September Social Calendar

SEPTEMBER LIVING IT UP

Margarita Bergen’s Living It Up

September 9 – 10

“Who Cares”

The New Orleans Ballet Theatre with Gregory Schramel’s “Patriotism,” back by popular demand, presents “Who Cares?” with score by George Gershwin. 8 p.m. The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres Street. Tickets: (504) 528–3800 or www.nobt.org

September 9 – September 11

New Orleans Seafood Festival

The 5th Annual New Orleans Seafood Festival will be held at Lafayette Square across from Gallier Hall in downtown New Orleans. All proceeds benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will feature many famed, local restaurants, celebrity chef demonstrations, artists’ booths and great musical entertainment that includes The Stooges Brass Band, Paul Varisco and the Milestones and special guests Luther Kent, Rockin’ Dopsie, Amanda Shaw, Vivaz and many more. 11 a.m. www.neworleansseafoodfestival.com

September 10

House of Blues Goes Pink

Louisiana Breast Cancer Task Force is holding its annual “Pink Ribbon Fling” at the House of Blues, dubbing it “House of Pink.” The evening festivities will begin with a patron party from 7 to 8 p.m. with the main event featuring Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters, as well as a reception buffet, open bar and silent auction and raffles. Tickets: (504) 293-2618 or www.cagno.org

September 11

Hands to Hearts

An Afternoon on the Square to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana. 2 to 5 p.m. Muriel’s Restaurant, 801 Chartres Street. Info: Call Dolores at (504) 231-7733

September 14

Annual Round Table Luncheon: A Salute to the Cultural Arts

The popular monthly Royal Sonesta Round Table Luncheon features representatives from the New Orleans Ballet, the New Orleans Opera Association, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Live entertainment will be actress, comedian and singer Becky Allen and pianist Jim Walpole. Executive Chef Peter Page is planning a three-course gourmet menu with wine pairing. The luncheon is $42 inclusive and parking will be validated. Noon. Fleur de Lis Ballroom. Reservations: Noel Scallan, (504) 553-2220 or nscallan@royalsonestano.com

September 14– 17

Dralion Cirque Du Soleil

Fusing the 3,000-year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque Du Soleil, Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod Street. Tickets: (504) 587-3663 or www.neworleansarena.com

September 15 – 24

The Addams Family: The Musical

The Addams Family is a smash-hit musical comedy that brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley, and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin Street. Tickets: www.mahaliajacksontheater.com

September 15 – September 17

New Orleans Burlesque Festival

The third annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival is devoted to classic and traditional burlesque. They have assembled the most glamorous and eye-popping burlesque dancers in the world to perform over three nights in sultry New Orleans. www.neworleansburlesquefest.com

September 16

Martini Madness

Taking place in the Botanical Garden’s picturesque Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Martini Madness is an evening of top notch, bottomless martinis and live music. The event, established in 2004, has become one of Friends of City Park’s most popular events.  The funds raised from past Martini Madness’ have gone to projects such as the new boats at the Big Lake in City Park. 4400 Victory Avenue. www.neworleanscitypark.com/calendar.html

September 16

Excellencia Award Gala

To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana is holding its annual elegant Excellencia Award Gala at the JW Hotel, 614 Canal Street. The gala will feature live entertainment and a sit-down gourmet dinner, with cocktails starting at 7 p.m. and the dinner at 8 p.m. Reservations: (504) 885-4262 or www.hccl.biz

September 20

2011 Community Arts Awards Luncheon

This year’s award recipients represent a range of arts disciplines and showcase the broad scope of New Orleans’ creative community. Individual honorees include public school theater teacher Luis Barroso, musician and Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famer Dave Bartholomew, restaurateur and art collector JoAnn Clevenger, Treme writer and filmmaker Lolis Eric Elie, arts educator Freddi Williams Evans and architect and educator Milton G. Scheuermann. The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, an organization dedicated to developing and enhancing Louisiana’s distinct cultural industries and its workforce, will also receive a Community Arts Award. The Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Roosevelt New Orleans Ballroom. Patrons will have another chance to celebrate the contributions of these impressive recipients and preview art for purchase at an elegant Patron Party sponsored by the Windsor Court Hotel on Monday, September 19, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets: (504) 523-1465

September 21

Carolina Gallop’s Fashion Show

Carolina Gallop’s Annual Fashion Show will feature over 10 New Orleans designers. The benefit is to raise money to send clothing and food to Honduras. Donations of clothing and non-perishable goods will be taken at the door. 7 p.m. The Blue Nile, 532 Frenchmen St. Info: (504) 931-7779 or www.mouthofthesouthpromotions.com

September 23

LOVE in the Garden

Join the New Orleans Museum of Art to make LOVE in the Garden the best ever and honor five local artists: Andy Brott; Mari De Pedro, Kathleen Loe, Ayo Scott and Julie Silvers. The evening includes delectable dining, open bar and dancing under the stars and the oaks in the most romantic setting in New Orleans, NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Patron Party with music by the Mike Krobin Band from 7 to 8 p.m. and General Party with music by Mixed Nuts from 8 – 11p.m. In the event of rain, the celebration will be held in the Great Hall inside of the museum. www.NOMA.org

September 28

Blondie

Blondie tours North America this fall behind their ninth studio album, Panic of Girls. With an impressive new collection of songs and a sound more recognizable than ever, Debbie Harry, Clem Burke and Chris Stein, along with newer band members Leigh Foxx, Tommy Kessler and Matt Katz-Bohen, will bring the incredible new tracks and Blondie hits to crowds from coast to coast. Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin Street. Tickets: www.mahaliajacksontheater.com

September 29

22nd Annual New Orleans Film Society Gala

The New Orleans Film Society presents its annual gala and the 2011 Celluloid Awards. The Patron party will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and the Gala from 8 to 11 p.m. Eiffel Society, 2046 St. Charles Avenue. Info: (504) 309-6633 or info@neworleansfilmsociety.org

September 30

Fridays at the French Market, featuring Tom Worrell & Mem Shannon and The Membership

The concerts are a colorful invitation to locals to rediscover the historic Market while taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the new Farmers Market eateries, as well as new and familiar Flea Market vendors showcasing clothing, handmade jewelry, artwork, photography, candles and international and local crafts. 4 to 7 p.m. New Orleans French Market, 1008 North Peters Street. (504) 522-2621 or www.frenchmarket.org

September 30 – October 2

The Alley Cats at the National World War II Museum

The Alley Cats are a perfect blend of musical talent and comic timing. Their interaction with audiences combined with their spontaneous humor makes each show refreshing and exciting. The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St. Info: (504) 528-1943 or www.ddaymuseum.org

September 30 – October 16

The Drowsy Chaperone

A combination of unprecedented originality and exceptional talent, this show boldly addresses a great unspoken desire in all our hearts to be entertained. 7:30 p.m. Westwego Performing Arts Theatre, 177 Sala Avenue, #A. Info: (504) 885-2000 or www.jpas.org

Wednesday, October 5

Edith Stern Legacy Award Luncheon

This fall, Longue Vue House and Gardens will begin an important and culturally relevant tradition when they host the inaugural Edith Stern Legacy Award Luncheon. The first recipient of the Edith Stern Legacy Award is Genevieve Trimble, who is recognized in New Orleans and Louisiana for her significant and lasting impact on the stewardship, understanding and appreciation of the horticultural arts. The luncheon will be staged in the main house and will feature eight tables in the center hall and modern gallery, designed to accommodate 90 guests. Elegant china, silver, crystal, linens and floral centerpieces will all be uniquely arranged by each of the table captains from their personal collections. Noon. Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Reservations are required. Info: Charlotte LeCorgne, (504) 293-4720

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Margarita Bergen’s Living It Up

September 9 – 10

“Who Cares”

The New Orleans Ballet Theatre with Gregory Schramel’s “Patriotism,” back by popular demand, presents “Who Cares?” with score by George Gershwin. 8 p.m. The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres Street. Tickets: (504) 528–3800 or www.nobt.org

September 9 – September 11

New Orleans Seafood Festival

The 5th Annual New Orleans Seafood Festival will be held at Lafayette Square across from Gallier Hall in downtown New Orleans. All proceeds benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will feature many famed, local restaurants, celebrity chef demonstrations, artists’ booths and great musical entertainment that includes The Stooges Brass Band, Paul Varisco and the Milestones and special guests Luther Kent, Rockin’ Dopsie, Amanda Shaw, Vivaz and many more. 11 a.m. www.neworleansseafoodfestival.com

September 10

House of Blues Goes Pink

Louisiana Breast Cancer Task Force is holding its annual “Pink Ribbon Fling” at the House of Blues, dubbing it “House of Pink.” The evening festivities will begin with a patron party from 7 to 8 p.m. with the main event featuring Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters, as well as a reception buffet, open bar and silent auction and raffles. Tickets: (504) 293-2618 or www.cagno.org

September 11

Hands to Hearts

An Afternoon on the Square to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana. 2 to 5 p.m. Muriel’s Restaurant, 801 Chartres Street. Info: Call Dolores at (504) 231-7733

September 14

Annual Round Table Luncheon: A Salute to the Cultural Arts

The popular monthly Royal Sonesta Round Table Luncheon features representatives from the New Orleans Ballet, the New Orleans Opera Association, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Live entertainment will be actress, comedian and singer Becky Allen and pianist Jim Walpole. Executive Chef Peter Page is planning a three-course gourmet menu with wine pairing. The luncheon is $42 inclusive and parking will be validated. Noon. Fleur de Lis Ballroom. Reservations: Noel Scallan, (504) 553-2220 or nscallan@royalsonestano.com

September 14– 17

Dralion Cirque Du Soleil

Fusing the 3,000-year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque Du Soleil, Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod Street. Tickets: (504) 587-3663 or www.neworleansarena.com

September 15 – 24

The Addams Family: The Musical

The Addams Family is a smash-hit musical comedy that brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley, and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin Street. Tickets: www.mahaliajacksontheater.com

September 15 – September 17

New Orleans Burlesque Festival

The third annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival is devoted to classic and traditional burlesque. They have assembled the most glamorous and eye-popping burlesque dancers in the world to perform over three nights in sultry New Orleans. www.neworleansburlesquefest.com

September 16

Martini Madness

Taking place in the Botanical Garden’s picturesque Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Martini Madness is an evening of top notch, bottomless martinis and live music. The event, established in 2004, has become one of Friends of City Park’s most popular events.  The funds raised from past Martini Madness’ have gone to projects such as the new boats at the Big Lake in City Park. 4400 Victory Avenue. www.neworleanscitypark.com/calendar.html

September 16

Excellencia Award Gala

To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana is holding its annual elegant Excellencia Award Gala at the JW Hotel, 614 Canal Street. The gala will feature live entertainment and a sit-down gourmet dinner, with cocktails starting at 7 p.m. and the dinner at 8 p.m. Reservations: (504) 885-4262 or www.hccl.biz

September 20

2011 Community Arts Awards Luncheon

This year’s award recipients represent a range of arts disciplines and showcase the broad scope of New Orleans’ creative community. Individual honorees include public school theater teacher Luis Barroso, musician and Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famer Dave Bartholomew, restaurateur and art collector JoAnn Clevenger, Treme writer and filmmaker Lolis Eric Elie, arts educator Freddi Williams Evans and architect and educator Milton G. Scheuermann. The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, an organization dedicated to developing and enhancing Louisiana’s distinct cultural industries and its workforce, will also receive a Community Arts Award. The Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Roosevelt New Orleans Ballroom. Patrons will have another chance to celebrate the contributions of these impressive recipients and preview art for purchase at an elegant Patron Party sponsored by the Windsor Court Hotel on Monday, September 19, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets: (504) 523-1465

September 21

Carolina Gallop’s Fashion Show

Carolina Gallop’s Annual Fashion Show will feature over 10 New Orleans designers. The benefit is to raise money to send clothing and food to Honduras. Donations of clothing and non-perishable goods will be taken at the door. 7 p.m. The Blue Nile, 532 Frenchmen St. Info: (504) 931-7779 or www.mouthofthesouthpromotions.com

September 23

LOVE in the Garden

Join the New Orleans Museum of Art to make LOVE in the Garden the best ever and honor five local artists: Andy Brott; Mari De Pedro, Kathleen Loe, Ayo Scott and Julie Silvers. The evening includes delectable dining, open bar and dancing under the stars and the oaks in the most romantic setting in New Orleans, NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Patron Party with music by the Mike Krobin Band from 7 to 8 p.m. and General Party with music by Mixed Nuts from 8 – 11p.m. In the event of rain, the celebration will be held in the Great Hall inside of the museum. www.NOMA.org

September 28

Blondie

Blondie tours North America this fall behind their ninth studio album, Panic of Girls. With an impressive new collection of songs and a sound more recognizable than ever, Debbie Harry, Clem Burke and Chris Stein, along with newer band members Leigh Foxx, Tommy Kessler and Matt Katz-Bohen, will bring the incredible new tracks and Blondie hits to crowds from coast to coast. Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin Street. Tickets: www.mahaliajacksontheater.com

September 29

22nd Annual New Orleans Film Society Gala

The New Orleans Film Society presents its annual gala and the 2011 Celluloid Awards. The Patron party will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and the Gala from 8 to 11 p.m. Eiffel Society, 2046 St. Charles Avenue. Info: (504) 309-6633 or info@neworleansfilmsociety.org

September 30

Fridays at the French Market, featuring Tom Worrell & Mem Shannon and The Membership

The concerts are a colorful invitation to locals to rediscover the historic Market while taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the new Farmers Market eateries, as well as new and familiar Flea Market vendors showcasing clothing, handmade jewelry, artwork, photography, candles and international and local crafts. 4 to 7 p.m. New Orleans French Market, 1008 North Peters Street. (504) 522-2621 or www.frenchmarket.org

September 30 – October 2

The Alley Cats at the National World War II Museum

The Alley Cats are a perfect blend of musical talent and comic timing. Their interaction with audiences combined with their spontaneous humor makes each show refreshing and exciting. The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St. Info: (504) 528-1943 or www.ddaymuseum.org

September 30 – October 16

The Drowsy Chaperone

A combination of unprecedented originality and exceptional talent, this show boldly addresses a great unspoken desire in all our hearts to be entertained. 7:30 p.m. Westwego Performing Arts Theatre, 177 Sala Avenue, #A. Info: (504) 885-2000 or www.jpas.org

Wednesday, October 5

Edith Stern Legacy Award Luncheon

This fall, Longue Vue House and Gardens will begin an important and culturally relevant tradition when they host the inaugural Edith Stern Legacy Award Luncheon. The first recipient of the Edith Stern Legacy Award is Genevieve Trimble, who is recognized in New Orleans and Louisiana for her significant and lasting impact on the stewardship, understanding and appreciation of the horticultural arts. The luncheon will be staged in the main house and will feature eight tables in the center hall and modern gallery, designed to accommodate 90 guests. Elegant china, silver, crystal, linens and floral centerpieces will all be uniquely arranged by each of the table captains from their personal collections. Noon. Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Reservations are required. Info: Charlotte LeCorgne, (504) 293-4720