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The 35th annual “Howling Success” patron party and gala benefiting the Louisiana SPCA is sure to be a memorable event that will greatly impact the over 20,000 animals that come through its doors each year. The event will take place in the Hyatt Regency New Orleans’ Empire Ballroom on Saturday, November 2. The organization’s current initiative, The Capital Campaign, was launched shortly after Hurricane Katrina and is aimed to expand their facilities in order to provide even more services to the city’s animals. Join LA/SPCA Vice President and Capital

Campaign co-chair Jackie Shreves, LA/SPCA Foundation chair and Capital Campaign co-chair Susan Hess, celebrity chair Angela Hill and General Manager of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, one of the event’s title sponsors, Michael Smith as

they celebrate 125 years of the LA/SPCA. The 610 Stompers will delight fans with a special anniversary performance and New Orleans Saints Mascot, Gumbo, will make his rounds. The patron party and gala will include signature dishes from landmark restaurants, specialty drinks, unique auction items and mingling with guest celebrities while benefiting the animals of the LA/SPCA. Sasha Masakowski will perform at the patron party held before the main gala event. Then New Orleans’ own Jubilation! will rock the gala until midnight and will be sure to keep everyone on their paws. n

Special thanks to LA/SPCA Development Director Dean Howard for all of his assistance. Photographed by Jeffery Johnston | 1

contents features 20 Spotlight on a Worthy Cause

The 75th anniversary of March of Dimes honors 29 outstanding individuals.

22 Festive Freedom

The Whitney Bank Victory Ball honors those who served.

24 A Cause for Celebration


The National Kidney Foundation celebrates Dr. Eric E. Simon.

26 The Little Red Dress

The African American Heritage Program raises funds with style.

28 Take a Bow

New Orleans Shakespeare Festival kicks off of its 20th season.

30 Exploring New Orleans’ Opulence THNOC hosts its annual “Antiques

Forum Speaker/Sponsor Dinner.”

32 Ladies Who Lead

New Orleans Magazine hosts its annual “Top Female Achievers Luncheon.”

34 A Night of Intrigue and Art


The CAC throws its annual “Bourbon and Burlesque” extravaganza.

36 White Hot Night

The CAC and Whitney Bank celebrate the Arts District.

38 A Cocktail’s Rebirth

Tales of the Cocktail puts a new spin on the Gin and Tonic.

41 What to Wear & What to Bring

Local retailers offer the inside scoop on holiday attire and hostess gifts.

44 Old Dog, New Tricks

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Local antique experts discuss modern trends in an old-fashioned industry.

46 Emerging Cancer Technologies

What oncologists want you to know.

contents in every issue 8 A Note From Bev 10 Cruisin’ the Crescent 12 Fighting Thinning Improving the condition of your hair. 14 What’s Hot: Art 16 On the Menu


A Better Boudin: Chef de Cuisine David Slater fills us up with Boudin Sausage with Beer Braised Onions, served with Southern Cooked Greens, Coarse Grain Mustard and Emeril’s Homemade Worcestershire Sauce.

18 The Dish

Noteworthy Newbies: Three diverse restaurants to try now.

61 Performing Arts OnStage Performance Calendar 70 Vintage Wedding Jean Mirandona to James Howard Gibert Sr. 72 With This Ring


Ainsworth – Hines

74 Young Bloods

Richard A. Pomes: Co-founder, RapJab

75 Student Activist

Catherine Sisung: Cabrini High School

76 Shop Talk

Mimi Robinson: Owner, MIMI

77 Shop Talk

Blythe Wren: Owner and designer, Wren’s Tontine Shade and Design

82 Snapshots

88 Nostalgia Tackling Traffic: The Teenage Traffic

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Safety Council was formed to save lives.

New Orleans’ definitive social magazine october 2013 / Volume 17 Issue 5

Editorial Executive Editor Bev Church Editor Morgan Packard Art Director Tiffani Reding Amedeo Beauty Columnist Cat Wall Aschaffenburg Society Columnist Shelby Westfeldt Mills Associate Editors Haley Adams, Lauren LaBorde Intern Paige Nulty and Nina Takahashi

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events OCTOBER 3 “Kenner Food and Wine Experience,” benefiting Raintree Children and Family Services, Chateau Golf and Country Club, 467-1351

Animals & Art We are so proud to present the LA/SPCA’s “Howling Success” on our cover this month! The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was chartered in 1888 and has advocated for and protected the animal community by providing care for over 20,000 homeless animals. Our cover represents some of the important people who believe in this mission! Thanks to LA/SPCA Vice President and Capital Campaign co-chair Jackie Shreves, LA/SPCA Foundation chair and Capital Campaign co-chair Susan Hess, celebrity chair Angela Hill and General Manager of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, one of the event’s title sponsors, Michael Smith. The event this year is on November 2 at the Hyatt Regency and will also celebrate the past 125 years of the LA/SPCA! Katherine LaNasa, Grant Snow and Angela Hill will lead the festivities that include Sasha Masakowski for the patron party, Jubilation! for the main event, a special presentation by the 610 Stompers, 30 plus fabulous restaurants, an open bar and unique auction items, all to benefit the animals. Thanks to co-chairs Christine Fontana and Suzanne Lanks, who want you to call 762-3300 or email Dean@ for more information and to purchase tickets. We have a very full issue this

month, so get ready! What’s Hot is featuring Art, just in time for “Art for Arts’ Sake.” Cancer has affected so many of our friends and relatives, so we’re featuring an article on cancer awareness and letting you see what new local technologies are available in this never-ending search for a cure. We also have two special sections now that the holidays are upon us, Antiques and Holiday Entertaining, where we give you useful tips on what how to shop for antiques in a modern world, and what to wear and what to bring to a holiday gathering. If you’re interested in the Panama Canal, my brother and sisterin-law (both art historians and professors at Tulane University) have written a new book written in both Spanish and English, The Panama Canal and its Architectural Legacy [1905-1920]. Tom Reese was Deputy Director of The Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities in L.A. for 13 years and is now the Executive Director of Tulane’s Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Carol McMichael Reese is Christovich Associate Professor at Tulane’s School of Architecture, where she teaches architectural history and theory. They have been interested in Panama for over 13 years and wrote this book so

4 Exhibition Gala for “The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots,” benefiting Catholic Cultural Heritage Center, 525-5985

both the citizens of United States and Panamanians would have a better understanding of what the complexities of building the canal and its communities were, and the people who were most important in its completion. They had to literally build a town with infrastructure from the ground up! Tom and Carol presented the detailed study entitled “ Entering The Canal Zone” as a lecture for the eighth Panama Art Biennial at Tulane. Have a safe Halloween and a wonderful fall season of great fundraisers that make our city so strong and vital! n

– Beverly Reese Church

It is time once again for Avenue’s Activists of the Year! This year we’d like to hear from you: Who do you think should be this year’s Activist of the Year? Email Bev and Morgan your nominee with his or her contact information and why you think he or she deserves this honor. Send your submission to Morgan@ before Monday, October 21, and look for our Activists cover and feature in our December issue.

New Orleans Friends Of Music board member Michael Harold and “Applause!” co-chair Elizabeth Gross with Friends of Music President Margaret Shields. The season kicks off at Tulane’s Dixon Hall October 21 with the Harlem Quartet. For details and to purchase season tickets, visit or call 895-0690. Friends of Music is one of the city’s most enduring all-volunteer music organizations, presenting the world’s finest chamber music for 59 seasons. “Applause!” is a new volunteer initiative of the group, and is seeking members to assist with all aspects of the concert season. Please visit their website for more information.

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4 “The Good Shepherd School Gala,” benefiting The Good Shepherd School, 343-0678 4 “Helluva Hullabaloo,” benefiting Tulane Empowers at Tulane University, 314-7639 4 “Fais Do Do,” benefiting Woman’s New Life Center, 496-0121 5 Fight for Air Walk, benefiting American Lung Association, 828-5867 5 26th annual “Walk for Education,” benefiting United Negro College Fund, 581-3794 7 “Gala at Galatoire’s,” benefiting the Vieux Carré Commission Foundation, 342-4760 9 “Good Kids + Good Health = Good Students Gala,” benefiting Childhood & Family Learning Foundation, 523-1193 11 33rd annual “Century Club Gala: Rollin On the River,” benefiting Ozanam Inn, 523-1184, OzanamInn. org 11 “CADA Carnivale,” benefiting the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 821-2232 11 “Monster Dash,” benefiting the Louisiana Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 455-5194

11 “Louisiana International Trade Gala,” benefiting The World Trade Center of New Orleans, 619-9834

19 Third annual “Costume Cruise Fundraiser,” benefiting Alternatives Living, Inc., 400-3580

11 18th annual “Pasta & Puccini,” benefiting the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, 456-9627

19-20 “Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré,” benefiting Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré, 529-9755

12 “Bra-Veaux!,” benefiting Hadassah, 858-3833

20 “2013 Autumn Affair Garden Party,” benefiting Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful, 671-3813

13 10th annual “Blessed Francis Seelos Gala Dinner,” benefiting the National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, 525-2495 13 “Feast with the Stars,” benefiting Parkway Partners, 620-2224 15 “Celebrity Waiters VII,” benefiting Bridge House/ Grace House, 821-7135 15 “Fall into Fashion Party,” benefiting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra/ Symphony Volunteers, 866-1672 16-20 “Key to the Cure Charity Shopping Weekend & Kickoff Gala,” benefiting Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium/Key to the Cure, 888-7608 17 Sixth annual “Lambeth on Broadway,” benefiting Lambeth House Foundation, 865-1960 18-19 “Ghosts in the Oaks,” benefiting Friends of City Park, 483-9376 18 “Magic in The Moonlight,” benefiting The Botanical Garden Foundation, 483-9386 18 “Up on the Roof,” benefiting The Foundation at East Jefferson Hospital, 456-5119 19 15th annual “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk,” benefiting the American Cancer Society, (800) 227-2345,

23 “Volunteer Activists Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show,” benefiting St. Elizabeth’s Guild, 236-8720 23 “Ten Outstanding Persons Gala,” benefiting Family Services of Greater New Orleans, 252-9225 25 “Catholic Charities Pro-Life and Adoption Services Reception,” benefiting Catholic Charities Access & Adoption Program, 885-1312 25 “Children’s Hero Awards,” benefiting the Children’s Bureau of New Orleans, 525-2366 25 “Vino on the Bayou,” benefiting the Louisiana Landmarks Society, 482-0312 25-27 “Ghostly Galavant Fundraiser,” benefiting Friends of the Cabildo, 523-3939 26 “Get on Board Non-Profit Board Training,” through the Junior League of New Orleans, 891-5845 26 “Race for the Cure,” benefiting Susan G. Komen New Orleans Affiliate, 455-7310 26 “O What a Night Gala,” benefiting the Ogden Museum of Art, 539-9616 28 Seventh annual “Golf Tournament,” benefiting New Orleans Medical Mission Services, 392-1934 n

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cruisin’ the crescent

By Shelby Westfeldt mills

New Orleans is known for so many things – seafood, Carnival, Jazz – but we tend to forget the history and relationship between coffee and this city. Coffee has been one of New Orleans’ oldest and most profitable imports since the mid-1800s due to our proximity to Central and South America. Because of this, the caffeinated drink has become so much more then waking us up in the morning; it’s part of our culture. New Orleans was one of the first cities to make it a social drink by initiating “Coffee Breaks” in the 1920s. Today coffee isn’t just a drink to us; it’s an event. We gather over iced coffee on a hot afternoon, café au laits mid-morning and coffee and chicory after dinner. Whether it’s the delicious smell of plants roasting coffee wafting through the city or setting your mother’s table on fire while making Café Brûlot at Christmas dinner (Sorry Mom), all age groups spend hours at coffee shops experiencing the coffee traditions. The local coffee industry also holds a lot of traditions. Most of the coffee-related companies haven’t only been in business for generations, they’ve been friends for generations. My family’s company stored the first bags of coffee in a local warehouse in 1936 and have remained friends with the family that owns that warehouse to this day – probably because they let us pay our first invoice with rye whiskey. Today the fourth generation of that company was a bridesmaid in my wedding. So next time you drink coffee, keep in mind the romantic history it has with our city. n

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1. One of PJ’s principal owners, Scott Ballard, with PJ’s Roastmaster, Felton Jones 2. Corrado and Christine Giacona

PJ’s coffee celebrated its 35th year in business with a Back to the Future-themed convention for their franchisee owners and employees. The two-day event included a vendor fair, educational seminars lead by PJ’s Roastmaster Felton Jones and a party at Rock ‘n’ Bowl. PJ’s founder, Phyllis Jordan, also participated by speaking about her time in the coffee industry and how much PJ’s has grown since it opened its doors at the flagship shop on Maple Street in 1978. Today PJ’s has over 65 locations and continues to grow. Look out for their “Black and Gold” blend just in time for football season. (






3. Chip and Rand Mason with Chris Young and Felipe’s and Pinkberry owners Rob and Kit Stumm 4. Ralph Brennan and Matthew Stone 5. Owner of NOLA Socialite Chriss Knight with husband and Pinkberry director of operations Lon Nichols 6. Felipe’s Mid-City bar Manager PJ Hanne 7. Kristi Dalton, Lon Nichols, Courtney Stumm, Maria Leon, Rob Stumm, Sybil Stumm, Celie Howard and Kit Stumm in front of the new Felipe’s

The Pinkberry and Felipe’s family just got a little bigger with the opening of two new stores in the Mid-City Market development. Both new locations hosted grand opening parties on the same night. Pinkberry celebrated by serving their newest flavor “Cookies and Cream” while guests took turns spinning a wheel to win Pinkberry prizes. Felipe’s hosted a party for friends and family next door, featuring Pisco cocktails created by Nathan Dalton and PJ Hanne. Guests danced to music by Julio & Cesar in the new courtyard and sipped Felipe’s signature margaritas.

Heard something interesting for “cruisin’ the crescent?” If so, please send it to: St. Charles Avenue 110 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 123, Metairie, La. 70005 or email: | 11

skin deep

By Cat Wall Aschaffenburg

Fighting Thinning Improving the condition of your hair.

Thinning hair is extraordinarily widespread, yet it’s an issue that’s rarely discussed. Hair can fall out for a number of reasons, including hormone imbalances, poor diet and medication. Ageing also plays its part as the scalp becomes tighter and drier as we get older, which affects blood circulation and the growth of hair follicles. Hypothyroidism, lupus, skin and scalp conditions and even excessive styling are often culprits to hair loss. The smart thing to do is to ask your doctor to give you blood tests to see whether you are anemic (lacking iron) or if you have a thyroid issue – often the most common causes of thinning hair. I can’t stress enough that the first step is to get a medical diagnosis, to understand

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whether the issue is a temporary shedding of hair or something more problematic or even genetic. You can also ask for a referral to a dermatologist or endocrinologist (a hormone specialist) with an interest in hair loss. The good news is that if your hair is thinning because of shedding, the problem is temporary.   Too much shampooing, styling and color treating can harm your tresses. Heat and chemicals weaken the hair, causing it to break and fall out. Often, it’s a combination of treatments – keratin, coloring and blowdrying, for instance – that does the damage. Avoid using appliances that overheat your hair. Set your hair dryer on cool low settings, and minimize use of flat irons. Do not color your

hair more than one or two shades beyond its normal color, because the more severe the color change, the more chemicals you require, which can make hair break. There are also over the counter products that may help slow hair loss. Products like Nioxin salon treatments aim to unblock clogged follicles by “deep cleansing” the scalp. Kerastase Initialiste serum, which contains plant stem cells, works by nurturing the skin around the hair follicles. Clinical trials showed using it for a month made hair thicker, with 93 per cent less breakage. Minoxidil (Rogaine) works on both women and men, although women should use a lower-strength formula to prevent unnecessary side effects, such as facial hair growth. (Note: Always speak to your Doctor

before using a product such as Rogaine/Minoxidil.) Women should not use Minoxidil if they’re pregnant or nursing. Men may be treated with finasteride (Propecia), an oral medication. You can also nurture your hair from the inside. Eating properly all the time is a must, and foods such as salmon, walnuts, oysters, eggs, spinach, blueberries and Greek yogurt have been shown to help. Many people also swear by supplements, such as Viviscal Hair supplements; Biotin; vitamins D, C, B5; and minerals such as Zinc and Iron. 
The condition of your hair doesn’t just affect your looks— it’s an important indicator of your health. If you’re experiencing hair loss, talk to your dermatologist. n | 13

what’s hot

By Nina Takahashi

Art Although each year the New Orleans’ event calendar teems with endless ways to discover the art culture of the city, it can often be a daunting task to introduce a suitable piece into the domestic sphere. Let not your heart be troubled, for we have brought together pieces from the city’s most notable galleries perfect for the home that satisfy personal tastes across the artistic spectrum. From the avant-garde to the surreal, these various mediums of expression will add the character you’ve been searching for to your home.



1. Opening on October 4, “Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise” will be the largest presentation of Newcomb arts and crafts in more than 25 years. A beautiful book featuring the pieces from the exhibition and the history of Newcomb Pottery published by the esteemed Rizzoli publishing house will be available for purchase (with a 20 percent discount for gallery members) in conjunction with the show. Newcomb Art Gallery, Woldenberg Art Center at Tulane University, 865-5328, 2. Master of surreal photomontage, Tim Hope pushes artistic boundaries while still adhering to principles of composition and structure to create pieces that exude an exquisite other-worldliness. His Continuum Series would be a romantic addition to a room in need of whimsy. Martine Chaisson Gallery, 727 Camp St, 302-7942, 3. William Goodman is a notable mixed media artist whose body of work is characterized by the strong reactions it elicits. This undeniably engaging piece is part of a series of three framed abstracts, “Numbers 18, 19 and 20,” which incorporate elements of abstract painting, collage and photography to tell a truly unique story. Rivers Spencer Interiors, 4610 Magazine St., 609-2436, 14 | St. Charles Avenue October 2013





4. Opening on October 5 (6-9 p.m. during “Art for Arts Sake”) and showing throughout the month, artist David Lloyd uses his signature economy of brushstroke to capture the nuances of lighting as well as varied textures of domestic interiors, from rustic farmhouses, as pictured here in “Abode,” to elegant mansions. Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art, 600 Julia St., 895-7375, 5. François Fressinier is a unique and enchanting modern figurative painter. This piece entitled “Le Vent Dans Les Voiles,” is largely informed by his examination of the relationship between classic Greco-Roman images and more contemporary historical art movements. Martin Lawrence Gallery, 433 Royal St, 299-9057, 6. Part of the Gallery’s recent Broken Snow Globe series, this mixed-media painting entitled “Ever Wonder” is an imaginative study of opacity and transparency. The strong vibrant colors would be perfect in an otherwise understated room juxtaposed against neutral tones. Mallory Page Gallery, 614 Julia St., (337) 280-4684, | 15

on the menu recipe Boudin Sausage with Beer Braised Onions, served with Southern Cooked Greens, Coarse Grain Mustard and Emeril’s Homemade Worcestershire Sauce Boudin Sausage 2 1/2 pounds pork butt, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 pound pork liver, rinsed in cool water 2 quarts water 1 cup chopped onions 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers 1/2 cup chopped celery 4 1/4 teaspoons salt 2 1/2 teaspoons cayenne 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper 1 cup finely chopped parsley 1 cup chopped green onions tops, (green part only) 6 cups cooked medium-grain rice 1 1/2-inch diameter casings, about 4 feet in length In a large saucepan, combine pork butt, pork liver, water, onions, garlic, bell peppers, celery, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Bring liquid to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours, or until pork and liver are tender. Remove from heat and drain, reserving 1 1/2 cups of the broth. Using a meat grinder fitted with a 1/4-inch die, grind the pork mixture together with 1/2 cup of the parsley and 1/2 cup of the green onions. Turn the mixture into a mixing bowl. Stir in rice, remaining salt, cayenne, black pepper, parsley and green onions. Add broth, 1/2 cup at a time, and mix thoroughly. Either using a feeding tube or a funnel, stuff the sausage into the casings and form into 3-inch links. Bring 1 gallon of salted water to a boil. Poach the sausage for about 5 minutes, or until it’s firm to the touch and plump. Remove from water and allow to cool. (Note: sausage may also be grilled and/or pan sautéed after brushing with a little oil if preferred.) Yields 4 1/2 pounds

A Better Boudin Chef de Cuisine David Slater fills us up with Boudin Sausage with Beer Braised Onions, served with Southern Cooked Greens, Coarse Grain Mustard and Emeril’s Homemade Worcestershire Sauce.

Emeril’s 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393,

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Beer Braised Onions 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, plus 4 Tablespoons softened 8 cups thinly sliced onions 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 12-ounce bottle American-style lager, such as Budweiser Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Mound the onions in the pan and add salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook, stirring as needed, for 10 minutes or until onions are softened and lightly caramelized around the edges. Add beer and cook 25 minutes longer, or until most of the liquid has evaporated and the onions are very soft and flavorful. Remove the pan from heat and allow the onions to cool slightly. Serves 4 to 6 The above should be served with cooked greens, coarse grain mustard and Emeril’s homemade Worcestershire sauce. All recipes courtesy Emeril Lagasse, Emeril’s Restaurant, copyright MSLO, Inc., all rights reserved. photographed by jeffery johnston | 17

the dish

By Gwendolyn Knapp


A house bowl of ramen and a watermelon flavored shrub soda at Noodle & Pie

The acareje (black-eyed pie fritters stuffed with cashew peanut and coconut paste) aren’t to be missed at Café Carmo – whether or not you order them with shrimp or vegan-style. This quiet little tropical café in the Warehouse District blends exotic flavors with healthier fare, including a wide range of vegetarian and vegan options. Obscure fruit juices – such as graviola (sort of tastes like pear) and Cupucua (the official fruit of Brazil) – cocktails and adventurous salads abound. But it’s the tropical specialties, especially the daily ones, which really shine. On a recent visit a hot soup featuring crab and shrimp in a tender broth with hatch chiles was evidence of a very talented kitchen, one that deserves a lot more credit than they’ve seen so far.

Noteworthy Newbies Three diverse restaurants to try now. With so many dining options in New Orleans, sometimes we get stuck in the same old rut, often eating heavily or not venturing away from Cajun and Creole classics. There are more diverse offerings in town than ever, and here are a few to try now. It is hard to resist a spot like Noodle & Pie; it’s home to ramen galore and tucked inside a former Reginelli’s that the Dante’s Kitchen crew managed to 18 | St. Charles Avenue October 2013

renovate into a space that doesn’t look like a former pizzeria. Here the aqua flooring sparkles like a swimming pool and folks pack the house in close-quarter seating for steaming bowls of noodles and Japanese snack plates that change seasonally. The menu is fresh for these parts, which lack any sort of ramen-mania that has already overtaken places such as New York and even D.C. But now chef Brian Armour is building

a cult following with small plates ranging from a delicate octopus and pickled shrimp salad with tender bits of fleshy meat tossed in a light lemon dressing to the ever sinful corn fritters that go down faster than funnel cake, and are perhaps just as deadly. There are fries dusted in shrimp cracker and served with a sriracha aioli that aren’t to be missed. Same goes for pretty much any yakitori (things prepared on the grill) including the skewered chicken, and the on-trend “hot servings,” including pork belly and marrow bone preparations. But it’s the ramen that’s a true escape. Here, salty and sweet collide in a heartwarming smoked hen broth for the House Bowl, which features tender housemade noodles, a plump egg, pork shoulder, fish cake, bits of greens, mushrooms and nori. If that doesn’t remedy a cold, pretty much nothing can. As for dessert, there’s a reason it’s called Noodle & Pie, and it doesn’t have to do with pizza. Pastry chef Mimi Assad prepares daily fresh pie, such as a luscious Banana Cream and the nearly absurd Bacon Pecan and S’mores pies, and they’re the perfect accompaniment to the meal. Who doesn’t leave happy after pie? Cane & Table is a new bar from the owners of Cure and Bellocq, but it’s not just a bar. It is also

home to one of the best new restaurants in the city, and we’re not talking bar food or small plates. While the craft cocktail bar serves proto-tiki drinks (from the pre-Tiki era), duck beyond the doors into the back courtyard and there you’ll find chef Adam Biderman (the man behind Company Burger) and his sous chef Ean Bancroft preparing a slew of rustic Colonial cuisine to pair with these libations. The jerk chicken is a must-try, but there’s also more than meets the eye here. A roster of Latin infused dishes cannot be overlooked, with skirt steaks prepared with safrito or chimichurri, and rangoon-like congrejitos appearing as small, crispy turnovers filled with creamy Louisiana crab – and disappearing just as quickly. Shrimp poached in butter are served with a refreshing papaya salad that isn’t overtly sweet. There are sides of tostones and plantain dumplings, worthy of ordering on their own. One more thing: for dessert you’ll find elusive rice calas making a rare appearance. There aren’t very many places that serve these deep fried rice fritters of the Creole tradition, let alone in dessert form, perfectly fried and tossed with some powdered sugar – an homage to New Orleans as an historic seaport. n

Noodle & Pie: 741 State St., 252-9431. Cane & Table: 1113 Decatur St., 581-1112. Café Carmo: 527 Julia St., 875-4132,

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philanthropic fun

by nina takahashi


Spotlight on a Worthy Cause The 75th anniversary of March of Dimes honors 29 outstanding individuals. March of Dimes celebrated the organization’s 75th anniversary with its 27th annual “Spotlight on Success Gala” held at Generations Hall on June 14. The evening paid tribute to 29 outstanding young professionals in the local community who are making major impacts on the city. A patron party was held at the Eiffel Society the previous Saturday and included an open bar, food and live music for the organization’s closest supporters. Chris Shirer and Melinda Rome Clements co-chaired the event, while Camille Whitworth of WDSU-TV Channel 6 emceed the evening’s program. This year’s honorees were: Richard Arnold, Steven Aucoin,
Shamier Bouie,
Mark Carter,
Mona Chawla, Alicia Corcoran,
Jeremy Dazzo,
Amarena Diaz,
Mallory Eagan, Jeffrey Fontenot,
Kris Gabik,
Andrea Gilich Jr.,
Allison Gouaux, Megan Hebert, Lori Koepp,
Gretchen Lynn,
Brittany Mulla,
Chandler Nutik,
Lisa Ochomogo,
Cara Raymond,
Andrew Remson,
Caitlin Rolling,
Joshua Rubenstein,
James Sims III,
Bradley Spieler,
Heidi Schwartzmann,
Cassie Schwartzmann,
Melissa Wiseman
and Erin Woods.
 The gala featured cuisine from more than 15 New Orleans restaurants, and the Bucktown All-Stars livened up the night with their characteristic soul. Guests enjoyed an open bar and had an opportunity to bid on a pair of Drew Brees signed cleats. Proceeds from the event amounted to more than $125,000, and benefit the March of Dimes campaign to reduce the rate of premature births, birth defects and other serious threats to babies’ health. n



event at a glance What: “Spotlight on Success,” benefitting March of Dimes When: Friday, June 14 Where: Generations Hall

1. Honoree Kris Gabik, Justin Kennedy and Kourtney Strickland 2. Allison Gouaux and Heidi Schwartzmann 3. Honorees Shamier Bouie, Brittany Mulla and Cara Raymond 4. Carly Clement, Mallory Eagan, Leanne Murray and Paula Keller 5. Jeremy Dazzo, Miss Louisiana Lauren Vizza and James Sims 6. Honorees Gretchen Lynn, Jeffrey Fontenot and Lisa Ochomogo 7. Shelby Wynne and honoree Mona Chawla

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Photographed by Melissa Calico




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philanthropic fun

by Paige Nulty


Festive Freedom The Whitney Bank Victory Ball honors those who served. “On the Front Lines of Freedom” was the theme of Whitney Bank’s Victory Ball held at the U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center of the National World War II Museum on Friday, June 14. Over 400 guests were present for the awarding of the Silver Service Medallion to seven courageous World War II veterans and correspondents. Event chairs Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mestayer and Mr. and Mrs. John Hairston organized this patriotic celebration of the continued loyalty to America that these men demonstrate in their daily lives. The sweet sounds of the Victory Trio filled the center, made more beautiful due to lighting provided by the Solomon Group. Dinner guests sat at tables clad in black and white linens from Tapestry Linens and bedecked with Urban Earth centerpieces, while enjoying Jump, Jive and Wail: The Music of Louis Prima and sampling the best New Orleans-style bites from chef John Besh’s American Sector restaurant. The festivities, hosted by master of ceremonies Herschel Abbott Jr., continued with the music of Sha’On and Success at the fourth annual “Dessert and Dancing Soirée How Sweet It Is!” sponsored by Ms. Nicki Candies of Otto Candies, L.L.C. The Victory Ball celebrated the freedom available in this country but also, and most importantly, the people that earned it. n



event at a glance What: “Whitney Bank Victory Ball Patron Party and Gala: On the Front Lines of Freedom,” benefiting the National World War II Museum When: Friday, June 14 Where: U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center of the National World War II Museum

1. Richard Adkerson and master of ceremonies Herschel Abbott Jr. 2. Darryl and Louellen Berger with Ervin Aden 3. Ann and John Hairston 4. Co-chair Michael Mestayer with co-chair Suzanne and Michael Mestayer Jr. 5. President and CEO of the museum, Dr. Nick Mueller with Nicki Candies and Otto Candies III 6. Gary Solomon Jr., Conway Solomon and Sam Mickal Solomon

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A Cause for Celebration The National Kidney Foundation celebrates Dr. Eric E. Simon. Over 250 guests attended this year’s “Le Gala de la Bonne Vie” benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana (NKFL) held in early June. Chef René Bajeaux of René Bistro served as honorary chef chair of the grand culinary tour. The event honored Associate Professor of Medicine at Tulane University Medical School Dr. Eric E. Simon, who was awarded the Julia Figueroa Award for his long-standing participation and service to the NKFL. Dr. Simon is the program director for the Tulane Nephrology program, a photographer and author. The event featured many of the city’s finest chefs, including chef Matt Murphy of The Irish House, chef Jean Luc Albin of Maurice French Pastries, Patrick Van Hoorebeek of Patrick’s Bar Vin and chef Dustin Brien of Salú. Auction items of note included a beach villa holiday in Ildir, Turkey, a private five-course dinner by chef Bajeux for 10 and a four-course meal with wine pairings by 5 Fifty 5 chef Thorsten Leighty. Entertainment was provided by Batiste Cultural Arts Academy Marching Band and New Orleans songbird Robin Barnes. Over $35,000 was raised to benefit the ongoing efforts of the NKFL. Kidney disease is the eighth leading cause of death in the United States, and NKFL promotes early detection through free screenings and emergency support for patients on dialysis throughout the Greater New Orleans community. n



event at a glance What: “Le Gala de la Bonne Vie,” benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana When: Sunday, June 9 Where: New Orleans Marriott Convention Center

1. Chef Matt Murphy, Marla Donovan and chef Jean-Luc Albin 2. Rene Fransen, Edward Bonin and Patrick van Hoorebeek 3. Chefs Mike Capiton and Kevin White, Shawn Carroll and chef Nick Gile 4. Stuart Simon, Mae Simon and Karen Simon with Dr. Cathy Lazarus and honoree Dr. Eric Simon 5. Chef Jacques Saleun, Laurel Valentino and chef Dustin Brien 6. Dr. Myra Kleinpeter, honorary chef chair René Bajeux and Dr. James Moises 7. Torie Kranze and chef Chuck Subra

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The Little Red Dress The African American Heritage Program raises funds with style. The 13th annual “Ladies in Red Gala” was held on June 14 at the historic Cannery. It honored New Orleans jazz musicians and the arts organizations that support them while raising funds for heritage preservation programming. The event chairs were Nicole Blackmon Lewis and Anna and Adam Breaux. Honorary chairs were writer Michael Lewis and trumpeter Irvin Mayfield. This year’s honorees were trombonist Lucien Barbarin (son, Paul Barbarin, accepted on his behalf); vocalist Leah Chase-Kamata; drummer and leader of Treme Brass Band, Benny Jones; trombonist Freddie Lonzo (father, Freddie Lonzo Sr., accepted on his behalf); NOCCA (President and CEO, Kyle Wedberg accepted the award); and drummer Herlin Riley. Centerpieces at the gala were red roses and custom-made red trumpets by J.R. Portman to complement the vibrant red dresses in the crowd of guests. Silent auction items included two works by Richard C. Thomas: a giclée of a young Louis Armstrong, titled, “Satchmo Cool” and a signed print of “Like Dis,” which was used on this year’s Ladies in Red invitation. The NOCCA Jazz Ensemble provided music for the Patron Party, and Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs kept the night lively during the gala. Proceeds benefit The African American Heritage Preservation Program, an organization that identifies and places plaques on former homes of jazz musicians, raising awareness of the cultural significance of the city’s historic neighborhoods. The AAHP’s My City, My Home program teaches schoolchildren the importance of New Orleans’ architecture, culture and cityscape while they learn valuable life skills. n



event at a glance What: “Ladies in Red Gala,” benefiting African American Heritage Program When: Friday, June 14 Where: The Cannery

1. Honorary chair Michael Lewis, Ramona Baudy, Holly and Geoff Snodgrass 2. Edgar “Dooky” Chase III, Jule Lang, Jackie and Ernest Geor 3. Adolph and Naydja Bynum, Bethany and Eric Paulsen 4. Fredericka M. Flynt with Charles and Vonda Rice 5. Juan LaFonta, Charles Kennedy and the Kennedy financial Group and friends 6. Patricia H. Gay, Mtimishi St. Julien and Marva Arceneaux

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Take a Bow New Orleans Shakespeare Festival kicks off of its 20th season. The “20th Anniversary Season Preview Party” of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival coincided with the final dress rehearsal of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Guests were in awe at the beautiful period costumes designed by Kirche Zeile featured in the play. Tulane’s Lupin Theatre lobby was adorned with Elizabethan-themed floral arrangements provided by Meade Wenzel. Joel’s Cuisine catered with light fare consisting of assorted artisanal cheeses, charcuterie and gourmet mini muffulettas. Silent auction items at the event featured a two-night getaway at the Windsor Court Hotel. Guests were able to enjoy this final dress rehearsal as well as the party, which continued after the play with champagne and desserts. The 20th Anniversary Season of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival that concluded in mid-August included The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and The Taming of the Shrew.  The season was dedicated to the memories of Buzz Podewell and Paul Schierhorn, both founding members of the Tulane Summer Shakespeare Festival. All proceeds benefitted The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, which has made quality productions accessible to the New Orleans community possible for many years.  It has also brought Shakespeare to public and private schools through its Shakespeare on the Road program. n



event at a glance What: “20th Anniversary Season Preview Party,” benefiting New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane When: Wednesday, June 12 Where: Lupin Theatre at Tulane University

1. Ted Martin, Herschel Abbott and Libby and Mark Adams 2. Marie and James Cahn with Tina Abbott 3. Juan Barona, Barbara Motley and Capt. Robert Phillips

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Exploring New Orleans’ Opulence THNOC hosts its annual “Antiques Forum Speaker/Sponsor Dinner.” The Historic New Orleans Collection established the “New Orleans Antiques Forum” (NOAF) in 2008 after Hurricane Katrina in an effort to encourage cultural tourism in New Orleans and southern Louisiana. The theme for this year’s event was “Opulence & Intrigue: Exoticism in the 19th Century,” which addressed the fascination with ancient style reflected in local Carnival designs, jewelry, Middle East-and Far Eastinspired architecture, Chinese art and much more. The event drew over 200 attendees representing 14 areas, including Washington, D.C., Canada and Brazil. The evening’s festivities began with a cocktail reception in the elegant Iberville Salon at the Hotel Monteleone, followed by a seated dinner at 7:30 p.m. in the adjoining salon. Throughout both rooms, tables were set with white linens and adorned with Moroccan lanterns and votives. The Hotel Monteleone provided a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres for the cocktail hour and produced an extravagant culinary tour of the Near, Middle and Far East for dinner. Dessert came in the form of a crown of dark chocolate with white chocolate pistachio Bavarois, sugared jewels and golden nuggets. Heartstrings, a local trio, provided classical music throughout the cocktail hour. Just before dinner was served, the president of THNOC’s board of directors, Fred Smith, recognized all members of the event’s honorary advisory committee and the event’s sponsors. All proceeds benefitted the Historic New Orleans Collection. Founded in 1966, THNOC is a museum, research center and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South region. n



event at a glance What: “New Orleans Antiques Forum Speaker/Sponsor Dinner,” benefiting The Historic New Orleans Collection When: Saturday, August 3 Where: The Iberville Salon at the Hotel Monteleone

1. Speaker Nicholas Dawes and Fred Smith 2. Hunt Slonem, speaker Alison McQueen and Jack Pruitt Jr. 3. Kelly Schulz and John H. Lawrence

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The White Horse by Felix Garmendia, art, gifts and more!!! 3646 Magazine St. | 31

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Ladies Who Lead New Orleans Magazine hosts its annual “Top Female Achievers Luncheon.” Each year, the most influential and progressive females of New Orleans gather to acknowledge the accomplishments of their peers at the New Orleans Magazine’s “Top Female Achievers Luncheon.” This year’s event, held at the W Hotel, included a keynote address by the early childhood education activist and member of the politically influential Landrieu family of New Orleans, Phylllis Landrieu. Landrieu is the co-founder and CEO of Childhood and Family Learning Foundation, an organization that aims to curtail the learning deficits young children experience as a result of health problems and poorquality school environments. She is also credited as one of the founding developers of the Mahalia Jackson Early Education Center. During her empowering speech that addressed the role of women in politics, Landrieu emphasized the importance for women in the political sphere to make a place for themselves and be confident in the message they want to communicate. This year’s Top Female Achievers included: Carol Bebelle, Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin, Gayle Benson, Maria Teresa Blanco, Nancy Cassagne, Sister Carla Dolce, O.S.U., Janet Daley Duval, Betsie Gambel, Patricia Gay, Susan Larson, Dr. Nghana Lewis, Diane B. Lyons, Carol Rausch, Lauren Thom and Beth Arroyo Utterback. Thibodaux Regional and the W Hotel graciously sponsored this year’s event. Guests enjoyed a lunch of gathered baby mesclun greens with spiced pecans topped with Maytag blue cheese and minted cucumber vinaigrette. The main course consisted of a tender pan roasted breast of chicken. The flowers adorned on each table were provided by Grow with Us Florist. The luncheon was a major success, boasting the largest attendance in the history of the event. All proceeds will benefit Grace House. n



event at a glance What: New Orleans Magazine’s “Top Female Achievers Luncheon,” benefiting Grace House When: Wednesday, July 10 Where: W Hotel New Orleans

1. Honorees (standing) Janet Daley Duval, Patricia Gay, Lauren Thom, Carol Bebelle, Susan Larson, Betsie Gambel and Beth Arroyo Utterback; (seated) Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin, Sister Carla Dolce O.S.U., Dr. Nghana tamu Lewis and Maria Teresa Blanco 2. Mike McSweeney, Tom Schlagel, Gary Rubins, Nancy Werner and Terry and honoree Beth Arroyo Utterback 3. Celeste Fox and honoree Lauren “Fleurty Girl” Thom

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A Night of Intrigue and Art The CAC throws its annual “Bourbon and Burlesque” extravaganza. Harkening back to the enigmatic and scandalous days of Storyville, the Contemporary Arts Center held their annual “Bourbon and Burlesque” fundraiser in late June. The CAC, a beautifully converted K&B factory, offered high ceilings and ample space, a perfect venue for the scantily clad performances that took place on stage and in the air at their most talked about event of the year. The event featured delicious bourbon-inspired cuisine and cocktails by Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House, including muffalettas with housemade olive salad, boudin balls with remoulade sauce and a “Topless” oyster bar. The event was produced in partnership with Gwendolyn Entertainment, which created the original décor and centerpieces. The much anticipated burlesque acts featured Fleur de Tease, Reverend Spooky & Her Billion Dollar Baby Dolls, burlesque legend Wild Cherry, Queerlesque and the Storyville Starlettes. Aerial acts by the Mystic Ponies and Angela Eve took place on the first floor in the spacious CAC Atrium. Throughout the evening, music was provided by Jayna Morgan & The Creole Syncopators and Linnzi Zaorski. Republic National Distribution Company featured bourbons such as Benchmark, Buffalo Trace, Old Charter, Russell’s Reserve, Templeton Rye, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve. Raffle items included packages built for swinging bachelors, girls on the town and art-centric families featuring top local restaurants, hotels, spas, boutique bars, and museums. Seven Men’s Magazine provided and hosted the Burlesque Photo Booth with photographer Zack Smith. House of Lounge debuted their new looks in a fashion show. With over 750 attendees, the event was a major success and will benefit the CAC’s year-round artistic programming. n



event at a glance What: “Bourbon and Burlesque,” benefiting Contemporary Arts Center When: Saturday, June 22 Where: Contemporary Arts Center

1. Jamie Munoz, Gay LeBlanc, Maggie Woodruff and Steve Pettus 2. George Becker, Lori Mahfouz, Robin Schwarz and Colleen and Scott Levy 3. Steven Kuy, Ryan Bennett, Cherry Round and Zachary Wool

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Photographed by Frank L. Aymami III

The New Orleans Jazz Institute’s 4th Annual BubbleQ Fundraiser Sunday, October 20th, 3:00-6:00pm

Featuring sparkling wines provided by Glazer’s of Louisiana & barbecue delicacies from local restaurants. The Home of John & Yulia Houghtaling, 4717 St. Charles Avenue Tickets ($75-100) at

Email BubbleQ@ us at theNOJO .com and get a discount c ode for tickets !

A Rhyme & a Song, A Family Literary Celebration Sunday, October 20th, Noon-3pm

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White Hot Night The CAC and Whitney Bank celebrate the Arts District. The much anticipated event was created in the early 1990s to combat the sluggish business the heat of the summer brings with it by reviving an old New Orleans summer tradition in which men and women wore white linen clothing during the hottest months of the year. This year, over 40,000 people donned in head-to-toe white linen converged on Julia Street to sample food from over two dozen vendors and sip on the signature ginger-mint lemonade (adult version) while they gallery hopped and tried to keep cool with complimentary paper fans. Two dozen or so art galleries on or adjacent to Julia Street opened their doors to art lovers, casual strollers and AC deprived people alike, drumming up enthusiasm over the historic arts district. The outdoor celebration included three stages with live entertainment provided by Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes, Erica Falls and The Hot Club of New Orleans Quartet. The “Official Whitney White Linen After-Party” at the Contemporary Arts Center was the place to be after the galleries closed. Partygoers enjoyed the latest pieces on exhibit, danced to the beats of DJ Matty and munched on cuisine from Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant, Mellow Mushroom and the Kupcake Factory. Proceeds from food and drink sales go to benefit the CAC’s year-round artistic programming and the New Orleans Arts District Association. n



event at a glance What: “Official Whitney White Linen After-Party,” benefiting the Contemporary Arts Center When: Saturday, August 3 Where: CAC

1. Robert Adanto, Sarah Burton and Sherry Crawford 2. Leo Hayden and C. Freedom 3. Emily Shields, April McGee, Shaun Norris and Elizabeth Mills

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A Cocktail’s Rebirth Tales of the Cocktail puts a new spin on the Gin and Tonic. The country’s premier cocktail festival, Tales of the Cocktail brings together innovators of mixology and other spirited enthusiasts for a five-day celebration of cocktails, cuisine and culture. They held one of their major events, “Gin and Tonic is Only the Beginning,” in late July in the Nouvelle Ballroom at the Hotel Monteleone. The event provided gin brands such as Brooklyn Gin, Bluecoat Gin, Rives Gin and Citadelle Gin the opportunity to showcase their distinct flavors and for bartenders and mixologists from around the world to put new twists on the classic highball. Over 300 attendees sampled gin and tonic inspired cocktails with unexpected ingredients such as herbs, bitters or even licorice, to highlight the different botanical elements in their gins. Craft tonic brands such as Fever Tree also were a big presence at the event, premiering such new delicious products as Elderflower Tonic. Since its conception in 2003, Tales of the Cocktail has transformed into a major platform for aspiring young bartenders and mixologists to work alongside renowned professionals in the spirits and bartending industry. The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society has produced the event each year since its founding in 2006 and has supported the Cocktail Apprentice Scholarship which allows new talent to partake in the event each year, and the new Apprentice Aid Fund which covers unforeseen medical expenses. n



event at a glance What: “Gin and Tonic is Only the Beginning,” Tales of the Cocktail, benefitting The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society When: Wednesday, July 17 Where: Hotel Monteleone

1. Iris Minkon, Stephanie Dreher, Ron Bruccoliere, Mike Adams, Laura Baker and Dianna Weder 2. Leigh Wright, David Gonsalves and Kate Naglick 3. Susan Whelan, Jennifer Nunnery and Erica Johnson

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What to Wear & What to Bring Local retailers offer the inside scoop on holiday attire and hostess gifts. by Kelcy Wilburn

photographed by cheryl gerber


he rush of the fall and winter holiday season is already upon us – let the party planning begin! From Halloween through Mardi Gras, there’s at least one holiday a month between October and March. Prepare now for an onslaught of invites with the help of local retailers on what to wear and what to bring to upcoming holiday events.

What to Wear

Mimi Robinson, owner of MIMI, is particularly excited for the season as well as the new look and feel of the store. “For holidays, there are many ways to look, depending of course, on the event and your own personal style,” says Robinson. “If you want a wonderful cocktail dress, we love Lela Rose’s collection.” The designer and Dallas native, whom Robinson swears “gets” the Southern woman ethic, will make an in-store appearance at MIMI’s Spring 2014 Trunk Show on November 21. The MIMI Lifestyle, a new store concept, has brought with it new designers in clothes, shoes and accessories, one of which is 3.1 Phillip Llm., a line of versatile, well-priced clothes appropriate for all ages. “Any partygoer wants to look smashing for a holiday event. My advice? Glam it up!” says Robinson. “If not for the holidays, when?” Robinson suggests glamming up

jeans with a sparkling top or a wowing piece of jewelry, and says don’t forget the party shoes. Ron Jones, Store Manager of FeBe, echoes that sentiment. “I think a jean with a wax finish gives a lot of options. They are versatile because you get the look of leather but the wearability of denim.” He suggests pairing the jeans with a cool jacket and ankle booties for a casual get together or a silk top and colorful stilettos for dressier events. New to FeBe this season is Marchesa Voyage, the first ready-towear collection from the Marchesa designers, better known for dressing stars for the red carpet. New shoe collections include Delman, a French line, and Frye, the classic boot brand. Leather is big at the Metairie Road store this fall with new silhouettes in tops, such as peplum details and laser-cut panels. Colors are fresh in skirts and dresses, from warm cognacs to rich merlots. FeBe staff favorites include fall collections from Vince, Diane vonFurstenberg, Theory, Joie and Stuart Weitzman. Leather is big downtown as well, where Sanja Alickovic, owner of Haute, is stocking her boutique with leather designs and other fall must-haves. “We are very excited about the leather pieces perfect for New Orleans’ mild fall weather,” says Alickovic. “Laser-cut tops, moto jackets and flirty skirts will all be highlighted.” Complementing accessories include oversized earrings

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and other fall bling. “Our goal at Haute is to make our customers stand out in a crowd, wearing pieces no one else has,” she says. Haute will be featuring newcomers on the fashion scene this season, ranging from hand-distressed T-shirts to impeccably tailored blazers. They will be hosting a number of events to showcase these new designers while celebrating the store’s two-year anniversary. As to holiday events, “Stay true to your personal style,” says Alickovic. “We love simple, classic shapes with all the right details and embellishments. A sequined pencil skirt paired with a flowy top is perfect for so many occasions, day or night – it’s polished and festive simultaneously.” Ballin’s is currently receiving long and short dresses, as well as attire for any occasion, from designers such as Tadashi, David Meister, Teri Jon, Catherine Regehr, Notte by Marchesa and Lida Baday. As to trends in more casual wear, Cocktail/Evening Buyer Yasemin Iscen says to look for lace and leather detail on pants, tops, skirts and dresses this fall. She also emphasizes embroidery and floral jacquard in dresses and jackets.

“The single most important factor to a successful outfit is a good fit,” says Iscen. “At Ballin’s we love to play with pops of color and balance it with neutral accessories in shoes and purses. From Saints parties to holiday gatherings, great accessories can take your party look to the next level.”

What to Bring

Hostess gifts offer a creative and personal way to say thanks to those who put all the work into providing the fun. From holiday themed decorations to more utilitarian objects, the possibilities are endless. “One of our favorite new offerings are the Charles Viaencin nature-inspired lids,” says Judy at the Rink owner, Kay Fausset. “In fact, I just took them as a gift the other day.” The microwave-safe silicone covers create an airtight seal on any smooth-rimmed bowl or pot. They allow for quick cooking and steaming as well as for keeping food fresh longer in place of foil or plastic wrap. Small vases and drink glasses are also popular at Judy at the Rink. A new line of acrylic cups in the shape of wine, highball and double old-fashioned glasses resemble

Betty Hunley Designs

Waterford crystal, while a locally designed glass line features New Orleans themes and designs. “It’s always fun to get into the theme,” says Fausset, who also suggests holiday decorations such as door decorations, napkins, glassware, candles and more. A year-round carrier of off-white and natural colored hand-rolled beeswax candles, Judy at the Rink brings in red and green for Christmas as well as purple, green and gold for Mardi Gras. Candles are a common theme as hostess gifts, and Rivers Spencer Interiors offers unique collections as well, including VivVeŕe Living Candles. VivVeŕe recently introduced the quintessential Southern scent, “Magnolia and Moss,” to their Chandler Series line of candles. While burning, the golden wax turns to a rich brown. While cooling, a chartreuse hue gradually returns to its original golden state. Additionally, Rivers Spencer recommends gifts such as linen tea towels, soaps, and Lady Primrose lotions and bath salts, simple pleasures that offer both beauty and function. The Rancé line of soaps dates back to 1795 and was historically favored by Napoleon and Josephine. The Rancé family continues the tradition and uses high quality flowers cultivated in the Grasse region of France to produce their extracts, soaps, and aromatherapy products. Hostesses looking for impressive serving pieces or beautiful tablescapes will also find plenty at Rivers Spencer Interiors, such as Michael Wainwright serving platters that incorporate 24 karat gold and porcelain in various artful collections. Hostesses and guests alike will appreciate the designs and

services offered at Betty Hunley Designs. Custom party invitations

and accessories and fine stationery are just a few of the things they do, and a plethora of new designs are available for the holiday season. “Anna Griffin, one of our favorite designers, has a gorgeous collection of intricately cut invitations and we just can’t get enough,” says Tanya Henriques Kinnet, designer at Betty Hunley. “Additionally, we are carrying a selection of Drew Brees Saints Jersey door decorations, which were designed exclusively for our store – a fun item for one of the most festive times in our city.” For hosts and hostesses, Kinnet says to consider the invitation the kick-off. Whimsical printed cups and napkins are fun touches that contribute to the hospitality extended by the host. For guests, Kinnet recommends a simple hostess gift. “Simplicity is valuable. A hostess gift should reflect warm gratitude, which is conveyed best in

simple, personal thought,” she says.

Arrive in Style

Between your wardrobe and impeccable timing, you certainly put the “fashionable” in arriving fashionably late, but the arrival itself should be just as stylish your new holiday garb. “We cater to the personal experience,” says Robert Daspit, owner of Lagniappe Concierge, a luxury transportation and limo service. “Personal parties, holiday events, and romantic dinners – we offer the finest luxury vehicles and offer them at affordable rates,

better than most in the city.” Transportation services such as Lagniappe Concierge have their advantages during the holiday season, including safe travel for those partaking of the eggnog, wine, or old fashions. Limos are also an effective and fun way to impress a date. Those in the corporate world may find it a creative way to show thanks to valued clients and employees. No matter the occasion, traveling in a stylish and worry-free luxury vehicle is a great way to extend the fun beyond the event itself. n

Ballin’s: 721 Dante St., 866-4367, Betty Hunley Designs: 6057 Magazine St., 895-2870, FeBe: 474 Metairie Road, Suite 102, Metairie, 835-5250 Haute: 725 Magazine St., 522-8687, Judy at the Rink: 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018, Lagniappe Concierge: 256-2276, MIMI: 5500 Magazine St., 269-6464, Rivers Spencer Interiors: 4610 Magazine St., 609-2436, | 43

Old Dog, New Tricks

Local antique experts discuss modern trends in an old-fashioned industry. by Kelcy Wilburn

photographed by cheryl gerber


ew Orleans has an expansive antique scene, extending from decades old, established French Quarter dealers to the more recent shops along Magazine Street to the warehouses and flea markets that dot the city’s perimeter. The ways that shoppers can browse and purchase antiques are almost as diverse as the scene itself. As times change, does antiquing also? “The world of antiques is still the same,” says Gerrie Bremermann, owner of Bremermann Designs. “It is the world that’s changing.” A longtime veteran of the New Orleans interior design and antique scene, Bremermann has extensive experience in the industry and has seen decades of change. “I began my interior design career in 1972 and my antique shop in ’82. I have been fortunate in collecting a grand clientele in New Orleans and across the country from Montecito, Calif., to Palm Beach, Fla.,” says Bremermann, who specializes in 18th- and 19th-century French antiques. Bremermann also enjoys decorating with a mix of more modern pieces, from Lucite tables to contemporary art. “The modern world is getting more modern. Social media and technology have made home furnishings more available to the consumer,” says Bremermann. “The modern world buys furniture. The antique world collects for life.”

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Bremermann enjoys helping young clients begin collections, advising them to go slowly and collect the best quality they can afford. When planning for new interior design, she recommends putting one good piece of art or a quality antique into the budget. “Remember,” she says, “you’re

Rivers Spencer Interiors

M.S. Rau Antiques

shopping for life.” A recent personal trend for Bremermann has involved lightening up serious rooms and collections with cleaner, contemporary fabrics and rugs. “All in all, I love it both ways,” she says. Rivers Spencer, owner of Rivers Spencer Interiors, is one of the younger designers in the area. She has taken to social media as a way to build her business and has seen its benefits as a way to reach new clients. “Facebook in particular has generated a lot of interest in my store and design services. I’m meeting friends of friends here and elsewhere that would’ve never heard of me before,” says Spencer, whose Magazine Street store, despite being on the

bustling corridor, is somewhat tucked away from other antique and design stores. Spencer is also taking advantage of Instagram and Twitter to share news of arrivals, artwork and accent pieces. “Being a young person starting in this business, I have found that social media is a major influence with my generation – people in their 20s, 30s and even 40s and 50s are using it in most aspects of their lives. You’re at a loss if you’re not capturing that audience,” says Spencer. Spencer enjoys purchasing antiques and vintage accents with her generation in mind. Her approach is typically to decorate with a mix of soft upholstered and vintage or antique pieces while sprinkling in the modern,

including her most recent love affair with art deco. “Instead of French Provincial, younger generations are leaning toward the 1920s and ’30s – Parisian deco pieces and warm woods,” she says. “There’s been a major shift in buying, as people are bringing over items with cleaner lines. They still have a history and story, but more of a modern look and richness of character and color.” One of the oldest names in the business, M.S. Rau Antiques has been a New Orleans landmark for over 100 years. With a 30,000square-foot showroom, M.S. Rau’s collection spans both centuries and the world. From furniture and silver to jewelry and fine art, M.S. Rau has it all within their museum-like French Quarter gallery, which can be toured both in person and online. “The internet has proven to be a valuable asset to our business and has made the world of fine art and antiques accessible to a broader audience,” says Bill Rau, President Crescent City Auction

and CEO. “We’ve had great successes through our website, as well as through various online trade and social media sites such as” M.S. Rau recently launched as a seller through Amazon, which has greatly expanded their reach. Sure enough, a quick Amazon search renders fine art pieces such as Norman Rockwell’s “Willie Gillis: Package from Home” and Patrick Hennessey’s “Farewell to Ireland.” M.S. Rau’s approach to helping clients is the same whether the client is in the store, shopping online, or on the phone. “We take time to discover their interests, personality, what they’re passionate about – it all adds up to building trust and surpassing their wishes whenever possible,” he says. As to new collectors, Rau offers once piece of advice he describes as “indispensable,” and that’s to be discriminating. Rau emphasizes finding rare objects that speak to you on a deep level. “That’s how collections are built,” he says. “If you do this, you will have a collection that pays dividends every day and can be cherished for generations to come.” Technology has had a significant impact in the auction world, where according to Crescent City Auction Gallery owner Adam Lambert, “If a George Rodrigue comes up for auction in California on a Sunday during a Saints game, one could actually bid live from their phone without leaving their seat in the Superdome.” In this way, the global marketplace has broken down borders for collectors and dealers alike and has immensely affected the industry and its trends. “Things that were hot at auction 10 years ago may no longer be the fad, and items that were soft in the marketplace may now bring in much more than before,” says Lambert. He points

Bremermann Designs

out that now is a great time to buy furniture and rugs, whereas Russian items and Chinese art are now hitting record prices, all of which are affected by the national economy, technology and the global marketplace. Crescent City Auction Gallery specializes in local estates, fine art (mostly regional), silver, jewelry, American, English and Continental furniture and plenty more. Naturally, auctions bring a different approach to buying than hiring a designer or store shopping. For auction clients, Lambert guides them based on where they are in their life and

the stage of their collection. “If the client has just moved to a new house or just started purchasing antiques, we simply tell them to buy what they like,” he says, emphasizing the importance of function and appeal to their personal style. More refined collectors looking for a specific period and style will spend more time making sure a piece is an exact fit. No matter the stage, Lambert suggests buyers have fun with it. After all, if you can’t enjoy the process – the hunt, the purchase and finally seeing it in your home – how will you appreciate the history and the beauty it holds? n

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Emerging Cancer Technologies What oncologists want you to know. By Megan Snider


ocal doctors share with you new developments in cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment, and what you should know about them. Developments Pinpoint Radiation

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needle delivery – radiation is localized, and therefore negative side effects following radiation are more localized as well” explains Dr. Clay Gould, Radiation Oncologist at West Jefferson Medical Center. Thanks to advances in radiation equipment, patients are able to receive more localized treatment than ever before. Through “pinpoint

radiation” or “stereotactic radiation,” doctors can deliver radiation to cancerous tissue and minimize the radiation delivered to nearby, healthy tissue. When faced with the option of surgery or pinpoint radiation, many patients will elect pinpoint radiation, which is more precise, non-invasive and significantly less time consuming. As a Radiation Oncologist at

Touro Infirmary and Assistant Professor at LSU Health Science Center, Dr. Elesyia Outlaw is also enthusiastic about pinpoint radiation. In addition to increased precision, the technology allows doctors like Dr. Outlaw to develop individualized radiation plans that are tailored to a patient’s disease and body structure, as opposed to a one-size-fits-all treatment.

Dr. Outlaw gives the example of radiation for breast cancer: Before, “patients might die – not because of the cancer – but because of scar tissue on the heart caused by the radiation.” In the case of breast cancer, pinpoint radiation narrows the radiation field, allowing for treatment without as much damage to surrounding structures. MRI-Ultrasound Fusion Biopsy

Dr. Sean Collins of East Jefferson General Hospital is a MD Anderson-credentialed Urologist, whose practice focuses on prostate, bladder and kidney cancers. Suspected cancer typically calls for an ultrasound or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Lately, Dr. Collins reports, technological advances have enabled doctors to marry the two approaches in what’s known as an MRI-Ultrasound Fusion Biopsy to diagnose prostate cancer. According to the Journal of Urology, a study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles indicates that this fusion technology is more accurate, “may lead to a reduction in the numbers of prostate biopsies performed and allow for early detection of serious prostate cancers.” Accelerated Partial Breast Radiation

Another encouraging development is Accelerated Partial Breast Radiation (APBR), a procedure that Dr. Outlaw and her staff use after a lumpectomy to kill any remaining cancer cells. Developed in the past five years, APBR works by a catheter insertion of a radioactive “seed” or balloon, like SAVI or Mamosite, in the breast tissue that delivers the radiation quickly and effectively. APBR is a valuable tool for those women who wish to conserve their breasts. Additionally, APBR reduces both treatment and recovery time. “An

early stage breast cancer may now be treated over the course of one week, two times a day for five days,” says Dr. Outlaw. Genetically Based Pediatric Cancer Treatment

“Everyone has a tumor-suppressor gene that should protect us and stop cancer at an immature stage, but some people lose these protections,” explains Dr. Lolie C. Yu, Pediatric Hematologist/ Oncologist and Division Chief at Children’s Hospital. This loss of protection makes understanding the role genes play in pediatric oncology especially important. “The most important step to improve the outcome is to make the proper diagnosis,” states Dr. Yu, and “In order to understand the cancer, we have to understand the biology of it,” she says. Because of the role genes play, two different patients can have two different responses to treatment, despite having an identical diagnosis and treatment. By using translational therapy, that is, taking what’s learned in clinical trials to the patient’s bedside, doctors can improve outcomes. “Once we identify your genetic makeup and how you respond, we can tailor your treatment accordingly,” says Dr. Yu.

Targeted Treatment & Immunotherapy

According to Dr. Vijay M. Patel, Hematologist/Oncologist at West Jefferson Medical Center, Targeted Treatment is an exciting new avenue for patients and doctors alike. Unlike typical chemotherapy drugs, Targeted Treatment drugs can target only the problematic cells and avoid damage to healthy cells, which, as Dr. Yu explains, results in lower toxicity and decreased side effects. According to The American Cancer Society (ACS), Targeted Treatments “[go] after cancer cells’ inner workings

– the programming that makes them different from normal, healthy cells.” The ACS explains that this treatment prevents the cancerous cells from growing and spreading by interfering in “carcinogenesis,” the process by which cells reproduce or form tumors. Targeted Treatment drugs instruct the cell to cease “parts of the cellular changes and signals that are needed for a cancer to develop and keep growing,” says the ACS. Another similar treatment advance is immunotherapy or biotherapy, which stimulates the immune system and enables the body to survey itself and fight only the cells causing the cancer.

BE AWARE Get a Check-up

Though many causes of cancer are unknown, most people are aware of preventative measures that can be taken to decrease the likelihood of getting cancer, including avoiding smoking, tanning beds and drinking alcohol, as well as getting exercise and eating moderately. Aside from behavior modifications, regular check-ups and annual exams are important for monitoring one’s health and detecting problems early. “I am amazed by the number of people that I see who have never been to a doctor,” says Dr. Gould. Selfmonitoring is also important; if someone has an irregularity, he or she should seek out a physician. Rectal bleeding, lumps, bumps, growths or masses can be signs of serious problems. Consider a PSA Test

Prostate-specific antigen (“PSA”) tests aren’t perfect and may miss a cancer (a “false negative”) or wrongfully detect a problem (a “false positive”), which may lead to an unnecessary biopsy. For this reason, The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which conducts reviews of clinical preventive services and makes recommendations for clinicians and health systems, including Medicare, recommends against being screened for prostate cancer. This “irresponsible” position outrages Dr. Sean Collins. “This [PSA test imperfection] doesn’t mean we should stop looking,” says Dr. Collins. Most males will eventually develop prostate cancer, and though not all prostate cancers are harmful, the goal is to identify those that are and treat them early, before they spread throughout the body. According to the American Urological Association (AUA), prostate cancer is the most common non-skin related cancer | 47

in men in the United States, as well as the second leading cause of cancer death in men. The AUA and Dr. Collins advocate for a more measured approach, whereby doctors counsel their patients, who can make an informed decision about whether or not to be screened. Similar to the AUA, “[ACS] recommends that men have a chance to make an informed decision with their health care provider about whether to be screened for prostate cancer,” states Rhonda Mendez, Associate Director and Mission Delivery Communications of the ACA’s Mid-South Division. The ACA recommends that discussions about screening should occur at age 50 for those with an average risk, or at 40 or 45 for those with a greater risk. A digital rectal exam (DRE) may also be done as a part of screening, and the PSA level will impact the frequency for the need of retesting. Dr. Collins states that the screening of men between ages 55 to 69 results in the reduction of mortality rates. Talk About Family History

Breast cancer screenings are very important to women 40 and over, stresses Dr. Outlaw, who says, “some people assume that if they have no family history of breast cancer, they will not get it.” To the contrary, breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women in the United States, excluding skin cancer. Dr. Outlaw wants people to know that “the two biggest risk factors for breast cancer are (1) increasing age and (2) being a woman.” Nonetheless, family history is still important. Talking about and being aware of family medical history can encourage people with increased risk to be screened early. ACA’s guidelines indicate that, “Breast cancer is 98 percent curable when 48 | St. Charles Avenue October 2013

detected and treated in the early stages.” Early detection occurs through Mammography, which can find tiny lumps well before physical symptoms occur. The ACA recommends that starting in their 20s, women should perform self breast exams and receive clinical breast exams every three years, and women should begin getting annual Mammograms in their 40s or sooner if they have a family history of breast cancer. Be a STAR Survivor

Just as diagnostics and treatments have improved, so have post-cancer care techniques. After a good outcome, some facilities offer a comprehensive oncology rehabilitation program. Touro offers “STAR,” which Dr. Outlaw describes as “a multidisciplinary team of doctors, including oncologists, physical therapists, occupational therapist, dietitians and counselors, who help the patient with his or her side effects and getting back into better health status.”

Take Teens and Young Adults to Pediatric Oncologists

Dr. Yu says that a child with cancer should be treated in an accredited, credentialed facility where all subspecialists are available, such as facilities affiliated with Children’s Oncology Group, a national cooperative group studying and developing protocols for pediatric cancer. Additionally, it’s important for people to understand that pediatric oncology includes those from birth to 21 years of age. Science has demonstrated that people in their late teens and early 20s have improved outcomes with pediatric oncology treatments over adult treatments. Because pediatric treatments differ from adult treatments, it’s important the patient sees the appropriate oncologist. Participate in Clinical Trials

In his effort to encourage patients to enter clinical trials, Dr. Yu wants to clarify that clinical

trials are not experimental, but rather a method of collecting data on treatment, side effects and outcomes. These are Phase 3 trials, which use a standard treatment or combination of treatments with additional drugs added to improve the outcome. Phase 3 clinical trials don’t use experimental drugs but rather monitor closely the patient’s status and response to treatment for data collection purposes. Clinical trials also give patients access to the newest drugs available. In the bigger picture, clinical trials improve understanding of cancer treatment. Dr. Yu states that, “In pediatric oncology, the overall survival rate is 85 percent, but this tremendous outcome only came about because most are entered into clinical trials.” Through such trials, the staff is able to refine the treatment needed in a particular situation. “Our aim to provide a cure for every single type of patient,” says Dr. Yu, “and we think we will.” n

“The Book of Mormon” takes the stage at the Saenger Theatre.

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front & center

Celebrating big comebacks


he fall performance season in New Orleans has arrived with added oomph this year, thanks in part to the return of two cultural pillars – the Saenger Theatre and Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré. The doors of the long-dark Saenger have opened to reveal the spectacular historic theatre dressed in the finery of a $50 million renovation. Its managers have booked an impressive array of Broadway shows and other performances to highlight this major comeback on Canal Street. Le Petit, meanwhile, also has staged a return in renovated quarters. It is following up its season opener with a big-name musical and a new neighbor – the theater’s adjoining space now contains the restaurant Tableau, a new eatery from Dickie Brennan. Speaking of returns, the not-at-all marginal New Orleans Fringe Festival will be back for its fifth festival starting Nov. 20. The five-day event has become an important access point for original work and fresh performances ranging from drama, dance and burlesque to comedy, poetry, puppetry and more. See www. for details. Also in November, expect a storm of creative choreography as Tsunami Dance Company serves up its 10th anniversary performance Nov. 15-17. Led by Kettye Voltz, the modern dance company will present Voltz’s commissioned work, “Holding Chaos,” at the Contemporary Arts Center. The work will feature seven original dances, 10 local dancers, an original dance for film and music composed by Eric Laws. See for more.

LPO will feature violinist Karen Gomyo in November.

From Beethoven to ‘Psycho’

The classical music season has begun echoing through the Mahalia Jackson Theater and other area venues as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra presents a season of diverse performances under the direction of music director Carlos Miguel Prieto. Upcoming performances range from Beethoven and Britten to a multimedia presentation exploring Wagner’s opera “Tristan and Isolde.” In between the LPO will offer such eclectic programs as “Psycho: A Symphonic Night at the Movies,” “Cirque de la Symphonie” and “Music of The Doors.” Families may want to reserve the date of Nov. 11, as the LPO offers a Veterans Day concert at the National World War II Museum..

The association will present Marschner’s “The Vampire” Oct. 11 and 13. Based on a ghost story by Lord Byron, the masterpiece created a sensation at its 1828 premiere, according to Robert Lyall, general and artistic director of the New Orleans Opera. “The (work) was a great influence on composers and writers of the Romantic era,” he says, “but our production will present this exhilarating supernatural tale in contemporary New Orleans, the setting for so much of the current fascination of stories vampiric.” Baritone Nicholas Pallesen will sing the role of Lord Ruthven in this spooky and seductive work, with soprano Marjorie Owens as Malwina. A celebration of Benjamin Britten is on tap for November when the opera presents the biblical story of “Noah’s Flood,” followed later by Massenet’s “Cinderella” and Puccini’s “La Bohème.” Ballet shows an international bent

For another program placed in a truly perfect setting, it would be hard to beat the Scottish Ballet’s

Not zombies, but ...

The ongoing popularity of the “undead” in modern media has infused classical performances as well, and the New Orleans Opera Association wants fans to know it’s not to late to “get bitten by opera” this season.

Nicholas Pallesen

Parsons Dance

presentation of “A Streetcar Named Desire” in October. Theater and film director Nancy Meckler, a veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company, teamed up with acclaimed choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa to create this full-length ballet set to a jazzy score. “Florid, poetic, and poisonously beautiful” is how the London Evening Standard described the work. In November, local audiences will have a chance to see another highly innovative program when India’s foremost Kathak dance master Pandit Chitresh Das joins with Emmy award-winning tap star Jason Samuels Smith in a lively blend of classical Indian and American jazz performance, called India Jazz Suites. Later in the season watch for the return of local favorites Diavolo Dance Theater, the Joffrey Ballet and Parsons Dance. In the pages that follow, see many more details about the fall performance season on stages and in other settings throughout New Orleans. Check the websites of each performance company or organization to get updated details about individual schedules, then reserve your seat and prepare to be entertained. Kathy Finn, editor | 53

From Cripple Creek Theatre Company’s “Clybourne Park,” summer 2013

Theater pros keep their message fresh


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he pursuit of excellence, pure and simple, keeps many playwrights, actors, directors and designers pushing the creative envelope. The results of their labors should please audiences who seek out their offerings this season. Southern Repertory Theater has packaged a diverse dramatic season that Artistic Director Aimée Hayes says is filled with “bold stories and really strong central characters” she believes audiences will find irresistible. “The whole season is about risk, whether for love, political power or your soul,” Hayes says. After wrapping up its season opener, “33 Variations,” Southern Rep will next plunge into the Jane Austen classic story of romance and morality, “Pride and Prejudice,” starring Ashley Ricord as Elizabeth Bennet. Then, Southern Rep takes a giant and hilarious leap into the contemporary world of political spin and manipulation, presenting “The Totalitarians” by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. Originally commissioned by the National New Play Network and New Dramatists Full Stage USA program, and developed with help from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the play tells the story of Penelope Easter and her first run for political office. Hayes says the world 54 | St. Charles Avenue October 2013

premiere at Southern Rep is sure to entertain. “Peter is one of the funniest writers writing today,” she says. Judith Hawking will star as Penelope in “The Totalitarians,” backed by local actors Jessica Podewell, Leon Contavesprie and Benjamin Carbo. Meanwhile, Mid-City Theatre, led by Fred Nuccio, will tackle a complicated story of stamp collecting or so it seems. “Mauritius” is a play by awardwinning television writer-producer Theresa Rebeck, whose credits include “NYPD Blue” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” on top of a string of stage credentials. Her history helps explain how she transformed the subject of rare stamp collecting into gripping, entertaining theater. Four Humours Theater’s “Shivaree” featured Ashton Akridge and Mason Joiner.

Harold Gervais will direct “Mauritius,” with starring roles filled by Leslie Boles, James Howard Wright and Joe Seibert. Several local companies known for producing plays with a purpose look to be up to their best this season with productions that reflect a social conscience and taste for relevant issues. The NOLA Project, for instance, launched the season with “A Truckload of Ink,” an original work by local playwright Jim Fitzmorris about a newspaper attempting to evolve and hold on in the Internet age. The company follows that show with “Oregon Trail,” an irreverent comic romp with a computer game mentality, written and directed by NOLA Project founding member A.J. Allegra. And next up is a darkly comic examination of the teachings of the Church of Scientology told through a cast of children performing a nativity play. (See for details.) Cripple Creek Theatre Company, too, has laid out a season as intellectually demanding as befits its history. “Possum Kingdom,” by company founder Andrew Vaught, mixes politics, physicality, music and machines, and asks the question: What do people dependent upon a destructive occupation do when that occupation vanishes?

Slated to run Oct. 18-Nov. 17, the play will be precede Cripple Creek’s productions of “Under Milk Wood” by Dylan Thomas and “The Cradle Will Rock” by Marc Blitzstein. (See www. for more.) Two other veteran theater ensembles have teamed up to shine a spotlight on the crucial issue of the region’s shrinking coastline. “Cry You One”, a presentation of ArtSpot Productions and Mondo Bizarro, will be an outdoor performance about the impact of a vanishing coast on the people who live and work there. The play will run Oct. 26-Nov. 24 at Los Isleños Heritage & Cultural Society in St. Bernard. (See for more information.) Finally, Four Humours Theater unsurprisingly offers the unexpected with Shawn Reddy’s “The Art of Unbearable Sensations,” Nov. 1-18 at Michael’s on the Park. The winner of Chicago’s Orgie Award for Original Playwriting and a “sleeper hit” of the New York International Fringe Festival, the work has received critical praise as a smart and “artfully eccentric” psychological exploration. Directed by Michael Martin with Margeaux Fanning, the production will feature troupe members Vatican Lokey, Stacie LeJeune, Daniel Schubert-Skelly and Aura Bishop. (See www.fourhumourstheater. org for details.) •

Singers and ‘hoofers’ pull out the stops


or people who delight in a high-quality program of song and dance presented by skilled actors dressed in artful finery, heaven has a new name this season: New Orleans. Perhaps more than ever before, the city is brimming with musical theater this fall, to the degree that audiences may find it difficult to squeeze in all their choices. Stage Door Canteen

The performances are slated on stages located from Bywater to Rivertown, but the big news marking the season is the re-opening of the Saenger Theatre after years of being dark and following a $50 million renovation of the historic downtown structure. The theater’s manager, ACE Theatrical Group LLC, has kicked off a splashy season of touring Broadway musicals that this month puts “The Book of Mormon” on the stage. The Tony Award-winning musical, dubbed “best musical of this century” by The New York Times, brings

“Sister Act”

a highly talented cast, lots of laughs and amazingly tight production numbers. In November, “Ghost the Musical” comes to the Saenger, hits including “Age of Aquarius,” and the following month brings “Good Morning Starshine” and “Sister Act,” which is billed as a many more. sparkling tribute to the universal Those who enjoyed a recent power of friendship. The performance of “42nd Street” Saenger’s 2014 lineup, beginning at Rivertown Theaters for the in January, includes national Performing Arts will no doubt be touring performances of Disney’s returning in December when the “Beauty and the Beast, “Memphis” ever popular “Annie” comes to the and “War Horse.” Kenner stage. Directed by Kelly But big talent does not Fouchi, with choreography by dwell only at the Saenger. Just Heidi Malnar, the musical is likely downriver, at New Orleans Center to become a holiday treat for many for the Creative Arts, Broadway at area families. NOCCA continues with an Oct. 7 Rivertown Theaters will follow performance by Jane Krakowski, a that run with an irresistible lineup three-time Emmy nominee for her of pop hits from the ‘50s and role in TV’s “30 Rock” and a Tony ‘60s in “Under the Boardwalk.” Award winner for Broadway’s Directed by Rich Arnold, the “Nine.” production features a quartet of Hosted by Sirius/XM radio personality Seth Rudetsky on piano, the series continues with Patti LuPone (“Gypsy,” “Evita”); Charles Busch (“The Divine Sister”); Christine Ebersole (“Grey Gardens”); and Sutton Foster (“Anything Goes,” TV’s “Bunheads”). Audiences are also Jane Krakowski again being seated at one of the city’s oldest stages, just off Jackson Square in the French Quarter. Le Petit dreamy voices with a big band Theatre du Vieux Carré presents orchestra and cool choreography its first season in several years in a high-energy production that in renovated quarters, and in will have audiences swinging along November will host the ultimate to music of The Beach Boys, The American rock musical, “Hair.” Four Seasons, Motown and more. The story of 1960s teenagers Not to be outdone, Jefferson searching for truth, love and Performing Arts Society is also peace is filled with show-stopping offering a musical blast from the

past this month with “Blueberry Hill, at Teatro Wego! on the west bank. Written and directed by Butch Caire, the touching story unfolds on stage with plenty of musical highlights paying tribute to Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe and others. Throughout the season, beloved musical comedy star Ricky Graham will be making the rounds of local theaters. Late December will find him at Mid-City Theatre where he will join his favorite partners in comedy, Varla Jean Merman, Brian Peterson and Jack Long, for a hilarious musical twist on “The Golden Girls.” Graham will also star in or direct productions at Rivertown Theaters and Jefferson Performing Arts Society stages. Meanwhile, still more musical choices await audiences in the polished, retro theater of the Stage Door Canteen at the National World War II Museum. The canteen’s war-era line-up includes “Thanks for the Memories: Bob Hope and His All-Star Pacific Tour” (through Oct. 20), bringing back the music of Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, The Andrews Sisters and many more, backed by the Victory Swing band. And the series rolls on in November and December with “Jump, Jive & Wall: The Music of Louis Prima” and “A Swingin’ Christmas” presented by the Victory Belles. • | 55


Southern Repertory Theatre

Mid-City Theatre

New Orleans | Box Office: 504-522-6545 |

3540 Toulouse St. (behind the American Can apartments) New Orleans | 504-488-1460 |

Artistic Director Aimée Hayes invites theater-goers to “take a trip with Southern Rep” as this season’s productions go “on the road” to stages around New Orleans. Upcoming: “Pride and Prejudice” (Nov. 13-24). Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Jane Austen novel, Southern Rep presents the beloved story of a strong-willed, independent woman and a handsome man with an intriguing past. At Ursuline Academy Theater, 2635 State St., New Orleans. “The Totalitarians” (Jan. 26-Feb. 23). A world premiere comedy by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, directed by Kenneth Prestininzi, starring Judith Hawking. Penelope Easter’s dream is to serve her country and, with the help of her feisty campaign manager, she might win her first election. At Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. “The Night of the Iguana,” (March 11-April 5). Mike Harkins and Aimée Hayes star in the confession drama considered Tennessee Williams’ last great play. Directed by Phil Karnell. At The Art Klub, 513 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans.

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Scene from “Mold,” April 2013

This welcoming neighborhood theater is a hub of entertainment, from cabaret and comedy to drama. Discover the Bayou St. John ambience of Fred Nuccio’s creative theater. Upcoming: “Mauritius” (through Oct. 12). By Theresa Rebeck. As two estranged half-sisters discover, obsession is a dangerous commodity that makes stamp collecting far riskier than one would think. Pat Bourgeois’ “Debauchery” (Oct. 23, Nov. 20, Dec. 11). Get soaped up with the city’s only live theater soap opera. “6 by 6” (Nov. 13). Discover talent as it arises. Six 10-minute plays by local playwrights doing staged readings. “The Golden Girls” (Dec. 27-Jan. 12). The latest wacky take-off from Varla Jean Merman and “Re-designing Women” co-stars Ricky Graham, Brian Peterson and Jack Long. Come laugh and sing along. “Re-designing Women”


Saenger Theatre

Jefferson Performing Arts Society

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

Jefferson Performing Arts Center: 400 Phlox St. | Metairie | Box office: 504-885-2000 Teatro WEGO! Dinner Theater: 177 Sala Ave. | Westwego | 504.371.3330 |

Broadway does exist in New Orleans – it’s on stage at the grand and historic Saenger Theatre. Fresh from a $52 million renovation, the downtown icon is welcoming crowds of show-goers for a full season of Broadway performances. Upcoming: “The Book of Mormon” (Oct. 15-27). National tour of the Tony Awardwinning Best Musical from the creators of “South Park” and “Avenue Q.” “Ghost the Musical” (Nov. 19-24). The new musical based on the popular film of the same name. “Sister Act” (Dec. 17-22). A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, the show is a reason to rejoice. “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” (Feb. 4-9). The classic musical love story, filled with unforgettable characters, lavish costumes and dazzling production numbers.

Under the direction of Dennis Assaf, the regional theater offers a diverse line-up on stages in two locations. Upcoming: “Blueberry Hill” (through Oct. 6). Written and directed by Butch Caire. A new story of everyday people features classic New Orleans R&B songs by made famous by Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe and others. At Teatro Wego! “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (Oct. 18-Nov. 3). This adaptation is a new and shocking version of the classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror. Rated R. At Teatro Wego! “A Tuna Christmas” (Nov. 22-Dec. 8). Directed by Ricky Graham, it’s Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. At Teatro Wego! Ballet Hysell’s “The Nutcracker” (Dec. 21-22). Featuring the JPAS Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dennis Assaf. At Jefferson Performing Arts Center.

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Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré

325 Minor St. | Kenner | 504-468-7221 |

616 St. Peter St. | New Orleans |

Theatre 13 pros Gary Rucker and Kelly Fouchi are back with another rocking season at the lovely riverside theaters in Kenner.

A new chapter in the history of a storied theater has begun. The newly restored grand dame of local theater has returned.

Upcoming: “13 the Musical” (Oct. 11-20). This grown-up story about growing up is directed by Cherie Ducote. When his parents get divorced, Evan Goldman must move to small-town Indiana and face the horrors of making new friends.

Upcoming: “Hair” (Nov. 8-23). The ultimate American rock musical is the electrifying story of teenagers in the 1960s searching for truth, love and peace.

“Harvey” (Nov. 1-16). Starring Ricky Graham, directed by Gary Rucker. The story of a sixfoot-tall rabbit invisible to everyone except Elwood becomes a fun play for the family. “Annie” (Dec. 6-22). Directed by Kelly Fouchi, choreography by Heidi Malnar. The perfect Broadway musical for the family is set in New York City during the 1933 Christmas holidays. “Under the Boardwalk” (Jan. 10-25). Directed by Rich Arnold. With tight harmonies and cool choreography, the New Orleans Buddies bring pop hit favorites to the stage. “The Ladies of the Camellias” (March 14-29). Directed by David Hoover. The diva of all farces.

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“Golda’s Balcony” (Jan. 24-Feb. 8). The rise of Golda Meir from impoverished Russian schoolgirl to prime minister of Israel is one of the amazing stories of our time. “Death of a Salesman” (May 9-24). Arthur Miller’s masterpiece marks the debut of Le Petit’s educational program, offering select daytime performances for high school students in addition to the evening schedule for a general audience.

classical music performances

Anthony Bean Community Theater 1333 South Carrollton Ave. | New Orleans | 504-862-7529

Founder and Artistic Director Anthony Bean dedicates the organization to developing young talent and providing a stage where novices and professional actors may work together. The situations and characters of the productions reflect issues in the New Orleans community, past and present. Upcoming: “You Don’t Even Know Me!” (Nov. 1-24). An original hip-hop musical drama featuring original stories, songs and choreopoems focusing on the African American male, through the eyes of 17-year-old Jamal, Lil Craze, Jomo and others. “Black Nativity” (Dec. 6-22). Langston Hughes’ classic is the contemporary retelling of the birth of Christ through gospel music, dance and songs. Directed by Anthony Bean.

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra New Orleans | Box office: 504-523-6530 |

Music Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto presents a season of stars featured in a repertoire that spans several centuries. Upcoming: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 (Oct. 24). Featuring Italian pianist Benedetto Lupo. Also, Mozart’s Symphony No. 39. At Mahalia Jackson Theater. “Psycho: A Symphonic Night at the Movies” (Oct. 26). Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts a program that includes Shchedrin and Schnittke. At Mahalia Jackson Theater. “Beyond the Score – The Tristan Effect” (Nov. 2). A multimedia presentation that explores Wagner’s opera from Prelude to Liebestod, with Markus Huber conducting. At Mahalia Jackson Theater. Britten Centennial Celebration (Nov. 22). Featuring Karen Gomyo on violin, with the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans. Baroque Christmas (Dec. 12). Featuring Heather Yarmel, flute; Jaren Philleo, oboe; Joseph Meyer, violin; in performances of Bach and selections from Handel’s Messiah. At First Baptist Church, New Orleans. Benedetto Lupo | 59

classical music performances

New Orleans Ballet Association

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts | New Orleans | Box office: 504-529-3000 | 800-881-4459 |

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts | New Orleans | Box office: 504-522-0996 |

General and Artistic Director Robert Lyall again leads the association in a season of performances by some of the world’s top operatic stars. Watch for Opera On Tap in local clubs.

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.

Upcoming: “The Vampire” (Oct. 11 and 13). Marschner’s masterpiece of 19th-century Romanticism is based on a ghost story by Lord Byron. Its gorgeous musical presentation features Nicholas Pallesen, Corey Bix, Marjorie Owens, Humphrey Davenaut and George Dibdin.

Upcoming: Scottish Ballet’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” (Oct. 4). New Orleans takes center stage in an extraordinary adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece. At Mahalia Jackson Theater.

“Noah’s Flood” (Nov. 15, 16 and 17). Benjamin Britten’s setting of the medieval Chester Miracle Play unites professional and youth musicians in a touching portrayal of the biblical account of the Great Flood. At Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans.

India Jazz Suites (Nov. 8-10). Featuring Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels Smith, in an East-meetsWest collaboration co-presented with the NOCCA Institute, at Freda Lupin Memorial Hall, NOCCA.

Massenet’s “Cinderella” (Feb. 14 and 16). A Valentine’s Day re-telling of the classic French fairy tale, featuring Judith Gauthier, Marie Lenormand, Kathryn Lewek and Francois Le Roux. At Mahalia Jackson Theater.

Diavolo Dance Theater (Jan. 25). Defying gravity with dare-devil stunts and risky movement, it’s dance as an extreme sport. With the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, at Mahalia Jackson Theater.

Graham Wyl i e p hoto

New Orleans Opera Association

Scottish Ballet’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”

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performing arts

By Lauren LaBorde

OnStage Performance Calendar OCTOBER Through Oct. 12 Mauritius Two estranged half-sisters disagree about what to do with their recently deceased mother’s rare stamp collection, and things get heated when seedy collectors get involved. Mid-City Theater, 3540 Toulouse St., 488-1460, Through 20th Blueberry Hill The musical tells the stories of everyday people through classic New Orleans R&B by Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe and others. Teatro Wego! Theatre, 177 Sala Ave., Westwego, 885-2000, 2 “Band Together” The LPO presents a free concert exploring the Saenger Theater’s history and featuring movie and Broadway favorites. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., 523-6530, 4 Scottish Ballet’s A Streetcar Named Desire The company’s dance adaptation of the New Orleans-set Tennessee Williams play is set to a jazz-inspired score. New Orleans Ballet Association, Mahalia Jackson Theater, 801 N. Rampart St., 522-0996,

9 6x6 The showcase includes six 10-minute plays by six local playwrights. Mid-City Theater, 3540 Toulouse St., 488-1460, 11-20 13 The Musical In Jason Robert Brown’s rock musical, a teen moves from New York to small-town Indiana and has trouble navigating the social circles of his new school. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner, 461-9475, 11, 13 Marchner’s The Vampire (Der Vampyr) NOOA’s season opens with the German Romantic opera based on the play Der Vampir oder die Totenbraut. New Orleans Opera Association, Mahalia Jackson Theater, 801 N. Rampart St., 529-3000, NewOrleansOpera. com 18 Beethoven’s Fifth Flutist Heather Zinninger Yarmel is the featured artist. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, First Baptist Church, 1400 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 523-6530, LPOMusic. com

Scottish Ballet’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”

18-Nov. 17 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde The theater presents the Robert Louis Stevenson classic about a man whose experiments birth a villainous alter ego. Teatro Wego! Theatre, 177 Sala Ave., Westwego, 885-2000, 20 Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony Flutist Heather Zinninger Yarmel is the featured artist. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 Second St., Slidell, 523-6530, LPOMusic. com

24 Beethoven Piano Concert No. 4 The concert features renowned Italian pianist Benedetto Lupo. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahalia Jackson Theater, 801 N. Rampart St., 523-6530, 26 “Psycho: A Symphonic Night at the Movies” The orchestra plays original soundtrack from Psycho alongside 35mm prints from the horror film. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahalia Jackson Theater, 801 N. Rampart St., 523-6530, n

23 Debauchery Pat Bourgeois’ serial soap opera follows an eccentric New Orleans family. Teatro Wego! Theatre, 177 Sala Ave., Westwego, 885-2000,

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Harvest Cup Polo Classic 2013 Fundraising at its Finest! The Junior League of Greater Covington and The 2013 Harvest Cup Polo Committee Present the 17th Annual Harvest Cup Polo Classic

Sunday, November 3rd 2013 11:30am – 5:30pm (Gates open at 10:30am for parking) Leah Farm in Folsom, home polo field for New Orleans Polo Club (16191 Hwy 40 Folsom, LA)

In addition to the exciting polo matches by the New Orleans Polo Club and a parade of breeds from local horse farms, patrons can expect fabulous food from over thirty regional restaurants, specialty libations including various martinis from Effen Vodka, mixed drinks from Old New Orleans Rum and specialty beers from Covington Brewhouse. The event will feature live entertainment from KARMA, live auction emceed by Mark Romig of artwork including our featured poster artist, Gretchen Armbruster, silent auctions, and exciting raffle and photo booth in the Lee Michaels Corporate tent. The national anthem will be sung by Margarita Warren. A catered, air conditioned VIP Lounge tent will be available for guests to watch the broadcasting of the New Orleans Saints verses the New York Jets game. Community Partners : United Way, Lee Michaels, Inside Northside and Covington Brewhouse

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Junior Achievement special section

Junior Achievement Celebrates Its 2013

Rising Stars profiles by nina takahashi

photographed by cheryl gerber


On Friday, November 8, Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans (JAGNO) will honor its 10th class of Rising Stars at the 2013 City Stars Soirée. The celebration, sponsored by Entergy, Peoples Health and St. Charles Avenue magazine, will take place at JA BizTown located on the City Park campus of Delgado Community College. We are honored to introduce the 2013 JA Rising Stars in this special section of St. Charles Avenue magazine. They are Suzanne Alford, Vice President and Art Director at Alford Advertising; Dwayne G. Bernal, President of Royal Engineers and Consultants, LLC; Lavonzell Nicholson, Founder/ President of PLAYNOLA; St. Denis “Sandy” Villere, III, Partner at Villere & Co.; and Amy Sins, Chef/ Owner of Langlois Culinary Crossroads. Junior Achievement empowers young people to

own their economic success with its many hands-on economics learning experiences and business lessons. A part of this education is learning about successful role models and what it takes to become one. In 1984, JAGNO began inducting community business leaders into its prestigious Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. To recognize and encourage young entrepreneurs showing early excellence and business potential, the JA Rising Stars award was first celebrated in 2003. Recipients are individuals aged 40 and under from the area that demonstrate leadership, vision, ingenuity and innovation. These Rising Stars serve as role models for others in business and in life. JAGNO encourages and challenges each honoree to continue to strive in their careers so that we might honor them again someday with the recognition as a Business Hall of Fame Laureate!

message from the ja president and soirée chair


Did you know the customary 10th anniversary gift is tin? Anniversaries are important to note and this year brings a particular focus and emphasis to Junior Achievement’s annual fall social and recognition event, the City Stars Soiree! It is after all a celebration of 10 years of awesomeness, and who doesn’t like a little bit of awesomeness! We are honored that since inception the City Stars Soiree has recognized nearly 40 honorees, all under the age of 40, who exemplify the business qualities we are trying to instill in our students, being resourceful, driven and passionate about their ideas, products and our community. While “tin” might be “in”, this year’s Rising Stars will receive the Junior Achievement Shooting Star award. The Shooting Star award commemorates and recognizes the entrepreneurial spirit of the honorees and is our way of saying “thanks, we hope you remember your night under the stars and in the spotlight!” This year we are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2013 JA Rising Stars: Suzanne Alford, of Alford Advertising; Dwayne G. Bernal, of Royal Engineers and Consultants, LLC; Lavonzell Nicholson, of PLAYNOLA; St. Denis “Sandy” Villere, III, of Villere & Co.; and Amy Sins, of Langlois Culinary Crossroads. So there isn’t any doubt that Friday, November 8, 2013 and the 10th Anniversary of the City Stars Soiree is the only place to be and to be seen, expect to see our pasthonorees/Rising Stars joining in on the celebration! All of which makes for a great evening, an evening filled with awesomeness!

Jack Brancewicz, President Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans

Suzi S. O’Brien, Chair 2013 City Stars Soirée

ja celebrates its 2013 rising stars Suzanne Alford Executive Vice President and Art Director, Alford Advertising A New Orleans native, Suzanne Alford has been engaged in the welfare of the community since her early days at The Academy of the Sacred Heart. Presently, she sits on the Board of Directors of The Gleason Initiative Foundation and was a founding member of Team Gleason, as well as vice-chair of Public Relations for the Junior League of New Orleans. Most prominent, however, is her role within

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Alford Advertising, a company started by her father in 1973 that connects many local businesses with a unique brand identity. Alford states “My father inspired me to be creative and after graduating with a graphic design and journalism degree, I was fortunate enough to follow in his footsteps and join him at Alford Advertising. I consider myself very fortunate to have my mentor by my side to continue to build our business and share ideas in the creative process.” The mind behind pedi-cab advertising, Alford saw the advertising

potential the mobile mediums presented when they were introduced to the city in 2011, and now proudly oversees the successful venture. In the near future, Alford is excited about creatively meeting the advertising demands for the city’s booming entrepreneurial movement through her position at Alford Advertising. She is also determined to continue the success of Team Gleason and further Steve Gleason’s mission of finding a cure for ALS, an effort that has been a major source of inspiration for her.

ja celebrates its 2013 rising stars Dwayne Bernal President and Chief Executive Royal Engineers & Consultants The largest African-American-owned engineering firm in Louisiana, Royal Engineers & Consultants, strives to provide exceptional engineering services to Southern Louisiana in a timely and cost-effective manner. The company is involved with major projects such as the RTA Streetcar Expansion Project and the restoration of the South Shore Area Sewer System in Eastern New Orleans.

President and Chief Executive of Royal Engineers, Bernal founded the company in 2005. It was his formal training in Engineering Management at the United States Military Academy at West Point that gave him the tools necessary to respond to the immense damages of Hurricane Katrina. His long-term goal is to implement an aggressive growth action plan that will allow the company to provide civil engineering and recovery management knowledge to communities in the Gulf region in need of infrastruc-

ture development and disaster recovery assistance. However, despite these grand aspirations, it’s his personal support system that is his source of greatest inspiration. He proudly states of his two sons “My greatest accomplishment is my family. There isn’t a close second.” Bernal is also committed to using his clout in the business world as a platform to raise awareness about Kidney disease and cancer, a battle he personally has conquered since his diagnosis in 2009.

Lavonzell Nicholson Co-Founder and Director of Operations PLAYNOLA Sport Playing sports and finding new outlets to socialize and be active have always been a part of Lavonzell Nicholson’s life. An avid athlete for years, including a stint as forward of her college basketball team, she has long acknowledged the invaluable relationships sports create within a community. It was a logical progression then that she founded PLAYNOLA in 2009 as an unconven-

tional means to help the burgeoning young professional population of New Orleans network and connect in a fun and team-building atmosphere. Indeed, her idea of replacing commonplace and dry networking events with active sports such as softball, kickball and flag football has become a hugely successful enterprise as PLAYNOLA now has more than 9,500 participants and counting. She says of her organization “As we all know, New Orleans is one of the most interesting places

on the planet and so are the people who live here. I have the privilege of watching doctors, teachers, city employees, engineers and entrepreneurs meet each other, realize that they do have many things in common, and form friendships.” Together Nicholson and her husband, Marquies Gray, have a son, Marquies “MJ” Gray, Jr., that they welcomed this past year. She says of her new off the field role as mother “It has been the most rewarding experience of my life.”

Amy Cyrex Sins Owner and Chef Langlois Culinary Crossroads Taking a leap of faith in 2012, Amy Sins left the comfort of her stable career in sales and established a company that sought to provide guests with a truly unique cooking and dining experience that emphasizes local Creole and Cajun flavors. Located in the Marigny, Langlois Culinary Crossroads has transformed into a successful labor of love for the native South Louisianian. On any given day at the company’s facility, she and her team

of experienced chefs lead lively cooking instruction inspired by such local culinary traditions as Gulf seafood, boucherie, roux and indigenous bayou ingredients. She gained public recognition in 2012, when she competed on and won The Game Show Network’s “Beat the Chefs”, a reality series that pits hometown cooks against professional chefs. She says of her current enterprise, “I’m following my dream. This is what I’ve always wanted to do. Sometimes in life, you must take risks and do what gives you meaning and inspires you.” She hopes to expand

her facility within two years and have a larger building where multiple classes can be held concurrently. However, in growing her business Sins doesn’t plan to compromise her current business model of hands-on, interactive cooking. She strives to retain a great and motivating work environment for her staff as it translates to the health of the company and the satisfaction of its customers. She and her husband, George F. Sins III, are parents to two cats named Flambeaux and Truffles, and two chickens named Souffle and Hollandaise.

St. Denis J. Villere, III Partner and Investment Manager Villere & Co. Founded in 1911 by St. Denis Villere, Villere & Co. is an independent, family-run investment management firm with more than 600 individual and institutional investors. In 1999, St. Denis “Sandy” J. Villere, III joined as partner and investment manager. He cites the excitement of learning about many new and exciting companies as the reason for loving his position. “Everyday I learn something new about a

new product or service. My favorite thing is helping my clients achieve their financial goals and dreams.” Since beginning at Villere & Co. 14 years ago, Villere has helped begin two humble mutual funds that now boast over $825 million in assets. His long-term goal is to continue to achieve national recognition for the work his greatgrandfather began over a century ago, and further the long-standing business relationships the company has fostered throughout multiple generations. However, his passion extends far beyond the business sector. In 2005 he co-founded

Choice Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the successful academic transformation of three local charter schools serving high poverty populations. Villere sees the city of New Orleans as a “blank canvas” ready for its residents to get involved in the city’s Renaissance. He states, “Our community is only as strong as those willing to give back to it.” He proudly claims his greatest support system and accomplishment to be his family. He is married to Anne Viguerie Villere, and together they have three young children: Marianne, St. Denis (“Saint”) and Collier. | 65

junior achievement past rising stars honorees 2002/2003: Sallie Arata, Scriptura; Joel Dondis, Joel; Margaret Jones, Scriptura; Kenny Rabalais, The Plant Gallery (photos not available) 2004

John S. Bowers, III Chairman and CEO Barrister Global Services

John C. McNamara, II President and CEO Stewart Capital

Virginia Miller Owner/Partner Beuerman, Miller, Fitzgerald

Tim Williamson President The Idea Village

Jeffrey S. Zehnder President and CEO Zehnder Communications

Brian Kern President Concorde Design & Manufacturing

Kevin J. Langley Co-Owner and CEO Ellis Construction, Inc.

Aaron Misenich Executive Director New Orleans BioInnovaton Center, Inc.

Robert A. Nelson Vice President and COO Elmer Candy Corporation

Rita Benson LeBlanc Owner/Executive Vice President New Orleans Saints

Philip Nimmo Owner Fast Tax Service, Inc.

Clark A. Todd President Blessey Marine Services, Inc.

Sidney D. Torres, IV Former Owner SDT Waste & Debris Services, Inc.

John Alford Former CEO NOLA 180

Robby Moss President Hartwig Moss Insurance Agency

Kenneth Purcell Founder & CEO iSeatz

Matthew M. Wisdom CEO Turbo Squid


Sean Cummings President New Orleans Building Corporation and Ekistics, Inc.


John Besh Chef Restaurant August


Ashley J. Abbott President & CEO MPress

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Kyle Berner CEO and Founder Feelgoodz Flip Flops, LLC

David Blossman President Abita Brewing Co.

Michael Hecht President & CEO GNO, Inc.

Peter Menge, Jr. and Dr. Aaron Wolfson Former Co-Founders The Savvy Gourmet

Chris Schultz President Voodoo Ventures, LLC


McKenzie Coco Founder FSC Interactive, LLC

John Harris Chef & Owner Lilette

Nicolas R. Perkin Co-Founder & President The New Orleans Exchange

Simone Bruni Owner The Demo Diva Demolition Co.

Robert LeBlanc President, Founder & CEO Lifestyle Revolution Group

Neel Sus CEO Susco Solutions, LLC and Touch Studios

Lauren Thom Creator & CEO Fleurty Girl

G. Perry Eastman President Auto-Chlor Services, Inc.

Jennifer S. Medbery Founder & CEO Kickboard

Jessica Shahien Executive Director 504Ward

Gary Solomon, Jr. President Solomon Group

Kurt D. Buchert Founder & CEO GreenBean Foam Insulation, LLC

Matthew G. Schwartz Principal & Co-Founder Domain Companies of LA


Neal Bodenheimer Founder & Owner Cure, LLP


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10 years of rising stars


You are invited to join Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans on Friday, November 8, for the 10th Annual celebration of the City Stars Soirée. This fête will be located on the City Park campus of Delgado Community College and will honor the young entrepreneurs who act as role models in both business and community leadership for children in our area. At the Soirée, we will recognize our 2013 Rising Stars honorees and pay tribute to 10 years of Rising Stars recipients. For just a $50 ticket (or $75

for a couple), you can enjoy delicious cuisine courtesy of New Orleans’ finest restaurants and libations provided by Republic National Distributing and Crescent Crown Distributing. This year’s music and dancing will be provided by Glen David Andrews! You can also take a stroll around JA BizTown’s kid city to have your caricature drawn or have your tarot read. For information and tickets, call Gail Smith at (504) 569-8657, email at or visit

Guests will enjoy a star-studded selection of auction items including a seven-day Carnival Cruise and food from New Orleans top restaurants. Leah Chase of Dooky Chase’s is serving as restaurant chair. Music will be provided by the Glen David Andrews band. Additional entertainment includes a fortune teller, photo booth and caricaturist.

The Rising Star The Rising Star award signifies outstanding performance and achievement. Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans presents each Rising Star recipient with a dazzling shooting star sculpted out of crystal. It brilliantly symbolizes the stellar achievements they have already reached in their careers and lights the way for others to follow. Junior Achievement’s Rising Stars create, innovate and shine brightly.

ja inspiring future business leaders


Junior Achievement (JA) empowers young people to own their economic success. Our volunteer delivered K-12 programs foster work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills and use experiential learning to inspire children to dream big and reach their potential. JA is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy taught through experiential, hands-on programs. In our local area during the 2012/2013 school year, Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans (JAGNO) brought this valuable information to 25,288 students in over 947 classrooms with the assistance of 269,977 hours of volunteer contact hours! Through unique programs, JAGNO offers students a glimpse into real life situations by teaching sequential curriculum from kindergarten through 12th grade. From creating jobs that build a community to generating wealth and learning how to manage it, the students learn to think like entrepreneurs. Each program is delivered by volunteers from the community who share their business, financial and life experiences while teaching the JA

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curriculum. Their stories and lessons are often the key take-away that inspire and empower students to envision themselves in business roles that may not have crossed their minds prior to their JA experience. Through JAGNO’s programs and the volunteer’s commitment, young people’s dreams begin to take shape and the seeds of business models are born. JAGNO has been offering its educational programs in the local area since 1955. It is taught in private, parochial and public schools throughout its 12 parish service area in southeast Louisiana. Fifth and sixth graders visit the “kid-city” where they run a town complete with 13 businesses and experience life as an adult. By the end of the day, they have earned a paycheck and learned the responsibility and respect of a day’s work. For seventh through twelfth grades, Capital One/Junior Achievement Finance Park offers a chance to take on a new identity complete with salary, bills and financial choices. The goal for the day is to balance a monthly budget but the result has a positive life-long effect. To learn more about Junior Achievement and/or to make a contribution or volunteer, please visit us at or like us on Facebook: •

vintage wedding


Jean Mirandona to James Howard Gibert Sr. After graduating from McGehee and Newcomb College, Jeanie Mirandona started working at Shell Oil Company. James “Jimmy” Howard Gibert Sr. was an architect, a partner in Ceiferth and Gibert, when he received a “Please Escort” to accompany Jeanie to a family wedding. He asked her out before the wedding and forgot about the date. Jeanie was so mad at him that she barely talked to him at the wedding. He went to Europe, she started dating someone else and he came back and asked her out all of the time. This consummate bachelor asked Jeanie to go to Brennan’s on

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Royal Street – one of their favorite places – where he asked her to marry him. They were engaged in July and married in September 21, 1957, on the last day of summer.  They were married at Holy Name and the reception for 400 to 500 people was at home at 11 Audubon Blvd. They had 12 bridesmaids and 12 groomsmen; after their wedding the church changed the maximum number of attendants to only eight. Shirley Heumann of Rohm’s Florist created the flowers for the church and the reception, including roses, gardenias and lots of greenery, as well as decorating the canopy.

Jeanie’s dress was Adele Simpson – which her sister, Tommye, found in Vogue – and ordered from Gus Mayer. Both of her sisters wore the dress of embroidered flowers on organdy before Jeanie, and it was also worn in Jeanie’s own daughter’s wedding! The bridesmaids’ dresses, also from Gus Mayer, were of champagne peau de soie, and everyone wore short gloves. The reception was an evening affair, and because of the heat, two air conditioning trucks were parked in the driveway. Mrs. Chenowith crafted the food, and the cake was designed by Ledner’s Bakery.

Beautiful flowers decorated the one-tier almond flavored cake. By the end of the evening the airconditioning had blown a fuse, so everyone said goodbye with candles lighting the way. Jeanie and Jimmy changed into their going away outfits, after finding out that someone had stolen his pants and her skirt! Then they were off to their honeymoon, first to Ponte Vedra, Fla., and then to St. Thomas, where they stayed at Blue Beard’s Castle – in the round tower and in a round bed. They have been married for over 56 years. n


By Mallory Lindsly

Ainsworth – Hines Katherine Eleanor Ainsworth and Chesley Hines III met on the first day of business school in September 2009 while earning their MBAs at HEC Paris. The two became fast friends during the first few days of the MBA program; Chesley decided to pursue Katherine and asked her to dinner. Their first date was at a quaint Italian bistro called Les Cailloux in the 13th arrondissement. On the walk home the happy couple was spotted by a few business school classmates – including future best man, Brian Kaiser – and the secret was out! In 2011, Katherine and Chesley came to New Orleans to visit Chesley’s family for Christmas. One evening, Chesley brought Katherine to Restaurant August and proposed right after dinner.

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After celebrating their wedding in Minneapolis, Minn., where Katherine is from, the two had a brief honeymoon at Katherine’s parents’ lake cabin in Northern Minnesota. Katherine and Chesley are also going on a series of mini-honeymoons this fall to take advantage of romantic destinations across Europe. The couple plans to spend long weekends traveling to Paris, Rome and Marrakesh. Katherine and Chesley currently live in Hamburg, Germany, where Katherine is an entrepreneur and Chesley is in business strategy in the European medical division of the Olympus Corporation. n Bride: Katherine Eleanor Ainsworth Groom: Chesley Hines III Bride’s parents: Mrs. Sue and Mr. Louis Ainsworth Groom’s parents: Mrs. Phyllis and Dr. Chesley Hines Jr. Date of wedding: July 6, 2013 Ceremony and reception location: Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Minn. Celebrant: Reverend Linda Mell Ceremony music: String trio arranged through Bellagala, Minneapolis, Minn. Wedding gown: Jasmine Couture, Mary Kay’s Bridal Maid of honor: Lucy Ainsworth Bridesmaids: Lindsay Gilster Asp and Marissa Rubin Bridesmaids’ dresses: J.Crew Groom’s attire: Black-tie Best man: Brian Kaiser Groomsmen: Brendan Kramp and Justin Santa Barbara Groomsmen’s attire: Black-tie Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas Rings: Adler’s Florist: Linden Hills Florist/Lark Nest Design, Minneapolis, Minn. Favor: Pink Melty Mints Caterer: Culinaire, Guthrie Theater’s in-house caterer, Minneapolis, Minn. Wedding cake: The Cake Diva, Minneapolis, Minn. Photographer: Paul Vincent, Minneapolis, Minn. Hair: Sari Green, Studio 451, Minneapolis, Minn. Music: DJ Ted Whelan, arranged through Bellagala, Minneapolis, Minn. | 73


By Lindsay Mack

Richard A. Pomes Co-founder, RapJab Richard A. Pomes and James A. Braendel founded marketing agency RapJab (a mash-up of the founders’ initials) on September 4, 2012. They chose this name because of the personal component, as well as its uniqueness – it’s great for Google searches. They feel that the name is very action-oriented, reflective of their young, risk-taking firm. Exactly one year later, they hosted a launch party to officially introduce RapJab to the New Orleans community. Their vendors provided food, drink and even a musical act. The party served as a way to present their

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vendors, as well as offer the New Orleans community a unique networking event. Launching a startup in New Orleans was an act of faith for RapJab, as the company “bootstrapped” its way into existence without any capital investments. By using their contacts from previous networks, RapJab’s business has grown 20 percent every month for the past year. Recently, the growing company has added new team members. Pomes and Braendel, along with Samantha Brooks, have several years of marketing experience. They saw an opportunity to help

New Orleans with its explosion of new businesses. Pomes and Braendel’s partnership strikes a great balance; Braendel excels at promoting the company’s vision and contributing to its growth, all while keeping an eye on the bottom line. Pomes, however, is more creative and in tune with New Orleans culture. Their left brain/right brain partnership has proven successful. Pomes enjoys being his own boss, feeling a sense of ownership over the company,and building the company culture out of RapJab’s own core beliefs and values. “We’re here. We’re hungry for

work,” Pomes says of RapJab. The RapJab crew has enough experience to form a solid foundation, but they remain an energetic, agile company. RapJab is thrilled to partner with Propeller (a social venture incubator) and Life City (an organization that promotes environmentally-conscious businesses). Revitalizing the Broadmoor community is another big goal. According to Pomes, they’re not just another marketing agency. “We want to make smart, beautiful work for business owners in New Orleans,” he says. To contact RapJab, visit n cheryl gerber photograph

student activist

By Mallory Lindsly

Catherine Sisung

Cabrini High School

“It is important to be involved in your community because the more you put into something, the more you get out of it,” says Catherine Frances Sisung, a senior and Student Body President at Cabrini High School. Last year Sisung went to St. Joseph’s Rebuild Center with her religion class to volunteer. At the center, the students toured the center, met visitors, prepared food and served lunch to patrons. On the bus ride back to school, all of the students shared their favorite memories of the visit, and Sisung shared that her favorite part was being able to meet people who use the Rebuild for daily resources such as receiving food or taking a shower. “It is extremely rewarding to see how your talents and skills allow you to give back and help those in your community,” says Sisung. “By being involved, you are able to set the tone for other people, and inspire others to take action and become involved.” Sisung has gained valuable life lessons through volunteering, and she has learned to give back to her community. She has learned that simple actions can inspire her peers to also get involved. She cheryl gerber photograph

is highly involved with Catholic Youth Organizations through St. Francis Xavier Church. The opportunities through CYO have allowed her to work with people with special needs; collect food and clothing for those who are less fortunate; and raise money for a variety of local charities. Even though Sisung has had many adults help inspire her activism in her community, she attributes Cristen Conwell, the Student Council moderator at Cabrini, as a major influence in becoming an activist within her community. Conwell pushed Sisung to do her best and to inspire others through her student council positions. Sisung also says that Cabrini’s president, Ardley Hanemann Jr., is another influential adult in her life because Hanemann always tells the student body that mediocrity is never an option. Sisung tries to live out Hanaemann’s words and show excellence in everything in which she’s involved. Sisung is also an Ambassador for Cabrini, a member of Campus Ministry, a Eucharistic Minister, a member of the speech team and Vice President of the National Honor Society. She plans on attending Louisiana State University for her freshman year and wants to study film. Sisung isn’t sure if she wants to write, direct or produce, but she knows that she wants to make familyfriendly television shows and movies that help promote healthy relationships. She hopes to join St. Francis Xavier’s chapter of the Daughters of Isabella – an all-female group that serves others in the community – in the near future. n | 75


By Mirella Cameran

Mimi Robinson Owner, MIMI

How did you get your start? Four

women, including Mary Lou Ochsner, started the business nearly 35 years ago. I joined as a partner in 1978 and ended up the sole owner. I renamed it MIMI and moved from Hampson Street to the Warehouse District, where we stayed until 12 years ago.

What’s your preference, designer or couture? Couture is only available

in Paris and for a very elite few. Sometimes we say couture and we mean designer. Today we mix designer fashion with inexpensive items. Favorites? Michael Kors and Vince. MK is a high-end designer and is the nicest, most genuine person in the industry; a loyal friend and a true talent. Vince is more casual, with simple, clean lines.

Up and coming designers? Reed Krakoff, Time’s Arrow for handbags and Sophia Webster for shoes. Ever made a fashion mistake? Yes,

no one is immune, but fashion isn’t permanent and people have short memories!

What are you most excited about right now? Our shop refit! We worked

with the amazing Olivia Rosenthal of Olivia Erwin Interiors. Her portfolio includes Tom Ford and James Perse stores.

Without real seasons in New Orleans, how can we enjoy fashion trends?

Designers use all-season fabrics and Italians are geniuses at fabric mix and design. The new stretch fabrics are the best things to happen in fashion for years. Do we all need stylists today? I think

we all need input to help us stop buying the same things over and over. All of us need a push out of our comfort zones; style comes from work and experimentation. n

MIMI 5500 Magazine St., 269-6464,

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By Mirella Cameran

Blythe Wren Owner and designer, Wren’s Tontine Shade and Design

How did you get into the business?

Mr. Hayden Wren II started the business in 1937; he made roller shades for the street cars and venetian blinds for schools and homes. I am the third generation to run the business.

Favorite projects? I love working with Motorized Shades and seeing the client’s face once they’re installed. It’s very impressive when a whole wall of shades open or close with just a touch of a button. Current trends? Motorized shades programmable to your iPad or iPhone. You can open and close your shades from across the country if you want to. They can sense the sunlight, opening and closing automatically and are very energy efficient. Tell us a trade secret … People want

privacy but they don’t want to lose their view, so they choose sheers, solar or matchstick shades. However, they forget that at night, you can see through them.

You need a second treatment for privacy at night.

Current trends in design? Geometric

shape fabrics or Ikat patterns are very popular and look great, but I would only use them if you are okay with redecorating in five years when they look dated. If you want something to last 10 to 20 years, stick with the classics.

What should you think about when designing a room? It is best to start

with art, rugs and paint color; I can find a fabric to match anything.

What is your favorite piece in your house? My beige-taupe velvet

upholstered headboard with tufted buttons. n

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

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DECOR Wren’s Tontine Shade and Design Shop 1533 Prytania St., New Orleans 504-525-7409 Wren’s Tontine specializes in creative and unique custom window treatments made from an array of beautiful fabrics. Shown is a London shade with a silk brushed fringe made from Indian silk.

Bremermann Designs 3943 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-891-7763 Circa 1850, this oval Biedermeier table illustrates the clean lines and simplicity of this style and period. (30”H x 43.5”W x 29”D)

Louisiana Custom Closets 13405 Seymour Meyer Blvd. Suite #24, Covington 985-871-0810 Louisiana Custom Closets designs and installs custom shelving for closets, garages and utility rooms. Experienced professional designers, installation crews, and office staff deliver world-class service to every installation.

Rivers Spencer Interiors 4610 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-609-2436 Rivers Spencer Interiors offers luxurious furniture and custom upholstery options, like this Verellen Hannah sofa shown with custom-made Manuel Canovas and Scalamandré pillows. Rivers’ shop is filled with gorgeous and sophisticated décor pieces, lamps, artwork and gifts; interior design services also available. 78 | St. Charles Avenue October 2013


The Shops at 2011 Magazine 2011 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-407-0499 Expect to find specialty items such as local art, custom made home furnishings, unique home décor, selected antiques and custom made jewelry from area artists. The Shops at 2011 is expertly merchandised with a keen eye for design and placement of modern and rustic home decor and gifts.

Orient Expressed 3905 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-899-3060 Striking wood painted chest in soft grey/blue finish with painted gold raised borders on drawers and sides plus circular raised gold motif and gold edge at top of chest. Three drawers with key lock fixture. 35” w x 38”h x 17” deep.

California Closets 3211 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie 504-828-5705 Transform any space into a guest room or simply maximize space in a bedroom with a stylish, sturdy and comfortable Wall Bed from California Closets.

MS Rau Antiques 630 Royal St., New Orleans 504-523-5660 This rare and captivating vintage Louis Vuitton upright wardrobe trunk embodies the elegance and sophistication of a bygone era. Considered the world’s first luxury company, Louis Vuitton sets the standard by which all others are measured. To find a period LV trunk by this company in such excellent condition attests to the superior quality of its craftsmanship. Circa 1925. | 79

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Battling the No 1 Killer


eart disease is the number one killer in Louisiana and in America. Heart disease does not discriminate against age, race or gender. Heart disease kills more women each year than all forms of cancer combined. Unfortunately, the killer isn’t easy to see. Heart disease is often silent, hidden and misunderstood. Go Red for Women is not a campaign. It is a movement towards a healthier community in which women understand and take action in the prevention of heart disease. In the 10 years following

the launch of the Go Red for Women movement, more than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved from cardiovascular diseases; that’s 330 lives saved per day or a total decrease in death by 34 percent. In addition to the lives saved the awareness of heart disease as the No 1 killer of women has also increased by 23 percent. These are heroic efforts to save the lives of the women you love. But the work is not done; it is still just beginning. The American Heart Association is working each and every day to improve the health of the women of New Orleans. Kayci Reyer, 23 New Orleans Resident Tulane Graduate Heart disease rocked Kayci Reyer’s world for six years before she sought another opinion that dramatically changed her life. It began one night in high school when she awoke to her heart racing. When deep breaths didn’t slow it down, her mother took her to the ER. At 265 beats per minute, her heart was beating dangerously fast, so the doctor gave her a shot to stop and reset it. She returned home with no medicine or instructions, sharing the doctor’s opinion that it was a fluke, one-time event. Four weeks later, she returned to the ER with the same symptoms. This time, following another shot to

stop her heart temporarily, a cardiologist gave her a prescription to help manage supraventricular tachycardia, a condition where the heart suddenly starts beating too quickly. For the next six years, Kayci had several minor episodes and only a few major ones when her rapid heart rate required going to the hospital, but she felt her quality of life declined. “I avoided many activities I used to do because I was so afraid of having another episode,” Kayci says. “I gave up soccer, didn’t exercise much and began to feel so much older than I actually was.” Kayci gained 60 pounds from her lack of activity, and suffered from low energy because the medicine kept her heart rate so low. As a college student, she avoided many typical student activities. “I was afraid to go out and do things and would panic if I didn’t have my medicine with me,” she says. “I didn’t want to burden my new friends with my condition or ask them to look out for me if I had one of my episodes.” Finally tired of missing out on life, Kayci sought another cardiologist’s opinion when she transferred colleges after her freshman year. This cardiologist immediately recommended a procedure to treat her rapid heart, something others had ruled out because she was so young. The procedure was a success, and Kayci’s life changed immediately. Full of energy and no longer fearful, Kayci began exercising again. She ran a few 5Ks and started practicing yoga. She has lost 95 pounds since the February 2011 surgery and has become an outspoken advocate for heart health. “Though I had a specific condition to

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of Women: Heart Disease deal with, this taught me that we take our hearts for granted and assume we will always be healthy,” Kayci says. “I remind my friends that we are young now but heart problems can happen to all of us down the road if we don’t take care of ourselves.” Now Kayci, who’s active with the New Orleans American Heart Association, counsels other young women to take charge of their health before it’s too late. Her advice? Speak up and seek another opinion if something doesn’t feel right. “My outcome was eventually positive, but I believe I was dismissed at first because I was a young woman,” she says. “I learned the importance of going with my gut, and I’m so happy I finally spoke up for myself.”

JOIN THE FIGHT Each day the American Heart Association is working on research to better understand and prevent heart disease. Join the movement by participating in the Go Red campaign to take a stand on heart disease. The New Orleans American Heart Association will host the annual Go Red for Women luncheon on Thursday, February 13 at the Sheraton New Orleans. On Friday, February 7, the American Heart Association will celebrate National Wear Red Day. On this day we are asking the New Orleans community to show their support by wearing red throughout the day. The Go Red for Women campaign is more than a message. It’s a nationwide movement

that celebrates the energy, passion and power we have as woman to band together to wipe out the No. 1 killer. Grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sisters and friends are dying at the rate of one per minute, because they don’t know that heart disease kills. Through awareness and prevention, heart disease can be prevented. Heart disease has already touched you or someone you love, so help us save a woman’s life and be a part of Go Red for Women New Orleans. Go Red for Woman is sponsored by Macy’s, UnitedHealthcare, Peoples Health, Paris Parker and Tulane Medical Center. For more information visit or the New Orleans American Heart Association on Facebook,• | 81

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1. Lally Brennan, Leslie Henry, co-founder of Girls First Helen Siegel and Ti Martin on June 6 at the “Girls Night Out for Girls First” at Café Adelaide, which raised more than $35,000 in one evening. 2. Celebrity bartender Wanda Sykes and Café Adelaide chef Carl Schaubhut at the “Girls Night Out for Girls First.” Girls First is dedicated to providing sport and movement opportunities to underserved girls in the greater New Orleans area, including a weeklong residential sports camp held annually on the Tulane University campus and monthly activities throughout the year. 3. Members of the Pontchartrain Chapter of The Links were incorporated at the “White Rose Jazz Brunch Fundraiser” on June 9 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, which provided an opportunity for the Pontchartrain Chapter to raise funds in support of its community service initiatives. 4. A few members of the Fundraising Committee – Belva Pichon, president Sarah Moody Thomas, Fundraising Committee co-chair Therese Badon, Fundraising Committee chair Sylvia Rushing, corresponding secretary Shaniece Bickham and Janet Barnes – at the “White Rose Jazz Brunch Fundraiser;” its community service initiatives include its signature program Project LIFE: Links Increasing Food and Energy and its mentoring program at McDonogh #35 School, Links Reaching New Heights. 5. Marla Donovan, Fr. Sergio Serrano OP and Emma Brennan at the “Wear White for Peace & Unity” dance at the Botanical Garden on Friday, July 19, which benefited the Hispanic Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and an all girls orphanage in Colombia. The dance featured Latin music by Julio & Cesar and A Todo Ritmo bands, which made sure that the pavilion’s dance floor was full until after midnight. 6. Irma Suarez and Dr. Jaime Suarez at the “Wear White for Peace & Unity” dance, which was given by the Colombian Volunteers of New Orleans. It drew more than 240 guests and was coordinated with the celebration of Colombia’s Independence Day on July 20.

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7. New Orleans Ballet Theatre’s board member Dan and Susan Falstad, artistic director Gregory Schramel and board president Alissa Allison at a champagne toast to celebrate the NOBT’s 10th anniversary before a gala performance at Roussel Hall on June 28. 8. Board members Bill Monstad and David Hughes with associate artistic director Marjorie Hardwick Schramel were among those celebrating NOBT’s 10th anniversary. 9. Frank and Sharrel Lorenzo with Barbara Turner Windhorst and former Sen. Fritz Windhorst at the 11th annual “Mission Possible Gala” for the New Orleans Medical Mission Service on June 28. Volunteer of the Year Awards were given to Beverly Carter and Kathy Kraft; and Outstanding Corporate Sponsor Awards were presented to Fleur De Lis New Orleans Cuisine/The Catering Connection and DePuy Orthopedics. 10. Co-chair Alice Dolese, NOMMS CEO Fred Mikill and co-chair Kristie McConnell enjoyed entertainment by the Yat Pack at the 2013 “Mission Possible Gala,” which also featured four silent auction tables and a heated live auction, and brought in more than 500 guests. 11. On July 4, Parks Health & Fitness and French Riviera Fitness teamed up for a Bootcamp and raised more than $1,000 for the families of 19 fallen Arizona firefighters. 12. The inaugural “May Baily’s Look Alike Contest – Best Dressed Madame,” was held July 3 at May Baily’s Place at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel, part of the New Orleans Hotel Collection. More than 25 ladies competed for prizes that included a free night at the hotel’s Bordello Suite. The event raised more than $900 for Covenant House. | 83

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

Premier 315 & 317 CUDDIHY DR. ............................... SOLD .....................$1,375,000 250 VINCENT .................................................. SOLD .....................$1,350,000 460 WOODVINE AVE. .................................... SOLD .....................$1,020,000 519 BETZ PL........................................... PENDING! ........................$979,000 319 E. LIVINGSTON PL.................................. SOLD ........................$849,000 200 GERANIUM ST ........................................ SOLD ........................$839,900 5939 CONSTANCE ST................................... SOLD ........................$699,000 323 RUE ST. ANN ........................................... SOLD ........................$564,000 301 CARROLLTON AVE. ................................ SOLD ........................$535,000 235 IONA ST ................................................... SOLD ........................$478,000 322 CARROLLTON AVE. ................................ SOLD ........................$410,000 1840-42 BROADWAY ..................................... SOLD ........................$465,000 5319 S. LIBERTY ............................................. SOLD ........................$425,000 6438 COLBERT ST. ......................................... SOLD ........................$385,739 11 CENTRAL DR. ................................... PENDING! ........................$315,000 294 BELLA DR................................................. SOLD ........................$309,000 116 AVENUE E ................................................ SOLD ........................$269,000 4847 MAGAZINE ST. ..................................... SOLD ........................$215,000 437-39 HESPER AVE. ..................................... SOLD ........................$199,900 V1,V2 EDENBORN (LOT) ...................... PENDING! ........................$125,000 W1,W2 EDENBORN (LOT) ...............................................................$125,000 401 METAIRIE RD. PH 32 .............................. SOLD .........................$120,000 4116 W ESPLANADE (LOT................................................................$118,500 401 METAIRIE RD. 321 ......................................................................$115,000 401 METAIRIE RD PH. 31 ....................................................................$95,900 401 METAIRIE RD. #507 ................................ SOLD ..........................$99,000

De Limon Place Patrolling Guard Service, Limited Access, Pool, Clubhouse, Easy Living… PONTALBA CONDOMINIUMS Liv w/ Sep Dining/Den 1679 Sq Ft .......................$350,000 RENTALS AVAILABLE............. $1300 - $2400 PER MONTH 3 STORY ELEGANT TOWNHOME AVAILABLE FOR LEASE w/ 2 car garage 2782 Sq Ft Living ........$3400 per Month


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Properties ELEANOR FARNSWORTH Top Residential Producer

CRS, GRI, BRC, HRS Office: (504) 891-1142 Home: (504) 891-9023 891-6400 5631 St. Charles Avenue................................$6,185,000 4717 St Charles Avenue......SOLD...............$6,000,000 16 Audubon Place .............. SOLD ..............$4,500,000 8 La Salle Place ...............................................$3,995,000 521 Gov. Nicholls................SOLD...............$3,750,000 18 Rosa Park ...................................................$2,750,000 1776 State Street ..................SOLD...............$2,300,000 3 Poydras Street #9E/F ........SOLD...............$2,300,000 906 S. New Hampshire Avenue......SOLD...............$2,199,000 2600 Gay lynn Drive ......................................$1,950,000 1538 Fourth Street ..............SOLD...............$1,700,000 1518 First Street ..................SOLD...............$1,750,000 1415 Cadiz Street ...............SOLD...............$1,700,000 1732-34 Palmer Avenue.................................$1,650,000 2708 Coliseum Street ..........SOLD...............$1,625,000 6433 Paris Avenue ..........................................$1,545,000 1233 Second Street..............SOLD...............$1,600,000 4613 St. Charles Avenue.....SOLD...............$1,495,000 576 Audubon Street ............SOLD...............$1,595,000 2707 Coliseum Street ..........SOLD...............$1,490,000 2507 Prytania Street ............SOLD...............$1,490,000 1542 Calhoun Street ...........SOLD...............$1,450,000 5726 St. Charles Avenue......SOLD...............$1,400,000 1205 Philip Street .................SOLD...............$1,399,000 4917 St. Charles Avenue......SOLD...............$1,370,000 1413 Philip Street ................SOLD...............$1,370,000 71607 Riverside Drive ...................................$1,350,000 447 Audubon Street ........... SOLD ..............$1,300,000 9 Blanc Place ........................SOLD...............$1,300,000 1578 Calhoun Street ...........SOLD...............$1,300,000 1207 State Street ..................SOLD...............$1,250,000 571 Audubon Street ............SOLD...............$1,220,000 1539 Soniat Street ...............SOLD...............$1,220,000 6554 Oakland Drive............SOLD...............$1,200,000 441 Audubon Street ............SOLD...............$1,199,000

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4901 St. Charles Avenue......SOLD...............$1,100,000 2006 Jefferson Avenue........SOLD...............$1,100,000 17 Chateau Palmer .........................................$1,085,000 1701 Valence Street .............SOLD...............$1,075,000 1919 State Street ..................SOLD...............$1,050,000 1221 First Street ..................SOLD...............$1,050,000 1221 Exposition Blvd .........SOLD...............$1,045,000 3225 Prytania Street ............SOLD...............$1,000,000 1844 State Street ..................SOLD.................. $995,000 1022 Webster Street ............SOLD.................. $995,000 3447 Camp Street ................SOLD.................. $985,000 1543 Henry Clay Avenue.......SOLD.................. $950,000 1729 Jefferson Avenue........SOLD.................. $950,000 4525 Prytania Street ............SOLD.................. $950,000 3937 Camp Street ................SOLD.................. $950,000 508 Walnut Street ................SOLD.................. $950,000 2331 Chestnut Street...........SOLD.................. $949,000 1922 State Street ..................SOLD.................. $899,000 6161 Loyola Avenue............SOLD.................. $895,000 1205 Arabella Street ............SOLD.................. $895,000 6047 Camp Street ................SOLD.................. $850,000 836 State Street ....................SOLD.................. $849,000 5951 Tchoupitoulas........................................... $815,000 500 Walnut Street ................SOLD.................. $825,000 5933 Camp Street ................SOLD.................. $799,000 1443 Calhoun Street ...........SOLD.................. $789,000 405 Exposition Blvd ...........SOLD.................. $755,000 1513 Hesiod Street ............................................ $499,000 7337 W. Roadway Street ......3 Slips.................. $230,000 1205 St. Charles Avenue Unit #1415 ............. $194,000 6257 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge ................$2,750,000 595 Sandy Hook Dr. MS. ..............................$1,100,000

1440 Camp St................................ $1,395,000 10 Swan .......................SOLD ..... $1,300,000 500 Audubon ...............SOLD ........ $998,000 5232 Chestnut ................................. $997,500 22 Farnham ...................SOLD ........ $950,000 1566 Calhoun ................SOLD ........ $875,000 704 Webster .................SOLD ........ $850,000 5111 Pitt.........................SOLD ........ $749,000 1240 Eighth ...................SOLD ........ $725,000 328 Julia ........................SOLD ........ $595,000 6313 Laurel ..................SOLD ........ $568,000 6308 Camp ....................SOLD ........ $549,000 6219 Magazine St ........SOLD ........ $530,000 4919 Dryades................SOLD ........ $517,000 924 Bellecastle ............SOLD ........ $485,000 234 Audubon St............SOLD ........ $479,000 8233 Freret St ...............SOLD ........ $445,000 5120 Chestnut...............SOLD ........ $439,000 700 S. Peters ................SOLD ........ $428,000 6300 Colbert St. ............SOLD ........ $419,000 4 Stilt..............................SOLD ........ $415,000 4440 Bienville ...............SOLD ........ $399,000 915 Cadiz .......................SOLD ........ $396,000 422 Henry Clay Ave .....SOLD ........ $368,000 4701 Iberville ................SOLD ........ $335,000 7229-31 Pitt ..................................... $299,000 7400 Cohn St.................SOLD ........ $279,000 3201 St Charles #111 ...................... $239,000 4323 Danneel .................................. $199,000 | 87

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By Seale Paterson

Tackling Traffic The Teenage Traffic Safety Council was formed to save lives. Winners of the January, 1957 driving skills contest in City Park. Skills tested included proper parking, city traffic, precision driving and pedestrian safety. First and second place winners in both the adult and teen divisions won savings bonds. A “winners drive” contest at the end of the day pitted the top teen driver against the top adult, with the winner receiving a trophy. Photo provided courtesy of the New Orleans Public Library.

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In the late 1940s and the ’50s, traffic fatalities were rising at an alarming rate. The combination of lax licensure laws, low safety standards in car manufacturing and the onset of teenage culture and access to cars were dismal in terms of traffic safety. After attending a teenage safety conference in Baton Rouge, New Orleans Safety Commissioner Bernard McClosky formed the Teenage Traffic Safety Council in early 1953. He gathered 24 “serious minded” high school students to form a group to educate teens on traffic safety with an annual traffic safety week, as well as skill driving contests. The following year a design contest among local high schools solicited a safety emblem that would embody the aims and purposes of the council. In following years, a silver key in the shape of a miniature stop sign was presented to those students who worked to further traffic safety education programs. The council operated with the support of the Mayor’s Office, the city’s traffic safety education division, the New Orleans Police Department and the Metropolitan New Orleans Safety Council. Traffic Safety Week reached local students with speakers, assemblies, poster contests, safety films, literature and TV and radio spots. In 1958, a “Traffic Safety Motorcade” down Canal Street kicked off the week, which ended with a dance at Warren Easton High School. Insights into why both students and adults were interested in participating in these events can be found in a Times-Picayune article from 1957. Fortier High School student Roy Fisher is quoted: “We want to show everyone that we are not only the cause of many accidents but we are very interested in stopping them.” NOPD Information Officer Capt. Theriot ended the article with a plea to students that chasing after police and emergency response vehicles actively involved in call responses was dangerous and needed to stop. n

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