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Leading New Zealand Tourism Marketing Company Opens Office in New Orleans
Auckland's Tomahawk Agency ready to do business in the U.S.

Tomahawk TourismTomahawk Tourism Marketing, the New Zealand digital agency behind many of that country's biggest travel brands, is aiming to make an impact in the U.S. tourism market with a new office in New Orleans, Louisiana. The company has hired Marica Mackenroth Brewster, a former client and digital tourism marketing veteran, to head the new region as Accounts Director - US.

Click here for the full press release.

New Orleans Hotel Collection deploys SoniCast in Landmark New Orleans Hotels

A collection of splendidly authentic hotels in America's favorite city have recently announced a new, and very special amenity for guests. Utilizing the absolute latest technology, several hotels of the Collection have installed SoniCast- powered by Chromecast within their guest rooms. This technology empowers guests to cast content from over 1000 apps on their personal mobile devices to the hotel's in- room TV.

Click here for the full press release.

Wendy deBen Returns to the ACCENT-DMC Team

Wendy DeBen   Wendy DeBenACCENT-DMC, Inc., a DMC Network Company, is pleased to announce that Wendy deBen has re-joined the company as Outside Sales Manager. DeBen formerly worked with ACCENT from 2008 through 2012.

Click here for the full press release.

FUHWE connects explorers and locals in person to create authentic, memorable experiences beyond the rench Quarter that contribute to the sustainability of the city

FUHWE (pronounced fawe) offers the more than 9 million tourists athering in the Big Easy each year the opportunity to explore like a local from their mobile devices, and ew Orleanians a chance to monetize their passions. The platform launched at national tech summit
Collision in April 2016, and added its app for iPhone in June.

FUHWE is the brainchild of Grenada citizens, Patricia Maher and Shawn Louis, whose fiery passion for ravel and connecting with locals inspired them to create a better way to explore destinations. The ntrepreneurs won the top prize at New Orleans Startup Weekend in October 2015. The name is a aribbean expression meaning "for us." The pineapple logo is an international symbol of hospitality and arm greetings symbolizing FUHWE's warm welcome to explorers.

Click here for the full press release. 

Locally owned and operated, NOLA DMC is a full service destination management company specializing in event design, custom excursions, teambuilding, CSR programs, creative entertainment and efficient top of the line transportation. 

NOLA DMC Founder, Meg Baird, CMP, DMCP knows New Orleans inside out. With twenty years of experience in Destination Management and a life time of NOLA knowledge, Meg leads a team of professionals, determined to create outstanding, unforgettable events. 

NOLA DMC event experiences designed by Meg and team are exceptional. Leveraging local culture and enhancing the clients brand through moments so memorable that they actually create a digital buzz for the brand. Meg doesn't just have experience; she has career of proven success.


Meg has New Orleans in a bottle and cannot wait to uncork all the city has to offer. A NOLA DMC experience, customized especially for your unique occasion, will reflect the vibrant personality of New Orleans and the needs of your event.




The Historic New Orleans Collection Opened a new exhibition titled Money, Money, Money!

Tuesday, May 17 - through Saturday, October 29
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street in the French Quarter.

The Historic New Orleans Collection wants you to follow the money into Louisiana's past. The museum, research center and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Louisiana has just opened a new exhibition titled Money, Money, Money! Currency Holdings from The Historic New Orleans Collection at its Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street in the French Quarter. The display includes more than 200 objects illustrating the many-and sometimes bizarre-incarnations of money that existed before US currency was codified.

Stay Alfred Opens Entire New Building of 49 New Orleans Vacation Rentals

Stay Alfred 
Stay Alfred doubles its lodging availability in the Big Easy with dozens of new vacation rentals a short walk from the French Quarter

The nationwide urban vacation rental firm headquartered in the Spokane, Wash., announced today the opening of 49 brand new vacation rentals just three blocks from the French Quarter in the historic Factors Row Building on the corner of Carondelet and Perdido Streets.

The 19th-century building, languishing vacant since Hurricane Katrina, maintains the Italiante-style architectural façades and other details that caught impressionist Edgar Degas' eye when he painted A Cotton Office in New Orleans in 1873.

Click here for the full press release.


Louisiana Landmarks Society announces new Executive Director, 2016 Board of Trustees Election results

The Board of Trustees for Louisiana Landmarks Society is pleased to announce that Carol Gniady has joined the organization as Executive Director, effective May 23, 2016. Gniady replaces Walter Gallas, who left Landmarks in April for a position with the City of Baltimore as a Preservation Planner.

The Louisiana Landmarks Society May 9 Annual Meeting 2016-2017 Board of Trustees election results are as follows:
President: Sandra L. Stokes
1st Vice President: James R. Logan, IV
2nd Vice President: Michael Duplantier
Treasurer: Louis McFaul
Assistant Treasurer: R. Stephen Chauvin, AIA, NCARB
Recording Secretary: Hilary Somerville Irvin
Corresponding Secretary: Carol Allen
Charles A. (Chuck) Berg, AIA
Elizabeth M. Landis
Nathan Lott
Amanda McFillen
Howard W. Mielke, Ph.D.
Thomas W. (Tommy) Milliner
Jerry Pepper
Mary Price Robinson
Jay Seastrunk
Drew Stewart
Justin Stone
Ex Officio: T. Casey Stuart

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art will celebrate the opening of its three newest exhibitions on Thursday, June 16, 2016. Opening reception festivities for Top Mob: A History of New Orleans Graffiti, /'pāpər/ and In Time We Shall Know Ourselves: Photographs by Raymond Smith will commence at 5:00 p.m. and last until 8:00 p.m.

Highlights of the evening include remarks by photographer Raymond Smith and remarks by members of the Top Mob graffiti collective. Music will be provided in the Patrick F. Taylor Library by DJ Alfa Leone and DJ Quickie Mart, both affiliated with Top Mob.

Top Mob: A History of New Orleans Graffiti sponsored by Mo's Art Supply
June 4 - November 6, 2016

June 11 - November 6, 2016

In Time We Shall Know Ourselves: Photographs by Raymond Smith
June 12 - September 18, 2016

For more information on the exhibits visit


Hip Hop Ya Brass FREE Summer Fitness Series at Crescent Park
Tuesdays June 28-August 2nd
Mandeville Wharf 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Presented in partnership with Move Ya Brass

Come have some summer fun with the Hip Hop Ya Brass Class presented by Crescent Park in partnership with Move Ya Brass. This free and fun one hour class is great for all ages so be sure to bring the whole family!

2016 Artful Palate Cooking Demonstrations
July 15 - September 9, 2016
Friday Nights at 6:30pm
Inside Cafe NOMA

In conjunction with the launch of NOMA's exhibition The Essence of Things: Design and the Art of Reduction, the talented executive chefs, sous chefs and mixologist of Café NOMA, Ralph's on the Park, Red Fish Grill, Brennan's, and Napoleon House will share their culinary vision inspired by the exhibit's focus on the art and practice of minimalism. The Artful Palate demonstrations will take a minimalist approach to cooking; featuring local seafood, meats, fruits and vegetables with simplistic recipes highlighting the core of their natural essence.

The 2016 Artful Palate series is held every Friday night at 6:30pm from July 15 to September 9.
It is free of charge and limited seating is available. Arrive early for dinner and stay for the show!

Summer Schedule:

JULY 29 - Simplifying Sorbet
Brett Gauthier, Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group corporate executive pastry chef

AUGUST 5 - Fancy Fish: Salt Curing, Pickling & More!
Ryan Hacker, Brennan's sous chef

AUGUST 12 - Craft Mixologist Secrets Revealed....When to shake, stir and how to impress your guests!
Lu Brow, Brennan's lead bartender

AUGUST 19 - Backyard BBQ Cooking in Reverse
Austin Kirzner, Red Fish Grill executive chef

AUGUST 26 - Demystifying Poached Fish
Patrick Brennan, Brennan's sous chef

SEPTEMBER 2 - Sweet Infusions
Eric Perelli, Brennan's pastry chef

SEPTEMBER 9 - How, When and Why to Use Everyday Home Cooking Equipment in Gourmet Cuisine
Chris Montero, Café NOMA culinary curator and Napoleon House executive chef


Two Free Concerts: July 30th and August 27th 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Concert-goers will be treated to a 45 minute concert by the vocal trio The National WWII Museum's Victory Belles, who will sing favorite WWII era songs such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree, Chattanooga Choo Choo and I'll Be Seeing You. Seating is first come, first served at the Dutch Alley Performance Pavilion, located in the French Market District between St. Phillip and Dumaine Streets. There will be National WWII Museum staff on hand to answer questions about the museum.

Abita Springs Opry Presents Live Music At the French Market Farmers Market Every Saturday in August
August 6: SPECIAL SHOW for Satchmo Summer Fest!
Noon-1: 30 The Lucky Dogs: New Orleans Rhythm and Blues
1:30-3:00: Shotgun Jazz Band: Traditional New Orleans Jazz
August 13: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. P-Town Ramblers: Americana
August 20: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Steve Anderson Group: Traditional Country
August 27: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Farmer's Market String Band: Americana

The Sounds of Music
Don't miss the Botanical Garden Thursdays at Twilight music series starting this month!

7/28 - Ladies of Soul
8/4 - Bruce Daigrepont

There are always cold mint juleps to be had at these musical events!

Details and tickets are at this link.

Bookoo Rueda - Afro-Cuban & NOLA Rhythms
Wednesdays | 7:00 - 9:00 PM
July 27, 2016
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA
Free and open to the public

Join us for something a little different. Right now, we are rocking the boat and changing things up on Wednesdays.
It's time for new energy-new rhythms. Dance to the beat of your own drum. Classes are taught by Baba Luther Gray. Come join in the frivolity. Bookoo Rueda is a New Orleans-based organization focusing on building community and cross-cultural understanding through music and dance. Donations appreciated. For more information visit or call (504) 569-9070.

Basic Beekeeping Class
Saturday, July 30, 2016
10am - 11am

Are you interested in making your own honey, candle wax, or providing the honeybees to pollinate your fruits and flowers? Russell Harris will explain what is needed to start your own hive. Join us to learn more about the fascinating subject of honeybees.

The class is July 30th, $10/person, and the class will run from 10am to 11am in the Garden Study Center in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. To register call 483-9473 or email Pre-registration is required for all classes to ensure that a class is not canceled due to low enrollment.

The National WWII Museum's Victory Belles return to the Dutch Alley Performance Pavilion in the French Market District for two Saturday afternoon concerts: July 30 & August 27th

Saturday July 30th at 1:00 p.m. and Saturday August 27th at 1:00 p.m
French Market

In what has become a summer tradition, the Victory Belles take their "show on the road" from The National WWII Museum to the French Market for two free public summer concerts: Saturday July 30th at 1:00 p.m. and Saturday August 27th at 1:00 p.m.

Concert-goers will be treated to a 45 minute concert by the vocal trio The National WWII Museum's Victory Belles, who will sing favorite WWII era songs such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree, Chattanooga Choo Choo , and I'll Be Seeing You. Seating is first come, first served at the Dutch Alley Performance Pavilion, located in the French Market District between St. Phillip and Dumaine Streets, behind Pop City, a French Market District retail shop at 940 Decatur Street. There will be National WWII Museum staff on hand to answer questions about the museum.

Whitney White Linen Night 2016

Whitney White Linen Night 2016 will launch the CAC's milestone 40th Anniversary Season. This annual event is a fundraiser for the CAC.
Saturday, August 6, 2016 -
5:30pm to 11:00pm

300-700 blocks of Julia Street and throughout the Arts District New Orleans

Art Openings & Outdoor Celebration
Free Admission | 5:30-9:30pm New Extended Hours!
• Exhibition Openings at more than 20 Galleries & Museums
• Cocktails & Cuisine from 25 Local Restaurants
• Cox Cool Down Lounge

Food provided by Bratz Y'all, Crepes a la Cart, Curly Q Fry Co, Kingfish, NOLA Girl, Saucy's BBQ, Superior Grill, The American Sector, Ye Olde College Inn, NOLA Foods, Mizado, Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar, Foundation Room at HOB, The Mellow Mushroom, LMNO @ Le Meridien, Pinkberry, The Velvet Cactus, Nirvana, St. Lawrence, Brennan's Restaurant Group, Legacy Kitchen, Kenton's

Stay Cool!
Limited tickets available for the CAC's Cool Down Lounge sponsored by Cox
The Lighthouse, 743 Camp Street at Julia Street
$40 per CAC Member | $50 per Non-Member
Includes 2 complimentary drinks, light bites, private restrooms, seating with air-conditioning, AND access to the CAC Afterparty.


900 Camp Street
$10 General Admission | Free to CAC Members or Cool Down Lounge ticket buyers


"A Building with a View": Experiments in Anarchitecture
This group exhibition of regional artists marks the beginning of the CAC's 40th Anniversary Season. It also serves as a formal meditation on the concept of Anarchitecture-an elision of the words architecture and anarchy-in presenting of artists who examine the relationships between spatial and social conditions.


$10 General Admission | Free to CAC Members
Cash Bars & Cuisine
Afterparty Entertainment: Mod Dance Party's DJ Matty spins funk and soul platters from the 50s, 60s, 70s, & 80s

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets. 


Louisiana Contemporary presented by The Helis Foundation
August 8 - September 18, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday August 6, 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

With support from The Helis Foundation, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will once again produce the exhibition, Louisiana Contemporary, opening on Whitney White Linen Night, August 6, 2016, and on display until September 18, 2016.

The annual, state-wide, juried exhibition was established in 2012 to promote contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, to provide exhibition space for the work of living artists, and to engage an audience that recognizes the vibrant visual culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center.

Louisiana Contemporary Presented by The Helis Foundation includes 78 original works of art by 47 Louisiana artists.

Artists included in the exhibition are Artemis Antippas, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Brian Barbieri, Aron Belka, Chris Berntsen, James Billeaudeau, David Bordett, Susan Bowers, Vincent Cellucci, Joshua Chambers, David Colannino, Drew Cooke, William DePauw, Jer'Lisa Devezin, Benjamin Diller, Adrione Domino, Troy Dugas, Abdi Farah, Ida Floreak, James Flynn, John Gargano, Shawn Hall, Ronna Harris, Margot Herster, Peter Horjus, Susan Ireland, Xavier Juarez, Kelli Scott Kelley, Jenna Knoblach, Avery Lawrence, Chris Lawson, Andrew LeBlanc, Paul LeBlanc, Ernest Joshua Littles, Shawne Major, Kristin Meyers, Ti-Rock Moore, Lake Newton, Casey Parkinson, Paul Rizzo, Ryan Sartin, Arthur Severio, Bennett Sewell, Maxx Sizeler, Patch Somerville, Dixon Stetler, Andrew Stubbs, Dan Tague.

The juror for this installation of Louisiana Contemporary is Bill Arning, Executive Director of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

More information can be found by visiting or

"Thursdays at Twilight" Concert Series
September through November 2016 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 Louis and Virginia Clemente Foundation, Inc. and Peoples Health.

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:

September through November 2016 schedule:

September 1 - Gal Holiday and The Honky Tonk Revue

September 8 - Lena Prima
September 15 - Tanya and Dorise

September 22 - Dapper Dandies

September 29 - Wanda Rouzan and A Taste of New Orleans

October 6 - John Rankin

October 13 - New Orleans Mystics

October 20 - Bobby Cure and The Poppa Stoppas

October 27 - Cullen Landry and the Midnight Streetcar

November 3 - Roamin' Jasmine

November 10 - Benny Grunch & The Bunch

NOLA ChristmasFest 2016
December 16 - 30, 2016

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Ice Skating Rink
Carnival Rides
Life-size Maza
Arts & Crafts
Santa Claus and holiday friends
Holiday decor, music and festival lights

More updates to come.