As Twelfth Night kicked off the Mardi Gras season, so did the 12th Night Revelers with karaoke, dancing and beautiful flowers at River Oaks. (A party can never have too many fabulous flower arrangements.) The group has celebrated every 12th night for a fitting 12 years now and annually names next year's royalty before the night ends. King Joe Broussard and Queen Konie Heard really raised the bar this year, and Michel Heard and Vicki Milam will take over the reigns in 2006. Those celebrating included Judy and Robert Wade, David and Gina Calagero, George and Martha Latiolais, Phyllis and Gene Walters and Mo and Charles Trent. Sisters Kasi Comeaux, Queen Konie and Kerry Champagne also hit the karaoke machine for a rendition of "We Are Family" (the girls are three of seven sisters), while Martha, Phyllis, Gina, Konie and Judy demanded some "Respect."
At the Les Brigands de Lafitte Ball at the Frem Boustany Ballroom of the Heymann Center, governors masked as characters from the region, and Ed Preis presided as a most festive Jean Lafitte. The tropical theme produced characters from Jimmy Buffett to RastaMan, and Queen Renee Judice handled the raucous krewe with grace and charm. Among the attendees were Chris Fisher, Susan Strait, Jeanie Simon, Lilly Billeaud, Donna Mellington, Ann Laurent and Sterling LeJeune, Elaine Abel, Mimi Colvin, Missy Ross and Barry and Claire Bohn. And everybody had, well, a ball!
The Krewe of Brew, aka Marcello's Brewmasters Club, had a ball at Ken Wells' Travels with Barley booksigning and beer tasting recently. The Wall Street Journal's Wells, a native of Bayou Black, traveled the country to answer the question, "Where's the perfect beer joint?" Attendees of the signing got answers to that question and more, in addition to a chance to visit with fellow novelist Sharon Arms Doucet. Del Leggett and president of the Brewmasters Club Jim Boudreaux also enjoyed the hops.
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With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.
The festival is scheduled for March 21-22 in New Orleans.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, December 10, 2013:
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The Cane Fire Film Series will be screening The Savoy King, a feature documentary on Swing-era drummer-bandleader Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, and Harlems Savoy Ballroom.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Outfit Of The Game looks at jewelry.
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Funds will expand Early College Academy from 250 to 1,000 students
Let ’em know and you could win a $250 night out.
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Some of the many events taking place this weekend include The Festival of Light and the Fire & Water Festival.
Appropriate for the season of giving, exhibit features behind-the-scenes images of beloved icon.
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 12 this week to 1,775.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 1,850 from the previous week's total of 2,854. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 4,048.
If all 44 projects are approved, about $300 million would remain in the fund set up as a down payment to help the Gulf.
Last week, the Saints gave up 429 yards to Seattle, second most in a game this season.