In association with the temporary exhibition ¡Carnaval! the Museum of the Gulf Coast will host free screenings of the documentary Eggs, Fire, and Ashes on Saturday,March 10 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

As an added incentive, the first 20 people to attend the film will receive a ticket to The Taste of Gumbo to be held at the Bob Bowers Civic Center on March 17.

The one-hour film by Albert Gasser explores four very different carnival traditions in the Swiss towns of Evolene, Splugen, Liestal and Lucerne. The earthy customs and animal spirits of a snowy mountain village contrast with a dramatic fire spectacle in a large town and with the high-tech costumes worn by a Carnival group in the city. Participants of all ages join in long-held traditions which drive the explosion of music and light into the dark of winter.

According to UCLA Professor Peter Tokofsky, this film “does not stop at merely showing us the colorful activities of a foreign culture…Participants speak for themselves and describe their preparations, attitudes and experiences. It is among the best films on carnival in any country.”

Film attendance includes complimentary admission to the Museum’s many exhibits including the NEH on the Road touring exhibition ¡Carnaval! which provides windows into eight communities in Europe and the Americas where carnival is a high point of the yearly cycle.

Visitors to the Museum will see 130 items of international folk art and Carnival memorabilia to highlight varied celebrations across the globe and the individuals who have dedicated much of their lives to planning, creating, and carrying out the festivities. Images, video, costume pieces, and masks from their performances relate the history and cultural traditions, while conveying the importance and function of community building through play.

¡Carnaval! is made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This exhibit was curated by Barbara Mauldin, Ph.D., curator of Latin American Collections, Museum of International Folk Art.

The exhibition is toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance through NEH on the Road. NEH on the Road offers eight different exhibitions for small to mid-sized communities across the country. Mid-America Arts Alliance was founded in 1972 and is the oldest regional nonprofit arts organization in the U.S. For more information, visit or

¡Carnaval! will remain on view through March 18. Local sponsorship is provided by grants from the Southeast Texas Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Museum of the Gulf Coast is owned and operated by the Port Arthur Historical Society in partnership with Lamar State College – Port Arthur and the City of Port Arthur. It is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information or to schedule a tour please call 409.982.7000 or visit