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Camp Restore Welcomes 25,000th Post-Katrina Volunteer to New Orleans

Over 1 million volunteer hours have been dedicated to the restoration of post-Katrina Greater New Orleans

Camp Restore, a New Orleans faith-based volunteer program, will celebrate welcoming its 25,000th volunteer to New Orleans on Tuesday, March 24. Over 150 volunteers are arriving in town from Arkansas, Illinois, Washington, DC, Iowa, Kansas, Washington State, Las Vegas, Nebraska, Missouri and New York, to work on volunteer projects in and around the greater New Orleans area.

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Martin Lawrence Galleries, New Orleans, Spring ‘15 Fine Art Auction

Martin Lawrence Galleries, New Orleans, Spring Fine Art Auction continues through March, 2015, with works by Bertho, Chagall, Dalí, De Kooning, Erté, Francis, Fressinier, Golkar, Haring, Hofmann, Johns, Kondakova, Mas, Miró, Murakami, Picasso, Rembrant, Warhol and others. Auction season represents a rare opportunity to collect original paintings, sculptures, serigraphs, etchings, lithographs, and other limited edition works by world-renowned artists.

This season's collection is distinguished by signature Warhols; sensual prints and bronze sculptures by Erté; the best of Impressionist artist Kerry Hallam; conceptual and classic contemporary works by Nauman, Lalonde, Murakami, Kostabi, Castelli, De Kooning, Keith Haring, Sam Francis and others; an impressive selection of original Picasso including his ‘Jacqueline' series; an exploration of Asian paintings by Mas and others; and rare and desirable Chagall and Dalí works.

The Gallery hosted a successful live event on Sunday, March 22, at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place, auctioning off highlights from the collection, and treating art buyers to a spectacular evening of art bidding, food, cocktails, a raffle and more. Collectors went home with world-class works at well below market value.

Additional auction works can be acquired by visiting Martin Lawrence Galleries New Orleans Gallery at 433 Royal Street (in the heart of the French Quarter). View the complete catalogue in advance at:

"Auction season is a chance to view and acquire original artwork - many museum-worthy works - at great prices. I believe this is one of our strongest auction collections yet." - Mary Coxe, Director, Martin Lawrence Galleries, New Orleans.

About Martin Lawrence Galleries, New Orleans
Located in the heart of the French Quarter and within walking distance to most hotels, Martin Lawrence Galleries, New Orleans, presents original artwork by world-renowned artists as well as the emerging artists. Regularly featuring works by Rembrandt, Picasso, Chagall, Warhol, Erté and contemporary artists such as Deyber and Murakami. Open 7 days a week. 433 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. (504) 299-9055

ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc., a DMC Network Company Earns Inaugural ADMEI Excellence Award

ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc., a DMC Network Company is honored to accept the Association of Destination Management Executives International's (ADMEI) inaugural Excellence Award in the category of Excellence in Sustainable Events. The
award recognizes excellence in sustainable initiatives and highlights the creative manner in which a Destination Management Company incorporates sustainable initiatives into their programs. The award was accepted by ACCENT's Vice President, Jody Halter, during the award ceremony at ADMEI's Annual Conference on Saturday, February 14th, in Los Cabos, Mexico.

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San Francisco Plantation is awarded LTPA's Attraction of the Year!  
2015 Travel Attraction of the Year

San Francisco PlantationDuring its Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday January 28, 2015, the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association (LTPA) announced the winners of the Louey Awards, which honor and showcase individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the Louisiana tourism industry. San Francisco Plantation was the recipient of the 2015 Travel Attraction of the Year Award. The Travel Attraction of the Year Award is presented to an attraction, museum, historic site, tour organization, etc. that delivers memorable experiences, meets visitor expectations, appeals to a wide range of travelers, understands the value of partnerships and consistently draws visitors to Louisiana. Tailored group itineraries and popular events like Frisco Fest have visitors taking notice of this opulent plantation home. Visitors are taken on an emotional trip into the plantation's past that illuminates the colorful history of Louisiana from a variety of perspectives. Guides discuss southern culture, the sugar-making economy, architecture, and the female experience in the Old South.

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The Ladybug Roller Coaster in City Park is Back

The much awaited Ladybug Roller Coaster is back in City Park. The coaster was fabricated in Deggendorf, Germany. To ride the Ladybug Roller Coaster, there is a minimum height of 52" or 40" with a paid adult. The new roller coaster is larger and faster with a larger footprint than its predecessor. The Ladybug has 10 cars and each car has 2 seats. 

We are thrilled to announce that Signature Events has joined the ACCESS Destination Services team.

Same Owners, Same Team, Same Local Knowledge, Values and Attention to detail.

We are really excited about this new opportunity for us. We still have full ownership and decision for our company. For us to join this new DMC family allows us to obtain more of a national presence with clients and share best practices and knowledge with fellow DMC owners.

We have a new name and new contact info but rest assured when you work with ACCESS New Orleans it will still be your Signature Event. 

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Bourbon Orleans Hotel and Dauphine Orleans Hotel create theater and Opera packages. - Four Dates for discerning theatre patrons.

In time for the holiday season, two hotels of the prestigious New Orleans Hotel Collection have announced new theatre packages to help support the burgeoning theatre revival of the city. As longtime supporters and official hotels of the New Orleans Fringe Theatre Fest, the Joy Theatre, the NOCCA Broadway Series and the Opera, Collection hotels have frequently played hosts to Broadway and Cinema stars, famous musicians and the theatre glitterati.  

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 The National WWII Museum Honors Tom Brokaw and Tom Hanks with American Spirit Award at New York Event

When The National WWII Museum first opened its doors on June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, legendary broadcaster Tom Brokaw and award-winning actor Tom Hanks were already among the ranks of its supporters. It was a natural fit for two men who have done so much to honor the personal stories of World War II, and the beginning of an enduring friendship with the Museum. Both Brokaw and Hanks have worked tirelessly throughout their careers to document the World War II story, educating millions of Americans about our shared history and strengthening the legacy of the greatest generation. On February 24, The National WWII Museum honored their remarkable careers with the presentation of its American Spirit

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Houmas House Announces the Arrival of Our New Book - Louisiana's Sugar Palace

A magnificent pictorial and history of the enchanting mansion, gardens, and buildings of Louisiana's Sugar Palace, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Artist, author and photographer Jim Blanchard's compilation of recent and historic photography, archival research, and treasures from the Houmas Collections unfold in his tribute to the families of the great sugar barons Daniel Clark, Wade Hampton, John Burnside, and William Porcher Miles.

The historic tribute also included early explorers and settlers of the vast Louisiana Territory, and their encounters with the Houmas Indians during expeditions prior to the Louisiana Purchase.

Priced at $95.00
We can ship anywhere in the U.S. for $10.00

Orders can be placed by phone by calling the Houmas House Gift Shop- 225-473-9380.

Bourbon O Bar at the Iconic Bourbon Orleans Hotel home to TWO ‘Mixologists of the Year'
Unprecedented, consecutive awards go to bartenders at same bar.

Bourbon Orleans MixologistsThe Bourbon Orleans Hotel‘s classy bar the "Bourbon O" located on one of the city's most famous corners, Orleans Avenue at Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter historic district was recently the recipient of an unprecedented honor. Here, for two consecutive years, the judges of the prestigious New Orleans Magazine have selected their "Mixologist of the Year" for the city of New Orleans.

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BBC Destination Management Wins ADMEI Award for an Authentic South Louisiana Event

BBC Award PhotoBBC Destination Management (Bonnie Boyd and Company), won the prestigious ADMEI Achievement Award for Best Innovative Event ($200,001 to $500,000) at the ADMEI Annual Conference in Los Cabos, Mexico, for their Cajun Fais Do Do event last May.

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AlliedPRA New Orleans Announces Staff Promotions & New Team Addition

AlliedPRA Inc., a global leader in the destination management company (DMC) sector, announces the following staff promotions and addition to its New Orleans office: Sarah Howard, Senior Account Manager, Erin Gremillion, National Sales Manager, Katie Poche, Sales Manager and Jayme Tumminello, Sales Coordinator.

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Marc Becker, MPS, Area Director of Marketing and Business Development, of the New Orleans Hotel Collection was installed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association (LTPA) at the association's annual meeting on Cypress Bend Resort in Many, La.

"I am honored to be serving LTPA and the 750 members the association represents across the state," said Becker. "This organization has worked to lead and strengthen Louisiana's tourism industry for 54 years and I look forward to working with my fellow board members to continue the growth and success of the travel industry in Louisiana."

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Ryan Stone Ware appointed Executive Chef of The Landing Restaurant at the Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, a hotel of the New Orleans Hotel Collection

Ryan Stone headshotThe New Orleans Hotel Collection announced today the appointment of Chef Ryan Stone Ware as Executive Chef for The Landing. The restaurant, The Landing, is located in Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport Hotel on Williams Boulevard at the corner of Veterans Highway. Ware will be responsible for menu creativity and leading the culinary team at The Landing.

"We are delighted to welcome Chef Ryan to the hotel," said Hotel Manager Ivy Lim. "With many years of culinary arts training, fine dining and independent catering experience, Chef Ryan will be a great asset to The Landing restaurant and to our fine catering and banquet services at the Crowne Plaza." The Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport has the largest ballroom in the area, offering seated private catering events with Chef Ryan's fine culinary creations for up to 500 guests.

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Voices Not Forgotten
March 30 and 31, 2015 | 10:30-12:00 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center | 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA

Many of us have heard our elders talking about the great music and fancy dances of their time. They generally tell us that a dance or song we think is new was done back in the day. This performance deals with the history of the incredible music that touched their lives, and how it has changed over time. As always, when the Voices Not Forgotten group-affectionately called the Movers and Groovers--hits the stage, there will be a natural component of their production that lets you know about the importance of family. Always entertaining, you must come out and enjoy home grown singing and heart stopping dancing from the soul. For more information, call (504) 569-9070.

Hoppin' Down The River Easter Cruise 
Saturday, April 4th, 2015
Creole Queen Paddlewheeler

Celebrate the Easter holiday with Bourgeois the Bunny at this special family event on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen. Children will delight in fun activities and games. A delicious lunch buffet will be served with a variety of tasty options, as well as sweet Easter treats. A real-live alligator from the Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour will be in attendance for guests to hold and take pictures with. Commemorate this unique Easter cruise with a photo with Bourgeois the Bunny. Enjoy all this and more while cruising the Mighty Mississppi on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen.

Basic Information:

Date: April 4, 2015
1:30pm - 2:00pm
Cruising Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Price (taxes are included):

Adults: $59
Children: $39

Lunch Buffet:

Paddlewheel Salad
Chicken Nuggets
Shrimp & Crawfish Pasta
Pig in a Blanket
Assorted Finger Sandwiches
Mac & Cheese
Fresh Fruit
Tater Tots
Assorted Pastries & Cookies

For more information or to purchase tickets call: 504.529.4567 or visit

Easter Jazz Brunch in the Orleans Ballrrom at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Sunday, April 5
Seatings 10am & 12:30pm

Join us for an Easter Jazz Brunch and a special appearance by the Easter bunny!
Featuring Jazz & R&B Singer Nayo Jones

$68 Adults | $34 Children 12 and under | Children 5 and under are free
excludes tax and gratuity

Special Valet Parking Rate $10

To make your reservation, please call Judy LeBlanc at (504) 571-4672.

EASTER SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Grand Ballroom at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans Hotel

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Reserve your table in the Royal Sonesta New Orleans' beautiful Grand Ballroom and let our talented culinary team do all the cooking this year!

Half hourly seatings from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Adults $75, Children 6-12 years old $30
Taxes and gratuities not included.

Entertainment by trumpeter Steve Lands & his Jazz Band.

Complimentary Parking in the hotel garage based on availability.

For Reservations call 504.553.2221.



THURSDAY, APRIL 23RD at 7:30pm

"Swan Lake," Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's timeless masterpiece, comes to New Orleans in one of only seven stops on the Saint Petersburg State "Russian Ballet" limited U.S. tour.

Saint Petersburg State "Russian Ballet" delivers celebrated classical ballets to audiences worldwide. Created in 1990 by the family of professional ballet dancers, The Saint Petersburg State "Russian Ballet" dynasty is more than 100 years old and adheres to the signature aspects of Russian ballet as a whole: true expressivity, dramatic presentation and impeccable technical presentation. Members of the troupe are graduates of the famed Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, founded in 1738. Consistently delighting sold-out audiences worldwide with world-class dancers and dazzling costumes, the Saint Petersburg State "Russian Ballet" continues to make international touring a large part of its contribution to furthering Russian dance and culture.

The Saint Petersburg State "Russian Ballet" has successfully conducted more than 50 tours worldwide in countries including Japan, England, Ireland, Spain, the U.S., France and Germany among many others, and has participated in 10 international ballet festivals. Today, the repertoire includes such masterpieces as "Swan Lake," "Sleeping Beauty," "The Nutcracker" and "Don Quixote." Each ballet is performed in its original choreography, and Saint Petersburg State "Russian Ballet" perceives its main mission to be the preservation of such choreographic authenticity.

Tickets for Swan Lake ($64.00 - $134.00) are on sale now at the Saenger Theatre box office, or by calling 800-745-3000. The box office, located at 1111 Canal St., is open Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm. All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.

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The Foundation Gallery Presents: ETCHYNPÜFE

Exhibition Dates: April 10 - May 31, 2015

Opening Reception: April 10, 2015 6 - 10 pm

Exhibiting Artists: Andrew Schrock, Hugo Girl, Sarrah Danziger, and Spring Sandstorm

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: New Orleans Community Print Shop Youth Program

The Foundation Gallery is excited to host ETCHYNPÜFE, a group show curated and printed by local print studio What Editions in collaboration with local artists Andrew Schrock, Hugo Girl, Sarrah Danziger, and Spring Sandstorm. The show will be up from April 10 - May 31, 2015. An opening reception will be held Friday, April 10 from 6 - 10pm. 25% of proceeds from the show, as well as the gallery shop, will be donated to local non-profit the New Orleans Community Print Shop Youth Program.

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The National WWII Museum Receives Major Individual Donation to Help Complete Expansion
Museum's Largest Private Donor Issues Challenge for Support

The National WWII Museum today received an individual gift of $20 million from longtime advocate and former Board Chairman Boysie Bollinger. Ranking among the top donations in the country to a non-profit organization or Museum, this is the largest private gift ever received by the Museum.

The $20 million donation will be used to add an iconic architectural piece to the Museum's New Orleans campus, the Canopy of Peace, which Bollinger calls "the finishing touch" to the Museum's expansion. The Canopy will symbolize the hope and promise unleashed by the end of World War II hostilities. Commanding attention on the New Orleans skyline, the 150-foot-tall structure will also unify the Museum's diverse campus in the enduring spirit of the wartime slogan, "We're all in this together!"

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