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Cultural Encounters: Friday Nights at the de Young presents Le Jazz Hot and King Kamehameha Day

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On Friday nights the entire museum is open until 8:45 p.m. Friday Nights at the de Young offers a variety of interdisciplinary arts programs, including live music, poetry, films, dance, tours, and lectures. The cafe is open with a special Friday Nights dinner menu, and a no-host cocktail bar is serving drinks. There are art making activities for everyone. All Friday Night programming is FREE unless otherwise noted.

Le Jazz Hot

6:30–8:45 Live French Gypsy jazz

Celebration of King Kamehameha day

7:15–8:00 p.m. Music and performances reflecting on the legacy of Kamehameha

Hands-on art making for everyone with Art Diva Kim Erickson

6:30–8:30 p.m. Make a “flower” lei for King Kamehameha Day. 7:00 p.m. Docent Tour of Birth of Impressionism:  Masterpieces of the Museé d’Orsay





Live music by Le Jazz Hot

6:30–7:15 and 7:45–8:30 p.m. 

Wilsey Court

Le Jazz Hot (the quartet/trio of the Hot Club of San Francisco) is an ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli’s pioneering Hot Club de France. The ensemble borrows the all-string instrumentation of violin, bass, and guitars from the original Hot Club, but breathes new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s superb lead guitarist Paul Mehling. Hearing the ensemble live, or on any of their eleven albums, carries the listener back to the 1930s and to the small, smoky jazz clubs of Paris or the refined lounges of the famous Hotel Ritz. Often called Gypsy jazz, the music of Le Jazz Hot has entranced audiences around the globe for over 20 years. Critics have hailed the group’s playing as “intricate, scorching and often brilliant” (Acoustic Guitar). From festivals in Mexico and France to concert halls across North America, Le Jazz Hot keeps this historic music fresh and alive. Julian Smedley, violin; Jeff Magidson, string bass; Isabelle Fontaine, rhythm guitar; Paul Mehling, solo guitar.



Hands-on art making for everyone

6:00–8:30 p.m.

Wilsey Court

Make a “flower” lei for King Kamehameha Day with Art Diva Kim Erickson.



Celebration in honor of King Kamehameha Day
7:15 p.m.
Koret Auditorium
Enjoy music and performances reflecting on the legacy of Kamehameha. King Kamehameha I, remembered as a great warrior and monarch, established the kingdom of Hawai'i in 1810, uniting all the Hawaiian islands. Join members of the Bay Area Hawaiian community including Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, Na Leo Nahenahe and Adrienne Pao for a special evening in honor of King Kamehameha Day, celebrating the rise of Kamehameha and reflecting on his legacy.



Ticket Information
Programs are free. Museum admission is always free to members; regular admission fees apply for non-members to visit the galleries.
Contact Information
Nicole Schach
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