For the Love of Gershwin
A tribute to the late American composer George Gershwin will take place at Le Chat Noir this month with an original musical cabaret show, “He Loves and She Loves: The Gershwin Music We Love.” Gershwin, who was also famous for his piano skills and his orchestral work in classics including Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris will be celebrated in the performance that stars pianist Jefferson Turner and Amy Alvarez (who also created the show). Directed by Ricky Graham, the show runs Sept. 4-21; reservations are recommended ahead of time. Also, be sure to check out the bar and the new menu at Le Chat Noir.
Information,581-5812, www.cabaretlechatnoir.com.
Saintly Season
During Saints’ season, you can hardly walk down the street without seeing at dozens of fleur-de-lis adorned football jerseys – even when it’s not game day – and you can hardly get enough of the colors black and gold. At concerts, chants of “Who dat!” rise up from the crowds. Clearly, this team has gotten to us after all these years. With some outstanding new talent, the Saints host the first home game of the season at the Superdome on Sept. 7, taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If you can’t make it to the Dome, you can catch the game on Fox.  
Information, 731-1700, www.neworleanssaints.com.

Back with a Bang
New Orleans’ Cultural Season is making its triumphant and highly anticipated return after the long hot summer and one of the highlights this month is the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Opening Night: Osorio & Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2.” Internationally acclaimed pianist Jorge Federico Osorio will join Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto at Loyola University’s Roussel Hall on Sept. 18 and 20. (A performance will take place in Covington’s First Baptist Church on Sept. 19.)
Information, 523-6530, www.lpomusic.org.
Seafood Festival on Fulton
Fulton Street is the site of the New Orleans Seafood Festival, Oct. 3-5, which will raise awareness and funding for the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. In conjunction with Harrah’s and other major sponsors around town, including dozens of local restaurants, the fest will feature live entertainment and of course food booths. The LHF’s mission is help the hospitality industry to improve the community in a variety of ways and to “provide support for the education, health and social welfare of the children of the community.”
Information, www.louisianahospitalityfoundation.com.
Panoramic Perspectives
To capture an image of Louisiana in all its glory is difficult, perhaps because there’s usually something going on right outside the frame that’s equally enticing as the subject in view. Maybe with a panoramic view, one can see more of what the area has to offer. Color images of New Orleans and Southwest Louisiana, in panoramic form, will be beautifully displayed at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art/University of New Orleans through Sept. 30. “Louisiana: Photographs by Stuart Klipper” will depict changing, enduring and evolving landscapes and city scenes. Bayous, street-front stores, industrial buildings and country roads serve as the subject of Klipper’s evident inspiration. Another reason to check it out this month? The Ogden is celebrating its 5-year anniversary. Through Sept. 7, the museum will offer discounted admission and museum store discounts.
Information, 539-9600, www.ogdenmuseum.org.

Fundraising for Fuzzy Friends
The Lower Garden District hot spot, The Bridge Lounge, serves as the perfect setting for the “Alegria” Fashion Show on Sept. 6, benefiting the Louisiana SPCA. The bar, which is frequently packed with students, urban professionals and their dogs, is known for its mojitos and artwork – the walls are adorned with framed pictures of furry friends.

The bar will feature a catwalk displaying fashion designs by John Delgadillo and Aurora Knox.

Delgadillo’s style is described as classic with a slight edge, while Knox’s fashions are self-taught “classic couture.”

Adding to the evening’s festivities is radio personality Mike Theis, who will be hosting the fundraiser. The party will also feature a silent auction with fabulous prizes.
Information, 368-5191, www.la-spca.org.

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