Conjure visions of historic Storyville for the annual masquerade benefiting the New Orleans Opera Association from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the Opera Guild Home, 2504 Prytania St. Revelers are encouraged to don costumes that bring the city’s red-light district to life in honor of opera season opener “La Traviata.”

Composed by Giuseppe Verdi, the opera’s main protagonist is French courtesan Violetta, with her tale of love, sacrifice and redemption. “However, we do not want guests to solely focus on the profession held by women who inhabited Storyville,” event co-chair Autumn Harrell said.

Storyville was a place where jazz flourished, bringing to mind Jelly Roll Morton and Pops Foster, as well as photographer E.J. Bellocq. “It feeds into the fascinating culture of New Orleans that survives until this day,” Harrell said.

The masquerade will feature food, libations, a jazz band, a raffle, a performance by burlesque dancer Bella Blue, and a fashion show in partnership with New Orleans Fashion Week.

Event co-chair Annie Machado promises a stunning display of evening gowns by Pedram Couture, burlesque-inspired lingerie from Bonjour Lingerie and one-of-a-kind headpieces and fascinators by milliner Becky Wilson.

Advance tickets are $65 per person and $100 per couple and can be purchased at

The event is hosted by the Junior Committee of the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association. For information visit or email

Champagne, fashion and fun

The Encore Shop will hold its 9th annual Fall Into Fashion party to benefit the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the home of Patricia and Vernon Brinson, 217 Audubon Blvd. The night begins with a champagne patron party and early shopping spree from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Patron party tickets include the event and are $75, and tickets to the event are $50. Standing Ovation tickets are $350 and include four tickets to the patron party and event and a priority shopping experience.

The event will feature a designer accessories boutique, music, wine and supper by Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard. This year’s chairpersons are interior decorators Patricia Brinson and Alix Rico.

Space is limited. Checks should be written to the Encore Shop and mailed to 7814 Maple St., New Orleans, LA 70118. To order tickets with credit cards, call (504) 861-9028.

The Encore Shop is owned and operated by LPO Volunteers, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to serving and supporting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. For information about the event contact Darleen Carlisle at (504) 908-3272 or, or Ana Gershanik at (504) 931-9456, or

Eat to help food bank

Grab a burger and something to sip and help Second Harvest Food Bank fight hunger in our community during the 4th annual Burgers, Bourbon & Beer event from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive.

“One in six households in Louisiana is at risk of hunger,” said Natalie Jayroe, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank. The event is “a great way to sample some of the best burger restaurants in our city under one roof for a wonderful cause.”

Each year, Second Harvest Food Bank serves approximately 261,000 people through more than 474 partners and programs across 23 south Louisiana parishes.

Participating restaurants will compete for “Best Burger” bragging rights and the “People’s Choice” award.

Advance tickets are $45 for general admission and $75 for VIP tickets. For information about the event and to purchase tickets visit or visit Second Harvest Food Bank, 700 Edwards Ave., New Orleans, LA 70123.

Community fair

A Community Housing and Resource Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at First Pilgrims Church and School, 1228 Arts St. and 2521 Marais St., between Franklin Avenue and Music Street in Gentilly.

Information available will include assistance for veterans and homeless individuals, housing help and home repairs, insurance and legal help, and employment assistance.

For information call the Jerusalem Economic Development Corporation at (504) 884-0829.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at