Now that we’ve been home for the last few months, it’s really been a great time to experiment with new beauty techniques. Be sure to check out What’s Hot to see the latest in skincare to confront winter woes and put your best face forward!
This issue features our Registry of Charitable Events: January-April 2021! Because so many fundraisers have become Zoom events, it’s more important than ever to check our calendar because so much is changing. Our nonprofits need us more than ever, so support your favorites and discover new ones!
Speaking of supporting your favorites, that goes for our local stores, restaurants and small businesses as well. We really want you to support our advertisers and tell them that you saw their ads in St. Charles Avenue magazine. It is so important! We are the only magazine whose purpose is to support the nonprofit community in New Orleans. We need you, our readers, to get all of us through this pandemic!
The vaccine is on the way and we urge you all to consider taking it, but in the meantime wear your mask, wash your hands and stay socially distanced. We will get through this!
Happy New Year!
Beverly Reese Church
I recently went shopping to as many of our advertisers as I could; please join me!
First, I went to FeBe for the perfect black turtleneck sweater. Then off to get a fantastic zebra tote and turquoise pashmina scarf from Elysian by Emily Morrison on Magazine Street. Then of course I went to Perlis to get three alligator shirts for our grandchildren and a fabulous cheetah wrap, complete with fur, for me. Next I’m off to Home Malone and Feet First, and then wearing my new outfits to Briquette for dinner. But I won’t forget Arnaud’s, Ralph’s on the Park and August, too!
Look through St. Charles Avenue and support the businesses that support us: the nonprofit magazine that focuses on the best New Orleans has to offer!
On the Cover
We are so excited to present our January cover featuring WYES with four of the eight incredible chefs who will participate in the inaugural event for the “WYES Season of Personal Chefs” beginning on Tuesday, January 26. Thanks so much to Rebecca Wilcomb of Gianna, Susan Spicer of Rosedale, Kevin Belton featured in his series on WYES and Amarys Herndon of Palm&Pine! Also, participating are Melissa M. Martin of Mosquito Supper Club, Cynthia VuTran of Café Minh, Eason Barksdale of Bayona and Jordan Herndon of Palm&Pine.
Your tickets will include a delicious multi-course takeout meal and a bottle of wine or tasty libation, and you can join the chef virtually for a discussion. On the day of their dinner, guests will pick up their meal at the participating restaurant (Kevin Belton’s meal will be picked up at WYES). Cost will vary depending on the menu and includes all courses and Zoom access codes. For prices and menus please visit WYES.org/events. We all want to support local restaurants and WYES, so get your tickets before they’re sold out!
We made it to 2021! This past year was so very hard for so many reasons, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel – unfortunately, it’s past Carnival.
But there will still be King Cake for King’s Day, and though the Phunny Phorty Phellows and the Funky Uptown Krewe won’t be partying in the streetcars, the Funky Uptown Krewe has invented a new way to celebrate Twelfth Night – a scavenger hunt along the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line to collect their signature throws: hand-decorated bedazzled vinyl records! The krewe is 100 percent volunteer-run and more than 90 percent of every dollar spent by the krewe is spent locally. Their goal is to encourage revelers to responsibly flock to the St. Charles streetcar line on Twelfth Night and provide some small boost to local businesses. Follow their Instagram account (@funkyuptownkrewe) for hints starting the afternoon of Twelfth Night, January 6!
This issue features our Registry of Charitable Events: January-April 2021, which we’ll be continuing to update online at SaintCharlesAvenue.com. If you missed the deadline or your nonprofit just finalized its event, visit MyNewOrleans.com/submit-a-charitable-event today, and feel free to email me at Morgan@MyNewOrleans.com with any questions or concern.
Our New Orleans Opera has undergone some major changes! Since March they have: hired a new General Director – its first woman in the position – Clare Burovac; created an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee; produced three concerts with limited, socially distanced seating; hired a COVID officer; joined the Zoom world with “Cocktails with Clare” and an adult lecture series, Allons; and managed an entire virtual singing competition for regional high school students. In addition, digitally they’ll be offering a collaboration with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for a concert of operatic favorites, to be presented as a streaming event in January through the LPO’s Orpheum Sessions, as well as a recital filmed at the Women’s Opera Guild Home in the Garden District, featuring internationally acclaimed tenor Bryan Hymel and soprano Irini Kryiakidou, joined by pianist Michael Borowitz, Artistic Director of Opera Louisiane. Live performances will include (locations TBA): Gian Carlo Menotti’s chamber opera, The Medium on March 19 and 20; the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess in concert on April 30 and May 1; and, following the sold-out success of “Opera on Tap’s Guild Home” concerts in October 2020, they’re planning another “Opera on Tap – In Our Yard!” series in April. To learn more and join today, visit NewOrleansOpera.org.
Eat some King Cake and enjoy the month – but wash your hands!
Morgan Packard Griffith