It is almost May 3, which is time for the 36th annual black-tie extravaganza, “Whitney Zoo-To-Do!” Olivia Manning is chairman this year and promises a fabulous night with lavish decorations and premium cocktails and food from the best restaurants in New Orleans. There will be music by Björn Again and Phat Hat, just to mention a couple; an incredible auction including thrilling vacations, stunning jewelry, one-of-a-kind experiences and sports memorabilia; and this year the proceeds will help underwrite the renewal and relocation of Discovery Walk to the front gate of the zoo!

Thanks to our cover models: Olivia Manning, Anne Long, J. Kelly Duncan, Audubon Commission President, and Gary Lorio, Whitney Bank Senior Vice-President and head of Commercial Banking in New Orleans. White linen suits, black-tie and incredible cocktail dresses are the dress code for this elegant evening under the stars! Also don’t forget: you can take a chance on a 2013 Lexus ES 300h valued at $42,133 generously donated by Lexus of New Orleans.

To make sure that you have just the right accessories for your “Zoo-To-Do” dress, check out What’s Hot for the latest shoes and more.

We also have our annual Spring Fashion feature, this time featuring Daphne Berger and Caroline Robert in fabulous clothes that you could wear to “Sentimental Journeys” for Longue Vue House and Gardens. [See box for details from Daphne Berger and Caroline Robert about the party on April 19!]

Our most exciting new project is our inaugural Courts of Carnival section! We feature 15 of the most prestigious Carnival organizations showcasing each group’s Queen’s portrait, her Maids and/or Pages, the invitation, program, theme of the ball and more! You definitely want to save this issue and send it to all of you friends all over the country.

We are also featuring two special sections: Brunch, Lunch and Happy Hour has new specials at some of your favorite New Orleans haunts, and Women’s Health addresses issues important to us all.

The Whimsies’ annual 2013 “Spring Art Show and Sale” is 43 years old and going strong! It is Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, April 21, from 12 to 4 p.m. at McGehee School at 2343 Prytania St. There are 10 members of the Whimsies, and they’re featuring 24 guest artists presenting fine art – not crafts – and will include ceramics, oil paintings, sculpture, drawings and more. It is free to the public and credit cards are accepted for purchases.

I want you to save April 30, because New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness is having a gala concert celebrating the “Life and Legacy” of Allen Toussaint. Toussaint, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Trombone Shorty and more will be in concert, collaborating with WLAE to produce a documentary for PBS on the life of Toussaint, which will also be filmed that night. If you’d like to be a sponsor, call Kathy Sebastian at 261-0296.

Also, April 6-May 25, Martine Chaisson Gallery (727 Camp St., 302-7942) will be presenting “Memory Logos,” new paintings and drawings by Jack Niven, exploring notions of invented memory and iconic imagery between the mid-19th century and now.

I would also like you to save Saturday, April 20, for the Science and Math Charter School’s 20th anniversary celebration. All alumnae and friends are invited to see how their alma mater has evolved!