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ACCENT on Arrangements Hires Denece Laborde Freese, Sales Manager 
Denece Laborde
ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc., a DMC Network Company, is pleased to name Denece Laborde Freese to the position of Sales Manager. Freese started her hospitality career in New Orleans over 25 years ago, bringing a vast array of knowledge and experience to the Accent team. She most recently worked as a Sales Manager at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center and was responsible for developing and servicing clients in the national corporate and Southeast associations. Prior to that position, she served as an Account Executive at Freeman in Atlanta, GA where she managed and maintained Atlanta's
number one account, providing over $5 million in revenue annually. 

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Ping Chong + Company and BreakOUT! present
Say My Name, Say My Name
May 22-25, 2015 | 8:00 p.m.
Ashé Power House | 1731 Baronne Street, NOLA
Free and open to the public

Say My Name, Say My Name: Stories of LGBTQ Youth from New Orleans is a collaboration between Ping Chong + Company and BreakOUT! Written and directed by Sara Zatz and Mieke Dee and based on interviews, writings and conversations with the cast and members of BreakOUT!, this 45-minute theatrical performance features the true stories and life experiences of five Black transgender young women who are members of BreakOUT! It explores the dynamics of growing up transgender against the backdrop of New Orleans, the incarceration capital of the world, and the fierce power of self-identification. Say My Name, Say My Name is part of Ping Chong + Company's Undesirable Elements project, an oral history theater project exploring issues of culture, identity, and difference in the lives of individuals in specific communities. For more information, call Jo Ann at (504) 569-9070

Arcus Foundation presents Ping Chong + Company and BreakOUT!'s presentation of Say My Name, Say My Name: Stories of LGBTQ Youth from New Orleans at New York Live Arts is made possible through New York Live Arts' Theater Access Program. The Theater Access Program is a comprehensive subsidized rental program benefiting a diverse group of dance and theater companies and producing organizations.

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 Mixologists
The 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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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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Brittany Racca named IPCVB's new Communications Coordinator

Brittany RaccaBrittany Racca recently accepted the Communications Coordinator position at the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Racca's core responsibilities include coordinating content, public relations efforts, marketing, social media and graphic design.

"I am extremely excited to have been given this opportunity," Racca said. "I enjoy the work I have done so far here, and I look forward to helping promote Iberia Parish and all it offers in a more involved interest."

A native of Erath, La., Racca graduated in May 2014 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a bachelor in Journalism and a minor in English. She worked as an intern at the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau last spring and she transitioned to part time after graduation.

"We're so very grateful to have Brittany on our team," said Fran Thibodeaux, IPCVB's executive director. "Her knowledge, creativity and enthusiasm benefit us tremendously in promoting Iberia Parish."

The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center located at 2513 Hwy. 14 in New Iberia.

For more information on parish events and tourism assets, call the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau at 337-365-1540 or visit

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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Introduction to the Dark Goddess
May 23, 2015 | 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center | 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA, Suite 301
Donation $5-$10

Attend the Introduction to the Dark Goddess class and track Her presence across history, myth, culture and archetype. Look together at how the Dark Goddess is a deep source of empowerment for western women today. See how she empowers you! This class will combine information and image, presentation and discussion. The session is facilitated by Dr. Mari Ziolkowski, an expert on feminist spirituality. Please RSVP to (504) 569-9070.

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.

Hotel Le Marais of the New Orleans Hotel Collection receives highest Honor from

The Hotel Le Marais, a boutique hotel of the New Orleans Hotel Collection announced that is has received the coveted "Award of Excellence" from the worldwide travel company.

The Award of Excellence is an annual award recognizing the very best hotels available in Inc.'s global marketplace, as judged by the experiences of customers. Based on more than 500,000 guest reviews submitted annually by travelers, only a very limited number of hotels were designated the 2014 worldwide award recipients.

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Soul Full Sunday Brunch Theater
May 31, 2015 | 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center | 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA

$35; $25 groups of 8 or more and children ages 4-11; children 3 and under free Season's Center in partnership with Ashé Cultural Arts Center presents "Soul Full Sunday Brunch Theater," an afternoon of inspiration and, good food and passionate dancing.

Remember the days when everybody in the family gathered at Big Mama's house on Sunday after church to enjoy food and socializing? We're bringing those days back with "Soul Full." Bring the family and friends and enjoy. Call (504) 569-9070 for more information.

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.


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 Foundation Gallery Presents: Sea and Soil a Group Exhibition with Aline Cross, Kathy Dumesnil, Faye Earnest, Pippin Frisbie-Calder, Lee Morais, Elizabeth Simon
June 6 - July 3, 2015
1109 Royal Street, New Orleans LA 70116
Hours: Open daily 10 - 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays
Contact Info: or 504-568-0955

Visit the website for more information.

Wink Eyelash Bar & Makeup Studio hosts its 3rd Annual "Beauty and Entertainment' event The Makeup and Martini Mixer  
July 4, 2015 at Hyatt French Quarter Hotel 1 - 7pm

The Makeup & Martini Mixer puts an interesting spin on "having drinks with the girls".  The Makeup and Martini Mixer features beauty makeup applications, professional photo shoots and a selection of signature Martini's. A great time solo or with a group of friends.

Join Us, Saturday, July 4thth for our 3rd Annual Beauty and Entertainment event The Makeup & Martini Mixer III: Essence Edition featuring, live entertainment, celebrity appearances, beauty makeovers & tips, and partake in professional photo shoots memorializing the event.

Tickets are...

The Experience: ($100.00) Includes admission, a beautiful Makeup Application, a professional Photo Shoot, Martini's, Hors d'oeuvre and Live Entertainment

The Ambiance: ($50.00) Includes admission, signature Martini's, Hors d'oeuvre and Live Entertainment

The VIP: ($125.00) Includes RESERVED VIP seating near the stage, admission, a beautiful Makeup Application, a professional Photo Shoot, Martini's, Hors d'oeuvre and Live Entertainment