Friday Nights at NOMA: Music by Abita Stumps | Screening of The Sons of Tennessee Williams

Don’t miss Music by Abita Stumps | Screening of The Sons of Tennessee Williams on Friday July 20.  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, Café NOMA, and the Museum Shop remain open till 9 pm.


The Abita Stumps bill themselves as “a band of mother-stumpin’ swampy-tonk cats.” The country-music quintet are regular fixtures at the Abita Springs Opry and festivals across Southeast Louisiana. Their foot-stomping tunes include “Liquored Up and Lacquered Down,” “Mississippi Mud,” “Highway Patrol,” and “All You Ever Do is Bring Me Down.”


The Sons of Tennessee Williams tells the story of New Orleans gay Mardi Gras across five decades and explores the intersection of Carnival and the gay rights movement. Starting in 1959, groups of gay men began discreetly to charter social clubs called krewes, transforming the momentary license and briefly relaxed laws during Mardi Gras into public explosions of an underground culture. Documentarian Tim Wolff parallels these elaborate tableaux balls with the emerging struggle for gay rights in New Orleans and the nation, chronicling an important social history that has gone largely untold. (2011 | Not rated | 1 hour, 20 minutes)