5-9 p.m. November 21, 2014


Stay warm inside NOMA this Friday night! Listen to Amanda Walker on the piano, catch a curator-led lecture, and cozy up in the Stern Auditorium with a screening of The Science of Sleep. Plus, Stephen Maitland-Lewis is signing copies of his new book in the Museum Shop. Join us!

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art on the Spot
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Music by Amanda Walker
  • 6 p.m.: Lecture on Photo-Unrealism by curator Russell Lord: “Photo-Unrealism: On the Nature of Representation”
  • 6 p.m.: Book signing with Stephen Maitland-Lewis in the Museum Shop
  • 7 p.m.: Film: The Science of Sleep

About Amanda Walker
Soulful singer/songwriter Amanda Walker is blazing an inspired new trail on the New Orleans scene. With her sensuous, bluesy vocals, classically trained piano chops and warm, intelligent, original songs, she is emerging as a unique contemporary musical voice. Her talents have put her onstage and in the studio alongside many of the Crescent City’s finest.

Born into a musical household in rural Dexter, Missouri, Amanda began performing classical piano recitals at festivals by age 10 and she continued to perform throughout high school. Amanda put music aside when she entered college to make time for her career as an NCAA Division 1 tennis player, but resumed performing professionally while living in New Orleans and attending Tulane Law School. Her work at French Quarter night spots quickly earned her the respect and recognition of other musicians and landed her an offer to record her debut CD for Rabadash Records. Many of the songs from the all-original CD have received airplay nationally and overseas, and her song “Paul McCartney” was chosen for spins by the BBC on Sir Paul’s birthday. In addition to her musical career, Amanda is now practicing law in the New Orleans area, with a career in the juvenile justice system, in addition to providing legal help for musicians and music industry professionals.

About Stephen Maitland-Lewis
Stephen Maitland-Lewis is an award-winning author and his new novel, BOTTICELLI’S BASTARD, deals with an art restorer who is haunted by an unsigned renaissance portrait. Obsessed to learn the truth of its origin, he becomes increasingly convinced the painting could be the work of one of history’s greatest artists, which if true, would catapult its value to the stratosphere. But in learning of the painting’s past, the restorer is faced with a dilemma. He believes the portrait was stolen during the Nazi plunder of European artwork. If true and a surviving relative of the painting’s rightful owner were still alive, in all good conscience, he would have to give up the potential masterpiece. In his quest of discovery, the restorer exposes far more truth than he ever wanted to know.

Maitland-Lewis is a British attorney and a former international. A jazz aficionado and a Board Trustee of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York, he is also a member of PEN and the Author’s Guild and is on the Executive Committee of the International Mystery Writers Festival. His novel Hero on Three Continents received numerous accolades and Emeralds Never Fade won the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Award for Historical Fiction and the 2011 Written Arts Award for Best Fiction. His novel Ambition was a 2013 USA Best Book Awards and 2014 International Book Awards finalist and won first place for General Fiction in the 2013 Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards.

About The Science of Sleep (105 minutes, 2006)
A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world. Directed by Michel Gondry and starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg.