Film society to screen ‘Bessie’ _lowres

Photo provided by HBO -- Queen Latifah stars as blues singer Bessie Smith in the new HBO biopic, 'Besse."

The New Orleans Film Society and HBO will present a free preview of HBO’s “Bessie” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter St.

The film stars Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith, the recording star of the 1920s known as the Empress of the Blues. Cast member Tory Kittles will attend the screening.

Tickets are limited. Reservations can be made at

A 6 p.m. reception at the Tableau Restaurant will precede the screening.