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Win A $46,000 Wedding Reception In The Big Easy With New Orleans Marriottʹs #MarryMeNolaContest
Brand new Riverview Ballroom at hotel in New Orleans will host celebration for up to 200 guests; Instagram contest open Jan. 15-Feb. 15, 2016

The New Orleans Marriott plans to make one couple's dream wedding reception a reality in 2016 with its #MarryMeNolaContest.

The renowned French Quarter hotel is adding one more element to celebrate with its upcoming contest, awarding one couple a lavish wedding reception, valued at $46,000, for up to 200 guests. To enter, couples or friends and family of the engaged pair must follow @NewOrleansMarriott on Instagram for the length of the contest and upload a photo and caption showcasing their love story using the hashtag #MarryMeNolaContest. The contest opens midnight Jan. 15 and wraps up 11:59 p.m.Feb. 15, 2016. The reception must be set in the fall or winter of 2016.

The winning couple will be determined by judges' scores based on creativity, relevance and quality of the story and photo. Multiple entries per couple will be accepted.

Set in the brand new Riverview Ballroom, the reception will allow the happy couple to embark on a celebration of happily ever after as unique as their love story. Soaring 41 stories above the city, this one-of-a-kind ballroom in New Orleans offers an ambiance of elegance complete with panoramic views of the French Quarter, the majestic Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain and the Garden District. Whether dreaming of a traditional affair or something more distinctive, couples will work with the French Quarter wedding venue's innovative planning team to create a reception that captures their personalities, along with the romantic charm of the city.

Award-winning catering will add a special touch to the event and have guests talking for years to come. With a variety of dazzling menus to choose from, the lucky couple can treat their taste buds to New Orleans' locally sourced charcuterie, opt for fresh seafood or have carving stations with prime rib, top sirloin, lamb and more. Top-shelf liquor and a multi-tiered wedding cake made from scratch will top off the reception and create mouthwatering memories.

After hours of dancing and camaraderie, the happy couple and their out-of-town guests are invited to end the night in elegant accommodations inspired by the surrounding city. With many of the hotel's rooms and suites offering jaw-dropping views of Canal Street and the Mississippi River, the Marriott provides visitors the most stylish spaces for enjoying sweet dreams or hosting a post- reception rendezvous.

Rock n Roll Marathon 

 Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Prepares for Near-Record Crowds this February.
Expo - February 26 & 27. Race Day - February 28

Humana Rock ‘n' Roll New Orleans returns in 2016 with marathon, half marathon, and 10K distances. Participants from New Orleans and around the globe will run along the mansion-lined St. Charles Avenue, through the French Quarter, and then head down Esplanade Avenue before finishing in City Park.

The race culminates with a finish line festival in City Park featuring food trucks, flowing beer and dual headliner concert. Local favorite Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be rocking the post-race Toyota Rock ‘n' Roll Concert Series followed by Virginia-based group, J. Roddy Walston & the Business. In addition to the two headliners, local bands and live musicians will be stationed along the course to entertain runners as they make their way to the finish line.

Event weekend kicks off with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center featuring more than 60 vendors with the latest in running gear, nutrition and training tips. The expo is free and open to the public. For more information on the Rock ‘n' Roll Marathon Series, visit



Company's residency at UNO to begin December 2015

Southern Rep Theatre announces that it will launch an expanded partnership with the University of New Orleans this season. In addition to presenting three productions at UNO's Robert E. Nims Theatre in the 2015-16 season, Southern Rep will work closely with several university departments throughout the academic year to provide training and enrichment opportunities for UNO students.

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Hotel Monteleone Wins Coveted "Best Places to Work in New Orleans" Award by New Orleans CityBusiness.

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. 

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Diane B. Lyons, CMP, DMCP, President of ACCENT-DMC, Inc., a DMC Network Company, has been nominated for three prestigious ADMEI Achievement Awards in the categories of Best Creative Activity - Best Public Event, Best Creative Activity - Best Corporate Social Responsibility and Best Logistics - Transportation, and one ADMEI Excellence Award in the category of Excellence in Site Inspection.

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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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The Foundation Gallery Presents:Momentum Indumenta: Kinetic Costume Show and Shop
Curated by Nina Nichols and Alice McGillicuddy

Exhibiting Artists: Randall Bailey, Jade Brandt, House of Calamity, Sarrah Danziger, Kristen "KAWD" Downing, Pandora Gastelum, Miss Jackie, Patrick Melon, Alligator Pear, Angeliska Polacheck, Howl Pop, Meg Turner, David Wagner, and Julian Wellisz

Opening Reception: January 15, 2016 6 - 10pm
Exhibition Dates: January 15th through February 28, 2015
Gallery Location: 1109 Royal Street, New Orleans LA 70116
Hours: Open Daily 11am - 7pm, By appointment Tuesdays
Contact Info: 504-568-0955

25% of proceeds to benefit: The Backstreet Cultural Museum

From January 15th to February 28th, The Foundation Gallery will be transformed into a magical kinetic costume wonderland filled with wearable art, unusual accessories, and two-dimensional works that capture the vibrant spirit and ecstatic movement of costuming in New Orleans. Curated by Nina Nichols, local party physic and fabricator, and gallery manager, Alice McGillicuddy, this exhibition is a celebration of the animated quality brought to disguise and revelry by New Orleanians every day. With fantastical headdresses, local vintage, and a pre-Mardi Gras pop-up with local artist M.A.D Nails, Momentum Indumenta has your 2016 transformation covered. 

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Donner-Peltier Distillers Teams with Salon by Sucre or "A Night of Sips and Bites" 
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Salon by Sucre, 622 Conti Street
7pm - 10pm

Great things happen when Louisiana's favorite spirits company combines with one of the most creative new restaurants in the French Quarter, for a special event. Such is the case on Thursday, February 18, when Donner-Peltier Distillers (DPD) joins forces with Salon by Sucre for "A Night of Sips and Bites".

During this first-ever event, attendees will enjoy an evening of curated cocktails featuring DPD spirits such as Rougaroux Rum, Oryza Gin and Vodka and LA1 Whiskey; and small bites from the Salon by Sucre Kitchen and Chef Tariq Hanna. The event will be held at Salon by Sucre, located at 622 Conti Street in New Orleans from 7:00pm- 10:00pm.

Click here to view the full press release or click here to purchase tickets. 


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.

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Louisiana residents invited to visit The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden and the New Orleans Botanical Garden's new entrance

Starting Wednesday, December 16, Louisiana residents will be invited to enjoy the New Orleans Botanical Garden free-of-charge every Wednesday courtesy of a generous contribution from The Helis Foundation. Located inside New Orleans City Park, the New Orleans Botanical Garden is one of the few remaining examples of public garden design from the Works Progress Administration and showcases the Art Deco influences of three renowned talents of the era: architect Richard Koch, landscape architect William Wiedorn, and Enrique Alférez. In October, the New Orleans Botanical Garden unveiled The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden, an 8,000 sq. ft. park featuring 14 sculptures by the famed Mexican-American artist set within sweeping footpaths surrounded by lush tropical flowers and shrubs.

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Lark in the Park Tickets on Sale Now
Friday, March 4, 2016
New Orleans Botanical Garden

Friends of City Park will host its premier fundraiser, Lark in the Park, on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the New Orleans Botanical Garden. This stunning event, with food from over 40 local restaurants, will treat guests to a whimsical night under the oaks with live music, raffles, and more! Proceeds raised will benefit the Conservatory expansion in the New Orleans Botanical Garden.

Click here for for ticket pricing, sponsorship opportunities, and more information.

New Orleans Spring Fiesta - 80th Anniversary Season
March 5 to 13, 2016

Phone: 504-581-1367 or 800-550-8450 Fax 504-299-2315

New Orleans Spring Fiesta Association celebrates the cultural heritage and architecture of the city with its 80th Spring Fiesta during the first two weekends of March, beginning March 5th and ending March 13th. We offer two wonderful tour experiences to visitors, a Promenade, a parade, and lunch at New Orleans favorite, Antoine's Restaurant. Our guests have the opportunity to learn about the history, elegance, and mystery of the French Quarter, the Vieux Carré, through guided tours and to view "What is Behind those Mysterious Shutters?" by joining us on a self-guided tour of private homes not ordinarily open to the public. Rooms in the homes are available for viewing as well as the beautiful spring flowers in the courtyards.

Click here for more information and the full press release.

New Orleans International Beer Festival
Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 2pm
Champions Square

Showcasing two ounce unlimited sampling of the craft beers from around the world combined with great food, brand new cider garden, beer seminars in the World of Sam Adams, a separate beer garden for "cask" beer, music and games!

We're Fishing for You
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Don't miss out on the 69th annual City Park Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Fishtival! Make plans to "drop a line" on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Several categories are available for both adults and children. The Fishtival will entertain & educate kids of all ages with prizes, music, kid casting contests, lure making, environmental education, raffles, and more.

Click here for specific registration details and more information.