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July 2016

“Centennial Curtain Call Ball” Co-Chairs Nancy Ellis and Cindy Weinmann, Le Petit Board Vice President and Development Committee Chair Kathleen Van Horn and Honorary Chair the Honorable Jacquelyn Clarkson for Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré’s “Centennial Curtain Call Ball” September 9.




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Features From trunks to modern art, political cartoons to Carnival memorabilia, these five New Orleanians open their collections, their homes and their lives, starting on pg. 46.


Collectors Five New Orleanians share what they collect and how they do so by Dana Hansel


Feeling Good in Summer


Eight local experts weigh in on your new favorite treatments

Gallery Insider

by Kelcy Wilburn

On the Cover Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré’s “Centennial Curtain Call Ball” will be held this year on Friday, September 9, at Tableau and the theater. Honorary Chairman the Honorable Jackie Clarkson, Vice-President and Development Committee Chair Kathleen Van Horn and Co-Chairs Nancy Ellis and Cindy Weinmann promise you an incredible evening of theatre, music, food and fun – including a sneak peek at their season opener Pippin, directed by Tom Cianfichi, and the premier of a video of stories and memories of Le Petit by New Orleanians who have

acted and participated with the theater throughout its history. As part of the evening’s festivities, a cocktail that will be served at Tableau throughout the 2016-’17 Centennial Season, a portion of the proceeds of which will benefit Le Petit, will be announced. In addition, there will be a live auction that will include jewelry, a Broadway vacation package, a meal for 10 at your home created by a Dickie Brennan’s chef and much more. Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré is passionately dedicated to presenting the highest quality

theatrical performances that entertain and educate and enhance the economic vitality of the greater New Orleans area. They offer a full season of contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, musicals and children’s productions, as well as master classes and special events. The theater embraces the work of the city’s professional artists both on stage and backstage, all the while nurturing and mentoring up-and-coming talent. For tickets and information about the event, call 522-2081 or contact Crystal Gross

Photographed by Romero & Romero Special thanks to Le Petit Development Director Crystal Gross

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In Every Issue

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Breakfast at Brennan’s & Flowers by Bev: Previewing this auction item at Longue Vue’s “Sentimental Journeys”


10 Editors’ Notes



Young Bloods


Making a Difference

The New Orleans Botanical Garden: A perennial favorite 16

Philanthropic Fun

Kids Play

Plantation Play: A day trip to Oak Alley 18 Southern Glow

Well-Armed: The quest for a non-toxic deodorant 20 What’s Hot

Summer Style 22 On the Menu

Food for Thought Second Harvest Food Bank hosted celebrity chefs to raise awareness for hunger. 28 Festival Formality The 33rd “French Quarter Festival” opener filled Antoine’s with 500 guests. 30 Calling Upon the Muses Jefferson Beautification Inc. plans to post four bronze Greek Muses statues adorning the gardens of the JPAS building. 32


Cochon Carnival Bridge House/Grace House’s biggest fundraiser of the year brought more than 800 patrons to celebrate “Cochon Cotillion 20.” 34

Trinity: Exceptional service, excellent food, elegant atmosphere

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74 Student Activist

Garden Party Homecoming “Sentimental Journeys” returns to Longue Vue for the first time in more than 20 years. 26

Grande Dame Greatness: Chef Michael Regua shares Antoine’s Pompano Pontchartrain The Dish

Christal White: Development Director, The Green Project: Paint Recycling & Salvage Building Materials

Wedding Whimsy “Hogs for the Cause” and the Link Restaurant Group presented a dinner guests couldn’t refuse. 36 Growing Gardens & Knowledge Edible Schoolyard New Orleans’ seventh annual garden party highlights a decade of garden and culinary education. 38 Entrepreneurial Endeavors Tulane University honored established and up-and-coming leaders in business. 40 Literary Legends The “Tennesee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival” honored the late Harper Lee. 42 Southern Soirée Twelfth annual “Sippin’ in Seersucker” started the summer season in style. 44

Madison Vise: Ursuline Academy 76 Shop Talk

Amanda Dailey: Co-Owner, Queork 77 Shop Talk

James Michalopoulos: Artist; Gallery Owner; Founder and Owner, Old New Orleans Rum 78 Snapshots

80 school days

81 OnStage Performance Calendar

88 Nostalgia

Drug Store Décor: The Walgreen store first opened on Canal Street in 1938

July 2016 Vol. 21 Issue 2 Editorial Executive Editor Bev Church Editor Morgan Packard Art Director Sarah George contributing editor Mirella Cameran Beauty Columnist Lorin Gaudin Society Columnist Marilee Hovet Food & Dining Columnist Jyl Benson Associate Editor Melanie Warner Spencer web Editor Kelly Massicot Event Photo Coordinator Jeff Strout intern Marie Simoneaux

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We are thrilled to present Le Petit’s “Centennial Curtain Call Ball,” which will be held this year on Friday, September 9, at Tableau and Le Petit Théâtre in the historic French Quarter. We are letting you know early so you can be sure to get tickets for the Patron Party and the Gala and won’t be left out! Thanks to Honorary Chairman the Honorable Jackie Clarkson, Vice-President and Development Committee Chair Kathleen Van Horn and Co-Chairs Nancy Ellis and Cindy Weinmann for gracing our cover this month! Nancy and Cindy promise you an incredible evening of theatre, music, food and fun – including a sneak peek at their season opener Pippin, directed by Tom Cianfichi. They will also be announcing a cocktail that will be served at Tableau throughout the 2016-’17 Centennial Season, a portion of the proceeds of which will benefit Le Petit. In addition, there will be a live action that will include jewelry, a Broadway vacation package, a meal for 10 at your home created by a Dickie Brennan's chef and much more! Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré is passionately dedicated to presenting the highest quality theatrical performances that entertain and educate and enhance the economic vitality of the greater New Orleans area. They offer a full season of contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, musicals and children’s productions, as well as master classes and special events. The theater embraces the work of the city’s professional artists both on stage and backstage, all the while nurturing and mentoring up-and-coming talent. For tickets and information about the event, call 522-2081 or contact Crystal Gross cgross@ You don’t want to miss this “Curtain Call Ball!” I am so sad to report that Marilee Hovet, our "Making a Difference" columnist and friend, is leaving with her family to go New York. We will miss her, but what a great opportunity for the Hovet family. We wish them all the best! We have learned about so many nonprofits from Marilee that truly are making a difference in our great city. Marilee herself has chaired just about every important fundraiser that exists in New Orleans, from the” Zoo-To-Do” to “Art in Bloom.” We will miss you! Now that summer is officially here, What’s Hot will feature Summer Style with eight examples to make you the chicest of all, from sunglasses to window shades. Be sure to check out Art and Eyes – Starr is back in town with her amazing creations! Also in this issue, Dana Hansel introduces us to Bob Edmundson and Kathleen Parke, Paul Leaman and Liz and Terry Creel and their amazing collections. Whether you’re in the midst of scouring the world for the perfect piece to add to your collection or looking to start one, their tips, tricks and beautiful collections will spark your interest. We all need a little pampering, so look to our "Feeling Good in Summer" spa guide, where eight local experts weigh in on your new favorite treatments, whether you have 30 minutes or all day. Barre3, owned by Kendall Carriere, is opening a third beautifully appointed fitness boutique at 600 Metairie Road July 11-16, and she wants all of us to come! Her classes are designed to make everyone feel welcome and get a great workout that combines ballet barre, Pilates and yoga. They are offering a Founders Membership at only $109 a month, on sale now. They have free childcare and carry the latest brands like Vimmia, Teeki, Alo Yoga, Beyond Yoga and Toesoy. Be sure to join Kendall and her staff at the Metairie location on July 11! Our hearts go out to all of the victims of the terrorist attack in Orlando and their families. Be vigilant and pray that we can be civil to each other and follow the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you! We just had an amazing choir at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, The Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir from Denver, who sang “I Need You to Survive.” Check it out on YouTube; it’s inspiring! Have a safe summer!

Beverly Reese Church

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The Co-Chairs of “Casa Argentina Tango Celebration,” Betty Speyrer, Marlene Donovan, Dr. Juan Gershanik and Yakelis Anzola, want all of us to join them on Saturday, July 9, at the JW Marriott from 6 p.m. to midnight. Casa Argentina, a volunteer-only run nonprofit, was founded in 1982 with the mission of preserving the Argentinean culture as well as developing educational and philanthropic activities. This year’s “Celebration” will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the independence of Argentina. A Patron Party for sponsors will precede the dinner, which will also feature local musicians performing Latin music throughout the evening, dancing and a show featuring some of the world’s best tango dancers. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 377-1162. 11

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July 9 “Mr. Legs XVI,” benefiting Bridge House/Grace House, 821-7134

I always look forward to summer because, for some reason, I think things are going to slow down. Maybe it’s memories of being off from school and my usual lessons, or that the heat and humidity seem to make us slow down – both physically and mentally. However, the opposite is most always the case. During summer I have my most laborintensive features to write; vacations seem to pile up (fun, but travel can be stressful); and this year I’m in the midst of a move (only five blocks, but moving after 10 years means going through things that should’ve been sorted long ago). To that end, our Collectors feature by Dana Hansel has inspired me to put some of those things on display so that I can enjoy them better, and our Guide to Self-Pampering by Kelcy Wilburn caused me to make a list of treatments I want to try – if I can get them scheduled between trips! Whatever your summer holds, make sure to look to our calendar here to include these upcoming events; just because it’s hot outside, doesn’t mean our city’s nonprofits don’t need your help. Stay cool and enjoy New Orleans in all its humid glory,

9 “Tango Celebration,”

benefiting Casa Argentina, 896-8835 15 “Summer Cure Chefs Wine Dinner,” benefiting

Susan G. Komen New Orleans, 455-7310 18-25 “Tales Restaurant Week,” benefiting Tales

of the Cocktail, 948-0511 19-24 “Tales of the Cocktail 2016,” 948-0511

22 “Dancing for the Cure,”

benefiting Cancer Crusaders, 888-8597 24-31 26th annual “New Orleans International Piano Competition & New Orleans Piano Institute and Keyboard Festival,” benefiting the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, 899-4826,

August 4-7 Ninth annual “New Orleans Antiques

Morgan Packard

Forum,” benefiting The Historic New Orleans Collection, 523-4662, AntiquesForum.html

26 “Next Generation Fundraising Banquet,”

benefiting Next Generation, 885-0980

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The New Orleans Botanical Garden A perennial favorite By Marilee Hovet

If asked to choose the prettiest spot in New Orleans, I would unquestionably pick the New Orleans Botanical Garden at City Park. To visit the garden on one of those unbearably beautiful New Orleans days is unforgettable. Even for those who don’t know a hydrangea from an azalea, it’s a great way to spend a few hours or more. The garden opened in 1936 as the City Park Rose Garden. Shortly thereafter, the Works Progress Administration stepped in to fund what would become New Orleans’ first public access classical garden. With architect Richard Koch, landscape architect William Wiedorn and noted MexicanAmerican sculptor Enrique Alferez as the visionaries behind the look of the garden, its design became an important example of the Art Deco style of the day. An auspicious beginning to be sure, but there would be difficult days ahead. Master Gardeners 

Forty years after it opened, the garden was in utter disrepair – a forlorn and forgotten place. In what would become a pivotal point in New Orleans Botanical Garden history, Friends of City Park founder Peggy Read stepped in to begin the hard work of saving it. She hired Paul Soniat as Director, a post he still holds today, and this once-forgotten little garden in City Park began to grow. There

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is no question that the garden would not be what it is today without the efforts of the New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation, Soniat and the inimitable Genevieve Trimble. Sometimes referred to as the “First Lady of Louisiana’s Gardens,” Trimble presided over the foundation’s Board for 25 years

and, to this day, hers is a guiding voice for the garden. (As an aside, Trimble’s garden at Afton Villa in St. Francisville is nothing short of magnificent; it’s open to the public and well worth the drive!) In the years since the renovations began, modifications continue to enhance the

garden. The opening of the Enrique Alferez Sculpture Garden is just the latest in a long line of successful projects, all made possible by grants and donations to the Foundation and proceeds from its annual fundraiser. Magic in the Moonlight 

Though still a relatively new event, “Magic in the Moonlight” has become a favorite among New Orleans fundraisers. A gorgeous seated dinner party with long tables that wind throughout the garden, the event is a sell-out each year. Between the beauty of the garden, the twinkle lights and the delicious food, there’s indeed something enchanting about it. The Green Space Difference

Since its early days as a project of the WPA, the Botanical Garden has been an important fixture in our city. The community-wide benefits of gardens and green spaces have been well studied and documented through the years, with positive impacts touching everything from the environment to the economy and more. Green spaces and public gardens are making a difference in communities everywhere, just as our own Botanical Garden is making a difference in ours. For more information about visiting or supporting the garden, visit n

Flower Power The New Orleans Botanical Garden boasts more than 2,000 varieties of plants from around the world.  In the wake of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, the garden lost most of its vast collection of plants when it was submerged by three feet of brackish water for more than a week. With the help of dedicated volunteers and the generosity of donors, the garden reopened just six months after the devastation. Today, the New Orleans Botanical Garden is more vibrant than ever, with year-round tours and educational programs for all ages. 15

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Plantation Play A day trip to Oak Alley By Lynne Gibbons

I am a huge fan of day-trips! I believe they provide the opportunity to make great memories with friends and families; experience a bit of the escape that a longer vacation provides; and are budget-friendly. But when a day-trip also allows you to travel back in time, it’s truly remarkable. This is the case when you visit any one of the numerous plantation homes just a short drive west of New Orleans. How to Get There

Located on both sides of the Mississippi River, plantation homes dating back to the early 1800s are between a half-hour to hour drive from New Orleans. The closest is the famous Destrehan Plantation, located on the east bank of the river and just on the eastward side of the Interstate 310. If you continue the journey west, you’ll come across more plantations, including San Francisco Plantation, Laura Plantation, Oak Alley Plantation and Houmas House. Obviously, the interstate provides the quickest route to each of these locations. If you choose to follow the windy River Road, you’ll get a better sense of the landscape and levees around the plantations, but the drive will take a bit longer. A Glimpse Into a Life

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video in the “Sugarcane Theatre” about the important role sugar played in southern Louisiana. We enjoyed lunch at the on-site restaurant before heading back to New Orleans. I was struck by the number of international visitors touring Oak Alley. People literally travel across the globe to experience Oak Alley and yet, even though it was a mere hour’s drive for me, until recently, I had never seen Oak Alley for myself. I can’t think of a better way to experience true Louisiana history. So grab the kids and grandchildren, you are just an hour away from the 1800s. n

What to Do

Destrehan Plantation:

Tours are available daily and include not only the Big House, but also the beautiful grounds, the slaves’ quarters including the “Slavery at Oak Alley” exhibit, the blacksmith shop, the Civil War encampment and a

Houmas House Plantation and Garden:

“Travel” Tips: For admission prices, tour times and driving directions to nearby plantations, visit the following websites:

Laura Plantation: Oak Alley: San Francisco Plantation:

photo by OMSA Photographer

While the various homes represent different styles of architecture and tell different stories of the families who lived there, most have something in common: They show glimpses into life when sugar cane was the currency of the land and the sugar barons were king. This is true of my favorite plantation to take the kids to: Oak Alley. Any age child can appreciate the beauty of the famous Greek revival style mansion that is Oak Alley, but the older ones can also learn a great deal of history by touring the estate. The story of Oak Alley begins in the early 1800s when Celina and Jacques Roman bought the land and, in

1837, began the three-year process of building the beautiful home. The house was built with 28 columns to mirror the 28 oak trees in the iconic rows of oaks that frame the front on the house. A journey through the early years at Oak Alley touches on historical issues such as enslaved people and mortality rates due to diseases like Yellow Fever and the Civil War. After the Civil War, the Roman family sold the mansion at auction. In the decades following, the ownership of Oak Alley changed hands several times and the house fell into disrepair. Our tour guide even described cows roaming through the parlors of the mansion since doors and windows had fallen off the house.Years later, in 1925, Andrew and Josephine Stewart purchased and restored the mansion. Mrs. Stewart outlived her husband by more than 25 years and established a trust to ensure the future of Oak Alley.

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Well-Armed The quest for a non-toxic deodorant By Lorin Gaudin

The quest for a non-toxic deodorant that truly works isn’t easy, but it’s a work

bacteria-causing odor with essential oils, and wick wetness with clay and botanical powders. Many of the more effective and popular “clean” deodorants are cream formulas that require applying with fingers. That said, there are easy-to-use stick deodorants, and some people swear by plain coconut oil for keeping odor at bay. It goes back to personal body chemistry and preferences. I tried the coconut oil, and it did help keep down body odor, but the coconut scent wasn’t OK for my husband.

in progress. The difficulty is this: body chemistry. What works for one may stink on another. The common ground is possible health issues associated with conventional deodorants that contain the active ingredient aluminum. Sweaty Science

In the past, those seeking to be health conscious were relegated to “natural” deodorants that were offbeat (the crystal), unreliable (stinking) or messy (Ever walk around with your arms out, waiting for sticky deodorant to dry?). That meant keeping a “special occasion” antiperspirant/deodorant on hand and hidden away for dressy affairs and hot dates. It is best to be armed with the latest information and products to keep you dry and smelling sweet. Note: Conventional antiperspirants work by temporarily by plugging sweat glands, versus conventional deodorants that kill bacteria on the skin’s surface. While the studies associating antiperspirants and deodorants with serious health issues aren’t definitive, medical professionals still often advise against using these products. Also, many avoid plugging sweat glands or putting chemicals right where there are lymph glands.

Pit Testing

In early May when I posted on Facebook that I was searching for natural deodorants to try for this article, the response was enormous. Many voted for Tom’s, Jason and Kiss My Face, brands easily found in stores and at reasonable price points. I tried several and they were passable and easy to use (stick form), but sometimes with more scent than I prefer as they interfered with my perfume. On the opposite end of the spectrum I tried a number of very pricey brands (including Aesop and Clarins). They were nice and worked well, but were costly ($30 and up) and very heavily fragranced. Aside from keeping me dry and pleasantsmelling, there was one big issue: transfer. Most of the deodorants left marks on my clothing. Easily wiped away with a wet cloth, it was nonetheless annoying. One deodorant (Ursa Major) made me smell unflatteringly like beef vegetable soup, so I passed on that product. In all I tested 15 natural deodorants in a variety of conditions from anxiety to work-out, to festival days, events and just running errands. After all is said and done, I proudly and safely raise my arms for these deodorants. n

Clean Living

Clean-beauty (organic and natural) brands are a big deal and more popular than ever. Many companies have developed underarm products that work. Typically, “clean” products fight

Love List Meow Meow Tweet: The Grapefruit is baking soda-free and just about perfection. For helping with wetness, the Lavender with baking soda

does the job and smells awesome. Lush: T’eo with tea tree and citrus is a workhorse, but don’t use it immediately after shaving unless you like pain. Combine this or the patchouli-

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scented Aromaco with Twinkle Toes dusting powder for days when it’s going to be a really sweaty affair. Piperwai: This one has activated charcoal, must be applied with fingers and is fantastic

on all fronts. No, the charcoal doesn’t make your pits gray.

for wetness, but it was great on odor.

Lavanilla: Two words: Vanilla Summer.

Schmidt’s: Cream or stick, the Lavender and Sage is where it’s at.

Dr. Hauschka: The Sage Mint scent is tops. It didn’t do much

Soapwalla Deodorant Cream: Vegan and top quality – a great

combination of clays and essential oils to battle sweat and smell. Don’t Sweat it: Handmade in Florida and available online, order the Bergamot Blend or Pretty Flowers and be done. 19

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Summer Style By Amy Gabriel

Just because the temperatures are screaming doesn’t mean you have to quiet your sense of style. Delicious pops of color for your warm weather ensembles, along with scent and sensational home design elements, will give you the feeling that it’s summertime and the livin’ is easy ... if not breezy. n

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1. Sunset cocktails become all the more fun with a handcrafted cosmopolitan clutch from Kent Stetson. A. Renée Boutique, 824 Chartres St., 299-3965,

2. Vintage by-the-sea vibes abound with the striped detail on the weaved Magid Striped Straw Tote. Trashy Diva, 2048 Magazine St., 299-8777, 537 Royal St., 522-4233; 2050 Magazine St., 265-0973, 3. Perfectly on-trend, a pair of suede gladiator sandals from Stuart Weitzman, complete with a sexy ankle wrap tassels detail, make this pair a necessity. Available at FeBe, 474 Metairie Road, Suite 103, 835-5250,

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4. Get a little shelter from the sun and still look sophisticated in a widebrimmed SheBoBo sunhat. J.Austin’s California Drawstrings, 3650 Magazine St., 702-8515 5. How to block the heat and UV rays from coming inside while allowing you to keep your window views? Opt for custom solar shades available in several colors and textures. Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design, 1533 Prytania St., 525-7409, 6. See the world through rose colored glasses with the glamorous oversized JULIA I Camellia frames. KREWE du optic, 809 Royal St., 407-2925, 7. Cast a lovely light on a mid-summer night with the lovely Crisp candle from Peacock Alley. A burn time of 60 hours adds to the appeal of the fresh and floral fragrance. The Linen Registry, 204 Metairie Road, Suite 101, 831-8228 8. Look effortlessly chic in the Rapid Dress, a structured, sleeveless shirt dress in white cotton shirting fabric. Haute, 725 Magazine St., 522-8687, 21

on the menu

Grande Dame Greatness Chef Michael Regua shares Antoine’s Pompano Pontchartrain

Pompano Pontchartrain Ingredients


6 8-10 ounce Pompano filets, skin on, middle bones removed ½ cup oil (cotton seed preferred) 1 bunch green onions, chopped finely ½ cup white wine ½ cup lemon juice 1½ cup butter, melted 1 pound fresh jumbo lump crabmeat pinch each salt, white pepper, thyme, basil

Sprinkle each Pompano filet with salt, white pepper, thyme and basil on both sides. Brush each filet with oil and place skin up in a pan to cook for 3-4 minutes, or until slightly brown. At this point turn filet over and let cook for another 3-4 minutes skin side down until done.


6 springs parsley 6 pieces quartered lemon ⅓ cup chopped parsley

While Pompano is cooking, in another skillet add green onion, melted butter, lemon juice, white wine, salt, white pepper, thyme, basil and crabmeat. Sauté until hot and the mixture starts to boil (but just boiling, not too long). Once mixture is finished, place each cooked Pompano filet on the center of a plate, topped with 1/6 of the crabmeat mixture. Garnish with a parsley spring and a lemon quarter, then sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serves 6

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Trinity Exceptional service, excellent food, elegant atmosphere By Jyl Benson

She has us at “Hello.” Warm, welcoming and gracious, with the bearing of a queen, Jacinda is one of those rare servers to whom I feel comfortable just surrendering myself for the course of the meal. “A cocktail?” “Yes, something with gin and St. Germain.” What arrived was a crisp, vaguely floral concoction with freshly juiced cucumber and notes of fresh thyme. Perfect. From there we handed over the menus and asked Jacinda to just figure it out for us. This was a wise decision. Warm, yeasted demibaguettes lasted only moments on the table. Jacinda was too kind to roll her eyes as she replaced them for us. Again and again. This was top-notch bread. Oysters are a thing on chef Michael Isolani’s contemporary Creole menu, so do indulge. The baked “Holy Trinity” held the surprise of arriving in a suspension of long-cooked creamy white beans under a crust of Parmigiano-Reggiano and a bright spark of lemon zest. We spooned the oysters atop crisp ciabatta toasts. Then a trio of deviled egg halves arrived, each creamy with horseradish and bearing topper of a single smoked oyster and a dollop of choupique caviar.

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Trio of Deviled Eggs

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Isolani hails from Bouligny Tavern, bringing with him to Trinity his skill for balancing a menu with both lush and light selections. He cooks his airy hushpuppies in duck fat and serves them with green tomato jam. He also pairs thin zucchini ribbons with large, butterflied, poached shrimp and a light dressing of ParmigianoReggiano, dill and lemon. The recent $1 million renovation of the space did little to change the layout. The open kitchen and long dining bar that distinguished Maximo’s, its predecessor, remain, as do the high-back booths that line the wall overlooking the kitchen. Fresh lighting and contemporary fixtures in a black, white and silver palate seem a tasteful revisit to the 1980s. Our entrées continued the notes of satisfaction. Firm sea scallops were seared and paired with smoked corn purée and crisp ribbons of roasted mirliton. A braised pork shank was cooked sous vide for 26 hours and served with an apple compote, toasted garlic and green French Lentils. It was a bit munch for summer, but I know we’ll be craving it when the first chill hits the air. The dessert list from pastry chef Sydney Rainwater contains elements from the bar. Dense bread pudding is made with plantains and a rum-brown butter caramel; and rhubarb cheesecake is kissed with a with a strawberry-gin purée. n Trinity 1117 Decatur St. 325-5789

Try This On July 9, from 6-9 p.m., chef Melissa Araujo of Alma will serve a five course dinner of her native Honduran cuisine at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. The evening will begin with cocktails from 6-7 p.m., and each course will be paired with wine. Born in La Ceiba, Atlatidad, a small beach town on the Atlantic coast of Honduras, Araujo pays tribute to her grandmother’s cooking through her life’s work. “I had no choice but to fall in love with food. I grew up with a family, and food was the center of everything. My mother Angeolina Araujo is Sicilian-Italian, and my father, Oscar Araujo, is Honduras-Maya with Portuguese. I was a locavore by birthright, and my early immersion in fresh, local, seasonal ingredients has informed and influenced my culinary philosophy. I love to re-create the story people share with me with the food I cook.” The meal will include a Tomato Celebration of four varietals of tomatoes, egg yolk, Manchego, fresh herbs and olive oil; a Ceviche Atlántico with sea bass, red onions, chile habanero, teardrop tomatoes and lime; a Traditional Honduras Arroz con pollo; Camarones al Ajo-roasted Gulf shrimp with tomatoes, shallots, garlic and sherry vinaigrette; and Arroz con Leche. The cost is $75 per person. Twenty percent of all proceeds are being put aside to establish a fund for the education and care of impoverished children in Honduras. Tickets may be purchased at AlmaNola.

Alma Honduran Pop-up at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum 1504 Oretha C Haley Blvd. 25

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Garden Party Homecoming


“Sentimental Journeys” returns to Longue Vue for the first time in more than 20 years. By Shelby Simon

The 13th “Sentimental Journeys,” Co-Chaired by Stephanie Laborde and Anna Schaefer, featured a “Coming Home to Longue Vue” theme, since it was the first major nighttime event to be held at Longue Vue in two decades. The event’s “progressive party” was held at three different locations on site: the Main House, Portico Terrance and Spanish Court. More than 275 patrons in attendance were excited to drive up to the house and see so many people on the second floor gallery socializing and having fun. “This is where ‘Sentimental Journeys’ is supposed to be held” was frequently overheard throughout the event. Three bands provided music throughout the night at the various locations, concluding with BRW rocking in the main tent provided by Event Rental. A champagne tower provided by Taittinger was something that hadn’t been seen in years – a six-liter bottle filled the seven-layer tower to the brim! The playful garden party décor reflected the invitations designed by Margaret Jones and Rachel Turnage of Scriptura. Ambrose Gardens filled two large urns with giant pink arrangements of flowers, and long-time Longue Vue supporter Pam Hayne created beautiful table arrangements with iris from the Wild Garden. The Ramelli family donated a vintage Rolls-Royce for photo opportunities on the grounds. A silent auction primarily consisted of fine artwork, luxury home goods and exclusive experiences in and around New Orleans. A raffle included rare finds such as an Edwardian pearl and diamond drop necklace by Friend & Company. Proceeds benefitted Longue Vue’s historic eight-acre estate and home and community-focused educational programming. n



Event at a Glance What: “Sentimental Journeys 2016: Coming Home to Longue Vue,” benefiting Longue Vue House and Gardens Where: Longue Vue House and Gardens

1. Co-Chairs Stephanie Laborde and Anna Schaefer with Tony Chauveaux and Carol Reese 2. Archie and Olivia Manning with Diane Zink and Robert Becnel 3. Bill and Mary Hines with Peggy and Jack Laborde 4. Honorary Co-Chairs Lynne and Hugh Uhalt 5. Margaret Jones and Dorothy Clyne 6. Fred Holley does a Taittinger Champagne pour

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Food for Thought


Second Harvest Food Bank hosted celebrity chefs to raise awareness for hunger. By Shelby Simon

More than 100 patrons enjoyed a memorable evening at the Second Harvest Food Bank’s seventh annual “Harvest at Home” patron dinner event, hosted by Mary and Bill Hines. Dinner was prepared by chef Frank Brigtsen and past “Harvest at Home” chefs. The menu included selections from seven chefs: Tory McPhail served grilled Kobe beef over Cabernet and grilled bone marrow pain perdue with black pepper bacon and cold smoked blueberries; Susan Spicer served griddled pork riblets with plum hoisin and snow pea slaw; Rebecca Wilcomb served spiced yellowfin tuna with fennel, olives and basil oil; Frank Brigtsen served roasted okra and poached shrimp with andouille tomato coulis; Sue Zemanick served beet-and-horseradish cured salmon with smoked tomato cream cheese, watercress, pickled cucumber and an "everything" cracker; Maggie Scales served a variety of individual desserts including lemon meringue tarts, chocolate cream puffs, pineapple upside-down cakes and pistachio and strawberry meringues; and Kate McDonald of Nutrition Education at Second Harvest Food Bank served pea and mint pesto crostini with Meyer lemon ricotta The Xavier Molina-Reed Trio performed throughout the evening. Fresh flower arrangements created by Susu Stall dressed each of the chef ’s serving tables. As a “Harvest at Home” dinner patron, guests received a special gift bag delivered to their home prior to the event, which included Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen cookbook, chef Brigsten’s Harvest at Home signature recipe and some key recipe ingredients, materials on hunger and Second Harvest as well as a yard sign to display to demonstrate support for Second Harvest Food Bank. For more on this event and the Hines as hosts, see the feature “Fighting Hunger Starts At Home,” in Avenue’s May 2016 issue. n



Event at a Glance What: “Harvest at Home,” benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank When: Wednesday, April 13

1. Host Bill Hines and Mickey Loomis 2. Susu Stall, Hostess Mary Hines, John Hazard and Angele Parlange 3. King and Anne Milling with Carro and Billy Gardner 4. Mike and Nancy Marsiglia with Mary and Robert Lupo 5. Hunter Hill and Katherine and Robbie Saer 6. Chefs Tory McPhail, Susan Spicer, Frank Brigtsen, Sue Zemanick and Rebecca Wilcomb

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Festival Formality


The 33rd “French Quarter Festival” opener filled Antoine’s with 500 guests. By Shelby Simon

Kicking off the momentous 33rd annual “French Quarter Festival, an Opening Night Gala at Antoine’s” raised funds to support the Roots of Music and Jackson Square beautification. Patron Party music featured Carl LeBlanc. Major festival sponsors and other local VIPs enjoyed the Patron Party, including: Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser; Mayor Mitch Landrieu and wife Cheryl; Mike Illanne, Brent Wood and Leah Brown of Chevron; Leo Basile of Abita Brewing Company; Mike DeBoer of GE Digital; Teddy Graziano of Brown-Forman; Festival Director Marci Schramm with husband Scott Campbell; Eric and Bethany Paulsen; Angela Hill; Rick and Lisa Blount and Miss Yvonne Blount of Antoine’s; Mark Romig of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation; Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Berger; and board President Errin Bellan. The gala took over the entire first floor of Antoine’s, as well as the Twelfth Night Room and second floor balcony. Floral arrangements were provided courtesy of event sponsor The Plant Gallery. Guests enjoyed Antoine’s signature dishes, including soufflé potatoes, oysters bonne femme, oysters foche, demi tips en brochette, shrimp remoulade, chicken rochambeau, Louisiana drum amandine, crabmeat ravigote, baked Alaska, cherries jubilee, French 75 cocktails, Abita beer and pettit fours provided by Haydel’s Bakery. The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band provided gala music, along with special guests Fred LeBlanc (Cowboy Mouth), The Dixie Cups, Jean Knight (“Mr. Big Stuff ’”), Big Sam and Robin Barnes. n



Event at a Glance What: “French Quarter Festival Opening Night Gala at Antoine’s,” benefiting French Quarter Festivals, Inc. When: Thursday, April 7

1. Arlene, Barrett and Alejandra Cooper, Darryl and Louellen Berger and Arnold Cooper 2. David Teich, Festival Director Marci Schramm and Derrick Tabb 3. Brent Wood, Billy Nungesser and Mike Illanne 4. Domonique Dickerson, Angela Hill and Jared Brossett 5. Martin Irons, Leah Brown and Mike and Patti DeBoer 6. Dennis Pearse, Errin Bellan, Kristian Sonnier and Trevor Theunissen

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Where: Antoine’s Restaurant



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Calling Upon the Muses


Jefferson Beautification Inc. plans to post four bronze Greek Muses statues adorning the gardens of the JPAS building. By Shelby Simon

A sold-out crowd of 350 guests enjoyed the 25th anniversary of Jefferson Beautification Inc.’s “Parkway Promenade” with a “Cruising the Mediterranean” theme. The event took place in the grand ballroom at the Chateau Golf and Country Club. Prior to the event, a Patron Party was held in the club’s Grill Room. As guests arrived, they were greeted by Hellenic Dancers clad in traditional Greek folk costumes who performed Greek dance exhibitions. For the main event, Anne Favret and Debbie Settoon created a Mediterranean ambiance, and Kay Andressen decorated each table for the dinner. The “Get Back Band” provided a variety of dance music. There was also a live auction and raffles, as well as a Mediterranean Ensemble Contest. Event chairman Joy Shane and JBI President Beulah Oswald-Soto recognized Honorary Chairman James Michalopoulos and Corporate Chairman Michael Hollis. Joy then recognized those who contributed to the success of Jefferson Beautification Inc., which included members of the first Parkway Promenade Committee, participating garden clubs,and the top Promenade sponsors over the past 25 years. JBI’s annual Michael J. Yenni award was presented by Parish President Mike Yenni to Dr. John Ochsner and Ochsner Health Systems. JBI’s Frederick Law Olmsted Award was given to two couples, Dr. Henry and Kay Andressen and Henry and Pat Shane. Proceeds from the gala benefit the establishment of the Greek Muses statues surrounding the Jefferson Performing Arts Center as well as Jefferson Beautification Inc. n



Event at a Glance When: Sunday, April 3 Where: Chateau Golf and Country Club 1. Greg Cantrell and Debbie Settoon 2. Honorees Dr. Henry and Kay Andressen 3. Sharon Hannahan, Corporate Chairman Mike Hollis and Event Chairman Joy Shane 4. Jeri Nims and JBI President Beulah Oswald-Soto 5. Joan Ingram, Honoree Dr. John Ochsner and Charlotte Ruiz 6. Honorees Pat and Henry Shane with Michelle Shane L'Hoste

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Photographed by Jeff Strout

What: “Parkway Promenade XXV,” benefiting Jefferson Beautification Inc.



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Cochon Carnival


Bridge House/Grace House’s biggest fundraiser of the year brought more than 800 patrons to celebrate “Cochon Cotillion 20.” By Shelby Simon

A true parody of traditional black-tie galas and customary Mardi Gras balls, guests attended “Cochon Cotillion 20” in myriad tacky attire, pig-themed clothing and whimsical costumes. James Carville and Mary Matalin were honored as “Cochon Cotillion 20’s” King and Queen. For the 20th anniversary festivities, the illustrious and prestigious former royalty were invited to join King James’ and Queen Mary’s court, which included Angela Hill, Anne Redd, Arlene Rome, Barbara Gaiennie, Bruce Katz, Bryan Batt, Dana Hansel, Eugenie Suggs, Greg Rusovich, Ronal Serpas, Suzanne Rusovich. The “Court Party” preceded the event at Carville and Matalin’s home. Spectacular entertainment filled the rooms of Mardi Gras World, including the ELS Show Band, Mike Morris, the Double Step Cloggers and the Pussyfooters. Both dance troupes also joined in the mini-parade, featuring the King and Queen, their royal court and a brass band. Additional attractions included facepainting and caricature art from “Uncle” Wayne Daigrepont and the Porta-Puppet Players, a Snap Shotz photo booth and psychic readings by Sonnet Ireland, the Hypnotic Librarian. The event also included a large silent auction, a live auction, a raffle and a Kendra Scott jewelry pull featuring 75 mystery boxes. More than 20 local restaurants and six beverage purveyors provided an array of scrumptious food and drink options. Draped in purple, green and gold, the tables continued the Carnival theme and were topped with floral centerpieces donated by NOLA Flora and large topiary balloon arrangements by RSVP Decorating. Greg and Suzanne Rusovich served as Fundraising Co-Chairs, and Arlene Rome, Tiffany Truxillo and Brian McDonald served as Event Captains. Bruce Katz was the emcee, and Andrew Ward presented as the live auctioneer. The 20th anniversary poster was generously created and donated by artist Terry J. Marks Sr. n



Event at a Glance When: Saturday, April 2 Where: Mardi Gras World

1. King James Carville, Court Member and Fundraising Co-Chair Greg Rusovich, Queen Mary Matalin and Court Member Ronal Serpas 2. Court Members Dana Hansel, Fundraising Co-Chair Suzanne Rusovich and Anne Redd 3. Dr. Irwin Marcus and Court Member Angela Hill

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Wedding Whimsy


“Hogs for the Cause” and the Link Restaurant Group presented a dinner guests couldn’t refuse. By Shelby Simon

The fourth annual pre-“Hogs for the Cause” gala dinner and kickoff for the two-day fundraising event featured a Godfather-themed Italian wedding feast coordinated by the Link Restaurant Group. “Tracksuits and bad tuxedos are required, slick mustaches are optional, but excessive romantic behavior is encouraged,” joked “Hogs for the Cause” Co-Founder Rene Louapre. “The gala dinner has become a fun way to showcase both the foods and talents of our region, while supporting a great cause … and who doesn’t love a little Godfather every once in awhile.” Louapre and Co-Founder Becker Hall offered guests a “wedding” toast. Preceding the main event, a cocktail hour kicked off the party with cocktails featuring Cathead Vodka, Bristow Gin and Rougaroux Rum created and served by the Cure Co. team. Set at The Arbor Room at Popp Fountain in City Park, the kickoff event featured a Sicilian-inspired menu of antipasti platters, pasta, a meat course, wines provided by Neat Wines, Italian wedding cookies and even a wedding cake. The Eric Rodriguez Trip performed live music for entertainment. Emcee Mark Romig and Carey Bringle conducted the live auction. A silent auction included additional prizes. “Hogs for the Cause” operates to help families with the financial burdens of caring for a child with brain cancer. n



Event at a Glance What: “Hogs for the Cause: Italian Wedding Feast,” benefiting Hogs for the Cause Where: The Arbor Room at Popp Fountain in City Park

1. Adam and Cynthia Avin with Co-Founder Rene Louapre 2. Mark Romig, Alexandra Pappas and Co-Founder Becker Hall 3. Keith Esparros, Heather Lolley and Josh Meza

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Photographed by Will Strout

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Growing Gardens & Knowledge


Edible Schoolyard New Orleans’ seventh annual garden party highlights a decade of garden and culinary education. By Shelby Simon

“An Edible Evening” 2016 celebrated Edible Schoolyard New Orleans’ 10th year of joyful interactive garden and culinary programming with a special Patron Party honoring four of the program’s founders: Randy Fertel, Karin Giger, Cathy Pierson, and Dr. Tony Recasner. Guests enjoyed seeing Langston Hughes Academy’s interactive seed-to-table food education program site, which features several resident goats, chickens and rabbits, an outdoor classroom and a full garden. The event featured specialty cocktails, beer and food from New Orleans restaurants and wine from Presqu’ile Winery. Presqu’ile and its founders, the Murphy family, are long-time supporters of education, the environment and the arts. The Murphy Foundation was joined by an Anonymous Friend of FirstLine; the Emeril Lagasse Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Murphy; Newman’s Own Foundation; Mrs. Bertie Deming Smith; Martha and Gary Solomon; The Ruth U. Fertel Foundation; The G.W. McIlhenny Foundation; and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana as top sponsors of this year’s event. The 10th Anniversary Patron Party began at 6 p.m., sponsored by Phillip Lopez’s Root and Square Root with music provided by Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses. The Main Party followed at 7 p.m. with musical guests Ron Jones & Bigger Than Easy and Zena Moses & Rue Fiya. M SQUARED returned as the sponsor of the annual Late Wave Party, featuring DJ Brice Nice that ended the evening of partying on a groovy note. Night owls and young professionals arriving around 9 p.m. indulged in food offered by restaurants El Libre, Killer Poboys, Paladar 511, Taceaux Loceaux, Twelve Mile Limit and We’ve Got Soul. n

What: “An Edible Evening,” benefiting Edible Schoolyard New Orleans When: Thursday, April 14 Where: Langston Hughes Academy Dreamkeeper Garden

1. Event Co-Chairs Ruth Kullman and Alison Hartman 2. ESYNOLA Founders Randy Fertel and Cathy Pierson with Mayor Mitch Landrieu and ESYNOLA Founders Karin Giger and Dr. Tony Recasner 3. FirstLine Schools Board Chair Greg St. Etienne, FirstLine Schools CEO Jay Altman and FirstLine Schools Development Committee Chair Michael Murphy II

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Entrepreneurial Endeavors


Tulane University honored established and up-and-coming leaders in business. By Shelby Simon

“The Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Gala” honored 2016 Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneurs Chris N. Papamichael and Matthew G. Schwartz of The Domain Companies, and 2016 Tulane Outstanding Social Entrepreneur, Caroline E. Roemer of Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools. Also recognized were the 2016 Tulane Business Model Competition Finalists and Winners’ Sensifoam, the First Prize winner from Tulane University; Synsytec, the Second Prize winner from University of Houston; and BioAesthetics, the Third Prize winner from Tulane University. The event began with a cocktail reception followed by a dinner program at the Audubon Tea Room. Tulane students had the opportunity to network with some of the most successful and well-respected entrepreneurs from around the region. During the dinner, there were video presentations highlighting the accomplishments of Ms. Caroline E. Roemer, as the Outstanding Social Entrepreneur; and Mr. Chris N. Papamichael and Mr. Matthew G. Schwartz as the Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneurs. A short live pitch event highlighted the 2016 Tulane Business Model Competition winners listed above. The Competition, now in its 16th year, offers tens of thousands of dollars in startup funds to student ventures. One hundred eighty guests attended the event, including affiliates of Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, Business School Council members, donors, judges for the Tulane Business Model Competition, faculty, staff, alumni, current students and guests of the honorees. n



Event at a Glance When: Friday, April 15 Where: Audubon Tea Room

1. Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneurs Matthew G. Schwartz and Chris N. Papamichael 2. Stephanie Kleehammer, Freeman School of Business Dean Ira Solomon and Lina Alfieri Stern 3. Jay Lapeyre, John Elstrott, Albert Lepage and Tulane University President Michael A. Fitts

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Pho to graphed by Melissa Calico

What: “The Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Gala,” benefiting Tulane Freeman School of Business

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Literary Legends


The “Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival” honored the late Harper Lee. By Shelby Simon

A literary buzz consumed the courtyard of Le Petit Théâtre and Tableau for the 30th annual “Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival.” This year’s event honored the late Harper Lee. At the Festival Opening, guest of honor actress Mary Badham, who rose to fame for her role as Scout in the film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, joined Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg on stage for a lively interview. Following their conversation, Badham read a selection from Harper Lee’s recently released Go Set a Watchman, a novel told from the point of view of a grown-up Scout. Food and beverages were provided by Tableau and Lüke. SoBou provided a signature cocktail dubbed the Streetcar Named Desire, a twist on a classic Sidecar. Wine and additional cocktails were provided by Tableau, Donner Peltier Distillers and Brady’s Wine Warehouse. The evening culminated at the French Quarter home of Tennessee Williams for a VIP after party. Now-owners Graham Coleman and Brian Theis graciously opened up the home to patrons and special guests to provide a look into the life of Tennessee Williams and his famous abode. The “Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival” celebrates the genius of Tennessee Williams, who once called New Orleans his “spiritual home,” and the contemporary artists of the city today. More than 325 patrons attended the opening event, and more than 11,000 attended the five-day literary and multi-cultural festival. n



Event at a Glance When: Wednesday, March 30 Where: Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré

1. Executive Director Paul Willis, Actress Mary Badham, Author Rick Bragg and Board Member David Johnson 2. Stanwood Duval and Board President Janet Daley Duval 3. Nancy Degan, Emily Degan and Founding Board Member Peggy Scott Laborde

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Southern Soirée


Twelfth annual “Sippin’ in Seersucker” started the summer season in style. By Shelby Simon

Donning their Southern best seersucker attire, hundreds gathered at Canal Place on Friday, April 15, to celebrate the 12th annual “Sippin’ In Seersucker,” which took over the first two floors of Canal Place. The annual fundraiser benefits The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and is regarded as the kickoff gala to the summer social season. Event chairs included L. Kasimu Harris (also a seersucker ensemble judge), Ariel M. Wilson and Jolie Bensen Hamilton (co-owner of clothing company Jolie & Elizabeth). Fourteen restaurant stations spanned the mall, each offering light bites and cocktails. The list of purveyors included Angeline, The American Sector, Banana Blossom, Barcadia New Orleans, CELEBRATE! Catered Events by Windsor Court Hotel, The Fountain Lounge in the Roosevelt Hotel, Fulton Alley, Gordon Biersch, Highly Seasoned Catering, Love, Cookie by Baker Maid, Ms. Linda’s Yakamein, Nirvana Indian Cuisine, Silk Road and Southern Candymakers. Music by Luke Winslow-King String Band and Smoking Time Jazz Club performed lively music as judges roamed the crowd to select participants for the seersucker ensemble competition, hosted by Charles Divins, Master of Ceremonies, and judged by Tracee Dundas and L. Kasimu Harris. A raffle included four $250 gift cards to The Shops at Canal Place wine, beer, entertainment and craft packages, plus a men’s seersucker suit by Haspel and two seersucker bowties by Jolie & Elizabeth. n



Event at a Glance What: “Sippin’ In Seersucker,” benefiting The Ogden Museum of Southern Art Where: The Shops at Canal Place

1. Event Chairs Jolie Bensen Hamilton, Ariel Wilson, L. Kasimu Harris and Sarah Elizabeth Dewey 2. Jason Gross, Nadiyah-Skyy Taylor and Master of Ceremonies Charles Divens 3. William Andrews and Roger Ogden

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Photographe d by Jeff Strout

When: Friday, April 15



is both amazing and impressive to learn the wide range of peoples’ special interes. This is certainly true of collecing. Collecions range from art to wine to engraved British fox hunting buttons. Whatever their interes, collecors seem to share a common characeriic: real passion. Beyond that, they tend to collec more than one thing. Years ago, I met a French arti who not only had a personal art collecion but also colleced coins, amps, artis’ letters and signatures, rugs and antiquities. New Orleans is full of rich culture, so collecors can easily buy and sell through local aucion houses, galleries, eate sales or extensive offerings on Magazine and Royal reets, among others. In our high tech world, eBay, Craigsli and links to aucions all over the world provide efficient ways to add to collecions. Liz and Terry Creel, Paul Leaman and Bob Edmundson and Kathleen Parke share their collecions and their zeal for collecing with us. We all have a little “collecor” inside us, so embrace your passion and see what happens.

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Bob Edmundson and Kathleen Parke embrace life and all it has to oer. They epitomize warm hospitality and enjoy good friends, food, drink and music. Their home is inviting and chock-full of collecible pieces with great ories. Bob attended St. Albans and had an art teacher, “Fuzzy” Stambaugh, who made a laing impression on him. “Fuzzy” would allow his udents to bring in “preapproved” records – ranging from classical to James Brown – to play while they worked on art projecs. He also took udents to the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. to hear such greats as the Four Tops, the Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Otis Redding and other famous Motown groups.

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One of Bob’s unique collecions is a large set of prints of political cartoons drawn for the New Orleans States-Item by John Churchill Chase, a personal friend of Bob’s dad. Chase is also the author of the well-known book, Frenchmen, Desire, Good Children. The prints used to hang in the family’s udy on Dauphine Street. Aer Bob’s dad passed away, the prints were ored in his mom’s attic, but due to a leak aer Hurricane Katrina they were damaged and each had to be reored, re-matted and reframed. The timeless relevance of the cartoons’ themes is riking. For inance, one is titled “The Crisis Abroad. Alas, to this Vicor”

sketched in 1955. Another timeless cartoon shows an animated person on a treadmill with the caption: “More Revenue, More Spending;” somehow because of “more spending,” the revenue cannot catch up, thus Louisiana Taxpayers never get to break even. Bob doesn’t necessarily consider himself a collecor, but more an appreciator of nice things. His mother was the collecor, and over the years has shared her treasures with Bob. These treasures include Clementine Hunter paintings, a beautiful silk from Europe and two Cambodian etchings. One of his mother’s more intereing pieces is an extremely large

painting commissioned in the 1930s by Paul Ninas, a New Orleans arti, that hung behind the bar in the grand salon of the S.S. Del Norte, a swanky passenger ship from New Orleans to Buenos Aires that fir sailed in the late ’40s. Other Paul Ninas murals hang in the Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel. Another exquisite piece is Emperor Napoleon’s medal cabinet – yes, a cabinet made specifically to hold medals. The Clementine Hunter picures hold a special place in their hearts. Kathleen and Bob’s second date was a dinner party at his house with his be friends. Of course, Kathleen knew she

was being vetted, but then she noticed Bob’s Clementine Hunter picures. Loving southern folk art, Kathleen quickly concluded that this guy was intereing and worth getting to know. Well, clearly they both passed the te, since Kathleen and Bob are tying the knot this fall. One of Kathleen’s newe pieces is a painting by Joseph Bradley that Bob jokingly deems an impulse buy – it took Kathleen over a year to make the decision. Underneath the picure is a cabinet that was Kathleen and Bob’s fir furniture purchase together. We will all enjoy watching this wonderful couple merge their love for life and art.

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What a treat to visit with Paul Leaman, viewing and learning about his modern art collecion. When I asked Paul if he had any pieces missing to complete his collecion, he responds quite quickly. “Oh, I have no idea. When I travel, I shop and thus collec. I don’t know what I want until I see it.” Paul travels extensively, and a feature of his travels is shopping for art. In fac, Paul’s collecion currently comes from 10 countries and 15 ates. But like many good New Orleanians, he has also supported numerous local artis including Ida Kohlmeyer, Shirley Rabe Masinter, Douglas Bourgeois, Dick Johnson (a former Loyola English Professor), Richard Johnson (a University of New Orleans Art Professor) and Jim Richard. His purchase of one of the Young Leadership Council’s fish sculptures aided a major fundraising program.

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Paul arted collecing 55 years ago while in the Virgin Islands and has never opped. Initially he colleced 19th century Louisiana pieces and small Fabergé items. Then about 40 years ago, he met Ralon Crawford, who’s famous for his jazz pieces, in New York City. Paul bought one of Ralon’s abrac oil paintings from the defunc Bienville Gallery and donated it to the New Orleans Museum of Art. Part of the thrill of collecing for Paul is meeting the artis. He says with a laugh that “some of his paintings were ill wet when he bought them.” It is clear Paul has a ory about each piece and buys those items that “speak to him.” For inance, he attended a fundraiser in New York City and “won” a Sue Williams painting at aucion. A few years later, superar Elton John attended the fundraiser, bid and “won” a Sue Williams painting. So Paul and Elton enjoy the same arti – both in pretty good company! One of Paul’s whimsical pieces is a set of luggage by British arti Julian Opie. In the next room is a piece of art that’s a set of luggage. The luggage is symbolic of Paul’s extensive travels. Another dimension of Paul’s artiic appreciation is his love for silver, including owning New Orleans Silversmiths in the French Quarter. He purchased the business in 1966 from a family which had owned it since ’38. Traveling several times a year to England, Paul works with numerous dealers to provide highquality silver as well as jewelry for the shop’s patrons. Paul has learned a great deal from udying silver and includes unique pieces such as antique corkscrews and cocktail shakers in the shop’s popular offerings.


Liz and Terry Creel are busy people. He is an emergency physician and she runs the hioric Parkview Gue House as a side business while they raise four sons. Still, they find time to collec items in several intereing areas: antique plantation beds; antique clocks; and old Mardi Gras ephemera, including invitations, bulletins and krewe favors. When you visit Parkview Gue House you’ll not only enjoy the beauty of St. Charles Avenue adjacent to Audubon Park, but also the unique setting of the hioric house. The journey begins with beautiful Gothic, Dutch and French gilt clocks. On every trip abroad, the Creels try to enhance their clock collecion. While mo of their clocks are bought in perfec working condition, there are a few notable exceptions, which have required

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patience and a bit of good luck to reore. They scour local aucion houses, internet sites and even antique markets abroad. They are also members of the National Watch and Clock Association, which enables them to ay abrea of trends in horological collecing. There are many great ories about their clock adventures, but two are particularly special. Terry bought a large collecion many years ago, but let one unique clock slip through his hands when he agreed to sell it to another collecor. He regretted his decision but was unable to convince the buyer to sell it back to him. One Chrimas Liz called the owner and explained that Terry really missed the clock. The Chrimas spirit kicked in the generous collecor agreed to the sale, and Liz was able to surprise Terry with it.

One memorable repair ory involves an antique Sevres clock that had belonged to Liz’s greatgrandparents. Tragically, it was badly damaged in a house fire and le in a orage area for more than 20 years. When the clock was discovered, it had vines growing through it and was charred beyond recognition. Terry had the clock reored, and miraculously the porcelain plaques and gilt were ill intac, but the clock mechanism was irreparable. For years the clock sat on the mantel, priine on the outside but unable to keep time. Then by a roke of good luck, a clockmaker friend found the correc French mechanism at a clock show. Today Liz enjoys childhood memories as her great-grandparents’ clock is ticking perfecly! Of the 10 or so antique plantation beds in their collecion two and out: a triple arched

mahogany full teer bed by McKracken with matching washand and armoire, and a half teer bed by French cabinet maker Prudent Mallard. The downairs of the Gue House features hioric Mardi Gras bulletins as well as various favors ranging from hioric to contemporary items. The Creels have been collecing Mardi Gras items for 25 years. It arted with a gi to Terry from Liz’s mother – he was immediately intrigued by the invitation’s beauty. Over the years, sources have included garage sales, eBay and Neal Aucion Company and New Orleans Aucion Galleries. Along their collecing journey, the Creels became friends with a lady in New York City who had inherited her aunt’s Mardi Gras collecion. Over time, the

Creels have purchased more than 25 items from her. Books by Arthur Hardy and Henri Schindler have been a great source of information along their collecing journey, as has the Hioric New Orleans Collecion. Arthur in particular has been the source for the majority of the antique bulletins in their Park View collecion. The Creels collec things they’re passionate about; some items are rare and valuable, others they hold dear for their associated memories. They enjoy sharing Park View with visitors to our city and educating them about the hiory of Carnival, New Orleans Vicorian furniture and the pleasures of spending an aernoon sipping wine on the front porch as the reetcars roll slowly by.

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gallery insider Within this guide, you’ll find a directory of more than 70 the most exclusive and prestigious galleries in New Orleans and on the Northshore. Find your favorite new artist or rediscover an old master; travel down a frequently walked street and discover a new treasure; or simply enjoy the experience of taking in beautiful artworks – all of this and more can be found within Gallery Insider ¶ This edition of Gallery Insider will be distributed through the month of July, with supplementary distribution at “White Linen Night” (Saturday, August 6), “Dirty Linen Night” (Saturday, August 13) and “Art for Arts Sake” (Saturday, October 1) ¶ In addition, we are printing extra copies of this issue; if you would like to have the St. Charles Avenue Gallery Insider to display at your upcoming exhibition or show, please call (504) 830-7219.

algiers point Rosetree Blown Glass Studio 446 Vallette St. 504.366.3602 bywater Dr. Bob’s Art 3027 Chartres St. 504.945.2225 Good Children Gallery 4037 St. Claude Ave. 504.975.1557

NOCCA 2800 Chartres St. 504.940.2787 Press Street’s Antenna Gallery 3718 St. Claude Ave. 504.298.3161 The Aquarium Studio & Gallery 934 Montegut St. 504.701.0511 The Front 4100 St. Claude Ave.

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Henry Hood Gallery 325 E. Lockwood St. 985.892.4148

Adorn 610 Royal St. 504.680.0133

Art Council of New Orleans 935 Gravier St., #850 504.523.1465

Three Rivers Gallery 333 E. Boston St. 985.892.2811

AFA NYC Gallery 809 Royal St. 504.558.9296

Tripolo Gallery 323 N. Columbia St. 985.789.4073

Angela King Gallery 241 Royal St. 504.524.8211

Parse Gallery 134 Carondelet St. 262.607.2773 covington Brunner Gallery 215 N. Columbia St. 985.893.0444

french quarter A Gallery for Fine Photography 241 Chartres St. 504.568.1313

Antieau Gallery 927 Royal St. 504.304.0849

Art in Bloom Gallery and Studio 830 Chartres St. 504.615.7011 Bee Galleries 319 Chartres St. 504.587.7117 Big Bunny Fine Art 309 Exchange Place 504.309.2444 Brad Thompson Fine Art 600 Decatur St. 504.522.4225 55

Kevin Gillentine Gallery 3917 Magazine St. 891-0509

The Kevin Gillentine Gallery, co-owned by Kevin Gillentine and Vincent Bergeal, is located in the heart of the Uptown New Orleans shopping district. Gillentine and Bergeal have been fixtures in the New Orleans art and design world for the past 20 years. Their art selection, design services and museumquality custom framing have made their gallery a favorite destination for art collectors and interior designers.

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Bryant Galleries 316 Royal St.  504.525.5584  Caliche & Pao Gallery  312 Royal St. 504.588.2846 Callan Fine Art 240 Chartres St. 504.524.0025 Casell Bergen Gallery 1305 Decatur St. 504.524.0671

Craig Tracy Gallery 827 Royal St. 504.592.9886

Elliott Gallery 540 Royal St. 504.523.3554

Gallery Burguieres 736 Royal St. 504.301.1119

Creason's Fine Art Gallery 532 Royal St. 504.304.4392

Frances Swigart 1014 Royal St. 504.874.1278

Galerie d'Art Francais 541 Royal St. 504.581.6925

Fredrick Guess Studio 910 Royal St. 504.581.4596

Gallery Nine Forty 940 Royal St. 504.558.0000

Douglas Michael Gallery 841 Royal St. 504.708.1510 Dutch Alley Artist's Co-Op 912 N. Peters St. 504.412.9220

Frenchy 610 Toulouse St. 504.581.3522

Gallery Orange 819 Royal St. 504.875.4006

Carol Robinson Gallery 840 Napoleon Ave. 895-6130

Pictured: Cathy Hegman, "Little Houses Castaways", acrylic on board, 40"x30" Since 1980, Carol Robinson Gallery has been a staple of the New Orleans art community. While it specializes in regional southern artists, the gallery showcases works from all over the country. Featured artists include painters Nell Tilton, Jere Allen, Bernard Mattox, Jean Geraci, Cathy Hegman, David Goodman and many others, working in a variety of media. Located on the corner of Napoleon Avenue and Magazine Street in the heart of Uptown, the gallery itself is an often admired architectural gem.

Gallery Rinard 611 Royal St. 504.522.6536

Harouni Gallery 933 Royal St. 504.299.4393

Galerie Rue Toulouse 509 Royal St. 504.581.5881

Hemmerling Gallery of Southern Art 733 Royal St. 504.524.0909

George Rodrigue Studios 730 Royal St. 504.581.4244 Graphite Galleries 936 Royal St. 504.565.3739 Great Artists’ Collective 815 Royal St. 504.525.8190 Hall-Barnett Gallery 237 Chartres St. 504.522.5657

The Historic New Orleans Collection 533 Royal St., 504.523.4662 JAX Art Gallery 600 Decatur St. 504.524.8838 Joe Dunn Arts 304 Royal St. 504.525.1225 Kako Gallery 536 Royal St. 504.565.5445 57

The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Louisiana History Galleries 533 Royal St. 523-4662

The Historic New Orleans Collection – a museum, research center and publisher in the heart of the French Quarter – is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf South. The museum’s permanent exhibition in its Louisiana History Gallery explores the evolution of the Pelican State from its pre-colonial days through the modern period. Visitors will discover more than 300 original artifacts, including visual art, Louisiana-made furniture, maps and documents.

Kezic Gallery 343 Royal St. 504.298.1096

M Contemporary 906 Royal St. 504.523.2022

M.S. Rau Antiques 630 Royal St. 888.223.5258

La Belle Galerie 309 Chartres St. 504.529.3080

Mann Gallery 305 Royal St.  504.523.2342

Msaniart Gallery 823 Royal St. 504.529.1640

Martin Lawrence Galleries 433 Royal St. 504.299.9055

Off the Beaten Way 1029 Royal St. 504.586.0180

La Madama Bazarre 910 Royal St. 504.236.5076 Le Jardin 612 Royal St. 504.680.0133 Lisa Victoria Gallery 616 Royal St. 504.315.0190 Lozano & Barbuti Gallery 313 Royal St. 504.581.2428 LozanoAndBarbuti

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Martin Welch Art 223 Dauphine St. 504.388.4240 MC Romaguera Studio 711 Royal St. 504.442.9788 Michalopoulos Gallery 617 Bienville St. 504.558.0505

One Sun Gallery 616 Royal St. 800.501.1151 O'Neill Studios 319 Royal St. & 721 Royal St. 504.586.1636 & 504.527.0703

Pennington Fine Art 829 Royal St. 504.789.5547

Tresor Gallery 811 Royal St. 504.309.3991

Rue Royale Galerie 813 Royal St. 504.522.5144

Vieux Carre Fine Art Gallery 507 St. Ann St. 504.522.2900

Sutton Galleries 519 Royal St. 504.581.1914 Swamp Dog & Friends 831 Royal St. 504.522.7074 Red Truck Gallery 938 Royal St. 504.231.6760 Rhino Contemporary Crafts Co. The Shops at Canal Place Second Level 504.523.7945 Steve Jarrett Gallery 618 Royal St. 504.588.1123 Tanner Gallery and Studio 830 Royal St. 504.524.8266

Matthew Clayton Brown 1724 St. Andrew St. 522-5058

Founded in 1991, Matthew Clayton Brown has been providing appraisal services for their client's insurance, estate and fair market value needs since its inception. Auctions, including estate and specialty sales, have further enhanced their ability to assist their clients. In addition, their experienced staff can advise you regarding your collection. Whether acquiring works of art or implementing a sales strategy for the dispersal of one, they are well positioned to offer invaluable advice regarding fine and decorative arts, antiques and personal property.

The Foundation Gallery 1109 Royal St. 504.568.0955 FoundationGallery The Green Eyed Gator Gallery 901 Chartres St. 504.535.4507 The Jamie Hayes Gallery 617 Chartres St. 504.596.2344 Tresor Contemporary 1000 Royal St. 504.561.8860

Windsor Fine Art 221 Royal St. 504.586.0202 garden district Anton Haardt Gallery 2858 Magazine St. 504.891.9080 Ashé Cultural Arts Center 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. 504.569.9070 Coup d’Oeil Art Gallery 2033 Magazine St. 504.722.0876         Crescent City Auction Gallery  1330 St. Charles Ave. 504.529.5057 Garden District Gallery 1332 Washington Ave. 504.891.3032 Hayley Gaberlavage 904 Jackson Ave. 404.840.3906 Matthew Clayton Brown 1724 St. Andrew St. 504.522.5058 New Orleans Photo Alliance 1111 St. Mary St. 504.610.4899 Studio Amanda Talley 1382 Magazine St. 504.595.3136 59

marigny Barrister’s Gallery 2331 St. Claude Ave. 504.710.4506 Byrdie’s 2422A St. Claude Ave. 504.656.6794 May 2839 N. Robertson St. 504.316.3474 Scott Edwards Photography Studio & Gallery 2109 Decatur St. 504.610.0581 Second Story Gallery 2372 St. Claude Ave., Suite 251 504.427.2719 NewOrleansHealing Staple Goods 1340 St. Roch Ave. 504.908.7331 UNO St. Claude Art Gallery 2429 St. Claude Ave. 504.948.6939 Venusian Gardens 2601 Chartres St. 504.943.7446 mid-city New Orleans Museum of Art 1 Collins C Diboll Circle 504.658.4100 uptown Carol Robinson Gallery 840 Napoleon Ave. 504.895.6130 Cole Pratt Gallery 3800 Magazine St. 504.891.6789 Davis Gallery 904 Louisiana Ave. 504.895.5206 Du Mois Gallery 4609 Freret St. 504.818.6032

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Antieau Gallery 927 Royal St. 304-0849 4532 Magazine St. 510-4148

Antieau Gallery showcases the work of nationally recognized, New Orleans fabric-appliqué artist Chris Roberts-Antieau. As a self-taught visionary artist, Antieau’s work tells stories of nature, perception, and above all, the human experience. See her impeccably stitched works at her gallery in the French Quarter at 927 Royal St. (open daily, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or Uptown at 4532 Magazine St. (open Mon-Sat, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Esom Gallery 3935 Magazine St. 225.202.6406 Frenchy 8319 Oak St. 504.861.7595 Galerie Royale 3648 Magazine St. 504.894.1588 Guthrie Contemporary Gallery 3815 Magazine St. 504.897.2688 Guy Lyman Fine Art 3645 Magazine St. 504.889.4687 Kevin Gillentine Gallery 3917 Magazine St. 504.891.0509 Longshore Studio Gallery 4848 Magazine St. 504.458.5500 Melissa Bonin 3714 Magazine St. 337.380.6927 Neal Auction Company 4038 Magazine St. 504.899.5329 Newcomb Art Gallery Tulane University Woldenberg Art Center 504.865.5328 NewcombArtGallery.tulane. edu

Guy Lyman Fine Art 3645 Magazine St. 899-4687

After six happy years in business, Guy Lyman Fine Art has accumulated so much great art that they're holding their first-ever sale (up to half-off) to clear space so they can buy even more. They specialize in New Orleans art and artists, but also have a large collection of European and worldwide art. Stop by anytime Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to browse and enjoy discounts of up to half-off on great paintings from the 19th century to today!

New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts 5256 Magazine St. 504.899.8111 Sibley Gallery 3427 Magazine St. 504.899.8182 Studio Solitario 4531 Magazine St. 504.905.4175 61

Tami Curtis Gallery 5523 Magazine St. 985.789.2214

Kezic Gallery 646 Tchoupitoulos St. 504.298.0186

Ten Gallery 4432 Magazine St. 504.214.3589

LeMIEUX Galleries 332 Julia St. 504.522.5988

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Louisiana Children’s Museum 420 Julia St. 504.523.1357

Alexis Walter Art 835 Julia St. 504.568.0316 Ariodante Contemporary Craft Gallery 535 Julia St. 504.524.3233 Arthur Roger Gallery 432 Julia St. 504.522.1999 Boyd Satellite Gallery 440 Julia St. 504.581.2440 Callan Contemporary 518 Julia St. 504.525.0518 Contemporary Arts Center 900 Camp St. 504.528.3805 George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts 747 Magazine St. 504.324.9614 GeorgeRodrigue George Schmidt Gallery 626 Julia St. 504.592.0206 Jean Bragg Gallery 600 Julia St. 504.895.7375 Jed Malitz V2 Gallery & Studio 615 Julia St. 985.773.0458 Jonathan Ferrara Gallery 400a Julia St. 504.522.5471

Mallory Page 614 Julia St. 337.280.4684 Martine Chaisson Gallery 727 Camp St. 504.302.7942 New Orleans Auction Galleries 333 St. Joseph St. 504.566.1849 New Orleans Glassworks & Printmaking Studio 727 Magazine St. 504.529.7279 Octavia Gallery 454 Julia St. 504.309.4249 Ogden Museum of Southern Art 925 Camp St. 504.539.9650 Soren Christensen Gallery 400 Julia St. 504.569.9501 Stella Jones Gallery 201 St. Charles Ave., #132 504.568.9050 Steve Martin Fine Art 624 Julia St. 504.566.1390 The National World War II Museum 945 Magazine St. 504.528.1944

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Neal Auction Company 4038 Magazine St. 899-5329

Pictured: Ida Kohlmeyer (1912-1997), “Striae #2,” 1972, o/c, 59"x47" | Sold April 2014 for $101,575. Since its inception in 1983, Neal Auction Company has set record prices for American, English and Continental paintings, furniture and decorative arts and is considered the country’s foremost auctioneer of Southern regional material. Each auction offers a variety of objects, including unreserved estate collections, museum deaccessions and private collections. For a complimentary evaluation of a single object or an entire collection, email images to consignments@ or call to schedule an appointment. 63

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Feeling Good in Summer Eight local experts weigh in on your new favorite treatments By Kelcy Wilburn Photographs by Cheryl Gerber

T There are two great excuses to utilize the summer season for a little pampering: While the harsh, blazing sun wreaks havoc on skin, the season also brings vacation time to many and a little downtime can go a long way toward looking and feeling good. Whether you want to relax with a day at the spa or take advantage of a day off to recover from a rejuvenating medical treatment, options for renewing the mind and body abound across the metro region. From full-service spas to local estheticians, physicians and medical aestheticians, professionals in skin care and pampering are here to help you look and feel your best.

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Regional Spas & Licensed Estheticians Over the past six years, Le Visage Day Spa has been an Uptown go-to for pampering that leaves you feeling and looking good. During summer months, their most popular services center on showing off the body: manicures, pedicures, waxes, body exfoliations and spray tans. Facials, massage and makeup applications round out their services. For relaxation, Owner Marlen Almendares recommends the obvious: a therapeutic massage designed to release tension from stress. “Several studies have shown that massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which among many other benefits helps slow your heart rate and brings your blood pressure down,” says Almendares, adding that any time you slow the blood flow, it enables your body to start repairing itself. At Le Visage Day Spa, all spa treatments are all part of the healing process. “It is a form of treatment for your mind, body and soul. Professionals that live in this crazy world with high stress should indulge themselves with a day of beauty,” she says. A full-service spa, the Waldorf Astoria Spa at The Roosevelt New Orleans offers a comprehensive menu of services, from quick treatments to full-day spa packages. One of their most popular summer treatments is Sun Undone body therapy, which nourishes the skin with a hydrating full-body cooling wrap and serves to help the skin heal after a week at the beach or days in the sun. Known as the New Orleans home to product lines such as Carita skincare and Kevin Aucoin makeup, the spa is excited to carry a new product that will appeal to spa-goers hoping to avoid mosquitos in their every day. Aromaflage is an insect repellent that also functions as perfume and contains botanical essential oils and no harsh chemicals. The Waldorf Astoria Spa now offers the Spa Club, a monthly wellness program that affords local guests six- or 12-month

memberships that include one treatment (50-minute Custom Massage or Custom Facial), access to spa amenities, access to the fitness center and rooftop pool, retail discounts and more. On the Northshore, Covington is home to Stone Creek Club & Spa, which opened in 2009 to provide a comprehensive fitness, social and relaxation experience. “Part of the vision of Stone Creek was to become an integral part of the community, and to be an everyday getaway for members and guests. The club now has more than 5,000 members and the Spa, which welcomes non-members, too, is continuing to grow year after year,” says Katie Santangelo, Spa Director. The Spa at Stone Creek offers a wet treatment room complete with Vichy Shower. The Vichy Shower sends cascades of water that massage the whole body at once. For those with an hour to escape, Santangelo recommends the Glowing Body Buff, which features SpaRitual’s Yuzu Rose products and gently exfoliates skin with organic sugar crystals before a swaddle and head-to-toe lotion application moisturizes the body. A relaxing scalp massage and a complimentary glass of rosé top off the treatment. Located in Metairie, About Face of New Orleans is a cosmetic and skincare studio offering makeup applications and lessons, lash extensions, facial treatments, face and body waxing and lash and brow tinting. Facial treatments include dermaplaning and chemical peels as well as customized facial treatments. According to Licensed Esthetician Jaime Schultz, the About Your Face treatment is most popular in summer. A customized treatment, it entails deep pore cleansing, restoration of balance and moisture and a clear complexion. Chemical peels may be added. “For a subtle pick-me-up, I would definitely recommend dermaplaning,” says Schultz. “It will remove all peach fuzz and dead skin leaving 67

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behind smooth, glowing skin. Also, you’ll get more results from all of your products at home post-dermaplaning,” she says. For more dramatic results, Schultz recommends a series of chemical peels every four to six weeks for healthy skin maintenance. Summer promotions for About Face of New Orleans can be found on its Facebook page (AboutFaceNOLA).

Physicians & Medical Aestheticians According to Chantel Bales, Medical Aesthetician at Aesthetic Surgical Associates, lifting, tightening and toning skin is a great way to pamper the body, especially the aging face. Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to promote collagen production without affecting the outer layers of the skin. For someone seeking a comprehensive renewal process, Bales recommends a combination of CO2 fractional laser or microneedling for skin resurfacing, Ultherapy® for tightening and fillers for volume. “We think of treating the aging face as a triad,” says Bales. For suspension, she recommends Ultherapy. For volume, fillers and fat grafting can be helpful. For resurfacing, options include micro-needling, CO2 laser, dermabrasion, microdermabrasion and chemical peels. “Skin care is the most important step in the anti-aging process,” says Bales. “We offer a full array of products for dry skin, sun damaged skin, oily skin and the list goes on.” Body contouring and skin care is also the focus of Dr. Kyle Coleman at Etre Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Center, where he specializes in minimally and non-invasive cosmetic dermatologic procedures. “For patients desiring a more dramatic transformation, body contouring procedures such as minimally invasive liposuction paired with fat transfer procedures can create lasting results,” says Coleman. With summer vacations in full swing, Coleman says that CoolSculpting treatments are in high demand. CoolSculpting can reduce unwanted pockets of fat without the extended downtime of surgery. “We are lucky to have a lot of tools at our disposal at Etre to provide results from subtle changes to dramatic results. For subtle 68 st. charles Avenue july 2016

improvements, laser procedures such as IPL photofacials and facial injectables can make an immediate impact,” says Coleman. Etre is proud to be one of the first providers in the US to offer Silhouette Instalift, a non-invasive procedure to lift and contour the jawline and create a more youthful appearance without the need for removing skin. Subtle treatments repeated over time is a strong method of rejuvenation recommended by Dr. Sarah Jackson of Audubon Dermatology.

“I like to compare them to exercise – one day of exercise will make you feel better, but a lifelong regimen will give you the cumulative results,” she says. Examples of such treatments include chemical peels and Audubon Dermatology’s Clear + Brilliant treatment. According to Dr. Jackson, the process all depends on your concerns. An initial cosmetic consultation will enable both the physician and the patient to work together on a thorough plan for the year.

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From injectables to laser treatments and body sculpting, there are a variety of options for people seeking comprehensive treatments and dramatic full-body results. This month, Audubon Dermatology is offering a Christmas in July promotion, which includes discounts on favorite treatments and products. “There are so many studies on the havoc stress can have on one’s health. Taking the time to relax, rejuvenate and feel good about yourself is important,” says Jackson. “Not to mention, most people feel better

About Face of New Orleans 701 Metairie Road Metairie 304-1556 Aesthetic Surgical Associates 3223 Eighth St., Suite 200 Metairie 309-7061

when they look better,” adds Dr. Kamran Khoobehi of Khoobehi & Associates. Along with Dr. Jules Walters III, Dr. Khoobehi offers advanced surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures from offices in Metairie, Uptown and Beverly Hills, CA. With minimal side effects and downtime, the SkinPen procedure is popular at the practice in summer. Using micro-needling technology, SkinPen is a skin rejuvenation procedure available for all skin types and addresses wrinkles, acne scars and stretch marks. According to Dr. Khoobehi, SkinPen is safe for summer because it doesn’t

Audubon Dermatology 3525 Prytania St., Suite 501 895-3376 Etre Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Center 1224 St. Charles Ave. 227-3873

damage or remove the outer layer of skin, which protects from harmful UV rays. Khoobehi & Associates is excited to offer a new service, ThermiVa, which restores feminine wellness without surgery or downtime. “Our clients, especially mothers, tell us that ThermiVa has given them a new lease on life when it comes to sexual function, urinary incontinence and vaginal laxity,” says Dr. Khoobehi. The practice prides itself on offering the latest technologies and rejuvenation options for every budget.

Khoobehi & Associates 4500 Magazine St., Suite 1 517-7504 Le Visage Day Spa 8110 Hampson St. 265-8018

Stone Creek Club & Spa 1201 Ochsner Blvd. Covington (985) 801-7100 Waldorf Astoria Spa 130 Roosevelt Way 335-3190 69

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Breakfast at Brennen’s & Flowers by Bev Previewing this auction item at Longue Vue’s “Sentimental Journeys” By Bev Church

We all love Longue Vue, so when my

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Karen came by, and she got to pick whatever centerpiece she wanted from my collection and told me what flowers she loved. She chose my Celebration Mantle Piece holder and 12 single Celebration vases. These photos show the party that I came up with to honor her husband, Jim Ward! Brennan’s renovation created by famed designer Keith Langham is absolutely beautiful! Ralph Brennan and Terry White have brought back an iconic institution, and every detail from the décor to the service to the fabulous cuisine is impeccable.

Karen decided on the Morphy Room for cocktails and brunch on the veranda overlooking the famous Brennan’s courtyard. Her menu was composed of: Citrus Crêpes or Turtle Soup; Eggs Benedict or Braised Pork Grilles; and Crème Brulée or Bananas Foster. Thanks so much to Brennan’s for creating a brunch that Karen’s guests will remember forever! n

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sister-in-law Carol McMichael Reese, President of Longue Vue’s Board, asked if I would do an auction item for “Sentimental Journeys,” of course I said “Yes!” They teamed me up with Brennan’s, who offered a brunch for 12, and I offered a centerpiece, placecards and favors for 12, as well as a chairback bouquet for the honoree! I was so excited when I found out that Karen Ward (who’s a childhood friend – we used to play together at Kraak's florist on Eleanor Street) bought the item.

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Christal White Development Director, The Green Project: Paint Recycling & Salvage Building Materials By Lindsay Mack

In an effort to reduce the amount of waste paint dumped down storm drains, Linda Stone founded The Mid-City Green Project in 1994. The volunteer paint recycling group grew quickly. Now located in the historic St. Roch/ Bywater neighborhood, The Green Project includes a building materials salvage storefront and environmental education program. As the only paint recycling facility in the Gulf South Region, it serves an important need in the area. “We have been instrumental in rebuilding and renovating our city for over 22 years,” says development director Christal White. Paint Recycling

By accepting donations, The Green Project diverts thousands of gallons of paint from Louisiana’s marshlands annually. While the environmental impact alone is significant, the organization offers the added benefit of providing the New Orleans community with recycled paint at a low cost. By making responsible home maintenance affordable and available, The Green Project encourages community members to reduce waste, reuse quality paint, and save money on home painting projects.

In addition to its paint recycling program, the Green Project also runs a warehouse store filled with building materials. Often for sale at a third of the price of new materials, these architectural

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treasures include vintage finds and donated overstock. Offering flooring, roofing and everything in between, the salvage store helps keep tons of usable material from being wasted in landfills. Homeowners and enterprising artists alike use the salvage store for unique and affordable findings. “We have successes every single day when we are able to take something that would have been considered trash and discarded and hand it off to someone with vision who breathes new life into it,” says White. “Our community is our biggest success.” n

Get Involved In addition to providing materials for donation, members of the community can help support The Green Project in many ways. As a nonprofit organization, The Green Project relies on volunteers, and new help is always welcome. Volunteers prep materials for

resale, chat with people at outreach events and aid in fundraising efforts. In addition, The Green Project is in need of financial donations to expand their paint recycling efforts and to upgrade their current processes.

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Development Director Christal White and Executive Director Sean Vissar for The Green Project

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Madison Vise Ursuline Academy By Mallory Lindsly

“I learned that when you

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serve you get so much more out of serving others, from experience to memories, to knowledge, to learning about yourself,” says Madison Vise, a year-round athlete and rising senior at Ursuline Academy. Vise is proud of being a member of the Beyond Our Borders:Violence Against Women Project. This group began working in the summer of 2015 and decided to raise awareness and serve female victims of domestic abuse. The members volunteered throughout the year, making door decorations for the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children, volunteering and sewing blankets for children at shelters. Vise also went on a volunteer service immersion trip to Belize. She had to earn the opportunity to go on this immersion trip. “I had to apply to be accepted, interviewed, meet throughout the year, go on retreats and fundraise,” she says. “But the best part was being there because it wasn’t just a

service project and not just an immersion trip, but both combined.” Being immersed with the culture,Vise was able to see that the same people that struggle financially are the very same ones with the strongest sense of community. Jessica Baker,Vise’s biology teacher, is one of her inspirations to become a student activist. Baker accepted Vise into the Beyond Our Borders program and encouraged her to take her experiences from there and put them into action. “Jessica Baker has greatly inspired me and challenged me to go outside of my comfort zone so others can experience a more comfortable life, says Vise. Vise is also involved with cross-country, soccer and track and field. She is also a part of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Student Council, Peer Ministry and the 2016-’17 retreat team. Outside of school, Vise volunteers with the NO/ AIDS Task Force throughout the year and is a lifeguard for the YMCA during the summer. Vise is planning on applying to the Naval Academy, West Point and the U.S. Air Force Academy after she graduates high school. She loves the outdoors, including hiking, biking and kayaking. If she isn’t serving her country, Vise wishes to become a teacher or have a profession in environmental or wildlife conservation. No matter what she’s doing, she hopes to raise awareness about domestic violence and environmental issues. n

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Amanda Dailey Co-Owner, Queork By Mirella Cameran

What is Queork? It is a private company with five locations. We carry several products made from cork: handbags, accessories, and an exclusive shoe line. What first interested you cork? When my partner, Amy, was in Portugal she discovered how widely cork was being used. She wanted a cork collar for her dogs, and our story started when she was told the minimum order was 500. How is business? We have enjoyed great growth in three years, and we continue to look for new ways to use cork, like in our new line of home products Who are your customers? People who appreciate the design and sustainability of our products.

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What’s new? We have recently begun carrying some locally sourced items and as well as a line of Portuguese jams, honey and chocolates. Is there anything else you want to mention? We are very proud to be a New Orleansbased company, and we want to become the main provider of quality cork products in the U.S. Queork Five locations; visit Queork. com for details

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Why cork? Our cork products are water, stain and scratch resistant, and also light. It’s natural wood, so it’s beautiful. The cork tree is the only tree in the world that regrows its bark after it’s harvested, so it’s great for the environment.

What are your best sellers? The flapper bag is very popular with our tourists – it can be a small or large cross-body or a clutch. The other bag that does very well is our Lil’ Easy every day handbag, as you can make it large or small.

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James Michalopoulos Artist; Gallery Owner; Founder and Owner, Old New Orleans Rum

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By Mirella Cameran

Your career has many highlights; tell us about your favorite? It was a sellout show at my gallery on Chartres Street that I opened 15 years ago – I sold 35 paintings in one night.

You are from the Northeast, but now you’re arguably one of the most iconic artists in New Orleans; tell us how that happened? I embraced the culture, and I think because of that the paintings are harmonic with the basis of that culture. The paintings move and groove. There is mystery, space and depth. There is a musical aspect; a rhythmic quality to the images. Effectively the paintings are freely executed in the spirit of celebration. This spirit is the base of our culture, and you can feel it in the work.

You were also Art Director for “Live at the House of Blues and NBC in Concert,” where people say you painted some of the most influential stage sets in the country; what was that like? It was fantastic going across the country from Los Angeles to New York, creating 35 sets over a period of five years.

What was it like drawing and working in the French Quarter? It was a great school. I was in Pirate’s Alley with the other artists that could not get a license.

What are you excited about? A series of fish images for a show in Hawaii and our platinum award for our 20th anniversary at Old New Orleans Rum.

You have painted many famous people; which one is your favorite? How can you pick between Dr. John, Louis Armstrong and Fats Domino?

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1. Party Chair Anthony Lala and Co-Chair Melissa Gordon and her husband Bruce Gordon attend the Patron Party for “Mad Hatters” at the Opera Guild Home on Prytania. 2. “Mad Hatters” Co-Chair Kathleen Roberts, Auction Committee Member Bette Marks and “Mad Hatters” Co-Chair Virginia Eckholdt celebrate at the “Mad Hatters Patron Party.” The event included an afternoon of champagne and entertainment by singer Yadonna of the Royal Orleans to benefit the Opera Guild. 3. Chefs John Folse and Leah Chase share a laugh during their cooking demonstration at the 39th annual “Chefs’ Charity for Children” benefit. More than a dozen chefs participated in the event to raise money for the St. Michael Special School, which educates adults and children with special needs in the greater New Orleans area. Other demonstrations were given by chefs John Besh, Emeril Lagasse and more. Photo by Andrew J. Cahoon 4. Chefs Frank Wong and Emeril Lagasse welcome Martin Yan, the celebrity guest chef for the “Chefs’ Charity for Children” benefit. Attendees were treated to lunch cooked up by some of New Orleans’ most celebrated chefs, who also provided cooking demonstrations, lessons and entertainment. Photo by Andrew J. Cahoon 5. Ryan Adkerson, Nelsy Osorio and Justin Ammon attend the third annual “Drafts for Crafts” event at The National World War II Museum. The event was presented by IBERIABANK, and proceeds will help fund the restoration historic Higgins Boat, PT-305, and its return to the waterways. Photo courtesy of The National WWII Museum 6. Stephen Watson, Mandi Ridgedell and John Mueller at The National World War II Museum’s “Drafts for Crafts.” The fundraiser was held in the museum’s US Freedom Pavilion and included an open bar, food from 18 local restaurants, a silent auction and entertainment by The Essentials and DJ Matty of MOD Dance Party. Photo courtesy of The National WWII Museum 7. Amy Odinent, Fr. Frank Reale SJ, Yvonne Saux and Chairwoman Mary Thompson attend the “Harry at the Hop Gala”, a fundraiser event for the 78 st. charles Avenue july 2016

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Harry Tompson Center, a nonprofit organization to help those experiencing homelessness in downtown New Orleans. 8. John Koeferl, Executive Director Vicki Judice, Volunteer Honoree Joe Cluelee, Honorary Chairman John Blancher, Co-Chairwoman Sally Bourgeois and Robert Bourgeois pose together at the “Harry at the Hop” gala as Cluelee receives the Legatus Christi award for his outstanding volunteerism at the Harry Tompson Center. The day shelter assists 5,000 people every year and includes services such as showers, laundry, housing placement, case management, medical care and more. 9. Aimee Gautreau and John Trusheim present a check to Volunteers of America Board Member and “GolfStar Classic” Co-Chair Christy Howley Connois, President and CEO of Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans James LeBlan, and Volunteers of America Board Member and GolfStar Classic committee Co-Chair Paul Graff at the 24th annual “GolfStar Classic.” 10. Scott Scheffy, Dave Frady, Ryan MacMaster and Robert MacMaster, make up the winning team as they pose with Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans President and CEO James LeBlanc. More than 130 golfers participated in the tournament, the sole fundraiser for the Volunteers of America’s Adoption Program. Many families with children adopted through the program also participate in the day’s events 11. Becky Roniger, Megan Penzato, Caroline Hingle, Jeni Salassi and Alexis Neilson attend the second annual “Blue Jean Ball,” presented by the Mystic Krewe of Olympia and the MKO Foundation. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Boys and Girls Club – Covington Unit, Youth Service Bureau, the Covington Fraternal Order of Police and Covington Firefighters Association. 12. Rick Murphy and Rick Kessenich resting at the “Blue Jean Ball,” where entertainment was provided by a battle of the bands between Lost in the ‘60s and Boogie Falaya. The event also included a dance contest and food and drinks provided by the Bird, Beast or Fish Cooking Competition, presented by Mystic Krewe of Olympia members. 79

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1. St. Mary’s Dominican High School Students Shannon Daly, Rachel Hensley, Alison Dupre, Victoria Liu, Christian Janeau, Vivian Liu, Carrington Williams, Breanne Mitchell, Hannah Cao, Natalie Rodriguez-Ema, Cassidy King, Raquel Garcia, and Clara Garcia ready to assist auction bidders at the April 29 “STREAM™ Soirée.” 2. Chi McKendall-Lewis (left) observes the SynDaver™ Surgical Model demonstration by St. Mary’s Dominican High School anatomy and physiology teacher Anjel Guitroz and senior Kristen Williams. Dominican is the only high school in the nation that has the SynDaver™ Surgical Model, an elaborate and sophisticated full-body surgical simulator used in the senior and junior Human Anatomy classes. 3. Joan Hartson, Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond and Mary Ann Valentino attend St. Michael’s Special School’s annual “Blue Rose Ball” held October, 23, 2015 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. 4. Jill Hitchins, Maggie Rousselle and Georgine Bienert were among the almost 700 guests that attended the “Blue Rose Ball,” a dinner and dance fundraiser held to supplement the general budget. For the first time, the Ball offered limited auction items that showcased the talent and highlighted the beauty of its students. 5. Wonder Woman, PTO President Kris Scairono as The Riddler, Board Vice President Barbara Richard, Assistant Principal Sharon Persick, Dr. Tim Ryan, Principal and CEO Michelle Douglas and Gala Co-Chair Julie Grantz attended Hynes Charter School’s annual gala, this year themed “Superheroes Among Us” on November 14, 2015 in the school’s gymnasium. 6. (Front row) Christina Robinson, Patricia Robinson and (back row) Brian Williams, Charmaine Williams, Mark Boucree, Candice Boucree, Leigha Lidsay and Jay Dumas attended Hynes’ Charter School’s annual gala, which featured a live band, silent and live auctions, dancing and food and drink from local restaurants. The funds raised at the gala will support the third phase of the school’s renovation, including sports and exercise enhancements, as well as school-wide extra-curricular programs. 80 st. charles Avenue july 2016

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July By Lauren LaBorde

July 7-10 Thoroughly Modern Millie

The Tony Award-winning musical follows a small town girl who moves to New York and enjoys the flapper lifestyle. Tulane Summer Lyric, Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 865-5269, SummerLyric.

July 14-31 Exterior. Pool-Night

The immersive theater experience takes participants around the hotel and the surrounding CBD neighborhood in Andrew Larimer’s show about a movie production featuring a temperamental star. Performances are followed by pool parties at the hotel. Aloft Hotel, 225 Baronne St., 302-9117,

July 28-31 Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Closing the Summer Lyric season, the musical based on Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn features a bluegrass and country-tinged soundtrack. Tulane Summer Lyric, Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 865-5269, SummerLyric. 81



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Properties ELEANOR FARNSWORTH Top Residential Producer CRS, GRI, BRC, HRS

Office: (504) 891-1142 Cell: (504) 669-0211 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 1512 Lakeshore Blvd, Slidell..................................$4,500,000 295 Walnut Street .....................SOLD...................$3,990,000 8 La Salle Place .........................SOLD...................$3,650,000 4831 St. Charles Avenue..........SOLD...................$3,000,000 525 Madison Street ..................SOLD...................$2,800,000 1527 Sixth Street......................................................$2,500,000 8 Rosa Park................................SOLD....................$2,490,000 120 W Scenic Dr, Pass Christian, MS...................$2,489,000 1776 State Street .......................SOLD...................$2,300,000 3 Poydras Street #9E/F ..............SOLD...................$2,300,000 6257 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge......SOLD .......$2,200,000 906 S. New Hampshire Avenue.........SOLD .......$2,199,000 2503 St Charles Avenue .........................................$2,195,000 15370 LA HWY 10, St Francisville .....................$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 2600 Gay Lynn Drive .............................................$1,730,000 1328 Felicity Street ...................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1538 Fourth Street ...................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1415 Cadiz Street ....................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1800 Jefferson ...........................SOLD...................$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 1203 Marengo Street...............................................$1,499,000 6015 Prytania Street ................SOLD....................$1,497,500 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 1641 State Street.......................SOLD...................$1,425,000 5726 St. Charles Avenue...........SOLD...................$1,400,000 1205 Philip Street ......................SOLD...................$1,399,000 3717 Rue Chardonnay, Metairie .............................$1,395,000 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 1137 State Street ......................SOLD...................$1,295,000 6502 Woodsward Bluff, Long Beach, MS ..........$1,275,000 434 Lakeshore Parkway ...........SOLD...................$1,275,000 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 71607 Riverside Dr., Covington............................$1,190,000 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 1510 Arabella Street ...................................................$950,000 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......................$950,000 239 Aurora Avenue ....................................................$425,000 2836 Constance Street, Unit F .................................$349,000 1205 St. Charles Avenue #416..................................$165,000 85

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Drug Store Décor The Walgreen store first opened on Canal Street in 1938 By Seale Paterson

Drug Co. of Chicago opened its first store in New Orleans at 900 Canal St. After securing a 50-year lease, they first had to tear down the Beer Building, which was built in the 1800s and had been used for decades as rentable office and retail space, including a haberdashery, an entomological store and a “bear fur” store. The new Walgreen store was designed by A. Epstein of Chicago; local company Weiss, Dreyfous and Seiferth were associate architects. The new building was the first new construction on Canal Street since the Saenger Theater in 1927. The three-story structure was a distinctive Art Deco Streamline Modern design with a curved corner in front. The first floor was dedicated to retail sales and a 100-foot88 st. charles Avenue july 2016

long soda fountain bar with built-in seating, while the second floor mezzanine housed an oval-shaped restaurant which overlooked the first floor and the street. The third floor contained storage space and a master kitchen. Fixtures throughout the store were comprised of bleached oak, coral leather and stainless metal. The original 50-year-lease was extended to 60 years and came up for renewal in 1997. At that time, the company requested to tear down two adjacent buildings and add on to their store, claiming the business was too small to continue without the additional space. These buildings, fronting Canal Street, housed small theaters for much of their history, but both had undergone multiple non-historic alterations over the years. While there was some resistance to this plan, many

were enthusiastic at the attempt to help boost an economically struggling downtown area. The petition was granted, and Walgreen’s was able to more than double its store size. The Art Deco design of the expansion, renovation of the original store, and restoration of the neon signage cost $5 million and earned them a 2002 HDLC award for beautifying the CBD. n

In 2010, Walgreen’s petitioned the Historic District Landmarks Commission to replace its iconic storefront neon signage with LED lights. Public opinion came out very strongly against this, as did the HDLC, which quickly denied the request. The sign as it appeared c. 1950, pictured above, has changed wording over time. Today it reads: Walgreen Drugs, Photo, Cosmetics, Prescriptions.

The Charles L. Franck Studio Collection at The Historic N ew Orlean s Co llec tion, acc. n o. 1979.325.1780

On September 2, 1938, the Walgreen

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