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Beauty And The Beast Benefit

The Ricky Graham, Fred Palmisano children's operetta, which predates ALW's bloated adaptation of this classic fairy tale by several years and is being revived by Edward Cox for Le Petit's Children's Corner, will begin with a preview and party to benefit the Fred J. Palmisano UNO Scholarship fund on Friday, May 16 at 7 pm in the Le Petit Theatre lobby, hosted by playwright and "Freddy Friend" Sharon O'Brien.

Admission is by donation and all proceeds go directly to the scholarship.

Food and refreshments will be provided along with performances by many local theatrical stars. The party will coincide with the release of Freddie's new CD, Do You Know What It Means. In addition, Mr. B's Bistro and Absolut Vodka will be presenting a new cocktail, "Absolut Freddie," which will mark the only occasion that "Absolut Freddies" will be made available outside of Mr. B's Bistro.

For more info on this charming show, see On The Boards.

CD Release, "Do You Know What It Means"
Sponsored by Mr. B's Bistro and Absolut Vodka

Mr. B's Bistro and Absolut Vodka hosted a CD release party recently at Mr. B's Bistro to launch the release of "Do You Know What It Means," a CD comprised of the works of New Orleans own, Freddie Palmisano.

Freddie Palmisano For Freddie, a gifted composer and pianist who performed regularly at Mr. B's Bistro, life ended much too early in 1990 at the age of 45, due to complications from AIDS.

As a close friend of Freddie and owner of Mr. B's, Cindy Brennan orchestrated the making of "Do You Know What It means" and collaborated with Absolut Vodka to donate 100% of the proceeds to the NO/AIDS Task Force.

The CD is a fitting tribute to the life and personality of Freddie Palmisano. His music represents the true sounds of New Orleans which Freddie loved to share with so many people.

The CD release party, held at Mr. B's, featured a signature cocktail, "Absolut Freddie," and Chef Michelle McRaney prepared hor d'oevres characteristic of Mr. B's "Contemporary Creole Cuisine." Ricky Graham, Becky Allen and Harry Mayronne, Jr. performed tunes Freddie was so known for.

"Do You Know What It Means" can be purchased for $25.00 at Mr. B's Bistro, the NO/AIDS Task Force and participating Earthsavers locations. Mr. B's will also feature sample tunes from the CD on its website,

Something's Brewing At WYES!

The 14th Annual WYES-TV 12's International Beer Tasting will be held Fri., May 23 from 6 to 8 pm in the at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.

As a kickoff to a great Memorial Day weekend, stop by after work and enjoy a variety of over 100 foreign, domestic and non-alcoholic beer, as well as some exciting new blends from our own regional micro breweries and top quality home brews. Special snacks to savor between sips will be available for a minimal fee, including grilled chicken, hot dogs and jambalaya. And the tunes never stop as a disc jockey spins the hits throughout the evening.

Admission is $20.00 per person in advance, and $25.00 per person on the day of the event. Senior citizen admission is available at $15.00, as well as a special group rate of $15.00 per person for parties of ten or more, when purchased in advance. All proceeds benefit WYES-TV/Channel 12, New Orleans premier public television station.

Tickets are available at the WYES studios, 916 Navarre Avenue; Martin Wine Cellar in Metairie, 714 Elmeer Avenue; the main branch of First NBC, 210 Baronne Street in the CBD; and, at the Beersmith in Baton Rouge, 1818 Woodale Boulevard. Call 504.486.5511 for more information and to charge your ticket purchase on Visa or MasterCard.

Should Chrysler Sponsor "Ellen?"

Chrysler Corporation decided not to run advertisements during the April 30 television episode of "Ellen." However, they are taking a poll on what the public thinks they should do regarding CONTINUING sponsorship of the show. You can call to let them know that you think they SHOULD RETAIN THEIR SPONSORSHIP, simply by dialing 1.800.992.1997.

When you get through, go through the first list of options (party's ext. #, etc.) and stay on the line "for an operator." You will then be offered another list of options. Press 1 for their Media/PR line; 2 for their "Ellen" line; and finally 2 to DISAGREE with withdrawal of sponsorship from the show.

You don't talk at any time; your vote is recorded when you press the second 2. It's EASY, FAST and FREE.

Let's do our part because the conservatives are calling in too!

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