-style farm table,” says Uhalt. “It’s a wonderful extension of your home.” Whether a screened-in porch, a patio or courtyard, or a pool-side outdoor kitchen, each space has the potential to be visually beautiful and approachable while offering you a balance of natural elements with the comforts of home. Bathroom designed by JL Studio Designs, Photo by Marie Dominique Verdier, MDV Photo Architecture


SPONSORED

STACIE CARUBBA

“RESULTS, NOT EXCUSES.”

O: 504-507-8331 C: 504-434-7653 StacieCarubba.com 118 W. Harrison Avenue, #301 Stacie@StacieCarubba.com

Stacie Carubba adopted this motto from her late grandfather, a beloved musician and band director, shortly before she transformed her part-time real estate job into a full-time real estate career as a top-producing agent in neighborhoods such as Lakeview, Gentilly, Mid-City and Old Metairie. Carubba is known for results. Among other accolades, she has been recognized as Athena Real Estate’s #1 agent three years in row and was recently named in the top 100 agents in the city as well as a Rising Star for New Orleans Real Producers Magazine. Whether she’s working with firsttime buyers, luxury listings or larger commercial properties, Carubba goes the extra mile to deliver the best results for her clients. Results in real estate are not without effort. Carubba has a strong reputation for trust and communication with her clients, along with a cutting-edge marketing presence and robust social media following. In her real estate practice, as with the rest of her life, Carubba is dedicated to going above and beyond.


KATHERINE ESHLEMAN

Katherine Eshleman got her start in real estate in the commercial world, but it wasn’t until she obtained her sales license that she found her true passion in the residential market. Most recently, Eshleman partnered with Parke McEnery and Ansley Marshall to found McEnery Residential, a boutique brokerage focused on servicing the residential needs of a growing client base. C: 504-606-1407 / katherine@mceneryco.com 4901 Magazine Street / mceneryco.com

AXEL OESTREICHER

Axel Oestreicher is known in life and in real estate for his confidence, trust and dependability. Whether closing multi-million dollar transactions, helping first-time or experienced buyers find and purchase their dream home or volunteering at the Villa Lobos Pitbull Rescue or with Habitat for Humanity, Oestreicher keeps these capstone values close in everything he does. C: 504.314.0984 / O: 504.944.3605 / dbsir.com 2340 Dauphine Street / axeloestreicher7@gmail.com

58 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020


O’DWYER REALTY

ELIZABETH MCNULTY

Buyers and Sellers can count on O’Dwyer Realty’s professional real estate services and experience. From Commercial Development to Single Family Homes, Property Management, Land Acquisition and Development to Luxury Waterfront Condos, whatever you need we have an Agent for you. We have full-service Realtors throughout the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Louisiana. 228.452.4241 / OdwyerRealty.com 232 E. Scenic Dr. Pass Christian, MS / Info@OdwyerRealty.com

GLENNDA BACH

Glennda Bach refers to herself as a “Yesterday Girl”—she aims to have everything done “yesterday.” This dedication to success has placed Bach in the top 1 percent of REALTORS in the New Orleans area market. Bach is powered not only by her personal drive, but by her complete dedication to her clients and her passion for her work.

Elizabeth McNulty, founder of New Orleans Luxury Living, is renowned among colleagues and clients alike for her integrity, loyalty and professionalism. An expert in luxury properties, she created her company to provide a service of personalized approach to selling and buying unique, prestigious properties. Immersed in New Orleans, McNulty keeps her finger on the pulse of global luxury and the everevolving needs of her clientele. Part of this ability is in her genes; her family dedicated their lives to development and real estate in Louisiana and Virginia. The rest is hard work and infectious passion, which she brings to bear in all aspects of her life. Thanks to her international perspective, she has created a luxe, carefully-curated experience that melds a global taste with New Orleans’ unique personality. Dedicated to providing smooth transactions using her unparalleled knowledge of neighborhoods, architecture and history of the New Orleans area, Elizabeth was named one of America’s Top 100 Real Estate Agents in 2019. 504.908.0289 / EMcNulty.GardnerRealtors.com 7934 Maple Street, New Orleans EMcNulty@GardnerRealtors.com

C: 504.866.2785 / O: 504.583.2792 200 Broadway St., #142 / GBachLB@gmail.com

SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

59


E N T E R TA I N I N G WI T H B E V

A Sensational Surprise Hunter’s 90th birthday in the country By Bev Church

tennis and fabulous food. After constant communication with the family, Susan went to work and called Chef John Folse, Urban Earth, Elements and her team. They created a logo that was featured on custom white shirts, on hats and on a book of family photos that was a gift for everyone to take home! The morning began with hay rides, a quail hunt, skeet

60 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

shooting, a fire pit complete with blankets and a bloody mary bar. Susan created a tent so that the whole family could be seated at one long table for the fabulous dinner. Chef Folse introduced each course with his typical style and flair: shrimp and grits, roasted pheasant consommé, twin beet salad, speckled trout Bay St. Louis, filet mignon with marchand de vin sauce and

birthday cake with assorted sorbets, gelato and ice cream. There was lounge seating inside and out, a photo wall featuring his family, an amazing band from Nashville, s’mores and professional fireworks to end the day! Hunter was so surprised and excited about his big day surrounded by his family that he exclaimed, “I never had any girls, so this must be my debut!” ✦

PHOTOS BY JOSH BRASTED

When Hunter’s wife and two youngest sons got together to surprise him for his 90th birthday, they called Susan Zackin, owner of Z Event Company, to help them pull it off! They wanted just the family (about 40 people) on Thanksgiving Day in the country in Mississippi. They wanted to incorporate everything that Hunter loves: hunting, golf,


PHOTOS BY JOSH BRASTED

E N T E R TA I N I N G WI T H B E V

SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

61


WI T H T H I S R I N G

Ernst – Dildy By Megan Holt

One afternoon, Lieutenant Colonel John Robert Dildy paid a very special visit to Virginia Richmond Ernst. John had been seeing Mrs. Ernst’s daughter, Virginia Verret de Marigny Ernst, for two years. Mrs. Ernst, who was terminally ill, already thought of John has her sonin-law, and she was filled with joy when John told her that he would ask Marigny to spend

the rest of their lives together. This visit reflected the importance of family to both Marigny and John. Indeed, family played a huge role in both their relationship and their wedding. Their fathers, both retired physicians, had known one another for years. Marigny’s father casually introduced her to his old friend’s son, John, when they happened to be at the same nonprofit fundraiser.

62 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

From that chance first meeting, to their first date at Patois during a rainstorm, to the tender moment when John proposed, they built a family together that would help make their wedding day truly unforgettable. The family kicked off the festivities with a rehearsal dinner hosted by John’s parents in a private room upstairs at Ralph’s on the Park. At the end of the dinner, everyone toasted the couple with a bottle of Perrier Jouet that had been saved for a special occasion. That festive feeling carried over to the next day, November 9, 2019, when Marigny walked down the aisle of Holy Name of Jesus Church, her parish, toward John, who was standing proudly in his U.S. Army Blue Mess Dress Uniform. As she walked, she carried a bouquet that honored both her parents; in addition to the white roses and olive branch, the bouquet contained her late mother’s favorite flower, peonies, and leaves from her father’s award-winning camellias. The bouquet was placed in a silver tussy mussy, a family heirloom of Meg Farris that has been used in her family for weddings and debuts, and as Marigny walked she could read the engraved names of the women who had carried it before. After a touching ceremony officiated by Fr. Van Constant, Deacon Don Richard and Fr. Doug Brougher, the newly married couple left the church under a traditional military saber arch and headed for Marigny’s family home, christened “Anthemion.” Like the bouquet, Anthemion was adorned with peonies and roses, with orchids grown by the father of the bride perfectly complementing the navy and gold décor. In another instance

of family being at the forefront of the occasion, Marigny’s cousins from San Antonio, who are talented musicians, played during the reception. Guests loved listening to the music as they enjoyed a menu created by Palate New Orleans, which included turtle soup and a slider station. The wedding cake and the streetcar-shaped groom’s cake, both from Gambino’s, rounded out the delectable selection of food. A highlight of the reception was the newlyweds’ first dance to “The Very Thought of You.” Marigny and John chose this song because its lyrics seemed so reflective of the journey that had led them to that moment. Marigny and John, who work as a gallery manager and an attorney, respectively, are looking forward to a new journey together this spring, when they take their honeymoon trip. Until then, they’re enjoying the giddy feeling of being married in their New Orleans home. Marigny sums up their story with this quote: “Once in a while right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.” ✦ Coordinator: Kate David Events Ceremony Music: HNJ Church organist, cantor and trumpet player Wedding Gown: Pronovias – OBERON design from Town & Country Bridal with additional designs from Bride and Bridesmaids. Groom’s Attire: U.S. Army Blue Mess Dress Uniform by Marlow White Bride’s & Groom’s Wedding Bands: Valobra Master Jewelers Invitation: Gem Printing Photographer: Norris Nelson Gagnet Videographer: Kirk Rossitier Hair: Jimmy Schneider, Monique Munoz & Mary Sanchez Makeup: Sara Walsh


WI T H T H I S R I N G

SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

63


YO U N G B LO O D S

Danielle Wright Division Director, Navigate NOLA By Lindsay Mack

1,400 kids in the past few years. “We work with children who are extremely emotionally frustrated, but they don’t have the language to express this,” says Wright. Simply helping the children understand how to put a name to their feelings, and expanding their emotional vocabulary gives them the ability to self-manage. In addition to the school programs, Navigate NOLA also

64 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

provides professional development and training, policy and advocacy work, as well as data collection and research. And thanks to the program’s careful data collection, it’s easy to see that these efforts are already paying off. “Every year, we do a program evaluation and collect pre-and post-behavioral data. We see consistently that postintervention students’ academic performance increases and

behavioral issues go down,” says Wright. By focusing on the importance of emotional intelligence development, particularly in a classroom setting, Wright is helping children develop the skills they need to overcome adversity and thrive. ✦

➺ Get Involved To learn more and to donate, visit NavigateNola.com.

PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

As a social worker in a local high school, Danielle Wright saw first-hand how many young people in the New Orleans area were exposed to trauma at a young age. These adverse experiences negatively impacted their academic success in school, limiting their opportunities for the future. After researching the importance of emotional intelligence, Wright created Navigate NOLA, a social-emotional and community wellness organization dedicated to teaching young kids how to understand and manage their emotions. “Emotional intelligence is learnable and teachable,” says Wright. “People with high emotional intelligence have the tools to manage emotional distress.” Wright designed a program to integrate socialemotional learning into an academic setting, while also working with the short attention spans of children. By helping pre-K and Kindergartenaged children better understand their emotions, Wright hopes to give them the tools for success into high school and beyond. The intervention is divided into three centers, with computer, yoga and emotional intervention components. Kids rotate from each center every 20 minutes, and the change helps children get information in a variety of ways. Navigate NOLA has served over 11 schools and


S T U D E N T AC T I V I S T

Emmanuel Levy Brother Martin High School By Mallory Lindsly

“We all have personal struggles, and it’s in this vulnerability to be open that we build each other up and become stronger because of it,” says Emmanuel Levy, a Senior at Brother Martin High School. “This complete immersion into a community of like-minded individuals has deepened my own values because I see the drive and passion in those around me, and I strive to be better and to do better in my own life.” Levy has always been inspired by his mother, Jerussa Levy, to be a better person in his community. Her unwavering faith and dedication to what’s right are some of the qualities that he admires most about his mom. During her pregnancy, the OBGYN noticed that there was an abnormality on the ultrasound and that her son may have Down Syndrome. His mom had the choice to confirm the diagnosis and risk the pregnancy or just let the fate of her child stay in faith. “Inspired by her strength, I now defend those who are hurting by sacrificing my own time. She influences me to be more like her every day, and I’m so blessed to call her my mom,” says Levy. One of the most rewarding volunteer experiences Levy has taken part in is the annual Catholic Youth Organization trip to San Antonio. The group completed various service work, but Levy was able to volunteer at a special needs day care foster

home hybrid for children with disabilities. Volunteering at this home meant that the children’s parents could attend workrelated events or job interviews. On the weekend, the home also provides services so parents can have a date night. “Even though I’m surrounded by people who are all fighting for the same cause, we all have our own reasons and personal stories of why we fight,” says Levy. “No two stories are ever the same, and each is uniquely important.” Levy is undecided where he wants to go to college, but so far has been accepted into the University of Notre Dame and Tulane University. Over the past eight years, the Levy family has road tripped across the country and he has already visited 48 contiguous states. Before going to medical school, Levy hopes to take a gap year to bring his activism to Colombia – the country where his grandmother currently lives. ✦ SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

65


S H O P TA L K

Dr. Kelly Burkenstock Anti-Aging Specialist, Skin Body Health By Lani Griffiths

Tell us a little background on your business. Skin Body Health is the South’s hallmark anti-aging clinic. We take care of ladies and gentlemen on the inside and out. I feel you should look as good as you feel, and feel as good as you look! I am passionate about helping my clients feel and look their best at any age.

Do you have any services for men? Men are becoming a growing part of our clinic, as they’re now interested in Botox and hair restoration, and

66 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

What are you most looking forward to with your new location? We are so excited about our grand opening in Lakeview. It will allow us to expand our offerings for both men and women. Is there anything else you’d like us to know about yourself or your business? I have served the clients of Louisiana for over 20 years and I’m passionate about empowering my clients to look and feel their very best. One of the best feelings in the world is the gratitude that we get every day for giving people their life back. Skin Body Health, 6600 Fleur De Lis Drive, 888-2829, SkinBodyHealth.com

PHOTO BY JEFFERY JOHNSTON

As a skin rejuvenation and anti-aging expert, what’s your best tip for staying healthy and beautiful? My No. 1 tip for staying healthy and beautiful is to eat well and get rest, as well as supplementing your diet with vitamins and to get plenty of exercise.

just generally taking better care of themselves.


S H O P TA L K

Rachel Patterson Owner & Buyer, Feet First By Lani Griffiths

PHOTO BY JEFFERY JOHNSTON

What are some of your responsibilities as Owner and Buyer for Feet First? Buying shoes for each season is a lot of fun, but also like trying to read a crystal ball. Footwear production has a long lead time, which means while you’re selling in the current spring season, you’re also planning and ordering for next spring. In addition to buying, I love being out on the sales floor working with our customers and getting to know them. Building these relationships helps with the buying process as well. What is your favorite thing about having a brick-and-mortar store? On a personal note, my favorite thing is supporting a dogfriendly environment! Many of our customers regularly shop with their dogs or stop in to visit our rescues, Reno and Rascal. Coming from a corporate environment, I’ve found owning a small business has a more personal and intimate atmosphere. We get to be a part of our customers’ special events and milestones. I know we’ve truly made a customer happy when they come back to show us photos or tell us about their trip and how happy their feet were. What are some of your bestsellers right now? Spring shoe styles with pops of color, metallics or snake

prints. Our vibrant headwraps and fringe earrings are the most popular accessories at the moment, and both are locally made. Do you work with any local brands or artists? We are happy to support both local and femaleowned businesses such as Passion Lilie, Sarah Ott, Mose, Mary & Me, Fringe + Co, Yung Hussy, Queens Metal, Mitzi Wear, Native Nail Polish, Betsy but mainly Garcia, In-Habit and Julie Silvers. What are some of the reasons your store has consistently been voted the best in New Orleans? For over 40 years, Feet First has been locally owned and has been known for personal service coupled with unique selections. As the new owners, we strive to continue to provide the same shopping experience I enjoyed as a Feet First customer to both locals and our New Orleans visitors. What are some things your store has to offer in addition to footwear? While women’s footwear is our main focus, we have a large selection of handbags, apparel, gift items and locally made jewelry. We also carry a small selection of men’s footwear, socks and T-shirts. Feet First, 4122 Magazine St., 899-6800, FeetFirstStores.com SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

67


S N A P S H OT S By Marie Gabriel

1

4

2

5

3

6

1. Panelists Dr. Reshma Bhanushali, Dr. Jennifer Rodriguez, Mary Beth Langlinais, Dextria Sapp, Dr. Arti Singh, Dr. Charisse Ward and Nicole Delahoussaye attended the Cardiovascular Institute of the South and Lafayette General Health’s inaugural “Heels for Hearts” fundraiser, a women’s social event held in September 2019 at Warehouse 535. The event raised more than $12,000 for Faith House, a domestic violence crisis center and shelter in Lafayette. 2. Ross Chapman, Kathleen Chapman and Mark Holcomb enjoyed a night of bowling and fun during “Pins & Needles,” a fundraiser to benefit the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum held at the Rock ’n’ Bowl in September. Guests were treated to a lively bowling tournament, beers, cocktails, food and music from the Grammy award-winning Zydeco band Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band. 3. Dana Reed, Big Freedia and Nissa Johnson are pictured at Upturn Arts’ first-ever “Back to School Bash” in September 2019. Over 50 young artists and families enjoyed a dance party, face painting and a photo booth, as well as the opportunity to meet the Queen of Bounce herself, who recently named Upturn Arts as a recipient of funds for her new charitable organization, Bounce Up. 4. Jasmine and Janet Williams posed together at Upturn Arts’ “Back to School Bash.” The community oriented, family friendly event helped the organization surpass their goal to raise $12,000 in 12 days in partnership with Brett Thomas Doussan Foundation and featured fun activities, music and food and drinks provided by Adolfo Garcia, Atchafalaya Restaurant, Canes Fried Chicken and Reginelli’s. 5. New York Times Executive Editor in Chief Dean Baquet celebrated with Walter Isaacson, Loyola University New Orleans President Tania Tetlow and former head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans Monty Williams at the New Orleans Jazz Market after the “Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute Fellowship Awards” in September 2019. Tetlow was honored with the first-ever NCFLI Fellow of the year award, and Baquet, Isaacson and Williams were all presented with NCFLI National Leadership Awards for Excellence. 6. Arian Thomas and Shauna Ewen attended “Treequinox: An Autumn Evening with SOUL,” held at the First Presbyterian Church in September 2019. The intimate evening was full of music, custom cocktails, local fare and silent

68 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020


S N A P S H OT S By Marie Gabriel 7

10

8

11

9

12

and live auctions to support SOUL’s (Sustaining Our Urban Landscape) mission to reforest the New Orleans area. 7. James Kelly Jr. served up some treats courtesy of Juan’s Flying Burrito during “Treequinox: An Autumn Evening with SOUL.” SOUL is dedicated to reforesting New Orleans’ urban areas to prevent/minimize flooding and subsidence, reduce pollution, improve community health and provide beauty and shade. Since their founding in 2016, the nonprofit has planted more than 1,800 trees and is committed to planting another 1,500 in their next season. 8. The past presidents of the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera gathered at the Guild Home on Prytania Street for their annual tea in September 2019: (standing) Current Guild President Karen Villavaso, Diane Dupin, Erin Fleming, Pat Kelly, Merle Segura and Betsy Dowling with (seated) Penny Baumer, Betty Davidson and Jean Rice. 9. Leslie Rodger and Alexa Georges celebrated New Orleans Film Society’s 30th anniversary at a party thrown in its honor at Katherine and Tony Gelderman’s Lower Garden District home in September 2019. Guests enjoyed food by Chef Dominique Macquet, live music by Cactus Thief and more. 10. Fallon Young, Host Tony Gelderman and Sandy Shilstone are pictured at the special anniversary bash to commemorate three-decades of the NOFS. 11. Hannah Kreiger-Benson, Renard Bridgewater and Ethan Ellestad at “#MaCCNO7,” the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans’ anniversary party to celebrate seven years of advocacy work for musicians, culture bearers and buskers. The October 2019 celebration featured performances at Hi-Ho Lounge from the Brass-aholics, Bo Dollis Jr. & the Wild Magnolias and DJs Nice Rack and Riviera Slim. 12. Nearly 220 employees in Entergy’s information technology and grid modernization departments planted 500 trees, laid mulch trails, added 150 butterfly plants to their gardens and removed invasive vines with NOLA Tree Project at The Audubon Louisiana Nature Center on October 16, 2019. The event kicked- off tree planting season for the NOLA Tree Project and launched its partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Time for Trees global initiatives: a commitment to plant 100 million trees and engage 5 million new planters worldwide by 2022.

SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

69


D E B U TA N T E S N A P S H OT S By Shelby Simon 1

4

2

5

3

6

1. Color was abundant everywhere at Lucy Currence and Charlotte Freeman’s debutante party, themed “Carnival Des Couleurs,” hosted by their parents Mr. and Mrs. Richard Morrison Currence Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lawrence Freeman. Wearing designs by local couturier Mary Williams, Charlotte and Lucy sparkled in white cocktail dresses adorned with beaded floral accents. Guests got their sparkle on at the Elektra Cosmetics Booth and documented their style in the 360 degree photo Boogie Booth. Urban Earth was responsible for all of the greenery and colorful floral centerpieces around the venue. The cool tunes of Gen 8 Band from Los Angeles got guests moving on the checkered dance floor with a light show provided by See Hear Productions. Charlotte and Lucy joined Gen 8 Band on stage for two songs: “Choppa Style” and “Get Crunk,” and the finale, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” closed out the party with all of the guests surrounding Charlotte, Lucy and their families in a dance floor circle. 2. Guests were welcomed to The Sugar Mill with the crest from the invitation and honoree’s names in lights on a custom styled “midway tunnel” with pulsating lights. At first glance, the scene was all black and white, as the family greeted their guests underneath a custom awning striped tent from Element with Elan Artists performing in black and white couture. The first pop of color was the talented violinist performing in all pink, and just beyond, a large custom-built carousel bar that offered guests (and many LSU fans) the opportunity to watch the SEC Championship game with built-in screens. 3. Z Event Company splattered color throughout the rest of the venue, from the stage backdrop to the oversized inflated flowers hanging from the greenery-covered trusses. Fleur de Lis Catering provided food stations and colorful treats for the dessert booth alongside Poof Cotton Candy whipping up colored spun sugar. A late night pass of bites featured Nashville hot chicken sliders, soft pretzels with Abita Amber cheese sauce and fried mini Oreos

70 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

and Lucky Dog carts flanked the exit doors at the end of the night. 4. Hosts Mr. and Mrs. John Fenner French and Dr. and Mrs. Ronald James French flank Rebecca Emerson French at her party honoring her family’s proud heritage with a Scottish Hunting Feast theme that transported guests into a Scottish castle at 1705 Calhoun St. Write On Stationary created a custom invitation with Rebecca’s father’s Boyd clan family tartan and an image of her ancestors’ family castle, Dean Castle in Kilmarnock, Scotland. All of Rebecca’s immediate family had tartan clothes or embellishments made from family tartans from Edinburgh, and Rebecca’s custom attire, along with that of her father and brother, was made by Edgardo of New Orleans. The family encouraged their guests to get into the party spirit by wearing traditional highland attire, including kilts with black formal jackets and scarves, pins and sporran. 5. Anna November, Sam Shaefer, Ram Ayyala and Ellanor Patton toasted a larger-than-life portrait of Rebecca in Renaissance Scottish Royal Dress in the style of John Singer Sargent painted by Mural Artist Scott Bullock. Guests were welcomed to the party with Robert Grubbs playing bagpipes as they entered the tent and by a floral chandelier by Urban Earth. Large plumes of grass, thistle and feathers decorated the home, complete with a Great Hall flanked by rows of banners bearing family crests hanging from the rafters. A roaring fireplace centered the room, surrounded by mounted deer, pheasant and ducks hanging above the mantle. 6. Ralph Brennan Catering and Events passed appetizers and champagne as guests entered, as well as a Scottish dinner that included venison shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash and leek and tattie soup. Local band BRW brought high energy that rocked the night away, and even backed up Rebecca singing a performance of “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna, for which she received a standing ovation! Late night treats included cheeseburger sliders, fish and chips and Cafe du Monde coffee and beignets.


D E B U TA N T E S N A P S H OT S By Shelby Simon 7

8

9

7. Sarah Lane, Peyton Lecorgne and Julia Saer were honored in a Three Steel Magnolia-themed fête at Antoine’s by their parents Mr. and Mrs. Harry Merritt Lane III, Mr. and Mrs. Matthrew Phillips Lecorgne and Mr. and Mrs. John Kenneth Saer Jr. 8. A blush and bashful color scheme transformed the restaurant into a magnolia-covered wonderland, accented with tinted magnolia mirrors, draped blush curtains and a warm festive dance floor. Angle.events planned the party, decorated by flowers arranged by Urban Earth and lighting by Firefly. 9. Antoine’s food stations and passed appetizers were available throughout the restaurant, including the classic Baked Alaska. The Twelfth Night Revelers Suite offered grillades and grits; the Roy Alcitore Room hosted cigar rolling with a bar and balcony for viewing St. Louis Street from above; and The Mystery Room featured a UVA theme, where all three debutantes attend school, with orange and blue wigs for photo opportunities and fresh sushi for all to enjoy. The Japanese Room became the late night club with DJ Mannie Fresh and Choppa closing the night. SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

71


72 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020


SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

73


SPONSORED

HOMEARTISANS Spring is fast approaching, which means it’s time for a fresh start in your home! Press the reset button and hire JL Studio to curate an interior or exterior space that reflects your style and personality. Whether it’s building a new pool, renovating your master bathroom or designing new drapery treatments, JL Studio is the perfect team for all of your home design needs! JL Studio Designs | 504.494.2580 | JLStudioDesigns.com

For the last 35 years, Landscape Architect Alan Mumford of Landscape Images has transformed New Orleans gardens with distinctive, traditional design. Pictured here in an Uptown garden he designed in conjunction with a structural renovation by Architect Brian Gille, Mumford creates outdoor spaces that are both functional and timeless. Landscape Images | 504.734.8380 | LandscapeImagesLtd.com

Let experienced designers help you bring ideas to life to create the perfect organizational spaces for your home in your closet, pantry, garage or utility room. Professional installation crews and office staff deliver world-class service to every installation, at an extremely competitive price. Call for a free estimate!

Louisiana Custom Closets 504.835.3188 | 985.871.0810 | LouisianaCustomClosets.com

74 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

A full-service Interior Design firm, Ashley Hall Interiors has been creating luxury interiors for homes and business nationally and internationally since 1967. They invite you to visit their showroom to experience the Ashley Hall Interiors signature style.

Ashley Hall Interiors Ltd. 504.524.0196 | AshleyHallInteriors.com


SPONSORED

Liberto Cleaners is a family owned and operated dry cleaner that has been serving Uptown New Orleans since 1932. They bestow quality, care and concern for your clothes and fabric products. You can put your trust in Liberto Cleaners. They provide personal service and exceptional quality. Their unparalleled service, competitive prices and overall value are why their loyal customers won’t go anywhere else. Service is their business and your satisfaction is their goal. Stop by and see what they can do for you! Liberto Cleaners | 504.897.2161 | LibertoCleaners.com

These Top-Down/Bottom-Up Woven-Wood Roman Shades shades are perfect for rooms where privacy is important but natural sunlight is desired. The lifting system allows you to drop your shade from the top or raise it from the bottom. These Woven-Wood Roman Shades are lined in room darkening lining with edge banding. Wren’s Tontine is a design shop that specializes in window treatments. Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design | 504.525.7409 | WrensTontine.com

Since 1930, Russell’s Cleaners has diversified over the years to incorporate state-of-the-art cleaning methods to provide the best cleaning results on your specialty items. Customers love our environmentally friendly “Green Clean” method, which uses less chemicals with beautiful results! Bring us you beaded gowns, furs, leathers and suedes and those items that need “special” handling. Cleaning area rugs, wall-to-wall carpet, upholstery, draperies and hard surfaces are handled through our Metairie location to freshen up and straighten out any home cleaning needs or problems. They offer pick up and delivery options for many services, call 504-832-1546 for more details. Russell’s Cleaning Services | 504.482.3153 | RusselsCleaning.com

Doors of Elegance offers an extensive collection of premium wood doors featuring New Orleans beveled glass, custom wrought iron and French doors. They sell all hardware needed when replacing a door as well as staining and varnishing. The final step will be the installation with their professional installers. Visit their showroom in Metairie. Doors of Elegance | 504.887.5440 | DoorsofElegance.com

Exterior Designs’ Owner/Designer Beverly Katz has an exceptional ability to transform even the largest landscapes into intimate spaces perfect for entertaining and relaxing, and is known for helping homeowners increase the value of their homes with landscaping. Services include design, construction, installation and project management for residential or commercial landscapes. Exterior Designs, Inc. | 504.866.0276 | ExteriorDesignsBev.com

SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

75


SPONSORED

Spring Fashion

PERLIS | PERLIS.COM | 504.895.8661

76 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

ELIZABETH’S | @SHOPELIZABETHS | 504.833.3717

BALLIN’S | BALLINSLTD.COM | 504.821.4000


SPONSORED

PREMIER PROPERTIES

FEET FIRST | FEETFIRSTSTORES.COM| 504.899.6800

FEBE | FEBECLOTHING.COM | 504.845.5250

SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

77


PUBLISHER’S NOTICE: All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Ace and the Louisiana Open Housing Act, which make it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. For more information, call the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-273-5718.

78 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

PREMIER


PROPERTIES

ELIZABETH B. MCNULTY emcnulty@gardnerrealtors.com

504.908.0289

sold 1311 Jefferson Avenue 1220 Dauphine Street #B 6048 Perrier Street 1531 Exposition Boulevard 1518 First Street 822 Barracks Street #A 822 Barracks Street #B 2308 Prytania Street 2725 Esplanade Avenue 5701 Camp Street 1128 Constantinople Street 1035 Arabella Street 1013 Ninth Street 716 Esplanade Avenue 5630 Annunciation Street 35 Newcomb Boulevard 5429 Camp Street 527 Exchange Place 2823 Chestnut Street 1501 Napoleon Avenue 1376 Camp Street 1201 Chartres Street #7 1135 Terpsichore Street 9 Central Drive

$3,400,000 $2,995,000 $2,725,000 $2,550,000 $2,500,000 $2,200,000 $1,950,000 $1,850,000 $1,195,000 $1,185,000 $1,150,000 $1,117,000 $1,050,000 $998,000 $959,000 $950,000 $915,000 $890,000 $880,000 $855,000 $889,000 $795,000 $765,000

5906 Patton Street 4860 Annunciation Street 815 Joseph Street 3314 Camp Street

$725,000 $715,000 $705,000 $699,000

3934 Coliseum Street 4518 Constance Street 820 Cadiz Street 816 General Taylor Street 1530 Leontine Street 5616 Prytania Street 541 Webster Street 2100 Upperline Street 510 Cherokee Street 7510 Hampson Street 258 Pine Street 625 Esplanade Avenue 5707 Magazine Street 1672 Robert Street 6048 Perrier Street 2C

$699,000 $695,000 $685,000 $650,000 $650,000 $648,000 $629,000 $625,000 $599,000 $599,000 $595,000 OFF MARKET OFF MARKET OFF MARKET ABOVE LIST

active

586 Walnut Street 628 Esplanade Avenue #A2 628 Esplanade Avenue #A1 628 Esplanade Avenue #B2 $737,000 628 Esplanade Avenue #B1

7934 Maple Street, New Orleans LA 70118 Licensed in Louisiana

$2,700,000 $1,175,000 $1,055,000 $885,000 $475,000

586 Walnut ELIZABETH B MCNULTY +1.504.908.0289 emcnulty@gardnerrealtors.com www.neworleansluxuryliving.coM

7934 Maple Street New Orleans, LA 70118

Exquisite Estate on Audubon Park perfectly placed on a triple lot with unobstructed views of the park. Truly a forever home. 7 beds

5 baths

2 1/2 baths

Guest House

SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

79


N OS TA LG I A

Baron Fazzio’s Bowling Fascination One man’s passion became a family empire. By Seale Paterson

Bowl, 2000 Behrman Ave., in New Orleans; Arabi Bowl, 7265 St. Bernard Highway; Fazzio’s Garden Bowl, 551 W. Good Children St. in Chalmette; and Fazzio’s Rainbow Lanes in East New Orleans at 5555 Bullard Ave. Fazzio changed bowling in New Orleans, promoting it as a family sport by providing snack bars, lounges, pro shops and even nurseries at his facilities. He started leagues at every location, including programs for women, youth, the handicapped and the blind, and often sponsored charity events. The 32-lane Bridge Bowl, opened in 1966 near the bridge

80 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MARCH 2020

toll plaza at the foot of the Greater New Orleans Bridge (now the CCC), was his selfproclaimed favorite. At the opening and each anniversary for a few years, they gave away Fazzio doubloons. It closed in the late 1970s to make way for the expanded bridge. An impressive bowler himself, Dom Fazzio won the Southern Championship in 1942 and the state doubles championship with George Nami in 1968. He was on the board of state and local Bowling Proprietors Associations from the 1950s to 1970s. He was named to the National Pioneers of American Bowling

Club in 1970. In 1976, he was inducted into the Louisiana State Bowling Assoc. Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1989, two years after his death at age 85. ✦ Fazzio’s Recreation Center on St. Charles Avenue in 1965. It featured pool and ping pong tables alongside its 16 lanes. Fazzio brought the latest in bowling alley equipment to his establishments, and Sugar Bowl Lanes was the first in the South to have automatic ball return. At the same time, he respected tradition; when his N. Rampart Street location closed in 1962, it was the last in the area to have pinboys in the new era of the automatic pinspotters.

PHOTO APPEARS COURTESY OF THE CHARLES L. FRANCK STUDIO COLLECTION AT THE HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION, ACC. NO. 1994.94.2.51

In 1941, Dom Fazzio opened Fazzio’s Bowling Alley, located at 1301 N. Rampart St. His tongue-in-cheek comment was that he loved bowling so much that he wanted to be sure he’d always have an alley at the ready. Known as the “Baron of Rampart Street,” he became so ubiquitous to bowling in New Orleans that Fazzio’s was mentioned in the novel A Confederacy of Dunces. His passion turned into a family empire. In the span of 45 years he opened six additional alleys: Sugar Bowl Lanes at 2909 Franklin Ave., Fazzio’s Recreation Center at 829 St. Charles Ave. and Algiers’ Bridge


Profile for Renaissance Publishing

St. Charles Avenue Magazine March 2020  

St. Charles Avenue Magazine March 2020