Join the Dallas Museum of Art for our annual Birthday Celebration as the Museum turns 107! Kick off the evening with a lion dance parade and then enjoy the nuclear polka sounds of Brave Combo. Other highlights include performances in All the World’s a Stage featuring Dallas Black Dance Theater, the Fresh Ink Literary Death Match, tours, films, a book signing and family experiences. Stay late for karaoke, Creativity Challenges, open mic, tours, and more.
Schedule of Events
Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art
Friday, January 15, 6:00 p.m. to midnight
General admission is $10 or less, DMA members and children under 12 free.
Late Night programs are included in general admission to the Museum unless otherwise noted.
CONCERTS AND PERFORMANCES
Happy Hour with Master Lee’s White Leopard School
6:00–6:45 p.m., Atrium
Kick off the evening with a lion dance parade down the Concourse, ending in a performance in the Atrium with Master Lee’s White Leopard Kung Fu School.
Late Night Main Stage featuring Brave Combo
8:00–9:00 p.m., Atrium
Dance the night away to the nuclear polka sounds of Grammy Award-winners Brave Combo.
Performances in The Stage
All the World’s a Stage exhibition, Level 1
7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Junior Company members perform in The Stage followed by a Q&A session with visitors.
Karaoke with DJ Mark Ridlen
9:00–11:30 p.m., Fleischner Courtyard
Join DJ Mark Ridlen for our monthly Late Night karaoke sessions.
Inclement weather plan: Karaoke will be canceled and DJ Mark Ridlen will perform a DJ set in the Museum galleries.
Late Night After Hours
10:00–11:30 p.m., Atrium
Watch Dallas area dance crews perform and compete against each other. The best crew of the night will be decided by guest judges and the audience.
KR&B Radio Station Appearance
6:00-8:00 p.m., Concourse
Stop by the KR&B table for prizes!
Dallas Observer Appearance
6:00–11:00 p.m., Concourse
Register for a Dallas Observer electronic subscription or e-mail blast and receive a great gift.
Tech Lab: Open Lab
6:30–9:00 p.m., Tech Lab, Center for Creative Connections
Experiment with technology and art in this drop-in, hands-on session.
Fresh Ink: Literary Death Match
7:00 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
The Literary Death Match marries the literary and performative aspects of Def Poetry Jam, the rapier-witted quips of American Idol (without any meanness), and the ridiculousness of Double Dare. This competitive, humor-centric event features four authors who read their most electric writing. After each reading the judges take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary. Two finalists compete in the finale, which trades in literary sensibility for an absurdly comical climax to determine who takes home the crown. This Texas-style smack down will feature authors representing Austin (Amelia Gray), Dallas (Will Clarke), San Antonio (William Razavi), and Houston (Katherine Center).
Pick up free tickets at the Will Call table beginning at 6:00 p.m. in front of Horchow Auditorium.
The Arts of Africa Book Signing
7:00–7:30 p.m., Museum Store
Join Dr. Roslyn Walker, DMA Senior Curator of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific and The Margaret McDermott Curator of African Art, as she signs copies of her new book, The Arts of Africa, the DMA’s first catalogue dedicated to exploring the Museum’s collection of nearly 2,000 African objects.
Coffee Preparation & Tasting with The Cultured Cup
7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Seventeen Seventeen Restaurant, south end of the building on Level 2
Join The Cultured Cup and Seventeen Seventeen Restaurant for a demonstration of various ways to prepare and enjoy coffee from around the world, featuring The Cultured Cup’s flagship coffee from La Minita Plantation in Costa Rica.
Space is limited to thirty-five participants per tasting on a first-come, first-served basis. Complimentary tickets available at the Special Events Desk on Level 1 near the Seventeen Seventeen Elevator.
Late Night Open Lab: The Butterfly Effect and Other Beautiful Catastrophes
7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., Center for Creative Connections
Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth performs a piece by Austin composer Bill Meadows and choreographer Kerry Kreiman that uses interactive technology to transform dancers’ movements into sound. Watch a performance and then meet the composer and dancers to learn how this dance is created through sound, movement, and Wii-motes.
8:00-9:00 p.m. and 10:00-11:00 p.m., Meet in the Center for Creative Connections, Level 1
Stretch your mind and test your creativity! Teams compete against time and with limited materials to design unique creations inspired by artworks in the Museum’s collections. View team creations in the Tech Lab following each challenge. Limited to 10 teams. Teams may sign up for the challenge in the Center for Creative Connections starting at 7:30 p.m. for the 8:00 p.m. challenge and 9:30 p.m. for the 10:00 p.m. challenge.
Late Night Art Bytes
9:30–10:30 p.m., Tech Lab, Center for Creative Connections
Tech and art savvy creators share work with the community. Finished works, in-progress works, and creators of all ages are welcome!
Late Night Open Mic
10:30–11:30 p.m., C3 Theater, Center for Creative Connections
Hear Dallas’s hottest poets or share some of your own verses. Hosted by Tisha Crear of Reciprocity. Readings may contain adult themes and language. Spoken word performances only; no instruments allowed.
Sufjan Stevens’ The BQE (2009)
9:00 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
The BQE is a cinematic suite inspired by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the Hula-Hoop. It was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and was originally performed in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Next Wave Festival at the Howard Gilman Opera House. The film is a self-made home-movie documentation of the visual intersection of Brooklyn and Queens architecture by highway traffic. Shot renegade style on do-it-yourself film cameras, the animated footage of grid-lock crisscrossing the brick and mortar of Brooklyn flickers and cascades Koyaanisqatsi-style on three simultaneous screens. The film’s soundtrack was composed by Sufjan Stevens for band and chamber orchestra and “evokes a musical choreography of perpetual motion versus gridlock.” This film is not rated (50 minutes).
Strictly Ballroom (1993)
10:00 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
Baz Luhrmann’s award-winning directorial debut is a romantic comedy set in the world of competitive ballroom dancing. The film tells the story of Scott, the youngest member in a prominent family in ballroom dancing circles who meets resistance from his coaches, dancing partner, and family when he tries to introduce innovative choreography into his routines. He finds an unlikely partner in Fran, who has never had formal training yet who is willing to try Scott’s daring new moves. This film is rated PG (94 minutes).
Promotional support provided by Dallas Film Society.
The Arts of Africa
7:30 p.m., Meet at the Visitor Services Desk
Join Dr. Roslyn Walker, DMA Senior Curator of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific and The Margaret McDermott Curator of African Art, to explore the Museum’s African art galleries. Celebrate the fortieth anniversary of this important collection, which is hailed as one of the top five of its kind in the United States and represents fifty-two cultures, from Morocco to South Africa.
Before the tour, Dr. Walker will be available in the Museum Store to sign copies of her new book, The Arts of Africa, the DMA’s first catalogue dedicated to exploring the Museum’s collection of nearly 2,000 African objects.
10:00 p.m., Meet at the Visitor Services Desk
Tour the collections until the wee hours with the Dallas Museum of Art staff.
Materials & Me
6:00–7:30 p.m., Arturo’s Nest, Center for Creative Connections
Just for 2-4 year olds! Investigate materials artists use and then look at a work of art in the galleries.
Late Night Creations
6:00–9:00 p.m., Art Studio, Center for Creative Connections
Celebrate movement in costumes, music, and dance in the exhibition All the World’s a Stage and then stop by the studio and use movement and music to create your own watercolor paintings.
Yoga for Kids!
6:30–7:00 p.m., Center for Creative Connections
Join our resident yogini, Michelle Mock, for meditation, relaxation, and some very pretzel-like poses.
Bedtime Stories with Arturo
7:30 p.m., C3 Theater, Center for Creative Connections
Kids, wear your pajamas and bring your pillows to hear Bedtime Stories with Arturo, told by our award-winning storyteller, Ann Marie Newman.
Enjoy casual dining 6:00–10:00 p.m.
Menu features soup, fresh salads, handcrafted sandwiches, Starbucks coffees, and kids’ combos. Limited-time menu includes Cajun Shrimp & Jicama Salad and Turkey Pesto Melt Baguette.
Full bar, beverages, and snacks until 11:00 p.m
Late Night Friday Tapas Lounge
Seventeen Seventeen Restaurant
6:00–10:00 p.m., south end of the building on Level 2
Featuring a sophisticated small-plate tapas menu, half-price bottles of wine, and desserts.
Reservations recommended for parties of five or more; call 214-922-1858.
Seating on Wisteria Terrace weather permitting.