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THNOC items on display at New Orleans Museum of Art

A Louisiana Parlor: Antebellum Taste and Context
on view through October 11, 2015
New Orleans Museum of Art
One Collins Diboll Circle, City Park
regular museum hours and admission apply

Three objects from The Historic New Orleans Collection are on display in the New Orleans Museum of Art's current exhibition A Louisiana Parlor: Antebellum Taste and Context. The exhibition highlights the recently acquired contents of the rococo revival parlor from Butler-Greenwood Plantation, located in St. Francisville.

The display will be on view through October 11, and a parlor gallery talk has been planned for Friday, August 14, when NOMA hosts "A Louisiana Late Night" from 5 p.m. to midnight. As part of the festivities, curator Mel Buchanan and conservator Howard Sutcliffe will discuss the display at 8 p.m. Regular admission rates apply. For more information, contact (504) 658-4100.

New Orleans Convention Center Named a "Top Workplace" 
The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has been selected as one of the city's Top Workplaces by The Times-Picayune and

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Three Iconic French Quarter Hotels Announce "#LoveWins" same sex couple wedding packages and sweepstakes.

Hotel Mazarin WeddingTo commemorate the landmark Supreme Court ruling, Bourbon Orleans, Dauphine Orleans and Hotel Mazarin of the New Orleans Hotel Collection offer extraordinary value and sparkling extras

 Three French Quarter hotels of the New Orleans Hotel Collection have proudly announced their new "#LoveWins" wedding package offerings, and a sweepstakes offer for a free same sex wedding to be given away.

The iconic Bourbon Orleans Hotel, located directly adjacent to Jackson Square, the new Mazarin Hotel and the delightful Dauphine Orleans Hotel of the New Orleans Hotel Collection, provide several options for LGBT weddings from as few as 15 guests in a tropical courtyard at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel or up to 250 in the historic Orleans Ballroom (1817). The classic Hotel Mazarin offers wedding ceremonies in its Renaissance inspired fountained courtyard, followed by delectable receptions in La Louisiane dining room.

The seven hotels of the Collection are no strangers to LGBT commitment ceremonies, having hosted more than 100 collectively in the past years. Located in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans, these hotels are among the most desirable and picturesque locations for weddings, elopements, and commitment ceremonies in the entire city. All Collection hotels are TAG approved. For weddings of all stripes, the hotels of the New Orleans Hotel Collection provide the quintessential New Orleans setting, with lush courtyards, sparkling pools, dramatic ballrooms and historic surroundings that are exactly what one imagines of this romantic city. (Named the world's most romantic city by CNN)

#LoveWins Share Your Love Story Wedding Giveaway
The "LoveWins" Wedding Sweepstakes is open to all couples, brides and brides, and grooms and grooms. In the spirit of equality reflected in the Supreme Court's recent decision, brides and grooms will not be discriminated against, and are also welcome to enter! The grand prize is a wedding at the couple's choice of any New Orleans Collection hotel to the value of $5000.00. Full details of the sweepstakes offer, rules and restrictions can be found at www.frenchquarterweddings/lovewins and also at .

Sweepstakes entry will be open for six weeks starting July 14th and will close with the selection of two winning couples on Sept 1, 2015. Entries must be made online. The lucky couple will be given a full year in which to book their wedding trip to New Orleans at one of the venues of the New Orleans Hotel Collection.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA- July 24, 2015 - Diane B. Lyons, CMP, DMCP, President of ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc.,
a DMC Network Company, has been nominated for two illustrious International Special Events Society (ISES)
"ISES Esprit Awards" in the categories of Best Event for a Non-Profit Organization - budget under $75,000 and
Best Meeting/Conference Program with a budget over $250,000. 

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Crescent City Brewhouse is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Kosarek as Executive Chef.
Joe was born and raised in southwest Louisiana with a unique blend of Cajun and Czech heritage. He has worked in restaurants in the city for over a decade, beginning his career at Bacco in the French Quarter and at Emeril's New Orleans. Before stepping into the Executive Chef role at Crescent City Brewhouse, he was Sous Chef at Café B in Metairie.

Hash House Harrier's Red Dress Run Announces Partnership with New Orleans Hotel Collection in a benefit event with a twist

Red Dress Run brings thousands to New Orleans in a fun run to benefit multiple local causes.

In a move that recognizes the growing national popularity of a quirky event on the New Orleans festival schedule, the Hash House Harriers New Orleans Chapter, organizers of the Red Dress Run NOLA have announced a partnership with the New Orleans Hotel Collection, naming them the "Official Hotel Partners" of the run. Organizer's particularly appreciated the locally owned and operated aspect of the New Orleans Hotel Collection management, as well as the selection of unique, independent and authentically styled lodging.

Sponsored by the Hash House Harriers, a self-proclaimed "drinking club with a running problem," the Annual New Orleans Red Dress Run through the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods is one of those uniquely New Orleans fun events that is a significant fundraiser. It is open to men and women alike so long as a red dress is worn. Although the concept originated as an outlandish one-time event, the New Orleans Red Dress has grown to become the largest in the world and raises more than $200,000 annually for dozens of local New Orleans charities. Over 18,000 "red dressed" runners and supporters are expected.

This year, the run is scheduled for Saturday August 8th , with registration and advance events beginning as early as August 6th. For serious runners, the group has a "red lingerie run" on Friday evening. For more information on the run and registration, please see the run website at:

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City Park Festival Grounds Receives SITES Certification for Sustainable Landscapes
Groundbreaking Initiative Brings Sustainable Design Full Circle

New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds joins a select group of projects certified under the national Sustainable Sites InitiativeTM (SITESTM) program for sustainable land planning, design, construction and maintenance.

The Festival Grounds was awarded a one-star rating by the SITES program led by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, the United States Botanic Garden and the American Society of Landscape Architects. The program has established best practices and performance-based benchmarks for developing and rating landscapes that have sustainable elements.

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2015-16 Productions to Include World & Regional Premieres

Southern Rep Theatre announces its 2015-2016 Mainstage Season (September 2015 - June 2016): STAGE KISS by Sarah Ruhl (Regional Premiere), SONG OF A MAN COMING THROUGH by Joe and Andrew Doss (World Premiere), ORPHEUS DESCENDING by Tennessee Williams, and COLOSSAL by Andrew Hinderaker (National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere). Lagniappe programs for 2015-16 include the return of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, the sixth season of DEBAUCHERY! (New Orleans' only live, ongoing soap opera), and the return of the 6x6 and 3x3 new play development workshops, also in their sixth year.

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The Ramos Gin Fizz Returns after 96 Year Hiatus.
The real, fully shaken, not stirred, cocktail of New Orleans is back!

Bourbon Orleans Ramos Gin FizzIn time for heat of the summer, and the upcoming Tales of the Cocktail event this July, Ms. Cheryl Charming, bar mistress of the Bourbon O Bar at the iconic Bourbon Orleans hotel of the prestigious New Orleans Hotel Collection has announced the return of the Ramos Gin Fizz to the city. Henry Carl Ramos originated the now famous drink in 1887 at his Imperial Cabinet Saloon in downtown New Orleans. His concoction was a delight for the steamy days of summer in New Orleans, being a cool and frothy drink that appealed to both men and women. For 33 years, the drink remained a secret recipe, until, on the verge of prohibition, Ramos published his recipe in a New Orleans paper, thinking it would never be served again after Prohibition began. Up until that time, Henry Ramos whose friends knew him as "Carl" employed a line of "shaker boys" who would shake the special drink for two minutes each, then pass it along the line until it was shaken for a minimum of six minutes and as many as twelve. During the 33 years of his bar, Carl served up as many as 5000 of the frothy drinks each week.

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Octavia Art Gallery presents Summer in Havana
July 2-25, 2015

This summer, Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present new works by Cuban based artists. The 2015 installment offers a wide range of artistic styles, imagery, and influences, with works by Alex Hernandez Duenas, Luis Enrique Camejo, Karlos Perez, Jeff, or Jose Emilio Fuentes Fonesca (JEFF), The Merger (a union of artists Alain Pino, Mario Miguel Gonzalez and Neils Molerio), and Frank Mujica.

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City Park presents the Louisiana's Great Outdoors Kids Summer Series 2015 at the Botanical Garden
Fridays, July 10th - August 14th from 10am till noon.

Children ages 5 to 10 years old are invited to join us for a summer class series based on the Louisiana environment. Topics and activities will include uncovering the insect world, exploring native animals and food webs, learning about the importance of our coastal wetlands, gardening, creating homemade snacks, doing arts and crafts, playing games and more.

Classes will meet Fridays, July 10th through August 14th from 10 am till noon. Kids can take one class or sign up for more than one.

To register, or for more information, contact Lindsay at or 504-483-9470.

Kinder Garden: Toddler Yoga in the Garden
July 25 from 9:30am to 10:30am

Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for children 18 months to 5 years and their accompanying adult. Guided by education staff, kids can get up close and personal with nature through plantings, digging for worms, crafts and more in the Lucy C. Roussel Discovery Garden for children. This month's special educator is yoga instructor Chelsea Hylton. Yoga mats, and toys will be provided. Sunshine only! Advance registration not required.

Program fee covers one child and one adult. $10 members; $12 for nonmembers; $1 off each additional kid; $5 each additional adult.

Contact Lydia Vaughn at 504.293.4722 or for more information.

Inspired Designs: Flowers for the Home
July 28 at 10:30am; Program begins at 11am

Join the Friends of Longue Vue for the first Inspired Designs program, featuring a petite lunch and a "Flowers for the Home" discussion by Gene Luke of Ambrose Gardens. Tickets are $30 for Longue Vue members and $35 for nonmembers.

Advance online registration required by June 26 at 5 p.m.
Contact Jen Cohn at 504.293.4721 or for more information. 

The 15th Anniversary Satchmo SummerFest Opening Night Events
Special screening of "High Society" at Le Petit Theatre
Reception at Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
The 15th Anniversary Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron is July 30-August 2, 2015. Produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI), Satchmo SummerFest brings entertainment, education, and fare from some of New Orleans most notable restaurants. A full schedule will be released very soon.

On Thursday, July 30th, the Festival will kick-off with a fundraiser to benefit FQFI. A special screening of the 1956 classic, High Society, will take place at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, one of the oldest community theatres in the country.

Starring Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Grace Kelly, the film - the last Grace Kelly made before marrying Prince Rainier of Monaco - follows the story of a musician vying for his ex-wife's affections.

High Society was nominated for two Oscars, including Best Song, for Cole Porter's "True Love." Hats, gloves, and seersuckers are encouraged for this red carpet event. Admission will include refreshments. Immediately afterwards, the Opening Night Reception will take place at the Omni Royal Orleans, the official hotel of Satchmo SummerFest.

Tickets for High Society and the Opening Night Reception are available at or by calling 504-522-5730.

Market Hours 10am-2pm! 409 Aycock St., Arabi, La
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Foundation Gallery is thrilled to present Botanical Explorations, new work by Layla Messkoub.
Opening Reception: August 8, 2015 6 - 10pm
Exhibition Dates: August 8 - July 3, 2015
Gallery Location: 1109 Royal Street, New Orleans LA 70116
Hours: Open daily 10 - 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays
Contact Info: 504-568-0955
25% of proceeds to benefit: Mini Art Center

The Foundation Gallery is thrilled to present Botanical Explorations, new work by Layla Messkoub. The exhibition will open in celebration of Dirty Linen Night 2015 and will be up through August 31st. 25% of proceeds from the show, as well as the gallery shop, will be donated to the Mini Art Center, a non-profit art space in Algiers Point offering affordable workshops and open studio time for the local community.

It is a rare and wondrous thing when an artist can so seamlessly convey the beauty they see in the world in a way that is as approachable as it is satisfying. Layla Messkoub's mixed collages are delicate and intricately composed, yet have a lush, bold quality that calls upon the viewer to participate in the celebratory manner in which she sees the world. Inspired by her travels, her love of mixing traditional techniques with ones of her own devise, and her own backyard here in New Orleans, these collages capture the vibrancy of the world around us. Combining hand-printed papers, batiked fabrics, and other treasures from her travels, Messkoub creates a visual symphony of color and texture, tying it all together with hand-drawn elements and experiments in embroidery and stich-work. Whether capturing the flora and fauna of her own garden or the rolling waves of the water that surrounds us, Messkoub has put together a body of work that pulls you in and leaves you with a sense that the world can be as bright and bold as you make it.

5 p.m. - midnight August 14, 2015

NOMA is staying open until midnight for a night of live music, programs, and great art in celebration of Louisiana arts, culture, and entertainment.

In addition to the events scheduled below, we're also planning artist programs, a scavenger hunt, food trucks, and more! Check back in the coming weeks for updates.

5-8 p.m.: Music by Amanda Shaw
5-10 p.m.: Art on the Spot
6 p.m.: Lecture:by Howard Sutcliffe, Principal Conservator, River Region Costume and Textile Conservation: "Conservation of the Butler Greenwood parlor at the New Orleans Museum of Art"
8 p.m.: A Louisiana Parlor Gallery Talk with Mel Buchanan and Howard Sutcliffe
8:30-11:30 p.m.: Music by Michot's Melody Makers
9:30 p.m.: Gallery Talk with Dawn DeDeaux and Russell Lord: "Louisiana Landscapes"
9:30 p.m.: Film: Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964, starring Bette Davis)
10:30 p.m.: Louisiana Tour with The New Movement

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City Park presents Moonshine Fever
Friday, August 21st.

You won't want to miss this event! Tell all your friends to meet you at Carousel Gardens for all the rides and beer you can handle for one low price - only $30/person. You'll get your own Mason jar to drink from as you walk through the gate. Be a kid again and enjoy the rides at the Amusement Park without the kids (this is a 21+ event).

Click here to purchase tickets. Drink responsibly and have a designated driver.

Proceeds will benefit New Orleans non-profit, St. Bernard Project

(July 22, 2015-New Orleans, LA) La Petite Grocery, located at 4238 Magazine Street in uptown New Orleans, will host a dinner on August 24 to honor Hurricane Katrina's 10-year anniversary, which made landfall in New Orleans on August 29, 2005. An opening reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a 4-course dinner at 7:00 p.m. prepared by Chef Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery and guest chef Justin Girouard of The French Press (Lafayette, LA). Wine for the evening will be graciously sponsored by Dr. James Moises of Moises Wines and Bizou Wines distributor of New Orleans. Tickets are $200 a person; reservations can be made by calling the restaurant.

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City Park's Thursdays at Twilight Concert Series Schedule
May through August 2015 Schedule of Concerts at the New Orleans Botanical Garden in New Orleans City Park

Join music lovers at City Park to hear some of New Orleans' favorite performers during the "Thursdays at Twilight" concert series. Bring your friends to enjoy this very popular series with an array of musicians and mint juleps indoors at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters. This series is sponsored by the Louis and Virginia Clemente Foundation, Peoples Health, and The Azby Fund with support from WWNO 89.9 FM.

Admission is $10 per person. Mint juleps, wine, beer, soft drinks, water, and food are available for purchase. No outside food, drink, or pets are allowed.

Advance tickets are available online at Advance tickets may also be purchased over the phone at 504-483-9488 or at the Botanical Garden Gift Shop. Thursdays at Twilight Series Season Passes are also available for purchase.

When: Thursday Evenings
5 pm - Gates Open, 6 pm - Performance Begins

Where: Pavilion of the Two Sisters, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park

Contact: New Orleans Botanical Garden: phone: 504-483-9488 or email:

For more information and the schedule click here.

Bubba Gump Offering their Rockin' Summer Lineup!
429 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA  70130

Run, Forrest, Run to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in the French Quarter. Come in and try our rockin' summer lineup, available for a limited time! Headliners include items like Grilled Seafood Trio and Shrimp Bruschetta, as well as cool new Beer Cocktails and mixed drinks like the Rhythm and Booze. With a fun, casual atmosphere, out-of-this-world seafood dishes, and a fun drink selection for all ages, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is the hottest ticket this summer.