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THNOC celebrates 50th anniversary with black-tie gala on May 4
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Patron party: 6:30 p.m. • Gala: 7:15 p.m.
The Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, Louisiana

Tickets may be purchased through The Historic New Orleans Collection at or (504) 523-4662. Admission to the gala and/or patron party is as follows:

• Chartres Street Ticket: $175 per person (includes admission for one to the gala)
• Toulouse Street Ticket: $275 per person (includes admission for one to the gala and the patron party)
• Royal Street Ticket: $3,000 per table or $400 per person (The purchase of a Royal Street reserved table includes admission for eight to the gala, the patron party, and a behind-the-scenes champagne tour of The Historic New Orleans Collection's properties with Executive Director Priscilla Lawrence on Tuesday, May 3. An individual Royal Street ticket includes these same benefits for one.)

Join The Historic New Orleans Collection as it toasts its 50th anniversary at Soiree d'Or, a black-tie gala on Wednesday, May 4. The museum, research center and publisher is hosting anniversary events throughout 2016, but the gala presents a unique opportunity to celebrate in style with live, local music and with food from an iconic New Orleans restaurateur, all at the beautifully renovated Orpheum Theater. Guests will enjoy performances by the Preservation Hall All-Stars, JMO - The Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra and Joe Lastie Jr. and the Lastie Family Gospel as well as menu selections from Ralph Brennan Catering.

Lewis Kemper Williams and Leila Hardie Moore Williams, two longtime private collectors, founded the organization in 1966 to make their extensive collection of materials available to the public for continued research and scholarship. As the institution's staff and holdings grew, these materials became the foundation for its changing exhibitions and original publications. Today, THNOC manages two facilities in the French Quarter: the Williams Research Center and Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art at 400-410 Chartres St., and a complex of buildings-including a former residence of the Williamses-at its flagship location, 533 Royal St. A third property, at 520 Royal St., is currently under renovation and is scheduled to open to the public in time for New Orleans's tricentennial in 2018.

Tickets for the gala are now available for purchase. Prices start at $175 for the gala and $275-$3,000 for the patron party.

For more information or to order tickets, visit or call (504) 523-4662. Soirée d'Or is made possible by THNOC and its anniversary gala committee, with additional support from BBC Destination Management, Preservation Hall Foundation and Ralph Brennan Catering and Events.



THNOC publication "Henry Howard: Louisiana's Architect" captures award

Henry Howard Book CoverThe Historic New Orleans Collection is pleased to announce that its publication "Henry Howard: Louisiana's Architect," which was co-published by the Princeton Architectural Press, has received the Victorian Society in America's Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award.
This honor reflects author and photographer Robert S. Brantley's decades-long effort to document the work of one of Louisiana's most prolific architects of the 19th century with the help of his late wife, Jan White Brantley, and the late Victor McGee, a direct descendant of the book's subject. The volume provides a comprehensive survey of Howard's career, lavishly illustrated with photographs both new and historical, and interspersed with archival drawings and plans.
"I am grateful for all the hard work and astuteness of The Collection's editors and for the untiring effort and knowledge of the editors of Princeton Architectural Press, who have helped make this work on Henry Howard a success," said Brantley. "Mostly, I am forever in the debt of my beloved wife, Jan, for her unwavering support and talents in both research and photography and to my friend Victor McGee for keeping the memory of Henry Howard alive and for all his insightful thoughts and work in the writing of this book. Lastly, to Henry Howard, without whose genius this work would not need to exist."
Given annually, the Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award is one of three book awards that the Victorian Society in America (VSA) presents to works "that best advance an understanding or appreciation of the decorative arts or architecture of the 19th century." This particular prize honors works "centered on architecture or the decorative arts," including biographies of designers or architects.
"We are thrilled to see Howard's contribution to 19th-century architecture acknowledged by such a significant organization as the Victorian Society in America," said Dorothy Ball, senior editor at THNOC who headed the project, "We congratulate Robert Brantley, along with Jan and Victor McGee, for the phenomenal effort they expended in bringing this unsung story to light."
The Victorian Society in America, which has a sister organization in the United Kingdom, was founded in 1966 and is committed to historic preservation and the protection, understanding, education and enjoyment of 19th-century heritage. The society's 15 chapters across the country host a wide range of local events and lectures that help promote its enrichment and publication work. "Old House Journal" identified the founding of the society as one of the 25 most significant milestones in American preservation.
The award will be presented at The Victorian Society in America's annual meeting this year on April 30 in Los Angeles.

CATAHOULA HOTEL/CAFE/ BAR Officially open to public

The Catahoula Hotel, a 35-room boutique hotel nestled in the Central Business District, is officially open . The café and bar will be open between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. daily for coffee, cocktails and a full menu.

The Catahoula is a former Creole Townhouse which now resides amongst skyscrapers in downtown New Orleans. A Peruvian-inspired cafe/bar is at street level, 35 hotel rooms above, and tropical courtyards, balconies and terraces throughout. Rooms start at $129.

Click here for the full press release.

Free Zumba Classes

Join your friends for free Zumba classes at the Peristyle in New Orleans City Park. New Orleans City Park, Elmwood Fitness Center, and Ochsner are excited to bring the community yet another way to exercise in the Park. Come ready to dance away stress and have some fun. Wear appropriate workout attire, gym shoes, and bring H2O as you'll work up a sweat!

-Rain or shine!
-Saturdays: April 2nd through May 7th
-8 am until 8:45 am

-The Peristyle in New Orleans City Park (near the intersection of Dreyfous and Anseman)
-Free and no reservations are needed
-For further information call 733-1600.

The Sweat Social Partners with Global Boutique and Luxury Hotels to Bring Experiential Workouts to "Fitsetters"

The first and only cutting-edge fitness service designed specifically for travelers provides a refreshingly fun and unique take on the traditional workout.

The Sweat Social, the first and only fitness services company designed for "fitsetters" (their term for jetsetters who care about their health and fitness goals while on the road), today announced new partnerships with Starwood Hotel's W French Quarter and Le Méridien as well as the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans. The partnerships solidify their fitness solutions as the hottest workouts in the Crescent City for visitors, offering hotel guests a fitness experience not found at home. The Sweat Social curates on-site fitness events at hotels and unique locations that incorporate the destination in fun ways. "It's common for our instructors to lead an event in costume and throw beads at participants during Mardi Gras season. We want to make sure that our customers get something more memorable than just a great workout." The Sweat Social's latest offering, Running Tours gives the lonely run a facelift by leading participants on a stride through time and history. Taking a breather at historical points of interest, the runners are met by authentic tour guides ready to captivate their audience with memorable insights into the famous history and people of New Orleans. 

Click here for the full press release. 

Michelle Linton Joins the FestiGals Team
Marketing & Event Director on Board for July 28-30 New Orleans Girlfriend Weekend

Michelle Linton Headshot
FestiGals, Inc. the nonprofit organization that produces the New Orleans Original Girlfriend Getaway Weekend, is pleased to announce Michelle Linton as Marketing & Events Director. She will play a pivotal role in planning the New Orleans Women's Conference within the FestiGals, Inc. weekend.

Linton holds an impressive track record with over 10 years of experience in marketing and event planning. She joins FestiGals following a seven-year stint as Director of Marketing and Communications for the Women's Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC South), an organization that is dedicated to uniting women-owned businesses and connecting them with opportunities to expand their companies.

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Jody Halter Named President of Skål International New Orleans
ACCENT-DMC VP Selected to Lead Tourism Organization

Jody Halter HeadshotACCENT-DMC, a DMC Network Company is pleased to announce that its vice-president, Jody Halter, has been elected president of Skål International New Orleans.

Halter has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years and joined the ACCENT team in 2003. Her leadership skills and experience producing special events and guest programs for association, corporate and incentive meetings for ACCENT-DMC will be of great benefit to Skål, particularly as the organization joins local and state tourism agencies to host the U.S. Travel Association's IPW meeting in New Orleans this June. IPW is the travel industry's premier internationals marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the U.S.

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City Park Presents China Lights
February 23 through May 1, 2016

We are excited to invite you to join in an extraordinary new opportunity for our community. It's an event that will appeal to everyone. Locals will love it, families will embrace it, and visitors will come to New Orleans to experience it. The China Lights festival will open February 23, 2016.

More than 30 extraordinary, blazingly bright silk covered structures will fill a large portion of the Botanical Garden. Picture an incredible glowing dragon 192-feet long, a four-story, lit-from-within pagoda towering high enough to be seen from almost any vantage and dozens of dazzlingly colorful lighted displays created by a team of some 100 artisans and technical staff at Sichuan Tianyu, located in Zigong, China.

These beautiful lanterns have been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people in Europe, most recently in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and also in the United States in Spokane, Washington and now soon in New Orleans.

City Park's event will take place February 23 through May 1, 2016.

Click here for more information.


Southern Rep Theatre, Rose CDC and Alembic Community Development Announce Plans for Performing Arts Space to Revitalize Historic Church Building on Bayou Treme Center campus on Bayou Road

Today, Southern Rep Theatre, Rose Community Development Corporation and Alembic Community Development announced plans for launching the Bayou Treme Center campus development project, which will renovate the long-vacant former St Rose de Lima Church into a hub for the performing arts in the city and a cultural anchor on the Bayou Road corridor. The ceremony was followed by guided tours through the historic building and around the site of the upcoming campus development.

Click here for more information and the full press release. 

Concerts in the Courtyard, The Historic New Orleans Collection's popular outdoor music series, returns Friday, March 18, with a performance from the Colin Lake Band.

Now in its ninth year, Concerts in the Courtyard offers a fun, affordable way to kick off the weekend. In addition to the Colin Lake Band, the spring series will include shows by Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars (Friday, April 15), Walter "Wolfman" Washington and the Roadmasters (Friday, May 20), and Sweet Crude (Friday, June 17).

All concerts this season will offer white wine and beer. Admission is $10, free for THNOC members and includes three beverages. Shows are held at 533 Royal St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the concerts are 6:00-8:00 p.m. THNOC's museum shop and first-floor exhibition galleries will offer extended hours during the event.

The Wonderful Indonesia Festival Saturday, April 30 11am - 5pm

The first Wonderful Indonesia Festival ever produced in the U.S. is making its debut along the Mighty Mississippi. This fun event provides a unique opportunity for visitors and locals to discover more about the beautiful Asian country through its music, food and traditional dances. The FREE event will also offer a chance to win a vacation for two to Bali - one of the world's premier vacation destinations.

New Orleans Ballet Association presents: Che Malambo
Saturday, May 7, 8pm
Mahalia Jackson Theater

With rapid-fire rhythms, precision footwork, drumming of the bombos, singing and whirling boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end), Che Malambo celebrates the unique South American cowboy traditions of the gaucho. Danced solely by men, the malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that would challenge skills of agility, strength, dexterity and zapeteo, the fast paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses. This powerhouse, all-male company of 14 gauchos brings the fiery Malambo traditions and virtuosic dancing to the contemporary stage.
Tickets start at $25.50.

Call 504.522.0996 or visit

Xavier professor to speak on Shakespeare's influence in New Orleans

Program presented in conjunction with national exhibition commemorating 400th anniversary of playwright's death

WHO: The Historic New Orleans Collection with Oliver Hennessey, assistant professor of English, Xavier University

WHAT: "‘All the World's a Stage': Shakespeare on the Stages and Streets of New Orleans," a lecture presented in conjunction with the exhibitions "‘Merry as the Day Is Long': Shakespeare's Hand in New Orleans" at THNOC and "The First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare" at Tulane University's Newcomb Gallery

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Extended exhibition viewing: 5:30-6 p.m.
Lecture: 6 p.m.

WHERE: THNOC's Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St. in the French Quarter

HOW: Admission is free and registration is recommended. To make reservations, call (504) 523-4662 or email More details are available at

WHY: On Wednesday, May 18, at THNOC's Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., Xavier University Assistant Professor of English Oliver Hennessey will discuss Shakespeare's influence on New Orleans art and culture. The program is free. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling (504) 523-4662 or emailing

Shakespeare emerged as a cultural rallying point within the developing Anglo-American community in early 19th-century New Orleans. In his lecture, Hennessey will highlight early performances at English-speaking theaters, including "Othello," which was the first of Shakespeare's works to grace a New Orleans stage, and "Antony and Cleopatra" and "Two Gentlemen of Verona," both of which had their first known North American productions in the Crescent City.

While actors strutted upon the stage at the Anglocentric St. Charles Theatre, Carnival krewes brought the Bard's work to life in elaborate floats, costumes, and theatrical processions down St. Charles Avenue. Hennessey will use THNOC's extensive Mardi Gras holdings to explore the influence of Shakespeare's works on Carnival celebrations. These ephemera, along with playbills and images from Shakespeare productions and organizations in New Orleans arts, will be on display in "Merry as the Day Is Long," THNOC's small-scale companion exhibition on Shakespearean elements in 19th- and 20th-century New Orleans, on view Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., May 3-June 4, at THNOC's Williams Research Center. Admission is free.

Both the lecture and the exhibition at THNOC are part of a series of events surrounding the nationally traveling exhibition "The First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare," on view at the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane May 9-31. Published in 1623, the famed First Folio features 36 works by Shakespeare. Considered one of the most valuable books in the world, the volume will be traveling to all 50 states and Washington, DC, in 2016, to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death. The exhibition at Tulane will be the tour's only stop in Louisiana. THNOC is honored to join Tulane University and the New Orleans Public Library in welcoming the folio to the city. Visit for more information about the exhibition and events hosted by Tulane and for details on related programming at THNOC.