New ‘Saturday Latin Night’ is TONIGHT at Little Gem Saloon feat. OTRA

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The kick-off of the new ‘Saturday Latin Night’ is TONIGHT at Little Gem Saloon (Downtown at Poydras & Rampart)!! This week has OTRA playing Live at 11 pm with DJ Jimmyjimichanga/Jimmy Salserito – Big Easy Salsa at 10:15 pm. NO COVER!! Chegado will perform Live next week!!! See my dance videos & pics page to see me performing last year with OTRA at Congo Sq Rhythms Fest!!!

As per my earlier post ..  go to Seed for dinner tonight (they close at 11 pm) then head over to Little Gem Saloon for Fabulous Music and Dancing!!

Peace & Love,

Cherylyn

Grand Opening of Seed Restaurant Today!!!

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Raw Vegan Fabulousness is here in New Orleans!!! The Grand Opening of Seed is today!!

Specials include 1/2 off entrees today (seriously!!), free juice samples and free Seed bags plus bags of seeds. And YES … that is a Raw Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcake!!! Everything was Utterly Fabulous!!! I have so much Gratitude for this Fabulous Food Experience today!!! More pics to follow!

They are open until 11 pm tonight (on Fridays and Saturdays) and until 10 pm during the week … open 7 days a week!!! Tell them FabuNOLA sent you!!

Peace & Love,

Cherylyn

@foursquare! (@Seed) http://4sq.com/1gyexb4

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY & NOLA VEGGIE FEST!!!

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Hopefully you can make it out to NOLA Veggie Fest for the final day today!! Although I was set to BE the Emcee & Mistress of Ceremonies again this year, I’m still having a lot of pain & issues due to my ankle/foot/leg injury from working the first weekend of Jazz Fest. So, I had to stay home and rest yesterday. Not sure if I can even make today.

However, I hope that you will still BE able to make it out there for ALL of the FABULOUS NOLA VEGGIE GOODNESS!!! Go to the website (www.nolaveggiefest.com) for ALL of the Fabulous Speakers, Schedules and more!! See flyer below!

And a VERY special note to ALL of you FABULOUS Mothers out there!! And, especially to my dear Mom, Esther C. Tompkins!!! LOVE YOU DEARLY!!! I AM every so GRATEFUL!!! Also to my uber special God Mother, Aunt Winnie Ward!!! She is quite dear to me as well!!
Peace & Love, 
Cherylyn
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There’s a Whole Lot of Fabulousness Going on Today!!! (3-24-2013)

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Hey FabuFolks!!

There’s a whole lot of Fabulousness going on in FabuNOLA today!!! I’ve already written and posted about it … on FabuNOLA on Facebook though: https://www.facebook.com/FabuNOLA (linked to FabuNOLA on Twitter too … @FabuNOLA). So, if you aren’t following me already there, please do so!! There’s going to BE a lot more detail on there today of the events I’m about to briefly discuss. I’ve got to run out the door to BE a part of ALL the Fabulousness!!!!

Here’s a quick list of some of today’s “FabuNOLA IT List”:

Red Baraat (Bhangra Brass from Brooklyn) is closing out today’s last day of Congo Rhythms Fest (FREE) and Stooges Brass Band are up now with Truth Universal (going on right before Red Baraat); then there’s the weekly Salsa Sunday event: SALSA FESTIVAL DOMINGO feat. RUMBA BUENA & DJ Cruz at Mojito’s tonight from 7-11pm (Free Salsa class at 7/Rumba Buena at 8/DJ Cruz at 10) … AND there’s also the Grand Finale Party for New Orleans Fashion Week tonight at Eiffel Society (this should be happening until around 2 am).

Once again, connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest (and The Universe … of course) for all of my regular updates!!! And BE sure to explore the rest of my FabuNOLA Blog for information, resources/tools and Uber Fabulousness!!!

Here’s hoping to see You … Out & About!!

Peace & Love,

Cherylyn

I’m Performing Salsa TODAY with OTRA at Congo Square New World Rhythms Fest (4pm) at Armstrong Park!!!

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Hey FabuFriends!!!

I’ll BE dancing Salsa today with Theodore George for OTRA at Congo Rhythms Fest (FREE) in Armstrong Park. Otra is doing a mixed set with Africa Brass from 4-5:45 pm. We are on for the first 3 songs…then Africa Brass performs (with dancers as well)…then everyone will BE together at the end.

OTRA (Afro-Cuban Jazz & Grooves) & Africa Brass are on right before Pedrito Martinez Group too!! If you missed them at Jazz Fest last year (or last night at Tipitina’s), here’s your special chance to check out some phenomenal performances (especially PMG before they head back to NYC)!!

For full details, go to: http://www.jazzandheritage.org/congo-square (also posting today’s schedule below!!).

Otra: www.otramusic.com

Africa Brass: http://africanola.org/africabrass.html

Video and Article of Festival & Scott Aiges (NOJHF) featuring Africa Brass with Otra on WWL Morning News this week:

http://www.wwltv.com/eyewitness-morning-news/Festival-showcases-music-and-culture-of-African-diaspora-199570871.html

Some press in (also in other areas) so far on this year’s Congo Rhythms Fest:

http://theadvocate.com/news/neworleans/neworleansentertainment/5348350-123/out-of-africa-the-music (Karen Celestan)

(Next two articles are basically the same article from Associate Press … I just wanted to showcase the reach this is receiving :D ):

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/19/3295376/congo-square-rhythms-fest-kicks.html#storylink=misearch

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/congo-square-rhythms-festival-is-young-but-roots-of-its-music-culture-stretch-back-centuries/2013/03/16/c5267e8c-8e4b-11e2-adca-74ab31da3399_story.html

Gotta run to FEST!!!!!! Hope to see you there!!! Come out to ENJOY and DANCE to the FABULOUS MUSIC with US!!!

Peace & Love,

Cherylyn

Today’s Schedule:

Saturday, March 23
11:00 am to 11:10 am LEAF Jazz Band at Delta House, Asheville, NC
11:10 am to 12:00 pm African Drum Circle – bring your drum and join in
12:00 am to 12:30 pm Moyuba
12:30 pm to 12:45 pm Delta House Life Development After School Dance Enrichment Program
12:45 pm to 1:00 pm Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Tribute to Alfred “Uganda” Roberts
2:00 pm to 2:15 pm N’Kafu African Dance
2:15 pm to 3:15 pm Alexey Marti
3:15 pm to 4:00 pm Mardi Gras Indian Battle
4:00 pm to 5:45 pm Africa Brass with OTRA
5:45 pm to 6:00 pm N’Fungola Sibo African Dance
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Pedrito Martinez Group

Clarke Peters & I are Co-Hosting “Clarke’s Living Theatre Room” – A Variety Show TV Pilot “Calling All Artists” to Join in the Fabulous Fun!!

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On Saturday, March 9th, Clarke Peters & Cherylyn L. Tompkins (yep, that’s me) will be Co-Hosting a very special show called “Clarke’s Living Theatre Room” from 6pm-12am at Café Istanbul . A live audience is very welcome ($5 sugg. donation). Please join in the fun and spread the word. Although we have a jam-packed show, you may just be called on-stage to share your talent too.

It’s the brainchild of Clarke Peters (Treme) … a unique multi-media, multi-disciplinary experience to be filmed as a tv pilot in hopes of a re-occurring variety show … possibly on PBS. An artistic feast of color, movement and sound.

We’ve “Called All Artists” to see who will make it to be featured on the show. It will include many of our favorite cultural bearers & artists (and friends): John Boutte, Herlin Riley, Donald Harrison, Vernal Bagneris, Deacon John, Chuck Perkins, Erica Falls, Roland Guerin, Tom Worrell, Anais St. John, Mikko Macchione with Tatianna Macchione & Ross Britz, Fashion Designers Carolina Gallop & Heidi Klee, Ector Gutierrez & Katarina Boudreaux, Chance Bushman, Kangol Komic, Evan Christopher, Ted George, A Scribe Called Quess, Jose Torres-Tama and more. Artists of various varieties … musicians, poets, actors, dancers (belly, salsa, tango, tap & lindy), painters, designers, writers, comics, etc …possibly even puppeteers. Even random Frenchmen St. encounters will be broadcast back to Café Istanbul. You’ll have to BE there to find out what happens.

It’s going to BE fabulous (it already is!!!)!! And, the possibilities of what can and will happen are beyond phenomenal to even imagine. You’ll definitely want to say you were there for this one!!

We’ll be on WDSU during the morning show to discuss more, and possibly WWOZ during the day. For more details, please go to https://www.facebook.com/events/296314597164364. Also, see http://videos.nola.com/times-picayune/2013/03/treme_star_clarke_peters_plans.html.

Thanks greatly to Café Istanbul, Fatoush Restaurant & Juice Bar, NOLA Food Co-op, The Musicians Clinic and Sweet Home New Orleans for their support (please support them in return)!! We also want to thank ALL of the Artists for volunteering their time to BE a part of this fabulous show. And thanks to the volunteer krewe coming together behind-the-scenes to make this all possible in such a short amount of time.

Peace & Love,

Cherylyn

Doug & Gene Meyer: The Longue Vue Installation at Longue Vue House & Gardens Opening Reception (6-8 pm)

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Hello FabuNOLA Family!!

On the FabuNOLA “IT List” for TONIGHT:

Doug & Gene Meyer: The Longue Vue Installation at Longue Vue House & Gardens (7 Bamboo Road, NOLA 70124).

The opening reception is from 6-8 pm on Thursday, January 31. It will be a beautiful and multifaceted artistic intervention in the house and gardens, as well as the Whim House and Changing Exhibition Gallery.

Tonight special opening reception will include live music, performances, men’s fashion show, and light hors d’oeurves.

Gene Meyer made a great statement yesterday: “Color is a real discipline.” They start and finish with color in mind. Please also check out the Meyers’ website: www.dougandgenemeyer.com

I had the fabulous pleasure of meeting Doug & Gene last week for the Longue Vue Lecture & Roundtable event: “Indigenous Aesthetics and Fashion: Cultural Appropriation as a Trend.” Gene was on panel discussion and Doug was also in audience to add his knowledge and passion of design through additional comments. I’m very excited to attend this event tonight and witness this exhibition … the first of its kind they’ve done outside of NYC.

Gene “cut his teeth” long ago while working with fashion designer Geoffrey Beene … so you know they flow with serious style!! Since the Gene and Doug have found their own fabulous style and we are very fortunate to have them sharing it with us at Longue Vue and in New Orleans. As excited as I am to have them here, I’m also equally excited to share a Vegan meal with Gene … who let me know last week he shares my Vegan Lifestyle. Like I said … Fabulous!! You just know I had to add that :D !

Click the links here to see this morning’s The New York Times Article: “In New Orleans, A Retrospective of Gene and Doug Meyer” on the exhibition and the Designing Duo Brothers. And, here is yesterday’s article from Doug and Gene Meyer Style Compass Introspective at 1stDibs.com.

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If you can’t make it tonight for the opening reception, the Doug & Gene Meyer: The Longue Vue Installation exhibition will then be open to the public for regular admission starting February 1st. Click HERE for the Facebook page invite.

All are welcome to join in the Fabulousness tonight (and Beyond)!! As always … here’s hoping to see you Out & About!!

Peace & Love,

Cherylyn