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Over the past few decades, Magazine Street has grown in fame for fashion, home furnishings and much more. From old standbys to new favorites – antiques, high-end clothing, cosmetic procedures, etc. – find what you’re looking for starting on pg. 46.

Current Influences Fashion and flare along Magazine Street By Kelcy Wilburn photos by Cheryl Gerber


Spring Greening Six eco-friendly home ideas by Grace Wilson

On the Cover “WYES – 60 Years and Still Groovin’” will be held on Thursday, March 23, at the home of Dana and Steve Hansel. At this gala, WYES will celebrate 60 years as our region’s educator and storyteller, and pictured Co-Chairs Mary and Bill Hines, C.C. and Bill Langenstein and Hunter Hill (not pictured: Kaylea Hill) and their committee invite you to join in the fun. The festive 1960s-themed evening will begin with a Patron Party at 6:30 p.m., followed by

the Gala at 8 p.m. This evening promises to be an exciting event that brings together multiple generations of partygoers to celebrate WYES’ longstanding commitment to our region. For nearly 60 years, WYES has worked to inform, teach, illuminate, entertain and inspire our community. It is the oldest public television station serving southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the 12th oldest in the nation and the most utilized nonprofit

organization in our two states, with as many as a half-million people partaking in their broadcasts, outreach activities and website each week. For more information on WYES and the gala, and to purchase tickets, call 486-5511, and visit

Photographed by Jeffery Johnston Special thanks to WYES-TV Promotion Manager Aislinn Hinyup

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In Every Issue



10 & 12


Editors’ Notes

Entertaining WIth Bev

14 Making a difference

Food for Thought: Fresh Food Factor’s appetizing school meals


Philanthropic Fun

Tinker Crate: Learning by making 18 Southern Glow

A Show of Hands: How to protect the skin that shows aging the most 20 What’s Hot

Home Décor 22 On the Menu

Spring Shrimp: Chef Nick Martin of Primitivo shares his Pickled Shrimp with Roasted and Raw Beets and Dill Crème Fraiche 24 The Dish

Restaurant Returns: Revisiting and discovering new favorites

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70 With This Ring

Hayne – Swayze

16 Kids Play

An Evening of Sheer Delight: Jane Casbarian’s 70th birthday party at Arnaud’s

Fabulous at Fifty NOMA recognized those who have led the museum’s growth for the last five decades. 26

Party for the Pets “Howling Success” supported animal care operations at the LASPCA 36


For the Team “Moonlight and Miracles” celebrated the teamwork that goes into care at Ochsner. 28

Champagne for the Cure The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation raised funds to turn “CF” into “Cure Found.” 38


Honoring Veterans More than 500 guests celebrated the eve of Veterans’ Day at The National WWII Museum. 30

A Legacy of Literacy STAIR raised funds to provide free volunteer reading tutors. 40


Artful Dining “Carnival du Vin” paired fine wines with delectable dining to benefit children’s charities. 32 Generations of Giving More than 350 patrons attended the annual gala in support of the Touro Infirmary Foundation. 34

Star-Studded Stepping Seventh annual “Dancing for the Arts” gala was the most successful to date. 42

Young Bloods

Aaron and Misti Medders: Co-Owners, Bayou Throws Student Activist

Jane Christina Thomas: Louise S. McGehee School Shop Talk

Beth Harris: Owner, Relish 75 Shop Talk

Rachel E. Adams: Owner, The Elizabeth Chronicles 78 Debutante Snapshots

A Historic Book Comes Home THNOC celebrated its supporters with the story of Audubon and the acquisition of a rare book. 44

82 Snapshots

84 OnStage calendar

88 Nostalgia

Giving Thanks: The St. Joseph’s Day Altar tradition

MARCH 2017 Vol. 21 Issue 10 Editorial Executive Editor Bev Church Editor Morgan Packard Art Director Ali Sullivan contributing editor Mirella Cameran Beauty Columnist Lorin Gaudin Society Columnist Catherine Freeman Food & Dining Columnist Jyl Benson Associate Editor Melanie Warner Spencer web Editor Kelly Massicot Event Photo Coordinator Jeff Strout

Advertising vice president of sales Colleen Monaghan

(504) 830-7215, sales manager Brittany Brady

(504) 830-7248, Account Executive Samantha Blanchard (504) 830-7226, Account Executive Breja Boles (504) 830-7257,


Cheryl Lemoine event coordinator Whitney Weathers digital media associate Mallary Matherne For event information call (504) 830-7264

Production Production/Web Manager Staci McCarty production designers Demi Schaffer &

Monique Di Pietro traffic COORDINATOR Terra Durio

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

Errol Laborde vice president of sales Colleen Monaghan ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Denise Dean Distribution Manager John Holzer Subscription manager Sara Kelemencky Subscriptions assistant Mallary Matherne For subscriptions call (504) 830-7231

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All of us watch WYES, and we’re thrilled to feature them on our cover this March, as they celebrate 60 years as our region’s educator and storyteller! Thanks to Co-Chairs Mary and Bill Hines, C.C. and Bill Langenstein and Hunter Hill and (not pictured) Kaylea Hill for gracing our cover for “WYES – 60 Years and Still Groovin’ Gala!” The date is Thursday, March 23, at the home of Dana and Steve Hansel. The Patron Party begins at 6:30 p.m., and the Gala begins at 8 p.m. The event features fabulous food, cocktails and dancing, and they want you to dress ’60s style! Call 486-5511 for tickets and support our oldest public television station that has worked to inform, teach, illuminate, entertain and inspire our community serving Southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast! We all love shopping on Magazine Street, and people come from all over the country to see what these amazing shops have to offer – antiques, high-end clothing, cosmetic procedures and more. From old standbys to new favorites, read on to learn more. Spring is here, and thoughts turn to sprucing up our homes. Please see our annual feature on home renewal, this year highlighting local ways to “green” your home without breaking the bank. Now that Mardi Gras is over we want to give you a peek at three of the most unique debutante parties that took place this season! Thanks to: Marcia Madeline Conwill, Anna Huger, Caroline Favrot, Elizabeth Fenner French, Caroline Lane and Elizabeth Flower Redd. Thank you all so much for sharing your special nights with us. I want to let you know that Khoobehi & Associates is hosting a “Plump and Peel” meet-and-greet for their new cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Sophia Mai, on Thursday, March 23, 6-8 p.m. at their office at 3901 Veterans Blvd. To RSVP call 779-5538. The 8616 Oak Condominiums is a brand-new, move-in ready complex located on historic Oak Street. The four-story mixed-use property includes a commercial on-site gym and 12 residential units. The new development offers modern conveniences all within walking distance to the shops, restaurants and nightlife of the Oak Street Commercial Corridor. Learn more by calling 432-7788 or visiting Welcome to spring and beautiful weather; be safe!

Beverly Reese Church

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Co-Chair Stephanie Feoli, Pam Bryan and Co-Chair Carmen Duncan are pictured for “Response 2017 – Artists in the Park!” This new event, March 29-31, will feature Pam Bryan of Octavia Gallery as curator along with Lisa Rotondo-McCord of NOMA (not pictured) at this art exhibit and sale of original work created by fine artists in “RESPONSE” to the landscape of the Botanical Garden and the surroundings of City Park. The funds will go to creating an Outdoor

Teaching Kitchen in the garden. Please join these ladies at the “Celebration Reception” on March 31, from 6:30-9 p.m., for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, and to view art, meet the artists and buy the art. For tickets, visit ResponseArtistsInThePark. com or call 483-9386. Exhibition and sale opens March 29, with free admission until 4 p.m. on March 31. Proceeds will go to creating an Outdoor Teaching Kitchen in the Botanical Garden. 11

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March Events 9



“Building Bastion,”

“New Orleans Ballet Theatre Throws an After Party,” 826-0646

“Saints and Sinners Literary Festival,”

508-685-9744, BuildingBastion. 10 “Amazing Grapes Wine Tasting and Auction for Education,” benefiting

Even through we’re just beginning to recover from Carnvial, as you can see, March is a very busy month for nonprofit events! Please look carefully at our calendar and attend everything that you can, because each of these fundraisers support essential pieces of what makes our city amazing. On that note, please pay special attention to the “UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball” listing. In January’s “Registry of Charitable Events: January-April 2017,” we listed the phone contact for this event incorrectly, and want to make certain that any of you who want to attend are able to reach them! As it is to the right, the correct number is 581-3794. Along with the beautiful weather spring brings, it also instills in us a want to clean, reorganize and revitalize our homes. From the perfect Mongolian lamb ottoman, which you can find in “What’s Hot for Home Décor,” to an eco-luxury throw by In2Green at JADE Interiors + Design, which you can learn more about in our “Spring Greening” feature, find great ideas, items and the perfect finishing touches throughout this issue. If you loved last month’s “From King Cake to Crawfish: 10 spring restaurant specials” feature, we want to make certain that you ask for Bourbon House’s chef Cook by the correct first name: Eric (not Erin as it appeared in the caption). Prepare yourselves for our next issue: April 2017 St. Charles Avenue magazine’s Courts of Carnival will be more than double the size of last year’s, to make certain you don’t miss a single Queen, King, Maid, Page or smiling face!

Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses, 274-0744 11 “SMA Gatsby Gala,”

benefiting St. Matthew the Apostle Home and School Association, 737-46604 15 “Art in Bloom Patron Party,” benefiting New

Orleans Museum of Art, 658-4121 16 40th annual “Chefs’ Charity for Children,”

benefiting St. Michael Special School, 524-7285 17 “When the Stars Align: Stars of American Ballet Meet Stars of New Orleans Cuisine and Philanthropy,”

21 “Harvest at Home,”

benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, 729-2820 22-26 “Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival,” 581-1144

22 33rd annual “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon,”

benefiting the Women’s Guild of New Orleans Opera Association, 267-9527 23 “WYES – 60 Years and Still Groovin’ Gala,”

486-5511 24 15th annual “Next Generation Golf Tournament,” 885-0980


“Un Bal Guinguette,”

benefiting Alliance Française de la NouvelleOrléans, 568-0770 25 “Paint the Town Green,”

benefiting Raintree Children and Family Services, 899-9045 extension 235 25 “Soul Revival,” benefiting the Legacy Donor Foundation, 558-8900

25 “Children’s World’s Fair,” benefiting the

Louisiana Children’s Museum, 266-2415 26 “ACCESS Jazz Brunch,”

benefiting Catholic Charities, 888-1223 27 10th annual “Cancer Crusaders Mark Mitchell Golf Tournament,”

Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, 581-7032



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

“Keeping Our Promises Gala,” benefiting

“An Edible Evening,”

Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans, 231-0659

benefiting Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, 421-1060


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Third annual “Fêtes des Chefs Weekend,”

“Hogs for the Cause,”

18 “UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball,” benefiting the

18 “Gryphon Gala XL,”

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benefiting the Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization of the New Orleans Ballet Association, 522-0996 extension 208

United Negro College Fund, 581-3794

Morgan Packard

18 “New Orleans Film Society’s Patron Party + Gala,” New Orleans

benefiting the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, 581-1144

benefiting Lutheran High School, 628-7819

40th annual “Julia Jump,” benefiting

benefiting the John Besh Foundation, 323-7642 extension 31

913-3041 29-31 “Response –Artists in the Park,” benefiting the

New Orleans Botanical Garden, 483-9386 30

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Food for Thought Fresh Food Factor’s appetizing school meals By Catherine Freeman

I remember vividly the drab colored plastic tray with four sections. The largest held a portion of mystery meat smothered in dark brown gravy on top of powdery mashed potatoes. The three smaller sections held dollops of a salty canned green vegetable, an unrecognizable gloppy dessert and a small carton of milk. Needless to say, my childhood memories of school lunches are not fond ones. Fortunately, schools in New Orleans now have a nutritious and delicious alternative to the unappetizing school meals of the past. Consider the sobering statistics: Louisiana is ranked forth worst nationally for childhood obesity, and 39.8 percent of our children and youth are categorized as overweight or obese. With 35 percent of New Orleans households living in asset poverty, it isn’t surprising that local children eat a mere 1.9 servings of fruit and vegetables daily. In 2013, Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans (the nonprofit human service organization dedicated to helping the community’s most vulnerable in 16 parishes throughout southeast Louisiana) acknowledged that not only were these issues causing serious health problems in our youth, but also they had greater implications by inhibiting full potential to be met in the classroom. The Fresh Food Factor program was born as an effort to widen the accessibility and affordability of healthy meals to local school children and a mission to “nourish their body to nourish their mind.” A visit to the state-of-the-art 8,000 square foot commercial kitchen off Tchoupitoulas Street opened my eyes to a new world of school meals being offered

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through Fresh Food Factor. As I entered the building I was struck immediately by tantalizing smells of freshly baked vegetable lasagnas. Using a holistic approach in conjunction with experienced chefs and dieticians, menus are carefully selected with the goal of producing recognizable local foods in a nutritious way. When students have more energy to perform better in the classroom, they begin to make the connection that healthy lifestyles begin with healthy eating. Helping students realize that just because the food is nutritious doesn’t mean it can’t be good is a hurdle the Fresh Food Factor program is overcoming. Transforming carrots into a mouth watering soufflé or couscous into what’s renamed “chopped rice” are just two of the creative and clever techniques making Fresh Food Factor’s meals such a success with students, parents and school administrators. The unique relationships shared with each participating school and the focus on customer service is an additional benefit differentiating Fresh Food Factor from other providers, says Program Director Lawrence Dodds. Although Fresh Food Factor provides a whopping 10,000 meals daily to 7,000 children at 17 local schools, every menu is tailored to fit the desires of each individual school. Director of Child

Nutrition at Lake Forest Charter School Robin Gorman notes that she’s able to, “… collaborate with Fresh Food Factor and have a working relationship focused on the children’s wellbeing.” Taste testing and student feedback factor heavily into the menu choices in prioritizing the utmost quality of meals despite the volume of production. Fresh Food Factor’s commitment to nourish and nurture the bodies and minds of local youth from the inside out will have long lasting benefits throughout the New Orleans community. “When children leave lunch with a full belly,” Robin says, “they’re better behaved in the classroom, make fewer trips to the nurse and as a result do better in school. We couldn’t do this without Fresh Food Factor!” n

A little more … For more program information and volunteer opportunities, inquiries should be made to info@voagno. org or by calling 482-2130. 15

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Tinker Crate Learning by making By CeCe Colhoun

One afternoon I walked into my best friend’s house, and on her kitchen counter I immediately spotted what seemed to be a sophisticated science project. It looked like they assembled a light bulb; all the components of how the light bulb worked were in plain sight, yet it was presented as a piece of art. As soon as I asked her what it was, she said, Tinker Crate! She explained that it’s a monthly science kit that comes in the mail, and that she and her husband build them together with their girls, 6 and 7 years old. I immediately went online and discovered a wide variety of options under the Tinker Crate umbrella which span ages 9 to 16-plus. Tinker crate is a STEM kit, which means it focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Tinker Crate believes that STEM is key to creative problemsolving, a foundation for critical thinkers and a pipeline to innovation. The mission at Tinker Crate is to create projects that “help Tinker Crate kids to build their problemsolving skills, and to gain the confidence and curiosity to tackle problems where there’s no one right answer. We want to inspire kids to see themselves as creators and makers, not just consumers.” As an advocate for building autonomy in children and nurturing their skills to be able to think and do for themselves, it’s a real joy watching them create magic from these small crates. The projects also have a cool look to them – they’re sophisticated and retroinspired. We have made small planetariums where my boys had to poke dozens of tiny holes to create the solar system. That night, as the project doubled as a night light, they saw tiny stars projected on the walls of their darkened room. We have also made a rubber band car that allowed them to see different components of a vehicle, and in general how one would be assembled.

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My 6-year-old loves to tinker with basic things around the home, like string, tape and cardboard. It is a true joy for everyone in my household to witness, because it’s so basic and yet shows us that he’s developing the skills to see what he wants to create, stay focused and follow through until his vision comes to life. Tinker Crate supports this activity through its low-threshold, high-ceiling projects that work for many types of learners. It is accessible and fun, allowing the learner to dive into the activity with creativity and their own critical thinking, and not so technical that it bogs down the fun. Every month when the brown-and red box arrives, we’re all excited to see what we get to make; it’s a perfect Sunday afternoon activity that’s fun and supports learning. The reward is a keepsake that in both function and form is a work of art. n

BOX: Just the Facts • You can sign up for the monthly subscription online. • Cricket Crate for 0-36 months is designed to provide age-targeted information that grows with your baby. • Koala Crate for ages 3-4 includes lots of high-quality materials for 2-3 creative activities and an activity guide for parents to support inquiry-based learning. • Kiwi Crate ages 5-8 comes with hands-on fun and kid-friendly instructions • Doodle Crate for ages 9-16+ includes materials that support new drawing techniques and inspirations sheets with unique materials • Tinker Crate ages 9-16+ comes with the STEM kit 17

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A Show of Hands How to protect the skin that shows aging the most By Lorin Gaudin

Between the typing, tapping (on smartphones), washing, sanitizing and boiled seafood eating, our hands go through a lot every day. Though we spend money on anti-aging and hydrating products for our face, hands also show signs of aging – sometimes more than the face – and yet good hand cream tends not to be a priority beauty purchase. There may be an inexpensive tube of hand cream living in the bottom of a purse or smooshed in the glove box; it’s typically bought as an after-thought, that product grabbed at the check-out counter. It is time to consider putting as much thought and money (OK, slightly less, but more than usual) into hand cream as we do face potions. Like facial serums, a good quality hand cream can be the first and best defense against aging. Think of it this way: those dark spots and patches, veins and loose skin on your hands are often a dead give-away about how many candles are on your birthday cake. It was recently pointed out to me that comparing your hands with someone 10 years older or 10 years younger is very revealing, and not in a good way. According to dermatologists, the skin on the back of our hands is thinner and more likely to chap, and hand-washing, though important, can strip hands of moisture. To combat over-dryness with hand washing use warm, not hot, water; pat your hands dry; and immediately rub in hand lotion or cream. At my house, every sink has hand soap and lotion sitting side-by-side. Convenient and portable, hand sanitizers are another dry skin culprit, typically composed of more than 60 percent extremely drying ethyl alcohol. Drinking water; taking vitamins B and C for collagen; pumping up the Omega 3s; and increasing the amounts of skin-on fruits and vegetables one eats is said to help with skin hydration from the inside out – but hands especially need a boost of hydration topically. 18 st. charles Avenue MARCH 2017

Hand models take things the extra mile with regular exfoliations; generous amounts of lanolin or coconut oil rubbed onto hands; and cotton sleeping gloves at night. They also recommend hand masks and paraffin treatments. No time or inclination for all of that? Check out these highly rated hand creams, tried and tested (by me) to leave your hands softer and younger-looking.

Kieh’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

Aesop exfoliating hand wash and hand cream is a good everyday combination, and the hand creams come in a few divine unisex scents.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment – the name says it all

Clinique “Even Better” (for reducing age spots) or “Deep Comfort” (softening) creams

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream kills two birds with one stone: it smells great and is nourishing but not greasy n

Chanel Body Excellence Nourishing and Rejuvenating Hand Cream

EOS Hand Lotion is soothing and portable with a light scent Laura Mercier Hand Crème is heavily scented but effective; Fresh Fig or Almond Coconut Milk are the best La Mer The Hand Treatment is pricey but worth it for diminishing age spots

Love List Chanel Lip balm Anastasia brow powder Zoeva eyebrow brush

Dior Nude Air Luminizer; or the dupe, Maybelline’s Expert Eye Wear Eyeshadow in “the glo down”

Bare Minerals liquid lipstick in Swag OPI Gel Break in Barely Beige 19

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Home Décor By Amy Gabriel

For a dreamy springtime decorating makeover, set your space adrift with a mix of soft textures and hues of blue and gray. From dusty stone to bold azure with plush pops in between, your space will become a cozy nest during this season of growth. n

2. A signed abstract oil-and -graphite painting from Ida Kohlmeyer will add a point of intrigue to any credenza. Matthew Clayton Brown, 1724 St. Andrew St., 522-5058,

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3. Step softly atop a silk and wool hand-woven area rug. Virginia Dunn, 4023 Magazine St., 8998604, 4. Cast a quiet light as a side lamp or ceiling pendant with the divine goose feather light shade. Relish, 600 Metairie Road, 309-3336,

Select photos by Cheryl Gerber

1. Hang a lovely landscape painting, like “Wolf Creek” from Kevin Gillentine, above a tufted settee and let the framed conversation piece work its magic. Kevin Gillentine Gallery, 3917 Magazine St., 891.0509,

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5. An Empire-style Trumeau mirror with blue antique accents is a reflection of sophistication. Rivers Spencer Interiors, 3909 Magazine St., 609-2436,

6. Embroidered linen coasters in a gray-blue set the scene for a picnic inside. Nadine Blake, 1036 Royal St., 529-4913, 7. Sleep chic and sound in brilliant bedding from the Lulu DK for Matouk Charlotte bedding collection in azure. The Linen Registry, 200 Metairie Road, 831-8228, (Photo credit Matouk)

8. Pretty up a powder room or vanity with a Mongolian lamb ottoman. Beth Claybourn Interiors, 401 Tchoupitoulas St., 342-2630, 21

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Spring Shrimp Chef Nick Martin of Primitivo shares his Pickled Shrimp with Roasted and Raw Beets and Dill Crème Fraiche

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Day 2

Crème Fraiche

Roasted Beets

½ cup cultured buttermilk 1½ cup heavy cream

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Mix ingredients and allow to sit overnight until thickened. Refrigerate for up to two weeks.

Pickle Brine

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cups distilled vinegar cups apple cider vinegar cups water cup sugar ounce mustard seeds pinch chili flakes teaspoons black peppercorns 2 cardamom pods 2 cloves ¼ cup salt 2 cloves garlic 2 bay leaves Bring all ingredients to a simmer. Let sit for 30 minutes. Strain and chill overnight.

medium beets, any color Tablespoons olive oil pinch salt pinch pepper

Oil and season beets. Roast in a 400-degree oven for about 1 hour, until a skewer can be inserted in without resistance. Allow beets to rest for 1/2- hour. Peel, dice and refrigerate.

Pickled Shrimp

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recipe pickle brine (see above) pound shrimp, peeled and deveined

Split the pickle brine in half; place 1/2 in the freezer for 1 hour and place /2 in a small pot and bring to a simmer. Place shrimp in pot and poach until barely cooked, about 1 minute. Strain out shrimp and place in semi-frozen brine. Stir until shrimp are cooled. Refrigerate shrimp in brine.

Dill Crème Fraiche

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ounces dill cups crème fraiche pinch salt pinch pepper

Chop dill and mix all ingredients. Refrigerate.

Day 3 Compose Plate

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Place a smear of crème fraiche on a plate. Place 5 or 6 pieces of roasted beet on top of crème fraiche. In a mixing bowl, combine 3 pickled shrimp, 6 or 7 slices of raw beet, a generous pinch of arugula, seasoning, a drizzle of olive oil and 1/2-Tablespoon pickle brine. Mix and place salad on top of beets.


Primitivo, 1800 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 881-1775,

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Restaurant Returns

Clancy’s Crabmeat Salad

Revisiting and discovering new favorites By Jyl Benson

For no reason at all, until

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recently I had not been to Clancy’s restaurant in years. That I live within walking distance of the place makes this reality all the more perplexing. All I can chalk it up to is some odd form of self-flagellation, of which I was unaware. My return to the buttercuphued corner restaurant felt like a homecoming. I used to go at least once a month, and I have nothing but the very fondest of memories – many, many memories – made in its unpretentious dining room while under a watchful gaze from the portraits of distinguished fellow New Orleanians lining the rear wall. Impervious to fads and resistant to change, the seasonally driven menu was just the same as the last time I was there in the winter months. Since it opened in 1983, Clancy’s has eschewed all manner of squiggles, foams and pearls on the plate as well as fussy Russian service. The tuxedoed waiters are courtly, yet friendly. The linens are white. The art never changes, nor do the reasonable prices. I am comforted by the lack of bullshit to be found here. The fried eggplant with aioli was exactly the same as I remembered it, as were the

fried oysters with Brie, and the crabmeat salad with life-altering deviled eggs. It was unfortunate that soft shell crabs were out of season (I am beating a path back just as soon as they come in, their plump, buttery goodness sublime with a kiss from the smoker, crispy fried exterior, a mound of jumbo lump on top.), but I consoled myself with the trusty, yet decadent risotto with lobster and mushrooms then finished the meal with a sliced of sweet, rich, silky lemon ice box pie. The next day I enjoyed the antithesis of Clancy’s when I visited Turkey & the Wolf for lunch. As at Clancy’s, the walls here are adorned with portraits of notable New Orleanians, though not of the human sort. They are crowded with images of the city’s famous sandwiches: Think the shrimp poor boy from Domilise’s and other things you crave. It is notable that the menu seems to be driven by cravings. The menu at this quirky sandwich shop and cocktail bar is what happens when hunger, creativity, access to a panorama of disparate ingredients and raw talent collide.

Bakery Bar 1179 Annunciation St., 265-8884, Bakery.Bar Clancy’s 6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111, Simone’s Market 8201 Oak St., 273-7706 Turkey & The Wolf 739 Jackson Ave., 218-7428,

Try This: Though there is a full bar, a savory menu and table service, Bakery Bar is an excellent choice for take-out, celebration-worthy deserts. Whole Doberge cakes are available as are Dobites – small, pyramid-shaped petit fours of doberge cake in flavors like salted caramel and key lime. The salty balls take their ribald name from scatterings of sea salt atop cake truffles. I especially like the ones with the rainbow sprinkles. Speaking of take out, Simone Reggie recently opened her eponymous market on Oak Street. Loaded down with made (and grown) in Louisiana pantry items, produce, meats and seafood, Simone’s also offers some exceptional prepared take out offerings from chef Ashley Roussel.

On my visit we sampled a fried pot pie that turned out to be filled with a sort of thick vegetarian stew kissed faintly with cinnamon. Thick slabs of buttered and grilled Pullman-style loaf bookend curls of fried bologna layered with English mustard, American cheese and kettle-cut potato chips. A wedge of iceberg lettuce was morphed into a sinful bounty under ladles of thick, chunky, house-made bleu cheese dressing, crisp hunks of bacon and a fistful of the of same ingredients – dried garlic and onions, sesame seeds and poppy seeds – commonly found atop everything bagels. Save room for dessert. Soft serve vanilla ice cream is offered with a variety of unusual toppings. I went for tahini with date molasses It was a weirdly delicious ending to a seriously delicious and seriously weird meal. n 25

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Fabulous at Fifty


NOMA recognized those who have led the museum’s growth for the past five decades. By Shelby Simon

For 50 years, “Odyssey” has played a pivotal role in the New Orleans Museum of Art’s growth. Funds raised by “The 50th Odyssey” will enable NOMA to present world-class exhibitions that bring nearly 250,000 visitors to the museum and sculpture garden each year. “The 50th Odyssey” Chairs were Susu and Andrew Stall. Additional honorees included the event chairs of the past 50 years, with recognition for each chairperson from 1966 until 2016. The sponsor party was held in advance at the home of Drs. Rupa and Tarun Jolly. The Ralph Brennan Group catered, complimented by cocktails by The Grand Bevy. For the gala, NOMA’s Great Hall was transformed by beautiful lighting and balloon decor, giving the effect of champagne bubbles. Patrons enjoyed delicious cuisine by 1718 Catering and Events, Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Craft cocktails were provided by The Grand Bevy. Guests danced the night away to the sounds of Glo, Karma and DJ/violinist Timothee Lovelock. The silent auction featured one-of-a-kind artwork, antiques and vacations, including two business class round-trip tickets to a Parisian flat in celebration of this momentous occasion. In addition, George Dunbar donated one of his paintings, created specifically for “The 50th Odyssey.” n



Event at a Glance What: “The 50th Odyssey,” benefiting the New Orleans Museum of Art When: Saturday, November 12

1. Julie Livaudias George, Chairs Susu and Andrew Stall and Director Susan Taylor 2. NOMA Volunteer Committee Chair Dana Hansel and Karl Hoefer 3. Sandra and Russ Herman 4. Jimmy Reiss, Shelby Sanderford, Adele Sanderford and Brice Sanderford 5. John Kallenborn, Susan Zackin and Nairne and Louis Lupin 6. Susan Gundlach, Chair Susan Stall and David and Sara Kelso

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For The Team


“Moonlight and Miracles Gala” celebrated the teamwork that goes into care at Ochsner. By Shelby Simon

2016 marked the fourth annual “Moonlight and Miracles Gala,” which took place in the Superdome; thus the theme of “4th Down, Beneath The Dome & Under The Stars.” The evening highlighted the teamwork behind supporting Ochsner Health System’s patients while they undergo cancer care. The 2016 Miracle Maker Award Recipients included Brian Moore, MD, FACS; Jeanne Walker and Skylene Montgomery. Mark Romig served as emcee. The Patron Party in Club XLIV hosted 700 guests, with live entertainment by Doreen’z Jazz, Better Than Ezra and DJ Rob Nice. Decor reflected the gala theme with field goal floral displays and a green turf carpet. The gala opened with cocktail hour music by Jeremy Davenport and the national anthem by Eric Anderson, CCRP. Father Tim Hendrix delivered the invocation, followed by a presentation by Warner Thomas, President and CEO of Ochsner Health System, and a patient video. There were additional special broadcasts by WVUE reporters Kristi Coleman and Sean Fazende. Famed Royal Street musicians Tanya and Dorise provided entertainment during the dinner prepared by chef Lenny Martinsen of Centerplate. Following dinner, the Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters led dancing under the gala moon and stars hanging from the dome ceiling. Guests also enjoyed an auction featuring a grand prize of a black 2017 C300W Mercedes-Benz, the 1 Game Zone with pass, punt and jump games provided by the New Orleans Saints and explored the Garden of Gratitude Hope, which featured six heroic stories of Ochsner pediatric and adult patients. n



Event at a Glance What: “Moonlight & Miracles Gala,” benefiting Ochsner Health Systems Where: Superdome

1. Honoree Skylene Montgomery, Gayle Benson, President and CEO Warner Thomas and Honoree Jeanne Walker 2. Shelly Barreca and Lori Ochsner 3. Julia England and Monica Mehaffie 4. Scott Ballard, Kristi Ballard, Brandi Mesa and David Mesa 5. Peter Boylan, Pam Vitrano, Lori Ballard, Steven Ballard 6. Bill Oliver and Richard Zuschlag

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Honoring Veterans


More than 500 guests celebrated the eve of Veteran’s Day in The National WWII Museum. By Shelby Simon

On the eve of Veteran’s Day, The National World War II Museum presented a new tradition in a salute to the men and women who have and continue to dedicate their lives to our freedom. To honor the men and women who have served our country, special admission prices were offered to veterans and active-duty servicemembers. That night for the annual “Victory Ball,” sponsors and patrons received early event entry and exclusive access to the Patron Party, which featured a cocktail reception and passed hors d’oeuvres, lounge seating, a private full bar and entertainment. The lavish reception echoed the 1940s with vintage decor. Culinary creations by chef Eric Cook and The American Sector Restaurant + Bar included a farm-to-table section featuring a whole suckling pig, Louisiana shrimp and grits, braised short ribs and pasta options. Featured beverage bars provided by Republic National Distributing Company included signature cocktails, including a Sailor Jerry cocktail and Peychaud’s Aperitivo signature cocktail. The Victory Swing Orchestra and The Victory Belles performed throughout the program. Bill and Maureen Detweiler served as Event Co-Chairs; Ray and Jessica Brandt were Presenting Sponsors; and Madlyn and Paul Hilliard were the Valiant Veteran Sponsors. Proceeds from “Victory Ball” support ongoing preservation efforts and public programming at The National WWII Museum. n



Event at a Glance What: “Victory Ball,” benefiting The National World War II Museum When: Thursday, November 10, 2016

1. Event Co-Chairs Bill and Maureen Detweiler 2. Valiant Veteran Sponsors Paul and Madlyn Hilliard with President and CEO Dr. Nick Mueller 3. Sarah and Howard Gaines 4. Lillian and Jimmy Maurin 5. Ralph Hopkins, Verne Huner and David and Jan Oreck 6. Desmond Twyman, Morgan Erickson and Mitchell Wideman

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Artful Dining


“Carnivale du Vin” paired fine wines with delectable dining to benefit children’s charities. By Shelby Simon

The theme of this year’s “Carnivale du Vin,” “Experience The Art of Food,” came full circle this year. The still life painting by Amy Weiskopf, which hangs in Emeril’s Delmonico and features the original Delmonico cookbook, hung on display as part of the ballroom decor amidst mixed metallics, florals and a food cornucopia. And as could be expected, the wine and cuisine menus were carefully curated productions. The night opened with a reception featuring champagne from G.H. Mumm, as well as a Bacchus Reception with cuisine served by guest chefs, including Danny Bowien, Sarah Grueneberg and Frank Stitt. These selections were paired with wines from Far Niente Winery. This year, the “Carnivale du Vin” dinner menu was created by the NOCCA students, who worked with chef Chris Wilson and sommelier Ray Gumpert to learn the art of pairing food and wine. The students assisted Emeril’s Chefs de Cuisine in executing the meal, which featured five courses paired with wines from Vintners Kistler Vineyards, David Arthur Vineyards, Martinellis Winery & Vineyards, Arista Winery and Crocker & Starr Winery. Chef Jacuqes Torres prepared desert to complete the elegant dining experience. Sunny Anderson, co-host on Food Network’s “The Kitchen,” served as Master of Ceremonies. Trombone Shorty highlighted the musical entertainment for the evening. The live and silent auctions, run by auctioneer Dawn Marie Kotsonis, raised a combined $1.5 million in support of children’s beneficiaries. The top live auction lot was for front row tickets to Billy Joel. More than 600 guests attended “Carnivale du Vin,” which is a “Top Ten U.S. Charity Wine Auction” as ranked by Wine Spectator Magazine. n



Event at a Glance What: ““Carnivale du Vin,” benefiting Emeril Lagasse Foundation When: Saturday, November 5, 2016

1. Emeril and Alden Lagasse 2. Mark Romig and Gary Solomon 3. Frank Stitt, Sarah Grueneberg and Danny Bowien 4. Kieran Stevens, Jilly Stevens, Rhonda Nash and Ben Pink 5. Anne Raymond, Chip Leyens and Sally Perry 6. Clemy Sagastume, Heather Rossi, Karen Stone, Kathleen Oliver and Trixie Minx

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Generations of Giving


More than 350 patrons attended the annual gala in support of the Touro Infirmary Foundation. By Shelby Simon

The annual “Touro Infirmary Foundation Gala” honored Stephen H. Kupperman as the 2016 Judah Touro Society award recipient. The award, considered by many as among the most prestigious awards given in the New Orleans community, was bestowed to Kupperman for his outstanding contributions to the welfare of Touro Infirmary and the community. The Patron Party, which preceded the gala festivities, was held in Mardi Gras World’s Mansion Room and upstairs space overlooking the Mississippi River. Passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails were served. The evening included live musical entertainment by The Courtyard Kings, followed by LaCoste Band and Mississippi Rail Co. at “L’Dor V’Dor,” the post-gala party hosted by young professionals group Touro Tomorrow. In Hebrew, “L’Dor V’Dor” means “from generation to generation.” Marriott Hotels provided catering for the gala, which included a seated three-course dinner by chef Thorsten Leighty. Shane and Allison Kupperman served as L’Dor V’Dor Co-Chairs. Previous Judah Touro Society Award Recipients, Dr. Jay Shames and Dr. Harris and Barbara Hyman III were also in attendance. n



Event at a Glance What: “Touro Infirmary Foundation Gala,” benefiting Touro Infirmary Foundation Where: Mardi Gras World

1. Co-Chairs Allison and Shane Kupperman, Judah Touro Society Award recipient Stephen H. Kupperman and his wife Mara Kupperman 2. Dr. Jeffrey Coco, Dr. Harris Hyman III and Dr. Jay Shames 3. Jonnie L. Honse, Louis K. Good III and Nancy B. Timm

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Party for the Pets “Howling Success” supported animal care operations at the LASPCA. By Shelby Simon

The Louisiana SPCA hosted its 38th annual benefit to raise operating funds for the more than 43,000 owned and abandoned animals seen annually. This year, LASPCA honored Bryan Subaru with the Humanitarian Award. Gala patrons were encouraged to dress in a costume of their favorite pop culture category; Andy Warhol was a frequent character of the night. The festive event also featured a contortionist, Gretchen in Motion, and drag queen performance battles of Gia GiaVanni and Coca Mesa, as well as dance routines of pop culture through the decades with Mardi Gras dance troupes Roux La La, The Disco Amigos, The Jailhouse Rockers and the Amelia Earhawts. Courtesy of Bryan Subaru, there was additionally a social media photo booth and a red carpet. Robin Barnes & Her Jazz Trio entertained at the Patron Party, and the No Idea Band kept the music going at the gala. Restaurant catering selections included Salon by Sucré, 1718 Hyatt Regency, Galatoire’s, Mizado Cocina and Vessel NOLA. Special patron drinks were provided by Café Henri/CureCo. The Bulldog provided specialty beers, and the open bar was courtesy of Republic National Distributing Company. Silent and online auction highlights included Mardi Gras riding spots from Krewe of Tucks and Krewe of Alla; stays in Napa Valley wine country and the Cayman Islands; and one-ofa-kind art designed furniture for people and pets. Event Co-Chairs were Colleen Timmons, Kimberly Bradley, Mike Atwater, Christie Anderson and Dean Howard. The celebrity chair committee included Lisa Arnold, Jon Donahue, Demetrius Grosse, Toni Tennielle, Aaron Willamson and Necar Zadegan. n



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Where: Hyatt Regency

1. Co-Chairs Kimberly Bradley, Mike Atwater and Colleen Timmons 2. Past Board Member Susan and Bill Hess with CEO Ana Zorrilla 3. Board Member Jackie and Bruce Shreves

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Champagne for the Cure


The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation raised funds to turn “CF” into “Cure Found.” By Shelby Simon

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted its annual “Uncork the Cure” champagne tasting event at The Cannery to support their goal of finding a cure. In addition, the foundation honored Blaze Barsamian, Taylor Collins, Matt Eaton, Emily Egan, Juli Jelenko, Maureen Kennedy, Keith LeBlanc, Michelle Norwood, Sarah Peltier, Carly Plotkin, Christina Pohlmann, Lauren Ruello and Meredith Simoneaux, who went above and beyond to exceed their personal goals of each raising $3,000. A VIP Patron Party preceded general admission. Patrons sipped champagne, shopped the auction and snapped photos in the photo booth. The event featured food from some of New Orleans’ best restaurants, including Acme Oyster House, Catering D’Orleans, Copeland’s, First Class Catering, Katie’s Restaurant, La Thai, MeMe’s Bar & Grill, New Orleans Ice Cream, Royal Palm in Harvey and SWEGS. Chip Wilson and The Style A’s provided musical entertainment. The auction included prizes such as art, jewelry, golf, ski and fitness packages, restaurant and shopping gift cards, as well as staycation packages. Approximately 300 patrons attended the event, which raised more than $40,000. n



Event at a Glance What: “Uncork the Cure,” benefiting Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Where: The Cannery

1. Ambassadors Brandace Hider, Julie Klibert and Stefanie Egan with Honoree Blaze Barsamian 2. Board Member and Honoree Juli Jelenko and Honoree Carly Plotkin 3. Honorees Lauren Ruello, Sarah Peltier, Keith LeBlanc Jr. and Michelle Norwood

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A Legacy of Literacy


STAIR raised funds to provide free volunteer reading tutors. By Shelby Simon

Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR) celebrated 31 years of service and the achievements of its students with a party attended by more than 150 long-time supporters, tutors and volunteers at the Audubon Boulevard home of Kerry and Chris Bruno. Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic children’s novel Treasure Island was the theme of the evening. Pianist Jimmy Maxwell entertained the indoor crowd while Asher Ross delighted partygoers on the steel drums outside. Food donors included: Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard, The Rum House, Ironsides Food Truck By Sodexo, Midway Pizza, Carol Lacey, Baker Maid Cookies, French Truck Coffee, Mint, Nirvana and Ye Old College Inn/Rock ‘n’ Bowl. Beverages were donated by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, E. & J. Gallo Winery, William Grant & Sons Distilling Ltd., Republic National Distributing Co. and Southern Eagle. Flowers were from NOLA Flora with photos by Jim Howell Photography. An array of unique silent auction items were provided by many long-time donors including: The Roosevelt Hotel, Bourbon Orleans, The Hyatt, Mignon Faget, Peyton Manning, Karla Katz Antiques, NOLA Couture, Fore!Kids Foundation, Dickie Brennan and Company and many more. Wellington & Co. Fine Jewelry donated a gorgeous black baroque freshwater pearl bracelet plus a $250 shopping spree. A food truck party for 50 was donated by the famous Ironsides Food truck.Vonn Bell, safety for the New Orleans Saints, who has adopted STAIR as his local charity, graciously donated an autographed #48 jersey, along with two autographed footballs signed by the entire 2016 team. STAIR strives to improve literacy rates for New Orleans elementary students who are at risk of falling behind. n



Event at a Glance What: “STAIR Affair 2016 – Treasure Island,” benefiting Start The Adventure In Reading Where: Home of Kerry and Chris Bruno 1. Greg and Board President Carroll Feiling with Chair Anne Elizabeth and Joseph Fuselier 2. Honorary Chair Charles Rice and Linda and Bruce Worley 3. Ken Kinnett, Stella Shackelford, Mallory Pilié and Andrew L'isle Fuselier

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Star-Studded Stepping


Seventh annual “Dancing for the Arts” gala was the most successful to date. By Shelby Simon

A “Walk of Stars” welcomed guests to Young Audiences of Louisiana’s seventh annual gala, with Hollywood-style largerthan-life cutouts of local community leaders; these “star dancers” would later compete in a “Dancing With The Stars” competition with professional dancers to support Young Audiences of Louisiana’s school and summer arts education programs, which help student development through a combination of academics, arts, culture and life skills activities. Star dancers included Mark El-Amm, attorney at El-Amm & Associates LLC; Holley Haag, Senior Vice President and Commercial Lender, First NBC Bank; Russ Herman, Senior Partner at Herman Herman & Katz LLP; Tonya Johnson, Education Program Consultant, Louisiana Department of Education; Dr. Tami Singleton, philanthropist and oncologist; Dr. David Silvers, founder and Head Physician, Metairie Gastroenterology; and Joan Zaslow, community activist. Russ Herman took home the coveted People’s Choice award for receiving the most votes. Celebrity judges included Charles Divins, WDSU-TV Morning Anchor; Ivy Kushner, philanthropist and community activist; Dennis Lomonaco, CEO of Story Block Media, Executive Director of What You Give Will Grow; and Kenny Lopez, WGNO-TV reporter. Max Messier, local mixologist and founder of Cocktail & Sons, lent his libation expertise by creating a boozy Bourbon Smash with mint and lemon verbena syrup, which served as the signature cocktail. Harrah’s Casino catering provided small bites and a delectable buffet. New Orleans’ own Soul Heirs set the mood with contemporary jazz, and Javier Juarez provided intermission entertainment, performing “Viva Malambo.” More than 240 guests attended the event, while more than 150 individuals and families, who voted on their favorite dancer from as far away as California, supported the event. The event was co-chaired by philanthropist Heidi Dugan and WWL-TV’s Tamica Lee. Attorney and Community Activist Anita Demps served as silent Auction Chair. n

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A Historic Book Comes Home


THNOC celebrated its supporters with the story of Audubon and the acquisition of a rare book. By Shelby Simon

The annual “Bienville Circle and Laussat Society Gala” recognizes members of THNOC’s two highest membership levels: the Laussat Society and the Bienville Circle. Funding generated by these levels supports the acquisition and preservation of fine and decorative art connected to Louisiana, as well as THNOC’s original publications. Upon arriving at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cedric Martin, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour and passed hors d’oeuvres. The festivities took place on the first floor and back lawn of the home, illuminated by candlelight on the tables and floating paper lanterns in the pool. A jazz trio performed traditional favorites on the rear patio. Following a presentation, guests were invited to eat dinner prepared by Joel Catering. THNOC board president Drew Jardine opened the formal presentation portion of the gala, welcoming everyone to the event and thanking the hosts and staff. E. Alexandra Stafford followed, greeting the crowd in French in keeping with the French names of the membership circles, followed by orating the tale of John James Audubon’s journey to life in New Orleans. His sons posthumously published Audubon’s book of avian watercolors, Birds of America, contracting with Julius Bien to produce the volumes; since the Civil War halted production, it is expected that only 45 copies of this edition survive today. Ultimately, it was revealed that thanks to the funds of the Laussat Society, THNOC will now house one of the rare Bien editions of Audubon’s Birds of America. n



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Current Influences Fashion and flare along Magazine Street

By Kelcy Wilburn Photographs by Cheryl Gerber


ven the most unfamiliar of visitors to New Orleans know its iconic street names and what sights and sounds can be found lining each thoroughfare. From the art and antiques of Royal Street and the music of Bourbon and Frenchmen, to the oaks and mansions along St. Charles and Esplanade avenues, each offers its own treasures and discoveries for both discerning patrons and curious wanderers. Over the past few decades, Magazine Street has grown in fame for fashion and home furnishings. As its popularity has soared, so has the addition of other businesses, from restaurants and exercise studios to spas, business offices and art galleries.Visit a few storefronts, both old and new, and you’ll get not only a glimpse of a neighborhood but of the current trends, styles and designer aesthetics influencing our culture. Stretching from Audubon Park all the way to the CBD, Magazine Street runs through many neighborhoods but remains a shopping mecca for much of its over file miles. On its westward end, near Audubon Park, Perlis has been a New Orleans staple for over 75 years with its Southern-style clothing. “Our fashions are updated traditional for the most part, but, to be honest, our more modern and trimmer-fitting looks are really taking off for both men and women,” says President David W. Perlis. Some brands currently on the rise at Perlis are Ecru and Jude Connally for the ladies, and Southern Tide, Peter Millar and Bonobos for guys. In accessories, Perlis is finding that customers love Brantley Cecelia jewelry as well as men’s pocket


squares and patterned socks. “Spring is really our season,” says Perlis. “Whether dressing up or down, seersucker, linen, and lightweight cottons are big business for us in spring. Our signature crawfish collection is great for both festivals and gifts. Wedding attire is also a specialty of ours for men,” he says. In addition to their clothing sales, Perlis offers rentals in men’s formalwear. A few blocks down is another Southern-inspired, Louisiana-centric clothing store that emerged quickly in the months and years following Hurricane Katrina. “We create and sell products that we think most identify with the spirit of the city and the locals that call her home,” says Dirty Coast General Manager Jill Poole. “It’s our constant goal to curate awesome products that relate to our local following, as well as quality products – mainly T-shirts – that speak the true message of New Orleans for out-of-towners.” Last month, Dirty Coast released its newest series, “Love, Louisiana,” which serves as an ode to the Pelican State and features some of its oldest and most prominent residents: the brown pelican, the magnolia and the Catahoula hound. Each design is available as both a framed print and T-shirt. In addition to the series, Dirty Coast welcomes spring with a plethora of local culture-infused tank tops and T-shirts, koozies and go-cups for crawfish boils and Cocktail History and Bucket List Pocket Guides for wedding parties. In 2014, Khoobehi & Associates set up a practice location on Magazine Street, 47

just west of Napoleon Avenue. Focusing on advanced surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, New Orleans plastic surgeon Dr. Kamran Khoobehi and Dr. Jules Walters perform plastic and reconstructive surgery for the face, breast and body. Dr. Sophia Mai is a board-certified dermatologist focusing on all aspects of cosmetic dermatology including skin care, lasers, injectables and hair restoration. “Our Uptown patients like that we offer convenient, off-street, free parking. They’re busy and want to come in, have their procedures and get out quickly looking fabulous,” says Dr. Khoobehi. Popular procedures at the Magazine Street location center around skincare, fillers, Botox and Coolsculpting – an FDA cleared non-surgical fat reduction treatment. “We like to call them ‘lunchtime fixes’ because they’re quick, have little to no downtime and our patients love the results,” he says. A Magazine Street lunch-hour probably isn’t complete without a little shoe shopping, and for a remarkable eight years in a row Feet First celebrates the status of “Best Local Shoe Store” as voted by Gambit Weekly readers.

Just two blocks downtown of Napoleon Avenue, Feet First is a family-owned business specializing in women’s fashion and comfort shoes, handbags, jewelry, apparel and accessories, including numerous locally designed products. This season, “athleisure” is arriving in full force. “We are loving all of the various white platform bottoms, slip-ons and sneakers we’re seeing for this spring,” says Owner and Buyer Evie Poitevent. “And our popular boutique lines All Black and Summit by White Mountain both nail these trends right on the head while using high quality materials and keeping comfort in mind,” she says. Festival season is also flip-flop season, and Feet First is excited to again be working closely with locally based line Feelgoodz. Speaking of festivals, you can catch Feet First at their booth at Bayou Boogaloo this May. A newcomer to Magazine, Pilot & Powell opened last year on the corner of Magazine Street and General Taylor. A luxury retail and lifestyle concept store, Pilot & Powell features a “freshly edited” collection of women’s fashions and accessories. Offering a mix of exciting brands, classic designer apparel and progressive

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contemporary sportswear, Pilot & Powell is intended to appeal to the sophisticated woman searching for an individualized shopping experience. “We’re loving bright, feminine colors for spring, seen in pieces like our Rodebjer Organza shirt in a bright and cheery bubblegum pink, or a pretty little Nellie Partow mini dress in an orangey red that really pops,” says Co-Owner Coeli Hilferty Boron. Other items she and partner Kathryn Bullock Joyner love are the new black poplin Rosetta Getty halter dress and a tangerine Rejina Pyo dress with exaggerated sleeves – a trend Boron says will be sticking around. One block away sits The

French Library, a unique Magazine Street shop that boasts the largest selection of French children’s books in the country, says Owner Katrina Greer. “The French Library was born through a distinct lack of French literature in the city of New Orleans – and as it turns out, nationwide. In our city alone, with thousands of children in French immersion schools or programs, I recognized an emergent need for books to entertain curious little minds,” says Greer. Enter through the store’s blue doors and experience a world filled with French customs and particulars, from the café in the rear of the shop to a flower market at the doorstep. “We’ve been working on incorporating all things French and being inclusive to all French-speaking countries,” says Greer. In March and April, The French Library will host a series of etiquette classes for children inspired by the Madeline series, as well as a book signing and meditation class en français with Whitney Stewart. There’s a chance all that reading will remind you to update your lens prescription, and

you’ll find no lack of new frames to complement your wardrobe at Art & Eyes, just a few doors down and across the street. “If you don’t think you could look better in glasses, you’re wrong,” laughs Co-Owner Starr Hagenbring. “It’s a whole new you – your attitude changes,” she says. Opened in 2011, Art & Eyes specializes in high quality frames that range in style from conservative to unbelievably unique. The focus at Art & Eyes is on the individual, from finding a style and price range that works for the client to making sure their prescription lenses are made by the best. The store is known for its diverse and ever-changing collection of frames, from chunky to sleek, classic to one(or two-) of-a-kind. Get ready for spring and summer with a new pair of sunglasses – the store stocks a sizeable collection of local brand KREWE – and every pair of frames at Art & Eyes can be made for optical or sun. Whether you’re walking or driving Magazine Street, a break to refuel is always in order, especially when it means lauded confections to complement an energizing shot of espresso. Once

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you cross Louisiana Avenue, you’ll encounter Sucré a few blocks down. Since opening on Magazine Street in 2007, Sucré has grown to three retail locations and is known for their vibrant assortment of French macarons, artisan chocolates, hand-spun gelato and assortment of petit entremets. “With the New Orleans heat experienced mostly year-round, shoppers love to drop in for an iced coffee, tea or one of our 14 flavors of gelato to enjoy in the boutique or take on the go as they shop,” says Brand Manager Rachel Guillot. “Our cupcakes and cakes make for great office treats or birthday celebrations, and the macarons and chocolates

are perfect on-the-go gifts wrapped in our signature boxes,” she says. The store will celebrate its 10th anniversary in April, and promises in-store specials and surprises all month long. About three doors down from Sucré’s tantalizing scents is the second New Orleans location of another successful local brand. Queork designs, manufactures and sells a variety of accessories for lifestyle and the home that are made from cork fabric, which comes from the Cork Oak grown mainly Portugal. “Cork is for everyone who wants to experience the beauty and simplicity of a sustainable and thoughtfully designed 49

our new Mint Julep bowtie for men and boys, and seersucker dresses for women,” says Owner Cecile Hardy. “We’re very excited to be offering women’s and men’s ready-to-wear in our stores, which are manufactured at our local factory, NOLA Sewn. Our spring 2017 collection will hit stores this April,” says Hardy. Complimentary refreshments are offered at NOLA Couture every weekend, and store events happen regularly. An indoor multivendor art market, nearby Zèle boasts being the first of its kind in the New Orleans area and brings the arts and crafts of over 100 local artisans to the shoppers of Magazine Street. Ranging from jewelry and furniture to crafts, wall art and home décor, the store gives Magazine Street wanderers a chance to view works from established and emerging artisans without having to wait for a pop-up weekend or evening art market. “Wall art is in abundance along with cooking fashions, such as pot mittens, hot plates and a range of cutting boards and handmade pottery suited for eating and cooking,” says Stacy Martinez, who owns the market with husband Anthony Martinez. “We are a success based on the talent of the people who live here in New Orleans,” says Anthony, adding that people can take pride in shopping at Zèle and knowing their money goes back to the people of the city. Continuing down Magazine Street, right before you hit Jackson Avenue, is Clover, a fashionforward boutique with a focus on minimalist, understated style.

According to owner Melissa Coleman, pants are all the rage at Clover this season. A variety of styles will include cropped, wide leg and track pants, to name a few. A variety of fabrics will further diversify the lineup with beautiful silks, linens and cottons. New for spring, Clover is excited to introduce designs from Mason by Michelle Mason in addition to its best-selling designs from IRO Paris. Accessorizing with sunglasses will also be big at Clover this spring. “People are now curating a wardrobe of sunglasses, and we love it. It’s a fun way to add to your outfit while protecting your eyes,” says Coleman. As you cross Jackson Avenue and head towards the Lower Garden District, you’ll encounter Monomin fashion boutique, whose name is an aggregate of “monochrome minimal,” says Owner and Buyer Rachel Hall Taravella. “My background is in architecture and design, which is apparent in the Monomin brand – clean, simple, classic, minimal, feminine,” Feet First says Taravella, whose designbuild firm is also housed within Monomin and renovated the shop. accessory,” says Owner Amanda jewelry, etc. “It’s a beautiful Monomin offers styles for a Dailey. Queork is excited to accessory for your bedroom variety of occasions, from chic introduce a mini version of their dresser or an entryway table,” casualwear perfect for shopping most popular bag, the “Flapper.” says Dailey. to elevated day-to-night sophis“Coming in a variety of Caddy-corner from Queork tication and little black dresses colors and patterns, the “Mini is NOLA Couture, another for nights out on the town. For Flapper” is compact yet versatile New Orleans-inspired clothing festival season, Taravella loves with adjustable sizing. It makes a company that features apparel loose-fitting attire with a hat and fashionable and secure cross-body and accessories highlighting the sunglasses to shield from the sun. bag for all of NOLA’s favorite city’s robust culture through She recommends The Fifth Label festivals,” says Dailey. Other new colorful prints and patterns on Wildest Dreams cotton dress with designs shoppers will encounter neckties, bowties, belts, hats, their latest Lack of Color Jethro this season include Queork’s totes, pocket squares, dog collars hat and Krewe’s STL II sunglasses. “Empty Pocket Trays” available and home goods. Monomin will soon be as a catch-all for keys, change, “Our top picks this spring are launching new brands and is also excited to announce “Monomini” this spring – the same minimal Art & Eyes 3708 Magazine St., 891-4494, Clover 2240 Magazine St., 272-0792, concept for infants to 3 years old, Dirty Coast 5631 Magazine St., 324-3745, Feet First 4122 which goes to show you’re never Magazine St., 899-6800, The French Library 3811 Magazine St., 267-3707, too young to hit the Magazine Khoobehi & Associates 4500 Magazine St., No. 1, 514-7504, Monomin 2104 Magazine St., 827-1269, NOLA Couture 2928 Magazine St., 319-5959, Perlis 6070 Magazine St., 895-8661, Street shopping scene. Pilot & Powell 3901 Magazine St., 827-1727, Queork 3005 Magazine St., 388-6803, Sucré 3025 Magazine St., 520-8311, Zèle 2841 Magazine St., 450-0789,

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Spring Greening Six eco-friendly home ideas By Grace Wilson Birch

ermit the Frog famously sang, “It’s Not Easy Being Green,” but today it’s easier than ever to green your home. Whether you’re undertaking a major renovation, a light spring cleaning or just bringing in a few new items to freshen your home, it’s simple to keep a few principles in mind when greening your living space and lifestyle. There are countless benefits of going green. By now, we all know the drill: reduce pollution, reuse all items possible, recycle non-biodegradable products and conserve natural resources, etc. Helping maintain an ecological and environmental balance can seem overwhelming, but truthfully there are simple things everyone can do to go green. Living a greener lifestyle reaps countless benefits. Many times, an eco-lifestyle means lower overhead expenses. Even if upfront costs are higher, sustainable products last longer, which means less replacement costs. Energy efficient appliances and products can also cut monthly expenses, which add up to big savings over a time. Environmentally friendly products aren’t only better for the environment, less toxicity means they are healthier for humans, too. Studies have shown time and time again that conscious living leads to overall healthier habits. One of the most important benefits of going green is supporting a more sustainable world, which means a brighter and longer future for your young loved ones. In an increasingly global world, shopping locally is also an easy, ideal way to live green. Many times, buying from local companies means shipping methods and costs are cut down. Luckily, there’s no shortage of New Orleans businesses that can help green your home. 51

Seeing the Light Most carbon consultants agree, the best way to decrease a carbon footprint is to make the change to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). It is an excellent, easy first step in greening any home. These bulbs cost several times more than regular incandescent light bulbs, but they last about 10 times longer, which means less lightbulbs in the landfill and less costs in the long run. CFLs also use 75 percent less energy, which in the long run adds up to big savings. To swap one incandescent bulb for a CFL reduces carbon dioxide by 500 pounds a year. Be sure to take advantage of New Orleans’ free Household Hazardous Waste Day on the second Saturday of May to get rid of unwanted household products that shouldn’t end up in the landfill. In addition to CFL bulbs, which contain trace amounts of mercury, dispose of old paint, batteries, used oil, broken electronics and more. Contact the City of New Orleans’ Sanitation Department in the Environmental Affairs department of the Sewerage and Water Board for more information.

In addition to mercury concerns, some people are turned off by the lack of warm glow of CFLs, but compact fluorescents have come a long way in recent years. The Environmental Defense Fund has an extensive lightbulb guide to help determine which bulbs fit your needs. If you’re worried about extra upfront costs, there’s a simple solution for New Orleanians: Green Light New Orleans, a volunteer organization that installs spiral CFL light bulbs in homes in the Greater New Orleans Area for free.

Think Outside the Box Green Light New Orleans has also expanded their free lightbulb program to offer assistance in building backyard herb and vegetable gardens, and free rain barrels. If there’s no room to grow herbs outside your apartment, Nordic Kitchens and Baths, Inc. has a solution: The Urban Cultivator. Bring the perks of an outside garden into the comfort and convenience of your own home with a fully automated kitchen garden. The Urban Cultivator, which is about the size of a wine cooler that fits

into the underside of a cabinet, is an indoor garden that can grow healthy, organic vegetables, herbs and microgreens in any kitchen. Mild winters and temperate springs mean Louisianians can enjoy can outdoor spaces almost year-round. Landscape Images, LTD can help transform outdoor areas into a new living spaces. Incorporating nature into living is a simple way to think green. Enclosing a front porch or veranda with shutters also makes a great outdoor room, and keeps heat out of the home in hot summers. LAS Enterprises offers powder coated shutters, which are made without chemicals and are fume-free. These aspects mean the process in which they’re made is environmentally friendly, and they’re completely locally made, a big bonus for the eco-conscious.

Let the Light Shine In Simply opening the blinds can save on energy bills. During the winter, opening the blinds can save up to 10 percent just by letting in the sunlight. Got older windows? Three words: Energy efficient windows. Locally manufactured, energy star rated, energy efficient windows can be made to look in character

with any home – even the most historic ones. “In the south, where cooling costs dominate a home’s energy costs, the most important factor to lowering your energy consumption is looking at window’s ‘solar heat gain factor,’” says Manufacturing Manager and Engineer of LAS Enterprises Richard Maia. “We buy the highest performing glass on the market to achieve the lowest solar heat gain possible without sacrificing visibility through the glass.” In the end, LAS Enterprises’ main mission is to provide the look and aesthetics people love about wooden windows, but with superior performing technology and components. If windows are the culprit for your home over-heating and new ones aren’t in this year’s budget, consider new window treatments or shades. While there are hundreds to choose from, the Hunter Douglas Duette Honeycomb shades, installed by Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design, Inc. are a popular, unique design that bring in big savings. In the summer, they reduce the solar heat up to 80 percent and in the winter they reduce heat loss almost in half.

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Cut out Clutter Go green by opting out of junk mail and start getting paperless statements online. Spring is the perfect time to do some seasonal tidying. Donate items when possible instead of throwing them out. Go through the pantry and make sure to toss out expired cans, bring older products to the front and remind yourself what you already have in order to prevent unnecessary spending. Mattix Cabinet Works can help you rethink a cluttered kitchen with new cabinets

that can not only maximize your storage space in a more efficient way, but also can help bring in light – and they offer installation. Louisiana Custom Closets is a local leader in helping customers straighten out cluttered clothing closets, but these organization experts can also help maximize pantry space – all on time and within your budget. When possible, ask about building materials and cabinets that are made from a sustainable wood products.

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Seal it Up Make an efficiency audit part of your spring cleaning check list. Diversified Energy uses advanced diagnostics, including thermal imaging, blower door testing and duct testing to detect deficiencies. These aspects not only enhance a home’s overall

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energy efficiency, but improve comfort and safety. Diversified Energy’s BPI certified professionals can clean and seal a home’s ductwork as part of a comprehensive service plan to maximize energy efficiency and provide cleaner

air quality in the process. In New Orleans, lots of energy can be lost through old, drafty wooden flooring. If it’s time to retire your hardwoods or you’re thinking of going from carpet to wood, consider an eco-friendly option: bamboo

flooring. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on Earth. Floor & Decor offers more than 30 options of bamboo flooring. Their large selection of bamboo withstands wear and tear, is easy to maintain and will look beautiful for a long time.

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Eco-Accessories After a decluttering, be conscious of new items you bring into your home. Look for home goods that are made from recycled materials and organic fabrics, sustainably and locally made. Lots of luxury items at JADE Interiors + Design on Metairie Road

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Billy (Marcel Cavalier) and Older Billy (Kirk Gagnon) from the cast of“Billy Elliot,” produced by Rivertown Theatres in February. Photo by John Barrois. 57

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year-old play-write program, which puts teaching artists into residencies in local schools and showcases student works. In May 2017, participating schools, will include St. Mary’s Academy, Success Preparatory Academy, The International School of Louisiana, Young Audiences Charter School and Warren Easton High School.

Social issues out front New Orleans Opera presented “Sweeney Todd” in February.

Blockbuster slated at Saenger


he 2016-17 musical season is in the home stretch at the Saenger Theater, with the 20th anniversary tour of “Rent” and Grammy-nominated musical “Waitress” scheduled in April and June, respectively. But big news about the next season has already leaked, with word that “Hamilton” will be in the lineup. The Saenger says currentseason subscribers will have first access to “Hamilton” tickets, which have been in extraordinarily tight supply during the blockbuster’s long run on Broadway. Dates and times for the New Orleans production of “Hamilton” were not yet available at press time. Check the Saenger’s website for up-to-date information about next season’s schedule.

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Opera widens its reach

Home from the wars



fter wrapping up a masterful performance of “Sweeney Todd” in February, the New Orleans Opera prepared for this month’s production of the ever-compelling story of selling one’s soul to the devil. The opera presents “Faust” on March 31 and April 2, starring local favorites Paul Groves and Sarah Jane McMahon. A bonus for opera fans comes in June, when the production “As One” takes the stage of the Marigny Opera House. The new chamber opera, commissioned and produced by American Opera Projects, features a transgender protagonist as she struggles to achieve a sense of tranquility with the world around her. Two singers, a baritone and a mezzosoprano, portray the character Hannah, June 2-4. Call 504-5293000 for more information.

poignant and insightful ensemble-built performance is headed to the Contemporary Arts Center this spring, courtesy of socially conscious Goat in the Road Productions. Based on historical research and the scientific study of human trauma, the production entitled “Foreign to Myself ” examines the shifting identity of a returning military veteran. Dozens of interviews with post-deployment military personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan form the foundation for a rich performance tapestry that explores the inherent difficulties of re-entering a normal, non-warring society. See the work at the CAC, 900 Camp St., May 18-21. Led by co-artistic director Shannon Flaherty, Goat in the Road also continues its eight-


ripple Creek Theatre Company continues to demonstrate both its social conscience and superior sense of timing with an upcoming production of “Caligula,” centered on Rome’s most infamous Caesar who is often portrayed as a power-hungry tyrant. Artistic Director Andrew Vaught describes “Caligula,” which the company will present in August, as a “free-to-the-public music experience” accessible to audiences of all ages. He terms Albert Camus’ masterwork “a scandalous romp through the dark urges that govern our bodies and lay siege to our society.” The work is the sort of psychological exploration of human tendencies that Cripple Creek has become known for during the past decade. This summer the company will also collaborate with the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane to present “The Taming of the Shrew,” June 2-18. Check the Cripple Creek website – http:// – for updated details.


Troupes show staying power


ow in its 12th season, the post-Hurricane Katrina startup called The NOLA Project has shown its endurance and dedication to local theatre. After wrapping up the demanding production, “A Few Good Men,” in February, the company continues its current-season theme of survival with “The Spider Queen,” which will have its world premiere in May at the Sidney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park. “The Spider Queen” will feature NOLA Project ensemble members James Bartelle and Alex Martinez Wallace. In this imaginative new play, two teenage siblings become lost in the woods and encounter a kingdom in peril, filled with fantastical creatures, nefarious villains and a giant Spider Queen. Director Jon Greene, who describes the work as “The Goonies” meets “The Chronicles of Narnia,” says it aims to awaken the adventurous spirit in audiences as its young heroes befriend elves and trolls, battle ogres and learn lessons of courage and sacrifice. In June, NOLA Project will team up with Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré to present the hilarious love letter to theatre, “It’s Only a Play,” by Terrence McNally. See for details.

Southern Repertory Theatre, a driving force in the local theater community, soon will present its annual tribute to one of New Orleans’ best-known dramatists with a production of “Sweet Bird of Youth” by Tennessee Williams. Leslie Castay will take on the role of Blanche Dubois, a fading star caught up in a race against time and one of the great characters of Southern stage writing. Southern Rep presents one of Williams’ plays each year in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. “We continue our commitment to Williams as a vital part of every season,” Hayes says. “Whether we offer a traditional view into his master works or explore how his texts resonate in today’s world, Tennessee is a voice we believe in sharing,” she says. The work will take the stage at Loyola University’s Marquette Theatre March 22-April 16. Hayes also touts Southern Rep’s dedication to producing regional premieres of contemporary plays. She points to “Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3),” by Suzan-Lori-Parks, a playwright Hayes describes as having a “penchant for wit” and a “unique perspective on the human condition.” The work is slated for the stage May 31-June 25, at Loyola. Southern Rep, which has produced on various stages around New Orleans for the past several years, looks forward

to relocating next year to a permanent home on Bayou Road, just off Gentilly Boulevard. The organization has joined with Alembic Community Development to renovate the former St Rose de Lima Church into a hub for the performing arts, to include a complex of theatre spaces operated by Southern Rep. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts also continues a rigorous and energetic season this spring with “The 39 Steps,” a comedic spoof of the 1935 Alfred Hitchock film classic, with just four actors portraying dozens of characters. The brilliant madcap (running through March 26) leads up to Rivertown’s production of “Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr.,” for the younger set, and then on to “Hello, Dawlin’,” another zany comedy by the inimitable Ricky Graham. “Bye Bye Birdie” takes the Rivertown stage in May. And family audiences won’t want to miss “The Little Mermaid” in July. See for details.

Above: Ballet girls from the cast of “Billy Elliot,” produced by Rivertown Theatres in February. Below: Billy Elliot (Marcel Cavalier) in Angry Dance

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‘Debt’ takes center stage at Art Klub


wo years ago, New Orleans performance artist Reese Johanson came across a building in need of love, located in a reviving St. Roch neighborhood. The founder of theatre producer Artists Inc. knew that she had found a home for her latest idea. The building that had formerly housed a bakery and garage would become the headquarters for Art Klub, an art and culture community center where artists of varying types could gather and collaborate. A year of renovations later, Art Klub opened its doors at the corner of Arts and North Johnson streets. Johanson’s aim was to engage communities through artist residencies, performances, affordable rehearsal and meeting spaces, along with offering workshops and programs for the community. Today, she says Art Klub’s mission is to be “a resource for emerging and seasoned artists,” to help meet their production needs and expand opportunities to gain exposure for their work.

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Recently, Johanson announced the arrival of Elizabeth Wautlet as Art Klub’s latest artist in residence. Currently an acting instructor at the Cours Florent acting center in Paris, Wautlet has led theatre workshops in locations throughout France. In 2011 she wrote and performed original work for the Inside Stories International Performance Festival in Madison, Wisc. And she became familiar with the New Orleans arts scene while working with the nonprofit initiative Arts Experiences in Schools. During her March tenure at Art Klub, Wautlet is preparing her one-person show entitled “Jubilee,” an unlikely but intriguing exploration of the impact of financial indebtedness. “From ‘The Merchant of Venice’ to ‘Faust,’ from Greece to subprime mortgages, debt is a timeless theme anchored within time-based repayment plans,” Wautlet says in describing the work. In “Jubilee,” a woman named Liza, the play’s protagonist, strives to repay her deceased father’s debts and save the home he left to her from demolition. But to do so she must navigate systems she does not understand, which causes things to become “very weird,” Wautlet says. The lines between what is actually happening and visions that exist only in Liza’s head are blurred, but her journey is real. Wautlet will perform the work at Art Klub during the weekend of March 17. Also on tap is a series of performances by MOVEment for Change, a platform for socially conscious artists to share their vision for bettering the world through art. Hosted by ARTavisim

Dance Theatre and led by Artistic Director Sophia Rabinovitz, the performances will bring together artists from dance, theatre, poetry and standup comedy to begin a dialogue around pertinent social issues. “I believe that art, and dance specifically, has the potential to speak to significant world matters in a way that words often cannot capture,” Rabinovitz says. The MOVEment for Change events are scheduled at Art Klub, 1941 Arts St., April 20-23, and 7:30 to 9 p.m. See for more details. Also on tap at Art Klub are gatherings for Gulf Coast playwrights, where writers have a chance to introduce their works-inprogress and receive feedback on readings. A meet-and-greet is scheduled on March 14, 7 to 9 p.m. Check the website for additional events.

ABOVE LEFT: Art Klub’s headquarters ABOVE RIGHT: Elizabeth Wautlet is artist-in-residence during March.

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Southern Repertory Theatre New Orleans Box office: 504.522.6545 Each weekend during the run of mainstage shows, audiences can look forward to free pre-show performances, panel discussions and actor talk-backs. Check the website for updated details on upcoming performances.

Upcoming: “Sweet Bird of Youth” (March 22-April 16). Southern Rep continues its commitment to the Tennessee Williams canon. Presented in partnership with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, Leslie Castay stars as a silver screen legend humiliated in a comeback try. Directed by Mel Cook. At Loyola University, Marquette Theatre. “Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 and 3)” (May 31-June 25). It’s West Texas in 1863, and a slave is promised freedom in exchange for his service in the Civil War – on the Confederate side. By Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Valerie CurtisNewton. At Loyola University, Marquette Theatre. The next phase of Southern Rep’s new-play programs for local artists is called 4D – for dramatists, directors, “dramaturgs” and development. 4D will feature an invited worksin-progress reading in April/May of 2017 and two nights of staged readings in December 2017/ January 2018.

Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré

325 Minor St. • Kenner 504-461-9475 •

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

With artistic directors Gary Rucker and Kelly Fouchi at the helm, the lovely theaters near the riverside in Kenner keep the musical fun coming.

Upcoming: Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps “ (March 10-26). The popular comedy returns, with four actors portraying dozens of characters. A brilliant madcap directed by Ricky Graham, starring Marc Fouchi, Jessie Terrebone Thompson, Mason Wood and Gary Rucker. “Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr.!” (March 31-April 9) Teaching history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs is delightfully entertaining. “Hello, Dawlin’” (April 21-30). Favorite Broadway shows done New Orleans-style. Presenting “Phantom of the Okra,” My Fair New Orleans Lady” and “West Bank Story,” created and performed by Ricky Graham, Jeff Roberson, Sean Patterson and Jefferson Turner. “Bye Bye Birdie” (May 5-21). Hip-swinging singer Conrad Birdie is about to be drafted into the army, to the dismay of adoring fans. HIs agent and friends cook up a plan to send him off in style, including writing him a new hit song. Directed by Gary Rucker. Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” (July 13-23). Ricky Graham directs a hauntingly beautiful musical love story for the ages. In a magical kingdom, we meet Ariel, the little mermaid who is tired of flipping her fins and longs to be party of the fascinating world on dry land.

Le Petit offers a season of fresh performances under artistic director Maxwell Williams and managing director Katie Hallman.

Upcoming: “Great Scott!” Joplin in the Quarter (March 12). In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the King of Ragtime’s death, former New Orleans International Piano Competition gold medalist Richard Dowling performs a selection of Scott Joplin’s most beloved piano masterpieces. “Dividing the Estate” (March 24-April 15). The third regional premiere of Le Petit’s season is the winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play in 2007, and a two-time Tony nominee. Stella Gordon is dead-set against parceling out her family’s land, despite the financial woes brought on by the oil bust of the 1980s. Her three children, however, have another plan. Old resentments and sibling rivalries surface as the members of this hilariously dysfunctional family go head-tohead to claim the biggest piece of the pie, in a masterpiece by Horton Foote. “It’s Only a Play” (June 9-25). In partnership with independent theatre company The NOLA Project, we present the outrageously funny farce by Tony- and Emmy award- winning author Terrence McNally. It’s the opening night of the brand new play on Broadway, and wealthy producer Julia Budder is throwing a lavish party in her opulent Manhattan townhouse.

Saenger Theatre 1111 Canal St. • New Orleans 800-218-7469 • The home of Broadway in New Orleans, the majestic Saenger Theatre regularly hosts performances by Broadway-based touring musical companies. In between the big musical shows, the theatre presents musical concerts and solo entertainers. See the website for the full lineup.

Upcoming: “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” (March 7-12). The true story of King’s rise to become one of the most successful solo acts in pop music history. King contributed what some have called “the soundtrack to a generation.” Critics declare the show “some kind of wonderful.” “The Bodyguard” (April 4-9). A former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. The award-winning musical will star Grammy nominee Deborah Cox. “Finding Neverland” (May 9-14) The incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters, Peter Pan. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. “Mamma Mia” (June 6-11) Enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone is having the time of their life. “Escape to Margaritaville” (Oct. 20-28) In this island paradise, city folk get away from it all and the locals get into the kind of trouble you can almost always sweet talk your way out of. 61

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The Orpheum Theater

Shakespeare Festival at Tulane

129 Roosevelt Way • New Orleans 504-274-4870 •

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

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

Professional, classical theatre with a primary focus on the works of William Shakespeare shapes the mission of this dramatic festival, now in its 24th season. Summer mainstage performances are held in the Lupin Theater, located in the Dixon Hall Annex (Building 69).



Justin Hayward (March 7). Former star of the Moody Blues, his enduring talent helped define his times.

“The Taming of the Shrew” (June 2-18) A bawdy comedy that turns raw and heartbreaking as Petruchio tries to tame the unbridled Katherina, and men vie for the affections of the dutiful Bianca. Directed by Emilie Whelan, the production is presented in collaboration with Cripple Creek Theatre Company, drawing from original staging practices. The production will tour to local underserved audiences – as well as a prison – before opening the mainstage season.

Ryan Adams (March 14). His new album is one of the most personal yet universal works of his mercurial catalogue. The Charlie Daniels Band (March 31). The genre-defining Southern rocker remains an outspoken patriot at age 79. Lisa Lampanelli – Live (April 14). Comedy’s lovable Queen of Mean. Umphrey’s McGee (April 21). More than just a rock, they have proven to be on the cutting edge of both music and technology. St. Paul & The Broken Bones (April 27). Sea of Noise, the second full-length album by St. Paul and the Broken Bones, marks a quantum leap in sound and style for the highvoltage Birmingham, Ala.-based band. Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals (April 28). The Meters (April 29). The founding fathers of funk reunite and celebrate 50 years of music, with special guest Ivan Neville and surprise guest artists.

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“The Tempest” (July 7-23). Wrongly accused and exiled for 12 years, Prospero sets out for revenge, but finds redemption in the process. Both magical and moving, Shakespeare’s masterpiece questions what it means to love and forgive. The Festival will also host an array of special programming, including: • A one-night only presentation of The NOLA Project’s hilarious “By Any Scenes Necessary” (July 19). • Staged readings of Shakespeare’s classics with special guest artists include “Titus Andronicus” (June 7) and “Othello” (July 12). • A screening of the Globe Theatre’s hit production of “Twelfth Night” stars Mark Rylance (July 13).

Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University 104 Dixon Hall, Tulane University Campus • New Orleans Box office: 504-865-5269 With a mission to preserve one of America’s greatest art forms by producing the highest quality musical entertainment, Summer Lyric Theatre exists to support and develop musicians, actors, singers, dancers, technical artists and most important, promising students. The theatre presents three productions each summer under the artistic direction of Michael McKelvey.

Upcoming: “Annie Get Your Gun” (June 22-25). One of the first shows Summer Lyric ever produced is coming back. An award-winning score by Irving Berlin made this one of the most indelible titles in the repertoire of the American musical since its debut in 1946. “Hairspray” (July 13-16). Infused with a score that pays homage to Motown, period pop and rock, and classic musical theatre, it has been described as “having the pleasure of an old-fashioned musical without being old-fashioned.” Hairspray ran for six years on Broadway and had multiple sold-out tours. “Gypsy” (Aug. 3-6) What season tribute to leading ladies would be complete without the iconic character Mama Rose? Based loosely on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee and adapted for the stage by some of Broadway’s most heralded creators, “Gypsy” is sure to leave audiences humming for weeks after the curtain drops.

The Joy Theater 1200 Canal St • New Orleans 504-528-9569 • The grand art deco theater regularly hosts hot bands and popular comedians at a location on the Canal streetcar line in downtown New Orleans.

Upcoming: John Waters, This Filthy World (March 18). His style and creativity occasionally test the boundaries of propriety. William Singe & Alex Aiono (March 21). Young up-and-comers display the talents that have won them an indie following. Randy & Mr. Lahey of Trailer Park Boys (March 23). A silly, sexist, drunken 90 minutes of songs, skits, audience participation, and general hilarity. Flogging Molly (March 24). Portugal, the Man (April 13). While dedicated to rock and roll, Portugal. The Man still remain unsettled on the outskirts of any set genres. Honey Island Swamp Band (April 18). The group recently recorded “Demolition Day” at The Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans. Dark Star Orchestra (April 27-28). Performing to critical acclaim worldwide for nearly 15 years and over 2000 shows, the group continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. STS9 (April 29-30). The instrumental electronic rock band has experienced a meteoric rise on the international music scene.

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Jefferson Performing Arts Society

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

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

1010 Common Street • New Orleans Box office: 504.523.6530

Now in its 39th season and at home in the beautiful new Jefferson Performing Arts Center, the organization led by Artistic Director Dennis Assaf offers a line-up of shows sure to excite audiences from around the region. Performances also are on tap at Teatro Wego on the West Bank.

Its 26th anniversary season took the LPO to New York City in February, where the orchestra was presented by Carnegie Hall as part of a season celebrating composer-in-residence Philip Glass. The LPO remains in the hands of director and principal conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, and is at home in the grand Orpheum Theater. Check the website for updated details of all events.

Upcoming: “Tarzan, the Musical” (March 17-26). Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in by gorillas. Raised in the jungle, he navigates clashes as he discovers his human instincts. Adapted from the Edgar Riche Burroughs story. “Guys and Dolls Jr.” (April 21-23). Set in Damon Runyon’s New York City, a gambler seeks cash to set up the biggest crap game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck, with a score that ranges from Times Square to the cafes of Havana. Summer Youth Musical Theatre, for 3rd-8th graders, will present three productions: • “Madagascar, a Musical Adventure” (June 5-25);

Upcoming: Augustin Hadelich Plays Bartók (March 10). Featuring “Dances of Transylvania, Violin Concerto No. 2 and Sinfonietta by Jánacek. Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 (March 16). 2017 Opus Ball: LPO Swings (March 18). A tribute to Louis Prima, at Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Circus Parade (March 19). The LPO goes beneath the big top for its final family concert of the season, a carnival-themed musical adventure. Classical Mystery Tour: Music of The Beatles (March 23-24). More than 30 hits performed in symphonic glory. Water Music (April 6).

• “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland” (June 19-July 16);

Featuring Bach’s Overture to Suite No. 1; Ibert’s Divertissement; and Handel’s Water Music, Suite No. 2, among others.

• “Singin’ in the Rain” (July 10-30). The youth program provides a challenging and highquality musical theatre education to students of the metro New Orleans area.

Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony (April 20 & 22). Featuring Symphony No. 3, along with Jacobsen’s “Ascending BIrd” and Rouse’s flute concerto. Fidelity’s Concerts in the Park: Swing in the Oaks (April 25). Presented in New Orleans City Park.

New Orleans Opera Association

New Orleans Ballet Association

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

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

Artistic Director Robert Lyall leads another season filled with drama, grandeur and thrilling voices, performed in the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Look for the announcement of the opera’s fall 2017 lineup soon, and for a new schedule of Opera on Tap, presenting fine young local and regional singers in casual, 90-minute performances of opera, Broadway songs and more in the friendly setting of local pubs, including The Rusty Nail.

The central Gulf region’s premiere presenting organization dedicated solely to dance, the association offers another season of main stage and educational programs featuring world-class dance companies and artists. The tuition-free Summer Intensive Programs held in June and July 2017 give motivated students the opportunities to study with an exceptional faculty of visiting and local artists. Open by audition to ages 12-18. Information on next year’s program is available on the website.

Upcoming: “Faust,” (March 31, April 2). The devil made me do it! The age-old story of selling your soul to Satan for youth, happiness and love is one of the masterpieces of French lyric opera. Gounod’s Faust is a profusion of celebrated arias and nonstop drama, with images that are at once delightful and provocative. The production stars Paul Groves, Raymond Aceto and Sarah Jane McMahon. Mad Hatters’ Luncheon (March 22). The Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association invites you to join in for “A Day at the Races!” At New Orleans Hilton Riverside. “As One – Chamber Opera” (June 2, 3 and 4). With humor and empathy, this new 75-minute chamber opera depicts the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between herself and the outside world. At Marigny Opera House.

Upcoming: 2017 Gala (March 17). Stars of the American Ballet meet stars of New Orleans Philanthropy. Featuring a gala raffle for a $3,000 shopping spree. At The Roosevelt New Orleans. Stars of American Ballet Encore! (March 18). Artistic director Daniel Elbricht brings hand-picked, dazzling dancers for a performance of classical masterpieces. Complexions Contemporary Ballet (April 22). Returning with its rock concert brand of high-octane ballets and a band of thoroughbred dancers, Complexions is led by former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater virtuosos and So You Think You Can Dance alums, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. Jessica Lang Dance (May 13). The troupe has skyrocketed into a major American dance force led by the remarkably gifted Jessica Lang. Hailed by Dance Magazine as a “master of visual composition,” Lang’s technically stunning dancers are back on the main stage with spellbinding, artfully crafted works. 63

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An Evening of Sheer Delight Jane Casbarian’s 70th Birthday Party at Arnaud’s By Bev Church

proprietor of world-famous Arnaud’s Restaurant, was going to be the big 7-0, Archie, Katy and Adrienne Casbarian planned a party for her that she would never forget. They wanted to surprise her with all of the things that she loves, and especially planned a menu that her husband Archie would have planned just for her. Jane isn’t only beautiful inside and out, she’s also loved by her children and daughter-in-law and all of her friends – the toasts certainly reflected that! First, the invitation by Betty Hunley set the scene with Jane popping out of a cake. The centerpieces by Perfect Presentations were dolls with skirts created out of real flowers. Incredible large bouquets of Jane’s

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favorite flowers filled the cocktail rooms and the Irma Room, where a seated dinner was served. T-Ray the Violinist played while guests enjoyed wine, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, including gougeres stuffed with Fontina cheese and prosciutto; souffléed potatoes; marinated shrimp with soy-ginger vinaigrette wrapped with a peapod; and lobster with dill lemon butter and caviar. Jane was then led into the Irma Room, where guests found their place cards and favors. The men received M&M’s featuring Jane’s face and her dog Momus on them placed inside a gumball machine. The ladies received a doll that looked just like Jane, complete with her favorite accessories: Momus, touches of Chanel (her favorite

designer) and the diamond heart earrings that Archie, her husband, had designed for her years ago. Katie sent pictures to her friend in New York City, who created the one-ofa-kind dolls. After everyone was seated, the Arnaud’s band came to serenade her with a birthday song and the best surprise of all – Big Freedia came to sing Happy Birthday as well! Dinner featured her favorite things: crabmeat salad; quail consommé; filet mignon with foie gras, sauce Perigueux and shaved truffles; Annette potatoes; asparagus; and, of course, birthday cake. After dinner Adrienne had party games with favors for all of those who had correct answers. It was an evening of sheer delight for a friend who deserves the very best! n

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Hayne – Swayze By Mirella Cameran

When Alycia Poitevent Hayne and

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coordinated the events, and the couple’s colors of navy and silver were reflected throughout the décor. A celebratory dinner included a sushi station and oysters Rockefeller. The big surprise of the night for guests was having the Zulu Tramps make an appearance. The amazing energy they brought to the night got everyone up on their feet dancing, creating a party to remember. Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Town and Country Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: Perlis Bride’s Engagement Ring & Wedding Band, & Groom’s Wedding Band: Josh Kaston of Beje Florist: Meade Wenzel Bridal Party Bouquets: Pam Hayne Favor: mini beignets Invitation: Gem Printing Wedding Cake: Leah Michael Photographer: Krista Turner Hair: Heather Burnam Flawless Bride Makeup: Katie Malone Music: BRW

As native New Orleanians, Robby and Alycia picked Louis Armstrong’s performance of “La Vie en Rose” for their first dance. The newly married couple left for a weeklong honeymoon on the small island off Belize called Ambergris Caye, and stayed at the Victoria House. They returned to Old Metairie, where Robby is an insurance broker at Southern Cross Underwriters and Alycia is a Marketing & Special Projects Manager at IDScan. n OPPOSITE PAGE TOP LEFT: Madeline Melissa Freese, Ashley Myers Freese, Annika Karen Schulz, Heidi Frances Hayne, the bride, Matron of Honor Jenni Coats Hayne, Ella Rose Riddle, Kathryn Elizabeth Williams and Frances Villere Currence OPPOSITE PAGE BOTTOM: Groom’s Mother Ann Yoder Swayze the bride and groom and Bride’s Mother Susan Dunn Hayne

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Robert “Robby” Louis Swayze Jr. were filing in and out of Trinity Episcopal Church for Trinity School events, they probably never dreamt that they would be marrying each other there some years later. Robby was two years ahead of Alycia, and after graduation at eighth grade he went to Country Day while Alycia went to Newman. Alycia’s life took her to Memphis for over eight years, only returning to New Orleans in May 2013. A few months later, Robby and Alycia reconnected over a game of miniature golf at City Park. Despite extreme humidity and Alycia’s forte for hitting the balls outside of the hole, the date was a huge hit and the two became inseparable. Around a year and a half later, Robby took Alycia back to City Putt for another round. Alycia’s suspicions that Robby had other intentions besides golf seemed unfounded when they completed their 18 holes and Robby asked Alycia to tally up the scorecards. While Alycia was figuring out the math, Robby dropped to one knee and popped the question. Their families and a few close friends were waiting nearby at Ralph’s On the Park for an immediate celebration. Alycia had walked down the aisle of Trinity Episcopal Church many times, but on Saturday, November 12, 2016, she walked down as a bride and was married to Robby by Reverend William Barnwell, a cousin of the bride. Alycia wore a ProNovias gown, purchased from Town and Country, which was started by the Alycia’s great-aunt Emily Hayne Walker in 1932. The night before, the wedding party had celebrated at a rehearsal dinner at Antoine’s, and after the ceremony the bride and groom led their guests to the Southern Yacht Club, where Robby had grown up sailing. Brittani Adams of Unique Weddings 71


Aron and Misti Medders Co-Owners, Bayou Throws By Lindsay Mack

When Aron and Misti Medders rode during the Krewe of King Arthur Parade last year, they wanted to offer paradegoers a little lagniappe in addition to the usual batch of throws. So, the husband and wife team started stringing their own beads, which they threw during the parade. Persons lucky enough to catch these throws immediately wore their new treasures instead of dropping them in the bead bag. They were a hit. The Medders were hooked and, by the time the Irish-Italian Parade rolled around, their beading hobby had turned into a business: Bayou Throws.

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In addition to making Mardi Gras beads right here in Louisiana, Bayou Throws also

works closely with local charitable organizations. For instance, they have donated several dozen beads to the Arc of Greater New Orleans. The company is also a big supporter of the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans. In addition, Bayou Throws can supply beads for fundraising events at a discounted rate. n

Get Involved As the company continues to grow, Aron hopes Bayou Throws will soon require a larger building, seasonal workers and of course many more orders of beads. Chances are, these unique beads will continue to make a splash at more and more parades each season. For more information, and to make a purchase, visit, email, call 459-9553 or visit

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Bayou Throws currently offers a wide selection of hand-beaded throws made from recyclable, nontoxic materials. In addition, the company utilizes companies based in the United States (and often New Orleans) for all of its major components. What is more, the colors and designs for beads can be easily customized for individual events.

Although Bayou Throws is still a new, growing company, it can crank out an astounding volume of beads. First, the company invested in materials in a big way. Following last year’s Irish-Italian Parade, they placed an order for 2.5 million pony beads, which arrived at their home in nine enormous barrels. And the Medders have turned these beads around in no time. After finding the right configuration of beading rack, beads and thread, a Bayou Throws worker can now produce six to eight dozen finished throws an hour. This scalability has helped the company grow in a hurry. For the 2017 Krewe of King Arthur Parade, for instance, Bayou Throws crafted approximately 600 dozen beads. Other krewes, floats and individual riders also placed orders for custom throws.

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Jane Christina Thomas Louise S. McGehee School By Mallory Lindsly

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alongside my friends and to actually get our hands dirty and make a huge difference in someone’s life. The day was as fun as it was meaningful and I look forward to working with Habitat for Humanity in the future,” says Thomas. Caeli Waldron Hogan, the Associate Director of chapter development at GLI, inspired Thomas to become a student activist. When she first joined GLI Hogan spoke passionately “When you’re involved at at the meetings for women’s and the community level, you really get to see the difference that you girls’ rights, and how to advocate for them. can make,” says Jane Christina Thomas has learned a lot over Thomas, a senior at Louis S. McGehee School, “It is the first the past few years by being an activist. step of activism, and from there “I’ve learned how to advocate one can only expand and reach for change and how to get more people.” other people involved,” says Thomas is a member of Girls Thomas, “I’ve learned how to Learn International (GLI), a program started by the Feminist be an effective group leader by leading discussions and making Majority Foundation. GLI sure everyone has a say in the started as a way for high school direction of the group.” students to learn about female Thomas is looking to attend issues on a global level. Thomas college at a small, liberal arts joined GLI her freshman year, college on the East coast or and now she is GLI’s president her home state of California. at McGehee. She has attended She hopes to continue working regional meetings and even with the Feminist Majority writes for GLI’s blog. Foundation and expand her Thomas was given the reach as an activist for women’s opportunity to help build a right around the world. house through Habitat for Thomas’ experience at the Humanity and McGehee. Her United Nations has sparked her group spend the entire day interest in working as an activist in the 9th Ward painting and overseas, but she also wants to digging out a driveway for a work with the growing number family that needed a home. of women in STEM. n “It was so amazing to work 73

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Beth Harris Owner, Relish By Mirella Cameran

How did you start Relish? My husband and I had a garden center, The Garden Gates, and I ran my business out of the Creole cottage on the property. When our lease came up for renewal we decided we had to move on. My husband still runs The Garden Gates landscaping business and I moved to my current location, right in the heart of Old Metairie. What kind of store is it? It’s an international lifestyle store with goodies handpicked from across the globe. What items do you sell? We offer Bella Notte linens, home décor, clothing, shoes, jewelry and gifts.

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What are you excited about? I have a new jewelry line coming from Moldova. It consists of necklaces, bracelets and earrings. They are poppy flowers that are hand sewn from gorgeous fabrics. I am completely obsessed with them right now. Also, I just returned from Paris last week, so fall fashion. It won’t ship until July, but I’m so excited about it.

Relish 600 Metairie Road, Metairie (877) 780-6699

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What’s unique about your store? I travel to Europe twice a year to seek out things that we just don’t have at market here in the United States.

What are you favorite things in store right now? That’s hard … maybe Mathilde, a French fragrance line that we carry exclusively here in Louisiana. Also, all the spring clothes are going to be fantastic.

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Rachel E. Adams Owner, The Elizabeth Chronicles By Mirella Cameran

How did you start The Elizabeth Chronicles (TEC)? TEC started as a blog, then we added the online tee shop. From there the brand has evolved into a brick-and-mortar. The plan is to keep the growth going! How would you describe the things you sell? We sell a curated mix of gifts, party items and décor, along with a polished collection of clothing and accessories. All of these items are at a great price point. What are your favorite items right now? I love everything we have coming in for spring. It’s light and airy, with a splash of blush tones.

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What are your best sellers? Our best sellers are our gem soaps, clothing and jewelry. What makes the TEC store unique? The great thing about the store is that we offer a little bit of everything, from gifts to cocktail dresses.

Why did you decide to open your store? I have been in retail since I was 18, and I love every aspect of it – from buying to merchandising. Owning a store has always been a dream of mine, and I couldn’t be happier to see this little company grow into something I’ve always dreamt of. How’s business? Business has been great; the holidays were very good to us. The support we’ve received has been amazing as well. Is there anything coming up you would like to share? We have some great collaborations with local businesses in the works.

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Contrary to popular opinion, it’s easy being green. These green fade sunglasses are made by Morgenthal Fredric, also available in red, green, white and ivory.

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Feet First Stores Uptown 899-6800 French Quarter 569-0005 If comfort is key, these Keds platform camo lace-ups are the perfect St. Paddy’s parade route companion. Added bonus: You can stash them away for the fall hunting season.

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Avoid getting pinched this St. Patrick’s Day with a green NOLA Couture tie.

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Enjoy the luck of the Irish with this Herend handpainted four-leaf clover.

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1. Edmund Redd, Anne Redd, Fleming Redd, Elizabeth Redd, Ella Flower and Walter Flower are pictured at “An Elizabethan Evening” themed black-tie party on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at the home of Anne and Edmund Redd, who co-hosted the evening honoring Elizabeth Fenner French and Elizabeth Flower Redd with Laura and Hardie French and Rebecca and L. Eades Houge, along with grandparents Flora and Ron French and Ella and Walter Flower. The honorees wore Elizabethan-inspired dresses created by Suzanne Perron St. Paul, which had detachable ball skirts that revealed cocktail dresses. 2. Ron French, Flora French, Elizabeth French, Randolph French, Laura French and Hardie French enjoyed cuisine by Ralph Brennan Catering. Belladeux Event Design and Gulf Coast Rentals were integral in helping the hosts create the overall look and in making sure the night’s events went smoothly. Floral arrangements were created by the honorees’ grandmothers and led by a close friend of Beck Hogue’s family, Matt D’Abadie. 3. Guests were invited via a hand-delivered scroll adorned with art by Patricia Hardin. Redd and French family crests were illuminated on the home, where guests were greeted with a tent featuring cocktails and music by the John Parker Trio. After entering the main area, there were separate areas for food and photos (a mirrored photo both was complete with costumes). The band Simply Irresistible kept guests on the dancefloor until midnight, when dancers could don headphones for a silent disco djayed by Silent Storm. 4. Honoree Marcia Madeline Conwill and Danny Conwill IV at “Late Night at the Emerald City,” which was held on December 23, 2016, at the Sugar Mill to honor Marcia Madeline Conwill by Danny and Mary Clare Conwill IV. All décor, flowers and production were led by Mimi van Wyck of Van Wyck & Van Wyck. 5. Honoree Marcia Madeline Conwill made her entrance à la Glinda, in a space transformed. Elaborate catering was provided by Joel’s. Guests were entertained during cocktail hour by pianist David Torkanowsky inside a tent that replicated the Conwill home, complete with furniture, tapestries, chandeliers and a Christmas tree. 6. Guests were greeted in Kansas surrounded by cornstalks, and then took a trip down the yellow brick road. Acrobats dressed as flying monkeys, and a Scarecrow contortionist, fire-breathing Tin Man, hand balancing Lion and stilt-walking Glinda performed among the guests. There was also entertainment by Galactic, Trombone Shorty, Mystikal and DJ Sam French, along with rainbow lasers and flashes of neon. 78 st. charles Avenue MARCH 2017

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1. Hosts James and Sheila Favrot, Jim and Stephanie Huger and Merritt and Elly Lane at a debutante party for Anna Huger, Caroline Favrot and Caroline Lane held at the New Orleans Country Club on December 31, 2016, themed “A New Year’s Eve Celebration: Dinner and Dancing Under the Oaks.” 2. Honorees Anna Huger and Caroline Lane wore dresses by Suzanne Perron St. Paul, and honoree Caroline Favrot wore a dress by her aunt, Kathleen Van Horn of KVH Designs. The NOCC provided a lavish menu, with St. James Cheese Company adding an ample cheese service. Zoë’s Bakery created a dessert spread that took on the look of a fairytale forest. Late-night areas were separated into two sophisticated lounges, one featuring a sampling of cigars. The evening was coordinated by Elizabeth Kelleher of In Any Event. 3. The invitation was designed by Gretchen Howard. Urban Earth Studios created a fantastical feel, complete with a fireplace covered with a wooden wall featuring each of the honoree’s first names on banners held by birds; handmade trees; many lavish floral arrangements; and a wall that greeted guests that was separated into section of flowers and cloth through which hands appeared handing out champagne by the glass. Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters provided entertainment, and late-night music was provided by DJ Mannie Fresh.

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1. Angele Davis, Derrick Tab and a Tipitina’s Foundation Intern Band member at the Tipitina’s Foundation fundraising luncheon, held at the Orpheum theater in October. The event included lunch created by chef Donald Link and the Link Restaurant Group, and special performances and presentations. 2. Harry Shearer and Mary Von Kurnatowski share a smile at the Tipitina’s Foundation fundraising luncheon. Guests were treated to performances by the Tipitina’s Intern Band, the Revon Andrews Trio, Sophie B. Wright Charter School Band and the Delores T. Aaron Academy Band. 3. Richard Roth poses with Kristin and Michael Shannon at the Orpheum Theater for the Tipitina’s Foundation fundraising luncheon. Proceeds from the day benefitted the foundation’s four main educational programs, including “Instruments A Comin’,” Tipitina’s Internship Program, Sunday Youth Music Workshops and their Music Office Co-ops 4. Alden Fontenot, Daniel Womac and Alli Craig attend the “Appetite for Art” dinner, hosted by Upturn Arts. The dinner was held at Casa Borega and included a second-line, a three-course meal prepared by local chefs and special performances. 5. David Shaw of the Revivalists poses with the kids of the Upturn Arts Ensemble after their performance at the fourth annual “Appetite for Art” dinner. All proceeds from the event benefited the Upturn Arts Center to support their mission to provide art enrichment to children from any income level. 6. Kim Payne Allen, Taylor Spectorsky and Emily Rush attend “Martini Madness,” hosted by Friends of City Park, which collaborated with Republic National Distributing Co. to raise money for renovations to City Park.

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7. Billy Slaughter and Nicole Chauvin at “Martini Madness,” held at the Arbor Room in Popp Fountain. The 2016 event was sold-out and attended by over 1,000 guests, and featured 30 different martinis and food from more than 25 different local restaurants. 8. Jeanette and Harold Simmons at the “2016 Grand Golden Gamble,” where over 150 guests raised funds for Long Vue’s educational field trips, gardening activities and their ever-changing art exhibitions 9. Long Vue Board President Dr. Carol Reese and curator Lenora Costa pose with Randy Bonneval at the “2016 Grand Golden Gamble.” The theme for the event was inspired by Elvis’ 1970s performances in Las Vegas and featured casino-themed raffles, libations by Cocktails & Sons, food from Joel Catering and desserts from Sucré. 10. Britton and Julie Chauvin attend “Scales and Ales” at the Aquarium of the Americas on September 30. This year’s event was sold-out and attended by over 3,000 guests who enjoyed exclusive food and drinks from local bars, breweries and restaurants. 11. Chris and Casey Zainey celebrate with Kristi and Thomas Diano at the sixth annual “Scales and Ales” event, which transformed the Aquarium of the Americas into a unique party with entertainment from The Chee Weez, The Sirens and DJ Brice Nice. 12. Michelle and Jonathan Bourg pose in front of the illuminated jellyfish created for the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas annual “Scales and Ales.” The night raised over $850,000 for the aquarium’s education and conservation programs and stayed green by providing rinsing stations for guest’s plastic souvenir cups. 83

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Through June 28



March 24-April 2 & 13-15

The Vic-Tones

Great Scott! Joplin in the Quarter with Pianist Richard Dowling

“Stars of American Ballet Encore!”

Dividing the Estate

Watch this dynamic male vocal trio sing 1940s standards like “Chatanooga Choo Choo” and “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans” every Wednesday through June. The Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., 528-1943, 7-12

Pianist and former New Orleans International Piano Competition gold medalist Richard Dowling performs a selection of Scott Joplin’s masterpieces in honor of the 100th anniversary of his death. Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081,

An elite, all-star ensemble of ballet dancers perform classical masterpieces by Ulysses Dove, George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon and more. Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., 525-1052, 19

Beautiful – the Carole King Musical


Circus Parade


The early life and music of singer Carole King is depicted in this Tony Award-winning jukebox musical. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

New Orleans’ live, ongoing soap opera enters its seventh season as sisters Chanel and Cartier continue their outrageous adventures. The Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave., 522-6545,

The Louisiana Philharmonic’s final family concert of the season goes under the big top for a performance of carnival-themed music. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,



Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps


Brain Candy Live!

Ricky Graham directs the comedic spoof of the classic 1935 Hitchcock thriller with only four actors playing over 150 characters. It is part whodunit, espionage thriller and slapstick comedy. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475,

“Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5”

Described as “a cross between TED talks and the Blue Man Group,” Adam Savage and Michael Stevens show off crazy toys, incredible tools and mindblowing demonstrations. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,



Biloxi Blues

Augustin Hadelich Plays Bartok

Tarzan: The Musical

Superstar violinist Augustin Hadelich joins the Louisiana Philharmonic for Bartok’s Transylvanian Dances. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

Based on the 1999 Disney blockbuster, the musical follows the adventures of Tarzan, the boy raised by apes. Phil Collins provided music and lyrics. Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, 731-4700,

Neil Simon’s award-winning comedy focuses on a young writer negotiating the trials of boot camp during World War II in Biloxi. The Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., 528-1943,

Aside from the titular symphony, this show features world-renowned cellist Jesus Castro-Balbi tackling Witold Lutoslawski’s ground-breaking Cello Concerto. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

18 Bill Maher

Comedian and HBO host Bill Maher brings his scathing political commentary to the Crescent City for one night only. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

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March 23-April 22

23-24 “Classical Mystery Tour: Music of the Beatles”

The Louisiana Philharmonic performs over 30 classic Beatles songs in honor of the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

A mother and her three children squabble over their family’s land in this dark comedy by Horton Foote. Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081, 25-26 Chris Rock: Total Blackout Tour

Comedian, actor, author and director Chris Rock returns to stand-up for two nights at the Saenger. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, 29 Brian Wilson Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour

Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson performs the legendary album Pet Sounds in its entirety. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, 31 Faust

This timeless opera tells the story of a man willing to sell his soul to the devil for a chance at happiness and love. Sung in French with English text projected above the stage. Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., 525-1052,

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Giving Thanks The St. Joseph’s Day Altar tradition By Seale Paterson

in New Orleans in the late 1800s, bringing many customs and traditions with them. One in particular has had a lasting impact on New Orleans: the St. Joseph’s Day Altar. Started as a way to give thanks to St. Joseph after relief from famine and drought in Sicily, this centuries-old tradition presents the best of the harvest on an altar on St. Joseph’s Day, March 19, in recognition of blessings granted. Private homes built altars, some of them very elaborate, and had them blessed by priests. Advertisements in newspapers starting in the early 1900s gave notice of these altars, inviting strangers into private homes to partake in the tradition. Many of these homes were located in the lower French Quarter, but also in Kenner and Algiers. Palm fronds on front doors also notified priests and pilgrims to which homes had altars.

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Visitors would leave with bags filled with pieces of bread (said to protect the holder from bad weather), medals of St. Joseph, cookies and lucky dried fava beans (to ensure the holder would not go hungry or poor). Leftover food and monetary donations were given to the poor, often through the church or other charitable organizations. Visiting altars was also used by some as paths to wish fulfillment. In 1943, one woman claimed that making the same wish at nine different altars in the same day would result in that wish being granted. Another claim was that an unmarried woman who secretly steals a lemon from an altar will soon get a husband. Altars were also hosted in commercial establishments (Angelo Brocato’s and other Italian restaurants), churches and even at the Delgado Museum of Art, where it was first presented in

1965 in front of a previously undisplayed 18th century painting of St. Joseph. Today, altars are still held in private homes, but have also sprung up in less traditional places, such as bars, hotels and Rouses grocery stores. n Home altars, like this one from 1960, were decorated with candles, flowers, foil, crêpe paper, statues of saints, wine and, most impressively, the food: bread baked into shapes representing Joseph (his beard, staff and hammer), pupi con l’uovo (bread shaped like a basket and cooked with dyed eggs set into it), stuffed artichokes, myriad vegetables, pasta Milanese, frittatas, lots of seafood (many included 12 whole fried trout to represent the 12 apostles) and cookies (anise and sesame seed are the most traditional). Some of the most eye-catching items are the fig cakes, which are, like the bread, sculpted into various religious symbols (sacred hearts, chalices, etc.) with fig filling adding artistic flairs. This altar also has a book-shaped portrait cake with an image of the Holy Family on it.

Photo provided co urtesy of t he Louisian a Division o f the N ew Or lean s Publ ic Library.

Sicilian immigrants started arriving