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Movies in the Garden: Sixteen Candles, Preshow music by Sexy Dex and the Fresh

Fri, November 3rd, 2017 at 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Movies in the Garden returns this fall with an All ’80s Flashback series of films! Join us in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden for a screening of the 1984 coming-of-age comedy Sixteen Candles. Sexy Dex and the Fresh will provide preshow entertainment with music inspired by the late musical legend Prince. Food trucks will be parked outside the sculpture garden gates and a bar will be set up in the oak grove near the screen. Wear your raspberry beret, parachute pants, day-glo sweatshirts, and leg warmers for an ’80s-themed costume party. Complimentary birthday cake will be served to celebrate the “Sweet 16” of the movie’s lead character, Samantha Baker. Read more about the fashions, fads, and other cultural touchstones evident in this first “Brat Pack” movie by John Hughes.

  • 5 – 7:30 pm: Art on the Spot family activity table
  • 5:30 – 7:30 pm: Music by Sexy Dex and the Fresh
  • 7:30 pm: Sixteen Candles

FREE to NOMA members | $12.00 adults | $10.00 seniors | $6.00 children (7-12)

• Children 6 and under are free
• University students with valid ID receive $8.00 admission


Sexy Dex and The Fresh are an astonishingly talented New Orleans band imbued with a cosmic vanguard of early ‘80s funk. Known for their veneration of Prince’s “Minneapolis Sound,” the band articulates a futuristic cascade of post-disco, boogie, and electro music elevated by experimentation in synth, sampling, and other effects.


A girl’s “sweet sixteen” birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible. Samantha Baker’s life is going downhill fast. The sixteen-year-old has a crush on the most popular boy in school, and the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister’s getting married, and with all the excitement the rest of her family forgets her birthday! Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, and Michael Schoeffler star in this fun romp through the perils of being a teenager in the 1980s. (Rated PG | 1 hour, 33 minutes | Watch the original trailer. )

Sixteen Candles debuted two months prior to the creation of a PG-13 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America. This film contains sexual references, profanity, some nudity, and teen drinking. Parental discretion is advised.

Movies in the Garden, part of Friday Nights at NOMA programming, 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.


Fri, November 3rd, 2017
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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