Living the auction business

Adam Lambert, owner and auctioneer at Crescent City Auction Gallery, has been in the auction business since he was a child. At age 5, he helped his father Sidney Lambert by “running sheets” from the auction stand to the office. Two years later, Lambert received his first promotion: He was allowed to operate the elevator during the auctions.
After years of hard work (and promotions), Lambert was given the family business, though at the time it was called Crescent City Antique Gallery. He changed the name and launched a Web site which helped the business evolve to a global level. Thanks to the company’s Web site, bidders from throughout the world are able to purchase items, though being at the live auction, Lambert says, is an experience like none other.

“The auction house is a fun environment.” Lambert adds, “I definitely couldn’t sit through a regular 9-to-5 desk job. In any given day I might find myself pulling armoires out of attics in Gentilly, looking at sterling on St. Charles Avenue or appraising paintings in the Garden District. It is exciting; you never know what treasures any given estate might hold.”

The next auction will be held Sept. 19 and will feature fine European and American antique furniture, rugs and jewelry, Southern and local art, lighting, bric-a-brac and objets d’art. To find out about future auctions, join the mailing list through Crescent City Auction Gallery’s Web site.

Information, 1015 Julia St., 529-5057;

FourFront delivers talent to local theaters

When four close friends realized their common goals and desires for theater in New Orleans, they decided to form FourFront Theatre Group, which chooses “creatively stimulating projects that would sell,” says producer Kelly Fouchi, who works with Gary Rucker, Lucas Harms and Megan Sauzer Harms.

“Each of the four producers bring unique talents and experience to the group,” says Fouchi. “It allows the business and creative sides of the company to flourish.”

All have experience acting, directing and choreographing in widely acclaimed productions and individual performances.

The group presents shows at three local theaters: Le Chat Noir, Teatro Wego (owned by Jefferson Performing Arts) and Le Petit Thèâtre du Vieux Carré. They’ve raked in awards and been recognized by the Big Easy and Storer Boone Awards.

This September, as the cultural season begins, FourFront will produce Pinkalicious the Musical opening Sept. 24 at JPAS Teatro Wego.

Other offerings coming up this fall include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.


– M.L.