Chloe Dao’s Fashion Show coming from Houston to Republic NO
Join us as Mikel Marketing presents a runway show featuring renowned fashion designer Chloe Dao’s Summer ‘09 collection.
Saturday, May 16th, 2009 at 11 PM
                        Republic New Orleans – 828 S Peter Street, New Orleans.  Tickets are $10 each, proceeds to benefit charity.
Chloe Dao emerged as the winner of Bravo’s Emmy nominated Project Runway 2 on March 8, 2006. She competed against 15 designers and was among the three finalists to showcase their Fall 2006 collection at New York’s Fashion Week at Seventh on Sixth.  Dao won the hearts of America with her mild honest demeanor but won the votes of judges Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia and special guest judge Debra Messing with her consistent display of technical skills, business savvy and creative talent.  As the winner of PR2, she received $100.000 seed money to use toward her design business, a 2007 Saturn Sky Roadster, a spread in Elle magazine, and a mentorship with Banana Republic.
Guests can look forward to a night of Fashion, style, and glamour at Republic New Orleans night club, New Orleans’ most stylish, elegant, and sophisticated yet approachable club.  With 4000 sq ft featuring a stage, cocktail, lounge and high-top seating, Republic is able to comfortably accommodate up to 600 people.
This fashion show is coordinated and produced by Mikel Marketing LLC, an award-winning full service marketing company based in Houston (<>, catering to a niche of high end clients. They have produced many high profile fashion shows for Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and Betsey Johnson, to name a few.
Chloe Dao will be showing her Summer ‘09 collection, a young, modern and fresh collection.  It’s a mix of sexy flirty dresses with sharp tailored separates.  Even with the win of Project Runway 2, Dao continues to develop and grow her boutique’s business in Houston, Lot 8. She debuted her wholesale line DAO Chloe DAO in March, 2008 at the Dallas Market Center. Her collection is now available through online shopping at <>  


PLEASE JOIN THE JOAN OF ARC PROJECT AND KREWE DE JEANNE D’ARC FOR A MIDDAY MEDIA PARTY Friday, May 8th 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Bienville House Hotel 320 Decatur Street (garden court)
Contact: Amy A. Kirk-Duvoisin to RSVP or for additional information
(504) 251-5046 or <>
Who:  The Joan of Arc Project, which consists of the Krewe de Jeanne d’ Arc; the St. Joan of Arc Parade; and the Joan of Arts Fete invites you to this celebration of Joan’s victory at Orleans, France in 1429! We’re using this opportunity to announce our "battle plans" for 2009 and 2010 as a newly formed krewe and expanded organization.
What: We will have food, drink, French gypsy jazz music, krewe members in costumes, and previews of our signature parade throws to give to guests (limited number).
When: May 8th is the anniversary of Joan’s lifting of the siege of Orleans, France. This victory is ultimately what saved France from the English in the Hundred Years’ War and renewed confidence in France’s military power. It was Joan’s first military victory…and she was only 17 years old!
Why: The Joan of Arc Project grew out of the first annual St. Joan of Arc Parade, held January 6, 2009.  The Project includes a new membership-based krewe; a one-day Joan of Arts Fete, to be held January 3, 2010; and a new, expanded parade route. We also have several community partnerships and special events we’d like to tell you about that will keep Joan of Arc in the public’s mind throughout the year, and give everyone an opportunity to learn more about and celebrate Joan and her significance to New Orleans.
Mission: The mission of the St. Joan of Arc Project is to celebrate the relationship of Joan of Arc to New Orleans, and highlight the relationship and lineage of New Orleans to France. We are a secular organization whose primary focus is to produce an annual parade and an annual fete honoring Joan of Arc; educate all ages about her story; inspire the public to visit her statue in the French Quarter and understand its significance to our city;  represent the medieval times in which she lived; present an artistic interpretation of her pursuits, successes, and failures;celebrate French holidays and significant dates with the public as an opportunity to honor New Orleans’ French heritage; and to evoke pride in our city’s uniqueness by utilizing Joan as a symbol of individual strength, determination, and loyalty.
Because Joan of Arc’s birthday is the same day we celebrate Twelfth Night in New Orleans (January 6th), the connection between her life and our city is multilayered. Our signature production is a parade in the French Quarter, selected as our inaugural and our primary activity because it is the most visible, theatrical, and accessible way to engage the general public about Joan of Arc. It is also a nod to the parade held each year in our French sister city of Orleans, France, where a young girl leads a parade on May 8th each year in honor of Joan’s lifting of the siege of Orleans.
Visit: <http://www.stjoankrewe.blogspot/>www.stjoankrewe.blogspot
…and stay tuned for the launch of our website this week!

Contemporary Arts Center

900 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130
 (504) 528-3805
DANCE! May 15 & 16
The New-Orleans-based modern dance company presents its spring concert, featuring live music by Morella and the Wheels of If, short films by Louviere + Vanessa and Denny Juge, and original choreography by John Allen, Jeffrey Gunshol, Erin Healan, and Kettye Voltz.  Visit for more info.
Tickets: $18 gen.; $15 students, seniors, CAC members
To purchase advance tickets: visit the CAC (900 Camp St.); visit; or call the CAC Box Office at 504-528-3800.
May 19
The Contemporary Arts Center and New Orleans Film Society present monthly screenings of independent films and shorts you otherwise won’t see in New Orleans.
This month’s feature is RiP: A Remix Manifesto, featuring Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor.   In the film, Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.
The film’s central protagonist is Girl Talk, a mash-up musician topping the charts with his sample-based songs. But is Girl Talk a paragon of people power or the Pied Piper of piracy? Creative Commons founder, Lawrence Lessig, Brazil’s Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow are also along for the ride.
A participatory media experiment, from day one, Brett shares his raw footage at, for anyone to remix. This movie-as-mash-up method allows these remixes to become an integral part of the film. With RiP: A Remix Manifesto, Gaylor and Girl Talk sound an urgent alarm and draw the lines of battle.
Directed by Brett Gaylor. Canada. 2008. 84 min.  Visit for more info.
Tickets: $8 general admission. $6 for CAC & NOFS members.
To purchase advance tickets: visit the CAC (900 Camp St.); visit; or call the CAC Box Office at 504-528-3800.
May 24
Free-admission preview Sunday of 200 postcard-sized artworks that will be sold on Wednesday, May 27, for the “Postcards from the CAC” benefit, a special one-night-only art sale & show, curated by Dan Cameron, featuring original, signed artworks by 200 internationally-acclaimed artists.  Participating artists include Luis Cruz Azaceta, Sandy Chism, Anita Cooke, Mitchell Gaudet, Judith Linhares, Nalini Malani, Björn Meyer-Ebrecht, Eko Nugroho, Keith Perelli, Enoc Perez, Milton Rosa-Ortiz, Dan Rule, Katia Santibanez, Hasmig Vartanian, Mark Dean Veca, Sidonie Villere, Myrtle von Dammitz and many more.  
FREE admission.
 Call the CAC at 504-528-3805 or visit for more info.
May 27
A special one-night-only, lottery-style art sale & show, curated by Dan Cameron, featuring 200 5×7 postcard-sized original, signed artworks by 200 internationally-acclaimed artists.  Participating artists include Luis Cruz Azaceta, Sandy Chism, Anita Cooke, Mitchell Gaudet, Judith Linhares, Nalini Malani, Björn Meyer-Ebrecht, Eko Nugroho, Keith Perelli, Enoc Perez, Milton Rosa-Ortiz, Dan Rule, Katia Santibanez, Hasmig Vartanian, Mark Dean Veca, Sidonie Villere, Myrtle von Dammitz and many more.
Proceeds benefit the Contemporary Arts Center’s Visual Arts Program.  Admission includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and open wine and beer bar.  Visit <> for more info.     
Tickets: $200 (party entry for one, plus one of the 200 postcard artworks).  $50 (general admission party entry, without artwork).  $30 (CAC member party entry, without artwork.).  Special offer: Purchase advance ticket before May 27 and bring one guest in free! 
To purchase advance tickets: visit the CAC (900 Camp St.); visit; or call the CAC Box Office at 504-528-3800.

On View through July 12

The moments captured in Michael P. Smith music photographs are as familiar to the people of New Orleans as they are enthralling to Jazz Fest visitors. Since the first edition of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1970 until 2005, Smith documented the annual music, culinary and crafts bonanza that has become one of the city’s signature events, and his photographs annually line the Gospel, Blues, and Jazz tents, paying witness to past performances in those same tents. In fact, the visual iconography of Jazz Fest as a showcase for legendary musical performance must be at least partly credited to Smith’s images, which have been captured in two full-length Jazz Fest books that helped spread the word to fans around the world.
This exhibition will bring together 98 photographs taken at Jazz Fest during a twenty-five year period, from its inception in 1970 to 1995. All works come from the Michael P. Smith Archive of the Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC), who have graciously lent objects from their collection, as well as allowing many new prints to be made of some Jazz Fest images that have never been exhibited.  On view in the first floor galleries.
In addition, Beyond the Music, a corresponding exhibition, is on view through August 29 at The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St.  Beyond the Music (at HNOC) features over 80 Smith photographs that take viewers on a journey into the city’s spiritual churches, second lines, Mardi Gras Indians, social aid and pleasure clubs, and more.
Twenty-Five Jazz Fests is presented as part of In the Spirit: The Photography of Michael P. Smith from The Historic New Orleans Collection and is funded under a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Support also comes from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.
Gallery Hours:  Thurs.-Sun. 11am – 4pm
Admission:  FREE admission through July 12.
For information, call (504) 528-3805 or visit <>

On View through July 12

Previously on Piety derives its name from 617 Piety Street, the Bywater address where the original exhibition took place. A raw warehouse space temporarily converted into a makeshift exhibition site, 617 Piety’s impressive length and ceiling height made it possible for the artists involved to develop highly ambitious works that, while not site-specific, would have been extremely difficult to realize in a more conventional gallery setting.
Featuring New Orleans artists Gerard Caliste, Rondell Crier, Jan Gilbert, Jana Napoli, and Rontherin Ratliff, each will be represented by a single large-scale installation, originally shown together as a Satellite Exhibition for Prospect.1.
The five installations in Previously on Piety share a reference to New Orleans in the immediate post-Katrina era, and some deal directly with the aftermath of the flooding and its effect on families, homes, and neighborhoods. Of these, the best known is Jana Napoli’s Flood Wall, a freestanding wall made into 32-foot sections, into which the individual drawers from hundreds of individual chests of drawers, scattered and/or strewn about by the hurricane and subsequent floodwaters, have been salvaged and positioned as part of a continuous façade. Although widely exhibited and written about since 2007, Previously on Piety will mark the first time Flood Wall has been exhibited in New Orleans in an institutional setting.
In Gerard Caliste’s work Walking on Water, the walls and floor of a single room are painted to give the visual impression of a neighborhood in which the inhabitants are gathered around the periphery, holding vigil while a house sinks into the water. A single hand reaching from a hole in the house’s attic attempts to grasp at a rope suspended from a helicopter – the latter indicated only by a hole in the painted clouds on the ceiling.
Rondell Crier’s On the Streets is a two-part installation consisting of the wooden outline of the Honda Passport that he drove around New Orleans during his first trip home post-Katrina. The wooden silhouette, which has been painted on one side and left bare on the other, contains a hole in the car’s window through which a video projected onto an adjacent wall, documents the artist’s  journey through the mostly uninhabited streets of New Orleans, before the cleanup following Katrina’s devastation had begun.
Jan Gilbert’s Biography of a House takes the form of a cyclone made up of dozens of family photographs that combine to suggest the funnel and spout of the destructive winds. Illuminated from within so that the photographs are visible from the outside, the work achieves a striking contrast between the unstoppable force of nature and the human impulse to preserve a family’s collective memories.
In Rontherin Radliff’s large-scale sculpture Rooted, a single tree is used to symbolize the deep historical roots of a family home. Combining elements of domestic architecture (windows, a fireplace grate, chandeliers), tree branches, and even the sidewalk in front, the visual blurring of motifs from family life and nature proposes that the narrative of people inhabiting a place is itself a kind of natural history.
Gallery Hours:  Thurs.-Sun. 11am – 4pm
Admission:  FREE admission through July 12.
For information, call (504) 528-3805 or visit

The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society
The Louisiana State Museum
Faulkner House Books
Request the Pleasure of Your Company
May 17, 2009 — 3:00 to 5:00 p. m. —The Cabildo at Jackson Square
Meet the Authors:
Michael Malone & Arthur Q. Davis

   Join the Louisiana State Museum and the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society in celebrating the words of one of America’s best writers and wittiest men, Michael Malone, author of the new novel, Four Corners of the Sky.
    Malone also is author of the southern classic Handling Sin and three well received literary mysteries – Uncivil Seasons, Time’s Witness, and First Lady – as well as numerous other novels, short stories, and articles for national magazines. Also an expert screenwriter who is well known for his talent with screenwriting for live day time dramas, he teaches writing and literature at Duke University.
     Noted Louisiana architect Arthur Q. Davis will share billing with Malone at the event. Davis is author of his new memoir, It happened by Design, edited by Rick Gruber, Director of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Davis is best known for his design of the New Orleans Domed Stadium and the Rivergate convention hall, torn down over the protests of architectural preservation ists to make way for Harrah’s Casino. He designed numerous Louisiana monuments, including Angola State Penitentiary, as well as monumental projects abroad. His life reads like a history of the important milestones of the 20th century, as he was involved in most of them, including service in World War II and traveling behind the Berlin Wall and bringing East Berliners out hidden in a secret compartment of his car. Don’t miss this opportunity to toast one of Louisiana’s men of distinction.
    The event, which will take place at The Cabildo from 3 to 5 p. m, will feature food, wine, and music as well as talks and signings by Michael Malone and Arthur Davis. The authors will speak at approximately 4:00 p. m.

    Noted New Orleans jazz artist Armand St. Martin, whose style is in the tradition of Professor Longhair, will p erform.

     RSVP to (504) 524-2490 or so that we may have an accurate estimate for refreshments. You may reserve your books in advance with credit card infomation for payment at or (504) 524-2940.

Juleps in June, 2009

Please join us for our annual summer gala and fundraiser, Juleps in June, Friday, June 5, 7 p. m. at Chez Grace, 426 Vincent Ave. in Old Metairie, residence of Honorary Juleps Chair, socialite and volunteer activist Judith "Jude" Swenson.
Funds realized will allow the Society to continue its year round calendar of events designed to assist developing writers and our high quality literary programming for the reading public.

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience is a non-profit organization, and all proceeds from the event benefit local and regional charitable organizations. The five-day extravaganza includes fine wine dinners, lectures, Vinola Tasting and Auction, the Royal Street Stroll and Grand Tasting events in the Superdome. The original painting from which the poster is taken is currently on display at the Art by Christy French Quarter location, 733 Royal Street, and will be auctioned off Thursday, May 21, as a part of the Vinola Tasting and Auction to be held at the Ritz Carlton. For ticket information and a list of beneficiaries, visit the NOWFE website,


“Hot Mama Revue” May 10, 2009 at One Eyed Jacks!

This year instead of taking your mom out for brunch, take her out for burlesque with the Fleur de Tease’s tribute to mom’s everywhere in their Hot Mama Revue at One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse Street in the French Quarter, 8PM & 10PM on Sunday, May 10. The ladies of Fleur de Tease will be saluting their own mother’s in our audience again this year, by showcasing their sweet, funny, and flirtatious Fleur de Tease style which has made them famous.  Angela Eve, creator of Eve’s Parlor Burlesque in Chicago, will be our special guest aerialist for this show.

       Fleur de Tease is New Orleans’ premiere troupe of true professional burlesque dancers, including artistic director Trixie Minx, Madame Mystere, Lily Summers, Bella Blue, Natasha Fiore’, and Rory Wrey. This cast of intriguing burlesque dancers creates a new original show each time they perform.  No two shows are ever alike, and with Fleur de Tease performing once a month at One Eyed Jacks, you can expect new material and a lot of fun at every performance.  A Fleur de Tease show reflects modern style vaudeville and includes the comical style of MC Chris Lane, trickster and illusionist Magic Mike, and circus-like aerial trapeze from Sarah the Bobcat, alongside classic “bump & grind” New Orleans burlesque routines.  There’s always an array of surprises and when you attend a Fleur de Tease show, “…You never know who or what will turn up on stage!”

          Tickets for the Fleur de Tease Burlesque Hot Mama Revue, Sunday, May 10, 2009, at One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., NOLA, 504-569-8361, are $15.00 and $20.00 for reserved table seating.  Doors at OEJ open at 7:30PM with performances starting at 8PM and 10PM. Also, you can RESERVE TABLE SEATING for the shows and book Fleur de Tease to perform at your private party, event, or fundraiser by calling 504-975-1245.  For more information on the latest Fleur de Tease charity events, merchandise, and shows, please visit, <<>> , or contact Sheri M. B. McKee, Media Madam at 504-432-7629,
Fleur de Tease is proud to have the House of Lounge, the finest lingerie store in New Orleans, 2044 Magazine Street, as a continuing sponsor for the 2009 Season. 
Fleur de Tease Burlesque Revue 2009 Season
4/30 Tipitina’s Jazz Fest Series with BINGO!@Tipitina’s
5/10 FDT Hot Mama Revue @One Eyed Jacks
6/7 FDT Season Finale@ One Eyed Jacks
6/20 Bourbon & Burlesque Fundraiser@ CAC
For William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition

The deadline for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing
Competition has been extended from May 1 to June 1, 2009.

The Faulkner Society made the determination to extend the deadline at
the request of more than 60 writers who called to say they were having
problems meeting the deadline.  As our goal is to help writers, we
decided that an extension is reasonable.

Michael Malone To Be Guest of Honor at Faulkner Reception, May 17

Michael Malone, one of the wittiest writers in America, author of the
southern classic, Handling Sin, will be the Faulkner Society’s
guest of honor Sunday afternoon, May 17 at a reception, featuring food,
wine, and music at The Cabildo at Jackson Square.
Michael will be signing his new novel, "Four Corners of the Sky."
Copies of other work also will be available.  The time is 3 p. m. to 5
p. m.
The event is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP, so we can plan
for food and wine, to this e-mail address or by calling
(504) 524-2940.  Copies of Michael’s new book can be reserved at the
same time with credit card information.

Jeremy Davenport Updates
New Orleans jazz favorite, Jeremy Davenport, can be found every week (Thursday, Friday + Saturday) in the Davenport Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.  Come experience not only pure entertainment, but also an introduction to a lifestyle – a jazzy, swanky, sexy way of life.  Let Jeremy Davenport fill your soul and ears with tunes and beats from the old and new. A must see when in the New Orleans French Quarter – tourist or not!
Weekly Schedule:
Thursday, 5:30pm, in The Davenport Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
Friday, 9pm, in The Davenport Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
Saturday, 9pm, in The Davenport Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
May Dates:
Thursdays – 7, 14, 21, 28
Fridays – 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Saturdays – 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

June Dates:
Thursdays – 4, 11, 18, 25
Fridays – 5, 12, 19 26
Saturdays – 6, 13, 20, 27

Local talent invited to audition with Model Productions

Model Productions is coming to The Esplanade in search of talented local models, actors, singers, and dancers!

People of all ages and sizes are encouraged to come to the mall for auditions from May 6 until July 10. Local talent who make it through the auditions will be invited back for fashion shows on June 6 and July 11 for their chance to shine in the spotlight.

Winners will be given a one year contract with Model Productions of Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, or New York and the opportunity to audition for modeling and acting projects. 90210 actress Anna Lynn McCord is one of Model Productions most recent and successful discoveries.

For more information, please visit or call Model Productions at (770) 751-0500.

Tuesday thru Friday at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 2:00, 3:30 and 5:00 p.m.
Sundays at 1:30, 3:00 and 4:30 p.m.

Fashion Shows
Saturday, June 6
Saturday, July 11

The Esplanade – Macy’s Wing
1401 West Esplanade
Kenner, LA 70065



The Louisiana ArtWorks Metal Shop has all the tools you need for welding, casting, and blacksmithing!  Meet our Shop Manager Elijah Sproles and find out how to get started on your next piece.  Or, if you have an idea for a sculpture project, come to the Metal Shop Mixer and find an artist to it a reality.  Admission is FREE.  Come have a beer and get fired up!


WHAT:         Metal Shop Mixer

                       Networking Event & Happy Hour
WHEN:          Friday- May 8, 2009

                        5pm- 7pm
WHERE:        Louisiana ArtWorks

725 Howard Avenue, New Orleans
For more information, call Karen Louise Crain at 504-571-7373, or 504-723-6593 or visit the website at