Read columnist and photographer Steven Forster’s coverage of New Orleans’ social events at The New Orleans Advocate.

Events featured in this edition:

Life is Sweet: Luminaries in the New Orleans art, music and social scene flocked to the Contemporary Arts Center’s SweetArts Ball, where they feasted on local gourmet treats and had the opportunity to preview the notable show, “Thirty Americans.”

Pinball Wizards: Hosted by the Mystic Krewe of the Silver Ball, the Louisiana State Pinball Championship debuted this year, with a side tournament benefit for Kids with Cancer.

Ladies First: Billed as a stress-free way for women to meet, hear music and try drink specials, Henfest gathered local ladies for an evening of socializing at Bellocq.