FabuNOLA eNewsletter: NOLA Veggie Fest, WWOZ Gulf Aid Concert & Sexy Salsa Sundays AND So Much More!! ~ 5-16-10


“Promoting the Positive Side of New Orleans … Fabulously”
(May 16, 2010)

2nd Annual NOLA Veggie Fest


Gulf Aid Benefit Concert to
Support Gulf Relief Efforts


Sexy Salsa Sundays is ON Tonight

FabuNOLA’s … Sexy Salsa Sundays
FREE Salsa Dance Class @ 7pm
Social Salsa Dancing @ 8 pm
Food Sold by Holly’s Tamales
Clean Air Event

and there’s still MORE (listed below) …

Hello My FabuNOLA Family!!!

How are you all doing today? I always hope amazingly well!! This is going to be a quick note because I have to get myself together super quick to catch as much of the 2nd Annual NOLA Veggie Fest (which ends at 7 pm) before heading to my Salsa night tonight (FabuNOLA presents … FiestaNOLA ~ Sexy Salsa Sundays) … which I hope to see many of you tonight!!

Mike Griffin with NOSD will be back tonight teaching the free class (which starts at 7pm). There is no cover for the Salsa Social that is from 8 pm (until). Chef Holly of Holly’s Tamales is back tonight too. Her menu this weekend will be a Roasted Veggie Tamale with Cuban Black Bean Sofritos & Rice + Fried Banana … so YUMMY!!. For those of you new to FabuNOLA (and there are MANY of you that just got entered onto my list from before Jazz Fest), please see below or on my FabuNOLA Blog for details about Salsa.

I mentioned the NOLA Veggie Fest (going on right now)!! You will see this event along with lots of others I listed below too (like the Gulf Aid Benefit Concert going on now too). There’s so much going on right now and into next week. Gris Gris Lab has it’s 1st film screening (along with Cuban Food & after-party) for “Inventos Hip Hop Cubano” then, the 2nd Annual Metro Bicycle Coalition Bicycle Second Line, as well as, HBO’s Treme is presenting “One Night Only … Frank’s Place.” These are all some of the special highlights I’m listing in this issue (all listed below after the details for Salsa event). And please check out the upcoming June happenings below so you can mark your calendars early.

Also, you’ll see the listing for Alliance For Affordable Energy’s 25th Anniversary Campaign to raise $25,000.00 by the 25th of May. I’m on the Board for the Alliance and would appreciate you clicking on their site to see ALL of the phenomenal things they are doing for ALL of us. Please consider a donation (big or small) to help them get ever closer to their goal this week. I would greatly appreciate it.

I know I usually write a bit more to give you greater encouragement to focus on from within. However, you know this is always being shared by me every time I get a chance to connect with you in some way, shape or form. I’m always hoping for the best for you … because I believe in your greatness and unique offerings to our society as a whole. If you are new to FabuNOLA, please check out my Blog with past postings so you can read more about what I normally write in the form of inspiration towards our FabuNOLA and Global Community moving forward … positively & successfully.

The FabuNOLA Blog has a brand new look to it so please check it out (which I’m still tweaking a bit). Also go there to check out the “FabuNOLA It List” and “Eco-FabuNOLA”  that you can see posted regularly (also please direct new people here instead of contacting me personally because it is very challenging for me to get back to everyone individually nowadays … and ask them to sign-up for this eNewsletter too). My Blog lists Music, Dance, Wellness & Eco Happenings. More will be posted/updated as I can get to it.

If you are new to the FabuNOLA Family (which is ever growing), welcome to the FabuFamily!! You are amongst a FabuKrewe of Great Beings … all striving for greater happiness from within. We are all beautifully inter-connected in this way. You are always loved and supported here. You will always mean so much to Me!! I’m wishing you only and all of the best.

Okay, that’s it for now. Until the next time … I’ll see You on the Page or in Person! And tell them FabuNOLA sent YOU. As always … here’s hoping to see You … Out & About!!

Be & Live Well,

~aka Miss FabuNOLA~

FabuNOLA.com ~ (Links to FabuNOLA Blog, Facebook & Twitter)

FabuNOLA News & Events (and LOVE … always!!)


“FabuN♥LA presents …

FiestaNOLA ~ Sexy Salsa Sundays”

7 pm ~ until @ The Blue Nile

(532 Frenchmen St ~ BlueNileLive.com)

A Clean Air Event!!


Whether you know HOW to DANCE, want to LEARN or just ENJOY watching …


FiestaNOLA ~ Sexy Salsa Sundays!!!!!♥

Live … Love … and Salsa!!

FREE Dance Class ~ @ 7 pm

Featuring Dance Instruction by Mike Griffin of NOSD, INC.


Every Sunday ~ Music, Dancing & Fun starts @ 8 pm

(Salsa, Merengue & Bachata music played)

And for those of you who haven’t already seen the WDSU clip with Mike & myself recently talking about Sexy Salsa Sundays, here it is : Salsa from FabuNOLA & NOSD on WDSU

NOSD, Inc. Splash Logo

For info on regular Salsa Dance lessons during the week (specifically for info on group/private lessons), please click on NOSD to be taken to their site.

Here’s a FabuDance Video of Mike & Me dancing at one of his GREAT Salsa Socials. It’s improvised and fun. Click here. Also go to the NOSD, Inc. YouTube Channel to view their video postings.


Holly’s Tamales will be kicking up her culinary heels with us this weekend!!

Holly will be offering a great selection of Specialty Tamales weekly, along with some more treats that you have to check out in person to really appreciate.

Tonight’s FabuMenu:

Roasted Veggie Tamale, Cuban Black Beans & Rice & Fried Banana

Hearty & Healthy Food to satisfy even those of us “Conscious Eaters”


To connect with Chef Holly of Holly’s Tamales directly, please contact: hollystamales@gmail.com; 318-613-5027


This is an official “FabuNLA presents … Event”

In cooperation with The Blue Nile & NOSD


Peace & Love (spreading through us all),




(May – June 2010)

2nd Annual NOLA Veggie Fest is coming up on May 16, 2010 from 11am – 7 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church (2903 Jefferson St., NOLA 70115). There will be Restaurants, Food Samples, Cooking Demos, Films & Speakers, Vendor Booths, Raffles & Auction plus Live Music. $10 Adults, $5 kids 12 & under, under 2 free. www.NOLAVeggieFest.com.

I had the honor of attending this phenomenal event last year to cover it for press (and as a Vegan Supporter). In the pouring rain, over 500 people came out ~ proof positive that our Veggie lovers need to be “catered” to more in our FabuCity!! I hope you will check it out to find out more ways to move yourself along the path of “Conscious Eating.” ~ Peace & Love, Cherylyn

A project of the Humane Society of Louisiana – HumaneLA.org

Gulf Aid Benefit Concert to Support Gulf Relief Efforts
Sunday, May 16, 2010 from Noon ~ 10 pm
at Mardi Gras World ~ River City Location

Benefit concert to raise funds for wetland recovery efforts, fishermen and their families.

This fundraising concert has an all star line-up. Lenny Kravitz, Allen Toussaint, Mos Def, Ani DiFranco, John Legend, The Voice of the Wetlands Allstars (featuring Tab Benoit, Dr. John, Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr., Waylon Thibodeaux, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Sansone, and Johnny Vidacovich), Zachary Richard, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Irvin Mayfield’s Playhouse Review, Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers, Jeremy Davenport, Rebirth Brass Band, MyNameIsJohnMichael, Big Sam, and more to come!

Tickets are available at www.elevate.com (VIP packages will be available).
Kids 12 and under get in free.
Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

Donations may be sent to the Gulf Aid, a 501 C3 non-profit corporation located at P.O. Box 6917, Metairie, LA 70009.

The site is being donated by Joe Jaeger and Barry Kern, partners in the Mardi Gras World Facility. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage radio station WWOZ 90.7 FM will broadcast live from the concert (www.wwoz.org), which will also be streamed live on the internet: wwoz.org. Rehage Entertainment, producer of the Voodoo Experience and the Essence Music Festival is producing GULF AID. Sidney D. Torres, IV, owner of SDT Waste and Debris, LLC is a concert financer and organizer.

Food and beverages from more than 20 New Orleans area restaurants will be available for purchase. Wolfe’s, Galatoires, G.W. Fins, Bourbon House, Palace Cafe, Rib Room at OMNI Royal, Broussards and more…

A multitude of magical delights are occurring this (and every month) at Gris Gris Lab (2245 Brainard St.).

This Tuesday (May 18th), Gris Gris Lab will host their 1st Film Screening:

Gris Gris Lab & Haus of Vigilante welcome photographer & filmmaker Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi and Eli Jacobs- Fantauzzi for the screening of the film:


Movie starts sharp at 7 pm; $3 Cuban Dinner Plates and $2 Gris Gris Lab Brews & Elixirs


Please view film trailer here. More details of film and even, click here.

Gris Gris Lab is always cookin’ up a special mix of events, rituals and gatherings. This week they will start the week off on Tuesday with a Film screening, DJ N#MBER 9INE & Cuban Dinner for their first ever Film screening: Inventos Hiphop Cubano,a Clenched Fist Production at 7pm (doors open at 6pm).  Meet the Director and chill out to some rare grooves.  Gris Gris Lab is a membership based organization so if you like what they produce … spread the word, sign-up for their newsletters, bring a friend to their events, become a member and JOIN THE MAGIC!!!

Other Gris Gris Lab Events this Week/Month:

Primal Sensuality Burlesque Playshop w/ Dorian Faust @ 6 pm (5/21/10);

Family Gardening Day from 11am-1pm (5/22/10)~ $5 per family;

Full Moon in Sagittarius Ritual from 7 – 9 pm (5/27/10);


L’espirit d’Haiti, work of Haitian photographer, Christopher L. Mitchell @ 6 pm (5/29/10).

For more details, please go to the Calendar section of www.GrisGrisLab.com.

As mentioned in a prior email, Alliance For Affordable Energy is in the middle of the Alliance’s Sustainability Campaign “celebrating 25 years by raising $25,000.00 in 25 days!!” As a Board Member & the Co-Chair for the Fundraising Committee, I’m asking You to do all you can (big or small) to keep this great organization moving forward … positively!! For more info & to donate as well, please go to www.all4energy.org.

2nd Annual Metro Bicycle Coalition Bicycle Second Line

2nd Annual Metro Bicycle Coalition Bicycle Second Line
2nd Annual Metro Bicycle Coalition Bicycle Second Line

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 formation at 10:00am; departure at 10:30am

WHERE: Commencement at Magazine Street and Zoo Drive; After party at Avenger Field (Tchoupitoulas and Exposition Blvd.)

Bicycle Rodeo at Audubon Charter School (428 Broadway)

WHY: To show cycling enthusiasm for New Orleans, and learn about cycling improvements in the city

WITH: New Orleans EMS & National Safety Council hosting Bicycle Rodeo starting at 8am. 1st 50 families to either join or renew MBC will receive free helmets for their children.
And Featuring the Crescent City Stompers.

$25 for membership or membership renewal and 1 free t-shirt *note: free t-shirt is for full paying members only, not discounted student memberships; $15 for just a t-shirt, and
$5 for an existing member who wants a t-shirt
For more details, go to http://www.mbcnola.org/SecondLine.html



The world renowned Haitian Band, Tabou Combo, will perform a gala relief benefit concert on Saturday, May 22 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Tabou Combo, together for 42 years, is widely regarded as the ambassador of Haiti’s national dance music genre known as Compas (con-pa).  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster for a 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. event.

All proceeds from this benefit performance will go to Haiti Relief and will be administered by the New Orleans Haitian Relief Task Force, a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed less than 24 hours after the January 12th earthquake devastated Haiti.  Working with Dr. Sylvain Francois, Haiti’s Honorary Consul to New Orleans, the Task Force will now turn its focus to direct coordination with other responders to address critical and immediate needs in the areas of education and healthcare.

For tickets, go to Tabou Combo Tickets.

HBO’s TREME presents … Open for One Night Only: “FRANK’S PLACE”

Monday, May 24, 2010 from 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

(Thanks to Lolis Elie for sending me this info. “Frank’s Place” was my Mom’s Favorite Show)

HBO’s TREME presents
Open for One Night Only: “FRANK’S PLACE”

During the 1987-1988 television season, Tim Reid and Hugh Wilson brought CBS viewers as close to New Orleans as any television series had ever done. In the first episode Frank Parrish, a reluctant restaurateur, plans to sell Chez Louisiane, the family restaurant he inherited. But soon he finds himself elbow deep in food, family debt and eccentric characters. The show is not available for home viewing. But through special arrangements with the show’s creators, HBO’s “Treme” will present two episodes of this New Orleans classic, along with a panel discussion featuring Reid, Wilson, “Treme” writer Lolis Eric Elie and moderated by Gambit Weekly editor Kevin Allman.

Tickets are $20. Please click http://franksplace.eventbrite.com/ to purchase online.

Frank’s Place Pic
Franks Place Pic

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.



Hosted By

The NOCCA Institute

The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts is a world-class educational institution that has been changing the lives of young people since 1973. Every year, this professional arts training center provides intensive instruction in creative writing, dance, media arts, music (classical, jazz, vocal), theatre arts (drama, musical theatre, theatre design) , and visual arts to students from public, private, and parochial schools across Louisiana through schoolday, after-school, weekend, and summer sessions. The NOCCA Institute is NOCCA’s nonprofit support and advocacy arm, providing numerous programs for the benefit of students, faculty, and the general public.

Upcoming June Happenings:

WornAgain Designer Submissions Time Again:

Rev up your sewing machines, ladies and gents, WORN AGAIN nola4 wants you!

WORN AGAIN designers take the random recycled materials we give them and have 6 weeks to create original recycled masterpieces. Jury then judges each design to the highest standard of wear-ability, technical sewing skills, innovation and overall creativity, selecting 30 pieces to rock our infamous runway. The jury’s Top 10 designs will be previewed at the exclusive WORN AGAIN Patron Party and all designers are eligible for great prize packages. Participation in past years has resulted in private commissions, consignment deals with local boutiques and high profile press coverage. This is a unique opportunity to flaunt your skills and support a worthy cause while enjoying one of the most socially conscious social events of the season!

Please contact with any questions: wornagainNOLA@gmail – 504-284-8871
Important Dates:
Registration Deadline: Tues June 1st
Material Pickup: Sun June 6th
Jury: Sat July 17thth
Worn Again: Sat July 24th

For full details, please go to: www.facebook.com/wornagain.nola

In June, New Orleans Film Society & CAC present:


Art & Copy poster

A powerful film about advertising and inspiration, Art & Copy introduces the cultural visionaries who revolutionized advertising during the industry’s golden age by creating slogans to live by and ads we all remember. Exploding forth from advertising’s “creative revolution” of the 1960s, these artists and writers all brought a surprisingly rebellious spirit to their work in a business more often associated with mediocrity or manipulation.

Directed by Doug Pray. USA. 2009. 89 min.

Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St.

NOFS and CAC members $6, general admission $8
Tickets at cacno.org or at the door/CAC box office: 504.528.3800

For more details on these & many more screenings throughout the year, becoming a member of the NOFS and wonderful Film Festivals year-round, please go to New Orleans Film Fest.

And Kim Prevost & Bill Solley sent me a quick note to let me know they will be performing in FabuNOLA again in June (YAY!!!). Everyone mark your calendars for them!!!

“We are performing at Snug Harbor, Thursday June 24th, 8 and 10pm. If you could mention us in your newsletter that would be great!!! Hope to see you in June!!!”

All our Best.

Kim Prevost & Bill Solley

Wishing you all only and all of the best.


Peace & Love (spreading through us all),


New FabuNOLA IT List:
(love you!!)

To save length in this FabuNOLA eNewsletter (I know, I’ve been wanting to shorten them for quite a while now … there just so much though), I’m now linking you directly to my FabuNOLA Blog for ALL of the MANY Fabulous Listings I share with you!!!!

For My New FabuN♥LA IT List, please go to:


You will be linked to the FabuMusic Scene Listings, FabuDance Spots (including Salsa & Swing) and FabuNESS ~ Mind, Body & Spirit (including FabuCommunity Offerings). More will evolve as I do … as we all do. Check back regularly to see how it all unfolds.

For those of you not yet knowing how much our FabuCity has to offer, this is merely a fraction (and even it will have you wondering how to balance all of it into your schedule) of things to do in FabuNOLA. Remember, You have to go to it, just in case it hasn’t already come to You!!

Enjoy the Beautiful Celebration of Life … That’s what this is ALL about!!! That’s FabuNOLA!

Peace & Love,

~ aka Ms. FabuNOLA ~

Newly Fabu: CONTRIBUTE to FabuNOLA
(share in spreading even more love!!)

FabuNOLA eNewsletter, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. are operated and maintained purely by my efforts to spread as much more positive Spirit throughout our FabuCity (and Globally). Through the many years so many of you have received my FabuNOLA emails, funding has not been involved (only recently has there been minimal advertising while transitioning towards greater advancement in this direction).

As the outreach numbers continue to expand (which is so beautiful), I want to be able to grow with you and offer a better experience. The only way this will happen is by opening up to more funding sources (Investors & Sponsors are always welcome … as well as gifts of any size).

Would you like to be a BIG part of the growth & expansion of a positive movement in New Orleans (and beyond)? If so, please consider contributing (whatever you can) in order to insure this continues to happen.

Please go to:

FabuNOLA Contributions

Send a great FabuNOLA Gift of Love to Spread even more the Love!!
You are so greatly appreciated in so many FabuWays!!

Peace & Love,

~ aka Ms. FabuNOLA ~

For Other Great Happenings & Causes in FabuN♥LA regularly updated during Week,

follow me on Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn (listed above).

Stay Connected Positively Folks!!

About CLT and FabuNOLA
Promoting the Positive Side of New Orleans … Fabulously!!!

· FabuNOLA (Creator, Writer & Conscious Community Connector)
· Eco, Holistic Wellness, Arts, Culture & Entertainment Lifestyle Maven
· Entertainment & Media (TV, Film, Radio, Voice, Print, Fashion, Web … and wherever else WE go)
· Motivational Speaker
· Writer
· Event Production, Marketing & P.R.

· Board Member ~ Alliance For Affordable Energy ~ www.All4Energy.org
· Board of Advisors ~ LA Green Corps ~ www.LAGreenCorps.org

www.FabuNOLA.com~ (Links to FabuNOLA Blog, Facebook & Twitter)

Evacuteer.org Benefit Color Photo FabuNOLA HandCLT Main Picture

(Thanks to Jessi Delgado for this Fabu Pic … left) … (Pic Right … And thanks to Scott Simon with http://www.IHeartNOLA.com, Ben Reece with http://www.Deltree.org AND Robert Fogarty with http://www.Evacuteer.org for this one from the Fabu Evacuteer.org Benefit; click on my picture to be taken to Evacuteer.org)

Thanks to Lidya Araya of Vizual, LLC for the Fabulous NEW FabuNOLA Logo!!! Love You, BOO!! Please email her for any of your Fabu Graphic Design needs at laraya@vizual.biz.

Once again, you can also Find Me at links in first section:

Email me:  Fabu@FabuNOLA.com

Peace & Love,

(Cherylyn L. Tompkins ~ CLT)

I’ll leave you with these Words of Encouragement:

“One of the fascinating things about human beings is this:  Believe for long enough that you are not as smart as others and this will actually lead to intellectual ineptitude.  But, confronted with the same doubts, if you choose to believe that your mind is merely dormant for now, lacking in exercise, once you begin to train it, there are no bounds to what you can achieve.”

Wisdom for Modern Life – Daisaku Ikeda

FabuN♥LA  eNewsletter, Blog, Facebook & Twitter
(and beyond):

♥  FabuN♥LA . . . Consciously Connecting New Orleans Globally . . . one person at a time.

♥  Celebrating the Fabulous New Orleans we live in … and the Fabulous People who live here (and beyond)!!


The FabuN♥LA Revolution continues …

♥ Be inspired to share the FabuN♥LA Spirit within you with others. Then watch the positive seeds you plant as they grow! I hope you feel inspired to share this FabuN♥LA Newsletter with others.

♥ Spread the positive movement along! Everyone’s always welcome in the FabuN♥LA Family!! Looking forward to connecting with you soon!! If you email to your contact list, please let your FabuFolks know they can join too by clicking this mailing list button!! I appreciate the LOVE!!

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