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Friday Nights at NOMA: Free admission | Safar musical performance with Mahmoud Chouki and Oscar Rossignoli | Artful Palate cooking demonstration at Café NOMA

Fri, July 26th, 2019 at 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday Nights at NOMA features an exciting lineup of programs in 2019: 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, the Museum Shop, and Café NOMA remain open till 9 pm. Admission will be free after 5 pm on Saturday, July 26. 

  • 5 – 8 pm: Art on the Spot drop-in activity table
  • 5:30-8:30 pm: Safar musical performance with Mahmoud Chouki and Oscar Rossignoli
  • 6 pm: Artful Palate cooking demonstration with Chef Kate Schwarloze in Café NOMA
  • 6:30 and 7:45 pm: Screenings of Solange Knowles’ When I Get Home are sold out but a standby line will be set up for unclaimed seats. Visit this link for more information.


Throughout the run of Bodies of Knowledge, Mahmoud Chouki will create a new musical composition and series of site-specific performances for the exhibition,  collectively titled Safar, that explore how music can speak across cultural divides to envision new forms of dialogue between East and West. Chouki will be joined by New Orleans-based jazz pianist Oscar Rossignoli.

Mahmoud Chouki is a master guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and composer living and working in New Orleans. His art draws together music from many different international contexts to consider how music can speak across cultural divides. His own compositions incorporate musical influences from across the globe, ranging from European classical, Andalusian from Southern Spain, Levantine music from the Middle East, Maghrebian music from North Africa, Latin American music, and jazz from the Southern United States. Integrating sounds and rhythms from many different cultures, Chouki combines classical guitar with instruments such as the loutar, a traditional instrument of the Middle Atlas region of Morocco; the sintir, a Sub-Saharan instrument from the Sahel region (Mali); the oud, an oriental lute; the Algerian mandole, a steel-string fretted instrument resembling an elongated mandolin; the Bağlama saz, a Turkish long necked bowl-lute; the banjo, and a variety of percussion instruments. As artistic director of Rencontre Orient-Occident at Chateau Mercier in Sierre, Switzerland, Chouki has brought together a wide range of international musicians to envision new forms of dialogue between East and West, with music often the only common language between performers.

Future performances on Wednesdays at 3 pm by Chouki and guest musicians include:

  • August 14, 3 pm: Helen Gillet
  • September 11, 3 pm: Jesse Autumn
  • October 9: Martin Masakowski

Friday Nights at NOMA performances (5:30 – 8:30 pm):

  • August 23: Cyrille Aimee and Ricardo Pascal
  • September 13: Georgi Petrov and Sam Dickie
  • October 13: Final Ensemble Concert


Café NOMA presents their eighth annual summertime Artful Palate series of cooking demonstrations at 6 pm with Kate Schwarloze, sous chef from Brennan’s. She will prepare lemon ricotta agnolotti. Chefs from other restaurants in the Ralph Brennan Group will continue the cooking classes in weeks to come through August 23 with dishes inspired by their culinary mentors, in tribute to the exhibition Bodies of Knowledge.

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, July 26th, 2019
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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