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april 2015

“Zoo-To-Do for Kids” Chair Jill Pipes, President of Whitney Bank Joe Exnicios and “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” Chair Catherine Freeman for Audubon Nature Institute’s 38th annual “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” and “Zoo-To-Do for Kids”

on the cover

The 38th “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” at the Audubon Nature Institute is an adults-only black-tie gala to raise funds for the building of a new exhibit for the zoo’s cherished orangutans. The May 1 gala fundraiser, Chaired by Catherine Freeman, will feature entertainment by Downtown Fever; a live silent auction as well as one online; a raffle for a new 2015 Lexus NX200t; cuisine from more than 70 local restaurants; and premium cocktails. (The Friday before, April 24, Jill Pipes will Chair “Zoo-To-Do for Kids,” with numerous stages, games, inflatables, crafts, magicians, face painters, local cuisine, kids snacks and more.) All proceeds directly benefit the zoo, asserts Whitney Bank President Joe Exnicios. Historically WZTD has played an important role in the zoo’s success, funding popular additions such as Jaguar Jungle and Cool Zoo. The early bird special ticket discount ends April 3. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and run between $85 to $175 per person. Sponsors for the gala will be granted exclusive access, parking passes and reserved seating in the Audubon Tea Room, the Garden Tent and the Patron Lounge. The Sponsor and Patron party will start at 7 p.m., and general gala admittance will start at 8 p.m. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit or call 212-5315, or visit or call 861-6160. To preview some of their auction board items, visit n Photographed by Jeffery Johnston Special thanks to Ellen Buckley, Director of Zoo-To-Do Events, for all of her assistance. | 1

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contents features 24 Activist Adoration St. Charles Avenue’s 2014 “Activists of the

Year Awards.”.

26 Empowering Young Artists

“Just Say YAYA!” celebrated the groundbreaking YAYA Arts Center on LaSalle Street.

28 Stronger Than Cancer


The annual fundraiser for Ochsner Cancer Institute brought 1,800 supporters to the MercedesBenz Superdome.

30 Boots, Chaps & Cowboy Hats

The United Way of Southeast Louisiana honored John Hollowell with a whimsical Western reception.

32 Animal Advocacy

The LA/SPCA’s 36th annual gala aimed to raise operating funds.

34 Para Bailar La Bamba

The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation gathered to promote academic excellence.

36 Movement for MS

National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s fundraiser raised awareness and support.

38 Local Literacy for Little Ones


“STAIR Affair” cocktail party and auction featured a whimsical theme.

40 Labor of Love

An all-star roster of chefs joined forces to benefit March of Dimes.

42 Cultivating Creativity

The 38th “Community Arts Awards” was the center of a series of Arts Council produced events.

45 Go Bold, Go Bright, Go Spring

This season make a fashion statement that speaks volumes.

53 Food, Fun & Festivals

Eleven French Quarter Favorites

57 St. Charles Avenue’s Courts of Carnival

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contents in every issue 12 Editors’ Note 14 Making a Difference From Gardens to Galleries: The historic Beauregard-Keyes

House and Garden Museum

16 Kids Play Kick a Birdie: FootGolf at Stonebridge 18 What’s Hot Spring Fashion Accessories


20 On the Menu

Egg-xtraordinary: Chef de Cuisine Bradley Andries and Chef and Owner Cody Carroll of the new Sac-A-Lait share their Eggs and Rice

22 The Dish

Hoofing It for My Meals: When roads are closed, walk to the best places

76 With This Ring Ellis – Clement 78 Vintage Wedding

Grace Parker to Earl “Boy” LeCorgne

80 Young Bloods


Basket of Hope New Orleans Branch Coordinator, Ann Ollendike

81 Student Activist

Madeleine Le Cesnse – Lusher Charter School

82 Shop Talk

Andi Eaton, Founder, Southern Coalition of Fashion & Design

83 Shop Talk

Hope Goldman Meyer, Owner & Designer, Hope Goldman Meyer Fine Jewelry

84 Snapshots 92 OnStage Calendar 96 Nostalgia The Death of Desire: The rise and fall and rise again of the

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Desire Streetcar

New Orleans’ definitive social magazine april 2015 / Volume 19 / Issue 11

Editorial Executive Editor Bev Church Editor Morgan Packard Art Director Sarah George contributing editor Mirella Cameran Beauty Columnist Cat Wall Society Columnist Marilee Hovet Food & Dining Columnist Jyl Benson Associate Editor Melanie Warner Spencer web Editor Kelly Massicot intern Lani Griffiths advertising sales manager Brittany Brady (504) 830-7248,

Account Executive Kaleigh Porcelli (504) 830-7226,

Production/Web Manager Staci McCarty Production DesignerS Ali Sullivan, Monique Di Pietro traffic manager Erin Duhe Administration Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President/Editor-in-Chief Errol Laborde vice president of sales Colleen Monaghan DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND EVENTS Cheryl Lemoine Distribution Manager John Holzer Subscriptions Sara Kelemencky (504) 830-7231 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Denise Dean

A Publication of Renaissance Publishing, LLC Printed in USA 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Ste. 123 Metairie, LA 70005 (504) 828-1380 The entire contents of this magazine are copyrighted by Renaissance Publishing, LLC, © 2015 with all rights reserved. Reproduction or use, without permission, of editorial or graphic content in any manner is prohibited. St. Charles Avenue is not responsible for photos or artwork and assumes that all releases have been cleared upon submission to the magazine. St. Charles Avenue is published monthly by Renaissance Publishing, LLC, 110 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 123, Metairie, La. 70005, (504) 828-1380. Subscription rate: one year $17.95, two year $31, three year $43 — foreign rates vary call for pricing. It is the policy of this magazine to employ people on the basis of their qualifications and with assurance of equal opportunity and treatment regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or handicap.

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Meet our sales team Colleen Monaghan Vice President of Sales Colleen Monaghan is a seventh-generation New Orleanian and member of the Mayflower Society who loves her city with a passion. She is an alumna of the University of New Orleans and has more than 30 years of experience in both publishing and the nonprofit sector. She enjoys art collecting, traveling the world and living life to its fullest, and has been known to organize fabulous events both for herself and many charities in the New Orleans and San Francisco areas. You can reach Colleen by calling 830-7215 or emailing

Brittany Brady Sales Manager Brittany Brady was born in the depths of Mississippi, and she has led a nomadic lifestyle since. After graduating from Louisiana State University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Business Administration, she migrated to New Orleans and is currently residing in the Warehouse District. In addition to being a part of the St. Charles Avenue team, she enjoys being involved in the city’s music scene, craft cocktails, being an eccentric “foodcentric,” having more knowledge of the NBA than the average male and learning from people of all walks of life! You can reach Brittany by calling 830-7248 or emailing

Kaleigh Porcelli Account Executive

Kaleigh Porcelli is a born and bred New Orleanian who loves being able to call this unique city her home. She remembers having a distinct love for this city and admiring the charming streets of the Uptown area where she dreamt of one day living even as a child. After graduating with a degree in Marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University, she stayed true to her southern roots and moved back home, where she then met and married the love of her life. In addition to spending quality time with her husband, she also enjoys discovering new restaurants, being a “regular” at the classic restaurants and playing tennis in order to burn off calories from all the rich food. You can reach Kaleigh by calling 830-7226 or emailing

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Editors’ Note

New Views Can you believe that the “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” is 38 years old and still one of the most spectacular fundraisers in the city, and that the “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” is 27? This year we’re so grateful to WZTD Chair Catherine Freeman, Whitney Bank President Joe Exnicios and “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” Chair Jill Pipes for gracing our cover! The “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” is May 1, and Catherine promises a night of fabulous food from over 70 top restaurants and 50 specialty

and full service bars, dancing to the high-energy sounds of Downtown Fever. You will have the opportunity to bid on luxury items at the silent and online auctions and take a chance on a raffle to win a 2015 Lexus NX200t. All proceeds this year will go to a new exhibit for the beloved orangutans, so get your tickets early by emailing or calling 861-6160 or visit The Friday before, on April 24, Jill wants you to bring your

children to the “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” for a night of adventure with fun-filled entertainment, food and fun! Mardi Gras is over and was the best ever, so we’re presenting our Courts of Carnival bigger and better this year! We keep improving, and this year we’re featuring more pages for the two balls on Mardi Gras day and night: Rex and Comus. Finally, spring is here, and our spring fashion feature will show you some of this season’s hottest trends, while What’s Hot has the perfect accessories to go with them, all from local boutiques. Once you’ve got your new look, head to the French Quarter and find some fun! Why don’t you play tourist for a weekend and treat yourself to a meal at Antoine’s while it celebrates its 175th anniversary and then meet artist Robert Deyber at April 11 at Martin Lawrence Gallery? Definitely start out at Cafe Du Monde and Jackson Square – buy some art and go from there.  Happy spring, Bev

Karla Sikaffy duPlantier of the Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans, Kathleen McCall of NOLA Til Ya Die®, and Megan Holt of One Book One New Orleans, a project of the YLC, are addressing one of the biggest challenges to adult learners: Transportation. Many of the 3,000 adult students receiving literacy education rely on bicycles as their means of transportation, yet the learning centers lack secure bike racks, which has led to thefts. On April 18 at noon, they’ll hold an event titled “Learn Til Ya Die™.” NOLA Til Ya Die, which will host the event at 3536 Toulouse St., will donate a portion of sales toward putting bike racks outside adult learning centers! In addition to merchandise sales, “Learn Til Ya Die” will feature food, beverages, a musical performance by Monica McIntyre and original work from adult learners throughout Orleans Parish. For more information, contact Megan Holt (

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Pull out your favorite cocktail dress and your most comfortable heels, because between supporting “Harvest at Home” and our cover event, the “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” on May 1, there are tons of nonprofit events coming your way this month. And if last year’s spring dress is looking a little out of date or your favorite heels just broke, our spring fashion feature and What’s Hot column will have you at the height of the new trends before you can blink. Though Mardi Gras feels like it happened a long time ago and you’re thinking about which days of Jazz Fest to attend, relive the glamour and glitz of the Courts of Carnival one more time in our exclusive section, which this year is bigger and better than ever. Next month we’ll be bringing you our Registry of Charitable Events for May-August! If you want your event to be included, visit, and fill out the form there. If you have any questions or want assistance, call me at 830-7227 or email me at and I’ll be happy to help. We want to make this our most comprehensive Registry yet, but to do so we need your help. The sooner you submit your event, the better – so do it today! Morgan


April All month long (featuring a dinner on the 22nd) “Harvest at Home,” benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, 734-1322 1 “Council of American Master Mariners Annual Gala,” 702-8897 9 “French Quarter Festival Opening Night Gala at Antoine’s,” benefiting French Quarter Festivals, Inc. and The Roots of Music, 522-5730 9 “Downton Day at the Races,” benefiting WYES, 486-5511 9 “School House Rock,” benefiting City Year New Orleans, 561-1290, CityYear. org 11 “2015 Ezra Open,” benefiting the Better Than Ezra Foundation, 722-8600 12 “Jazz Brunch,” benefiting Catholic Charities “Access Program,” 885-1312 13 “Aces Against Aneurysms,” benefiting Brain Support NOLA, (985) 626-3706, extension 146 15 “Men and Women of Fashion’s 43rd annual Prix d’Elegance Awards Luncheon,” benefiting NOBA’s Scholarship and Education Programs for Talented Youth and the Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization (BRAVO), 522-0996

17 “Sentimental Journeys 2015,” benefiting Longue Vue House and Gardens, 293-4726 18 “Cochon Cotillion XIX,” benefiting Bridge House/ Grace House, 821-7288 18 “Learn Til Ya Die,” benefiting the Literary Alliance of Greater New Orleans and One Book One New Orleans, a project of the Young Leadership Council, (205) 310-8537, 18 “Opus Ball,” benefiting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, 523-6530, extension 201 19 “Take Steps New Orleans,” benefiting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Louisiana/Mississippi, 4082119 19 “Parkway Promenade – ‘A Night in Rio,’” benefiting Jefferson Beautification, Inc., 887-8992 22 “Studio on the Half Shell,” benefiting A Studio in the Woods, 392-4460 24 “Zoo-To-Do For Kids,” benefiting Audubon Nature Institute, 212-5315

May 1 “Whitney Zoo-ToDo,” benefiting Audubon Nature Institute, 861-6160,

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making a difference

By marilee hovet

From Gardens to Galleries The historic Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum The Beauregard-Keyes House is a bit like a cat – stubborn, beautiful and quite possibly nearing its ninth life. The history of this magnificent French Quarter house reads like a novel. With occupants running the gamut from the famous (Civil War General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard) to the downright infamous (more on that later), this house has a story for everyone. The Beauregard-Keyes House, built in 1826 for Joseph LeCarpentier, is a raised centerhall cottage – a rarity in the French Quarter. Owned and operated since 1970 by the Keyes Foundation, the house now functions as a museum. 14 | St. Charles Avenue April 2015

(As an aside, pronounced correctly, “Keyes” rhymes with “skies”.) Architecture buffs will be intrigued by the house’s simple beauty, a seamless blend of Creole and American influences. Gardeners will want to spend time in the historic Parterre Garden, which is a popular spot for weddings. For literary scholars, there’s the vast collection of artifacts from the days when prolific author Frances Parkinson Keyes lived in the house – it was Keyes, in fact, who restored the house after it suffered many years of neglect. And Civil War enthusiasts will appreciate the legacy of General Beauregard. But if none of those

appeal to you, maybe you’ll want to hear about the murder. In the early 1900s, members of the Sicilian mafia, known as The Black Hand, took up residence in the neighborhood around the house. Simultaneously, wine merchant Pietro Giaconna and his family moved into the house. The story as I’ve heard it is that, in a turn of events that could have come straight from The Godfather, Pietro Giaconna refused to comply with the demands of the mafia. When the Barracca brothers, members of the Black Hand, came to the house and threatened the Giaconna family, Mr. Giaconna shot and killed them right there on the back gallery. French Quarter ghost hunters are particularly entranced by that story. And now a more recent story: A couple of years ago, the brick walls on the ground floor of the house began to crumble — the mortar

between the bricks was no longer doing its job. It became quickly apparent that house was structurally unsound and in need of urgent repairs. Thanks to the invaluable help of dedicated volunteers and donors, the house is now stable. The story doesn’t end there, however; as anyone who owns a house knows, all houses require constant upkeep. Just imagine the maintenance needs of a nearly 200-year-old house that has suffered periods of severe neglect. The Beauregard-Keyes house has vital needs; every single dollar raised will help. And anyone who lends time, energy, or financial support is making a difference. If you would like to learn more about this fascinating house and its needs, please visit its website or call 523-7257. The annual Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Spring Gala is scheduled for May 31. n

Heard something interesting for “making A difference?” If so, please send it to: St. Charles Avenue, 110 Veterans Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005 or email with the subject line “Making A Difference” | 15

kids play

By lynne gibbons

Kick a Birdie FootGolf at Stonebridge If your house is anything like mine, you mark the seasons more by the change in the sports your kids are playing than by the change in the weather. Over the years I have spent countless, albeit happy, hours watching swimming, soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, football (both flag and tackle), basketball, volleyball and golf. To be honest, I felt like I had seen and heard of just about every sport that exists. That was until I read on a 16 | St. Charles Avenue April 2015

college friend’s Facebook page that she had spent the day watching her boys play FootGolf. I quickly Googled the term, and less than a minute later was learning about a sport quickly spreading across America. Allow me to introduce you to a new, fun sport: FootGolf. FootGolf is a sport that quite simply combines soccer and golf. It is played on a golf course, but with soccer balls. Rules of the game mimic that of golf much more so

than soccer. Players are trying to get their soccer ball into a 21-inch hole marked by a flagpole in as few kicks as possible. Just like in golf, the lowest score wins. Each hole has a number of kicks that determine par, and players can earn birdies and bogies as they can in golf. Players tee off from the traditional place on the tee box, but do so by kicking their soccer ball. It is difficult to attribute the birth of FootGolf to any one particular place or person. Early versions of the game were being played in Europe in 2006 and the first FootGolf tournament was played in the Netherlands in ’08. In the following years FootGolf migrated to South America and landed in the United States in ’11. The year ’14 was an important one for FootGolf in America; it was a time of tremendous growth, with approximately 20 FootGolf courses in February ’14 increasing to almost 300 courses by October of the same year. It was also the year the USFGA, The United States FootGolf Association, was formed, providing a nonprofit organization to oversee the growing sport. While California has more than 32 courses, Mississippi and Alabama have none and Louisiana has just one. The good news is that it’s located right in our own backyard at Stonebridge Golf Club. While Stonebridge boasts a 27-hole golf course, it is also the only nine-hole FootGolf course in the

region. Armed with the knowledge that this course was a quick 20-minute drive from my house across the bridge, we found a day to try it out. The Stonebridge Pro-Shop has soccer balls that you can rent or buy, but you an also bring your own. Reservations are not required, and FootGolf is available seven days a week. You can choose to do nine or 18 holes with or without a cart. If you chose to walk the course, the fee is minimal, $7 for nine holes or $10 for 18 holes. There is an additional fee for a cart. It didn’t take long for our friendly, first game of FootGolf to get competitive. Between trying to avoid the sand traps and water hazards, we quickly learned that a bit of golf knowledge was a huge asset in this game. Reading the slopes and curves of the ground is just as wise in FootGolf as it is real golf. If FootGolf sounds fun, it is; but if it sounds easy, don’t be fooled. It is definitely a great time, but one that will challenge you! By the end of our nine-hole game, I had figured out that birdies were nearly impossible to come by, par was something to be proud of and there was nothing shameful about a bogie here and there. So make room in your schedule for one more sport – you’ll be glad you did. For more information, times and pricing, visit StonebridgeGolfOfNO. com and look for the FootGolf link under the Golf tab. n

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what’s hot

by amy gabriel

Spring Fashion Accessories


Spring cleaning isn’t just for closets and cosmetic bags; to celebrate the season that blooms, freshen up your accessories collection with a few key accents. From conversation piece prism clutches to cocktail knuckle rings, dressing for spring is all about the unexpected details.




1. Highlight your manicure with a knuckle backbone ring from local label Porter Lyons. Inspired by New Orleans and the Bayou, this little number comes in 14 karat gold, sterling silver or white brass. Feet First, 4122 Magazine St. 899-6800; 526 Royal St., 569-0005; 200 Metairie Road, 324-9124, 2. Sweeten your step with a sexy sky blue suede Portia pump from Baton Rouge-based Dee Keller. Handmade in Italy, these beauties will make the perfect complement to a swingy skirt. Angelique Shoe, 5421 Magazine St., 891-8992, 3. A dreamy multicolored Figure 8 scarf with delicate trim is the perfect addition to an outfit built of basics. With multiple ways to wrap it, this piece is an ensemble mainstay. C. Collection, 8141 Maple St. 861-5002, 4. Pep up your lingerie drawer with a matching set of the pretty and perky Eau de Rose bra and silky smooth panties by Heidi Klum. Trashy Diva, 2048 Magazine St., 299-8777; 537 Royal St., 522-4233, 18 | St. Charles Avenue April 2015

Kevin gillentine photo by trent spann; select photos by cheryl gerber


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5. A true statement piece, the metallic leather M’O Exclusive clutch by Elena Ghisellini has a prism mirror effect that’s perfectly on trend this season. CeCe Shoe – MIMI Nola, 5500 Magazine St., 269-6464, 6. Make business a little casual with an ice cream cone necktie. Each is custom designed in New Orleans and handmade from 100 percent natural silk. Pelican Coast, 5509 Magazine St., 309-2314, 7. Pretty up a peplum top with an

elongated suede necklace with silver or gold accents from ZZANUSA. Handmade in Israel, you’ll also find it in green, white or black, along with pairable earrings. $108. Ballin’s, 2917 Magazine St., 891-4502; 721 Dante St., 866-4367; 806 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 892-0025, 8. Kids’ glasses in a multitude of hues make wearing spectacles seem super cool. Best of all, the brand iGreen is a carbon neutral company, so you’ll be doing good while your little ones look good. Art & Eyes, 3708 Magazine St., 891-4494, | 19

on the menu

REcipe Eggs and Rice Seafood Broth Rice: 1 cup Jazzmen rice 2 cups clam broth ¼ teaspoon salt Place rice, broth and salt in pot and bring to a boil. Stir once, then reduce heat and simmer for 18 minutes.

1 duck egg 1 chicken egg 1 quail egg 1 Tablespoon butter 1 Tablespoon olive oil ¼ teaspoon bowfin Cajun caviar Using a nonstick sautée pan on mediumhigh, heat butter and olive oil. Heat butter and olive oil. Cook all eggs sunny side up over low medium heat. Place eggs over rice and top with cavair.

Egg-xtraordinary Chef de Cuisine Bradley Andries and Chef and Owner Cody Carroll of the new Sac-A-Lait share their Eggs and Rice 20 | St. Charles Avenue April 2015

Sac-A-Lait 1051 Annunciation St., 324-3658,

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the dish

By jyl benson

The Southern Plate at Purloo

is not so much anymore due to the volume of us trying to get around on the two-lane thoroughfare. Weeks ago when the last of the parades had rolled away and the box remained hopelessly locked I gave up, tossed my car keys and committed to hoofing it about until all of this is over – reportedly in 2017. Jewel-like and elegant, Patois is just a couple of blocks from Audubon Park. When paired with the duck confit salad, the potato gnocchi with jumbo lump crab, wild mushrooms, edamame and shaved Parmigianino appetizer

makes a decadent meal that still leaves room for dessert – like the pillow-like fried apple

hand pies with a lightly spicy cardamom-kissed crème Anglaise.

Hoofing It for My Meals When roads are closed, walk to the best places I live in the box formed by Magazine Street, Tchoupitoulas Street, Jefferson Avenue and Napoleon Avenue. I have been here since 1996, and with the exception of when it’s raining or I have to haul junk around, I enjoy the pedestrian lifestyle my interesting neighborhood affords. There are numerous shops, grocery stores, boutiques, music clubs, parks and places to grab a cocktail within easy walking distance. My family welcomes the confines of life within the box

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every Carnival season as more and more parades line up each year to roll from Magazine Street and Jefferson Avenue. After Katrina the city extended the route for some parades upriver from Napoleon Avenue, and our lives have been far more enhanced than we have been inconvenienced. It is a good deal. That said, with Carnival long over we’re over the seemingly never-ending and going nowhere, road construction that has us in perpetual lockdown. Once the only quasi-expedient escape route to points beyond, Tchoupitoulas Street

A half-mile walk in the opposite direction headed downtown from Magazine and Jefferson brings me to Del Fuego, a place I find on the pricey side so I make a point of stopping in during Happy Hour (3-7 p.m., daily) when their excellent margaritas are $5 and tacos (including carne asada, crispy fried pork, fried fish or shrimp, chorizo and cactus varieties) are $3 each. When I’m really in the mood for a long-haul walk (about 4 miles each way) I head to Juan’s Flying Burrito. According to Juan’s founder, Warren Chapoton, Juan’s “lit up” on what was once a really funky stretch of lower Magazine in 1997. If the trippy menu, heavy ink and fun-house-meets-punk-music-club environment are any indication, they’ve been lightin’ up ever since. Loosely based on the San Francisco Mission-style burrito joints that were hot in the ’80s and early ’90s, Juan’s differenti-

TRY THIS Chef Ryan Hughes recently opened Purloo in the new home of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum on a super-cool stretch of O.C. Haley Boulevard in Central City. The moderately priced menu features traditional Southern dishes with innovative twists. Look out for She-Crab Soup laced with aged Madeira; a Southern Plate with Charleston pimento cheese, green tomato chutney, deviled eggs “Meuniére,” fried pickles and boiled peanuts; and a Low Country Boil with shrimp, clams, blue crab, baby potatoes and Conecuh sausage in a cilantro, lemon and cayenne broth. At the bar (which once graced the long-gone, though beloved Brunning’s on the Lakefront) the Milk of Human Kindness is a coconut milk-based rum punch topped with an array of Indian spices. All proceeds from the sale of this unique libation benefit the nearby New Orleans Mission.

ated itself with Creole-laced, kinda-sorta Tex-Mex food to order and finished à la minute on the grill. My favorites? Mardi Gras Indian tacos (corn tortillas filled with roasted corn, pinto beans, grilled squash and cheeses), Hawaii 5-0-4 nachos (smoked bacon, pulled pork, grilled mango, pineapple salsa and chipotle sour cream), Bacon Azul quesadillas (ground beef, bleu, jack and cheddar cheeses and grilled mushrooms) and the Red Chili and Goat Cheese Quesadillas with cucumber salsa. Juan’s top shelf margaritas

will make your head spin. After a meal at Juan’s that four-mile walk home is welcome, indeed. n

Del Fuego 4518 Magazine St., 309-5797, Juan’s Flying Burrito 2018 Magazine St., 569-0000, Purloo 1504 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., 324-6020, Patois 6078 Laurel St., 895-9441,

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philanthropic fun

by lani griffiths


Activist Adoration St. Charles Avenue’s 2014 “Activists of the Year Awards.” On December 10, 2014, the best of the best of New Orleans congregated at IberiaBank on St. Charles Avenue, to celebrate the annual St. Charles Avenue magazine’s 2014 “Activists of the Year”. These impressive individuals graced the December cover of St. Charles Avenue, which also highlighted their achievements in an in-depth feature. The 2014 Activists included Gen Trimble, Dr. Troy Scroggins, Sally-Ann Roberts, Nancy Marsiglia, Tommy Westervelt and Kay Kerrigan for the numerous gifts of their time, funds and efforts to the nonprofits of New Orleans. IberiaBank graciously hosted and sponsored the event, and Epsie Hennesy prepared the delectable hors d’oeuvres. The Jimmy Maxwell Band with singer Julie Jules provided the musical entertainment for the evening and the 2014 Activists received glass hands crafted by Mitchell Gaudet of Studio Inferno, which signified their giving spirit. n



event at a glance What: St. Charles Avenue magazine 2014 “Activists of the Year Awards.” When: December 10, 2014 Where: IberiaBank

1. 2014 Activists of the Year honoree : Sally-Ann Roberts, Dr. Troy Scroggins (front) Gen Trimble, Tommy Westervelt, Nancy Marsiglia and Kay Kerrigan 2. Honoree Nancy Marsiglia, Ron Forman and Honoree Kay Kerrigan 3. Each One Save One Co-Founders Cathy Harris and Honoree Sally-Ann Roberts 4. Gerri Jumonville and Dr. Brobson Lutz 5. Ann Fuselier and Sally Edrington 6. Ella Flower, honoree Gen Trimble and Chip Flower

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photographed by Will Strout



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philanthropic fun

by lani griffiths


Empowering Young Artists “Just Say YAYA!” celebrated the groundbreaking YAYA Arts Center on LaSalle Street. More than 400 patrons gathered in the glass studio at YAYA to support the foundation for the new YAYA Arts Center on LaSalle Street at this year’s “Just Say YAYA!”. More than $75,000 was raised to benefit the new state-of-theart visual arts and glass studio that will provide a safe, creative space with artistic resources and entrepreneurial programs for students, residents and community members of all ages. The YAYA Arts Center will be a YAYA’s first home in over 25 years and will be a cutting-edge resource for the cultural economy of New Orleans’ artists. At the Patron Party, Ruthie Winston led a live auction of over 40 glass pieces made by YAYA artists. The main event included live music by James Andrews and the Crescent City Allstars as guests dined on gumbo ya ya and passed hors d’oeuvres by Dickie Brennan & Company Restaurants. Claiborne Perrilliat served as Event Chair, and Mitchell Gaudet and Pam Ryan served as Art Auction Chairs. Arts Center Chairs included Kay Kerrigan and Bev Church. Honorary Arts Center Chairs include Scott Cowen, Allen Toussaint and YAYA Founder Jana Napoli. Featured Artists included Julia Irons and Lester Bloom, both former YAYA students, who sold special ornaments. Paintings, decorated chairs, glass and other art pieces made by current YAYA artists were available for purchase at the event. n



event at a glance What: “Just Say YAYA!” benefiting Young Artists/Young Aspirations When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 Where: 3924 Conti St.

1. Claiborne and Event Chair Carter Perrilliat 2. Board Member and Arts Center Co-Chair Bev Church, Consulting Director Baty Landis and Board Member and Arts Center Co-Chair Kay Kerrigan 3. Patrick and Committee Member Glenny Beahm, Committee Member Whitney and Michael Guarisco 4. Elizabeth and James Landis with Vice President Linda Bjork 5. YAYA Featured Artists Lester Bloom and Julia Irons with Board Member Mitchell and Erica Larkin Gaudet 6. Danielle Viguerie, Kirk Coco and Ellie Sanders

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Photographed by Kenny Martinez



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philanthropic fun

by lani griffiths


Stronger Than Cancer The annual fundraiser for Ochsner Cancer Institute brought 1,800 supporters to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The turf of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome was filled with silvery, glittering tables and the many colors of the cancer ribbon spectrum to kick off the seated dinner for Ochsner Health System’s annual fundraiser, “Moonlight & Miracles,” to raise money for the Ochsner Cancer Institute. The Patron Party was held in Club XLIV with 700 guests in attendance. Highlights included food by the Ralph Brennan Catering Company and a special concert by Better than Ezra. Treme Brass Band welcomed more than 1,800 patrons to the Dome’s main event, followed by a cocktail reception and a performance by Tanya Boutte. Ronnie Kole performed at the steak and shrimp dinner served by Centerplate Catering, followed by dancing to Jessie’s Girls. Gayle Benson served as Event Chair, and Coach Sean Payton was the emcee for the evening. Also in attendance were Warner Thomas, President and CEO of Ochsner Health System, and Bailey Leon and Meghan Shexnayder, Ochsner cancer patients and honorees. The event included opportunities to win whopping treasures such as a Mercedes-Benz C250W car through a raffle, a 37-foot Bahamas custom-built fishing boat, two of Bailey Leon’s paintings and a live auction. The $1.3 million dollars raised at this year’s event directly benefits the survivorship, research and patient assistance programs at Ochsner Cancer Institute. n



event at a glance What: “Moonlight & Miracles” benefiting Ochsner Health System When: Friday, November 14, 2014 Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

1. Archbishop Gregory Michael Aymond, Event Chair Gayle Benson and Ochsner President and CEO Warner Thomas 2. Dr. John and Mary Lou Ochsner 3. Drs. Robert Hart, Susan Nelson and Patrick Quinlan 4. Bill Oliver, Kendall Hales and Jennifer and Brian Hebert 5. Jeanne Walker, Mike Hulefeld and Carroll Suggs 6. Dr. Bill Pinsky, Elizabeth Grimes and Joe Bisordi

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Boots, Chaps & Cowboy Hats


The United Way of Southeast Louisiana honored John Hollowell with a whimsical Western reception. On November 19, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, The Tocqueville Society of United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) held its annual gala honoring some of the community’s most outstanding philanthropists. This year’s recipient of UWSELA’s highest honor, The Alexis de Tocqueville Award, was proudly presented to John Hollowell, Executive Vice President of Deep Water Shell Energy Resources Company, for exemplary leadership in community volunteerism and philanthropy. Hollowell represents a new breed of corporate philanthropist. He is a cheerleader “for good” and going the extra mile. Wielding a hammer at a home rebuild for a senior citizen, dressing like John Wayne to lasso new supporters or dancing for donations dressed as a Blues Brother, Hollowell relishes his role. He is also UWSELA’s immediate past Chairman of the Board of Trustees and a former Campaign Chair. Due to his commitment to community, Shell and its employees donate over $1 million annually to United Way to help make our region a better place to live, work and raise our families. This year, Hollowell was all about “unfussy fun,” so gala guests donned their best Western chic attire and kicked their heels up to live country tunes by Gal Holiday and The Honky Tonk Revue. Hollowell won the Baddest Boots contest, which meant he had the privilege of leading the line dancing to show others how it’s done. Flo Schornstein with husband Richard, Alexis Hocevar and Cathy McRae served as Gala Co-Chairs. n



event at a glance What: “Alexis de Tocqueville Award Celebration” benefiting United Way of Southeast Louisiana When: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel

1. Board Member Barbara Turner Windhorst, Founder Allen Favrot and Board Member Carol Wise 2. CEO Michael and Kim Williamson with Paula and Honoree John Hollowell 3. Board Member and Co-Chairs Flo Schornstein and Alexis Hocevar with Co-Chair Cathy McRae 4. Board Member Rick and Mary Anne Haase with Sheryl Duplantis and Robert Merrick 5. Carlos Sanchez, Donna Klein and David Fennelly 6. John Roberts, Lacey Conway and Elwood Cahill

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Animal Advocacy The LA/SPCA’s 36th annual gala aimed to raise operating funds. Nearly all in attendance at the Howling Success “Masquerade” wore mystical masks with their black tie attire for a sophisticated soirée supporting the well-being of the more than 20,000 owned and abandoned animals seen annually at the LA/SPCA. Event Co-Chairs included Reagan Charleston, Chriss Knight, Marty Brantley, Christie Anderson and Dean Howard. Symmetry Jewelers presented limited series Howling Success lapel pins to the Co-Chairs. Black feather and crystal arrangements designed by NOLA Flora accented the patron gifts and goodies from Canine Connection. The event included more than $50,000 worth of estate jewelry up for auction, special performances by aerialist Amy Cassidy and Mardi Gras dance troupe The Sirens, a social media photo booth and a Red Carpet Step & Repeat courtesy of Capital One Wealth & Asset Management. Jayna Morgan and the Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band played tunes at the Patron Party, followed by myriad music by Stormy at the gala. Several local restaurants contributed food, libations and desserts. The event included a silent auction, featuring highlights such as original artwork from Ashley Longshore and a six-course gourmet Louisiana seafood dinner by “Chopped” Champion Chef Cory Bahr. The online auction continued for an additional three days so that donors around the world could support the event. “We hope that with every ticket purchase, donors realize they are helping to expand our mission-based community and animal services,” says Dean Howard, Development Director at LA/SPCA. The New Orleans Advocate was presented with the Humanitarian Award at the event, which gathered more than 850 patrons dedicated to the cause. n



event at a glance What: 36th annual “Howling Success Patron Party & Gala,” benefiting LA/SPCA When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel

1. Elizabeth and Carlos Zervigon with CEO Ana Zorrilla 2. Jay and Diana Gallé, Co-Chair Chriss Knight and Lon Nichols 3. Frank and Paulette Stewart

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Para Bailar La Bamba


The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation gathered to promote academic excellence. The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation held its 24th annual fundraiser, the “Azúcar Ball, “on Saturday, November 22. The theme, “La Bamba,” celebrated various aspects of Mexican culture featuring Mariachi performances, live music, specialty tequila and Latin cuisine provided by local restaurants. Evening festivities began with a Patron Party catered by El Gato Negro and chaired by Elena Countiss and Carmen Duncan, New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation board members. The Ball took place from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., with delicious food prepared by a roster of New Orleans restaurants, including: Antoine’s, Coquette, Bayona, Luke, Andrea’s and Little Gem Saloon. Restaurants Casa Borrega, Araña Taquería y Cantina and Mizado Cocina, along with Kid Chef Eliana, prepared Mexican dishes. Glazer’s Distributors provided libations. Entertainment was provided by Julio y Cesar, AsheSon and Mariachi Jalisco. A silent auction featured an array of items. George J. Fowler III, president of the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, gave a speech and presented the Galvez Cup to Chef Adolfo Garcia, recognizing his service to the local Latino community. Chairs of the 2014 Azúcar Ball were Lauren Courtney Mastio and Tesa Spiers Bossetta. Proceeds of the event provide scholarships to qualifying Latino high school students in our community who have demonstrated the desire and ability to excel academically. n



event at a glance What: “Azúcar Ball” benefiting the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation When: Saturday, November 22, 2014 Where: New Orleans Marriott

1. Co-Chair Tesa Bossetta, Victoria White, Co-Chair Lauren Courtney Mastio and Katie Kehler 2. Hunter Hill, Ileana Suquet, Alex Gershanik and Cristina Fowler 3. Dustin Zito, Leigh Maloney, Aaron Gailmor and Cassie Preston

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Movement for MS National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s fundraiser raised awareness and support. “A Vintage Affair for MS” raised over $90,000 to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s programs and services that benefit more than 4,000 people living with MS in Louisiana. The event took place in the Hyatt Regency Hotel’s Celestin Ballroom with entertainment from the Bucktown All-Stars and catering by the Hyatt Regency. Libations included liquor sponsored by the Goldring Family Foundation, wine from Constellation Brands and beer provided by Southern Eagle. Key auction items included two bottles of Bryant Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, a worn cleat from Drew Brees, a mixed media abstract painting from Max Ryan Studio and New Orleans staycation packages from the Hyatt Regency, Omni Royal New Orleans, Hotel le Marais, Hotel Mazarin and 33 Bar and Steak. An event highlight was a Wine Pull that included 200 bottles from wineries such as Cakebread Cellars, Decoy Wines, Duckhorn Vineyards, La Crema, Jordan Winery, Moises Vineyard & Wines and Schug Winery. Colby Wench provided the Mission Moment, and Ana Eller, Ashley Kostmayer, David Shulman and John Waggenspack Co-Chaired the event. n



event at a glance What: “A Vintage Affair for MS” benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society When: Friday, November 21, 2014 Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel

1. Event Co-Chairs David Shulman, Ashley Kostmayer, Ana Eller and John Waggenspack 2. Committee Member Charlotte Meade and Gary and Melissa Lessell 3. Leadership Council Members Mark Preston, Jamie Burgess and Dr. Austin Sumner

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Local Literacy for Little Ones “STAIR Affair” cocktail party and auction featured a whimsical theme. Start The Adventure In Reading (STAIR) celebrated its 29th anniversary with a party attended by more than 250 long-time supporters, tutors and volunteers on a chilly fall evening at the Garden District home of Suzanne and Matt Wisdom, as well as Carol and Joe Lacey. Honorary Chair of the event was Susan Larson, host of WWNO’s The Reading Life and author of The Booklover’s Guide to New Orleans. Party decorations were inspired by the J.M. Barrie classic, Peter Pan. Guests dodged hungry crocodiles and mischievous fairies en route to adventurous cocktails. They reveled in sumptuous cuisine from a plethora of local eateries and local libations purveyors before swinging to an auction’s worth of pirate booty from donors. The loot included gifts from the Roosevelt Hotel, Mignon Faget, Karla Katz Antiques, Besh Restaurant Group, Azby’s, Bourbon Orleans, Fore!Kids Foundation, Omni Hotel and Massey’s Professional Outfitters, as well as a special door prize, a $500 shopping spree from Wellington & Co. Fine Jewelry. Wild entertainment from the Courtyard Kings, courtesy of the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation and Jonathan Kyle and the Heavy Seven Jazz Band capped off the evening’s festivities. STAIR’s after school program provides free one-on-one reading tutors to at-risk second graders at 29 sites serving more than 30 participating schools in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Tammany parishes. Funds from this event, coupled with the ongoing support provided to STAIR over the years, allows STAIR to provide this program at no cost to students or their families.. n



event at a glance What: “STAIR Affair” benefiting Start The Adventure In Reading When: Thursday, November 13, 2014 Where: 2507 Prytania St.

1. Honorary Chair Susan Larson and Tina Brockmann 2. Stella Shackelford, Harrison Frampton and Lauren Schug Wilson 3. John Galbraith, Kelly Harris-DeBerry and Karl Kehoe

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Labor of Love


An all-star roster of chefs joined forces to benefit March of Dimes. Guests who attended the “Signature Chefs Auction” were treated to a celebrity lineup of chefs, all cooking under the same roof to support The New Orleans Division March of Dimes Foundation. Signature Chefs included: Chef Chairman of the event Justin Kennedy of Parkway Bakery and Tavern; Duke LoCicero of Café Giovanni; Andrea Apuzzo of Andrea’s; Rachel DeFelice of Pascal’s Manale; Jonathan Ebberman of Burger Burger; Kristen Preau of Cook Me Somethin Mister; Michael Regua of Antoine’s Restaurant; Sarah Wood of New Orleans School of Cooking; Sara Toth of Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse; Austin Faucheaux of Riverview Room; Matt Murphy of The Irish House; Rene Bajeux of JW Marriott; Mark Quitney of Marriott St. Kitts; Mike Brewer of The Sammich; Jared Ralls of La Boca; Chris Montero of café b; Vincent Catalanotto of Vincent’s Italian Cuisine; Eric Damidot of Hyatt Regency New Orleans; Bryan Gilmore of Creole Creamery; Norman Love of Norman Love Confections; and Ronnie Seaton, retired White House chef. The Yat Pack provided musical entertainment while guests danced and bid on extravagant live auction items, including: a private, four-course dining experience at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans followed by a performance at the Saenger Theatre to experience the opening night of Mamma Mia; a vacation to the Marriott St. Kitts with two rooms for three nights, shopping at the local market and dinner in the chef’s office with his stash of wine from Reynold’s Winery; a round-trip vacation to New York City beginning with lunch at chef Justin Kennedy’s Parkway Bakery, a cruise on the Mariner III yacht and a gift card to a local New York dinner; and a five-course dinner in The Penthouse above restaurant August for 12 people, including opera singers to entertain along with wine pairings and signature cocktails, courses by top chefs followed by indulgence in chocolates by Haro. The $148,000 raised benefits the New Orleans Division March of Dimes Foundation and supports local programs such as the Mobile Health Unit, NICU Family Support Program and the organization’s partnership with CAGNO to administer the Smoking Cessation program for pregnant women. Stephen Rue served as Event Chair. n



event at a glance What: 30th annual “Signature Chefs Auction” benefiting the New Orleans Division March of Dimes Foundation When: Friday, November 14 Where: The Cannery

1. Chair Stephen Rue and Rochelle Peiffer 2. Chef Andrea Apuzzo, Board Member Dr. Juan Gershanik and chef Sara Toth 3. Chef Justin Kennedy with New Orleans Division Director Katherine Olivard

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Cultivating Creativity


The 38th “Community Arts Awards” was the center of a series of Arts Council produced events. This year marks the 38th year of the “Community Arts Awards,” honoring creative and innovative recipients, each selected for their artistic excellence, inspired vision, achievements, perseverance and continuous commitment to the arts and local community. The event, presented by First NBC Bank, was made possible by event chairs Ivy and Shawn Barney and honorary event chairs Susan and Ralph Brennan. Honorees included: Arthur Roger, gallery owner; A Studio in the Woods, an innovative artist residency space and program of Tulane University; the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane, committed to the conservation of the musical history of New Orleans; Howard Miller, an acclaimed Mardi Gras Indian Chief and educator; Jeanne Nathan, a prominent arts and cultural advocate; the Young Men Olympian Junior Benevolent Association, among the most celebrated African American Benevolent Societies in Louisiana; and Zion Harmonizers, one of the region’s oldest gospel vocal groups. The aesthetic vision for the 2014 was 19th century safari meets a traditional carousel. The Riverside Ballroom of Mardi Gras World was transformed into a deconstructed carousel with a curated selection of Mardi Gras World figures, including a lion, a seahorse, a panther and a tiger. Canvas strung between posts and shining lights created interesting shadows as attendees moved around the room and enjoyed delicious food. New Orleans Tourism & Marketing Corporation CEO Mark Romig served as the Master of Ceremonies, and “NCIS New Orleans’” CCH Pounder provided opening remarks. Germaine Bazzle with Peter Harris Trio opened and closed the event with musical performances. An event highlight included a duo performance by flamenco dancer Eliza Llewellyn and aerialist Liza Rose, created specifically for the Community Arts Awards. n



event at a glance What: 38th annual “Community Arts Awards” benefiting Arts Council of New Orleans When: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Where: Mardi Gras World

1. Honoree Arthur Roger, Jane Lowentritt, Board Chair Tiffany Adler and Jep Epstein 2. Henri Schindler, Bill Ryan, Bruce Raeburn and Lance Query 3. Board Member David Teich, William Briscoe, Board Member Amanda Winstead and Marion H. Chambers Jr.

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Food, Fun & Festivals 11 French Quarter favorites

The Food: From Fests to Fine Dining One of New Orleans’ most famous sweet shops brought a new savory dining option to the French Quarter in March with the opening of Salon by Sucré. “Salon offers a modern afternoon tea service in the afternoon, both savory and sweet menus in the evening, a world class wine list where every bottle has been chosen with expertise to pair with Tariq Hanna’s degustation, a cocktail experience that will be fun and fanciful and top-notch service that will ensure that Salon will become your new favorite pleasure,” says co-owner Joel Dondis. Throughout spring, Salon will pay homage to the Storyville madams of New Orleans through their “tea cocktail” menu, and will offer a special Storyville Dinner during this year’s fest season. In addition to its famous Brennan’s, the Ralph Brennan Restaurant operates another popular French Quarter food destination: Red Fish Grill. Red Fish Grill features the culinary expertise of chef Austin Kirzner and will participate in French Quarter Fest for the sixth year in a row. At this year’s festival, Red Fish Grill will serve up Duck & Mushroom Gumbo with green onion rice and a Blackened Shrimp Poor Boy with pickled pepper relish, crisp bibb lettuce and a Creole ravigote. Look also for chef Austin at this year’s Jazz & Heritage Festival, where he will join fellow Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group chefs in offering cooking demonstrations. Festival goers in the French Quarter who don’t want to stand in line but still want that

BY Kelcy Wilburn | PHOTOS Cheryl Gerber Navigate your way through the French Quarter this spring and, whether you’re guided by your nose or by shop windows, you’re bound to find a decadent meal and outstanding purchases for your wardrobe or home. These French Quarter destinations offer satisfaction for a variety of appetites during festival season.

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Cajun flavor can easily stop into Remoulade, also known as “the casual side of Arnaud’s.” Open daily from 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m., Remoulade offers a few notable Arnaud’s favorites (Shrimp Arnaud, Oysters Arnaud, Gumbo, etc.) but mostly focuses on traditional Cajun fare such as jambalaya, étouffée and barbecue shrimp.

For those looking to go a bit fancier with their food, Arnaud’s will of course be offering its à la carte menu all season long and will feature new seasonal cocktails by famed mixologist Chris Hannah of the French 75 Bar. The oldest continuously run family-owned restaurant in the

country, Antoine’s is celebrating big this year as it reaches its 175th anniversary. Events, dinners and galas will continue to occur throughout the year in honor of the restaurant’s long history. To open French Quarter Festival, Antoine’s will host the French Quarter Fest Gala on Wednesday, April 8. The restaurant will also be serving food out at the festival with a menu highlighting the region’s seafood. The restaurant currently offers a special $20.15 Spring Lunch Special, which is a seasonal three-course menu. “We will also have our yearlong special in commemoration of the 175th anniversary: Antoine’s Classics Menu, which is a five-course prix-fix menu featuring some our most classic dishes,” says Kristen Himmelberg, Online Marketing Manager. Another notable anniversary is being celebrated in the French Quarter this April. Bayona, which features the world-inspired creations of chef Susan Spicer, celebrates 25 years with a special dinner on Wednesday, April 8. The multi-course menu will be curated by Bayona guests, who have submitted their favorite dishes from over the years. Limited seatings for the $85 menu (exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity) will take place at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. According to Owner and Events Manager Regina Keever, Bayona’s talented mixologist will prepare a complimentary cocktail, and guests will be entertained by an operatic performance along with other nostalgic surprises throughout the night. | 53


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The Fun: Shopping for Fashion, Art, and Antiques The French Quarter offers more than food, music, arts and antiques – the neighborhood has its fair share of fashion boutiques as well, and Cella’s Boutique entered the mix nearly three years ago with its location near Jackson Square in the historic Pontalba Building. “This is our busiest season with so many festivals bringing people from all over the world to the French Quarter,” says Owner Marcella Peraza, “So we make sure to always have fun print shorts, boho off-theshoulder tops, Haybands and bright, reflective sunglasses.” Peraza looks forward to the festivities in Jackson Square brought on by French Quarter Festival’s food booths and music stages, in addition to the Square’s daily brass bands and dancing wedding parties exiting St. Louis Cathedral. Aside from New Orleans’ music festivals, two other spring occasions highlight the area’s proud history in the millinery arts. Both Easter and derby season call for unique, colorful hats – a tradition that runs deep in the city and surrounding region. World famous for their approach to millinery, Fleur de Paris is the city’s go-to French Quarter destination for high quality hats, couture and accessories. With over 1,000 hats at any given time, Fleur de Paris is also known for its one-of-a-kind custom design. “Our trimmings are various – we have a big range with respects to ribbons, vintage German silk flowers, veiling and laces and from across the world and time, and unique vintage brooches. Everything that comes together to make your hat uniquely yours,” says Joseph Parrino, Operations Manager. A few blocks away is a neighborhood within the neighborhood. The historical French Market District encompasses six blocks of shops, cafes and sensory experiences, stretching from the Upper Pontalba Building of Jackson Square to the Farmers and Flea markets in

the lower French Quarter. The French Market is host to two stages during French Quarter Fest but also produces its own food-filled festival, the Creole Tomato Festival, June 13-14. “Throughout the spring, we have daily walking tours, two farmers markets (Wednesdays and Saturdays), and all manner of free concerts, kids programs, cooking demonstrations and more,” says Amy Kirk Duvoisin, Marketing Director. Duvoisin recommends the flea market for great prices on fest gear such as hats, sunglasses, sundresses, sandals and bags. Martin Lawrence Galleries’ location in the French Quarter owns an impressive collection of artwork, so impressive that they often lend to museums around the world. Displaying both classics and works of contemporary artists, Martin Lawrence welcomes the public during fest season to view their expansive collection. “We are the only gallery in New Orleans with original Chagall paintings, a beautiful Dali original, a collection of Picasso – including linocuts, etchings and acquatints

– and works by Andy Warhol,” says Gallery Director Mary Coxe. The Martin Lawrence Gallery will host a show for artist Robert Deyber on April 11, with the artist in attendance. A French Quarter landmark, M. S. Rau Antiques has exhibited fine art, jewelry and rare 18th and 19th century antiques for more than 100 years. “The French Quarter, particularly Royal Street, has been a hub for decorative arts since the mid-1800s. Today, you can still find many of the very same families continuing the tradition of offering rare antiques and art,” says owner and art patron Bill Rau. Now through Monday, May 4, M. S. Rau presents “Innocence, Temptation and Power: The Evolution of Women in Art.” The exhibition will include works, many of which will be exhibited for the first time, by fine art masters including WilliamAdolphe Bouguereau, Jean-Leon Gerome, Henri Matisse, Berthe Morisot, Pablo Picasso, PierreAuguste Renoir and Norman Rockwell, among others.

For art with more Louisiana flare, the George Rodrigue Studio & Gallery is one block away. “Dad opened his gallery on Royal in the early (19)90s, and it’s really where the Blue Dog took off,” says Jacque Rodrigue, son of the late artist George Rodrigue. The gallery, located behind St. Louis Cathedral, features paintings from the Rodrigues’ personal collection, including a few early career Cajun pieces from the ’70s and ’80s. While many works are not for sale, the gallery has made several works for sale to the public for the first time. While gallery hopping may be a parent’s pleasure, there’s art-filled fun for the kids, too. During French Quarter Festival, the George Rodrigue Foundation will co-sponsor Chevron’s interactive “STEAM Zone” along the river to provide arts and education projects for kids. Spring is the perfect time to stroll the city’s colorful streets, so whether you’re festing, feasting, shopping or sightseeing, the French Quarter is a clear destination that offers it all.

Antoine’s 713 St. Louis St. 581-4422 Bayona 430 Dauphine St. 525-4455 Cella’s Boutique 514 Saint Peter St. 529-5110 Fleur de Paris 523 Royal St. 525-1899 French Market District 1235 N. Peters St. 596-3420 Martin Lawrence galleries 433 Royal St. 299-9055 M. S. Rau Antiques 630 Royal St. 523-5660 Red Fish Grill 115 Bourbon St. 598-1200 Remoulade 309 Bourbon St. 523-0377 george Rodrigue Studio and gallery 730 Royal St. 581-4244 Salon by Sucré 622 Conti St. 267-7098

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Courts of


St. Charles Avenue’s third annual Courts of Carnival brings you the gleaming jewels and lavish crowns and reminds us that Mardi Gras is really the most wonderful time of the year in New Orleans. Arranged in reverse chronological order from Mardi Gras to Twelfth Night, the Courts of Carnival line up in our memories. Long live the season! Compiled by Morgan Packard

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Mistick Krewe of Comus Year Founded: 1857 Theme: “The Secret Gardens of Koyoto� 1. Her Majesty Miss Partricia McCarthy Beron 2. Maids Miss Sarah Kent Agnew, Miss Jordan Elizabeth Devlin, Miss Elizabeth Ashland Hines, Miss Madeline Moret Livaudais, Miss Kelly Wright Swanson, Miss Catherine Turner Worley 3. Maids Miss Maia Margaret Weston, Miss Karoline Havens Mallette Patrick, Miss Isabel Nott Jackson, Miss Courtney Cook Geary, Miss Eleanor Brennan Davis and Miss Catherine Crawford Adams 4. Pages Master Lynt Lynton Guy Cook IV, Master William Lyons Cook, Master John McDonald Currence and Master Walker McCall Montgomery Photographer: Carroll S. Grevemberg/Grevy Photography

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Rex Year Founded: 1872 Theme: “Wars That Shaped Early America” 1. Her Majesty Miss Charlotte Lane Langenstein 2. His Majesty Rex Christian Trousdale Brown 3. Maid Miss Laura Elizabeth LeBlanc, John Havens Jaubert Cary, Maid Miss Leah Katherine Whann, Robert Parker LeCorgne Jr., Maid Miss Grace Catherine Mallette Cary, Brooks Jardet Kiser, Maid Miss Glenny Ann Brown, William Henryy Hodges III and Page Master John Middleton Polk Huger with His Majesty Rex Christian Trousdale Brown and Her Majesty Miss Charlotte Lane Langenstein with Page Master Frank Hampton Gomila, James Harcourt Burlingame, Maid Miss Sage Lyons Laborde, Hunter Wood Ham, Maid Miss Rebecca Buckley Lapeyre, McClain Ronald Forman, Maid Miss Evelyn Burkenroad Bories, Sanders Phelps and Maid Miss Ellen Durel George Charity: Rex’s nonprofit is the Pro Bono Publico Foundation, founded by the organization in 2006 to support local public education initatives after Hurricane Katrina. Photographer: Kathy Anderson Photography

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Social Aid & Pleasure Club Year Founded: 1909 Theme: “A Salute to the Founding Fathers of Zulu” 1. His Majesty King Zulu 2015 Andrew “Pete” Sanchez, Zulu Honorary Grand Marshall Dr. Norman C. Francis, Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu and Her Majesty Queen Zulu 2015 Dr. Janice T. Sanchez 2. Queen’s Attendants Troy Madison Washington, Dr. Angelique Williams, Courtney Washington, Deborah Pipkins and Andrea S. Reese with Royal Princess Miss Ashley N. Sanchez, Queen’s Warriors Burnell Scales Sr., Troy Jackson and Sterling D. Williams and Queen’s Charge D’Affaires Jefferson R. Reese Sr. with Her Majesty Queen Zulu 2015 Dr. Janice T. Sanchez 3. Zulu Coronation Duke and former Zulu Governor 2011 Mr. Ashley Jenkins and Maid Miss Ashley Anna Jenkins Photographer: Ray Bonee for Boneefied Images

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Krewe of Proteus Year Founded: 1881 Theme: “The Nature of Beasts” 1: Her Majesty Miss Elizabeth Ashland Hines 2: Pages Master Frank Polk McIlhenny Dinkins and Master Luc Odem Carriere 3: Maids Miss Leah Katherine Whann, Miss Kelly Wright Swanson, Miss Nicole Elizabeth Weinmann, Miss Karoline Havens Mallette Patrick, Miss Laura Elizabeth LeBlanc, Miss Katherine Renée Hodges, Miss Courtney Cooke Geary, Miss Eleanor Brennan Davis, Miss Grace Catherine Mallette Cary, Miss Glenny Ann Brown, Miss Ella de los Reyes Baus and Miss Catherine Crawford Adams and Page Master Luc Odem Carriere with Her Majesty Miss Elizabeth Ashland Hines and His Majesty Proteus 2015 with Page Master Frank Polk McIlhenny Dinkins and Maids Miss Sarah Kent Agnew, Miss Patricia McCarthy Beron, Miss Margaret Magee Brown, Miss Allie McCabe Crane, Miss Margaret Coco Ellis, Miss Avery Campbell Hinrichs, Miss Charlotte Lane Langenstein, Miss Madeleine Moret Livaudais, Miss Regan Starnes Nelson, Miss Maia Margaret Weston and Miss Catherine Turner Worley Photographer: Jim Cresson Photography | 63


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Original Illinois Club Year Founded: 1895 Theme: “Beyond Gravity: A Salute to African Americans In Flight” 1: Her Majesty Taylor Reneé Harris 2: His Majesty John M. Blanchard Esq. and Her Majesty Miss Taylor Reneé Harris 3: (Seated) Pages Miss Grace Hammond, Miss Taylor Thompson, Miss Brooke Blanchard, Miss Courtney Barthé and Miss Royelle Robins with Maids Miss Sydney Labat, Miss Mignon Blanc, Miss Donjé-Carrielle Rogers and Miss Terri Pacely with His Majesty John M. Blanchard Esq. and Her Majesty Miss Taylor Reneé Harris with Maids Miss Charese Williams, Miss Cianne Smith and Miss Kayla Crump Photographer: Aaron Cormier

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Krewe of Mystery Year Founded: 1911 Theme: “Mystère à Monte-Carlo” 1: Her Majesty Catherine Turner Worley 2: Pages Master David Cartan Loker Gibbons III and Master George Gardiner Martin 3: Page Master George Gardiner Martin with Train Bearers Miss Vivian Bryce Jones and Miss Catherine Carlisle Martin and Maids Miss Caroline Elizabeth Drennan, Miss Greer Elizabeth McKendrick and Miss Claire Michelle Zeringue with Her Majesty Catherine Turner Worley and Maids Miss Laura Elizabeth Nance and Miss Hailey Burke Housey with Train Bearers Miss Hazel Kathryn Drur and Miss Cecile Amanda Abbott and Page Master David Cartan Loker Gibbons III Photographer: Rudy Bierhuizen of Mike Posey Photography & Video, Inc. | 65



Krewe of Hermes Year Founded: 1937 Theme: “The Ballets Russes” 1: Her Majesty Miss Anna Elise Reed 2: Pages Master James Provosty Favor, Master Jacob Thomas Cibilich, Master Benjamin Diago Patrón, Master James Michael Alvarez, Master Grant Everett Traina, Master Benjamin Robert Stassi and Master Joseph Parks Evans 3: Maids Miss Lucille Anne Harrison, Miss Alyssa Rose Cruse, Miss Caroline Virginia Crosby, Miss Luciana Elizabeth Bertucci, Miss Courtney Kayellen Brock and Miss Victoria Lael Slack Photographer: Darryl Schmitt of Darryl Schmitt Photography

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Knights of Momus Year Founded: 1872 Theme: “Momus Nights� 1: Her Majesty Miss Jordan Devlin 2: His Majesty Momus, the God of Mirth and Mockery is pictured with Her Majesty Miss Jordan Devlin 3: Maids Miss Catherine Worley, Miss Karoline Patrick, Miss Courtney Geary, Miss Coco Ellis, Miss Eleanor Davis and Miss Christina Ewin with Her Majesty Miss Jordan Devlin and Maids Miss Patricia Scout Beron, Miss Catherine Adams, Miss Isabel Jackson, Miss Rebecca Lapeyre and Miss Ashland Hines Photographer: Pam Cresson of Jim Cresson Photographers | 67

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The Atlanteans Year Founded: 1890 Theme: “An Evening on the Bosphorus.� 1: Her Majesty Miss Ellen George 2: Her Majesty Miss Ellen George and Poseidon 3: Page Master Walter Goliwas with Maids Miss Caroline McGraw, Miss Leah Katherine Whann and Miss Eleanor Davis with Her Majesty Miss Ellen George and Maids Miss Madeleine Livaudais. Miss Jordan Devlin and Miss Ashland Hines and Page Master Thomas Werner Photographer: Pam Cresson of Jim Cresson Photographers

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Elves of Oberon Year Founded: 1895 Theme: “Quarantine” 1: Her Majesty Miss Rebecca Buckley Lapeyre 2: Pages Master David Cartan Loker Gibbons III and Master Avery Allen Kessler, Jr. with Maids Miss Marylynn Beatrice Smitherman, Miss Avery Campbell Hinrichs, Miss Sydney Alexandra Lowe and Miss Charlotte Lane Langenstein with Her Majesty Miss Rebecca Buckley Lapeyre and Maids Miss Nicole Elizabeth Weinmann, Miss Allie McCabe Crane, Miss Emory Lafaye Lopiccolo and Miss Glenny Ann Brown and Pages Master Padraig Raegan McCausland and Master Matthew Gambel Ellis 3: Maids Miss Charlotte Lane Langenstein, Miss Glenny Ann Brown, Miss Sydney Alexandra Lowe and Miss Emory Lafaye Lopiccolo with Her Majesty Miss Rebecca Buckley Lapeyre and Maids Miss Allie McCabe Crane, Miss Marylynn Beatrice Smitherman, Miss Avery Campbell Hinrichs and Miss Nicole Elizabeth Weinmann Charity: Her Majesty is involved with the USC Dance Marathon “For Love, for Hope, For the Kids!,” which raises funds for Palmetto Children’s Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina Photographer: Rudy Bierhuizen of Mike Posey Photography & Video, Inc. | 69




Prophets of Persia Year Founded: 1927 Theme: “Recreation of the Grand Reception of the Tsar in Moscow in 1626� 1: Her Majesty Miss Virginia Dove Mitts 2: Page Master Grayson Patrick Joint with Maids Miss Christine Marie Walsh, Miss Hallie Reid Harris, Miss Frances Jane Moffat and Miss Madison Mitchell Byers Prince and Page Master Christian Charles Byrd 3: Page Master Grayson Patrick Joint with Maids Miss Hallie Reid Harris and Miss Christine Marie Walsh with Her Majesty Miss Virginia Dove Mitts and His Majesty the Great Shah of all the Persias with Maids Miss Frances Jane Moffat and Miss Madison Mitchell Byers Prince and Page Master Christian Charles Byrd Charity: Her Majesty has been involved in raising money to promote awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault services through her sorority and the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation, which donates money to agencies that promote awareness and provides scholarships and financial assistance to victims. Photographer: Rudy Bierhuizen of Mike Posey Photography & Video, Inc.

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The Achaeans Year Founded: 1947 Theme: “Hades and Persephone� 1: Her Majesty Miss Courtney Cooke Geary and His Majesty Odysseus LXVII 2: Her Majesty Miss Courtney Cooke Geary 3: Maids Miss Marylynn Beatrice Smitherman, Miss Patricia McCarthy Beron, Miss Caroline Elizabeth Drennan, Miss Carolyn Wood Holtzman, Miss Charlotte Lane Langenstein, Miss Emory Lafaye Lopiccolo and Miss Claire Michelle Zeringue with Her Majesty Miss Courtney Cooke Geary and Maids Miss Katherine Larson Thompson, Miss Jamie Favre Pellerin, Miss Laura Elizabeth LeBlanc, Miss Hailey Burke Housey, Miss Margaret Coco Ellis and Miss Allie McCabe Crane Photographer: Carroll S. Grevemberg/Grevy Photography | 71



Krewe of Osiris Year Founded: 1915 Theme: Osiris always has an Egyptian theme, reflecting its namesake 1: Her Majesty Miss Nicole Elizabeth Weinmann. 2: Pages Master Clay Williams and Master Patrick Lauscha, Maids Miss Evie Bories, Miss Margaret Brown, Miss Angelina Knister, Miss Katherine Hodges, Miss Danielle Tolar, Miss Greer McKendrick and Miss Sage Laborde and Pages Master Patrick Lauscha and Master Aidan Couvillon 3: Pages Master Will Robert and Master Clay Williams, Maids Miss Britt Johnsen, Miss Massey Demmas, Miss Margaret Brown, Miss Sage Laborde, Miss Evie Bories and Miss Danielle Tolar, Her Majesty Miss Nicole Weinmann and His Majesty Osiris, Maids Miss Greer McKendrick, Miss Katherine Hodges, Miss Angelina Knister, Miss Lillie Kuhn, Miss Ellie Silvia and Miss Erin Tolar and Pages Master Patrick Lauscha, Master Aidan Couvillon Photographer: Mike Posey Photography & Video

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Krewe of Apollo Year Founded: 1929 Theme: “Apollo Visits the Islands� 1: (Seated) Miss Layne Watkins Nalty, Miss Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman, Miss Elle Colton McLeod, Miss Mary Fleming England Redd, Miss Isabelle Baugnies de Paul de Saint Marceaux (standing) Miss Charlotte Worley Huger, Miss Katherine Kergosien Simmons, Miss Eugenie Cecile Whealdon, Miss Anne Summers White and Miss Mary Wilder Claiborne LeBourgeios with Her Majesty Miss Elise Lockett Clay and Miss Virginia DeRussy Dodenhoff, Miss Bailey Elizabeth Batt, Miss Adele Dugue Perrier, Miss Julia Ann Charbonnet, Miss Eugenie Elizabeth Stall and Miss Jane Talley Hodges 2: Her Majesty Miss Elise Lockett Clay 3: (Kneeling) Pages Master Nathaniel Pope Phillips IV, Master Padraig Raegan McCausland and Master Charles Frederick Seemann IV with Miss Anna Hassinger Schmidt, Miss Katherine Harper Montgomery, Miss Isabelle Fenner Merlin, (seated) Miss Layne Watkins Nalty, Miss Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman, Miss Elle Colton McLeod, Miss Mary Fleming England Redd, Miss Isabelle Baugnies de Paul de Saint Marceaux, Miss Caroline Bailey Acomb, (standing) Miss Charlotte Worley Huger, Miss Katherine Kergosien Simmons, Miss Eugenie Cecile Whealdon, Miss Anne Summers White and Miss Mary Wilder Claiborne LeBourgeios with Her Majesty Miss Elise Lockett Clay and Miss Virginia DeRussy Dodenhoff, Miss Bailey Elizabeth Batt, Miss Adele Dugue Perrier, Miss Julia Ann Charbonnet, Miss Eugenie Elizabeth Stall and Miss Jane Talley Hodges Photographer: Pam Cresson of Jim Cresson Photographers | 73

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High Priests of Mithras Year Founded: 1897 Theme: “Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Banou� 1: Her Majesty Miss Leah Katherine Whann 2: Pages Master Marshall Gardiner Green, Master John Kearney Nieset Jr., Master Jonathan Tujaque Robert and Master William Ryan Lafaye 3: Miss Daisy Whitfield VanDenburgh, Miss Caroline Adams Pitts, Miss Hannah Elizabeth McIntyre, Miss Laura Elizabeth LeBlanc and Miss Kaitlin Peters Kehoe with Maids Miss Avery Campbell Hinrichs, Miss Ellen Claverie Curry, Miss Claire Marie Clay, Miss Grace Catherine Mallette Cary, Miss Ella de los Reyes Baus and Miss Catherine Crawford Adams with Her Majesty Miss Leah Katherine Whann and Maids Miss Sarah Kent Agnew, Miss Evelyn Burkenroad Bories, Miss Elizabeth Adams Chaffe, Miss Allie McCabe Crane, Miss Elizabeth Ashland Hines, Miss Carolyn Wood Holtzman and Miss Meghan Kammer Kehoe, Miss Emory Lafaye Lopiccolo, Miss Jaime Favre Pellerin, Miss Kelly Wright Swanson and Miss Nicole Elizabeth Weinmann Photographer: Rudy Bierhuizen of Mike Posey Photography & Video, Inc.

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Twelfth Night Revelers Year Founded: 1870 Theme: “Little Jack Horner” 1: Her Majesty Miss Isabel Nott Jackson and the Lord of Misrule 2: Junior Cooks Pierce Eduardo Bewley, Lynton Guy Cook IV, Whitfield Christopher Scott Conner, Myles Makofsky Douglas, Charles Ferrier McCall, Walker McCall Montgomery and Walter Watson Scriber 3: Center are Her Majesty Miss Isabel Nott Jackson and Lord of Misrule, surrounded by (front left side) Maids Miss Regan Starnes Nelson, Miss Kelly Wright Swanson, Miss Nicole Elizabeth Weinmann, (front right side) Miss Catherine Turner Worley, Miss Maia Margaret Weston, Miss Karoline Havens Mallette Patrick, Miss Katherine Larson Thompson, (back left side) Miss Sage Lyons Laborde, Miss Christina Ann Ewin, Miss Jordan Elizabeth Devlin, Miss Claire Marie Clay, Miss Patricia McCarthy Beron, Miss Catherine Crawford Adams, (back right side) Miss Sarah Kent Agnew, Miss Grace Catherine Mallette Cary, Miss Eleanor Brennan Davis, Miss Margaret Coco Ellis, Miss Elizabeth Ashland Hines and Miss Caroline Bernard McGraw Charity: The krewe’s favorite nonprofit is Toys for Tots, which is endorsed by the United States Marine Corps Photographer: Pam Cresson of Jim Cresson Photographers | 75


By Mallory Lindsly

Ellis – Clement Stephen Henry Clement moved to New Orleans to start Tulane Law in August 2009, which was right around the same time Elizabeth “Betsy” Palmer Ellis, a New Orleans native, moved back after graduating from Washington & Lee. The two had several mutual friends who had gone to high school with Betsy and Vanderbilt 76 | St. Charles Avenue April 2015

with Steve, so Betsy had been hearing all about “Vanderbilt Steve.” She finally met him the last weekend before Labor Day. Betsy was with a group of friends at Pat O’Brien’s when a blond man she didn’t recognize sat down and introduced himself. Betsy was happy to finally meet “Vanderbilt Steve” and even happier to see how cute he was.

Steve got Betsy’s number from their mutual friend, Phil Lorio, the day after they met, and they made plans to meet up that evening. The two continued to see lots of each other over the next four months – including their official first date at Sake Café and a trip to Baton Rouge for the LSU vs. Vanderbilt football game. That Christmas Betsy moved to New York City, but the two continued to talk daily and visit each other as often as they could. At some point, they “officially” became a

couple and then, after two years in Manhattan, Betsy decided it was time to move back to the city, and man, that she loved. Steve proposed on the Ellises’ back porch while two hidden GoPro cameras recorded the whole thing. Immediately after Betsy said “Yes!” Steve’s family, who had flown in from Richmond, came downstairs with the rest of the Ellises. The whole group had been hiding upstairs and watching the proposal on the security camera feed. They had a champagne toast before going to Clancy’s for dinner. Afterwards Betsy and Steve headed to Patois, where friends were waiting to celebrate with the newly engaged couple. After the wedding, the two honeymooned at the Rosewood Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico for one week. The couple currently lives in New Orleans where Steve is an attorney at Jones Walker and Betsy is a producer at Gillis, Ellis & Baker. n

Bride: Elizabeth “Betsy” Palmer Ellis Groom: Stephen Henry Clement

Ring Bearers: Baldwin Montgomery, Rutledge Yu and Walter Yu

Bride’s Parents: Nancy and Richard Parke Ellis Jr.

Groom’s Attire: Filarte tuxedo, Perlis

Bride’s Grandparents: Joan and Leslie Lauder Inman, the late Dr. & Mrs. Robert Alfred Palmer Sr. and the late Mr. Richard Parke Ellis Sr.

Groomsmen: David Caughman, Matson Coxe, Peter Delaney, Michael Doyle, Philip Innes, Killian Lapeyre, Chad Lockhart, Ryan Messier and Benjamin Turnipseed

Groom’s Parents: Joan and Dr. Stephen Clement Groom’s Grandparents: The late Mr. and Mrs. Rutledge Carter Clement and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Mielke Rehearsal Dinner Location: Arnaud’s

Best Man: Jim Clement

Ushers: Harrison Clement, John Clement, Whitt Clement and Hunt Palmer Groomsmen’s and Ushers’ Attire: Tuxedos, Perlis

Date of Wedding: January 3, 2015

Readers: Baker Freiberg and Ford Wogan

Ceremony Location: St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church

Bride’s Engagement Ring and Wedding Band: Jeff Kaston, Beje

Reception Location: New Orleans Country Club

Groom’s Wedding Band: Adler’s

Reception Décor: Amanda and Carl Cottingham, The Pantry, Inc., Greenville, Miss. Coordinator: Claudia Kelleher Celebrant: Dr. Donald R. Frampton and Rev. Hill Carter Riddle, uncle of the groom Ceremony Music: Steven Blackman, organist, and Mary Williams, soloist

Florist: Margaret Ludwig, Giverny Design Favor: Candy/Snack Room, Graceful Event Productions/ Sugarcoat, RSVP Decorating Invitation: Betty Hunley Designs Caterer: New Orleans Country Club Wedding and Groom’s Cakes: Leah Michael Photographer: Dark Roux Photography

Wedding Gown: Custom Gown by Suzanne Perron

Videographer: Suzy Marks Videography

Maid of Honor: Meg Ellis

Hair: Charlotte Williamson Salon

Bridesmaids: Cameron Adams, Rachel Bankston, Ashley Barriere, Caitlin Carrere, Ann Clement, Caroline Irvin, Kasey Sherrick, Margaret Rogers and Libby Spears

Makeup: Tisa Camet, Tisa Beauty Bar and Ashley Treadaway, Katie Malone Makeup Studio

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Tadashi Shoji, Ballin’s

Live Art: Art by Christopher Turner

Music: Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters

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Grace Parker to Earl “Boy” LeCorgne October 17, 1953 Grace Parker and Earl “Boy” LeCorgne became great friends while spending every summer on the Gulf Coast with their families. They went fishing, sailing, swimming and went to dances in Biloxi, Mississippi – they were “buddies!” Boy, who’s four years older than Grace, got serious and wanted to marry her, but Grace was a little afraid of getting married so early – she was having so much fun! She told him that she thought they should date other people. Boy decided that he would date other girls, but not Grace – she saw him at all of these deb parties and dances and missed him terribly. 78 | St. Charles Avenue April 2015

She finally, wrote him a note (it wasn’t proper for girls to call boys at that time) and said, “A little bird is watching you! Would you like to go to a movie?” Boy said yes, Grace said yes to his proposal of marriage and the wedding planning began. Grace asked her sister Leslie Parker to be the maid of honor, and her bridesmaids were: Charlotte Parker, Leslie Parker, Eugenie Jones, Anne Soule, Jane Bright, Joan Smith, M.I. Richeson and Pam DePass. Boy asked his brother Bill LeCorgne to be his best man, and Killian Huger, John LeCorgne, Charles LeCorgne, Robert Grehan, Harold Grehan, Samuel Schwing,

Guy Scoggin, Hunter White and John Pitkin to be groomsmen. The wedding was at Holy Name of Jesus Church on St. Charles Avenue, and the reception took place at the bride’s home on State Street. Donald Heumann of Rohm’s Florist created the flowers at the church and the reception. Grace’s dress was made of satin and tulle, and came from Town & Country, as were the bridesmaids’ dresses, which were a bottle green color with peach rose accents. The cake came from Swiss Bakery. The day of the wedding Grace and Boy went to Mass together at Holy Name so they could have

communion together, and then went to Camellia Grill for breakfast – so much for not seeing the bride before the wedding! They also didn’t follow the norm on their honeymoon; instead of resorts or the beach, Boy and Grace got on the train and went to New York City. They had a ball going to the theatre, to clubs and to fabulous dinners at the Plaza. Her dad finally called and told Boy that the fish were biting at the Lakeshore Club, so the honeymoon was over. Grace and Boy have been married for 63 years – I think being friends first seems to forecast a very happy marriage! n | 79


By Lindsay Mack

Basket of Hope New Orleans Branch Coordinator, Ann Ollendike Basket of Hope is a national nonprofit organization that provides baskets filled with agespecific toys and activities to entertain hospitalized children. Ann Ollendike started the New Orleans branch of this organization in 2008. Celebrities, such as Saints players and coach Sean Payton, often present the baskets. The organization seeks to provide a hopeful, fun experience for deserving children. Because Ollnedike’s own daughter has faced many hospitalizations throughout her life, Ollendike was familiar with the stress that such situations place upon entire families. Through a chance connection with quar80 | St. Charles Avenue April 2015

terback-turned-philanthropist Kurt Warner (their families met at a Walt Disney Wish Trip several years ago), Ollendike learned about the Basket of Hope organization. Warner helped her fund the New Orleans chapter, and soon the organization was off and running. Furthering the football connection, Basket of Hope hosts a national charity event in the Superbowl host city every year. People from all branches of the organization, as well as NFL players, gather to pack thousands of baskets that are then shipped to participating cities. As many as 7,000 baskets have been

packed in one day during these events, and the baskets are then delivered year-round. Each basket is tailored to a child’s age and developmental abilities, and features inspiring books, music, crafts, MP3 players and toys. Furthermore, the parents can receive a “Hope Tote” filled with books, music and journals. (The totes bags themselves are by Vera Bradley, which moms tend to love). Ollendike aims to provide

quality gifts because she knows how stressful these events are for all family members. “Our purpose is to walk into a person’s life, be still, visit and listen. We join in to their situation to show that they are loved, and that people are thinking about them,” says Ollendike. At this point, what New Orleans’ Basket of Hope needs is more community awareness. Individual volunteers, as well as businesses interested in corporate sponsorship, would be greatly appreciated. Furthermore, area schools are encouraged to host packing events or collect donations. Ollendike would also like to include more practical items in the baskets, such as gas cards or coffee cups. Lastly, she would love a large climatecontrolled warehouse space on the Northshore to facilitate basket-packing year-round. Overall, Ollendike would love to see the organization continue to grow and serve more hospitals with frequent deliveries from Basket of Hope.” n

For more information, to volunteer and to donate, visit, and go to the Louisiana office.

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student activist

By Mallory Lindsly

Madeleine Le Cesne Lusher Charter School

Madeleine Le Cesne, a senior at Lusher Charter School, was appointed by First Lady Michelle Obama as one of the five National Student Poets, a poetry ambassadorship sponsored by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. As a National Student Poet, Le Cesne will spent the rest of the year developing a community service project to promote poetry and arts education. “Working with the National Student Poets Program, I realize I was doing a disservice to the art form by not sharing it with those who need it most, the people who don’t identify as poets,” says Le Cesne. “The National Student Poets Program has taught me to always give away my loves, talk about the things I’m crazy about, because we all have to discover our passions somehow, and I’d never want anyone to miss out on something they could truly love.”

Le Cesne would have never found poetry without her teacher Brad Richard, poet and director of the Creative Writing Certificate of Artistry Program at Lusher Charter School. She has been studying with this program for the past four years. “Over the last four years,” says Le Cesne, “Richard made me realize writing and reading are as indispensable as the moon; they’re the only things we can do to place us both inside and outside ourselves all at once.” This past fall Le Cesne attended the Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark, New Jersey, with the National Student Poets program. She attended a panel of four other poets about the teaching of poetry in schools, attended readings and talks by rising and established poets and read her own work for an audience. “Attending Dodge I had three of the best days ever, and it made me want to pop the bubble of this little world, let this love of poetry seep out and find others who need it,” says Le Cesne. Le Cesne also volunteers at The New Orleans Historic Collection, where she works in the history galleries every Saturday. Le Cesne knows she’s going to college next fall, but hasn’t decided which school she will attend. She wants to get her MFA and Doctorate after finishing her undergraduate degree and would love to work for an independent poetry press or teach on the college level. n | 81


By Mirella Cameran

Andi Eaton Founder, Southern Coalition of Fashion & Design

What is Southern Coalition of Fashion & Design (SCFD)? SCFD is a

networking and resource organization open to those in the apparel design community in the South, as well as those connected to it. We create marketing and educational opportunities.

How is SCFD’s Southern Design Week different from NOLA Fashion Week? Southern Design Week

(March 15-21) replaces NOLA Fashion Week and is focused more on the designer and creation, as opposed to retail.

What does Southern Design Week consist of? Presentations,

runway and special events.

What has success looked like so far for SCFD? Designers such as Aza

Ziegler with her line Calle Del Mar; she’s making great strides.

What should be at the top of our list?

Steve Boi, celebrity eyewear designer and his CR3AM clothing line.

Who are your favorite designers?

Poppy Lissiman’s clutches, Unif’s moto jackets and

Reformation in LA knows how to make a great romper.

You have just published a book and you’re also a designer; what else do you do? I’m chief designer

at Hazel & Florange. I have a blog and am writing my second book. And I’ve recently joined renowned New Orleans artist James Michalopoulos in brand management.

Why do you think the South needs a fashion week? More than the event

– the spectacle of it – I believe the South the needs the environment. Fashion is often seen as vapid and materialistic, and to a degree it may be taken that way by some. But it’s an art, living and breathing. n

Southern Coalition of Fashion & Design,; Hiller Jewelry, 923 Metairie Road, 837-8200, Leonela Guzman, (337) 240-0858,

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By Mirella Cameran

Hope Goldman Meyer Owner & Designer, Hope Goldman Meyer Fine Jewelry

How did you get your start in the jewelry industry? When I was in high

school, I took a jewelry making class from a very talented designer and ended up getting a job at the polishing wheel. My love of jewelry had started. After graduating college, I obtained my Gemologist degree. I came back to New Orleans and worked for an antique dealer on Royal Street before launching my own company.

What’s special about Hope Goldman Meyer Fine Jewelry? I provide

a personal service for my clients, seeking out the finest jewelry at the best prices. I work with my clients in the store or by appointment. I work with their schedules at locations that are convenient.

What kind of jewelry do you provide?

I handle diamond engagement rings, antique, estate and modern fine jewelry. I also design custom pieces and ensure

the highest level of craftsmanship in their creation.

What pieces in the current collection are your favorites? I only buy

what I love, but I would like to mention my sapphire, diamond and platinum period Art Deco ring and my deep golden color South Sea pearls. What price points do you handle?

Pieces range from a couple of thousand dollars to infinity!

What are you excited about for 2015? I am very excited to have

opened up my fine jewelry salon in Empire Antiques! My inventory will be constantly changing, because I can never get the same piece twice! n

Hope Goldman Meyer Fine Jewelry (inside Empire Antiques), 3617 Magazine St., 957-3409,

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by lani griffiths







1. La Petite Grocery Executive Chef and Owner Justin Devillier with his family at the “Pablove Shutterbugs Gallery Show” in October 2014. The Pablove Shutterbugs program teaches children and young adults with cancer the art and love of photography. 2. Gary Larsen and Nora Patterson of the New Orleans-based Indie pop band Royal Teeth performed as the DJs for the 2014 “Pablove Shutterbugs Gallery Show.” 3. A beautifully lit pumpkin carriage enchants children and parents alike at the New Orleans City Park’s “Ghost in the Oaks” event on the weekend of October 24, 2014. All proceeds go to fund additions and renovations of the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland in City Park. 4. A young ninja turtle in training is all smiles in the Pumpkin Patch at the “Ghost in the Oaks” event. 5. Mackie Shilstone, Chairman of the Board Sandy Shilstone, Bob Costas, President of The New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation Melanie Talia and Development Chair John Eastman attended “An Evening of Appreciation” at Galatoire’s, hosted by NOPJF. NOPJF works to make New Orleans a safer place to work and live in and visit. 6. Tina Beachler, Easter Seals Louisiana board president Eric Guerin and CEO Tracy Garner attend the second annual “Sealed in Style Gala” that benefits the nonprofit Easter Seals Louisiana, which provides children and adults with disability services. 7. Margaret Orr, Ronnie Kole and Gardner Kole are pictured at the

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Easter Seals Louisiana’s “Sealed in Style Gala,” sponsored by Mignon Faget and Saks 5th Avenue, held November 1, 2014. 8. Schlumberger is pictured as the sponsor for Core Element’s fourth annual “Strike for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering &Mathematics)” fundraiser and bowling competition. STEM’s education programs support teacher development and STEM learning in the Greater New Orleans Area. 9. Minha Fontenot, Ellen Fayard, Core Element Executive Director Jan Brenan and Andrea Walker attend the “Strike for STEM” event on November 1, 2014. 10. Martin Pospisil, Mike Valentino and Larry Schmidt are shown at the “History on the Move!” gala, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of saving the historic Pitot House. 11. Elizabeth and Jam Landis attend the “History on the Move!” gala on November 6, 2014. The gala was hosted by the Louisiana Landmarks Society, which promotes historic preservation through the operation of the Pitot House. 12. State Representative Louisiana House District 93 Chris Meeks, Helena Moreno, Albin Guillot, and French Quarter Citizens VicePresident Susan Guillot are pictured at “A Night of Dining, Dancing, and Delight” to commemorate FQC, Inc.’s 20 years of advocating for residential quality of life. | 85


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13. Virginia Boulet and Alvin Albe Jr. attend the French Quarter Citizen’s “20th Anniversary Gala” on November 7, 2014, at Jax Brewery. 14. Event Co-Chairs Betsy Stoner and Stephanie Osborne pose at the “Women of Distinction” luncheon and reception, hosted by The Girl Scouts Louisiana East. For the third year, extraordinary women were recognized at the luncheon for their leadership and service to others. 15. New Orleans Girl Scout Cadettes Riley Price, Sophia Wilson, Isabella Bigler and Kelsey Kirsch were among the members of Lusher Troop 40787, who conducted the flag ceremony at the 2014 “Women of Distinction” award luncheon. 16. Council Board Chair Robyn Merrick, Master of Ceremonies Brett Bauman and his wife Cheryl Mintz enjoy the VIP reception at The Girls Scouts Louisiana East’s “Women of Distinction” luncheon and reception. 17. Gary Barbaro, Jodi Borrello and Cam Jordan worked as servers at Bridge House/Grace House’s “Celebrity Waiters” event, sponsored by Will and Racquel Smith’s “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way” foundation. The event serves as a fundraiser for Bridge House/Grace House’s payment-optional substance abuse treatment program. 18. Irma Thomas, Robin Barnes, Jodi Borrello and Charmaine Neville are pictured working as ‘Celebrity Waiters’ for Bridge House/Grace House substance abuse treatment program fundraiser on November 11, 2014. 19. Brian Boyles, Miranda Restovic and Bill

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Loehfelm attend Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival “Preview Party” for the “Friends of Tennessee” at the home of Susie Hoskins on November 11, 2014. 20. Janet Daley Duval, Paul Willis and Brenda Currin are pictured at the “Preview Party” for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. 21. Pamela Steeg and Terrence Rice are pictured at Planned Parenthood’s “Building the Foundation: Honoring our Community,” a celebratory reception at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park. 22. New Orleans AIDS Task Force and the New Orleans CHAT Program staff attend the “Building the Foundation: Honoring our Community” event by Planned Parenthood November 12, 2014. 23. The Color Guard of the Tulane University Army R.O.T.C is pictured at the Southern Dominican Province’s “New Orleans 2014 Gala.” The Province honored three religious orders: The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, The Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem and the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem. 24. Award Presenters Developmental Director Fr. Juan Torres, O.P., President of the New Orleans Advisory Board Mrs. Michie Bissell , Prior Provincial Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Condon O.P. and Gala Co-Chairs Dr. Nicolas and Haydee Bazan are pictured at the Southern Province’s “New Orleans 2014 Gala” on November 13, 2014. | 87

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Area and offer an ideal opportunity for boys and girls, infants 8 weeks old (by June 1st) through 13 years of age. There are two Kehoe-France Day Camp sites consisting of 14 acres in Metairie and 12 acres in Covington. Kehoe-France provides swimming pools, tennis courts, a BB range, a gymnasium, an indoor activity center, several pavilions, arts and crafts, a ceramics lab, a computer lab and numerous playing fields. The camps and staff provide each camper the advantage of adventure, fun, growth and education to ensure every camper enjoys all the activities for a memorable, fun-filled summer in a safe and secure environment.  

Louise S. McGehee School 2343 Prytania St. | New Orleans 561-1224 |

The Louise S. McGehee School will be opening its gates this summer to rising Kindergarten-5th grade girls. Current McGehee girls and other girls from the community are welcome to attend! Through enriching educational activities, campers will have the opportunity to become confident leaders. Activities include STEAM projects, musical and vocal performance, arts and crafts, sports, pet training, water games and teamwork challenges. Three 3-week sessions throughout

the Summer from 8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m.: Session 1 (June 8-26); Session 2 (July 6-24); Session 3 (July 27-Aug. 14)

Louisiana Children’s Museum 420 Julia St. | New Orleans 266-2412 |

The Louisiana Children’s Museum is the cool place to be this summer with themed camps that explore fitness, cooking, music, art, science, Louisiana culture, financial literacy and more. Weekly, themed camps are designed for children ages 5 to 8 years; art camps for children ages 7 to 10 years. All summer camps

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are from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, contact Grace Connors at 504-266-2414. To register, visit under “Come Play-Camps.”

more about all of the summer offerings, visit or call 504-736-9925.

St. Mary’s Dominican   High School

Metairie Park Country Day 300 Park Road | Metairie 849-3188 |

Offering Creative Arts and much more, this extraordinary summer arts program takes place June 15 through July 17. Youngsters, ages 7-14, will participate in five classes from over 50 choices in the visual arts, performing arts and sports. Professional artists who design unique projects meant to immerse each child in the exploration of their own ideas guide students. Parents and students enjoy our stunning arts festival which culminates this celebration of the creative spirit.

St. Martin’s Episcopal School 225 Green Acres Road | Metairie 733-0353 |

St. Martin’s Episcopal School has an amazing record of excelling in academics, but in the summer we like to have a little fun and the STEAM Camp offers just that. Named for “science, technology, engineering, arts (and athletics) and math,” these camps are for superheroes, actors, rocket scientists, gamers and athletes. Children will create, learn and enjoy all summer long. To learn

7701 Walmsley Ave. | New Orleans 865-9401 |

Join the fun at St. Mary’s Dominican High School’s Summer Camps! Jumpin’ for Joy campers (completed grades 1-4) will enjoy fun and jazzy activities, including arts and crafts, cheerleading, music and much more. Weekly themed lunch activities enhance the “Jumper” experience. DominiCampers (completed grades 4-8) enjoy a variety of activities: Do-“mini” Chefs, Jewelry Making, Dance, Math Mania, Domini-tectives, Science Exploration and Drama. Supervised by Dominican’s coaching staff, sports campers receive sport-specific instruction and skill development for basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball. Specialized camps in Band, Drama, Robotics and Studio Art bring talented campers center stage as they cultivate their crafts.

Ursuline Academy of New Orleans 2635 State St. | New Orleans 861-9150 |

Ursuline’s Summer Arts Camp offers a variety of fun classes in art, acting, singing, cooking, cheer and dance, music, ceramics, science, sewing, sports, swimming and more! Each session will culminate with

a Fabulous Friday where campers put on performances and display art work. Super Week is an all field trip experience with age-appropriate, well-supervised activities. This action-packed week

includes a variety of fun places and activities such as bowling, swimming, IMAX, skating and so much more! Session I is June 8-26, Session II is June 29-July 17 and Super Week is July 20-24.

Camp hours are MondayFriday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Before and after care are available. For more information, visit or call 504-866-5260. | 91

performing arts

By Lauren LaBorde

Performance Calendar APRIL 2-19 Gone with the Breaking Wind Drag queen Varla Jean Merman, along with Ricky Graham, Sean Patterson, Brooklyn Shaffer, Jefferson Turner and Brian Johnston, star in the parody.

Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., 488-1460, Through April 4 Dinner with Friends

Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prizewinning play tells the story of a couple nearing middle-age whose lives are turned upside down when they learn their best friends are divorcing. Le Petit

Théâtre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081, April 10 and 12 The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart’s comic opera features disguises, intrigue and mistaken identities. New Orleans Opera

Association, Mahalia Jackson Theater, 801 N. Rampart St., 529-3000, 14-19 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The touring production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical stars “American Idol” alums Diana Degarmo and Ace Young. Saenger Theatre,

1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

15-May 17 Boudin: The New Orleans Project The theater production, a mash-up of visual art, storytelling and live music, is inspired by New Orleanians’ answers to the same question: “How has New Orleans music saved your soul?” Southern

Rep Theatre, location TBA, 522-6545, 92 | St. Charles Avenue April 2015

17 Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 The concert features internationally acclaimed concert pianist Jon Kimura Parker. Louisiana

Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahalia Jackson Theater, 801 N. Rampart St., 523-6530, 17 Joey Arias

The New York cabaret and drag icon channels Billie Holiday to celebrate the singer’s 100th birthday. Contemporary Arts

Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800, 18 Alan Cumming: Uncut

The performer (“The Good Wife,” Broadway’s Cabaret) sings original songs from his solo album, I Bought a Blue Car Today, and selections from musicals. The Joy

Theater, 1200 Canal St., 528-9569,

19 Peter and the Wolf Family Concert

LPO portrays each character of Prokofiev’s classic children’s tale with different instruments – flutes flutter like a bird, clarinets stalk like a cat, and horns glare like a big hungry wolf. Before the concert at 1:45 p.m. there will be opportunities to interact with LPO musicians and their instruments. Louisiana

Philharmonic Orchestra, Roussel Hall, Loyola University, 523-6530, | 93

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5631 St. Charles Avenue.....SOLD...............$6,185,000 4717 St Charles Avenue......SOLD...............$6,000,000 1004 Falcon Road................SOLD...............$5,600,000 3 Audubon Place .................SOLD...............$5,250,000 16 Audubon Place .............. SOLD ..............$4,500,000 295 Walnut Street ...........................................$4,400,000 521 Gov. Nicholls................SOLD...............$3,750,000 8 La Salle Place ....................SOLD...............$3,650,000 4831 St. Charles Avenue................................$3,000,000 525 Madison.........................SOLD...............$2,800,000 1776 State Street ..................SOLD...............$2,300,000 3 Poydras Street #9E/F ........SOLD...............$2,300,000 906 S. New Hampshire Avenue......SOLD...............$2,199,000 2600 Gay Lynn Drive ....................................$1,950,000 841 Barracks Street .............SOLD...............$1,850,000 1427 Eighth Street ..............SOLD...............$1,850,000 7 Rosa Park...........................SOLD...............$1,800,000 1518 First Street ..................SOLD...............$1,750,000 1328 Felicity Street ..............SOLD...............$1,700,000 1538 Fourth Street ..............SOLD...............$1,700,000 1415 Cadiz Street ...............SOLD...............$1,700,000 1800 Jefferson .................................................$1,700,000 1732-34 Palmer.....................SOLD...............$1,650,000 2708 Coliseum Street ..........SOLD...............$1,625,000 1233 Second Street..............SOLD...............$1,600,000 576 Audubon Street ............SOLD...............$1,595,000 4613 St. Charles Avenue.....SOLD...............$1,495,000 2707 Coliseum Street ..........SOLD...............$1,490,000 2507 Prytania Street ............SOLD...............$1,490,000 6433 Paris Avenue ...............SOLD...............$1,450,000 1542 Calhoun Street ...........SOLD...............$1,450,000 5726 St. Charles Avenue......SOLD...............$1,400,000 1205 Philip Street .................SOLD...............$1,399,000 4917 St. Charles Avenue......SOLD...............$1,370,000 1413 Philip Street ................SOLD...............$1,370,000 447 Audubon Street ........... SOLD ..............$1,300,000 9 Blanc Place ........................SOLD...............$1,300,000 1578 Calhoun Street ...........SOLD...............$1,300,000 1207 State Street ..................SOLD...............$1,250,000 571 Audubon Street ............SOLD...............$1,220,000 1539 Soniat Street ...............SOLD...............$1,220,000 6554 Oakland Drive............SOLD...............$1,200,000

441 Audubon Street ............SOLD...............$1,199,000 2006 Jefferson Avenue........SOLD...............$1,100,000 17 Chateau Palmer ..............SOLD...............$1,085,000 1701 Valence Street .............SOLD...............$1,075,000 1919 State Street ..................SOLD...............$1,050,000 1221 First Street ..................SOLD...............$1,050,000 1221 Exposition Blvd .........SOLD...............$1,045,000 3225 Prytania Street ............SOLD...............$1,000,000 1844 State Street ..................SOLD.................. $995,000 1022 Webster Street ............SOLD.................. $995,000 3447 Camp Street ................SOLD.................. $985,000 45 Savannah Ridge Ln ........SOLD.................. $950,000 1543 Henry Clay Avenue.......SOLD.................. $950,000 1729 Jefferson Avenue........SOLD.................. $950,000 4525 Prytania Street ............SOLD.................. $950,000 3937 Camp Street ................SOLD.................. $950,000 508 Walnut Street ................SOLD.................. $950,000 2331 Chestnut Street...........SOLD.................. $949,000 1922 State Street ..................SOLD.................. $899,000 6161 Loyola Avenue............SOLD.................. $895,000 1205 Arabella Street ............SOLD.................. $895,000 3200 St. Charles Avenue......SOLD..................$889,000 6047 Camp Street ................SOLD.................. $850,000 836 State Street ....................SOLD.................. $849,000 500 Walnut Street ................SOLD.................. $825,000 5951 Tchoupitoulas.............SOLD.................. $815,000 5933 Camp Street ................SOLD.................. $799,000 6131 Coliseum .....................SOLD.................. $795,000 7328 Plum Street ............................................... $795,000 1443 Calhoun Street ...........SOLD.................. $789,000 2818 Laurel Street................SOLD...................$775,000 405 Exposition Blvd .......... .SOLD ................. $755,000 630 Eleonore Street.............SOLD...................$695,000 5349 Prytania Street ......................................... $690,000 282 Audubon Street...........................................$599,000 5520-22 Camp Street...........SOLD ................. $595,000 2511 St Charles Avenue #505........SOLD ..... $465,000 7337 W. Roadway Street ......3 Slips.................... $20,000 6257 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge..SOLD ..$2,200,000 71607 Riverside Dr., Covington...................$1,250,000 | 95

new orleans nostalgia

By Seale Paterson

The Death of Desire The rise and fall and rise again of the Desire Streetcar The Desire Streetcar line first debuted in New Orleans in December of 1919 as an extension of the Carondelet line, and then as its own full line on October 17, 1920. Running along Bourbon and Royal streets, it served the bar, restaurant, nightclub and shopping areas of the French Quarter, as well as the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods. While the streetcar was heavily used, it wasn’t until playwright Tennessee Williams, who could see and hear the streetcar from his apartment on St. Peter Street, used it in 1947 as the title of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play A Streetcar Named Desire, that it achieved worldwide notoriety. 96 | St. Charles Avenue April 2015

Unfortunately, even being famous couldn’t save the line from a quick demise just a year later. Starting on May 30, 1948, despite public opposition, the Desire Streetcar was replaced by buses, which were touted as being a faster, quieter and smoother ride, and capable of carrying more passengers at one time. In 1995, New Orleans started petitioning Congress for funding to replace streetcar lines in the city, including the Desire line. After replacing so many streetcar lines with buses back in the ’40s and ’50s, they had finally started to see the buses for what they were – pollution producers that clogged already

busy streets – and they called that long-ago decision a “colossal mistake,” saying: “We have met the future and we’re going back.” While some lines, most notably the Canal Street line, were funded and completed, the Desire line was not. While the project remained a topic of conversation until 2005,

cost and funding concerns, lack of cooperation from other entities and Hurricane Katrina and her aftermath ended the official dialog. It is still an occasional topic of conversation, but no plans are currently in place to revive the line. n

The Desire Streetcar travels down Bourbon Street in April 1948, just one month before the line was replaced by buses. While the Desire Streetcar has not run on the streets of New Orleans for over 60 years, it has maintained its place in New Orleans culture, especially during Mardi Gras. In ’68, the Rex Organization debuted a self-propelled “Streetcar Named Desire” float. It is still in use today, one of only four permanent Rex floats.

Photo by Dorothy Violet Gulledge; provided courtesy of the New Orleans Public Library.

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