by Clancy DuBos
This press release is from NOMA:
On Wednesday, March 5, 2008, the New Orleans Museum of Art initiates new evening hours one day a week. The Museum will be open every Wednesday from Noon until 8:00 pm. The adjacent Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden will be open from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm on Wednesdays as well. The Museum and Garden also are open Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The purpose of the extended hours is not only to make the Museum available in the evening for students and those who work during the day but to help to promote the many fine restaurants, both old and new, in the Mid-City area. So after touring the Museum, visitors are encouraged to have dinner at an area restaurant. A list of Mid-City participating restaurants will be available at the Museum.
Besides viewing its permanent collections and special exhibitions, NOMA is planning additional activities for visitors on Wednesday nights, including films, music and refreshments. On Wednesday, March 26, in conjunction with the exhibition, Rodrigues Louisiana: Cajuns, Blue Dogs, and Beyond Katrina, a special Cocktails Unleashed event is planned, featuring a cash bar with Blue Dog Martinis and other drinks and music by the LaFourche Cajun Band.
During the Rodrigue Exhibition, through June 6, admission is $5.00 for Louisiana resident adults and $10 for non-resident adults. Visitors under 18 years are admitted free courtesy of The Helis Foundation. Museum Members are free at all times.
Among Mid-City restaurants open for dinner are old favorites like Crescent City Steak House, 1001 Broad Street (821-3271); Ralphs on the Park, 900 City Park Avenue (488-1000), Cafe Degas, 3127 Esplanade (945-5635), Mandinas, 3800 Canal Street (482-9197), Parkway Bakery and Tavern, 538 Hagan Street (482-3047), Venezia Restaurant, 134 North Carrollton Avenue (488-7991), and Angelo Brocato Ice Cream, 214 North Carrollton Avenue (486-1465), as well as many new ones that have opened since the storm, including Cafe Minh, 4139 Canal Street (482-6266), and Little Tokyo, 310 North Carrollton Avenue (485-5658). Reservations are suggested.