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Out & About in New Orleans

"Maybe it should be called the Resurrection Party of the Century. In a bid to raise money for writers and poets displaced by Hurricane Katrina, a fledgling group of writers ladled up some haute couture in the Crescent City by staging a re-enactment of Truman Capote's 1966 extravaganza, the Black and White Ball."

I hadn't heard anything about this event and just found the article on Yahoo News.

"The setting was the Queen Anne Ballroom of the Hotel Monteleone , a faded 19th-century hotel one block away from Bourbon Street where, 82 years ago, Capote's mother lay pregnant in Room 950 overlooking the Mississippi River; she went into labor with her unborn child, the boy she'd name Truman, and never accept because he failed to be the virile man she so selfishly wanted. Instead, the openly gay Truman was nasally in his speech and flamboyant in his dress.

On that day in September 1924, hotel staff got Lillie Mae Faulk Persons into a car and took her to Touro Infirmary where the future author of In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's was born.

'He was probably conceived at the hotel,' said Andrea Thornton, a hotel manager. His parents lived at the hotel for more than two years, before and after he was born.

The date and time for this year's ball was 8 p.m., Nov. 28, 2006, 40 years to the day and nearly the hour of Capote's blowout to celebrate the publication of his masterpiece, In Cold Blood, which had vaulted him into the heavens of the rich and famous."

Juannie and I had our chance to hang out, from a distance, with some famous folk on Thursday night at a benefit for The Tipitina's Foundation. Harry Shearer and several other stars of the new Christopher Guest comedy, For Your Consideration were on hand for a screening of the movie along with a Q&A session afterward. Jennifer Coolidge, Michael Hitchcock and Christopher Moynihan joined him to help the cause.

The Tipitina's Foundation raises money to assist New Orleans artists impacted by Hurricane Katrina and another program purchases instruments for New Orleans public schools. Harry Shearer also raised $50,000 for The Foundation on Celebrity Jeopardy when he beat Soledad O'Brien and Isaac Mizrahi.

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