5-9 p.m. November 29, 2013


Tonight at NOMA: join us for a screening of The Learning Tree, written and directed by Gordon Parks. We’ve also got art activities for the entire family, and music by The Roamin’ Jasmine. It all happens from 5-9 p.m.

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art on the Spot: Free art activities with NOMA
  • 5:30 p.m.: Music by The Roamin’ Jasmine
  • 7 p.m.: Film: The Learning Tree

About The Roamin’ Jasmine

Formed on the streets of the French Quarter, The Roamin’ Jasmine put their own spin on New Orleans musical traditions with fresh arrangements of Dixieland jazz and blues tunes, in addition to original compositions. The result is a sound reminiscent of a time far past rejuvenated with a modern energy.

The group is lead by bassist/vocalist Taylor Smith, who arranges all of the pieces and composes original works heavily influenced by 1920’s blues and jazz. In addition to leading The Roamin’ Jasmine, Taylor shares his talents as a member of an Appalachian folk/Cajun band, The Swamp Lilies, and a klezmer band, the Salt Wives, both based in New Orleans.

About The Learning Tree (1969)

The story, set in Kansas during the 1920s, covers less than a year in the life of a black teenager, and documents the veritable deluge of events which force him into sudden manhood. The family relationships and enmities, the fears, frustrations and ambitions of the black teenager in small-town America are explored with a strong statement about human values. The Learning Tree was written & directed by Gordon Parks and is based on his semi-autobiographical novel about growing up in a small, segregated town during the late 1920s.

Rated R for adult situations, language, and violence.

This event is related to the exhibition Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument.