Bev's Note

We are thrilled to feature the 40th “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” and the 29th “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” presented by Tulane Pediatrics. These are spectacular parties, and this year both events will benefit the expansion of the Jaguar Jungle exhibit! Thanks so much to Whitney Bank Senior Vice President Liz Hefler, “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” presented by Tulane Pediatrics Gala Chair Kelly Dabezies, “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” Gala Chair Caroline Reily, Honorary Chair and husband of the beloved late Kitty Duncan, founding member of the “Zoo-To-Do,” Brooke Duncan and, last but not least, President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute Ron Forman for gracing our cover!

On Friday, April 28, Tulane Pediatrics brings us the “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” featuring family fun, giant inflatables, face painting, music, food, special kids drinks and more. On Friday, May 5, Caroline Reily and her team bring you the “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” with fabulous food and cocktails from our finest restaurants, music featuring headline entertainment by Jessie’s Girls and performances by Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters. There will also be a silent auction and a Lexus Luxury Vehicle Auction presented by Clifton LeBlanc. Tickets are almost sold out, so get yours ASAP by calling 861-6160 or by visiting These are two parties you don’t want to miss, and your support is necessary to keep our zoo at the top of the list
across the country!

We are so excited this month to bring you the biggest ever Courts of Carnival presented by Gulf Point Advisors! We know you’ll want to save it and see all of your favorite friends who are in the courts, whether they’re debutantes, Kings, Queens or Pages. One of our grandchildren, Jack Church, was a page in Comus this year, so you know we’ll save this issue.

Whether we have friends in town for Jazz Fest or other events, we always take them to the French Quarter, so check out our feature on some of our favorites – old and new.

My entertaining column features the amazing exhibit, “A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s” at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Be sure to see it and then plan your own party. Thanks to NOMA and to Robert Dula, who owns and operates the gondola at City Park. He has loved gondolas since he was a little boy, and even had this gondola created in Venice and shipped here – yes, we mean Venice, Italy!

Artist George Dunbar’s fourth solo exhibition, Palladium, is on exhibit at Callan Contemporary (518 Julia St., 525-0518) through April 28. Following his career retrospective at NOMA, this new show will feature work from different periods of his life done in white clay and palladiam leaf. Dunbar, now 89, continues to explore and develop his remarkable career. You will love this show by a remarkable man and amazing artist!  

Be safe and enjoy our spring weather!

Beverly Reese Church

On Friday, April 7, the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation will sponsor famous Cuban author and architect Hermes Mallea on his presentation Great Houses of Havana: A Century of Cuban Style at the New Orleans Museum of Art, with a lecture at 6 p.m. and a book signing at 7:30 p.m.

Ileana Suquet and Luz Caputto of NOHHF say that this timely Cuban presentation will give an insider’s view of Havana’s exceptional houses built between 1860 and 1960, and their fascinating personal histories, alongside Havana’s architectural patrimony.

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