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Join Dillard University for their Presidential Lecture Series presents BRAIN FOOD featuring Michael Steele - first African American Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Sept. 18, 2014
Professional Schools & Sciences Building Georges Auditorium
7:00pm - Free and Open to the Public

For more information contact: Michelle Matthew at or visit

Anita Oubre of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel Wins 2014 Spirit of Hospitality Award

 Anita ouvre HeadshotCraig Hulford, General Manager of the New Orleans Hotel Collection has announced that longtime employee Anita Oubre, is winner of the 2014 Spirit of Hospitality Award.  Anita was presented her award at The 23rd Annual Silver Plume Award ceremony  held on September 3 at  the Sheraton New Orleans  and coordinated by WHERE New Orleans Magazine.  Nominees must meet the following criteria: New Orleans hospitality professional that is not a concierge; actively promotes and supports New Orleans tourism and the community at large; has infused the industry with their energy, enthusiasm and commitment over the years; continues to set high standards for the tourism profession; and provides support and encouragement to their hotel employees.

Morgan Molthrop's New Book - "Andrew Jackson's Playbook: 15 Strategies for Success from the Battle of New orelans to the new NOLA.


New Orleans, LA, July 15, 2014 --( Taking a page out of his new book, "Andrew Jackson's Playbook: 15 Strategies for Success from the Battle of New Orleans to the New NOLA," author Morgan Molthrop has vowed to post his book in 200 installments: the first, started on the Fourth of July; the last will be on the January 8, 2015, the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans.

The book centers around Jackson's strategies in bringing a diverse group of Creoles, free people of color, pirates, Tennessee militiamen, Choctaw Indians and Kaintucks (about 3,000 in total) to defeat a disciplined army of over 10,000 British troops.

"The victory was as important - and miraculous - as the recovery of the city after Katrina," says Molthrop. "As we approach the 10th anniversary of Katrina, one can't help make comparisons between the strategies used by Jackson 200 years ago and those used by contemporary civic and cultural leaders over the past decade."

The book's sidebars include interviews with local civic and business leaders including Michael Hecht from GNO, Inc., Mark Romig from the New Orleans Tourism & Marketing Corporation, Tim Williamson from Idea Village, Ron Bechet, a local artist, and Drew Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints.

To view the serialization, go to

"I believe in transparency," says Molthrop. "People should know this story. And they can learn from the strategies. So when you do a small print run, all this bickering between the 'big boys' like Hachette and Amazon doesn't amount to very much. It's all on the shoulders of the author. For me and my contemporaries, we read in spurts, mostly online, and mainly through Facebook. So I chose this strategy and I believe I'm the first to really pursue this route. If people respond well to it, I've done something revolutionary. I think Jackson would like that."

The book will be in stores on Labor Day. The author will be giving lectures at book signings throughout the Gulf Coast. Molthrop is also the author of Artist Spaces (UL Press 2014) to be released in October. He is the Chief Creative Officer of Custom New Orleans, a local destination management company. To contact the author or get an advance copy of the book, email or call 504-657-6670.

ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc., a DMC Network Company Hires Laurene Miller, Director of Sales

Laurene Miller HeadshotACCENT on Arrangements, Inc., a DMC Network Company is pleased to announce that Laurene Miller has been awarded the position of Director of Sales. With more years in the New Orleans hospitality industry than Laurene cares to admit, she has most recently worked for the Destination Management Sector of the industry including Co. President/ Owner of VIP: Room Solutions, and Tele-Phonics, a training and temp. service company specifically for Hotel and Casino Sales.; however she has also been part of the sales teams of several prominent hotels including the Hotel Monteleone, The Royal Sonesta Hotel, The Roosevelt, The Westin Canal Place, Le Meridian and The Embassy Suites.

Bringing her unique and impressive array of talents to ACCENT, she has traveled around the globe promoting New Orleans as a premier destination. The most memorable time of her career to date was representing New Orleans as part of the Convention Sales team of the Greater New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. Laurene has also represented Reno/ Lake Tahoe in the National forum where she has kept in touch with many friends and colleagues.

Laurene's favorite saying is one she remembers from her late husband Terral: ‘Whatever your mind can perceive, you make yourself believe and you can achieve". She feels so lucky to have learned from so many strong leaders that evolved from the city's Travel and Tourism Industry.

Miller is a graduate of University of New Orleans with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism which shows through her eternal passion for the city. Most recently, Laurene acquired her registered tour guide license at Delgado in order to make her City Tours and famous site inspections official.

"We are so delighted to have Laurene as part of the ACCENT team. Her knowledge and professionalism is perfect fit for our organization as we increase our commitment to not only our clients but the hospitality industry as a whole by providing an elevated standard in DMC services," said Diane Lyons CMP, DMCP - President of ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc., a DMC Network Company."

Four Points FQ Logo Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter invites you to the Opera.
2014-2015 French Quarter opera performances
Featuring Bon Operatit! and New Orleans Opera Association
*All performances are on Wednesdays and start at 7pm
Contact - 504-524-7611 or


Free Kinder Garden for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregiver at Longue Vue. LOnguw Vue Kinder Garden Logo
Visit our website to see dates and learn more! 
Contact: 504-293-4720


Market to begin in October 2014

The French Market Corporation Board of Directors has approved a cooperative endeavor between FMC and Market Umbrella to create a year-round weekly farmers market featuring local growers and products, data analysis of community needs, census of market visitors, mentorship of current daily Farmers Market operators, as well as a new food incubator program to train local culinary entrepreneurs.

Click here for more information.

Dauphine Orleans Hotel named to "Top 100 list of Southern Hospitality Hotels for Groups"
Hotel is one of only five in Louisiana with this honor.
New Name & Focus for Big Easy's Pioneering DMC

Custom Conventions, the city's first DMC, founded in 1983 by tourism icon Carling Dinkler III, will specialize in cultural tourism and client social media engagement under new banner.  Click here for more information.
Ribbon Cutting Date Set for New Southern Food & Beverage Museum
Date: September 29, 2014

We are very excited to announce the ribbon cutting date for the new home of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and the Museum of the American Cocktail! Learn more about their move and what to expect in the new space here.
The Garden District Gallery is pleased to present THE ARTISTRY OF ROLLAND GOLDEN
August 1 - September 28, 2014

This exhibition celebrates the singular artistry of a man whose colorfully vibrant paintings of southern Louisiana and Mississippi defy categorization. It will include some thirty works in oil, acrylic and watercolor, that capture the haunting beauty of our landscape with his bold and evocative use of color and graphic design. 
International Culture Exchange Organization Offers Chinese Language Classes

We provide Chinese Language classes and personal tutor all year round.

The Fall Chinese class will start on August 30th - December 15th.

Classes for different levels.

Time: Saturday and Sunday 2:00pm - 3:30pm.

Location: Tulane uptown campus Edward Hebert Hall, building #7.

Please join Dillard University for the  Inaugural Ray Charles Cooking Demo Series w/Guest Chef & Dillard Alum Christian Green for Fox MasterChef Season 5
Sept. 25, 2014
Kearny Dining Hall, 11:00am - $8 entrance fee without meal plan (an additional charge may apply).

Contact the Ray Charles Material Culture Program office for details


Kim Guise presents "Capturing Confinement"WWIILogo
Dinner with a Curator

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Thousands of images were taken of Japanese American life behind barbed wire during WWII, including hundreds of shots by famous photographers Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams. Hear more about these famous artists and their wartime works during the last weeks of our special exhibit From Barbed Wire to Battlefields: Japanese American Experiences in WWII.

Dinner with a Curator is a seasonal series in which Museum staff and guests discuss a featured topic related to World War II while enjoying a delicious three-course dinner. All dinners catered by The American Sector restaurant. Space is limited and reservations are required.



2014-15 Season dates, times, locations, and a new production announced

Southern Rep Theatre is pleased to announce details about its 2014-15 Mainstage Season, including new information on locations, dates and times, as well as unveiling a new addition to its Lagniappe Series: A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, adapted by Doris Baizley and featuring John "Spud" McConnell who returns as the iconic Scrooge in December 2014.

Visit for more information.

Martini Madness at City Park
Friday, September 19, from 7pm till 11pm in the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain.

Martini Madness features over 30 martinis, ranging from classics to one-of-a-kind creations, and delectable signature dishes from 25 of New Orleans' top restaurants. Need more excitement? Take a chance on our raffle the night of the event which includes a VooDoo Experience package! For more information and ticket prices, visit this link, or call 483-9376. All proceeds from Martini Madness 2014 will fund the installation and decoration of the new Ladybug Rollercoaster station.

Compucast Web, Inc. is excited to introduce the newest member to our family, Social Media Specialist Liz Benefield.

Liz Benefield Headshot
"We're thrilled to have Liz on board," said Judy Weitz, CEO and Founder. "Her enthusiasm, professional experience, and passion for social media are a perfect fit."

With more than five years of experience in social media, digital content, and public relations; Liz has a proven ability to engage audiences across various platforms. She strives to be on the cutting edge of trends and is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to reach target audiences by crafting creative blog and social media content.

There isn't a challenge too high or too low for Liz to tackle head on. She worked closely with travel and tourism clients along the Gulf Coast during the BP Gulf Oil Spill as a Public Relations Coordinator. Later she joined an Alabama news team as a digital content producer. While there, she helped increase social media fans by more than 200 percent and page views by more than 40 percent.

Liz graduated from Troy University with a major in Print Journalism and a contract in Advertising.

It's the Beatles! 

It's the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles playing in City Park and time to celebrate! Get ready to "Twist N Shout" in your favorite '60s era attire while reliving the wildly popular show from one of the greatest and most influential rock groups of all time - The Beatles! Fifty years ago to the day, thousands of frenzied fans experienced the concert of a lifetime at City Park Stadium (Tad Gormley) - WYES is thrilled to recreate those feelings with the help of The Fab Four.  "Come together" for this fun anniversary tribute concert and sing along to your favorite Beatles tunes.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the September 16 event by calling 457-2934 or (855) 350-1522. Tickets are $35 in advance at this link or $40 at the door. This is an all-ages show. 


The Botanical Garden Thursdays at Twilight music series continues this month!

9/11 - Luke Winslow King

9/18 - John Autin

9/25 - Tanya and Dorise

There are always cold Mint Juleps to be had at these musical events!  Details and tickets are on this link.  

City Park voted "best of" in several categories by Gambit readers.  

New Orleans readers of The Gambit recently voted City Park the 'best of' in several categories. City Park got #1 in 'Best Place for a Break-up' and #1 in 'Best Wedding Reception' venue. To see more about our other accolades, click this link to read all about it in City Park's blog.  

Join Dillard University for One Book, One New Orleans, Community Book Discussion with Dr. Megan Holt, Professor of English, Tulane University.

Oct. 2, 2014
6-8:30 p.m., Will W. Alexander Library

Featured book is Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, by Rebecca Solinett and Rebecca Snedeker

Free and Open to the public
For more information contact the Will W. Library.

Dillard University presents the Traveling Exhibit "Children, Youth & Civil Rights, 1951-1968: A Student Art Exhibit and Lecture Series: "Children and Young Peoples Contributions to the Civil Rights Movement"

Oct. 10 - Nov. 21, 2014
Will Alexander Library

For more information contact the Will Alexander Library.

Join Dillard University for the Presidential Lecture Series presents BRAIN FOOD featuring Maggie Anderson, Author of Our Black Year and Founder of the Empowerment Experiment.  

Oct. 14, 2014
Professional Schools & Sciences Building Georges Auditorium
7:00pm - Book Signing following the lecture 
Free and Open to the Public

For more information contact Michelle Matthew at or visit

National WWII Museum Welcomes 4 Millionth VisitorWWIILogo America's Official WWII Museum Celebrates a Year of Record Growth, Looks Forward to Opening of New Pavilion this December

NEW ORLEANS (July 21, 2014) - This weekend, The National WWII Museum capped off a record-breaking fiscal year with another milestone: welcoming the 4 millionth visitor to the institution.


Join Dillard University for a Book Reading and Signing: "Black Gold: An Anthology of Black Poets", with Editor, Ja A. Jahannes. A literary event hosted by Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy and the English Program of Dillard University

Oct. 15, 2014
Will W. Alexander Library
5:30 - 7 p.m.

For more information contact Michelle Matthew at or visit
Dillard University Presents: Ray Charles Material Culture Program in collaboration with Southern Food & Beverage Museum, the Ray Charles Material Culture Program is invited to attend the re-dedication of the Leah Chase Gallery - SoFab Museum with Chef Marcus Samuelsson, James Beard winner, cookbook author, guest judge on Iron Chef America, Top Chef and Chopped

Oct, 24, 2014
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans, LA.70113

Contact the Ray Charles Material Culture Program office for details
Dillard University Theater Department's 79th Season presents Wole Soyinka's The Lion And The Jewel 

Nov. 7-9, 14-16, 2014
Samuel DuBois Cook Fine Arts & Communications Center Theater, Friday & Saturday showings at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 3pm
Contact the Theater department for details
Join Dillard University for the Presidential Lecture Series presents BRAIN FOOD featuring Misty Copeland - Phenomenal ballet soloist with the American Ballet Theater and Author of Life in Motion.

Nov. 11, 2014

Professional Schools & Sciences Building Georges Auditorium
7:00pm - Book Signing following the lecture
Free and Open to the Public

For more information contact Michelle Matthew at or visit