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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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Expedia Inc celebrated one year in their office in Place St Charles. We increased from just 2 employees last year to 6 NOLA based employees.

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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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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Legendary Musicians Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew to be honored with Music Tribute at the Historical Carver Theater
Vegas style show one more step in the effort to revitalize the once booming Treme music scene

Historically speaking, there may not have been a stronger musical partnership than the one that existed between Antoine "Fats" Domino and Dave Bartholomew. The iconic collaboration would sell over 65 million records and rack up over three dozen top 40 hits. Yet, despite the staggering numbers and the longevity of their careers, there was no venue in the duo's hometown that was dedicated solely to preserving the quintessential New Orleans sound. Actor, director and co-creator Lucky Johnson decided to change that with "Walking to New Orleans", a "Vegas Style" musical tribute to the New Orleans natives.

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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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Dillard University K10 Events

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

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).

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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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K10 Exhibition Reflections on Renewal at Longue Vue House & Gardens

WHEN: August 27, 2015 5 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Longue Vue House and Gardens
7 Bambo Road
New Orleans, LA 70124

Join Longue Vue for the opening reception of "Reflections on Renewal through Art and Community" commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The multifaceted exhibition will examine new opportunities presented by the storm and highlight Longue Vue's recovery alongside two-dimensional collages from artist Wayne Amedee. 

HOW MUCH: Free and open to the public

MORE INFO: Lenora Costa at 504.293.4712

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.


Presented by Friends of City Park and Republic National Distributing Company

Date: Friday, September 18, 2015
Time: 7 p.m.-8 p.m. "Before the Madness"; 8 p.m.-11 p.m. "Martini Madness
"Before the Madness" $75 - Exclusive to Friends of City Park Members with reserved seating
"Martini Madness" $50 non-members; $45 FOCP Members
Location: Arbor Room at Popp Fountain, New Orleans City Park

Friends of City Park and Republic National Distributing Company will host the 12th Annual Martini Madness fundraising event on Friday, September 18, 2015 from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. at City Park's Arbor Room at Popp Fountain.
Martini Madness features over 25 specialty martinis, ranging from classics to one-of-a-kind creations, and more than 20 local restaurants serving up their delicious cuisine. One of the martini stations will be the winner from the OffBeat Magazine Martini Week contest taking place a week before the fundraiser. The evening will kick off with a splash of fun at 7 p.m. - "Before the Madness", an exclusive hour for Friends of City Park Members with reserved seating into the night and at 8 p.m. the "Madness" will begin.

All proceeds from Martini Madness 2015 will benefit the new Marconi Drive bike path. The new bike path will be a ten foot bike path along Marconi between the roadway and Marconi lagoon, from Robert E. Lee to Harrison Avenue.

Martini Madness has become one of the fastest growing fundraising events hosted by Friends of City Park with the event selling out in 2014. With a limited number of tickets being sold, Friends of City Park's most daring supporters should purchase tickets in advance.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at or by calling 504-483-9376. Tickets for "Before the Madness" are $75/person and for regular admission $50/person or $45/person for Friends of City Park members. Tickets include all food and beverages. Attendees must be 21 years or older to attend.

Thursdays at Twilight" Concert Series
September through November 2015 Schedule of Concerts at the New Orleans Botanical Garden in New Orleans City Park

What: 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
5:00 pm - Gates Open, 6:00 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:

September through November 2015 schedule:
September 3 - Joe Krown Swing Band
Joe Krown has traveled the globe performing with the likes of Dr. John, Chuck Berry, Irma Thomas, and Eric Clapton. Tonight he will bring Swing Music to our Thursday series. Great musicians always make for great shows. For more information about the music please visit this site

September 10 - New Orleans Mystics
Buy your tickets early so you will not miss this show featuring the music of Motown. Songs from the Temptations, O'Jays, Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding will all be part of this soulful tribute to some of the greatest music from the 1970's.

September 17 - Lena Prima
To some performers, having a legendary father might be daunting. Not for Lena Prima. Born in show business and raised on the road with her famous dad, the singer/songwriter/artist has earned her own reputation around the country for her energetic charismatic performances. She will perform songs of her father as well as some of her original tunes. For more information about the music please visit this site:

September 24 - Bobby Cure and the Poppa Stoppas
Join us for a rocking good evening as we travel back in time with Bobby Cure to the Doo-Wop days of the 1950's when the Moon was Blue, and the question of the day was, Why Do Fools Fall In Love? For more information about the music please visit this site:

October 1 - Paul Sanchez and Minimum Rage
Native New Orleanian Paul Sanchez was born in the blue-collar Irish Channel. Today Paul defies categories and is noted as an actor, songwriter, singer, producer, writer and musician, with 11 solo CDs under his belt. In January of 2010 Off Beat Magazine awarded him three Best of the Beat Awards: Songwriter of the Year, Best Song of the Year and Best Folk/Rock Album for "Stew Called New Orleans", his duet with friend and collaborator John Boutté. For more information about the music please visit this site:

October 8 - John Rankin
John is a master of finger style guitar, applying it to an eclectic array of genres: classical, jazz, folk, blues and classic New Orleans music. John will be performing with Clarence Johnson III, Charlie Fardella and Washboard Chaz. It will be a great evening of music. For more information about the music please visit this site:

October 15 - No Concert Tonight

October 22 - Tim Laughlin
With the beginning of the twenty-first century comes a core of musicians with fresh and imaginative ideas for this timeless American art form know as "Jazz". This is especially true in New Orleans and clarinetist Tim Laughlin is indeed one of these musicians. For more information about the music please visit this site:

October 29 - Cullen Landry and the Midnight Streetcar
Cullen was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 1998. In his career he has shared the bandstand with Bobby Mitchell, Eddie Bo, Professor Longhair, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson and many others. His goal is to preserve the New Orleans musical heritage encompassed by the ground-breaking New Orleans music of the 1950's and 1960's. For more information about the music please visit this site:

November 5 - Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers
Debbie Davis is a familiar face at our Thursday concerts having performed on numerous occasions with the Pfister Sisters. The Mesmerizers feature the talents of Alex McMurray (guitar), Matt Perrine (sousaphone) Josh Paxton (piano) and Davis on vocals and ukulele. Offbeat magazine says, "Debbie Davis stands out in the crowd of vocalists like a bird-of-paradise in a roomful of parakeets." For more information about the music please visit this site:

November 12 - Little Freddie King
The cousin of Lightnin' Hopkins, King learned guitar from his father, but in 1954 moved to New Orleans at the age of 14. He played in many juke joints with his friends Babe Stovall, Slim Harpo, and Champion Jack Dupree, playing both acoustic and electric guitar. He recorded the first electric blues album in New Orleans with Harmonica Williams in 1969. In 1976, King undertook a European tour alongside Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker. He is a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and three times selected Blues Performer of the Year in New Orleans. For more information about the music please visit this site:

November 19 - Benny Grunch and the Bunch
You can't say Benny, "Ain't Dere No More", cause he will be right here in the garden performing his New Orleans hits as only Benny and the Bunch can do. Always entertaining, full of surprises and new songs, get ready for a Yat Attack with Benny Grunch and The Bunch. For more information about the music please visit this site:

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