5 p.m. to midnight August 2, 2013


Shhh… NOMA is turning into a speakeasy for the night of August 2nd! Join us from 5 p.m. to midnight as we celebrate the last Friday of the exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939. Dress in your 1920’s best and join us for the prohibition-era inspired programming for the whole family to enjoy!

Here’s a sample of the events scheduled:

  • 5-8 p.m.: Music by Jayna Morgan & the Sazerac Sunshine Jazz Band
  • 5-10 p.m.: Art Activity
  • 5:30 p.m.: Gallery Talk with Jason T. Busch, co-curator, Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at World’s Fairs, 1851-1939
  • 6 p.m.: “Art You Can Eat” with Chef Haley Bittermann: “Southern Spin on English Pasties”
  • 7 p.m.: Lecture with Don Vappie, “Over The Waves:The Influence of Latin Music on Early Jazz”
  • 7:30 p.m.: Gallery Talk with Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, Lisa Rotondo McCord, Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts of the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939
  • 8 p.m.: NOLA Fashion Council Announces “1920s Best Dressed” Winners
  • 8-10 p.m.: Baker Maid will be serving samples of their goods
  • 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Music by Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue
  • 8:30 p.m.: Lecture with cocktail historian, Elizabeth Pearce: “History in a Glass: The Story of New Orleans in the Sazerac”
  • 9 p.m.: Comedy Tour with The New Movement
  • 9:30 p.m.: Film: CHICAGO
  • 9:30 p.m.-midnight: Food Drunk Food Truck
  • 11 p.m.: Comedy Tour with The New Movement
  • Cafe NOMA open until 10 p.m.

About Jayna Morgan & the Sazerac Sunshine Band

Jayna began singing jazz at the George Washington University in 1998. After receiving her BA in Music with a concentration in classical voice in 2003, she returned to her home town of New Orleans. Being a Swing and Charleston dancer and instructor, Jayna would frequent the jazz clubs dancing to every jazz band in the city, and ask the bands to sing a song or two. After studying jazz performance under the direction of famed New Orleans jazz pianist Richard Scott, Jayna has branched out to perform at various jazz clubs around New Orleans and New York.

You can find Jayna performing with her band, the Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band, around town. They specialize in songs from the early 1900’s to the 1940’s, ranging from Traditional Jazz to Gypsy Jazz to Swing Standards.

About Jason T Busch
Jason T. Busch has recently been appointed the new Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Museum Programs for the St. Louis Museum of Art and will begin this new position in October. He most recently served as Curatorial Chair for Collections and The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. He was formerly Associate Curator of Architecture, Design, Decorative Arts, Craft and Sculpture at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. He is currently a co-organizer with Catherine Futter for the catalogue and exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at World’s Fairs, 1851-1939.

About Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue

Gal Holiday is a Country Swing band from New Orleans that incorporates original material with the best of country, rockabilly and western swing classics. Singer Vanessa Niemann, who started the band in 2004 began her career when she was 3 years old, playing tambourine on stage in the rural mountains of Maryland. Those mountain roots are still evident in her lively rendition of the band’s first original song, Blue Ridge Baby (2007) while homage to her adopted home radiates in Louisiana Waltz (2010).

Vanessa quickly progressed from tambourine to piano, trombone, clarinet and cello before focusing on voice, which led to her first professional work, performing with renowned D.C. area big band leader Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra. Her vocal range glides seamlessly from a dreamy Patsy Cline to a gritty, hard-edged Johnny Cash, with a twang of country reverence for Merle Haggard and Bob Wills. Vanessa’s encyclopedic knowledge of American roots music punctuates each performance and lends gravity to a New Orleans country band that must co-exist with traditional jazz, zydeco and funk. The band’s eponymous first CD sold out quickly after two pressings and in 2010, they issued their second studio CD, Set Two, galvanizing Vanessa’s place as a leader in the pantheon of New Orleans musicians. Set Two and the band won numerous awards, including a Best of the Beat from OffBeat Magazine for Best Country/Folk Band and Album.

The Gal Holiday band features some of the best country pickers in the New Orleans area and plays regularly at favorite spots in the Crescent City. 2012 marked their fifth year in a row performing at the world renowned New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and they have played with and opened for many amazing acts including Marcia Ball, Wayne Hancock, Mike Ness of Social Distortion and The Blind Boys of Alabama, a show in which Vanessa sang with the BBOA. In September of 2012, Vanessa was honored to be invited to sing leads during the DNC with the acclaimed band, Squirrel Nut Zippers whose 1996 album, Hot, went platinum. Outside of New Orleans, Gal Holiday tours regularly, equipped with a repertoire of classic, obscure and original songs that showcase Vanessa’s vocal talent and the band’s unique sound.

About Don Vappie
Don Vappie is a world renown jazz musician and presenter from New Orleans. He leads the Creole Jazz Serenaders, a classic New Orleans jazz orchestra, as well as his various jazz and R&B combos.

He has produced and recorded numerous CDs and film sound tracks and is star of the PBS documentary AMERICAN CREOLE: NEW ORLEANS REUNION. As an educator he has participated, presented and/or performed for programs at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Tulane University, Historic New Orleans Collection, NPR, Smithsonian, Appalachian State University and many more. He currently serves as an adjunct instructor at Loyola University and instructor at the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music. In the span of his 43 year career he has performed with Peggy Lee, Joel Gray, Carol Channing, Danny Barker, Wynton Marsalis, Otis Taylor, Terence Blanchard, Johnny Adams, Eric Clapton, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Bassekou Kouyate (both of Mali), Demma DIa of Sengal, Bette Midler, Ellis Marsalis, Diana Krall and many more. As a headliner, he has performed at numerous festivals and venues around the world. His transcriptions of early jazz recordings are available from Warner Bros. Publishing and his orchestral arrangements for banjo and orchestra are distributed worldwide on the NAXOS label.

About Elizabeth Pearce
Join cocktail historian Elizabeth Pearce as she regales you with New Orleans colorful history using only the ingredients in a Sazerac cocktail with her lecture “History in a Glass: The Story of New Orleans in the Sazerac.” Elizabeth Pearce is a Louisiana native and culinary historian who tells the story of New Orleans through its food and drink-and the local customs that surround them and is a regular convention speaker on these topics. She is the co-author of The French Quarter Drinking Companion, a guidebook to the many bars of the French Quarter. Her blog, Drink and Learn, explores drinking culture across the country.

About The New Movement
The New Movement opened in Austin, TX in February 2009 as a full time comedy conservatory. Founders Chris Trew and Tami Nelson met in 2004 while taking improv classes in New Orleans and had long dreamed of running their own theater and conservatory. They later partnered with local improvisation powerhouse Stupid Time Machine to bring TNM back home. The New Movement has brought something new to the Austin and New Orleans Improv scene: a specific approach to the craft that couldn’t be found in a book or anywhere else in the country. The difference paid off as TNM attracted both eager rookies and veteran performers. The recent four-day Hell Yes Fest Comedy Festival, the largest in New Orleans history, is a perfect example of their blend of creating local talent and courting national performers.

With shows and classes running in Austin, Houston and New Orleans while maintaining a national presence with online material, frequent tours and festival appearances, The New Movement has joined an elite group of comedy collectives who maintain a strong presence in multiple cities and online.

Multi Oscar winning, including Best Picture, 2002
Murderesses Velma Kelly (a chanteuse and tease who killed her husband and sister after finding them in bed together) and Roxie Hart (who killed her boyfriend when she discovered he wasn’t going to make her a star) find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, Queen Latifah, & Richard Gere

Thanks to Baker Maid who will be serving sweets from 8-10 p.m.

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Cafe NOMA will be open until 10 p.m.

Food Drunk Food Truck will be serving from 9:30 p.m. to midnight!

This event is related to the exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs.