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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 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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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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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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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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Swing in the Oaks
On April 21st from 6pm to 9pm, bring your blankets, chairs, and picnic fare to this free annual concert on Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn presented by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and City Park. Musical selections include traditional classics and modern favorites.

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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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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:

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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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