Name of movie i think it showed on lifetime it was really long like over 3 hours, 4 hrs name is a four letter female name it was a romantic drama that followed the life of title character from young woman to old woman. For some reason i’m thinking zola nola nora
Could it be this one?
Zoya (1995 TV miniseries)
aka Danielle Steel’s Zoya
starring Melissa Gilbert, Bruce Boxleitner, Denise Alexander, David Warner, Diana Rigg, Samuel (Sam) West
A young Russian countess escapes the 1917 revolution and, despite hardship, makes a new life for herself in America.
Here’s a film clip:
Whew whee y’all! New Orleans has really been rockin’ this month and we are not even halfway through! Besides ringing in the New Year NOLA style, the Crescent City has hosted the Sugar Bowl, the BCS Championship game, our New Orleans Saints at home in the Dome and we are barely scratching the surface. This is but a few of the spectacular events that will be going on in the Big Easy in 2012. Another one to put in the calendar is fast approaching. Don’t miss the kick off for Tales of Cocktail’s 10th Anniversary! Cheers!
See you in NOLA!
Sharon Denise Talbot
Countdown to 10th Anniversary Of Tales of the Cocktail® Kicks Off at the
Newly Renovated Carousel Bar and Lounge In New Orleans
Media and cocktail lovers are invited to the grand re-opening of the Carousel Bar for a preview of what’s in store at Tales of the Cocktail® 2012.
WHO: Tales of the Cocktail®, Hotel Monteleone, members of the media and cocktail enthusiasts.
WHAT: A joint event with Tales of the Cocktail® and the Hotel Monteleone to officially kick off the six-month countdown to the 10th Anniversary Tales of the Cocktail® in New Orleans and unveil the newly renovated and expanded Carousel Bar and Lounge.
This special event will include:
· Carousel Bar and Lounge grand reopening and auction of memorabilia
· Tales of the Cocktail® 2012 countdown event with a sneak peak of spirited events and special unveilings for the festival’s historic 10th Anniversary
· Preview of the official 2012 poster by artist Robert Rodriguez
· A look at the cocktail festival’s first book, Tales the Cocktail from A to Z
· Display of the world record centerpiece, A Million Greetings From New Orleans, by bead artist Stephán Wanger
· The unveiling of Tales of the Cocktail and Fleurty Girl’s newest Cocktail Collection t-shirt celebrating the Old Fashioned
· Complimentary Old Fashioneds featuring Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Luxardo Cherries prepared by the Carousel Bar’s renowned bartending team
WHEN: Wednesday, January 25, 2012
1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Carousel Bar and Lounge Grand Reopening
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Countdown to Tales of the Cocktail
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Performance by Robin Barnes
WHERE: Carousel Bar and Lounge
214 Royal Street
WHY: Over the past decade, Tales of the Cocktail® has only gotten better with age. Now, just six months from its 10th Anniversary, Tales of the Cocktail® is ready to get the party started a little early at Countdown to Tales. This one-of-a-kind media event will give a sneak peak of the spirited events that will make this the biggest and best Tales of the Cocktail yet. Additionally, the Hotel Monteleone will celebrate the reopening of the famous Carousel Bar and Lounge.
HOW: This event is free and open to the public. Click here to reserve your spot today.
About Tales of the Cocktail®
Tales of the Cocktail® is the world’s premier cocktail festival, bringing together the most respected minds on mixology for five days of cocktails, cuisine and culture. Held annually in New Orleans, this international event has something for cocktail professionals and enthusiasts alike with a spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions and tasting rooms where brands showcase their latest products. Tales of the Cocktail® returns in 2012 for a historic milestone—its 10th Anniversary of rocking the cocktail world. Join the celebration July 25-29, 2012 and see how Tales of the Cocktail® only gets better with age.
About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society
The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS) is a non-profit organization committed to preserving the unique culture of cocktails and cuisine in New Orleans and beyond. Since it’s founding in 2006 the NOCCPS has supported members of the hospitality industry through programs like the new Apprentice Aid Fund, providing financial assistance to former apprentices in times of medical need, the Cocktail Apprentice Scholarship Program and the Flo Woodward Memorial Scholarship as well as the production of events like Tales of the Cocktail®.
For more information on Tales of the Cocktail®, visit the website at TalesoftheCocktail.com or call 504-948-0511.
About Hotel Monteleone
Since 1886, the Hotel Monteleone, www.hotelmonteleone.com, has proudly stood as one of the first landmarks in the famous French Quarter. The hotel is the Quarter’s largest full-service hotel, featuring 600 comfortable, luxurious guestrooms and suites. Hotel Monteleone is within walking-distance of some of New Orleans most famous attractions and is conveniently located 11 miles from the Louis Armstrong International Airport. Hotel Monteleone is a member of the Preferred Hotels® & Resorts, a consecutive AAA Four Diamond award-winner, and has won the J.D. Power and Associates Upscale Hotel Award for “An Outstanding Guest Experience.”
The New Orleans Hotel Monteleone is celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2011.
Spring is festival season in Louisiana and at the New Orleans Audubon Zoo. Soul Fest was last weekend, a colorful celebration of African-American culture. Creole cuisine and soul food mixed with R&B and hip hop kicked off a round of happenings at NOLA’s own “animal house”. I have been to my share of Zoos and believe me when I say Audubon Zoo out shines them all. The Audubon Nature Institute is one class act.
Following directly on the heels of Soul Fest is Earth Fest, Asian Pacific American Society and then popular fund raisers for the Audubon Society, the Whitney Zoo To Do and Zoo To Do for Kids sponsored by Humana. These fundraisers will help underwrite a new attraction at our favorite Zoo called Cool Zoo, an animal themed splash park. Wet, Wild and Wonderful!
Cool Zoo is a new wet and wild splash park right at the Zoo. Highlights include jumping water spouts, a huge alligator (we are in Louisiana after all) water slide, a spider monkey soaker and water spitting snakes just to name a few! The splash park will offer three different splash zones with one specifically for toddlers and younger zoo goers.
In addition to all the custom animal features in the new Cool Zoo, there will be animal sounds in the “Sound Spray” area. When the water sprays you hear matching animal sounds like croaks, bleats, roars or squawks. The Caterpillar sprayer is designed to look like a monarch butterfly and the giant alligator’s tail is the waterslide! This new hot spot will be located between the Endangered Species Carousel and the Embraceable Zoo. Construction should begin soon. So get ready for some Cool Zoo fun.
Another exciting new attraction set to open this summer is Parakeet Pointe. Located at the Aquarium of the Americas, this will be an 800 square foot tropical environment and home to more than 1,000 free flying parakeets! For an even closer encounter, purchase a feed stick for a dollar and feed the bright beautiful little birds. These guys are all naturally curious and playful. The kids and you kid-like adults will love it!
By Sharon Denise Talbot
My friends and I want to hit an earlier parade, and one that happens in the quarter. Any ideas or recommendations?
The first answer is correct and none of the traditional Mardi Gras parades have traveled through the French Quarter since the 1960s.
However, the Krewe du Vieux is a parade (with small floats) that goes throught the FQ about 2 weeks before Mardi Gras Day:
A good place to watch the K du V parade is from the balcony of Margaritaville on Decatur Street:
Go to http://www.mardigras.com/ for more info on Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The FAQ section can be very informative.
Hope you have a great time!
It’s almost time for the New Orleans premiere of Disney’s The Lion King at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. Support the arts! See in you NOLA!
Sharon Denise Talbot
Casting Announced for
Disney’s THE LION KING
Broadway’s Award-Winning Best Musical
LSU Graduate Among Cast Members
New Orleans’s Limited Premiere Engagement Plays
Wednesday, March 14 To Sunday, April 15 at Mahalia Jackson Theater
New Orleans, LA (February 13, 2012) — Casting has been announced for the New Orleans premiere engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING. New Orleans’ most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts’ stage from Wednesday, March 14 to Sunday, April 15. The press opening night is Friday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m.
The talented cast of more than 40 actors includes a local connection; Maurica Roland (Ensemble/Understudy Nala, Shenzi & Sarabi) is a Pensacola, FL native and graduate of the Louisiana State University music education program. Recently, Roland appeared in American Vybe at Walt Disney World in Orlando and Hairspray First National Tour (swing, u/s Dynamite). She is thrilled to be in New Orleans and close to all her college friends and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters.
The sardonic and deviously cunning “Scar” is played by J. Anthony Crane. Dionne Randolph is “Mufasa,” the great warrior and ruler of the Pridelands. Buyi Zama is the wise baboon shaman “Rafiki.” Mark David Kaplan portrays the prim and proper hornbilled bird “Zazu.” Adam Kozlowski is the carefree warthog “Pumbaa” and Nick Cordileone is the wisecracking meerkat “Timon.” Mufasa’s son, “Simba,” the lion prince born to be king, is played by Jelani Remy and Syndee Winters is the loyal lioness “Nala.”
The three evil hyenas are played by Keith Bennett (“Banzai”), Rashada Dawan (“Shenzi”) and Robbie Swift (“Ed”). The role of “Young Simba” is alternated between Zavion J. Hill and Adante Power and the role of “Young Nala” is alternated between Sade Phillip-Demorcy and Kailah McFadden.
In New Orleans, THE LION KING will play Wednesday, March 14 through Sunday, April 15 on the following schedule:
Tuesdays: 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 p.m.
*Thursdays: 8:00 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.
**Sundays: 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.
*There will be special 2:00 p.m. matinees on Thursday, March 15 and Thursday, April 12.
**There will not be a 6:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, April 15.
Ticket prices start as low as $30.25. Premium Ticket Packages, which include prime seat locations, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Beginning Saturday, November 12, tickets will be available in person at the Mahalia Jackson Box Office, via phone at 800-982-2787 (ARTS), and online at BroadwayInNewOrleans.com. Orders for groups of 15 or more may be placed by calling 504-287-0372.
The North American touring production of THE LION KING has been seen by over 13.5 million theatergoers and grossed over $875 million to date. Having already played more than 60 cities across North America, THE LION KING now proudly makes its New Orleans premiere at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. The current schedule is listed below.
ABOUT THE LION KING
In its 15th year, THE LION KING remains ascendant, continuing to reign as a cultural phenomenon and one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 19 productions around the globe have been seen by more than 63 million people, grossed over $4.7 billion and have, cumulatively, run a staggering 89 years. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is the seventh longest-running musical in Broadway history and one of only six productions in theatre history to play for ten years or more both on Broadway and in the West End. Translated into seven different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Mandarin, Spanish), the show has been performed in 14 different countries on five continents. THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway, on stages across North America, and in Tokyo, London’s West End, Hamburg and Madrid.
THE LION KING won six 1998 Tony Awards®: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical, making Taymor the first woman in theatrical history bestowed with the honor. THE LION KING has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.
On stage, Taymor’s creative vision blends elements of African art and Broadway artisanship to depict anthropomorphic animal characters. Taymor, along with designer Michael Curry, has created hundreds of masks and puppets for THE LION KING. The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay. Other members of the creative team include: Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor). Anne Quart serves as associate producer.
The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.”
For more information worldwide, visit LionKing.com.
The New Orleans engagement of THE LION KING is presented by arrangement with East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans and is a subscription offering of the Broadway Across America Series.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR SCHEDULE THROUGH OCTOBER 2012:
Richmond – Landmark Theater
February 15 – March 11, 2012
New Orleans – Mahalia Jackson Theatre
March 14 – April 15, 2012
Orlando – Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
April 17 – May 13, 2012
Miami – Adrienne Arsht Center
May 17 – June 10, 2012
Greenville – Peace Center for Performing Arts
June 12 – July 8, 2012
Houston – Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
July 10 – August 12, 2012
St. Louis – Fox Theatre
August 15 – September 2, 2012
Wichita – Century II Concert Hall
September 4 – 30, 2012
Albuquerque – Popejoy Hall
October 2 – 28, 2012
The Mahalia Jackson Theater is located in Armstrong Park at 801 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. Information on the Broadway Across America – New Orleans series and venue policies and accommodations may be obtained online at www.mahaliajacksontheater.com. Group Sales information is available at 504-287-0372. Box Office information is available at 504-287-0351.
Arts Center Enterprises – New Orleans, LLC – (ACE) is a theatrical facility management company with more than 30 years of experience in the field of professional performing arts facility management and theatrical property development. Allen Becker, together with his partners David Anderson, Gary Markowitz and Kirk B. Feldmann have succeeded in establishing a successful business model that combines an entrepreneurial operating strategy, with a wealth of industry relationships, which result in active, vibrant, well-managed and self-sustaining performing arts facilities. Not only has this business model served to uplift communities through the presentation of powerful live performances, but it has served to also provide economic stimulus into urban corridors in need of revitalization. Please visit ACE New Orleans online at www.mahaliajacksontheater.com.
BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA (Producer), part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies which includes Broadway.com, is owned and operated by British theatre producer John Gore (CEO) and entertainment industry veteran Thomas B. McGrath (Chairman). Broadway Across America presents first-class touring musicals and plays across 40 North American cities. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. Under the supervision of Beth
Williams (CEO—Theater Division), Broadway Across America is also dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre. Current Broadway productions include How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Darren Criss and Beau Bridges, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever starring Harry Connick Jr, The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Godspell, Memphis, Lysistrata Jones, and the New York, West End, and national touring productions of Million Dollar Quartet. For more information, please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.
New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to attract and present the finest theatrical and performing arts attractions available in New Orleans.
NOTA is also dedicated to financial and technical support of local non-profit institutions in New Orleans that are dedicated to the furtherance of theatrical and musical education and production.
One Bedroom SUITE – a King bed in high ceiling INTERIOR bedroom with triple sheeting and down pillows. Although there are no windows, this impressive suite has a Separate Parlor / living room with small dining room area, mini-fridge, Plasma TV
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My husband and I will be going to New Orleans for Spring Break. Can someone please give me a nice hotel that we can stay at? Where would you recommend we eat, have drinks and listen to some good music? I have never been to New Orleans and I know there is so much to see and do. A little bit of help would be greatly appreciated! Thank You in advance.
Monteleone hotel *** on Bourbon.
GW Fins restaurant. Mr. B s bistro (steak). $$$ Go to trip advisor for some other ideas. Bayonas. Irene’s (ital.)
From the airport look for the fixed rate cab fares posted on the wall.
Walk down Bourbon to listen to the music. Watch the stupid people get drunk.
Cafe DuMonde for coffee and donuts. Have your cards read at jackson Square. Take one or more tours. Cemetery, French quarter or the Garden District. Don’t do any bus tours.
Have an "Abita" beer. Don’t leave with out trying some Gumbo.
Take a ride on the St. Charles Street Street cars.
Harrah’s casino at Canal and the river.
Take a cab back to the hotel if you stay anywhere more tha a few blocks away.
Me and my friends are going to plan a weekend road trip to New Orleans.None of us have ever been to New Orleans. We like to drink and have a good time. We also want to visit Bourbon St. What is the best way to do this? Hotel suggestions? Any transportation to Bourbon St? Taxi prices? Must do or see things?. We are trying to do this as cheep as possible, but any help is appreciated.
I can’t add much to who dat’s answer except I like the Hotel St. Marie. It’s inexpensive (about $60 a night), clean, and it has a pool. It’s like so close to Bourbon St. it’s crazy. I don’t know if they have parking, I never drive there. Their sister hotel is the St. Pierre up the street. Also inexpensive but no pool.
My eighteen hour experience on the set of the upcoming movie Earthbound was just so full of information I couldn’t possibly include it all in the first post on the website. First of all, I wanted to make sure I only said nice things (mostly) like my Mom would expect. You know, the whole “Denise, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything” lecture. Bless her heart. She still hasn’t given up on me, even after all these years. Second of all, I didn’t want to brag, but OMG!! I have just been blown away and I have to share this.
As extras we were expected to bring two to three outfits accessorized with shoes, purses, jewelry, wraps, etc. to fit the scene. Extras were to arrive in their first option and wardrobe would adjust or ask them to change if necessary. While they wanted color to give a warm, cheerful feel to the scene we were told no black, no white, no crème, no red, and no neon colors.
Well, they might as well have told me to throw out most of my closet contents. Black, white and red are my best friends. I did have a couple of “color correct” outfits that I thought would be appropriate for the kind of Gala scene they had in mind. After conferring with my Mom, sisters and daughters for their opinions on my choices, a decision was made on outfit number one.
Once at the set, I was pretty comfortable with my choice until I noticed this older lady wading through the extras critiquing in a drill sergeant kind of way everything from outfits to posture. I was mentally gving myself the “let her say what she wants to say and just keep your mouth shut” talk. I was dreading the moment when she would turn to look at me and then she did. Her face lit up with a smile, she gestured to me and said “Love the dress, perfect. Very classy. You don’t need wardrobe. Go straight to hair and make-up.” Whew!
Now if you think that made my morning to this point imagine how I felt later when she actually pulled me from the crowd by the hand and brought me over to the side and said “You are going to be in my “D” group”.
The Delta or “D” group as we were called were a core group of about 15 to 20 people. We were the first ones down on the set and included in the majority of takes that day. By now you are probably saying “big deal”. Nope, the big deal is the identity of my drill sergeant lady.
When you get a chance “google” Ann Roth. I am ashamed of my ignorance because I had no idea of who she was. A “D” group friend e-mailed me earlier today to fill me in. She is a prolific Academy Award-winning American costume designer for films and Broadway theatre. Recent movies that she has worked on include Julia & Julia, Mamma Mia and The Young Victoria, but there is a whole laundry list of movies that span her long career. She is an amazing woman who has outfitted the likes of Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Glenn Close and Melanie Griffith AND she liked the way I, Sharon Denise Talbot, dressed!!! Isn’t that just the coolest thing? This is more exciting to me than being in the movie!
So the moral of this story is - Listen to your Mom (or at least my Mom). Smile and look pretty and if you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say anything!!
By Sharon Denise Talbot
Guitar Slim, Jr., the son of New Orleans blues legend, Guitar Slim, has made a name for himself beyond his famous father’s legacy. His first album, “The Story of My Life” earned Guitar Slim, Jr. a Grammy award nomination. A talented guitarist in his own right, Guitar Slim, Jr., aka Rodney Armstrong carries on his father’s legacy as a blues guitar virtuoso and a masterful entertainer.
The original Guitar Slim was an early blues guitar sensation, both electrifying musician and entertaining performer. He is considered, along with B.B King and Buddy Guy to be one of the original blues greats. Unfortunately, the hard living of a blues musician took Guitar Slim too soon. He died in 1959 at the age of 34. Thankfully, before he died he was able to impress upon his young son Rodney the spirit of his guitar mastery. Because the name “Guitar Slim” was never trademarked there are many others who have adopted the name in an attempt to associate themselves with greatness. Only one, Guitar Slim’s own son, Rodney Armstrong, has both the right and the style and technique to carry on his father’s legacy.
In this video Guitar Slim, Jr. and his band, including two other masterful blues guitarists, play “Pride & Joy,” an R&B song at Banks Street Bar in New Orleans the location of the Sweet Home New Orleans Summer R&B Series. Each Thursday night through the summer Sweet Home New Orleans presents some of New Orleans’ most talented R&B and blues musicians. The Summer R&B series is one of the many programs sponsored by Sweet Home New Orleans in their “Bringing the Music Back to New Orleans” initiative.
To find out how you can help Sweet Home New Orleans preserve New Orleans’ rich musical heritage, go to SweetHomeNewOrleans.org.
This video includes three excellent blues guitar solos. Starting at the 3:00 point, all three of the band’s incredible guitarists take a turn soloing. Close ups of the guitarist’s fingers during their solos is included. Song 2 of this performance is a more traditional blues song and includes even more amazing guitar solos.
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