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Friday Nights at NOMA | Architecture and Design Film Festival | Music by the Pfister Sisters | Artful Palate: Comfort Food

August 25, 2017 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.

  • 5:30 – 8:30 pm: Music by the Pfister Sisters
  • 5 – 8 pm: Art on the Spot family activity table with YAYA
  • 6 and 7 pm: Docent-guided tours
  • 5 – 7 pm: Docent open house
  • 7 pm: Architecture and Design Film Festival: Premiere of Designing Life: The Modernist Architecture of Albert C. Ledner
  • 6:30 pm: Café NOMA by Ralph Brennan presents The Artful Palate, “Comfort Food” with Sous Chef Austin Egan from Red Fish Grill


Since 1979, the Pfister Sisters have been bringing traditional vocal jazz from New Orleans to the world. Holley Bendtsen, Yvette Voelker, and Debbie Davis (in truth, neither Pfisters nor Sisters) have shared stages with everyone from Linda Rondstadt and Irma Thomas to Maxine Andrews of the Andrews Sisters. Steeped in New Orleans traditional music, they carry on the legacy of innovative jazz vocal harmony begun by New Orleans’ own Boswell Sisters in 1925. The subject and stars of an original show in Berlin’s premier cabaret venue, the “sisters” have toured the US and Europe, performing in venues as diverse as Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Ascona Jazz Festival, and Angola State Penitentiary, as well as having played themselves in an episode of the HBO series, Treme.


Designing Life: The Modernist Work of Albert C. Ledner is a documentary film that tells the story of the life and work of the New Orleans-based modernist architect Albert Ledner. Ledner’s singular design process and inspiration is explored in his prolific residential work in New Orleans and the iconic National Maritime Union buildings in New York City that now house the Maritime and Dream hotels. One sees Ledner today at the age of 92 amidst his current projects and reflecting upon and examining the body of his life’s work. The film weaves together interviews with Ledner and his friends and associates, visiting the homes he designed, his daily life working and socializing in New Orleans and in archival films and photographs. Watch a short preview of the film.

The film will be screened as part of the second annual Architecture and Design Film Festival, New Orleans, hosted by the Louisiana Architectural Foundation. For more information on additional screenings of documentaries from August 24-27, visit the film festival website.


For eight Friday nights throughout the summer, chefs from the Ralph Brennan restaurant group will offer Artful Palate cooking demonstrations in Café NOMA. Meet Austin Egan, sous chef from Red Fish Grill, as he prepares a dish and discusses “Comfort Food.”

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 as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans.



August 25, 2017
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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