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Friday Nights at the de Young | Marcus Shelby and Arts for the City

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This week features the Marcus Shelby Quintet and a special lecture, Arts for the City: Civic Arts for Urban Change.

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
Kimball Education Gallery
6:00 pm

Walking with Ancestors
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, plus Fridays 6–8:45 pm

Marcus Shelby
6:30 pm

The Marcus Shelby Quintet:

  • Joe Warner, piano
  • Teodross Avery, saxophone
  • Sly Randolph, drums
  • Tiffany Austin, vocals
  • Marcus Shelby, bass

Drawing inspiration from Richard Diebenkorn's paintings, the Marcus Shelby Quintet transports you across decades of sound with swing, ballads, and blues.

Arts for the City cover
6:30 pm

Susan Wels and Kate Patterson (director of communications, San Francisco Arts Commission), plus special guests.

Special lecture presented in partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission.