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Friday Nights at the de Young | Jazz and Poetry

Michael McClure

Michael McClure, poet

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This week features jazz and poetry with George Brooks, Rob Wasserman, and Michael McClure.

Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art “happenings” that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. Local artists conduct drop-in workshops, debut new commissions, display their art in the Kimball Education Gallery, and take part in conversations about the creative process. The café offers a delicious Friday Nights prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the observation tower is open until 8 pm. Artist Fellows, Artists-in-Residence, curators, scholars, and arts educators all play an active role in making Friday Nights an engaging museum experience for all.

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Public programs are free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

Access to special exhibitions and the permanent collection requires additional fees and tickets.


The Fine Arts Museums’ Cultural Encounters programs are made possible through the generous support of the Hearst Foundations and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation. Thanks to our media sponsor the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

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Gregory Stock
Jewel Castro
6:30 pm

Special talk by July Artist-in-Residence Jewel Castro on her project, Walking with Ancestors.

A closing reception will be held in the Kimball Education Gallery immediately following the talk.

George Brooks and Michael McClure
6:30 pm

Featuring George Brooks on saxophone, Rob Wasserman on bass, and poet Michael McClure.

Enjoy music and poetry that draw on the jazz and pop of Richard Diebenkorn's Berkeley years, with original music by George Brooks, improvisational bass music by Rob Wasserman, poetry by Michael McClure, and music by the Doors in tribute to founding member Ray Manzarek, who recently passed away.