by Ken Korman
Music may be in the air right now in New Orleans but the need to entertain and enlighten the little ones never goes away. Friday night, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) will present a free outdoor screening of Akeelah and the Bee as part of its Movies in the Park series at Cut-Off Playground, 6600 Belgrade Street. The fictional story of one disadvantaged girl's participation in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the film gently explores issues surrounding inner-city education. It stars Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett.
Like all NORDC screenings this spring, the film will be preceded by fun fitness activities with instructors from the Fit NOLA Parks program, starting at 7:05. The movie will follow about 30 minutes later at sunset. Blankets and chairs are encouraged.