The Besthoff Sculpture Garden at The New Orleans Museum of Art reopened yesterday. And, today is the annual Faberge Easter Egg Hunt. (The title of the event is a little misleading, as one might think there is an actual Faberge Egg up for grabs–not so. The museum has a Faberge Egg exhibit, so that’s the tie-in). This is an event for children, so if you have some, there you go. It’s also a beautiful day, and wandering around the park and watching adorable kids gets their faces painted and holding actual bunnies, etc., sound like fun–or that might be creepy, but that all depends on you. Admission $12, $10 members. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. NOMA at City Park.
Let’s head over to another local museum (my favorite actually), the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, where they are having day two of Art of Southern Film. It’s from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m, tickets $10, free for members. Today there is a double feature of…I’ll just reprint:
[Tootie’s Last Suit by Lisa Katzman (2007/2010, 54 minutes)
A new version of the critically acclaimed documentary, courtesy of the filmmaker. The late Allison “Tootie” Montana is a New Orleans icon, famed for his brilliant handmade Mardi Gras costumes and renowned as a community leader for his onetime role as Big Chief of the Yellow Pocahontas Indian tribe. His family life, however, is undoubtedly more complicated. When he decides to come out of retirement to participate in one last Carnival, a long-simmering conflict with his son (and heir apparent) Darryl erupts. As both vie for the spotlight, it becomes evident that they are fueled less by animosity than by a deep passion for their craft. For Tootie, the costumes are artistic creations as well as emblems of a long-standing family history; for Darryl, they are a means of self-expression but also a way of distinguishing his own carefully honed suit-making skills from those of his father. At once a riveting family drama and an insightful exploration of the history of Mardi Gras within the city’s vibrant African-American community, the film is a celebration of the resilient spirit of a man determined at all costs to preserve a vital tradition.
Following Tootie’s Last Suit, there will be a one-on-one conversation with Lisa Katzman and Les Blank about their films and filmic alliances with New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians and musicians followed by a screening of:
Always for Pleasure by Les Blank (1978, 58 minutes)
An intense insider’s portrait of New Orleans’ street celebrations and unique cultural gumbo: Second-line parades, Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest. Features live music from Professor Longhair, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, the Neville Brothers, and more. This glorious, soul-satisfying film is among Les Blank’s special masterworks and aptly adheres to his credo: “Doing a film is a way of getting close to the spirit or the soul of a place.”]
Here’s the trailer for Tootie’s Last Suit: