by Ken Korman
The warmer weather we're enjoying this week signals the return of outdoor festival season as well as our fair city's annual tributes to Tennessee Williams and his enduring legacy. This year's festivities include Southern Rep's much-anticipated revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, and a return engagement of local playwright Nari Tomassetti's wonderfully raucous and Streetcar-inspired Welcome to Desire at the Allways Lounge. The annual Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival runs from March 21-25 and features dozens of readings, seminars, and other events.
The Williams celebration begins this Friday at 7 p.m. with an outdoor screening of Elia Kazan's classic 1951 film version of A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, at the New Orleans Museum of Art's Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. The screening is sponsored by The New Orleans Film Society, NOMA, and the Literary Festival. Tickets are $6 for adults, and $3 for members of NOMA, the Film Society, and Friends of Tennessee. The screening will be preceded by museum events including food, music, art making, and a NOMA tour focusing on women artists.