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Friday Nights at NOMA: Member Appreciation Night | Music by Crossing Canal | Gallery Talk of Changing Course | Screening of Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together

Fri, August 10th, 2018 at 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday Nights at NOMA opens the museum’s doors for many interesting activities throughout the year: live music, movies, children’s activities, and more. Regular admission prices apply—NOMA members are FREE—but there is no extra charge for programs or films. All galleries and Café NOMA remain open till 9 pm.

Member Appreciation Night: All NOMA members receive a complimentary drink on and an additional 10% off sale items in the Museum Shop! Please check in at the membership table.

  • 5 – 8 pm: Art on the Spot family activity table
  • 5:30 – 8:30 pm: Music by Crossing Canal
  • 6 pm: Gallery Talk on Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories with Curatorial Fellow Brian Piper
  • 6 pm: Artful Palate cooking demonstration at Café NOMA
  • 7 – 8:30 pm: Picturing Us Film Series: Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together


Crossing Canal is a New Orleans based duo consisting of singer/songwriters Ruby Ross (originally from Charlottesville, Virginia) and Patrick Cooper (originally from Shreveport, Louisiana). The duo features beautiful vocal harmonies with two acoustic guitars as instrumentation. They play original songs along with covers interpreted with their own spin. You can hear them regularly at Kerry Irish Pub in New Orleans and The Blue Dog Cafe in Lafayette.


Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories marks New Orleans’ three-hundredth anniversary by bringing together a group of seven contemporary art projects that focus on forgotten or marginalized histories of the city.


Chefs of the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group will demonstrate their own culinary masterpieces at Café NOMA’s “Artful Palate,” the seventh annual summer cooking series featuring seven artfully inspired demonstrations at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

In conjunction with the launch of NOMA’s exhibition Changing Course: Reflecting on New Orleans Histories, the talented executive chefs and sous chefs will share their culinary vision by commemorating the past and looking to the future by offering a contemporary twist on iconic New Orleans dishes.

This evening, Chris Fite, Café NOMA chef, will prepare jambalaya.


Filmmaker Stevenson Palfi’s portrait of three great New Orleans pianists—Isidore “Tuts” Washington, Henry “Professor Longhair” Byrd, and Allen Toussaint—was filmed in 1982. The documentary examines how these men influenced one another’s music. The documentary takes viewers through the very personal and sacred New Orleans tradition of a jazz wake and funeral procession for Professor Longhair, which was taped at the encouragement of his widow, Alice. Also included is footage of a concert with Toussaint and Washington, who turned the event into a tribute to “Fess.” Released to critical acclaim more than 35 years ago, Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together is considered by many to be one of the most important and exciting explorations of New Orleans’ musical tradition ever made. The film is the winner of more than twenty awards. Documentary film editor, producer, and writer Tim Watson will be present for a Q&A following the screening. (1982 | Not rated | 1 hour, 16 minutes)

Friday Nights at NOMA is supported in part by grant funds from the Azby Fund; Ruby K. Worner Charitable Trust; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation; and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council.


Fri, August 10th, 2018
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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